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Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful hit cinema screens today. It tells the story of Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a circus magician who, through events reminiscent of those in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, gets transported to the land of Oz where he is assumed to be the wizard and is tasked with defeating the Wicked Witch, before becoming the wizard of Oz later encountered by Dorothy Gale.

The movie is a fitting tribute to the 1939 film adaptation of L Frank Baum’s novel, the Wizard of Oz. It begins in black and white, mimicking the earlier movie starring Judy Garland, and upon reaching the land of Oz not only achieves full colour, but also widens from a 4:3 aspect to widescreen, a nice trick hinted at in the black and white segment by small, brief elements exceeding the 4:3 aspect frame. The colours thereafter have a brightness that similarly reflects those of the 1939 movie; indeed all the visuals make a very obvious nod to the famous predecessor.

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Announcement: Short story published in Myths Inscribed

It is with great delight and pride I can, at last, announce that I have a short story published in new fantasy ezine Myths Inscribed. The story is called Ailith’s Gift and I am very excited about it. I had some help editing it from the magazine’s chief editor Derek Bowen which really helped turn it from something which was rather rough and ready to a much more polished, tighter story. It involves a witch and a dragon.

So please go and read my story and the whole magazine, which features some brilliant stories and a fantastic poem.