Babs

An artistic documentary of  Barbara Windsor’s career and life, shown on BBC1 on Sunday.  Some of the reviews I have seen say people found the story  hard to follow,babs while others could not make up their minds whether it was good or bad.  Well, in my humble opinion, I thought it was pretty good.  I was hooked, it was a refreshing new take on looking back at someone’s career, in a creative and imaginative way.  It is nice to see that film makers and producers are thinking outside of the box, and trying to give the audience something a little different.

It is a shame that this show being slammed by many on social media.  Just because something is different, it does not mean that it is not good.  I thought it was a great piece of work, and it is well worth the watch.

Thank you Dame Barbara Windsor for sharing your story.

Fantastic

J.K. Rowling fans will soon be able to revisit the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—this time through narration from Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming audiobook. In a clip shared with TIME, Redmayne, who played Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts, narrates a bit from the book about Golden…

via Hear Eddie Redmayne Narrate the Fantastic Beasts Audiobook — TIME

Moonlight

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Moonlight – Now, I watch the BBC film review with Mark Kermode at any opportunity I can get, and I very rarely see him get emotional over any film he reviews, so, when I watched him talk so passionately about Moonlight on Friday night, it made up my mind that this was the film I had to watch this Saturday.

It is a coming of age film, the story of a young boy called Chiron, who grows up having to deal with a drug addict mother, being bullied by his peers, and with his own identity.  His simple life is complicated, an emotional roller coaster with one moment of happiness that he can share with nobody.   it is a great, thought-provoking story, which made me wonder, how many people do I pass everyday, who are living a life which just is not them, putting forward a persona of a person that they just do not want to be, but knowing the alternative, to show the world who they really are would probably ruin them.  Great film, with some great performances, Naomie Harris was really good, and though most of the trailers for this film show scenes with her and Mahershala Ali, for me, the performances by Sharrif Earp and Trevnate Rhodes (who plays Chiron as a teenager, then an adult) are truly outstanding, for moments, you forget you are watching a film, and it is more like real life playing out before your eyes.

There are many spoilers on-line practically giving the whole plot of the film away, but if you intend to watch this, I would suggest avoiding all of the spoilers, just head to the cinema and watch the film.  Some things are best enjoyed with no preconceptions, or with your old preconceptions in mind so that you can enjoy the moment when the film utterly and truly shatters them.

I have seen the advert for this film for a few weeks now, but today is the first time that I actually saw the poster for what it is, truly a image of coming of age – absolutely brilliant.

Lolita

lolita1The 1962 film adaptation of Lolita aired recently on channel TCM.  It was promoted as a comedy, but aside from what I found to be a mildly amusing beginning which tells the beginning of the end of the story (yes I did mean to say that) there is not much humor at all; which is not necessarily a bad thing.  The screen play for this adaptation was written by Vladimir Nabokov, who is the author of the brilliant novel Lolita.  The story is of Professor Humbert Humbert, who becomes inappropriately obsessed with Delores, the twelve-year-old daughter of his landlady whom he marries, the scenario does not end well for his wife.   In my opinion, the 1962 film adaptation did not fully show the true villain that Humbert really is, or what an absolute victim Delores (who Humbert nicknames Lolita) eventually becomes.   The 1997 Lolita film (staring Jeremy Irons and Melalolita-with-jeremy-irons-011nie Griffith) is a much more accurate adaptation of the novel, showing truly how toxic Humbert is, and how mixed up Delores becomes, and this is definitely the better film out of the two.  But as is true for so many adaptations, nothing beats reading the actual novel.  Humbert, the protagonist and the not to be trusted narrator who tries to lure the reader into seeing him as the victim despite his hideous intentions.  Lolita is a great novel, a great lesson in literature, and well worth reading, if you get the chance.

Taboo.

Americans S4 Transit Shelter.inddSo, I have just caught up on this TV series which begun last week Saturday.  A gritty drama set in the 1800’s with the brilliant Tom Hardy playing the mysterious James Delaney who was presumed dead by all that knew him until he returned to England following the death of his father.  The first episode promises great things for the rest of this series, it is defiantly worth a watch.  Looking forwards to part two tonight. Great British drama, worth paying my TV licence for.  Thank you BBC.

 

 

Death in Paradise Returns (yipee)

meet_the_cast_of_death_in_paradise_series_sixDeath in Paradise has returned to British TV screens for its sixth season.  In each episode the scenario is somewhat the same; some unfortunate person is found murdered on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie. DI Humphrey Goodman, and his law enforcement team of Sargent Florence Cassell, Dwayne Myers and JP Hooper set about gathering clues to find who is responsible for the heinous crime.   Towards the end of each episode DI Goodman works out who has committed the crime from all of the clues collated; he gathers all of the suspects together, and reveals who the murderer is, in a good old whodunnit fashion.

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The format of the show does not change.  In each episode I know what to expect, there are no surprises to look forward to as such, so why do  I have Death in Paradise programmed on Series Link on my Sky box so I do not miss an episode; because it is brilliant.  It is a well written show that keeps me hooked from beginning where build up to the crime and the actual crime is carried out; to the end for the big reveal of why the murder took place, and who done it.  The show never disappoints.  I have no doubt that the writers spend a lot of time and care producing each episode. There are no gaping plot holes (that I have noticed anyway) which have no explanation, or make no sense. I have sat through numerous episodes in TV series’, and by the end, wondered ‘what was the point of that episode exactly?’  Big budgets, fancy graphics, great writers,  A list actors and adaptations from great authors do not always guarantee a great hour of entertaining television.  Death in Paradise is good old-fashioned writing from the beginning of an episode to the end.  Each new episode is as good as the last, and I am very happy to see its return.