We head back to New York City for the second instalment of The Amazing Spider-Man and catch up with Peter Parker and how he is struggling to keep his double life in balance.
The world is split into five factions which are based on virtues, at a certain age people must pick which faction they believe they fit into. This is often helped by the test taken the day before. Not that simple for Tris when she learns that she does not actually fit in and discovers she is a divergent. She must battle to survive as divergents are being found and killed off.
You can’t ‘do’ London without at least one trip to the theatre, and the National Theatre’s ample selection of sell-out shows should be your first port of call. Everything from family frolics and Shakespearean dramas are on offer throughout this year’s spring and summer season, and here’s a pick of the highlights:
A Taste of Honey
One of Shelagh Delaney’s earliest plays, A Taste of Honey is a poignant tale of honour, lust, and rebellion in 1950s Britain. It’s a colourful show that celebrates life in all its often gruelling guises, set to a backdrop of jazz and fiery energy. The show is running until the 11th of May.
A Small Family Business
Returning to the stage on which it premiered in 1987, this dark comedy takes you to a world of dodgy dealings and hilarious antics, as protagonist Jack McCracken tries to maintain his integrity after inheriting his father’s shady family business. Exclusive previews run from the 1st to the 8th of April.
The Silver Tassie
This harrowing and thought-provoking World War One play follows the life of young Irishman Harry Heegan from his home in Dublin to the trenches. Capturing the horrors of war on a level comparable to the acclaimed War Horse and directed by Olivier award-winning veteran Howard Davies, this seldom-performed show begins its run on the 15th of April.
Whimsical and fun, this show is perfect family entertainment. The story of a little girl and a ghostly elephant that came to stay one Tuesday afternoon is adapted from the picture book by Ross Collins and includes huge blue elephants, fun songs and cheeky, kid-friendly humour. With four and five star reviews all round after its National Theatre run, it’s set for a sell-out season.
Critics have showered praise on director Sam Mendes for his re-imagining of this Shakespeare classic. Simon Russell Beale stuns audiences with his performance as the aged King Lear, making this a show well-worth the wait: standard sale tickets are sold out until the end of May. Keep an eye out for new dates released in June and July, or if you’re an American Express card holder, take advantage of American Express
Invites to gain access to sold out shows.
American Express credit cards come with a whole range of benefits, including reserved seating and the chance to buy pre-release tickets for all the best National Theatre shows; just look for the ‘American Express Invites’ box when you book tickets online.
A cinema release was given to the revival of Romeo and Juliet which took place on Broadway from August until December 2013 on Broadway. It came to the UK last night for myself as I went to see it at Cineworld. Yes I wanted to see it because Orlando Bloom is Romeo and that certainly takes me back to my teenage years and biggest crush.
This has taken much longer than normal to get my best films of 2013 list up on Let’s Go To The Movies. Have a look here to see the films I managed to see at the cinema in 2013, obviously this list is all my opinion and mainly features the films I enjoyed the most. I will try my best to explain why I have chosen each film! It turned out to be a bit trickier than I first expected and probably could have easily chosen a top 15 films list and still struggled on which to omit, but I was ruthless and have my top 10 best films of 2013.
I have written a little about each film and reasons why I have put them on this list.
I have also put a link to the full review which would have been done within days of first seeing the film!
When fandom’s collide!
Just came across this absolutely brilliant video with Hugh Jackman using a Les Mis song with some very different lyrics, with a nice little plug for the up and coming X-Men: Days of Future Past!
While I manage to see a lot of films at the cinema over the course of a year, I cannot see everything. So I have now for the past few years put together a top 10 list of films I missed. So this list is made up of the films I missed during 2013!
Captain America aka Steve Rogers missed a lot when he was frozen between 1943 and 2011. The idea of this blogathon is to pick 10 films between those years that he should watch to catch up on what he missed out on! I was trying to come up with a format on picking my choices at first I thought Best Picture Oscar winners, but then I decided against that and would pick Best Picture nominees from over the years, so the films which did not actually win the Oscar.
So here we go with my 10 choices . . .
Steve Rogers is struggling to come to terms with life in the modern world and must face up to things from the past as well as understanding that things aren’t like they used to be, when SHIELD comes under threat who can he really trust?