Monthly Archives: August 2014

“Oot!”

Irvine Welsh’s forays into film and television can be a little hit and miss… Trainspotting and Wedding Belles are stone-cold classics, but his directorial debut, Good Arrows, was total tripe… and the reviews for a lot of his other works are fairly … Continue reading

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“Now That’s Sexy Science!”

In this age of austerity, the latest British sitcoms all seem depressingly domestic and dreary, leaving me longing for the likes of Supernova (2005), which starred ace Welsh actor Rob Brydon as an astronomer who leaves his stuffy academic position … Continue reading

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Czech Yourself

[Contains funeral pyres, totem-poles, and SPOILERS!!!] The DVD cover for the UK release of The Pagan Queen (2009) is rather misleading, with a pull quote comparing it to Lord of the Rings, and a (heavily manipulated) image of the two … Continue reading

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She’s Got It Bard

The jewel of the period boxset I’ve been working through this week was undoubtedly Shakespeare in Love (1998), an apocryphal rom-com starring Joseph Fiennes as the eponymous playwright, and Gwyneth Paltrow as the well-born woman who supposedly inspired him to write … Continue reading

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Poor Little Princess

At university, our creative-writing tutors would often encourage us to write what we know, or “dig where we stand”… which is probably a good place to start, but if you stick too doggedly to that strategy there’s always the danger … Continue reading

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May The Swartz Be With You

Although I’m working on a Fantasy/S&S comic-book script right now, and don’t have to worry too much about historical accuracy and anachronisms, I have been reading about how some famous period films have made old-timey London seem much whiter than it actually … Continue reading

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Quasi-GothWatch: Tiffany Maxwell

It took me a little while to attune myself to the Silver Linings Playbook’s (2012) off-kilter sense of humour, and I’ll admit I might not have hung in there as long as I did if I hadn’t been waiting for … Continue reading

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