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Alien Covenant: *** The watched pot keeps boiling

Manage your expectations.  Go in with low ones and you will enjoy more. The first Alien movie was, I am told, innovative for being a Haunted House movie in space with a far-above-average monster.  Covenant is then exactly what it … Continue reading

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A rant about the film “Arrival”

Don’t let me spoil this film for you.  It is very well done and enjoyable, especially the first encounter with the aliens.  Most people won’t have a problem with the ending, or if they do, it won’t be as extreme … Continue reading

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A Rant about the Arrival film [Spoilers after intro paras]

Don’t let me spoil this film for you. It is very well done and enjoyable, especially the first encounter with the aliens. Most people won’t have a problem with the ending, or if they do, it won’t be as extreme … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones blog post

This is the original, uncut draft of a guest-blog about Thrones done for my friend Victoria Watson of Elementary Writers (and she does a mean proofreading service). The shorter version should be appearing there in due course. https://elementaryvwatson.wordpress.com/ Apologies for … Continue reading

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Review of “Ancillary Justice/Ancillary Sword” by Ann Leckie

Do all aspiring authors have a love/hate relationship with award winners? It’s completely unfair and negative unless you are absolutely certain you submitted something superior, which I didn’t, but it still happens. In this case the accolades are deserved. Ancillary … Continue reading

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Nitpickers’ shame: Interstellar

My name is James, and I am a nitpicker. I am sorry but I can’t control myself and will nitpick now, but at least I will warn people and do it in a form that can be ignored if they … Continue reading

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Spoiled by being based on a true story

Alright, I said I’d had my fill of biopics, but I wound up going to see “American Sniper” with a vague idea it was inspired by real events. In fact, it’s based on an autobiography of almost the same name … Continue reading

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