I recently contracted the Norovirus, also known as the 'Winter vomiting bug'. I find this ironic seeing as it's the middle of June but it just goes to show that not even viruses are always on time. Over the last twenty-four hours I have lost nearly half a stone. It's the sort of tool that would probably put "Weight Watchers" out of business if the baggage it carries with it wasn't so volatile and was readily available on tap.
The very first Eastleigh Film Festival will be running in my home town of Southampton between 22nd - 27th September of this year and one that I am very much excited about. It's being taken seriously, with film critic Danny Leigh from BBC Film 2014 choosing his favorite movies in specific genres and those interested get to vote for which one they would like to see the most shine on the big screen. At last, Southampton has a mass art festival worth shouting home about.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. A day when Allied Forces under code-named operations stormed the Normandy beach lines from amphibious deployment in the hope of gaining a foothold in central Europe against Germany.
The D-Day museum, which resides within my neighbor city of Portsmouth, claims that the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. The American forces landed numbered 73,000: 23,250 on Utah Beach, 34,250 on Omaha Beach, and 15,500 airborne troops. In the British and Canadian sector, 83,115 troops were landed (61,715 of them British): 24,970 on Gold Beach, 21,400 on Juno Beach, 28,845 on Sword Beach, and 7900 airborne troops. After five days, By the end of 11 June (D + 5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches. It was, and still is, the biggest seaborne military operation in the history of warfare.
We arrived at Gare Du Nord on Eurostar from St. Pancras. Friendly taxi driver took us to Hotel Novotel right near the River Seine. I spoke to him about football and he gave us a mini tour while en route to our destination. One interesting point he told us was that the architecture of Paris was done by Napolean's architect. I wanted to say something witty about Lord Nelson but did not get round to it. I also mentioned how much I wanted to see the Riviera regions of France but he thought I said Viera so our conversation swiftly moved back to football. As he was a Marseille fan, I asked him how he felt Joey Barton was doing and he was pleased with him. He must be the only person I have ever heard describe Joey Barton as a "decent guy" but maybe he is. I must have also come across as a weird Englishman describing Viera to him as "a really nice place". He was a polite man.
Last year’s 2012 Oscars was a great one in terms of volume of movies released by some of the industries most loved and brilliant filmmakers. I even dubbed 2012 as “the year of film” – it was that good. 2013 was a slow start which was eventually kick-started into gear in my movie watching experience by “Rush”. I would have to call that the first movie of 2013 to really shout out for possible Oscar nods. Maybe there were others that did it for you, but “Rush” was the one that got the Oscar race moving in my opinion. One I saw very early in the year that I enjoyed was Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” but it is not worthy of Oscar nominations, neither did it strive for them. Another movie I enjoyed for different reasons was “Elysium” but, again, it is not a movie that screams out as Oscar worthy in any department. Maybe it could have gained something in Visual Effects and Production Design but the competition vamped up from September onwards fiercely and any possibilities for “Elysium” to get an Oscar has been pushed to the back of the line which is kind of a shame as Neill Blomkamp’s movie had some great visual/production qualities.
How wonderful the John Lewis Christmas advert is - which tells the story of an aging bear and his hare friend whom wants him not to miss Christmas.
I believe there to be two breeds of actors out there.
The first breed are those which aim for Oscar glory and dedicate their life's work to achieving this success. Actors whom will probably turn down roles if they do not have the potential for them to reach the big time and take glory at various awards ceremonies. These are the actors we remember for their prestige and excellence - we celebrate them when they win and we dedicate time to watching their movies if we're fans of them.
It was Paul Rodriguez who once said: "Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game". He was right. Mahatma Gandhi also once said: "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". He was also right.
Melissa Bachman, TV show celeb and self proclaimed fan of hunting has caused uproar across the internet by shooting dead various animals recently in South Africa, the most tragic the beautiful male lion above, and actually enjoying it. I do not know what is worse, the fact that she has committed such a repulsive act against nature or the fact that the Maori conservancy even allowed her to commit such barbaric acts in the first place. In South Africa, it is legal and Lourens Mostert, a manager at the Maroi conservancy where Bachman shot the lion said: 'If it isn't right to hunt these lions, why does our government legally give us permission?' He also says: "This is not the only lion that has been hunted in South Africa this year.”
Today is Remembrance Day, the day when the guns of World War I ceased firing on the 11th day, on the 11th hour, of the 11th month. It is a day that now encompasses remembrance to those whom fell during both World Wars and the current in the Middle-East. It is also a day for me to remember remembering them.
As I sat at work, bored, I started to think about my experience back in 2006 - when I visited the sites of memorial in Belgium and France. I was sixteen at the time. I wish I was older as I do not feel like I quite took as much information in as what I would now at twenty-three. I would like to one day go back and visit the sites at Ypres and the Somme as an adult.
For most people, Halloween consists of either dressing up in great costumes, trick or treating, telling scary stories or just doing nothing and treating it like any other normal day on the calendar.
As a film critic, I will be spending my time watching scary movies and I would like to share some of what I consider to be the very best horrors to watch on Halloween (and also the best horror movies of all time for that matter). I feel compelled to share and persuade you to watch at least one of these five movies below tonight: