Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 10-17-2007
One of my favourite UK shows is back on TV. OK so Spooks doesn't have the edge of your sear raw drama that 24 brings. It suffers from the same lack of pace that happens when you compare US and UK shows like CSI and Silent Witness or NCIS and Waking the Dead. What the US shows can pack into 10 minutes of screen time takes our humble UK counter parts 2 hours to deliver. Spooks does take longer to deliver the goods which means there are a lot more…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 10-16-2007
I was privileged to be invited to a very interesting meeting at Channel 4 yesterday. It was a round table discussion with representatives of key faith groups in Britain. Harshad Joshi from the Hindu Council UK, the Muslim Council, The CEO of the Humanist Society Hanne Stinson, Yahya Birt from the City Circle an Islamic think tank, Alexander DesForges Head of News for Catholic Communications Network and a number of others who I wasn't able to get business cards from. Aaqil Ahmed, Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual and Head of religion…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 10-15-2007
So here is my second straight movie about 18th century theatrical illusionists. Timed to hit the cinemas at the same time as The Prestige this movie features another great cast. On paper this was a good cast: the normally excellent Edward Norton (Fight Club, American History X) and the very competent Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man) and Jessica Beal (NEXT). The postives: 1. Some atmospheric locations. 2. A pretty good german accent from Norton. 3. The mystique of the eighteenth century illusionists is an intriguing angle for a film. The…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 10-04-2007
By some strange quirk the excellent AMAZON DVD service has sent me both "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" in the same week. It does seem strange that movie producers bring out essentially the same films out at the same time. Do you remember when it was "Deep Impact" and "Armagedon" in the same Summer. Or what about "Volcano" and "Dantes Peak." It must work as a strategy as I have seen all four of those films! Well I am planning to watch "The illusionist" over the weekend. So I'll let…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 09-22-2007
I am very pleased and somewhat surprised to report that last night I was awarded the prize of "Best Newcomer Christian Blog" at the Premier Radio Christian Web and Blog awards. The Bishop of London dubbed this ceremony the first of the "bloggies". There was fine dining and fine music in the wonderful setting of St Stephen's Walbrook right in the city of the London. I was very grateful and excited to have won this award. Dave Walker at Cartoon Church had a better memory than I did and helpfully…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 09-19-2007
The Last King of Scotland is a powerful movie based around the life of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. It uses the plot device of a fictional young Scottish doctor (played by James Macavoy) who goes to Africa escape an overbearing father, "to have some fun and to make a difference." Through a series of fortunate events Dr. Nicholas Garrigan ends up becoming Amin's gullible young personal physician. Forest Whitaker, who plays Idi Amin with some style won best actor for his intense portrayal at the Academy awards, the Golden…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 09-18-2007
I was looking forward to watching this Danny Boyle directed movie for a while. It had some really good reviews. But the more i watched the more this film felt like we'd been here before. 1. Alien - the long boring journey through space with nothing much to do and lots of infighting - ominous presence onboard the ship 2. Silent running - the hydroponics bay and ecological angle 3. Event Horizon - crew going insane (similar shaped space ship) 4. 2001 - voice commanded computer - disobedient computer (similar…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 09-12-2007
Jason Bourne has been on a long search to find his identity. Found as a floating amnesiac. Bourne has been discovering that he was programmed to be a killing machine by a black ops department in the US government. In the first film Bourne discovers who he is and tracks his handlers down and takes them out. In the second film he is tracked down himself and his girlfriend is killed. This starts Bourne's revenge rampage. By the end of the second film the story is closed, those that sought…
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 09-10-2007
Tim Vine: "I've taken a speed reading course. I read "War and Peace" in three seconds. It's only three words but it's a start."
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Posted By : Date : Krish Kandiah | 08-31-2007
Have you noticed that if you want to write a best selling non fiction book at the moment it needs to be an angry athiestic rant. Let me rant a little... Professor Richard Dawkins seems to have started the recent trend with his very polemical attacks at Christianity. He will not really be remembered as an accomplished zoologist but as an angry atheist who has made it his ambition to attack religion at every opportunity. It is interesting that he has launched this crusade against religion. Surely there are better…
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