Chris Baxter

Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:58

Ocean’s Eight Review

After the limited success of 2016’s all-female Ghostbusters, whose reasonable box office was stifled by its massive production budget of $144 million, it was a brave move to reinvent another much-loved franchise in the same gender-swapping way. Still, that’s what Warner Bros. has done with the latest chapter of the Ocean’s saga, Ocean’s Eight. That bravery has been more than rewarded, as the new movie has already passed the Ghostbusters total box office, despite having less than half the budget.
France produced a magnificent display to topple Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup and they are now among the favourites for glory. Optimism is swelling among fans as this golden generation of superstars looks set to finally deliver on its huge promise. Les Bleus made the final of Euro 2016, but lost out to Portugal after extra-time. Now Didier Deschamps men could go one better by conquering the world, as they are playing with flair, power, dynamism and vitality and they will fear no one heading into the latter stages of the tournament.

Max Holloway is one of the best fighters on the planet and is willing to fight anyone, but he will most certainly earn his purse when he goes up against Brian Ortega this July at UFC 226. 

Monday, 30 April 2018 15:25

Dallas Season One: Reviewed on ZANI

Having recently celebrated its 40th birthday, we have to go quite a way back to when Dallas first hit the air in 1978. What’s perhaps most surprising about it all is that the show still holds up. In fact, it’s quality enough drama to be on prime time television today, even amidst the supposed golden age of television. Despite the series being made a quarter of a century ago, the characters and stories are just as compelling as they were then. Hagman’s performance is delicious, and Duffy is on point. Some of the other performances can be over-acted, certainly; but it was the 80’s after all, so it’s forgivable.
In 2017, the world at large learned about something known as bitcoin. Despite being used and traded since 2009 when Satoshi Nakamoto unleashed his innovation on the world, the general public only came to know about it in 2017. Why? The main reason the mainstream media went into a bitcoin frenzy was that the price of a single coin jumped from $1,000 to almost $20,000 over a 12-month period.
The statistics make ugly reading for Eddie Jones and England rugby fans. Three Six Nations defeats in a row for the first time since 2006, a first defeat at Twickenham since October 2015 and England’s lowest ever Six Nations finish. It would be fair to state that Jones has a few questions to answer ahead of this summer’s tour to South Africa and next year’s World Cup.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:03

VR, AR, and the Future of Entertainment

After an extremely long time in development, it finally looks like VR and AR are making their way into mainstream acceptance and use. Far from the primitive devices like Nintendo's earlier Virtual Boy, modern VR headsets come in full colour and operate in a way which is not guaranteed to set off migraines and eye strain. Despite the amount of technological progress these have made, they still remain in their mainstream infancy. This leads us to wonder – where are these technologies going, and what can we expect in terms of their integration with modern education and entertainment?
Life in the 21st Century is all-consuming. It’s stimulating 24/7 and society dictates that we all need things now and can’t demonstrate patience. There’s so much to see and do today that our minds get too easily distracted. We can lose focus on tasks at hand and want to move on to something else all too quickly.
There’s no doubt that pop, rock and rap stars are some of the highest-paid entertainers on our planet. They have worldwide followings, with sold-out tours wherever they go, as well as millions of album sales. You’d think that would be enough money in the bank but, for some people, the challenge of going into business and building on that foundation as a global icon has proved too great.
It seems like an implausible scenario now, but there was once a day when the sun beat down on Wembley Stadium, an England side had just rammed four past Germany, and the World Cup was on its way to Lancaster Gate. That day was July 30, 1966, a date that every true Englander knows as well as the Battle of Hastings, the declaration of World War II, or the death of Princess Diana. It represented the completion of an impossible dream, forged by many years of toil, ingenuity and fortitude.
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