Happy 89th Birthday to the Iconic Music Composer JOHN WILLIAMS who was born on this day in New York in 1932 : he really started to make waves back in the seventies including the disaster movie trio of The Towering Inferno, Earthquake and The Poseidon Adventure and one of my favorite western themes back in 1972 The Cowboys : then in 1974 John started his collaboration with one of the finest filmmakers of our time in Steven Spielberg : for me John & Steve are the greatest director/composer duo in film, any there’s no doubt without John’s iconic scores to Speilberg’s masterful direction the films would not have the same impact : whether his music is rousing or at a much slower tempo John Williams has the ability of fitting a piece of music to the scene more than any other composer with some of his best work falling within the movie rather than it’s title’s main theme, take the barrel chase from Jaws, the Over the Moon segment from E.T. and Marion’s Theme from Raiders they all have epic qualities and encapsulate the great man’s input to that particular moment : one’s that didn’t make my top four but deserve a mention include Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, E.T., Home Alone, JFK, Close Encounters and Empire of the Sun
Hans Gruber, The Sheriff of Nottingham & Severus Snape just three iconic roles the legendary actor ALAN RICKMAN gave the world of cinema – may you rest in peace !!
CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN – (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint & Til Schweiger – Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) gets visited by his recently deceased mum who tells him to visit Bucharest – on the plane trip over, he gets chatting to an elderly man who suddenly passes away in the seat next to him & upon his death the man asks Charlie to visit his daughter Gabi & deliver a present. Charlie meets Gabi and instantly falls in love with her, unbeknown to him she is the wife of Nigel, a Romanian mobster and someone you just don’t want in your life. VERDICT from first time helmer Fredrik Bond comes one of the surprise movies of the year – Charlie Countryman is a delightfully quriky drama, with hints of comedy, romance and brutal violence – the acting throughout is top draw with Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood both owning the screen with some crazy chemistry – Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint gives a rather hilarious turn as Karl a wannabe porn star going under the name Boris Pecker who takes 6 Viagras and ends up in deep shit with a Romanian club owner and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen looks every bit the nasty bit of work he portrays in the movie – overall Charlie Countryman has hints of True Romance with the trippy-ness of Spring Breakers – it’s a love story, with a violent and ultimately satisfying finale that includes some gorgeous cinematography and a vibrant soundtrack – if your looking for something altogether different from your comic-book superhero movies then Fredrik Bond’s little picture might just be for you….
Harry Potter – London Warner Bros Studio Tour
on a trip to London we decided to take in the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour, having read the books and watched the 8 movies (more than once) we wanted the chance to take a look inside of J.K Rowling’s magical world of castles, dragons, wizards and muggles….
as we entered the Warner Bros Lot and collected our tickets, the atmosphere was electric, we started to notice the fans arriving in Harry Potter attire, gowns from their favorite houses and costumes of some of their favorite characters this was going to be a fun night – after a small video presented by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint featuring a behind the scenes look the Harry Potter universe the tour group were invited to start the tour and step foot inside the majestic Great Hall of Hogwarts – the scale and layout was exactly as you remembered it from the first movie and at the far end of the Hall stood all the teachers (mannequins of course) dressed accordingly…
the tour took us just over 3hrs in which time we visited so many of the famous haunts that feature in the movies including Hagrid’s Hut. Dumbeldore’s Office, the backlot that featured Privet Drive, the Knightbus, the Ford Anglia and a chance to sample a glass or two of Butterbeer (yum) then onto my favorite part of the tour the impressive Diagon Alley with it’s many shops including Gringotts, Ollivanders Wand Shop & Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour (now if only I could buy me an Owl & get me a magical wand?) – next up was the tours finale the incredible hand sculpted 1:24 scale construction of Hogwarts Castle that took over 80 artists to create and jee wiz it’s a site to behold….
even if Harry Potter is not your thing but you love your movies, then I would highly recommend this magnificent studio tour it’s worth every dollar! not only do you get to see movie sets, props & animatronic creatures but you will get a taster of what goes into the filmmaking process and trust me it’s a truly fascinating world…