Tag Archives: Drama

Film Review – Greed

No, this isn’t a rerelease of the Erich von Stroheim 1929 silent classic, but Michael Winterbottom’s new satirical drama, in which Steve Coogan plays notorious and somewhat disgraced entrepreneur Sir Phillip Green in all but name (despite the filmmakers insisting … Continue reading

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Christmas Presents: The One-Offs

Looking for the perfect Christmas present for that difficult relative? Why not give them a book this year? To be more specific, why not give them one of my books? In this, the final of three articles, here’s a look … Continue reading

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Film Review – Booksmart

Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart has been hailed by critics as funny, foul-mouthed, and feminist, and on the whole I agree. Pitched as a female version of Superbad (itself a throwback to the likes of Revenge of the Nerds) this is actually … Continue reading

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Christmas Present ideas

If you are scratching your head this year over Christmas presents, why not consider giving one of my novels? At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I have written across a variety of genres and therefore have “something for … Continue reading

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Film Review – Widows

Steve McQueen’s Widows opens with an extraordinary sequence, whereby intimate moments of a heist gang with their wives and families are intercut with their disastrous final score, which ends in a hail of bullets and an explosion. The action is … Continue reading

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Film Review – First Man

First Man isn’t so much a film about landing on the moon as a film about coming to terms with grief, set against the backdrop of the space race. It shares very little DNA with previous space race films, being … Continue reading

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Film Review – Bad Times at the El Royale

Quentin Tarantino has many imitators, some good, some bad. Writer/director Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale sits somewhere between the two. A great cast and winning performances make for an intermittently gripping experience, but it is marred by … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Star is Born

There are now four versions of A Star is Born and all of them are good. That isn’t something you can say about many oft-remade films. The closest competitor would be Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1956, 1978 and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Cold War

A postscript at the end of Cold War, the new film from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, rather touchingly dedicates it to his parents, whose relationship inspired the story. Far from feeling self-indulgent, this dedication contextualises the non-judgemental sadness oozing from … Continue reading

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My brain needs a break

My brain needs a break. Here’s a scary picture of me in brain meltdown mode. Given the rather excessively productive year I have had so far (first drafts on two longer than usual novels, lots of editing on earlier, currently … Continue reading

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