Monthly Archives: December 2019

My Eleven Favourite Films of 2019

As usual, I’ve had considerable difficulty wittling down my favourite films of this year to just ten, so I’m sorry, but it simply has to be eleven. Yes, I know that’s against the “rules”. No, I don’t care. If it … Continue reading

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Film Review – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Reviewing the finale to not just this Star Wars trilogy but the other two that came before it is no easy task, because I find myself torn between two viewpoints. More on that later, but for now let me preface … Continue reading

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My Ten Favourite Films of the 2010s

Before I dive into my ten favourite films of the 2010s, I need to be clear on one point: these are my ten “favourites”, not necessarily the “greatest”. However, I would add that these films I would consider masterpieces by … Continue reading

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Film Review – Little Women

Writer/director Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is nothing less than superb. Of the previous versions, I like the 1933 version, am less keen on the 1949 version, and have a soft spot for the underrated 1994 … Continue reading

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2019 In Review

2019 has been an extremely busy year for me, and I am very pleased to have released a number of novels and shorter pieces. Novels Two more of my gothic mystery horror thrillers were released: The Irresistible Summons, which erred … Continue reading

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Film Review – Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn is a passion project for writer/director/star Edward Norton. In adapting Jonathan Lehem’s novel, he’s created a gripping, atmospheric, rich stew of a film; a noir conspiracy thriller with roots in highly fictionalised fact. More on that in a … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Non-US cinemagoers considering whether to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood would do well to first watch the excellent documentary Will You Be My Neighbour? Whilst American viewers will be familiar with late, legendary children’s entertainer Fred Rogers, those … Continue reading

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Film Review – Ordinary Love

Ordinary Love is the new film from playwright Owen McCafferty and directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn. It features central performances from Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville that are anything but ordinary. What is also extraordinary about the film … Continue reading

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Phantom Audition: Summary of Articles

Here’s a one-stop-shop with links to all you need to know about my latest gothic mystery thriller, Phantom Audition. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book: He buried himself in a part, but never returned. Now she wants … Continue reading

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Film Review – Knives Out

Knives Out is an exceptionally well-crafted old school murder mystery from writer/director Rian Johnson, recalling various Agatha Christie greats, and related twisty-turny films such as Sleuth. If like me you are a connoisseur of the genre, you will find much … Continue reading

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