Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.
Robin Catling has written 906 posts for Everything Express

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

This prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman smacks of cynical profiteering; visually stunning design it’s poorly served by a script that is Snow White’s not-so-Greatest hits with leftover bits of Narnia and assorted Hobbitses. Clichéd, formulaic and derivative, this bargain-bin script is left without a Snow White and can only afford four fairly redundant … Continue reading

Review: Person of Interest Season 4

Jonathn Nolan and J.J Abrams’ Post-911, high-concept, high-tech, high violence, vigilante, conspiracy-Western, cop-show powers on thanks to the charm of its cast and the lightness of tone, which levens otherwise dark material. The Machine now has its artificial intelligence nemesis in The Samaritan; the PoI gang of Reece, Finch, Fusco, Shaw, Root (and Bear the … Continue reading

Review: Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Another Mission Improbable rolls around with the Tom Cruise’s po-faced IMF taking on a shadowy organisation, The Consortium, no, The Confederacy, no, The Co-op; hang on, The Syndicate. Blah. There is no rogue nation, just Spectre-lite in a John Woo style. A buffed but elderly-looking, asexual Cruise leaps energetically from one set-piece to another, while … Continue reading

Review: Momentum (2015)

“Let’s do a heist-chase-spy thriller like Salt – that made money. We need a strong female lead to carry it like Angelina – Kurylenko’s a babe, she can do it. Get Morgan Freeman to do his corrupt elder-stateman thing. And we need a British villain – Purefoy, he’s available, and cheap. Couple of car chases, … Continue reading

Review: Kill Me Three Times (2015)

If you want to skip on, you just need to know this is the Aussie version of the Cohens’ Blood Simple. With sunshine. Alice wants to leave town with mechanic boyfriend Dylan, but bar-owner husband Jack hires hitman Mr Wolf to kill her. Jack’s sister Lucy needs a substitute body to pull off an insurance … Continue reading

Review: Slow West (2015)

A Scotsman and an Irishman go to the Wild Frontier – it’s not the start of a joke, it’s Slow West, a low-budget meander through the bleak Wild West. Fassbender’s lone gun-slinger Silas befriends Kodi Smit-McPhee’s lovelorn Scottish laird, Jay. But the girl he’s pursuing has a price on her head and there’s a gang … Continue reading

Review: Dad’s Army

This won’t mean much to the rest of the world, but to Brits bought up on the 70’s sit-com of the Home Guard defending Britain against the Nazis, this is a surprising gold reboot; mischevous, whimisical and true to its source, Jones, Nighy and Gambon pull off an unlikely comedy hit. So who do you … Continue reading

Humour: There is no Cloud…

Humour: The Hilarity of Spam

We all know some ridiculous percentage of email is actually unwanted spam that clutters the world’s mailservers. Normally you don’t see most of it, don’t give it a second thought; it’s straight in the junk folder and deleted. The quarantine server at the current client, however, sends you a list of the junk mail in … Continue reading

Review: Beowulf Return to the Shieldlands (ITV Studios)

Aiming for the early Sunday night audience again, ITV re-boots the epic poem as a Game of Thrones slash Hobbit generic fantasy in a bleak Cumbrian landscape; it’s dark  earnest, but completely lacking any spark of energy or originality. Persuaded to pitch his Beowulf as a generic dour Northerner somewhere between Kit Harrington and Sean … Continue reading

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights. Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s … Continue reading

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