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FILM REVIEW – 127 Hours

By Marty Mulrooney

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127 Hours directed by Danny Boyle tells the extraordinary true-life story of Aran Ralston, a mountain climber who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah, for more more than five days in 2003. James Franco stars as Aran in a performance that can only be described as a force of nature.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Beach by Alex Garland

By Marty Mulrooney

Alex Garland’s The Beach was first printed in 1996. I have just finished reading it 10 minutes ago, during the first minutes of the 28th of July 2009, after 48 hours of not being able to put it down. I was prompted to read the book after re-watching the Danny Boyle film adaptation on Film4 several nights ago (in fact, it was a Friday night, as these viewings so often are.)

That film has always held a strange position in my mind, especially on a critical level. Some of it works fantastically. The soundtrack, the scenery, the momentarily perfect capturing of scenes of unbridled living and life itself. Sadly this is also punctuated with many scenes and instances that just don’t work at all. Still… this is a review of the book, not the film. I just felt some context was in order.

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