Reviews

The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car (2016)

The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car is a short but powerful little visual novel about two strangers running from the the zombie apocalypse. Created over the course of four days by indie trio Lox Rain, the game never leaves the confines of the used car speeding down the highway but manages to cleverly weave around the characters’ stories as they talk about where they’ve come from and where they’re going.

An evening with Alexa

Okay, I confess: my curiosity got the best of me and I splurged on an Amazon Echo. You know, one of those little black cylinders that talks back. The Echo is basically a sophisticated bluetooth speaker coupled with Amazon’s cloud-based artificial intelligence ‘Alexa’ ready and waiting to answer your queries. Admittedly an Echo isn’t something I needed so much as something I desired, but when you’ve had a week like ours, a little overindulgence can’t be wrong.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Many an evening growing up was spent watching the 1967 Disney animation of the same name. There was magic in the creatures cavorting across the screen and the songs were unforgettable. It was with some trepidation then that I watched the 2016 reboot, however I could not have been more pleased. Plot-wise, there are similarities with Disney’s film, however this isn’t a scene by scene copy at all and it’s not bursting with song like the animation.

Getting Things Done

It’s Saturday morning afternoon and i’m sitting here sipping my first coffee of the day and - after the week i’ve just had - feeling somewhat.. dazed? I’ll openly admit I could use a little help when it comes to time management; however this working week has seen me pulled in all directions at once, attacking a big scary mountain of tasks, leaving my poor grey cells more than a little frazzled. I survived, but barely.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens [SPOILER HEAVY]

Unless you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away, you’ll no doubt be aware there’s a new Star Wars film out. We booked our tickets almost two months ago and have been carefully avoiding potential spoilers until our turn to see it came around. To say Lizzie has been a little bit excited would be a massive understatement. Okay, that’s enough lead in. This review will be full of SPOILERS so if you haven’t seen it yet: pull out! You’re not doing any good back there.

Favourite Festive Films

We’re going to see the new Star Wars film on Tuesday with subtitles (please, no spoilers!), and, from the sounds of it, it’s doing really well. Lizzie is beside herself with excitement. People are calling it ‘epic’ and ‘nostalgic’ and having a musical score to remember: all the things you’d expect from a good Christmas film (see what I did there?)

Jessica Jones

I started watching Netflix Original series Jessica Jones tonight while Lizzie is out visiting a friend. I’ve never heard of the Marvel character before so I had no idea what to expect going in. Netflix’s new trick of showing a preview on the main menu has already worked on me a couple of times. About four episodes in and it’s actually really good so far. Jessica, played by Krysten Ritter, is a convincingly tough, streetwise Private Investigator with a shady past that is only just coming to light through the cases she takes on.

Jessica Jones

I started watching Netflix Original series Jessica Jones tonight while Lizzie is out visiting a friend. I’ve never heard of the Marvel character before so I had no idea what to expect going in. Netflix’s new trick of showing a preview on the main menu has already worked on me a couple of times. About four episodes in and it’s actually really good so far. Jessica, played by Krysten Ritter, is a convincingly tough, streetwise Private Investigator with a shady past that is only just coming to light through the cases she takes on.

The Shop Around The Corner

In response to The Daily Post prompt ‘No Apologies’, mine has to be You’ve Got Mail, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks; a film where two polar opposites attract via the World Wide Web. Her: the sentimental owner of The Shop Around The Corner; a little old-fashioned bookstore full of heart. Him: the pragmatic son of a wealthy bookstore magnate. They clash from the start when Tom Hanks launches a new store in Meg Ryan’s neighbourhood and I love the back and forth between them as they vent their frustrations.

The Shop Around The Corner

In response to The Daily Post prompt ‘No Apologies’, mine has to be You’ve Got Mail, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks; a film where two polar opposites attract via the World Wide Web. Her: the sentimental owner of The Shop Around The Corner; a little old-fashioned bookstore full of heart. Him: the pragmatic son of a wealthy bookstore magnate. They clash from the start when Tom Hanks launches a new store in Meg Ryan’s neighbourhood and I love the back and forth between them as they vent their frustrations.