Category Archives: Writing

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Longevity is a rare thing in the motion picture business, but what makes the Coen Brothers 30 year career truly remarkable is the consistent quality of their work. Co-writing, editing, directing and producing nearly all of their films, the Coens

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Longevity is a rare thing in the motion picture business, but what makes the Coen Brothers 30 year career truly remarkable is the consistent quality of their work. Co-writing, editing, directing and producing nearly all of their films, the Coens

5 things I learnt about writing shorts by watching Paris Je’Taime (2006)

1. The longer a story’s time span the more the writer has to rely on devices to compress time. For instance, Tom Tywker’s five minute story about the beginning, middle and end of a two year relationship relies heavily on voice over and montage.

5 things I learnt about writing shorts by watching Paris Je’Taime (2006)

1. The longer a story’s time span the more the writer has to rely on devices to compress time. For instance, Tom Tywker’s five minute story about the beginning, middle and end of a two year relationship relies heavily on voice over and montage.

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is Wes Anderson’s best, funniest and emotionally most satisfying film to date. All the familiar tropes of Anderson’s work are there – dysfunctional families; jaded, immature father figures; youth wise beyond their years; his unmistakably anachronistic costume and production design;

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is Wes Anderson’s best, funniest and emotionally most satisfying film to date. All the familiar tropes of Anderson’s work are there – dysfunctional families; jaded, immature father figures; youth wise beyond their years; his unmistakably anachronistic costume and production design;

Create-Destroy. The Week’s Playlist: 7 – 13 May

Each week I try (and often fail) to jot down a list of recommendations from the things that have made it onto my playlist. I use this term in its broadest possible sense to include film/DVD, music, podcasts, and video

Create-Destroy. The Week’s Playlist: 7 – 13 May

Each week I try (and often fail) to jot down a list of recommendations from the things that have made it onto my playlist. I use this term in its broadest possible sense to include film/DVD, music, podcasts, and video

Notes on an Impenetrable Poem

A few years back I wrote a poem called “Public Footpath on my mother-in-law’s computer. I password protected it, and then forgot the password. I’ve never been able to retrieve it since. The poem was meant to describe a conflict

Notes on an Impenetrable Poem

A few years back I wrote a poem called “Public Footpath on my mother-in-law’s computer. I password protected it, and then forgot the password. I’ve never been able to retrieve it since. The poem was meant to describe a conflict

Falling Over Sideways: My review of Alexander Payne’s The Descendants

I’m reading a great book on screenwriting at the moment. It’s called Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect by Claudia Johnson. One of its main theses is that good (short) stories are patterns of life-changing discoveries that provide momentum to the

Falling Over Sideways: My review of Alexander Payne’s The Descendants

I’m reading a great book on screenwriting at the moment. It’s called Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect by Claudia Johnson. One of its main theses is that good (short) stories are patterns of life-changing discoveries that provide momentum to the

David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I approach all Hollywood remakes with a healthy dose of skepticism. Actually, to be honest, it’s probably more accurate to describe my attitude as a preset negative bias. What most frustrates me about Hollywood remakes is not the implicit assumption

David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I approach all Hollywood remakes with a healthy dose of skepticism. Actually, to be honest, it’s probably more accurate to describe my attitude as a preset negative bias. What most frustrates me about Hollywood remakes is not the implicit assumption