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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

10 thoughts on...Guardians of the Galaxy

  1. An epic science-fiction fantasy film should have a memorable score. Sadly this does not.
  2. It's great to see proper aliens on the big screen again.
  3. The tone of the film seems confused, in many ways it takes itself too seriously and then attempts to convince you that it's actually as laid back as its leading man. The Iron Man series manages to strike the right balance and that may be largely down to a more interesting and developed superhero.
  4. Chris Pratt smoulders too much.
  5. What is Glenn Close doing in this film? I'm hoping she had some terrific moments that somehow had to be cut from the final film, otherwise I hope she got a big paycheck.
  6. Why do all of the women - minus Glenn Close - have to walk as if they're on a catwalk? And why do they have to fight each other as they do in the climax here? It reminded me of Die Another Day, and that's never a great comparison.
  7. I can not see Karen Gillan at all.
  8. Zoe Saldana is unlikable.
  9. I'm usually charmed by Marvel films but this failed to impress...
  10. ...other thank Groot. Who I'm in love with.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


It is usual for me to be sad about the death of a filmmaker that I have admired or whose work has touched me, but I am deeply saddened by the news of Robin Williams' death. No doubt this is because of his strong presence in my childhood, particularly with Mrs. Doubtfire which dealt with divorce in an accessible way that eased the process for any child going through that experience themselves. And then there was The Birdcage, one of the first representations of homosexual characters that showcased genuine love. His presence was always a joy, even in a film such as The Big Wedding. And he was an incredibly talented actor. A sad loss.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Top of the class. Choices for Secret Cinema.

After being thoroughly impressed by Secret Cinema's screening of Back to the Future, I've been thinking a lot about what films I would like them take, expand and celebrate...and there's too many! (And numbers 1 and 3 are quite ambitious!) Here are ten...

10. Mamma Mia

9. Sister Act

8. Star Wars

7. Blade Runner

6. Singin' in the Rain


4. The Truman Show

3. Beauty and the Beast

2. Moulin Rouge!

1. Jurassic Park

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

An irresistible question.

"Would you ever think of making love to me on the living room floor?"

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Subtitled wisdom.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

An irresistible statement.

"There wasn't time to sit around and cry like babies."

Saturday, August 02, 2014


Saturday, August 02, 2014


Friday, August 01, 2014

10 thoughts on...Into the Woods teaser trailer

  1. I thought that the marketing for the film would shift Meryl Streep front and centre, but instead they seem focused on the ensemble which is a relief. This is a musical built upon the array of characters, most of whom are fascinating in their own right.
  2. This could finally make a movie star out of Emily Blunt. She deserves it.
  3. Anna Kendrick as Cinderella is going to win her lifelong fandom. Her onscreen personality is a perfect match for that character, no matter the quality of the film. (And remember the last time she performed Stephen Sondheim on film?)
  4. Rob Marshall has let his imagination free and seems to have left the sound stage limitations of his previous movie musicals. I was particularly struck by the transformation of Cinderella and the growth of the beanstalk as seen through a window pane.
  5. I'm not sure why but I think that Johnny Depp is going to be woeful as the Wolf. And I really don't like his hat. 
  6. Where's Christine Baranski?
  7. Chris Pine is dashing.
  8. I'm finally quite excited. Even just to hear some of my favourite actors belt out some of my favourite musical theatre songs.
  9. Will audiences be open to this as they were to Les Miserables? I hope so.
  10. Hopefully this will introduce Sondheim to a whole new audience...can we expect more film adaptations?