Damn Premiere Cancellations...

April 26th, 2017.

Damnit, they've now cancelled four premieres in London that had been scheduled for next week! - the premieres for Wonder Woman ***, the premieres for the netflix shows Glow and Orange is The New Black, and also the one for The Mummy. And Why? Because there was a terrorist act in the city of Manchester over 250km away.

Leaving aside the tragedy of that event, which was horrible and wrong and devastating and f**k ISIS and anyone who things they're doing the right thing.... I personally am pissed off for reasons that are more selfishly aligned.

They always tell us that when such an act of terrorism occurs, we should go about our lives as normally, otherwise "they" win. But funnily (by which I mean annoyingly), when it comes down to it, what that means seems to only apply to "normal" people. Meanwhile, politicians have their security increased, landmarks get more guards, and stars/celebrities are kept away.

screengrabs : premierescene.net

screengrabs : premierescene.net

*** How ironic, to cancel a Superhero premiere due to fears of violence. Clearly, Superheroes can not keep us safe (and I don't mean that cynically or cruelly, I mean it more as a statement about our concerns as a society in reality as compared to our fantasy solutions in fiction).

At premieres, security has already been increased over the past year(s) from where it used to be - bag checks are mandatory, sniffer dogs are sporadically used as are metal detectors, and at King Arthur a few weeks ago there were physical patdowns upon entering, and re-entering, the premiere site. And now they're not even having premieres at all, whether out of 'respect' or 'due to recent events' or 'safety' or or fear.... it doesn't matter. Honestly, I have no doubt the studios made their own decision, and then found a socially acceptable way to justify it. They could just as easily have said "In light of recent events and out of respect for the victims we ARE having our event because it's more important than ever". And no, of course I'm not blaming them, but I am noting that when large institutions are cowering, I guess it's up to us "normal" people to act as if nothing has changed... even when things have clearly and obviously been changed.

To clarify, I'm not saying that I dispute that studios have a right to cancel premieres for any reason. Of course they can, and of course they have. But at the same time, I always feel that people generally make up their minds first, and then come up with an explanation AFTERWARDS. And it's not necessarily the decision that I question, it's the reason.

Anyway,

Or, you know, don't.

Or, you know, don't.

 

 

 

F**king terrorists.

Discovered : photos from the original Magic Mike (non-) premiere!

In the dusty digital attic of an old harddrive, behind some clothes so out of date not even I wear them anymore, I recently (re) discovered the photos I took at the (non-) premiere of the first Magic Mike movie back in 2012.

Come marvel at the fashions, the camera technology, and Matthew McConaughey looking about five years younger than he does now!

Are there any other un-journalised premieres languishing on my harddrive? Uh... No**. But if I expand to the few music concerts I've been to, then it might add another half dozen journals, and that's about it.

** edited to add : uh, Yes!! (one more at least).

Disney Doesn't Do Premieres in London

For the fourth release in a row (after Doctor Strange, Rogue One and Beauty & the Beast), yesterday (for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2) everyone's favourite multinational, franchise-building, public domain appropriating conglomerate Disney decided to fly all the stars of the film to London, put them up in hotels, book out a venue, fill it with media and ticket holders, surround it with barriers and security....

.... and then decline to have the stars interact with fans in any way at all.

"Move along. Nothing to see here"

"Move along. Nothing to see here"

"These barriers are mostly cosmetic. Nobody you know or want to see will be walking anywhere near them"

"These barriers are mostly cosmetic. Nobody you know or want to see will be walking anywhere near them"

"The sniffer dogs? A diversion." Either that, or Disney mistrusts event ticketholders even less than fans.

"The sniffer dogs? A diversion." Either that, or Disney mistrusts event ticketholders even less than fans.

About an hour before the screening, and not even waving on the way in, they had their blacked-out-window silver Mercedes cars drive directly into the venue without even slowing down.

Thanks, Disney.

In future, I'd ask your accountants whether it wouldn't be cheaper to hire some American security firm to blag-bag, kidnap and transport journalists into international waters and dump them onto a boat where you can beat them up and force them to write positive reviews?

That way you don't have to disappoint people who might have appreciated as little as a wave from the stars you spent all that money to transport all this way?

ps. Yeah, I'm an over-entitled whiner. But it's not like I asked for a lot - you had a full setup and even a clear unobstructed, secured path your stars could have taken into the venue where fans could have seen them. And you didn't. Because....?

Two German Premieres (!) and the Olivier Awards

Just because I take holidays doesn't mean I can *entirely* escape premieres, especially when traveling to Berlin, where I've traveled once before specifically for the Mockingjay Part 2 World Premiere in 2015.

This time my trip to Germany was more of a holiday, but it coincided with the premiere for Fast & Furious 8.

And purely as a bonus, while doing a recon a few days before F&F8, I noticed a large sign placed in advance of the premiere for the German release of Smurfs : The Lost Village.

Click HERE for the journal

Click HERE for the journal

So I went to both!

And on the day after I returned to London... the Olivier Awards!

Click HERE for that journal

Click HERE for that journal

Until Next Time!

Shiny new 'Search' Function

There have been two premieres recently, one for 'Viceroy's House' with Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville; and a few days ago "Kong : Skull Island" with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson.

The hat is magnificent, the lighting effects are magnificent.... does it even matter if the movie is good or not?

The hat is magnificent, the lighting effects are magnificent.... does it even matter if the movie is good or not?

That's cool and all, but more excitingly I've put a "Search" function on the homepage! You can now type words like "Hiddleston" or "Johansson" or... I don't know.... "Mark Walhberg" into that function and it will return pages either featuring those people.... or possibly flippant references to those people.

Good luck!

It's 2017 !

I can't believe I'm doing this for another year!

Meaning : I've done a few already and lazily forgot to update the "news" section.

So far in Jan/Feb it's been:

1. "Live By Night" - missed it
2. "xXx : The return of Xander Cage" - missed it
3. "Denial" - not a real premiere (couldn't be bothered)
4. "T2 Trainspotting" - that was in Edinburgh and I've only travelled for one premiere so far, and that was the world premiere of The Hunger Games : Mockingjay 2 in Berlin in 2015.
5. "Fifty Shades Darker" - yep. And I even desaturated and blue-tinted the photos
6. The 2017 Baftas - yes, and there's one in 'Regular' format, and one RedCarpetMonochrome journal
7. The 2017 Elle Style Awards - all the fun of an ill-lit doorway!
8. The Lost City of Z - yes (and it was at a Museum)
9. London Fashion Week 2017 - I covered the streets outside two (2) venues if that counts?
10. Viceroy's House - with Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville
11. Beauty & The Beast - not a real premiere (thanks, Disney), but I did it anyway.

So... that's that. How have you been?
 

BFI London Film Festival 2016

12 days of events, and I made it to at least one every day (which is a first).

Here's a link to every journal:

Day 1 : A United Kingdom - incl. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike
Day 2 : A Monster Calls - incl. Sigourney Weaver
Day 3 : LaLaLand - incl. Damien Chazelle, and American Honey feat. Sasha Lane
Day 4 : Manchester By The Sea - incl Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, and Elle with Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert
Day 5 : Bleed for This - incl. Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciaran Hinds
Day 6 : Arrival - with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner
Day 7 : Birth of a Nation - with Nate Parker, Armie Hammer and Gabrielle Union
Day 8 : Lion - incl. Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel
Day 9 : Their Finest - incl. Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton
Day 10 : Nocturnal Animals - incl. Tom Ford, Amy Adams, and Aaron Taylor Johnson, and It's Only The End of the World with Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard and Xavier Dolan
Day 11 : Snowden - incl. Oliver Stone
Day 12 : Free Fire - incl. Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer and Ben Wheatley

... and I even did a 'Best Of' Red Carpet Monochrome journal without commentary

Whew!

One premiere and more for the Gallery

27th July, 2016.

Not a huge amount to report : I missed one premiere, but attended another (Steven Spielberg himself attended the premiere of Steven Spielberg's film "The BFG"), and I also finally dug through the archives and added some more photos to the Celebs Gallery. Other than a few sporadic new ones, I'm still up to 2014 on the gallery, and the motivation was to have something I could send out to the organisers of St Albans' Film Festival, which took place in 2013, 2014 and 2015, but not this year and.... well... not seemingly next year either? Damn... I gotta work on my timing, except I've known about how bad my timing is for at least two decades.

Anyway....

You too can now use my patently ridiculous file-naming conventions!

You too can now use my patently ridiculous file-naming conventions!

There's a premiere of sorts this weekend, and hopefully I can make Suicide Squad next week.... we'll see.

three premieres in three days!

July 14th

Excitingly, after a bit of a three-week hiatus followed by one premiere per week for a fortnight (Absolutey Fabulous the first week, The Legend of Tarzan in the second), this most recent week featured THREE premieres in THREE days:

The first was a Sunday premiere for 'Finding Dory' - attended by Ellen DeGeneres, partner Portia DeRossi (I remember Ally McBeal probably a bit more fondly than I should be admitting), and director Andrew Stanton

"What movie am I here to promote? Can't remember, but I'm cool with the short term memory loss"

"What movie am I here to promote? Can't remember, but I'm cool with the short term memory loss"

The second was on Monday for the fourth Bourne film 'Jason Bourne' (it's the fifth if you include the one with Jeremy Renner, which I don't) - attended by Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles and director Paul Greengrass

"Sorry you couldn't win a ticket to see the film at the premiere, bro..."

"Sorry you couldn't win a ticket to see the film at the premiere, bro..."

And the third was on Tuesday for 'Star Trek Beyond', attended by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho, Idris Elba.... and as I was already in the cinema by then (!!) I was unable to photograph director Justin Lin. Oh, well....!

"Feel free to call me 'Cap' if you want...."

"Feel free to call me 'Cap' if you want...."

Coming up : it's a bit quiet - there's another Sunday premiere this weekend, there's a Harry Potter theatre opening, and rumours abound on the topic of whether (and if so, when) there'll be a Suicide Squad premiere.

... and I totally forgot to mention:

Weirdly, the last five premieres (and last seven events) I've photographed were NOT at Leicester Square.

It all started with the premieres of "Love and Friendship" and "Me Before You" on back-to-back days at Curzon Mayfair...

Love and Frienship is a movie adapted from a Jane Austen short story.... unlike "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which was (maybe) based on a Jane Austen nightmare.

Love and Frienship is a movie adapted from a Jane Austen short story.... unlike "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which was (maybe) based on a Jane Austen nightmare.

"Me Before You" meanwhile featured both The Mother Of Dragons from Game of Thrones... and a protest group accusing the movie of being a disability snuff film.

"Me Before You" meanwhile featured both The Mother Of Dragons from Game of Thrones... and a protest group accusing the movie of being a disability snuff film.

A few days later, Picturehouse Central paid host to one of its rare, small but surprisingly adequately attended premieres, which was all over in less than 3mins:

"The Neon Demon" - fastest premiere from start to finish ever.

"The Neon Demon" - fastest premiere from start to finish ever.

And after that it was two premieres in two days AGAIN at Curzon Mayfair

"Three Harry Potter alumni... but check out this necklace!" - Salma Hayek at the "Tale of Tales" premiere

"Three Harry Potter alumni... but check out this necklace!" - Salma Hayek at the "Tale of Tales" premiere

Probably the SECOND fastest premiere ever, at "Learning to Drive"

Probably the SECOND fastest premiere ever, at "Learning to Drive"

And then, just to keep things interesting there was a Train Unveiling and a 90th Birthday celebration!

"Sorry about destroying London in this movie...." - Hemsworth, Goldblum and Emmerich for Independence Day Resurgence (the alien was in a jar/tank on the main concourse)

"Sorry about destroying London in this movie...." - Hemsworth, Goldblum and Emmerich for Independence Day Resurgence (the alien was in a jar/tank on the main concourse)

It's a horse! and another horse! And the Queen wearing (subtle) nuclear green! at Trooping The Colour 2016

It's a horse! and another horse! And the Queen wearing (subtle) nuclear green! at Trooping The Colour 2016

So.... a bit of a break now until premieres start again. They'll be less petite and a bit more crowded, I suspect.

Three events in Three days!

8th-9th-10th May, 2016

Three events in three days doesn't happen often, and these were three pretty big ones (and actually, the 7th wasn't exactly quiet either, as I went to the Composer Brian Tyler concert (it was excellent).

The first was on Sunday 8th : The Television Baftas at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, attended by the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake (as well as people actually better known for BEING on TV!):

"I wanna do a duet with you! I've already recorded my side of it on this flashdrive.... Just give me your phone number and I'll text you the lyrics?"

"I wanna do a duet with you! I've already recorded my side of it on this flashdrive.... Just give me your phone number and I'll text you the lyrics?"

The next day was the "Global Fan Screening" of X-Men : Apocalypse, which despite the dubious title was actually rather well-attended, not just with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Sophie Turner, but also numerous others from the cast. And for the second event in a row, I shot the event from OUTSIDE the event (anything for a unique angle)

We shared a moment. Typically, I was one storey and over 50m away....

We shared a moment. Typically, I was one storey and over 50m away....

Then, finally, it was the European premiere for Alice Through the Looking Glass. At this one, my third consecutive "shoot the event from outside the event" strategy didn't work so well. Sure, I photographed Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, but the interior of Leicester Square was a much more interesting place than my rather dull patch of blue carpet near the cinema entrance...

This isn't Mia Wasikowska (or Johnny Depp) (or Tim Burton) but who am I to refuse Awesome Posing Girl?

This isn't Mia Wasikowska (or Johnny Depp) (or Tim Burton) but who am I to refuse Awesome Posing Girl?

It's a bit of a quiet period for the next little while... I'll see what I can do to keep myself from getting bored in the meantime. This means if you're ever going to approach me to shoot your wedding, film set, sporting event or stage production, this could be your chance.

One Movie : two journals and a review

The European Premiere for Captain America Civil War was so large I ended up takingabout 3x more photos than I do at most premieres. It was so big that the initial selection pool of photos I identified on the way home only represented 3% of all the photos I took.

But I stayed up late/early and I got the journal done, and the journal with commentary is here:

"We've got time : why don't all 2,400 of you people here come up one by one and have selfies with us right here??"

"We've got time : why don't all 2,400 of you people here come up one by one and have selfies with us right here??"

And then, given how long it took me to fully cull the photos, I decided to do a second journal, just photos without commentary, under the "RedCarpetMonochrome" heading and style. And that's here:

"Black and White makes everything cooler!"

"Black and White makes everything cooler!"

And then, on Friday I went to watch the movie, and about 120mins into a 147mins movie, I decided to walk out early because... well... I was done. That review /justification is here:

I'm not proud of it... but I'm going to be honest about it...

I'm not proud of it... but I'm going to be honest about it...

Well... at least things aren't boring

Lots more premieres coming up.

3rd/4th April : Theatre : TWICE!

Although I know next to nothing about theatre, I have no problem in showcasing my lack of knowledge at events, so in excellent (?) news there were two events in two days.

The first was the annual Olivier Awards, on Sunday, where I recognised perhaps 1 in 8 attendees (and then only if they'd had roles in either movies or Game of Thrones). Highlights were Dame Judi Dench looking awesome, Rory Kinnear and Mark Gatiss reciprocally adjusting each others' ties, the reunion of Game of Thrones' Jon Snow and Ygritte..... and Cyndi Lauper's hair.

As if that wasn't enough (?), one day later I decided to attend a theatre Press Night (well, when I say "attend" I don't want to make it sound like merely hanging around on a sidewalk outside a London Theatre is anything particularly special). It was for Sunset Blvd. And, in amongst all the people I didn't photograph (because the people in the play get there early and get dressed and ready, obviously!), I did manage to photograph Jonathan Pryce, Emily Atack, a civilian George RR Martin cosplay dude and some really, really nice door handles.

So that's that. Good news, however, for fans of regular programming : there's at least three premieres in seven days coming up from this Thursday. Huzzah.

A Giant Premiere and a Giant Turd

March 26th, 2016.

I've just come back from watching Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice, and unsurprisingly it sucked. I'm not sure why that would surprise anyone, given the same people who make a movie that sucked last time were given even more money this time... and guess what it sucked more.

Basically, they doubled down on The Stupid and maths happened.

That said, the premiere was fun. I enjoyed that. I didn't have to pay (except I took a day off work so damn you WB you DID cost me) and it met some fun people and I think Gal Gadot possibly likes me as much as I like her (which I'd say is a lot). Some highlights from the premiere are below, with a link to the full journal on each image as well as by clicking here

The kind of look that makes me blame everyone but Gal Gadot for how bad teh movie is (and maybe one or two of the catering crew who probably had little to do with it)

The kind of look that makes me blame everyone but Gal Gadot for how bad teh movie is (and maybe one or two of the catering crew who probably had little to do with it)

A longer "Movies Pessimistically Appraised" review may eventually follow, but for now my thoughts on Batman v Superman are copy-pasted from my stream-of-consciousness typing here:

"Please don't tell people what you really think... not until the movie crosses $300 mil?" Denied. But I'm sure it'll make enough money because people are stupid. Also, in other news : I'm people and I'm stupid.

"Please don't tell people what you really think... not until the movie crosses $300 mil?"
Denied. But I'm sure it'll make enough money because people are stupid. Also, in other news : I'm people and I'm stupid.

Oh, and/but in other news there were actually two premieres in the past week or so ("Eddie The Eagle" with Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton, and the BFI Flare premiere of 'The Pass') AND the 2016 Empire Awards (with Star Wars' Daisy Ridley and Anthony Daniels).

More premieres and events have been scheduled. Good times. Bad movies. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Daisy Ridley at The 2016 Empire Awards. I'm not ready to profess any major positive feelings towards Star Wars The Force Awakens, but I've just come back from watching Batman v Superman and... well... it might happen.

Daisy Ridley at The 2016 Empire Awards. I'm not ready to profess any major positive feelings towards Star Wars The Force Awakens, but I've just come back from watching Batman v Superman and... well... it might happen.

15th March - Red Carpet / Monochrome

In the quiet period between the Baftas and the resumption of a steady(ish) supply of premieres, I've kept busy, mostly dating crime and fighting supermodels or something. On top of that, I also decided to (self-indulgently) do a re-edit / re-sample and re-mastering of all my BAFTA journals into the "Red Carpet / Monochrome" philosophy. I did that for the first time with the 2016 Baftas (and, quietly, the Avengers Age of Ultron premiere before that)...

No commentary, just photos; no 1.6 : 1 crop but a 'superior' 1.8 : 1 'wide(r) screen' crop; no selecting photos in a rush on Bafta eve while eating leftovers and regaining my body's core temperature... but a calmer and more thoughtful reassessent. You know, the way it was intended to be, but practical and technological limitations of the day prevented:)

Here's the links to each:

2013 : The one with rain, sleet and snow (and Jennifer Lawrence and I sharing a moment)

2013 : The one with rain, sleet and snow (and Jennifer Lawrence and I sharing a moment)

and finally:

2016 : The one featuring not one but several Gopro shots (along with 'the usual' Nikon and Pentax shots)

2016 : The one featuring not one but several Gopro shots (along with 'the usual' Nikon and Pentax shots)

26th Feb 2016 - FASHION!

Although this site is primarily concerned with Premieres, there is a natural extension into Film Awards, and thus any kind of Awards, which then loosely tie into Events... and before you know it, taking photos outside The 2015 British Fashion Awards justifies The 2016 Elle Fashion Awards, which since I'm already photographing London Fashion week and have been for years, finally induced me to transfer across two journals I'd already put on Redbubble for 2013 (which are now here and here) ... then backfill the ones for 2012, 2014 and 2015... and then the one for 2016.

Karl Lagerfeld regards me with a look approximating to "and have you ever attracted a female of the same species with what you're wearing?" and a "thought not" that didn't wait for my answer at The 2015 British Fashion Awards.

Karl Lagerfeld regards me with a look approximating to "and have you ever attracted a female of the same species with what you're wearing?" and a "thought not" that didn't wait for my answer at The 2015 British Fashion Awards.

Now... when I say I 'photograph London Fashion Week', I've never been within sight of or even fluffy handbag throwing distance of so much as a catwalk. No... London Fashion Week is mostly about the Beautiful People showing clothes designed by The Talented People to be talked about by The Media People so they can be purchased by The Wealthy People and The Famous People. Which is to say The Ordinary People are not required....and yet weirdly I/we do it anyway. (Much like how I photograph premieres, really, when you think about it)

So for parts of five different London Fashion Weeks (there are two every year), my camera, my flagging self-respect, an apology note from my superego, and I headed down to Somerset House to photograph the general goings-on OUTSIDE (but close to) the hub of London Fashion Week:

* London Fashion Week 2012.1 -
* London Fashion Week 2013.1 -
* London Fashion Week 2013.2 -
* London Fashion Week 2014.1 -
* London Fashion Week 2015.1 -

I can wait here all day....

I can wait here all day....

And then, just when it seemed all too easy, the powers that be moved the whole shindig from the classy, open, mingle-friendly space of Somerset House to...uh... a multistorey parking garage on busy narrow street in London.

* London Fashion Week 2016.1 - The one outside the multistorey parking garage

So... you know..... enjoy! *kiss* *kiss*

17th Feb 2016 - One Bafta, Two Journals

It's a point of pride that I generally have a journal posted for an event on the same day it takes place, but reality means that "Same Day" occasionally means "some time after midnight". For the 2016 Baftas that became "a few hours after midnight, verging on a few hours before getting up for work". But it was a great event, and it's always a rare bit of fun editing photos on one screen while the delayed broadcast of the event is playing in the other screen.

Anyway, for the 2016 Baftas, I ended up doing two journals, one being the typical "photo plus commentary" style which is accessible here:

<insert comment here.... check grammar, spelling and legibility later>

<insert comment here.... check grammar, spelling and legibility later>

and a few days later, I decided to do it all again, this time reframed, re-edited and in monochrome WITHOUT commentary... because every now and then I'd like to think the photos can speak for themselves.

< . . >

< . . >

Generally it tends to be a bit quiet on the premieres-front after the Baftas, but in this case London is quite busy, with London Fashion Week, the Elle Style Awards, the Brit Awards (which I usually don't do) and a premiere.... all in the next week or so!

9th Feb 2016 - One Premiere, One Review

The premiere was on Tuesday and it was for 'How to be Single' (a concept and movie title that cut far too close to the bone for my linking) - attended by Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann... and a curiously and annoyingly swaying security dude...

The review is more esoteric, rambling, and not yet past the 'early draft' phase... but it's part of ultimatley watching (and reviewing) every single movie I've been to the premiere of since 2008. There's no rush.... I'm still up to 2008, in this case the movie was the awful "The X-Files : I Want To Believe"

6th Feb 2016 - two premieres this week

I managed to make it to two premieres this week - one on Monday and one on Thursday.

The first was the Jane-Austen-Meets-The-Undead movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", attended by a cavalcade of stars in the form of Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Douglas Booth and a roving band of shuffling Elizabethan Zombies...

"It wasn't me! They were like that when I got here!"

"It wasn't me! They were like that when I got here!"

And then a few days later, the enigmatically advertised 'fashionable screening' for Zoolander2 ended up being a full-blown premiere plus Guinness Book Of World Records event attended by Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell... and even such random attendees as fashion label Valentino and The Force Awakens' Adam Driver!

"I'm going to be honest... at this distance I can't even tell if if my mobile is turned on" - Ben Stiller holds an 8.6metre selfie stick as Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Valentino, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Adam Driver and other guests observe

"I'm going to be honest... at this distance I can't even tell if if my mobile is turned on" - Ben Stiller holds an 8.6metre selfie stick as Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Valentino, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Adam Driver and other guests observe

So... that's pretty cool. Next week (hopefully) 'How to be Single' and next Sunday my favourite kind of Valentines Day present: The 2016 Baftas.

27/01/2016 - Movies Pessimistically Appraised

It's been brewing for a little while, and I have some misgivings, but I'm going to formally state that I intend to do this.

I'm going to commit to ultimately watch EVERY movie I've been to the premiere of.

And yes, sure, I've watched many of them (indeed, this week I watched The Hateful Eight, and it was the last premiere I went to last year), but many of them I haven't. Plus... I want to put my reviews on this website. I figure it'll be a nice way to 'complete the circle' of each premiere.

But here's the problem. Not only am I waaaaaay over-analytical, but I'm also a pessimist at heart. That means when I watch a movie, even a GOOD movie, I invariably fixate on the things I didn't like. This is a problem, but on the other hand it also represents an opportunity : why NOT appraise movies from a pessimistic perspective. Why not start with the idea that any movie can be improved? As an intellectual challenge, if nothing else. Alternatively, just as a bit of harmless fun.

I mean... can I *REALLY* write a negative appraisal of Pixar's 2008 masterpiece Wall-E? Or Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight?? The answer, because I've already written both, is yes.

Sort of.

I still love both of those movies. But neither is without flaws.

Feel free to hate this notion, the good news is I'll start by keeping it fairly discreet. You probably won't even realise these reviews are here....

To begin, here's my over-wrought Manifesto

And here's my Movies Pessimistically Appraised attempts at analysing:

Hancock (2008)
Wall-E (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)

And yes... I'll get to Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray eventually. Perhaps don't expect me to want to expend much time on them. Some things I'd rather not experience, or remember!

And in answer to the question "don't I have anything better to do?". Ummm... on days I don't have premieres to go to? No.