Monthly Archives: November 2014

Film Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

No. No. No. Enough. I am officially calling time on this whole let-split-the-last-book-in-a-lucrative-franchise malarkey. It didn’t work with Harry Potter, and it doesn’t work with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. There is absolutely no clear and compelling artistic reason … Continue reading

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How to make tragedy tragic: add comedy

I recently re-watched Schindler’s List and was astonished at just how many funny bits were peppered amid the horrific events contained therein. Scenes such as Schindler’s secretary montage to his darkly comic asides with Nazi bureaucrats (“I think I can … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Imitation Game

Unsung war hero Alan Turing gets the Benedict Cumberbatch treatment in The Imitation Game. The result is another brilliant, awards-potential Cumberbatch performance and a riveting film, courtesy of Headhunters director Morten Tyldum. (HISTORICAL RECORD SPOILERS AHEAD) For those unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mr Turner

A wonderful variety of grumps, groans and growls accompanies Timothy Spall’s central performance in Mr Turner, in his role as the eponymous artist. It is a superb turn that subtly embraces the warts and all complexity of a character who … Continue reading

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Quality vs Quantity

How important is it to be prolific? For some, one great novel is enough. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is an obvious example. But if you are writing as a career, just one novel isn’t going to put food … Continue reading

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Film Review – Maps to the Stars

Strong sex, strong language, strong violence… Strong pretty much everything permeates Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s brilliantly nasty peek beneath the Hollywood veneer. Non-Cronenberg audiences, consider yourself duly warned. Still here? In which case, you are probably either a … Continue reading

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In Defence of Genre Fiction

I have never been able to abide the snobbery that exists in some literary circles regarding genre fiction. For example it dismays me that anyone can dismiss The Lord of the Rings because of some pretentious, elitist literary ideal that … Continue reading

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Film Review – Interstellar

I am running dangerously low on superlatives for Christopher Nolan’s films given the ludicrously high standard he sets himself. Interstellar is his most ambitious project yet: an epic, mind-bending, emotional sucker-punch of a science fiction movie that paints on a … Continue reading

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Film Review – Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a career best performance in Nightcrawler. His portrayal of shock news footage merchant Louis Bloom recalls the sociopathic, delusional characters of Travis Bickle or Rupert Pupkin from Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy respectively. But Bloom … Continue reading

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The Birds Began to Sing – Print copies now available

Print copies of my new novel, The Birds Began to Sing, are now available from Lulu.com. Click below to place an order. http://www.lulu.com/shop/simon-dillon/the-birds-began-to-sing/paperback/product-21878694.html The Kindle version can also be bought at Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birds-Began-Sing-Simon-Dillon-ebook/dp/B00NRSO9O0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414913308&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Birds+Began+to+Sing   Various other downloadable formats are available … Continue reading

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