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Argo (2012): A Truth Stranger Than Fiction

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August 17, 2012

Every once in awhile you hear about something that makes you breakout in gooseflesh at the audaciousness of the idea or story. Argo is that gooseflesh inducing item in question. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the film is about a time period in the world that changed my path forever. In November 1979 Iranians stormed the US Embassy… Read More ›

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow: The Future is Now

I haven’t read a book that scared me this badly since I first picked up Pet Sematary by Stephen King. You might well ask what it was about this 2008 book that scared me. A book that tells about a world where ‘Big Brother’ has gone crazy. Well, buckle your seatbelts friends and neighbours because… Read More ›

Irresistible (2006): Poetic Paranoia

Written and directed by Ann Turner and starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Emily Blunt, Irresistible is a brilliant little psychological thriller. All the actors play their respective roles with conviction and help move the film along at a cracking pace. The film deals with issues of obsession, paranoia, guilt, and abandonment. Shot on what appears to be a rather small… Read More ›

Lost to Lost (2004 – 2010)

I never watched Lost when it was running on the telly. I watched the ‘pilot’ episode and saw that the survivors of the plane crash were on an island and they were, for the most part, immaculate. That sort of put me right out of the moment. A couple of critics mentioned the “unreality” of… Read More ›

The Devil’s Backbone (2001): Guillermo del Toro’s Tour de Force

Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) The Devil’s Backbone  is a slow and haunting film that frightens and mesmerises the viewer. Overshadowed by the wildly successful Pan’s Labyrinth, the film is a lesser known film, that despite the success of Labyrinth, is a superior film. Set during the 1939 Spanish civil war, the film follows… Read More ›

The Wild Bunch (1969): Iconic Death

I had been hearing that Tony Scott (Deja Vu, The Fan) was in talks with Warner Bros to re-make The Wild Bunch. About a thousand Rolaids later and it looks to be, hopefully, stalled. The last internet mention of this project was August 2011. Good. I have a list of films that, in my humble opinion, should never… Read More ›

Wimbledon 2012…Oh boy?

I used to love watching Wimbledon. Of course the operative part of that sentence is ‘used to’ and for good reason, in my opinion. When I was much younger and the tennis clogs consisted of ‘plus four trousers’ for the men. No I’m kidding, I am not that old, at least not yet. I guess I… Read More ›

Moon Child (2003) I’m Just a Teenage Vampire, Baby.

Directed by Takahisa Zeze (Raiyo, Dog Star),  Moon Child was co-written by Zeze, Gackt  and Kishû Izuchi. The film marks the film début of both Gackt and Hyde. It’s cast also features Tarô Yamamoto (Battle Royale, Get Up!), Ryo Ishibashi (The Grudge 2, Audition) and  Susumu Terajima (Brother, Ichi the Killer). Moon Child has two distinctions, it is the first and only feature film written by Gackt and it features not one, but… Read More ›

She’s Never Coming Back by Hans Koppel – Revenge Eaten Cold

Published in 2011, She’s Never Coming Back is a heady combination of  crime thriller and  mystery. Written by Hans Koppel, which is in fact “a pseudonym for an established Swedish Author who was born in 1964 and lives in Stockholm.” In actual fact Hans Koppel is a  children’s book writer by the name of Petter Lidbeck…. Read More ›

Gone By Michael Grant – But Not Over

Written by Michael Grant and first published in 2008, Gone is a brilliant start to a series about the youthful survivors of a shattered California town. Set in the fictional seaside town of Perdida Beach. The book starts with the literal disappearance of a teacher in front of her class full of young students. There… Read More ›

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