So here we are again. May the 4th. It’s a special Star Wars day as we look forward to ‘The Force Awakens’ later this year, and very special for me as I’m looking forward to going to Secret Cinema which is ‘Star Wars’ this year and I think it will be awesome.
I’m a massive fan of Wes Anderson’s movies. I think I’ve enjoyed them all to a greater or lesser degree. However, I think that this might be one of his finest. To date my favourite has been “The Life Aquatic” by far, but this is a worthy rival. I have to say that it had all the best elements of his films, and astonishingly good performances by the entire cast. In fact, I’d probably go so far as to say it was almost flawless.
Ralph Fiennes was incredible. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen him do. I think I’m going to have to watch it again, and again, and again.
Whilst I’m not a huge fan of Virginia Woolf, this was a really interesting little exhibition and I actually found out a lot about her and her life from it. Probably like a lot of people, I knew snippets about her, but didn’t have the stuff to connect all the dots, and this exhibition was really useful from that perspective. Also going along with a friend who knew a lot more than I did helped a great deal.
It’s left me tentatively wanting to read more of her work, although I’m still not entirely sure where to start with that. Orlando is the only one I know slightly and that’s really only because of the film, which was excellent of course. Perhaps I’ll start simple, and watch the film again first.
I thought that Tom Cruise’s last film, Oblivion, wasn’t too bad, and I’d enjoyed the trailers for this film so I thought I’d better get along to see it before it left the cinema. Actually, I thought it was very good. It wasn’t pretentious, it lived up to expectations and it left me at the end of the film knowing exactly where we’d got to and not to expect anything else.
I really liked it. I thought it was well constructed, with some nice surprises and a good clear story.
I really liked “The Hunt for Red October”. The two subsequent Jack Ryan films weren’t so good though. I think that this version is the second re-boot of these stories in film. Chris Pine seems like quite a good choice for the central character. It wasn’t a bad film either. Not amazing, not terrible by any standards. I think it’s interesting to see Chris Pine involved in his second re-booted film series. Firstly Star Trek, which has been an amazing restart, and now this franchise. I wonder if the Jack Ryan films will take off again?
Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if it gets another film, and if they decide to re-make any of the previous films.