Review: Top 10 Films of 2018

Late to the party, and pretty slack in the new movie viewing department this year…I ended up on only seeing 3 of the top 10 grossing movies of the year, and only saw a handful of the films that I’m seeing showing up in most critics’ best of’ lists... Maybe it’s because of that and... Continue Reading →

Clockwork Orange

13th January 1972 UK premiere Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ was released in 1971, based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name. The film has become a cult classic, famed for its’ ‘ultra-violence’ themes. Despite being nominated for a best picture award at the 44th Academy Awards, in 1973 the film was withdrawn... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Other Christmas Movies…

Anyone who knows me knows that I have to watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' every year. Without fail. They probably also know I've got my geeky Die Hard Christmas sweatshirt. I'll be watching both again this year, and avoiding all arguments whether Die Hard is a Christmas Movie or not. But I don't need another... Continue Reading →

Elevation: A Review…of sorts

A short review for a short book... Stephen King's new one has kicked up a bit of controversy, and not for its grisly content (it doesn't have any). First things first, a review of the content: is it any good? Yes, it is. Story-wise it is a lighter (no pun intended...well, maybe a leetle) version... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 8/100: Telling Lies for Fun and Profit

I've said before that some of my favourite cultural items are quite possibly not on my shelf. I'm a fool to myself for 'lending' my most treasured possessions to friends who have not had the chance to encounter them. I think the three things I've given away (and repurchased) most often are Joe R Lansdale's... Continue Reading →

Movie Reviews: A Sunday Quiz

Everyone gets bad reviews. It's a given. (Except for me of course, Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing still riding on all 5 star reviews on Amazon...but hey, I'm not one to gratuitously plug my books...) But apparently not. Even the classics don't appeal to everyone: and boy, can it spark a spirited... Continue Reading →

Review: The Book of Henry

  Another in an occasional series of movie reviews. Generally I’ll go for the new movies out on current release, but occasionally I’m going to review things I’ve come across that I think are worth a mention. As usual; a before and after summary but this time with an added ‘bonus’ of critical reaction to... Continue Reading →

Classic Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime: a rant

Given I have been so damned nice about pretty much everything and everyone I have written about on this blog so far, I think I should get a pass for one day of grumpy-middle-aged-man. So, it's a beautiful bright autumnal Sunday morning - perfect for a long countryside ramble or, if you're like me, to... Continue Reading →

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