Screen Writing Archive

  • I popped along to see the new Vin Diesel film this week – Babylon A.D., a futuristic thriller.  I was expecting a bit of decent crap; and instead was blown...

    Babylon A.D.

    I popped along to see the new Vin Diesel film this week – Babylon A.D., a futuristic thriller.  I was expecting a bit of decent crap; and instead was blown...

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  • This week has turned into something of a perfect storm for me – one of those freak moments when many events coincide to create a whole larger than the parts...

    TX: It Came From Outer Space

    This week has turned into something of a perfect storm for me – one of those freak moments when many events coincide to create a whole larger than the parts...

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  • Brian Ruckley has written a delightful blog featuring the Bart Simpson blackboard about the forthcoming movie version of the classic graphic novel The Watchmen.  Like Brian and many others, I...

    Watchmen in Peril

    Brian Ruckley has written a delightful blog featuring the Bart Simpson blackboard about the forthcoming movie version of the classic graphic novel The Watchmen.  Like Brian and many others, I...

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  • I’ve just come across an interesting new site, recommended by SF Crowsnest; it’s called SF Diplomat and it has some very good in depth articles on SF and movies. And...

    On Movies to Watch

    I’ve just come across an interesting new site, recommended by SF Crowsnest; it’s called SF Diplomat and it has some very good in depth articles on SF and movies. And...

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  • Was it worth the wait? Does it justify the hype?  Hell yes! I loved Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (which as well as directing, he co-wrote with his brother Jonathan). ...

    On the Dark Knight

    Was it worth the wait? Does it justify the hype?  Hell yes! I loved Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (which as well as directing, he co-wrote with his brother Jonathan). ...

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  • I recently read Albion, the graphic novel by Alan & Leah Moore about the long-forgotten superheroes of British comics – characters like the Spider, and the Claw, and Captain Hurricane,...

    On Albion

    I recently read Albion, the graphic novel by Alan & Leah Moore about the long-forgotten superheroes of British comics – characters like the Spider, and the Claw, and Captain Hurricane,...

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  • I’ve just seen the movie of Iron Man, which is just as good as everyone told me it was.  Jon Favreau, the director, is an actor who did a wonderful...

    On Iron Man

    I’ve just seen the movie of Iron Man, which is just as good as everyone told me it was.  Jon Favreau, the director, is an actor who did a wonderful...

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  • I’m now back in the real world, after 5 days in Cannes, networking, partying and, well, more networking, and more partying. I’m not in fact the world’s greatest networker, but...

    All Cannes-ed Out

    I’m now back in the real world, after 5 days in Cannes, networking, partying and, well, more networking, and more partying. I’m not in fact the world’s greatest networker, but...

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  • Last year many of my friends went to the Cannes Film Festival – lucky devils – while I stayed behind. This year, I’m glad to say, luck is on my...

    On Going to the Cannes Film Festival

    Last year many of my friends went to the Cannes Film Festival – lucky devils – while I stayed behind. This year, I’m glad to say, luck is on my...

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  • I’m off to Eastercon this weekend, for what promises to be a fabulous convention.  Two of my favourite writers – Neil Gaiman and Tanith Lee – are Guests of Honour...

    Festivals Galore

    I’m off to Eastercon this weekend, for what promises to be a fabulous convention.  Two of my favourite writers – Neil Gaiman and Tanith Lee – are Guests of Honour...

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  • I recently attended the last in this year’s SPARKS workshops up in Yorkshire.  It’s been six months of intensive work with 3 bunches of writers.  My lot were developing TV...

    On Heroes

    I recently attended the last in this year’s SPARKS workshops up in Yorkshire.  It’s been six months of intensive work with 3 bunches of writers.  My lot were developing TV...

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  • Great film! See it. Imagine if you could travel anywhere, whenever you wanted. It’s that simple really. A science fiction extrapolation of the back-packer’s wanderlust.  You can travel to London,...

    On Jumper

    Great film! See it. Imagine if you could travel anywhere, whenever you wanted. It’s that simple really. A science fiction extrapolation of the back-packer’s wanderlust.  You can travel to London,...

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  • Was the hype worth it?  Is Cloverfield as scary as its trailer?  (I was blown away when I first saw those wild hand-held camera images  culminating in the head of the...

    On Cloverfield

    Was the hype worth it?  Is Cloverfield as scary as its trailer?  (I was blown away when I first saw those wild hand-held camera images  culminating in the head of the...

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  • I saw I Am Legend last night. The reviews have been mixed, and I’ve read comments criticising the implausibility of the premise – if Will Smith is the only person...

    On I Am Legend

    I saw I Am Legend last night. The reviews have been mixed, and I’ve read comments criticising the implausibility of the premise – if Will Smith is the only person...

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  • Many years ago I studied Anglo Saxon as a module at University, and could actually read and speak a few snippets of that of that long dead, resonant, rhythmic, repetitive, blood-drenched-battle...

    On Beowulf, 3D

    Many years ago I studied Anglo Saxon as a module at University, and could actually read and speak a few snippets of that of that long dead, resonant, rhythmic, repetitive, blood-drenched-battle...

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  • The Writers Guild of America are currently on strike…in Britain, there are many  screenwriters so starved of work that the idea of going on strike actually seems comical.  And very...

    On the Writers’ Strike

    The Writers Guild of America are currently on strike…in Britain, there are many  screenwriters so starved of work that the idea of going on strike actually seems comical.  And very...

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  • Last night’s Writer’s Guild forum on fantasy and science fiction writing proved a great success.  We had a full house of interested writers, many of them non-Guild members (there was...

    More on Imaginary Worlds

    Last night’s Writer’s Guild forum on fantasy and science fiction writing proved a great success.  We had a full house of interested writers, many of them non-Guild members (there was...

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  • I recently did a Q & A for the Book Swede – great fun.  If you fancy reading it, then click here.

    Q & A

    I recently did a Q & A for the Book Swede – great fun.  If you fancy reading it, then click here.

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  • I spent last weekend in Hebden Bridge, a startlingly beautiful town in Yorkshire with mill chimneys and clock towers and horribly, horribly steep hills.  I was teaching on a workshop...

    On Hebden Bridge

    I spent last weekend in Hebden Bridge, a startlingly beautiful town in Yorkshire with mill chimneys and clock towers and horribly, horribly steep hills.  I was teaching on a workshop...

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  • I wrote a little while ago about why women are still getting short-changed in action movies…and now to competely confute and contradict me, along come two movies with female action...

    More Action Women

    I wrote a little while ago about why women are still getting short-changed in action movies…and now to competely confute and contradict me, along come two movies with female action...

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