L.A. Confidential [based on the book]

[imdb_movie_detail title=”L.A. Confidential” detail=”plot”] Obviously, this is a rewatch. I don’t remember if I saw this in the cinema on its original release ((1997! twenty years ago!)) , but I know I know I bought it on dvd back when buying dvds was a new thing. And I’ve certainly rewatched it since then, but not […]

Eagle in the snow

Banished to the Empire’s farthest outpost, veteran warrior Paulinus Maximus defends The Wall of Britannia from the constant onslaught of belligerent barbarian tribes. Bravery, loyalty, experience, and success lead to Maximus’ appointment as “General of the West” by the Roman emperor, the ambition of a lifetime. But with the title comes a caveat: Maximus needs […]

The Dead Lands

[imdb_movie_detail title=”The Dead Lands” detail=”plot”] From the people who brought you Apocalpto and The Raid, so says the marketing spiel, and that should give you a hint that violence will feature heavily in this film. And it sure does. Of course, I didn’t really appreciate either of those two films a huge amount. Apocalyto was […]

A Wind in Cairo

Tarr presents a historical fantasy set in Egypt in the 12th century about a young man who is turned into a horse for punishment and must undergo harsh lessons in order to be returned to human form. (blurb from Goodreads) I decided to read this book based on the author’s article where she talks about […]

Rogue One

[imdb_movie_detail title=”Rogue One” detail=”plot”] Of course I went to see this in the cinema when it was released, but at the time I never blogged about it, rewatched it over the Easter weekend and figured now was as good a time as any. I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure that it will live up […]

The curious history of Irish dogs

There are nine breeds of dog that are native to Ireland: four terriers, three gun dogs, and two hounds. In The Curious History of Irish Dogs, David Blake Knox tells the remarkable stories of each of the nine breeds, and reveals how they have become inextricably linked with the people of Ireland. Irish Wolfhounds stalked […]


Discworld # 4 Discworld Death #1 Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. After being assured that being dead was not compulsory, Mort accepted. However, he soon found that romantic longings did not mix easily with the responsibilities of being Death’s apprentice… (Goodreads) My great Pratchett reread […]

Testosterone Rex : unmaking the myths of our gendered minds

Rec’d back in Feb by Aarti on Twitter. Testosterone Rex brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond old ‘nature versus nurture’ debates, and to explain why it’s time to unmake the tyrannical myth of Testosterone Rex. (Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds on Goodreads) I read Fine’s […]

The Fate of the Furious

[imdb_movie_detail title=”The Fate of the Furious” detail=”plot”] Anyone who has been around this blog for a while will know that I love and adore The Fast and the Furious series of films. They started out as just fun action car films, but have grown into something much more. Over the top ridiculous action scenes, yes, […]

Free Fire

[imdb_movie_detail title=”Free Fire” detail=”plot”] One of the reasons Wheatley wanted to make this film is that he has seen so many huge epic battles on screen recently. Explosions! Gun battles! action everywhere, but a clean and almost bloodless version of action. He wanted to make something smaller, more intimate. But with just as much action. […]