Cinefex 153 – High Octane Aliens

Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror flick Alien is probably my favourite film of all time. So imagine how thrilled I was to get the gig covering Alien: Covenant for the new issue of Cinefex. Since the average Cinefex article runs to about 26 pages (yes, we really do dig deep with our stories), that's a big gig. As … Continue reading Cinefex 153 – High Octane Aliens

There’s a Big Ape On My Desk

I don’t actually remember the first time I saw Merian C. Cooper’s classic 1933 monster movie King Kong. It was probably late at night when I was a spotty teenager, and I was probably watching on the little black and white telly in my bedroom – grateful that for once I was missing out on all … Continue reading There’s a Big Ape On My Desk

Revisiting Cinefex (29): Star Trek IV, King Kong Lives, Top Gun

It's hardware all the way on both the front and back covers of Cinefex #29. Up front is the Klingon 'Bird of Prey' spaceship swooping under the Golden Gate Bridge in Leonard Nimoy's 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The back cover shows a missile strike on a MiG fighter from Tony Scott's … Continue reading Revisiting Cinefex (29): Star Trek IV, King Kong Lives, Top Gun

Black Dog begins

Writing fiction is like driving a herd of cattle across the American West. It's fascinating and filthy, it drips with sweat and beauty and it regularly brings you up short against vast lonely vistas against which you're forced to reappraise your soul. It also wears you out, which is why I've been having a bit … Continue reading Black Dog begins