Don’t die of shock…I’m about to say something good about 3D….

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Ramblings | Tags: , , |

Recovered yet? OK I’ll carry on.  Technically it’s not 3D I’m saying good things about, it’s 4D.

We all know that I’m not a fan of 3D.  Of the few films I’ve seen that used the tech, only one (Avatar) managed to have a couple of  moments where it added rather than detracted, and I still think that they are just as good if not better in good old-fashioned 2D.  I get it though, they’re trying to make the cinema experience something you can’t recreate at home, and the better home cinema systems get, the harder that becomes.

So why my slight change of heart?  Well, it’s a bit of a random one, but last night some lovely friends took me to the Marvel 4D experience at Madame Tussaud’s.  Stay with me.  I’ve always said that 3D works better with animation because the bubble-like appearance of the characters doesn’t seem so weird when they’re already animated, and in this case the use of 3D was actually kind of cool.  Added to that the 4D effects (air jets, water, I won’t ruin it for you) and it became a really fun (short) film experience that made you feel like you really were part of the action.

So this is the conclusion I’ve come to; the problem with 3D movies is that they’re trying too hard not to do the gimmicky things waving out of the screen at you bit and be taken seriously as a special effect. But 3D is a gimmick. It’s always going to be about making you want to duck when things come flying towards you, so if you’re going to make a movie in 3D, embrace that. Don’t pretend you’ve not added on extra frills to try to make people come to the cinema, just go with it!  And if you can throw in some other fancy (and relatively cheap) effects to make the audience jump then why  not?  I’m not saying that mainstream movies should all start embracing 4D (God can you imagine?) but as the death of 3D appears nigh, I think it should be put back in its rightful place.

And for those who were wondering what the actual film was like…it depends on your view of recent Marvel offerings but I reckon it could give Fantastic Four a run for its money 😉

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London Calling to the Underworld

Posted on August 9, 2011. Filed under: News | Tags: , , |

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.

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It’s that time of year again…

Posted on February 25, 2011. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been a bit absent recently, and I thought I’d better write a quick post to warn you it’s only going to get worse.  If you’re one of the eccentric individuals who has been reading this blog since the early days you will have heard me mention The Opera before. Well folks, it’s opera time again, which means I am rehearsing all hours of the day and night while at the same time trying to hold down my degree. Doesn’t leave much time for watching movies or writing random blog posts about who looks better in spandex.

For the tiny minority of you who live near London, I am going to shamelessly plug what is honestly the best show I have ever been in.  Set in 60s Spain, it’s a classic farce of mistaken identity and forbidden love.  With some nuns and scantily clad pool boys and waitresses thrown in for good measure.  One of those three is me. 😉

Anyhoo, unless I get an overwhelming urge to chat to you guys I wont be posting until the end of March.  So if you start to miss me, I guess you’ll just have to come and see it!

Get your tickets here!

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Remember, remember…

Posted on November 5, 2010. Filed under: Quote of the Day | Tags: , , , , , |

There really is only one movie to quote on the 5th of November. I’m not even going to disguise it.

“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.”

I’m currently sitting in my 7th floor flat listening to London rumble and crackle.  I always think it would be a terrifying tradition to anyone who didn’t know what it was. Enjoy the fireworks 🙂

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Random thing of the day!

Posted on November 2, 2010. Filed under: Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , |

Good friend (and guest blogger) Josh sent me this today. It made me smile so now I’m sharing it with all of you.

Total Film along with a host of faithful twitterers have put together a London tube map with a twist.  Click here or on the pic to go to the original full size image.


Favourites from my area include Catch Me If You Cannon Street, Ten Things I Hate About Euston and Goodgefellas 🙂

***BREAKING NEWS!*** Enjoy this while you can, here’s the latest from twitter:



If you’re now seeing an annoying error message instead of the image that’s because the cyber police have taken it upon themselves to remove all traces of this file from the internet.  I’ll see what I can do about getting back but seeing as they’ve also broken my original facebook link I’m not holding my breath.

Anyone have any idea what they’re getting so uppity about? Not like you can’t see the tube map everywhere anyway….

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