Casting A Spell.

Posted Monday, December 17th, 2012

It’s a bright mid-December day and my breath clouds in front of my face. I’m winding through Soho on my way to the third day of casting for the feature I’m hoping to shoot next year. Soho is not the beast it was. Even when Chris and I started out making films it had calmed from the licentious peaks of legend. Today this is not the seedy underbelly, though echoes of that world remain. My route leads me through the

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A Good Cover Story.

Posted Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Argo is a straightforward spy thriller but its star and director is much more of a puzzle.

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The Terrible Babies.

Posted Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Why watching modern movie stars is like being a guest at a spoilt child’s birthday party…

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Not With A Bang.

Posted Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Disappointment is the crack which let’s the audience in.

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Thank God, A Let Down.

Posted Monday, September 10th, 2012

How great films are often those brave enough to disappoint you.

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On Disappointment.

Posted Sunday, September 9th, 2012

We need more truly disappointing films. Want to know why? Prepare to be let down…

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A Bang And A Whimper.

Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Bat has finally left the building… so has cinema’s great trickster pulled out a rabbit?

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On Being Busy.

Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Making a film is always to attempt a balloon ocean crossing with no balloon; it’s a process that begins with just a lot of hot air and a lot of cold water. Consequently we all become experts at seeming busy.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Why?

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Tinker, Tailor is a film which garnered the highest acclaim you could hope for, yet only six months down the line it already feels like not the real deal.

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Where The Magic Happens.

Posted Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

In “Hugo” Scorsese forgets the lesson taught by “The Artist”. Don’t show, imply. This is where cinema’s third dimension truly lies, in the ability to create a sensation in the viewer which is more than the sum of its parts. That’s the magic.

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