Rings of Power: a slow start, but got better as it went on

As ever, I’m late to the party. People have been forensically examining and breaking down each episode of Rings Of Power since it came out, so what could I have to say that hasn’t been said? Well, this is the internet so it doesn’t matter, I get to have an opinion either way. Actually, at this point I’m not sure who I’m even arguing against, … Continue reading Rings of Power: a slow start, but got better as it went on

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review

So this should be, in theory, the final instalment of Peter Jackson’s middle earth double trilogy extravaganza. In some ways I’m relieved. Instead of The Battle of the Five Armies maybe this should have been called Elves v Orcs: The Final Smackdown, although as events happen before The Lord of the Rings it’s not really a final anything. The title gives away all you need … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review

Cate Blanchett – modern day screen goddess

A few days after seeing the latest in the Middle Earth saga, The Hobbit, I realised a particular scene involving Blanchett had burrowed its way firmly into my subconscious. Taking place in Rivendell, it focused on a tender moment between Gandalf and Galadriel, as they discussed the rise of a potential necromancer. As it had been quite a few years since the LOTR trilogy I’d … Continue reading Cate Blanchett – modern day screen goddess

There and back again – Martin Freeman’s tale

I recently heard – well, a few weeks ago – that The Hobbit would not be a single film, but a trilogy. Apparently the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be drip-fed to us Middle Earth fans in three instalments. The first, An Unexpected Journey, is out this year. Secondly, The Desolation of Smaug, is out in 2013. Finally, the third instalment, … Continue reading There and back again – Martin Freeman’s tale

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Who are the top 20 most intense actors of recent times?

I do like an intense character and performance when I’m watching a film. Someone who literally rivets and welds you to the screen, look away at your peril. Some people probably like their films bright and breezy. I don’t mind those too, but there’s something about intensity that leaves a lasting impression. You remember those performances. As such I thought I’d offer a couple of … Continue reading Who are the top 20 most intense actors of recent times?