A few months ago I attended a writing class for work. One of the tasks was writing Haiku poems. In case you’re not familiar, these Japanese poems are made up of three lines with five syllables, then seven, then five. From the class I found I quite enjoyed making these up and have decided to… Continue reading Best films of 2012: Haiku reviews
Ok, here are the rules. The songs had to have been released in the ’80s, but could have been used in any films during this time. Whether they introduce or accentuate a scene, or were the film’s theme song, each track is special to me in some way. Here’s my list: ‘Atomic’ by Blondie (1980)… Continue reading Best use of 80s electro songs in film
I’ve had a disastrous morning. Not the most upbeat way to start a post, but hang in there. I dropped a full jar of honey on the floor which shattered. Honey and glass is impossible to clean up. Then banged my heel in the shower, spilt hot tea on my leg, lost half my breakfast… Continue reading Ben Affleck: a directorial phoenix emerges!
The Life Aquatic (Wes Anderson) Two reasons this is my top choice, Seu Jorge and David Bowie. Seu Jorge’s take on Bowie tracks perfectly complemented the film. Standouts for me include his versions of ‘Life on Mars’, ‘Space Oddity and ‘Rebel Rebel’. Oh, and ‘Changes’, it’s beautiful. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino) It’s hard to select… Continue reading My top 10 supercool film soundtracks
For this posting I’d like to discuss the evolution of the Marvel universe. I recently – finally – got around to seeing The Avengers. Or, as it’s known in the UK, Avengers Assemble (damn you, Steed). I have to say, having unavoidably seen and heard many reviews, I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it and… Continue reading Marvel – masters of the cinematic universe
For this post I’d like to offer my thoughts on Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish and how Mickey Rourke seems to be ‘born in the wrong time period’, no matter what film he’s in. Released in 1983 and filmed largely in black and white, it tells the story of Matt Dillon’s ‘Rusty James’, a young hot-headed… Continue reading Mickey Rourke: A Rumble Fish born in the wrong century