Cinema 2014

A slow year for me at the cinema. Parenting etc. 

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Wolf of Wall Street
  • The Lego Movie
  • Her
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Double 
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Boyhood
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Jurassic Park
  • Gone Girl
  • Fury
  • Interstellar
  • Die Hard

All in all, a pretty good bunch (apart from The Double, which was excruciating). And it was jolly nice to see a couple of my all time favourites on the big screen.  

How designers are represented on the big screen

It’s Tuesday evening, therefore I have decided I am going to write a film. It’s good to have side projects and entertain the occasional long-term hair-brained scheme. I’ve been meaning to become the next Billy Wilder/William Goldman/Joe Eszterhas for a good couple of decades now, but I keep getting waylaid by life’s incessant demands and interesting things on the telly. But now it’s Tuesday evening; now it’s time to get this done.

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A long time ago, when I accidentally became a designer, I had this book. It was probably about the thickness of an issue of MacUser. On every page of this book sat twenty or so very small photographic thumbnails.

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Henry Miller's eleven commandments

  1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
  2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to "Black Spring".
  3. Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
  4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
  5. When you can't create you can work.
  6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
  7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
  8. Don't be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
  9. Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
  10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
  11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.


Boyhood is quite unlike any film I've ever seen. If you've seen it, you're no doubt a little bit obsessed and want to know more about it. A good place to start is with the Boyhood FAQ, but it's also well worth having a dig through this lot: