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July, 2009

  1. Harry Potter 6

    July 20, 2009 by Daniel

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    At the moment it seems for us if you release it in IMAX that’s where we’ll go and see it. I think of all the films released in the format this year we haven’t gone to see only 1 of them – it was a kids film.
    But here’s a kids film that we all love (and especially if your local IMAX puts on special midnight over-18s showings).
    I’d been hovering over the book tickets button on the Odeon’s website for days, i’d missed the time where I could get a good seat in Premier and was resigned to having to queue up early outside the screen so as not to be lumbered with a neck aching seat closer to the massive screen, but lo a pair of seats was still available for the late showing on Saturday – I was a little worried about being able to stay up, but I have to say I had no problems whatsoever. I remember reading the book but was gripped by the story nonetheless. Another nice touch for the IMAX version was the inclusion of a 3D beginning, now I’m in two minds of this at the moment – firstly it’s a shame there wasn’t more of it, it felt like a bit of a screen test and I think they missed a trick in not doing Quidditch in 3D but I suppose they had to keep it altogether at the beginning.
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    Alan Rickman was awesome as Snape and Daniel Radcliffe has managed to learn how to act. My feeling about this film was that it was very focused on the main storyline, there were very few distractions or deviations from it – all the setup has been done in the previous films, you don’t need to see them in lessons or really actually doing very much magic anymore.

    So it’s all set up nicely for the next book, which they’ve decided to torture us with and do a Kill Bill style split into two films. I wonder how they’ll time the releases to maximise profit, one in the summer, one at Christmas holidays?
    Reminds me, still need to get the rest of them on Blu-Ray.


  2. Bookmarks for July 14th through July 15th

    July 15, 2009 by Daniel

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  3. Bruno

    July 15, 2009 by Daniel

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    Took advantage of Vue nice cheap day Tuesday card and the money off voucher they give you every time you go (how does that work, why not just reduce the price in the first place?).

    Not much to be said really it was funny, wonderfully offensive. In the slightly empty large screen in Pilmsworth it’s an interesting audience compared to the cinemas in central Manchester – more your average citizens I suppose so it’s interesting to see the reactions.
    It’s also kind of a different genre of film than anything else – it’s not really fiction or fact, there’s a narrative of sorts but I wouldn’t really call it drama or documentary either.
    It’s great seeing Sacha Baron Cohen having a go at people though and the great thing is he doesn’t really on anybody else to do what he wants – he’s kind of out there on his own, looking for the next PC group to spear and go on ad nauseam for a long time

    Upcoming films:
    Two interesting trailers
    Shutter Island

    Funny People
    Apple Trailers

    Judd Apatow, producing, directing and writing a film with lots of the people I like a lot in it and Adam Sandler, who for the most part I dislike but does come out with the odd corker – 50 First Dates, The Waterboy

    Sherlock Holmes

    I like Guy Ritchie, I always want his films to be good.


  4. Bookmarks for July 10th through July 14th

    July 14, 2009 by Daniel

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  5. Royal Mail Rant

    July 14, 2009 by Daniel

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    As a few of my friends have started to do with various small injustices in the world (are we getting older, or is everything just getting worse). I decided to make a complaint yesterday:

    On Friday I had a parcel delivered, or rather I received a note stating I would have received a parcel but it was too large for my postbox, this despite my wife being home all day and available to receive the parcel.
    This being a regular occurrence I waited the 48 hrs stated on the note and then went along to the stated delivery office.
    While at the delivery office I was told that the package would have been sent back to Manchester City centre sorting office and I would have to wait a total of “roughly” 4 days for it to come back to be collected from my local delivery office.
    I was not offered the chance to go myself and collect the package from the Central office, which I would be willing to do (I drive past it every day anyways).
    While I find it impressive that you can move packages across the country in so little time, it frustrates me that my packages then will sit so tantalizingly close for the better part of the working week before I am able to retrieve them.
    This has become the ‘normal’ way of doing things for the Royal Mail in north Manchester and it is incredibly frustrating to the point where I prefer people not to use Royal Mail when sending items – all due to a small issue that could be easily fixed if someone locally would use some good process management and recognise the needs of the customer.

    I managed to get the package this morning without a problem. Perhaps it’s the difference between weekend and weekday staff, who knows?
    I also received an auto-reply from Royal Mail this morning

    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    PLEASE DO NOT USE REPLY BUTTON AS YOUR MAIL WILL BE DISCARDED AT GEMSNOREPLY@ROYALMAIL.COM

    FOR FUTURE CORRESPONDENCE PLEASE REPLY TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS

    contactus@royalmail.com

    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    *****************************************************************************************************************************

    Such a friendly start to an email…


  6. Wedding Photographs

    July 13, 2009 by Daniel

    Wedding Group Picture
    One of the big things about getting the new computer was the fact that now we’d have a good machine to sort out our photographs on. iPhoto is a brilliant application for this but on a 6 year old laptop with only a 12″ screen – it’s a bit like walking through treacle sometimes.
    So finally we organised our wedding pictures and have ordered a photo book of them. We decided early on that the photographs were important to us and we went with a digital only package whereby we where given a DVD of the pictures and are able to do whatever we like with them. I was very impressed at how easy it was to make the book with iPhoto and am really looking forward to the book turning up and showing it off to people.

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    I’ve been thinking a lot about our wedding recently as we approach our anniversary, funny how looking at pictures stirs up memories!


  7. Trailguru – Sunday Lunch

    July 13, 2009 by Daniel


  8. Public Enemies

    July 10, 2009 by Daniel

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    An interesting one this, I thought Johnny Depp and Christian Bale were both good and it was an interesting story – but I felt it let itself down on occasion. The director Michael Mann seems to have insisted on several camera techniques throughout and I found myself wishing he would just stick to one. That and an overuse of shaky-cam – which I dislike any amount of, ended up making the film just look a bit cheap.
    That said it was interesting to get a look at the beginnings of the FBI. I knew the ending already, I just can’t remember how – some deeply buried factoid I know about the Theatre at the end, I just can’t recall it for the life of me now.
    Kermode’s Review.


  9. Guides Open Evening

    July 9, 2009 by Daniel

    Had a successful night last night as Kate’s guide pack ran an open evening to raise some funds. She and the parents had been working very hard to produce some lovely crafts to sell along with cakes and raffle prizes. The centrepieces were the Brownies dancing and the Guides doing sign language to The Killers ‘Read My Mind‘.

    I was on the ‘guess the number of split peas in the vase’ stall and made some good money on it. The winner was only 107 peas out with a guess of 7000, the correct answer was 6893 and won two tickets to see any Lancashire cricket game at Old Trafford.


  10. Bookmarks for July 7th from 10:39 to 10:39

    July 7, 2009 by Daniel

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