Author: Gregory Miller

NASA wakeup calls: A two year anniversary of the space shuttle program

Today two years will have passed since the closing of NASA’s Space Shuttle program and for anyone with a fascination for space the space shuttle wakeup calls are the bite-sized reminders of the accomplishments made during its life time. Below is a list of some of these brilliant wakeup calls and their partner accomplishments. ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’, STS-110 [youtube][/youtube] The 4th of April 2002, the space shuttle Atlantis fails to launch. Forecasters predicted a forty per cent chance of rain and thunderstorms which later increased to eighty, and ultimately levelled out at sixty; NASA decides to give the...

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On The Road – review

[3_stars ] Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss. 55 years on, Jack Kerouac’s On The Road is still regarded by many as one of the greatest pieces of American literature and the bible of the ‘Beat Generation’. Many attempts at a film adaptation have been made, but unfortunately none have ever come about. The film’s production rights have been juggled between many players, finally landing in the hands of Francis Ford Coppola in 1979, where they would lie in waiting until now. The film focuses on...

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Reel Unknown: a unique cinematic experience reviewed

“Are you feeling foul of mouth? Maybe a Spanish Dictionary will sort you out…” “I like my glasses, they help me see, Until they break and are useless to me.” “What a good deed Ben and Jerry have done for society, Thank you for ice cream, especially the, Chunky monkey variety!” These clues are the first things presented to you as a possible participant in the “hidden picture show experience” by Reel Unknown. After making the leap of faith and purchasing the tickets “in the dark”, not knowing the location or film to be shown, you’re sent an email illuminating these once...

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Killing Them Softly, Film Review

L.S. Media Rating: *** Cast: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepherd, Slaine, Bella Heathcote, Vincent Curatola, Linara Washington, Garratt Dilahunt These days, it is too often the case that watching a trailer is near enough admission to see the film itself. Two minutes of Inception tinged orchestral hits, cuts to black and every half decent piece of dialogue contained within the film leave nothing to our seemingly small imaginations. This being said, Killing Them Softly may be the exception that proves the rule. For those that appreciate Andrew Dominik’s prior work, The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford, this film promises not to disappoint. Throughout, lingering camera work and long drawn out sections of dialogue heighten the sense of realism and the film’s awkward feel. Scoot McNairy (Frankie) and Ben Mendelsohn (Russell) do a great job of complementing this camera work in their brilliant heist at the start of the film. Reminiscent of Goodfellas, a film with some of the best tracking shots known to cinema, the two men’s escape is a neat homage to this. For all those that have watched and loved The Sopranos, James Gandolfini (Mickey) is once again on perfect form. Playing the part of a hitman facing divorce and another jail sentence, Gandolfini manages to show the fragility and humanity of a once...

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