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A review of the movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

July 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

After three “Spider-Man” movies directed by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the eponymous role and two “Amazing Spider-Man” films helmed by Marc Web with (British) Andrew Garfield as the titular super-hero, we have a sixth cinematic outing for the arachnid in a mere 15 years. This time the director is little-known Jon Watts and […]

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Word of the day: aquila

July 12th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As you will see from this essay on my web site, I’m interested in people’s names and how they acquired them and what they mean. I am currently visiting my son and his family in Kenya and I have just spent a couple of days with my eldest granddaughter visiting a wonderful nature reserve called […]

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Word of the day: avocation

July 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m currently reading the novel  “Alone In Berlin” by Hans Fallada. This was written in German and first published in 1947, but I’m reading an English translation of 2009. At one point, the word ‘avocation’ is used which I had to look up. It means: something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, […]

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Should we write grandad or granddad?

July 4th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m off to Nairobi tomorrow to see my son, his wife and my two adorable granddaughters: Catrin (aged six a half) and Kara (aged 10 and a half months). Now to Catrin I have always been “Granddad Roger” as contrasted with “Grandpa David”.  But, while I spell it granddad, most people spell it grandad. I […]

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A review of this summer’s smash movie “Baby Driver”

July 2nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“Drive” meets “La La Land” in this smash success of summer 2017 both written and directed with great panache by the British Edgar Wright. Is this a car-chase heist movie disguised as a romantic musical or the other way round? No, it’s a genuinely fresh and original mash-up of genres with a plethora of tropes […]

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A review of the 2015 bio-pic “Steve Jobs”

July 1st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In the past few years, there have been two major movies about the life of tech entrepreneur Steve Jobs, the creative genius behind Apple. The first in 2013 was called simply “Jobs” and starred Ashton Kutcher in the title role. The second in 2015 went for the title “Steve Jobs” and Michael Fassbender filled the […]

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Word of the day: unicorn

June 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week, I chaired part of a seminar discussing the impact of Brexit on the UK tech sector. A speaker referred to unicorns and I could not see any and did not know what he was talking about. As always, Google came to the rescue. It seems that he term unicorn has different meanings in […]

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A review of the newly-released film “Churchill”

June 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Winston Churchill had a long and complex military and political career but this film – it could just as easily have been a play – concerns a mere few days in that rich life: the last five days of preparation for Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in June 1944. As a young minister, Churchill had […]

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A review of the new film “Gifted”

June 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The title is a reference to seven year old Mary who has outstanding mathematical skills inherited from her British grandmother and American-British mother. When her mother commits suicide, her uncle Frank spirits her off to Florida in an effort to give her a normal life. The narrative may be a bit trite and the conclusion […]

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A review of the Tom Cruise movie “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”

June 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The original Jack Reacher movie in 2012, starring Tom Cruise in the eponymous role, was not a huge box office success but it did reasonably and clocked up a lot more revenue in the home entertainment market. I certainly found it enjoyable enough to welcome a return of the Lee Child creation of an American […]

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