By Adele MacGregor
The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp as protagonist Paul Kemp, follows the booze fuelled journey of a newspaper journalist making a new start on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico in the 1960s. Directed by Bruce Robinson, the film is adapted from the novel by the eccentric and brilliant Hunter S. Thompson, who also penned the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
By Ian McCabe
The Last Hundred Days is a political and historical thriller and the debut novel from Oxford University professor and poet, Patrick McGuinness. Long-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, it is told via the perspective of a young and wide-eyed English student in Bucharest, as he experiences the final days and sudden demise of Nicolae Ceausescu’s tyrannical regime and communist rule over Romania.
By Adele MacGregor
Set in Mississippi during the Sixties at the height of segregation, The Help is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, inspired by the African-American maids who raised white children in the South.
By Stewart Sutherland
In the past, gamers could honestly protest against rubbish downloadable content – how it was disappointing, or should have been part of the main game. And sometimes DLC just plain costs too much. Valve has avoided these problems entirely – Peer Review for Portal 2 is first, incredible and second, free.
By Jamie Downes (Guest Writer)
If Snakes of Avalon were to be anthropomorphised, there is little doubt that it would instantly be arrested on multiple drink and drug charges. Its continuation as a theoretical being would see it go on to spend mere hours in a rehabilitation clinic before all concerned realised that no amount of help could possibly rectify the situation. Transportation to a mental-health institution would swiftly follow where it would be avoided at all costs; free to live out the remainder of its days in its own alternate universe, visible to no sane member of any population… ever. Returning this review to the real world however, Snakes of Avalon is a traditional point-and-click adventure title made with Adventure Game Studio (AGS); one which sees its unabashed insanity create a charm that is difficult to deny, and all too easy to become entirely engrossed by.
By Marcus Sedgwick
Today, Alternative Magazine Online is proud to welcome award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick as he writes a guest post about his latest book, Midwinterblood!
“Every book I want to write is The Wicker Man…”
By John Fanning (Guest Writer)
Based on John Le Carré’s novel of the same name, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is director Tomas Alfredson’s latest adaptation of a well-known book. In 2008, the Swede’s version of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire horror story Let the Right One In achieved critical acclaim around the world, and with Tinker Tailor he seems certain to repeat that success. Alfredson is a master of context, his attention to detail effortlessly capturing the Zeitgeist. In Let the Right One In, he depicted the eerie isolation of a Stockholm suburb in the 1980s; in Tinker Tailor, he portrays the tiredness of 1970s Britain. This is a time of grey suits, typewriters and fallen empires, a world gripped by Cold War paranoia and political intrigue.