Tidelands – a review of a forced production.

     In film and television, a lot of people are drawn to a series or film by the actor and/or star or the director. Generally, it would be because you have seen the actor in previous work that you enjoyed or the director's body of work appeals. There are, of course, other considerations when it comes to choosing whether to watch something or not  - genre, duration - but a trusted name is one of the more common ways to choose.

The Little Mermaid (not that one)

THE best thing I can say about the Netflix offering of The Little Mermaid is it makes one want to revisit the magical Disney animated version. In no way connected to, or even remotely similar to - except for the fact that it features a mermaid - the Disney classic, Netflix's The Little Mermaid disappoints on almost every level.

Annihilation – a review

Alex Garland’s latest big-screen offering - and small screen, more on that later - is the ‘cerebral’ thriller Annihilation. I put cerebral in quotations as Inception this is not! Admittedly I am one of the few people who were not blown away by Garland’s last outing, the enjoyable but, I felt, too ponderous, Ex Machina.

Getting Back On The Horse…

I was, earlier in the year, writing a blog a day, posting every day - not here, I have a few blogs - but definitely posting consistently. A few things happened to derail my posting; laziness was one, I visited the cinema less frequently and I decided to make a film after an almost four-year…

Memories Of A Film Shoot – The Good, The Bad And The Tennis

  It’s a week after the shoot and my film - The Good, The Bad And The Tennis - is in the home straight. It is about three years since my last film and the nerves preceding this shoot seemed to have helped enormously. Never have I planned so well for a shoot. Even though I knew the script and what I wanted to see - I did write it after all - having decided to use non-actors in all the roles, I knew I had to be able to get my ideas across clearly.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – a review

The Hitman’s Bodyguard stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in a pretty formulaic buddy-buddy action movie. At just under two hours long - a tad on the lengthy side - it is, nonetheless, an enjoyable waste of a couple of hours. Reynolds is Michael Bryce, a bodyguard who is at the top of his…