January 22, 2014

Just watched Transamerica the 2005 film. Recorded it about 2, perhaps 3, years ago now but never gotten around to watching it until now. Loved it. Really clever script, surprising moments that came from really good characterisations and performances. The road movie element with the ticking clock has, of course, been done to death but the script really made this film for me. I can see why felicity huffman won so many plaudits. Never heard of kevin zegers before and he delivered a really rich, nuanced performance also.
Check it out if you can.

jeff bezos and the age of amazon

January 19, 2014

Just started reading Jeff Bezos and The Age Of Amazon by Brad Stone. Stone is Senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and has written on technology for a number of years.
I’m only 65 pages into a 345 (effectively) book so Amazon is 5 years old and suffering ridiculous growth. Bezos is already coming across as visionary. Reads at the moment though as unauthorised which the review by Mackenzie Bezos suggests was the case.
Company been around for a long time and seems like one of the few high profile early pioneers still in existence who are doing ever-increasing amounts of business as they continually innovate and provide a service ahead of competitors.


January 7, 2014

This recent report Forget Franchises mirrors the focus of a paper I wrote last year.

Kagan McLeod Superhereos Image

Kagan McLeod Superhereos Image

Marvelisation, as I coined it, is a narrative strategy whereby an interconnected universe is exploited through standalone films.
I presented the paper at the Avanca Cinema Conference in Avanca, which is a small town about two hours out of oporto.
A link to the publication can be found here.



If interested in reading writing about cinema the book is a good purchase being 1288 pages long! each article is about 5 or 6 pages in length.

a Link to this year’s call for papers can be found here. The conference has a film festival attached to it and practical workshops so a really good way to be immersed in film, in sunny Portugal, for a week.

30 award seasons 2013 screenplays

January 6, 2014

Link here to 30 screenplays courtesy of The Film Stage website. Get reading if interested. Mot are pdf’s. The Fifth Estate is a webpage.

Behind The Scenes

January 4, 2014

I’m reading Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles by Tony Bramwell (written with Rosemary Kingsland who presumably acted as ghostwriter.
I’m not particularly interested in the Beatles as anything other than a cultural phenomenon but I am always interested in the people on the sidelines of history. I got Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry 8th by Elizabeth Norton from the same library at the same time which I think illustrates this interest of mine.
I half remember the ‘no man is a hero to his valet’ quote that I first became aware of many, many moons ago and this perspective of the engaged and interested observer view of ‘great events’ is something that I find endlessly fascinating and is something that often drives a lot of my own writing.

Blitz Kids

January 2, 2014

Just finished Blitz Kids by Sean Longden.

Blitz Kids Book Cover

Blitz Kids Book Cover

Really good read. The focus is how ww2 affected UK kids. I guess there’s a good number of books already about the Hitler Youth and I would be interested to read one from the Russian perspective.
What is striking is the experiences of the kids, after signing up at 14, which they could if signing up for the Navy, had gone through by the age of 18. Fighting, being shipwrecked, the world of working men, growing up, leaving home.
Book didn’t really focus overly on longer lasting consequences other than discussing the sense of liberation felt by the country as a result winning the war, NHS, home building, career aspirations for boys, girls, men and Women. Again this is covered by lots of other books so it was a good editorial decision to focus this book on the experiences of numerous named individuals.
I’m now reading 1974 by David Peace. Read Damned United a few years ago, around the time of the film I guess, and his most recent book Red or Dead. Saw parts of the adaptation of Red Riding but don’t know much about this book. I think it’s part of Red Riding Trilogy isn’t it?

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