This Christmas holiday I went with some of family to see the last film in the trilogy of The Hobbit . I had seen the first one but missed the second. Whilst the 5 battles were relentless, the filming of the dragon Smaug breathing his fire over the Lake village was spectacular. Then next day I … Continue reading Chasing Dragons
Recently myself and 2 chums watched a DVD of the film ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ made by the Cohen brothers in 2000. The evening’s entertainment had been hatched last summer during a day trip out on the ‘Music Train’ from Manchester to Hathersage in Derbyshire. The folk group ‘The Mersey Hillbillies’ played on the train … Continue reading Mississippi Meanderings
This month I went to see the film ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ , which is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography published in 1995. I thought they may have glossed over his early life and first marriage but they captured the essence – warts and all! I found it to be a powerful 2 1/2 hour depiction … Continue reading Mandela and South Africa connections
This week I went to my local cinema to see the Steven Spielberg film ‘Lincoln’. What a wordy yet compelling two and a half hours about the politics to end the American Civil War. Daniel Day Lewis (I hadn’t seen him in any other films) gave a powerful portrayal of the President intent on pushing … Continue reading LINCOLN – not all black and white!
This is the first film of this epic story to be filmed in 3 parts, directed by Peter Jackson based on the childrens’ fantasy story by J R R Tolkein first published in 1937. The subsequent trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’ followed but this was filmed first. It tells of the quest of a … Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
This film came out 25years ago in 1987 based on the semi-autobiographical book by J G Ballard. It was a set exam book for my eldest son and he inspired me to read it and then see the film. Over the years I have been haunted by this story and the music and decided to … Continue reading Empire of the Sun