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Attention readers! Well, reader! Oh, okay – just me.

After years of using WordPress I’ve decided to switch my portfolio over to Weebly. I feel the site is a better fit for what I’m after. I’m able to combine a casual blog with a smart looking portfolio. So long story short, you can now find my latest stupid, pointless musings and work that somehow managed to get published over at SimonBland.Weebly.com.

Yeah, yeah… I’ll eventually get rid of that .Weebly.com bit, don’t worry. In all seriousness though, if there actually are people following this blog it’d be great if you’d follow me over to Weebly. I’m going to try and blog more. Promise.

Who am I kidding? This is a bit like a conversation with my self.

Note to Simon: Get milk.

Blog: Found Footage is Dead

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Can we all agree that found footage is dead? Like, as dead as the ghosts that found footage movies are always trying to film? There’s no way you can legitimately get away way making one these days with a straight face. If ever there was a genre that has been done to death, this is it. Like any movie gimmick or innovative new angle, it’s been used, abused and bastardised.

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A Movie A Week #31: St. Vincent

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There are lots of things you can do with Bill Murray if you’re lucky enough to have him appear in your movie. One of the most rewarding, as Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson have found out, is to place him in the midst of a real feel-good story. St.Vincent, the impressive feature debut from writer/director Theodore Melfi taps into this morish Murray quality with ease and provides one of the most rewarding performances of 2014.

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A Movie A Week #30: Boyhood

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a quiet epic. By now, anyone with even the vaguest interest in movies will no doubt be aware of the film’s unique gestation, however for those not in the know, here’s a quick catch up. Shot across 12 years, Boyhood follows its lead actor (and those around him) from childhood to maturity. Linklater and his team filmed intermittently in week-long stints from May 2002 to October 2013, revisiting the film’s key players at key points in their lives.

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A Movie A Week #29: The Guest

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Writer-director team Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett have been ones to watch in the horror genre for the past few years. Their eye-catching segments in anthology series V/H/S and The ABCs of Death alongside their slick features You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die planted them firmly on the map of astute genre fans everywhere. Their latest is The Guest, a sort of mutant hybrid of First Blood and Halloween that marks the duo’s most ambitious – and most enjoyable – work to date.

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5 Films You’re Guaranteed To See At Christmas That Have Nothing To Do With Christmas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. All those markets, movies and songs are a right give away.

We’re spoilt for choice these days. For Christmas lovers there are festive films galore and even for those who are a bit more Scrooge than Santa, there are Christmas films in disguise; Die Hard, Gremlins, Batman Returns, Trading Places…that warm fuzzy feeling sure is hard to avoid.

But there’s more still. What about Christmas films that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas but for some strange reason we still associate with fairy lights and a half empty box of Quality Street? It’s a weird one but Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without…

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A Movie A Week #28: What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows

Living with your friends is never easy. Flatmates never pull their weight; they don’t tidy and it’s such a pain in the neck when they bring victims home, get blood stains everywhere and then refuse to clean up the mess. Well, maybe that last one is a little niché but it’s certainly accurate of ace Kiwi-comedy What We Do In The Shadows. The new horror mockumentary from Flight of the Conchords’ man Jemaine Clement and his Eagle Vs Shark collaborator buddy Taika Waititi takes a hilariously kitchen-sink look at the day-to-day (or should that be night-to-night?) mundanity of undead Vampire life.

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