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DVD Review: The Imitation Game

DVD Review: The Imitation Game

A brilliant mathematician with an incriminating secret is recruited by British military intelligence to break the Enigma encryption code being used by the German forces during World War II. When Alan Turing dismissively deals with police officers investigating a burglary at his own home, a detective senses that the professor at King’s College is trying to...

Blu-ray Review: Interstellar

Blu-ray Review: Interstellar

Alright, alright, alright, I did not see Interstellar theatrically. A lot seemed to conspire against me as it sometimes does, or feels like it does, for particular films. But, in a way, I’m glad. Although I thoroughly loved watching the movie, I was very grateful to be enjoying it at home. A heftily emotional three hours, for me, went over better with...

Review: The DUFF

Review: The DUFF

Bianca (Mae Whitman) has always been perfectly happy living a life of ignorance – that is until her neighbour Wesley (the jock) reveals to her that she is the DUFF of her group. (That’s ‘designated ugly fat friend’ to those of us not down with the kids). Basically, she’s the less attractive one in her friendship group, there so that hot...

Review – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Review – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The little yellow sponge has been a part of children’s and accepting adults for over a decade, almost 16 years in fact. With 10 years between the original movie and its sequel, you could assume a desperate attempt to get back in the game again (considering criticism of a decline in the much beloved show), or piggy-back on the superhero genre (which from the...

DVD Review: Hostages

DVD Review: Hostages

You may have seen the CBS show, Hostages, that starred Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott. This was actually a remake of an Israeli show, Bnei Aruba, but the American version premiered a month before the Israeli version. Another show from Israel that was also adapted for the US was Homeland. The Israeli version stars Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), Jonah Lotan,...

Review: The Atticus Institute – “Scalp-traumatisingly scary”

Review: The Atticus Institute – “Scalp-traumatisingly scary”

Chris Sparling broke through with his screenplay for Ryan-Reynolds-locked-in-a-box nail biter Buried, and his next script, ATM, again put his protagonists in danger in an enclosed space. The Atticus Institute, which he not only wrote, but also directed, plays with the ideas of captivity and enclosure, as per his previous work, but is far more expansive and...

Review: Dark Summer

Review: Dark Summer

Accomplished short film maker Paul Solet’s first feature, Grace, was an upsetting and unsettling tale of a mother feeding her stillborn baby blood to revive her and then keep her alive. Solet’s latest, Dark Summer, is nothing like as chilling or distressing as Grace. Instead it is a confidently crafted film that looks and feels more like a studio...

Review: The Voices

Review: The Voices

Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices is particularly difficult to categorise in the sense that it’s a mishmash of all sorts: comedy, drama, thriller and horror all stapled together in a surreal, edgy package starring Ryan Reynolds. With its emergence during last year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Voices offers a role to one-time hopeful Ryan Reynolds who, to his...

Tech Review: Optoma HD36 Projector

Tech Review: Optoma HD36 Projector

I don’t see the point of loving films and the cinema like I do and watching on a 40″ screen. 46″? Nope. Even 50″? Maybe in a tight room. 60″? Used to do it for me. Now? I’ll look in disdain if I ever have to watch United play abysmally on anything less than a 150″ screen. And rightly so. How many are going to feel...

Review: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1

Review: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1

Picture a world where supernatural beings are not only forced to live amongst humans, but to feast on their corpses too. And then picture us rooting for the supernatural beings ahead of our own race in this very same world. Welcome to ‘Tokyo Ghoul’, a Japanese action/drama anime which powerfully critiques the morality of the human race by pitting ghouls...