Monday, 30 April 2012

EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES



With The Avengers movie hitting the screens I took a look back at some of the classic issues of the comic book; their greatest hits if you will. During the 70's period of the book I found some excellent writing and some of the real innovators illustrating, such as Neal Adams, Barry Smith and Gene Colan. Great villains and expansive storylines. Perhaps the Avengers movies will mine some interesting stories
 from these books. 

Sunday, 29 April 2012

WHO SAYS MODERN MOVIES AREN'T ANY GOOD?


Some moments from some of my favourite Mainstream movies of recent times,with directors like Nolan, Scorsese,Fincher, Tarantino and Mendes there is still quality kicking around in the mainstream.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shutter Island
The Prestige
The Departed
Inception
Se7en
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
American Psycho
The Aviatar
Revolutionary Road
The Machinist
Fight Club
Drive
The Curious case of Benjamin Button

 
 

Saturday, 28 April 2012

THE CHRYSLER EAGLES

In a city characterised by tall buildings; the original modern city, New York's most beautiful
building is the Chrysler. designed by William Van Allen and built in 1928, this building has become an iconic structure. Amidst all it's Art Deco beauty The Eagles have always attracted attention which has inspired many a photographer and film maker.

Margaret Bourke White Photographer
atop the Chrysler Building
Annie Leibovitz shooting
Brian DeMello Bridal shot
1934
Maintenance
Livin' on the Edge
Nicolas Cage
Will Smith

Thursday, 26 April 2012

WATERLOO ROAD JUMPS THE SHARK

Then

And so Waterloo Road ended. The once inventive and entertaining BBC light drama went out on a depressingly predictable shock ending. The final episode looked as if it had been cobbled together to just get it over with. All the standard cliches were there as the remnants of the original cast followed the storyline in all its loose end tidying predictability.

What was ultimately depressing, as we saw the run away truck heading for our heroes (conveniently posing for a group photo on the edge of the highway), was that this not inconsequential drama had been pretty good; it knew its limitations.

Waterloo Road had come out of nowhere and became a watchable tale of life in an urban school. Some of the young performers were pretty good and it's always good to see young talent starting out.The adult cast also used to contain a good repertoire from the Manchester acting world diluted over the years.

Like often happens, the last few seasons of this show had seen some outlandish story lines and it had simply run out of ideas. These ideas were then delivered as replacement for character.

So it ended on the Scottish border with a small group representing Waterloo Road about to be flattened by a runaway truck.
But the BBC has relocated the show to Scotland where further unbelievable topical issues will no doubt arise.
The shark was seriously jumped last night though; which is a pity.
now

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