Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Film Review

All along I had thought Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looked rubbish so my expectations were so, so low. I think this helped because it was not good, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and there were many redeeming factors about it.

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Pics: Rihanna, Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne at the Valerian European premiere

Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen and director Luc Besson hit the blue carpet in London’s Leicester Square tonight for the European premiere of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – and here are all my pics of them!!

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Life: Film Review

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James Dean is such a captivating character so it is no surprise he is being played in a film again, this time by Dane DeHaan. Luckily, this is not a straight-up biopic, but simply a moment in his life around the time he poses for his iconic Times Square photograph, in the rain with a cigarette. This is a pretty interesting idea, but not one which could sustain my enthusiasm throughout the entire film.

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Top Films for September

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How is it September already?! Winter is swiftly approaching (did we even have a summer?!) which means some of the best of 2015 movies are on the approach, starting with September, which has a few treats in store. Check out my preview highlights:

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Daniel Radcliffe: What If Q&A

Apologies for the quality - I was pretty far away!

Apologies for the quality – I was pretty far away!

On Monday evening, Daniel Radcliffe dropped into the Apple Store in London to see his fans and chat about his new movie What If. He was on a very tight schedule so arrived dead on half 5 and left dead on 6pm but he was great to listen to while he was there. He is very chatty, excitable even and you can tell he appreciates his fans and his job. Also, I knew he was short but I was still surprised by how petite he is in general – so small and skinny (and very pale)!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Review

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I love Spider-Man, he is my favourite of the Marvel superheroes so I was very excited about this and it did not disappoint. It was everything you could want in an action movie and perhaps a bit too much more. The only issue I have with it is how many story arcs it was trying to run at the same time but it didn’t ruin the experience and I found it really bloody enjoyable.

Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker and he is battling his feelings for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), trying to discover the truth behind his father’s death while saving New York City from evil. Standard. First up there’s electrician Max (Jamie Foxx), who turns into Electro following an unfortunate accident at Oscorp (always the way) and the return of Harry Osbourn (Dane DeHaan), an old friend who needs Spider-Man’s help to cure his illness.

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I cannot stress how enjoyable this is. The jokes come thick and fast, Garfield is hilarious and a joy to watch and Spider-Man has a lot of quips. I laughed out loud a number of times. However, it also manages to make me sad. Whenever Garfield got upset about Gwen or his father, I felt myself feeling emotional for him, like a plonker.

The chemistry between Emma and Andrew is palpable and they have such a great rapport on screen, it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of their lines are improvised. I liked that there was a lot of focus on their relationship but it did seem like other aspects were brushed to the side and the film was just trying to take on too much. I loved Electro, I loved Harry and would have loved to have seen more of them – they could have done with being the central villain in one film each. Don’t even get me started on Paul Giamatti’s The Rhino! I hope he gets a role in the next film otherwise I would be very angry if I was him. Very little screen time indeed.

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There isn’t much else to say to be honest. I loved it, although I just wanted more of each story arc but that would have made the running time well over 3 hours! Harry was brilliant and so captivating. He stole all his scenes and I could have watched much more. I’m glad he will be in the next movie. I think Andrew is much better this time around. I think he’s brilliant. The film has laughs, heart and plenty of fight scenes. It ticked all the boxes and I came out feeling more than satisfied. Big thumbs up.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 World Premiere: Quotes

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So last night’s premiere in Leicester Square was the first time I got access to the media pen! WOOP WOOP. It was great in that I got to see all the celebs and take some pics but sadly, I didn’t get to speak to everyone EXCEPT the main man Andrew Garfield!

Here’s the (very brief) conversation:

What’s the most challenging aspect of filming?

Every aspect. It’s terrifying to take on such a huge role. Who in their right mind would allow themselves to be open to such criticism and such attack? I have no idea why I’m here.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: World Premiere

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Tonight the stars of The Amazing Spiderman 2 came to London’s Leicester Square for the world premiere and here’s the inside track.

Andrew Garfield 

What a sweetheart. He arrived early so he could fit everyone in but he was still running late because he was being so attentive to everyone. That sounds like I’m kissing his arse but I honestly didn’t think really highly of him before tonight but he has changed my opinion of him completely. The nicest, most genuine guy. He wanted to please everybody, he had great energy, tried his hardest to see everyone and give great answers to questions we asked even though he was under pressure, running out of time and the film was waiting for him to start.

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