Monthly Archives: January 2017

Film Review – Hacksaw Ridge

Andrew Garfield gives a tremendous lead performance in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of World War II hero Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist conscientious objector who nonetheless enlisted as a medic, winding up saving 75 … Continue reading

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Depicting something versus endorsing something

A recent article in the Guardian reported how a library in Virginia had banned To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because they contained racist language. News of such idiotic censorship always depresses me, and the problem … Continue reading

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Film Review – Lion

The best true stories are often so outrageously implausible that they would be laughed off the screen were they a work of fiction. Lion is one such true story, and a very well-acted, deeply moving contender in this year’s awards … Continue reading

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Film Review – Jackie

Natalie Portman’s superb central performance in director Pablo Larrain’s low key but brilliant Jackie is certain to gain an Oscar nomination and possibly a win. Although an obviously excellent casting decision, Portman’s take on Jackie Kennedy Onassis is quite remarkable, … Continue reading

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Banned Books

I have recently been researching the most banned books in American libraries. In many cases the reasons for said bans have been absurd and farcical. Nevertheless, despite laughing at such idiocy, I always choke on my laughter, as the only … Continue reading

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Film Review – Manchester by the Sea

An absolutely superb central performance from Casey Affleck dominates Manchester by the Sea, a very effective low key slab of Oscar bait melancholia from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan. What makes Affleck’s turn extraordinary is the way he plays two versions of … Continue reading

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Film Review – La La Land

It’s fashionable to sneer at movies with a follow-your-dreams theme, but if La La Land doesn’t put a smile on your face then frankly I feel sorry for you. Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-tipped musical will, I suspect, sweep the board at … Continue reading

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Doomed Romance

Here’s a peculiar observation I have made about my tastes: Generally speaking, in fiction I like my romance doomed. Obviously there are exceptions (especially if one is reading/watching a romantic comedy), but on the whole big epic love stories seem … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Monster Calls

Is A Monster Calls a children’s film about loss, an adult film about a child’s grief, or something in between? After watching JA Bayona’s undeniably impressive and moving adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness, I am still unsure. Conor … Continue reading

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Getting under the skin of the reader

Every writer desires that their work will somehow affect the reader, getting under their skin as it were. In fact, sometimes bad reviews are preferable to good ones if the writing has made the reader frightened, sad, angry, offended, or … Continue reading

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