Love Hate Review!

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Love Hate (2009) is a short film starring Ben Whishaw and Hayley Atwell and written and directed by Blake Ritson and Dylan Ritson with music composed by Tom Haines and Christopher Branch.

It follows the story of a charity worker called Tom (Whishaw) who meets Hate (Atwell) and shows Tom that underneath his kind spirit there might be another side to Tom’s personality. Very good comedy/drama with a touch of the supernatural possibly about it and really well acted.

Check the film out below:

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Top Seven Highlights From Comic Relief 2015!

A brilliant night of comedy and most importantly charity fundraising. The annual Comic Relief extravaganza, which was started by comedian Lenny Henry and comedy writer Richard Curtis in 1985, had another wonderful night filled with music and sketches and lots of fun. Let’s take a look at seven highlights from this important, prestigious night:

Sam Smith & John Legend’s Performance and Music Video

The two of these artists have such incredible, powerful and emotive voices and they sound amazing on the official Comic Relief song for 2015 Lay Me Down, a duet of Sam’s song.

National Treasure Sketch

Staring Stephen Fry, Sheridan Smith and Miranda Hart as the judges of who should be added as a national treasure and starring stars such as David Walliams, David Gandy, Cheryl Cole, Russell Brand, Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher who eventually was the new national treasure as well as Ronnie Corbert this sketch was so funny. Really well-written and very imaginative. Loved it.

James Bond Sketch

Starring stars such as Ben Whishaw, Alan Carr, Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts, the Bond Sketch was full of humour.

David Walliams’ Kissathon & His & Davina McCaul’s Smooching Session With Orlando Bloom

David Walliams broke the kissathon World Record. Also David & Davina McCaul kissed Orlando Bloom who made a surprise appearance as well.

Little Britain Sketch

Stephen Hawking and Catherine Tate joined David Walliams for this year’s Little Britain sketch. The graphics, one word: Amazing! This sketch was very original and fab.

Cassidy & Natalie Win The People’s Strictly

Cassidy Little is so amazing and he and Natalie Lowe danced this Paso to perfection. Well-deserved win.

Victoria Wood Wins Comic Relief’s Bake-Off

Beating off competition from the other finalists Gok Wan, Jennifer Saunders and Michael Sheen, Victoria Wood took the honours in the Comic Relief’s Bake-Off.

Currently £78,082,988 has been raised in funds.

To Help go to:

https://secure.donate.comicrelief.com/

The Link Between Shyness and The Creative Arts!

When I was younger, I used to sing in school shows and the amount of times I heard that it was a surprise to people that I did perform on stage was countless. I don’t think people mean it with any malice. I think they just genuinely are surprised. I think it has been conditioned into peoples’ minds that shyness somehow means that a person will be cowering away in a corner half the time or something. And that doesn’t tend to be true. I think where the problem begins really is that people don’t understand what shyness is. Shyness is when a person is not confident in how they speak. That doesn’t necessarily mean that that lack of confidence in one area of their lives translates in any other particular area. It’s like a person who isn’t confident in their driving for example, it doesn’t mean they are going be not confident in another part of their lives such as playing a sport for example. And it can completely go the other way too. I have seen people who are the biggest talkers freeze when they go on a stage and that’s because they are confident in their speaking but not in performing.

I always find it weird when people say that they don’t think people can achieve in creative fields due to their shyness. Especially when you look at the history of so many successful people in the creative industries. And I’m not just pulling at straws. So many of the people who were successful shy creatives have been major names in show business and have been brave enough to be unique and do something new. Let’s look at a few and celebrate them for a few moments:

Music

David Bowie

“I’m not particularly a gregarious person. I had an unbearable shyness; it was much easier for me to keep on with the Ziggy thing, off stage as well as on. Who was David Bowie and who was Ziggy Stardust? It was motivated by shyness.”

Ella Fitzgerald

“I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling. I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do.”

Bob Dylan

“I remember Bob had soft, squidgy, little hands and was really shy – he hardly said two words.”

– Thin Lizzy’s Gary Moore speaking about Bob Dylan.

Freddie Mercury

“In real life nobody knew Freddie. He was shy, gentle and kind. He was never the one, he was on the stage.”

– Queen bandmate Roger Taylor speaking about Freddie Mercury.

Brian Molko

“I am actually a shy person, but there is a need for the flamboyant aspect of myself to express itself. The context for that is the live show. That side of my personality is satisfied by the act of performance, and I don’t need to behave extravagantly in my everyday life. Which I’m quite grateful for.”

Elvis Presley

“Here I was with somebody who I didn’t know was going to become famous. But I did know two things: I knew that he was not shy – I mean, Elvis was shy in the sense that he was introverted,but he was not shy to the camera – and he made the girls cry.”

– Alfred Wertheimer speaking about Elvis Presley.

And alas, that’s just six in music. If you Google it or read music biographies you’ll find so many more your eyes will burst with pride and awe if you are shy like me.

And now onto fashion which I shall list three people from but like music if you search you’ll find so many more!

Fashion

Yves Saint Laurent

“An ugly, ungainly, overgrown boy with thick glasses, and so horribly shy he couldn’t take his eyes off the floor”.

– Womens Wear Daily’s correspondent speaking about Yves Saint Laurent.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

“I remember reading a book about Chanel in which a woman talks about seeing her singing in a little cabaret when she was maybe 18. Chanel was described as a shy, ambitious girl. This adjective of ‘shy’ surprised me. I think that is what is interesting about her, that she had such different dimensions. She couldn’t only be a strong and tough and stubborn person, because you don’t create with your confidence. You create with your doubts.”

– Audrey Tautou speaking about Coco Chanel

Gianni Versace

“I’m still the little, provincial shy boy who forced himself to be a public person.”

And three examples from the acting profession darlings!

Acting

Cillian Murphy

“The shy Corkman tells Stephen Milton about his venture to the small screen and how he’s recently started getting offers to play ‘dad’ roles”

– from independent.ie speaking about Cillian Murphy.

Ben Whishaw

“Dressed in a black polo neck and blue trousers — an ensemble that wouldn’t look out of place on Bond himself – Whishaw is sitting opposite me on a sofa somewhere in central London. Slender and stubbly, he appears initially nervous as he distractedly picks at a sandwich. But I soon realise that he is appealingly shy.”

– James Rampton speaking about Ben Whishaw.

Keira Knightley

“I am crap at parties. I tend to sit in the corner. I’ll sit in the corner and find one person to talk to or I’ll go on the dance floor and get quite drunk. But I am not good at that whole … (About been at the round of parties for Pride and Prejudice with her brother and parents.) We all stood in a corner, saying ‘Oh, this is weird!’.”

So I think all these people and countless others have proved that shyness won’t stop a person achieving what they want to achieve in life. And yet even today people say, “Great yet shy.” like the two can’t exist together or it’s strange that they do which I find a little strange really. I often wonder where the rule that to be publicly successful you had to be a great talker anyway came in. After all, what has it got to do with a person’s craft and talent? We may not be the bravest in social situations but we are in life.

Director Leaves Freddie Mercury Biopic Film!

Director Dexter Fletcher has left the Freddie Mercury biopic film Mercury.

Director Dexter Fletcher has left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with producer Graham King. Mercury has went into “soft pre-production” and is set to start filming this summer.

The film will star Emmy-winning actor Ben Whishaw as the late Freddie Mercury.

Variety says: ‘Sources say they were some back and forth not just with (Graham) King and Fletcher but Whishaw who also wanted changes made to the script and that these changes were taking to long to fix and eventually led to King letting Fletcher go.’

Whishaw took over from Sacha Baron Cohen was reported to have left due to similar reasons to Fletcher. However Mercury’s fellow Queen band member Brian May said these reports were “sensationalist”.

The film Mercury is now in “Pre-production” and is due to start filming this summer. King hopes to have a new director soon. However Variety has reported that the starting date may have to be changed so as not to clash with Whishaw’s work on the new Bond film.

Trailer For The Zero Theorem Has Been Released!

Ben Whishaw is set to star in The Zero Theorem!

Ben Whishaw is set to star in The Zero Theorem!

Ben Whishaw is set to be on our screens again! Yay!

The trailer for Terry Gilliam’s new film entitled, The Zero Theorem has been released. It is set in a futuristic dystopia and stars Whishaw alongside David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Thierry.

Waltz, who previously starred in the film version of Hairspray, takes on the role of a computer expert who has a crush on Mélanie Thierry. 

There’s a great cast and Terry Gilliam is fabulous and the trailer looks good so I’d say it’d be good and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

 

Skyfall Film Review!

Skyfall is very good!

Ben Whishaw as always is fabulous!

Skyfall is brilliant! The cast is incredible which includes Daniel Craig as James Bond, Ben Whishaw as the young Q, Javier Bardem as Silva, Judi Dench as M, Naomie Harris as Eve, Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Berenice Marlohe as Severine, Albert Finney as Kincade and Ola Rapace as Patrice.

Daniel Craig is amazing as James Bond. He’s very natural in the role and is definitely up there as one of the best Bonds of all-time. Actually my three favourite Bonds would be him, Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

My favourite character is Q. Whishaw plays him perfectly with humour and nerdiness. I always loved the older Q the best in the older Bond films so I was looking forward to seeing how Ben, who is one of my favourite actors, would protray the younger Q and he did so perfectly.

But the cast as a unit ensured that the film was amazing. Each of them are very natural, talented actors and actresses so it made it very realistic.

And the writing was great. Though I liked the old Bonds I prefer the newer ones. There is more of a storyline to them and I’m a person who values story and character above all else with a film so I enjoy them more so credit must go to Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan for bringing Ian Fleming’s world to life so well.

Almost all of Q’s lines are lines I love so there’d be too many to list but as well as the fabulous Q’s amazing one-liners I also liked the man at the train station’s line about Bond been eager to get on the train when he jumped and onto the back of the train, “ and also when Bond says to his old innkeeper when he meets him about him still been alive.

The song Skyfall by Adele is also so amazing and the way they fit it in at the beginning with the story and the graphics is perfect so credit must go to  Danny Kleinman who did an amazing job.

Another fantastic element to the story is the three strong females. Traditionally in Bond films the females are usually just there to look pretty and show what a big man Bond is but in this film the three women are strong in their own ways with M running the show, Eve been Bond’s accomplice for part of the film and Severine been scared but remaining strong despite her fear of Silva.

It was a fantastic film directed by Sam Mendes bringing Bond wonderfully up-to-date while still retaining the essence of the old Bond films and perfect for celebrating the 50th Bond.

 

 

 

Cloud Atlas Film Review!

Cloud Atlas is fabulous!

Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy play Robert Frobisher and Rufus Sixsmith to perfection!

I recently watched the film version of Cloud Atlas and I can say that it really is an experience and a half! I personally found it to be a good experience though it is a film that is definitely marmite. You will either love it or hate it and I personally fall into the category of loving it. There is six stories been followed in it and with all the various storylines and genres incorporated into the film you will certainly like certain stories better than others depending on what type of films you like.

My favourite character is Rufus Sixsmith played by James D’ Arcy but I also love Robert Frobisher played by Ben Whishaw. The pair play a beautiful couple in the 1930s with D’Arcy also playing the older Sixsmith. They play their love and their passion for each other to perfection as well as injecting a playfulness to their romance. The chemistry is so natural between them. I find their romance beautiful but the ending to their relationship without giving the story away is so sad. Incredibly powerfully acted but massively sad. Their story is really interesting and definitely my favourite of all the stories.

But I also find the Luisa Rey story which the older Sixsmith is in great too. Luisa is played brilliantly by Halle Berry as she goes looking for the truth as a journalist. Her source is Sixsmith. I won’t give away the story but it has sadness in it and Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving play baddies while Keith David and Tom Hanks play nice people and Doona Bae plays a woman whose building they run into who owns the sweetest little dog and Ben Whishaw also stars as the guy in the record store.

The comedy element is provided by the Timothy Cavendish storyline. Cavendish is played by Jim Broadbent and is sent to a home by his brother Denholme Cavendish played by Hugh Grant in revenge for him going with his wife Georgette played by Ben Whishaw. It’s so funny watching Timothy try to escape from the home and then try to escape with his new friends in the home. Mr. Meeks cracks me up!

Jim Sturgess plays Adam Ewing in the Adam Ewing story. Well naturally I suppose he would! 🙂 This story is really a story which utilizes the combined talents of Sturgess, David Gyasi and Tom Hanks and together the three play the story to perfection. Sturgess also plays the love interest of Sonmi-451 in the Sonmi-451 story. Their romance is sweet and not giving away the ending again but it’s sad.

While Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play Meronym and Zachry. Meronym is a Prescient female who comes to live with Zachry and his family on the “Big I” for a year so that she can learn more about their society. The stories are told to the kids by an old man played by Tom Hanks though I’m still trying to figure out whether he and Halle Berry who is playing his lifelong love are Meronym and Zachry. That’s how the story begins and ends which isn’t really giving away anything so yeah that’s what’s happening.

I’m not certain I understood the film but I liked it. I think it was about reincarnation but I could be wrong. But in a way you don’t need to understand it because you get to like the characters and want to see them do well and be alright and happy and that gets you invested in the story. Written by David Mitchell and written for the screen and directed by Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski, there is a bit of everything in the film through the mixture of genres. Between the six stories there is romance, aristocratic, action, drama, sci-fi, comedy, futuristic and mystery. Mentions must go to the production designers on the project Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch who did all the various locations to perfection which from watching the movie was clearly a massive job. And to the hair, costume and make-up department on the film. They did an amazing job of changing the actors and actresses into the different characters which with so many characters in the movie must have took so much work. Kudos especially for their work on transforming Ben Whishaw into Georgette because I’m a major Ben Whishaw fan and only for I read in advance who he was playing I wouldn’t have known him!

I really enjoyed it and it is now one of my favourite films. It was amazing how all the actors and actresses changed from one character to another. It truly did show off how remarkably talented they are to be able to transform from one character to the next in one film and the crew did amazing with the logistics which must have been crazy.