Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ seasonal masterpiece A Christmas Carol is one of the greatest stories of all time, and I will brook no argument with that. The original novella is not merely a flawlessly executed narrative with exquisite dialogue and prose; it … Continue reading

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My ten favourite films of 2013

Before I list my ten best films of 2013, I am once again compelled to mention those that narrowly missed out. It is with great regret, therefore, that I name Saving Mr Banks, The Conjuring, Frozen, Byzantium, Prisoners, Rush, Mud, … Continue reading

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Do short stories make better films than novels?

I recently read a selection of Daphne Du Maurier short stories including Don’t Look Now, which later became a classic horror film. I had never read the Du Maurier original so was pleased to find it was – along with … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Surprisingly, the first Hobbit film met with mixed reactions. I’ve never been able to understand why. This second instalment is at least on a par with the first, though that may not be high praise to some. It’s certainly a … Continue reading

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Christmas present ideas… (shameless book plug)

In case you’re still looking for Christmas presents, why not give one of my novels a go? Ideally for ages around ten and up, these adventure stories will be appreciated by the young and young at heart alike. They are … Continue reading

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Film Review – Frozen

Frozen, the latest Disney animated extravaganza, is apparently “from the creators of Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph” – very high praise as far as I’m concerned. Whilst it isn’t of quite the same calibre as the afore-mentioned gems, it is a … Continue reading

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Film Review – Nebraska

With each new Alexander Payne film, I wonder what manner of offbeat, achingly sad insight into the human condition he will offer next. Nebraska has a father/son road movie dynamic, and as such succeeds admirably within the Payne oeuvre. Shot … Continue reading

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Watership Down: A one way ticket to post traumatic stress disorder?

Richard Adams’s Watership Down is one of my favourite books. In fact, it is one of only a very small handful of novels to actually make me cry (during the final couple of pages). I also enjoyed the 1978 animated … Continue reading

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Film Review – Saving Mr Banks

As a love letter to Mary Poppins – as far as I’m concerned one of the greatest films ever made – Saving Mr Banks succeeds admirably. The main attraction is a tremendous central performance from Emma Thompson as the spiky … Continue reading

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