Sympathies emicardiff . Reminds me of being on a tube train, hurtling towards Wembley park, full of blokes in stripy coloured nylon, breathing out beery fumes whilst chanting and JUMPING UP AND DOWN, making an imminent derailment likely.
(In such instances Mr Tibidabo is forbidden from speaking, lest any of them catch his north-eastern twang and decide to do that thing in his pocket they all (so I'm reliably informed) do up there at football matches )
ETA:- That's the blokes jumping up and down, not me. I don't do jumping.
ETA(2) Please don't ban me for being northernist. I am not. I am footballist.
I'm on train 2 of 3 back from Colchester to Cambridge. The vagaries of the East Anglian rail system meaning it takes 3 trains & 2 hours each way to get to a town in the next county. The things I do for theatregoing!
Braved the snow and the train engineering work for a cinema trip to London, since my local Odeon has been taken over by showing of 50 Shades II.
Saw Moonlight last night - which actually does live up to its hype. Today was Loving and Denial - a historic court-battle themed day. Very different approaches though, with Loving being very much about the human story, the couple who just want to live their life together, whereas Denial is about the court battle. Excellent performances all around.
Oh great, if we're going to talk about films here, I can be brief about those I've seen, as with the mini-reviews I'm encouraging others to post on plays.
So, last Saturday I did a triple-bill of films: Toni Erdmann (genuinely not a comedy, excruciating to watch at times and FAR too long but interesting to see what all the fuss was about); Loving (actually quite boring though that seems unfeeling given that it's a true story and well-acted) and Denial.
Strangely enough, I was really keen to see the first two and only tacked on Denial at the last minute as an alternative to theatre, yet the performance I attended was packed out and of all 3 films, this was the one I most "enjoyed" - if you can say that of a film about Holocaust denial. I think part of the attraction was that it was full of really strong personalities, portrayed by such a variety of good actors
Today I saw Fences (too long, full of histrionics and worthy) and Moonlight (probably the most over-rated and baffingly disappointing film I've seen in months) with a matinee in between (thank goodness for something both live and lively!)
Well, Marwood, I do always go to films in the hope and expectation of enjoying them; it's just that in some recent cases, I thought both that the films themselves were hugely over-rated and that perhaps they just weren't for me. In the case of Moonlight in particular, I hadn't fancied it at all but changed my mind after reading several articles which made it sound far more compelling than it actually was. However, swings and roundabouts: as above, Denial was lower down my list but proved to be just the engaging experience I hoped - and it's still resonating with me.
As for cartoons, films with CGI, etc, you may be joking, but I am tempted to echo BurlyBear there and say "over my dead body" - not that anyone would, but I literally (correct use of word for once!) wouldn't see those if you paid me. However, as with theatre, each to her/his own, eh?
So, last Saturday I did a triple-bill of films: Toni Erdmann (genuinely not a comedy, excruciating to watch at times and FAR too long but interesting to see what all the fuss was about)
Word to the wise: The words "German" and "Comedy" do not belong in one sentence. Ever.
I hope it will shown on my long distance flights soon so I can watch it when I have absolutely nothing better to do as I am a bit curious but generally German films and TV are godawful and nothing I've heard of/seen from Toni Erdmann has so far convinced me that it may be otherwise here.
Viserys, apologies if my original post was unclear: I am absolutely not saying Toni Erdmann was a bad film and I had been looking forward to it for months. However - and some UK critics have noted this - it seems to have been marketed here as a comedy, which despite comic episodes it is not. Indeed, I believe the director herself has said as much. The passages I found painful to watch - and again, some critics have commented on this, too - were so because I could really feel how uncomfortable they were for the characters themselves. So the film certainly succeeds there. But some ruthless editing would have improved the film for me!