Having spent more time commanding my minions as the Film Section editor of Warwick University’s student paper than on my Philosophy and Literature degree I hope I have a thing or two to say about the world of film. And anyway, John will tell you the merits of a degree in philosophy. I like serious films. I also think most films would be better in animation. Do these two things harmonize? Probably not. But Homer Simpson is one of the most quoted ‘people’ of the 21st Century. Enough said.
Oh yes. This was what cinema was all about for my generation. A snack-pack on arrival, a pre-film entertainer (balloon animals were my thing) and the latest Disney creation; who needed the summer holidays? Saturday morning was what it was all about and it came but once a week.
Heedless of the potential for damage to her optic nerve and future ability to form relationships, Daisy’s headed back to Christmas 24 for another made-for-TV holiday special. Did you read Daisy’s Christmas Stocking #1 and quietly decide that A Christmas Wedding Date sounded like the worst Christmas/wedding crossover film ever? Well, you were wrong.
To celebrate Hallowe’en, the good folks at Rakuten’s Play.com spent a huge amount of time and money faffing around with heart monitors and spooky DVDs to decide what the scariest film ever was. They decided, and then we sent Duncan along to watch it. It’s Abattoir Blues, but with more infographics than usual…
This week we’re celebrating a man whose mere presence in a film adds an extra star to the rating, as written in BFF’s many by-laws. Starring alongside Toni Collette in this week’s Mental, Liev Schreiber proves himself as reliable as ever, being the best thing about a film that isn’t likely to inspire many ‘the best thing about that…’ conversations. He can do no wrong even when all around him brings new definition to the word. It’s a rare effect to have on films, and we wait with bated breath for the day he finally appears in something genuinely brilliant. For now, cast an eye back and remember why Scream 3 was any good.
It’s Friday. The Olympics are over, summer is on the way out, and you’re dreading winter and its impending dark mornings, dark evenings and long, long working days sandwiched between them. What better way to make yourself feel better than by getting drunk and looking at someone who definitely, definitely has it worse than you.
Ladies and gentlemen; the Adam Sandler drinking game.
The Lorax opens on Friday, with the eponymous orange land guardian voiced by Danny DeVito, just as he is in the Spanish, German, Italian and Russian version, which is impressive in anyone’s book. You’ve got til Saturday to catch him in his West End debut The Sunshine Boys with Richard Griffiths. 100% of the people we asked described it as “utterly, painfully tedious”, so make of that what you will. In the meantime, have yourselves a little cheat sheet…
There’s no doubt about it; cinema ain’t what it used to be. What with new and improved seating, 3D films assaulting your retinas and more snacks then you can shake your expanding belly at, going to the flicks has become somewhat different to that of our forefathers. So who’s for an extra-crispy, oven-roasted, honey-glazed, menagerie of cinema with extra sprinkles, all topped with a quails egg?
Professional man-child Kevin James has signed on to star in a mixed martial arts comedy. We’re kicking ourselves on his behalf.