The Now (and Then) Blogathon is here…

Finally the big day has arrived. All the Now entries will be posted right here and the Then entries over at Realweegiemidget Reviews. Keep coming back during the course of today to see the Now entries of movies, reboots, actors, actresses, directors and such.

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Chocolate and more….Chocolat

Aaah, think chocolate. Delicious, mouth-watering chocolate (not the shop-bought-wrapper-clad-mass-produced-chocolate). Chocolate like you won’t find in any shop. That wonderful, feel-good one that is hand-made with love. Oh how I wish Vianne‘s chocolate shop (and it is so more than just a chocolate shop) really existed in my vicinity.

Chocolat (2000), based on a novel (which in my opinion doesn’t hold the same magic as the movie), is about drifting Vianne (Juliette Binoche) who comes (with the North Wind) to a French village to open a chocolaterie (can I say that?). Accompanied by her daughter, Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) and her imaginary rabbit Pantoufle (although, in my mind it is always a kangaroo for some reason), she does more than just open a shop…she opens a place where the villagers can be themselves, open up with their troubles, reveal their secrets (and those of others). But, all of this doesn’t come without stirring up some controversy amongst some of the locals.

Since this is a Food in Movies Blogathon…each time I watch Chocolat I am left mouthwatering. The delightful masterpieces Vianne creates, including the hot chocolate are simply tantalising. And even more special is her way of knowing exactly which delicacy suits which taste bud at the relevant moment. Of all the chocolately items she has on offer…I will always dream of the hot chocolate. Although, the one I was privileged to taste in Buenos Aires a number of years back comes pretty much close on fulfilling that dream.

Subconsciously, in creating her specialities Vianne is creating them as much for herself as for others and in doing so, helping not only the village but herself. A wonderful heartwarming movie with a great cast of characters including Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, CarrieAnne Moss, Leno Olin, Peter Stormare and many more. Wonderfully directed by Lasse Hallström, this is the perfect feel-good movie.

Now I’m off to savour some chocolate….

(Head on over to Speakeasy and Silver Screenings for more food related Blogathon entries. Thanks for hosting. I’m hungry now…)


The Shining (2 Reel Quirky Cats October (P)review – Poll Winner)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)


To finish off the months of ghost and ghastly ghouls, here’s The Shining, our poll winner. I’ve seen “that” classic picture of Jack Nicholson so many times. I know without a moment’s hesitation that it is from The Shining. But never have I watched even the trailer. Perfect opportunity to do so. Here it is (for those of you like me who’ve never seen it) followed by the still I was on about…

Ok…so…I’ve finally got a slight clue as to what this movie is about. I’m sorry…but, however excellent Jack Nicholson is in the trailer (and therefore he’s brilliant in the movie)….I am absolutely not, ever, going to watch the movie. I looks terrifying. Scary. Disturbing. Gruesome. (You might add Brilliant but I’m not taking the bait).

All I can say is that this trailer has, scary bits aside, been done really well. Love the way Jack Nicholson‘s character is all supposedly nice and friendly and “normal” yet you can immediately see that he is absolutely psychotic. He appears perfect for this role (and I’m sure he is). And yes, this is a trailer that gives you just enough to entice you but never enough to ruin the movie. It has that perfect balance that trailers should be. In fact, this is one that shows (I think) that this is both a gory and psychological horror. Not that I’ll ever find out…tee hee.

So, I’m going to dress up for Halloween now (not really) and enjoy the lighter side of the genre. Happy Halloween!

cropped-cat2 Realweegiemidget Reviews gives you her take on it (here) and as always, head on over to Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for comments and chit chat. See you there…



The Others (2 Reel Quirky Cats October (P)review)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)


Continuing with the theme of ghouls and such, here is a brief trailer review of The Others. And while I write this…I realise that for The Hand I stated “Rest assured, this month all my previews will be of trailers of movies I’ve never watched.”…well, hmmm, I lied….I have actually watched The Others but can’t remember a thing…other than Nicole Kidman being in it.

Here’s the trailer…which I’ll get to shortly…

…and, even the trailer didn’t bring back any memories of this movie at all. Weird as usually trailers trigger some or other reminder of what the movie was about. In context of the 2 Reel Quirky Cat Trailer review series I guess I could say that it is a pretty good trailer as it gives nothing away. Yes, there are some creepy people, mainly children, hanging around an old house but other than that I think we don’t get too much from the preview. I’m guessing that there was some psychological thriller explanation behind all of the events that freak Nicole Kidman‘s character out. Ok fine, I did look up some trivia for the daily clues on Twitter and apparently the children have a disease that really exists but hang on…those are her children…now I’m confused. I should re-watch…ha ha, probably not. Oh well, moving along.  So, as with most horrors, a plausible explanation for the story. But I really can’t tell you much more as from the snippets above you get what you get.

cropped-cat2 Realweegiemidget Reviews gives you here take on it (here) and as always, head on over to Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for comments and chit chat. See you there…



In a Nutshell: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Surprisingly enjoyable….this version of Arthur‘s sword legend is good fun and very well made by Guy Ritchie. Another case of me wanting to watch something but not sure what, I randomly chose and was rewarded. Somewhere at the back of my mind I recalled negative reviews but…hmm…why??? I quite liked the incorporation of fantasy creatures in this context – it is, after all, a movie about legends. What I really enjoyed was the “narration” type sequences…these were simply superb especially the one with Arthur explaining his encounter with the Vikings. The interesting choice of soundtrack is also spot on.

As mentioned, Guy Ritchie directs with Charlie Hunnam taking on the role of Arthur, who’s sometimes a little too witty but hey…it does mostly fit. Jude Law is Vortigen, Eric Bana has a small role as Uther with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Tom Wu, Aidan Gillen and a whole lot more adding to a great cast.

So, I think, forget the negative reviews out there and be entertained with pure escapism.


Musical Notes: Lost in a Heartbeat with Lord of the Lost

Friday again? Time for some music. I always enjoy rock musicians incorporating a “classical” feel into their works. Here is German band Lord of the Lost with Lost in a Heartbeat. Their Swan Songs album is well worth listening to…a classical sounding and acoustic album. It is wonderful listening to some of their original pieces from a different musical angle. Great work!


I’ll be back…

…just as soon as I find my feet and manage to touch sides. With moving to a new country, starting a job, filling in reams of paperwork and everything else (including leaving for work just after 5am and getting home late)…I’m not managing to find any time to read, watch movies or just relax. So…until I manage to regroup I’ll be lying low for a while.

I’ll still be doing the Now and Then Blogathon with Realweegiemidget Reviews and the 2 Reel Quirky Cat (P)reviews but I can’t promise much more. I mean, I need time to watch movies, read and listen to music in order to blog about such topics…and I’m finding no time at all.