23 June 2017Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Hampstead. Why do people find it so hard to reconcile themselves to the fact that it’s ok to be different. This story takes us on a journey of burgeoning love between a widowed American and a man who deliberately chose to remove himself from society. Putting nothing into society, yet taking nothing out, he is persecuted for his lifestyle and when he is being threatened with eviction he finds support from an unexpected source….namely Emily, played the the wonderful Diane Keaton, who brings her flighty style to this put upon, widowed character. Almost forced into rebelling by Fiona, her busy body head of the tenants association neighbour, Emily discovers Donald Horner, a man who has been practising his lifestyle for 17 years, yet is facing eviction by the developers who want to utilise his plot of land. Based on a true story this film shows the unpleasant side of some people’s characters and the nicer side of those who are drawn out from their shells. A feel good film which only had one uneasy moment for me, that was when Emily seemed to change her personality momentarily leading me to wonder where things were going. A good rainy Sunday afternoon film.
18 May 2017 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Guardiansof the Galaxy Vol.2 – I finally got myself to The Plaza to catch this
next instalment of the great Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy. We rejoin
our heroes as they are defending a bunch of batteries for the The
Sovereigns……enter the cutest dancing twig of all time. I AM
GROOT!!!!! This film throws us right back in the mix of the weirdest
‘family’ group on the screen today, yet amidst all their bickering,
their fierce loyalty to each other enable them once again to save the
Galaxy and in the process discover more about themselves. Sisters, one
blue and one green, a scraggy pint sized raccoon with a big gun and a
big attitude, a blue man with a strange arrow controlled by an
attachment on his head…….need I go on, they are characters we all
know and love. This sequel is solid follow on film with a plot far
removed from the first, filled with action, adventure and a fair few
giggles along the way. An excellent film, watch it again and again.
Remember cinema going peoples, this is a Marvel Film…….stay to the
23 March 2017 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Kong:Skull Island. Yet another remake of the old classic King Kong. Each
time we revisit this story it gets bigger and more fanciful, but each
time the visual effects can be more awe inspiring. This particular
outing ticked a lot of boxes for me. We have a group of scientists, a
platoon of soldiers due to return home from the Vietnam war, and a man
running an expedition with a hidden agenda, put all these factions
together on an island inhabited by monsters and there is bound to be
bloodshed. Tom Hiddleston smouldered in slow motion as a man hired for
his tracking skills, Brie Larson tossed her hair provocatively as the
pushy woman photographer and Samuel L Jackson delivered an epic
performance as Lt Col Packard, a man who is not yet ready to
leave the war and who is letting his fighting spirit cloud his decision
making process. This group of people made odd bedfellows but add a
tribe of non speaking painted natives, a huge primate and some
outstandingly ugly reptilian monsters and you have a movie that keeps
you interested from start to finish. Filmed in Hawaii and Australia, we
are introduced to some stunning landscape which proves to be barbaric
in its’ beauty as our group battles to survive all that nature and the
unnatural can throw at them. A much better telling of the Kong tale,
will there be another?
21 March 2017Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester this afternoon – The Time of Their Lives. Starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins as Helen and Priscilla, two women who couldn’t be more different, they end up together on a bus on a day trip to the beach which culminates in them both ending up in France. Billed as a female buddy movie, this was a lot more mundane, these two characters were not really buddies, just two ageing women drawn together by the desperateness of their lives, one a Hollywood actress whose star is definitely on the wane, the other an unappreciated housewife haunted by memories of the past. What ensued should have been funnier, should have been more emotional but in reality the acting was wooden and slightly uncomfortable to watch. Take Joan Collins out of the equation and I felt I was watching a modern remake of Paulines Collins’ big hit Shirley Valentine. It was a pleasant enough way to spend a couple of hours but that’s about it.
20 March 2017Film of choice at the Plaza Dorchester tonight – Beauty and the Beast. If I was only allowed to use one word to describe this film I guess it would be spectacular, but I’m glad there are more words available as I want to use a lot of them. This film was sumptuous, extravagant, romantic, dark, joyful, and spectacular. Emma Watson was the perfect casting for Belle as she radiated naivety, beauty and the compassion we come to expect of this character. Dan Stevens played the beast and brought a tenderness to the part. Luke Evans shone as Gaston oozing stupidity, boorishness and an evil sly malevolence when he didn’t get his own way. This live action version of the Disney animation excelled in what it does best, bringing the stories of our imagination alive on the screen. There were moments of joy, moments of sorrow, moments that made us laugh and that made us cry, and although we all know the story, I find myself still willing the good guys to win as the film comes to its glorious conclusion. Although I knew who most of the cast were, it was still a wonderful moment when the true characters of the household objects were revealed. I must applaud the costume department and the people in charge of the set, I feel I could watch this film every week for year and look behind the characters to see something new every time. A truly magnificent piece of cinema suitable for the whole family is it a watch and definitely going to be part of my DVD collection. I urge you all to go and see it.
8 February 2017Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Hacksaw Ridge. Everyone should watch films like this. Everyone should share the horrors of war and realise what this world has gone through, what people do to each other and how futile it all is. As the years go on we still keep discovering stories that need to be told and this was definitely in that category. Desmond T Doss was a Seventh-Day Adventist and a CO, a Conscientious Objector, who felt it was his duty to join up not to fight, but to serve in another way. Following the Lord’s commandment to the letter telling him thou shalt not kill, he refused to touch a gun, instead demanding he be allowed to go into battle as a medic. Meeting all kinds of resistance he stayed true to his faith and his beliefs and what followed was truly remarkable resulting in Doss becoming the first man in US history to be awarded the medal of honour having never fired a shot. Comparing this film to Saving Private Ryan does both films an injustice. Hacksaw Ridge, in no way detracts from the horror of Private Ryan, but stands out as one of those truly unmissable films. Directed by Mel Gibson, who has done an great job in bringing this tale of heroism to the screen, Hacksaw Ridge, before the bloodshed starts, is almost comedic at times and you find yourself grinning along with Andrew Garfield’s infectious smile. Vince Vaughn did a pretty good job in his role as Sargent Howell,and Hugo Weaving was brilliant as Desmond’s Father. This is a tale of our recent history, it needs to be told and it must never be forgotten, men like Doss and his beliefs alongside all our military both serving, retired and those no longer with us are the reason we go to work in normal jobs and live our normal lives. Well done!!!!
15 January 2017
Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – La La Land. It’s Los Angeles, circa..any time you want, a guy meets a girl, they fall in love, what’s new????? In fact very little is new in this film, we’ve kind of seen it all before, yet there is a little sparkle that makes it different!!!! The script is fairly ordinary and the songs are fairly bland, however, bring both these together and some magic happens. Emma Stone produces a pretty good performance as a girl trying to make it in Hollywood, she has some good opportunity to show a repertoire of various acting skills as her character trawls round audition after audition trying to break into the industry. Ryan Gosling plays a jazz musician passionate about his music but unable to bring his dream to fruition and having to sacrifice his goals in order to make ends meet. Musician meets actress and our story has begun. This film is trying to mix the modern with the glory days of Hollywood past and although successful in many ways it doesn’t quite reach the spot. Having said that I enjoyed it immensely, anything with a little song and dance is sure to keep me entertained the bright colours and jazz music evoke memories of the grand days of the big studios, yet we know we are in modern times as technology is evident in most scenes. This is a film I recommend you see if only took form your own opinion, just because the industry likes it doesn’t mean you have to, although I did!!!!