THE best thing I can say about the Netflix offering of The Little Mermaid is it makes one want to revisit the magical Disney animated version. In no way connected to, or even remotely similar to - except for the fact that it features a mermaid - the Disney classic, Netflix's The Little Mermaid disappoints on almost every level.
I didn't walk out, so there is that. I really wanted to. Sixty minutes in and the cliches and lazy plot twist just kept coming. It is films like this - films that get major distribution and promotion - then turn out to be so poorly executed, that anger me. American Assassin, a made for…
As an aspiring film and television writer, reality television is an abomination to me. Lazy television, accommodating talentless, fame hungry people and selling it as entertainment. Here in the United Kingdom the latest reality show - it might be in its second or third season, I've really no idea and refuse to research it. - is Love Island, a show where a collection of beautiful, single, young people are thrown together on an island and given various task to complete.
I went to see Baby Driver today. A good film I really enjoyed it. I won't be reviewing it as I am sure there are ample reviews of it already and I don't feel I have anything different to add. If you want a review you can go here. The cinema was pretty busy for a Monday afternoon, a time usually reserved for film geeks and the retired. As the film has been out for at least a week and is directed by the not at all a household name Edgar Wright, it was definitely odd to see a semi-full theatre. After ejecting somebody from my seat - again not a Monday afternoon thing - I sat down to the trailers.
There are terms and phrases that immediately conjure up certain images; period drama, western, sitcom, road trip movie, rom-com, these are all terms and genres that are easily identifiable and which one can think of fare that falls into each category. Here in the United Kingdom, there is a rich history in film, television, theatre and music. In comedy, drama and serials, there has been a vast output of memorable films and television programmes. The likes of Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and even the comedy, Keeping Up Appearances, are worldwide successes. For such a small island and one that is somewhat set in its way, - more on that later - the United Kingdom manages to hold its own in the highly competitive visual media arena.
It is rant time again. Normally I reserve my rants for real life, keeping my written rants to a blessed minimum. No one wants to read daily whines, not when you can be entertained by them on YouTube. But as I don't do vlogs and I would probably forget a lot of my grievances if I did do it as a vlog, so normal, written blog it is.