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Pompeii w/spoilers (and a bonus top 5 list)

March 15th 2014

The following post is from Lindsey Kalenborn (@lindseykal28 on Twitter)

3 1/2 out of 5 *****

Starring: Kit Harrington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland

I’ll be upfront and say that it was not a challenge to get me into the theater to see Pompeii.  I’m always a sucker for a historical drama, and there’s just something about the swords and sandals genre that I’ve always found engaging; slavery, violence, the decadence of the rich contrasted to their disregard for human life. It’s a combination that never fails to produce drama. (more…)

No More Free Trials

March 10th 2014

Up until five minutes ago, you could get yourself a free trial of Simply Everything. Obviously, that’s an important kind of thing for us to offer, s you can try out the service with no risk.

Unfortunately, thanks to our store system, the function of offering a free trial has never worked properly. It always made a mess of when it should start charging people, and it would cut people off that shouldn’t have been. New users would find themselves unable to log in because their accounts had expired. So it’s a case of deciding which is worse. Is it worse to offer a free trial that doesn’t work, or to simply not offer a free trial? Obviously, I can’t be offering people a free trial that doesn’t work, so the free trial has ended.

Instead, if you fancy trying out Simply Everything, you be able it get your first week for 99p. It’s not too far from the week free trial, expect that it uses a different system, and so it works. I don’t intend to leave things this way, but doing something about it isn’t exactly easy. It requires the building of a new bespoke store system, from scratch. It might take me a little while, but I do fancy my chances.

In the meantime, if you don’t have a Simply Everything account, go get yourself one, because I just added a load of content.



A New York Winter’s Tale w/spoilers

March 1st 2014

The following post is from Lindsey Kalenborn (@lindseykal28 on Twitter)

2 out of 5 *****

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe

After a descent in the quality in Colin Farrell work, (I’m looking in your direction, Fright Night) I was surprised and impressed with his nuanced performance in Saving Mr. Banks. His portrayal of a loving father who is doomed by his alcoholism was a performance of impressive complexity. I walked into A New York Winter’s Tale with renewed faith in Farrell’s abilities, and eagerly awaited to see what his latest venture had in store for me. (more…)



An Oversimplification of Her Beauty w/spoilers

February 25th 2014

Starring: Terence Nance, Namik Minter

3 out of 5 *****

About a month ago, one of my follows on Twitter (@BlackGirlNerds) sent out the following tweet: “Would love to see a PoC version of a Wes Anderson film.”I enthusiastically affirmed this notion. (more…)




Marvel Unlimited

February 3rd 2014

When I were but a lad, I loved all the Marvel characters. You may have seen a photo of me dressed as Spider-Man in 1983. You may also have seen a photo of me dressed as Spider-Man in 2013. Unfortunately for the 1983 version if me, growing up in Doncaster, there was nothing remotely resembling a comic store. I did read comics, but the Beano wasn’t exactly The Avengers. Even now, in the UK, comic book shops remain a niche phenomenon that you might find in the larger shopping malls dotted around the country.

But now we have iPads, and we have Comixology. I didn’t waste any time getting into reading comics, although I must admit that my reading is still limited to the Marvel universe. More than anything, its a question of disposable income. I don’t have as much of it as I’d like, so my entertainment purchases are chosen carefully. I limit myself to reading Superior Spider-Man, and Deadpool. At £2.49 per comic, twice a month, I’m looking at a little under a £10 per month commitment. Of course, I only have to buy these comics to satisfy my own urges, I’m not in a contract. But to compare my comic spending to other well known services, it’s nearly two Netflix accounts, or two and a half Simply Everythings, or one Spotify Premium.


12 Years A Slave w/spoilers

January 15th 2014

3 1/2 out of 5 *****

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard

It speaks volumes when a filmmaker has a distinctive tonality to their work after only three films. With Hunger and Shame[1], Steve McQueen has made movies of searing intensity. His latest, 12 Years a Slave is no different. It’s a film that speaks softly, with intermittent sequences of thundering potency. (more…)

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W1S1 56 – 2013 Happened

December 17th 2013

In which our heroes discuss various games that came out this year and Jack sounds like he might die. But doesn’t.

Also, jack broke rule number 137 of Skippy’s List.



27th Leeds International Film Festival

December 9th 2013



The dust has settled on the 27th Leeds International Film Festival and I have had over two weeks to reflect on the 48 films that I managed to squeeze in to the 2 weeks of the festival. Don’t worry though, I’m not about to review every film as I pretty much did that already on twitter (@onewild) and also covered some of the films in podcast form on the current episode of Little Pod of Horrors.




The Hunger Games: Catching Fire w/spoilers

December 5th 2013

3 1/2 out of 5 *****

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields (more…)



Janelle Monae: The Electric Lady (Review)

December 2nd 2013

The release of Janelle Monae’s sophomore album, The Electric Lady is one of those rare cultural occasions that demand my undivided attention. I’ve written before about why that is. However, it doesn’t feel apposite to write a review of lengthy prose. Apart from anything else, you can find people who are much better at that than me, such as Emily J. Lordi and Trudy from Gradient Lair.

Instead, I’m going to go through the album track by track, and see if it justifies the warm critical reception that it’s received:

SPOILER ALERT: This isn’t going to be a negative review. (more…)

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