30 October 2016

5K Zombie Run

Well we must be mad, but finally did a 5K run today with Full Throttle, but no ordinary run, a Zombie run! Inflatable obstacles and infected zones full of zombies to dodge. Three tags on your belt and if the zombies get you, then you're infected. Lost my last tag in the last zone, gutted!

25 October 2016

Dr. Strange Movie Review

Saw Dr. Strange today on opening day in the UK. Went into this film completely blind, no idea of the character, don't think I even saw a trailer for it! This is a nicely explained origin story of how a brilliant neurosurgeon goes on a spiritual quest to try and repair his hands after a particularly nasty accident. It then starts to smell slightly of Last Airbender crossed with Inception. Lots of spiritual mumbo-jumbo about multiverses and mirror plains, with hand waving and folding buildings. The effects and time twists in this film are brilliant, with great fight sequences, but it all seemed to drag on a bit too long. Cumberbatch is a brilliant Dr. Strange, playing equal parts serious and the odd comedy quip. Maybe it needs a rewatch as this was good, but didn't really grab me.

Ben 6 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10


Sleep Rating: 1 pillow (dozing lightly, good film)

22 October 2016

Week in Gran Canaria

Had a wonderful week in Gran Canaria doing absolutely nothing. Sleeping, eating and generally relaxing in the Spa.

9 October 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

Quick Review

Suitably weird and perfectly cast. Some of the children's skills are a little weak and underused and film drags slightly towards the end.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10


Sleep Rating: 1 pillow (dozing lightly, good film)

8 October 2016

Aladdin London Theatre Review

Saw the matinee performance of Disney's Aladdin today at the Prince Edward Theatre in Soho, London. Following the plot of the animation closely (minus Abu and Rajar) it goes through all the great musical numbers plus a few extra fillers. "You Never Had a Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" are the show stoppers they deserve, with the Genie's song being the highlight of the show. "A Whole New World" is also magical with the flying carpet sequence done perfectly. The only minor points that let it down are Aladdin himself (slightly weak voice) and the ending not quiet as good as the animation. On the whole though a superb performance all round.

Ben 4 out of 5
Barry 5 out of 5