Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

The Personal History of David Copperfield***

Directed by Armando Iannucci It takes about 30 seconds to buy into Dev Patel as Dickens (and ipso facto David Copperfield). He embodies the spirit and the enthusiasm which led his early death. Iannucci loves Copperfield and teases out the humour which Dickens books are packed with. We.ve had dark and gloomy Dickens for a…

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Hive Mind ***½

Wire 17 albums is a milestone for any musical band and the few that outlive their original energy usually subside into greatest hits and tours with other bands iof the era to an audience mostly reliving very long lost youths. Wire is the exception, never wildly popular with pogo masses and to punky for the…

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This Is How You Lose the Time War****

By Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Two adversaries, fighting an interminable war across time zones and multiverses, start leaving each other letters via increasingly bizarre and inventive methods. As their relationship grows beyond admiration to love, they face the increasing likelihood of discovery and betrayal. Verdict: A short SF novel written by two short story…

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61 Hours ***

Author Lee Childs With the double whammy that Lee Childs is to be a Booker judge just as he announces he’s handing on writing Jack Reacher to his brother, it seemed an appropriate time to read an earlier Reacher. 61 Hours, the fourteenth Reacher novel, came at the point Lee Child’s character began to attract…

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ***

Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Did Tarantino’s nerve fail him or is it there in plain sight? That at least three core scenes involving Brad Pitt’s washed up stuntman are fantasies, fairy tales as the title makes clear. Most of the reviews have taken the film at face value which leaves you with an overlong and…

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The Lying Game Ruth Ware **

A disappointing novel from Ruth Ware which uses the theme of a hidden secret of a group of some young people’s past resurfacing. In this case. it involves a group of girls who attended a remote boarding school who reassemble many years later after the discovery of a body.  It’s a well-worn idea, and Ware…

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Virtual Script Workshop 1995 – 2007

In the early days of the web, everyone had a go at a homepage before losing the will to live –  because every line of HTML had been compiled and edited in notepad. The slightest error and you lost the page. However, anyone could see the potential. So combining working in education and dabbling in…

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