Sunday, November 30, 2014

Top of the class. Performances directed by Mike Nichols.

It is always sad to hear that a filmmaker who you admire has passed away, but it seems particularly sad of Mike Nichols who would be the first director mentioned when discussing the successful adaptation of narratives revolving around intricate relationships. No longer. On a personal note, it would be impossible not to be a fan of his work because of the stories he told - usually about outsiders with strong female characters and outstanding performances. Hence why I'm choosing to say farewell Nichols with a celebration of some of those incredible performances. To make the task easier I've restricted myself to cinema performances, but still there is a wealth of actors to highlight - and here are ten. I should also add that I haven't seen Carnal Knowledge or Heartburn.

10. Anne Bancroft in The Graduate
9. Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl
8. Nathan Lane in The Birdcage
7. Clive Owen in Closer
6. Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate
5. Robin Williams in The Birdcage
4. Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
3. Julia Roberts in Closer
2. Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1. Meryl Streep in Silkwood

Sunday, November 30, 2014


The second series of The Fall may not be as impressive as the first but it continues to haunt. And Gillian Anderson is incredible.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gratuitious male lusting.

Let me first say that Ida is a terrific film. And now the focus of this post: Dawid Ogrodnik. A beautiful man on screen. Perfect casting in this part.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Saturday, November 29, 2014

10 thoughts on Paddington

  1. The animation is incredible. And flawless. Kudos to Framestore.
  2. The cast is wonderful (and impressively starry!). But it's Ben Whishaw's voice that makes drives this tale into your heart.
  3. Nick Urata's score is perfect.
  4. I wish Nicole Kidman's costumes were more outlandish. And I'm very happy to see her enjoying herself on screen.
  5. I want to visit Peru. 
  6. The search for a home is difficult.
  7. The criticism of Britain's stance on and attitude towards immigration is not subtle. And, of course, rather simplified.
  8. I am really grateful we didn't see any dead bears in the film. It was a close call at the beginning.
  9. Sally Hawkins would be an irritating mother. But is delightful playing one on screen.
  10. I want to give a lonely bear voiced by Ben Whishaw a home.

Friday, November 28, 2014

My favourite shot...Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer

I know I should be more in awe of that Millennium Falcon sequence but I love the droids. So much. And only hope the above one doesn't overshadow C3PO and R2D2.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014