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  1. What films have you seen recently?

    Recently watched The Big Sick on Amazon Prime - I missed this when it was in the cinema, so was pleased to see it arrive on Amazon fairly quickly. It's a well balanced blend of humour and poignant drama based on Kumail Nanjiani’s own experiences. The film follows a fledgling stand up comedian as he traverses life, centering on his burgeoning career and relationships with his girlfriend and his own disapproving family. A realistic and funny script and some great performances from both the leads (Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan) and supporting acts (Holly Hunter, Ray Romano) kept me enthralled to the end.
  2. This book is about Chris Knight, who in 1986 walked away from society and spent the next 26 years living mostly undetected in the woods in Maine. He'd been the subject of a podcast I'd listened to recently, so I thought I'd give this a read. It charts his early life, where he learnt practical and survival skills in and around the family home estate through the many years spent in the wilderness without human contact, but where he managed to survive by stealing supplies from the cabins and camps in the area, to his eventual capture. Author Michael Finkel was one of the few visitors to Knight when he was incarcerated and whilst his status as a hermit is subject of debate (he is equally legendary and villified by the cabin owners in the North Pond area), his yearning for solitude and a deep introspective connection with nature is well captured in the writing. Knight comes across as a complex character - for the most part he's emotionless and deeply private, desiring to be left alone, but at the same time expresses regret and shame for having to resort to theft in order to survive. I really enjoyed reading this, and finished it in two sittings - the flow of the writing was good and Knight's story is intriguing, and in these current technology obsessed times I found his experience alluring (I guess it speaks to the hermit deep down in all of us!).
  3. Marvel TV on Netflix

    I'm only 2 eps into Luke Cage and enjoying it, but I have heard that the second half of the series is quite hit and miss. A shame, I really enjoyed Jessica Jones and Dare Devil.
  4. Sad news indeed - I'd seen him at a comic convention only a month before as well.
  5. Bosch

    Have to admit, I keep nearly starting this series, then find something else instead. I'm currently ploughing through The Americans, and will start Bosch after
  6. Stranger Things

    It was talk of the town a few weeks back, but did anyone see it? Probably the best thing I've watched all year, I loved it more than Preacher I'm ashamed to admit. I'm slightly disappointed there's probably going to be a second season, as I think it was a real gem and doesn't need any follow up!
  7. True Detective

    I thought series 2 was ok, if a little convoluted and over ambitious. I didn't think it was as bad as the reviews suggested, though I'll admit to having to re-watch an episode due to falling asleep
  8. I loved it, I think the makers did a great job bringing it to the screen and Seth Rogen did it proud. All the casting was excellent, I think I prefer TV Tulip to book Tulip.
  9. What films have you seen recently?

    Finally got around to watching Kingsman over the weekend. I missed it in the cinema and Lovefilm sent it through last week. I haven't read the graphic novel but I really enjoyed the film - the humour and action were just right for me, definitely a worthy alternative to Bond!
  10. What films have you seen recently?

    I love this film! Particularly Christoph Waltz - I just found him amazing to watch both in this and Inglourious Basterds. I haven't seen The Hateful Eight yet, but I find Tarantino's films seem to get better and better.
  11. This was originally published as a webcomic, but later released as a hardback collected edition. The story is set in a not too distant future after a massive digital privacy breach has rendered the internet and most digital technology useless and discarded, and identity protection is now everyone's key priority. So much so, that the general population all wear masks in public. A journalist is hired by a mysterious client to perform a detailed background check on her, in the hope of uncovering any dirty secrets that may be buried in her past. It isn't long before she winds up dead, and in a bid to find her killer the journalist and his client's sister are drawn into a web of intrigue and corporate conspiracy. This isn't up there with the likes of Saga or Y: The Last man but even on his sub par days Brian K Vaughan writes well, effortlessly blending crime/noir/future dystopia with shots of dark comedy. The artwork and colouring are quite spectacular and eye-catching, and the whole lavish wide, hardback edition is pretty lovely indeed.
  12. I actually read this in single issue format, but at some point I'll buy the trade paperback. After suffering a surprise devastating attack from mysterious giant mechanical entities known as the Harvesters, robots have been vilified and outlawed across the galaxy. Dr Quon, a former robotics engineer and genius is enlisted by the United Galactic Council to help learn the origins or the Harvesters, and in doing so what preventative measures could be taken should the Harvesters ever return. The line of investigation leads him and the UGC to the TIM model - a child like companion bot designed by Quon, which shares some fundamental programming codex similarities with the Harvesters. On a distant off-world mining colony, Tim-21 comes online, to find his adoptive family disappeared or dead, along with the rest of the colony. Not long after, a group of scrappers arrive intent on retrieving any robots for junk. Tim-21's quest to be reunited with the remainder of his family whilst avoiding the scrappers starts, and the UGC head to the mining moon to bring Tim-21 in for analysis. In Descender 1, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen have created the basis for a seemingly vast and complex universe, with many different inter-planetary factions and worlds. The story has equal parts sci fi, sentiment and politics, and while it seems epic space sagas are currently all the rage, for me this book has a strong enough story and potential to stand out and not simply ride the crest of the wave. My only gripe is that the art work, which is very sketchy in style, can sometimes be hard to interpret.
  13. I remember seeing the World Wide Web for the first time in 1994 at college - we had 1 dedicated computer with a 14.4Kbs modem attached. The 'Internet Administrator' loaded a page on Pigeon Kicking, which took 45 seconds to load a page essentially consisting of text with 1 picture. At the time I scoffed and said the internet and www was a total waste of time. For the most part, I still agree with that
  14. This title caught my attention as it is by Robert Kirkman, and since I'm a fan of his other works (Invincible, The Walking Dead, Haunt) I gave it a go. Outcast centres on Kyle Barnes, who has experienced a number of traumatic incidents throughout his life of demonic possession amongst his loved ones. It appears that Kyle has the ability to exorcise said demons, and after some more freak occurrences he works with the local Reverend to find out more about why the possessions are taking place and what, if anything, it has to do with himself. The story makes some interesting parallels with domestic abuse, and I found the small-town america location combined with the art work in stark lining and colouring along with basic tones to be quite eerie and chilling. Whilst The Walking Dead is an amazing series, it feels after 20+ volumes quite a tired and lumbering epic - so it was great to read something from Kirkman that was an altogether different pace and setting.
  15. Lucifer

    Started watching this on Amazon at the weekend. I really like Tom Ellis in the role - he captures the humour,attitude and campness of Lucifer from the comic perfectly. However, the series so far (2 eps) seems to be very safe in terms of sex/violence/language and is following a yawn-some formulaic cop/buddy procedural 'solve a case every week' format - something I hope will change over the coming episodes.
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