Category Archives: Films

A WILD AND CRAZY GUY – ROXANNE 30 YEARS LATER

Before I tell you why Roxanne is a perfect comedy film I’ll give you my brief history of how I first got into the work of Steve Martin. “WOULD YOU LIKE TO SMELL THE BOTTLE CAP?” The only film I’d seen Steve Martin in before 1990 was The Muppet Movie as the ignorant, arrogant, condescending…
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Review – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

"Rebellions are built on hope." Since reading the official synopsis from Disney earlier in the year my expectations were high, as were my hopes: "Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters comes together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it…
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Steven Spielberg Presents

The first thing I will say is even though I love the films directed by Steven Spielberg I probably love the films he produced and/or wrote, through Amblin Entertainment, a lot more. I shouldn’t say love more; but I love Spielberg for having this extra-curricular activity of producing films he wanted to see, it just…
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“In The Beginning It Was All Black and White.”

A few years ago I had a rather strange experience in my classroom. I taught year 4 (8 and 9 year olds) at the time and we were involved in a topic on World War II. As part of the topic we looked at wartime entertainment and so I decided to give them a 1940’s…
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Indiana Jones and the Geek Force

When I wrote my blog on Spielberg and Me I soon realised that there was way too much about his films that I love to write in one bite sized chunk, otherwise it would have been too long. It dawned on me, half way through writing Spielberg and Me, that Indiana Jones was really special…
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Spielberg and Me

Firstly let me make it clear I love Steven Spielberg. If there was someone that made the films (and associated toys) of my childhood it was two men: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I can’t remember the exact moment that I was aware of the films of Spielberg. Maybe I was just born aware of…
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Virtual Reality – Past, Present & Future

“WHEN I SAW HOW REAL VIRTUAL REALITY CAN BE, AND THAT WE CAN REPLACE HUMAN VISION WITH VIRTUAL VISION, THIS CAN BE THE ULTIMATE PLATFORM.” There I was as a wide eyed 11 year old, watching a person on a podium kitted out with various equipment and looking like a Borg extra out of Star…
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 “I FEEL THE NEED…THE NEED FOR SPEED.”

“On March 3, 1969 the United States Navy established an elite school for the top one percent of its pilots. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of aerial combat and to insure that the handful of men who graduated were the best fighter pilots in the world. They succeeded. Today, the Navy calls…
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