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Review: Lightbeam Addon for Mozilla Firefox

Lightbeam: see who’s tracking you online

“Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user.”

Mozilla’s free Lightbeam add-on for the Firefox broswer shows who’s tracking your on-line movements.

On the one hand, Mozilla says the browser add-on will be ‘a step forward in the fight for greater openness across the internet’; on the other, Mozilla is itself tracking you with low level information, under a disturbingly broad Terms of Service.
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Review: Gravity (2013)

Gravity movie posterAlfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning technical tour-de-force is a thriller come adventure come survival story, yet, with a cast of only two, remains epic in every sense.

Sandra Bullock is entirely sympathetic (if not entirely believable) as civilian astronaut Dr Ryan Stone, a technical specialist in orbit to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. George Clooney is barely, but memorably, there as shuttle commander Matt Kowalski.

Don’t you know it, those pesky Russians have shot down one of their own satellites, creating a shower of debris hurtling across the sky at 20,000 miles per hour. The high-speed space junk takes out their shuttle, then the ISS, until the only refuge is a Chinese space station. Continue reading »


Review: American Hustle (2013)

American HustleSome serious 70′s hair and make-up; but no Oscar nomination in that category, while The Hustle seems set to sweep all else before it. And like the director’s previous Silver Linings Playbook, it’s all a bit mad.

David O Russell’s trademark off-the-wall and off-kilter view of America is filtered through this ‘based on a true story’ heist caper; a period movie that lets Russell’s repertory players light up and show off. But sorry boys, it’s Amy and Jen who steal the show.

Note it’s not just any hustle, but an American hustle. Continue reading


Review: Sherlock Season Three

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Spoiler Alert!

Are three episodes really a season? Gatiss and Moffat (with Steve Thompson) write more tricksy, twisty, cheatsy, glossy, 90-minute features based on Conan Doyle’s great detective.

Through each of the knowingly post-modern, vain, smug, self-congratulating tangle of unsolved mysteries, plot holes through which you can pour the Reichenbach Falls, and style covering the lack of substance – and indeed plot – it remains brilliant.

As does the Freeman and Cumberbatch bromance, now complicated by the Watson wedding and the best Best Man’s wedding speech of all time. Continue reading »


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