Somehow, I’ve not written about the living legend that is Ralph Fiennes before. And, these days, he’s just getting better with age. Well it’s high time we address that and look at my pick of his best performances. So here they are, my favourite five. Do you agree? What would yours be? Voldemort Harry Potter (2005-2011) A twisted, reptilian serpent of a villain, stealing every … Continue reading The top 5 performances of Ralph Fiennes
First David Bowie goes then, mere days later, we lose Alan Rickman. Both 69 and both lost their battles with cancer. This just isn’t acceptable. It’s so, so sad. Continue reading RIP Alan Rickman: we’ve lost a great
In life or death, David Bowie reminds me of the babe. This, in some small way, is my tribute to him. Continue reading RIP David Bowie: You remind me of the babe
Everyone loves a bit of Queen right? In tribute to their musical greatness I thought I’d highlight a few moments they’ve contributed to cinema. Whether – like the first two in the list below – they were responsible for almost the film’s entire soundtrack, or one of their songs were used in a particular scene, a bit of Queen goes a long way. Here are … Continue reading Naming Queen songs in film… don’t stop me now
That creeping sense of dread. Tick, tock, goes the clock. Your time is up. Is someone approaching? Did I leave the oven on? And what about those damn test results? We’ve all got paranoid at one time or another. Difference is we’re often alone with our thoughts, or boring friends and family with our self-destructive ramblings. Whereas on film we’re witness to a character’s descent … Continue reading That’s paranoia baby!
Spontaneously bursting into song, that’s what it’s all about. By ‘it’ I mean random and unexpected musical scenes in films. They are like little rays of cinematic sunshine. And, like all good moments of music that you experience in your life, a lot of these will have stayed with you as fond memories; for me, I’ve always had a soft spot for the songs in … Continue reading Karaoke? Yeah baby!
Ok, fat people are an easy target, but mocking a tubby character in a film is still funny. Don’t believe me? Check out this little lot. Bakery ain’t open yet – White Men Can’t Jump You’re going to play some guys at basketball for money, but who holds the cash while you play? Wesley Snipes’ character solves this by handing it to the nearest fat … Continue reading I like big butts and I cannot lie
“If I weren’t a director, I would want to be a film composer.” Steven Spielberg Would great films be great without great scores? Hard to know really. What I do know is that us humans are emotive creatures. Whilst visual images are often arresting, music cuts to the bone. It sears the soul in ways that, sometimes, visual cannot. Indeed, there’s something about music that … Continue reading Film composers – cinema’s unsung heroes?
Picture this: you’re in a fight, possibly to the death, and you’re on the brink of losing. You’re scrabbling around to find purchase on something, anything to give you an advantage. Your fingers grasp a thin object. Dimly, through the red mist, you realise the tides are turning, your luck is in; for you have come into your possession a weapon mightier than most in … Continue reading The pen is mightier than the sword
Bun pun intended, as the title in this case refers to a little vignette of trailers for upcoming films that, to me, look amazing. So I’d like to share them with you. Looks like the rest of the year promises much in terms of movies that stir our soul and entertain. Will they deliver? American Hustle (2013) David O. Russell is going from strength to … Continue reading Take your ass back to the trailer park