Maidentrip – The Girl Who Became a Woman at Sea

When most 14-year-olds feel bored they plant themselves in front of their phone, the TV or a video game and zone out until the impulse to do something else takes over. Actually, that applies to the majority of the adult population, too. Not so much Laura Dekker. When this teenager felt under-stimulated she decided she would drop out of school and regular life to sail around the world, quenching her thirst for excitement and adventure. Oh and she went about … Read More

Inside Out: Yes, you’ll need a tissue

The biggest lie we tell ourselves is that Pixar films are made for kids. They’re not. Grown-ups gasp at their trailers with even more awe and anticipation than the U-Certificate suggests and it’s not simply an appreciation of their digital inking skills. Yes, children adore them. Anyone who’s ever happened to be in a Disney Store at the time of a new release can vouch for that by the deafening sound of tills ringing and the sinking hearts of parents … Read More

Ant-Man: The Film With No ‘Little Man Syndrome’ in Sight

Ant-Man has come in for less promotional fanfare than its Phase Two stablemates. There were no midnight screenings with bleary-eyed fanatics stumbling home at 3am in a haze of explosive happiness. Do that with every film you make and it becomes less of a spectacle. As the result of this more under-the-radar release, at least, about as under-the-radar as Marvel gets, it would be easy for Ant-Man to end up with ‘Little Man Syndrome’ and overly puff out its story … Read More

Three Stand-Up Comedy Documentaries you can watch right now

It takes some real guts and often a lot of background graft to get up on stage with the purpose of making people laugh. As the rest of that W.C. Fields quote goes, “Comedy is a serious business.” In these three separate documentaries on writing and performing stand-up comedy, each of them face their own unique problems, prejudices and challenges in pulling their respective shows together. Their heritage and processes may change, but each film leads to the same end … Read More

The Self-Sabotage of Nerd Culture

There once was a time where being the shy, quiet nerd was niche. I have a distinct memory of sitting in the school library during my final year of high school with people I didn’t especially consider my friends, they were just classmates. People to pass time with. We didn’t have much in common. I looked across at the cool kids, all classic beauty, confidence, both admirable athletic and academic ability. I didn’t quite see myself with them either. I … Read More

Life Moves Pretty Fast | Hadley Freeman

“If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life but could watch it as many times as you like, which would you choose?” That’s the question I asked of my friends and family on Facebook before last year’s Oscars ceremony. All the buzz was of 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Dallas Buyer’s Club and American Hustle. I was curious as to how big the disparity was between what wins Academy Awards and what people go back … Read More

Marvel Collector Corps Ant-Man Unboxing | June – July 2015

It’s time to dip into the second offering from the Marvel Collector Corps. This time they’re linking up with the new Ant-Man movie released next month and it’s a mixed bag of practical errors along with some great products. Let me know what you think of what was in the box. I’m intrigued to know how it’s going down with people. I also apologise in advance for my shameless Paul Rudd lust. I have no defence. There are close up … Read More

Fantasy Styling Jurassic World – Claire & Owen

I could sit here and review Jurassic World for you, as I originally planned. I could talk about how subtly sympathetic to the original it was while updating it substantially for our tech-driven modern mentality and also avoiding the trap of winking at the camera to indicate an easter egg. I could discuss how nicely done the graphic effects and action scenes were, despite the criticism that it relied too heavily on CGI or were too far-fetched. I could say … Read More

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