The Characteristics Of A Propaganda Movie
Ben Slythe [2020-05-06]

 The Characteristics Of A Propaganda Movie
Propaganda films have the aim of representing the expected behaviour of people under stressful conditions. The objectives identified in the protagonists are loyalty and success, not survival. All propaganda films have four types of character and, in order to accomplish this, they all represent only one side of the story. This article uses the movie, "Independence Day" (1996) to demonstrate how it represents a classic propaganda movie.

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Film Review: Serenity (2005)
James C. Rocks [2020-03-10]

 Film Review: Serenity (2005)

Having recently re-watched Joss Whedon's "Serenity", I enjoyed it rather more than I did when I saw it in the cinema. I was a huge fan of the series (still am) and, naturally enough, my expectations were high. the guy is smart! Everything about Whedon screams GENIUS to me so I was so looking forward to seeing the film and, unfortunately, I think it fails to deliver on several key levels.

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"Androcide" & "China Girl" by Erec Stebbins
James C. Rocks [2020-02-09]

Two excellent books from Erec Stebbins, the latest novels in his "Intel 1" techno thriller series. Set in both Iran and the US, the latter being the focus, "Androcide" is the fifth in the "Intel 1" series dealing primarily with a nightmare killer against a background of a US sliding to the right on a tide of popular fascism. "China Girl" is the sixth book and continues on from "Androcide" where we get to see the real nightmare of a now elected President Suite and his fascist administration.

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BBC's "The War Of The Worlds" (2019)
James C. Rocks [2020-01-10]

 BBC's Having seen several alternative versions of "War of the Worlds" Byron Haskin's 1953 film, "The War of the Worlds" (1953), Jeff Wayne's Musical Version, "War of the Worlds" (1978) and Spielberg's, "The War of the Worlds" (2005) none of which were the version of Wells' most famous book that I wanted to see I was very keen to see the BBC's new "The War of the Worlds" (2019). After Jeff Wayne's masterful musical version, I knew what I wanted and it looked very much like this was going to deliver it.

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Book 2 Is On Its Way!
James C. Rocks [2019-12-10]

 Book 2 Is On Its Way!

"Let Slip The Dogs of War", Book 2 of the "Abyssal Void War" series is near complete. It's written and is currently in various late stages of my new editing process. I am being "assisted" by the Grammarly application which, while I don't accept its recommendations all the time, helps me to spot some of the flaws in my writing. That has the advantage of allowing my beta readers, editors and eventually my readers to concentrate on my story rather than being disturbed from the narrative by entirely avoidable mistakes.

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Arr! Do You Speak Pirate?
James C. Rocks [2019-10-31]

 Arr! Do You Speak Pirate?
Do you really love film? Do you love to listen to music? Do you love eBooks, eComics or, for lack of a better word, eArt? Or are you a pirate? Generally speaking, I do love such things though I'm not much of a comic or art buff but I don't pirate it. I haven't always taken that point of view; when I was much younger, I would visit the library, borrow a vinyl LP, record it on tape and then listen to it. I would lend those tapes to others, why not? But public awareness campaigns, technological improvements and other factors have changed my view.

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Twenty Years On: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 1
James C. Rocks [01-09-2019]

 Twenty Years On: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 1

"Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" was a series set in the fictional community of Sunnydale, a place full of all kinds of evil and is where vampire slayer, Buffy Summers, ends up after burning down her old school gym. Twenty years on, the series may (for some) be less appealing, arguably no longer as innovative as it once was. In my view, despite its age, the plot still works, still feels fresh, still original and, although it has weaknesses, the storylines remain good.

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On Sprinting
James C. Rocks [2019-08-13]

 On Sprinting
As a budding writer I would spend many hours sitting at my computer writing things that might be considered irrelevant to my core goal of actually writing a novel. I end up distracted, not only by other things I could do instead of write (emails, Facebook, the internet in general) but often by relatively unimportant tasks that can still be classed as writing. Until I took an interest in "sprinting" it seemed to me that I was simply be wearing myself out for no particular gain.

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Book Review: "Red Sparrow" by Jason Matthews (2013)
James C. Rocks [2019-07-24]

 Book Review:

"Red Sparrow", the debut novel by ex-CIA operative Jason Matthews (I'm told his wife is also ex-CIA) is the first of a trilogy featuring the beautiful Russian spy, Dominika Egorov, and American CIA operative, Nathaniel "Nate" Nash. The book was made into a film of the same name in 2018, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton. This review concerns the book.

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Giving Something A Fair Review (2019)
James C. Rocks [2019-07-21]

 Giving Something A Fair Review (2019)
I've seen enough reviews in my lifetime to realise that reviewers are often heavily swayed by their emotions and, whilst there will always be an aspect of personal preference, I felt some sort of objective method of comparison was necessary. This article outlines the self-developed method I now use and the categories I use to do them and all of the reviews on this site follow this method. I gave this idea some thought and my intent to create a consistent approach to reviews that is entertaining yet that little bit more objective.

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I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

Stephen King

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