Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sri Lanka 2013: Yet another place that could benefit from temporary recolonisation by the Brits (hopefully this doesn't earn me a spot on someone's death list)

For our second annual vacation of '13, Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon, ended up being chosen by process of elimination. Australia was out of the question on account of having been to Sydney and Perth already, New Zealand was kicked out of contention due to the distance, Europe simply too far, China in the grip of Summer (at time of writing), and radiation fears ruled out Japan- a pity, though I myself wasn't keen on going there during Summer. Funnily enough the rest of South East Asia was not considered, but Sri Lanka was probably foreign enough to be worth taking the time to fly to, I guess. I'll do a speed run for this one- hopefully I can cover it all in one sitting.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Wolverine (2013): Finally got it right, bub.

Lop it off! Lop it off!
I walked into The Wolverine knowing next to nothing about the film. It turned out to be a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which I missed out on, but which appears to have been universally panned. If I'd had any clue about the aura of negativity surrounding it's predecessor, I would have been apprehensive about paying for a cinema ticket, but luckily I got to go in without fear. Although I have to question the logic behind showing the movie trailer for the show you're about to watch directly before the movie itself- talk about last minute spoilers. Oh well. Without further ado, my thoughts, in point form (minor spoilers ahead):