* this post first appeared on writingbar.com Diving headlong into one of Peter F Hamilton’s science fiction novels, with their fully-complete worlds, richly-detailed cultures, and authentically-believable characters is so all-encompassing that it’s as if you’re there in person experiencing it all firsthand. Which is quite an achievement since Hamilton, who Continue Reading
Attack of the season 7 “Dr Who” posters!
And he’s racing! Barely pausing for breath, everyone’s favourite Doctor is off and running, or rather riding – on a motorbike no less – with new companion Clare in tow, all across modern London in a desperate race to save mankind from yet another menacing enemy. In “The Bells Continue Reading
“The Walking Dead”: episode 15 ‘This Sorrowful Life’ (review)
*warning: contains spoilers* The Walking Dead has always been, at its heart, a confronting morality play that forces us to consider, week after harrowing week, what we would do in the face of an apocalyptic terror both unending and seemingly unconquerable. Would we resort to a survival-of-the-fittest mentality, tossing Continue Reading
And for my next trick … books into movies! Ta dah!
* this post originally appeared on writingbar.com It’s a process almost as old as cinema itself – taking a much loved book and giving it a new lease of life on the big screen. L Frank Baum’s first Oz novel for instance, The Wizard of Oz, released in 1900 (and the first book Continue Reading
Ring, ring! ‘The Bells of Saint John’ promos toll for “Dr Who”
Clara Oswald is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing companions yet if there is wonderful prequel to this week’s season 7 return episode of Dr Who is any guide. As the Doctor sits on a swing gently rocking back and forth, a wise-beyond-her-years little girl, who Continue Reading
Chicken Littles of the world rejoice: “Falling Skies” is back 9 June!
Cliffhangers are both a delirious, intoxicating blessing, and a patience-sapping curse. We crave the tension and sense of anticipation they bring us but loathe the long wait till a hopefully satisfying resolution. Falling Skies, which tells the story of an Earth plunged into apocalyptic madness by an alien invasion Continue Reading
Weekend Pop Art #1: You will want to eat up these pop culture characters
Hungry for more and more of your favourite pop culture characters? It is not usually a literal craving – chomping down on a DVD is neither practical, healthy or recommended from a dietary perspective – but now it can be thanks to these imaginatively realised food renderings of all Continue Reading
Can’t wait to see: “L’écume des jours” (“Froth of the Daydream”)
L’écume des jours, the latest film from acclaimed French film director Michael Gondry, and starring the woman who must surely be regarded as France’s sweetheart, Audrey Tautou (whom I have loved and adored since her star turn as the elfin Amélie), looks like being the most deliciously quirky movie Continue Reading
Now this is music #3: My favourite 5 songs of the week
It’s the end of the week yet again and given that all good TGIFs demand … nay mandate … a glass of wine, Jessica Fletcher head-back laughs with your friends and music, I have come to the party with 5 of the songs that have been making my musical Continue Reading
Movie review: “Une Estonienne à Paris” (“A Lady in Paris”)
When we first set out on this adventure called life, very few of us expect to near its middle or god forbid, its end, marooned in time, far from the idealistic expectations of youth. Certainly neither Anne (Laine Mägi) nor Frida (Jeanne Moreau), two very different women separated by a continent Continue Reading