Yearly Archives: 2014

Film Review: Lonesome Jim

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The trailer for Lonesome Jim never really excited me, it never truly gripped me or demanded to be watched. It just walked on by, passing a glance not bothering to even really attempt a friendly hello. But when you need a film to watch, and the cast list involves Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler and the …

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Film Review: Gone Girl

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It seems that Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation for the big screen of Gillian Flynn’s novel, is fast becoming this year’s “water-cooler” film. Everybody seems to want to see it, and everybody seems to want to talk about it, discuss it, or has an opinion on it. And every conversation starts with the words “I …

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Film Review: Simple Men

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So, for the third day in a row I settled in for another of Empire’s film recommendations. And while their claims of film greatness have so far been hit and miss, with the brilliant What Maisie Knew brought crashing back to earth by the downright bizarre A Field In England, I was prepared to continue …

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Film Review: A Field In England

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What Empire giveth with one hand, it takes away with the other. The day after, the surprise delights of What Maisie Knew, I decided to follow up Empire’s film recommendations with Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England. While I had heard of the film, and I’ve seen Wheatley’s work before with Sightseers, I didn’t really …

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Film Review: What Maisie Knew

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It’s strange that for some reason I have actually been avoiding What Maisie Knew. Available through Curzon’s Home Cinema service, I’d get a few cycles into the trailer and would just switch off. My mind was made up, this wasn’t for me. So I’d pass onto the next film. And I really can’t explain why …

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Film Review: Upstream Color

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On my computer I have a list of films, recommended by Empire Magazine as being 4-Stars or better. And I go through it from time to time and I look up the prices of them on Amazon, and decide that just because The Jungle Book collection is out on Blu-ray doesn’t justify spending £20 on …

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Film Review: Bernie

Posted on by 5WC in Film

I always find it amazing how films just seem to vanish, how films manage to create an cloud of invisibility and how when you actually start looking at which films specific actors have been in, movies appear that you’ve never heard of or realised even existed. Nicolas Cage and Bringing Out The Dead is a …

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Film Review: Two Days, One Night

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I started writing films reviews for this blog because I was getting fed up of reading and hearing critics spout on about how this film portrayed this, or how this moment reflected the classical style of that, and how without the influences of Tom, Dick and Harry this movie would never fulfil its potential. All …

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Fixed Wing Fun – A Day In A Plane

Posted on by 5WC in Aviation

Aviation has obviously played a major part in my life, but as I’m sure you will have guessed, aviation in my eyes is lighter than air, and apart from a single passenger flight in a “Lightship” 15 years ago, unpowered and of the hot air variety. Recently, however, an old childhood friend got in touch …

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What No Wicker? Another Tekno Flight! Flight Report

Posted on by 5WC in Hot Air Ballooning

Having previously been treated to a stunning evenings flying with the guys from Ultramagic UK and their lightweight Tekno 70 demonstrator, I jumped at the chance for another flight when Richard Penney asked if I fancied taking the Tekno basket for a spin this time. Normally a hot air balloon basket is made of wicker, …

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