FILM: Jane Got a Gun – Almost the Western it Should Have Been

It always sets off alarm bells when a film’s been beset with disasters long before it reaches cinema screens. The bulk of the three-year delay between shooting and release that grounded Jane Got a Gun was the result of Relativity Media’s bankruptcy. Likely down to Natalie Portman’s star quality and producer credits, it eventually found another distributor under the Weinstein wing. But before any financial trouble, creative differences threatened to derail production right from the off. Michael Fassbender left the … Read More

David Bowie – A Celebration of Being Different

This morning we awoke to the deflating news that David Bowie had died. It doesn’t even seem possible for Bowie to die because he never appeared to be fully real to begin with. He was other-worldly in a way that went beyond the rest of us and yet he remained effortlessly down-to-earth and cool with it. It’s fitting that Bowie’s wrestle with cancer was kept relatively quiet. His life was about performance and maybe he didn’t feel like being on … Read More

My 2015 Bookshelf

In 2015 the large majority of my reading time went to comic books. If I had 30 minutes or so in the evening, more often than not I’d be looking to top up the numbers on my comic reading project, so I didn’t get through as many regular books as I would have liked. I’m looking forward to switching that balance this year. I read a lot more than I wrote about on When you see something appear here, nine … Read More

How The Force Awakens Literally Gave Me Life (No Spoilers)

I sat in an uncomfortably warm cinema at 10am on a Thursday morning, brimming with excitement at the thought of what I was about to see. It formed no discernible picture in my mind, just dreamlike watercolours of chopped up scenes stitched back together in my brain courtesy of regularly repeated TV trailers. When someone whose judgement I trust says, “You’ll love it!” I know I’m in for a good time. I patiently awaited my almost certain entertained fate. One … Read More

The All-Woman Weekend

I have a joyful weekend of essay writing and mildly panicked Christmas shopping ahead of me. In the midst of it, here are a few things I’m looking forward to. As it happens they’re all about ladies.  Cam’s Untamed Album I’ve been a fan of Cam’s brand of country music since she popped up on Bobby Bones’ radio show back in the summer of 2014 doing a cover of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, just for laughs. I’m not … Read More

Nick Frost’s Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies

Pragmatic may not be the sexiest way to describe Nick Frost’s memoir, Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies, but it is the most apt. The old cliché that comedians hide a world of sadness with laughter would be easy to apply. But rather than feeling that his work with perpetual partner-in-crime Simon Pegg is a mask for the pain, it becomes clear that the comedy is the result of all the extraordinarily difficult things that have happened to Nick … Read More

“I’d go mad!” – On the Amy Winehouse documentary restoring her dignity

When news permeated the internet a week or so ago that Adele was returning to music after a lengthy hiatus, for half a second I wondered when Amy Winehouse would be doing the same. Of course, that mental flash of excitement only lasted a brief moment. Before I’d had chance to ponder the answer I swiftly remembered she’d never make a record again. This is not the first time it’s happened and it’s a strange sensation. Amy’s impact was felt … Read More

The Intern Film Review

Watch the trailer for Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway’s new comedy, The Intern, and you’ll probably already feel like you’ve got it pegged. A nauseatingly contemporary office, an overworked young business owner, a 70-year-old intern and a load of soppiness where he shows her what life’s really all about. Well, yes. There is a fair amount of that. You also assume it’s going to be about proving to the youth De Niro finds himself working amongst that old age … Read More

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