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Oscars 2020: A Belated Opinion

This is now old news (well, a week old), but I deliberately held off commenting on this year’s Oscar winners, until I’d seen the final of the nominees in the Best Picture category, Parasite. Having now seen this remarkable film … Continue reading

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Film Review – Parasite

The best advice I can give anyone seeing Parasite is to urge that you know nothing going in beforehand. This is a film best experienced with no foreknowledge or expectations. And boy, is it a superb film; a Best Picture … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series Three – Episode 7: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey (Time Travel)

In this week’s episode of The Tangent Tree podcast, Samantha Stephen and I talk time travel films. I can’t remember if we mentioned Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (ie the one with the whales that’s basically the best one, … Continue reading

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Uncle Flynn Revisited – Locations and Local History

Over the next few months, I’m highlighting some of my earlier novels. This month, continuing my series on treasure hunt adventure Uncle Flynn, here are some details about the locations and local history that informed the text. The novel was … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers’s unsettling psychological drama/horror The Lighthouse has had a lot of rave reviews. It’s only fair that I burst this bubble a little, as this is absolutely not a film for everyone. Those searching for fright-a-minute jump scares will … Continue reading

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Uncle Flynn Revisited – An Introduction

I’ve decided to revisit some of my earlier novels in a series of articles this year, with a monthly spotlight on some of these works. To begin with, for the month of February, I’m putting the spotlight on Uncle Flynn. … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series Three – Episode 6: Will Media Be The Death Of Us?

In this week’s episode of The Tangent Tree podcast, Samantha Stephen and I delve into the debate around violence in film, cause and effect, chicken and egg, and so on. Tangents ensue. And some comparison between Joker and Scorsese classics … Continue reading

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Film Review – Queen and Slim

A young black couple on a first date make a run for the border, after a catastrophic encounter with a violent white traffic cop. This simple chase narrative proves effective in director Melina Matsoukas’s Queen and Slim, which features strong … Continue reading

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Film Review – Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood’s new film Richard Jewell tells the true story of the eponymous security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, who prevented considerable loss of life when he discovered a bomb in a rucksack (even though the device still went … Continue reading

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My take on The Secret Commonwealth

I recently read Philip Pullman’s second novel in his second trilogy in the His Dark Materials universe, The Book of Dust. This volume is entitled The Secret Commonwealth. You can read my take on the first book in this trilogy, … Continue reading

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