Mistborn: Shadows of Self (2015) by Brandon Sanderson

Interesting novel. Felt much less standalone than The Alloy of Law – I’ve read that Brandon originally intended Alloy as a standalone, then decided to follow it up with a trilogy, and Shadows of Self definitely feels more like “first in a connected trilogy” than “sequel to The Alloy of Law in the same vein”.…

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014)

A fascinating look into the life of Nicolas Winding Refn and Liv Corfixen during the making of Only God Forgives (which, for the record, I really liked). It’s ultimately a supplemental piece, interesting for fans of the director (like me!), but there’s no real meat on the bone here for anyone else. Some interesting ideas…

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

This is an extremely competently made science-fiction action film, but at a story level, it’s bizarre. It’s ostensibly a pseudo-remake of the 1980s “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” film, but adapts a lot of the key moments of that film superficially, and at times even seems more concerned with clever subversions of moments from…

Star Trek (2009)

A very enjoyable science-fiction action adventure, that sets up a new Star Trek series while deftly honouring the original. The cast is absolutely superb, and the real highlight of the film. Simon Pegg and Chris Pine are the stand-outs here, with Zachary Quinto and Eric Bana delivering the more kind of off-key performances I thought…