Charlotte Walton

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Film Review: American Sniper

This isn’t a film about war. This isn’t really even a film about a sniper. This is a film about obsession.

American Sniper

“God. Family. Country.”

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Goodnight Sir Lee…

We don’t always get the kind of work we want, but we always have a choice of whether to do it with good grace or not.

Sir Christopher Lee Β (1922 – 2015)

This week we lost a legend. A true maverick of the film industry.

Christopher Lee, best known from such films as Star Wars, The Wickerman, James Bond and Lord of the Rings, led an exceptional life. From playing Bond villain to the most famous vampire of all time, Count Dracula, Lee wowed audiences all around the world with his scintillating performances.

I remember the first time I saw him on screen. It was his appearance in my all time favourite saga; Star Wars. His performance of Count Dooku in Attack of the ClonesΒ left me with shivers. He was able to command the scenes that he was in with ease. The actors had a respect for him that it takes many a lifetime to cultivate. It gave me the inspiration to go back and watch his earlier works.

His most notable role of the modern day was as Saruman the White in the onscreen adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. TheΒ Return of the King was the first and only of the three that I saw on the big screen. But his appearances in all three were of real power and overwhelming elegance.

Something that most people didn’t know about him was his passion for heavy metal music. In 2010 and 2013 he released albums under the moniker ‘Charlamagne’. In 2012 and 2013 he released back to back Christmas albums; A Heavy Metal Christmas & A Heavy Metal Christmas Too. He became the oldest living performer to feature in the music charts with Jingle Hell at the age of 91.

He was a man that in films we loved to hate. He was a man that in life we loved to love. He was a pure genius. One that the world will grieve for years to come.

Christopher Lee

The Day I Met: Sylvester McCoy.

So imagine this. 6.30pm last Thursday night I see a tweet from IGN UK (@IGNUK) informing me that they are having a live interview with the one and only Sylvester McCoy at 3pm, Friday 8th March. But here’s the catch, they want US to get involved! So I grabbed my email and shot off a quick email to Tom Butler (@TomButler) with 3 questions that I would want to ask Mr McCoy. Sure enough, 3 hours later I receive an exciting response. They want ME to join in with the interview on Google+!

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Words, words, words.

“It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk.” – Nora Ephron

The act of screenwriting is one of importance. The words you write on the page reflects how we feel as audience. It decides whether we laugh, cry, feel empathy, or dislike. It is the basis on which we form an opinion of a character or situation.

I have recently been given the chance to try a bit of screenwriting for one of my University projects. It wasn’t until I sat down at my desk and stared at the blank white page that a thousand different questions fired in front of me. What do I want to tell? How do I want people to feel? Do I want people to hate this character, or is he just misunderstood?

That’s when I really saw just how much pressure there is on a screenwriter. Not only do they write the words that actors perform, but they also have to write HOW those words will be performed, how they will be absorbed and how they may affect the audience for the rest of their lives.

Will screenwriting become a new part of my life? I sure hope so. Lets just see where the words take me.

Challenge accepted!

Right I’ve set myself a challenge, this is very exciting. I have decided so that I can voice my opinions, and you can get to know a bit more about me, I am going to post my ‘Top 5 of the month’ at the end of each month. By ‘Top 5’ I mean top 5 films, albums, places I’ve visited, books (if I can read that many in a month :P) and hopefully I’ll show a bit of a variety when it comes to my choices. I’ve already tried to listen to some new things whilst doing work and it’s working out pretty well so lets carry on in that direction πŸ™‚

I’m also, sometime soon, going to post my Top 10 of 2010, I’ve got some good ones I think (y). So that and my Top 5’s from January will be up sometime before the end of the weekend!


All done…but more to come :)

So the reason why I haven’t been posting much recently is because I’ve had exams in January and so I’ve been spending most of my time revising for them. But they’re all done now! Had my last one on Wednesday, it was IT. I think it went alright but I guess we’ll have to see in March won’t we. The only problem now though is that our teachers have decided that now the exams are over, they’re going to pile homework and coursework on us all at once! Aren’t they lovely πŸ™‚ So I might not be able to post as much as I hope to but I’ll certainly try!

I have some new things that I can talk to you about. Written some reviews of some albums that I’ve listened to recently so I’ll post them up some time soon. Since 2011 started I’ve been listening to some artists that I’ve never listened to before and never thought I would listen to but they’re all really good! Also got some films that I’ve seen recently and a new book series that I’m almost finished so I’ll have quite a bit for you to read πŸ™‚

I’m going to try and vary it for you a bit though so it’s not all about films, music and books. I have a trip down South coming up so you’ll definately hear about that and something more personal has happened that I’m waiting for results on so you’ll be notified of that aswell. Don’t worry it’s not really bad, I’m hoping (Y) πŸ˜€

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Les Miserables

Picture this: Christmas Day. I’m opening presents; socks, book, cd, another book, Les Miserables 25th Anniversary in Concert lands in my hands….I squeal deafening everyone. That literally happened. I cannot believe, after wanting to see it BOTH times it was shown in the cinema and missing them, I have finally seen it! πŸ˜€ And I must say, I was not disappointed.

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Stone of Destiny

Never heard of it before, my dad got it for christmas last year but we’d never opened it before. It’s got Charlie Cox and Billy Boyd in so we decided to finally watch it.

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So I went to see Salt last week, I had really wanted to go and see it from the moment that I saw the trailer but like with all good films I left it a few weeks to make sure it wasn’t too busy. So after arriving literally 10 minutes before the film was due to start we were sat in our seats (right at the very top in the middle!) ready to start watching πŸ™‚

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So, after many many weeks I finally went to see Inception today and I must say – best film of the year so far! It was just pure brilliance. The acting, the music and the special effects all put together just blew me away.

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