Cineworld VIP & The Accountant

The Accountant & Cineworld VIP

Last week, we made it along to the launch night of Cineworld VIP at Glasgow’s Renfrew Street location. A new movie-going experience combining two of my favourite things – food and film.

The VIP treatment comes with an extra cost but you get plenty value for your cash. A buffet consisting of pizza, pasta, salad and cakes, unlimited drinks AND all the popcorn, hot dogs and nachos you can fit in your stomach greets you before the movie. Good start!

Next up, the screen is totally upgraded with reclining seats, tray tables and more leg room that you could ever need to stretch into. The only thing you’ll find difficult is leaving the comfort of your recliner to head out for a top-up of cinema snacks.

There was a choice of two movies on offer on opening night, Inferno and The Accountant – we went with the latter on account of having avoided Dan Brown’s previous treasure hunts.

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an autistic accountant who specialises in un-cooking the books of some extremely dangerous organisations and individuals. Wolff takes on the task of unravelling years of sketchy financial dealings at a robotics company while the Treasury Department remains hot on his trail as a result of the body count he has a habit of leaving behind.

The pacing is a bit slow in the beginning but the pace picks up, characters develop nicely and the story loop is completed with some interesting twists and turns.

The Accountant hits UK cinemas November 5th and Cineworld VIP is open now at Glasgow’s Renfrew Street branch.

Have you ever wished your accountant was also a dab hand with a sniper rifle? How many servings of popcorn is too many in one sitting?? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

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Yeezy Boost 350 v2: Review

Yeezy Boost 350 v2

Like everyone else, I’ve taken A LOT of L’s on Yeezy releases. From early rises at the weekend to get 6 devices loaded up and queuing, to entering so many raffles and Instagram contests that I’ve lost track of what closes and when. I’ve had absolutely zero success, until last weekend that is!

I’ve had Oxford Tan in my cart and Pirate Black 99% through checkout but the websites always crashed before I could pay. I couldn’t bring myself to pay the astronomical resell prices and, with the resell game in the UK so much smaller than that across the Atlantic, it always seemed a massive gamble to secure deadstock authentics.

This time, I got lucky – securing the v2 Beluga direct from Adidas. It took around 45 minutes of sitting in the queue and accepting an 8.5 instead of my usual size 9 but I got them AND I paid retail.

Yeezy Boost 350 v2

I’ll admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the v2’s when I first saw Kanye wearing them around 12 months ago. However photographs really don’t do these sneakers justice because, in person, they are AMAZING.

From the orange speckle throughout the upper, to the exaggerated mid-sole and the all-important BOOST technology (the biggest game changer ever to hit the sneaker game if you ask me!), the v2’s are ETREMELY eye-catching and EXTREMELY comfortable.

They definitely sit a notch below the Adidas UltraBOOST on the comfort-scale but that’s still on another ladder from almost every other sneaker out there just now.

Yeezy Boost 350 v2

The primeknit feels tougher than on previous releases and the rubber outsoles look less likely to crack (a big problem on the original 350’s); both good signs if you intend on wearing your Yeezy’s. Overall, these look to have significantly more staying power than their predecessors.

By now, you’ll have heard a the recommendation that you size up on the v2’s. I grabbed an 8.5 which is a little smaller than my usual size (but one I often go for in Adidas sneakers – I find them a slightly bigger than Nike etc.) and they fit fine. A little snug around the toe but I like the tightness as it allows me to leave the laces loose for that full Kanye-aesthetic.

Yeezy Boost 350 v2

The next Yeezy release is the light brown 750 coming on October 15th – I’ll be back in the queue with a few laptops on the go and I’m sure I’ll see you there!

Did you get lucky with the latest Yeezy release? What is your favourite colour way of the upcoming v2’s??

Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

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Blair Witch (2016)


Adam Wingard, director of some of my favourite films over the last few years including You’re Next and The Guest, managed to achieve the impossible this year and actually keep film news under wraps. What was being touted as The Woods was actually revealed to be Blair Witch only weeks before its release. In a time when we generally know EVERYTHING about a new release months (and months, and months…) before release, this was no mean feat and left the perfect amount of time for excitement to build and not be completely overtaken by scepticism.

The Blair Witch Project has been one of my favourite horror movies since I first saw it on Halloween night back in 1999. I was just young enough to be sucked into the but it might be true marketing and loved everything from The Curse of The Blair Witch mockumentary to that original found footage style. My bus home broke down that night and I had to walk home through the woods which only heightened how effective that movie was (aye, I was terrified but it was such good fun).

The reality is, an addition to the Blair Witch series can’t reach the heights of the original. That unexpected delivery and stark ending are effects that can’t really be recreated now that we’ve basically seen everything. Wingard is in a difficult position before he even starts.

The story is pretty simple – a video surfaces online which appears to contain footage of James’ sister Heather, who disappeared following the events of the first film. James decides to head deep into the Maryland woods in the hope of finding his sibling, or at least some indication of what happened to her. Along for the ride are best pal Peter and college filmmaker Lisa who has more than enough tech at hand to document proceedings from every angle.

It doesn’t take long at all for things to get witchy, the woods to grow completely insurmountable and the iconic stick figures to start appearing.

Blair Witch isn’t as atmospheric as Project and doesn’t build its tension as effectively. The characters are a bit one-dimensional and the story slightly loose. Where the film is best is in the little details. Look for subtleties in time, location and footage for the intrigue and ignore the bangs, crashes and jump cuts.

It’s not perfect, and definitely not one of the scariest movies ever made. It can’t touch the original, but Blair Witch is fast-paced, fun and will leave you digging out that old DVD for a re-watch of THE classic found footage horror.

What did you think of Blair Witch? How does it measure up to the original? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

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