Monthly Archives: April 2016

Film Review – Victoria

Victoria is, quite simply, one of the most exhilarating pieces of pure cinema I have seen in a long, long time. If you were impressed by the lengthy single shots that open The Player or Touch of Evil, director Sebastian … Continue reading

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Grown-Up Scooby Doo

I once wrote a ghost story short film for a friend to direct, which he affectionately dubbed “Grown-up Scooby Doo”. This phrase recently returned to my consciousness when attempting to describe some of my supernatural thriller novels. For example, The … Continue reading

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Download Love vs Honour FREE

For five days only, you can download Love vs Honour for FREE from Amazon Kindle! I wrote Love vs Honour almost ten years ago and sat on it for some time, as it lay outside my usual genre fiction writing. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky is a gripping, thought-provoking and powerful thriller from director Gavin Hood. As a film examining the ethics of drone warfare, it would make a good double bill with last year’s Good Kill or even Hood’s previous … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Jungle Book

Pointless remakes are frequently the bane of the seasoned cinemagoer; especially when such remakes are either 1) terrible or 2) add little or nothing to the original. In the case of The Jungle Book, there are a few previous adaptations … Continue reading

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Film Review – Anomalisa

To begin with, I thought I might really take to Anomalisa, the Oscar nominated stop-motion animation feature from writer/directors Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman. The opening, as author Michael Stone lands in Cincinnati for an overnight stay in order to … Continue reading

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Post book blues

When putting the finishing touches to a novel, I experience a brief moment of euphoria, followed by an alarming feeling of emptiness. This occurred again recently, as I finished the second draft of my most recent novel, The Deviant Prophet. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Midnight Special

I desperately wanted Midnight Special to be, well, special. Alas, Midnight shows-promise-but-must-try-harder might be a better title. There are some genuinely intriguing ingredients in director Jeff Nichols’ science fiction drama, but quite honestly it fails to bake into a satisfying … Continue reading

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What have I been up to lately?

Some of you might be wondering when I am releasing my next book, or what I am currently working on. My apologies for the lack of news on that front lately. The problem with writing is it sometimes occupies the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Eddie the Eagle

Apparently it isn’t the winning that’s important, but the taking part. That and other sporting clichés fall thick and fast in Eddie the Eagle, director Dexter Fletcher’s well-meaning but utterly predictable tribute to the eponymous Olympian circa the 1988 Calgary … Continue reading

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