I couldn’t believe the news on Monday: David Bowie had passed away of cancer, aged 69. Just now, with Space Oddity still ringing in my ears, I learned that another legend has left us: Alan Rickman died today of cancer. Aged 69.
The world has truly lost two stage and screen legends this week.
If you are part of a current fandom – no matter whether it’s Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, The Walking Dead… the list goes on, – and you follow it somewhat online, you will probably have come across Fangirl Quest’sSceneframing pictures.
Sceneframing is the brainchild of Tiia Öhman and Satu Walden, two girls from Finland who love to visit filming locations. Together they have travelled around Europe (mainly UK, Ireland and Finland) and the US. Their photos show an iPad with a screen capture from [insert fandom here] in the exact location it was filmed. And the concept has proven so popular, it has become a worldwide phenomenon that left its creators in shock and awe.
(I got to interview the lovely ladies a year ago*. The interview was intended for a publication which ultimately decided not to use it. As I am now free to publish it elsewhere, I didn’t want to deny you this any longer.)
Every once in a while you come across a film that really speaks to you. It might not be the smoothest storyline, the characters might be messy and chaotic, but they are so true to life and their message is so easy to understand, that you feel you could be one of them.
For me, happythankyoumoreplease is such a movie.
This indie flick is billed as a romantic comedy, but don’t let that genre scare you away. It’s a film about growing up, accepting that you deserve happiness the way you are and being grateful.
Happythankyoumoreplease is a great directorial and screenwriting debut for Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother), who stars as Sam Wexler in this heartfelt and observant 2011 film, which won the Sundance Audience Award.
When you turn a true story into a movie, you need a cast capable of portraying remarkable, real people with all their flaws. The first thing you’ll notice about The Imitation Game, is how outrageously good the cast is and how well they work together.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Hawking, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) stars as computing pioneer Alan Turing, who, along with a small team, had the ultra-secret task to break the German Enigma code during Word War II. He portrays Turing as a socially awkward genius who had to lead a secret life not only because of his top-secret work – the reveal of which would have carried the death sentence for treason – but also because he was homosexual at a time when this was still a criminal offence.