This term in the Arthur Holt Library we have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all of year 7 on a Wide Reading programme in collaboration with the English Department. The Wide Reading lessons are being conducted on a fortnightly basis during timetabled English classes. The unit is comprised of 4 core … Continue reading YEAR 7 WIDE READING
The genre of melodrama is not one that I am too familiar with. But still, Cinema Paradiso from the eyes of an un-seasoned melodrama movie goer is wonderful. I got the hair raising chill feeling from watching this film that brought a tear to my eye. The tone is executed absolutely perfectly, mixing the … Continue reading Movie Review: Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Raising Arizona is a comedy starring Nicholas Cage as H.I. McDunnough and Holly Hunter as his police officer wife Ed. The narrative revolves around a series of kidnappings and ransoms while representing a sincere love for the child taken and a deep desire for family and belonging. The characters struggle with moving from a … Continue reading Raising Arizona Review
The Great Escape is a captivating historical film that captures the essence of World War Two camaraderie to paint the tragic tale of an attempted escape from a German prison camp, based on true events from the war. Whilst ending in tragedy, the combination of engaging character interaction and an excellent soundtrack creates a light-hearted … Continue reading Movie Review: The Great Escape (1963)
In the 2013 film 'Enemy' a mild-mannered college professor (Jake Gyllenhaal) discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs. Enemy is a sophisticated, multilayered psychological thriller that examines the ways in which the subconscious work, along with the portrayal of mental illness from the perspective of the mentally ill. Denis … Continue reading Film Review : ENEMY
What are you reading now? This is a question I am asked by (and ask of) students and staff regularly. And, yes, I have the New York Public Library tote bag to match! According to author, entrepreneur and journalist, William Schwalbe, this question can change lives, creating a shared universe for people who are otherwise … Continue reading What are you reading now?
According to Chinese mythology, long ago there was a monster named Nián (年) (which translates to 'year' in english). Nián lived in the deepest depths of the ocean and would come up once a year to fest on humans and animals that lived in a nearby village. On this day, the townspeople and animals … Continue reading The History of Chinese New Year
In theory, the recipe chosen by the librarycook for the November blogpost was the best and most reader-friendly yet. About 20 minutes of anything resembling work, and days of reading time while the dough proved. And yet. The dough was made on a Wednesday afternoon, and used on a Friday evening, thereby providing a good … Continue reading The librarycook kneads some dough
The Big Lebowski is cult classic comedy film focusing on the character of “The Dude” Lebowski and his bowling troupe. The movie presents “The Dude” and his associates carefree characters and drags them into a series of convoluted events, all of which test and define the character of “The Dude”. The movie manages to excel … Continue reading Movie Society review: The Big Lebowski (1998)
Every year in Australia in the lead up to both ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, there is a wave that rolls through Australian society. It is not a tidal wave, destroying everything in its wake, nor is it merely a ripple that goes ignored by all but the most sensitive of souls. It is a … Continue reading How should we remember them?