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Josephine and Men review

Posted by Crystal On August 4, 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Josephine and Men

I came across this film while lying on the couch, flipping through the channels, recovering from a nasty bug.  The opening scenes didn’t promise anything great, and coupled with the title, I expected a rather shallow girly film. I was ready to flip the channel, but hesitated during the opening credits when the name ‘William Hartnell’ appeared.  That’s right nerd-folk, the original Doctor! I decided to stick with it, and I’m glad I did.

Rather than a shallow girly film, I discovered a well put together romantic comedy that was a window unto the age it was made.  It turned out to be surprisingly good, at least in my humble opinion.

Made in 1955 it stars Glynis Johns, Jack Buchanan, Donald Sinden and Peter Finch (with William Hartnell).

Glynis Johns puts in a wonderful performance as Josephine, a young lady who seems only to be attracted to men who need her to look after them.   Peter finch is great as a struggling playwright who lives in a run down apartment, that needs coins in a meter to make the electricity work.  I enjoyed listening to him speak and hear traces of an Australian accent coming through.    Donald Sinden plays Alan, Joesephine’s fiancé, that is of course until he introduces her to his down-trodden friend, David (Finch).

The story is told to a bar-keep by Joesephine’s Uncle Charles (Buchanan).   Uncle Charles is my favourite character in the film.  He is eccentric, and looks out for his niece in a most un-obtrusive way.  He is very amusing, and exudes a worldly experience the younger characters do not yet have.

Josephine breaks off her engagement with Alan after meeting David, and declares she is going to marry him.  David doesn’t know this yet, but in the true nature of films it comes true very quickly.  Alan goes on to be very successful in his business, while David struggles on with his plays.  David eventually creates a hit, and becomes quite wealthy himself.

Things take a turn, when Alan shows up at Josephine & David’s country house on the run from the law.  Due to no fault of his own, some dodgy business had gone down and he was sure he’d be sent to prison.  This introduced William Hartnell’s character.  He puts in a great performance as a police inspector.  It’s a relaxed natural performance, and it was great to see him in a roll before Doctor Who.  In fact, it’s the only roll I’ve seen him in other than Doctor Who.

On the whole, the film is not deep by any means, but it has strong performances and the story is entertaining enough to keep you watching.  The cinematography is also good.  I loved seeing all the ‘olden days’ stuff.

Well worth a watch on a cold Sunday while recovering from a bug.

3 Lukes

New Green Lantern/Muppet Movie trailer

Posted by David On June 19, 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Who isn’t excited about the new Muppet Movie! And things like this awesome Green Lantern inspired promo clip only helps to amp the excitement levels to 11. Man, I want a Kermit cameo in Green Lantern now!


Amazing Spider-gate

Posted by David On May 25, 2011 ADD COMMENTS

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that this is indeed fake.

Is this the first teaser poster for the upcoming Spider-man reboot ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, or a not so clever fake?

Well, the jury is still out online, but I for one am siding with the majority screaming ‘Fake!’.

Let’s look at the evidence:

1. Spelling/Grammar:

– ‘IN JULY 3’ – instead of ON JULY 3

– ‘For future info fo to’ – ‘fo’ instead of ‘go’

– ‘In selected theatres’ – a bit weird using the English spelling of theatre, instead of the American ‘theater’

2. Billing:

Marvel Studios billed over Sony – It didn’t happen with the first 3 films, why now?

3. The font is awful

On the plus side, it does have it does have a pretty cool graphic, with what appears to Spider-man’s torn and bloody suit blending into the Lizard’s scales.

Fake or real, it has got me damn excited!

First look at Tom Hardy as Bane

Posted by David On May 21, 2011 ADD COMMENTS











Here is the first official image of Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Night Rises.

The movie’s official site has been gradually revealing the image, but a genius from the Arkham City message board has found the whole image and it looks like the time Hardy’s been putting in at the gym has been well spent!

Hardy, best known from Star Trek: Nemesis & Inception, looks really menacing, and despite the mask and Venom-enhanced physique, looks totally believable in Nolan’s reality-based aesthetic of the films.

The Dark Knight Rises’ US release date is 20 July 2012.

Coming Soon – August 2011

Posted by David On May 19, 2011 ADD COMMENTS