Robin Catling

Writer; performer; project manager; sports coach; all-round eccentric.
Robin Catling has written 846 posts for Everything Express

Review: Predestination (2014)

A man walks into a bar and tells the daftest life story imaginable. The resulting contrivance of twisty plot devices, unlike 2013’s Looper, is disappointingly loopy. Writer/producer/directors the Spierig Brothers deliver an understated new take on Heinlein’s classic sci-fi tale of causal loops in time travel, but which can’t escape the Twilight Zone tropes to … Continue reading

Captain America: The First Avenger / The Winter Soldier (2011/2014)

Re-inventing, then re-re-inventing the comic-book hero from WWII saviour to man-out-of-time in the present day, the two Captain Americas are as different from each other in tone and style as chalk and cheese. But while Captain America pulls off the all-American, White Hat hero with spotless morals, there’s an oddly asexual, homo-erotic theme in both … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Chloe (2009)

Gynaecologist Catherine (Julianne Moore – Magnolia, Mockingjay) believes college professor husband David (Liam Neeson – Taken, The Grey) is having affairs with his students. So she hires up-market call-girl (aren’t they all) Chloe (Amanda Seyfried – In Time, Red Riding Hood) to see if he falls to temptation. Like you do. But Chloe develops an … Continue reading

How-to: Understand Website ‘Identity Information’

…or more precisely, when a reputable website such as WordPress.com displays a warning triangle and the message: “this site does not supply identity information.” You may notice the warning triangle in the address bar on sites which use the HTTPS, SSL and TLS protocol and certificates, and get the message when you scroll over it. … Continue reading

Review: Lucy (2014)

Favourite bonkers French bloke Luc Besson (Fifth Element, Lockout) steps straight from Nikita into Transcendence via 2001: A Space Odessey and with his latest sci-fi thriller of big guns, big brains and big ideas. The science may be specious, but the action is frenetic and stylised. In typical Besson style of throwing everything at the … Continue reading

Review: Alexandra Stan – Unlocked (2014)

The second album from Romanian dance-music queen Alexandra Stan (Mr Saxobeat from 2010) is either your ideal bubblegum pop album or your idea of manufactured musical hell, where every track reminds you of three or four others. Clearly influenced by – or slavishly imitating – the likes of Britney, Rihanna and Sia, the production sound … Continue reading

Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

Jake Ghyllenhaal (Source Code, Prince of Persia) stars in and produces this queasy thriller of a nocturnal LA news reporter chasing the ambulances in search of ratings. Opening with Ghyllenhaal’s Louise Bloom trying to fence metals stolen with violence and trying to talk himself into a job, we already know that his immensely polite and … Continue reading

How-to: Change your Firefox Update Channel

Firefox on the work desktop was not playing nice; realising it looked funny, I did a version check and discovered it was stuck on 24.0 ESR. Normally Firefox updates automatically. To kick off the update process, go to Tools, About and the version checker usually appears below the version number. As Mozilla has a number … Continue reading

Review: Paddington (2014)

Producer 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 … Continue reading

Review: Hercules (2014)

De-bunking the Hercules myth and rebuilding it as a sword-and-sandals Magnificent Seven (count ‘em at the end), Big Action director Brett Ratner builds big stupid fun with plenty of hacking and slaying around Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson. The cheeky script from Radical Comics’ revisionist Hercules leaves no cliche untouched in this CGI-laden romp, but it’s … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Angel of Death (2009)

No, not the Woman in Black sequel; shades of Nikita, Columbiana and most definitely Haywire, Kiwi Zoe Bell (Death Proof) plays her kick-ass chick as a traumatised hit-woman taking on the local crime family in an American city. Despite cameos from established names Doug Jones (Hellboy), Lucy Lawless (Spartacus, Zena) and Jake Abel as the … Continue reading

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