The Good Dinosaur – Hits the spot

Pixar’s latest feature The Good Dinosaur hit UK cinemas on 27th November, and I had the great pleasure of viewing it yesterday (yes I know I’m nearly 2 weeks after the initial release, but a student has work to do believe it or not).

I didn’t really know what to expect from this film – I hadn’t seen much in the way of promotion other than a trailer preceding Inside Out at cinemas in the summer, which managed not to give much away – so I was almost going in blind … and sometimes that can be the best way to watch a new film, with little or no expectations.


The Good Dinosaur follows the story of a young Apatosaurus named Arlo in a world where the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs never hit Earth, and they lived on. Arlo’s journey takes him across a land unknown to him, where he faces his fears and learns the value of selflessness, and makes an unlikely friend along the way in Spot (hence the title … see I was trying to be clever there), a human.

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The Man in the High Castle – The promise of great drama

I saw a trailer for The Man in the High Castle at the cinema and immediately wanted to start watching the show: the idea I thought was original, and the fact that a film could be so powerful was something I found quite interesting. After seeing the trailer, the question of “what if?” revolved in my head. It is set in America, in an alternative future where the Nazis won the Second World War, and our protagonist Juliana discovers a film which shows the account of history we know, which (obviously) poses a threat to the control the Nazis have over the nation.


Yesterday I watched The New World, the first episode (which are all available on Amazon), and I can safely say that I will be continuing to watch the series to its end. It’s a fairly strong start to the series, supplanting the audience in the middle of the world we know, but which is so unrecognisable – shots of Times Square covered in Swastikas. It introduces numerous characters without fully explaining the connections between them or even who they are, adding further to the sense of intrigue that the show permeates.

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