In the years since James Wan surprised western audiences and myself with Insidious (2011), an American horror film that I unexpectedly liked very much, we’ve since had The Conjuring and Insidious chapter 2 (both 2013, both also directed by Wan), Insidious chapter 3 (2015, directed by frequent Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell), and The Conjuring 2… Continue reading More demonic happenings in Annabelle Creation…
I’m one of those people who needs to write. I’d go so far as to say my health – perhaps my very survival – depends on it. That isn’t me trying to sound melodramatic. No, I, like many other writers, consider writing not simply a hobby or a method of making money, though it can… Continue reading An Open Mind is a Learning Mind.
Very rarely does a film affect me in the way Mustang did… This film, unlike the vast majority of horror movies I’ve ever seen, actually inspired a rather unsettling dream within hours of watching it. In this curious dream I was being relentlessly pursued by a group of well-meaning men and women who intended to… Continue reading Mustang.
“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway…” – Stephen King I’m not here to talk about religious paintings. Or maybe in a way, I kind of am. Let me preface this by highlighting that there are a lot of people who, given… Continue reading Christianity and Art (or vice versa).
It seems appropriate that The Water Diviner should get its UK release over the Easter weekend. A film for all the family, with a feeling of deep spiritual significance; it is one of the few truly conservative Christian-friendly recent movie releases. Even the most easily offended are unlikely to find something to hate about it.… Continue reading The Water Diviner.
Some months in the year are just purple patches for good movies. With the two big awards ceremonies coming up (BAFTAs tomorrow night and the Oscars two weeks following), January and February tend to be those months in the UK, where we typically get big releases such as Selma and Big Hero 6 long after… Continue reading January Roundup.
It was a significant Christmas/ New Year season for this thing we call artistic expression. Over the months of December and January we’ve seen a petition succeed in getting Grand Theft Auto V withdrawn from certain outlets in Australia and New Zealand; The Interview have its initial release cancelled due to terrorist threats from a… Continue reading Two Months, Four Hits: The 21st Century fight for ‘freedom of expression’.