August 15th, 2011

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Empire presents Big Screen - 12-14 August, O2

I was at the Empire Big Screen event on Friday and Sunday. It was the first time Empire had run the event at the O2 so there were a few issues with logistics.

However, I can describe the event overall in two simple words - F**king Amazing!

It was a blast. I had fun. "I had the time of my life".

Well done Empire! (I am a longtime Empire Subscriber).

I will post about the feature films I saw today, and the films to look out for (based on the trailers that I saw) tomorrow.
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Empire Big Screen: Friends with Benefits

On Friday, I saw Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. It is a traditional romantic comedy - I loved it and would highly recommend it. I will see it again when it comes out officially.

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Justin Timberlake. OMG! Tall, dark, and handsome, with blue eyes that you could lose yourself in. I will definitely be following Justin from now on. I loved him in The Social Network (which was one of my favourite films last year). Justin was genius in this film. It is very hard to carry a romantic comedy. You have to charm each and every woman in the cinema. Justin delivered on that - he had me at "Hello"!

Follow the links to find out more about the film:
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Empire Big Screen: The Help

I saw a preview screening of The Help on Sunday. I have to confess that I have not yet read the book but the film was truly oustanding. Highly highly recommended - I would even say a must-see.

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Brilliant screenplay which grips from start to finish, and great casting and excellent acting by all the actors in the production. The film focuses on women - White and Black - In Jackson, Mississippi. Emma Stone is a very gutsy and feisty White heroine. Independent. Free thinking. Principled. Decent. Strong. There were good people around then - there always are. But many White women treated the Black help very shabbily indeed, with little or no respect. It really upset me to see how cruel one human being can be to another. All the lead Black actors in the film were outstanding. The turning point in the film comes when the White writer gives the Black maids their voice by listening to and writing down their stories. The Black maids fight back and regain their self-respect and dignity when they tell their stories and find their voice.

This is another film that I will be defnitely be seeing again when it comes out officially - I loved it!

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And the book is available here at the bargain price of £4:
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Empire Big Screen: Fright Night

This is the new David Tennant film, that I saw previewing last night (Sunday). It was nice to see David Tennant but I did not like the film. Not recommended!

Instead, if you are after a Vampire movie, I am going to recommend Let Me In, which was one of my favourite films of last year. Let Me In was the US remake of Let the Right One In.

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Stuart: Bank Holiday Monday Special

Dedicated to Richard, David, Dave, Ahmed, Janice and my All Souls Church family. As well as the Lord, real life human beings, true friends, will always carry you in times of trouble. Thank you to you all for being there for me!

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Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."

by Mary Stevenson

Copyright © 1984 Mary Stevenson, from original 1936 text, All rights reserved

To learn more about this poem, follow the link:
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Sherlock Holmes' London - The Investigation [DVD]

This has just come up on Amazon and it looks very good!

Cut and pasted from Amazon:

Join super sleuth and expert presenter Mark Conroy on a tour of the most famous sites in London which have been immortalised in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, through his legendary stories of Sherlock Holmes and his partner in 'crime' - Doctor Watson. On tour, we examine the famous links and locations within the Sherlock Holmes' stories to the deadly Professor Moriarty and the criminal underworld of the Victorian age - which bring to life the world's most renowned and acclaimed fictional detective of all time, a character which still excites the imagination of major film makers worldwide.

I have ordered it and will let you know if it is any good!
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Doctor Who Preview Screening, BFI

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Today I was lucky enough to get into the preview screening of Dr Who, which will be returning to our screens in a few weeks (six episodes will be broadcast on BBC1 this autumn). The episode was titled "Let's Kill Hitler" and focuses on what happens when the TARDIS crash lands in 1930s Berlin.

I love the Dr Whos that are based on history and I love the darker episodes and the ones that centre on the Second World War, Churchill and Hitler. So this one was right up my street.

In a nutshell, the epiode was AMAZING! I loved it! Matt Smith is definitely my favourite doctor ever - I love his Englishness, his quirkiness, his eccentricity and his maverickness (if such a word exists).

And guess who else came to see the preview screening? ... Andrew Scott!

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Which gives me yet another excuse to give a big shout out to Mr Scott who has rapidly become a firm favourite of mine because he is just so charming (and also an absolute genius actor!).
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

I saw the trailer for the new Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes film at the Empire Big Screen for the first time. I hated it. There was too much fighting and I was not impressed with Holmes dressed as a woman. There was very little about Holmes's genius mind and his deductions. And I still cannot get over the fact that Robert Downey Jr looks nothing like the Holmes described in the books or illustrated by Paget. Holmes is meant to be tall, rake thin and with an angular face. Robert Downey Jr fulfills none of these criteria! There was nothing in the trailer about Stephen Fry playing Mycroft either which was a disappointment.

Suffice it to say, much as I love films, I will be giving this one a miss! If truth be told, ever since I saw Benedict's portrayal of Sherlock in Sherlock, there is only one Sherlock Holmes for me and that is Benedict Cumberbatch!

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Follow the links if you want to find out more about the Robert Downey Jr film:
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Bert and Dickie: Matt Smith in Olympics Drama

Matt Smith could not attend the Dr Who preview screening at the BFI today because he was filming for "Bert and Dickie".

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Cut and pasted from The List:

Matt Smith is set to star in a drama about the 1948 London Olympics, portraying gold medal winner Bert Bushnell. Bert Bushnell and his partner Dickie Burnell won gold in the double sculls rowing event. Entitled 'Bert and Dickie', the show will document how two men from very different social backgrounds overcame class struggles to become champions. While Bert left school at just 14 to become an apprentice with an engineering company, his team-mate Dickie was educated at the prestigious Eton school and later Oxford University.

This sounds amazing - I cannot wait - bring it on!

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