Robin Catling

Writer; performer; project manager; sports coach; all-round eccentric.
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Movie Catch-up: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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 … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Man of Steel (2013)

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, … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Ender’s Game (2013)

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 … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Now You See Me (2013)

A little bit of The Sting, a little bit of The Prestige and a lot of Oceans Eleven can’t lift this entertaining but empty thriller that tries to be as tricksy as its subjects. From the point it introduces Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson as street magician, escapologist, hustler and mentallist, … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: The Host (2013)

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 … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: X-Men first Class

More like X-Men Economy Class, this lack-lustre origins’ prequel plays like an X-Men tribute band. Inserting itself into the Cuban Missile Crisis with a vast CGI extravaganza, light-weight superheroes and paper-thin villains First Class has nothing new to add to the back-story. While the new intake of teen mutants make no difference at all, and … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Cold Light of Day (2012)

An American family takes a vacation to Europe which descends into car chases and shoot-outs, owing to the father’s shady past as a US master spy, and his son has to come to terms with his parents’ double life. No its not 1985’s Target, with Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon; this time, dad Bruce Willis … Continue reading

How-to: Use 1 and 1 Website Analysis

If you host your website with UK outfit 1and1, you’ll find some tools in the back-end, one of which is a little Mickey Mouse Website Analysis tool. In theory you can point it at anything, but I suspect it’s geared toward sites hosted by 1and1. The initial scan of the site’s meta-data prompted some interesting¬† … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Fast Girls (2012)

All the fast cutting, fast talking, pounding sound-tracks and nods to the London Olympic dream can’t lift this curiously old-fashioned sports movie out of the mundane. Aside from the twist that it’s the women’s relay team that’s making the drama, there’s not enough budget or risk-taking to lift this innocuous TV-movie script beyond soapland and … Continue reading

Humour: Never mix whites with colours

Never mix whites with colors –¬† Paignton Zoo, Devon This is the result when you mix whites with colours in the same wash – pink swans! RC

Humour: iPad fitting experience

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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