I won’t be posting for a bit. I’m a bit busy working here….
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The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that I haven’t updated this site in about two months. First of all, thanks for paying enough attention to notice. You should probably go outside for a bit now so you can remember what daylight feels like.
There are many reasons for the lack of posts. Any of you crazy people who’ve been around a while may have noticed a pattern emerging and realised that March is Opera month. Which explains part of the reason that I have barely been in my flat let alone near my computer. (Today is a rare late start before the dress rehearsal)
I’ve also recently taken over my St John Ambulance unit and my end of preclinical medicine exams are looming on the horizon, so free time is a very unfamiliar thing to me at the moment. All this means that on the incredibly rare occasion I’ve had a chance to sit down and watch a movie in the last two months, I definitely haven’t had time to write anything about it.
I realise I’m an incredibly frustrating blogger. The fact that this site is still getting hits every day despite its neglect is lovely, and I figured since I actually had time to sit at my keyboard for five minutes I owed you an explanation. The opera goes up next week (if you’re in the London area come check it out. It’s a British premiere and well worth the shockingly cheap ticket price!) and after that I’m mostly in to revision with all the inevitable procrastination that comes with it. I’ve recently watched both Requiem for a Dream and Beetlejuice (which I know the Rosses are dying for me to write about) so there are posts in the pipeline. I just need a bit more time.
So I’m hitting the pause button for now. But I’m not deserting you. Thanks for your patience.
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There aren’t even words for how overexicted I am by this.
To make my day even better, I’m going to see Sherlock Holmes 2 later. Watch this space.
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I know, I know. I promised you posts and then disappeared. My excuse is the sheer volume of year 2 preclinical medicine. But I couldn’t not blog this. No intro necessary. You know why I’m excited.
When (/if) I make it out from under this mountain of anatomy reading, I actually do have drafts written that may or may not become suitable for all you lovely patient readers. And hopefully I’m going to go and see Hugh Jackman punching some robots in the not too distant future.
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Today is the 22nd September, which anyone as tragic as me will know is officially Hobbit Day owing to the fact that it’s the joint birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
I couldn’t let this one go by without a quote.
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“My dear Frodo, Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet, after a hundred years they can still surprise you.”
I’ve always kept this blog focussed on topic, and it very rarely wanders into autobiographical territory, but waking up this morning to the horrible news about people tearing apart my beloved city I just felt that I wanted to write something.
I’m lucky in that the senseless violence hasn’t come too close to me, and I have everything crossed that it doesn’t spread any further. When you hear about things like this it’s always something that happens far away, or to people you don’t know, but last night I was out in Camden; and as the bars, the market and the tube stations started to be locked up it all started to seem a bit too real. Thankfully me and my friends all made it home safely before any of the violence kicked off, and I’m no longer in the city, but there’s a great sadness this morning that a few mindless, greedy thugs have managed to turn a vibrant city into one which is being brought to its knees by its own people. The worst and most disgusting part of it is that this isn’t a protest. There’s no agenda. They don’t want anything. It’s violence for violence sake. And the chance of a free TV.
This is the city that survived 7/7 and said we wont live in fear. Now being held hostage by a ridiculous minority who are destroying people’s homes and livelihoods because in some sick twisted way they find it fun.
My heart goes out to those who are caught in the middle of all this mayhem. I hope my friends who are still in London stay safe and that this meaningless destruction comes to as abrupt an end as it had a beginning. And to the riot police,who are working endless shifts in dire conditions; the emergency services and the wonderful #riotcleanup volunteers, thank you for everything you are doing, I hope you know that the majority of the country is on your side.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 6 so far )
In the past month or so a lot of news about the eagerly anticipated Hobbit movie has come out. I’ve been getting over excited by the various updates coming from facebook, twitter and TORN, but for those of you who don’t have a constant supply of Tolkien related news, here is a handy break down of all the gossip from Middle Earth
- The movie has been split in half. Which was just about to annoy me until I realised this meant twice as much hobbitty goodness. The first film is called An Unexpected Journey and will be released on 14th December 2012. Part two is There And Back Again and will be out the following Christmas. Start getting your sleeping bags ready for Leicester Square
- Empire magazine were the first to run a cover, giving us the first look at the new movie:
- Martin Freeman looks better as a hobbit than a human.
- Benedict Cumberbatch has replaced Bill Nighy as the voice of Smaug. Which means at one point Holmes will be talking to Watson. That just about makes up for the loss of Nighy.
- Christopher Lee (infamously cut from ROTK) will be in the movie. He is filming his scenes in the UK.
- Thanks to some creative tweeting from Derren Brown (of all people) there’s a suggestion that filming has already begun.
- Andy Serkis, having already completed a lot of his MoCap work, is directing the second unit. Which is just cool.
- Stephen Fry is playing the Master of Laketown. Which is also pretty damn fantastic
- Elijah Wood will have a cameo appearance
- So will Orlando Bloom
- A flurry of pictures were released last week, giving us a first look at how the cast will look in full dwarf get up:
- Basically, it’s going to be awesome.
On the 29th July, Captain America: The First Avenger hits cinemas.
This is the sort of thing that should send superhero junkies like me into a frenzy of excitement. But instead, I’m just a little bit nervous about how the film is going to go down.
My main concern about Cap can be summed up in two words: Chris Evans. I’ve been saying it for months, and I really hope he proves me wrong, but I don’t like the guy and just don’t see him working. He annoyed the hell out of me in Fantastic Four but seeing as that’s pretty much all I’m basing this on I’m hoping that he was playing an irritating character and will find another dimension when playing Steve Rogers.
The other thing that bugs me is the potential for the film to look dated even before it’s started. I know very little about the comics, because to be honest I was never interested, so correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s always seemed like a very old fashioned character with the kind of excessive patriotism that doesn’t sit as comfortably now as it may have done then. It might get away with it in the American market but I’m not sure how British audiences will react. I’m also struggling with the fact that as much as I want to, I’ve never liked Cap. He’s too whiter than white for me, kind of Marvel’s answer to Superman which I just find dull. As I said in the 15 Questions Meme, I’m anti-hero all the way.
And worry number three is just how much stock is tied up in this movie. They’ve gone ahead and called in The First Avenger. They might as well have stamped the word FRANCHISE across the poster. If Cap bombs then on the 4th May next year we have a big problem. So far Iron Man is going strong (even though a lot of people get stressed out over the sequel) and Thor got rave reviews (seriously, someone take me to see that!). That’s half the team sorted. But apparently we’re getting yet another version of Bruce Banner in the form of Mark Ruffalo, which scuppers my hopes that they’d somehow get Norton back, and if Evans fails to impress then we’ve got a very precarious situation. Even more so since he’s supposed to be the brains of the outfit. I don’t know whether they’d try to skew the film to focus on more popular or successful characters but it all seems a bit messy to me. Especially since they’re also going to try and keep each character’s separate movies going (or at least they are with Iron Man, for now…)
All this seems like a potential disaster. And a lot of it comes from how much money is riding on these films, which isn’t how it should work.
Having said all that, Hugo Weaving is in this film. Which can only be good. And the trailer looks OK. It didn’t get me as over-excited as some, but it wasn’t as teeth clenchingly cheesy as The Green Lantern. So let’s hope I’m just worrying over nothing.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 7 so far )
Even though Cap is just a couple of weeks away (more on that story later) right now, I’m more excited about this:
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