Monthly Archives: November 2018

Favourite versus Greatest part 1 – The Tangent Tree new podcast now available

In the first of a two-part podcast on The Tangent Tree, Sam and I discuss “Favourite” versus “Greatest”. She attempts to predict my five “greatest” films, and in part 2 (coming next week) I attempt to predict her five “favourite” … Continue reading

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Film Review – Assassination Nation

Assassination Nation begins with a darkly comical, wry voiceover from teenage protagonist Lily (Odessa Young), giving a “trigger” warning to audiences that the film they are about to watch contains “swearing”, “blood”, “torture”, “racism”, “sexism”, “kidnapping”, “rape”, “murder”, “toxic masculinity”, … Continue reading

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Why Netflix continues to enrage me

Regular readers of my blog will be aware of my fury at Netflix earlier this year regarding the Annihilation fiasco, and their nasty habit of not granting cinema releases to films that deserve it. Well, recently things got worse. Let … Continue reading

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Goes bump in the night… New podcast from The Tangent Tree available now.

The latest episode of The Tangent Tree podcast – featuring Samantha Stephen and yours truly – is now available here, or you can listen on Spotify, Podcast Addict, iTunes and so on. You know the drill by now. A different … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest – pre-order now available

My latest novel, Spectre of Springwell Forest, is now available to pre-order on Amazon Kindle here (in the UK) and here (in the US).  Paperback versions will be available for pre-order soon. Here is the blurb from the back of … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest – cover reveal

Here is the cover from my new novel Spectre of Springwell Forest, courtesy of my publisher, Dragon Soul Press. (We decided to drop the “The” from the title.) Here is the blurb from the back of the book: Lily Henderson … Continue reading

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Suspiria (2018)

Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria has to be one of the most maddening films I’ve seen in some time. Maddening, because it is well cast and directed, and somewhere in its ludicrously overlong running time (over two and a half … Continue reading

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Film Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has spawned another cinematic universe, specifically the “Wizarding World” in which we are now due not one but four sequels to the afore-mentioned spin-off, with presumably other tangents and offshoots … Continue reading

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Isn’t it romantic? – New podcast from The Tangent Tree available now

Episode 5 of The Tangent Tree podcast is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Podcast Addict and the various other usual places, as well as the website here. In this episode, Sam and I discuss romantic comedy versus romantic drama. Generally, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Peterloo

Peterloo writer/director Mike Leigh claims he didn’t learn about the subject of his latest film in school. By contrast I was taught about this curious footnote in UK nineteenth century history, so coming to Peterloo, I knew all about the … Continue reading

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