Subscription deadline to the October 2018 Boxwalla boxes is today!
October Subscriber Bonus
This October, EVERY U.S. Boxwalla subscriber (Beauty, Book, Film) will receive a unique code in the box, which will allow them a free month of Filmstruck subscription (includes existing Filmstruck subscribers). Filmstruck free trial is usually just two weeks, so we are excited to share this with you. Filmstruck is a streaming service that includes films from the Criterion Collection and TCM classics ($10.99/month).
Along with this code, every subscriber is invited to work with us to chart their own customized film journey with an online Film Festival. Here are some of the details of how this will work:
Starting November 1, every week, for 4 weeks, we will announce four films by the Criterion Collection (on our blog). Subscribers can choose to watch one (or more) film from the list. At the end of the week, they can send us their feedback via email (with subject Filmstruck : Week 1, Week 2 etc.). At the end of the four weeks, we will guide subscribers based on a customized ‘FILM MAP’, on what they should watch next, based on the feedback we have received from them. The aim is to create an immersive film experience where subscribers experience great films and also find the filmmaker or filmmakers that they are personally most drawn to and whose work will provide them with the key to enjoying and understanding art cinema.
The personalized guide is available just for existing and new subscribers. International subscribers will also be offered the personalized guide if they have access to the films. Everybody (subscribers and non-subscribers) is welcome to join us on social media and on the blog to look out for the recommendations each week and discuss the films after watching them.
The October Beauty Box will contain a full size of the African Botanics Resurrection Recovery Serum ($160) and is a sequel to the previous box.
The Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum is a hydrating gel serum that lifts, firms, brightens, plumps and hydrates the skin. This serum features the African Resurrection Plant that grows in the arid mountains of Sub-Saharan Africa. This plant has developed an amazing survival strategy called reviviscence. In the dry season during the process of dessication & apparent death, the plant’s cells produce a sugary substance known as ‘Trehalose’ which allows them to rehydrate & restart these activities as soon as the first rains fall. In addition to this potent plant ingredient, this serum also contains African Aloe Ferox, Plant Peptides, Gotu Kola, Resveratrol, Liposomal Retinol, Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes, Hyaluronic Acid and more! Beautifully effective alone and almost MAGIC when layered with The Fleurs D’Afrique Intesive Recovery Serum, this serum marries powerful botanical extracts with the latest green technology to create the loveliest light & versatile night serum.
The first book in the box is, Bohumil Hrabal’s ‘Too Loud a Solitude’. Hrabal is one of the greats of Czech Literature. His more internationally well know compatriot, Milan Kundera called him (when Hrabal was still alive), “our very best writer today”. His work breathes Prague & is the writer most closely associated with that beautiful city! As Kundera says “Bohumil Hrabal embodies as no other the fascinating Prague. He couples people’s humor to baroque imagination”.
The book we have chosen, ‘Too Loud a Solitude’, is one of Hrabal’s best loved books. The protagonist and narrator is a trash ‘compactor’, who crushes waste paper and books. However, such is his love of art & literature, that he also saves and collects rare and banned books. .
The second book we feature is Haitian American award-winning writer, Edwidge Danticat’s ‘The Dew Breaker.’
Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince in Haiti and immigrated to the U.S (Brooklyn), when she was 12. Robert Antoni, a US writer from the Caribbean very eloquently describes her contribution to literature. He says that she is “doing for Haiti’s history of violence and vengeance what Toni Morrison did for the US in tackling the horrors of slavery and its aftermath”. He adds that her subject is” partly exile, and the impossibility of surrendering memories, or of taking root completely because of them”.
‘The Dew Breaker’ is a collection of linked stories that is centered around a Haitian immigrant to the U.S. who is perhaps hiding a dark secret. Each story provides a different viewpoint to understanding this central character.
Each October Book Box will contain a petite gift book from Obvious State. This book holds T.S. Eliot’s marvelous poem, ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Pulfrock’, visually reimagined and fully illustrated. A visual and literary treat.
This October, we showcase two films from The Criterion Collection.
- Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev
- Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life
You all know we love film! We have the film box, featuring films from The Criterion Collection, for those who want to collect and watch the greatest filmmakers. However, we do know some of you prefer to stream movies (and that some of you love both). This October, EVERY U.S. Boxwalla subscriber (Beauty, Book, Film) will receive a unique code in the box, which will allow you a free month of Filmstruck subscription (includes existing Filmstruck subscribers).
Filmstruck is a streaming service that includes both TCM classic movies as well as movies from the Criterion Collection.
The subscriber perk, includes working with us to customize your ‘Fim Map’ and create a unique film journey. We will be sending out another email detailing exactly how this will work.