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We arrived in Lincoln mid afternoon and laboured our roundabout way up to the old Bishops Palace to find our rather marvellous accommodations...
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This feels like too many posts in a day but never mind.
Let me talk about Wonder Woman.
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Yup, I couldn't resist. Thanks jj1564 for distracting me from what I should be doing! LOL

Movies I love:

A random one: Cool Hand Luke
Action: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Drama: The Sting
Western: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Horror: None! I don’t do horror…
Comedy: Life of Brian or Trading Places
Romance: House of Flying Daggers
Noir : Blade Runner
Disney : Brave (or maybe Old Yeller)
Sci Fi : Serenity
Animated : Wallace & Grommit
Superhero : the Captain America ones
War : King of Hearts or Das Boot
Exploitation : had to look this up! Apparently Spaghetti westerns count, so I’ll go for the Man with No Name
Muscial : Moulin Rouge
Historical : Troy
Shakespeare : Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead
Bad : I dunno. If I thought it was bad I wouldn’t love it, right?
A Childhood Favourite:  True Grit
A Teenage Favourite: Romeo and Juliet (the Zeffirelli version)
A Franchise : Avengers
A Trilogy : Lord of the Rings
A Guilty Pleasure: Stardust (though I don’t feel guilty about it!)
Recently Seen: Hidden Figures
Favourite of this Year: Kubo and the Two Strings
Favourite of All Time: Princess Bride
amberdreams: (Bum)
I mentioned this the other day but forgot to say why it was so, so good.
Here's one of the trailers to give you a taster, but it really doesn't do the film justice. It's so beautiful to look at, as well as full of gentle humour, pathos and emotion.

I admit, it took me a little while to adjust to the faces - they use a very angular, sharp-featured template for the human characters that I found a bit weird. But the stop animation is fantastic, the colours and visuals so engaging, and the story is absorbing. I loved the mixture of magic and real life, the fact that Kubo is basically his mother's carer and such a strong character that we have to be reminded occsaionally that he's only a little boy. The ending was both uplifting and heartbreaking, and it's well worth sitting through the credits to see the fabulous art work behind the constructions and creatures in the film itself.

Gah. Now I'm kicking myself that I didn't go and see it again while it was on at our cinema.
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Finally got to see the Frankenstein play at the cinema, after a little mix up over tickets (all my fault!). We saw the version with Jonny Lee Miller as the Monster and Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein.

The sets and lighting were amazing, especially the inverted pyramid myriad of lights that hung over the stage and were used to great effect for the lightning, creating ice, and pulses of electricity in the brain… But blimey, this was a dreadfully slow starter of a play. it couldn’t seem to decide at the beginning if it wanted to be a modern dance version of Frankenstein, or maybe a musical, or perhaps a recreation of some of the Industrial Revolution scenes from the Olympics’ opening ceremony in 2012. It must have been at least half an hour, if not longer, before we got any dialogue or character building worth having, and I was getting worried the whole two hours was going to be – quite frankly – boring.

However, after the poor monster burned the one person who’d been kind to him, plus the pregnant woman and her husband who had admittedly been quite unkind, the play finally got going. And after that I was engaged throughout, though not really feeling much sympathy for any of the characters apart from Frankenstein’s fiancé, Elizabeth.

Visually and intellectually the ending was very satisfying, and maybe I’d feel more empathy for the monster after a period of reflection, but that isn’t really what a play should do – I’d expected it to give me more feels, and it didn’t quite succeed. I’m sure it would have been very spectacular to watch in the theatre though.
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Rush - rec

Sep. 25th, 2013 03:12 pm
amberdreams: (Kopokelli)
Just been to see Rush - highly recommended! Even if you aren't into motor racing (which I'm not, really) it's tense and exciting, and so well cast too. I started off not really liking either James Hunt (too shallow, too much of a playboy) or Lauda (too uptight and humourless) but by the end I was rooting for both of them.  That final race, even if you know the outcome was heart thumpingly engaging.

Oh and for those Chris Hemsworth fans - he does get nekkid but that is in the first ten minutes, after that you get lots of chest shots but no bum. Not that I was looking.

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Rush - rec

Sep. 25th, 2013 03:12 pm
amberdreams: (Kopokelli)
Just been to see Rush - highly recommended! Even if you aren't into motor racing (which I'm not, really) it's tense and exciting, and so well cast too. I started off not really liking either James Hunt (too shallow, too much of a playboy) or Lauda (too uptight and humourless) but by the end I was rooting for both of them.  That final race, even if you know the outcome was heart thumpingly engaging.

Oh and for those Chris Hemsworth fans - he does get nekkid but that is in the first ten minutes, after that you get lots of chest shots but no bum. Not that I was looking.

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