The Lieutenant of Inishmore: Theatre Review

Most people would assume I booked tickets to see The Lieutenant of Inishmore purely because of Aidan Turner, and while the star casting is usually the main reason for my theatre trips, this time I was more there for Martin McDonagh‘s writing, as I loved his scripts for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and In Bruges and wanted to check out his stage work.

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Loving Vincent: LFF Film Review

Loving Vincent is an extraordinary visual masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed. It is the first entirely hand painted film, everything you see onscreen is a pencil drawing or an oil painting on canvas in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

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I’m fed up with all this James Bond speculation

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This week Tom Hardy was the latest actor to be named “the favourite” to play James Bond and to be honest, I just rolled my eyes. I am fed up with this speculation and the endless list of people who could be in the frame.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Film Review

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I will be the first to say that these are not my type of films. I watch them because I should rather than because I am genuinely excited for them. To prove my point: I watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time this year, and I only began The Hobbit prequels this week. However, I am surprised by how much I like them.

It picks up where Desolation of Smaug left off: the dragon has broken out of the Lonely Mountain and is on its way to destroy Laketown. Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his kingdom but he now has dragon sickness – his greed over the gold has made him crazy and he is on the verge of killing members of the Company to locate the Arkenstone. That is not their only problem – both the people of Laketown (lead by Bard, played by Luke Evans) and the Woodland Elves (lead by Thranduil, played by Lee Pace) want their share of the riches inside the mountain and Oakenshield refuses to let a single gold coin leave this kingdom. War is imminent, and an army of Orcs are heading to Erebor to reclaim the mountain for themselves.

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