Grotesquely violent, sweary, nuts-and-bolts action flick Olympus Has Fallen, starring and produced by gruff Scottish lump “THIS IS BUTLER!” Gerard Butler (300, Law Abiding Citizen), makes uncomfortable viewing.
Not for it’s graphic terrorist attack on Washington, bloody and uncompromising as it is; but for the dire poverty of script and ideas in this cynical money-making behemoth which plunders the worst excesses of Die Hard and Under Seige.
You know you’re in trouble when the PR people call the director ‘visionary.’ Especially when the ‘visionary’ is Antoine Fuqua (King Arthur, Training Day), a blind man who couldn’t direct traffic. Continue reading
Despite an over-long, four-act structure, disjointed flashbacks and an over-reliance on vast swathes of CGI carnage, Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) delivers a surprisingly super-heroic epic on a grand scale. Boy, do you get a lot of movie for your money.
Choosing homage to Christopher Reeve’s Superman I and II over the DC Comics source material, it stays the course thanks to throroughbred writing from David S. Goyer (Batman, Blade trilogy) and the firm guiding hand of producer Christopher Nolan (Batman, Inception).
While Henry Cavill and Amy Adams prove a well-matched Lois and Clark, Russell Crowe deadens every scene, and none of them can match Michael Shannon’s righteous fanatic, General Zod. Continue reading
Now for the seriously weak link – you.We busy little bees rush in, skim-read, ignore warnings, know better than everyone else, are highly suggestible, insatiably curious and when on-line, generally risk-blind.
And that’s on a good day. The rest of the time we go skipping through the online minefield with gay abandon and the kind of blasé wilfulness that would get us killed crossing the street. Continue reading
The malware, also called Dyreza, designed to bypass SSL and steal login credentials, is prompting sofware vendors to email clients a “not us, guv” denial.
The Dyre banking trojan which was reported at the start of the Summer (source article: Security Researchers Warn of New Dyre Banking Trojan (eSecurityplanet) by Jeff Goldman, June 20, 2014) appears to be gathering pace such companies such as Salesforce this week felt compelled to mass-mail customers to tell them there is no specific vulnerability in their software.
Rather the Dyre or Dyreza trojan is designed to bypass SSL protection and steal banking credentials. Continue reading
An old-fashioned sci-fi space-opera which, despite the huge and complex CGI fleet actions, relies entirely on the conflict between child warrior Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) and his grizzled mentor Colonel Gruff – sorry, Graff (Harrison Ford).
Fifty years after the insectoid Formics are beaten back from invading the Earth, mankind is breeding child soldiers whose video-game generation minds are best able to absorb the huge amounts of battlefield information. Groomed for command, brilliant misfit (aren’t they always) Ender may be Earth’s one great hope of defeating an unknowable alien enemy.
While it plays like Tom Brown’s Schooldays meets Starship Troopers, you just can’t help thinking: Harry Potter in Space. Continue reading
You can have all have anti-virus software installed in Windows, UAC enabled, UEFI battening down the system boot, anti-malware and double firewalls; in theory, all your software should be perfectly secure. However, the weakest link in all computer security remains: the user.
You might think all was secure the day you un-boxed your machine; as Mr Cole Porter said, ain’t necessarily so. Continue reading
From the point it introduces Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson as street magician, escapologist, hustler and mentallist, you think you’re in for a treat.
But it’s all about Mark Ruffalo’s shabby FBI man… Continue reading
A three-step approach to pitching for your next contract.
Any business pitch needs to show that you’ve considered them and their needs, what you have to offer them and how great you could be together. Continue reading
Stephanie Meyer (Twilight) moves on to a different kind of ‘vampire': an alien invasion of body-snatching luminous jelly-fish with a penchant for white suits, silver sports cars and a passive, peaceful, perfect utopia.
Of course, there’s a small resistance force fighting extinction and for everything human; including the right to be hormonally over-excited teenagers, even while the alien police Searchers hunt them down.