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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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Simon Dillon Plot Bingo

Someone recently read one of my novels and claimed it had a “full house of Simon Dillon Plot Bingo”. Far from being insulted, I was amused by this. In fact I was rather proud, because it meant I was getting … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Kindergarten Teacher

An absolutely superb central performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal forms the core of The Kindergarten Teacher, writer/director Sara Colangelo’s English language remake of an Israeli film by Nadav Lapid (which I must confess I haven’t seen). The Kindergarten Teacher is a … Continue reading

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Title Announcement for my next novel (and other news)

As well as promoting new releases Spectre of Springwell Forest and my short story Papercut (part of the First Love romantic fantasy anthology), I’ve made good use of the grim winter months writing another spooky mystery novel entitled (drumroll…) Phantom … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival: Part 3

Concluding this series on the Oxford International Short Film Festival, here are some of the highlights you can expect to see there tomorrow. Pianist in a Brothel – This melancholy mood piece from director Ciaran Cruden depicts a wonderful Jeremy … Continue reading

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