The Big Beatles Sort Out Episode 30!

Hello. Episode 30 of my Beatles podcast is available now!

Don’t forget, I also have a new single with my band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’ that you can listen to here: Crushing Eggshells

This is the first of 3 singles that are on the EP ‘Chapter and Multiverse’ which is available for pre-order now. It would be great if you’d consider taking a listen and ordering as a way of supporting my music, my podcast and my creative output in general (I’ll let you into a secret… I don’t make any money from it! If anything, it costs me. So any and all help and support greatly appreciated!)

Thanks.

The Big Beatles Sort Out Episode 29!

Hello. Episode 29 of my Beatles podcast is available now!

Don’t forget, I also have a new single with my band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’ that you can listen to here: Crushing Eggshells

This is the first of 3 singles that are on the EP ‘Chapter and Multiverse’ which is available for pre-order now. It would be great if you’d consider taking a listen and ordering as a way of supporting my music, my podcast and my creative output in general (I’ll let you into a secret… I don’t make any money from it! If anything, it costs me. So any and all help and support greatly appreciated!)

Thanks.

The Big Beatles Sort Out Episode 28!

Hello. Episode 28 of my Beatles podcast is available now!

Don’t forget, I also have a new single with my band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’ that you can listen to here: Crushing Eggshells

This is the first of 3 singles that are on the EP ‘Chapter and Multiverse’ which is available for pre-order now. It would be great if you’d consider taking a listen and ordering as a way of supporting my music, my podcast and my creative output in general (I’ll let you into a secret… I don’t make any money from it! If anything, it costs me. So any and all help and support greatly appreciated!)

Thanks.

The Big Beatles Sort Out Episode 27!

Hello. Episode 27 of my Beatles podcast is available now!

Don’t forget, I also have a new single with my band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’ that you can listen to here: Crushing Eggshells

This is the first of 3 singles that are on the EP ‘Chapter and Multiverse’ which is available for pre-order now. It would be great if you’d consider taking a listen and ordering as a way of supporting my music, my podcast and my creative output in general (I’ll let you into a secret… I don’t make any money from it! If anything, it costs me. So any and all help and support greatly appreciated!)

Thanks.

The Big Beatles Sort Out Episode 26!

Hello. Episode 26 of my Beatles podcast is available now!

Don’t forget, I also have a new single with my band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’ that you can listen to here: ‘I Want A Robot Hoover’

This is the first of 3 singles that are on the EP ‘Chapter and Multiverse’ which is available for pre-order now. It would be great if you’d consider taking a listen and ordering as a way of supporting my music, my podcast and my creative output in general (I’ll let you into a secret… I don’t make any money from it! If anything, it costs me. So any and all help and support greatly appreciated!)

Thanks.

The Big Beatles Sort Out Episode 25!

Hello. Episode 25 of my Beatles podcast is available now!

Don’t forget, I also have a new single with my band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’ that you can listen to here: ‘I Want A Robot Hoover’

This is the first of 3 singles that are on the EP ‘Chapter and Multiverse’ which is available for pre-order now. It would be great if you’d consider taking a listen and ordering as a way of supporting my music, my podcast and my creative output in general (I’ll let you into a secret… I don’t make any money from it! If anything, it costs me. So any and all help and support greatly appreciated!)

Thanks.

The Big Beatles Sort Out Episode 23!

Hello. Episode 23 of my Beatles podcast is available now:

Episode 23!

Also, I have a new project launching this week, a single by band ‘Bag Ratty Bro’ that you can preview and preorder here: ‘I Want A Robot Hoover’

This is the first of 3 singles that are on the EP ‘Chapter and Multiverse’ which is available for pre-order now. It would be great if you’d consider taking a listen and ordering.

Thanks.

The Big Beatles Sort Out Ep 18

It has literally just struck me that I haven’t been sharing on here when new episodes of my Beatles podcast are published!

In this podcast, my brother and I discuss 5 random Beatles tracks and I score each for music, production and lyrics, so that eventually I will have my personal list of my favourite Beatles songs!

The best part is really Paul, my brother, who is a super Beatles fan and does tons of awesome research to help me along the way.

Anyway, we are 18 eps in with 2 bonuses, so you’ve got a lot to listen to! The show is linked below, from there you can listen, follow, like, share and review! And please do! It is also available on all major podcast platforms.

Thanks! I will try and remember to post each week when new episodes are released.

https://anchor.fm/garry-abbott

Fantastic Beast – And Where To Find Them Review

Using my Laughs, tears, cheese and cheers rating system, here is my spoiler-free review for ‘Fantastic Beast – And Where To Find Them’, with links below if you want to find out more.

Quick Summary

I am generally ambivalent about Harry Potter. However, as my wife is a fan of the books I have seen all the films and even been on the studio tour (which was actually quite fun). I haven’t read the books, and can’t say I intend to.

I didn’t mind the films of the book series. They were watchable at least, and got better as they went along. Still, I wouldn’t watch them again (willingly, though my wife might make me).

When ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them’ came along, I can’t say I was tripping over myself to go and see it, but it was, alas, inevitable.

I’m happy to report I was pleasantly surprised. You can tell this instalment in the ‘Potter’ universe was written to be a film, rather than an adaptation, and for the casual viewer like me, it benefits greatly. I found it more accessible, engaging and entertaining that the book-based series, and it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Laughs: 2/5

As the title suggests, the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ themselves are packed with personality that is well rendered and realised on the screen. The cheeky little devils get up to all sorts of mischief and mayhem, sometimes with giggle-worthy results. They are definitely the stars of the show here when it comes to chuckles, though the supporting cast play their part.

Tears: 2/5

I must admit, for a family film, it didn’t pull it’s punches when it came to emotional impact. Behind the cutesy beast premise, there is a lethal darkness. I can imagine a lot of adults had to have conversations about life and death after going to watch this film. As I remember, the Harry Potter films also weren’t afraid to massacre a few darlings here and there. In a strange way, it is quite refreshing that this isn’t dumbed down, and gives the film an edge it otherwise wouldn’t have had.

Cheese: 0/-5

I’m making allowances here on the presumption that if you’re watching this film you are aware that it is set in a world where wizards live in parallel with normal humans and go to schools with such names as ‘Hogwarts’, and call none-magic people ‘Muggles’, right? If not, and that’s a bit much for you, you may readjust this score accordingly. I still found the romance sub-plots and dialogue well pitched and underplayed, even within these expansive parameters.

Cheers: 3/5

This is a fun film, with a self-contained premise that quickly draws you in and gives you a lot to ‘get behind’ in terms of the ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ and the general fun of chasing around and capturing magical monsters (someone should make some kind of game where you can do that on your phone…). The action sequences benefit from the panoply of magical animal quirks that need to be overcome, and alongside it, there is a deeper, darker threat that needs extinguishing. This all leads to an agreeable way to spend a couple of hours of your viewing life.

Fears: 2/5

I’ve mentioned the darkness in this film already, and for kids, I expect it may border on ‘behind the sofa’ scary in places, so I’m giving it a couple of points as the fear-factor is a crucial part of what makes this not just a silly film about invisible sloths and pick-pocket platypus things.

Bonus Category: + 1 Going it alone

It would be easy to accuse J.K Rowling of ‘cashing in’ on the Potter franchise with this film. It has a loose link to a slim, charity ‘booklet’ she once wrote (with the same name), that was meant to be a handbook written by the main character of this film. But I’m told that the film itself is totally original from this, and not a stretched-out adaptation. Also, I’m told, there is enough of the Potter back-story in this to make this cannon with the wider universe.

All in all, I think what Rowling has shown here is that she can write films, too, and not just books that get made into them. This could, in theory, lead to a long and prosperous franchise.

Total: 10

(Check the Leader Board to see how it compares…)

 

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Beasts_and_Where_to_Find_Them_(film)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/

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