Phew – got into work, couple of minutes to catch my breath before the day starts in earnest. Had a big shock last night – our bathroom mirror fell off the wall, and (sort of) shattered on the floor. It’s a substational affair – 60x80cm, so made quite a crash! Actually it had some amazingly strong plastic backing, which kept all the shards together, apart from some small fragments which had flown off. Fortunately we were all in bed at the time, but it took a chuck out of the loo seat on it’s way down, and ended up just […]
Shoulda said – also managed to catch Spidey 2 recently. It rocks. Review when I have a tick.
Quickie – found out that the next Star Wars film is titled Revenge of the Sith. It is my opinion that the titles of the three prequels have failed to inspire, but I haven’t really thought about coming up with anything better, so I guess I shouldn’t say too much. Anyway, May next year (2005) is still the magic date.
Well, it’s official – I am now Dr Handley. Got my bit of paper on Friday morning, and got to dress up in a fancy gown and hat! I know it’s all a very serious matter and all that, but it is a bit silly – doffing hats left right and centre, processing up the aisle following girls holding big wooden spoons with holes drilled in them! Still, it’s no worse than church, I guess, with men in frocks wandering around. I went to the installation of a Canon at Ripon catherdral (yes, that’s just 1 ‘n’ in the middle […]
Very speedy update – our Ben got home from Cornwall with his Mum yesterday, and he’s really grown! Got himself 2 teeth too (although he already had 1 nearly out when he went down. Also had another thought about speeding, which was one further reason for a speed limit is, of course, environmental in that the faster you go the more fuel you consume per mile (and hence the more pollution you create with current cars). Guess if we all ran on hydrogren it wouldn’t be a problem – but cars with strapped on hydrogren tanks??
I’m turning into an old cynic – two reviews on the trot where I haven’t raved about a film. But I’m getting ahead of myself… I found Signs to be quite a disappointment. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was sort of waiting for the shocks, the chills, and the gasp at the twist at the end – none of which came, and the film was over almost as soon as it began. M. Night Shyamalan did an amazing job on Sixth Sense, a fair job on Unbreakable, but Signs – pretty average, I’d say. Not that there […]
Here I am, blogging on the train again. This time I’m on the way to my cousin Emma’s wedding, in Gt Misssenden (which is Aylesbury way – we just left Rickmansworth, where I believe PGL Head Office is, and are now at Chorleywood, home of Soul Survivor. LBC not far either). Anyway, the inspiration for this ramble is that we’re basically following the route of the Metropolitan line, so what you may say. Well, not only are we following the route – we’re using the tracks!! I was sure that mainline trains and the tube use different gauges – but […]
What to say about this film? Gripping it certainly is, and follows closely that special genre of disaster movies. The story, special FX, casting, and acting are great, and it manages to be a global drama and local story very well. Only once or twice is excessive artistic license taken – but more on that in a minute. Make no mistake – this is a brutal film. Not in a graphic blood-and-guts type way, but more that, throughout the film there is constant wholesale slaughter! And it’s not just the nameless millions being topped – the film seems to introduce […]
Must have beeen desperate – three entries. Two nice suprises yesterday – firstly Blockbuster Video have got a new rental deal, whereby you can rent 3 older videos or DVDs for 7 days for 5 pounds. I guess it’s in response to operations like Lovefilm (indeed, I understand that Tesco is to do something similar). So anyway, got myself Memento, Enemy at the Gates, and Signs. Just watched Memento – very odd (but rather good) film. Didn’t dare watch Signs – might watch it on Sunday afternoon when it’s light!! The second surprise was at some point in the recent […]
There seems to be a bit of an Emmanuelle Beart renaiscance going on at the moment. Saw in Blockbusters that Nelly and Mr Arnaud is being re-released, and her new film Nathalie was being plugged in today’s Metro. If you’ve only seen her in Mission Impossible then you may wonder what the big deal is – I think M.I. did justice to neither her acting ability or beauty, compared with, say, En Coeur en Hiver, or Manon des Sources. Nelly is a great film – might even watch it again – and I’m certainly going to keep an eye out […]