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Review: Gotham


Gotham Season 1 (Fox)DC Comics gets serious in its rivalry with Marvel Studios in this impressively dark and threatening origins show; Batman the Early Years eschews the teen soapy Smallville to import Chris Nolan’s Batman movies and repeat the dark aesthetic of Arrow. Don’t forget your flashlight and moral compass.

Beginning with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Gotham‘s opener is less about the strange introspective child who will grow up to be Batman and all about rookie detective Jim Gordon (the excellent Benjamin McKenzie – The OC, Southland).

In a city so corrupt it makes Sin City look like Teletubbies, you can already spot many of Batman’s proto-villains; stalker Catwoman, a child Poison Ivy, the Joker as a failing stand-up, the nerdy Riddler in the forensics lab; best of all is a superbly grotesque physical performance from Robin Taylor (Another Earth) as the Penguin. Continue reading

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Guardians of the Galaxy movie posterSometimes feeling like a giant episode of the late lamented Firefly, it’s fun, inventive and spectacular to look at with some marvellous CGI work and a SCRIPT. An actual honest to goodness script. Some great performances, with the standout surprise that is Dave Bautista as the endearingly heartfelt vengeance-fuelled irony-free Drax stealing the show. Recommended. PH
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Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)


How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)Five years on: the ‘vikings’ are still inexplicably Scottish, their kids remain, more inexplicably, irritating all-American teens; Jay Baruschel still sounds like Tom Hanks; but the dragons and the flying sequences are even more thrilling. Just as well, given some dodgy politics.

At times terrifyingly dark, intense and scary, the kinetic theme-park ride can’t conceal the broadest-brushed life lessons in a hackneyed script. But why does Kate Blanchett’s character look like a space alien, and what’s with the borderline racism? Continue reading

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Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


Edge of Tomorrow movie posterAlways watchable Tom Cruise fights another War of the Worlds in this rollicking, timey-wimey, CGI-laden Groundhog Troopers. Or should that be Starship Groundhogs? Or possibly Independence Groundhogs?

Five years after meteorites crash land carrying an alien invasion force, cowardly PR slime-ball Will Cage (Cruise) is sent to the front-line as cannon-fodder and is killed almost immediately – only to wake up again at the start of the previous day. Somehow he’s been infected with the aliens’ ability to ‘reset’ time. Under the training of Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), Cage lives the same day over and over; but foreknowledge of the battlefield doesn’t prevent the failure of the human counter-attack. Instead, the pair have to find a way to kill the alien central ‘mind’ before the attack even happens. Continue reading

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Humour: iPad fitting experience


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iPad fitting experience – signage at Clarks Village, Street, Somerset

The cyborgs are here, and they’re powered by Apple. Question is where are they having the iPAD fitted?!?! RC

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