Black Swan Movie Review

While I have to admit this isn’t really my type of film and for the first half I didn’t really get what was going on it wasn’t really building anything up in my opinion because it seemed to running aimlessly.  That being said I don’t think the movie would work without.  Just felt like I was getting lost and confused where the plot was going as from the outside it became obviously that this girl was just obsessing over being in Swan Lake.

Half way through however when she really starts to lose control and you start to see the mental stability of the girl it starts to become more gripping and a little bit more interesting.

I don’t want to write a long piece on this movie as it isn’t my type of movie, I felt the acting was really good for what they had to work with.  This will destroy it but the movie it reminded me of was Fight Club just because you saw the same sort of problem shown in that movie except for very different reasons.  I felt the movie was a really insight to how pressure can get to performers and people who obsess over things and feel like they have so much pressure on their shoulders.

Would I say its a must watch? No definitely not and I wouldn’t recommend watching it if your already depressed because it could be a distressing movie for some people.

I would be very interested what you thought of the movie and its subject matter.


Green Lantern Review

After reading around the net at reviews I wasn’t sure about this film as it doesn’t really paint it in a good light, but after going to see it I think it very much depends on what you want from the film.  After watching this film I felt I enjoyed it and that it was quite good but I could also understand where others on the net were coming from because they seemed to be more into the comic book hero thing, where as I was just sitting in front of the film as some one to watch it not compare it to others.

The film starts out with a full of himself pilot played by Ryan Reynolds that you soon realise that it’s not really the case he is hiding behind a bravado.  As the film goes on you see him develop the idea that anyone has the power to do anything as long as they don’t carry around the fear and disappointment.  As the source of his super powers is the source of will.  All of the characters seemed well placed and thought the acting was pretty good however Reynolds in this rule wasn’t as good as he has been in other films, but this could be to do with nature of the rule.

The only floor I found with the film is that one of the characters seemed to have a pivotal role in the film however you could also say that the time he spends in the film just to get killed by something that has given him his powers is some what of a waste, as he isn’t beaten by the super hero.  That being said you could turn it around another way and that it is an interesting twist as we know that we are expecting the super hero to kill all.

In conclusion I think this movie is well worth watching as long as you aren’t there to pick a part as a comic book movie.  I give it a 8/10


WordPress Jetpack Review

As you know I have a self hosted WordPress blog which suites me down to the ground being the fact that I like to change things and also have full control over my content rather than having to adhere to terms and conditions.  That being said though WordPress hosted blogs come with so many features out of the box that its self hosted installation doesn’t and when I saw Jetpack there was the answers to my problems.

While it’s a bit of an exaggeration because you can achieve the same results by installing a number of plugins but who really wants to do that if you can get away with installing one.

The features that come with this plugin are:

  • Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by Stats.
  • The URL shortener.
  • Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
  • Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
  • For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
  • A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget
  • Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin.
  • Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the Deadline WordPress plugin.
  • and many more to come!

Now I must admit I installed it just to try it rather than really wanting to use it as I thought if it holds the features uses there must be something in there and after about a month of using it, it has been great.  The stats are no longer complicated and too much information to bother checking, as my previous plugin for that gave me details about every single user and I wasn’t really interested in that I was more interested in how they got to my blog and what articles interested them.  I can’t say I was that worried about what screen resolution they were using and operating system although very interesting facts.

The other feature that really sticks out for me is the proof reading, I know my written communication isn’t the best and that I have really enjoyed using Windows Live Writer but this jetpack gives better spelling and grammar checking than its offline counter part, so for that very reason it has got me back using the backend of my WordPress blog to produce content.

What I will say about this plugin its nothing exciting however what it does offer it is very good at and in my opinion it is a must have for any blog.

Any plugins that you really like or recommend let me know in a comment.

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