The Balvenie 50mm

I recently purchased a pair of Carl Zeiss lenses (50mm and 135mm) on eBay for my Canon 500D camera (using an adapter, they aren’t EF mount so everything is manual, but they were quite cheap). When they arrived this morning I obviously had to give the 50mm a quick test! The result? This set of photos…

Dredd 3D Sep25

Dredd 3D

There have been so many “reboot” films lately that when I originally heard there would be a new Dredd film I groaned a little, then thought that actually perhaps the Stallone one could do with being knocked off that spot. If I’m honest the fact that you saw his face in the 1995 film (yes, it was almost 20 years ago) meant that the film was more a riding on the name of the lead actor and other stars than the character. So my friend Pete and I decided we wanted to give it a shot, so off to the Savoy we toddled.

Tryathletes Sep22


Those who know me are aware that I have run a couple of triathlons now and am gradually getting better at it as I improve my fitness and learn more about the sport. It began really as something which I always fancied the idea of and when I got the chance to actually take part in an event it gave me the push to make good on my desire to regain a higher level of fitness than my desk job laziness had created.

Lawless Sep21


Every once in a while my friend Sian and I will head off to the cinema to catch a movie, this time around she suggested we go to the Broadway cinema in town to see Lawless. Having not really heard anything about it the trailer intrigued me, but didn’t prepare me for what I saw. This was, in my opinion, an absolutely brutal and visceral film with some of the best acting I have seen in quite some time. Shia LeBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Guy Pearce lead a brilliant cast with wonderful direction by John Hillcoat.

The Dark Knight Rises Sep05

The Dark Knight Rise...

The third, and final, part of Christopher Nolan’s rebooted Batman films had to contend with Avengers Assemble in the media but as I had enjoyed the previous two films I looked forward to seeing it at my local Savoy cinema here in Nottingham.

Read on for my commentary on the plot, Bale’s return to a strong performance and my reservations about the ending.