Having seen Skyfall
twice make that three times now! I couldn’t help but notice how many times the word “bloody” is used throughout the film. I am sure this is seen as a big British word but it really does feature a lot. Hence the title of this blog post, it possibly is the most British Bond film to date with a lot of the scenes being in and around London, with a trip to Scotland as well so the UK is very well used in this film. (But don’t worry some other places are involved too).
No one mourns the Wicked . . .
This is the second time I have seen Wicked. But the first time I have seen it in the West End. It had been over 3 years since I saw it on Broadway. Obviously I know all the words to the songs from listening to the soundtrack, but I had forgotten all about the little things. How funny the show is, how heartfelt and emotionally it is from start to finish. How some of the songs are staged as well, this is something you forget while just listening to the soundtrack. Although Defying Gravity you remember from start to finish, that doesn’t stop the tingling all over your body when it’s being sung. It really is the ultimate show stopping moment in a musical and an incredible way to end the first act and leave the audience sitting thinking wow and knowing what they have just seen is something very special.
Another of the movies I managed to recreate whilst in London involved the Queen herself . . . in Lego form, but this is The Queen!
The weekend in London was very successful and I even ended up featuring in the new Bond film Skyfall as I was about to go in Harrods. From no where James Bond appeared with a gun . . .
At the weekend I went down to London and took a little visit to Platform 9 and 3/4 whilst in King’s Cross. So this is perfect for recreating the movie and getting Harry Potter involved in it!
Yesterday evening saw the final Harry Potter premiere take place in Trafalgar Square, with what was possibly the biggest red carpet ever linking to Leicester Square. The premiere was broadcast live around the world, and yes I did find myself watching for a few hours. It was a very emotional experience for everyone involved, even watching it all unfold. The cast members were clearly overwhelmed by the amount of fans who were stretched around the stages and red carpet. Such unbelievable scenes in London. All of the cast members spent plenty of time signing autographs and posing for photographs.
Watching live we had interviews and words from all of the different cast members. To finish with we had the three biggest stars of the films, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. Joined by J.K. Rowling herself and the films producers. This lead to emotional speeches taking place and causing each other to get emotional and the tears began to flow. The realisation that this was the last time they would ever have a world premiere for a Potter film and they would never experience anything like that ever again.
This time next week I would have seen the film already for myself as attending a 00:05 showing on Friday 15th July. What I am seeing as a brilliant start to my birthday weekend. Although if my worst crying moment in the books is put into the film in more of a visual way I may indeed leave the cinema in pieces. I am looking forward to the film, but at the same time I really do not want it to be over at all.
Mitchell (Farrell) is released from prison and finds himself quickly in trouble again getting involved with gangster Gant (Winstone) even though he does not see himself as a gangster. While this is going on he ends up falling in love with a young actress Charlotte (Knightley), who he has a job protecting from the press. I was very much looking forward to seeing this film as British gangster films are usually good to watch, this one however is lacking something.
184.108.40.206 . . . set mainly in London (with a trip to New York included) is based on four friends who all have a very strange and action packed weekend. Which all begins from when they leave each other on a Friday afternoon. But this film wasn’t like any other film which kept jumping backwards and forwards to see what each friend was doing, know we had each girl’s full weekend then went back to when they left each other.
I received an email a few days ago with information about winning the chance to attend the 2010 Empire Film Awards.
“Citroën is giving one lucky film fan the chance to attend this prestigious event. The prize is a pair of tickets (the winner and a friend) to attend the exclusive awards ceremony, schmooze with guests at the VIP after-party and then crash down in a nearby luxury London hotel with complimentary breakfast for the morning after.”
It really is a fantastic prize for any film fan out there, the awards are usually very good and honor films which tend to get missed from all the other awards shows as the fans vote for their favorites of the past year.
Enter the competition here
Yes it is that day of the year again of which in the UK we celebrate Bonfire Night. In remembrance of the plot Guy Fawkes was involved in to attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. This was way back in 1605 and it has still not been forgot!
- “Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
- The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
- I know of* no reason
- Why the Gunpowder Treason
- Should ever be forgot.
- Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
- To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
- Three-score barrels of powder below
- To prove old England’s overthrow;
- By God’s providence he was catch’d (or by God’s mercy*)
- With a dark lantern and burning match.
- Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring. (Holla*)
- Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King! “
So each year across the country people have bonfire’s and fireworks in memory of the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliment with Gunpowder. Some people make Guy’s as well and ask penny for the guy, his eventual fate being burnt on the Bonfire. This all really has become such a tradition it really is just something else.
I can always remember it being a made a massive deal of when at primary school, and we even had fireworks displays in the broad daylight on that day at school. Of which you could not really see the fireworks, but we used to pretend that we could, haha.
I am really looking forward to seeing the fireworks and hearing them from when it gets dark tonight, and looking forward to the party I am having tomorrow night with fireworks. While no fireworks are really going to beat the 4th of July display I saw in Boston this year, tonight is just different.
So, how do you celebrate Bonfire Night?
Another new type of post that I am going to start doing is looking at different locations to see which movies are set in this location and how popular it is in terms of movies. Plus different events which occur in this movies.
So far the list of locations is:
- New York City
- Las Vegas
Again any suggestions are appreciated
I think this is really interesting !!!
Guy Ritchie is set to branch out from the world of gangster cinema – the filmmaker is reportedly in Hollywood to begin writing a script for a remake of Guys And Dolls.
The director, best known for his London-based crime films, is said to have roped in movie hardman Jason Statham to show off his vocal talents in a reworking of the classic musical, which originally starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, “Guy has been on the case with the idea of making a musical recently. He had been throwing ideas around with Jason Statham about writing their own musical.
“Guy has had a lot of meetings with top studio bosses about other projects but the Guys And Dolls idea really tickled him.”
But Ritchie could be sticking to a familiar formula when shooting begins – he is apparently considering basing the song-and-dance classic in his native Britain.
The insider adds: “He is torn between keeping the script true to the original in New York and taking it to familiar surroundings in London.”