Monthly Archives: May 2016

Film Review – Sing Street

People of a certain age will find Sing Street has an extra dimension of enjoyment, although I must stress that the film does not get by on nostalgia alone. On the contrary it is funny, touching, euphoric and melancholy in … Continue reading

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Horror or Supernatural Thriller?

I often hear the words “I don’t like horror” when actually what the person means is they don’t like films such as Hostel, Saw and so forth. Horror is actually a very broad category with multiple subgenres, and many stories … Continue reading

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Film Review – Green Room

Think Assault on Precinct 13 with neo-Nazis and you’ll have the measure of Green Room, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s pleasingly taut and nasty horror gem. Upfront warnings for eye-wincing levels of violence and gore are definitely warranted, and there’s plenty of … Continue reading

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Film Review – X-Men: Apocalypse

Many critics have been deeply unfair to Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and I can’t quite figure out why. True, it’s hardly groundbreaking. Nor is it as good as the recent Captain America: Civil War. But it is light years ahead … Continue reading

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MR James: Ghost Stories

I am currently reading a volume of quite superb ghost stories by MR James. Recognised as a master of the genre, his are brilliantly concise tales that begin with intriguing mystery, escalate with gnawing unease and culminate in a single, … Continue reading

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What makes a great treasure hunt story?

I am presently writing a novel which concerns a treasure hunt, and also Oliver Cromwell’s head (just to throw in a random piece of information). Increasingly I am noticing it harks back to my debut novel Uncle Flynn, and that … Continue reading

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Film Review – Son of Saul

Son of Saul, the Hungarian winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is a fiercely uncompromising drama that makes absolutely zero concessions to viewer comfort in the way it relentlessly plunges into the hell of the Holocaust. It … Continue reading

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Captain America: Civil War

Note to Zack Snyder: This is how you make a superhero movie. Captain America: Civil War has a similar plot to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but unlike that dull, leaden slog Civil War has wit, charm, genuinely exciting … Continue reading

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