Archive | July 2013

The Wolverine (2013)

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Rated M

Starring Hugh Jackman

 

In case you missed the memo that comic book movies were big at the moment, Hugh Jackman returns to the screen as the hairy, bare-chested mutant with the metal claws – Wolverine. This is Jackman’s 5th time on the movie screen playing Wolverine, 6th if you include his cameo in X-Men: First Class (7th if you imagine that Jean Valjean in Les Miserables is actually Wolverine slumming it in 19th century France like I do). And to be honest, I hated X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolverine: Origins. HATED. But I wanted to give this new Wolverine movie a shot. By setting the movie in Japan and downplaying Wolverine’s healing factor, it certainly got my interest raised.

My verdict? I enjoyed The Wolverine. It almost got me to forgive the makers of these films for those last two stinkers. Almost.

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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (Part 3)

SmilesOne of the things that took some adjusting for me when watching Gokaiger was getting a handle on a world view that I was unfamiliar to me. Now I love exploring world views. I love to get my head around how different people understand the world and their place in it. People look at me like I’m a freak (a title that I’m happy to hold) when I spend more time pulling apart the different world views in a movie than I do enjoying the explosions. Which by the way, if your movie doesn’t have explosions in it, you better bring your A Game because you’re going to have to work hard for my attention. So here I am watching Gokaiger. And it’s the first time I’ve seriously sat down to watch a long form Japanese kids show that hasn’t been reworked for Western audiences. And I’m in love with the costumes. And I’m in love with the characters. And yes, I’m in love with the explosions. But I’m also experiencing a new (to me) world view.

And it’s all about protecting smiles.

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Sermon: Out With The Old – Hebrews 8:1-13

Sermon given at St Luke’s Liverpool on Sunday 21/07/2013 from Hebrews 8:1-13

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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (Part 2)

Gokaiger 2Captain Marvelous is one of my all time favourite characters. I even considered buying a Captain Marvelous cosplay costume at one point. I’ll take this pirate captain over Johnny Depp any day. Here you have a reckless and brash young man who never backs down. Someone who will literally take a beating and respond with a cheeky smirk. There’s a scene in the first episode of Gokaiger where the team are standing in the middle of the street when the evil Zangyack attack. The other four Gokaigers duck for cover while explosions surround them. Not Captain Marvelous. He doesn’t even flinch. He stands there with his arms crossed and a look on his face that says “Is that the best you’ve got?” I love this man.

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Sermon: Invitations and Excuses

Sermon given at St Luke’s Liverpool on Sunday 14/07/2013 from Matthew 22:1-14.

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Space Mission 3000 Episode Four

The climatic confrontation between the crew of the Space Frog and the Obsidian Empire! Who will discover the secret of The Light?
Space Mission 3000 is created by Joel A Moroney for the St Luke’s Liverpool Holiday Club 2013

Space Mission 3000 Episode Three

The crew of the Space Frog are well on their way to finding out the secret of The Light. But when the ship runs out of power, things begin to look grim.
Space Mission 3000 is created by Joel A Moroney for the St Luke’s Liverpool Holiday Club 2013

Space Mission 3000 Episode Two

Captain Bob and his crew are searching for more information about “The Light”. Will Trader Fjorg be able to assist them?
Space Mission 3000 is created by Joel A Moroney for the St Luke’s Liverpool Holiday Club 2013

Space Mission 3000 Episode One

Space Mission Command have sent Captain Bob and the crew of the Space Frog on a mission to recover an important artifact – “The Light”. Will they find it before the evil Obsidian Empire?
Space Mission 3000 is created by Joel A Moroney for the St Luke’s Liverpool Holiday Club 2013

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (Part 1)

17776377_mI’m not 100% sure what led me down this path. I think the first thing that started the niggling in the back of my brain was my favourite podcast – Major Spoilers. One of the hosts, Matthew, had mentioned a few times that he was watching Super Sentai, the Japanese show that provided the action scenes for Power Rangers. And if Major Spoilers talks about it, I usually file it in that part of my brain marked “worth checking out”. A bit later, a number of websites I check out were getting excited over something called the 199 Hero Great Battle, that had every Super Sentai team member simultaneously involved in a giant battle sequence. Hundreds of brightly coloured spandex suits involved in an epic martial arts fight sequence. I had to find out more. A quick Google search led me to English subtitled episodes of a show called Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. And it was glorious.

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013)

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
An Alex Gibney Film
Rated M

Back in the 90s, one of my favourite “guilty pleasure” movies was a film called Hackers. It’s an early film of Angelina Jolie’s where her and a bunch of outcast friends are hackers, rewriting the rules of the Internet like 21st century wizards. Was this movie an accurate portrayal of the Internet and those who would hack it? Of course not. But I love it none the less. And the world of hackers was no less real just because Angelina Jolie rocked a keyboard like it was nobody’s business.

Perhaps the most well known, and most controversial, name in the hacking world is Julian Assange. To some he is an anarchist hero of the information age. To others he is a cowardly traitor putting lives at risk. Love him or hate him, he is someone you should know about. Because the issues his life brings up will come to define the Internet Age. We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks takes a look at the life of Assange and explores the ethical issues his actions have brought up. Alongside Assange’s story is that of Bradley Manning. He may not be as public a figure as Assange, but Manning’s story is just as important.
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