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From book store to book club

Published October 7, 2019

From book store to book club

In the latest iOS release, Apple have got a lot wrong. Many things that used to function now no longer do so, and everything is just that little bit more flaky. I’ve never restarted my devices quite so much as I have these past few weeks. However, one thing that I have enjoyed is the new reading goals. The Books app, or iBooks as I can’t help but keep calling it, was always a tangential thing for me.

The Birdcage

Published October 6, 2019

The Birdcage

I absolutely adore this film. First of all, the dream pairing of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane is mind-blowing, and then when you layer on top of that they are playing a wonderful, if high-maintenance gay couple, you’ve got everything you need - the rest of the story is almost incidental. It feels like it’s ahead of its time but also does feel quite 90s in places. The things these people are wearing on the beach!

Romancing the Stone

Published October 5, 2019

Romancing the Stone

What I liked about it is that apart from getting her away from the guy when he was shooting at her in the beginning, she didn’t really need his help. She was the famous writer who got into the guy’s villa, she solved the puzzle of the map, she saved her sister, and she pushed the guy into the crocodiles whilst he was climbing up the wall. (It’s that kind of movie.) It’s a good job, too, because Michael Douglas doesn’t really stand up as the big action star. He’s no Tom Cruise.

My Girl

Published October 5, 2019

My Girl

Anna Chlumsky is brilliant from start to finish, she really grabs your attention with her hypochondria and bossiness and general excellent confidence that hides an underlying fear about death and the role she plays in her family. And with the rest of the cast doing an equally good job, there’s very little to complain about with this one. I didn’t know they had made a sequel and I’m curious to see how that one plays out!

The Revenant

Published October 5, 2019

The Revenant

I think I knew this wasn’t going to be our kind of film, but it’s an Oscar winner and it came in a bundle of others and we were spending an afternoon feeling unwell on the sofa so why not try and watch a long movie? Mmm. Far too violent. Switched off. Nothing else to add.

Game plan

Published October 5, 2019

Game plan

Just a quick update on my previous post about the launch of Apple Arcade. I listed five games that I played when they first came out but since then I’ve tried a couple more that are worth a mention. We also investigated the new ability to pair a Playstation controller to the Apple TV and play games on the big screen - which can make a big difference depending which game you’re playing.

Rattle and Hum by U2

Published October 5, 2019

Rattle and Hum by U2

Before listening to this one, there was a little debate over whether it counted in the album game. I have weird rules that bend and mutate over time, but the fact that this album contains a significant amount of previous songs was an issue. They’re live, so that’s different, and in the end I allowed it because this is clearly an album that they have worked and crafted as a piece of art.

Hey, I'm Just Like You by Tegan and Sara

Published October 5, 2019

Hey, I'm Just Like You by Tegan and Sara

I really liked this one. I hadn’t heard of Tegan & Sara before, which is my bad. For some reason, I thought they were country music artists but this isn’t that. It’s kind of hard to describe what it actually is. It’s sort of pop, but grown up, very finely crafted with brilliant lyrics.

Cash by Johnny Cash and Patrick Carr

Published October 5, 2019

Cash by Johnny Cash and Patrick Carr

It’s taken me a full year to get through this but not because it isn’t a good book, mostly because it’s the kind that you can pick up and put down, dip in and out of and just generally revel in the calm storytelling of a master. He’s got plenty to talk about and is honest about it all, looking back philosophically about the highs and lows of a life in country music.

High School Musical

Published October 4, 2019

High School Musical

It’s definitely just your traditional Disney TV movie, with the fade outs for the ads and everything, and to be honest, I’m not even sure it’s the best musical Disney thing I’ve seen - Camp Rock was probably more fun and inspiring. But still, this is the one that captured the world’s imagination, and it has Zac Efron in it to boot!