Morning folks, how are we all doing? 

It was a sad day yesterday at It’s A Stampede! HQ, as my laptop stopped working. It slipped off my lap onto the floor and it now appears to be suffering from some internal issues.

I am keeping my fingers crossed the situation can be resolved – but feel free to send positive thoughts my way. 

Ah well, these things happen. Shall we crack on with today’s edition of ‘Something to read when you’re bored’? 

News

Image: ©20th Century/Disney

Let’s start with some good news – Various news outlets are reporting that X-Men actor, James McAvoy has donated £275,000 to help towards the provision of PPE (personal protective equipment) in the fight against Covid-19. Great stuff!

More news

Some more good news – Leading toy manufacturer, Mattel is also helping in the fight against Covid-19. In an announcement the company have said:

I think I speak for everyone when I say, bravo! And bravo to every other company and/or person who is offering assistance at this point in time.

The view 

Image: ©Paramount Pictures

Let’s talk movies now. When was the last time you watched the classic Hitchcock thriller, Rear Window? Has it been a while? Have you forgotten how good it is?

In my post, ‘Rear Window: Five Simple Steps for creating tension’, I take a look at the reasons why the movie is such a great film. I break down the key elements, to highlight five ways in which the movie makes for a very tense experience.

What is on my plate?

Last night’s tea consisted of home-made beef & vegetable pie, served with boiled rice.

Now I know what you are thinking, why the heck did I serve pie with rice?! Well, two reasons: The pie already included veg (carrots, peas and potato) so I didn’t feel the need to add any more vegetables; and rice works surprisingly well as a pie accompaniment.

Try it – you might like it!

Hulk out

Don’t make me hungry… you wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry. When I’m hungry I have the ability to Hulk out, which is a similar affliction to Dr. David Banner who Hulks out when he gets angry.

Over the course of the classic TV series, The Incredible Hulk, Banner Hulked out countless times and in some truly awesome episodes. But which episodes were the best?

Take a look at my post ‘The nine best episodes of The Incredible Hulk’, for my pick of the crop.

Review 

Image: ©Warner Bros. Pictures/The Pokémon Company

I have dug through the archives to present to you a film review from May 2019. This was for a big screen adventure based on a Nintendo game.

Read Thoughts on Detective Pikachu to see what I thought about this Pokemon-centric film.

Have a sit down with your Ego

Image: ©DC Comics

Yesterday afternoon over on I’ll Get Drive-Thru, I published a post called: What is Batman: Ego? The post looked at a comic book classic from Darwyn Cooke.

Want to know move? Then click on the link to check it out.

Embargo

And finally, what is a movie review embargo? If you’ve always wanted to know, I have a post that can give you the answers you seek. 

OK, that’s all for today. Continue to send positive thoughts about my laptop – it needs your well wishes at this crucial time. 

Alex