Keep Going

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Years ago, when I was a more prominent film journalist than now, a director wrote to me to complain about a review. I hadn’t written it, but he thought I’d edited it (I hadn’t been involved at all, as it … Continue reading

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The Future Of Bond

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It’s on longer on the Empire website – like a few articles, lost in the internet ether – but here’s a piece I wrote on Bond years ago, suggesting 007’s next nemesis should be his half-brother, played by Ralph Fiennes. … Continue reading

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Failure By Degrees

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I don’t like Any Given Sunday. At least, I don’t remember liking it. It felt long and bombastic (yes, I know it’s an Oliver Stone movie, but at his best he is truly great). And it’s about American Football. Except … Continue reading

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The secret to destroying self-doubt

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Received a note the other day from a would-be journalist suffering from self-doubt, wondering if they could ever get over it and if there was a secret to doing so. So, here’s the secret: Everyone thinks they suck. Everyone. Those … Continue reading

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How To Succeed In Film Journalism… It is really trying.

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You’re reading this because you want to be a film journalist. Or, you’re really, really bored. Hundreds of people have emailed me for ‘How to…’ advice in the decade or so I’ve been writing or editing for movie magazines and … Continue reading

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