Movies According To Mischief – Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 Directed by: Josh Cooley Cast: Woody, Forky, Bo Peep, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Mr Potato Head, Mrs Potato Head, Slinky, Rex, Jessie, Bullseye 24 years ago, one of the biggest animation triumphs came to our screens. I was 4 years old and I distinctly remember opening my Christmas presents and finding a copy of Toy Story. There it began. I cannot be the only one in my generation who feels such a closeness with Pixar’s Toy Story franchise. I feel like I am 4 years old again, the cast are old friends, the voices are the same, it’s like a sign of relief at having that familiarity. Also, the Toy Story franchise, unlike many other franchises, does not have a bad movie. Not one. A franchise so treasured, I doubt Pixar wouldn’t dare spoil it with a bad installment.Toy Story (1995) was like an introduction, see the toys…

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Movies According To Mischief – Yesterday

Yesterday Directed By: Danny Boyle Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry For those of you who do not know me that well, I love The Beatles. To me, there is no better night out than catching a train off to Liverpool, and dancing the day and night away in The Cavern Club with a bottle (or two) of champagne (£35 - Black Label Lanson, at the time of previous visit, which for non-champagne fans, it is usually easily double that price). I was definitely born in the wrong era. This is music that makes me happy, these are songs that will stand the test of time, the birth of rock and roll, Merseybeat, northern soul. So, when I heard last year that Danny Boyle was making a film about The Beatles, I was a tad excited, but also praying to the movie Gods that it would be at the…

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As A Freelancer, Do I Need To Make A Second Payment On Account? Pt.2.

For the uninitiated, you may be wondering what a ‘second payment on account’ is. If you’re a freelancer,  sole trader or have any earnings outside of PAYE, you may need to make two advance payments on account towards your current year’s tax bill. Mike Parkes from GoSimpleTax has provided an overview on your responsibilities. How Is The Second Payment On Account Calculated? It’s important to remember that payments on account are based on your earnings from the previous year. This means that, should your income dramatically fall, your payments on account may be reduced to reflect a lower income. You can therefore make a claim to reduce your payments on account. Be careful though: reduce them too much and you can incur an interest charge on any tax shortfall. The opposite applies if your income increases (as this will result in a ‘balancing payment’ on 31 st January of any shortfall from your two payments…

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Movies According To Mischief – Late Night

Late Night Directed by: Nisha Ganatra Cast: Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson Tough choice this week of films to see, as I’m not into the superhero genre of film that is dominating cinemas at the moment with the Avengers & X-Men franchises. I am sure they are very good, but they would be totally lost on me, and I understand my review would not be fair. Therefore it was a choice between the Secret Life of Pets 2 or Late Night. I’m not sure if it’s me, but I’ve not seen any advertising for Late Night but it seemed like it could be a hidden gem. Now I’m about to admit something controversial so please don’t bombard me with tweets; Emma Thompson is one of the very few people who I see, and I instantly dislike. I don’t know why, it could be that she wrote additional Peter Rabbit stories, which I’m…

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A 1PMChat With Author Michael Gallagher

I love the majority of my characters. Even the annoying ones and villainous ones need to spark a little understanding or sympathy or they risk being cut-outs. Michael Gallagher Octavius Guy, otherwise known as Goosebeery, is about to have his fourth outing as Michael Gallagher's resourceful young detective. However, before becoming the protagonist in Michael's books, Octavius started life with a cameo appearance in what is generally accepted as the first ever detective novel; The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, first published over 140 years beforehand. Like Octavius, Michael had a life before becoming a full time author and talks to 1PMChat about his time teaching, his interest in photography and, of course, Octavius. 1PM: You say you first met Octavius when you read The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins? MG: Yes, I fell in love with Wilkie Collins’s Octavius Guy, aka Gooseberry, when my Crimes & Thrillers reading group tackled The…

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Movies According To Mischief – Ma

Ma Directed by: Tate Taylor Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis Perhaps it was way the trailer was presented, but there was a definite Get Out (2017) feel about thismovie, a thriller which starts out with the best of intentions but soon things start to show they are not what they once seemed. I’m sure we can all relate to being a teenager with a life consumed by high school, relationships, parties and of course, alcohol. This is where we find Maggie (Diana Silvers), who has just moved into a small town with her Mum (Juliette Lewis), starting a new school and making friends with a gang of kids who just want some harmless fun. Unfortunately, being under the legal drinking age, they struggle to find an adult to purchase their alcoholic supplies until they run in to SueAnn (Octavia Spencer), who after some persuasion agrees to assist them. Promising…

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