Sherlock (2014)


I’m not sure why television shows in the UK are organized by series rather than by season. This post refers to the third series or season of the show that was released early in 2014. In any case, this is a highly unusual show since each season consists of only three episodes and the length of each episode is closer to what is expected of a movie than a television program. Also, each season seems to take two years to make since the first one appeared in 2010 and the previous one appeared in 2012.

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Introduction à la programmation orientée objet (en C++)

This one is the follow-up to the previous C++ course that I took. As such it is taught by the same team from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and is again conducted entirely in French. This course focuses on the object-oriented portion of C++ which was ignored in its predecessor.

Once again, this is a very high quality course taught by instructors who obviously have had a great deal experience in teaching this material and have given a lot of thought to the examples and exercises that are included. The course schedule covers seven weeks of lectures and the obligatory course work has five programming assignments, of which only the last four count for the purposes of earning the certificate.

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Capote (2005)


Philip Seymour Hoffman impressed me greatly in Synecdoche, New York, so when he passed away earlier this year and various people commented that his best role was in Capote, I knew I had to watch this film. Unlike my wife however, I don’t really read mainstream fiction so I only have the vaguest of ideas of who Truman Capote was. Furthermore, I tend not to like biography films, so I went in with reduced expectations.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)


The Winter Soldier (I’m not going to use the unwieldy full title) marks the ninth instalment of the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s hard to believe that Marvel’s streak of hits has continued for so long but it has, and with this film, it continues to do so. I’m not a big fan of The First Avenger. I liked how it subverted the point of having a superhero but felt that its action scenes were underwhelming and its story too simplistic.

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