A little Star Wars moment everyday.

Okay, so it’s not exactly every day but as much as possible I like to add a bit of Star Wars-y goodness to my blog.

Today some images from the early concept drawings for Star Wars by the brilliant Ralph McQuarrie.

When I was a kid and dicovered McQuarrie’s designs I was blown away to think someone could have a job designing robots and alien planets and environments. Shame I was rubbish at drawing!


JCVD the man, the legend, the self-mockery!?!

Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Muscles from Brussels. Legend of ’80’s action movies that swung from dire to dreadful to occassionally great!

Since he starred in the strange meta-movie ‘JCVD’ Jean-Claude seems to have started to enjoy playing with his own image – even taking the piss out of it as this new campaign for Coors Lite shows –

My nipples were so cold they started talking to me –

Oh God! I am gonna cry buckets!

If you have seen my previous posts, you will know how much I want to see War Horse on stage. I am particularly keen to see the amazing looking puppets.

Now I have seen the trailer for the Spielberg movie of the book and play.

I can watch any amount of movies that are dripping in sentiment and not have even the teeniest bit of welling up. I can watch any amount of mistreatment, murder and mutilation of humans and barely shrug BUT if there are any animals mistreated or hurt or distressed – then out come the waterworks!

This trailer had me blubbing in seconds – I had better wear dark glasses coming out of the cinema


He’s been a bad kitty!

Trailers for the new spin off movie by the makers of Shrek have arrived –

it’s ‘Puss in Boots’ coooool!

Needless to say (to anyone who knows me) that Puss was my favourite character in the Shrek movies.

Of course it didn’t hurt that he was voiced by the rather dishy Antonio Banderas (and whoever has seen early Almodovar movies will back me up on this!)

I hope they do these in adult sizes!?!?


and an even better trailer…


can’t wait…. though I think my cat Minge (yes, coz he’s ginger!) can’t wait till I am over it –

Coming in November

That’s a lotta heel on those boots!

Terence Davies – The Long Day Closes

The film maker Terence Davies grew up gay in Liverpool in the 1950’s. One of his early films, ‘The Long Day Closes’ is a beautiful, slow, melancholic meditation on his childhood, on memory and on his mother and family. It also focuses on the young boy’s love of, and escape into, cinema.

The camera lingers lovingly on moments of strange beauty; the way sunlight will play on the patterned carpet in the hall. Or else it will stop for a while to watch the boy’s mother singing in the kitchen whilst she cooks or cleans.

Music and cinema weave in and out of this movie. In this scene, I believe, Davies is making an exquisite metaphor for cinema being both his church and his education. I love the quote from ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’. Forgive this clip being in German but maybe European cinemagoers appreciate Davies’ work more than his countrymen do!

Mad Movie Matinee!

Another movie that needs to be bigged up as it has much to recommend it!

Although claiming to be a sequel to the pretty dreadful stalk and slash ‘Prom Night’ (itself remade recently into an altogether bloodless rubbish movie) Prom Night II Hello Mary Lou is in fact a witty clever and imaginative movie.

With ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ preceeding it by 3 years, the writer and the director of ‘Hello Mary Lou’ have gone for the sly wit and inventive death scenes that Freddy thought he had cornered the market in.

Taking elements of many other movies, particularly ‘Carrie’ what with Prom night pranks and overly religious mothers, ‘Hello Mary Lou’ nevertheless is a great ride.

“And do you know what pissed me off the most? No fucking WINGS!!”

There is one particular scene which I wanted to show you guys but I can’t find it on youtube ….basically Vicky (who is possessed by Mary Lou) is dragged into a churning swirling blackboard – I did say it was inventive!

Instead here’s a photo

Hopefully this extended fan made clip will give you a better idea of how fun this movie is –

And if you needed anymore convincing, it also stars Michael Ironside (cameoing in X-Men First Class) – the man is a complete CULT

If you have the chance track this film down, you’ll be glad you did