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March 15, 2014
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True Detective

Friday Night Lights – ★★★☆☆
– poignant with some tense Football action

The Lego Movie (3D) – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable (despite Cineworld screwing up the 3D, again)

True Detective (tv) – ★★★★☆
– TV gets better and better. Journey better than destination, but what a journey

À l’intérieur – ★★☆☆☆
– brutal French horror. Incredibly inept cops and unsympathetic heroine

Fantastic Mr. Fox – ★★☆☆☆
– U.K as imagined by someone who has never been, little of the books charm

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable mildly comedic modern crime noir

House of Cards (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– more of the same, so depends if you enjoyed season 1 (or Boss)

 

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December 27, 2013
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Best of 2013: Film

My best of 2013, released in 2012-2013. Not a big a list as 2012.

 

Drama

Gravity (3D) – ★★★★☆
– visually stunning 3D and doesn’t overstay its welcome

Captain Phillips – ★★★★☆
– Barkhad Abdi and Tom Hanks great in this modern day Somali piracy

Argo – ★★★★☆
– Affleck may have taken liberties with the story but the result is a brilliantly tense film

The Impossible – ★★★★☆
– moving tsunami drama

 

Thriller

A Hijacking – ★★★★☆
– gripping view of a hijacking from the those not on the ship

 

Honourable mention

Jack Reacher – ★★★☆☆
– surprisingly enjoyable thriller. Like to see more

 

Action

2 Guns – ★★★★☆
– fun over the top comic adaptation

 

Horror

American Mary – ★★★★☆
– whaaaaattf?! Fine “Cronenberg” body horror

 

Documentary

The Act of Killing – “This is really about all of us, and it’s not just about the impunity and the banality of evil; it’s also about the insistent fascination of evil, in which we also all implicated” – Joshua Oppenheimer

 

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July 13, 2013
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Cassandra's Dream

Cassandra's Dream

The Book of Mormon (theatre) – ★★★☆☆
– irreverent song and dance about the Mormons

Before Sunrise – ★★★☆☆
– talking love

Crossing Lines (tv) – ★☆☆☆☆
– euro women in peril. Nope

The Act of Killing – “This is really about all of us, and it’s not just about the impunity and the banality of evil; it’s also about the insistent fascination of evil, in which we also all implicated” – Joshua Oppenheimer

Cassandra's Dream – ☆☆☆☆☆
– the lecherous camera as offensive as the accents and dialogue

Odd Thomas – ★★☆☆☆
– dark horror that doesn’t fit the dodgy CGI and TV movie look and feel

Trance – ★★★☆☆
– twisting art heist hypnotic fun

Being Mary Jane (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– why did I watch this? Not the worst thing I’ve seen, but not for me

Hatfields & McCoys (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– how not to settle a dispute

 

July 1, 2013
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Twitter delayed new tweets page load

Anyone get a delayed load when Twitter shows new tweets? I click “30 new Tweets” which loads new tweets, then a moment later it loads a bunch more shunting whatever I was reading down the page. Hardly the end of the world, but bugs me every time it happens… as recreated completely unnecessarily in this animated gif.

 

Twitter delayed page load

Twitter delayed page load

 

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June 30, 2013
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Recently watched

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean – ★★★☆☆
– before The Blues Brothers, Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. 30 years since I first saw

Unstoppable – ★★★★☆
– unashamedly edge of the seat action, as good on small screen as big

Family Tree – (tv) ☆☆☆☆☆
– not my cup of tea

The Expatriate – ★★☆☆☆
– enjoyable Bourne/Taken lite Euro thriller

13 – ★★☆☆☆
13 Tzameti was a nail-biting headfuck. This isn’t a bad remake

Hummingbird – ★★☆☆☆
– thoughtful Jason Statham

Olympus Has Fallen – ★★☆☆☆
– a Die Hard in the Whitehouse

 

June 27, 2013
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Wil Wheaton – Table Top

Table Top - Smash-Up

Table Top – Smash-Up

Board games were the default nerd pastime before video games became knocked them for six, but are enjoying a third or fourth or even fifth golden age and resurgence.

 

The video reviews for them, from the likes of The Dice Tower, Undead Viking and Joel Eddy are as much a part of YouTube as video game reviews, and the biggest difference between them and their digital counterparts is the social aspect. Wil Wheaton’s Table Top perfectly captures that – five or six people playing a game after a brief introduction from Wil.

 

And the videos are immensely geeky, crying out to have animated gifs created from scenes, plus gag reels and extended interviews with the guests.

 

For a while computers seemed to kill the need for getting out and setting up a board game; on a PC you could play without that hassle, with always willing AI opponents and the CPU to do the grunt work that was once the bane of wargames* class=”small”>* with their CRT’s and DRM’s, but fast connections and the internet means videos are a easily created and even easier to surf, and if you are even vaguely interested in board gaming you can quickly discover a range of games that might interest you.

 

And Wil Wheaton is creating some of the best. The latest episode, with Mad Men’s Rich Sommer, Cara Santa Maria, and Jen Timms is a great place to start if you haven’t seen any.

 

 

*See alos: REINVENTING TACTICAL WARGAMES: Game Design Blog for War Stories

 

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June 27, 2013
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Veep

Veep

It’s a Disaster – ★★★☆☆
– dark uncomfortable comedy of manners

The Lookout – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable quirky bank raid semi-thriller

Veep (tv) – ★★★★☆
– brilliant two-faced backstabbing political comedy (season two)

Mad Men (tv) – ★★★★☆
– season six great surreal storytelling

Sex Toy Stories (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– mish mash of female needs/design/production/inside homes of rich and famous

Inside Jaws, A Filmumentary – ★★★☆☆
– didn’t think I needed to see Jaws again, but this Jamie Benning “Filmumentary”…

Hannibal (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– misses being compulsive viewing, but better than The Following

Twenty Twelve (tv) – ★★★★☆
– second series even funnier than the first. Olivia Colman is brilliant

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June 18, 2013
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Aftershock

Aftershock – Andrea Osvárt

The Call – ★★☆☆☆
– A lister in B movie with plot from TV movie

Aftershock – ★★☆☆☆
– earthquake torture pr0n slasher flick horror

Phantom – ★★☆☆☆
– great cast and story, just not very thrilling sub drama

Twenty Twelve (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– how did I miss this? (series 1)