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Watching the Avengers Assemble

The Avengers Assemble European Premiere

Last night was a very exciting night. It was the European premiere of The Avengers Assemble and it was taking place right around the corner from my office! I’m not joking. I had to walk about 1 minutes from the outside of my office doors. Good huh?

So yes. I took the opportunity to go stake out a place at the premiere. After moving from the pen behind the press pit to the balcony (Which was a very good move.), I stood for what felt like eternity and waited for it all to get going.

It was worth it. Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg and Kevin Feige were all there. Fine, I wasn’t close enough to give Chris Hemsworth a hug or blow Robert Downey Jr. a kiss. But it was worth being crushed by very loud Spanish tourists who were using me as their personal elbow tables.

Nabbed plenty of photos. Got the number down to about 120. Here are some of my favourite shots: Read more

The Ten Best Actors of All Time Relay Race

I have been tagged! Well, not tagged, but the baton in the Ten Best Actors of All Time Relay Race has been passed on to me by Kristin at All Eyes On Screen.

Just in case you didn’t know what this is all about, here are some details and rules from the starter of this relay race, Nostra at My Filmviews:

So what’s the idea behind the relay? I’ve created a list of what I think are the best actors. At the end of the post I, just like in a real relay race, hand over the baton to another blogger who will write his own post. This blogger will have to remove one actor (that is an obligation) and add his own choice and describe why he/she did this. At the end the blogger chooses another blogger to do the same. The idea is to make this a long race, so that enough bloggers get a chance to remove and add an actor. We will end up with a list (not ranked in order) which represents a common agreement of the best actors

The race started with Nostra at My Filmviews who then passed it on to Terrence at The Focussed Filmographer, it then went to Scott at Front Room Cinema, who passed it to Pete at I Love That Film, then to Ruth at FlixChatter, she passed it onto to fellow film girl geek Kristin at All Eyes On Screen who has now passed it on to me.

Phew, it’s getting longer and longer! I take it this isn’t just a 4x100m relay race then?

Onto the list! Read more

Watching films through rose tinted glasses

Going to the cinema is amazing. I love it. Fair enough these days it’s getting more and more expensive to see a film at the cinema. Buying popcorn or ice cream or drinks is almost completely out of the question for me because it’s so ridiculously expensive. And yes, sometimes you’re stuck next to that person who insists on chewing their popcorn with their mouth open and slurping their drink so loudly you can’t hear the film. But no matter what price tickets are and what crazies you end up sitting next to, I don’t think I’d ever not go to the cinema to see any sort of film.

I think watching the film casts some sort of magical spell over me. So many times I’ve been to the cinema and fallen in love with the film I’ve seen. Yet months later and I see the exact same film on TV I’m stunned to think that I actually enjoyed what I saw! What happens in the time between seeing the film on the big screen to seeing it on the small screen? Does my brain, likes and dislikes change that much? Or is it just the experience of cinema?

Take for example the Paranormal Activity films. Watching those in the cinema is great. It’s the audience’s reactions I love. Their ridiculous over the top gasps and screams. I spend most of my time laughing at them. Enjoyable experience! Watching it at home on your own? Not nearly the same experience. There’s just me sitting on the sofa wondering how two little girls can be so damn fearless.

Then there’s the likes of Clash of the Titans and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I enjoyed both in the cinema. Clash probably slightly less than Transformers. But they were fun to watch. Silly fun. The kind of films that are better on the small screen. But all a little time and a smaller screen offered me was the truth of the films and seeing their many flaws! Add Battle Los Angeles to that list too. Dear lord, I was so bored watching that when it popped up on Sky Movies this year. I just had to switch off!

So I’ve come to the conclusion that going to the cinema casts some sort of spell over me. The big screen. Pitch black environment. Massive sound. All of that added together somehow makes me forget a film’s obvious flaws. Guess that’s why they call it the magic of cinema. And it totally works on me.

Guys, I’m bringing the party to you

Right, so I thought before I was excited about The Avengers. The excitement I felt when I saw that trailer is nothing compared to the giddiness I’m feeling now upon seeing the brand new trailer!

War really has started. I’m still wondering as to how Thor’s got back to Earth and how they really are going to play together. Regardless, I simply, can not wait. This is almost up there with The Dark Knight Rises. Almost.

Roll on April 27th!

The Avengers? Erm, yes please!

If you asked me this time last year as to whether I was excited about The Avengers, my answer would have been a definitive shrug.

One year on and this…

… has somewhat changed my shrug into an all over geekgasm. I think it helped that last year’s Thor was pretty damn amazing. Fair enough, Captain America was a bit of a whimper – but look at this!

Fine, it still could possibly crumble beneath all the heavyweight actors and explosions. But I’m now at a point where I can happily ignore that and just look forward to the film.