Monthly Archives: July 2013

Film Review – Mud

Matthew McConaughey continues his recent streak of interesting, meaty roles after a prolonged period of playing bland romantic leads. Here he gives a terrific central performance as the eponymous Mud, a fugitive hiding on an island in the Mississippi discovered … Continue reading

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Character Motivation

When furnishing characters with motivations, backstory and so forth, I often find that the more one tries to pin particular actions down to a specific incident in a character’s past, the less convincing it is. A classic example of this … Continue reading

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Film Review – Byzantium

About a year ago, during a visit to the cinema with my eight year old, a trailer for one of the interminable Twilight films came on. My eight year old asked: “What’s that Daddy?” My reply: “I’ll tell you what … Continue reading

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Film Review – The World’s End

The final film in Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto trilogy” has arrived, and it’s pretty good. Well, perhaps not as good as Shaun of the Dead, but I preferred it to Hot Fuzz. It is less laugh-out-loud funny than both (though it … Continue reading

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My favourite comics: Tintin

NOTE: I wrote the following article around September 2011 prior to the release of Steven Spieberg’s Tintin film (which turned out to be very good), but didn’t publish it anywhere. I’m adding it here, for anyone who is a fan … Continue reading

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Film Review – Monsters University

Firstly and most importantly: Monsters University is not as good as Monsters Inc. But although it is less funny and more predictable than its illustrious predecessor, this story of how well-loved monsters as Mike and Sully actually met isn’t without … Continue reading

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Inspiration in Locations

Since I moved to the South West of England, I have written six novels set in this part of the world. They are: Uncle Flynn – A treasure hunt adventure story which I have already published. Dr Gribbles and the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Pacific Rim

First, a recommendation: my eight year old absolutely loved this film. For children of a certain age and temperament, it is an absolutely thrilling night at the cinema. Giant robots versus giant monsters, what’s not to like? For grown-ups? Well… … Continue reading

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The Hound of the Baskervilles not included: My ten favourite Sherlock Holmes stories

I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. Here then, for no particular reason at all, are my ten favourites from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary stories. I am deliberately omitting The Hound of the Baskervilles from this list, brilliant … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Field in England

Ben Wheatley is making a name for himself as one of the most singular new British directors. Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers all contribute to his bid for the auteur league. His latest, A Field in England is no … Continue reading

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