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Les Misérables (2012)
Tom Hooper you wuz robbed
I have one question about the film. How the hell was Tom Hooper overlooked at the Oscar nominations for best director? I've just seen the film. He had a monumental task on his hands, and he pulled it off with great aplomb. I think it's down to Hollywood politics, they want Spielberg to win for Lincoln and this could have upset the apple cart. Don't get me wrong I like Spielberg, he is one of the great directors of all time, but after seeing what Hooper did with this film, he deserved at least a shot.
There were some great touches, especially with the barricade. Having a couple of coffins at the front was a nice touch of black humour, and when one of the main characters died, can't remember if it was Eponine or Gavroche, part of a banner was above their heads with a single word 'mort' which I believe is the french word for death.
Overall the performances were all high quality and my father who saw it with me was a bit nervous about it being ruined being a fan of it, but he was blown away and he is a hard man to please with modern film.
Go see it, and you'll probably agree about my main point.
I would have never had thought of that end
I won't spoil it for people who haven't seen it, but the way Steven Moffett got out of the Doctor's death was so brilliantly "hidden in plain sight" as to be blindingly obvious when you think about it. It was so neatly done as to make you feel stupid for not realising that that was a possible get out. That was down to Moffett's writing which was, to me, brilliant in hiding the end so well.
The series in general has been such a high standard. Acting has been higher quality especially Karen Gillian in The Girl who waited when she showed she just wasn't eye candy. It will be a tough act to follow with the next series. Well done to one and all.
Carry on Sergeant (1958)
My dad identifies with this film
This is a film which brings a great deal of nostalgia to my dad. He was one of the first few to go through national service in 1948 and every time he sees this film, he can see in the characters most of his army friends he joined with and it's just not writers imagination at play in this film, he has seen similar and been through similar.
Everyone down from the sergeant to Charles Hawtrey's Golightly lack of co-ordination on parade brings back fond memories of his time in the Army.
The first and originally supposedly the only one that was meant is one of the best with a cast that had some of the best comic and acting talent on show that Britain has produced, from William Hartnell sergeant down through Bill Owen's corporal through Kenneth Williams down to hypochondriac Kenneth Connor. There is barely a weak link in this film.
For this comic film is also a history lesson because unlike most comedy film, there is a good deal of truth in this film, just ask my dad.
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010)
You must be as hard as stone not to like this
Have just finished watching, and it was a touching, sometimes funny, but at no time was it cloying or overly sentimental. It whipped along at a good pace, and the performance were all good from Gambon, which was only to expected, to Katherine Jenkins, who for someone who had never really acted before was a very pleasant surprise, even if she did have to sing to a shark, but that is not as silly as it sounds when you see why in the last ten minutes. The ending is sad, but in a way uplifting, and you try not to have a lump in your throat, or a slight tear in your eye. .
Doctor Who (2005)
For those who are waiting abroad.
I write this after just seeing the latest episode broadcast in the UK, and to me it must be a tough job to keep up the standard. The last episode shown called "Blink" has elements of Gothic horror all to do with statues that aren't quite what they seem. The Doctor and Martha don't appear much, but that doesn't detract from a well crafted episode. The general standard has built to a high level and the last three episodes, the two parter with "The Family" and the latest have to me been the best that the current team have ever done.
It's not just David Tennant holding it together, the whole supporting cast week in, week out are helping as well. For those awaiting series 3 abroad, the wait is is well worth it.