An Unkindness Of Ravens – Never Say Nevermore Again

A Special Feature by Dan Bean.

Whether you know much about Edgar Allan Poe’s work or not, there’s a decent chance you’re familiar with his poem The Raven – it was adapted in one of The Simpsons’ earliest Treehouse Of Horror episodes, and I reckon if anyone asked you to finish the line “Quoth the raven…”, you’d respond “Nevermore”… right?

But how do you adapt a poem about a man being distracted from his reading and mourning of his dead wife by a crow into a feature film? The answer is – you don’t.

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Films to be pleasantly surprised by…

I don’t know what’s worse when going into a film – a feeling of dread, or a feeling of apathy.

The majority of the films I watch, I watch because I want to, because I’m curious, or because they’ve been sitting on my shelf for a decade and it’s time to write about them.

But sometimes I’ll go into a film with little or no expectations, only to be completely wowed by a flick I wasn’t expecting to enjoy – those are the best kinds of cinematic experiences, right?

This is far from a comprehensive list, but here are a few of my recent favourites.

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