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Film: John Wick

"John wasn't exactly the boogeyman. He's the one you sent to kill the fucking boogeyman."

I cannot wait to see the sequel to this. John Wick is a beautiful symphony of art and entertainment; the other worldly use of colour and cinematography combined with sheer balls to the wall action make it one in a million. The plot is ostensibly very simple but it’s so much more than just a revenge flick. There’s a delicate balance between a father’s love for his son while accepting...

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017

Book: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation

"Many people call themselves hackers, but few have the strong technical foundation needed to really push the envelope."

Spends too much time on one topic then runs out of time to get truly creative. However it’s still worth a read if you are interested in creating exploits, particularly for Linux. Erickson also takes you through the ‘history’ of an exploit, with step by step guides that build on each other. It’s fascinating to see how ‘small’ ideas turn into really powerful tools. Not a life changing masterpiece but...

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017

Film: Moana

"If you wear a dress, and have an animal sidekick, you're a princess."

A girl in the pacific islands embarks on a quest to save the world. Computer animation is getting better and better and there’s no doubt that Moana is at the top of its game on this front. The islands and the ocean look lush and tactile with the bright bold colours making for a beautiful film in every frame. Much like Frozen however, Moana is bland beneath the surface. It’s...

Sunday, Mar 19, 2017

Film: Doctor Strange

"We never lose our demons, we only learn to live above them."

A high-flying surgeon is badly injured in a car crash and loses stability in his hands, forcing him out of his job. In order to regain his mobility he travels to Nepal, where he learns about magical ways to control the world. Many Marvel superhero films can be described as visually stunning with a cookie-cutter plot, but Doctor Strange takes this to a new extreme. It’s the best looking and...

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017

Film: Magic Mike XXL

"What are you? You're not a fireman."

A sequel to the 2012 male-stripper dance hit. This time the boys hit the road to do one final show - a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach. Magic Mike XXL is full of surprises. Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith are surprisingly good supporting characters, the dialogue is surprisingly weighty in spite of a sparse plot and, the best surprise of all, it’s a sequel that tops the original. Yes, this...

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Film: Magic Mike

"You are the husband they never had!"

Channing Tatum stars as ‘Magic’ Mike, a stripper trying to carve out a life for himself in Tampa. We follow his antics as he befriends a younger man new to the game (Alex Pettyfer) and deals with his veteran boss (Matthew McConaughey). Steven Soderburgh takes more care with cinematography and capturing the moment than he does with the plot here. This is by no means a crime, but Magic Mike...

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Film: Hidden Figures

"It's equal rights. I have the right to see fine in every color."

The story of three black women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe) working at NASA in the 60s and their roles in helping John Glenn orbit the earth, a job made harder by the racial segregation still in operation in Virginia at the time. If you’ve seen the trailer to Hidden Figures, or even read the single sentence-summary above, you can pretty accurately predict how it’s going to...

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017