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Feature: The Great Year Long 90s Movie Challenge

Following on from 2020’s 80s Movie Challenge World Geekly News decided to run another year-long movie challenge for 2021, and surprising absolutely nobody, this time we chose to focus on the 1990s. However, while our list last year was taken from the book Ultimate 80s Movies by Empire Magazine’s Helen O’Hara, for The Great Year Long 90s Movie Challenge we worked out a list of the 50 Ultimate 90s Movies ourselves. It was hard work, and a LOT of difficult decisions had to be made, but in the end, I think we came up with a good mix of the high profile and cult movies that define the decade.

This time, due to several other writing commitments, I’ve been unable to take on as many films as I did last year. You can view all the team’s 90s articles to date here and the ones I have written myself are listed below:

Feature: The Great Year Long 80s Movie Challenge

For 2020 over at World Geekly News, we’ve given ourselves the challenge of watching and writing about 50 of the most iconic movies from the 1980s. For me, rather than just do straight-up reviews, this was an opportunity to write mostly nostalgic pieces. In many of them, I share my memories of seeing those era-defining movies for the first time, as well as a few tidbits of information from behind the scenes. In a few, I have re-evaluated the film from a modern perspective, and on the very odd occasion, I hadn’t seen the film before, so share my thoughts as a newcomer.

My pieces for this series are, in part, inspired by the book Wiffle Lever to Full in which author, radio presenter and all-round jolly good chap Bob Fischer tells the story of his Geek’s Journey, partly through his childhood memories of films and TV shows he loved growing up in the 70s and 80s, and partly through his challenge to attend as many science-fiction and fantasy conventions as he can in one year. Reading that book made me realise that people might actually be interested in my own stories.

You can view the World Geekly News team’s collection of pieces in The 80s Movie Challenge here, but these, below, are the ones written by me:

Feature: human:KIND

human:KIND is a semi-regular feature created for World Geekly News to address personal issues which affect us all, the things that make us all human. Topics like body confidence, friendship, mental health and more are covered in these pieces. Here are all the articles I have written for the series:

  • Be Excellent To Each Other – Sometimes a small act of kindness can have a massive effect on someone. I share a personal story about a friend who thanked me for one many years afterwards.
  • Knowing When To Stop – Giving up on something that may be causing you pain or stress isn’t necessarily a sign of failure.
  • Getting Back on Track In The New Year – It can be difficult getting back into a routine after Christmas and New Year celebrations so I share some practical advice.
  • Why Digital Friendships Matter – I explain how online friendships kept me going after moving to a new city.
  • Take A Hike – I talk about my new found passion for hiking and how it can be good for both your physical and mental health.
  • Lonely In A Room Full Of People – Introverts can often be accused of being shy or aloof, so I dispel some of those myths from my own experience.

Book Review: Possessed by Peter Laws

I’ve been reading Peter Laws’ supernaturally tinged crime thrillers, the Matt Hunter series since it launched with Purged in 2017. Here is my review of the fourth book in the series for World Geekly News.

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Film Review: Doctor Sleep

I had a rare chance to get out to the cinema and see a film early in its release schedule so managed to bagsy a review for World Geekly News of the adaptation of Stephen King’s long-awaited follow up to The Shining.

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Film Retrospective: Carnival of Souls (1962)

I review Herk Harvey’s hugely influential film as part of World Geekly News 31 Days of Horror 2019 event and in the process, I also take a look back at how I happened upon it thanks to BBC2’s Moviedrome, a show which introduced a generation of film fans to some amazing cult films and B-movies.

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Film Retrospective: Martin (1978)

A review of George A Romero’s disturbing, yet thought-provoking vampire film, Martin. Written for World Geekly News’ for day 13 of their 31 Days of Horror Halloween 2019 celebrations.

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Film Review: Yesterday

World Geeky News sent me to watch this fantasy musical rom-com, a coming together of the songs of The Beatles, the pen of Richard Curtis and the directorial talents of Danny Boyle. But did I come out thinking it was it a Magical Mystery Tour or that I Should Have Known Better?

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