Movie week: Her
Plot: Set in a future version of L.A. Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his new OS, Sam, (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and starts a relationship.
Worth a watch?: Yes. With the modern world we live in where people become more reliant on voice activated systems it’s a interesting look at social relationships which develop between real people and a self aware system not to dissimilar to the iPhones Siri… and with Joaquin doing a great Tom Selleck impression it’s really worth heading out to see. Great cast and costume, which was based on 1950’s ladies fashion, the whole film is shot with a great filter which makes it aesthetically pleasing.
Rating: 7/10 - If my OS sounded Scarlett I’d probably fall in love with it.
Moving to a more rural area has its advantages, little light pollution is one which makes it great for viewing stars. And where we live they turn the street lights out at midnight which will also cut down the extra light in the sky.
I’m fascinated by all things celestial so whenever there’s a clear night I’m out looking up and using my International Space Station app tracking it and hoping to get a glimpse of it.
Last night was clear and Orion was right outside my window to the south so I got the tripod out and started playing with our camera for long exposures’ and other settings.
I got a good couple of images for a first attempt. The last image above is one where I didn’t get the focus right at all. It was incredible how many stars become visible and that you can’t normally see with the naked eye.
My next challenge is to hopefully catch the ISS as it travels across the sky.
Movie week: The Monuments Men
We have monthly passes to the local cinema which means we can go as many times as we like for £15 a month. It’s really good as a single ticket is nearly £10 these days. We try and go at least once a week which means we really get our moneys worth.
Plot: Based on a true story of a small group of soldiers tasked to rescue stolen artistic masterpieces which were taken by Nazi thieves. If they didn’t succeed there was a risk that 1000’s of years culture could of been wiped out, as if the Germans lost the war the order was to destroy all the art. These guys were ready to risk everything to preserve artwork and return it to their rightful owners.
Worth a watch?: It was an interesting story which you don’t often think about when you hear about WW2. The effort the German reign went to hunting down the art and shipping it away, and the greater effort of the soldiers hunting to find them.
Rating: 7/10 - but that’s just my opinion, go see it yourself.