Review of Chef Brown Sauce

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by on July 16, 2014

Imagine the excitement for food guru Ben Reed when he thought he had discovered a new brand of brown sauce to impress his friends in family. Now imagine his disappointment when he tasted it. The Icelandic group Sigur Ros play an ambient type of music that doesn’t fit neatly into any particular genre and lyrics […]

In fans comments about Vanilla Sky, one of the recurring criticisms of the film is that it is a terrible remake of the original Spanish film Abre Los Ojos. Indeed, some would have it that its very existence is proof of the arrogance and stupidity of American movie-goers that they consider a Spanish language film […]

Discovering Sigur Ros for the first time

July 13, 2014
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It seems that everybody discovered Sigur Ros before me. Which is weird because I was always the person who was first with new music – or so I liked to think. Perhaps it was me getting older and more set in my ways. Maybe I’d reached a certain age when I felt I understood my […]

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The great religious dodgeball in the sky

June 10, 2014
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Yesterday whilst switching on BBC Radio 4, my heart sank as I heard the most terrible thing. I’m not referring to one of its news updates delivering up-to-date bad news from around the world every half hour. I am referring to its coverage of Ascension Day. For what seemed like an eternity my ears were […]

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A Panna Cotta like no other

May 21, 2014
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GuideBites cookery correspondent Elizabeth Cottam set out to create a Panna Cotta family favourite but she may have ended up with a dessert disaster? Her sister seemed to think so… Inspired by Masterchef and the final last week, I decided to make a dessert I haven’t made in a while after spotting it in my […]

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Cheat Welsh Rarebit: a working lunch treat

May 20, 2014
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Few things will get the umami taste-buds salivating more than this delicious reworking of a British favourite lunch-time snack, Welsh Rarebit (or cheese on toast to the more uncouth). Ben Reed ate well at his desk today. Over in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire there are so many places to have a working lunch, from the plastic food […]

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In 12 Monkeys, is Cole really mentally divergent?

May 15, 2014
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Of all the themes in Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, one of the most overlooked is that of madness. Is Cole actually mentally divergent? Are these things actually happening? GuideBites’ cookery correspondent Elizabeth Cottam turns her ladle to sophisticated sci-fi. The main themes in 12 Monkeys are based upon memory, time and mental divergence. Throughout the […]

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Raspberry and strawberry tart: A recipe success

May 14, 2014
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Who wouldn’t want to eat this? A rasperry and stawberry tart that looks like it has been sent down from heaven – it’s a shame you can’t download food from the Internet (yet!). GuideBites’s Cook with a Keyboard Elizabeth Cottam serves up a very tasty dessert. Another day, another food challenge; this time in the […]

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Homemade Paella with Chicken and Chorizo

May 14, 2014
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Often derided by those with sophisticated taste buds, Spanish cuisine is often portrayed as the poor relation to its French and Italian neighbours. But give a Spaniard a fork and he steps up to the plate. And fill the plate with food, and the Spanish can bring some delicious home cooked meals to the world […]

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Vanilla Sky: An awesome movie with so many haters

May 9, 2014
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When Vanilla Sky came out in 2001 it divided the opinions of movie goers everywhere with people either loving or hating it in equal measure. Ben Reed casts a critical eye over an amazing movie and asks why so many people didn’t get it. It may seem odd to be writing a review of Vanilla […]

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12 Monkeys: The hidden sub-plot you didn’t spot

March 25, 2014
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In Terry Gilliam’s excellent 12 Monkeys, did you know there was a hidden subplot relating to the scientists of the future that questions their reliability and integrity? The repercussions of this secret story-line has massive implications for the entire movie. Can we trust the scientists and anything they have said? Since publishing the official 12 […]

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FAIL: Temporal Anomalies gets 12 Monkeys Wrong

February 17, 2014
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One of the most impressive sites about time travel movies is written by an internet eccentric, judging by the color scheme of his site and the comprehensiveness of its offering. But a lot of words doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of sense. Ben Reed takes MJ Young.net to task over a leap in time travel logic. […]

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What kind of music did The Beatles play?

February 14, 2014
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So the Beatles were Pop music and the Stones were Rock n Roll. Everyone knows that. It is one of those indisputable facts of 60s music. Any aging rocker can tell you that. But the truth is a different matter. I’m here to challenge your received wisdom. Ben Reed takes a closer look at 60s […]

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SOLVED: Beatles vs Stones: Who is the best band?

February 6, 2014
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Music’s greatest rivalry in the modern era is undoubtedly the battle between the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Both formed in the early 1960s, both from England, both equipped with 2 guitars, bass player and drums, it is easy to see similarities between the two bands, yet scratch that surface and they couldn’t be further […]

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How Gangsters Become Our Movie Heroes

February 5, 2014
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From Al Capone to the God Father, people love gangster films. And that is largely because we love gangsters. Putting reality to one side, we romanticise the outlaw lifestyle and sense of morality. But why is this the case? Ben Reed examines our fascination with gangsters. Jim Phelen defined a ‘robber’ as a ‘tradesman who, […]

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How Film Noir Killed The Classic Hollywood Film

February 4, 2014
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Once upon a time all Hollywood films told nice stories about nice Americans. The baddies always lost and morality in the films was always clear. Well maybe not every film, but that is the model of what is known as the Classic Hollywood Film. Then war broke out, budgets were cut, European ideas started migrating […]

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John Keats: Regeneration and Transient Beauty

February 4, 2014
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The real life fears and worries of John Keats are echoed in his poetry. The themes of death, regeneration and transience would have been themes that he would have known only too well. The majority of his family had died before their time of either illness or accident. Ben Reed examine the poet’s obsession with […]

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Rear Window: Hitchcock, Voyeurism and Mise-en-Scene

February 4, 2014
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Often cited as the auteur’s greatest work, Rear Window sees Alfred Hitchcock setting the bar high. Virtually all of the movie is set within the same apartment as we are invited to snoop on James Stewart’s neighbours. Ben Reed examines Hitchcock’s mastery of the mise-en-scene in this movie, with special attention to the indulging of […]

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No Knead Bread recipe and review

January 31, 2014
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Did you know that anyone can bake an artisan loaf of bread without the need for skill or indeed any kneading? That was the sentence that sold the idea of no knead bread to me. Imagine making a loaf of bread by hand without the need for kneading. It is a statement often repeated in […]

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Back to the Future Timeline Fault

January 30, 2014
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WARNING: If you don’t want to know the truth about the fundamental flaw in the Back To The Future timelines, click back now. For those that want to know this nugget of hidden knowledge, read on, but don’t say you weren’t warned! Guide Bites’ in-house movie guru Ben Reed laid down the framework for what has become […]

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