The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

It was almost inevitable that following the successful splitting of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts, future screen adaptations of novels would come in multiple installments. And so it came to pass almost immediately with Twilight: Breaking Dawn and the announcement that Peter Jackson’s cinematic portrayal of The Hobbit…

The Lord of The Rings Trilogy

I’m off out to see The Hobbit later, hoping that some of the dreadful reviews that have been in the press have been on the cruel side rather than wholly fair. As I was running my series on Blu-Ray box-sets to give as Christmas gifts this seemed the perfect time to revisit the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Then I panicked – I have the theatrical release box-set, would this be the best one to review? What about the Extended Edition?

The Joy of Trailers

Timekeeping isn’t my strong point. I’m either very early for appointments or more usually – very late. I was even hideously late for a job interview once; luckily the interview panel was full of lovely people who excused my red face, poured me some water….

Top Ten: Classic Books I’ve Never Read

Every so often a new list of the 100 “best” books is released. The most recent is World Book Night’s Top 100 and others include the BBC Big Read and the Telegraph’s Top 100. To an extent these lists are popularity contests and many of the choices will change from year to year…