Monthly Archives: April 2019

Recent Reviews: First Love and Spectre of Springwell Forest

I’ve had one or two very encouraging reviews on Amazon for my recent work. Firstly, there was this review for Papercut, my short story included in Dragon Soul Press’s romantic fantasy anthology First Love. “I had a fantastic time reading … Continue reading

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Film Review – Avengers Endgame

The Marvel cinematic universe is to this generation what the heyday of Lucas and Spielberg was to my generation. Consequently, Avengers Endgame is an event cinema milestone, and a hugely satisfying culmination of eleven years of blockbuster superhero filmmaking based … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 1: Film Noir

It’s here! Series 2 of The Tangent Tree – the weekly film podcast I co-host with Samantha Stephen – is back for another run. This week’s episode delves into the murky world of film noir and femme fatales. Listen here, … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree returns tomorrow!

It’s back tomorrow. Series 2 of The Tangent Tree will feature amusing and tangential prattle on everything from sci-fi to femme fatales. Moderate levels of excitement are appropriate.

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Why I love The Goonies

In late 1985, aged ten, after seeing this TV spot for The Goonies, I really wanted to see it. I voiced my enthusiasm to my mother, not expecting that I would actually be taken. A few days later, my mother … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree is back

The Tangent Tree is back! Coming very soon – on Wednesday 24th April to be precise – film podcast The Tangent Tree, which I co-host with the excellent Samantha Stephen, will return for a second series. For the uninitiated, The … Continue reading

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Film Review – Pet Sematary

Stephen King’s bleakest novel Pet Sematary gets a new coat of cinematic paint in this glossy remake from directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. An undoubted improvement on the disappointing 1989 version, this is reasonably solid stuff for genre fans, … Continue reading

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Antagonists with the same goal as the Protagonist

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, there’s a scene where villainous, Nazi collaborating French archaeologist Belloq tells Indiana Jones that “I am a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push … Continue reading

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Film Review – Shazam!

By now we must be reaching saturation point with superhero movies, right? How many more variations on a theme are there left to be discovered? At least one more, it would appear, since Shazam! – the latest from the not … Continue reading

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Film Review – Us

Us completes an astonishing one-two punch of horror gems for writer/director Jordan Peele. If anything, I enjoyed Us even more than Get Out. Some claim it lacks the socio-political bite of the earlier film, but I disagree. On the contrary, … Continue reading

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