Following the cliched tradition, here’s my round-up of the sixteen best films I’ve seen for the first time this year, both new and old. There are many I’ve yet to catch up with, but these are my personal highlights: Read the rest of this entry »
[SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!]
It’s three days since I saw Doctor Strange with Amy and many scenes and quotes and threads are still swirling around my head like some psychedelic mind melt. We loved it – both in terms of artistic endeavour and also how it spoke to us.
(NO SPOILERS, I PROMISE)
Living upon the precipice of what constitutes both a natural and supernatural darkness, banished from society for unnamed transgression(s), a surname-less/everyman Puritan family fight hunger and winter in the face of something far more malevolent. Is it truly in the woods, or actually within their midst? Read the rest of this entry »
The solo journey as a story device is one that delivers rites of passage, transcendent experiences and impressive man-against-nature victories. This opportunity to immerse us the audience in an otherworldly environment – be it ocean (All Is Lost), desert (Tracks) or 370 miles of road on a lawn mower (The Straight Story) – can lift us from mere travelogue to pointed metaphor with the smoothest of segues. When real people with real foibles are thrust into alien landscapes, they are presented with their real selves… and we too. Read the rest of this entry »
Man, what a year for cinema: drama, comedy, tragedy, thrills, spills, fantasy and a teeny touch of romance. Here’s my top ten films of the past twelve months: Read the rest of this entry »
I watched Everest last night with some mates, while staying in Ipswich for one of our (Relational Mission’s) regular Prayer & Equipping events. A stunningly shot and impressively staged film, Everest relates the tragic tale of a joint expedition to scale the planet’s highest point in 1996. Not knowing going in how many of the party survived to tell the tale, I was gripped by the tragedy and the elation. It is a great example of both human bravery and fragility, a hair’s breadth between the two. And it was in that that I was struck by a line which spoke to me as we were praying some big prayers together this morning. Read the rest of this entry »
Two weeks of flip flops and paella, family fun and mucho vino tinto also equated to mucho reading. Here are my unearthed treasures for all you book-lovers out there: Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve seen Mad Max: Fury Road three times so far and, despite loving it instantly, it’s somehow improved on each showing. Much has already been made of the stunts, the depth of the world Miller has built, the editing, the photography, the feminism, the redemptive themes and how Furiosa’s unspoken-of disability has enthralled and inspired people both young and old. Not to mention how the First History Man’s question as the credits roll alludes to our ultimate need for redemption and rescue. So, despite being many of the reasons why I love it so, I won’t be writing on any of those aspects; others have written far more eloquently and personally than I could on these things. Instead, I want to talk about teeth. Read the rest of this entry »
Our guest on the blog today is Steve Dunn, author of three novels and the forthcoming ‘true’ story behind the Goldilocks fairy-tale, which will be available to download via Amazon soon. Steve is married to Jennie and they have a ten-year old daughter. He has worked for the ambulance service for over twenty years, and has been part-time paramedic and part-time church pastor for the past four, but from this November will be leading the church in a fulltime role. He is also a film lover and fig-roll connoisseur.
Welcome to the Blog, Steve, we’d love to start by asking you a little bit about your writing journey so far?
I’ve always enjoyed stories of all kinds (be they novels, comics or films) from a young age and so writing my own came naturally very quickly. I’m fascinated by the thought of other worlds or versions of our own, and…
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