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Review – Black Mirror: White Christmas Part 1

Review – Black Mirror: White Christmas Part 1

You have to wonder if at some point Charlie Brooker took the lyrics to Wizzard’s song literally and imagined what it would be like if it really was Christmas everyday – the answer is nightmarish. Have you ever felt that there’s something more sinister about Christmas – that beneath the perceived merriment and togetherness lurks an unspoken...

Tech Review: Lenovo YOGA Pro 3

Tech Review: Lenovo YOGA Pro 3

I have been lucky enough to use Lenovo’s new YOGA Pro 3 for the past few weeks as part of their Lenovo You Inspired project and so I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on it. First of all, it is a lovely looking machine and very slim. I have been using the silver It has a 360-degree hinge that means you can fold it over so it is a tablet...

Review: Dumb And Dumber To

Review: Dumb And Dumber To

Carrey and Daniels return as Lloyd and Harry after a 20-year break, Bobby and Peter Farrelly revisit their original collaboration after 13 movies together; but it seems they should not have waited so long. The lovable imbeciles that are Harry and Lloyd are off on another wild goose chase, it’s 20 years later and they are just as stupid, if not more than...

The Hobbit Trilogy – A Retrospective

The Hobbit Trilogy – A Retrospective

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. That is how it all began. Not with Weathertop stabbing, Moria Balrogging or Rivendell fellowship-forming, but with a cosy, unadventurous hobbit who loved nothing more than minding his own business and a good rasher of bacon. It’s often easy to forget that The Hobbit films are in fact a series of prequels to the...

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

About: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 American black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The film stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Plot: Riggan Thomson (Keaton) is a washed-up Hollywood actor who once played the...

Who wants to live forever? The Immortalists review

Who wants to live forever? The Immortalists review

The Immortalists is a documentary chronicling the quest of two men to “cure” the ageing process. Aubrey de Grey is a beer-drinking Brit with a great, big bushy beard. His compatriot Bill Andrews is an ultra marathon-running American. Together they set out to defeat death by finding a way to stop us from getting old in the first place. The tale is told in a...

DVD Review: The Simpsons season 17

DVD Review: The Simpsons season 17

Long-standing and not without its ups and downs, The Simpsons is now in its 26th season, but the 17th is only just out on DVD for its home release. Four discs make up the latest season to hit DVD, comprising of 22 episodes, including Bonfire of the Manatees, Milhouse of Sand and Fog, Million Dollar Abie and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore. As well as some really...

Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies “Wall-to-wall ace stuff”

Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies “Wall-to-wall ace stuff”

When we last left Bilbo and co. they had just let Smaug the dragon out of the mine, leaving Thorin Oakenshield and the rest of the dwarves free to head in and start bagging up the gold. Unfortunately, The Battle of the Five Armies opens with us seeing that Smaug heads straight for the nearby dwarf town and begins torching it. So the wee gold diggers’...

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the Curse of the Two-Part Finale

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the Curse of the Two-Part Finale

Mockingjay Part 1 has finally landed. Though ‘landed’ is a bit of a strong word for a movie that never really takes off. Just like Katniss’ costume, the movie displays some impressive wings, but ultimately is unable to fly. The main issue lies with the ‘stepping stone’ nature of this instalment, which gives us a tantalising glimpse of the smouldering...

Review: The Theory of Everything – “Eddie Redmayne is utterly convincing as Stephen Hawking”

Review: The Theory of Everything – “Eddie Redmayne is utterly convincing as Stephen Hawking”

Eddie Redmayne is utterly convincing as Stephen Hawking in this curiously fast-paced biopic Hollywood has gone biopic berserk, what with the Bobby Fischer film, Pawn Sacrifice, the Alan Turing Film, The Imitation Game and now the Stephen Hawking film, The Theory of Everything. Apparently it’s the year to celebrate twentieth century intellectuals with...