Steve McQueen is still “The King of Cool”, but now he’s also black and British. This is a director I will definitely be keeping my eye on. His work in Shame, as well as his debut Hunger, is powerful and intense. He has also gifted us with the presence of Michael Fassbender by uncovering this remarkable talent to us (no dirty pun intended). As excited as I was to see his lauded performance, and as impressed as I was, I was just as amazed by Carey Mulligan.
Joss Whedon was certainly the right man for the job when it came to finding a director for The Avengers. The result of his handiwork is one of sheer entertainment. His delightful tongue-in-cheek wit and well-placed one-liners that he gleaned to perfection on Buffy in the late 90s is perfectly suited to the tone of the film and works excellently.
I laughed out loud recently when I read a post on Twitter enquiring of vegetarians: “if you love animals so much, why do you eat all of their food?” I can’t remember who posted it, and in trying to find out who did, I laughed even more at the amount of times this statement had been re-tweeted. Clearly, I am not at all alone in my abhorrence of this ridiculous obsession of abstaining from meat. If, like me, you are not a celery sucker then I suggest you try an excellent Italian restaurant called Carne and satisfy your carnivorous cravings.
It may have killed the cat, but my curiosity only unveils culinary contentment and none more so than the delightful comfort eating that is the Swiss tradition of Raclette.
There are only two reasons I went to watch 21 Jump Street. The first reason was the recollection of my brother watching the TV series when we were young; the second: that Johnny Depp, who starred in the 80s series, would make an appearance in the film.
The absolute highlight of my evening was the perfect parking spot I found. South China Dim Sum Bar is situated at the top of Long Street and good parking is never easy to find here.
I think that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is something I would rather have read than watched, and as a film I must admit that I found it dreadfully boring.
I love Alexandre Dumas, but I do not share his opinion on Italian food. Perhaps the elaborate preparation involved in French cooking made him resent the fact that the Italians could come up with cuisine equally delicious yet far simpler to prepare.
Every once in a while an absolute gem of a film is made and this is truly one of them. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to see a movie. I have been waiting several weeks in anticipation. This was to be a film like no other of its time…black and white and silent. No special effects, no 3-D, no motion-capture – just old- (very old) fashioned filmmaking celebrating a love of art. My expectations were high and they were surpassed.
It was finally an exciting year again at the Oscars and I think that is because many of the films being celebrated were unique, charming, compelling and actually made you feel good – not a sombre line-up of slow, heavy and serious dramas that actually do nothing but put us to sleep.