"You know who else was just following orders? Adolf Hitler."
In L.A., 1977, two PIs (Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling) are assigned to find and protect a young girl. A mysterious conspiracy unravels before them. As a fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang I was excited to see what Shane Black had to offer again after taking a trip on the franchise wagon with Iron Man 3. Fortunately much of the dark, dry humour and wit of the previous film...
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
"One in three young black males is expected to go to jail or prison during his lifetime."
Named after the 13th amendment to the US constitution, which states: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Selma film-maker Ava DuVernay argues compellingly that the wording here introduced a loophole wherein a form of slavery can continue by simply charging people of...
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017
"People love what other people are passionate about."
Emma Stone stars as an aspiring actress trying to make a go of it in Hollywood, who meets a charming but struggling jazz musician (and fanatic), Ryan Gosling. We follow them for a year as we see them fall in love and try to make something of themselves. Occasionally they break out into song for no reason because it’s a musical. Don’t let the simple plot or the ‘M’ word...
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017
"A story like mine should never be told."
A historical romance set in pre and postwar Japan. Memoirs of a Geisha is a beautifully made film, well deserving of its Oscars for Art Direction, Cinematography and (especially) Costume Design. It’s a shame that it’s wasted on a story so cliched and bland that it might bore you to tears. At two and a half hours the film simply feels like it’s never going to end. What starts out...
Sunday, Jan 08, 2017
"I guess it comes down a simple choice - Get busy living, or get busy dying."
For such a simple story the re-watchability factor here is very high. Darabont’s powerful message on the value of freedom and the importance of kindness against all odds just doesn’t get old.
Shawshank strikes a balance between light-hearted and heart-breaking. It’s devastating at times but the overall message and tone is so uplifting you just keep coming back for more.
Happy New Year readers
Monday, Jan 02, 2017
"A simple script to synchronise files between servers, without the need for a home static ip."
This is something that filled a specific need for me, but a few people have asked me to share the script because they are in a similar situation.
Friday, Dec 30, 2016
"All I'm asking for is total perfection."
Great animation, great writing and great performances. I had forgotten that it’s all let down by a drawn out ending that over-explains the whole thing.
Still, there are worse things you could be watching on a hazy afternoon stuffed full of turkey and pigs-in-blankets.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Sunday, Dec 25, 2016