Perhaps after La La Land, the world is ready for a billion dollar musical and luckily, one of the greatest of them all is about to step up. Beauty And The Beast hits in the middle of March and the strangest thing about this trailer, is that it just feels right, as if you are actually watching the animated version coming to life in front of your eyes. Beautiful, magical, I’m so ready for this.
“They lock you up and say “He won’t come out; he locked himself up and needs a doctor. He needs to go to the nut ward. He’s old and sick, give him a bible, we love him to death””
The first month climbs lifeless onto the catafalque.
Time is speeding, it seems,
A monster in the White House
An unelected witch in Downing Street,
Where is the year going?
What can the powerless do?
Deflect the hate we all see on the news screen,
Focus on the light
Which still shines on the peaceful.
Which still shines on the knowledgeable.
When 2017 is dead
We will still live
We will survive.
1. Nando’s – The Wimmins’ Institute
2. Rainbow Connection – Paul Williams
3. Deathcamp – Tyler The Creator
4. She Loves You – McFly
5. Cats And Dogs – Hannah Golightly
6. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
7. You Love Us – Manic Street Preachers
8. Oddie Moore – Skating Polly
9. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
10. Electric Man – Mansun
Fvck off Cancer, you massive twat.
Another week, another great actor lost. John Hurt was surely one of Britain’s top performers, seemingly able to take on any part, no matter how challenging and shine like the star that he was.
My first memory of Hurt is watching the Alien pop out of him and run away, a scene of absolute horror that still holds up years later. Then I saw him in The Elephant Man and when I became old enough for Orwell, his Winston in 1984 was incredible. More recently he gave his voice to Charlie Countryman and Swan Lake 3D.
Then there was his TV work in Doctor Who in recent years and a show I remember warmly from my youth The Storyteller from the mind of Jim Henson. Amazing.
Brighton Rock, Crime And Punishment, Harry Potter, Watership Down, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, Scandal, The Black Cauldron, The Plague Dogs, The Lord Of The Rings, Midnight Express – How is THAT for a resume?
1. Helter Skelter
3. A Hard Day’s Night
4. Ticket To Ride
5. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
6. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
7. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide ‘Cept For Me And My Monkey
8. Drive My Car
10. Magical Mystery Tour
12. She Loves You
13. Savoy Truffle
14. Back In The USSR
15. And Your Bird Can Sing
Firstly, don’t worry suspense fans, there will be NO spoilers here, you really need to go into an M. Night Shyamalan movie knowing only the basic premise. This rule has lasted his entire career from the heady days of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable to his more recent triumph, The Visit.
Shyamalan is a love/hate storyteller, I was surprised having enjoyed Split that certain parts of the Internet were VERY ANGRY about it, but then I remembered that being angry is something that the Internet promotes and these people probably went into the movie ready to tear it down. Then again, the film does deal with some sensitive subjects. Even the title of the piece is a little sensational, being the tale of Kevin, who has 23 personalities keeping him safe from the rest of the world. But the film does not exploit the condition, quite the opposite, as his therapist is shown presenting her ideas about him to the entire medical world, trying to get more help for such conditions.
The film very much belongs to James McIvoy. He is mesmerising one minute, amusing another and then deadly and breathtakingly serious the next. His scenes very much resemble a stage play with the small and claustrophobic rooms in which much of it takes place.
When he kidnaps 3 teenage girls, you feel their horror through clever camera work and a grimy atmosphere, perhaps closest in style to the Buffalo Bill scenes of Silence Of The Lambs and yes, that is meant as a massive compliment.
Split takes a strange turn about an hour in, almost as if it wants to be clever rather than finish telling the story that it started, but you will still be left breathless by the excellent ending which…well, will remain a secret till you have seen it. I can wait…