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Take 2: Suicide Squad

"You're my friend too!"

Well this brings our Batman series to a close (sort of), and in this film he gets a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it cameo. Suicide Squad hasn’t aged well and the pointless soundtrack is what wound me up most of all this time. How can you get the rights to Bohemian Rhapsody and cut it off before it really gets going? It’s like someone has an iPod on shuffle but can’t settle on a...

David Ayer | Friday, Jan 12, 2018

Take 2: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"Do you bleed?"

A solid setup gives you false hope going into this film. When you see Superman literally lasering buildings in half it’s easy to sympathise with Batman, and the whole concept behind the film seems less stupid. Sadly it all goes rapidly downhill from there. Pointless cameos, endless fighting… this is possibly the most non-descript Batman film made to date.

Zack Snyder | Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Take 2: The Dark Knight Rises

"A hero can be anyone."

The people in the hell dungeon here shout ‘rise’ to prisoners trying to climb their way out. Are we as an audience supposed to ‘rise’ above our childish impulses to laugh at Bane’s ridiculous voice? The moment he opens his mouth I am reminded of the Power Rangers - a lot of hand gestures and a whole load of work in post. It’s an odd oversight that sort of hijacks...

Christopher Nolan | Tuesday, Jan 09, 2018

Take 2: The Dark Knight

"You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

The Dark Knight is essentially a mob crime thriller that goes way off the rails. It’s about the flow of money and power through a corrupt system. Then The Joker shows up with an apparent motive to make everyone richer but the big twist is that he has no goal. He’s a pure agent of chaos. This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You...

Christopher Nolan | Monday, Jan 08, 2018

Exporting large Gmail mailboxes with imap-upload

"A safe, simple way to shift a shit ton of email"

I've been working on moving away from gmail, for a number of reasons. The primary one being that I don't want to live under the gmail.com domain anymore - I'd much rather have my own.

Ben Oliver | Monday, Jan 01, 2018


Take 2: Batman Begins

"Took quite a fall, didn't we, Master Bruce?"

Holy reboot Batman! Bruce Wayne was really down on his rubber-clad arse in the last film and Christopher Nolan dragged him by the cape into the 21st Century. This might be the greatest turnaround in Hollywood history. It’s also possibly the only modern super hero film series that keeps a straight face right the way through without being ridiculous. Everything else is either tacky and laughable, or works because it...

Christopher Nolan | Saturday, Dec 30, 2017