Bite Size: Life


It’s life Jim, but not as we know it….

It’s pretty clear from the first five minutes what Life is trying to be, a strange kind of hybrid of Alien and Gravity, with an unhealthy dose of John Carpenters’ The Thing thrown in to liven things up. They say in space no-one hears you scream, but Life bucks this trend and boy do we get a lot of screaming.

The plot, for what it’s worth, centres around a group of ‘scientists’ (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Hiroyuki Sanada amongst others) on board the International Space Station, tasked with catching (quite literally), a returning probe containing soil samples from Mars. In the samples, they discover the first incontrovertible proof of life on Mars, which after some poking and prodding, they find is none too friendly. Carnage ensues. (more…)

Mississippi Grind (2015)

  • Director – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Starring – Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry
  • Writer – Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 108 minutes


Hollywood folklore would seem to suggest that play the man, not the cards, is key to success at the poker table (Casino Royale anyone), however Mississippi Grind asks what happens when the man is not across the table, but instead is looking back at you in the mirror. That man is Gerry, (Ben Mendelsohn), who along with his perceived lucky charm, Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) head down the Mississippi in search of that elusive river card and a seat at a big money game. (more…)