REVIEW – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“Give the people what they want.”  It sounds simple doesn’t it, but try telling that to George Lucas. Because what we want is something both fresh and familiar.  At the same time, nostalgia fills in the plot holes and edits out the clunkier dialogue of the original trilogy, so even those films aren’t a patch on the […]

Backwards compatibility, but at a price: is PS4 still “for the players”?

Last week, PS4 added “backwards compatibility” – starting with just 8 “fan favourite” PS2 games but no doubt growing over time.  Combined with Playstation Now (Sony’s impressive but expensive game-streaming service) this means PS4 owners have access to a huge catalogue of games from the past 20 years of Playstation.  Together with Shuhei Yoshida’s recent announcement that Sony are working on PS4 streaming to PC and Mac Sony appear to […]

Macbeth (2015) reviewed – Something turgid this way comes

Contains spoilers (if that’s possible!) After reading many glowing reviews from critics, I was really looking forward to Macbeth (2015, rated 15, 113 mins).  I enjoyed the book and various theatre productions but I’ve always been a “film guy” when it comes down to it.  Classic text, excellent actors, beautiful cinematography – what could go wrong? Well let’s start […]

Kanye West @ Glastonbury : 27/6/15

A quick glance on Twitter on Saturday evening reminded me just how difficult it is to separate Kanye the man from the music.  So let’s get this out the way early:  for me, Kanye2015 is just a massive douchebag – coming across as having such a blinkered, uncritical view of his own output that he […]