The Great Illness Recovery Movie Rewatch of 2016
Miscellaneous / August 31, 2016

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I spent a couple of days in hospital being treated for a skin infection.  I’m back at home now, and although I have not been doing a great deal of reading, what I have been doing is watching a whole lot of movies.   Chariots of Fire.  I’m not certain if I had seen this before, but I had a real hankering to watch the Oscar winning movie about two very different British Olympian hopefuls in the 1924 Paris Olympics.  This film was sheer perfection, from the casting to the script to the cinematography to the music.  I loved every moment of it, from the opening scene with the runners running along the beach to Vangelis’ stirring musical theme to the heart lifting final race.  I definitely have visions like Mr Bean at the 2012 London Olympics of running down that beach with the athletes.  Go watch this movie.  Now.   A Walk in the Woods.  The second movie I watched was A Walk in the Woods, an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s travelogue about hiking the Appalachian trail, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.  This got pretty mixed reviews in the cinema, so…

A Tour of My iTunes Library – Movie Edition
Miscellaneous / January 4, 2014

As most of you know, I spend a lot of my free time reading.  That doesn’t mean however, that I don’t have a reasonable film and TV collection so I thought it might be nice if I took you through it.  Whereas with books I’m comfortable spending $8 or so on a book about which I’m not 100% sure, as films and TV series cost between $20 and $50 I am a lot choosier about what I add to my collections. Movies My movie collection can be roughly divided into three categories: musicals (yes, I am a closet Andrew Lloyd Webber fan – so what?) great dramas with excellent scripts and acting and finally fun family movies. In terms of musicals I have: Alegria.  This is one of the Montreal based Cirque du Soleil’s shows.  If you have not seen CdS before, you really should check them out.  There are no animals involved, just incredible human acrobatics with stunning production values and visuals.  Fun fact; the founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, became Canada’s first space tourist. Cats.  This is a filming of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about, well, cats.  Thin on plot, some catchy tunes, but wonderful…

My Oscar Predictions
Miscellaneous / February 12, 2012

So, the BAFTA awards have just been handed out (as an aside, can we PLEASE have Stephen Fry to host the Oscars?  A Stephen Fry/Helen Mirren partnership would be excellent) so here is my take on who will receive the golden statuettes on February 26th. Best Actor: with a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA under his belt, it looks like this category is Dujardin's to lose for his role in The Artist.  Having seen the movie I agree that his performance is stunning.  At this point, George Clooney is probably his closest contender; his performance in The Descendants is apparently also excellent.  Brit Gary Oldman's turn in Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy is likely an outside chance at best. Best Actress: based on previous awards and nominations, this category is a close run race between Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady and Viola Davis for The Help.  Both actresses gave wonderful performances and I would be happy to see either win.  Personally though I'm rooting for Streep just because of her "17 times the bridesmaid never the bride" luck when it comes to awards.   Best Supporting Actor: two words: Christopher Plummer.   Best Supporting Actress: for the Oscars, Bérénice Béjo is nominated…