Quick Fire Review: Belle


Here’s The Trailer

Who is in it?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Sam Reid, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton.

What is it about?

One those “we’ll flesh out the life of a real person” period dramas.

Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay was the daughter of a naval officer and a slave, making her upbringing amongst the aristocracy somewhat complicated.  Wealthy but  illegitimate she needs to navigate a society not wholly comfortable with her race.

Why did I want to watch it?

I really really like the fact that someone made a period drama about a feisty young black woman.  This ticks my romcom, period drama and representation boxes.  Also I saw a film by Amma Asante  called “A Way Of Life” a few years back and it allowed me to answer the question “so how many black, british, female directors can you name?” with “2” (thank you too Gurinder Chanda)

Did I like it?

It was stylishly shot and the performances are first rate across the board, which is only to be expected from such a classy cast.  Its themes are straight out of Austen – Love vs Money, can a woman choose who she marries,  as you grow how do you learn to define and identify yourself in spite of how others define you.  It also tackles Britain’s tricky relationship with slavery.

There is a slight imbalance in that all the characters who are outright horrible to Dido are screamingly racist, whereas their views would have been pretty popular in that society, but Emily Watson’s character straddles the line of discussing how far society is willing to tolerate Dido, as opposed to accept her.

Should you watch it?

I can’t recommend it enough, although, obviously if you hate period dramas then this won’t be your thing and the legal bits are a tad on the dry side.

Does it pass the Bechdel Test?  http://bechdeltest.com/

It passes both the Bechdel and Racial Bechdel tests. In one scene it passes them both at the same time, which is pretty sweet.  This is balanced of course by the fact that after race, the key theme is the fact that women are given a value based both on wealth and status in regards to family or any taints that might be associated with their birth.

Other films it reminds me of:

The Young Victoria, The Duchess, Sense and Sensibility, Amistad

Watch this instead/as well/before/after:   

Lost In Austen, another period drama featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (although not in period garb), The Good Wife, because really you need to see a bit more of Mathew Goode, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, because Tom Wilkinson is always delightful and Blackadder to ask why Miranda Richardson isn’t working more.

Also A Way of Life to see Amma Asante’s earlier film, although definitely have a Disney film cued up to follow it.




Quick Fire Review: X-Men Days Of Future Past

X Men days of Future Past Poster

X Men Days of Future Past

Here’s The Trailer

Who is in it?

The gang’s all here and then some – James McStewart, Ian McFassbender, HughMcJackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter (wasn’t he Black before?) Dinklage, Nicholas McFrasier and starring Anna Paquin in billing displacement.

What is it about?

Call that a last stand – this is a last stand!  In the future the world has destroyed and enslaved its citizens using super machines – born of an idea spawned in the 70s.  Can the X-Men change the past and avoid the extinsticon of both mutants and humans…?

Why did I want to watch it?

At this point if you aren’t expecting me to review this, you don’t know me very well Internet.

Did I like it?

I preferred X Men First Class, but this is an enjoyable addition to an, at times very rocky, franchise.  It unites some fabulous actors but also sacrifices screen time for some of my favourites.  Overall though it has some excellent moments and does something wonderful for thefuture of the film series which I won’t spoiler.  

Should you watch it?

Yes. it is good fun, and could stand with First Class without needed to see other films in the Xmen canon if you chose not to.

Does it pass the Bechdel Test?  http://bechdeltest.com/

Nope, given that actually there are several named female characters  (Storm, Blink, Kitty Pryde, Jean Grey, Rogue, Raven/Mystique) you’d think they’d talk to each other.  In the absence of a pass – Raven/Mystique is wonderfully realised and kicks more ass than any of the other characters combined.

Other films it reminds me of:

Bryan Singer has a distinctive style and it harks back to the best of the first 2 X Men films

Watch this instead/as well/before/after:

I would definitely watch First Class. As a series I would watch : XMen 1, Xmen 2, 1st class and this and skip XMen 3 and the Wolverine films.


Quick Fire Review: Her


Here’s The Trailer

Who is in it?

Joaquin (if there is a Magnum PI remake he’ll be first in line) Phoenix, Amy (where’s my Oscar already) Adams, Scarlett (just the right amount of sweet and sexy) Johansson.

What is it about?

Lonely dude falls in love with his self aware Siri.

Why did I want to watch it?

Spike Jonze is the man behind the Praise You & Weapon of Choice music videos, so he has a great creative vision. The festival reviews had been pretty encouraging. Oh and the Oscar nomination.

Did I like it?

I thought it was great. You have to worry that the idea is a little creepy, but even at its oddest points, the film does a great job of portraying the humanity of loneliness and looking for an ideal companion.

Should you watch it?

There is a good deal of quirk here, so if you like that kind of thing, the acting is top notch so definitely give it a watch.  Joaquin Phoenix is a very sweet romantic lead and Amy Adams balances looking simultaneously normal and adorable.  And who wouldn’t fall in love with the light-hearted whimsy of ScarJo’s voice?

Does it pass the Bechdel Test?

Beats me.  I will say that there are a variety of interesting named female characters, who are people with well defined jobs and lives.  The problem lies with the fact that they don’t talk to each other, defeating the test.  That said there are named OSs with female personas, so it could be argued that they interact with women.  I would say it fails, but raises interesting questions and the female characters are nonetheless well rounded.

Some interesting discussions can be found here : http://bechdeltest.com/view/4860/her/

Other films it reminds me of:

Michel Gondry’s Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind would fit in nicely into this universe.

Watch this instead/as well/before/after:

The Master .  Not only a thoroughly bizarre film sharing Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in prominent roles, its lead is the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman.


Quick Fire Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club ImageHere’s The Trailer

Who is in it?

Mathew “one day I’m an oiled up stripper in Florida, next I’m a homophobic Texan” McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

What is it about?

Ron Woodruff is diagnosed with HIV in the 80s when treatments were few and far between and experimental.  He begins a self-serving crusade to prolong his life by any means necessary and as he learns more about his disease and sees a chance at finding a better treatment he meets bureaucracy and opposition.  He begins to draw scrutiny on the drugs companies bad practices as well as offering hope to fellow sufferers.

Why did I want to watch it?

To give a new answer – this is the kind of Indie film I find intriguing, based on a true story, the little man fighting a big corporation rather than submitting quietly to his fate. Old answer – because I try and watch as many Oscar nominated films as possible, like a crazy obsessed fiend.

Did I like it?

Yes.  It was nicely done, not too overblown with the dramatic aspects of the plot, non-judgmental about how the characters came to be HIV sufferers and felt very real.  In particular the way Ron reacts to his condition and the reactions of his friends is portrayed incredibly movingly.

Can we talk about Jennifer Garner for a little while? She isn’t getting any of the plaudits but her sedate, serious performance was utterly charming.  Jared Leto is also fascinating as Ray, completely self possessed but utterly vulnerable.

Should you watch it?

It’s a touching character portrait, I would definitely recommend it on dvd if you don’t get a chance to catch it at the cinema.

Does it pass the Bechdel Test?

I say yes. There are some interesting comments on the site: http://bechdeltest.com/view/4660/dallas_buyers_club/

My view is that Ray is a woman, as this is the gender she self identifies with.  There is a line at one point which suggests she is a pre op transexual, but since she has clearly begun the transgender process she passes the test on all 3 criteria.

Other films it reminds me of:

Philadelphia meets Brokeback Mountain meets Magic Mike!

Watch this instead/as well/before/after:

Mathew McConnaghey’s SAG and golden Globes acceptance speeches. They are hilariously random.


Quick Fire Review: The Wolf of Wall Street


Who is in it?

Leonardo DiCaprio leads, Jonah Hill showing us his versatility, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley.

What is it about?

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, the film follows Belfort from humble beginnings selling penny shares to his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life. To say Belfort lives life in the fast lane is somewhat an understatement. He takes us with him on a non-stop debauched orgy of alcohol, drugs and sex which leads ultimately to his fall at the hands of the FBI.

Why did I want to watch it?

Two reasons, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. If you’ve read my post from May 2013 “Why doesn’t Leonardo DiCaprio have an Oscar” you’ll know that LDC is my all-time favourite actor and I was excited to see him in what I think is his best shot yet at Oscar glory. Scorsese is a fabulous auteur and so I assumed Wolf had to be an excellent product of such great talents.

Did I like it?

Yes. Not as much as I wanted to, admittedly, but I enjoyed the film and I was entertained for the whole of the 3 hours of the film’s duration. I laughed much more than I had expected to and Leonardo was fabulous in the leading role – portraying Belfort as a charismatic, greedy self-serving slime ball. The sort of character that you love to hate. To be fair, it could have lost some of the drugs or sex scenes though and overuse of the “f word” became a little much – there’s more than 500 uses apparently!

Should you watch it?

Watch it if you love Scorsese, definitely watch it if you love Leo, watch if you are…. a lad?!? It’s a proper lads film and the cinema I went to watch it in was absolutely packed with groups of men!

Other films it reminds me of:

Goodfellas, or other films about money men – Wall Street (of course), Trading Places, Rogue Trader.

Watch this instead/as well/before/after:

Any other Scorsese or Leonardo offering, why not The Departed?

OSCARS 2014… And our winners are…

best Picture Nominees 2014BEST PICTURE: American Hustle , Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street

PREDICTED WINNER LB – 12 Years a Slave – the most original and touching film I’ve seen in years. Truly  outstanding. I really wanted The Wolf of Wall Street to be better than it was and although it was an enjoyable way to spend 3 hours, it won’t and shouldn’t beat 12 Years a Slave to the gong.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – 12 Years a Slave – What she said.  It is not only an important film, it is a mesmerizing film, combining direction acting and writing beautifully.  Audiences can’t fail to be moved by it, so it will be a truly deserved win.

That said usually the film with the most nominations wins this.  It was however averted with The Hurt Locker which enjoyed a similar level of acclaim as 12 Years a Slave.  I would actually consider Gravity a serious threat, as it is likely to get a lot of technical wins.

Christian Bale in American Hustle
Bruce Dern in Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Ok, I think he will get pipped by either Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club or Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave but I really want Leonardo DiCaprio to win for his portrayal of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Please read my post from May 2013 – Leonardo is long overdue an Oscar and he produced a stand-out performance in The Wolf of Wall Street. Jordan Belfort was charasmatic, enigmatic, funny, scary, disgusting and despicable.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – I really want to make some of my predictions next week, after I’ve actually watched all of the films, but I am going to guess Matthew McConaughey.  His weight loss is remarkable, and he has never been nominated in the past and this is his best chance of a gong.  In another year both Leo and Chiwetel could have won this, so it’s very hard to have to pick a winner.  Leo could pull off an upset, just because he has been nominated so many times without a win. I was surprised that Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips didn’t get the Christian Bale nomination though.

Amy Adams in American Hustle
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Judi Dench in Philomena
Meryl Streep in August: Osage County

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. This was a case of the leading actress being better than the film and so I think Cate Blanchett deserves to get this. Very surprised though, that Emma Thompson has been overlooked for Saving Mr Banks.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – Cate Blanchett.  Because she was fantastic. It’s an acting masterclass.

David O. Russell for American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
Alexander Payne for Nebraska
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave. A truly outstanding film. A massive achievement for McQueen.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – I would have liked to have seen a nomination for Paul Greengrass instead of David O’Russell (I didn’t hate American Hustle, but I just preferred so many others this year and don’t think it’s deserves the awards love it’s getting)

I want it to be Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave, although the commitment Alfonso Cuaron gave to Gravity is no small feat.  It’s a two horse race and ultimately I will go with whoever wins the Directors Guild of America award.  Best Picture and Best Director rarely go to the same person so I think Cuaron may edge it, although obviously I would be delighted if one of my favourite directors was the first Black winner of the Best Director Oscar. And you know he’s a Brit!

Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper in American Hustle
Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Difficult to separate my three main contenders – Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips, Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street. I think Fassbender will get this one though for a chilling performance in 12 Years a Slave.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – Where is Daniel Bruehl for Rush?  I would have much preferred him to be nominated than Bradley Cooper, which was a good but not stellar performance.  I am actually torn between Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi for this one, but think the latter will win for being a newcomer with the ability to match Tom Hanks onscreen.

Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts in August: Osage County
June Squibb in Nebraska

PREDICTED WINNER LB – I did like Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine but I think this will go to Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave. Her performance broke my heart.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – In complete agreement with Laura.   Jennifer Lawrence was great, and her consistency as an actress is phenomenal, but she should not win here.  Also Oprah wasn’t nominated for the Butler which surprised me.  My secret hope is that she has just told everyone to vote for Lupita instead.

Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

PREDICTED WINNER LB – I think and hope that this Oscar will go to Philomena.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – My favourites here are Before Midnight and 12 Years A Slave.  I think that Before Midnight deserves the recognition for the sheer amount of evolution the characters have been given and how natural the dialogue is.  12 Years A Slave  is fantastically compelling though and will doubtless triumph here.

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

PREDICTED WINNER LB – I’ve not go round to seeing it yet but I’ve heard very good things about Dallas Buyers Club and so think this could triumph in this category.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – I am traditionally useless at predicting the screenplay category – I hope Her wins.  I love the plucky contender and Spike Jonze has a wonderful original voice.

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Frozen or Despicable Me 2. The Oscar could probably go to any though as it’s really difficult to predict winners for the animated category. I’m going to plump for Frozen. Feel-good and subversive at the same time.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – Frozen is fantastic. It’ll grab this one and Best Song if there is any justice. A playlist of  Best Song nominations is here: http://www.vulture.com/2014/01/all-the-best-original-song-oscars-nominations.html

The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Gravity should definitely be recognised in this category. Cuarón’s space set feature film was the most original film of last year.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – God I have just realised why Prisoners was nominated.  Roger Deakins is the most nominated Cinematographer without a win.  It gives me actual tears to know such a skilled cinematographer who should have won many times over will be overlooked again.  But it will of course go to Gravity.  It is continually dubbed “most realistic film about space”.  It should be a shoo in.

American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years A Slave

PREDICTED WINNER LB – I loved The Great Gatsby for this but I suspect that the Oscar will go to American Hustle.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC –  The Great Gatsby .  This category  tends to go to the showiest outfits.  Also I’ve not heard a thing about the Invisible woman, but surely that indicates a dearth of visible costume?!

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Ok, it’s the only one I know anything about but The Act of Killing should get the Oscar here.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – I was sad to see that Stories We Tell was overlooked.  As with Laura I am going for the one I’ve heard of and heard wonderful things about.

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years A Slave

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Captain Phillips. Award-winning editing made for a thrilling edge of your seat experience.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – 12 Years A Slave for no other reason than I can’t imagine that the best film would only win one category.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Admittedly, I’ve not seen any of these but I am really glad that Blue is the Warmest Colour wasn’t nominated here. I found it too long, self-indulgent and a chance for Kechiche to play out his own fantasies.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – This is my favourite category and I always prefer all of these to most of the best film nominees.  As is usual when Mads Mikkelsen is in a film with a  wide release it gets and Oscar nomination, as yet I don’t think a film he’s in as won, but there is hope. The buzz around The Great beauty is pretty high so I will go for that, however just the fact that these films get wider recognition as a result of nomination makes me happy.


Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa????? Really??? Dallas Buyers Club of course.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – Best make up to make everyone look really, really ill,  some random Hollywood in joke I am just not getting and interesting makeup in a film no one cared for– Dallas Buyers Club it is.

American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years A Slave

PREDICTED WINNER LB – American Hustle will probably pip the others to the post here.

PREDICTED WINNER ELC – A toughie, as there are many great accomplishments here. I’ll go for Gravity, because of the space detail.  Also my patriotism is high on this one, as this was done in the UK.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

PREDICTED WINNER LB – Gravity, surely?


So do you agree?  Not all of the categories are here, but we’d love your thoughts and responses.  I will of course be putting my money where my mouth is, so I will update you on what I actually won!


Quick Fire Review: American Hustle

American HustleHere’s The Trailer

Who is in it?

Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper Aka Batman, Lois Lane, Mystique, Hawkeye and The Face (I watch too many fantasy franchises)

There is also fantastic cameo which I won’t spoil but mob bosses don’t come better or scarier.

What is it about?

2 con artists get caught and have to help the FBI to buy their freedom.  An elaborate plot is formed to trap some corrupt politicians, involving an erratic FBI officer, an idealistic mayor, the thief, his lover, his wife and a science oven.

As the film happily declares at the start “some of this actually happened”

Why did I want to watch it?

I’m a sucker for awards bait movies and it’s directed by David “Silver Linings Playbook” O’Russell with a fabulous cast of previous (deserved) Oscar nominees and winners.

Did I like it?

The tone of the film is fun but the story is pretty uneven and I left unsatisfied by the ending.

As expected it was very well acted.  In particular the three male leads, Bale, Renner and Cooper are hilarious in their roles and incredibly entertaining to watch.  Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic and whilst Amy Adams is great as always, but this is not one of my favourite roles for her.

 The soundtrack is notably bizarre but helps with the wacky tone of the movie as do the fantastic costumes.

Should you watch it?

Christian Bale herniated 2 discs slouching for the performance and Jennifer Lawrence immerses herself into her erratic character with sublime skill, continuing her talents .  They alone are worth the price of admission; everything is else is nice dressing.  I wouldn’t call it unmissable, but if you’re a fan of any of the leads you’ll spend a pleasing couple of hours.  Also unlike most Oscar contenders, it is has funny as it is dramatic but is taken incredibly seriously by the industry – not in small part due to the fabulous cast-  which is a fantastic balance to achieve.

 Does it pass the Bechdel Test

Whilst there are several well rounded, feisty characters it only passes the test based on 2 pretty peripheral scenes (2 wives talk about nail polish and Amy Adams talks to a character about her cats).  It’s definitely a case where women are well represented as human beings with their own identities and ambitions, but on the letter of the test it just scrapes through.

Other films it reminds me of:

A hard one, there are many reluctant grifter films, and Irving’s misgivings remind me of the constant feeling of dread of George Clooney’s character in Out of Sight, going along with someone else’s flawed plan but stuck and having to find a way out.  Also Jeremy Renner channels Sean Penn in Milk (without the voice), but I’ll go with Boogie Nights, which in a similar vein, made the 70s look so much cooler than I suspect they actually were.

Watch this instead/as well/before/after:

Revisit Junebug for a truly fine Amy Adams performance with American Hustle co-star Alessandro Nivola, Silver Linings for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence with superb chemistry and The Machinist to see the other end of Christian Bale’s weight spectrum.


Welcome to 2014 readers!

happy new year

In spite of my delay in reviewing the December colon films  –  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Nelson Mandela: The Long Walk To freedom, I’m ready to rock reviewing 2014. 

The BAFTA nominations came out this week and the Oscar selections will be following soon, so there will be plenty of films to keep us warm in the next few months.  Awards Season is my favourite time of year, full of nostalgia but also mixed with regret and lost opportunities. So I hope we can escape the traditional January Blues with some films together.


Quick Fire Review: Thor: The Dark World

thor the dark world poster

Here’s The Trailer

Who is in it?

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Christopher Ecclestone, everyone from the first Thor film and this dude.

What is it about?

Following on from the consequences of the Avengers film Loki is imprisoned on Asgard and Thor is putting the worlds to rights until an ancient menace returns to cause yet more chaos and and bring the end of days which affects all the Asgardian Realms including Earth.

Why did I want to watch it?

Thor’s arms, Thor’s abs, Loki’s wit, Loki’s smile…so many reasons.  the Marvel universe films always strike a nice balance of action and humour.  Christopher Ecclestone usually gives good menace and is a class act.

Did I like it?

I have a huge Marvel Universe bias, and in spite of a lot of scientific gubbins I didn’t even bother trying to process (and a standard break someone out of a facility scene that would NEVER work in real life) this is beautiful , bonkers fun.

Also with scientists Jane and Darcey it’s a high octane film that passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours (although the Bechdel Test website has some discussion around this).  All of the side characters kick ass, including Rene Russo who has a pretty small part. (The moment where she basically nicks a sword without batting an eyelid is fabulous).

Loki has some fantastic lines, a standout one being “evidently there will be a line” delivered with Tom Hiddleston’s usual aplomb and timing.  Fights and Fun, what more could a girl want!

Should you watch it?

By Odin’s Beard Hell Yes!!!!  All characters the get to be awesome.  Thor has a massive weapon and he knows how to wield it.  It also features my favourite film brothers sine the Blues Brothers.

Other films it reminds me of:

Thor is the fluffy dumb froliker in the Marvel universe and lighter in tone than borderline alcoholic Iron Man, damaged rage machine Hulk, earnest Captain America but the consistent tone of humour and resilience in adversity.

Watch this instead/as well/before/after:

Thor and the Avengers to get back into the Marvel Universe and this for Tom Hiddleston rocking some serious moves


Questions from a reader


Technically he didn’t post them to us, but one of our readers, vinneh, posted some interesting questions so I have asked Laura to give her answers and I’ll give mine!  Here goes!

What film can you watch and never ever get bored with?

ELC: There are a few, Hot Fuzz, Dirty Dancing, Serenity, When Harry Met Sally and All About Eve are very high on the list.

LB: A few for me too, Green Card, Moulin Rouge, Dirty Dancing, Its a Wonderful Life, Abre los Ojos, Volver and all the Harry Potter films but especially HP and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Which movie character reminds you of yourself?

ELC: I actually think we should answer for each other – Laura I will say Miss Jean Brodie – in that I suspect that you inspire adulation and loyalty in your pupils and you are certainly in your prime!

LB: For Esther, I would say Louise to my Thelma.. or Oda Mae Brown in Ghost purely for crazy, funny, likeability!

If you could travel back in time, which era would you visit?

ELC: the 20s.  I could totally relate to Gill in Midnight in Paris.

LB: I’d say the 1920s too but more for the New York, find myself a gangster scene.

If you could be reincarnated as an animal after your death, what animal would you want to be?

ELC: A cat

LB: A horse

What was the first movie that really scared you?

ELC: Probably Gremlins.  I have always been a horror lightweight.

LB: Silver Bullet from 1985 watched with my older brother in secret via the meduim of VHS. Also, Nightmare on Elm Street… which is odd as I never actually saw it. I just remember being scared stiff by the publicity, the older, cooler kids talking about it at school and the mere thought of our Freddy!

If you could work on a film with just one actor or actress, who would you work with?

ELC: Niall Grieg Fulton – because he’s talented and you’d pick someone you knew right!  Or anyone that meant I could work with Joss Whedon.  Which I have no doubt one day would be Niall. Reserves list Daniel Bruhl, Marianna Palka, Carey Mulligan, hello Jason Isaacs.

LB: Leonardo diCaprio – an amazing talent! See a previous post.

Madonna or Lady Ga Ga?

ELC: 80s Girl – has to be Madonna.  On second thoughts – in cinema phone use is a pet hate – so GaGa.

LB: Madonna, without a doubt. Wonder if she’d let me try “that bra” on?

Dog or cat lover?

ELC: Armadillo.

LB: Dog. Cats are too ungrateful and disloyal. I’d feel used.

James Bond or Jason Bourne?

ELC: Bourne – his lovers have a slightly higher survival rate and he’s actively trying to stop killing people.

LB: Bond – in Roger Moore, cheesetastic form!

What song best describes you?

ELC: You Talk Too Much by the Sultans of Ping

LB: Material Girl, obviously still on the Madonna train of thought

What is your idea of a great weekend?

ELC: good company, good wine, good welcome,

LB: Friday flight to Madrid for a run round the galleries by day and tapas, Ribera del Duero and dancing by night and then back to recharge the batteries by an open fire with good food and drink and a supply of good films.