Monthly Archives: June 2016

How important is it to describe characters physically?

How important is it to describe physical attributes of characters in a novel? Difficult question really. Sometimes the information can feel incidental, and other times integral. More often I tend to find, especially when introducing a character, their bearing is … Continue reading

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Film Review – Independence Day: Resurgence

Commercially speaking, I am somewhat baffled a sequel has only now been made to 1996’s smash hit Independence Day. Because of this twenty year delay, much of the target audience was not alive when the original film was released. Whether … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Conjuring 2

Make no mistake: The Conjuring 2 is a collection of supernatural horror clichés and can hardly be considered a groundbreaking entry in the genre by any means. However, although undoubtedly an example of what Mark Kermode calls “cattle prod cinema” … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mustang

Many critics referred to Mustang as a kind of Turkish version of The Virgin Suicides, but director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s funny, sad and moving (and Oscar nominated) celebration of sisterhood amid the tensions of Islamic culture stands as a very … Continue reading

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The Thistlewood Curse delayed

Delays are dull things to have to announce. Nonetheless, with regret my new novel The Thistlewood Curse isn’t quite ready to be unleashed on the world as soon as I had hoped. I do however still hope to have it … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Nice Guys

Darkly comic and outrageously entertaining, The Nice Guys is everything a Shane Black movie should be. Those familiar with his schtick- Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang et al – will know what to expect. But the easily offended should … Continue reading

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Film Review – Warcraft

Not even the presence of a prestigious director like Duncan Jones can save Warcraft from being yet more evidence that films based on computers games are a really bad idea. Despite Jones’s obvious passion for the project, Warcraft completely failed … Continue reading

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