The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Get On Up lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e November 21st 2014

Mockingjay Part 1

This weekend there are six new films out for you to choose from: sci-fi action in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, biopic in Get On Up, thriller in No Good Deed, drama in The Horseman, comedy in What We Do In The Shadows, and apparent comedy in My Old Lady.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 stems from the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and the book is being split into two films. This time round, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, who took over the franchise with the second film, and also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Forbes and Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper.

I thought both of the first two films were so-so, but verging on worth a watch, so overall, this one will be a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

“Forgive me I have to run for a train” – Sir David Omand (Channel 4 News, 20.11.14)

Forgive me I have to run for a train“Forgive me I have to run for a train” isn’t the sort of thing you hear often mid-interview on the news, but during a discussion about phone hacking, Sir David Omand, director of GCHQ from 1996-97, had other places he needed to be urgently, while talking to Jon Snow on Channel 4 News.

Check out the video below:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS3 – The DVDfever Review


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set in the year 2054, so it’s 40 years since the world wars currently being raged, and things haven’t improved on that front. In fact, they’re getting worse as insurgent technology gets better – the enemy being the KVA, led by Joseph Chkheidze, aka “Hades”.

The initial mission sees you, Private Jack Mitchell, fighting for the government, but after losing your best friend, Will, in the first mission, his father, Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey) wants to recruit you to his company, Atlas, where their technology is 20 years ahead of the military, and your being injured is no barrier to progression, since they have fantastic exo-skeleton suits which will have you leaping about like a teenager.

The London Film Festival 2014 Part 3: The Documentary Is Alive And Well…, by Helen M Jerome


The London Film Festival 2014The London Film Festival 2014‘s first part brought you English-language movies, and in Part 2 we looked at features from the rest of the world. Traditionally we like to hand out our virtual LFF awards in Part 3 of our round-up. And yes, they’re on their way. But first it’s high time to look at the best documentaries of the 58th BFI London Film Festival. And there were some corkers.

It seems to have been a theme to gather films about the visual arts – especially painters – this year. Standing head and shoulders above all of them is, of course, is Mike Leigh’s fabulous Mr Turner. And if you like singular studies of singular artists, then you should seek out HOCKNEY: A LIFE IN PICTURES, in which director Randall Wright gets amazing access to David Hockney’s archive, his working process, and even to the Yorkshireman himself. Brought up in austerity, we see how Bradford shaped his early existence, and begin to understand how he’s become as fascinating as his exquisite drawings and beautiful paintings. We meet family, friends, lovers, colleagues – even his dachshunds – and we see how using an iPad helped Hockney freshen his approach, and you tend to agree with his own assessment: “I realise I’m a bit of a one-off.”

Movie Charts – UK & US – w/e November 16th 2014

November 16th 2014This week’s Movie Chart for the UK w/e November 16th 2014 is as follows:

    1. Interstellar
    2. The Imitation Game
    3. Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?
    4. Mr Turner
    5. The Drop
    6. Gone Girl
    7. The Book of Life
    8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    9. Fury
    10. Ouija

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending November 15th 2014

week ending November 15th 2014In this week’s all-formats video games charts for week ending November 15th 2014, there are FIVE new entries, with the highest new one being at No.2 for Assassin’s Creed Unity.

    1 (1) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
    2 (-) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft)
    3 (-) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Microsoft)
    4 (2) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
    5 (-) Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner Bros Interactive)
    6 (-) Assassin’s Creed: Rogue (Ubisoft)
    7 (6) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
    8 (-) Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Konami)
    9 (-) World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (Blizzard)
    10 (5) Destiny (Activision) (review)

The Shepherds And The Fox – Intruders Series 1 Episode 5 – The DVDfever Review


The Shepherds And The Fox

The Shepherds And The Fox starts going back to Seattle, 9 years ago, where police search Marcus Fox’s house where they can see he fills his house with knives, there’s Mozart on the turntable, those funny circular, prawn cracker-like things, and in the cellar, there’s the bodies of 8 of his victims… and then they lift the floorboards to reveal many more. No wonder his new body, in the form of Madison (Millie Brown) is so pissed off.

She, on the other hand, has located the co-owned building, is given the brush-off by a patronising business woman, but made me laugh when she talks back to her elders by retorting, “Nice tits”.

UK Top 100 Music chart summary & my views w/e November 22nd 2014

mu221114Going straight in at No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music Chart w/e November 22nd 2014, is Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir with a cover version of the dance track, Wake Me Up When It’s All Over… how apt, since this 7-hour dullfest perpetuates year after year.

The only elements I was looking forward to was the Tom and Jerry cartoon – and that was just a plug for a load of BBC shows, then there was a “Doctor Who sketch”, which was just a clip of the Christmas episode, with the over-exposed Nick Frost, and finally, the return of S Club 7, who haven’t really been in hiding for 14 years, but have been doing reunion tours for a while. I’m hoping they’re coming to Manchester. Anyhoo, this new song from smug-faced Gareth Malone is dreadful. Feel free to donate without buying the song!

And then question why Terry Wogan gets paid £1400/hour to host the show, when everyone else does it for free. Then again, those presenting, who are also working for the BBC aren’t exactly on minimum wage, are they?

As such, Cheryl Vib-Ribbon, or whatever she’s calling herself, drops to No.4 with I Don’t Care. Ooh, that’s ripe for me saying I don’t care about the track either. It’s not bad in terms of the music, but then gets lazy when lyrics include the fact she has “shit to do” and later uses the f-words. I’m sure Mother Tweedy is very proud of her. As for the music-buying public, they’ve made this her 5th No.1, seemingly breaking the record for the most No.1 singles held by a British female artist.

The only other new entries in the Top 10 are The Veronicas at No.8 with You Ruin Me, and No.9 sees Sam Smith enter with Like I Can.

And at No.74 is One Direction with Fool’s Gold… REALLY?!?!!

And here’s S Club 7‘s reunion on Children In Need, singing their medley of hits:

Tom and Jerry: A Fundraising Adventure – BBC – Children In Need

tom-and-jerryTom and Jerry – a new cartoon for Children In Need. It sounded like such a great idea.

Unfortunately, it turned into a plug for a number of substandard and tired BBC shows, namely Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Match of the Day, The Great British Bake Off and Eastenders, as Tom and Jerry go from show to show thrusting a bucket under the nose of the hosts/actors in each clip.

You can also donate at:

If you really must, check out the video below:

Shyama Perera – accidental sexism on BBC News Paper Review (BBC News, 15.11.14)

shyama-pereraShyama Perera is one of the BBC paper review commentators, and dropped a bit of a clanger tonight, but she is one of the better commentators in this slot, so they must keep her.

Earlier this evening, Channel 4 had a programme about 1970s TV and how it was normal to see men being sexist towards women. These days, the roles have been reversed and you see women being sexist towards men all the time, not least with the Diet Coke adverts in recent times.

Tonight, Shyama Perera let slip that she wanted to take fellow commentator Clarke Carlisle “outside” and playfully grabbed him. Oops! ;)

Like I said, though, she’s one of the better people in this slot, so she must stay!

Check out the video below:


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: