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Big Hero 6 (2014)


Big Hero 6 movie posterWelcome to the futuristic San Fransokyo, where misfit robotics prodigy (aren’t they all) Hiro takes on his late brother’s project, a medical robot, Baymax. But soon Hiro and his band of misfit science geek friends (aren’t they all) are out to catch the evil genius (aren’t they all) who stole Hiro’s invention and caused his brother’s death.

Disney’s direct re-invention of How to Train Your Dragon is an manga-inspired mashup of The Incredibles and Wall-E; a comic-book romp that has eye-popping action and the now-obligatory flying sequence over a glorious San Fransokyo which steals the show. Drop me off in town to go exploring and pick me up when the super-heroics are over. I can guess the rest – it’s all about family, innit? Continue reading

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Review: The Theory of Everything (2015)


The Theory of Everything (2015) posterEveryone knows Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous living physicist, author of a Brief History of Time, now so famous that he’s appeared on everything from The Simpsons to Star Trek. He is also the most famous motor neurone survivor.

From his bleak diagnosis in the 1960’s, The Theory of Everything follows the controversial physicist’s career from undergraduate to CBE, via walking sticks, wheelchairs and that world-recognised speech synthesiser. A lyrical, high-gloss movie in the tradition of understated British bio-pics, not afraid to take it’s time on lingering shots, but still managing to capture thirty years of Stephen and Jane Hawking’s lives together. Continue reading

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Review: Insurgent (2015)


Insurgent movie posterInsurgent is the difficult middle instalment of Verionica Roth’s teenage rebel sci-fi dystopian trilogy Divergent; so more of the same running, jumping, fighting, crying, and ‘it’s all about family, innit’ [copyright Eastenders or your choice of soap here].

Expect more punch-ups, shoot-outs, train-jumping, big CGI landscapes, teary heroines, betrayals and a bit of snogging (but not too much, we can’t have teenage sex in the movies, even though our leads are 25+).

What’s most disturbing is the sheer amount of gunplay and violent death in what is supposed to be a 12A certificate movie. No wonder the American psyche is so screwed up with this perpetual Western frontier mentality of solving every problem with a bullet. Continue reading

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Review: Paddington (2014)


Paddington movie posterProducer David Hayman’s adaptation of Michael Bond’s children’s book may be more Harry Potter than anything else, but that doesn’t matter. Hayman’s oddly retro-anachronistic take on the bear from darkest Peru is a joy, a delight, a treasure.

Ben Wishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) voices the innocent-abroad, Paddington, not only remade as a slapstick hero after Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, but possibly the most polite movie hero in screen history. Everyone will want to look after this bear. Continue reading

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Humour: Holiday Extras – Alcatraz


Holiday Extras - Alcatraz Prison
Slightly unsettled to find this image of Alcatraz featured in a search under Holiday Extras. Wondered if this the opposite of ‘glamping’? Then I saw the name of the photographer… RC

Image credit: Alcatraz by Alexander C. Kafka under Creative Commons license.

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