Today, I said my goodbyes and sent my Mum into the fire at Manchester Crematorium. She died Sunday, October 5. Just four days earlier, inspired by an article over at Verbal Spew (thanks ‘V’), I interviewed her about going to ‘the pictures’ back in the day. I hope you folk get something out of it – myself, I just needed to get something out there as a tribute. I didn’t know what else to do…
This is the cinema part of these awards. Over the last few weeks, we’ve asked for your thoughts on category, and then we asked everyone for nominations. I’ve now collated them all, and these are the most nominated in each category. I’m putting it to the vote, so it’s all public etc, but don’t forget how easy it is to bribe me!.
First up: The Cinema Awards. Where at all possible, I’ll link to a review that we’ve got up. A lot of them we haven’t reviewed which is a bit odd, given the amount of crap we have squandered bandwidth on. Otherwise, just take my word for it. All finalists received more than one nomination with one exception, that I’ll explain when it comes up.
Droid kindly posted the first part of this the other day, and I’m taking over the reins for this section. Last time out we were aiming for Award categories, and this time it’s the moment to narrow the field. I’ve diligently gone through everyone’s suggestions, and these are the categories that stood out.
Obviously, no person involved with film’s career will be complete without having a cherished Golden Chang sitting on their mantlepiece, so we’ve clearly got to pick worthy winners.
Director: Allan Holzman
Starring: Jesse Vint, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles
In some areas also known as Mutant, this is the second in my hugely popular ‘Waste Of Space’ trilogy. If I mention Forbidden World to anyone they’ll usually respond with (a) “Do you mean Forbidden Planet?” or (b)… Oh. There’s no (b). This movie should have been called and shall henceforth be known as Dingwhopper. I’ll hear no further arguments on the matter. That’s final.
I thought I’d introduce a new segment that I’m sure I will periodically post when the mood strikes. It’s essentially mini reviews of films that I can’t be bothered reviewing (or don’t have that much to talk about). Here we go…
Yes, I know this is late. It wasn’t my fault- honest. However, I don’t feel bad in the slightest about keeping going.
Anyhow, on with this ultimately pointless attempt to define the top 10 of last decade. Read More…
When I first saw ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ at the cinema I thought it was garbage. It was ‘Gladiator’ all over again, except with an actor in the lead who would be more suited to miming in a boy band than leading the defence of Jerusalem against the vast Muslim army. It felt slight, despite it’s almost two and a half hour running time. There was little depth to the relationships and it seemed to touch on a subject then scuttle off in search of the nearest action scene.
A few years after I’d stricken it from the record, I noticed nattering amongst the ranks that a newly released Directors Cut had not only resurrected this flick from it’s shallow grave but gave it a brand new haircut and a shiny new suit as well. So I checked out the re-released version, risking 194 minutes of my oh so precious time, and was absolutely amazed by what I saw. It’s essentially the same film, but about ten times better. What a difference 50 minutes can make.
It’s been a long wait. Twelve years after ‘Titanic’ dominated the hearts and minds of women (and some men) everywhere and made the worldwide Box Office it’s bitch, James Cameron returns to his science fiction roots with much fanfare. On the line is a budget large enough to purchase a small nation, “game changing” 3D technology touted as the future of film and the hopes and dreams of geeks and nerds everywhere. And after four years in production, ‘Avatar’ is finally here. And was it worth the wait?