With 2017 just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about what I want from the year ahead.
One thing I want to do is – somehow – find a way to write full time. I write for a few websites, I also have this blog and a Medium page, but most of it’s unpaid. The stuff that is paid is infrequent and in small amounts. So, to pay my rent, bills and just afford to live, I have a dull day job. In 2017, I hope to be able to quit it.
It might not seem like a big deal, but I’m 31. I’ve been in this non-writing job for a few years, and I’ve been doing non-writing jobs of one kind or another for a decade. I always think: have I left it too late?
These thoughts inspired me to write for Movie Pilot about “late bloomers”. People who had to spend years toiling away before achieving their dreams, be it in movies, TV, literature or music. If you want to know that it’s not too late, read the stories of Alan Rickman, Samuel L. Jackson, Terry Pratchett and others here.
A few days ago, on December 19th, the first teaser trailer for the Blade Runner sequel (now titled Blade Runner 2049) dropped.
I wrote about this first trailer in an article for Movie Pilot which you can read here.
You can read an earlier piece I wrote about it back in June (before we knew the official title) here, too.
Everyone loves It’s A Wonderful Life, right? It’s my favourite Christmas movie (yes, even if we’re counting Die Hard) and I wrote an article for Movie Pilot explaining the main reason it became such a festive staple is because of a clerical error made in the 1970’s.
You can read the full article here.
I’m a huge fan of sci-fi, but sometimes I feel like there aren’t enough intelligent science fiction films about.
Thankfully, Arrival has…er…arrived, and it’s spectacular.
I saw it last night and I’ve written a review on Movie Pilot. I called it “a triumph of smart sci-fi” and you can read my full review here.
Those who know me know that I have a lot of love for The Room, an amazing, total disaster of a movie. “The Citizen Kane of bad movies”, as it’s been called by many.
I wrote an article on Movie Pilot about why it’s so unintentionally hilarious which you can read here.
However, that’s not really what this is about. This post is about the news that The Room alumni Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero are reuniting for a movie called Best F(r)iends. It stars them both and is written by Sestero, and appears to be a dark thriller of some kind (insofar as you can tell from the trailer).
You can read my thoughts on it – and find a link to the trailer, hosted by Hollywood Reporter – in my lasted Movie Pilot article, here. And no, I don’t know why the “r” in the Best F(r)iends title is in parenthesis either.
We all love a good movie trailer. But what about those that lie to us and misrepresent the movie we’re going to see?
For Movie Pilot I took a look at some of these, from Drive to Iron Man 3.
Read the full article here.
I was very honoured to be asked by the good folks at Movie Pilot to contribute to one of their excellent fanzines.
This one was about disaster movies, and I submitted a piece discussing what our ongoing fascination with the genre says about us as a species. From King Kong to Godzilla, to The Towering Inferno, Twister, San Andreas and both Independence Day movies, they just don’t go away.
You can read the full article – including quotes from Roland Emmerich – here.
OK, so this one’s a little out of date now, but back in April I wrote a piece for Movie Pilot about 6 non-blockbuster movies I was excited for.
So, if you want to know why I was excited to watch Sausage Party, Popstar: Never Stop Stopping, Money Monster, The Founder, Free State Of Jones and The Light Between Oceans then check out the full article here.
I’m a HUGE Blade Runner fan, and to be honest I’m pretty stoked about the planned sequel. Back in June I wrote an article for Movie Pilot detailing everything we knew about the movie that was then simply called Blade Runner 2.
Of course, we know a bit more now, with the official title of Blade Runner 2049. But if you want to know everything else, check the article out here.
The summer’s live action remake of The Jungle Book was pretty cool, and Disney are set to follow that template with a live action version of another classic, The Lion King, in 2017.
But, did you know there’s a Lion King easter egg hiding in The Jungle Book?
Yup. I wrote about it for Movie Pilot. Check it out here.