Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer Cinema and Small Screen Magic

Godzilla (12A)

Director ~ Gareth Edwards

An attempt at a believable scientific explanation for the re-emergence of giant city-stomping creatures gives this version of Godzilla a good plot and a chance to establish characters and their back stories before the monster mayhem sets in. A nuclear incident in the 1990's holds the key to a threat to the whole of humanity and.... it's a monster movie, grab the popcorn and enjoy!
Cast includes Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche.

A megatastic four out of five stars

Edge of Tomorrow (12A)

Director ~ Doug Liman

Time looping alien fighting action fest featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. (Takes a while for the plot to become clear so stick with it, it's worth it.) If you liked the pace and action of the Bourne movies and the sci-fi of the Matrix movies, this is for you. 

A head-scratching four out of five stars.

My Week with Marilyn (15)

Director ~ Simon Curtis

A warm and touching coming-of-age movie about a young man and his first job in the film industry. Michelle Williams steals the show as the quixotic, vulnerable Marilyn Monroe who both beguiles and confounds all those around her. Eddie Redmayne plays Colin Clark the third production assistant who ultimately ends up taking sides with Marilyn against the larger-than-life Sir Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) as they attempt to film The Prince and the Showgirl. Gorgeous attention to period detail (late 1950's) and a charming story all knitted together with a great cast. 

Five out of five stars.

Cuban Fury (15)
Director ~ James Griffiths

A fun-spangled comedy about an everyman Bruce (Nick Frost) overcoming past demons to reclaim his place on the salsa dance floor in an effort to woo the new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) and stand up to his overbearing work colleague Drew (Chris O'Dowd). Cast includes Ian McShane, Olivia Coleman, Rory Kinnear & Tim Plester.

A sequin sprinkled four out five stars

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

And now for some Zombies...

So far this summer I have been busy getting all my short stories, sci-fi and poetry into ebook formats of one form or another in an effort to try and consolidate all my stories into something more tangible than just collecting the proverbial dust in old hard drives, floppy disks and even good old word processor and typewriter files... yes they do go back that far.
And, as I was searching around, I found and reread Space Zombie Holiday and its half-finished sequel and found I still like it and so now you can own a copy too on Kindle Edition format on Amazon here ~  (Though be warned, it is gory.)

Here's a quick summary of the plot for you....

Captain Rock Jansson is a decorated Allied Galactic Forces war veteran who, after losing his entire squad, is given extended official leave and advised by his doctor to take a holiday. He opts for a relaxing ski holiday on Outpost Earth on the other side of the galaxy but is accidentally followed there by the enemy; an army of ferocious seven foot, flesh-eating, green space zombies. They are led by their mind-controlling Generals who believe their army also needs some rest and relaxation. Jansson has no choice but to fight the space zombies with the scant resources available and the five eccentric remaining inhabitants of Outpost Earth. Utilizing an illegal whisky still, garden implements and the fake snow system at a ski resort in Farlogie, Scotland, Jansson and his new team take on the space zombie army but will they escape or be eaten alive?

I now am going to sink my teeth into the writing the rest of Sil's Bar, the sequel to it so here's a quick reminder of other stuff I've written also available on Amazon ~

You can now buy Crater* (distopian pulp science fiction novella) on Amazon in Kindle Edition format here ~ Crater*

You can now buy two of my science fiction short stories in Kindle Edition format on Amazon here ~


And also a selection of my poems here ~

And also now available ~
Bird Moment Haiku (52 haiku about birds)

Friday, 4 July 2014

June bugs and July butterflies

Gardening teaches you to appreciate the moment. All too quickly flowers fade and the weather changes or insects take over and children and pets run amok. I have long since given up trying to create a manicured piece of perfection, how dull to never see a daisy or never have a lawn full of violets and bugle or, for that matter, a caterpillar, spider or snail, all food for the garden birds. Even the greenfly are loved by the ladybirds and ants. June is always a month full of bugs in the garden. But by having these small creatures there is plenty of food for the birds, butterflies, moths and bees and by tolerating the occasional damage and loss of plants, a much richer tapestry is worked across the garden. Just at the moment something looks truly dreadful, somewhere else a beautiful flower, a delicious scent, or an interesting insect will bring delight.

There is though, something endlessly timeless about the repeating patterns of seasons, each day a new page to fill with change. This year it looks as though the grapes will do well and the buddleja is promising July butterflies soon. The climbing roses are repeat flowering, loving the hot weather after a wet Spring and the garden is full of the scent of the jasmine just coming into flower. The dog may have trampled the love-in-a-mist and the bindweed may have swamped the hop vine but for now, there's a moment of delight in the roses and the sweet, warm breeze.

Might be abutilon

Blue skies

the dog does not have green fingers

Interesting insect holes in hop leaf

Climbing white rose

Pretty in pink

Shady dog rose

Jasmine hedge

Friday, 13 June 2014

Crater*, two short stories and some poems...

You can now buy Crater* (distopian pulp science fiction novella) on Amazon in Kindle Edition format here ~ Crater*

You can now buy two of my science fiction short stories in Kindle Edition format on Amazon here ~
Simultaneity ( a sort of stereo dreaming )
The Double Take 

And also a selection of my poems here ~
Inside the Quiet Spaces Again

And also now available ~
Bird Moment Haiku (52 haiku about birds)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

May be a hint of summer...

...Climbing rose  'Warm Welcome' in bud

 and rosemary in flower,

calendula and love in the mist swamping a rose...

cranesbill smiling, 

and the new leaves of hosta cheering...

a dry, shady corner with fern, deadnettle, oak and primrose,

the new oak leaves

and the pond (Yes, finally a pond, complete with nutella the newt.
The pond in a plastic box is no more and all fauna/flora settling in its new home.)

first peony bud for this plant after relocation (it was on the receiving end of a bucket of builder's cement slops a few years back... )

and strawberries soon.