BOOK REVIEW: OUTSIDERS by MICHAEL WYNN

The Blurb: DIY Private Investigation is not for the fainthearted. What could the inhabitants of a rural Essex village possibly know about hunting down and defeating a violent drugs gang? Where do you start? Why would you even contemplate starting? Unfortunately, for Julian Ashton and his tramp friend Wordsworth, they have no choice. Embarking innocently … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: OUTSIDERS by MICHAEL WYNN

BOOK REVIEW: WHITE FIRE by LAURIE BELL

The Blurb: Sure, Agent Toni Delle has trust issues. Mate, her canine robot partner and Zach, her attitude-enabled shipboard Computer Intelligence Interface constantly tell her that – but as she told them, that was because of The Smuggler. She would have refused her new mission altogether if it wasn’t for the insane amount of money... … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: WHITE FIRE by LAURIE BELL

BAD BRUCE WILLIS: The Forgivable Sins of LOOPER

Rian Johnson's Looper is a good film, with touches of brilliance, but equally with a central dubious morality and the plot weaknesses inherent in any film that uses time travel as a central plot structure. The way that these central problems are addressed by Johnson, and how they interact with one another are essential to … Continue reading BAD BRUCE WILLIS: The Forgivable Sins of LOOPER

BRAVE

A film review with a bit of a difference: a letter, reprinted below, published in the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine (November 2012 edition, edited slightly by the journal).  I wrote them in response to a largely positive review from Thirza Wakefield, of Disney Pixar's Brave. Whither Pixar? It's not so much the … Continue reading BRAVE