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The Shakes

The cool wind was refreshing on this particular Friday afternoon. It was refreshing, in stark contrast to the days earlier events.

Joey had arrived at work that morning at 9:45, ready for the 10 o’clock shift. The office was a fairly spartan, modern office on the twenty-third floor of the second tallest building in town. The shift passed uneventfully, when suddenly it happened. Just as Joey had started to pack his things, the building started to shake.

“The guys upstairs must be having one hell of a party!” Joey exclaimed to no-one in particular.

“Earthquake!” Lenny yelled. “Everyone under their desks!” This was the first time Joey had appreciated Lennys ability to yell. Yelling was an ability that Lenny, as a supervisor, had put to use before, but usually for worse purposes than this.

The shaking was going on for what seemed like an age. Many minutes later, the shaking stopped, ending what was a unique and scary experience for those on the twenty-third floor.

After evacuating the building, waiting around outside for the all-clear, getting a coffee from Starbucks, waiting in town for a bus home and finally getting home, Joey decided to have a quite night in.

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Review

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is about how Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, are targeted by those in power in the Capitol of Panem because of the rebellion in the districts of Panem that they have inspired. Continue reading

‘Jobs’ Review

Jobs is about how Steve Jobs, played by Ashton Kutcher, went from being a university dropout to co-founding and running Apple Inc. However, this isn’t a documentary or biographical film.

It’s also worth mentioning that despite the title of the film, the film is more focused on Apple than Steve Jobs. Continue reading

‘Up in the Air’ Review

Up in the Air follows the story of Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, who has the job of flying all around the USA to fire people. Spending 270 days per year travelling, he has become accustomed to, and even fond of, the life he lives travelling. This is questioned when Natalie Keener, the new girl at his company, tries to introduce some significant changes in how the company operates. This has some significant impacts for how Ryan’s work is done. Continue reading

‘Pitch Perfect’ Review

Pitch Perfect is about Beca, a university sophomore who wants to move to LA to work in music production, who ends up joining the universities’ female acapella group, the Bardem Bellas. The film follows the groups journey to the finals of a national acapella competition in hopes of winning it after a disastrous performance the previous year.

This film is in some ways similar to Glee, but there are some differences as well. For a film, Pitch Perfect is a fairly unique concept. I haven’t come across any similar films, though there are a few films around that do portray singing in some capacity (such as Country Strong). There’s even a shot taken at Glee early in this film, which is pulled off quite well. Continue reading