The Irishman: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano

There has been an almighty turnover on Netflix since we last compiled this list, with more than half of our favourite films that time around disappear(...)

Cristina Rivera Garza: Through her powerful command of language, she eases the reader into her nightmarish fairytale

What do you do when you lose love? Do you let it go? Do you get over it? Do you wish the best for your former partner? Or do you hire a private detect(...)

Headless horseman pursuing Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvine. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Halloween is fast approaching and it’s time to delve back in the origins of Irish traditions and explore how Samhain became Halloween. Irish ghost st(...)

Gateway to castle Marburg

They must have great calf muscles in Marburg. Their ankles must be able for any challenge. The cobbled streets of this medieval German town demand – a(...)

Jack Zipes: the Grimms, who were great philologists, never intended their original edition to be read by children, for it contains scholarly prefaces and notes and blunt and bizarre tales such as How Children Played at Slaughtering,

I have been studying and translating the Grimms’ tales for the past 40 years, and it has always disturbed me that they have been considered as wonderf(...)

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

It is Halloween, but it is also Reformation Day in Germany. Exactly 497 years ago Martin Luther strode up to the castle church in Wittenberg and na(...)

Expect many reviewers to ask whether the latest animation from Laika – the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman – is too scary for frail young childr(...)

The Night of the Hunter

Every now and then, we can be a little patronising about our forefathers. How remarkable – they understood all kinds of things about the persistence o(...)

Jack the Giant Slayer

You may think of fairytales as moralistic fables handed down and gradually sanitised through successive generations. But where you see collecti(...)