Top Movie Views of 2013

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Note: these are my favourite films I’ve watched for the first time this year, not simply 2013 releases. I’ve not seen all the 2013 greats, and finally caught up on some overdue classics. Read the rest of this entry »

A Vision For Life

Posted: July 1, 2013 in Faith

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I was asked recently by another church leader in town what my “Life Vision” was. I don’t strictly have one, but I do have specific dreams/prayers for myself, my family and my church, all based on Psalms 27 and 128 – these verses I pray over on a regular basis, and make priorities and choices in light of them. It just amounts to a couple of points in each of three aspects of my life. Simples. In sharing it with my friend, I figured that for what it’s worth I’d share it in a wider context in case it helps anyone else:
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Star Wars: Machete Order

Posted: June 17, 2013 in Movies

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I’d promised a few a while back I’d make mention of how I found the new Machete Order for watching Star Wars…

It strayed across my radar courtesy of @VoxPopple, and having experienced the new sequence myself now it will remain my standard for viewing. Here’s the full rundown of the IV > V > II > III > VI order (I DOES NOT EXIST! EVER.), plus its Whys and Wherefores: Machete Order.

And my observations? Other than the starkly absent C3PO/Anakin history, it demotes Jar Jar to Level 1 Annoyance (previously 4), and raises the bar on Anakin and Luke’s relationship massively. Pressing pause after Empire to flashback and enjoy how we all got here feeds Jedi well. The only real downside is that Clones and Sith really do not wear well, and so their juxtapositioning can jar (jar).

Other than that: it’s rescued the prequels from being unwatchable (now they’re merely “watchable”), and elevates the originals in a way I didn’t think was possible. Nice one.

Movie Metaview: Looper

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Movies

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Joe’s a Looper – a killer and disposer of people sent back from thirty years hence. No bodies in 2074, corpses in 2044 that don’t exist. Clean kills. When someone starts “closing the loops” – sending back veteran Loopers to be killed by their younger selves – Young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Old Joe (Bruce Willis) both go on the run with opposing agendas.
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Movie Metaview: The Tree Of Life

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Faith, Movies
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“Unless you love, your life will flash by.”

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Terence Malick’s elegant work of art (this is so much more than a “film”) leads us through young Jack O’Brien’s grasping of life and all it entails. LOSS (the death of a brother, missed opportunities afforded by his father’s failings), LOVE (his father still loves him hugely, his mother is the Grace to his father’s Law), and LEGACY (how this has shaped Jack as an older man).

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I’ve just been pleasantly surprised by “This Means War” – the Witherspoon/Hardy/Pine rom-com-spy-fest that garnered some rather average reviews on release.
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Stevie’s top reads and music of 2012

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Etc., Faith

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Stevie’s Top 20 Viewings Of 2012

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Movies

Note I said “Viewings”, not “Films”. Bear in mind I’ve still yet to see Berberian Sound Studio, Looper, The Imposter, The Hobbit, Les Mis, Argo, The Master, Amour, Holy Motors, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Sightseers, Life Of Pi, Sinister… and the rest. Besides a fair number from 2011, you may also notice my top 20 includes a film made in 1975. Ladies and gentlemen, in reverse order: Read the rest of this entry »

White Noise and Kindle Marketing

Posted: November 3, 2012 in Etc.

With both of my books available on Kindle now, and each having sold a decent amount to my immediate network of friends and contacts, the question remains: now what? There’s a bigger world out there. Read the rest of this entry »

School Of Thought

Posted: October 29, 2012 in Etc.

My second novel “School of Thought” is now finally available on the Kindle market(s). I wrote it before Raine Fall, but have updated and refreshed it a little these eight years later. Having re-read and re-reviewed it, I’m still very proud of it. The twists and surprises still have a fresh unexpectedness to them, even in this age of Inception and others since first composing the tale. Even if I say myself… Read the rest of this entry »