March 2017~ The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary, 35mm Presentation

Following on from my visit to The Prince Charles Cinema last week, I returned to see a 35mm showing of The Princess Bride which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride (which is inconceivable) here is a brief summary shamelessly stolen from IMDB:

‘Return to a time when men and swamps were swamps. Fire Swamps, that is. Full of quicksand and Rodents of Unusual Size. Lagoons were inhabited by shrieking eels. And the most beautiful woman in the world was named . . . Buttercup? Well, it’s a bent fairy tale. Complete with all the fencing, chasing, escapes, and silly accents you’d expect. Including such unique folk as Inigo Montoya, who has dreamed his whole life of finding the six-fingered man who killed his father. Fezzik is his enormous sidekick. And Max is the kvetching miracle man. Blonde Buttercup loves Westley, a poor stable boy. But when he’s captured by pirates, she’s chosen by evil Prince Humperdinck to be his princess bride. Along the way, she gets kidnapped, he gets killed. But it all ends up okay.’

With an all-star cast consisting of Carey Elwes, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk, a young Fred Savage and more, this film holds up well.

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The print itself was very clear and clean. The soundtrack was very clear as well. It is the kind of quality I expect at the PCC.

The matinee showing was sold out. It was good to see people of a similar age to me clearly introducing their own children to this awesome tale.

Robin Wright was as gorgeous as ever in 35mm!

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Get to the PCC now if you love cult films! I hope to make the Alien/Aliens double bill in April.c6a496e99d34096f7a62749f87eb3c85

March 2017~ 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm

If you have never been to The Prince Charles Cinema before I highly recommend it. Situated just off of Leicester Square, the cinema itself is happily stuck in time. When you visit you will be reminded of how cinemas used to be back in the 70s (if you can remember that far back, or further!). The PCC shows a variety of cult films and the tickets are quite reasonable. £10 annual membership (or £50 lifetime) gets you discounts on all films plus discounts at the kiosks and bar.

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Last night I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favourite films on the big screen and in 70mm. It was a first for me with this movie as it came out 4 years before I was born. I’ve only ever seen it on Betamax and then VHS and DVD.

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The Prince Charles Cinema showing 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968 when it was released.

The film is Stanley Kubrick’s space masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’m a huge fan, I’ve read all four books in the series and seen both 2001 and 2010:The Year We Make Contact numerous times. I was so glad to see the cinema offering a showing starting each night at 20:01.

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The film was amazing. The special effects had stood the test of time and the physical models looked amazing on screen. The soundtrack was as awesome as ever. The quality of the 70mm print was much better than I expected. Having seen some other 70mm films at the PCC I expected the print to be a bit grainy and possibly discoloured in places with obvious splice-lines etc, but nothing. If it had been restored then the restorer has done a fine job, otherwise it’s been very well looked after.

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It was also quite amusing to have an intermission during the movie. Something I’ve not experienced for a very long time.

So as I said, if you like cult films (or even Disney’s Frozen sing-a-long version) then The Prince Charles Cinema is a must!

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Follow this link to see what they are showing: The Prince Charles Cinema

March 2017~ Walker Stalker Con London

This year’s event was announced shortly after last years event ended. I purchased a General Admission ticket and got another free which I gave to my mate Mags.

I have to say I had an absolute blast at Walker Stalker London 2017!

Yes, I’ll be the first to admit that they are a tad pricier than other big events, but when you consider they used the same space than one of the country’s biggest event organisers but they cap the number of attendees to around 8000 (as opposed to the 25,000 in one day at one of the summer events last year) I honestly don’t mind paying. I also think that being a US based company they will have higher costs and there may be additional taxes involved. (I don’t know for sure, I’m just speculating)

I met loads of amazing guests, including the lovely Alanna Masterson (Tara, who I have met a few times and she remembered me) who gave me a little birthday present (pictured below), Seth Gilliam (Fr Gabriel), Scott Wilson (Hershel), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Lennis James (Morgan) and Nestor Carbonell (Richard in LOST).

None of the guests were rushing and you got to have a good chat with them. I chatted with Seth about being a tourist in London and his upcoming Poland trip. Scott and I spoke about the short-lived show, Damien and how it deserved a longer run. I spoke with Nestor about the LOST finale and Richard’s story arc. Finally I spoke with Alanna about lots of things including my Tara T-Shirt I had made and our previous day’s photo-op.

I wanted a different pose with Jeffrey Dean Morgan for his photo-op. I figured that most people would go for the Lucille bat type pose. I came up with the idea of buying a poo emoji cushion and dressing it up as Negan. I labelled it Negan’s Shit. I drew a fair bit of attention during the event and JDM loved it during photoshoot.  He said “I love that cute pile of shit!”. Amazing!

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There were amazing cosplayers as usual and some great panels too. Panel highlights include Katelyn Nacon’s singing interlude. She has an awesome voice! The Tara/Rosita/Eugene/Abraham reunion was also very good.

The organisers used much more of Olympia this year compared to last year so there was lots of room to move around without wanting to kill each other and the queuing system for autographs and photoshoots was spot on.

I left early before I became totally skint!

Roll on next year! A huge thanks to James and everyone else at Walker Stalker Con…

 

March 2017~ An Audience With Gareth Edwards

BAFTA occasionally host “An audience with” type events. This month it was to be with Gareth Edwards, director of hit movies such as Godzilla (2014) and the latest blockbuster in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This event was organised in conjunction with BAFTA Cymru and took place on St David’s day.

The evening began with a showreel of Gareth’s work, including some unused footage from Rogue One. Gareth then went on to talk about his work, his life in general and things that had influenced him. He then took questions from the audience.

I particularly enjoyed hearing about his work on Rogue One and how he filmed it in a very organic/fluid way. Indie hour also seemed an interesting concept where any idea, from any crewmember was considered and most likely shot.

Only one thing spoiled it for me. The day before, we received an email from BAFTA saying that Gareth would sign autographs for about 10 minutes afterwards. I took my Rogue One book just in case. There were a group of autograph hunters (more likely dealers) who shoved their way to the front and in many cases had 15-20 items each to get signed. It’s just very inconsiderate when you consider the fact that there were about 50 people wanting autographs and that he was only doing 10 minutes. Luckily, the man is a trooper and stayed long enough to sign for everyone.

Interestingly enough, lots of items signed by him appeared on a popular auction website the following day! Some starting at £50….