Monthly Archives: November 2013

Film Review – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second segment in the Hunger Games trilogy is on a par with the first, pretty much. Perhaps that isn’t much of a surprise, given structurally the plot in many ways reprises the first, but this isn’t necessarily a bad … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Doctor Who

This week the BBC have filled their schedules with Doctor Who related programming, including documentaries, repeats of classic stories, the wonderful love letter to it’s origins An Adventure in Space and Time, and most obviously the rather good 50th Anniversary … Continue reading

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Who should read early drafts of your work?

In Noah Lukeman’s The First Five Pages – a book aimed at aspiring novelists – the author refers to what he calls the “paranoid writer”. This writer thinks agents and publishers are desperate to steal his/her ideas, when really they … Continue reading

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The Page 1 Rewrite

Rewriting can be done for many reasons; to clarify or rework plot, to improve dialogue, to correct spelling and punctuation, to improve the style, or just to generally craft better prose –  removing or modifying adjectives, adverbs, clumsy metaphors and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Gravity

Wow. Just wow. The hype is justified. It isn’t often a film of such cinematic magnitude graces our screens, but Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity really can join the ranks of Lawrence of Arabia, Apocalypse Now, Close Encounters of the Third Kind … Continue reading

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Film Review – Thor: The Dark World

The latest in the Marvel mega-franchise, Thor: The Dark World, is neither as bad nor as good as it could have been. Despite a troubled production history it emerges as an efficiently entertaining addition to the canon, but falls short … Continue reading

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Crisis within the climax

SPOILERS AHEAD: for The Italian Job, Ocean’s Eleven, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Hamlet, The Remains of the Day, Jane Eyre, The Lord of the Rings, Mockingjay and The Great Gatsby. One of the most vital skills any storyteller … Continue reading

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Film Review – Philomena

Great performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan form the centre of this utterly compelling true story, director Steven Frears’ best film since The Queen. Based on Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Dench plays Philomena, a … Continue reading

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