Audience Participation At It’s Best – Rocky Horror

The Rocky Horror Show’s 40th Anniversary tour appeared at my local theatre and shivering with anticipation (get it?) I went along to my first ever live viewing of Rocky Horror.  Now I’d seen the movie a couple of times, but that doesn’t compare to showings of the movie in local cinemas or performances of the stage show. The theatre was packed, the audience dressed up as their favourite characters (including men in stockings and suspenders); the show brings a whole new meaning to the idea of audience participation.

So, imagine my perplexity as the audience actively sang loudly along to the songs, shouted “arsehole” and “slut” when the 2 main characters, Brad and Janet, were mentioned and when it was time for the most infamous song associated with the show “The Time Warp” the whole audience-including myself jumped up to dance to it. As a past drama student, I was infectious with the idea of this kind of audience – an active, lively and passionate one. Although it times I just wanted to concentrate more on the performances and what the characters were saying, I couldn’t help but enjoy the overall experience.

The production itself was also great featuring Ben Forster as Brad and Roxanne Pallett as Janet. It was a small cast but they worked together efficiently, and the set pieces were good, utilising the space and using clever props to create various scenes. The Rocky Horror Tour is touring around the UK until October and if you’re a fan of the movie and have never experienced it live, I fully recommend you go.

 

Riff Raff: With a bit of a mind flip…
Magenta: You’re into a time slip…
Riff Raff: And nothing can ever be the same.
Magenta: You’re spaced out on sensation. HAH!
Riff Raff: Like you’re under sedation!
All: Let’s do the time warp again!  (The Time Warp, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

The Brit Awards 2013

Britain’s biggest music night out of the year has been and gone and – for a change – what a night it was. With the Famous Five One Direction, Emeli Sande and Justin Timberlake (JT) performing, James Corden hosting for a third time and the Taylor Swift vs Harry Styles drama to follow there was everything to play for.

Muse opened the show and what an opening it WASN’T. Sorry to all those Muse fans but I just don’t see the fascination with them, the only bonus that came with them opening was that I had an extra 5 minutes to get ice crème.

The stars had well and truly dressed to impress with thigh-high dresses and velvet tuxedos, however there were a select few that missed the ‘smart’ memo….

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Corden was looking dapper and seemed to be really enjoying himself as he joked around with the stars including Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw, Robbie Williams and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl. He breezed past touchy subjects publically highlighting the Adele interruption of 2012, but his main target was poor young Harry Styles – Swifty, strippers and at one point making Harry hide in embarrassment behind a program! (It was great fun for us though).

Performances were by far some of the best The Brits has offered us in the past few years. Hell-O Taylor Swift! Where did that come from? Some may say her transformation from innocent beauty to raunchy sex kitten could have been to show Harry what he’s missing but I think it was just the fact that a massive music awards show needs a massive performance – and she nailed it!

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One Direction gave us an awersum performance of their new single which is being released in aid of Comic Relief, and it was made clear why they were nominated for British Group. The guys were fun, energetic and their chemistry on stage was captivating.

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For me the return of JT has been long awaited, and to be completely honest I am still waiting for the excitement to kick in. I thought his previous song ‘Suit and Tie’ was perhaps a one-off mishap, but no he came back with Mirrors, and although yes another great performance, the song itself = naff. Come on JT bring the sexy back!! Ben Howard gave a beautiful rendition of his song ‘Only Love’ and of course Emeli Sande closed the show with ‘Clown/Next To Me – which was SOOO much better than last year’s atrocious performance by Blur.

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Award wise, winners were pretty boring, no shocks really apart from Lana Del Ray taking International Female Solo Artist – she was up against the likes of Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Rihanna, something definitely went wrong there! Although I was pretty bummed Jake Bugg didn’t win British Breakthrough and One D didn’t take British Group it was fair play to the winners. Tom Odell is our one to watch for this year and as the first male EVER to win the Critics’ Choice Award there will be all eyes on him throughout 2013.

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A final word on The Brit Awards 2013 – thank God James Author didn’t win British Single.

The Brit Awards 2013 Winners

Best Female Solo Artist –  Emeli Sandé

British Breakthrough Act – Ben Howard

British Male – Ben Howard

International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Rey

British Live Act – Coldplay

British Single – Adele – Skyfall

British Group – Mumford and Sons

International Group – The Black Keys

International Male – Frank Ocean

Special Recognition – Warchild

British Album – Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events

Global Success – One Direction

British Producer of the Year – Paul Epworth

The Following

This past July at San Diego Comic Con The Following was unveiled at its introductory panel with actor Kevin Bacon as the lead and scare extraordinaire writer Kevin Williamson (Scream franchise) as executive producer and creator, it seemed like a recipe for success. As soon as I saw the promo for this, I was hooked and couldn’t wait until the show started. It looks interesting, fresh, scary and action-packed. Finally, January rolled round and as I settled down to watch the first episode one thing was going through my head as the episode went on – “Oh my God, this is amazingly awesome – I think I’ve just found my favourite new TV show.”

Now, four episodes in to the series, I still have some of that feeling left. The Following really is a fresh TV show, filled with violence, intrigue and suspense with every episode feeling quite cinematic in scale. It has intelligent writing and an interesting premise as a sophisticated, creepy serial killer leads his cult of ‘followers’ to enact their own murders. James Purefoy plays serial killer Joe Carroll and is fantastic in the role – sadistic, manipulative yet charming and suave. The first episode sees Carroll escape (quite calmly) from prison and from there the action doesn’t stop as the bodies mount up; more blood is spilled and the violence and twists and turns of the series lets you know that you are dealing with writers that are not afraid of killing their characters and to make bold moves. The scare factor is also visible in the first episode, with moments that make you jump and also the idea of the unknown as the writers leave you guessing.

As Ryan Harding, Bacon is cast a slightly stereotypical detective who’s had a hard life – attacked by Carroll he almost died and has since been trying to piece his life together. He is private, untrusting and carries a lot of baggage with him, never letting anyone in. He reminds you of a puppy that never got anyone to play with. The first episode also brings Maggie Grace in as a guest star playing Sarah Fuller a survivor of Carroll and his last victim. It’s a good ploy to bring in someone like Grace in a guest starring role and then kill her off at the end of the episode, again reiterating the fact the writers do not want their audience to be comfortable and that everyone is expendable.

The following episodes move the story along; it’s interesting that apart from Kevin Bacon they seem to give the ‘followers’ more screen time and more character development – the love triangle between Emma, Jacob and Paul is interesting, but creepy. The detectives that work with Ryan Hardy are also starting to take on their own characters, particularly Shawn Ashmore’s character Mike Weston – Ashmore brings a likeability factor which allows the audience to root for his character.

I still think this show has potential, but only time and more importantly rating figures will tell about how long this show will be around for after its initial first season 14-episode run. Until we know more, I say long live Kevin Bacon on a television screen!

Joe: You know the human eye is connected by seven different muscles. I removed each one individually. Do you know how hard that is to do?

Joe: I will be your friend Ryan. Even though you slept with my wife.

Ryan: If this book ends with anything other than your death, you better plan on a re-write.

Gossip Girl – The End of an Era.

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So the teen TV series following the make-believe lives of a group upper East-siders in New York (and a couple of Brooklyn wannabes) has – sadly – come to an end. After six years of following the kings and queens of gossiping and bitching, our prayers were answered; yes, the person that is the infamous ‘gossip girl’ was revealed.

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If you are yet to catch up DO NOT READ ON.

So the final season was long anticipated and although certain points did (kind of) reach up to my expectations – mainly Blair and Chuck’s wedding – there were several story-lines which really let the franchise down. For example, was there really any need for Stephen and Sage to join the cast so late in the story? Was there any need for Lily to have slept with Stephen – and then for Serena to CONTINUE sleeping with him on finding out this information? I will admit I wasn’t prepared for only ten episodes of the last season, but the way it was going I don’t think I could have coped with much more of the shit they were producing. I just wanted it over and done with and knowing that they were going to reveal who gossip girl was as well as having a guest appearance from Kristen Bell herself, the final episode was welcomed with open arms. I was ready to put the program to bed.

What made Gossip Girl so great in the beginning was that the characters in it were all at school, they were young and carefree, so their awful bitching and scheming was acceptable. As the seasons went on and the characters grew older and went off to college, however the feel of the show took a turn in a way that I personally didn’t feel met the standard of the first couple of series. I found I was asking myself ‘why are these college kids still scheming and bitching?’ I was getting bored, and as the seasons went on, the bitching, scheming, scandals and story-lines became more ridiculous.  The main reason I kept watching was just to find out whether Chuck and Blair were going to end up together.

I must admit the rise and fall of Bart Bass was rather spectacular, although I couldn’t believe Lily chose him over Rufus! And then the Ivy scandal?! What?! It made me feel physically sick when I saw Rufus and Ivy ‘doing it’ on screen! (Now that must have been awkward to film). I was happy when Jenny got the boot from New York and sad that Eric made less and less appearances throughout the show.

Some final questions that still haunt me: what is the deal with Lily and Serena’s taste in the same men/ men from the same families? Whatever happened to Vanessa? Did Blair and Chuck live happily ever after? WHY IS DAN GOSSIP GIRL???

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Game Change

Game Change is a political drama depicting the events of the 2008 US Presidential Election, specifically looking at Sarah Palin’s role as the Vice Presidential candidate and running mate of John McClain; her early rise to stardom and her subsequent meltdown, caught in the eye of the media.

Julianne Moore stars as the Alaska governor Palin, Woody Harrelson as campaign guru Steve Schmidt and Ed Harris as John McCain. The script was also written by ex-Buffy actor turned scriptwriter Danny Strong, and the drama has won a string of awards, particularly for Julianne Moore’s portrayal of Sarah Palin. She inhibits the Alaskan governor, capturing her mannerisms and the drawl of her voice even better than Tina Fey’s impressions of her on Saturday Night Live. Moore does a fantastic job of a showing a woman who dreams of a bigger and better life for her family, but is set in her ways because of the Alaskan life she leads. It shows events relatively realistically, as Strong reveals he spoke to many key witnesses who were around the campaign at the time. It shows Palin’s craving for power and to be the centre of the campaign as well as her sheer lack of knowledge on policy.  The drama is engaging, intelligently written and funny for all who dislike Sarah Palin and I would fully recommend it.

 

Steve Schmidt: Governor, I admit that this is a dysfunctional campaign, but THAT is what I inherited and I am doing my level best to help us win this election!
Sarah Palin: And that’s what I’m trying to do too, Steve, and all you’re doing is screwing me up! That’s all you’ve done this entire time is get in my way! And I am raising millions of dollars for this campaign; hundreds of thousands of people are coming to see ME speak! Not John McCain, God bless him, they are coming to see me! SO, if I am single-handedly carrying this…”campaign”… I’m gonna do what I want!  (Game Change)

Final Oscar’s Preview

After a solid months’ worth of Awards, glitz and glamour, the stage is set for the biggest night of them all – the Academy Awards; the culmination of the awards season, and perhaps the cherry on top of the cake.

As I’ve said before Awards season is my favourite time of year and I automatically geek out wanting to know who the favourites are and what is considered ‘top dog’. This year is no different; in fact I’d hedge a bet that I’ve been more involved this year, actively wanting to watch the films nominated (or stumbling upon them even before award season starts –Argo I’m looking at you.)

Now that most of the major awards ceremonies have passed and with only a week to go until the Oscars, we now have a much better idea on the frontrunners for each major award – some have been more of less show ins from the start, others not so much along a few surprises thrown into the mix. With this final Oscars preview I’m going to give a rundown on the major awards who is poised and ready to take the prize and who I want to win.

Best Picture

The race for the top prize has been mostly one sided, and not what people expected. Lincoln was expected to do well in awards season, with the might of Steven Spielberg and a powerhouse performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in its favour. However, much to my delight, it has been the underdog Argo picking up the Best Picture award left, right and centre and its now frontrunner for the prize. However, taking into account the Academy’s record of not giving the Best Picture award to a film where its director is not nominated for Best Director could stand against Argo on the night. In this case, I truly hope Argo triumphs on the night.

Best Actor

This category is pretty much locked down and the early favourite from the start Daniel Day-Lewis is certainly the favourite to take the award. He has competition from Bradley Cooper and an outside chance from Hugh Jackman but I’m sure nothing can stop Day-Lewis from winning his 3rd Oscar.

Best Actress

Best Actress is a little more difficult to guess as to how it’s going to go – it’s mainly been going to Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty or to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Lining’s Playbook and on the night I think it’ll be one of these two that claims the prize. However the BAFTA’s threw in a wild card when 85 year-old Emmanuelle Riva won the award. It’s going to be interesting and difficult to call who it will go to but I would like to see Chastain prevail on the night.

Best Supporting Actor

Again another surprising category as Tommy Lee Jones was an early favourite for his turn in Lincoln; however he has only won one major award this season and the category has mainly been dominated by Christoph Waltz’s performance in Django Unchained.  All the nominees in this category are past Oscar winners, but I think Christoph Waltz will take the award.

Best Supporting Actress

Throughout the award season there has really only been one winner and surely nothing can derail her now? Anne Hathaway has been spending awards nights clutching trophies, and making gushing award speeches, and I’m hoping that come February 23rd she’ll be making another one.

Best Director

Now this category is very much wide open. Throughout the awards season it has been Ben Afflek who has mostly been triumphing in this category, and rightly so as Argo is a fantastic film. However, thanks to the Academy snubbing him earlier in the year, he won’t be taking away the Academy award. Kathryn Bigelow won’t be winning for Zero Dark Thirty either after the Academy snubbed her as well so this category is truly wide open; it’ll probably go to Steven Spielberg, but I hope it goes to David O’ Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. It’s a fantastic film and one that’s close to the director’s heart, evident from his interviews about the film and his actors gushing words about him. If it can’t be Afflek, I would be happy if it was him.

Best Song

Even though Les Mis wrote an entire new song, just for this category, I still think nothing can stop Adele triumphing with the fabulous ‘Skyfall’ from the Bond movie of the same name, flying the flag for the UK.

 

The Academy Awards air Sunday 24th February in America (or if you are in the UK the ceremony will star at around 1am).

 

“The Golden Globes are fun. The Oscars are Business.” (Warren Beatty)

J.K.ROWLING – The Casual Vacancy.

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Nerves mounted as word spread that J.K. Rowling was releasing ‘a book for adults’; how would it ever live up to her Harry Potter franchise? How would she differentiate between child/young adult and adult reader?

As a HP fan I was anxious to buy, let alone read the book, but of course curiosity got the better of me and here I am two weeks and 500 odd pages later, with J.K. still holding my top spot for favourite author.

The story itself was unbelievable. When I read the blurb I signed inside thinking there was no way this was going to be interesting – a guy dies opening up his spot on the parish council and the town residents start fighting over it: bore. NO. I hang my head in shame for ever doubting her; once again she wiped the floor with another audience.

Okay it was obvious that she was trying very hard to separate herself from well know children’s author, and at some points in the book it’s slightly cringe worthy; the language she’s using really doesn’t need to be that, erm how to put it, ‘blue’, and at these points of the story it was crucial to keep telling myself ‘she didn’t write Harry Potter’. But apart from that, I can’t fault anything else – expect that I wanted more! Once again I was sucked into each of the characters lives and I came away craving more of their stories – what happened to them next? It is clear that this is intended as a solo book and it will be a shame if she continues with it (I want her to try something else now).

The story takes a different format to that of what we’re used to with HP – another attempt at separation? But it works well, we meet all the characters on a personal level and the way in which we swap from storyline to storyline is flawless, it just flows and before you know it you’re half way through asking yourself when did I read all that?

The book is packed with emotion and really gets you thinking about what is really going on in other people’s lives. I would love to see the research she did for this story as I think there would be a few nasty shocks!

Once again, a beautifully written novel by Rowling, HP fans will be proud that our novelist idol can produce such contrasting stories but still captivate us all. A MUST read.

20 Films To Watch Out for in 2013!

So another year of film ends, and a new one begins. Here’s a list of the top 20 films I am very much looking forward to (in no particular order)

Beautiful Creatures

This film comes out later this month and is based on the best-selling book of the same name. The trailer looks great – a perfect mixture of romance, dark comedy and supernatural obstacles that the heroine must face. With the novel being the first in a 4-part series, if this movie is received well at the box office, we can probably expect a couple of sequels to come of it. I know that based on the trailer, the books are certainly on my reading list.

White House Down

A blockbuster action film that is scheduled for summer release, this film stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent charged with protecting the President (Jamie Foxx) after a group of parliamentary soldiers take over the White House. It also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods, and looks like a great summer action movie. No trailer as of yet but expect it to be appearing in theatres in the next month or two.

I Give It a Year

This movie has just come out and after first seeing the trailer last month and spotting The Mentalist’s Simon Baker in the film I hooked by the film. It’s a romantic comedy about a couple who get married but then face some marital issues in their first year of marriage. As well as the delectable Simon Baker, it also stars Rose Byrne, Minnie Driver, Anna Faris and Rafe Spall. I know I’m biased but primarily I do want to see this film because of Simon Baker’s involvement, but it does look like it’ll be a good date movie, especially as its released right around Valentine’s Day.

Star Trek into Darkness

J. J. Abrams returns to the director chair for the sequel of his 2009 Star Trek with this follow up, a film that sci-fi geeks have been anticipating for just over a year now, since the first images were leaked online of the cast filming and the announcement that the new geekery God Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast as the villain in the film. I must admit, I have not even seen the first Star Trek movie, however I am extremely looking forward to seeing this movie, hoping that the hype will live up to the movie. I’ve never been a fan of the Star Trek franchise however the star power of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg can’t be wrong right?

Iron Man 3

Marvel’s Phase 2 officially kicks off with the release of the 3rd Iron Man movie, with Robert Downey Jr. returning as Tony Stark along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and newbees Ben Kingsley as this movie’s villain The Mandarin and ex 24-star James Badge Dale. By the looks of the trailer, the movie promises to be every bit as awesome as the other two films, as Marvel looks to build on the success of the Avengers film and kick off the next stage of their plan with big money at the box office.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second movie of the Hunger Games trilogy is released this November and with the popularity of the series rising after the release of the first movie, and the star potential of Jennifer Lawrence growing, this movie is sure to be another box office hit. The second film sees Lawrence’s character Katniss back in the arena fighting for her life yet again, and with the third book set to be split into two movies, the Hunger Games train is set to keep going full steam ahead.

Man of Steel

Director Zach Snyder will be hoping that his Superman reboot will light up the box office and be as a big as a success story as Nolan’s Batman franchise. Henry Cavill steps into the red and blue suit with Amy Adams as Lois Lane and a star-studded cast including Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and Diane Lane as the film goes right back to Clark Kent’s roots, as we find out how he became Superman. There’s a lot riding on this film – Warner Bros want it to be as big as Batman, this film needs to be a success, especially if the rumoured Justice League movie is going to happen. So, no pressure Mr Synder.

Oz the Great and Powerful

A film I first spotted at Comic-Con, Sam Raimi directs the story of the great wizard Oz first arriving in the Land of Oz, with James Franco as the lead and Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the three witch sisters. As he lands in Oz he must discover which of the sisters is good and which is evil before it’s too late. The trailer for this look great, with stunning visuals and again I’m biased but anything that includes Rachel Weisz means I’m automatically signed up.

Thor: The Dark World

Stage 2 in Marvel’s Phase 2 plan opens in the winter of this year with the sequel for Thor, the God of Thunder with hair that could have its own L’Oreal advert. Starring Chris Hemsworth again in the title role, the film has mostly been shot, although the storyline is still not particularly known.  Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston are believed to be back and the events do take place after the Avengers film.

Monsters University

The long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s Monster’s Inc, depicting the story of Mike and Scully meeting at university. There isn’t that much known about the movie, and there hasn’t been a full trailer yet, but the first movie was such a hit, that the sequel will hopefully bring the same magic that made the first movie such a big hit.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The second film in The Hobbit trilogy will again open in late winter, and it is unclear how much of the book the second film will cover, especially considering The Hobbit movies were only supposed to be two. What we do know is that Benedict Cumberbatch and Evangeline Lily will be joining the cast for this film and that we’ll get to see more of Smaug the dragon. I’ll certainly be waiting patiently for this movie, and hope that it will help justify Peter Jackson’s decision on splitting the novel into three films.

Pacific Rim

A Sci-fi film involving aliens attacking Earth and humans piloting giant robots in order to stop them + the fact it’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro surely equals box office and geek gold? Scheduled for release in the summer, the trailer for it looks brilliant, with some amazing effects. Sci-fi geeks everywhere will flock to this movie and I’ll go see it with a equal amount of intrigue and excitement.

The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman returns to the role that made him a house-hold name in another stand alone movie. It’s directed by James Mangold, and sees Wolverine travel to Japan. Not much is known about the storyline but a couple of promotional pictures have been released and Jackman has said the body in the picture is all him. With the X-Men: Days of Future Past set to start shooting very soon, and Jackman and a lot of the gang from the first set of X-Men films set to reprise their roles, if this film is successful perhaps more Wolverine films could be on the cards.

Jack Ryan

The Jack Ryan novels get a movie reboot this year, this time starring Chris Pine as the young CIA agent. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars in it alongside Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley.  Aside from a few promotional shots, nothing major has been released about the film, but it looks set to tick the boxes of being an action movie hit.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

When Anchorman first came out the movie turned into a massive hit, firmly putting Will Ferrell on the map as a comedy actor. After almost 10 years the sequel is finally here, and with the original cast returning it should hopefully not disappoint.

A Good Day to Die Hard

A perfect Valentines date is not complete without a trip to see Die Hard at the movies and that’s what many couple are looking forward to this year as the 5th Die Hard movie comes out on February 14th. Bruce Willis returns as John McCaine and brings his son along for some action and adventure. It’s Bruce Willis in perhaps his most infamous role – what more can a girl ask for on Valentine’s Day?

Jack the Giant Slayer

A modern day retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor. It comes out in the next few months and the trailer looks good – the movie could also potentially seal Nicholas Hoult as an actor to watch in the future.

Fast and the Furious 6

After dismissing the Fast and the Furious franchise for a long time, I saw the 5th movie last year and even through its testosterone filled action and an absurd amount of cars I weirdly enjoyed it, and director Justin Lin gave the franchise a much needed boost. Now he’s back to direct the 6th one and is forced with the task of trumping his own movie. The trailer was released earlier this month and it looks brilliant and May cannot come fast enough.

Now You See Me

This film I stumbled upon whilst thinking of movies to include on this list and I’m quite pleased I did. The movie is about a group of illusionists who commit bank heists whilst doing performances and reward audiences with the stolen money. An all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine, the trailer looks intelligent and brilliant and a movie I will certainly be lining up for at the cinema.

World War Z

The final movie on this list stars Brad Pitt and promises action, adventure and plenty of effects. Pitt’s character must travel the world in order to stop an outbreak of a deadly virus. Some of the film was shot near London and it is due out for release this summer.

 

There we have it – my personal top 20 anticipated movies to see this year. More movies will surely pop up along the way, and if you think I’ve missed a movie that you’re excited about drop me a comment!

 

The Mandarin: Ladies, children, sheep…Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes – there is no such thing. (Iron Man 3)

The Hobbit – Paper Edition

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With the release of The Hobbit soon to hit the big screen I decided that I could no longer put off the classic novel by J.R.R.Tolkien, so I added it to my Christmas list and finished it last night. I have mixed views. Okay, I have one view: it was so BORING.

Yes I know you are squealing with disgust at that last comment and quite frankly, disagree all you like. I accept that I am in the minority, going on the success trilogy’s franchise that precedes and the franchise alone for the Hobbit, I am aware that my views are not in line with society’s. I wanted to enjoy it, I really did -hence it making it to the Christmas list- but I just didn’t. I was willing the end to come, dwarfs kept getting into trouble and needed a hobbit’s help – that was it. That was all that happened. I was bored, bored of reading, but having to finish it just in case something amazing was going to happen which all the fuss was made about. But it didn’t, the amazingness didn’t come.

The beginning had a slight hook – I was intrigued as to how the adventure would unfold, but even now as I try to write this review I cannot recall in what order the events happened. I must say, I did enjoy the chapter with Gollum, but this may just have something to do with the fact that Gollum is a world renowned character from the franchise and I was just happy to recognise someone and finally be in with the crowd. I was also happy to find out where the ring came from – stocking up information for when I eventually see Lord of the Rings (yes, I know I should read them, but after The Hobbit I can’t quite face them).

Another downside I faced was the way the book was written, and I find this with a lot of books which have been written in a past time and republished for modern reading; the English. If you’re going to republish what you want to be a classic – please update the wording. Even I struggled to read some parts and this book is meant to be for kids?! Is there any need for phrases like ‘QUOTE’ why not just write ‘MODERN QUOTE’ and make it easier. I know I’m complaining about the trivial but it really does annoy me. Someone’s going to be proof reading it anyway, why not just change the needed bits to modern English?

So all in all, I didn’t enjoy the book and now I’m looking less forward to the film and the LOTR trilogy I have on my DVD shelf waiting to be watched. Maybe they’ll spark something and all will become clear.