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Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

With Halloween casting its spooky spell over us on October 31st, it’s the perfect time to revisit a classic horror favourite – Frankenstein.

9780199537167 book review“The merest mention of that name conjures up images of lurching, green-skinned, bolt-necked giants – but those familiar images are largely products of decades of Hollywood re-imagining. The original (and best, in my opinion!) tale of Frankenstein is found in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus.

Obsessed with discovering the secrets of existence, ambitious young scientist Victor Frankenstein builds a creature out of stolen corpses. But once he brings his creature to life, Frankenstein is horrified by what he has made. Unable to cope, he flees, abandoning his creation entirely. Helpless, confused, and lonely, the creature seeks out love and comfort. But his grotesque look and giant size scares people, and instead of finding any kindness in the world, the creature meets with only fear, hatred, and violence. The creature’s hope turns to sadness, then to rage, and finally to an obsessive need for revenge.

Even though Frankenstein was first published in 1818, nearly 200 years ago, the themes and dilemmas raised by the book are more relevant today than ever. What does it mean to be human? What limits should be placed on scientific experiments? Why do we fear those who look different from us? Is evil a natural state, or is it created by circumstance?

It’s not the kind of gory horror story that will make you jump at every turn; the horror in this book is all too human. A dark, tense, and unsettling novel, Frankenstein is the perfect read to set your nerves on edge this Halloween.”

A big thank you to Anne-Marie from the Co-op at Griffith University’s Logan Campus for this special Halloween edition book review of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus.

Interested in reading Frankenstein? You can get it here.

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3D Printing Pen… Say What!

In terms of amazing technology, we are so excited about the 3Doodler! A 3D Printing Pen.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!

The Co-op is getting has just got a batch of the 3Doodler 2.0, one of the most successful Kickstarter projects that takes the power of 3D printing and puts it in a pen so you can literally draw in the air — The plastics are heated then cooled so rapidly that you can create amazing 3D art in minutes.

 

So what will you create? There are templates and projects online, or be as creative as you like. The limit is your imagination!

The 3Doodler 2.0 will be available in-store and online from June.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We love our mums and so we present a beautiful gift guide for all kinds of mums… Enjoy Mother’s Day 2015.

For the Classy Mum



Glasshouse mini candle – Manhattan
Members $15.16 / Retail $18.95
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenburg
Members $23.99 / Retail $29.99
 Budgies Tote Bag
Members $17.95 / $22.95
 Mor Hand Cream
Members $19.95 / Retail $22.95

For the Sporty Mum

 
Nutcase Street Hemet in Atlantic Blue
Members $67.46 / Retail $74.95
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Tracker
Members $117.95 / Retail $127.95
 HD Action
Camera 1080p
Members $69 / Retail $79
 Po Campo Bag
Members $87.71 / Retail $97.46

 

For the Working Mum

Moleskine 2015 Diary
Members $39.95 / Retail $42.95
 Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Members $29.99 / $34.99
How To Deliver a TED Talk by Jeremy Donovan
Members $27.84 / Retail $29.94
 LAMY All Star Ballpoint Pen
Members $27.96 / Retail $34.95

For the Pop Culture Mum

 
 Game of Thrones – Direwolf t-shirt
Members $29.95 / Retail $34.99
 Game of Thrones – Set of 3 Westeros Mugs
Members $35.99 / Retail $39.99
 Doctor Who – 12 Doctors, 12 Stories
Members $15.81 / Retail $17.00
 4th Doctor’s Scarf
Members $35.96 / Retail $39.95
 

For the Literary Mum

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova Members $14.95 / Retail $19.95  Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Members $16.95 / Retail $19.95
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Members $22.95 / Retail $29.95
The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss
Members $23.99 / Retail $29.99

 

For the mum who loves to cook

 Zoo Portraits mug – Bear
Members $12.95 / Retail $14.95
Moleskine Gourmet Notebooks Gift Set
Members $69.95 / Retail $99.95
The Zumbo Files by Adriano Zumbo
Members $36.95 / Retail $49.95
 Nest Cooking Utensils
Members $34.99 / Retail $49.99

For the Mum with a Travel Bug

 Antique Desktop Globe
Members $17.95 / Retail $19.95
Australia Coffee Mug
Members $12.95 / Retail $14.95
 Artex Great Escape Organiser
Members $109.00 / Retail $120.00
 5-in-1 Travel Pouch
Members $24.95 / Retail $29.95
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10 Creative Inspirations for the Not So Creative

I’d like to think of myself as creative. Like most people, I’ve had that moment where I’ve been at the art gallery or the handmade markets and thought – I could totally have done that / why would I buy that when I could make it?

But then I realised that while my mother may have appreciated my early contemporary art creations, including some cracker clay vases made in year 7 art classes, most people don’t feel the same way about my art and perhaps I’m not as creative as I thought I was.

Bringing this and my continued love for colouring-in together, I’ve pulled together a list of the Top 10 books for non-so-creative-people to enjoy an afternoon of craft – aka crafternoon for the creatively challenged.

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Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith

I have OCD and find this book both exciting and challenging. I’m not all the way though, but it’s a work in progress that continues providing entertainment for the moments you need a break from things or routine.

The 1000 Dot-To-Dot Book

 

The 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book by Thomas Pavitte

Who doesn’t love a dot-to-dot? While traditionally for kids to help with numbers and penmanship this big format book could be given to kids, but it’s adults that will get the biggest kick as portraits of 20 pop-culture icons are brought to life. As a bonus the pages are perforated which means you can pull them out, pop them in a frame and have some handmade art on the wall (that people will only notice is done as a dot-to-dot if they get up close).

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Tattoo Colour-In Postcards from MEGAMUNDEN 

Combining my love of colouring in, tattoos and mail, this 20 postcard set is a winner! Once you’ve coloured in the sailor style tattoo you don’t have to worry about what to do with it – forget the texting and go old-skool and write a note, put a stamp on it and you’ll have brought a little joy to your afternoon as well as the person you’ve sent the card to (assuming you’ve coloured within the lines and don’t write something nasty on the back…)

Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book

Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book

This little (smaller than A5) colouring book takes you through the history of fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent’s key designs – where you get to add your own twist with colour to the original design sketches.

Human Anatomy Colouring Book

Human Anatomy Colouring Book

While every first year medicine and health science student won’t see this as a crafternoon option, for the nerds out their with an interest in anatomy then this colouring-in book is the way to go. If you’re like me you’ll enjoy learning the muscle layers, or how the bones, muscles and ligaments all join to make you move. While I’m recommending this basic version there are number of anatomy colouring books out there, including ones with more detailed diagrams, or even quizzes to help you self-test…

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Origami Architecture Kit

Origami is having a bit of a come back, or it could just be that Trent who sits at the desk next to mine finds his work creative zen moment folding paper cranes (he’s working up to the 1,000) but this book is so much more than origami. It’s paper construction at its finest. With the pre-cut pieces of card you’ll be able to understand the structural greatness that is the Eiffel Tower or the White House and even our own Sydney Opera House.

Baking Bad

Baking Bad by Walter Wheat

Okay, so this is a cook book, but there’s paper involved in some ways, and you need scissors to open packets of things, and egg is essentially the glue of baking isn’t it? Inspired by the TV triumph that is Breaking Bad this isn’t a cupcake book for the faint hearted – with blue sugar crystal topped ‘Meth Muffins’ and ‘Chocolate Gustavo Fingers’ this book will have you Baking Bad and is sure to set you up as a dealer of afternoon delights.

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Colouring Book

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Colouring Book by Johanna Basford

This little colouring book is a bit of a treasure hunt as you work your way through the intricate designs you’ll spot little critters hiding out. Inspired by nature, this is not a colouring book for kids – no child could colour between such fine lines.

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1980s Bumper Activity Book: 52 Grown Up Projects That Look Back to the Future

While the ’80s weren’t my hey-day, I was born in them and remember a lot of these things from wishing I was older to be able to take part. Others I’ve come to know thanks to re-runs on TV. As the book name suggests, it’s bumper full of things to make and do – from t-shirt transfers, colour-in pages, and things like match the ’80s hair-do. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but  I’m leaning towards the paper dolls (make them all and put on a paper doll play…)

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Pirate Adventure Dice

While not a craft book, I’m using some creative licence (see what I did there) with this list including the Pirate Adventure Dice. This is set of dice is designed to bring out the storyteller in you – with a roll of the dice you’ve got your plot and characters before you – how you bring them together is entirely up to you, but I do recommend you naming the ‘cabin boy’ character ‘Pip’ – it just seems to fit…

 

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Must-Read Books for Uni Graduates (and Other Professionals Who Want to Get Ahead)

Books can make us think, make us act, make us change. They can inspire and they teach. Whether it be a powerful piece of fiction or an insightful self-help guide, there is no denying the power of the written word. The professional development titles below are a few such examples. These books may alter the way you take on the world, the career path you take, the challenges you accept, and the professional person you become. They are must-reads for any graduate – or just anyone else who wants to get ahead.

 

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 , Richard N. Bolles
What Color Is Your
Parachute? 2015 –
the world’s most popular job hunting guide, fully revised and up to date.
The Tipping Point , Malcolm Gladwell
In The Tipping Point, Malcolm
Gladwell examines the social dynamics that cause rapid change.

Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future , Schlesinger and Kiefer

Just Start is a
must-read guide designed
to help you achieve professional and
personal goals,
even when the
future is unknown
and uncertain.

The Icarus Deception , Seth Godin

Seize new ground,
make connections
and work without
a map! Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception shows
how it’s possible and explains why it’s essential.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us , Daniel H. PinkDavid Pink’s Drive show you how to
harness motivation to find greater satisfaction in life.
Lean In , Sheryl SandbergSheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, discusses the
preconceptions stopping women reaching the top.
The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better to Live More , Chris GuillebeauThe $100 Startup
shows how anyone can make a living, with independence and purpose, on their own terms!
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers , Marquet L DavidNavy officer David Marquet uses his own experiences
to explain how
giving control rather
than taking control
creates leaders
and is best
for everyone.
Think Like Zuck , Walter, Ekaterina
A straightforward
examination of the five
principles behind Facebook’s
meteoric rise,
all of them presented in actionable lessons
anyone can apply.
Art Of The Start: The Time-tested, Battle-hardened Guide For Anyone Starting Anything , Guy Kawasaki
The Art of the Start
is
Guy Kawasaki’s
essential guide to launching
one’s dreams and getting
started, no matter
what they are.

 

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Must-Have Cookbooks for Vegetarians

 

In honour of World Vegetarian Day (Oct 1 – that’s today!), we’ve put together a list of 12 unique vegetarian-specific cookbooks – there’s something for everyone. #Vego4Lyf

 

Take your tastebuds on a tour around the globe!

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The Adventurous Vegetarian

For vegos who also
need to avoid dairy,
gluten and sugar

A Loving Spoonful, Naturally delicious Gluten, Dairy, Sugar free vegetarian cooking , Jacqui Bushell

A Loving Spoonful

 

This book is all
about sourcing local
and cooking global!

Global Vegetarian Kitchen: Cook Global, Source Local , Troth Wells

The Global Vegetarian Kitchen

 

Designed with student vegos in mind, these recipes are budget-friendly and super simple

The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook, Charlotte Pike

The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook

This must-have guide is packed with tips, tricks and 100s of classic recipes

Essential Vegetarian ,

Essential Vegetarian

Easy and healthy vegetarian alternatives to your fave takeaway

Veg In; Simple Vegetarian Dishes from Around the World , Flip Shelton

Veg In

This cheap and cheerful cookbook includes recipes for all occasions!

500 Ways to Cook Vegetarian , Ferguson, Valerie

500 Ways to Cook Vegetarian

Create delicious,
aromatic fare from the
Middle East and beyond!

New Middle Eastern Vegetarian, The , Butcher, Sally

The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian

BBQs aren’t just for
meat eaters – and this
cookbook’s the proof!

Fired Up: Vegetarian , Dobson, Ross

Fired Up: Vegetarian

A straightforward guide to making vegetarian dishes, plus tips on nutrition and budgeting.

Student's Vegetarian Cookbook for Dummies , Sarros, Connie

Student’s Vegetarian Cookbook for Dummies

Irreverent and agenda-free, this upbeat book is all about helping health-concious chicks give meat the flick.

Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian,

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian

Savour the authentic flavours of India with this vibrant cookbook

Prashad Cookbook: Indian Vegetarian Cooking , Patel, Kaushy

Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking


 

 

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Top 5 Internet Cats

Cats. Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying the fact that the four-legged fiends are a constant source of entertainment. Cats around the world are clawing their way to the top of the superstardom ladder, finding fame and fortune via the Internet.

Here’s a snapshot of five of the Internet’s most famous cats.

1. Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat – $18.56 (MP)

The Grumpy Guide to Life – $16.95 (MP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Henri, le Chat Noir

Henri, le Chat Noir – $18.56 (MP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Lil Bub

Lil Bub’s Lil Book – $18.59 (MP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Maru 

I Am Maru – $23.24 (MP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Bob the Street Cat

A Street Cat Named Bob – $18.59 (MP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity – $17 (MP)

 

So you think your cat’s got what it takes? Check out Patricia Carlin’s How To Make Your Cat a Celebrity and you too could watch as your feline finds fame and glory in the catty world of animal internet stardom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER BOOKS YOU MIGHT LIKE:

 

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You , Matthew Inman

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You – $17.95 (MP)

 

Review Of My Cat – $18.59 (MP)

Metal Cats , Alexandra Crockett

Metal Cats – $20.45 (MP)

 

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Meow, Meow! It’s International Cat Day

Happy International Cat Day! Yeah, that’s right. International Cat Day. The day people around the world come together to celebrate and honour felines of the globe.

Mark Twain once wrote:

Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

With this in mind, here are Nine Books for Cat Lovers:
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‘The Amazing Life of Cats’ by Candida Baker


THE AMAZING LIFE OF CATS

From mini miracles to moments of mighty mischief and tales of courage and sacrifice, this collection of true cat stories will warm your heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Cats , Alexandra Crockett

‘Metal Cats’ by Alexandra Crockett


METAL CATS ../

The metal scene is known for its love of dark, depressing and disturbing imagery and ideas, and its fans are often mischaracterised as violent, hateful and misanthropic. Metal Cats is hard evidence that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like everyone else.

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare for Cats

Shakespeare for Cats


SHAKESPEARE FOR CATS

A must-have for any literary leaning pet-owner, this book combines two of the world’s greatest passions – the Bard and cats and dogs. All of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes are here, his famous words offering new insight into the wonderful world of cats and dogs.

 

 

 

 

The Ralph Steadman Book of Cats , Ralph Steadman

‘The Ralph Steadman Book of Cats’ by Ralph Steadman


THE RALPH STEADMAN BOOK OF CATS

In this charming, amusing and outlandish book, Ralph Steadman turns his unflinching eye – and his ruthless pen – to cats of all varieties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Cats , Arden & Mays

‘Beautiful Cats’ by Arden & Mays

BEAUTIFUL CATS

This book is filled with brilliant portraits of 40 of the world’s most remarkable feline breeds, from the Bengal to the Birman, the Rex to the Ragamuffin, all of them accompanied by a description of the breed and more.

 

 

 

Life and Love of Cats , Blackwell, Lewis

‘Life and Love of Cats’ by Lewis Blackwell


LIFE AND LOVE OF CATS

Lewis Blackwell provides a unique perspective on one of human’s closest and most cherished companions, the cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Book of Cats - Thank You , Anon

‘The Little Book Thank You – Cats’ by Anon


THE LITTLE BOOK OF THANK YOU – CATS

Far too often we forget to say thanks for all that we have. The Little Book of Thank You is filled with special words accompanied by striking images of captivating cats. This is a fantastic gift idea for any cat lover.

 

 

 

 

 

‘Cats: Best in Show’ – A Trump Card Game – by Polly Horner


CATS – BEST IN SHOW

Find out who’s the cat that got the cream with this beautifully illustrated set of cards. With 30 cat cards, each with scores in 6 categories to choose from, you’ll have hours of fun playing this Trump card game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cats for Change; It's Not About the Kibble , Cheryl Reed

‘Cats for Change: It’s Not About the Kibble’ by Cheryl Reed (and Jasper)


CATS FOR CHANGE

Have you ever wondered whether your cat knows more than he’s letting on? He does. Here’s proof. Get the inside scoop on a grassroots movement your cat may have already joined. Written by cats, for cats, this handbook gives you a peek into what cats are thinking. The authors’ frank advice and intimate knowledge of the feline psyche unleash the rich, often unacknowledged, creative and spiritual resource that stands begging for tuna in kitchens everywhere.

 

 

 

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Murakami Very Short Film Festival

Calling all Haruki Murakami fans! The release of the preeminent Japanese author’s new book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is imminent (the worldwide publication date for the English translation is 12th August – pre-order your copy from the Co-op now!). To celebrate this exciting release, Random House are giving fans the chance to win an adventure of their own worth a massive $3000! Woo hoo!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 to enter:9781846558337-_290x290

1. Follow @murakami_film on Instagram
2. Create your very own Instagram film inspired by the works of Haruki Murakami. Videos must be no longer than seven seconds
3. Post with the inspiring title, theme or motif. Make sure to tag #murakamifilmau with your entry.

The winning entry will receive a $3000 travel voucher to put towards their very own pilgrimage around the world, while two runners-up will score a Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage limited edition print. Winners will be announced on the 12th August 2014.

You can find out all the deets on the Random House website here. Good luck!

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage tells the story of Tsukuru Tazaki (the name’s a bit of a giveaway, I know!). During his school years, Tsukuru had four best friends. Coincidently, all of these friends had colours in their names. Tsukuru was the only one who did not. One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends declare that they never want to see or talk to him again. From that very moment, Tsukuru floats through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara. And she tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago …

Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers … But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it’s the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves. – New York Times Book Review

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Unforgettable Movie Moments

Great news! The Co-op is now selling DVDs, and all at the dirt-cheap price of $5 for Members! Go hunting for a bargain – there are heaps of blockbuster classics and cinematic gems to choose from, including Beverly Hills Cop, The Kite Runner, Vanilla Sky and Pet Semetary!

To celebrate this exciting addition to our stores (and freaking cheap price point!), I’ve put together a list of just a few of my favourite movie moments. Yes, this is totally subjective, so you may not agree with them all. But I’m hoping you’ll agree with some of them! I could have gone on for days, but I know some of you have lives …

The Wizard of Oz – a whole new world

Who can forget the moment when the frightened Dorothy (and her little dog too!) lift off from the dull, sepia-toned surrounds of Kansas, fly through the nightmarish sky and land heavily into the bright and colourful new world called Oz? As Dorothy and Toto nervously tread the exciting new land, it comes alive before their eyes. This scene still delights me when I watch it, and it has been doing the same for millions of other movie-goers since the film was first released in 1939.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – The Parade

Ever wished you could just throw caution to the wind, break the rules and make yourself and everyone around you happy while you’re doing it? Well, that’s exactly what Ferris Bueller does in this unforgettable scene from the classic John Hughes film. Jumping aboard a float during a big street parade, Ferris sings and boogies along to a couple of tunes, including The Beatles “Twist and Shout”. The result? Streets full of happy dancing people!


Dirty Dancing – that lift

I’ve had the time of my life … many times thanks to this film! It doesn’t matter that I’ve seen it countless times and know every word and every moment off by heart; when Johnny (Patrick Swayze) lifts Baby (Jennifer Grey) high above his head in the middle of that aisle he steals my heart over and again. The music soars, my heart sings and all is right in the world! This scene must be one of the most loved scenes by women … and possibly one of the most despised by men, as it creates completely unrealistic expectations for them whenever they hit the dance floor.

 

Forrest Gump

This film takes the viewer on an absolute emotional rollercoaster, covering everything from love, war, death and chocolates. But this scene … oh, man – it gets me every time. Forrest (Tom Hanks) and his lifelong-friend Jenny (Robin Wright-Penn) are unexpectedly reunited in the middle of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool during an anti-war rally. It still brings a tear to my eye when I watch it (yah, I’m a sucker).

 

The NeverEnding Story – Bye, Bye Horsie …

This is one of the first film’s that left a lasting (traumatic) impression on me, and the moment is still seared in my mind from childhood. Atreyu, a brave, adventurous boy, is on an epic mission, accompanied by his best friend and noble steed, Artax. But then something happens. Something my little mind wasn’t prepared for … Artax dies. Yeah, they KILL OFF THE HORSE. And it’s not pleasant. He doesn’t just fall asleep and not wake up. He is swallowed by a swamp of sadness. He drowns in grief. WTF is that? The thought is enough to make me well up … and perhaps for many of you, bring back horrific flashbacks of the first moment you witnessed this scene.

 

The Shining – a thrilling ride …

Stanley Kubrick was a master of film, and this scene (the entire movie, actually) is one of my favourites. The way the tension builds as the young Danny rides around the sparse, isolated expanse of the hotel’s hallways is brilliant. Simple yet complex, this still creeps me out now, even though I’ve seen it numerous times.

The Dark Knight

Creepy, compelling and thoroughly entertaining, this scene highlights the acting brilliance of the late Heath Ledger, and illustrates exactly why he was awarded an Oscar for this performance as the inimitable Joker.

 

Pulp Fiction – Twist Contest

There are many memorable moments in Quentin Tarantino’s renowned Pulp Fiction, and none more memorable than the dance sequence between Vincent Vega (John Travolta in his comeback gig) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman). This scene is everything that’s great about this movie (and Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker) – humour, randomness, brilliant dialogue and underlying references to pop culture.


Dirty Harry

It’s the scene that spawned one of the most repeated lines in history … Detective Harry (Clint Eastwood) has had a crappy morning. So, when bad dudes interrupt his lunch, he is not a happy chappy. After coolly shooting down the bank-robbing bad guys from a distance, he casually walks towards the lone surviving crim. The robber’s hand is grabbing for a nearby shotgun … until Harry opens his mouth and takes charge. “I know what you’re thinking: ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ To tell the truth, in all the excitement, I kind of lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do you, punk?” Vintage, Eastwood.
 

An all-time classic MGM musical, this scene is bursting with joy and fun, as Gene Kelly, doing what he does best, sings, dances and taps his way through the watery streets with not a care in the world. Sit back, watch and smile.

 

Jerry Maguire

From Jerry’s (Tom Cruise) frantic efforts to keep a single client on his books after being fired (he ends up with the show-me-the-money-shouting Rod Tidwell [Cuba Gooding Jnr]) to the moment he walks out of the office, goldfish in hand, this scene is pure brilliance. Unforgettable film moment and unforgettable exit monologue!

 



Dead Poets Society

I remember watching this over and over as a youngster and loving every minute of it. This is one of my favourite films of all time, and this scene still inspires me today.

Bridesmaids – flyin’ high

If you haven’t seen this film, get on that now! The film is literally a sequence of laugh-til-you-cry scenes, cleverly strung together by a fantastic script and brilliant performances by some of the best comediennes in the biz. It’s hard to pick a fave moment, but I’d have to say mine is “the plane scene”. I could try and explain it but I fear it won’t do it justice. This is Kristen Wiig in all her comedic glory, as she delivers the best mid-air tantrum while under the influence of booze and sleeping pills …