Monthly Archives: February 2017

Oscars 2017

With the rather hilarious twist of having the wrong Best Picture read out, this year’s Oscars provided quite a shock when Moonlight was named the winner over La La Land. I must admit I didn’t see that coming, although many … Continue reading

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Film Review – Moonlight

Tremendous critical acclaim has greeted writer/director Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, which I finally caught up with last night (on the night it won Best Picture). So is it really that good? Well, certainly the acting and direction cannot be faulted, and … Continue reading

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Download The Birds Began to Sing FREE – for five days only

For five days only The Birds Began to Sing is available to download FREE from Amazon Kindle. The Birds Began to Sing is a gripping, page-turning mystery novel. I drew inspiration from Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier, Sir Arthur Conan … Continue reading

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Film Review – Hidden Figures

The Oscar nominated Hidden Figures, a true story of civil rights and the space race, is the third film in what feels like as many weeks to feature photographs of the people it is based on in the end credits. … Continue reading

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Inspiration: The Birds Began to Sing

Whether writers care to admit it or not, much of what they pen is influenced – consciously or unconsciously – by other works. In my case, I am happy to acknowledge influences, but like any other writer hope my own … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Lego Batman Movie

After The Lego Movie turned out to be something quite special instead of the soulless cash grab so many had anticipated, further films were inevitable. The Lego Batman Movie is a fine way to continue, given Batman’s involvement in The … Continue reading

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Film Review – Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann, which has been Oscar nominated for this year’s best foreign language film, is a triumph of surreal, awkward, painful and poignant dark humour. Comparisons with The Office (the UK version) are not unjustified although this is a very … Continue reading

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Religion, Agony and Secrets… The novels of DM Miller

On Valentine’s Day I normally favour a bit of counter-programming on this blog, rather than slavishly adhere to calendar observance. However, this year I think it is worth promoting fellow author DM Miller, who has written an unusual romantic trilogy. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Loving

It’s hard to believe US laws prohibiting marriage between races still existed in the early 1960s, but Loving, the new film from Jeff Nichols, provides a sobering reminder of such alarmingly recent times and attitudes. That said, it is important … Continue reading

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His Dark Materials – A Reassessment

SPOILERS AHEAD for His Dark Materials. In the past I have written extensively of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. I have spoken of how it is a spectacular feat of imagination that almost equals The Lord of the Rings. … Continue reading

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