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Oz The Great and Powerful finds scepticism ripe because Disney’s live-action output can be described as a bit of a failure lately. John Carter bombed, Prince of Persia bombed, Tron: Legacy sort of bombed. It seems a commonality for them all to bomb but when Raimi stepped up to the plate to develop a prequel to the 1939 classic film more than the novels by L. Frank Baum, everyone seemed to notice and go to it with a bit more respect. What seemed like a cash in has turned into a good film and that could be because of Raimi’s return to form after the annoying Spider-Man trilogy. Sam Raimi has lavishly created a luscious, wondrous fantasy land that you feel a part of.
Fast paced horror with well executed gore. Director Fede Alvarez and his team have delivered a worthy addition to the Evil Dead franchise that should please fans of the original and the genre in general. Everyone else, approach with caution.
Award winning Josh Widdicombe, currently enjoying success on on Channel 4’s The Last Leg with Adam Hills, once again displays his gag-driven talent as he delivers another solid stand-up performance at the Glasgow Stand on the 18th March.
To Kill A King’s debut album makes its way onto the musical meal table on February 24th, 2013 and they are still astounding with their five part harmonies, orchestral strings and rousing brass highlights.
The Fall of the Essex Boys takes us back to Rettingdon for another take on the triple murder of drug dealers. It may sound very familiar but, for once, it isn’t. It isn’t a standard British gangster flick that glamorises the murderers, the drug lords, the psychopaths, but instead shows them in the light they truly deserve, showing you the dark, dirty-handed ways that they didn’t even think was wrong nor care about. They were dirty psychopaths that would injure, hurt or kill anyone to get what they wanted without even a hesitation. A generation so disturbing that one of them stabs a man for flirting with his girlfriend. A truly scary look into the thoughts of some of the most messed up people that could roam around freely, causing as much havoc as possible.
Admittedly I was fairly dubious about last night’s theatre visit after having drudged through several reviews that deemed Saunders’ Spice sensation musical a massive flop. I felt I’d let the side down, as being the family thespian it is always my duty to pick a show. However, last night proved that you shouldn’t always listen to the advice of pompous critics, as after all … musical theatre is subjective.
Les Miserables the musical at last gets the big picture treatment. Sometimes it can be hard to find the words to effectively describe films. Others you passionately love enough to gush on romantically about how fantastic every minute detail of it is. Others you loathe so much that the hatred spills out of you with every acidic word spitting its disapproval on the page to warn others. Then there are the middle-films. The films you neither dislike nor like. The films that sit in the middle with no real adequate description of something average bar the word average. Les Miserables is that sort of film and it could be summed up with a two and a half hour recording of “mehhhhhhhhhhh” with the exclusion of Anne Hathaway’s I Dreamed a Dream being the only fantastic moment.
No matter how much you see Kevin Bishop around, it’s hard to get the memory of him in The Muppets’ Treasure Island out of your mind. This film does try quite hard to distance him from the childhood film that birthed the comedic actor, going from a Muppet helper to a murdering cycling policeman who gains notoriety and fame for his vigilantism. Where it’s a bit heavy-handed with the social commentary with characters all seemingly agreeing with his ways and few, if any, questioning them until the third act, it’s a bit weak with challenging the vigilante. It could be a comment on how extreme it has now become; it comes off more as a bit shallow in the writing.
In his latest stand-up DVD ”Outstanding in His Field” Francis is back as his usual affable, casual self with his trait satirical rapid-fire cadence. As always, he’s armed to the teeth with an arsenal of oral origami one-liners, deceptions and puns and although everyone thought it would be hard to surpass such a joke-filled first DVD, his second offering sustains a much higher hit rate.
“When you are done reading this, then you have my permission to die”. A tad of attempted humour there.
The much awaited or… one of the most anticipated movies of all time, “The Dark Knight Rises” hit cinemas hard. On the 28th of July it eclipsed its predecessor “Batman Begins” grossing $374.2 million compared to the $372.7 million the prequel earned it in its ENTIRE theatre run.