Saul Bass: Vertigo- An Appreciation

(Originally published on RagTagMagpie) Today marks the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Vertigo which premiered in the US on the 9 May 1958 - 62 years ago! Saul Bass is responsible for designing some of the most striking title sequences in film history, including Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, Ocean’s 11, as... Continue Reading →

Endgame Review: No Spoiler Version

A short one, because this will be completely spoiler free. Ignoring the fact that I'm going to be 50 next month, I turned up for the first screening of Avengers: Endgame last night/ early this morning. The local cinema had five screens devoted to showing it, and every one of them was absolutely sold out.... Continue Reading →

A Winning Streak…

Oh boy, this one's going to be listy. And picture light. That's what happens when you use the WordPress app...it is a little...limiting. I got thinking as I half-watched Crimes of Lesser Potter this weekend about Directors who've made movies I like since the '70's and who has got the longest ' streak' of films... Continue Reading →

Underrated Films…again.

  Disclaimer One: the idea for this post was absolutely sparked by listening to The Watchlist podcast (#3 ‘Ooh’) and three of those young people types talking about overrated/ underrated movies. (One of whom has a film blog as well at https://fivethreeninety.wordpress.com The podcast and the blog are both worth checking out, even while reminding... Continue Reading →

Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a... Continue Reading →

10 Underrated Thriller Movies

In light of an upcoming talk I'm giving on 'Introduction to Film' I thought it might be useful to put up a couple of posts to give an idea on the movies I like... * As with the previous Horror films list, many of these movies are not 'underrated' exactly- a number of them received... Continue Reading →

Long praise for the short story

"I don't really like short stories, but I actually thought they were okay." Not the greatest accolade ever received, but from my father, that was high praise. No- I'm just kidding about that last bit: he was never one of those stereotypes who was short on praise (although he did fulfil the stereotype 'never let... Continue Reading →

Amazon Reviews

Do you know an author? I don't mean you live next door to one of the big guns like James Patterson, Lee Childs or Jordan. I mean a humble, self-publishing/ small press/ indie publisher author? Do you get sick of them: a) asking you to read their stuff (preferably by buying it...which you feel obliged... Continue Reading →

Can we get over the V/O?

I was watching 'Life Itself' the other day: one of the worst reviewed movies of 2018. It's a grief porn piece from Dan Fogelman, and bares more than a passing resemblance to his phenomenally popular TV series 'This is Us'. A multi generational love story with tricksy twists throughout. It also features a shit ton... Continue Reading →

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