Friday, June 29, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

10 thoughts on...John Carter

  1. The opening 15-20 minutes are overlong, over-complicated and tedious. Surely there was a simpler way of establishing the narrative?!
  2. This is visually beautiful. CGI no longer suffers the lifelessness that plagued the likes of The Phantom Menace. Here we are introduced to a world of characters who feel as real as their human counterparts.
  3. Taylor Kitsch lacks the personality of a leading man. He is as dull...
  4. ...but there is no denying that his lioncloth offers appreciated distraction.
  5. Samantha Morton's Sola is a wonderful character. I wish the film had been about her.
  6. This has a wonderful ensemble of underrated actors: Bryan Cranston, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong (so good in The Guard) and Dominic West (so good in Appropriate Adult). It is a shame there is a very little in the material for them to display their talents.
  7. The editing feels very clumsy, jumping from locations and scenes abruptly and - often - nonsensically. Was this film always a problem?
  8. I wish the film had felt a bit more nostalgic towards its old fashioned narrative. It often feels as if it takes itself too seriously. Where is the joy and fun?
  9. The action sequence where John Carter remembers the death of his family then is relentlessly slays attacking aliens feels distasteful. I do not think the motivation for killing should be so detached from the individual/group a character is killing. 
  10. I wanted to love this film. I tried. I couldn't. This is a massive shame for material that, while problematic, could have brought a terrific series to the big screen.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Sunday, June 24, 2012

My three weeks through movies.

Finishing a very exciting (and surprisingly successful) project.

Leaving my job.


Spending time in Italy.

More flying.

Welcoming a new baby into the family.

Even more flying.

Preparing to start a new job.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

An irresistible questoin

"Can you die from happiness?"

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tops of the class. Films of 2012 so far.

As I have done over the past two years, I will celebrate the mid-point of the year with a celebration of the best/my favourite films and filmmakers of the year. I initially thought that it had been a weak year but, on reflection, there has been plenty to enjoy about cinema this year. Even when it has been disappointing (see A Dangerous MethodJohn Carter and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen). I am only going to include films that have been released in the UK since January 2012, therefore the wonderful Pariah will not be included (and I hope it does receive distribution soon!).

Film 2012
1. Young Adult
2. The Muppets
3. Shame
4. The Avengers
5. Prometheus

1. Joss Whedon for The Avengers
2. Steve McQueen for Shame
3. James Bobin for The Muppets
4. Jason Reitman for Young Adult
5. Ridley Scott for Prometheus

1. Michael Fassbender in Shame
2. Charlize Theron in Young Adult
3. Keira Knightley in A Dangerous Method
4. Jean Dujardin in The Artist
5. Kristin Scott Thomas Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Films that I have missed and I potentially could have loveed: 2 Days in New York, The Kid with a Bike and Moonrise Kingdom.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

An image to treasure.

According to me and this blog anything to do with Disney is sacred, so I am anxious about this re-imagining of their classic Sleeping Beauty...yet there is no denying the potential in this particular project with Maleficent being one of the most intriguing Disney villains. This first image excites (the horns!) and frustrates (Angelina Jolie is too beautiful!) me, but I have no doubt that I will be seeing this when it comes out in 2014.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What to do when your printer runs out of ink x4

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top of the class. Screen smiles.

I regularly celebrate screen smiles on this blog and thought that the time had come to celebrate my favourite. Well ten of them...

10. Amanda Seyfried

9. Cameron Diaz

8. Renee Zellweger

7. Tom Hiddleston

6. Gene Kelly

5. Dianne Wiest

4. Jack Nicholson

3. Harrison Ford

2. Julia Roberts

1. Rachel McAdams

Monday, June 11, 2012


Monday, June 11, 2012

An irresistible statement.

"People make life so much worse than it has to be"

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My week through movies.

Spending time with my family.

Going to the horse races.

Spending time with the partner.

Return of an individual that you had thought (and hoped) had gone.

Going to a barbecue.

Watching a Pina Bausch performance.