Monthly Archives: January 2015

Film Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Like his earlier film Kick Ass, director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service is a delightfully disreputable blast of stylised ultra-violence with a smattering of knowing crassness that is most emphatically not for the easily offended. … Continue reading

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George goes to Neptune delayed

Regular readers of this blog will know I had planned to release the final novel in the George Hughes series, George goes to Neptune, in the early part of this year. However due to various circumstances, some of which are … Continue reading

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Film Review – Ex Machina

In one sense, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is nothing new. Themes of artificial intelligence have been thoroughly explored both seriously and not so seriously throughout the history of science fiction. Yet for at least the first half of Ex Machina, … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Sniper

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial offering American Sniper, based on the memoir of the deadliest military sniper in US history, Chris Kyle, is something of a mixed bag, despite being nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. The war scenes … Continue reading

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Are you a “process” writer or a “product” writer?

My wife, who is a knitting enthusiast, recently made me aware of an article that asked whether people were a process or product knitter. The point being, do people knit to achieve the end product, or for the joy of … Continue reading

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Film Review – Whiplash

JK Simmons is an obvious shoe-in for best supporting actor at the Oscars for his turn as extreme music mentor Terence Fletcher. He dominates every scene he is in to the point that his really feels like a lead performance, … Continue reading

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Research: How far is too far?

Some writers have, in the course of their careers, reached a terrifying and occasionally impassible point when they realise they have nothing left to say. I’m not merely talking about writer’s block. I’m talking about the inability to write or … Continue reading

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Film Review – Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is a perfect film for January in that it is depressing, but a fact of life. That’s a little harsh maybe. After all, it contains a trio of brilliant central performances, a superbly subtle screenplay, and understated but assured … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are the two main reasons to watch The Theory of Everything, a biopic about the life of renowned scientist Steven Hawking. Both give compassionate performances, and their relationship at the heart of this admirable but … Continue reading

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