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Iron Man 3, plus assorted children

Iron Man 3 was so great.   A few years ago I went to see Rush on their thirtieth anniversary tour; I enjoy their music, but I wouldn’t say I was a die-hard fan, and I was amazed at how it felt like they had geared their show towards me perfectly. They’d been objective about […]

How To Star In Your Own Movie

For many, starring in their own movie is the ultimate dream – can the necessary skills really be put into words? The first thing to realise is that you’ve either ‘got it’ or you haven’t. However, if you haven’t ‘got it’ you can ‘buy it’. For movie stardom a big face, like mine, is imperative. […]

Some Very American Rebels

I’ve just been to see Riding Giants and I feel like I need a towel – the giants that get ridden in this documentary are, by the way, waves. I thought from the title it might be about something else entirely. It’s the new film from Stacey – he’s a man by the way – […]

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

We all remember being fourteen – what a nightmare it was. For the first time you’re thinking about the big things in life, but you’re still pretty ill-equipped to deal with them. You fancy someone – how on earth do are you going to ask them out? You fall out with your best friend for […]

So, Any Clichés In Spiderman 2?

Aah, poor poor Peter Parker. With the advent of Spiderman 2, the long-suffering teen is back up against it. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ said his Uncle before carking it in the first film, and he wasn’t joking. Not only does Spider-Peter-Tobey-Maguire-Parker-Man have to do the whole swing-down-the-high-street-and-thwart-the-crook-thing, he’s trying to hold down a […]

The eagle has landed!

Last week I was on tour with a band, and I guested with them a couple of times, and next week I’m doing the same at a gig with my brother’s band The Wiselys – truly, this is a golden season for me. Whenever I see a live band – from two old blokes in […]

Taken

So who’s seen the film Taken, with Liam Neeson? I thought it was incredible – but by no means in a good way. I was incredulous at how offensive it was, on so many levels. Kudos for achieving such a multi-faceted festival of wrong I suppose. It’s like an onion; every time you peel back […]

John Cusack – Jacuzzi – J’Accuse

What’s happened to John Cusack? I haven’t seen his disaster movie 2012, but the impression I receive is that it’s cataclysmic in more ways than one. I have seen his latest, however – Hot Tub Time Machine – and it’s not good. Granted, it’s not really my bag – I’m the only person I know […]

The Cinema Experience

I don’t get to the cinema as much as I used to, and apart from the fact that I’ve got a young family and an evening job, that might be due to my having a lovely big telly. But there’s more to going to the cinema than seeing a film on the big screen, isn’t […]

Hitchcock, Bidisha, Women and Me

I love Guardian Film & Music on a Friday, and this weekend I particularly enjoyed getting all riled up by Bidisha’s article about Alfred Hitchcock’s attitude to women. There are always magazine and newspaper articles about Hitchcock, and I always enjoy them, but perhaps their ubiquity inspired Bidisha’s extreme position; an attempt to say something new. […]