Novelist. Short Story-ist. Film enthusiast. Book enthusiast. Purveyor of sarcasm and dark humour. And somehow, he escaped…

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If you’re reading this, it’s already too late. To click on this page is to open Pandora’s Box. So why not satisfy your curiosity, and chew on a mouthful of my Medium articles? I submit these to a variety of publications, including Fictions, Fan Fare, Frame Rated, and The Writing…


Tom Hardy is engaging in this unremarkable but enjoyable second helping of Venom.

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage has received a glut of rather poor reviews. Are they deserved? It rather depends on your level of expectation. The first film wasn’t critically well-received either, but the box office suggested audiences wanted more of the same. …


Ridley Scott’s latest is a flawed, fact-based medieval #MeToo drama.

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Ridley Scott’s new film The Last Duel tells the fact-based story of the last legally fought judicial duel in France, in the Middle Ages. Said duels were sanctioned by the King, when it was believed a fight to the death would result in the wronged party being vindicated by God…


Continuing my three-part appreciation of John Williams’s scores for the Indiana Jones series.

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Following my recent piece on the music of Raiders of the Lost Ark, here’s the second in a three-part series celebrating John Williams’s fabulous work on the Indiana Jones films.

This article puts the spotlight on the second installment, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

The music in the…


In which I finally write about Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece.

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Yes, yes, all right, I know this is yet another article about The Shining. Yes, I acknowledge that Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece has been pored over, picked apart, and analysed to within an inch of its life. Such obsessing has led to truly bizarre theories about the film (explored…


The first in a three-part appreciation of John Williams’s scores for the Indiana Jones series.

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I intend to write about the greatest film composer of all time on a regular basis in this publication. John Williams essentially scored my childhood, as well as a significant part of my adult life. …


Great spine-chillers from outside the English speaking world.

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Although seasonably apt to compile a top ten list of great horror films, here’s one that doesn’t feature any in the English language.

I’ve omitted silent gems such as German expressionist classics Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari because… Well, they’re silent, so the language thing doesn’t really apply…


A curious IT technician discovers the truth about traffic wardens in this surreal, sinister, slightly silly story.

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Paul Warren had just been given a parking fine.

His third that week; sixty pounds payable to Sunderland City Council, punishment for the unthinkable crime of parking on a double yellow line.

Paul swore under his breath as he snatched the ticket from under the windscreen wiper of his old…


Pontification, overthinking, and general inner turmoil over if and how much I should discuss my published works.

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To self-promote or not self-promote? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to perpetuate the slings and arrows of outrageous publicity. …


The director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire’s superb song score selections.

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Danny Boyle ranks with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino in his outstanding ability to select pop music to score key scenes in his films.

Deciding what tracks compliment cinematic images is a very difficult balancing act, and requires a great deal of judgment and precision. Careful attention has to be…

Simon Dillon

Novelist and Short Story-ist. Film and Book Lover. If you cut me, I bleed celluloid and paper pulp. Blog: www.simondillonbooks.wordpress.com

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