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Film: The Nice Guys

"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

Film: 13th

"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

Film: La La Land

"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

Film: Memoirs of a Geisha

"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

Take 2: The Shawshank Redemption

"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

Make a one way dropbox to easily pull down files

"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

Take 2: The Lego Movie

"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