Wednesday, February 17, 2010


THE WOLFMAN COMETH

I've always been a sucker for werewolf movies. An American Werewolf in London was one of my favourite films as a teenager and I still have a soft spot for it. The Wolfman, the latest entry in the genre, has had a rather chequered history: finished almost two years ago, it has sat on the shelves until its release this month. Directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III and special effects maestro), this time around the action takes place up in Yorkshire when prodigal son Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his family home after his brother Ben is brutally murdered in the woods. He has spent most of his time in the States and has become a stage actor of some repute. But of course, Lawrence's fate is not a pretty one. Visually The Wolfman looks sumptuous as Johnston and production designer Rick Heinrichs have created a lavish Victorian England layered with detail and texture. But its story is a little bit limited and hackneyed and Anthony Hopkins as the patriarch of the Talbot family gives a performance that is dull and unconvincing. Hugo Weaving, as Inspector Abberline, is also rather wooden and stiff. Del Toro acquits himself decently on screen though and there are some engaging setpieces, especially the night-time rampage through the gypsy camp, that hold the viewer's attention. So if you're in the mood for a pretty loooking bit of horror fluff, you could do worse than check out The Wolfman...

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Monday, February 08, 2010


AN EYE FOR LONDON
I've just finished my second book at Blurb, London Eye. It's a hardcover with a dustjacket that just focuses on photos I've taken of London and I'm really chuffed with it. It's packed full of photos I've taken of London over the years and I hope it reflects the character of the city as much as a single book can…
It's available to order from Blurb here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1177930. So here's my cover design for you too…

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