I really wanted this to be a good movie, cos I’m a fan of Gemma Arteton and cos the premise of the film is so promising (like the Supernatural TV series really). Sadly, the characterisation is less than two-dimensional and there are no moral dilemmas in the film whatsoever. What you see is what you get. Since we don’t really care about the main characters at all, the non-stop fighting is just dull rather than edge-of-your-seat. The whole affair has a whiff of misogyny about it too, which is very disappointing for a film starring Ms Arteton. Hmm. Any saving graces at all? Well, the show is stolen by a troll called Edward. Yes, an animatronic troll steals every scene. Says it all. It gets 4 out of 10 from me. They should have asked me and Matt to write the script, the fools.
Rejoice, rejoice! The Book of Orm launches tomorrow. Secrets of the cosmos are revealed. God’s livid, apparently. That’ll teach Him.
I don’t care what you’ve read or heard: Maleficent is an excellent film. It spins the Sleeping Beauty story, telling it sympathetically from the point of view of ‘the evil witch’ (Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie), in an Angela Carter sort of way. What we get, then, is a feminist piece that resists the King’s patriarchal narrative and ambition. The King is not the main character, is clearly the selfish wrong-doer and does not get an ounce of sympathy from us. Some reviewers have complained this makes him a poorly-drawn character – but those reviewers have completely missed the point. Okay, there are some feminist criticisms of the film too (like the fact Maleficent ends up a surrogate ‘mother’ to Aurora, and the fact the Queen is all but non-existent as a character), but it’s a valiant effort otherwise. Jolie puts in a very credible performance, the special FX are spell-binding and the ‘crow’ character provides great light relief. I recommend this movie and score it 8 out of 10.
In an outrageous move Waterstones Doncaster have scooped the global book launch event for The Book of Orm! 9 May 2015, from 11am. The League of Trolls has been trying to suppress this publication. but they will be fought to the edge of extinction. Mark me!
This is Sam Husain, CEO of Foyles. You see the book with the orange spine just above his watch? That’s Tithe of the Saviours. That’s clearly the book he wants to read – he’s just momentarily confused and reaching for something else.
Great DVD series about a charismatic but homicidal English teacher! This teacher manages to develop a cult of serial killers amongst his students. Even when he’s been locked up, he manages to direct them as they cause mayhem across the US. The detective (played by Kevin Bacon) is always several steps behind, and never knows if those around him are also members of the cult, which always keeps the viewer guessing.
The murderous teacher is an Edgar Allan Poe fan and has written a gothic novel. He is now working on a sequel in which the detective is the hero. Each episode of the series is another chapter in the serial killer’s sick book.
The Following has great intertextuality and paranoia. It’s also great fun, and full of twists and turns. Highly recommended by this gothic author! 9 out of 10
Typical, init? You slave for a year writing your book, and then Waterstones is somehow distributing the book before either the author or the commissioning editor have received their copies.
See where I sit in the food chain? DO YOU SEE?
Poor flamin’ authors, that’s what I say. Yes, I’m whining. It’s the last thing left to me. Oh shut up.