7/4/2018

I’m back from a holiday in North Norfolk, and have just finished the enjoyable task of processing my photos and putting them up on my photoblog. I’ve also made a few improvements to the layout of the site on mobile devices, so it works a bit better.

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26/3/2018

The Circle, 2017 - ★½

Goodness this was a disappointing film. It had a lot of promise, given the subject matter. If there was ever time when a film about a huge social media corporation trying to persuade everyone to abandon the concept of privacy was timely, well, that time is now.

However, the whole film is a mess. It has a good cast, and all the actors do their best in it, but the dialogue they are given is wooden. John Boyega is particularly under-used, and apart from a couple of bits of exposition with Emma Watson’s character, he just gets to stand in the background of shots, tutting in a disappointed way. Plot threads start then just disappear as if they had never existed. The ending is an appalling anti-climax.

This film could have been a taut, highly-relevant conspiracy thriller. It could have been a brilliant satire. As I was watching it, I kept thinking that Charlie Brooker could have made it into a fantastic Black Mirror’ episode that was funny, thought-provoking and horrifying, all at once. This is just a mess - what a wasted opportunity.

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25/3/2018

Woohoo! I’ve got Staticman comments set up on Wings Open Wide! There’s a thread here where I’ve been testing, so you can see what it looks like.

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24/3/2018

I’m off down a rabbit hole, finding out Orkney names for birds, inspired by Erland Cooper’s album Solan Goose’. So many favourites, but I love Watery Pleeps for Redshank.

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18/3/2018

I’ve written about my new photoblog: https://d.pr/NUvF40. It’s an online/offline mashup of Hugo and Python scripts.

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5/3/2018

The Death of Stalin, 2017 - ★★★★

The darkest of dark comedies, this manages to be both hilarious and chilling at the same time. A fantastic ensemble cast, a script that whips along at a terrific pace, and a plot that highlights the horrific aspects of Stalin’s regime by making jokes around those aspects (but never directly about them).

I also loved the fact that there was no attempt by the mostly British and North American cast to put on Russian accents. This works perfectly: a Cockney barrow boy Stalin seems perfectly appropriate somehow. This is one of those films I’d love to watch again, as I’m sure I missed some details as the plot raced along.

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