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      22.12.2015 23:54
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      Ex Machina - a film on UK Style

      Star – Writer and director Alex Garland
      Genre – Science Fiction
      Run Time – 108 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – U.K
      Awards – 4 Wins & 20 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £8.99Blue Ray
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      Alex Garland is one of our most interesting and intelligent writers and El Machina is one of his most interesting and intelligent movies, his first as director. The title derives from the Latin phrase 'Deus Ex-Machina', meaning 'a god From the Machine', a phrase that originated in Greek tragedies, concurrent themes of the movie. Garland is the guy who teamed up with Danny Boyle for the screenplay of the superior horror 28 Days Later and the mind warping ‘Sunshine’, and also rescued Judd Dredge after Stallone trashed the comic book icon in the 1990s. You should check out the new Judd Dredge re-launch as it’s really rather good. Garland did blot his copybook with the rather pretentious ‘The Beach’ though.




      ===Cast===

      Domhnall Gleeson ... Caleb
      Oscar Isaac ... Nathan
      Alicia Vikander ... Ava
      Sonoya Mizuno ... Kyoko
      Claire Selby ... Lily
      Corey Johnson ... Jay


      ===Plot===

      Twentysomething bright–eyed Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a coder at an internet search engine company, has won a staff competition to spend a weekend with Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the charismatic chief executive of the company inviting him up to his mountain retreat.

      Caleb is a big fan and helicoptered in to the woodland retreat and looking forward to meeting his idol and cracking a few beers. But there won’t be much time for R&R as Nathan has other plans for the intelligent young man and offers him the chance to make history. Nathan has been working on something big and he needs someone to test it.

      Ava (Alicia Vikander) is that project, a fully functional and lifelike android robot, able to talk and walk and hold conversations with humans. Nathan wants an independent person to run the ‘Turin Test’ on AVA, the conscious moment where a human believes a robot is so life like they couldn’t tell if it’s human or not and the robot likewise.

      Caleb runs a series of session with AVA and it soon becomes clear that AVA is highly cognitive and has many human tendencies in the robots silicone gel brain. AVA appears to be flirting with Caleb and the young man drawn to her/it. The two are monitored by Nathans complex CCTV system 24/7 as the session stack up over the week. But during brief power outages when Nathan can’t see or hear Ava and Caleb the robot warns the kid that he is in danger and Nathan is a bad person and not all he seems to be. Is that ability to interpret emotions a robot passing the Turin Test or is something else going on here?


      ===Results===

      This is an interesting and engaging movie folks. It’s full of good ideas in the best tradition of British Science Fiction in the way Sunshine and 28 Days thrilled us. Garland again writes a winner. The boy can direct to and his film looks great, and on just $15 million bucks, which pulled back $37 million to date. Although classed and presented as an indie it’s much better than that. The android looks extremely realistic and the CGI never obvious. Alicia Vikander (The Royal Affair) deserves her Golden Globe nomination. I suspect this film will also feature in the Oscars for screenplay and acting.

      What I like about Garland is he makes Sci-Fi credible on screen and explores inventions and ideas that are almost contemporary. After the Ebola warning we know western government’s apathy means a deadly virus could possible spread around the world and the Sun is the most likely threat to the Earth’s extinction as its right there and always angry. Artificial Intelligence is racing on and our big tech giants could invent any day soon, if they haven’t already. I still can’t work out how Cortana knows how to turn our search requests into results. How does a computer understand speech? Whether Apple are close to invented a thinking android in a secret billion dollar location is up for debate but Ex Machina really works in an engaging drama around that scenario.

      The talented Domhnall Gleeson as the sparky Calab puts all the practical questions and ideas to Eva to try explain the science of the Turin Test and how browsing internet algorithms work and we are always engaged in the film, however complex it all is. Oscar Isaac projects the God complex well with Nathan as the megalomaniac IT zillionaire. His ambiguous bearded look adds the required menace to the film and this allows a rather clever twist that sets up the dénouement. This film needs that big twist and it delivers.

      On the whole a really enjoyable and intelligent movie and well worth your time over the holidays for a DVD rental or on your movie package. It’s nice not to have a robot film where they are clumping each other and the camera is on the star all the time. This is a smart little movie with some great ideas and I’m pretty sure you will all love it.





      makes it credible like no other.

      If you want smart
      ===RATINGS===

      Imdb.com –7.7 /10.0 (201, 456votes)
      Rottentomatos.com –92% critic’s approval
      Metacriitc.com – 78% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470752/

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      ===Critics===

      The Baltimore Times –‘As the film tests you, you're left to sort out whether you pass’.

      San Francisco Herald –‘
      It's just a story of four characters in a secluded location, shot on an obviously small budget. But deep inside of it is a fully imagined idea of where humanity is headed -- and what evils we're capable of’

      TV Guide Magazine –‘The dazzling directorial debut of Alex Garland is a can't-miss sci-fi thriller’.

      The Guardian –‘ Ex Machina is one of the year's best films because it's smart, entertaining and disturbing, and also because it never underestimates the viewer, creating a perfect balance between entertainment and deep ideas’.

      Cinema Crazed –‘A consistently enigmatic and stunning science fiction tale of humanity, and the god complex...’

      Kansas City Star –‘Ex Machina piques our curiosity, lights up our imaginations and sets our nerves a-tingling in ways that few other "robot" movies can match’.

      The Telegraph –‘Ex Machina is a disquieting power struggle waged in terms of human weaknesses, refracted through gender’.
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      03.04.2009 14:52

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      I live in Manchester and can never get the programmes on UKtv Style. I see some great programmes in the list which I would love to see but all I get is a black screen. Does anyone else have this problem? I have re-installed the programme list over and over again with the same result. I have the same problem with G.O.L.D. The property programmes are really interesting and I see them on other channels so am very disappointed.Please somebody give me an answer.

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      06.08.2006 11:46
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      UKTV style but the US shows are better

      Basically, UKTV Style takes you through various shows about fashion, DIY and makeover.

      My faveourite show has to be What Not To Wear, and this channel shows the original first series, and T and S are back to their very bitchiest best, ripping various 80's throwbacks a real roasting.

      I also love, Extreme Makeover- The Home ediditon. This show is american which some people may not like but it really is a heart warming show. Each week a group of designers go around to the home of a deserving family and send them on holiday, while back at home the team rip down their house and rebuild it in 7 days. And some of the houses really are mansions.

      Another american show that I like on this channel is How Do I Look? Is when one person, who does not look that good is transformed into a beautiful swan....its all fun!

      Obviously, you have the not so good TV shows too like DIY SOS and changing rooms but other than that...you really will love it.

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        24.01.2002 00:23
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        For someone who does not have any need or desire for Sky televisiokn, namely me, I have found one channel which makes it all worth while. UK STYLE - Now don't be fooled by the title of the channel, its a bit of a ruse really. Firstly not all the programmes are from the UK, well at least the ideas aren't. Secondly you have to hunt for the 'style' in most of the programmes. This channel can be found on Sky Digital, channel 148. If you are into (or would like to be) food, gardening, diy and hunting for bargains, antiques, etc then this is a channel not to be missed. The main thing I like about the channel is that most of the programmes are only on for half an hour and they are usually quite varied. By varied I mean cooking followed by gardening and then diy based shows, not hours and hours of cooking or DIY. One thing to remember is that quite a few of the programmes are repeats from other channels, so sometimes you settle down to watch what you think is a new programme, low and behold its a repeat. Nothing new there then. The diy shows can be a bit tacky, especially Changing Rooms, which of course can be seen on BBC 1 and most of these have been. My favourite programme has to be The House Doctor. For those of you not familiar with this programme or the concept, I will try to give you an idea of hat its all about - Ann Maurice, a Californian Real Estate Agent, comes to the homes (invited, of course), of people who are trying to sell their houses. For any number of reasons the houses are not selling, she casts her beady eye over the property and tells you why she thinks it isn't selling and what can be done to rectify the situation. She picks holes mainly in decor, clutter and de-personalises the houses, as apparently potential purchasers can't see past your own ideas and style. Video recordings are taken of potential purchasers and shown to the sellers. These are sometimes very blun
        t, rude and also give an idea of what is wrong, why the house isn't selling. With your agreement (and sometimes even without it) she makes the changes she feels will help to sell your home. Eventually when the changes have been made, the prospective purchasers return and if you are lucky you will sell your home, if not to them, then at least to someone else. Perhaps I should invite the House Doctor to my house, although maybe not, I don't think I could take her criticism. But, if like me you are trying to sell your home, you will pick up tips worth noting and maybe even trying. Sorry I have detracted somewhat from the channel. Some weekends are dedicated to one particular programme, so if you are obsessed with House Invaders, then tune in on Saturday and Sunday this week from 7.00 am for back to back House Invaders - I don't think i'll bother, but it might appeal to you. That is the good thing about the channel, there is something for everyone. Take a look and decide for your yourself. Or better still, if your other half is anti-diy or anti-cooking you might stir up a bit of enthusiasm, what have you got to lose. They also have a website - www.ukstyle.co.uk. This is full of ideas, competitions, recipes, etc, again certainly worth a visit. It also gives a guide to whats on and when, on a day to day basis. There are chat rooms and even real makeovers, well worth a look. If you are a sky viewer, it doesn't come cheap, as you will know. Our current package is £34 per month, so if there is only one channel worth watching I had better get my money's worth. Take a look for yourself and see what you think. You too could become addicted.

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          01.10.2001 21:11
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          Although I have had Sky for nearly 2 years this is one of the channels that until recently I had not watched. My new Partner loves this channel, watching it for ideas on décor and decorating. To be honest I have become a bit of an addict as well. Most of the programmes that we watch tend to be “changing room” type programmes. Not just made in the UK but also USA, Australia and New Zealand versions. Some of these can be quite amusing; the overseas tastes can be quite different. Strange colour schemes and some very strange ideas for home furnishings. On the whole these programmes are very good for giving the DIY decorators ideas and schemes that may enhance their own homes. To have these programmes all on one channel is great as often you can find yourself watching three thirty minute programmes back to back. On the whole most of the ideas will not be to your personal taste, but if you pick up the odd hint or tip from watching programmes such as these then it will have been worth the time spent having a cuppa watching the TV ;). As well as decorating type programmes you also get gardening and cooking programmes, on a personal note neither of these appeal to me, gardening gives me back ache and if I follow the recipes then I get gut ache. But I can see the appeal, again “ideas and inspiration” are the watchwords. For people who want to gain ideas on all things homely then this really is the channel for you. I would suggest watching more than one programme though; take in a few ideas before transferring them into a fully-fledged plan for your house.

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            19.08.2001 13:43
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            UK Style is one of the satellite channels, which is devoted to home and garden inspiration. However there is a variety of programming which isn‘t only about the home. You will also get cookery, travel and health too, among other subjects. Broadcasting from 7 am to 1 am, this channel is a must watch if you enjoy making your surroundings comfortable or if you do crafts, enjoy antiques or are interested on all manner of women’s subjects really. ~~~~~ Having said this though, I wouldn’t say it is strictly a women’s channel. There are lots of gardening programs on each day, which I am sure, will appeal to male as well as female gardeners. Also the travel shows featured can be watched by everyone. So what sort of programs would you get on an average day? ~~~~~ The following programs are a cross-section and not part of one typical day’s viewing. I have included a selection to give a broad picture of what the channel has to offer. Spa Trek A program that has presenter Brigitte Gall visiting the world's most invigorating spas and hot springs. Weekend Away Here is a definitive guide to city breaks, ranging from Glasgow to Gibraltar and Tallinn to Turin. A delightful program and one to watch if short-break travelling is your thing. Ready Steady Cook A cookery program where celebrity chefs help contestants face to up the challenge of cooking a meal in less than 20 minutes. Presented by Fern Britton. The Rankin Challenge Culinary expert Paul Rankin presents hints and tips to tickle the taste buds. House Invaders The DIY / decorating show in which homes are given a facelift by well known TV interior designers Linda Barker and Anna Ryder Richardson, without any money being spent. Girls On Top This show has gardener, Charlie Dimmock and designer, Anna Ryder Richardson finding out what it takes to do other people's jobs. Ea
            ch week they take on a new challenge. Amusing and interesting. Fantasy Rooms Dandy designer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen helps one person each episode to create a real fantasy room, including Egyptian, chocolate, angels, 70s style, Roman, surrealism, art deco and so on. Extremely watch-able and very inspiring. Jane Packer: Big in Japan The far-travelled, royal florist, Jane Packer absorbs Japan’s culture and designs on a floral-inspired tour. Real Rooms Simon Biagi and a team of expert decorators visit viewers to transform rooms in need of a revamp. Gardening Neighbours This is an unusual documentary series following eight Sheffield households attempting to transform their gardens in time for a public open day. Gardener’s World Presented by Britain's best-loved gardener, Alan Titchmarsh and packed with good ideas and timely reminders to get the most out of your garden. The House Doctor Very popular program which features property expert Ann Maurice tackling houses that just won’t sell and turning them into desirable abodes. ~~~~~ These are just a mere selection of the shows you can find at UK Style. If you are a house and garden fanatic, you could, at a pinch sit and watch this channel all day and through the evening. I tend to pick out one or two programs and watch these on a regular basis, because about half the shows on the channel are repeats of programs that were originally shown on terrestrial TV. This doesn’t matter though. Shows like these are always worth a second look. There are a number of programs here though that are especially comissioned for UK Style - UK Style Originals. These shows have not been seen on any other channel first, so you won’t be tuning in to all repeats. ~~~~~ I must admit, I do have this channel on my favourites list. I tend to spend quite a bit of time tending to home and garden an
            d I can imagine that the sort of people who are mad keen on decorating and home style will have a ball with UK Style. The programs (although of a particular genre) are quite wide-ranging; not at all narrow. You won’t, for example, get a whole day of gardening or a whole day of cookery. Programs are sort of spaced into ’chunks’ - 3 gardening shows, 4 decorating, a couple of cookery programs and so on. Every now and again however, there are 'special' nights, where a whole series of one particular show is screened throughout an evening (or sometimes in the daytime). Shows featured in the past include series' of Changing rooms, House Doctor and Real Rooms. ~~~~~ It might also be worth mentioning that there is a super website that complements the channel at http://www.ukstyle.tv . Here are all the features you would expect to find on the channel itself plus a detailed TV program listing for that week, with a facility where you can chose programs to watch and have the site ‘remind’ you. Not sure how this would work, but it’s interesting at least. You can also get home and garden inspirations, recipes and more. ~~~~~ UK Style. Definitely one of the superior satellite channels in my opinion.

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              12.12.2000 19:58

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              What a waste of space, UK style is just an outlet for endless hours of DIY gardening/ home improvement programs. Highly repetative and definately not what the house doctor ordered when your bored out of your mind one wet afternoon. Programs are mostly ex BBC, style challenge, home front, and offerings of similar interest. Why do cable/digital companies waste space broadcasting this - i'm just wating for a UK style +1 so i can watch the joy an hour later. There is too heavy dependancy on the same channels stacked back too back, and not enough variation. Its a shame that some of the really interesting programs out there don't make it onto our digital screens and this does.

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              11.10.2000 01:34
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              This channel is dedicated to home & garden programmes. Not the tacky american kind you might see on Discovery home & leisure though. Programmes like Changing Rooms, Real Rooms, House Doctor, Home Front, Ground Force, Can't Cook Won't Cook, Ready, Steady, Cook and many many more. Although they have previously been on terrestial TV, if by chance you have seen a particular one before, you can rarely remember what the outcome was. Yes, yet again, UK TV produce another successfull channel... KEEP THEM COMING !!!!!!

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              26.09.2000 20:50
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              I watched The program Fork to Fork today . It was very helpful , showing pumpkins today ,from a seed to being sown , beautiful colours deep orange to striped tops shaped like a turban .Very appealing with deep green leaves to watch as they grow.Then they are harvested and put in a dry place. Then the gardener showed us how to cook pumpkin soup . first boiling the pumpkin which has been chopped into chunks seasoned then liquidized stirred in saucepan again with liquid added ,then served in bowls and served with deep fried sage yummy!! The program ended with the pumpkin leaves being put to compost for next years crop . Just one of the good programs on UK syle,amongst many gardening programs and cooking programs .I never tire of watching them ,and being inspired by them.

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                26.08.2000 21:31
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                One of the best stations on at the moment i think is UK style. If you have hobbies such as gardening, decorating, do it yourself or cooking, then UK style is the one for you. It has all the best gardening programmes such as ground force, charlies garden army and learn how to garden with Stefan Buczachi which is a first class programme for beginners or for anyone that's just started doing their garden for the first time. If you like cooking all the ones such as cant cook wont cook, ready steady cook and for beginners delias how to cook. I think she is a fantastic cook and i have learned a lot about cooking just by watching her programmes.

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                26.08.2000 19:48
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                Ok Ok, I know many of the shows are repeats, yes and this channel concentrates on home and gardening ... but I LOVE it! This is the channel I always tune into when I get a 'few minutes' to relax. Some of my very favourite series are here and because I like then so much, I can watch them over and over again. Real Rooms, Change That, House Doctor, Changing Rooms (there's even a Changing Rooms Down Under - the same concept but New Zealand and Auatralian versions of the popular BBC series). I am waiting avidly for them to start showing Hot Property, which was another great property series, but I've seen no sign yet. Apart from the home (and gardening) shows thoght there's plenty more to watch! Cooking, lifestyle, antiques, holidays, finance - it's all there for you. Definitely a thumbs up from me and it was a great day when this channel launched last year. I've been a big fan since!

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                25.07.2000 22:36
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                UK style is my dream come true! I am a major fan of DIY programmes and this channel has them all. Not only do we get Changing Rooms, we also get Changing Rooms Down Under and Changing Rooms New Zealand. What more could you ask for? For anybody that is into DIY and interior design this channel is an absolute must. The only problem I find with it is that at the weekends we have to suffer travel programmes! Why, I do not know as there are channels dedicated to this also. The gardening programmes I can cope with and although I am not a budding gardener myself I don't mind watching the gardening programmes. My other criticism of this channel is that a lot of the programmes are repeated from BBC or ITV, it would be nicer to have a few more original programmes on there.

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                09.07.2000 04:20

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                A good channel for all the 'must be doing something' types. Lots of gardening, antiques, home decorating etc. I particularly enjoy the re runs of all my favourite gardening bits, and the home decorating progs. Being someone who is addicted to hobbies I find this channel will always have something of interest for me. Granted you may have seen the program before, but how much can you remember? The decorating programs either leave you amazed as to how they could possibly have managed to change something so much or aghast as to how they convinced someone to let them do such things to their home! Programs about how to present your home in the best light for selling make you realise how untidy you are, increasing sales of numerous cleaning solutions which will clutter up under your sinks for many a day, probably never to be used. All in all an easy to watch channel with no blood, guts or swearing, well not often anyway.

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                08.07.2000 03:38
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                Should be called Homes & Gardens. If you like, Better Homes, Changing Rooms, Real Rooms, House Doctor, House Invaders and so on, then watch this station one evening, you`l be in your element. If you love Alan Titchmarsh and his Changing Gardens, Real Gardens....or what ever they are called, then better still, as these pop up in between. There are a cuple of real waste of time gardening programmes too...made especially for UK Style I guess...well they should forget them and stick eoth the tried and trusted ones evryones knows and likes. Great channel to put on for some inspiration, if you are thinking of some DIY. This Channel may not be everyones taste, but I`m sure it has a good following.

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