World War Z (Marc Forster, 2013) - 3/5
Almost a goreless zombie film and yet it’s still enjoyable? Well World War Z isn’t going to win any awards for originality, direction or special effects but as entertainment, it’s not a bad film. Brad Pitt is convincing as the ex-UN guy who is brought in to investigate the genesis point of the outbreak and the rest of the cast perfoms admirably.
Lot’s of jumps, scares and obvious twists later, he returns to his family and all is well. Not too much else to write about as this is pretty much your average zombie flick and while fun, is easily forgotten.
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh, 2013) - 4/5
My fanboy-ness of Steven Soderbergh has dwindled of late, films like Haywire and haywire have left me with little to cheer amongst the victories like Magic Mike and Side Effects. Candelabra bucks the trend and sits alongside Magic Mike and Side Effects as a triumph.
Michael Douglas absolutely steals the show with a terrific leading man comeback performance as the enigmatic and pompous Liberace while Matt Damon sparkles (yeah I said sparkles) as his young love interest who see’s what life is like close to the world famous pianist.
Fantastically acted, this film is excellently directed, allowing the story to flow naturally and develop showing Matt Damon’s transition from young and naive, bi-curious animal handler, to full on prima donna and subsequent removal as Liberace’s love interest.
Man of Steel (Zach Snyder, 2013) - 3/5
Probably one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, Man of Steel for didn’t quite hit the mark. The film itself was fun enough, with an engaging story and good special effects but Henry Cavill comes across as rather wooden, Michael Shannon is wasted as General Zod and Amy Adams barely has to get out of second gear, the film progresses through each act but you never really feel engrossed or really caring about Clark Kent’s transition into Superman.
The final fights between Zod and Cal El are brilliantly designed and are a welcome finale to what was a slightly disappointing film.
The Padstow deli crab sandwich with parsley, chilli, lemon and rocket.
If crab came out of its shell in lovely firm pieces like lobster, it would probably fetch a lot more money, because it often has a better flavour. Fortunately, it’s not enormously expensive and it’s really good in sandwiches. Fans of seafood will already know that mayonnaise and crab is a great combination, but the addition of a little chilli and some rocket, parsley and salt really takes it in a fantastic new direction. Although the recipe specifies slices of wholemeal bread, it’s also very special in a baguette.
12 thin slices of wholemeal bread
75g butter, softened
5 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
500g fresh white crab meat, hand-picked
2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 Butter the slices of bread and put them to one side.
2 Put the mayonnaise into a small bowl and stir in the lemon juice and chopped chilli. Place the crab meat and parsley into the bowl along with the mayonnaise, and lightly stir the mixture until evenly coated. Season to taste with a little salt.
3 Put six slices of the bread, buttered side up, on a board and spoon over the crab mixture. Cover with a generous layer of the rocket leaves and then top with the remaining slices of bread. Cut each sandwich diagonally into halves or quarters and serve at once.
Don’t be a snob, except for when it comes to wine.