TL;DR – The storm is here,
the storm is coming for you, the storm bites.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Have you ever watched a show where over seven seasons of story led to one
moment, thinking back for me only maybe Deep
Space Nine, or possibly Fringe
funnelled everything into one moment. Well, today we have another example to
add to the mix, with just about every single person left alive in Game of Thrones all in the same location
waiting for the oncoming storm.
So to set the scene, during last week’s A
Knight of the Seven Kingdoms we got a chance to sit back and revisit
all the characters that we had gotten to know over the last few seasons, which
would have been great if this didn’t have the feel of one last happy moment before
the end. Jon (Kit Harington) told Danni (Emilia Clarke) about who he was which
yep shocker did not go down well. Arya (Maisie Williams) made it with Gendry (Joe
Dempsie), Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) plan out
their post-conflict lives and we get drunk by the fire. However, at every
moment there is the threat of death that will be with them before the morning.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that time is here, and oh wow, just wow. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so
there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is a fascinating
series exploring the food and people that make up some of the most interesting
cities in Asia.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
If you have read my reviews in the past you could probably tell that I am a
sucker for a good food documentary. A documentary that explores the origins of
a dish, or the people that make it, or the cultural context it exists in. Well,
today we get a show that does all three with Street Food. When you think of street food, what first comes to mind?
Well for a long time for me it was that kebab shop that is open to late in the
morning or that one chip store I found in Sydney that one time. However, as I have
started to travel I have found it is much, much, much more than that, and this
is what we will be exploring today.
So to set the scene, today we delve into the street food cultures of eight different
cities across Asia. Some of these locations are quite well known like Bangkok,
Osaka, Delhi, Seoul, and Singapore, as well as some less well-known places like
Chiayi, Yogyakarta, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). We see the foods that mark
each of these cities and the people that make them. We discover the Fish-head
Stew of Chiayi, the Crab Omelette of Bangkok, or the Putu Piring of Singapore.
But more than this we explore the cities, their history, their relationship
with food, and what it means for the people who make/eat it.
TL;DR – Now all together “Baaaaaaaar bar bar bup barrrrr, barr barrr, barrrrr bup bup barrr baaar bomp barrrrrrr, Baaaaaaaar bar bar bup barrrrr, barr barrr, ba dum, ba dum, ba dum, ba dum, Baaaaaaaar”
Score – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit sequence and a hint at the end
Wow and here we are. Honestly, when I sat down to watch Iron Man in cinemas all the way back in 2008 I don’t think I really comprehended just what it was that I was watching. I didn’t know it would spawn a 20+ movie franchise that would take us into the past, into the deep reaches of space, and create one of the biggest events in movie history. In many respects, it feels like this is my generation’s Star Wars moment, and I have not seen queues like this to go see a film in a long time. Well, today we take the plunge and see if they can work out one of the biggest cliff-hangers in movie history and can this be a film that gives closure to the films that came before it.
So to set the scene, at the end of Infinity War the one thing they were trying to stop happening actually happened, as Thanos (Josh Brolin) obtained all the infinity stones after ripping the mind stone out of Vision’s (Paul Bettany) head and snapped his fingers. All at once across the galaxy, 50% of everything turned to dust and we had that gut-wrenching moment as everything literally fell apart in people’s hands. Indeed Peter (Tom Holland) looking desperately at Tony (Robert Downey Jr) pleading that ‘I don’t want to go” is one of those moments that just stays with you and it stays with the cast. Because as we start everything is in a bad place. Tony is trapped with Nebula (Karen Gillan) on a ship running out of fuel, air, and food, and those Avengers that survived are counting the losses on Earth where no one has been left unaffected. However, one should never give up all hope, because you never know when deliverance will come from an unlikely place, and then hope is lost again. Now with today’s review, we will be doing something a little different. In this review there will be no spoilers, you will get my general impressions of how it all worked, however, I won’t mention any plot details that happen after the first act. Also, if you really want to be spoiler free, don’t examine the credits below. If you have seen the film and would like to see a full spoiler discussion of the ending you can go HERE.
TL;DR – An episode filled
with emotional moments and big changes
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
As I sit here after watching the final episode of Season Two of Star Trek Discovery, I am feeling a lot
of emotions. On the one part, there was nothing too surprising that happened in
the episode if you had been paying attention so far this season. However, it was
also an episode with emotional moments that hit you in the gut.
So to set the scene, we begin where Part
1 ended up, with the captured Section 31 Fleet let by Leland/Control (Alan
van Sprang) surrounding the USS
Enterprise and the USS Discovery.
Leland/Control has one want, to get the Sphere data found on the Discovery, and everyone has one hope to
let Michael open a time wormhole to the future, so the ship can fly out of
reach of control. Everyone is working to get the Time Travel Suit ready,
charging the time crystal, and preparing for an onslaught. However, no matter
what they were preparing for nothing they could do could get them ready for
what is about to happen. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a
whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is an incredible, violent, and emotionally visceral film that will grab you in the first frame and not let go
Score – I honestly don’t know how to score this.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
In a now previous life, I taught
international relations to university students. This is a large discipline and
one of the areas we looked at was terrorism, which happens to be one of the
most pressing security issues in the modern world, or not, it’s complicated.
All of this meant that when I walked into the theatre to review this film I
thought I had a pretty good handle on what I was about to see, as I was quite familiar
with the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, and well I could not have been more wrong.
So to set the scene, we open with a boat slowly making its way into one of the
many harbours on the Mumbai shoreline. On the boat are eight well-dressed young
men who could be there for work in the financial capital of India, but immediately
you know that is not the case. Each of them carries a large duffel bag and they
are listing to someone give them instructions, directing them to different
landmarks across the city. Meanwhile, across the city everyone else is just going
through their day as normal, Arjun (Dev Patel) is trying to get his dastaar perfect as he gets ready for work at
the Taj Hotel, Zahara (Nazanin Boniadi), her husband David (Armie Hammer), and
their nanny Sally (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) are arriving at the hotel after a long
flight and everyone is racing to get the room ready for her as her mother is a
VIP, and the hotel head chef Hemant (Anupam Kher) is just trying to work out
how to get everything done in such a short time. None of them knows the hell that is heading for them.
TL;DR – This week we delve
into a very classical episode of Trek,
with an emotional punch that left me in tears.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
you watch a TV show there are many things that can draw your attention. There
could be some cool effects, some nifty action, some big emotional moment, or
something witty that makes you laugh. For me personally, I find myself focusing
on the things that show off someone’s or
in the case of a show, everyone’s talent. That can be that beautiful starscape
that awes me to the core, or it can be an emotional moment where the actors
with the help of the director, script and the whole crew bring words to life and
make them their own. In tonight’s episode of Star Trek Discovery, we get
several moments like this including one that ripped out my heart and made me
So to set the scene, after last week’s episode Point
of Light there was some more focus for the USS Discovery as they had captured the mycelium creature hitching a
ride on Tilly (Mary Wiseman). At this start of this week, we get some more focus as Number Two (Rebecca Romijn) comes
on-board for burgers and to let Captain Pike (Anson Mount) know that she has
found the direction Spock took after fleeing the care facility and allegedly
murdering three people. With this information in hand, they warp off to intercept him before someone less savoury finds
him. All is fine, well bar Saru (Doug Jones) having a cold, which Linus (David
Benjamin Tomlinson) can sympathise with, however just as they get near the warp
trail the Discovery is ripped out of
warp by an ancient being and held in place as all hell breaks loose. Now from
here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is a film with two halves, the beautiful story of a family coming together in the face of a crisis with the help of Mary Poppins, but also a story about how it is individuals and not big corporations that are bad … from Disney … umm
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Mary Poppins is a movie that is quite
dear to me. When I was a child it was one of those films that we would watch as
a family on a Saturday night. I honestly I was not really all that on board
with the remake/sequel hybrid film all the trailers seemed to imply that we
were about to get. As well as this, I am starting to get a little tired of
Disney’s ‘Weaponised Nostalgia Era’. Well, that is what I thought walking in, but
then a wave of joy enveloped my life leaving a smile on my face and tears
rolling down my face.
So to set the scene, it has been a number of years since the first film and the
Banks’ children have grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is, well was, a painter,
who married and had three lovely children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael
Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) before his wife tragically died. This has understandably
sent ripples through the family, made all the worse when there is a knock on
the door and we discover that the bank is foreclosing on the house because
Michael has fallen behind paying back a loan, the same bank his father helped
run, and the same bank he currently works for. Well,
the whole family, including his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer) helps to look for their father’s shares in the bank in the last ditch effort in saving the house, when
who should appear at the end of a kite, none other than Mary Poppins (Emily