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Take 2: The Seven Year Itch

"When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!"

We’ve had a couple of hot sweaty nights here in the UK, and as regular readers will know I like to watch a film set in the same conditions. Usually it’s Body Heat, Rear Window or Barton Fink but tonight I thought maybe it was time to revisit Marilyn Monroe cooling herself off on a subway grate. The Seven Year Itch probably isn’t considered to be Wilder’s finest work but...

Billy Wilder | Monday, Jun 19, 2017

Film: Whitney: Can I Be Me

"That girl didn't die because of drugs, she died of a broken heart."

A documentary looking into the life of the superstar. Can I Be Me opens with some fantastic footage of Whitney on her 1999 tour, belting out I Will Always Love You. You can see she’s using every last ounce of her energy to give it her all, and it’s captivating. This is followed up by some solid background info as the film covers her early years. It’s a slick way...

Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal | Sunday, Jun 11, 2017

How to make a custom escaper for Twig & Symfony

"Make Twig output any format you like."

If you use the Symfony Framwork with Twig for templating, and want to output files that are more than just html, css or javascript you've come to the right place!

Ben Oliver | Sunday, Jun 11, 2017

Take 2: Ocean's Eleven

"Oh, that's terrific! It will be nice working with proper villains again."

Nothing brightens up a wet Sunday like watching Clooney & Co do their thing. This probably doesn’t rank as high as Out of Sight for me, but it’s impossible to resist the slick charm of this film. Steven Soderburgh is one of the best directors out there and I’m so glad he’s getting back on the scene this year. And with another heist film! Can’t wait! Don Cheadle has one...

Steven Soderburgh | Saturday, May 20, 2017

Take 2: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

"I'm not in the plane, I'm ON the plane! Open the door!"

I was a bit harsh on this one last time, and I have to say I enjoyed this film quite a lot more than 2015 me seemed to. It’s solid all round and I thought the plot was pretty compelling so god knows what I was banging on about. I also neglected to mention that I am deeply in love with Rebecca Ferguson but alas my somewhat downbeat review...

Christopher McQuarrie | Saturday, May 20, 2017

Take 2: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

"The Secretary is dead. The President has invoked Ghost Protocol."

After JJ Abrams’ impossible rescue mission on this franchise in 2006, Brad Bird gets to direct fourth film in the run. It’s an interesting one; in 2006 the IMF gadgetry seemed like movie magic. One year later the iPhone came out and it set the ball rolling on a whole new world of pocket computers as powerful as full-sized ones and seamless wireless access to the internet from almost anywhere...

Brad Bird | Friday, May 19, 2017

Take 2: Mission: Impossible III

"You can tell a lot about a persons character by how they treat people they don't have to treat well."

JJ Abrams seems to be the man to call when you want to give your dead in the water franchise a kick up the arse and after the dire M:I-2 it’s just what the doctor ordered. Tom Cruise is back in action with the IMF but this time he’s joined by credible villain Philip Seymour Hoffman. You can feel the menace dripping off of him, especially in the Vatican scenes....

JJ Abrams | Friday, May 19, 2017