Monthly Archives: March 2013

Film Review – Trance

The BBFC consumer advice for Trance, the new film from Danny Boyle, reads: “contains strong bloody violence, gore, sex, nudity and strong language”. That summary will automatically turn off one audience, and cause another to rub its hands together at … Continue reading

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Age Appropriate?

Has anyone else noticed the age recommendations on the backs of recently published children’s books? When this was proposed a few years ago, there was a minor furore. Authors as diverse as Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson objected because children … Continue reading

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Film Review – Jack the Giant Slayer

“You don’t know Jack” runs the tagline for Bryan Singer’s take on Jack and the Beanstalk. Neither, it seems, do critics. The decidedly sniffy notices given to this film are extremely unfair. Jack the Giant Slayer is a hugely satisfying … Continue reading

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George McFly Syndrome

“What if they don’t like it? What if they think I’m no good? I just can’t take that kind of rejection!” – George McFly, Back to the Future. George McFly is a character I feel a great affinity with. His … Continue reading

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Film Review – Oz the Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi’s long awaited Wizard of Oz prequel is neither great nor powerful. In fact, Oz the Overlong and Mediocre might be a better title. Perhaps that’s a little harsh. It’s certainly not a terrible film, but it is a … Continue reading

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Film Review – Side Effects

If Side Effects proves to be Steven Soderbergh’s swansong, as he has claimed, then he’s going out on a high. This tangled web of drugs and deception is a cracking thriller in the Hitchcockian tradition, though I’m loathe to say … Continue reading

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Restarting a book

Whenever I write a novel, I prefer not to take any breaks but to at the very least finish the draft I am working on. Returning to a half-finished book can be daunting, even terrifying. You start to doubt the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Stoker

Stoker is the first English language offering from Korean director Chan wook-Park, who is perhaps best known for the brilliant and thrillingly distasteful Oldboy. Despite the deliberate allusion to Bram Stoker, this is not a film about vampires, but there … Continue reading

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Not as good as the book?

It’s an oft heard remark: the film wasn’t as good as the book. Many – including me – have had cause to complain in such a way. Some of my favourite novels have been adapted into mediocre or absolutely terrible … Continue reading

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Film Review – Arbitrage

Richard Gere is a much underrated performer. True, he has starred in some utter rubbish, but he has a much greater range than people give him credit for. His role in writer/director Nicholas Jareki’s Arbitrage ranks alongside films such as … Continue reading

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