Archive for the 'TV/Films' Category
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Bill Bailey is one of the UK’s best comedians, and his live shows have to be seen to be believed. With the release of his new DVD, Tinselworm, you can see what all the fuss is about. A former professional musician, Bill Bailey incorporates his musical talent into his show, composing and performing funny songs about just about anything on a variety of different instruments. It’s also a fully multimedia show – there are also video clips and special effects.
His show is definitely a contrast from traditional stand up shows, but undoubtedly still funny. If you’ve seen the show live, then you can relive your favourite moments, or if you haven’t seen it then this is a great introduction to his surreal world of comedy.
You can get Bill Bailey -Tinselworm from Amazon now for £12.98.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Good news Gavin and Stacey fans! After months of waiting, series 2 is finally available to buy on DVD this week. The second series sees our favourite couple face the trials and tribulations of married life, we find out what Nessa does about her baby, and Bryn and Jason’s slightly disturbing secret is finally revealed!
There will be a Christmas special for Gavin and Stacey, but so far there’s no news on a third series, suggesting that after Christmas there may be no more Gavin and Stacey, so even more reason to get your hands on this.
Starring award winning comedians Mathew Horne and James Corden this is one of the funniest shows to grace our screen in quite a while, and is starting to become a bit of a phenomenon, thanks to it’s slightly surreal humour and memorable catchphrases.
Gavin and Stacey Series 2 is available now from Amazon for £12.98.
Friday, October 17th, 2008
If you missed the amazing Dirty Sexy Money first time round, well I don’t blame you, it was on a Friday night after all. The series followed the Darling family, one of the richest families in New York, and their recently appointed legal counsel, Nick George, who replaces his father who recently died in a plane crash.
Whilst trying to find out what really happened to his father, Peter has to buy the family out of all kinds of scrapes, including Patrick Darling’s affair with a transvestite, Karen Darling’s fifth marriage and subsequent divorce, and Jeremy and Juliet Darling’s constant over-spending and arguments.
The series stars some heavyweights in the world of acting. Peter Krause from Six Feet Under plays Peter, Donald Sutherland plays Tripp Darling, the head of the family, and Samaire Armstrong , Anna from The OC, plays Juliet Darling.
This is definitely one of the best American shows to come our way recently, and you can pre-order the entire first season, which is released on Monday, from Amazon for only £17.99.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
I recently saw the film How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, and whilst I thought it was pretty funny, especially if you’re interested in the journalism industry, I’ve since been told that it’s not a patch on the original book it was adapted from. The story in the film follows Sidney Young, who makes the move from small time journalism in London to join Sharps magazine where he gets into all sorts of scrapes including hiring a strip-a-gram on bring your daughter to work day in the office and taking a rather large amount of cocaine whilst at a photo shoot.
In actuality the book is written by Toby, not Sidney Young, and the American magazine was Vanity Fair, and not the fictitious Sharps. I suspect the romantic sub-plot between Sidney and his colleague Alison has also been exaggerated in the film, because after all it is Hollywood.
So if you fancy finding out the real story behind the film you can get How To Lose Friends and Alienate People from Amazon for £5.99, which is cheaper than going to the cinema!
Friday, October 10th, 2008
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it agian, they definitely don’t make comedy like they used to. Black Books is undoubtedly one of the funniest sitcoms ever made, starring Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran and Tamsin Greig. It’ set in a book show, owned by Bernard (Moran), who spends his day drinking red wine and trying to get rid of his customers. His assisstant, Manny (Bailey) tries to repiar the damage done by Bernard and keep the customers happy, and Fran (Greig) owns the shop next door, and pops in from time to time for a drinking session with Bernard.
Despite the fairly ordinary sounding setting, the hilarious and clever writing is what makes Black Books such a great sitcom. I’ve yet to meet someone who’s seen it and didn’t like it!
On paper, some of the scrapes the characters get into sound utterly ridiculous (drinking wine that was supposed to be for the Pope, a blind Russian piano teacher, dead bees and beard fetishes), so the best thing to do is pick up the complete box set of all three series from Amazon, which is currently only £9.98, and see for yourself!
Thursday, September 25th, 2008
I bought tickets to see the Sound of Music for Saturday 18th October 2008 (at the London Palladium) for me and my sister, but then stupidly booked a holiday and forgot about the tickets! I therefore now have 2 tickets available for the 7.30pm performance if anybody is interested.
The tickets are for stalls seats D19 and D20 and they cost £55 each, we will consider offers of £45 and over per ticket. I will be placing them on ebay on Monday if nobody has contacted me by then so get in quick if you want them! I can accept cheque or Paypal and the tickets will be delivered as soon as payment has been received.
If you would like to get in touch please leave a comment or email [email protected]
Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Carla Bruni, the First Lady of France, made her musical debut on Jools Holland’s Later show on Tuesday night. Sharing the rather eclectic bill with Metallica and Kings of Leon amongst others, she played songs from her third album ‘Comme si de rien n’était’ (which roughly translates as ‘as if nothing was’).
After retiring from modelling, the 40 year-old turned to music, which she fits in around her duty as wife of French President Nicholas Sarkozy. She played two songs on the show and did a brief interview, where she said that her husband didn’t particularly enjoy her music and she often kept him awake in the middle of the night with it.
She was accompanied by a guitarist and bass player and despite the fact most of the audience probably didn’t have the French skills to understand what she was singing about, she seemed to go down a treat.
Catch the extended version of the show on Friday at 23:35 on BBC2.
You can get a copy of Carla Bruni’s latest album, from Amazon.
Monday, September 15th, 2008
Before Simon Pegg delved into films and sold his soul to Hollywood – his next film sees him starring alongside Kirsten Dunst – he was responsible for one of the best British comedy series. It’s hard to believe, but Spaced graced our screens nearly a decade ago now, although it’s hard to find another comedy series that’s topped it since.
Starring and written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, the pair play two strangers who pose as a couple in order to rent a flat, and focuses around them, their friends and their neighbours. It’s laden with pop culture references, but you don’t need to be a complete film or movie swot to get them. Each episode is also based on at least on film, including Star Wars and The Sixth Sense. Despite this surreal angle, the sitcom is surprisingly believable and true to life, featuring characters we’ve all come across at some point.
This Definitive Collectors’ Edition features both series of Spaced, as well as loads of extras. If you’ve never seen Spaced before don’t bother with buying just one season, you can pick up the whole lot for just over £15 and I guarantee you’ll want to watch it all!
Spaced – Definitive Collectors’ Edition is available as part of Amazon’s Autumn Deals for only £15.97.
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
ITV debuted its new period inspired drama last night, Lost In Austen. The plot revolves around city girl Amanda being transported into the world of corsets, dances and chaperones from her favourite book Pride and Prejudice through her bathroom door, and swapping places with Elizabeth Bennet (played by new Bond girl Gemma Arterton).
Despite sounding decidedly cheesy and a bit naff, the show was very funny, particularly the struggle Amanda endured attempting to speak ‘proper’ English, and surviving without modern comforts (like a toothbrush). No doubt it will have ruffled a few Austen purists’ feathers, but taken with a pinch of salt this is a light-hearted twist on a literary classic.
Next week Mr Bingley declares his love for Amanda, who attempts to rebuff his advances by telling him she’s a lesbian, and more characters from the famous novel are introduced.
Catch it at 9pm on Wednesday on ITV1.
Friday, August 29th, 2008
Film fanatics contain your excitement; the next installment of James Bond is coming to a cinema screen near you on the 31st of October 2008.
Picking up from where Casino Royale left of, Bond (Daniel Craig) infuriated with rage from loosing the love of his life Vespa (Eva Green) and being betrayed by her goes on a rampage to track down the organization who blackmailed her in the first place. Starting with Mr. White the man we see in the last scene in Casino Royale Bond and M interrogate him. Look forward to the usual action packed violence, another Bond girl and more expensive cars.
Visit the Quantum of Solace website to see the advertisement for the film.