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Placebo by Placebo

Published September 7, 2019

Placebo by Placebo

I was expecting this to be more of a rock/punk album, all guitars and shouting, but actually it was a bit more muso than that. There was a lot of drumming, lots of musical interludes, and a variety of vocals - singing, shouting, talking, all sorts.

Threads by Sheryl Crow

Published September 7, 2019

Threads by Sheryl Crow

You have to go into this album knowing that it’s old school country, but once you’ve got the right head on, it’s a really good collection of tracks. There are some great collaborators on board, including Stevie Nicks, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, James Taylor and Johnny Cash.

The Hustle

Published September 6, 2019

The Hustle

This was such a disappointment. Putting two great women together like this should work out with a great movie, but it just didn’t work from start to finish. It took too long to get them together, and then they were enemies rather than working together to con someone which would have been far more fun.

Summer Holiday

Published September 6, 2019

Summer Holiday

I’ve watched this one a lot when I was a kid but not so much since then, and when it was recently released on Apple TV, I wanted to snap it up and watch it again. Convincing Mr C to get on board wasn’t easy but eventually I wore him down. I couldn’t promise him that it was a good film, because in my memories it wasn’t the best, despite the fact that I loved it. But actually, on this latest watch, I was pleasantly surprised.

Hairspray

Published September 5, 2019

Hairspray

I didn’t know much about Hairspray before seeing the live version in 2016, and since then have also seen it in the theatre. I thought it was about time we saw the musical film version because, my god, what a cast! Every single person is a huge name and together it becomes a melting pot of talent. In fact, the only person that doesn’t really work for me is John Travolta. And that’s not because he’s not brilliant, but I didn’t like his Dr Evil take on the mum.

9 to 5

Published September 5, 2019

9 to 5

This movie was not what I’d expected it to be at all! The start and the end kinda were - women sticking it to the man and getting one over on their misogynistic boss - but the middle, oh boy that goes places I certainly didn’t expect. Stealing bodies from hospitals, tying up people for weeks, WEEKS, in their own homes, the dream sequences with cartoon bunnies and stuff… I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing.

Elephant and castle

Published September 3, 2019

Elephant and castle

Actually, not an elephant, but the unique selling point of Dudley Zoo is that it’s also a castle. The animals are milling around the ruin walls and you get the experience of visiting a zoo but also visiting a castle. There’s a variety of animals in the castle grounds, and the zoo does a good job of offering up some good views and some things I’d not seen before - the ability to go through a little tunnel and pop up in a little cupola in the middle of the lynx exhibit, for example.

Step Up

Published September 2, 2019

Step Up

Oh, this was such a predictable film. We basically knew the ending before it even started, and it was such a poor man’s Save the Last Dance, I couldn’t quite believe it. The story was very similar, but I wasn’t convinced that the stakes that got the boy killed were high enough and a lot of decisions made by the characters along the way didn’t make sense.

Zodiac

Published September 1, 2019

Zodiac

I had a sudden desire to watch a detective movie, so searched for a list of the best and this one popped up. I’d never heard of it, and it seems like it should be more famous than it is - it’s got a tremendous cast and tells an interesting story.

Under Siege

Published August 31, 2019

Under Siege

My word, what is this film? It feels like it desperately wanted to be Die Hard on a boat but it fails at almost every turn. Seagal has almost no expression or chemistry or maybe even acting ability, and teamed up with Eleniak… well, it’s not a relationship that is going to go far.