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FIlm – The Secret Life of Pets

Cats or Dogs?



I swore I’d never, ever watch another children’s animated film. I’ve seen so many. This is worth seeing beautiful, vivid animation and strong narrative. Loved Kevin Hart’s psychotic rabbit. Very funny and kept the whole family engrossed.


Kingsman – Thinking of Mr Benn

I’ve seen lots of films recently in London Art-house cinemas. It’s been great watching films for fun when you want to watch them.  Kingsman opened recently and it got me thinking about awards as it was the week before the BAFTA’s. I’ve seen films where there’s been lots of muted colour (Mr Turner), films where you can feel the Director’s passion (The Grand Bucharest Hotel),  and films where the lead character is unrecognisable as he’s been on a diet (Paddington used to be soft and cuddly – what happened?) and films where you just can’t stop laughing (Kingsman) .

Kingsman has lots of tributes to other seminal films and the script is so tightly paced it out-Bond’s Bond films and is so much more fun. It’s also a wonderful tribute to London’s Jermyn Street and the range of exquisite tailors based there. It reminded me of Mr Benn, the tailor who used to ask his clients who they wanted to be before giving them a new identity in front of a large mirror.

Here are my winners if I ran the LAFA’s (London Academy of Film Award’s).

Paddington is the best tribute to London Life and Ben Wishaw's Voice is the perfect fit.

Paddington is the best tribute to London Life and Ben Wishaw’s voice is the perfect fit.


Best hit you in the face Opening Credits: Kingsman

Best use of colour in a film: Mr Turner

Best film to make you want to get outdoors/go hiking/cry: Wild

Best Musical to make your heart beat faster: Into The Woods

Best homage/promo for London: Paddington

Bestest Baddie in a family film: Nicole Kidman, Paddington

Bestest Baddie in an adult film: Samuel L Jackson, Kingsman

Best Reinvention of a rather predictable well-loved male actor: Colin Firth, Kingsman

Best cultural references/tributes to seminal films: Kingsman

Best slice of British History: The Imitation Game

and my favourite

The most distinctive and heartfelt voice in a film: The Grand Bucharest Hotel


Who are your winners?


Oz The Great and Powerful

I’ve been a bit confused by lots of reviews for Oz The Great and Powerful and wonder if I was watching the same film. Perhaps I watched a reworked version. The film I saw was one powerful creative vision, made your heart beat a little bit faster and I left the cinema feeling the world was a better place. The reviews so far didn’t leave me with that feeling.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 Dog Days

>Wimpy Kid Branded Popcorn  for Vue Westfield Screening of Dog Days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 Dog Days


If you haven’t seen the other two Wimpy Kid films catch this as a taster. It is so funny. It is rocking back and forward funny for 8 year olds and laugh out loud for adults.  We sat in Vue Westfield with everyone laughing – a great feeling!

 Wimpy Kid 3 opens with Greg starting his Summer Hol’s with plans to game all Summer. Those plans are slowly eroded by his Father who wants the perfect outdoors fanatic for a son and a Mother who wants him to read Little Women. Although the Summer doesn’t exactly go to plan for Greg by the end he probably feels it’s turned out much, much better than he could have imagined. Ahhhh.

The mainly young cast were authentic, ironic and not your typical young performers as they gave a real sense of world-weariness and anxiety about their parents that most people could relate too.  They were also a great reminder that sometimes it’s much more fun not complying with your parents’ wishes and paying the price later on.

Jeff Kinney the author introduced the film explaining they never thought it would resonate with a UK audience. The themes and the humour have made it a global hit. A clever and charming guy. Jeff said “Hi” and thanked us for coming as we walked into the cinema where the screening took place.  So, he is now in my favourite list of authors – how many would bother to do that?

His Winter 2012 UK promotional tour is supporting the NSPCC

26 NOVEMBER, 2012