Ironstone Livi 50 – Author’s Note

The other night, when I should have been going to bed, I noticed that my piece of writing Ironstone Livi 50 didn’t have an author’s note and thought I should correct this. Well here is me correcting that right now. Also what better topic for my fiftieth post!

To celebrate Livingston‘s 50th Birthday in 2012 Ironstone, West Lothian’s creative writing magazine, decided to commemorate by inviting people to submit up to 50 words set in or inspired by Livingston, one of Scotland’s New Towns. My entry was selected and posted on the Ironstone Livi 50 Website and can be read below the jump.

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Does It Matter?

Classic authors and read their books

Charles Dickens

Yesterday the Independent reported that only 31% of people in Britain know that Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations. They also reported that only one in six people knew that William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet and over 500 of the 2000 people surveyed hadn’t ready any of these books:

All these finding came from a survey carried out by Opinium Research. However, while some may go running to the hills decrying how our nation is collapsing into stupidly, I say does it really matter?

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Swamp Thing: The Problem With Reviewing A 30 Year Old Movie

Two weeks ago I posted a review of the 80s movie Swamp Thing in which I complained

It was too slow, not funny enough and the story, which should have been over the top and “what were they smoking” crazy was incredibly clichéd.

On reflect I was overly harsh on this movie because I saw the movie 30 years after it was released. Why does that matter? All the answers below the break!

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The Day of the Doctor Poster

The Day of the Doctor PosterA couple of weeks ago the BBC released the poster for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor. As you can see in the image above it is a great poster full of menace, darkness and the odd exploding Dalek. However, I have one issue with it. What is that issue? Check below the cut to find out more!

Contains Spoilers for the 2005 series of Doctor Who

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Originally posted on the 28th of March 2007 on my (now dead Bebo account!) As I recently purchased a new copy of the book after my old one went missing I thought it was a perfect time to re-blog this – with a few changes to the spelling and grammar.

the boy in the striped pyjamasThis is not really a blog entry but something I think people may be interested in. It was my birthday on Monday and for my birthday my wonderful mum brought me a book called “The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne. However, my mum had wrapped the front and back covers of the book as she didn’t want me reading the blurb on the back (as it ruins the story completely). While I looked odd reading it on the train – and probably got many odd looks – my enjoyment was improved. As I don’t want to ruin anyone else’s enjoyment I won’t do any further into it. However, to give you a small idea what the book is about here is the blurb from the hardback edition:

“The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about. If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to cross such a fence!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is available to buy from all good bookshops

Swamp Thing: When A Bad Movie is Just Bad

Swamp Thing MovieEver heard anyone describe a movie as “so bad it is good?A good example is the movie Catwoman which I reviewed a few weeks ago. These films are highly enjoyable because they are terrible. The effects are often woeful, the dialogue is unintentionally funny and by the end you wonder why anyone thought this was a good idea in the first place. Last Saturday I went to the Cameo to see the 1982 film Swamp Thing hoping it would “so bad it is good.” Find out what I thought below the cut!

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Returning to The Rings of Akhaten

The Rings of Akhaten rewatch

At the moment BBC Three are repeating series 7b of Doctor Who, or the one with The 11th Doctor and Clara, and Neil Cross has confirmed he is returning to write for the show series 8, what better time to re-review the episode The Rings of Akhaten. When I reviewed the episode for Culture Jam I said:

The Rings of Akhaten is a slower episode but the lack of running around allows us to enjoy Akhaten and the people found there, well except for the villains.

However, others were much, much harsher such as Graham Kibble-White in the Doctor Who Magazine who said

by some stretch the least awesome Doctor Who we’ve encountered for a long time [while it seemed like] Cross hadn’t seen an episode since the 1980s. Even the left field mention of the Time War feels as if it’s come from a quick consult with Wikipedia [while he turned] the aliens into a freak show, something to be goggled at, rather than truly met.”

So how does the episode stand up to a second watch? Find out below the break!

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Films That Will Never Happen #1 – White Jazz

Originally Published on the 23rd of February 2010 on my Blogger Account. This post has since been edited.

white jazzThe other week I finished reading White Jazz by James Ellroy. It goes without saying it was amazing – I believe Ellroy is one of the greatest living author – but it was also a little bit sad. Back in 2006 Warner Independent Pictures announced they were making a film of White Jazz. It was going to be directed by Joe Carnahan, director of Narc, Smoking Aces and the New A-Team film, with George Clooney and Chris Pine starring.

However, as of writing this movie is no longer in production. It’s stars have moved on with Chris Pine now filming Star Trek and the promise of being the next big thing in Hollywood while George Clooney has left because other films got in the way.

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Review of Hollywoodland

Review of HollywoodlandIt has been a couple of weeks since certain areas of the Internet melted down when the news that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel. Therefore this is a great time to look at the time Affleck played Superman, well kind of, in the movie Hollywoodland.

The film tells the story of the death and life of George Reeves who played Superman in the 1950s. When he is found dead in this house from suicide, Private Eye Lewis Simo, a fictional character played by Adrien Brody, is hired by Reeves mother to find out the truth. Find out why below the break

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