Miami Vice

Michael Mann makes art from his hip 80’s TV series about the man with no socks. Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) and Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell, who actually wears socks) are Miami cops…

The Lake House

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, the stars of Speed, are reunited but there’s nothing fast or exciting about this ponderous pen-pal movie. Nice slow-moving architect (Keanu Reeves) moves into a picturesque Chicago…

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Veteran director Ken Loach won the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for a moving and powerful film about Ireland’s fight for independence. Damien (Cillian Murphy), his girlfriend Sinead (Orla…

Thank You For Smoking

The witty film of a wittier book has some cracking performances, some great lines but a sentimental under-belly. Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is America’s finest spin-doctor. He has to be – he…

The Da Vinci Code

After all the hype it’s really just a fun adventure movie let down by the mystic crap. Nice American guy and attractive French chick on the trail of the Holy Grail with…

More on Friday 20th June 2008

1) Colin Bell was driving along the B2123, on the Downs between Falmer and Rottingdean at 5.05 p.m when he was held up behind a long traffic jam. He noticed that there…

Superman Returns

Thirty years after Christopher Reeve first took to the air, Marlon Brando returns from the grave (actually from Superman 1’s cutting room floor) for a few more seconds as Superman Senior and…

Memoirs Of A Geisha

“Chicago” director Rob Marshall gives the traditional world of the Japanese Geisha a Hollywood tweak and comes up with a glamourously filmed and acted movie that is as camp as Christmas. Little…

The Omen

This re-make of the 70’s classic is just a pale imitation so if you’ve seen the original there’s no need to catch this one. A nice American diplomat and his wife discover…

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest

No expense has been spared by Uncle Walt’s folk for Johnny Depp’s charismatic return as Captain Jack Sparrow in this funny and action packed sequel. The wedding of Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley)…

The Good Shepherd

  Director Robert De Niro’s film is long and slow but, if you give it a chance, it brings its own rewards. Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is a high-flyer at Yale University…

Pierrepoint

    Albert Pierrepoint (Timothy Spall) is Britain’s most notorious hangman priding himself on his speed and accuracy and carefully minimizing their suffering as he dispatches over 600 convicts between 1933 and…

Pan’s Labyrinth

This dark post Spanish Civil War movie – part animation and part real action – is a gripping study of cruelty and imagination. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is a melancholy child with a…

Wah-Wah

Richard E. Grant directs a cast of luvvies in this sentimental portrait of his childhood. In the late 1960s, young Ralph Cameron watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate as he grows up in…

X-Men: The Last Stand

The Mutants are under threat again from those dastardly humans who have found a “cure” for mutancy that can be administered voluntarily by syringe or violently by a gun. As usual, the…

When A Stranger Calls

This 70’s remake is Scary Movie without the laughs but go for it if you like your slash flicks fast and familiar. Nubile high school pin-up, Jill Johnson (Camille Belle) gets the…

About Me

I am Colin Bell, a UK novelist and poet, previously a TV producer-director of arts programmes for British, American, German and Japanese broadcasters. I am also known as the blogger Wolfie Wolfgang. My two novels are Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love (Ward Wood Publishing, 2013) and Blue Notes, Still Frames (Ward Wood Publishing, 2017). They are both available in paperback or as Kindle editions. My debut poetry collection, Remembering Blue (Ward Wood Publishing 2019) is now available. My poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies in the UK and the USA.

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Remembering Blue

Remembering Blue is the debut poetry collection by Colin Bell, whose novels Stephen Dearsley's Summer of Love and Blue Notes, Still Frames are also published by Ward Wood.

'These poems were written during ten years recovering from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage.

'The poems began before I left hospital. They document, often tangentially, that period, from awakening out of a six-hour coma, through several years of rehabilitation, remembering and decoding - the good things as well as the bad: childhood and adolescence revisited, adult relationships reassessed, and most significantly, what is important now that I am fully recovered.

'Awakening from that death-like coma was a rebirth. When things were difficult, it helped to remember blue.'

- Colin Bell

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Blue Notes, Still Frames

 

It's Brighton in 1994 Busker Joe lives on the beach with his flute and his troubled Goth girlfriend, Victoria, who’s a singer. He borrows a bath towel for her from Rachel and Alan, a prosperous young couple from the rapidly growing world of computers. The meeting will change all their lives…and other lives too.
There’s Harry, a beach bum drummer; Nico, a transient American who takes revealing photographs of passers-by; Kanti and Diep, mysterious artist twins from Nepal; Lionel and John who reveal more than their bodies on the nudist beach; and pub landladies Jacqueline and Rosemary who top up their income by dabbling in the sex trade.
Joe is always there, somewhere, weaving more than melodies with his flute.

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Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love

 

It's 1967 and the start of the Summer of Love. In Brighton, Stephen Dearsley is tempted and intimidated by the way his generation is casting off traditional ways of dress along with the old ways of thinking. His ambition to become a biographer is fulfilled when he's commissioned to research the life story of the mysterious Austin Randolph.

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