As writers and directors grow up and move on, they leave behind their juvenilia and discover their real power – but not all of them, as Baz Luhrmann shows with ‘The Great Gatsby’, a blisteringly lurid farrago that wrecks a delicate, relatively low-key novel by turning it into a gigantic three-ring circus. Pedro Almodovar left [...]
Just what we need – another post-apocalypse movie – or is it? Taken from the novel by David Monteagudo and adapted by Jorge Guerricaechevarria (Day of the Beast, Accione Mutante) and Sergio Sanchez (The Orphanage, The Impossible), this Spanish production has gold-plated credentials and asks a larger philosophical question – what if we knew we would simply cease [...]
I’m often asked in interviews what music I play when I’m working. I usually provide a list of the things I’m listening to today, which in this case would include Daft Punk, Caro Emerald, Wim Mertens, some soundtracks including ‘Dans La Maison’ and ‘Steamboy’, De-Phazz, Tape Five, Murray Gold and John Barry.
The one type of [...]
JJ Abrams not only kicked life back into a moribund franchise with his reboot, he brought it back to Gene Roddenberry’s original premise. These are people aglow with wellbeing who show enormous positivity about the world and its universe. Partly set in futuristic London and San Francisco, we see how cities will one day function, [...]
Hammer Chillers is a new horror anthology series that will premiere in June 2013. It’s going to be available first as 30-minute weekly downloadable audio episodes from the Hammer website, and then the collected series will also be released on CD, with special bonus material.
A quote from the press release – ‘Writers for the first [...]
As regular readers know, this blog is a little obsessed with stories of all kinds.
Very broadly speaking, there are two types of tale – the ones with subject matter or hooks that you want to read no matter how badly they might be written, and ones on any subject by writers who could not create [...]
What, in all honesty, does a fiver buy you?
It doesn’t quite cover the cost of a pint of lager and a packet of nuts.
But on May 16th you can turn this fiver into something cool.
Back in 1992, TRIPWIRE started out with a mission to become the UK’s leading comics/ genre magazine. Its emphasis on British [...]
Tucked away in a section of the New York Times yesterday was an article about a service causing a lot of controversy in Hollywood. In the same way that the number-crunchers of ‘Moneyball’ found a statistical way of making a baseball team win, a company called Worldwide Motion Picture Group offers data-driven script evaluation, breaking [...]
In ‘Film Freak’ I lead off a chapter about the Cannes Film Festival with this sentence;
‘Every Cannes Film Festival is announced with the same pair of newspaper headlines. If it’s going to be a good year, the line is ‘In The Cannes’. If it’s bad, it’s ‘No Cannes Do’. ‘
Well, ‘No Cannes Do’ is the [...]
Here’s an article I wrote for yesterday’s ‘Independent’ on confidence tricksters. The Indie had to edit it for lack of space, but now you can see the full piece here:
The invention seemed just plausible enough to work. Sold in thousands, it was a bogus bomb detector made of parts cribbed from a novelty golf ball [...]