28 September 2012

Looper Film Review

Quite a unique twist on time travelling, where disposing of bodies in the future is pretty tough to cover up, so they send them back in time to be shot dead by Loopers on their arrival. The only problem is someone in the future is closing all the Looper contracts, which means they are let off their daily killing tasks, but only have 30 years to live. Willis is sent back in time to when a younger self, played by Gordon-Levitt, who with make-up looks like a very uncanny younger Willis, luckily he doesn't shoot himself, but the two of them can't co-exist without being hunted down. Twists n turns ensue, with a big future twist covered up.

Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10

27 September 2012

360° Pictures of Bahamas Celebration Ship

Bahamas Reef Snorkelling

Today was finally the first day of sunshine! Which was perfect timing for our Bahamas Reef Snorkelling trip. We were taken by bus from the boat to Port Lucaya, where we boarded a pontoon boat and were taken out to the reef. We then had an hour of snorkelling, swimming and playing with the fishes. Once back at shore we had free access to the Grand Lucayan Hotel, where we had lunch, but just as we were about to go for a swim, they closed to pool to a large electrical storm!

26 September 2012

Off to the Bahamas

Today we did something completely different, a cruise to the Bahamas. We drove from Fort Lauderdale up to West Palm Beach and boarded the Bahamas Celebration ship. We were greeted by all the staff and a glass elevator going up through the middle of reception.

We headed up to the 8th floor and our five star cabin. We were then free to browse the boat, its four bars, four restaurants, casino, pub, pizza station, pool and deck. We kicked off our tour with two Bahama Mama cocktails.

For our dinner that night we had booked into The Rock restaurant, where you cook your own meat literally on a rock that has been heated to over 900 degrees! Barry had beef and pork, I had pork and chicken, both served with rice and mixed veg. You had to keep turning the meat as it cooked very quickly! You then literally ate it straight off your rock. It was delicious.

25 September 2012

Resident Evil 3D IMAX Film Review

More of the same from the Resident Evil franchise. Still much better than 3 and not as dark as 4. IMAX made the soundtrack rumble, but 3D didn't really add much.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10

24 September 2012

Finding Nemo 3D Film Review

Looking spectacular in parts in 3D, and very flat in others, the underwater setting doesn't really do 3D justice unless there is background for depth. But roll on the blu-ray release for pin sharp visuals.

Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10

23 September 2012

Fort Lauderdale Grey but Hot

We arrived Sunday to a mid-80s but very grey and stormy Fort Lauderdale. It won't turn sunny until Friday, which is when the pic below was taken.

15 September 2012

Go Ape Segway

Today was a birthday outing to Go Ape Segway in Swinley Forest near Bracknell. It was a bit weird at first, as you don't expect a two wheeled machine to be able to keep upright by itself, and you can literally lean all over the place without falling off. After a bit of training we headed off to a section where there were 3 courses of varying difficulty, the third one was very winding and had a big downward hill! We were limited to 7mph for this section, but after we headed off onto wider trails in the forest and were allowed to go up to 10.5mph! While this doesn't sound that fast, when you're standing upright on a two wheeled Segway zooming round the forest, its perfectly fast enough!

2 September 2012

Total Recall Movie Review

So a remake of one of my favourite Arnie 90's movies, Total Recall. Both based on the same story, but both their own films. However Arnie's version wins hands down, for cheesiness level, whereas this version tries to take itself too seriously. Both stories are chases across the film, but again the 90s version is more fun. Also this version is very dark and tonal, but going for a safe PG-13, and the 90's version being bright and in your face, yet still 18 rated. I generally just didn't enjoy this film, it was OK, but that was about it.

Ben 6 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10


1 September 2012

Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour

After a chinese with the whole gang the night before, including Gareth and Sarah, we headed off to Watford to see the Harry Potter Tour attraction with Mark, Carol, Charlotte and Elliot. They let groups in blocks of 100 and we had little to no wait. After we watched an intro video we shuffled through to a cinema to watch a synopsis of all 8 films, which ended with a reveal of the entrance to the Great Hall.

We then had a brief talk about the layout and construction of the hall, and then we were on our own to explore all the props, sets and costumes from throughout the films. We were actually there 3.5 hours, but had a break in the middle to try some Butter Beer, which was very nice!

It was a great day out, after which we headed to Frank and Benny's for dinner, where we surprised Charlotte with her 7th Birthday cake and someone dressed as a dog!