The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Announcement!

Most of you may have heard already, but The Hobbit ‘s Battle of the Five Armies World Premiere has finally been announced! And as I predicted last year, it is in London!

The announcement was made by Sir Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom and Luke Evans in special video for us adoring fans (see below).

Facts: It will be in London’s Leicester Square on 1st December 2014!

It seems that this will be a huge event, including the cast and crew from The Lord of the Ring’s trilogy too! I guess Peter Jackson wants a proper send off to mark the end of an era!

I’m praying however that it gets pushed back a week, because I can’t go to it. This is an event me and my friend had been planning to go to for over a year because we are massive massive Tolkien, LOTR, The Hobbit and Peter Jackson fans and when I found out I can’t go because of important previous engagements I actually cried. I warned you I was a nerd!

But anyway, if you can get to this event because you are a fan, try to because I’m sure it will be mesmerising!

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Gone Girl (2014)

First thing is first, it is very hard to review this film. The main reason being there are so many twists and turns that anything I say may or will spoil it for you. And I know how everybody, including myself, hates spoilers so I will try and leave them out! But that being said, the fact that this movie has so many twists and turns makes you not want to take your eyes from the screen for one second.

Based on Gilian Flynn’s book of the same name, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is singled out as the prime suspect of his wife Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance and becomes the centre of a murder investigation. But not all is as it seems, there are so many buried secrets and nothing is left unturned.

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Director David Fincher has a fearsome repertoire under his belt already: The Social Network, Se7en and Fight Club to name just a few, and this was no less thrilling and superb. The way he weaves in and out of past and present day through exerts of Amy’s diary is cryptic and almost unnerving as you yourself are trying to piece together the mystery. But when the mystery presents itself plainly, you realise you have been completely mislead.

Ben Affleck has truly impressed me in recent years, particularly with the way he handled ‘Argo’, a 2012 favourite of mine and he did impress me further in ‘Gone Girl’ as husband Nick Dunne. But it was Rosamund Pike who really needs applauding. As Amy Dunne, she is striking, shocking and, in short, skin crawlingly brilliant. This is the best role Pike has ever had, and I was enthralled. Maybe we can already hear the sounds of an Oscar acceptance speech?

Fincher is an intelligent film director and is first-class at throwing an audience off balance and making them feel uneasy. ‘Gone Girl’ is no exception to this. Brace yourself and expect the unexpected and you sure as hell will get it!

‘Gone Girl’ is in cinemas now.

‘The Imitation Game’ European Premiere

Three words to sum up the day: People, Rain and Pigeons!

Yesterday, 8th October, was the opening night gala of the BFI London Film Festival at Leicester Square’s Odeon featuring the highly anticipated film ‘The Imitation Game.’

‘The Imitation Game’ focuses on the British genius Alan Turing and his team of code-breakers who, in the darkest days World War II, were racing against time to to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win the war. It also looks into the life of Alan Turing: his teenage years, his prosecution for homosexual acts and his awful treatment afterwards.

This is a film I’m hugely excited about; the trailer blew me away, it’s dramatic, it’s a period drama and the main star is Benedict Cumberbatch. He is an incredible actor and is someone I’m quite in awe of.

Myself and a friend rocked up at about midday, where nothing had been set up, so we went for something to eat and rested our feet ready for the day ahead. We came back to be faced with a huge queue, so we joined it and then were escorted to the barriers. A few pre-warnings if you are a true film fan and have never been to a premiere:

1. They are unfair. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been waiting for hours and hours, when it comes to the actual event, there will be someone there who only turns up 5 minutes before, gets through the barriers, has no idea what it’s all for but still manages to get a better spot/pictures than you.

2. There will be people there who just see celebrities as a piece of meat. They don’t actually care about the film, it’s credentials or the people who made it, they just want pictures and autographs of the stars to show off and/or sell.

3. Those people will get on your nerves. They will make comments like “no-one cares about the Director! Why does anyone want to speak to him?” Refrain from hitting them.

Anyway, negative moment over because Premieres are actually really fun and no matter where you are, when the action starts, it is genuinely exciting to see the stars, the crew and how the film industry and media works right in front of your eyes!

Unfortunately when the event did start, it poured down with rain, which, understandably, makes it really difficult to sign, pose and speak to fans. Keira Knightley was the first to arrive in a stunning gold dress, then many crew members like Director Mortem Tyldum and screenwriter Graham Moore, then other cast like Charles Dance, Mark Strong and Allen Leech arrived looking very dapper. Then the dashing Benedict himself arrived, and of course the crowds went crazy. Many of the stars didn’t really come over to the fans off of the red carpet, but Benedict Cumberbatch made a valiant effort, despite the awful weather, which I thought was extremely decent of him.

During an interview when the interviewer told him the fans loved him, he looked overwhelmed and replied with: “I love you all too of course, and I’d just like to say, thank you all so much for coming down to today, standing around for hours in the cold and rain just to support us. I’m sorry that any autographs are soggy and I’m sorry I couldn’t come to everyone and I’m sorry that I couldn’t pose for your selfies and any photos because of this weather, but I adore you all and thank you.” Or something roughly along those lines, but whatever wording he used, I thought it was brilliant of him to recognise us and showed his character that he truly is a gentleman.

Apologies for rambling on. But despite the classic British weather for this classic British tale, it was a highly entertaining day and recommend everyone does it! I will post up some photos, most of them awful I’m afraid and it will be the case of “Spot the Star.” I will also post the trailer up too, as I believe everyone should go and see this film!

‘The Imitation Game’ will be released in the UK on 14th November 2014, a week before it’s US release on the 21st November.

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