Review-Dying laughing

A stand-up comedian is mostly his or her own writer, director and star performer. Unlike any other art form, there is no safety net and no private rehearsal. In its singular realisation, stand-up comedy only works live on a stage – in front of often-hostile audiences. For most people baring their soul and being heckled would be a life-changing trauma, for stand-ups it’s a nightly hazard. 

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The very idea of standing on a stage in front of strangers and trying to make them laugh, fills me with utter dread. I imagine it’s the same for most people, and is most likely reason the subject stand-up comedy is so fascinating and rife for a documentary.

Dying laughing is a British produced documentarty, about the life of a stand-up comic and although it sometimes treads familar territory-the loneliness of the road, the anguish of your set dying etc, directors Paul Toogood & Lloyd Stanton achieve a startling level of intimacy in a series of riveting interviews with the masters of comedy.  What follows is an in-depth discussion about the emotional and psychological highs and lows of life on the road. 

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Dying laughing is an emotional rollercoaster, which fully encapsulates the life of a performer. Chris Rock says comedians are “the last philosophers.” and, to a certain extent, he’s right.  We follow this trend, with some of the most loved and respected comedians, whom speak candidly about their loves, their peevs and ultimately, their lust for being a stand-up comedian.

The film can feel a little self-indulgent at times, however that just adds to its charm. At no point do you want the interviews to stop. This is a great film, that gives an insight into the psyche of a wordsmith.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Spotlight Series Kicks Off with Poe Dameron Vignette

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the first video in a series of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens character vignettes, spotlighting decorated X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, one of the Resistance’s most-trusted operatives. The video also features original dialogue from actor Oscar Isaac who plays Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on June 28, 2016 and marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, immersing fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring all of the storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also feature exclusive playable content exploring New Adventures set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing further insight about the new movie and its characters. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Steam (Windows PC).

Review-The last man on the moon

In December 1972, Captain Cernan became the last man to step foot on the moon. He did so with excitement and pride, but so few of us know his story. However, Captain Eugene Cernan has decided to share his epic and, deeply personal story with the world. The Last Man On The Moon tells his trials and tribulations, his love and loss and how he overcame all this, to walk on the surface of the moon.

This is documentary filmmaking at its finest, the film was five years in the making. Every single piece of information has been meticulously investigated, sourced and double-checked to corroborate the narrative being told.

This is a made with love and passion. Cernan knows how to tell a story, the nostalgia and pride in the astronaut’s face, whilst he reflects quickly draws you into the vacuum of space. At times, I felt like I was there with him.

That feeling of excitement has never left Cernan. He described the experience of seeing Earth, from the lunar surface as “sitting on God’s front porch.”

I felt ignorant going in to this, as I didn’t know much, if anything about Captain Cernan. After watching the documentary I would love to meet him, I have so many questions I would like to ask.

I highly recommend this film. In my eyes, Cernan stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Neil Armstrong.
The Last Man on the Moon is in cinemas from 8 April with a special Nationwide Live Q&A in cinemas with Captain Eugene Cernan only on 11 April hosted by Sir Jackie Stewart.

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Running Time: 96mins Cert: PG

Ben Affleck has already co-written a Batman script

Last year, we heard a rumour that Ben Affleck was going to co-write a stolo Batman film with legendary DC writer, Geoff Johns. Well, today the Hollywood reporter have reported that the dynamic duo have completed the first draft and have submitted it to Warner Bros.

THR spoke to Patrick Whitesell (Affleck’s agent) who revealed the following information:

“He’s [Ben Affleck] contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape. There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option.”

It’s no secret that Batman V Superman has receieved mixed reviews, but Affleck’s Batman has been hailed as “the best Batman we’ve ever seen”. It remains to be seen exactly when Warner Bros. will fit a solo Batman film into their already packed release schedule, but I imagine they’ll find room for it.

Check out Martyn’s vlog about Batman V Superman. It features Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder.

Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures

In 2010, Sherlock exploded on to our screens and introduced a whole new generation of fans to Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective. The first series gained an overnight audience of 7 million per episode, with series 2 raising to just above 8 million.

In this unique collection, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have selected their all-time favourite Sherlock Holmes adventures, giving readers a curated masterclass in crime fiction.

Each of these nineteen tales, from Sherlock’s first appearance in A Study in Scarlet to the late classic The Dying Detective, is a potent mix of murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings, and revenge – a ground-breaking combination of forensic science and bold storytelling. Sherlock Holmes established new rules for what a fictional hero could be, and provided a template for detective stories we still follow today.

With introductions by Steven and Mark for each story, this beautifully designed collection is the perfect introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes and the ultimate gift for fans of the show it inspired.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He trained as a doctor at Edinburgh University and it was during this time that he witnessed methods of diagnosis that would later inspire Sherlock Holmes’ astonishing methods of deduction.

A Study in Scarlet was Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, published in 1887, but it was The Sign of Four, published in 1890, that catapulted him to worldwide fame. From 1891 he wrote short stories about the immortal detective for The Strand magazine. He attempted to kill off Sherlock Holmes in 1893, in The Final Problem, but was forced to revive him after thousands of complaints. Conan Doyle died in 1930 having written two more Sherlock Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear, both serialized in The Strand, and a total of 56 short stories. Not only the master of popular crime fiction, he also wrote the best-selling science fiction novel, The Lost World from the Professor Challenger series.

Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures, will be released in the UK on Thursday 12th November by BBC Books, Hardback, £20.00.

On the 5th of November, we will also see the release of a Sherlock themed colouring book called ‘The Mind Palace’.  This will be priced £9.99.

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Serial is becoming a TV series


Here’s something I didn’t see coming. Now, hopefully you’re a podcast listener but if you aren’t I guarantee you’ve heard of Serial. The podcast that started out as a Spin-off to This American Life, quickly become an international phenomenon hosted by Sarah Koenig, it even won the coveted Peabody Award.

The show delved deeply into the murder case of Hae Min Lee, whom was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who was convicted and is serving a life sentence + 30, for her murder.

Sarah and her team were looking over the evidence and talking to those involved, to see if Syed was actually guilty of the crime. It’s absolutely gripping stuff, and I highly recommend it.

The rights to the show were shopped around last year. Now it’s been confirmed that there will be a TV show adaptation, not about the murder case. But about the podcast conception. 

Sounds terrible? Well, hold your judgment for a second. It’s produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller — the men behind the Jump Street films, The LEGO Movie and, the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars prequel.