Yeah, this makes me a little bit excited. The trailer for the next batch of the Doctor’s adventures!
While I’ll be sad to see Rory and Amy go, I have felt for a while that the characters have begun to go over the same tired themes again and again. So I’m also looking forward to some changes in the line-up.
A tour of Studio 5 and screening of The Raven
Once upon an evening dreary, while I wandered full of pizza…
I have been working closely with Genesis Cinema on the Cinetalk Quiz, so I was lucky enough to be invited to see their completely redesigned luxury Studio 5 for a screening of THE RAVEN.
First the screen: very comfy sofa seats, with a few armchairs dotted around. A small bar at the back, which serves a small selection of very nice beer, as well as hummus, olives, stuffed peppers and so on. Very nice. (Hoping these will be available in the bar for the next Quiz – watch this space!)
Also, foot-stools! So much comfort from the simple act of raising my feet during a screening. Lovely!
I recommend catching a good film in the screen. Which brings me to the second part of this post -
John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe, who is called upon by the Police after a serial killer starts basing his murders on Poe’s morbid poetry.
It is a good idea.
What should have been a twisted and very dark battle of wits between one of America’s great literary figures and a serial killer quickly becomes shots of Poe and Co running from one clue to another. They do swish their cloaks very dramatically while they do this, however.
The film just manages to miss out on being good at everything it’s trying to do. At one point a character is trapped in a box underground – but there was no sense of claustrophobia whatsoever.
The highlight is the use ‘the pit and the pendulum’ as a murder device. Grisly and effective.
The Raven isn’t boring by any means – it’s just nowhere as good as it ought to be.
I was very sorry to hear that Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie passed away. He was truly an inspiration, and his gorgeous, imaginative art had an enormous impact on me. I wrote a brief thing for him here.
I also saw JOHN CARTER. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Fun, exciting family entertainment. I’ll happily go and se it again! See my full review at Cinetalk.
Finally, it’s the Grand CINETALK Quiz with GENESIS CINEMA tonight. It’s free to enter, and starts at 8pm. The nearest Station is Stepney Green.