Reviews

Short Film: Room 8

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Writer/director James Griffiths won the BAFTA for Best British Short Film for Room 8, so that was next in line for a viewing. Watch it on YouTube below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RGYdbLSizI Room 8, a story about a prisoner, curiosity and a box of secrets[...]

Short Film: The Voorman Problem

Short Film: The Voorman Problem
Short films have great difficulty entering the awareness of the public. I learnt of The Voorman Problem from a segment on BBC Breakfast this morning, and it was only covered because not only was it Oscar-nominated, it also stars Martin[...]

Short Film: Lot254

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By way of a friend and the Digital Theatre daily short, I was pointed at Toby Meakins' Lot254, a three-minute horror short. http://vimeo.com/39329246 This film, shot for hundreds, not thousands, and selected for numerous film festivals in 2012, is a brilliantly atmospheric[...]

Review: Vertigo

Review: Vertigo
Next up on my list goal of watching the 50 top movies of all time was Vertigo. Vertigo is quite difficult to review for a few reasons. Firstly, while this film is seen as one of the best films ever[...]

Review: Singin' in the Rain

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I'm still persevering on my goal to watch all of The Top 50 Movies of All Time, and one of them was Singin' in the Rain. A musical, known to me only because of its eponymous main song, I was dreading this[...]

Final Draft 9 vs Fade In - Screenwriting Software Deathmatch

Final Draft 9 vs Fade In - Screenwriting Software Deathmatch
Final Draft 9 has been so long in coming, that it created the vacuum for its competition to exist in. In my opinion, foremost among the competition is Fade In,  so I thought I'd do a side-by side comparison. You[...]

Review - Sherlock S3E1 - The Sign of Three

Review - Sherlock S3E1 - The Sign of Three
Last night had the BBC grace us with the second episode of the third season of Sherlock. Focussed around the wedding day of John Watson, this episode was hugely divisive; and in amongst the cries of dismay could be heard[...]

Fifty Pounds Worth of Movies

Fifty Pounds Worth of Movies
I was asked yesterday what movies and TV shows I would recommend someone buy; someone who loved film, but whose collection was bereft of anything but old VHS copies taped off the TV. The budget of £50 meant it was[...]

Strangers on a Train: Theatre Review

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Strangers on a Train, Craig Warner's adaptation of Hitchcock's '51 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel was billed as a tightly scripted noir thriller of intrigue, adventure and deceit. This should have put the piece right up my street, ticked all my boxes[...]

Short Film: Six Shooter

Short Film: Six Shooter
Six Shooter is one of my favourite short films, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, of In Bruges fame.  This Oscar-winning short showcases some of his style and themes that he'll later come to revisit, the dark comedy that he does[...]

Review: Orange Is The New Black

Review: Orange Is The New Black
I don't have a good success rate when I review a TV show after just starting to watch it. I loved the first episodes of Once Upon A Time, but then walked away when one of its cleverest conceits was[...]

Review: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

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Seeing the new animated advert for the paperback release of Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls recently, and learning that the paperback was due today, reminded me that I still hadn't written a review of the book. The story revolves around Kirby,[...]

Short Film: The Cub

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Riley Stearns' The Cub is a five minute short film, nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Stearns shows what can be done with four actors, a single location and minimal budget, delivering dry humour in[...]

Review: Kieron Gillen's Über

Review: Kieron Gillen's Über
I've been a fan of Kieron Gillen's comics writing since I discovered Phonogram; in latter days he has even managed to lure me to read more Marvel comics, starting with the excellent Journey into Mystery and then segueing into Young[...]

Story Structure and How Not To Write A Screenplay

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John Yorke, Controller of BBC Drama Production, talks of 'The Curse of the Screenwriting Gurus' and how decades of 'how to' books have destroyed the serious study of structure. On the whole I'm prone to agree; like many I spend[...]

Hemlock Grove, House of Cards and the Future of Digital TV Distribution

Hemlock Grove, House of Cards and the Future of Digital TV Distribution
After the success of Netflix's re-imagining of the political drama House of Cards, a follow-up for the digital distribution model was inevitably quick to follow. This week saw the release of Hemlock Grove, Eli Roth's take on urban fantasy TV,[...]

Review: London Falling by Paul Cornell

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Until I got three-quarters of the way through Paul Cornell's London Falling, this review was going to have quite a different bent. What I was expecting was an urban fantasy like Aaronovitch's Rivers of London, Butcher's Storm Front or, especially, Carey's The[...]

The Death of John Constantine

The Death of John Constantine
John Constantine: literary child of Alan Moore, blue-collar wizard, con man, bastard. Since his first appearance in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 in June 1985, Constantine has captured the imaginations of readers, writers and artists. Now though, within DC[...]

Modern Holmesian Re-inventions and why the writers of Medium should be kept well away from them

Modern Holmesian Re-inventions and why the writers of Medium should be kept well away from them
I've always loved the Sherlock Holmes stories, since having read and re-read all them as a child. Even stories written by other authors fascinated me, I loved their new applications of the Holmesian archetype to new, or adapted, stories. One[...]

Good Grief - A Theatre Review

Good Grief - A Theatre Review
My mother came to visit recently and needed to be entertained on a full-time basis, like sugar-addled toddler during half-term. So, when countless hours of shopping and museums were exhausted, it was decided we should go to the theatre. I'm[...]

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