Monthly Archives: March 2017

Film Review – Elle

A committed, first-rate performance from Isabelle Huppert forms the centre of Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a rape revenge thriller guaranteed to cause controversy and jab at raw nerves. It is easily Verhoeven’s best work in years, and a reminder of just … Continue reading

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Film Review – Life

Alien meets Gravity essentially sums up Life, an incredibly derivative sci-fi horror pic from director Daniel Espinosa that is a lot more satisfying than it really deserves to be. Yet somehow, the film delivers the goods in thrills, scares and … Continue reading

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Telling myself the story

I once read that “the first draft is you telling yourself the story”. I’m not sure where to attribute that quote, but this is certainly true for me. Whilst I have a good outline of the story whenever I write … Continue reading

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Film Review – Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s live action remake of the classic 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast exists for only one reason: money. Other than that, it is the cinematic equivalent of a Westlife cover version: bland, inoffensive, indistinct, and utterly, utterly … Continue reading

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Film Review – Get Out

For the first half at least, Get Out, a satirical horror film from writer/director Jordan Peele, takes a nicely scathing look at racism lurking beneath the veneer of well-intended white middle class liberal elites. It has received sterling notices from … Continue reading

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Coincidence: A mortal sin for writers?

I have heard some storytelling gurus state that the use of coincidence in a story is a heinous crime and should be avoided at all costs. Obviously Charles Dickens didn’t get that particular memo, as many of his greatest novels, … Continue reading

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Inspiration: George Hughes trilogy

Continuing my series on inspiration and influences for my novels, in this post I am taking a look at the ideas behind my George Hughes science fiction adventure trilogy, which comprises (in reading order) George goes to Mars, George goes … Continue reading

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Film Review – Kong: Skull Island

Apocalypse Now meets The Land that Time Forgot isn’t an obvious premise for a King Kong reboot, but Kong: Skull Island is nonetheless a surprisingly effective, if jaw-droppingly ridiculous, slab of monster blockbuster fun. It’s considerably more bonkers, and therefore … Continue reading

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Film Review – Logan

From the very start, Logan is on a mission to prove it is absolutely not a film for children. By opening with a bloodthirsty and f-word strewn encounter with murderous car thieves, director James Mangold seems determined to underline that … Continue reading

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Film Review – Split

After dutifully viewing all best picture nominees, I rewarded myself with some genre nonsense yesterday by finally catching up with M Night Shyamalan’s Split, heralded by many critics as a major return to form. For my money, The Sixth Sense … Continue reading

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