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8 April, 2009

Matrix Revisited

Unlike me, Randall Munroe noticed that it's the tenth anniversary of the release (er, Australian; it was 11 June here in the UK) of 'The Matrix'.  Wow.  Ten years.


31 December, 2008

Top 250, V

In February 2004, I participated in the top 250 films meme, which involved copying the list of the IMDB's top 250 films (as voted by users) and highlighting those I'd actually seen.  Almost two years later, I repeated the exercise in December 2005, again in December 2006 and yet again last December.  Here we go again....  Note that the top 250 changes rapidly and the following list is today's (31/12/08), quite different to those used before.


4 July, 2008

Tartan R.I.P.'d

Wow.  Tartan, the UK's leading, certainly most influential, independent film distributor, has gone into administration.


23 April, 2008

Random queries no. 138

One of a series of genuine search engine enquiries which successfully brought visitors to the Ministry.  Can I help?

"angel-a" english language dub Luc Besson


5 February, 2008

FiLM loves Amazon

Uh oh.  It seems Amazon is in the process of selling its DVD rental business to LoveFilm.


2 February, 2008

Review: Title Temporarily Unavailable (2008)

I can't help agreeing with these reviews at LoveFilm; I found it literally unwatchable too.

4 January, 2008

Catching up with the flow, IV

In March 2005, I joined Amazon DVD Rental.  Four months later, I commented on those I'd seen, and repeated the exercise in December 2005 and 2006.  In 2007, I rented:


2 January, 2008

Review: The Departed (2006)

I wasn't sure whether I wanted to see this, as I resent the idea that 'Mou gaan dou' ('Internal Affairs'), a wonderful 2004 film which just happens to be in Chinese, needed to be remade for an Anglophone audience too lazy to read subtitles.


30 December, 2007

Top 250, IV

In February 2004, I participated in the top 250 films meme, which involved copying the list of the IMDB's top 250 films (as voted by users) and highlighting those I'd actually seen.  Almost two years later, I repeated the exercise in December 2005, and again last December.  Time to do so again.  Note that the top 250 changes rapidly and the following list is today's (30/12/07), quite different to those used before.


29 September, 2007

That's alright, then

I sat down to watch the latest James Bond film, 'Casino Royale', a few minutes ago, but had to pause the DVD to share an observation.


29 September, 2007

Final final cut

It seems Ridley Scott plans to release another, 'final' director's cut of 'Blade Runner', completing the job he feels he'd only half-done in 1992 by correcting technical errors and re-editing scenes which had originally been extended to accommodate the voice-over, itself excised in 1992.


24 September, 2007

Review: TRON (1982)

I watched this on TV last night, slightly amused by the pretext under which BBC 4 (the BBC's 'arts' channel) showed it.  The previous programme had been a documentary on Jean Giraud aka Moebius, the French comics artist.  He'd designed the set and costumes for 'TRON', so....


23 August, 2007

Not Kansas

I tend to be sceptical about the merit of remaking 'classic' films – if the originals was so good, why not just watch them?  There have been exceptions, such as the 1998 remake of 1968's 'The Thomas Crown Affair' (both are excellent, but I prefer the newer one), but others seem pointless, even anathematic (an Americanised 'Oldboy'?  Nooo!).


29 July, 2007

Review: 'Klimt' (2006)

Incoherent, diminishing in coherence over almost two hours.


24 July, 2007

Review: 'Curse of the Golden Flower' (2006)

Sumptuous, expansive... and that's just the anachronistic décolletages*.


23 April, 2007

Seen

I've rented 'Saw II' to watch later in the week, so I thought it'd be a good idea to watch the first film again, er, first, tonight.  There's quite a package of bonus features on the DVD:


31 March, 2007

Review: 'The Thirteenth Floor' (1999)

A 'Matrix' clone without the PVC (damn).
That's not an entirely fair summary, but if you were interested by the Wachowski brothers' exploration of layers of artificial reality, this is an alternative take on the same broad concept.


16 March, 2007

Due credit

Sorry about the pedantry, but for some reason it irritates me to read of "Ray Harryhausen's 'Jason and the Argonauts'" or "Ray Harryhausen's 'Clash Of The Titans'", a wording which implies he was the director – some journalists say so outright.  He wasn't.


3 March, 2007

Denke nicht

Released in a limited number of US cinemas following its Academy Awards nomination, 'Das Leben der Anderen' ('The Lives Of Others') apparently made a respectable profit.  However, winning the 'Best Foreign Language Film' Oscar clearly demanded further action.


15 February, 2007

Not again....

It's partly my own fault for not checking, but it wasn't until I started watching 'La Belle Noiseuse' that I realised the full 4-hour version is split over two DVDs, rather than the film being on Disc 1 of the 2-DVD set and bonuses on Disc 2 – which I hadn't rented.  Argh!


5 February, 2007

Close to home

Well.  That was poignant.

I've just returned from the cinema, having seen Nick Broomfield's 'Ghosts'.  It's the story of Chinese illegal immigrants coming to the UK and struggling to subsist whilst paying-off their debts to people-smugglers and support their families in China.  I'm not spoiling the plot by revealing that it culminates in their deaths – that's the whole point.


1 February, 2007

More free films!

Last August, I linked to a site which itself collates links to online streams of old films which have fallen out of copyright.  It didn't occur to me to check whether the Internet Archive offers something similar.
It does, of course, as downloads in a variety of formats and resolutions.  Far more convenient than having to watch in my lunch breaks* via my employer's better-than-broadband connection.


30 January, 2007

Critical viewing

In an opinion piece, Michael White, the Guardian's (ex?)political editor (not a professional film critic, but then again, nor am I), seems to celebrate the claim that French 'art house' films are declining in popularity with French cinema audiences.  He makes especial reference to the deliberately static 'Caché' ('Hidden'), saying that he failed to spot the significant elements in the closing minutes (how?):


29 January, 2007

Another top 250(ish)

Halliwell's Film, DVD and Video Guide, 'widely recognised as the biggest and the best film guide available' (says Amazon) uses a famously stringent rating system.  A film needs to be noteworthy in order to receive even one star; the vast majority of films earn the indifference of no rating at all.  The highest rating, four stars, is only applied to about 1% of the 23,000 films listed.


21 January, 2007

A week of films

Eight days, six films, four at the cinema.  I'm slowing down....


18 January, 2007

IMDb search censored

BoingBoing reports that the IMDb has imposed an 'Adult' filter on search results, arbitrarily rendering some sexually explicit films slightly difficult to find.  I'm not interested in outright p*rn (honest), but more mainstream films are being hidden too, which I don't want.


17 January, 2007

Review: 'The History Boys' (2006)

I don't know.
I'm sure it was an excellent stage play, but film is a rather different medium, and a direct transfer (rather than translation) of the former into the latter came across as far too contrived.  I don't exactly object to cerebral content in films, but this lacked subtlety, and seemed merely clever.


15 January, 2007

Better Amazon browsing

Pretty much everything at Amazon is offered at a discount off the recommended retail price.  'Brand Name Coupons' has discovered that it's possible to search for specific levels of discounts, and even express those searches as direct URLs.


11 January, 2007

It'll happen

Once it's released on rental DVD, I wonder how many young families choosing something gentle for an evening's viewing will mistake Guillermo del Toro's 'Pan's Labyrinth' for Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth', resulting in years of traumatic nightmares.


25 December, 2006

Catching up with the flow, III

In March 2005, I joined Amazon DVD Rental.  At the end of July, I commented on those I'd seen in the first four months, and repeated the exercise in December 2005.  Since then, I've seen:


24 December, 2006

Top 250, III

In February 2004, I participated in the 'top 250 films' meme, which involved copying the list of the IMDb's top 250 films and highlighting those I'd actually seen.  Almost two years later, I repeated the exercise last December.  Time to do so again.  Note that the top 250 changes rapidly and the following list is today's (24/12/06), quite different to those of February 2004 and December 2005.


10 November, 2006

Waiting...

Like 'Stalker', which I rented in May, the original (Tarkovsky) version of 'Solaris' is distributed on two DVDs.  I don't mean that it's a 2-DVD set, with the film on one and extras on the other; the film itself is split over two DVDs *.


2 October, 2006

Surprisingly surreal

That's odd.  Apparently, each DVD of 2005 sci-fi 'blockbuster' 'Aeon Flux' comes with a copy of Dalí & Buñuel's 1929 film 'Un Chien Andalou'.


16 September, 2006

Cheap DVD (heavily packaged)

I was really impressed by Wong Kar-Wai's 'Chungking Express' and '2046' when I saw them via Amazon DVD Rental, and bought my own copies almost immediately.  Hence, I was rather interested to see a TV advert last night which informed me I could buy a copy of 'In The Mood For Love' (of which '2046' is a sequel) from my local newsagent for a mere £1.30 today.  If you're in the UK: quick; rush!


10 September, 2006

Review: 'The Notorious Bettie Page' (2005)

Curiously superficial.
I suppose the significance of Bettie Page in post-1980s popular culture arises from the 1950s photos rather than the woman herself, so there wasn't much to really say about that period of her life.


2 September, 2006

Review: 'Angel-A' (2005)

It'd be unlike me to recommend a sentimental romantic comedy, but that's precisely what I'm doing.


11 August, 2006

Free films!

Wow.  I don't know why this hadn't occurred to me already, but some of the acknowledged classics of cinema have fallen out of copyright by now, so can be distributed for free in the public domain.
JonHs provides an index of links to 209 (and counting) of them*, streamed by various websites.


22 June, 2006

Review: War Of The Worlds (2005)

That was odd.  For a lightweight blockbuster, it was almost experimental, but in my opinion, the experiment failed.


31 May, 2006

Review: The Double Life Of Véronique (1991)

Two identical women, Weronika and Véronique, lead entirely separate lives in Poland and France.

It's lazy to criticise the Hollywood stereotype, but there are only so many ways one could imagine the US focus group-led studio system developing that concept, and none of them would match the direction taken by Krzysztof Kieślowski.


26 May, 2006

Review: 'The Princess And The Warrior' (2000)

It's a dilemma.  The best films tend to be the unhyped ones, which one can approach afresh, yet one has to hear about them somehow in order to watch them at all.

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spot that though I hadn't heard of a film about to be shown on TV, 'The Princess And The Warrior' was by Tom Tykwer, the director of 'Lola Rennt' ('Run Lola Run'), and starred Franka Potente (Lola herself).  That was reason enough to video it, and I watched it last night.


18 May, 2006

Review: The Black Hole (1979)

This was one of my formative cinematic experiences when it was first released.  Though a Disney film, with overly cute robots, it's also the first Disney film to have received a 'PG' rating, and my parents may have been slightly misled about its suitability for an eight-year old child.  At that age it rather scared me, and I still remember it with visceral unease, but seeing the film was also a landmark event probably determining my subsequent interest in sci-fi (another was reading Robert Westall's 'Futuretrack 5').


11 May, 2006

Take two

I don't know about other companies, but Amazon DVD Rental operates on a 'per disc' basis, whereby one rents a certain number of individual DVDs per month (six, in my case).  A two-disc set counts as two choices, not one.  Hence, there's an obvious temptation to only rent one disc of each set, watching the film (usually Disc 1) without the bonus documentaries, deleted scenes, etc. (usually Disc 2).


10 May, 2006

Most influential

Jim Emerson, editor of RogerEbert.com, proposes a list of the 102 most influential 'must-see' films in cinema history (from a US point-of-view, of course).  It must be stressed that these aren't supposed to be the 102 best films, or most enjoyable, but specifically the most influential: those one 'needs' to have seen in order to participate in an informed discussion of the topic, and to spot and understand references made in subsequent films.


5 April, 2006

Serial cinema

As I said, I've seen five films at the cinema within in the past fortnight, and one was 'Brokeback Mountain'.  The others were:


5 April, 2006

Selling from the mountain

I've been to the Dukes cinema five times in the last fortnight.  On each of four occasions, as soon as everyone had taken their seats, the auditorium doors closed, the lights dimmed, and the film began immediately.  One was different.


2 April, 2006

Subtitling language

Occasionally, in a subtitled non-English film, the dialogue switches to a third language.  I wonder if there's a good way to handle this within the subtitles.


2 March, 2006

Quick film quizes

You're given stills from films; can you name them?
Quiz 1
Quiz 2


25 February, 2006

Review: Heavy Metal (1981)

'Heavy Metal' is an animated portmanteau film, eight short stories framed and interlinked by a ninth.  It has a notoriously bad script, and didn't fail to disappoint.  It seems the concept of an 'adult cartoon' hadn't fully evolved by 1981, and the target audience must have been juvenile stoners for whom nudity and trippy visuals would adequately carry the feeble story.  In that sense, it was dire.
However, I rented it for two reasons, both basically just curiosity.


18 February, 2006

Less 'wow!', please

In his 'Ten Best Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed', David Wong makes an excellent point about the 'Star Wars' prequels:


13 February, 2006

Review: 'Aguirre: The Wrath Of God' (1972)

The opening scene, of an expedition decending a near-vertical Andean path, was visually stunning, but from then on....
This was rated by IMDb users as one of the top 250 films of all time (no.220), the greatest of Werner Herzog's collaborations with Klaus Kinski, but I really don't understand why.


8 February, 2006

Why buy?

I rent DVDs from Amazon, six per month.  I'm not going to overtly advertise the service, but I like it, and have recommended it to friends.
In at least two instances, I've been surprised to encounter resistance to the very concept: "if you want to see a film why not just buy it?"


30 January, 2006

A week in film

I'm not a fan of TV in general, but I do watch quite a few films.  Last week (Mon-Saturday) I saw five: one at the cinema, two on DVD, one on TV and one on video, recorded from TV.


31 December, 2005

Review: The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005)

As mentioned, I saw this at the cinema last night.  It was excellent, not least because two of my minor concerns were unfounded:


26 December, 2005

Catching up with the flow, II

In March, I joined Amazon DVD Rental.  At the end of July, I commented on those I'd seen in the first four months.  Since then, I've seen:


19 December, 2005

Four quick reviews

I've seen numerous films recently, but want to comment briefly on four:


17 December, 2005

Top 250, II

In February 2004, I participated in the 'top 250 films' meme, which involved copying the list of the IMDb's top 250 films (as voted by users) and highlighting those one has actually seen.  Almost two years later, I might as well repeat the exercise.  Rather than reuse the same list from 22 months ago, the following is based on today's:


12 November, 2005

Review: 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' (1988)

I wrote this series of rather disjointed thoughts about The Unbearable Lightness of Being several months ago (July?), but somehow never went back to redraft a coherent review.  I don't know when I'll find the time/motivation to do that, so I'll just post it as-is.


7 November, 2005

Review: 'Blood: The Last Vampire' (2000)

If anyone's tempted to watch this anime film because of the connection to Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell, Avalon), as I was, there are two points of which to be aware.


8 October, 2005

Review: Constantine (2005)

If one doesn't expect too much, one can't be disappointed.

On those terms, this was a pretty good film - on those terms.

'Damned with faint praise', eh?

7 October, 2005

Shot in the foot

The Guardian* asks the entirely reasonable question that, since professional critics have unanimously ridiculed 'Revolver' as a truly awful film, how is it that the film posters feature a quote from the Sun saying it's "Brilliant... Guy Ritchie back to his best!"?  It's an interesting point, which offers some insight into how such accolades are generated for any film.


23 September, 2005

Review: 'Tape' (2001)

Sometimes, one can discover a good film, book or album 'cold', knowing nothing whatsoever about it and hence avoiding all hype.  It's difficult to believe now, but for me, 'The Matrix' was one; when I first saw it at the cinema, I had no prior knowledge or expectations, so was blown away from the opening shot.


18 September, 2005

Review: Code 46 (2003)

I don't remember when I heard about 'Code 46', nor why I added it to my Amazon DVD Rental queue; when it reached the head of the list and Amazon notified me it had been despatched, I didn't even recognise the title.  However I came to see it, I'm glad I did.


10 September, 2005

Review: Troy (2004)

Having watched this last night, I really can't be bothered to expend more than three words in reviewing it (not counting this preamble, obviously):

Lightweight.  Throwaway.  Yawn.

19 August, 2005

Nothing on

Today's Guardian suggests that:

Blockbusters are dying at the box office. Is our taste for reality killing the big-budget epic?


4 August, 2005

Review: 'Rashômon' (1950)

I don't get it.  This was the first Japanese film to reach European film festival audiences, and apparently had a tremendous impact.  Presumably the novelty value contributed to the acclaim, but 55 years later, having seen numerous Japanese films, including three others directed by Akira Kurosawa, I really didn't see anything extraordinary in it.  It's good, but not Kurosawa's best, as has been suggested.  This was Toshirô Mifune's breakthrough film, in which he was said to display 'extraordinary vitality'; I thought his continual manic laughter was just annoying.


31 July, 2005

Catching up with the flow

Since I signed up to Amazon's DVD Rental service in March, I've seen quite a few films, quite apart from those on TV or at the cinema.  I haven't had time to comment on many, but if only for my own reference, these are the films I've rented from Amazon over the past five months:


25 July, 2005

Review: 'Cypher' (2002)

There are some things one just can't polish....

I really liked 'Cube', its less-than-wonderful dialogue and acting carried by a stunning concept.  The necessities of a low budget also accentuated the claustrophobia without highlighting the fact they could only afford a very restricted set!


1 July, 2005

Review: 'Three Colours: Blue' (1993)

I saw this a couple of nights ago, and frankly didn't 'get' it.  It seemed a little slow and inconclusive.  However, it's stayed with me more than most films, and in retrospect I'd strongly recommend it.


26 June, 2005

Review: 'Saw' (2004)

I don't like supernatural horror films, particularly the 'slasher' or 'monster' types, so it's perhaps surprising that several of my favourite films are in the psychological 'serial killer' horror genre: 'Cube', 'Se7en', 'The Cell', and now 'Saw'.


25 May, 2005

Review: Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) (1998)

I may be one of the last people in the world to have seen this.  It's considered a 'must-see' film not only for stylistic reasons, but simply because it's an extremely good film.  I knew virtually nothing about the plot beforehand, which improved the experience, so I won't say much about that.  Given an opportunity to read a synopsis, don't (warning: the reviews on the Amazon entry linked above contain several).  This should be sufficient:
Partly because Lola failed to pick up her boyfriend, Manni, on time, he lost 100,000 DM belonging to a gangster.  Unless Lola can find 100,000 DM and meet Manni within twenty minutes, he'll be killed.


20 May, 2005

Quicker link

Those (like me) who use Amazon UK's DVD Rental scheme may be interested to know that there's now a 'Rent this DVD' link from each eligible page of the IMDb &ndash yes, from the IMDb to Amazon.co.uk, not .com.  I find that useful, as I tend to visit the IMDb entry before adding a film to my waiting list, so this simplifies a route I already take.

Those who don't use Amazon's DVD Rental scheme should.  I recommend it, anyway.

29 March, 2005

Review: A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Now that's quality cinema.  Compared to the Hollywood trash I sat through last week... well, it doesn't compare.


25 March, 2005

Review: 'The Crow: City Of Angels' (1996)

'The Crow' set the standard for dark, violent comic-book film adaptations in 1994 and rapidly became a cult classic, not least for giving Goths an action (anti-)hero.  The acting, at least of the leads, and atmospheric production style successfully carried a strong, if rather simplistic story, whilst subplots added humanity.  Even if only for the visual side, it's a 'must-see' film.

'The Crow: City Of Angels', though....


20 March, 2005

Review: Alexander (2004)

As I said, I saw this film at the cinema last night.  Though this review is probably influenced by the poor circumstances of its showing, I do think my inability to suspend disbelief and be drawn into the narrative was primarily a fault of the film itself.

In summary, I didn't rate the film at all, and rather regretted giving it three hours of my life.


20 March, 2005

Poor show

I enjoy going to the cinema – the non- 'popcorn-and-hollywood-movies' Dukes cinema, anyway – but sometimes it goes wrong, in a way TV or DVDs don't.  The massive screen and surround sound are great, but a DVD is manufactured to work perfectly every time, whereas cinema involves fallible human intervention.


13 March, 2005

Review: Spiderman 2 (2004)

I signed up to Amazon's DVD Rental scheme last week (four DVDs per month for £7.99 is pretty good), and watched my first this evening: 'Spiderman 2'.


13 March, 2005

Review: The Aviator (2004)

I saw 'The Aviator' last night, at The Dukes, and enjoyed it.  I didn't know much about the era, so found that interesting, and both the production and acting were good.  One minor negative point was the repeated use of an odd lighting effect reminiscent of theatre lights brightening at the start of a scene in a stage play; I presume there was some deliberate stylistic reason, but I'm afraid it eluded me.


1 December, 2004

Review: The Village (2004)

Just back from the having seen 'The Village' at The Dukes.  I know, I know; the rest of the world probably saw it months ago, but it's fairly easy to predict which films will eventually reach The Dukes, and I prefer to wait and watch films on the biggest screen north of Manchester.  I've never understood the need to have or see the latest big thing at the very earliest opportunity.


30 July, 2004

Xmas gets earlier every year

The first trailer for the 'Batman' prequel, 'Batman Begins' is out.  The film itself is released in the USA on 15 July, 2005 - a fortnight less than a full year away.

Now that's advance hype.

It's not a bad trailer, though, implying that the film makers might get the characterisation right this time.

27 July, 2004

Quite a comeback

A forthcoming film, 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow', is to feature Sir Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989) as the villain.  Yes, he died fifteen years ago, but archive footage of Olivier will be accompanied by new dialogue spoken by another actor.  A strange idea, and one has to wonder whether it's a gimmick (which worked: both the BBC and the Guardian have covered the story and hence publicised the film, months ahead of the UK cinema release), though naturally Jude Law, the film's star, cites artistic reasons, saying 'no living actor possesses the same gravitas and authority'.


29 June, 2004

Review: Paycheck (2003)

I visited J and Fiona on Saturday, ostensibly to watch a DVD with them, but mainly to just catch up with them after their holiday in Ontario.  For some reason, I found the title of their chosen DVD, 'Paycheck', misleading, even discouraging.  I think I somehow equated it with 'Phone Booth', a film I have no particular interest in seeing.
Yet some of my favourite films have been those about which I knew virtually nothing in advance, no preconceptions raising expectations to be disappointed, nor plot details revealed out of sequence.  It's difficult to believe given the subsequent acclaim, but when I first saw 'The Matrix', I knew absolutely nothing about it, and was totally blown away; I went back to the cinema the very next evening, which I'd never done before, nor since.

'Paycheck' isn't great, but I did enjoy it, and recommend it to others.  It's slightly odd that I hadn't heard anything about it beforehand, which rather implies it went 'straight to DVD' here in the UK.  If there's any purpose to this review, it's to bring the film to wider attention.


22 April, 2004

Review: Yojimbo (1961)

In my account of the key incident, I mentioned I was on my way to the cinema.  The film was 'Yojimbo', shown at the Dukes.  A subtitled Japanese black & white film made in 1961, it's unsurprising that I went alone, but to those who have heard of Akira Kurosawa, it's considered one of his best films, so the cinema was about half full; pretty good for a Tuesday evening.


19 March, 2004

Review: Cold Mountain (2004)

I rather enjoyed this film last night, though it did feel long, at 152 mins.  I haven't read the book yet, so can't comment on the quality of the transition, but as a 'standalone' film, I thought it worked fairly well.  It certainly wasn't flawless, but nothing particularly detracted from my overall enjoyment.  For example, there was little suspense about the eventual outcome, but somehow that didn't matter.  It was a bit 'pretty' in places.  In particular, Nicole Kidman's makeup, hair and tailoring were a little too perfect.


14 February, 2004

Top 250 films

Okay; I'm participating in another meme.  This is the one where people copy the list of the IMDb's top 250 films (as voted by users) and highlight those they've actually seen.  Using today's list, here goes:

The list

102 out of 250.
I'm not entirely sure what this says; a list of films others rate highly is of limited relevance to me.  That said, I certainly respect the opinions of others (I just reserve the right to ignore them...) and this exercise is likely to inform my future choices of rental videos.


25 December, 2003

Review: Belleville Rendez-vous (2003)

Belleville Rendez-vous was BBC2's main early-evening film for christmas day; a French/Belgian/Canadian/British animation with very little dialogue, and that mostly in unsubtitled French.  I mightn't have watched it if it hadn't been recommended by Al, who saw it at The Dukes cinema a couple of weeks ago.


21 December, 2003

Review: The Lord Of The Rings (2001-3)

I haven't had reason to mention it in the blog yet, but I design, sculpt and paint miniatures, aka 'toy soldiers' in my spare (ha!) time; okay, I've won awards for it.  Because they're in a sci-fi, occasionally fantasy, genre, people keep mentioning the 'Lord Of The Rings' (LOTR) films.  To forestall such enquiries about 'The Return Of The King', here's my review:


11 November, 2003

Review: The Matrix: Revolutions

I was at the cinema last night, to see 'The Matrix: Revolutions'. The original is one of my favourite films, but I've yet to hear a good review of this, the second sequel, so my expectations weren't high.


7 October, 2003

Limited release for 'Underworld'?

Has anyone in the UK seen this vampires 'n' werewolves film?
Don't get me wrong; I've yet to hear a favourable review of it, and probably wouldn't go to see it (though Kate Beckinsale in latex has an undeniable attraction...). It's just that I haven't seen the slightest hint of it having released in the Lancaster/Morecambe area. It seems 'Calendar Girls' is doing well, and is being given extended runs at local cinemas, but in the age of multiplexes I'm surprised films get totally displaced from the schedules.

NP: Opeth, Washington DC, 21/07/03

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