Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas

This is my lost post before the holidays. I’m spending a few days in Cornwall and I’m supposed to be getting there by rail. But because of flooding Great West Rail have advised customers not to travel. However they haven’t yet cancelled my train, so it looks like it’s going to be a bit of an adventure just to get there.

I am taking my Kindle and have just downloaded The Girl Who Played with Fire (2nd of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy) so I’ve a thick book to occupy me on the journey.

I’ve reached a milestone with my 2nd novel (an alternative history thriller): the first 1000 words of the first draft.

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Argo – Movie Review

I’ve just seen Argo which I thought was a very good film. It’s based on the true story of Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who helped six US diplomats impersonate a Canadian film crew to escape Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.  The Iranian scenes are very dramatic; the embassy invasion at the beginning of the film and the escape at the end are really thrilling. In between there is a constant tension that never eases off. The Hollywood scenes, where the CIA asks a producer to help them make a fake film, offer contrasting light relief. There is a lot of black humor and much of dialogue sends up the movie business. I thought the Iranian tension and Hollywood humor was nicely balanced.

I did find the diplomats were treated as a group and we never got to know them as individuals. The near final scene of an airliner being chased on the runway was rather excessive artistic license. Nevertheless a very good movie; I give it 4 stars.