Yearly Archives: 2015

Film Review: Monsters: Dark Continent

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I can clearly remember the first time that I ever tried a mince pie. Being offered a little pastry parcel, biting into it expecting to find a warm and delicious meaty treat and instead being met by a mess of soaked fruits and crumbly, shortbread chewiness. To say I was disappointed is an understatement, I …

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Book Review: A Vision Of Fire by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin

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I’m not going to lie the only thing that attracted me to A Vision of Fire was the author, well co-author, Gillian Anderson. I grew up on The X-Files, she will forever be Dana Scully and it says, and proves, a lot about the power of celebrity that her name alone is enough command my …

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Book Review: The Dogs Of War by Frederick Forsyth

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The Dogs Of War by Frederick Forsyth is another of my Father’s reading recommendation, and with catalytic converters, African mercenaries and coup d’état it’s an interesting mix of plot points brought together to form a novel. And it is also my first foray into the world of Frederick Forsyth, an author whose name is famous …

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Film Review: Electricity

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Electricity is a film that feels like it really does have a good heart and good intentions. A desire to show truth and compassion, but sadly, tried to place this realism into a world that is just too competitive to the empathetic tone that surrounds it to sit naturally. The result is a film that …

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Film Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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On paper this should be an absolute winner. The opening to Stieg Larsson’s mammoth Millennium trilogy, directed by Hollywood heavyweight David Fincher and backed with a seriously impressive cast list. There is so much potential to like that it appears the only real debate is the actual need for the film. After all, The Girl …

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Film Review: John Wick

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I had wanted to start this review with a clever line about how Mindy Marin, casting director of Jack Reacher, was sat crying somewhere having chosen an ill fitting Tom Cruise for her title role. A prejudiced lined based upon the fact that podcast reviews of John Wick hinted at Keanu Reeves appearing as a …

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Film Review: Fast & Furious 7

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The say that “blood is thicker than water” but apparently a stainless steel roll cage trumps the lot! I don’t exactly know why I have been waiting with such anticipation for Fast & Furious 7, after all, the sixth incarnation of the franchise was beset with physical impossibilities and spoiled climatic stunts, but that didn’t …

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Book Review: Dead Cert by Dick Francis

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My father reads a lot. I don’t mean he likes a book, I mean he likes multiple books, mainly at the same time. Whatever the literacy equivalent of lighting up a cigarette as soon as you’ve stubbed the last one out having forgotten the slowly burning embers of the one in the other room, that’s …

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Film Review: Rust And Bone

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In 2008 Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress Oscar and yet, since then her star seems to have hardly risen. She’s been in some big name movies: Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Public Enemies to name three, but she’s always been hiding in the back, a small supporting player, forgotten for the talent she really …

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Film Review: Now You See Me

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I had been interested in Now You See Me since I first saw it’s trailer and you can see from director Louis Leterrier’s filmography that his is a film maker prepared to take on big projects (he directed the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk as well as 2010’s panned Clash Of The Titans) but I …

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