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imagesI have been thinking about my blog(s) a great deal over the past wee while and have decided to start afresh.

Please come and join me on my new blog Bride of the Book God Two here where I’ll be bringing together all of my interests into one handy place. Hope to see you there!

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I’m really keen to start 2018 with a clean slate but don’t want to ignore (almost) all of the films I’ve watched since the end of April (I have reviewed a two or three). So between now and the end of the year I’ll be posting my thoughts, however brief!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 [30 April] – I totally loved this movie, and was really pleased that it was as funny (if not funnier) than the original film. Some excellent new characters, some astonishing cameos, the development of Peter’s story, and Groot being awesome. Did the stuff on Ego the Living Planet’s planet seem to be a little too long? Sure but hey, it is Kurt Russell so I can cope. All this and we saw it as a recliner screening so all very enjoyable. Enjoyed it so much that I’ve already got the DVD and watched it again. Won’t be the last time 😀

Jason Bourne [7 May] Matt Damon (for it is he) comes out of hiding (again) to confront stuff from his past (again) with no guarantee that this will be the last time he has to do this. It was aggressively fine. Given how much I disliked the very first film I have been pleasantly surprised by how much better the later films have been. Prefer John Wick though (more of that in another post).

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [18 May] Couldn’t resist this, though I probably should have! Actually, there was a lot to enjoy; after the Lost City of Z I have become quite fond of Charlie Hunnam and he is very personable as Arthur. Jude Law makes a great villain, but this is very much Lock, Stock and Knights of the Round Table. A couple of the cameos (they know who they are *cough* Beckham *cough* Richie*) took me out of the film but it was a proper romp.

Ghost in the Shell [22 May] This was a Film Club outing with chums and under the cloud of the casting controversy and poorest reviews we turned up with some trepidation. But it was OK, I guess, largely because of Scarlett Johansson’s performance (for some reason I loved the way she walked, strange, I know). It has grown on the Book God since then, and we now have the DVD though we haven’t watched it again as yet. May be damning with faint praise, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected but not as good as it might have been.

Colossal [26 May] I knew nothing about this film until just before we booked the tickets and I’m so glad I went in cold, because I absolutely adored Colossal. I’ve never been a huge Anne Hathaway fan but I loved her in this. I loved the fact that the story started in one place and I thought “I know where this is going” and then it went somewhere unexpected. Also, Dan Stevens is my new favourite thing. I asked for and received this as a Christmas gift and I’m looking forward to watching it again soon. If you haven’t seen this you should – it’s one of the highlights of this year!

Coming up next: the Movies of June……

ValerianSo, as you will have noticed I haven’t been around here for a while (I was aghast to see my last post was in April so nearly 4 months have gone by). This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been watching movies. In fact, I have a backlog of 16 films that I want to write about, not including Valerian.

The reason for me not being around is that I left my job for health-related reasons (my last day on the books was 19 July) and spent the last few months getting ready for all of that so my mind wasn’t really on anything else. But now that I’m a retired person I have time to do something with my blog. But oh, that backlog is a bit of a killer, so I have decided to start afresh with the first movie I saw in August, and catch up with the others as I feel able.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

What’s it all about?

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Why did I want to see it?

It looked spectacular. I loved The Fifth Element and hoped this would be more of the same. My husband loved the comics and was champing at the bit to see this. If you have been here for any length of time you will know that I can’t resist this sort of thing.

What did I think of it?

Sorry to disappoint anyone looking for a takedown of this film (there seems to be a lot of that going on) but I loved it. It’s huge fun, glorious to look at, profoundly silly in all the right ways and so packed with astonishing visuals that your eyes don’t quite know where to look. The plot is the basic mismatched law enforcement partners summoned to investigate an anomaly but of course it’s not what it seems and of course they are being kept in the dark, and of course they do the Right Thing in the end.

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne are really good in the lead roles and there is a lovely cameo from Rihanna. The bad guy is obvious but this is not about the story, it’s about bringing a comic book to life, and in that Besson has more than succeeded. Already looking forward to seeing it again!

Dazzling details: Luc Besson directed, it’s a 12A certificate in the UK {for moderate violence, sex references, language} and is 2hrs 17 mins long. I saw it in 2D because that is how I roll.

 

MV5BOTAzODEzNDAzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDU1MTgzNzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_I saw this on the day it opened in the UK (Thursday 17th) and I had managed to avoid most of the speculation before I went to the cinema.

And that’s why I’m not going to write a review just now because I think everyone should get the chance to see it without spoilers.

Luckily, my friend Hazel (a Star Wars original trilogy fanatic if ever there was one!) has seen it now so we are vigorously debating the plot etc. in text messages and e-mails by ourselves.

I really, really liked it and will hopefully be seeing it again over the Christmas holidays, but no review for the foreseeable future 😀

MV5BMTc2Mjk0MTM0NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjgyOTg1NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_So we had this plan for Monday that after I had finished work for the day we would go to the cinema and see a film (as you do). We had given some thought to what we might see:

  • Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and the lovely Mark Rylance; or
  • Black Mass with The Deppster and the Boy Cumberbatch; or even
  • The Good Dinosaur which I gather is not Pixar at its best but is still a good little movie

But no, I wanted steampunk style tosh and so decided that we should go and see Victor Frankenstein.

However, best laid plans in the form of life getting in the way via a fatality at a nearby station which meant that transport delays, rubbish teatime traffic and my feeling a bit under the weather (headache caused by neighbour’s builders – yes, they are still drilling and hammering away) meant that we never made it.

Stayed at home and ate pizza and watched Criminal Minds instead (there is nothing that Hotch and Garcia can’t put right between them).

But I am determined to see this film at some point. How could anyone resist the glories of Professor X and Harry Potter building a monster?

Has anyone seen it? Have I missed the best thing ever and should I kick myself, or have I had a lucky escape?

220x320_8c996864796104658721ae223c2bb1aeWhat’s it all about?

As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organisation fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

Why did I want to see it?

The trailer for Transcendence really did look cool. It had a great cast, not just the Deppster but Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall. Also, I like this sort of thing.

What did I think of it?

We never made it to the cinema, a combination of miserable weather, a long day at work and the Book God and I both feeling a bit under par meant that we chose to stay at home and watch Agents of Shield instead (how good is THAT turning out to be?) (Also, Hail Hydra!)

As I haven’t seen a single positive review of this film it sounds like we had a bit of a lucky escape.

Though I’m still tempted.

Has anyone seen it and willing to confirm that it’s one big mess full of acting with a capital A and a smidgen anti-science, or that it’s a misunderstood masterpiece and I will kick myself for missing it? Speak to me people

I have been very, very bad in putting up reviews, but while I plan how to catch up with the films I’ve seen since my last post here you might like to have a look at a post on my desert island films I did for Tyson at Head in A Vice. Even if you aren’t interested in my ramblings Tyson’s site is a cool read especially if you are into horror and you should definitely go and have a look!

So I had a quick drink with Silvery Dude before I went on holiday and we had a good old natter about films, and in particular those films that I have not seen (this largely to do with the shock felt by some friends and colleagues when they discovered that I hadn’t seen Fight Club until recently). This led to the creation of a new project: films to see before I’m 51, a personal selection by His Silveriness.

So between 1 November 2011 and 30 January 2013 I have to try to watch the following – and this is the order in which  I’ve been instructed to watch them, a celluloid compilation tape if you will:

  1. The Last Samurai* – starring The Cruiser (my guilty pleasure)
  2. Breaking Away* – cycling
  3. Night on Earth – taxis
  4. True Romance – Cage & Arquette
  5. American Beauty* – a classic which I’m ashamed not to have seen
  6. Big Fish* – Tim Burton, yay
  7. Cinema Paradiso – oh dear, another hanging one’s head situation
  8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – ditto, but for different reasons
  9. Cars* – not sure why I haven’t watched this, the only Pixar not viewed so far
  10. The Transporter – Jason Statham!
  11. Crash* – not the Cronenberg one (which I saw largely because the Daily Mail told me I shouldn’t, this is the one that stopped two films I liked from winning an Oscar)
  12. Unforgiven* -the Book God will be pleased
  13. The Big Lebowski – no excuses for this one
  14. I’ve Loved You So Long* – the lovely Kristen
  15. Les amants du Pont-Neuf* – romantic, apparently
  16. King Lear – the Laurence Olivier one
  17. Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence – Bowie
  18. Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy – I’ve avoided this because I have the books, records, radio shows and fondly remember the TV series

Those with asterisks are films I already have in my possession but just haven’t got around to watching yet.

I am ashamed to say I’m a few days late with this, and have therefore missed inclusion in the meme thing mentioned in this post here, but in the spirit of better late than never:

My 11th rule is: No leaving the cinema during the credits unless there is a genuine emergency (probably involving a bathroom….)

The poster and lots of other fabulous things can be found here at Mark and Simon’s website.

And, of course, hello to Jason Isaacs.

Here’s where you’ll find my thoughts on what I’ve seen, whether it be movies or TV shows.

For movies, if I’ve watched on TV or DVD I’ll probably express a view on whether I’ll watch it again.

If I’ve managed to organise a trip to the cinema, or if it’s something I’ve read about but missed seeing on the big screen, I’ll pick one of the following:

1. I’m definitely going to buy the DVD

2. I wouldn’t want to own it but might pay to watch it on digital TV

3. I plan to watch it on terrestrial TV or free digital

4. I would probably watch it on TV if I came across it by accident

5. I wouldn’t lose any sleep if I never saw it again.

The Safety Cushion: an explanation – I might ocasionally make reference to the Safety Cushion. This is a normal cushion on my sofa which I have been known to hug, and even to hide my face behind, during moments of gruesomeness, or when characters that I particularly love are in peril.  It is an essential accessory for the home viwing ng experience. And needs to be particularly close at hand during episodes of Dr Who.