Feb 222022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A League 1
Shrewsbury Town 1
Portsmouth 2


FORM GUIDE

WON WON WON LOST LOST LOST DRAWN LOST LOST WON

Louis Thompson hit a superb late winner as Pompey fought from behind to secure all three points at 10-man Shrewsbury.

They had to recover from Luke Leahy’s early headed opener, with Aiden O’Brien staying alert to divert home an equaliser.

Josh Vela’s late tackle then saw the hosts reduced to 10 men before the interval, but they seemed to be hanging on for a point.

That was until Thompson proved the unlikely goal hero to warm the hearts of the noisy travelling fans on a bitterly cold night in Shropshire.

Danny Cowley made four changes from the side that thrashed Doncaster on home soil in the previous outing.

O’Brien was handed a full debut, while Ryan Tunnicliffe made his first start since hurting his hamstring at the end of October.

Denver Hume and Mahlon Romeo returned to the wing-back roles, as Tyler Walker, Reeco Hackett, Marcus Harness and the injured Michael Jacobs made way.

There was a cagey opening in freezing – but thankfully dry – conditions and Sean Raggett nodded an early Ronan Curtis free-kick wide at the back post.

The first big opportunity arrived with 10 minutes on the clock, as the visitors were almost gifted an opener.

Elliott Bennett played a crazy ball across his own box and Curtis nipped in to flash a low shot narrowly past the post.

Shrewsbury hit back, though, and it took a brave headed clearance from Raggett to stop Matthew Pennington’s fierce effort from finding the net.

That was only a brief respite for the Blues, however, as their opponents went ahead from the resulting corner.

Bennett swung the ball into the box from the left and Leahy was left in far too much space to nod the ball home.

Pompey took a while to recover from that setback and the Shrews applied some pressure, without being able to carve out any further clear chances.

And they found themselves level on 29 minutes after Curtis lifted a dangerous pass into the mixer, where Marko Maroši, under pressure from Raggett, could only punch straight to Hume.

He fired in a shot that was flicked towards the net by O’BRIEN, with the ball just about crossing the line, despite the best attempts of Maroši to hook it clear.

Shrewsbury’s mood worsened soon after, as Vela’s reckless challenge on Curtis earned an immediate red card from referee Sebastian Stockbridge.

Pompey tried to make the most of their numerical advantage and threw plenty of players forward in search of the lead.

It almost arrived when George Hirst got on the end of a Curtis cross in stoppage-time, but Maroši made a fine save to deny the striker.


Half Time

Shrewsbury Town 1

Portsmouth 1


Cowley made an attacking switch at the break, with Harness replacing Hayden Carter, as the visitors switched to a back four.

But the Shrews had three corners in quick succession shortly after the restart, with Pompey just about managing to keep them at bay.

At the other end, Romeo swung in a dangerous delivery that was just out of reach for Hirst at the back post.

A cross from Hume was then only partially dealt with and O’Brien’s volleyed effort had to be gathered low down by Maroši.

Pompey’s second change arrived on 65 minutes, as goalscorer O’Brien made way for Walker to add fresh legs to the forward line.

They still had to remain alert at the other end and a fine free-kick from Leahy was glanced narrowly over by Pennington.

It was the Blues quickly back on the attack, though, and Walker’s deft flick from a Tunnicliffe delivery was kept out by Maroši.

Their final throw of the dice saw Hackett replace Romeo wide on the right for the contest’s final 10 minutes.

And he had a hand in the goal that put Pompey ahead, laying the ball off on the edge of the box after not being able to find space to shoot.

The grateful recipient was THOMPSON, who hit a superb strike just underneath the crossbar to open his account for the club.

Shrewsbury picked themselves up and threw everything at the Blues for the final few minutes, but there was to be no late drama.

Shrewsbury (3-5-2): Maroši; Ebanks-Landell (c), Pennington, Flanagan; Bennett (Janneh 87), Vela, Davis (Fornah 22), Leahy, Nurse; Bloxham (Bowman 75), Udoh
Goals: Leahy 14
Sent off: Vela
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Bondswell, Pierre, Daniels

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter (Harness 46), Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo (Hackett 80), Tunnicliffe, Thompson, Hume; Curtis; Hirst, O’Brien (Walker 65)
Goals: O’Brien 29, Thompson 84
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: Webber, Ogilvie, Jewitt-White, Mingi

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Attendance: 5,862 (724 Pompey fans)

Feb 212022
 

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Winter Castle

DirectorMarita Grabiak

Year2019

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Born and raised in sunny California, Jenny is thrilled when her sister Meg decides to have a destination wedding at an ice hotel. Jenny is immediately entranced by the magical décor of the hotel and also finds herself instantly smitten with Craig, the handsome best man. Will the romance of the gorgeous wintry hotel bring them together?

Feb 212022
 

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Feb 202022
 

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Sarah Hyland

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Born in Manhattan, she attended the Professional Performing Arts School, then had small roles in the films Private Parts (1997), Annie (1999), and Blind Date (2007). She is best known for playing Haley Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family (2009–2020), for which she received much acclaim, including four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and a nomination for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Feb 192022
 

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Zulu

DirectorCy Endfield

Year1964

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In 1879, a communiqué from Lord Chelmsford to the Secretary of State for War in London (voice-over narration by Richard Burton) details the crushing defeat of a British column at the hands of the Zulus at the Battle of Isandlwana. In the aftermath of the battle, the victorious Zulus walk amongst the scattered bodies of the British soldiers and gather their rifles. At a mass Zulu marriage ceremony witnessed by missionary Otto Witt and his daughter, Zulu King Cetshwayo is informed of the great victory.

A company of the British Army’s 24th Regiment of Foot is using the missionary station of Rorke’s Drift in Natal as a supply depot and hospital for their invasion force across the border in Zululand. Receiving news of Isandlwana from the Natal Native Contingent Commander Adendorff, who warns that an army of 4,000 Zulu warriors is advancing on the British position, Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers assumes command of the small British detachment, as he is slightly senior to Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, an infantry officer. Realising that, with wounded and sick soldiers, they cannot outrun the Zulus, Chard decides to make a stand at the station, using wagons, sacks of mealie (maize), and crates of ship’s biscuit to form a defensive perimeter.

A contingent of colonial horsemen arrives. They advise Chard that defending the station is hopeless. They retreat in haste, despite Chard’s desperate pleas for them to stay. Witt demoralises the men with his dire predictions, and the soldiers of the Natal Native Contingent desert. Chard orders Witt to be locked up in a supply room.

The Zulu impis approach and then charge. The British open fire, but Adendorff informs them that the Zulus are only testing the British firepower. Witt becomes drunk and again proclaims that the soldiers will die, prompting Chard to dismiss him and his daughter from Rorke’s Drift. Chard is concerned that the northern perimeter wall is under-defended and realises that the attack will come from all sides. The defenders are surprised when the Zulu warriors open fire on the station with rifles taken from the British dead at Isandlwana.

Throughout the day and night, wave after wave of Zulu attackers are repelled. The Zulus succeed in setting fire to the hospital, leading to intense room-to-room fighting between British patients and Zulu warriors, as the former try to escape the flames. Private Henry Hook takes charge and leads the patients to safety.

The next morning, the Zulus approach to within several hundred yards and sing a lament before launching again into their war chant; the British respond by singing the Welsh song “Men of Harlech”. In the final assault, just as it seems the Zulus will finally overwhelm the tired defenders, the British soldiers fall back to a small redoubt constructed out of mealie bags. With a reserve of soldiers hidden within the redoubt, they form into three ranks and fire volley after volley, inflicting heavy casualties; the Zulus retreat. After a pause of three hours, the Zulus re-form on the Oscarberg. Resigned to another assault, the British are astonished when the Zulus instead sing a song to honour the bravery of the defenders before departing.

The film ends with another narration by Richard Burton, listing the eleven defenders who received the Victoria Cross for the defence of Rorke’s Drift, the most ever awarded for a single action.

Feb 162022
 

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

DirectorJason Reitman

Year2021

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In June 2021, Egon Spengler captures an entity in occultist Ivo Shandor’s mine in Summerville, Oklahoma, and lures a separate creature to his farm. Egon activates an elaborate setup in his ground, but the power fails, and he conceals the ghost trap in his home before being attacked by the creature and suffering a fatal heart attack. His estranged, financially struggling daughter Callie inherits the farm, and moves there with her children Trevor and Phoebe after being evicted from their Chicago apartment. Trevor becomes infatuated with carhop Lucky Domingo, and the scientifically-minded Phoebe enrolls in a summer science class taught by seismologist Gary Grooberson.

Phoebe discovers the farmhouse is haunted and the ghost residing in it leads her to the ghost trap, which she shows to Gary and her new friend Podcast. Gary, a fan of the Ghostbusters, helps Phoebe learn more about them and her grandfather. He, Phoebe, and Podcast tamper with the trap, releasing one of Gozer the Gozerian’s Sentinels that escapes to the mine. The farm ghost leads Phoebe to Egon’s underground laboratory and, realizing the ghost is her grandfather, she restores the Ghostbusters’ equipment under his guidance. While testing the proton pack with Podcast, they fight a ghost that haunts Shandor’s foundry and flees to the town. Having repaired the Ghostbusters’ Cadillac Ecto-1’s engine, Trevor uses the car to chase the ghost with Phoebe and Podcast; they capture the ghost but are arrested for the damage incurred and their equipment is seized. Recalling the Ghostbusters’ telephone number, Phoebe contacts Ray Stantz for help and tells him Egon has died. Ray in turn informs Phoebe of what became of the Ghostbusters following their defeat of Vigo the Carpathian[b] and reveals that after the Ghostbusters had disbanded, Egon had stolen equipment and moved to Summerville to pursue an unspecified threat. Egon’s ghost leads Callie to a wall of detailed notes and pictures he kept of his daughter’s life, showing he cared about her more than she thought.

Phoebe, Podcast, Lucky, and Trevor find a Gozerian temple within the mine. Exploring further, they discover Shandor is alive in his casket, and automated proton cannons installed by Egon that hinder Gozer’s attempts to cross over. Zuul and Vinz Clortho possess Callie and Gary, respectively, and destroy Egon’s equipment, allowing Gozer to escape. Shandor awakes and pledges his fealty to Gozer but is killed, nonetheless.

The children discover Egon’s setup is a trap field, an array of traps buried around the property. With the town distracted by supernatural chaos, the children recover the seized equipment and travel to the mine. Phoebe distracts Gozer so Podcast can capture Zuul, freeing Callie and weakening Gozer’s physical form. They lure Gozer to the trap field, but it malfunctions and Gozer frees Zuul, who possesses Lucky and fully restores Gozer’s power. Ray and the other surviving original Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore, arrive to help, and Gozer, after having already killed Egon, seeks to complete their revenge against the quartet for vanquishing them.[c] Supported by Egon’s now-visible ghost, Phoebe fights Gozer with her proton pack. The Ghostbusters help Phoebe restrain Gozer by crossing their proton streams while Trevor uses his to charge the traps’ power source, allowing Callie to activate the ghost traps, capturing Gozer and their minions. Egon reconciles with his family and friends before departing for the hereafter.

Later, Peter is revealed to be married to Dana Barrett. Winston, having become a wealthy businessman since leaving the Ghostbusters, returns the Ecto-1 to the Ghostbusters’ firehouse. In the basement, a light on the ecto-containment unit flashes red.

Feb 152022
 

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Ghostbusters II

DirectorIvan Reitman

Year1989

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[Synopsis]

Five years after saving New York City from destruction by the shape-shifting god Gozer, the Ghostbusters have been sued for the property damage incurred and barred from investigating the supernatural, forcing them out of business. Ray Stantz now owns an occult bookstore and works a side job alongside Winston Zeddemore as unpopular children’s entertainers, Egon Spengler works in a laboratory experimenting with human emotions, and Peter Venkman hosts a television talk show about psychics.

Dana Barrett, Peter’s ex-girlfriend, has an infant son named Oscar with her ex-husband and works at an art museum cleaning artwork. She contacts the Ghostbusters after Oscar’s baby stroller rolls, seemingly independently, into a busy intersection. At the museum, a painting of Vigo the Carpathian, a 16th-century European tyrant and powerful magician, comes to life and enslaves Dana’s boss, Janosz Poha. Vigo orders Janosz to bring him a child to possess, allowing him to escape the confines of his painting and live again to conquer the world. Because of his infatuation with Dana, Janosz chooses Oscar.

Meanwhile, the Ghostbusters excavate the intersection where Oscar’s stroller stopped and discover a river of slime running through the abandoned Beach Pneumatic Transit system. Ray obtains a sample but is attacked by the slime and accidentally breaks a pipe that falls onto a power line, causing a citywide blackout. The Ghostbusters are arrested and taken to court for the damage and for investigating the supernatural. Upon presentation as evidence, the slime sample responds physically to the judge’s angry tirade against the Ghostbusters and then explodes, summoning the ghosts of the Scoleri brothers, whom he sentenced to death. The Ghostbusters capture the ghosts in exchange for a dismissal of the charges and the right to resume their business.

One night, the slime invades Dana’s apartment, attacking her and Oscar. She seeks refuge with Peter, and they rekindle their relationship. The Ghostbusters discover the slime reacts to emotions and suspect it has amassed from the negative emotions of New Yorkers. Determining Vigo and the slime are connected, Egon, Ray, and Winston investigate the river of slime, but they are pulled in. They emerge at the museum and begin fighting each other until Egon realizes the slime’s negative energy is influencing them.

The Ghostbusters tell the mayor of their suspicions but are dismissed; his assistant Jack Hardemeyer has them committed to a psychiatric hospital to protect the mayor’s political interests. A spirit appearing as Janosz kidnaps Oscar, and Dana pursues them into the museum, which is then covered with impenetrable slime. On New Year’s Eve, the slime rises to the streets, causing widespread supernatural chaos. Discovering Hardemeyer’s actions, the mayor fires him and has the Ghostbusters released.

Determining that a positive symbol will rally the citizens and weaken the slime, the Ghostbusters use slime charged with positive emotions to animate and pilot the Statue of Liberty through the streets filled with cheering citizens. At the museum, the slime barrier partially recedes due to the positive emotions and the Ghostbusters use the Statue’s torch to break through the ceiling, stopping Vigo from possessing Oscar, then rappel through the ceiling and neutralize Janosz with positive slime. Vigo takes on physical form, immobilizes Dana and the Ghostbusters, and recaptures Oscar. The gathered crowds outside begin singing a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne”, and their positivity weakens Vigo, forcing him to return to the painting and freeing the Ghostbusters. Vigo possesses Ray, but the Ghostbusters use their weapons to free him and defeat Vigo, his painting being replaced by their likenesses surrounding Oscar. Afterwards, the city lauds the Ghostbusters and the Statue of Liberty is returned to Liberty Island.