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STRANGE LIFE OF IVAN OSOKIN Review

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Not a perfect edition of the novel, but I rather like the cover.

This is the first book review I’ve done for this site (technically it’s adapted from a post I did for another page, but no matter). I’d planned on starting a book-review series much sooner, beginning with Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves, which I’d finished in April of 2016, but I never got around to it, and didn’t even bother reviewing Shūsaku Endō’s Silence, which I read afterwards in preparation for seeing Scorsese’s adaptation of it.

But this evening, typing up my thoughts on P.D. Ouspensky’s Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (I’m not sure why there’s no definite article, but no edition of the book I’ve seen includes one), I considered that I had enough material to base a proper post on, and decided so to do. And if I am sacrificing some time and mental effort in composing this review, that’s entirely in the spirit of the novel; without sacrifice, nothing can be gained.

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The Films of 2017 in 150 Words or Less: Part II

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Like hell you did. Or if you did, the editing did a great job of hiding it.

Since I published the first batch of 2017 reviews, I’ve only seen an additional 14 films for the year, partially because of the limitations on my time and money, and partially because there have been fewer films I felt I truly had to see. I hope to catch up over the next four months (I will be pushing my film awards back to allow myself more time), but I will likely not come too near the 118 films I saw for last year – still a personal record.

Still, films I have seen, and films I will discuss.

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British Independent Film Award Nominations: 2017

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Really a hell of a poster.

It’s BIFA time again!

I’ve covered the BIFA nominations the last three years, and this year will be only a partial exception; serious limitations on my time prevent me from doing so in as much detail as before, so I’ll switch things up a bit. I’ll post a link to the full list of nominees, and discuss in detail three films which dominated this year’s awards, two of which are among my most anticipated films of the coming months.

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