MAGIC MIKE XXL: STRIPPERS ON A ROAD TRIP

Bow… bow, wow, wow. When Genuwine’s Pony kicks in you know you’re watching Magic Mike. Sometimes certain songs coupled with certain scenes elevate an entire film and glue it firmly to our memories. Such was the case three years ago.

Directed by Steven Soderburgh at the time in almost a documentary style, Magic Mike was a funny old beast. It was less about stripping and more male bonding; how these guys actually live and are part of a tribe. Like The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke but with more nudity. (Actually, scratch that, they’ve both got naked guys aplenty.) It focused on character too; so if it were mere titillation we wouldn’t have this sequel now. Continue reading MAGIC MIKE XXL: STRIPPERS ON A ROAD TRIP

AMY: THE GIRL WITH DEMONS THAT WERE JUST TOO DARK TO OVERCOME

From great pain comes great genius. And let’s not muck about, Amy Winehouse, the gobby girl from North London, the unassuming jazz singer, had both in buckets.

This documentary – directed by Asif Kapadia, the man who brought us Senna a few years back – charts her life through mostly previously unseen footage in a compelling and deeply affecting way.

I’ll say from the outset I was – and still am – a big fan.

I loved her music, that unique and beguiling voice, the darkness she carried that came out in her lyrics and – this may seem callous but – I cannot think of another artist that, if they died, I’d be that cut up about. There was obviously something about her that spoke to me. Continue reading AMY: THE GIRL WITH DEMONS THAT WERE JUST TOO DARK TO OVERCOME

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. REVIEW: NEW FRANCHISE?

Guy Ritchie is like… so hot right now. At least, it seems so, after his career had hit a little blip right before the Sherlock Holmes films put him back on the map.

Then for his next trick he thought he’d turn his hand to the spy genre, specifically resurrecting a nostalgically adored ’60s TV show, The Man from UNCLE. Remembered fondly by those of a certain age, utterly unknown to those younger than that.

But no matter. Whether you’re young or old(er) most of us can get on board with a sexy cast dressed in gorgeous clothing, their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks as they swan around the globe foiling evil plots. Can’t we? Continue reading THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. REVIEW: NEW FRANCHISE?

INSIDE OUT: A SAD, SORROWFUL JOY

American psychologist Paul Ekman pioneered the study of human emotions creating an atlas of thousands of emotions. These can be boiled down into seven: anger, contempt, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness and surprise.

For Disney Pixar’s latest film, Inside Out, we start with the basics.

A child, Riley, is born. In her head she experiences her first emotion and Joy (Amy Poehler) steps into the void. A bubbly, bouncy, excitable character who controls a console in Riley’s head dictating how she reacts to any given situation. She’s quickly joined by Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Thus making up five of Ekman’s seven key emotions (surprise and contempt not making the cut being similar to anger and disgust I imagine, and for the film’s sake, seven are too many characters). Continue reading INSIDE OUT: A SAD, SORROWFUL JOY

LEGEND: HARDY GIVES US BOTH BARRELS

Ronnie and Reggie. They almost sound sweet don’t they? Like Bill and Ben the flower pot men. But they’re not. Far from it. Ronald and Reginald Kray were possibly the scariest two brothers you could hope to meet (or pray not to meet) in London in the ’50s and ’60s. Born identical twins in 1933, they worked their way up the organised crime ladder to become owners of nightclubs and casinos, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, politicans and high society types alike. Continue reading LEGEND: HARDY GIVES US BOTH BARRELS

SPECTRE: MENDES DOES BOND’S GREATEST HITS

Poor old Sam Mendes. In some ways he’s a victim of his own success. Skyfall broke a billion at the box office so it was a tough act to follow. Particularly if that act was yourself.

But Dan and Sam formed a superb working relationship on Skyfall, so why wouldn’t they roll the dice again? And roll they did, upping the stakes by introducing the shadowy organisation SPECTRE, helmed by the Bond franchise’s favourite go-to bad guy, Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).

For SPECTRE we start in Mexico in an impressive Day of the Dead sequence which sees Bond bring his usual suave and swagger to proceedings. A solid opener. Continue reading SPECTRE: MENDES DOES BOND’S GREATEST HITS

HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 REVIEW

There’s an anecdote Elijah Wood tells about how Jack Nicholson walked out of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King because he thought it had ended – and that there were too many endings. In some ways it feels like Mockingjay – Part 2 has taken a leaf out of LOTR’s playbook, either in terms of stretching something into two when it really should have remained as one, or by attempting to milk the ending of Part 2 for all it’s worth. Either way, I didn’t buy it. Continue reading HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 REVIEW

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS REVIEW

Is it acceptable for a 33-year-old man to well up multiple times during this film? Probably not, but it happened. It was bound to happen. I mean, from the opening shot of the logo I was struggling to hold it together. Perhaps because I’ve now finished work and it’s been a long year, but it’s more than that, it’s Star Wars. And we’re all hoping beyond hope that J.J. Abrams will give us something good and help take away the pain of the last lot of films. Continue reading STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS REVIEW

JOY: LAWRENCE ADDS STRINGS TO HER BOW

Let’s say, in some other reality, Jennifer Lawrence hadn’t met David O. Russell and her career had (thus far) just been built upon an impressively gritty debut (Winter’s Bone) and a teen action franchise (Hunger Games), would we hold her in such high regard?

I rather doubt it. And this really isn’t a dig, but it’s fair to say her collaboration with writer-director David O. Russell over three films now (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and now Joy) have hugely elevated her career – in terms of dramatic credentials – and evolved her talent as one of Hollywood’s top actresses. Continue reading JOY: LAWRENCE ADDS STRINGS TO HER BOW

Those amazing underground temples

The temple is mysterious and sacred. Has always been hailed as the closest place to God. At home and abroad, there are countless temples of all kinds, magnificent and magnificent, witnessing the changes of history.

Batu Caves Malaysia

Batu Caves is a Hindu sacred place of worship. Located 11 km north of Kuala Lumpur, it is a limestone cave cluster, nestled in the midst of a jungle hillside. It is accessible from the foothills of 272 steep steps and there are also cable cars that reach the entrance. Continue reading Those amazing underground temples

In Future companies will rely on robots to direct employees

The software engineer at Bridgewater Associates, LP, the world’s largest hedge fund, is developing a secret artificial intelligence project that will automate the company’s management, which is entirely dominated by robots. Ray Dalio, the company’s founder, called the project “The Book of the Future.”

But the company’s founders took the initiative to implement this futuristic idea. The new technology developed by the company will incorporate Dalyo’s non-traditional management methods into software systems. Continue reading In Future companies will rely on robots to direct employees

Scientists have confirmed that we must carry out genetic modification in the future!

Human beings are not in the process of evolution all the time. Although the process is very slow, this process has never stopped. Compared to human beings before 2000 years, human beings have undergone tremendous changes both in appearance and in mind. In the coming years, this change will continue.

Harvard University scientist Juan Anriyquiz pointed out that in the future when human beings live on another planet, they need to genetically modify human organs so that humans can live longer on other planets. Continue reading Scientists have confirmed that we must carry out genetic modification in the future!

Who will live longer: meat eaters or vegetarians?

Genes and the environment affect the length of human life. In the study of identical twins, scientists predict that the impact from genes may not exceed 30%, which means that the vast majority of human life is dominated by the environment. Of the many environmental impact factors, almost no one has been deeply studied and discussed like diet. For example, the calorie intake limit is one of the areas being studied.

Compared to “how to eat”, “what to eat” is also a hot topic of research. Meat consumption is often placed under a microscope for research. Continue reading Who will live longer: meat eaters or vegetarians?