Sunday 31 March 2013
No, the Adam Sandler "comedy" was not presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Rather, as it always happens at that time of the year as we are getting closer to May, memories from my visits of the festival are flooding back. And recently I was reminiscing an unlikely companion I shared two of my festivals with: a retired wedding singer who brought me some unexpectedly charming company (as well as precious invitations).
Sunday 17 March 2013
I have been meaning to write this post for a long time, but given that today is Isabelle Huppert's 60th birthday (well it was actually yesterday), I felt it was the perfect time to do so. This is not meant to be a complete review of her prolific filmography. I must admit I have seen less than half of it and other people would be better suited to write this. But love stories are always very personal, and my story with Isabelle is no exception, now is the time to share it.
Saturday 16 March 2013
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Yesterday a published a post about a disappointing experience at the Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue on a recent visit (click here), detailing how the combination of technical issues and customer care issues ruined a screening of Oz, The Great And Powerful, and proved yet another example of how multiplexes are losing sight of the customer experience. I wrote to Cineworld's customer service, and to their credit, they responded promptly. So I thought it was only fair that, after detailing my experience on this blog, I also published their response.
Monday 11 March 2013
Sadly the subject of modern multiplexes' failures is a vast one. It baffles me how big cinema chains have invested so much to upgrade some of their venues with the latest technical and 3D equipments and yet still manage to lose sight of what is the most important aspect of their business: the customer experience. To me, they are chasing more and more money from less and less customers, with overpriced, gimmicky tickets (Vuextreme anybody? Post-converted 3D? Vue "Scene"? VIP seats?). Sure, they are are running a business so they know what they are doing, but with audience numbers dwindling more and more every year, do they, really? On Friday the 8th of March, as I went to see Oz, The Great And Powerful at the Cineworld Shaftsebury Avenue in the London West End with a friend, for the first screening of the day, I had a painful experience which only served to remind me how multiplexes are just failing us.
Friday 8 March 2013
Forgive me for this click baiting post title. No, Thor and Captain America have not left the superhero rat race behind for a new life in the country under the blazing sun of Southern France, an experience plagued by their lack of grasp of the local language and a barrage of infuriating local red tape *cue obligatory shot of rain with voiceover "but it also rains in Southern France" as their newly bought gîte falls apart.* No, sadly, we live in a world in which whenever I mention The Avengers, I now have to specify it is the British TV serie I am referring to. Besides, I didn't call this post The Avengers Assemble In Rural France. So on to our subject, the film And Soon The Darkness, written by Brian Clemens, the man who wrote a whole lot of episodes of The Avengers (but also sadly Highlander 2: The Quickening).