• The Personal History of David Copperfield

    DCInitially was not bothered about watching The Personal History of David Copperfield but after so many people saying how wonderful it was we decided to head over to Abbeygate cinema to see what all the fuss was about. Plenty of names in it and from a personal stand point remember it being filmed as several scenes were done here in Bury St Edmunds last year, so was good to go spotting places where it was filmed. the story was quite straight forward and it was ok but I didn’t come out thinking wow that was brilliant, it was just ok. Felt it was a bit too slapstick in places and found the most interesting part identifying Bury. They filmed around Angel Hill and in the theatre Royal and it looked great on film.

    Give this a 7/10. Watch it but when it comes out on TV.

     

     

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  • Parasite

    parasiteInitially was not sure if I wanted to watch Parasite especially as it was not being shown at my favourite cinema Abbeygate. With it doing so well at the BAFTAs I thought I would head over to Cineworld and see what it was like with a last minute booking. Plenty written about the story but in essence it is about a poor family in Korea who come across an opportunity to infiltrate themselves into the lives of a wealthy family by working for them in different jobs while keeping their relationships hidden from the rich family. Even though it is a sub titled film it is very well done and quite easy to watch and very funny and entertaining. As the film progresses it starts to turn darker as the parasite comes into play. Can tell how good the film was as the 2 hours went by in a flash. No point going into the details of the ending as it was certainly not something I was expecting and was a surprise but good.

    Even the score on Rotten Tomatoes was incredibly high, 99% and 92%.

     

    Definitely worth watching and I would give this a 9/10 score.

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  • Bourne, Star Trek and others

    Long time since posted anything on here but then again it has been an incredibly busy couple of months. In between the work and other events going on I have still managed to get to the cinema a few times to keep up to date with what is going on this year. First part of the year not been the best in the past few weeks it has not been too bad and have managed to see Bourne, Star Trek, Nixon and Elvis, Miles Ahead, Money Monster.Bourne

    Bourne, first movie in over a decade and still good. The first three are always on TV and a good watch. I loved it, good action and just as expected. A bit of a mishmash of the previous films but the action continues and well worth watching. Coming from an IT background some of the IT related comments make you cringe but it is for the movie so they have to make it all sound impressive. They have certainly left it open for another film in a couple of years time. Well worth the Saturday evening with feet up at the Abbeygate.

    startrekSo what was it last weekend? Star Trek Beyond but had to go to Cineworld to see it and boy can see why I never go there any more the place is dreadful, staff don’t care, dirty etc. Third one in the new franchise and as with the others just as good. A bit more comedy in it this time and I suspect that is down to the involvement of Simon Pegg in the writing. Another fast paced action film and good fun to watch, nice and easy. well worth it. Again left in a position which means they can do another one which I presume they will. I will definitely be watching this one again when it goes to Abbeygate.

    poster-elvis-nixon-largeNixon and Elvis was brilliant much much better than I expected and if you haven’t seen it go and see it. It was a surprise to see so few people in there though and not sure why. It was a very funny and entertaining movie. Will watch it again when released online.

    Back in June went to see Miles Ahead, about Miles Davis. I have liked his music or many years but have never known anything about the main who produced it. So watching this movie it was amazing to find out so much about his life and just how screwed up he became. Incredibly well made and acted and certainly another one well worth watching when you get a chance.

    Next one at Abbeygate will be The Life of Brian in Augustmiles.

     

     

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  • The Martian

    maxresdefaultIf you haven’t seen The Martian with Matt Damon go and see it excellent film and well worth a visit. I ended up seeing it twice and I found it just as entertaining the second time around. As with most films nowadays I headed to Abbeygate and sat back and relaxed.
    Matt Damon was excellent in the role and perfectly cast (looking forward to the new Bourne film when it is released). Ridley Scott again creating a master piece, serious in many places it was also very funny. I know there will be people out there saying the science is not right and such and such a scene would not be possible but to be honest it was so well cast and filmed you could believe that this could happen. What also made the film stand out was the sound track, very different to many films and a lot of excellent music most of which the kids have probably never heard before.
    Definitely a 9/10 for me.
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  • Back to the Future II

    back-futureThere was a lot of press coverage about the 21st October 2015 and Back to the Future II and how accurate it was. The local cinema, Abbeygate, had a special showing on that night so I headed over there into the comfy seats with a glass of red in hand. Whilst most of the press was focused on what technology had come to fruition I was really just interested in watching an entertaining film which I had not seen in many years and certainly not seen in the cinema since its release in 1989.
    1989 wow was it that long ago since the release and seeing it the first time at the flea pit in Colchester? 2015 must have seemed an eternity away at that point. So I settled down for a good couple of hours and I was not disappointed. Even after all this time I found it good, easy and enjoyable to watch. I love the way the story is intertwined with the first film and I think it works very well. I didn’t find the third film quite as good but it was still entertaining. I came out of the cinema relaxed after having a good couple of hours watching the film in a very relaxing environment. For me if you leave the cinema feeling good about what you have seen then the film has achieved something what it should to entertain people.
    Do love going to Abbeygate they have some very good films on throughout the year from the past and always good to see them again.
    Think I will give this 8/10.
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  • Suite Francaise

    sfToday headed over to Abbeygate cinema to watch something different, Suite Francaise. I wasn’t sure what to expect and to be honest I didn’t think it would be my kind of thing. However I was proved wrong and it turned out to be an excellent film and well worth watching.

    It’s a story of forbidden love in a time of turmoil for the French. Set in France 1940 in the first days of the occupation and follows the main character Lucile as she struggles with the overpowering mother-in-law and the conflicts of love when the Germans arrive in their town and a German officer stays with them.

    At times it is quite sad but many others the complete opposite. While it deals with the conflicts or war in what was surely a frightening time you still come away with a good feeling having seen a well acted film and shot incredibly well.

    The film is based on an unfinished novel by Irene Nemirovsky. The two novels portray life in France between 4th June 1940 and 1st July 1941. She was arrested on the 13th July 1942 and was sent to Auschwitz where she died. The manuscripts were kept by her daughter who didn’t look at them for fifty years and when she finally did they were turned into books and ultimately the film.

    Anyway definitely a film to watch.

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  • Thick or Thin

    Before the Internet became as popular as it is today create software for users who had PC’s was pretty straight forward, you created a thick (sometimes referred to as a fat) client. This meant the user had to install the software on their PC just like Word. Today however things are not so clear.

    The past few years has seen a wealth of technologies come along that have changed the scene and give the developer more choices as to how an application can be built. However whilst there are many choices around what type of application can be summarised into a couple of options;
    – Thick client

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