Freecycle is successfully tried out, the last IT Crowd episode is enjoyed, and we get to enjoy the Broken City and Oblivion movies.

Flavoured teas

Some unwanted flavoured teas from the community centre made their way to a grateful recipient today. They were put up on freecycle yesterday, and it didn’t take long for someone to express interest in them. Because they were nearby on Woodham road I was even able to drop them off for her, due to it being directly on my route to Northlands today.


Before catching some movies this afternoon we heeded some good advice from Graham Linehan that he tweeted the other day, saying that you should do what you gotta do to see the last episode of The IT Crowd, The Internet is Coming. It was an enjoyable 1 hour finale for the show, where Moss take strange advice from Renholm to gain a new level of confidence, and Jen and Roy become the subject of a viral video.

Broken City

Broken City (2012) is about a plucky detective Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) who gets embroiled with the corrupt Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe). When the street-cop Billy gets off a court case where he shoots a 16-year-old street kid, the Mayor saves aside incriminating evidence for later on and the story picks up 7 years later with BIlly having financial troubles as a detective. The Mayor who’s up for re-election offers him a well-paying job to track down his wife’s lover, When we learn that he’s the political advisor of Mayor’s opposition, things take a turn to financial intrigue with the Mayor being involved in buying up residential property with plans to tear it them down to build skyscrapers.

This is the sort of story that I would expect to be told some 20 or 30 years ago, and even though it’s beautifully shot with lovely circular pans, a different take on a film noir detective story could have improved things, such as setting it in an earlier time, or updating the type of story that’s being told.


Oblivion (2013) is about Jack (Tom Cruise) on a nuclear destroyed Earth, who is one of the few remaining repairman tasked with maintaining drones that help to protect and defend against alien scavs who have taken over the surface. When he comes across a crashed spacecraft, everything he believed abut the war comes in to question, and puts the fate of mankind in his hands.

While beautifully shot, Oblivion is strangely paced with several types of revelations occurring throughout, and brings to mind that it may have worked better as a 6-part miniseries instead of a movie.