Showing posts from October, 2019

Hellboy 2019 movie review


Sigh... now why do they need to remake this.....The positives:The new one has solid CGI, the lead really tries to be the Hellboy and the action sequences aren't half bad. The BR disc is likely to be a demo disc, but...
The bad:Well, they lack one big thing... the story... the old Dr Broom had emotion, he connected with his son, and the son had issues, and we emphatise with him. He even had typical youth issues, with boy girl problems, being a bum, and making his home a mess, and yes, even issues with using his powers. The monsters and action were the icing on the cake, the cast worked well together there, whereas here, it's hard to connect with this lot.
2/5 Grab the BR disc for a spin when it ends up in the sale bin...

Spiderman - Far From Home movie review

I enjoy action movies but the best movies that I really watch a few times are those where the action is a medium which helps in the main plot. Sure I also enjoy movies where you switch your brain off for two hours but the best ones also have a story, with humor mixed in and a dose of romance too. The Indiana Jones series remains my gold standard. But Spiderman comes close.

Spider-Man is one of the most popular of all the superheroes. However if you just look at his superpowers it may seem surprising. When you pit a short wall crawling web slinger against someone like Thanos who destroys planets with a snap of his fingers Spider-Man seems puny and vulnerable. He is also poor, short and struggles with school and even girlfriend issues. He is insecure despite his powers and talks about making ends meet more than saving the world, let alone the universe.
Yet these daily bread issues make him highly relevant and much easier to relate to. His lack of invincibility is also one of his major…

Running round the West Coast in a C-HR

So what's the big deal running around the West Coast ?well no.. not where the greater southern waterfront is.. it's the Pacific West Coast and the PCH aka Pacific Coast Highway  A little jaunt from Seattle down to SF with side trips to Olympic National Park and some other nice spots. This journey offers nice B roads, lots of scenery and good food I wanted to try a car which I might consider buying and I wanted a SUV so it came down to the RAV4 or the CHR depending what was available. Both use the same 2.0l with the CVT  As fate decided there was only one .. my Black Steed fitted with 18" rims no less. The C-HR is no stranger to us, it's a ubiquitous PHV in back home but here it uses a 2 liter naturally aspirated engine with the same CVT tranny.

The car had to take two of us along with luggage and two weeks of shopping, which is no mean feat, I'll have you know...

Thankfully it was up to the task, swallowing four bags, two backpacks and a…