Ex Machina

Ex MachinaI recommend the 2015 film Ex Machina. It’s a story about Google making robots with metal boobs but, as this isn’t a sequel to The Internship and therefore isn’t a two hour Google advert, it uses the pseudonym ‘BlueBook’ instead. If I was a proper writerer, I might describe it as a character driven sci-fi film about geeky programmer Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson) winning the chance to spend a week working on a top secret project at the secluded, clinically clean home of search engine mogul Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaacs).

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

The Force AwakensI recommend Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I viewed the film without having any of it spoiled for me and I’ve written this recommendation without reading any other responses to it (although I have seen some videos of John Boyega popping up at screenings and everyone seemed pretty happy to see him.) I think your enjoyment of the film may be ruined if you know what’s coming, and not just because all stories are best enjoyed unspoiled, because part of the joy of The Force Awakens was in the satisfying click as each character slotted into their role in the renewed cycle of Star Wars narrative. If you haven’t seen the film you should be aware that this post will be riddled with the spolieriest of spoilers.

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