A staple of noir cinema is the heist gone wrong. Perhaps the best known contemporary example is Reservoir Dogs (1992), in which Tarantino – steeped in and heavily influence by classic noir – depicts the aftermath of a diamond robbery turned clusterfuck. Tarantino, riffing on the noir penchant for superb dialogue, also gave us the   Read More …

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Suicide Squad What a fucking mess. There were apparently two versions of Suicide Squad, the dark original and a funnier reshoot. It shows. This movie doesn’t know what the fuck it is doing. A full run-down isn’t necessary; it’s been catalogued elsewhere by a variety of scathing reviews. Two less-discussed aspects that stood out for   Read More …

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Let’s start with the good news: an Aurealis Award and an ‘Best of the Year’ Anthology inclusion. The Aurealis nomination for Best Horror short story was unexpected, because I’d never written horror before, and well, I’d never thought I’d be nominated for an Aurealis, either. The story, Flame Trees, is certainly science fiction, but yeah,   Read More …

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Kazuo Ishiguro writes in the aftermath of the noir event. The tragedy has passed, the noir moment of betrayal now an unreliable memory. Ishiguro is my favourite living author. I re-read one of his novels recently: An Artist of the Floating World and a second, When We Were Orphans, for the first time (the latter   Read More …

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Numbers fourteen down to seven on the list are here, if you missed it. If not, may I present the final countdown: (click on PDF icon, above right, if you prefer to read black script on white) 6) Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan has never made a bad film (the worst on the list below is the Dark   Read More …

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I was fucking chuffed to have received my first (and shit, maybe last) Aurealis Award nomination a few days ago. For the uninitiated, the Aurealis Awards are the juried prize for best genre fiction in Australia.  The short story – Flame Trees – started as science fiction, as with everything I write, but ended up   Read More …

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Let me pose this scenario: you’re a geek (shut up, you are). You’re marooned on Mars (shut up, just go with this). You’ve got enough food and water to last until the resupply mission arrives in eighteen months. You may pick the cinematic corpus of only one director to entertain you until the rescue mission arrives. You are   Read More …

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  This isn’t a review of the entire film. There are plenty of those around, written by better critics than I. All I’ll say is this: I enjoyed Rogue One. It was a flawed, but welcome addition to the franchise. Somewhat better than the Force Awakens, far less so than Jedi. However, it had problems.   Read More …

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Read about 45 this year, plus shitloads of academic articles, and watched an abundance of film and television. I’ll stick to books here, other than to say that, for mine, The Expanse was the best TV of 2016. In no particular order: The Fat Years – Chan Koonchung Written in 2009, set in 2013, relevant   Read More …

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  Vikings Season 1 – 2 (Canadian – Irish production) Vikings is a bloody, meat-tearing, bare-arsed and tits-bared trek through Viking culture, mythology, and history. Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Australian Travis Fimmel) stare is enough to make shield maidens swoon and Saxons poop their pants. Good actors, great fight scenes, and oh yeah, I’ve fallen in love   Read More …

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