Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Song For Marion

Tonight I have been to see Song For Marion.

Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave star in this tender comedy drama. Crotchety Arthur (Terence Stamp) is married to Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). Much loved by her husband, Marion is tragically dying of cancer and wants to get the maximum enjoyment out of life. She sings in the local seniors chorus named The OAPZ - so named because the conductor Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) wants the chorus to sound 'street'. Elizabeth's aim is to introduce the pensioners to contemporary music from artists like Gnarls Barkley as they prepare for an important Choir of the Year competition. But when Marion is stricken by her illness and unable to participate, it falls to grumpy Arthur to step up to the plate. Will he be able to do his beloved wife proud? The stage is set for a funny and moving story of reconciliation and the redemptive power of music, featuring the unforgettable image of elderly pensioners crooning Ace of Spades by Motorhead!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Beautiful Creatures

A young witch sets out to change her destiny in this brooding, dark teen fantasy. Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is a new arrival in the town of Gatlin. A loner at high school, where she is the subject of malicious gossip, Lena lives an isolated existence with her family in a crumbling mansion. Soon, she finds herself attracted to Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who is bored of small-town life - but Lena has an amazing secret. She and her family are in fact 'casters,' witches who possesses strange and mystical powers. However, Lena and Ethan's romance is threatened by the imminent arrival of her sixteenth birthday, when her powers will be 'claimed' for either light or dark. If she is seized by the forces of darkness, Lena will be powerful enough to rule over all mankind. Can she escape the age-old curse and change her fate? This visually stunning combination of fantasy and romance is adapted from the first novel in the hit Caster Chronicles series.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


Anthony Hopkins plays legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren is Hitch's wife Alma Reville in this witty biographical drama. As the 'Master of Suspense,' Hitchcock extended a powerful influence over cinema and generations of directors. He forever sealed his reputation with the release of his ground breaking 1960 horror, Psycho, one which turned the shower into an object of pure terror. Now Sacha Gervasi's affectionate film takes a peek behind the (shower) curtain, exploring the marriage between Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) as it plays out against the backdrop of this cinematic masterpiece. From the financial difficulties that arise out of Hitchcock's decision to fund the movie himself to the pressures Reville feels as she supports her husband from the sidelines, Gervasi's film takes a fresh look at this monumental figure. Screen siren Scarlett Johansson co-stars as the unforgettable Janet Leigh whose role as the ill-fated Marion Crane was to terrify audiences worldwide.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013


Tonight I have been to see Flight.

Denzel Washington stars in this compelling drama as an airline pilot whose turbulent personal life is exposed. William 'Whip' Whitaker (Washington) is a hard-living womaniser with an alcohol and drug problem. The morning after a boozy episode in an Orlando hotel room, Whip is scheduled to make a routine trip to Atlanta. After a rough take-off, the flight appears to be progressing smoothly - until the plane plummets into a terrifying, heart-stopping dive. Seasoned pilot Whip miraculously manages to land the plane, saving the lives of nearly everyone on-board and his heroism is duly applauded. But then details of his lifestyle begin to surface, casting doubt over his entire character. Can a man still be a hero even when he has a dark side? That's the dilemma at the centre of thought-provoking drama Flight. Robert Zemeckis' first live action film since Cast Away features a riveting turn from Washington as a man thrown into a personal crisis of increasingly stormy proportions.