Lately I’ve seen some shockers on both sides. Sitting on the sofa as the credits rolls I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what the issue is and why I didn’t engage with the characters or the story. Take horror for example. The problem is there’s – and I know many would contest this – only a certain number of ways to do horror. If you stray … Continue reading What’s harder, horror or comedy?
It’s January and the skies and cold and grey.’ Good line for a song? Perhaps if we turn it around. ‘It’s January and the skies are cold and grey, but it’s warm inside the cinema and therefore we shall stay… and watch many films.’ Ok the rhyme needs work but you get the idea. Escapism is the word of the day – and with many … Continue reading Take your ass back to the trailer park – part 3
Funny story. A few weeks ago I was catching up with friends and we were discussing that mighty rite of passage; the stag do. Conversation turned to when one of the lads (let’s call him chap 1) might pop the question, given the fact he’d always said his would be Vegas. Another lad (chap 2) – also getting married around the same time – said … Continue reading Viva Las… Blackpool!
When it comes to hair, is bigger better? Is madder better? Depends on the person. Maybe you have to be part of the Tim Burton inner circle to pull off increasingly insane hairstyles. Whatever the case may be, watching Les Miserables recently I was impressed by how Helena Bonham Carter’s hair keeps getting bigger, brasher and – let’s face it – better. Is she having … Continue reading Brilliant barnets of Helena Bonham Carter
Yesterday I went for my first ever fencing lesson with a group of mates. Quite an interesting sport – a lot harder than I expected. As our Hungarian instructor attempted to explain the technique behind parry and riposte, my thoughts drifted to iconic swordplay scenes from movies. Let’s look at some of my favourites: The Princess Bride (1987) ‘You seem a decent fellow, I hate … Continue reading Top swordplay scenes and fencing movie moments – en garde!
It’s been an epic year for films across a variety of genres. This list reflects my taste in films so I hope you enjoy. Sorry Twilight, you didn’t make the cut! Skyfall Strangely there are people who don’t like this film and say it’s not classic Bond. I think it’s the closest to Fleming’s Bond since Connery. To celebrate 50 years of Bond, the dream … Continue reading Best twenty films of 2012
Hello my film-loving friends. Today I wish to share with you my list of a thinking man’s top actresses. Ladies that have a certain allure in terms of intelligence, physical beauty, acting prowess and – to avoid using an overused French phrase – an indefinable something. With each actress I’ve also mentioned the films that first made me fall in love with them. Now you … Continue reading Top 10 thinking man’s actresses
I was thinking about the Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill remake of 21 Jump Street recently – incidentally a really good film, Tatum is much funnier than I expected – and it reminded me of Johnny Depp’s cameo near the end. A complete scene-stealing, unexpected moment that lasts less than 2 minutes. It’s brilliant. Check it out. This got me thinking about Depp’s career and … Continue reading The wonderful weirdness of Johnny Depp