Hitting the pause button….

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , |

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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Good things come in threes….?

Posted on January 23, 2012. Filed under: Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the 19th January 2012 this collection of typo ridden blether celebrated its third birthday.  The fact that I couldn’t write anything on the actual day is kind of a testament to how things have been going these past few months, but I also had an idea what I wanted to write about and needed to put some actual thought in to it.

The trilogy is a big deal in cinema. If you can get people hooked in enough from that first installment to wait a minimum of two more years to see the climax then you know you’re on to a good thing.  Or are you? The propensity for making sequels over the last decade or so has led to a few well loved films being stretched out over three parts that maybe weren’t intended at first inception.  It’s yet to be seen whether this blog is the series that can keep running or the plot that should have given up somewhere in the middle of part two, but in celebration of at least making the landmark, I bring you part three in cinema: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good

This is where the proper trilogies live.  The ones that had a big three part game plan and started setting up for it within the opening moments of part one.  The best trilogies though are the ones where you didn’t think it could get any better and then the finale knocks you sideways.  The Two Towers gave us one of the most epic on screen battles seen in Helm’s Deep, and then Return of the King came along with double whammy Pelennor fields and Cormallen and the whole concept of big screen battle changed.  And no matter what your persuasion is on Ewoks, you have to admit that Return of the Jedi is a fantastic movie.  What is quite unique for that film is that we’ve already had the big twist which is often the climax of the story, but now we get to see how our hero deals with it. It’s the what happens next that makes it interesting.  If you’re like me, you probably count that two sets of Star Wars films as two separate trilogies, in which case despite the collection of crap that went before and the impossible comparison to its big brothers, Revenge of the Sith is a pretty cool movie and definitely a fitting climax to the prequels.

It’s not just the big trilogies that fit here though.  Long running series  Indy and Die Hard both had very strong third parts following on from slightly weaker second helpings. (Let’s not talk about Indy 4)  And although a lot of people don’t realise it’s  a trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a fantastic final showdown in the El Mariachi story.

The Bad

So. The bad.  This tends to be where we find the films that were probably never intended to run for so long.  Pirates of the Caribbean was a game changing movie which made a lot of people (especially me) very happy.  2 more films could only be a good thing right? Um….

The problem is, they didn’t think Pirates would work, so they threw everything they had at the first film.  It’s self contained, so trying to find things to stretch out for another 2  means it all gets a bit thin.  I by no means dislike At World’s End, but it’s not even close to the magic they had with the first film.  As much as I love Captain Jack, maybe you can have too much of a good thing.  Of course that didn’t stop them, and On Stranger Tides came along.  I still haven’t seen it (I’m scared to) but it’ll be a shame if an incredible orignal movie is tainted by weaker follow ups.

Which brings me on to: Matrix Revolutions.  For exactly the same reasons really. The Matrix is a work of art. It’s just brilliant. When they announced two more movies being made I was excited to see where they’d go with it, but quickly realised that there wasn’t really anywhere. There are some fantastic fight scenes in that film, but even they don’t have the impact of when Neo first stands up  and says “No.”  Not to mention the fact that I still don’t understand how Neo had powers out of the Matrix, whether or not he died at the end and what the hell Zion is going to do now.

In the comic book world, hitting the third part seems to be the cue for a reboot, with Spiderman 3 (The EMO years)  and X Men: The Last Stand springing to mind.  I like both of these films, but they are definitely not as strong as their earlier counterparts (or the later films in the case of X Men).  Often by part three of a series, we’re starting to run out of places to go, particularly if you brought out the big guns early, which leads to the common pitfalls.  More often than not you get too many heroes or too many villains; trying to compensate for a less exciting premise by bringing in lots of new characters which can lead to characters feeling underdeveloped.

In other cases though, it can just be that we’ve seen it all before.  As much as I love Jurassic Park, we probably didn’t need a third film about people getting eaten by dinosaurs, and fantastic though the first two Back To The Future films are, the third one does kind of go of the rails a bit (if you’ll excuse the train based pun)

The Ugly

I’m too nice to consign any of the above films to the “Ugly” pile, because even though they don’t live up to the expectations laid down by their predecessors, they do have some saving graces.  In fact, when it came to thinking of truly terrible part threes, the only one that came to mind was Shrek the Third. The less said about that the better.I’m sure you can fill me in on some terrible trilogies I’ve missed.

Coming soon…

It just so happens that it’s not just my little old blog that’s bringing out its third instalment this year.  Christopher Nolan is delivering the much anticipated Dark Knight Rises, which is set to be a blockbuster success and quite probably a fantastic movie.  We also have Sherlock Holmes 3 on the horizon, which is less of a dead cert, with a somewhat lukewarm reaction the sequel, but in my case that’s one part 3 I can’t wait to see.  And while we’re thinking about RDJ (cos I know you are) Iron Man 3 hits the screens in 2013, this time with Shane Black at the helm instead of Jon Favreau.  I really hope that works. Because I’m not sure how you do it without Favreau. And that is one series I really don’t want to see go out with a whimper.

And finally….this summer we have Men In Black 3, which is a pretty good example of not knowing when to quit after a crappy sequel.  If in doubt, throw in some time travel. *sigh*

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100,000 people have nothing better to do….

Posted on December 4, 2010. Filed under: News | Tags: , , |

Today (or more likely last night when I was asleep) my blog made it past the 100,000 hit mark 🙂

Of course I know that doesn’t mean that I’ve had 100,000 different visitors, but seeing as when I started this blog I wasn’t expecting to get more than 10 it’s pretty exciting.  We’re just a couple of months away from the blogs second birthday, so I guess the plan is to see if we can double the number for next year.

Thanks for visiting everyone! 🙂

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Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!

Posted on January 6, 2010. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , |

Hello Again. Miss me?

Hope you all had great Christmasses/New Years/”Holidays.”  This is just a little post to commemorate the fact that roughly a year ago, when I was supposed to be writing an essay, I decided to start this blog.

I actually started out on a different platform, but after a lot of help (and a mini tutorial) from Josh I switched to WordPress and haven’t looked back!

For a first year I reckon it’s gone OK.  I’ve managed to beat the cynics and actually post on here relatively regularly and, even more surprisingly, I’ve built up a bit of a following.  Thanks to all of you who’ve made me feel popualr with your comments; Saam, Neha, Ruth, Caz, M.Carter, Andy/Fandango, Ross McD, RossMcG, MadHatter and all the rest of you, I never really expected anyone to read what I write!

New years blog resolutions include trying to get back into Quote of the Day posts, getting to the cinema more often and hopefully some more interesting posts in the future. And if I’m really lucky trying to break my 27,000 hit record from October!

It’s been a busy year for me. I finished my degree and started working like a real person, but I’ve been lucky enough to stay in touch with all the lovely people I met in London.  As for the cinema, highlights include Star Trek, Wolverine and Watchmen but without a cinema in my home town I’ve been rubbish at keeping up with the new releases.  I’m working on it though, hopefully I’ll be going to see Sherlock Holmes soon to find out if a bare knucle boxing Holmes actually works (I’m thinking yes!)  and this year I’m looking forward to Iron Man 2, Alice in Wonderland, Shutter Island (finally!) and Toy Story 3.

Thanks for reading everyone, Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

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