“It begins as a whisper... a promise... the lightest of breezes dances above the death cries of 300 men. That breeze became a wind. A wind that my brothers have sacrificed. A wind of freedom... a wind of justice... a wind of vengeance.”
Before I feed you my review of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (12: Lionsgate), here’s a word of warning.
One iron rule of Hollywood is this: If a movie puts money in the till, it’s worth pumping out a sequel, a reboot, an homage or whatever else you want to call a calculated attempt to part the punter from more of their hard-earned.
What can we conclude from the news that people living in the 21st century, with all its faults, plump for the Victorian age as the period of history they’d pick at a pinch?
“One small fact: you are going to die. Despite every effort, no one lives forever. Sorry to be such a spoiler. My advice is when the time comes, don’t panic. It doesn’t seem to help.”
Fact-based drama THE BUTLER (12: Entertainment In Video) has an all-star cast, but the film would probably have worked better as a small-screen mini-series.
The horrors of the holocaust from a child’s perspective provide the central theme for a sombre release that has to fight for attention this week against a couple of flashy and forgettable thrillers.
Sorry, but the pained protestations of the bigwigs at WH Smith that their punters just can’t be trusted don’t wash with me.
“If this relationship is going to work out between us I need to feel free to party with a bunch of strangers whenever I feel like it... I will text you.” It’s not the sort of thing you would expect Batman to say, is it?
Space movie GRAVITY (12: Warner) lost out to 12 Years A Slave in the coveted best film category, but still dominated the Bafta awards, winning six prizes.
If there are three words that turn me away from a film faster than the prospect of sitting in front of someone chowing down on a binful of popcorn, ‘enchanting romantic fantasy’ is only beaten by a short head by overall champion ‘starring Adam Sandler.’
I’m sorry, but this just isn’t a laughing matter. This sort of crude so-called humour is not acceptable in this day and age, and strong action is needed as a matter of urgency.
“Anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s socially acceptable insanity…”
The hammer-hurling thunder god is back in another big, bold epic adventure.
Here’s the pitch – lardy Nick Frost, Simon Pegg’s oppo in Hot Fuzz and the rest, as a twinkle-toed salsa dancer?
With Valentines Day once more upon us, allow me to suggest a delightful little gift idea that might not go down too well, however much you are motivated by good intentions.
Well 2014 is now well and truly under way and I wonder how your New Year Resolutions are coming along or if they have been long since forgotten.
“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!”
I recently came across this poem about water written by Heather Fenton in 2006, which ends: “Water, water everywhere, says ‘now give God the glory!’”.