Book Review: Rain Will Come

“Now what separates you and me from him, from that, is that our sense of right and wrong — moral and immoral — is stronger than our basest urges. We may think, but we don’t act. It’s the difference between madmen and, well, men.” This is my Amazon First Reads selection for March 2020. You […]

Documentary Review: The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (Netflix)

Directed by documentary filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a 2020 Netflix miniseries about the 2013 murder of Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old boy from Palmdale, California, who endured prolonged abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. The documentary series offers an inside look at the trial, as well as an eye-opening investigation […]

Book Review: All The Bright Places

“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.” All The Bright Places is a 2015 young adult book by Jennifer Niven about two highschool students – Theodore Finch and Violet Markey – who meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school. At first, it’s unclear who […]

Book v Film: All The Bright Places

“The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.” Based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Niven and directed by Brett Haley, All The Bright Places follows two high school students – Theodore Finch (Justice Smith) and Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) – who meet on the […]

Book Review: And Then There Were None

“There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world—an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.” Agatha Christie‘s bestselling crime novel of all time, And Then There Were None was first published in 1939 under a different name […]

TV Review: The Outsider (Sky Atlantic) – Season One

Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, The Outsider follows a group of investigators who are confounded over an unspeakable crime that’s been committed, when the gruesome murder of a boy in the Georgia woods leads them to a mysterious force surrounding the case.

TV Review: Ballers (Sky Comedy) – Season Five

The fifth and final season of Ballers aired in February 2020 and saw Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson), a retired NFL player turned financial manager of other NFL players, shaken out of retirement after receiving an offer he can’t refuse. Meanwhile, Joe (Rob Corddry) and Lance (Russell Brand) take a gamble on the future of Sports […]

TV Review: The Stranger (Netflix) – Season One

Written by Danny Brocklehurst and based on the Harlan Coben novel of the same name, The Stranger premiered on Netflix in January 2020. The series follows a happily married father of two, Adam Price (Richard Armitage), whose life is turned upside-down after a stranger (Hannah John-Kamen) tells him a secret about his wife. The revelation […]

Book Review: The Silence

“I wonder how it would feel to plummet that far; would there be a lightness, a liberation? Would the air rushing past your ears sound like voices in the dark?” This is my Amazon First Reads selection for February 2020. You can get a free book every month by joining Amazon Prime, which you can […]

Film Review: Uncut Gems

Directed by The Safdie Brothers, Uncut Gems follows a charismatic New York City jeweller (Adam Sandler) who’s always on the lookout for the next big score. As he makes yet another series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and […]

TV Review: White House Farm (ITV) – Miniseries

The six-part ITV miniseries White House Farm is a factual drama based on the true story of a fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse, and the ensuing police investigation and court case that followed. Rating:

TV Review: Sex Education (Netflix) – Season Two

Created by Laurie Nunn and with the new series having premiered on Netflix in January 2020, season two of Sex Education sees the return of Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) who, now in a relationship with Ola (Patricia Allison), must master his newly discovered sexual urges. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia […]

TV Review: Vera (ITV) – Season Ten

Based on novels of the same name by crime writer Ann Cleeves, Northumberland & City Police’s very own Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) returns for a tenth season. The series, which aired on ITV in January 2020, consists of four episodes following the deaths of a self-styled entrepreneur, a teenage boy, a cleaner, […]

TV Review: You (Netflix) – Season Two

Following on from the success of 2018’s first season of Netflix‘s You, developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble and loosely based on the Caroline Kepnes‘ second novel, Hidden Bodies, the second series sees Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) move from New York to Los Angeles to escape his past. Here, he starts over with a […]

TV Review: Deadwater Fell (Channel 4) – Miniseries

A four-part British miniseries written and created by Daisy Coulam that aired on Channel 4 in January 2020, Deadwater Fell is set in a remote Scottish village and follows a doctor (David Tennant) whose wife and three young children are murdered in a fire. As the only survivor, investigators begin to question the father and […]

Book Review: Heroes

“The heroes cleansed our world of chthonic terrors — earthborn monsters that endangered mankind and threatened to choke the rise of civilisation. So long as dragons, giants, centaurs and mutant beasts infested the air, earth and seas we could never spread out with confidence and transform the wild world into a place of safety for […]

Film Review: Little Women (2019)

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott which was originally published in 1868, this 2019 adaptation of Little Women, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, is the seventh film adaptation of the widely loved story, in which Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) reflects back and forth on her life. She tells the beloved story […]

TV Review: The Witcher (Netflix) – Season One

Based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, with this first series being based on The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny short stories, The Witcher was released on Netflix in December 2019. The series is set on a fictional landmass known as “the Continent”, and follows the journies […]

Film Review: The Gentlemen

From director Guy Ritchie, The Gentlemen follows American ex-pat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who, having built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London, is attempting to sell off his highly profitable business to Cannabis Kingpin Mathew (Jeremy Strong). But when word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers […]