Monthly Archives: January 2018

Film Review – Downsizing

Downsizing, the latest from writer/director Alexander Payne, is a curious beast. It has a fascinating premise, a surplus of ideas, and despite being overlong and episodic, has insightful things to say about the human condition. Strapped for cash Paul (Matt … Continue reading

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Film Review – Coco

Coco is a sterling achievement that almost, almost matches the brilliance of Pixar’s stand-out masterpiece this decade, Inside Out. A colourful and moving fairy tale for all the family, Coco should easily nab the Best Animated Film award at this … Continue reading

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Echo and the White Howl – Influences

Whilst I believe my latest novel Echo and the White Howl is an interesting and original work in its own right, I also think it is disingenuous to deny influences. Here then are seven other stories that informed Echo and … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Post

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is another example of what I have come to call his “elder statesman” films , alongside previous examples Bridge of Spies and Lincoln. Like those films, The Post is possessed of an absolute belief in the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Today I finally caught up with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which has been a surprise hit. What’s even more surprising is that it is actually a thoroughly entertaining comedy adventure, with charm, wit and even a smidgeon of satire … Continue reading

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Echo and the White Howl – the cover

Here’s the cover for my new novel, Echo and the White Howl. I greatly dislike the word “team”. It is the word my children dread to hear at school (“team project”) because it often means they will end up doing … Continue reading

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Film Review – Darkest Hour

There is a lot of talk about Gary Oldman winning Best Actor at this year’s Oscars for his turn as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s latest film Darkest Hour. To be fair, his performance is very good – exactly the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand could well win Best Actress at this year’s Oscars for her turn as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Playing a woman whose daughter was horrifically raped and murdered, McDormand seamlessly and simultaneously conveys a gamut … Continue reading

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Another excerpt from Echo and the White Howl

Here’s another excerpt from my latest novel, Echo and the White Howl. An animal fiction adventure for all ages, this segment is from chapter 3, where Echo, Malakai and Imalik go on a scouting expedition to investigate human activity outside … Continue reading

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Film Review – Hostiles

Hostiles, a new western from director Scott Cooper, features a particularly savage opening. Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike) is schooling her young children at their remote homestead whilst her husband chops wood outside. They are then attacked by a marauding party … Continue reading

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