Captain America: Civil War Review

By Alex J Lee

Wow! If I was to sum this movie up in one word it would probably be wow. I’m a Marvel fan and I think that this is probably Marvel’s best movie yet. Captain America: Civil War got the balance of action, adventure, humour, plot, emotion and excitement just right. If you like Marvel and superheroes go and see it!

Following a fight between Crossbones and a team of Avengers – Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Captain America and Falcon – the governments of the world decide that superheroes need to be held accountable for the collateral damage caused in their fights. Iron Man/Tony Stark agrees and Captain America/Steve Rogers disagrees. Their friends and fellow Avengers get involved and it leads to the titular Civil War. Except it’s not quite so formulaic and various sub-plots arise – including the reappearance of Steve’s old friend Bucky Barnes also known as the Winter Soldier – which leads to more and more compilations.

Given the track record of DC movies to ignore collateral damage, many times taking property damage to extreme level, it’s certainly interesting to finally see a superhero movie that acknowledges this. Also given Marvels past with representation it’s good to see a Marvel movie with three black heroes – War Machine, Falcon and Black Panther – as well as three female heroes – Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Agent 13. I hope Marvel continue to grow in this direction.

Civil War is not a flawless movie. In my opinion, (and remember I am proudly Team Cap) Tony Stark didn’t have to fully deal with the consequences of his actions leaving his story arc within the movie feeling incomplete. Also I thought Zemo was misused as an antagonist in the movie given that he is an important villain in the comics.

In many ways Civil War is a more worthy sequel to Avengers Assemble than last year’s Age Of Ultron. That said; Avengers Assemble is a good jumping on point to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I suspect someone who hasn’t seen at least two other Marvel movies would probably be completely lost.

Image from Marvel Website

3 Reasons to Learn a Language This Term

by David Winlo

 

  1. Staving off third-term boredom.

We are now in the third term of the year, and much of what there is to explore in town and on campus right now may have already been explored. No matter how much or little there is going on this term, learning a foreign language is a sure-fire way to keep yourself entertained while waiting for something new and interesting to surface. Those familiar with GCSE and perhaps A-level foreign language lessons may be sceptical of this reason, but if you’ve decided entirely by yourself to learn the language, it is virtually guaranteed to interest you.

2. De-stress during the exam period

Far from cramming your head full of extra information when it is already struggling to keep up, an additional language can be an excellent way to escape your everyday stresses and get you thinking in different ways or about other things. It has been shown that people who speak multiple languages have a slightly different personality in each – perhaps you’ll see things differently when speaking Spanish, and exams will seem less stressful or be further from the forefront of your mind.

3. The holidays are approaching

Thinking of going abroad this summer? A foreign language on holiday can rescue a stressful situation, and add to the fun of any holiday activity. If you’re not sure how to get somewhere, you won’t have to worry about asking for directions and you’ll be there in no time. Wherever you are, you’re likely to get very friendly responses from the locals – in The Netherlands for example, I spoke to a waiter in Dutch and was responded to with friendliness, extra portions of dessert, and free beers!

(image courtesy of © Michael Jastremski / 2008-02-06)

Things To Do in Norwich: Pubs

by Emily Vause

The Birdcage

Pros: This was definitely one of the most artsy bars I’ve found in Norwich, with a rocking horse in the window and butterflies on the ceiling there was nothing not to love about the interior. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and we happily sat in there for a drink with no complaints. A special highlight was when a dog came in for a visit and made his home under our table! As if that isn’t enough, apparently there’s a pub cat!

Cons: This is probably not a venue suited for large groups since it is quite little but for small gatherings it’s perfect. Pricing is steeper than some students are used to but, let’s be honest, LCR pricing has ruined us forever.

The Bicycle Shop

Pros: This bar has the additional perk of doubling as a restaurant, you could enjoy a nice meal upstairs and then head downstairs to the ‘handlebar’ area for some good music and drinks. Live music, comedy and poetry readings are popular here but unfortunately I didn’t catch one.

Cons: When I went it was very busy so maybe not the place for you and your 36 friends to pre-drink however for more intimate gatherings it is a cool and relaxed place to hang out. A warning though, if you’re used to tame cider stick to the tap, the bottled cider is not for the weak!

The Fat Cat

Pros: Just your traditional pub, there’s loads of choice for beer and cider connoisseurs and some very high percentages if you order the right thing. One pint will make your head go fuzzy for a surprisingly cheap price!

Cons: Get there early because it fills up quick and no one wants to be without a chair to sit on after three pints of Black Dragon!

(photo courtesy of https://unsplash.com/@clemono2)

 

Recipe – Mug Pies

By Alex Stapleton

Need to impress someone or just fancy cooking something like mum would make at home? Mug pies are a delicious meal that can be cooked with the appliances in UEA’s accommodation (and also in an actual oven!). I made this chicken pie a week ago and it was a very tasty mid-week treat! If you do your shopping right, you can find all of the ingredients for no more than £6 (a little on the expensive side when on a student budget but a hearty meal!) and this recipe will easily feed you and another hungry friend (or if you have a big appetite like me, then you can have the whole thing to yourself)!

COST: 4/5 (Quite expensive)

PREPARATION TIME: 20-25 minutes

COOKING TIME: 25-30 minutes in total

WASHING UP: 3/5 (A fair amount)

Ingredients

– 1 tablespoon of butter

– 1 tablespoon of plain flour

– 250ml of milk

– 1/4 of a small leek (make sure to finely slice this, so you have only small pieces)

– 2 cooked chicken thighs (cut these into bitesize pieces)

(If you are making a vegetarian version, substitute these for a mixture of vegetables of your choice)

– 4 pinches of sage

– Puff pastry (enough to cover the top of your mugs)

– 1/2 of a small egg

– Salt and pepper

Equipment

– Tablespoon

– Microwave proof jug (if it is not microwaveable, it will melt, and plastic in a pie is not tasty)

– Knife (and kitchen scissors if using chicken)

– Chopping board

– Microwave/ovenproof mugs

– Extra mug for the egg

– Rolling pin

Method

  1. Place the butter in a microwaveable jug and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave (careful – hot!) and whisk in the flour until you have a roux (it should turn from a liquid into something that resembles dough).
  2. Slowly whisk in the milk (not too much at once), then microwave on high for 1 ½ minutes. Remove from the microwave (still hot!), stir in the small pieces of leek and microwave for a further 1 ½ minutes until thickened. This is your sauce.
  3. Stir the chicken and sage into the sauce. Give it a taste test and add seasoning to your liking. Transfer your mixture to the mugs.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200˚C (180˚C if you are lucky enough to have a fan oven)/400F/Gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface (be sure to wipe the surface before and after using – you don’t know what has been on those kitchen tables in the UEA flats!) and cut out two circles to act as lids for your pies. You want to make the lids about 2cm larger than the rims of your mugs.
  5. Brush the rims of the mugs with the egg wash, then drape the pastry lids over the mugs and seal well against the outside of the mugs. Brush the tops with more egg wash. Make a small hole in the centre of the lid.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown and puffed before serving. Don’t worry if the lid collapses into your pie – mine did the same. It is still very tasty.

 

Image: Self-supplied.