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Vantage Point

Lisa and I got to the movies on Friday night in what was probably our last trip to the cinema as non-parents. So we whooped it up and went gold lounge with drinks, nibbles and Connoisseur ice-creams. I thought from the previews that Vantage Point would be worth the cinema admission price but hadn’t expected it to be as good as it was. The basic plot is an assassination attempt on the US President but the movie follows the action through from a number of different perspective each time letting you see a little more of the behind the scenes detail and taking the story a little further. Read more →

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

We went and saw National Treasure: Book of Secrets last night. It was the hottest December day on record here in Perth and with the air-con out of order in our lounge the cinema was the next best place to be. Book of Secrets continues the treasure hunting and defence of the Gates family name themes from the original National Treasure in a sort of a Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code way which, fortunately, doesn’t take itself too seriously. Read more →


I finally saw Beowulf the other day. It’s an animated(ish), drinking, fighting, carousing, jumpy out and get you kind of a story. Imagine crossing Shrek with Aliens with The Three Muskateers and you would be in the right realm. It’s a good fun movie though the Aliens aspects mean it’s probably not safe for the kiddies- “intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity ” just about covers it; yes you get to see Angelina Jolie with her gear off, or at least a digitally rendered version of her. Read more →


“Narrator: A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.“- Neil Gaiman Lisa and I saw Stardust over the weekend. Trips to the movies will be harder to come by once the baby arrives so we are trying to fit a few in whilst we can, next trip out it is likely to be the other Neil Gaiman title, Beowulf. Read more →

Wedding Crashers

I’m not a big Owen Wilson fan and I really expected Wedding Crashers was going to be cheesy slapstick à la Dumb & Dumber so I was delighted that it was genuinely funny. The humour is raunchy (but not the usual American fare of f-words for the sake of them) and nicely balances the romantic subplot. If you are seeking intellectual stimulation go see something else, otherwise grab a tub of popcorn and enjoy. Read more →