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Review: Gotham

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, … Continue reading

How-to: Three Great Leader Traits

Originally posted as ‘Three Great Leader Traits‘ at Speaking Well In Public‬’s Facebook page. Not all leaders are managers, and not all managers are able to lead. Leadership ability doesn’t necessarily arrive with a training course, and it’s nothing to do with age. It’s about personal credibility and charisma; that certain something that gives you … Continue reading

Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

Impressive visuals can’t hide the lack of originality behind this “Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies” franchise opener. And with the long shadow of Lost cast front and centre, you know you can’t trust a thing that anyone says or does from start to finish. Just as well The Maze Runner‘s Lost Boys are … Continue reading

Review: Dracula Untold (2014)

Actually, chaps, it’s Dracula Re-told in that ‘Lord of the Rings mashed with 300/Videogames’ aesthetic, in a kinetic but oddly stilted, bloodless CGI-fest of 15-certificate non-horror. Welshman of the moment Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Immortals) cuts a dash as the anguished and clearly misunderstood Vlad (the Impaler) Dracul, historical Transylvanian prince of legendary cruelty. Clearly … Continue reading

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

How-to: Personal Impact

Originally posted as ‘Personal Impact‘ at Speaking Well In Public‬’s Facebook page. Personal Impact When you stand up to speak in public, the first impression the audience have of you is visual, and it will take them those first few seconds to make up their minds about you. Because any audience needs to trust you, … 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

How-to: ‘Pitch’ Perfect

Originally posted as ‘Perfect Pitch’ at Speaking Well In Public‬’s Facebook page. Perfect Pitch: 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.

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

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