Due to indecision, I’m throwing it open to the three readers of this blog – what fiction project should I be focusing my efforts on first? A poll follows, but to help you out, here is a brief run down of what’s on the cards. Continue reading
A long-planned but heretofore unseen feature on this blog, the Unusual Fruit (and Veg) review section will take a look at some of the out of the ordinary produce available to buy in the UK. From the formidable dragon fruit to the golden kiwi, I’ll be taking the plunge and spending my monies to determine whether they’re exquisite delicacies or best left alone.
First up in this new series is the yellow (or, to be properly middle class, amber) raspberry, available in selected branches of Waitrose. Slightly more expensive than the regular red variety (and also the only ones in the shop when I visited), the packaging promises a distinctive and delicate flavour experience.
Unfortunately, it turns out that ‘delicate’ is actually just a code word for ‘more bland and less flavoursome’ than a regular raspberry. Combining them with chocolate sauce and cake certainly helped (when doesn’t it?), but on their own, they were hardly a stand-out taste experience. A novelty and a talking point, perhaps, but unlikely to supplant regular raspberries on anyone’s favourite fruit list.
Ever since Paul Merton’s documentaries opened my eyes to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, I’ve eagerly partaken of as many of his films as I could get my hands on. But in 2012, I got the chance to take my interest to a new meta-level, with the release of not one, but two Hitchcock biopics, each focusing on a different slice of the great director’s career. But would they prove to be a worthy investment on time, or just a cash-in on a big name? Continue reading
Piscine Molitor ‘Pi’ Patel’s enjoyed life at his family’s zoo in India – but when he turned sixteen, financial worries saw his father turning his sights to a new life in Canada. With the zoo sold, the Patel family and their remaining animals began a long voyage across the ocean, only for the ship to run into trouble en route. Stranded in a lifeboat with only wild animals for a dubious and dangerous kind of company, Pi can only do his best to survive and await rescue.
Most of the time, I review films that I hate – simply because it’s fun to rant about them. But to provide balance, and prove that I don’t hate all films, I shall interject with occasional reviews of those I enjoyed. As it turns out, Life of Pi is one such film. Continue reading
I love Star Trek. As a committed geek, I spent my teenage years watching the films and every episode of the first four TV series, collecting tie-in novels, magazines, figures and of course getting mocked by various classmates. Then Enterprise came along during my university years, and, well, the less said about that, the better. After four seasons of that, it felt like Star Trek needed a rest, and indeed, for a while, it went away.
Then the reins of the franchise were handed over to JJ Abrams, and in 2009 we got a bright, flashy reboot, replete with action, in-jokes and excessive lens flares. It wasn’t quite Star Trek, it erased the timeline I knew and loved, and the more you analysed it, the more flawed it became – but overall, it was pretty enjoyable nonetheless. Would Star Trek Into Darkness offer more of the same? Continue reading
I love cats. I love every kind of cat. I just want to hug all of them, but I can’t. Can’t hug every cat. What I can do, though, is play games about cats. Thus, in this completely uncalled-for article inspired by a random IM conversation, I will list some of the cat-based games I have encountered so that other cat lovers may benefit from my feline gaming wisdom. Continue reading
Joe Simmons is a ‘looper’, a hired assassin with a very special list of targets – they’re all from thirty years in the future. In that time period, the mafia have control of time travel, and the best way they know of to make their enemies ‘disappear’ is to send them into the past to be killed. But every looper’s final mission is to ‘close their loop’ by killing themselves, and when Joe fails to do so, he finds himself on the run in an ever-shifting timeline.
Time travel is inherently paradoxical, and with that in mind, I’m often quite lenient on time travel movies when they do things that either induce a headache or just don’t make sense. Sometimes, though, a movie comes along that is simply so terrible that I simply cannot stay my hand any longer, and Looper is one of them. Continue reading