Discover Your New Favorite Film with ‘The Essence of Dreams’

Stephen “Spling” Aspeling, a leading film critic and radio broadcaster, has released a new book, ‘The Essence of Dreams: An Anthology of Film Reviews’. The collection of Aspeling’s best-reviewed and most transportative films explores cinema’s ability to create immersive and seamless worlds that continue to linger in our imaginations long after the credits roll.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the way that films can transport us to other worlds,” said Aspeling. “In ‘The Essence of Dreams,’ I share my love of cinema and explore the ways in which film enables us to live vicariously through someone else’s dream.”

The book features reviews of some of the most celebrated and innovative films of all time, including Arrival, Boyhood, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Everything, Everywhere All at Once. Spling’s insightful and engaging writing brings these movies to life, offering readers new insights into their meaning and power. The reviews are accompanied by surreal sketches from Alan Lamprecht, inspired by the films themselves, which help create an artful and dream-like state for readers.

Aspeling will be celebrating the release of his book with an exclusive launch event at the iconic and magical Labia Theatre in Cape Town. The event will feature a book signing, a reading, a Q&A, and a screening of Sing Street, which is featured in ‘The Essence of Dreams’.

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Do you love movies? Do you enjoy reading film reviews? If so, then you’ll love The Essence of Dreams: An Anthology of Film Reviews by Stephen “Spling” Aspeling. This collection of 97 film reviews covers a wide range of films, from classic masterpieces to recent indie gems. Spling’s insightful and engaging writing will give you a new appreciation for the power of cinema.

The paperback and ebook are available via Amazon.com here from $9.99, otherwise get in touch with us to buy the ebook, paperback or email Spling about a signed copy and shipping options.

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5 Reasons to Buy ‘The Essence of Dreams: An Anthology of Film Reviews’

A Trusted Voice

Spling is a trusted voice in the world of film criticism. He’s been writing and broadcasting movie reviews for over 16 years, and his reviews are always well-informed and insightful – “a lone voice in the South African film critic wilderness” according to GĂ©rard Rudolf.

There’s Something for Everyone

The book covers a wide range of films, from classic masterpieces to recent indie gems, which means there’s something for everyone in this collection. Matthew Kalil, the author of ‘The Three Wells of Screenwriting’, says it “deepens your cinema experience”.

Accessible and Engaging

Spling’s writing is engaging and easy to read. The book is “insightful and adept” according to actress and filmmaker, Angelique Pretorius, and the film reviewer has a knack for making even the most complex films sound accessible. Together with the book’s surreal sketches, it creates a free-flowing and visually-enticing reading experience.

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Informative and Entertaining

The book is packed with interesting insights and observations. Spling has a deep understanding of film, and he shares his knowledge with the reader in a way that’s both informative and “an entertaining treat” according to ‘Cut to the Chase’ author, Dr Janet van Eeden.

A Must for Film Buffs

The book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about film. It’s a must-have for any film buff’s library. Encounters Film Festival Director Mandisa Zitha describes ‘The Essence of Dreams’ as “reviews for the cinephile”.

If you’re looking for a book that will help you appreciate the power of cinema, then The Essence of Dreams is the perfect choice for you. Order your copy today!

About the Author

SplingStephen “Spling” Aspeling is a respected film critic and radio broadcaster with over 15 years of experience. He is the founder of Spling Movies, and has written for a variety of publications, appeared on a number of radio and television programs, and presented over 500 episodes of Talking Movies on Fine Music Radio.

In the coming year, Aspeling plans to visit Hollywood, attend a few international film festivals, and continue collaborating with screenwriters and filmmakers via reviewmyscript.com. Aspeling is a passionate advocate for film, and he is always eager to share his love of cinema with others. He is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in film, and his work is sure to continue to entertain and enlighten audiences for years to come.