Yearly Archives: 2014

Film Review: Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of those films that carries the weight of a hefty reputation. From the record breaking Academy Award nomination for it’s 9 year old lead – Quvenzhané Wallis – to its extensive and long list film festival awards and nominations, people just seemed to be falling over themselves to …

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Film Review: My Cousin Vinny

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Recently it appears that every film I have watched, both good and bad, has been long, thought provoking and at times heavy and/or sludgy. Films that have demanded a lot of attention and a lot of respect. I haven’t, for quite a while, just sat down to a true light hearted film, whose sole purpose …

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Film Review: Interstellar

Posted on by 5WC in Film

It has been arguably, the most hotly anticipated film of 2014 and in a year that sees The Hobbit draw to a close, The Hunger Games start it’s final chapter and plenty of summer blockbuster fun with Transformers, X-Men and Planet of the Apes all expanding their already sizeable franchises that is no mean feat. …

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Film Review: Mr Turner

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Mr Turner is one of those films that is never going to really feel like it knows where it truly belongs. Mike Leigh films are never going to be blockbuster mainstream content, but Mr Turner has been garnishing enough praise and acclaim and mentions of further award success for it’s lead Timothy Spall mean that …

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Film Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted on by 5WC in Film

I remember when the first “Amazing Spider-Man” film came out with Andrew Garfield taking over the web slinging role from a not long departed Tobey Maguire that people were saying it was too soon and unnecessary to reboot the franchise but in fact, this reboot had wiped away the pain of clichéd upside down kisses …

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Cafe Scientifique: Weathermen & The War

Posted on by 5WC in Opinion, Weather

Café Scientifique is a public science communication initiative running across more than 40 towns in the UK. It’s a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. My local lectures take place monthly in Reading at …

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Film Review: Dead Poets Society

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Dead Poets Society is one of those films that people seem to hold in the highest of regards. Granting cult like status based purely on rumour and reputation rather than any concrete foundation. If you speak to people about it, then more often than not you will hear the same response – they know it …

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Film Review: Nightcrawler

Posted on by 5WC in Film

There has been a lot of hype recently about Nightcrawler and specifically about the performance of Jake Gyllenhaal. His depiction is apparently so striking and impressive that there has been serious mentions of award success, as well as, the much over used “career defining breakthrough” phraseology. I, as with a lot of movies recently, have been …

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Film Review: Fury

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Fury was a film that, for some almost unexplainable reason, had completely passed me by. In fact it wasn’t until my Mother mentioned having read an article about it in her daily newspaper that I even knew it existed. An article that was printed only days before its release. With the tank having now rolled into …

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A Ballooning MOT

Posted on by 5WC in Aviation, Hot Air Ballooning

Not many people seem to realise that a hot air balloon is a registered aircraft, exactly the same as the Boeing 747 jetting you off on your summer holiday or the whirlybird helicopters used by the country’s air ambulance services. Being a registered aircraft means that in the same way your car required an annual …

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