wellinghall: (Sea otter)
Recent books have included:
- a re-read of Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island"
- Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" (nearly finished)
- dipping into Des McHale's "Wit"
- likewise with AC Fox-Davies' "The Art of Heraldry"
- just started Christopher Priest's "The Affirmation"
- and I have been re-reading some of Saki's short stories.

Films have included:
- "The China Syndrome" on television
- "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" on DVD (along with various Fred and Ginger films).
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Saturday:
- I have had a quiet, low-energy day
- I have watched three DVDs
- and our excellent hens have laid three eggs, one of which was poached and breakfasted on.
wellinghall: (Jimmy)
Having watched Hitchcock's film "Spellbound" yesterday (with an impostor and psycho-analysts), I am now thinking of a Hitchcock-directed film of Blandings Castle. Cary Grant could play Galahad, with James Stewart as Lord Emsworth, Gregory Peck as Sir Roderick Glossop, and Jessie Royce Landis as Lady Constance Keeble, with the theft of the Empress of Blandings being the McGuffin. Alfred Hitchcock's trademark cameo appearance would be as Beech the butler.

What Happens When A Walrus Falls Asleep On A Surfacing Submarine?

Some vintage cameras:

With My Little Cthulhu Pony, Friendship is Madness

Shiny books

And shiny guns


Aug. 19th, 2013 06:05 pm
wellinghall: (Gyrfalcon)
Please consider backing this! Kate Madison is an *excellent* film-maker.

wellinghall: (Polar bear)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide
The Movie Storybook
The World of Hobbits
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design

I have lost the will to live.


Film meme

Aug. 12th, 2012 05:38 pm
wellinghall: (Jimmy)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] kargicq; annotations from [livejournal.com profile] philmophlegm.

The American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest Movies, 2007.

Bold = Watched
Italic = Would really like to watch
Strikethrough = Didn't think it was all that great, myself
Underlined = Watched and thought lived up to the hype

Read more... )
wellinghall: (Ventral)
I went to Gloucester airport and I got to go inna Vulcan and I saw a Javelin anna Meteor anna Hurricane anna E28 anna microlight and I got to go inna Vulcan again and I hadda cuppatea and a baconroll and then I came home again.


And then after dinner we went out to the pictures and we drove round and round the carpark but everyone had had the same idea so the carpark was full so we came home again and watched Passport to Pimlico on tellie and it was really good.
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"Evangeline Lilly’s The Hobbit character is unauthentic"

"Lost actress Evangeline Lilly has revealed how her character in the Peter Jackson movie The Hobbit is not an authentic character from the J.R.R. Tolkien books. Evangeline also admitted that the character is very well written and that she hopes fans do not turn against her."


No, really? Who'd have thunk it!
wellinghall: (Default)
Best Novel: Blackout / All Clear, Connie Willis

Best Novella: The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang

Best Novelette: The Emperor of Mars, Allen M Steele

Best Short Story: For Want of a Nail, Mary Robinette Kowal

Best Related Work: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, ed Lynne M Thomas and Tara O’Shea

Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written Phil and Kaja Foglio; art Phil Foglio; colors Cheyenne Wright

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Inception, written & dir Christopher Nolan

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang, written Steven Moffat; dir Toby Haynes (BBC Wales) - the only award-winner I have read / seen

More behind the cut )
wellinghall: (Pine marten)
Sid James as Professor Dumbledore
Jim Dale as Harry Potter
Anita Harris as Hermione Granger
Bernard Bresslaw as Ron Weasley

Suggestion from MallornEditor: Kenneth Williams as Professor Snape

Any more ... ?
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
Deadline hinted first but TheOneRing.net can confirm that Elijah Wood will step in front of Peter Jackson’s cameras and return to Middle-earth for a part in ‘The Hobbit,’ — and we even know how. Despite how some fans will respond at first, the reasons are organic and natural and might not upset some of the most ardent purists.


wellinghall: (Brian Davison)
Listen to the cricket? Check.
Feel miserable? Check.
Walk? Check.
Post cards and buy paper? Check.
Drink tea, eat bacon roll and eat chocolate cake? Check.
Clear drive? Check.
Buy and spread rock salt? Check.
See Dawn Treader? Check.
Get very cold? Check, check.
Wish a happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ewx? Check.
Think of appropriate lyrics? Check.

The coldest winter in memory was 1709
The sea froze off the coast of France all along the Neptune line
By the lost town of Dunwich the shore was washed away
They say you hear the church bells still as they toll beneath the waves
Read more... )
wellinghall: (Grace)
Top-earning dead celebrities. Bold the ones whose earnings you have contributed to in the last year.

1. Michael Jackson: $275m
Read more... )


Sep. 1st, 2010 01:43 pm
wellinghall: (Grace)
Grease was set in 1959*, and made in 1978**. This means that there was a nineteen-year gap between the time the film was first seen, and the events depicted.

If an analogous version was made today, it would be set in 1991, which is well within the memory of almost everyone reading this. So ... what would the film be like? What iconic scenes would it show? What would it be called? Who would you get to star in it?

For that matter - Grease is American. If a British version had been made in 1978, set in a Britain of 1959, what would that be like?

*Although since it's set over one school year, it must logically be set in either 1958/59 or 1959/60.

**I'm aware that there was an earlier musical, pre-dating the film by seven years.
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"In a surprising but not altogether shocking development, Deadline is reporting that Peter Jackson has agreed to direct the two HOBBIT films and that he's finalizing his deal right now with Warner Bros., New Line and MGM. While the obvious fingers were pointed at Jackson after Guillermo del Toro somewhat abruptly left the film, Jackson didn't look like he'd have the contractual wiggle room to make it happen. Whatever deals he had with other studios though, he was able to get out of and return to the world of Tolkein.

Jackson will direct both of the HOBBIT films back-to-back. He'll be flying to London over the July 4th weekend to meet with actors and then back to Los Angeles shortly thereafter to view audition tapes for the film. It all sounds like, even despite MGM's financial woes, that THE HOBBIT could wind up happening sooner rather than later."



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