Saturday, 31 December 2016

December 2016 ~ DVD round up

Black Sails Season Three (15)

A return to more thoughtful form for this series, as the British install a new Governor in Nassau and the pirates wonder what to do with the treasure (of Treasure Island fame), all culminating in a sea battle, a death and a promise of a grand finale in 2017. One of the best series to hit the small screen in recent years, this carries on being both brilliant and bonkers. Cast as long as a yard arm includes Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Schmitz and Clara Paget.

Five out of five shiny silver pieces. 

The Revenant (15)

Man gets mauled by grizzly, left for dead by colleagues, wastes rest of miserable life getting revenge. Miserable. And cold. Based on a book of a true story, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Tom Glass.

Two out of five stars. 

Superman V Batman - Dawn of Justice (12)

I was so bored, I left the room....

No review, no stars...

Suicide Squad (15)

This comic caper follows on from Superman V Batman but, luckily, is a riot of action. A set of oddball criminals are used to create an elite force to take down a particularly tricky witch US intelligence officer Amanda Waller has lost control of... Visually gorgeous, funny and fast paced this plot weaves the characters back stories into it along the way. Starring Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as his protégé, Harley Quinn, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman and Karen Fukuhara all star.

Four out of five stars 

Spectral (12)

A special ops team steps in to deal with ghostly apparitions  terrorising a war zone in Moldova along with a DARPA specialist, tasked with working out what is going on.... military science fiction with a nice twist. This engages from the start and does not disappoint. James Badge Gale and Emily Mortimer star.

Four out of five stars 

Jason Bourne (12A)

Jason Bourne returns to tie up the loose ends of his past when former operative Nicky Parson contacts him after hacking into the CIA. Action packed spy thriller. Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles and Alicia Vikander all star.

Three out of four stars


A Brazilian sci-fi dystopian series only on Netflix in UK but well worth looking out for. A set of young adults have to navigate a series of tests to become the 3% allowed to live in luxury on an island far from the grinding poverty of the Inland city. Watch in original with subtitles as the English dubbed version loses the atmosphere. A second series is planned. Bianca Comparato plays Michele, attempting to become one of the 3% and Joao Miguel plays Ezequiel, the charismatic leader in charge of the Process.

Five out of five stars equals 100% worth watching

Friday, 23 December 2016

Monday, 19 December 2016

Film Review ~ Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie

Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie (PG-13)
Director: Gareth Edwards
Website: Rogue One

Christmas isn't Christmas without a Christmas movie and this year's latest addition to the Star Wars Trilogy/Hexology-on the-way-to-being-a-Nonology, was just the ticket. We had nicknamed it episode 3.5 (or episode three and half for those of a more poetic nature) and had tried to imagine how to make a prequel to the first movie made a long, long time ago in another century, which is in fact the fourth in the series overall.... keeping up? The premise to this movie is simple. Explain how the plans to the Imperial Death Star fall into the hands of the Rebel Alliance and why the ultimate weapon was built with such a major weak spot, because I don't know about you but I've been thinking about that since I was eleven. (OK, occasionally thinking about that...)
This stand alone story charts the life of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), daughter of the Death Star designer Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), who's family is ripped apart by the Empire. She ends up working for the Rebellion in an effort to find her father and in doing so grows to become an unlikely hero. With a band of Rebellion misfits (starring Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jian) on her side she explores a Star Wars galaxy of planets and tracks down her father and the Death Star plans making allies and enemies along the way.
The film is a skilful blend of CGI wizardry, needed for some of the characters, spectacular special effects and well-choreographed action/fight scenes, with nods here and there to scenes from the original trilogy (episodes 4/5/6). It manages to create a believable post-Jedi Knights galaxy, caught in the grip of the evil Imperial Empire, creating landscapes which add to the rich folklore of the franchise and give an authentic 'StarWars' feel to this prequel. A suitably sad and nostalgic ending for a Christmas box office makes this standalone episode work and fit neatly into the saga.

A probable Four out of Five Stars


(The next standalone I'd want to see?  Solo: The Kessel Run...)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Six Quick Sci-Fi Stories

Simultaneity (a sort of stereo dreaming)

The Double Take


Space Zombie Holiday

The Final Vote

The Reality Gap

Six futuristic short stories featuring space travel, multiple universes
alternate states, dystopian societies and space zombie horror.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

National Poetry Day

Celebrating National Poetry Day ~
Rumplesongs: Kentish Poems / Poems of Kent: So, it seem s a good idea at the moment to start collecting a set of my poems written in and about Kent and putting them all together here. ...