Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Thistlewood Curse delays – and other matters…

Sorry again for the recent lack of writing or book related posts (although I know there have been the usual regular film reviews). I have been somewhat inundated of late. Also, I apologise for the ongoing delays with my new … Continue reading

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Film Review – Doctor Strange

Marvel goes metaphysical in Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch taking the role of the Sorcerer Supreme in style, and director Scott Derrickson out-Inceptioning Inception with a barrage of reality bending visuals. On the whole, it’s an enjoyable mystical brew with … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Honey

Sasha Lane gives an extraordinary, career-making performance in Andrea Arnold’s new film American Honey; a vivid, vibrant, visually exhilarating road movie that provides a fascinating insight into present youth culture and the fragmented, elusive American dream. We first meet Lane’s … Continue reading

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Film Review – Under the Shadow

Performances, screenplay and direction are all absolutely first-rate in writer/director Babak Anvari’s debut Under the Shadow, a UK funded, Farsi language horror film set during the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s. Echoing everything from Repulsion to The Babadook but also … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Girl on the Train

As with High Fidelity, a lot of fuss has been made about the relocation of The Girl on the Train from the UK to the US. Frankly this didn’t bother me. Plenty of other things bothered me, but I’ll get … Continue reading

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Film Review – Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a hugely endearing Kiwi curio. Although largely neglected at the box office, it’s offbeat, comic, poignant sensibilities will undoubtedly lead to cult status. When troubled foster kid Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) comes to live with … Continue reading

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Film Review – Deepwater Horizon

Either see Deepwater Horizon at a cinema on the biggest screen possible with the best sound system, or don’t bother seeing it. That would be my advice regarding Peter Berg’s movie based on the notorious 2010 events that led to … Continue reading

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Film Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Sweet and scary. That sums up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton’s latest. Sweet because the central relationship in the story is quite touching, and scary because Burton’s gothic horror sensibilities push this firmly into “12A for a … Continue reading

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