As anyone who has checked out the Old Projects section of this website they’ll know I use to do TV and movie reviews for Culture Jam, which is sadly no more. I’m slowly moving over my reviews to this website and one of the enjoyable aspects has been re-reading some of my reviews. When I was re-reading my review of the Pilot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I noticed I had made a few predictions which it is safe to say that I got very wrong. Check below the break to see how wrong I was! There will be spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 and 2 below! Continue reading
Recently I renew the domain name for this site for another two years and I thought it was the prefect opportunity to take stock and work out the future of the website. It is safe to say that this website, especially the blog, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It is also fair to say that a lot of my blog postings are kind of random and probably not that interesting.
As I still want a website base for my writing The World of The Red Fleece will still be here but I would like to make some changes and I would like YOUR opinions on what I should change.
Below the break you’ll find the details of what I’m wanting to do and the areas where I would like your ideas.
Has with all aspects of life, my time with Culture Jam has come to an end, not for any bad reasons, just life. Of all the reviews I wrote for Culture Jam my favourite review was for Sunshine on Leith, the cinematic version of the Proclaimers‘ musical. What makes the review so special to me is that it was a challenge to write as I decided I’d work the name of every song in the film into the review. You can find out after the break whether I managed it or not, and how much damage I did to the English language in the process!
Sometimes you agree to stuff without really thinking about it. Recently I did quite such a thing when I announced to the other Culture Jam writers on Facebook:
Can I review Sunshine on Leith the movie when it comes out in a couple of weeks? I have this stupid idea of trying to fit as many of the song titles into the review as possible!
Of course I hadn’t looked at the song titles before saying this. I’d seen the show in Belfast a few years ago and I don’t remember there being too terrible plus my head was filled with puns about 500 miles etc. How did I get on? Check below the break!
Some of you (if anyone is still checking this page) will notice I haven’t been updating this page for a while. This has been due to other projects and the “day job” getting in the way. However, don’t worry this blog will be back up and running soon with lots of Halloween themed posts and stories, Doctor Who stuff for the anniversary in November but first let’s with a quick break down of what I’ve been up to!
Outside of work this is what I’ve been working on most. I now have two TV series blogs on Culture Jam for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Homeland. It is safe to say I’m enjoying one of them more than the other – I’ll let you read the reviews to guess which one! To help you here are my reviews so far (with more due to be posted soon)
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Series One, Episode One
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Series One, Episode Two
- Homeland Series Three, Episode One
I also reviewed a couple of movies as well. Monsters University, the unneeded prequel to Monsters Inc, is available now while my thoughts on Sunshine on Leith will be up soon. Even if you don’t care about the movie check out my attempts to crowbar in the name of every song from the musical into my review and the damage I did to the English language in the process!
Finally, I’ve got three short stories due to be printed soon. Each story will get their own full Author’s Notes post when they are published.
The first is called Drawn Memories and will be printed in the magazine Far Off Places and should be due out by the end of October. You can read the parent story of Drawn Memories, Pens, on the website right now.
The second is called Black and White Night and will be published soon in the magazine [Untitled]. This tale is a bit of an experiment as the whole story is told in black and white with minimum dialogue. As the magazine has a very small circulation, the story will probably appear on the website around the turn of the year.
The third story Circus of the Wave will be published by Anti-Zine towards the end of November. Written for their circus themed issue, this story is exciting with a fantasy twisted. If you would like to come to the launch party for Anti-Zine you can find the details on either the Facebook event or on the Summerhall website.
Finally, my book of 50 Word Stories is almost finished its first draft and should be available to buy for Christmas. Hopefully a nice wee stoking filler!
Most importantly, there will be more posts soon…I promise!
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.
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!
It has been a few weeks since I posted anything about my own personal writing. However, this doesn’t mean nothing has been happening.
Two New Culture Jam Reviews
Yes, two new reviews have been posted, including my first movie review. I really enjoyed The World’s End, the new movie from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost however, like their previous movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, I think The World’s End will get better with every watch. When I do see the movie again I will post a follow-up review here on the Another Serving of Culture Jam thread of this website.. Please don’t hold your breath as it’ll have to be when the movie comes out on DVD now and that is a while away.
My second review was of The Culture Show at Edinburgh – Funny Women programme. Sadly the show was a disappointment as it wasn’t funny enough and offered no new answers to the old question of why aren’t there more women in stand up. On top of this the review was quite difficult to write as I was all too aware of the irony of a male review criticising a show about women in an overall male profession. I could be over thinking this however.
Due to a problem with the Culture Jam website you can’t comment on either review. However, if you want to discuss my review please comment below or tweet me.
No More 5o Word Short Stories For A While
At least published on here. In fact I’m surround by 50 word short stories at the moment as by Christmas I’m planning on publishing a 50 Word Short Story collection. At the moment it is called 50 and will include fifty stories including Fogged and Departures that I have already published on this site. As I want most of the stories to be new, there will be no more published on here till at least after Christmas. This will change if I win The Scottish Book Trust’s 50 Word Short Story Competition but I don’t think that’ll happen in a while.
Finally I will be appearing at three readings over the next few months. The most exciting of these is the Linlithgow Book Festival Open Mic Night as it is both a book Festival and my home town. Not sure what story I’ll read yet but as soon as I know I’ll tweet about it.
The other two readings will be at West Lothian Write on the 30th of August and the 29th of November, both happening at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston. Again I’m not sure what I’ll be reading in November but on Friday I’m reading Drawn Memories. I’ll be posting about this story a lot more quite soon. I’ll say no more!
On the 9th of August the Homeland Season 3 Trailer was released on Showtime’s Youtube Channel. Having watched the show since it started on Channel 4, I’m very much looking forward to seeing where it will go next. Indeed, in my review of the second season for Culture Jam, I felt that:
Homeland could be one of the greatest TV series of this decade
However, for that to happen Homeland needs to spare its storytelling wings and look for new ways to tell Brody and Carries story. The increased focus on their daughter Dana helped last season and going by the trailer they are continuing that this series. The trailer is available below the cut!
A quick update to say that my review of Burton and Taylor was published earlier tonight on the Culture Jam website. Head over there and check it out.
For those who have checked out my What I Have Written page recently will have noticed two things recently:
- I’ve done a lot of TV reviews for TV Jam on a wide range of programmes, and
- The links for these reviews no longer work
Dealing with point two first, this is because TV Jam has recently changed its name to Culture Jam so it can now review a wider range of cultural things, from music to comedy via books and of course TV. As you will have already seen from this very website I will be posting more than TV Reviews with them shortly. Once the gremlins have been chased out of the new site I’ll fix the links so you can read all my reviews again.