Jury Duty

So I have returned home to a week I have just blocked out as “comedown”.  I’m tired, jetlagged and missing new friends I made on the trip.  However, something exciting got announced yesterday that I’ve been keeping quiet for a couple of weeks… I’m on a jury for the British Fantasy Awards, specifically the jury for Best Film / Television Episode.  For obvious reasons I won’t be talking about the work I’m doing for it, but I’m both thrilled and honoured to be asked and hope we do the award proud. Details below the cut. […]

May 14th, 2014|Movies, Publishing, TV|0 Comments

Why Affleck As Batman Might Not Be A Bad Thing

So it turns out that Ben Affleck is going to be Batman in the new Zack Snyder Batman / Superman movie.  And as a result the internet has let out a collective WHAT?!  But personally I’ve been proven wrong about casting before and as a result had a little think about this.  And you know what?  I think he could surprise us all and deliver something outstanding. […]

August 23rd, 2013|Comics, Movies|1 Comment

The Avengers (No Spoilers)

In my opinion, Dark Knight is the finest superhero movie ever made. There’s something about the way it builds its own Batman mythos, borrowing minimally from the comics but adding its own twists to make a great movie that you’d love even if you perhaps weren’t a superhero fan. Avengers on the other hand is a movie for fanboys. And ordinarily that would be a worry. You’d picture this big, soulless movie, with fanboy moments crammed in, trying to tick boxes instead of telling a story. And when you consider that this movie features the leads from three previous Marvel movies… well, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this thing had ‘mess’ written all over it before the ink was dry on the script. […]

April 30th, 2012|Comics, Movies|0 Comments

Confessions Of A Horror Movie Wimp

I’ve talked before about how rubbish I am with horror movies. Let’s face it, I’m an embarrassment to my hardcore-horror friends. I immerse myself so deeply that a quick cut to anything, be it zombie or kitten, makes me jump out of my seat and as a result breaks the immersion. As a result the majority of horror doesn’t work for me. I’ve been reading the entire series of the Walking Dead comic book and absolutely loving it, but still I’ve not watched the television series. Is that because I’m worried they will change important elements of the comic books’ plot? No, I desperately want to watch this show. It’s because zombies jumping out at me will make me jump. I’m such a pussy! […]

October 31st, 2011|Movies|0 Comments

Fan Made Final Fantasy Advent Children Trailer

There are elements of anime that I absolutely love. The hyper-reality where everyone's abilities are ramped up to superhero proportions, huge frickin' swords and the way that fantasy and SF mix as if it's no big deal. Japanese storytelling is very different to the 3 act structure you commonly find in the west and as [...]

October 28th, 2011|Movies|0 Comments

New Non-Fiction: Star Wars Memories

Over at the SciFiNow Blog they are running a series of posts by Star Wars fans recounting their first encounter with the franchise. It's all connected with their latest issue and with the upcoming release of the movies on Blu-ray later this month. I've been a huge Star Wars fan for years so I was [...]

September 1st, 2011|Movies, Writing|1 Comment

Suckerpunch Trailer

This could be brilliant, or it could massively disappoint, but the thing that's got me excited right now is how it seems to be mixing up genres. Is that a World War 2 plane against a dragon? Oh, I so hope so! Let's hope the final film looks as cool as the trailer!

August 3rd, 2010|Movies|0 Comments


I don't expect this to prove to be universally true, but for me, Predator is the perfectly paced movie. The story has a rhythm to it that means I can pretty much watch that movie on a continuous loop (and have done so in the past). After action movies of the 80s where Arnie would [...]

July 22nd, 2010|Movies|0 Comments