James’ Portfolio

 

Welcome to my online portfolio!

I started contributing freelance articles and reviews in 2009 to various print and online publications.

In 2009, I founded Film Blerg and served as the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief until we closed in mid-2020. (I also continue to write the occasional review here and there – my 250+ Film Blerg contributions can be viewed here).

Outside of my writing, you can find me working as a full-time marketer for an educational publisher. Here’s a snippet of my work there.

 

Note: I have contributed to a number of print and online publications. Many publications, particularly online publications, have since shut down. I am in the process of uploading links and PDFs where I can. Many of these reviews were republished on Film Blerg.

 

 

Recent

 

ARCHIVE
Essays on film

 

TV column

“I Couldn’t Help But Wonder” TV column
THE AUSTRALIA TIMES – FILM MAGAZINE
In process of obtaining PDF copies of these columns.

  • Issue 1 (Sept 8, 2013) (focus on Sex and the City)
  • Issue 2 (Oct 12, 2013) “Little White Lies” (focus on Breaking Bad)
  • Issue 3 (Nov 14, 2013) “Here Comes White Trash” (focus on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo)

 

TV reviews and recaps

 

Film reviews

* A note about reviews for Upstart – I am credited at the end of the review. For some reason, the current editor at the time was credited as the writer.

 

Other reviews

 

Articles

  • Spicing Up a Musical (Portable.tv – July 3, 2012)
  • Criminally Minded: 10 Lawless Mothers (Portable.tv – July 2, 2012)
  • The Oprah-calypse is nigh (Farrago – Sept 2011)
    reprinted in Tharunka, University of New South Wales
  • Hollywood Cautionary Showbiz Tales (Farrago – April 2011)
  • Two and a Half (Million Dollar) Men (Farrago – March 2011)
  • The Angriest Man in the World (Portable.tv – Jul 20, 2010)
  • Twi-hards get the music right (Upstart – May 21, 2010)
  • Julianne Moore’s Inappropriate Naked Billboard (The Vine – Aug 31, 2010)
  • The Dystopian Oscar-Winning Logorama (Portable.tv – Mar 17, 2010)
  • Almost an Almost Famous TV Series (The Vine – Feb 4, 2010)
  • Sandra Bullock And Meryl Streep Make Out (The Vine – Jan 18, 2010)
  • Larry King claims Polanski murdered Tate (The Vine – Jan 13, 2010)
  • Sandra Bullock Breaks Some Records (The Vine – Jan 6, 2010)
  • New Actors Joining True Blood (The Vine – Jan 4, 2010)
  • I Kissed a Girl gets covered by a folk star (The Vine – Oct 15, 2009)
  • The Best Catfights on Television (The Vine – Jun 25, 2009)
  • Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland first look (The Vine – Jun 22, 2009)
  • Man dresses as dead mother for money (The Vine – Jun 18, 2009)
  • Milk Screenwriters Sex Tape Leaked (The Vine – Jun 17, 2009)
  • Chk Chk Boom, The Album (The Vine – Jun 12, 2009)
  • Jamie Foxx to play Frank Sinatra (The Vine – May 18, 2009)
  • Britneys Va Jay Jay Malfunction (The Vine – May 15, 2009)
  • The Pre-emptive Celebrity Autobiography (Rabelais – 7 May, 2009)
  • Scarlett Johansson dumped (The Vine – May 6, 2009)
  • Julia Roberts foul-mouthed tribute to Tom Hanks (The Vine – April 29, 2009)
  • Lightning Strikes Martha Stewart (The Vine – April 22, 2009)
  • Lynch plus Moby equals dark wonderment (The Vine – April 21, 2009)
  • Barrymore gets her crazy on and shines in Grey Gardens (The Vine – April 15, 2009)
  • Fit for an iQueen (The Vine – April 3, 2009)
  • Animal Sex Interests Rossellini (The Vine – April 3, 2009)
  • Top 10 Recut Movie Trailers (The Vine – Mar 24, 2009)
  • Miley Cyrus and the Pre-Emptive Celebrity Autobiography (The Vine – Mar 16, 2009)
  • The next stop of the information superhighway (The Vine – Mar 11, 2009)