Archive - September 2017

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Dunkirk
(2017)

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Wonder Woman
(2017)

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Archive - September 2016

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Room
(2015)

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Archive - August 2016

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Pete's Dragon
(2016)

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Star Trek Beyond
(2016)

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The Jungle Book
(2016)

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Long Way North
(2016)

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Archive - July 2016

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Tale Of Tales
(2016)

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When Marnie Was There
(2014)

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Superheroes
(2011)

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Centurion
(2010)

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The Witch
(2016)

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Ghostbusters
(2016)

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The Club
(2015)

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Archive - June 2016

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X-Men Apocalypse
(2016)

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Midnight Special
(2016)

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Departure
(2015)

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Archive - May 2016

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The Hereafter (Efterskelv)
(2015)

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In The Heart Of The Sea
(2015)

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Captain America: Civil War
(2016)

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Batman v Superman
(2016)

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Archive - January 2016

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
(2014)

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Macbeth
(2015)

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Pure
(2002)

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Let Me In
(2010)

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
(2013)

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Let The Right One In
(2008)

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Inside Out
(2015)

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Archive - December 2015

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(2015)

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
(2013)

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Spectre
(2015)

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Archive - November 2015

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Frozen
(2013)

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Dune
(1984)

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Archive - October 2015

Five(ish) Word Review of Ushers The Front Of House Musical

12th October 2015

My Five(ish) Word Review of Ushers The Front Of House Musical. Read more ›

57th Woking Drama Festival

6th October 2015

I went to see two plays at the opening night of the 57th Woking Drama Festival. One of them I know very well... Read more ›

Archive - September 2015

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Avengers Age of Ultron
(2015)

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Archive - June 2015

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Jurassic World
(2015)

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Archive - May 2015

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Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama
(2014)

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X+Y
(2015)

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Strictly Ballroom
(1992)

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Made In Dagenham
(2010)

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Archive - March 2015

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Chappie
(2015)

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Archive - January 2015

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Real Steel
(2011)

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
(2014)

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Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
(2014)

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
(2011)

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ParaNorman
(2012)

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Left Behind
(2014)

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Rise Of The Guardians
(2012)

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
(2009)

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When Did News Become Gossip?

5th January 2015

Following a de facto media blackout in November and December, I've been far more aware that the news seems more like gossip. Read more ›

Archive - December 2014

Midnight Blue Released

20th December 2014

The Christmas Special for suburban superhero web series Midnight Blue is released online. Read more ›

Midnight Mass Online Premiere

19th December 2014

Midnight Mass, a short film I wrote for a Literary Advent Calendar last year premieres online. Read more ›

Hard Work Pays Off

18th December 2014

After months of hard work, Trinity's A Christmas Carol is rewarded with a glowing 4-star review in The Stage. Read more ›

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Paddington
(2014)

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Guardians of the Galaxy
(2014)

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Archive - November 2014

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Pacific Rim
(2013)

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Joe
(2014)

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Archive - October 2014

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Godzilla
(2014)

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RoboCop
(2014)

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Archive - September 2014

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Boyhood
(2014)

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Chef
(2014)

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Lawrence Of Arabia
(1962)

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Lucy
(2014)

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A National Theatre Documentary Raped My Mind

10th September 2014

How an NT Live 'Making Of' documentary screened before Medea ruined my enjoyment of it. Read more ›

Archive - August 2014

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The Impossible
(2012)

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The Wind Rises (Kaze tachinu)
(2013)

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Maleficent
(2014)

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Amazing Spider-Man 2
(2014)

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Archive - July 2014

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How To Train Your Dragon
(2010)

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
(2008)

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Wild Bill
(2011)

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Robin Hood
(2010)

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Why Jon Ronson's Frank Makes Me Feel Like A Bad Person

9th July 2014

As someone who is normally averse to violence, I found myself laughing at the most inappropriate things in Jon Ronson's Frank. Why...? Read more ›

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Frank
(2014)

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X-Men Days of Future Past
(2014)

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Archive - June 2014

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After Earth
(2013)

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Rik Mayall, A Glorious B'Stard

5th June 2014

With the sad passing of comic legend Rik Mayall this week, I consider his role as a straight actor and mourn what might have been. Read more ›

Archive - May 2014

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The Last Airbender (2010)

Lazy script and bland direction.

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Oblivion (2013)

Surprisingly engaging, despite Cruise's involvement.

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Elysium (2013)

What a sci-fi should be,
or
Interesting and nuanced dystopian future.

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Archive - April 2014

The Fast-Cheap-Quality Triangle

24th April 2014

I have found myself having to explain the Fast-Cheap-Quality Triangle to a lot of clients recently. I outline the basics of this beautifully simple, elegant and eternally true principle. Read more ›

Cast of the Mind - Writing Better Characters

23rd April 2014

I discuss a simple but effective method I have found to write more convicing and emotionally engaing characters that anyone can use. Read more ›

My Cigarette Packaging Conundrum

4th April 2014

Yesterday's announcement that plain cigarette packaging may be the norm by May 2015 has caused mixed feelings between the designer in me and the human. Read more ›

Transmission Interrupted Update

2nd April 2014

Sorry I've been quiet recently. I've been shooting a movie! Read more ›

Archive - February 2014

Evergreen Short Story

2nd February 2014 (originally 21st Dec 2013)

In the second of two short pieces for the Tunbridge Wells Writers' Literary Advent Calendar I write about the Shortest Day, and a lone tree. Read more ›

Midnight Mass Short Script

2nd February 2014 (originally 3rd Dec 2013)

The first of two short pieces of fiction I contributed to the Tunbridge Wells Writers' Literary Advent Calendar. Read more ›

Christmas SoapBox

2nd February 2014

My unpublished SoapBox rant on the declining quality of Christmas television for local magazine StayGo. Read more ›

Archive - November 2013

Why No NaNoWriMo

19th November 2013

A list of my excuses for not writing a novel during NaNoWriMo. Read more ›

Archive - October 2013

Designing Cartoon Characters Is Hard

30th October 2013

A quick look at designing cartoon characters for animation. Read more ›

NT Live Hamlet Review

27th October 2013

A review of Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre production of Hamlet, starring Rory Kinnear in the role of the Dane. Read more ›

NYCVS Award Ceremony

25th October 2013

The SAFE project I worked on is nominated for an award recognising work between adults and young people. Read more ›

Archive - August 2013

Big Top Video Workshop

5th August 2013

Get hands-on with light, camera and sound equipment to see how a scene is shot, and pick up some micro-budget tips at Trinity Theatre's Big Top Introduction to Video Workshop. Read more ›

Archive - July 2013

Summer In February Q&A

23rd July 2013

Producer Pippa Cross and writer Jonathan Smith, who adapted his own novel, will be attending Trinity's screening of their film Summer In February at 8pm on Weds 31st July to answer your questions. Read more ›

Cuckoo Calling

16th July 2013

I could be being unnecessarily cynical - I know, control yourself! - but I can't help feel a little curiosity that news that hitherto unheard of detective novel The Cuckoo's Calling was in fact written by JK Rowling moments before hitting the shelves and soaring to top of the best-seller list. Read more ›

MUD Review

15th July 2013

A review of Jeff Nichol's 2012 film MUD starring Matthew McConaughy, Tye Sheridan and Reece Witherspoon. Read more ›

The Name Game

14th July 2013

As usual I was a fairly late-comer to a big pop-culture event, namely Katie Hopkins' bashing of certain first names. As a writer, I feel qualified to discuss people's names as, despite appearances, we tend not to select names at random. Coincidentally, I recently named a young character 'Tyler' who is the adolescent son of an alcoholic and petty thief. Read more ›

S(c/k)eptical Tarot

13th July 2013

It's been a long time coming, but I finally made it to a Tunbridge Wells' Skeptics In The Pub meeting last week. In fact I made it to two. The first was a fascinating talk, given the provocative title 'How America Saved The English Language', the second was 'Confessions Of A Tarot Reader'. Read more ›

First Post

12th July 2013

So after literally years of pussy-footing around the subject, I decided to start a proper blog. But, because nothing can be simple and I'm a weird control freak that way, I decided not to go with any of the usual providers. Read more ›

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