Lone Survivor This was way better than expected. Admittedly, I didn’t expect much. Action movies these days have become a wasteland of reboots, sequels, and old, old men with puffy faces echoing catch phrases that lost their freshness three decades ago. Seriously, Sylvester Stallone’s face can’t even grow a proper goatee on it anymore, it   Read More …

Categories: Reviews

Paul Verhoeven is one of the great misunderstood satirists of modern cinema. His work is often dismissed as mindless ultra-violence. Though most critics understand that Robocop and Total Recall were, at their core, satires of corporate culture and greed, he’s never really got his due. This is exemplified by the reaction to his unacknowledged masterpiece,   Read More …

There are fears that proposed changes to 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will open the floodgates to bigotry in Australia. The Attorney General’s claim to parliament that “people have the right to be bigots” was shocking. There was incredulity across the political spectrum that someone in so senior a position could seemingly give succour   Read More …

Categories: Politics

It’s not true, of course. Authors such as Orwell, Ishiguro, and Camus were formative influences on me, as were many others. However – and as you can probably tell from this website – if I were allowed to choose only one movie as the inspiration for my writing, I would pick Blade Runner. It is   Read More …

The first short story I ever wrote, The Volunteer, managed to earn a spot in an Asia-Pacific speculative fiction anthology.  I’m told it’s uncommon to sell your first short story, and was very pleased to find a home for it. Mind you, it also scored around 18 rejections and I rewrote the damn thing about   Read More …

Categories: Fiction

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