What do you get if you blend Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and The Beanstalk with Stephen Sondheim?  Well, once upon a time… Into The Woods is a film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim and Jame Lapine musical, which jumbles several different fairy tales to create a dark and delightful story.  The …

It’s funny when you see a film poster and you get heartsink.  Colin Firth looking slightly Bond-esque framed by a woman’s open legs just doesn’t do it for me.  Good job I didn’t let it put me off too much. Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is an old fashioned spy from an underground network fronted by …

Reese Witherspoon de-glamorized, a Nick Hornby screenplay and a 1000 mile walk in the wilderness?  Sounds interesting…. Based on the true account of Cheryl Strayed’s trek through the American wilderness via the Pacific Crest Trail, Wild tells the story of a woman’s hike to find a better version of herself.  After several years of trauma …

Who doesn’t like a museum that comes to life at night? I know I do! If only they did… Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and friends are back in the third installment of the Night at the Museum series, but all is not well in New York’s Museum of Natural History.  The exhibits are noticing they …

Some films sneak into the cinema with only a smidgeon of promotion.  Others bash the cymbals, crash the drums, have months of hype and millions of dollars spent on a campaign that takes expectation beyond the stratosphere into the stars.  In the case of the latter, the film has got to be good.  After much …

It seems almost ridiculous to be writing a “Not Forgotten” piece about Kate Bush.  She is currently all the rage after undertaking her first live performance in 35 years, her back catalogue of albums charting again and a whole host of people discovering her music for the first time.   It’s no surprise that Hounds of …

I belong to a unique group of people who have links with cancer in some way. It’s not like we want special treatment or anything, or to be recognised for this fact. It’s just life is difficult sometimes and this is our reality. You might think, then, that seeing The Fault In Our Stars is …

I never thought I’d see Woody Allen act again.  He’s already replaced himself in his own movies with the likes of Owen Wilson and Jesse Eisenberg.  What John Turturro did to lure Allen out in front of the camera again can only be imagined.  Maybe it was the promise of filming in New York and …

I don’t generally do monster movies.  In fact I don’t generally do what the BBFC would deem ‘sustained threat and peril’.  I blame watching slightly scary films on television with my Nannan, who would view them with the affect of a coiled spring.  When anything happened to make you jump, she would grab the nearest …

The new album from Suzanne Vega is a mixed bag.  The themes of the songs are fascinating, calling on aspects of Tarot, the Bible and feelings about a playwright and politician Vaclav Havel amongst other subjects.  She refers to her songs as stories and parables, and the lyrical content is always diverse, even if we …