Monthly Archives: July 2018

Film Review – Mission Impossible: Fallout

Is Mission Impossible Fallout the best in the series as some critics claim? Difficult to say after an initial viewing, although I would certainly put it near the top of the list. At any rate, it’s hard to imagine audiences … Continue reading

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Aggregator aggravation

I have developed a particular dislike for aggregator review sites. For example, Rotten Tomatoes for films, or Goodreads for books. The star rating system is one I have always found reductive. In expressing an opinion this way, intelligent critique and … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Prayer Before Dawn

Immersive. Visceral. Brutal. Sweaty. These are just some of the adjectives I could use to describe A Prayer Before Dawn, the hugely compelling new film from Johnny Mad Dog director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. I suppose now is as good a time … Continue reading

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Why I am an egomaniac

I am a writer, which makes me a bit of an egomaniac. I don’t think that is a bad thing, and here is why. To honestly, truthfully believe that someone would want to read whatever it is you have written, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Incredibles 2

Brad Bird’s The Incredibles is my favourite Pixar film. It is also the only Pixar film other than Toy Story which I thought could benefit from a sequel. Now Bird has finally revisited his masterpiece, the big question can finally … Continue reading

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George goes to Neptune – the version that never was

Whilst glancing through some old notes and files the other day, I came across an outline I’d written for George goes to Neptune, the third novel in my George Hughes trilogy. I glanced through it and was astonished. The plot … Continue reading

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Film Review – Sicario 2: Soldado

Denis Villeneuve’s drug cartel thriller Sicario was one of the best films of 2015. This sequel, bereft of Villeneuve, Emily Blunt and cinematographer Roger Deakins, fails to match the illustrious heights of the original, but it is still an agreeably … Continue reading

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How to write a series

I was recently asked for tips on how to write a series of novels, because I wrote and published the George Hughes trilogy. However, the title of this blog post is deliberately misleading, because I actually have no clue how … Continue reading

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Film Review – Leave No Trace

Superb lead performances from Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie underpin Leave No Trace, the new film from Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik. Based on a novel by Peter Rock, the story concerns father and daughter Will (Foster) and Tom (McKenzie), … Continue reading

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