Monthly Archives: March 2016

Film Review – Zootropolis

Want a film that examines the present paranoid political climate of America? Look no further than Zootropolis (known in the US as Zootopia for some reason). This family-friendly animated crowd pleaser is in fact a thinly veiled condemnation of Trump-era … Continue reading

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Good vs Evil in my novels

I have sometimes discussed the recurring themes in my novels on this blog. For example religious oppression and abuse of power are mainstays in all my work. Children of the Folded Valley is perhaps the most obvious example. Another key … Continue reading

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Film Review – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had me longing nostalgically for two separate Christopher related superhero franchises – the Christopher Reeve Superman pictures, and the Christopher Nolan directed Batman movies. It is, I am sorry to report, a mixed bag … Continue reading

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10 Cloverfield Lane

Reviewing this film is a little tricky, as the less you know about 10 Cloverfield Lane the better. Supposedly sharing some kind of link to the Matt Reeves/JJ Abrams produced found footage monster movie Cloverfield, this is actually a very … Continue reading

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Film Review – High Rise

I can’t make up my mind about whether or not I like High Rise. Part of me desperately wants to like it. After all, it’s brilliantly acted and stylishly directed. It feels like it ought to be a distinctive piece … Continue reading

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The George Hughes trilogy: Hidden meanings?

Sometimes I don’t fully understand what my novels are about, deep down, whilst writing them. Obviously I know about the story and characters, but because I don’t want to come off as preachy, I do not consciously include any “message” … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Witch

The Witch is a startling feature debut from writer/director Robert Eggers. It’s been some time since a horror film disrupted my sleep, but this one managed to do so. Let me state upfront that I suspect most of my fellow … Continue reading

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Taglines

In the past taglines were generally used for movies. Science fiction films in particular often feature very memorable taglines. Off the top of my head I think of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (“We are not alone”), Dune (“A … Continue reading

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Film Review – Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! – the latest film from the Coen Brothers – serves as a kind of comedy companion piece to their earlier dark masterpiece Barton Fink. However, unlike that film, this is no vision of Hollywood as hell. Instead, contrary … Continue reading

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Three Films to celebrate Mother’s Day

Since it is Mother’s Day today in the UK, here’s a closer look at three recent films that celebrate motherhood in fascinating and unexpected ways. (SPOILER WARNING) Guardians of the Galaxy – Marvel’s off-the-wall space adventure succeeds brilliantly, not by … Continue reading

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