Adapted from a short story by the great science fiction writer Philip K. Dick,The Adjustment Bureau Movie and written from the man behind the screenplay for The Bourne Ultimatum, George Nolfi, could this movie actually fail? Well, unfortunately when you look at Nolfi’s other credits, which consist of Ocean’s Twelve, this of course is a possibility.

It has been heralded as a cross between Inception and The Bourne Identity, two exceptional films with impeccable storylines, so The Adjustment Bureau appeared to be right up my street; oh how misleading recommendations can be! Continue Reading »


With time so precious these days and with so many films out there, you don’t want to waste your time watching some ghastly Hollywood drivel. So I have handpicked 5 films you must watch before you die.

1) Forrest Gump

The charming tale of a naive, intellectually challenged man who has found Forrest Gump the Filmhimself at the heart of some of the defining moments in the twentieth century: he showed Elvis how to dance; fought in Vietnam and was awarded the Medal of Honour; and invested in Apple to name but a few.

Showcasing all of those pivotal moments in history, laced with wit and the great acting of Tom Hanks, this film has got something everyone can enjoy.
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching George Clooney’s critically acclaimedThe Descendants staring George Clooney film The Descendants. Directed by Alexander Payne, and his first movie since Sideways, this is a cinematic triumph.

It tells the story of Matt King (Clooney) who lives on a tropical Hawaiian island. However, immediately the tone of the film is outlined when King describes how outsiders believe he lives in paradise, but to them he so eloquently replies, “I think paradise can go fuck itself”. This is a man who has let his work as a lawyer overrun his life; lost the ability to communicate in a meaningful way with his wife (who we later discover has been having an affair); his daughter has been shipped to boarding school on another island for her uncontrollable behaviour; and to top it off he no longer has any time to surf (the quintessential Hawaiian pastime). Oh, and I forgot to mention, his wife is in a comer: this truly is the story of a man far from paradise. Continue Reading »

 Extremely Loud And Incredily Close Book

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005), written by Jonathon Safran Foer, tells the story of a nine-year old boy named Oskar whose father died tragically in the 9/11 attacks. After looking through his father’s possessions, Oskar finds a key inside an envelope labelled ‘Black’ and vows to search New York City until he finds the lock which fits this key. The novel is constructed around three different narrators (Oskar, and his two grandparents), and underpinning all of their narratives is the trauma over the death of Thomas Schell: the father of Oskar, and the son of Oskar’s grandparents. Here Foer has cleverly used three small domestic tales of trauma as a microcosm for 9/11 as a whole.

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With the Guardian recently publishing their ‘10 best first lines in fiction’, I thought I would raid my book collection to compile my own alternative list.

1) George Orwell – 1984

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”1984 the book by George Orwell

Orwell’s dystopian novel, which gave birth to the notion of Big Brother, begins with this wonderful line. Immediately we are aware this is no ordinary world, a world where time has miraculously changed. If time has changed, we are left wondering what else has been altered.

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With just one week to go until the London Marathon, I thought I’d share four invaluable things I’ve discovered from my training.  

1) You will lose any musical dignity you had.

Although a topic that sparks disagreement amongst the running community, I have found music to be of great comfort when running.

However, forget running to those cool Libertines and Strokes tracks; the music that really helps me run are those which any self-respecting Dylan fan would frown upon. Continue Reading »

Enter ye, Enter ye

Welcome to my page.

I have set up this blog as a type of portfolio to showcase my work. Here you will find: reviews to films I have recently seen and to books I have read; to academic essays I have written; information regarding the progress of my marathon training; and general rants about life.

I will also endeavour to post interesting things I have come across when browsing the net. So keep checking back as I will update this space regularly.

“A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.”

Alexander Pope