Film Reviews

Tale Of Tales (2015)

Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C Reilly Director: Matteo Garrone When you think of fairy tales, stories for children spring to mind: princesses, fairies, heroes. But it's easy to forget how dark those stories were in their original incarnations. In this retelling of stories from Giambattista Basile, who wrote them sometime in… Continue reading Tale Of Tales (2015)

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Too Dark for Disney: The Dark Stories Behind Some of your Favourite Fairy Tales

(All illustrations by Arthur Rackham) When I was a child I was fascinated by fairy tales. I had a few lovely volumes, and the work of the brothers Grimm was one of my favourites, though the library my mother worked at had a huge volume called The Blue Fairy Book, which had even more. There… Continue reading Too Dark for Disney: The Dark Stories Behind Some of your Favourite Fairy Tales