Monday, 31 January 2011


On TV: Wednesday 19th January 2011
Channel: BBC4 9-10.25pm
Episode Type: One-off bio-drama

In 1 Sentence: Amazingly acted, the BBC churns out another, if not slightly odd, quality drama. 
BBC Summary: Ruth Jones takes on the role of the larger-than-life Carry On actress, Hattie Jacques, revealing how her home life was blown apart by a secret sexual liaison with her handsome young driver while she was married to Dad's Army star John Le Mesurier.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years

This is a pretty epic video. With over 18 million views Noah Kalina has received quite a bit of attention for this video and it's easy to see why. 
Such an original concept - take a photo of yourself every day for 6 years. 
And the result is fascinating as we watch his face, hair, beard... literally grow

Also click here for WhereIsWhales' video about it.

One Day

By David Nicholls


15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter 
meet on the night of their graduation. 
Tomorrow they must go their 
separate ways.

So where will they be on 
this one day next year?
And the year after that?
And every year that follows?

Saturday, 29 January 2011

My Top 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Part 4

From H-L...

UK release date: TBA
Genre: Romance
IMDb summary: George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognises in him a kindred spirit.
Starring two potentially brilliant young actors Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, I’m not pretending this film will be a cinema masterpiece. What I am hoping for is some beautiful understated performances and a nicely shot film that will tug at a few heart strings. There’s nothing wrong with that. With pretty warm reviews from Sundance, Homework could be a surprise hit. 

The Impossible
UK release date: TBA
Genre: Drama, Action 
IMDb summary: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.

No Trailer Released Yet.

Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, The Impossible is still in post-production so not much is known about it. The Tsunami is recent history, happening Boxing Day 2004, but 6 years on Hollywood has decided to tell its story. This will probably draw in cinema goers due to the nature of the event, so I hope they do it justice. 

Friday, 28 January 2011


On TV: Monday 24th January 2011
Channel: BBC 2 10-10.30pm
Episode Type: Series 1 Episode 3

In 1 Sentence: Finally showing some promise after a few false starts.
BBC Summary: Bev and Sean are successful British writers with a dream to break America before it breaks them, but unfortunately it seems they haven't accounted for one thing: Matt LeBlanc.

Episode Summary: Beverly feels excluded when Sean and Matt LeBlanc begin spending a lot of time together.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

National Television Awards

The NTA’s were broadcast live last night on ITV and there were many surprise winners. 
I am big fans of both Doctor Who and Sherlock and was pretty sure that either one of them had it in the bag. I was shocked that the public didn’t recognise them, but hopefully the BAFTAs will produce the results that the programmes deserve. 

Here is the full list of winners and who I think should have won...


Time - Inception Soundtrack (Hans Zimmer)
This song is a true piece of art. From the best ending of a movie ever - brings tears to my eyes...

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Tudors

On TV: Saturday 22nd January
Channel: BBC2 9.45pm 
Episode Type: Series 4 Episode 1
In 1 Sentence: The sumptuous historical romp is back on exciting form.

BBC Summary: Historical drama series. August, 1540. A heatwave heightens the hidden passions of Henry's court as he reveals his marriage to Katherine Howard, a giddy girl who excites interest in others.


I Can Talk - Two Door Cinema Club
Oh, I do love this song...

Inception Animals


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Oscar and Razzie 2011 Nominations

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards have been released and it’s great to see the Brit’s are dominating. 
As a film fan, it’s always exciting to see who the Academy have picked... and who they’ve missed out altogether!

So then, here are the nominations...

Monday, 24 January 2011

Top Gear Breeds New Stig

Top Gear was on last night, and as ever, it was a blast.
Here is a hilarious video describing how Top Gear got their new Stig...

Filmography 2010

This is one of the most beautifully put together montages I've ever seen. Pretty much every film from 2010 was put into this and it works wonderfully. 
An incredible editor, genrocks is an inspiration...
And here she is talking about The Making of Filmography.

Revolutionary Road

UK Release: 30th January 2009
Watched on DVD: Saturday 22nd January
Rating: 15
Runtime: 2hrs 

Being Human

On TV: Sunday 23rd January 2011
Channel: BBC3 9-10pm 
Episode Type: Series 3 Episode 1
In 1 Sentence: Simply the best programme on the box right now.

BBC3 Summary: Series about three housemates who happen to be a werewolf, vampire and their ghost, and their quest to come to terms with who they are.
Episode summary: If Mitchell is to rescue Annie from purgatory, then first he must face up to his haunting past. Meanwhile, George is arrested moments before the full moon.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

UK Release: 30th April 2004
Watched on TV: Saturday 22nd January
Rating: 15
Runtime: 1hr 58 mins
Tagline: You can erase someone from your mind. Getting them out of your heart is another story.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Donnie Darko

UK Release: 25th October 2002
Watched on DVD: Friday 21st January
Rating: 15
Runtime: 1hr 50 mins
Tagline: Dark. Darker. Darko.

Friday, 21 January 2011


UK Release: 14th December 2007
Watched on TV: Sunday 16th January
Rating: PG
Runtime: 1hr 47mins
Tagline: This fairytale princess is about to meet a real Prince Charming.


Feel Good - Modestep
Pretty epic video...

Thursday, 20 January 2011

My Top 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Part 3

From F-H...
Friends with Benefits
UK release date: 2nd September 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance

IMDb summary: The relationship between two friends gets complicated when they decide to get romantic.
Starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are coming from two of the biggest films of 2010: The Social Network and Black Swan, respectively. FwB seems like a good old-fashioned rom-com, with some great acting talent and laugh-out-loud lines. Love it. 

The Future
UK release date: TBA
Genre: Drama

IMDb summary: When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.

No Trailer Released Yet.

Not many details have been released about this film, except that it is a product of Miranda July, (writing, directing and starring) so Indie lovers won’t want to miss it. Based on an intriguing premise, I look forward to finding out more about The Future.


When She Turns 18 - Christian TV

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

BAFTAs 2011 Nominations

The BAFTA nominations were released yesterdayThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts first started in 1947 and since have become the British equivalent of the Oscars. 
The BAFTAs are one of my favourite events of the year, mixing the best in film with the best in television; it makes for an unmissable night. 
Here are some of the main categories and the nominees I believe should win...

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Eyes Wide Shut - JLS Feat. Tinie Tempah

Never would I have put the two together... but this song is actually rather catchy!

Monday, 17 January 2011

My Top 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Part 2

From B-D...
Brighton Rock
UK release date: 4th February 2011
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
IMDb summary: Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.

Now that’s what I call a trailer! I’ve been looking forward to this film for a long time now and that trailer just makes me wish February could come sooner. Wonderfully shot with relative newcomer Sam Riley and Helen Mirren consuming every scene. Riley is one to watch. His presence in this trailer is extraordinary playing the bad man as well as the lead sympathetic character. I really, really cannot wait to see Brighton Rock.

US release date: 8th April 2011
Genre: Coming-of-age, comedy
Dark Horizons summary: A young man falls hard for an older woman about to be married. The infatuation prompts him to take along his unwitting friend to a beach town in an effort to break up the wedding. Upon arriving, the young men quickly realize just how out of place they are among the stately British groom-to-be and his guests.

Starring Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano and Lee Pace this movie could be hit or miss. The premise sounds good, but with only this short, albeit funny, clip to go on it’s difficult to tell how good this film will be. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations.
UK release date: 21st October 2011
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Dark Horizons summary: The story follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
No trailer released yet.
Currently shooting in 3D in Illinois, California and Hong Kong the impressive star cast (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard) is sure to turn heads. What matters though is how they play out the spread of the virus. Suspiciously close to the Survivors plot, Contagion (meaning contagious disease) could be cheesy or moving (like I am Legend); it really is too close to call. However having Kate Winslet in the cast usually is a sign of quality and Matt Damon is certainly no stranger of the action thriller genre, so I’m hoping Contagion shapes up to be the great Autumn blockbuster it promises to be. 
A Dangerous Method
UK release date: TBA
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Dark Horizons summary: Set on the eve of World War I, the story is based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender - Inglourious Basterds), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen - The Road), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.

This film looks really interesting to me, being the sociology student that I am. Unfortunately there are no trailers or clips to see yet, but from the brilliant cast and locations, including Vienna, Switzerland and Berlin it certainly looks promising. It is based on John Kerr’s 1993 non-fiction book of the same name, which was adapted into a stage play in 2002 by oscar-winner, british writer Christopher Hampton, who has now adapted it ready for the big screen. He also adapted Dangerous Liaisons and Atonement so the film is in good hands. There’s no doubt this could be a superb film. 

US release date: 16th September 2011
Genre: Action, Drama
Dark Horizons summary: The story follows a nameless Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a freelance getaway driver during robberies. When a bank heist goes wrong, he ends up on the run with a contract on his head and an ex-con’s girlfriend in his car.
No trailer released yet.
Anything starring Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling will have instant interest from me. Not much is known about the film, other than it’s an independent high-energy thriller, with clearly some outstanding acting talent on display. I hope to see it for myself when it is released to find out.

For more...
Part 1 (A-B)

Part 3 (F-H)
Part 4 (H-L)
Part 5 (N-R)
Part 6 (R-W)

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