Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 23:58
Even without the aid of Cardinal Fang, Cardinal Biggles and a comfy chair.... I confess!
I like Monty Python...
There's a reason for this :
1969. The end of the 60's introduced us to a few things that altered the world around us, probably forever. For me - four things made the most impression :
Apollo 11 lands on the moon. Read more
Led Zeppelin introduce us to the heavy sound that will spawn a million riffs.
A long haired, bearded and ragged...
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 11:22
It's the perfect day for a gig at the Bowl, warm, slightly overcast and, most importantly, not raining. Just as the first band is due to hit the stage all the early birds who have staked a claim to their spot for the day recieve a surprise treat as Mr Vedder performs a solo, acoustic version of Porch to rapturous applause. This sets the over-riding tone for the day that, despite the size of the venue, the band manage to inject a wonderful feeling of intimacy into the proceedings.
Eddie calls up the first act of the afternoon, hardcore punk supergroup, Off! who rattle through a barrage of short, punchy numbers which easily get the crowd fired up for what is to come. Mike McCready then introduces Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to the stage, who present an impeccable, if slightly lacklustre performance. Don't get me wrong, they're a great band and the performance was flawless, I just felt that their level of audience interaction was a bit too low as a support act and that they... Read more
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 13:59
It's Dragon time again.
It's 5 years on and we're introduced to new and improved village of Berk, upgraded to be a dragon paradise complete with all the facilities any fiery, flying pet could want. The Viking teens from the first movie are now young adults and it looks like we've been spared the details of the teen angst that would ordinarily occur. Which begs the question of how exactly would a Viking teen rebel? Take up the harp? Start bathing regularly and wearing pinstripe suits?
There is one person in this happy picture that's not entirely comfortable with this scaly idyll. Yes, you're way ahead of me here, Hiccup, son of Stoick the Clan Chief and best buddy with the coolest of all of the flyers, Toothless the Night-Fury.
Whilst the rest of the citizens of Berk are enjoying a Dragon-Racing tournament (dont be fooled, it's Sheep-Quidditch), Hiccup and Toothless are happier exploring further afield. Toothless because he's having... Read more
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:49
Wow, so... That season went by pretty fast then. Before we begin the long, harsh winter before the arrival of Season 5 let's take a look at this year's finalé episode, The Children.
Picking up immediately where we left off last episode, we follow Jon Snow leaving The Wall on his way to to deal with Mance Rayder. It all seems remarkably civilised given recent events and I can't help but wonder what the Proper Northern Drink was with which they toasted they dead. Snakebite and Black? Maybe a BlastAway? Or a bottle of Dog perhaps? Regardless it all suddenly goes to shit as a massive army appears out of nowhere and trounces the wildlings. I've got absolutely no clue how they got there, but it seems to be Stannis and The Onion Knight fresh from their recent trip to the Iron Bank. I can only imagine that they bought some kind of teleportation device with the money to have gotten there so quickly when every other journey on the show takes months to travel even the smallest of... Read more
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 20:47
Hello, good evening and welcome to tonight's Axe Factor final 2014.
It's been a tough competition so far but tonight we're going to see the final showdown between three of Westeros' biggest bands. Audience favourites, Jon Snow and The Night's Watch have been wowing us all season with their capacity for self delusion, over indulgence and general buffoonery. Ygritte and the Wildlings, very popular amongst the more rural types, have been warming up for tonight with bouts of raping, pillaging and sacking across the lands south of the wall. Then we have tonight's surprise finalists, Mance Rayder and the Woolly Mammoths, who came seemingly out of nowhere and stole not only our hearts, but also our lungs, our livers and quite possibly our spleens.
First up tonight we have a lovely little ditty from Ygritte and the Wildlings in the form of 'I know you didn't fuck that bear' performed flawlessly around a blazing campfire. A wonderful opening gambit which serves to whet our... Read more
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 20:49
The failed CIA sting pushes Prime Minister Fry into demanding access codes and schematics for the drones and he also gets his first inkling of Heller's deteriorating memory. Now that his only other lead is gone Heller pulls a spectacular U-Turn and gives Jack exactly what we always knew he would, absolutely everything, including Kate.
The terrorists seem to be entering a very famiiar phase for 24 as the family fractures a bit with the daughter now getting cold feet after being sent to deal with her sister in law.
Mark has a bit of a whine at Jack about Audrey and is summarily shot down in flames as Jack dismisses him completely out of hand. There will be a reckoning between these two later when Jack finds out that Mark's planning to hand him over to the Russians. Bringing the Russians into play seems like a bit of a strange move, especially given recent tensions, but I imagine that the writers and producers couldn't have... Read more
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 22:52
Wow... That was... Yeah.... Before we get onto exactly what that was, let's deal with the rest of what is surely a pivotal episode, certainly in terms of ongoing plot and personal character developement.
Firstly, the Wildlings Strike Again. This time, Ygritte's merry band of rapists and murderers take out the brothel near Castle Black and all it's inhabitants and punters save for Gilly and her baby. Gilly is either one of the luckiest or unluckiest characters in the show with everything that's happened to her since we first laid eyes on her and I'm still not settled on which category she belongs to. Jon Snow and the Night's Watch get all wound up about the massacre and decide what they are going to do about it: precisely fuck all, opting instead to sit around in relative safety and drink wine.
A brief conversation about the fate of Grey Worm's little worm... Read more
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 14:48
5 hours in and everything finally starts to ramp up a gear. There were so many Bauer Bingo moments this week that I had a hard time keeping track of them. From more 'Putting people on speaker's and 'Within the hour's to some of my personal favorites such as 'Doing it my way'.
The episode starts out simply enough with Bauer in custody and Morgan in possession of the flight key. Morgan puts what's left of her shattered career in Jack's hands, which, despite moments of kudos, can never end well. She gets the data to Chloe who quickly pieces together the evidence that proves the drone was hijacked by Al Harazi. All the men in the show eat big slices of humble pie as they have to admit that our Whispering Wonder and the Bauer Babes were right all along.
As we leave the male cast attempting to choke down their portions of humilty, we see Naveed attempt once again to turn Simone against her mother by leaking their location in Margot's demand video and planting evidence that... Read more
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 21:05
X-Men: Days of Future Past
I’ve been waiting for this adaptation for a while, and there was always a risk that getting so excited for a film could lead to crushing disappointment. Hell, it wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve been looking forward to a film only to have it leave me feeling empty and broken hearted.. Prometheus, I’m looking squarely at you. Fortunately, Days of Future past does not disappoint. Any worries that this adaptation of a favourite story might get it all wrong are very quickly put to rest. It grabs you from the start, knows exactly how to balance action and character building... Read more
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 17:49
It’s that time of year again folks, Summer Blockbuster season. Traditionally tied to Memorial Day weekend at the end of May in the US, it has been creeping earlier in May for a while now.
One could argue that it started back in March this year with the release of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. For the sake of those films coming out over the next few months though, it’s probably best if we keep Cap 2 separate; you know, to give these guys a fighting chance.
We’re going to kick off the season with a double bill of reviews. Here goes...
First up is Godzilla, I’ll let you make your own “Monster” puns here, and it’s a pretty good way to kick off the season.
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