Seeking inspiration in the wrong places

The blank page; the bane of a fledgling writer. You stare in vain, willing your brain to dredge up an idea that lights up. But nothing good comes. So you sit there hollow and numb. This part of the process? The complete absence of fun. When will that inspired concept strike? As lurid day gives… Continue reading Seeking inspiration in the wrong places

True Detective: season 2 review

Whilst it’s incredibly easy to jump on the critical bandwagon and denounce the second season of True Detective as a confusing and unengaging flop, I feel that’s slightly unfair. It’s also unfair to constantly compare it to the first season. A season which, let’s face it, had little expectation, other than the fact it had… Continue reading True Detective: season 2 review

Chappie: Short Circuit gets a reboot?

Johnny Five is very much alive. Apologies to kids of the ’90s, this reference to the 1986 film Short Circuit will be lost on you. What I’m trying to say is that Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie doesn’t feel like it’s hugely treading new ground when it comes to exploring artificial intelligence, but it’s quite a fun… Continue reading Chappie: Short Circuit gets a reboot?

Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage

Phase 2 of Ben Affleck’s career just keeps impressing. It probably started with Gone Baby Gone in 2006, which he wrote and directed. Then The Town in 2010, in which he starred and directed. He followed this with Argo in 2012, again, he starred and directed. In the same year he managed to fit in… Continue reading Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage

End of Watch takes in-car banter to new level

Is David Ayer more of a writer than a director? His writing credits include U-571 (once described as the most historically inaccurate film of all time), Training Day (a career high), S.W.A.T. (enjoyable but unmemorable), Harsh Times (great performance by Christian Bale) and End of Watch (his best yet?). It’s probably unfair to just say… Continue reading End of Watch takes in-car banter to new level