Movie Review: Lincoln

Feb 20th, 2013 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 7 min read

Verdict: Three out of five stars. A long, long movie that requires at least a basic historical knowledge of slavery and the American Civil War, a sharp ear to follow some lengthy monologues and a lot of patience. But your perseverance will be rewarded as Daniel Day-Lewis turns in a quite astonishing performance as Abraham Lincoln.

What We Did With Our SDCC Swag Bags

Sep 22nd, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 7 min read

It must be a perennial problem after each San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC): what should you do with your swag bags? To explain a little: these oversized bags, made of what must be polystyrene and/or PVC, are given out at SDCC every year. Some are given out by the organisers, while others can be picked up at different booths at the convention, depending on your luck. This year, each visitor was given a waist-high swag bag in a variety of designs. I landed a bag with a Man Of Steel design, the Superman reboot starring the soon-to-be globally famous Henry Cavill.

Los Angeles: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Aug 1st, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture, On Travel incoherentboy 8 min read

Bizarre, morbidly fascinating and gloriously over the top: this is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, final resting place of some of the biggest names in show business. If you’re going to Los Angeles, forget the expensive studio tours and theme park outings. Come visit the dead instead, and for free too.

Six Tips To Get Into A Talk Show Audience in LA

Jul 30th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture, On Travel incoherentboy 10 min read

One very enjoyable part of my recent three-week trip to the US was the chance to be part of a studio audience for the recordings of two major talk shows: Conan, which shoots at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, which films at the El Capitan Theatre along Hollywood Boulevard.

SDCC: Epilogue – My top five moments

Jul 19th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture, On Travel incoherentboy 13 min read

Almost five days after it ended, my head is still filled with strange, surreal thoughts about SDCC. Was I really there? Did I really see/do all those awesome things? And why do I still wake up at 2am thinking that it’s time to go and queue for a panel? But the San Diego Comic Convention has come and gone, and it’ll be a whole year before SDCC 2013 comes. In the meantime, I’ll have these memories to keep from crying myself to sleep at night.

Nerd Mecca: San Diego Comic Convention

Jul 11th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture, On Travel incoherentboy 14 min read

Clearly, the San Diego Comic Convention isn’t the Lazarus Pit, let alone sacred ground. But as far as true believers are concerned, it might as well be. I’m flying to San Diego from San Fran in a few hours for my first pilgrimmage, and already I can feel the buzz and the energy of the place online.

San Francisco: The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project

Jul 9th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 5 min read

So I’m currently on my maiden trip to the USA, and gallivanting around San Francisco before I head off to San Diego and the San Diego Comic Convention on Tuesday. Of course, we all know the City by the Bay for the Golden Gate Bridge, impossibly steep hills and cable cars. In my case, I mainly know it from The Rock (1996), the Michael Bay…