Weekend at the movies: Jason Bourne

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 27 Aug, 2016

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Pic from www.jasonbournemovie.com

Jason Bourne is back, reuniting Damon and Greengrass once again in this thriller with a modern edge that casts its antihero in a post-Snowden world of surveillance and social media.

The new movie combines fist-fighting with cyber-stalking in a ruthless fashion through a contemporary landscape, packed with heated exchanges about the pay-off between personal privacy and public order.

We find Bourne on the Greek-Macedonian border, where he flattens a fighter in a stripped-to-the-waist sequence (he now makes an off-the-grid living as a bare-knuckle fighter- nice view) but it’s clear from the start that he is heading somehow somewhere for a “tipping point”.

Meanwhile in Reykjavík, Julia Stiles is back as Nicky Parsons, accessing classified files that lend a dynastic edge to Bourne’s ongoing identity crisis, in the process inadvertently putting him back on the CIA’s radar. And here we go again....


A chase scene through an anti-austerity riot in Athens and we are right in the middle of this growing state of emergency, aided by an insistently relentless score. It’s an orchestrated sequence with the burning glow of street fires, water cannons and motorbikes shooting across the screen.

This movie piles up the air miles with the narrative jumping from Langley, Virginia, home to the CIA, to Rome, to Berlin, to London, where Paddington becomes the setting for another high-octane showdown. Ad then it’s on to Las Vegas...

Meanwhile, Assange-style hackers promise to dump huge caches of sensitive information on line and sci-fi-inflected scenes, in which the CIA accesses conversations and computers via mobile phones.


This is a world of full spectrum surveillance where the lines between protection and terror are blurred.

At times the film’s contemporary edge works against its crowd-pleasing power; when news stories are as terrifying as they have been recently, how much do we want our entertainment to remind us of the horrifying headlines?

Damon injects a much needed air of humanity. His speech may be sparse, but his body is expressively talkative, conveying violence and even tragedy in surprisingly precise fashion. Damon proves that he can keep an onside while keeping his lip buttoned.

The reviews of the film have been rather tepid, to put it mildly. For me it is nice to have Matt Damon back following the forgettable Bourne Legacy episode starring Jeremy Renner.

Definitely one to see, I like my Bourne.

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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