75 = T2 Trainspotting ………(the movie)

Finally I’ve been able to link the Trailer video hence the reblog.



If you’re unaware ‘T2 Trainspotting’ was released in cinemas on Sunday, then you’ll not be a fan of the original 1996 ‘Trainspotting’ which was of course a movie and nothing to do with trains!

Love the first and you’ll love T2

Btw I work half days On Fridays and watched the film at Oxford’s Odeon this afternoon, a few hours ago!

This isn’t a Movie Review just a brief message to say if you enjoyed the film in 1996 you’ll not be disappointed so GO SEE AT THE CINEMA for the true movie experience, it’ll not be the same film on ‘Netflix’! And if you live outside the UK I urge you to watch, this is a time capsule showing the real UK as it looks in 2017.

I’ve had a great deal of trouble trying to show also link the YouTube official Trailer video here on my blog but cannot? 🙂 However the video exists so go to YouTube to watch, then read a couple of movie reviews and if you enjoy fun escapism then go and see T2…….. at the Cinema 🙂

However if you’ve no idea as to what all the fuss is about and you’ve heard there is bad language(c#nt word), one or two sex scenes, male nudity (also a very sexy Bulgarian lady’s tits), drug taking and violence (fights no blood)…..there is! BUT note being a ‘Danny Boyle’ movie none of the above adult material is gratuitous and the film is as described………’A Dark Comedy’, the sex and violence will make you laugh rather than be disgusted, so if you love the 1996 0riginal then you’ll know what to expect.

T2 Trainspotting is rated 18+ 

On a personal note the graphic drug taking scenes in ‘Trainspotting’ did at the time and still do make me feel rather uncomfortable, does the movie trivialise and glorify drug abuse? Hmm isn’t supposed to be! Anyways I’m giving no spoilers, the pros of filming drug taking still makes me nervous.

No matter I trust Director ‘Danny Boyle’s’ judgement 🙂

Film reviews are extremely personal to the writer, therefore recommendations are fraught with problems. For example I hate ‘Rambo’ because I’m lonely and depressed therefore I love happy endings where the main characters are hugging and kissing and crying and living happily ever after.

You pays your money and makes your choice 😀

T2 btw isn’t a romcom.

I’ll finish now and leave you with one thought, if you loved the first you’ll love T2 if only to compare what 20 years of aging does to the human body, there’s a depressing thought! 20 years IS the special effect!

© Andrew



40 – Secrets and Lies (1996), one of my favourite Movies

Note. The 1996 British Movie ‘Secrets and Lies’ is NOT to be confused with the present day ABC Television Series of the same name the Movie being a family drama and the US TV  investigated mystery Series, they’re totally different in every respect.

  • Director: Mike Leigh.
  • Writer: Mike Leigh.
  • Actors: A Cast of virtually unknown actors which soon changed after release.

Awards and nominations of which there are many many more!

  • Nominated for 6 Oscars.
  • Winner of 3 BAFTA’s.
  • Winner of Palme d’Or at Cannes.

One of many memorable scenes (below) filmed moments before the big family secret is revealed to a watching audience.

‘Secrets and Lies’ official movie trailer (below)

Movie reviews are intrinsically difficult to write, just watch a selection on the internet or written by professional critics in newspapers and you see they can’t agree, their accounts will all be different simply because we all like different genres, all our likes are deeply personal, for example I enjoy ensemble family drama’s whereas your personal favourites might be James Bond or Musicals, makes life more interesting don’t you think!

However we’d all agree a movie has to be both watchable enjoyable and written around a great story, humans since the dawn of time have loved reading and telling stories to each other, film is no different and that applies to every culture around the Globe.

rrrrrrrr Totten tomatoes rated would you believe 94% positive! Yes true!

I’m going to ask you a question, Rotten Tomatoes is probably the most respected movie review website on the planet, so with that in mind would you call me lazy for sharing their own plot description rather than my own? I only say this because I’d love you to watch Secrets and Lies but would hate to ruin any chance of that happening just because I wrote a crap review, is that fair?

‘Mike Leigh’s Palme D’Or-winning tale of love caring and deep longings is introduced by the director. Hortense is a young Black optometrist. Both her adoptive parents have died and she decides to find her birth mother, who turns out to be Cynthia, an unmarried woman who lives in a terraced house with her daughter Roxanne. Hortense tracks Cynthia down and, after a fraught first meeting, a warm mother-daughter relationship begins to develop. Meanwhile, Cynthia’s brother Maurice and his childless wife Monica decide to throw a party for Roxanne’s 21st. Cynthia asks if she can bring a friend and invites a reluctant Hortense. In a traumatic moment Cynthia reveals the truth, and all hell breaks loose.’ (Courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes).

So there you are, perhaps sharing RT’s excellent description instead of writing my own is lazy of me but at least I informed you and didn’t copy, oh how I hate plagiarism, stealing other peoples thoughts and then attributing them as ones own is a wicked crime.

In conclusion

So rather than try and explain the reasons why I love Secrets and Lies so dearly, perhaps judge my opinion and recommendation completely by the replies and comments I write in response to your posts, I reveal an awful lot of myself here lol! Perhaps many of you understand more about me than I fully appreciate and I might add vice versa, but if you do wish to know a little more, have critics give the plot away, then go to the internet and read the many excellent professional critics opinions out there, because I can tell you critics universally love Secrets and Lies 1996.

Please watch, trust me you will enjoy a very warm sweet and caring film and keep in mind all families, including my own, possess deep dark secrets which perhaps if they were more openly discussed then life would be so much more fulfilling enjoyable and a f#cking darn sight easier!!

(By the way contains no sex or violence, no guns, no car chases, mild swearing and you may quite possibly cry so have tissues at hand!)


27 – ‘The Child Catcher’ – Halloween

A movie question for you, is ‘The Child Catcher’ the creepiest character to appear in children’s cinema? I would say the definition of a horror movie character is one that gives you nightmares!! Well ‘The Child Catcher’ from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is written for children and often remembered into adulthood as giving them nightmares!!!

So this is my Halloween movie revue written for those who hadn’t heard of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and what better way to explain the film than write a Post through the eyes of only one character, one which hopefully others will enjoy.

What have…………………

  • Hannibal Lecter
  • Jigsaw Killer
  • Darth Vader
  • The T1000
  • The Joker
  • Crueller de Vil
  • Wicked Witch of the North
  • and The Child Catcher

………………. all have in common? Answer, they have all been voted the most Evil Characters in film, quite a chilling list and in my opinion ‘The Child Catcher’ adds an extra dimension……. yes he’s VERY creepy’ but he also resonates in todays big bad world, there’s an honesty about him which the others don’t have, in real life there are creepy men out there, men who abduct children and I think he taps into childrens and parents psyche. It’s said The Child Catcher gave children nightmares, I’m unsure if that’s actually true but clearly I remember age 10 going to Hull Regal Cinema with my Grandma and experiencing a fright with his creepy face seared across my imagination ever since. But perhaps today’s children playing computer games are less innocent than children of the 1970s and perhaps ‘shock scares’ don’t work as well.

Whilst researching this post I came across a Social Media Poll which voted The Child Catcher as one of the most terrifying characters in kids’ Films……with his skipping dance and jingly black cape actor Robert Helpmann is both sinister and spine chillingly creepy, take a look at his picture and tell me what you see? I would say he has the look of a modern day child ******** so feared by parents! I’ll say no more.

But don’t panic ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ isn’t a horror film, believe it or not you’ll be watching a fairy tale family musical movie with catchy tunes which perhaps juxtaposes this evil man even more! And hey this is Halloween so I’m obliged to give you a movie many adults rate as their earliest screen fright memory.

The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

I’m going to refrain from writing my own movie review of this 1968 children’s musical, firstly because film favourites are deeply personal subjective and near impossible to recommend, and secondly professional film critics are far more skilled than I (so they say! 😀 )

rrrrrrrr  Rotten Tomatoes rated CCBB a healthy 7/10

Brief Synopsis, a children’s musical, lots of catchy tunes, funny, happy, with a flying car, adorable family, castle, and an all round ‘evil baddie’ and all from a book written by Ian Fleming with a screenplay from Roald Dahl……….. pretty impressive hey?

Robert Helpmann both ballet dancer and actor

I hope at this point readers are still with me! I’ve kept the first part easy to follow, a short description seems more fun than writing a film review incidentally the stage version is still very popular with British audiences

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ wasn’t an all happy experience for Robert Helpmann because his face became synonymous with that of a child catcher! I guess some people blur fiction and reality and become confused between a film personification and the real man, which is sad because afterwards Robert often felt he had to reinforce the fact he loved children which must have been upsetting.

Perhaps I’m overplaying the film a little, ‘The Child Catcher’ is not the main character in the film, in fact he doesn’t appear until an hour and forty minutes in and then only for ten minutes or so but what a quite memorable ten minutes! Incidentally he doesn’t appear in the book either having being dreamt up from Roald Dahl’s imagination which probably explains why adults remember him so vividly, it’s been a while since I’ve read a Roald Dahl novel, probably I should visit mums go in the attic and re read our old childrens books.

As I’ve explained err several times I’ll refrain from a full review and I hope I haven’t built the film up tooo greatly for modern sophisticated audiences? But on reflection I think a creepy man with giant net enticing children into his cage with promises of free candy and ice cream has a resonance today.

Movie still

Robert’s portrayal is evil through and through, he’s a villain, he’s the creature under the bed he’s a boogieman of childrens silver screen, he’s designed to be a nightmare, carrying a pole with metal hook attached trying to catch children and although he’s only in a couple of short scenes he is able to create a chilling monster……….. but I’d say in a healthy way?

Finally The Child Catcher has made a number of lists for the most frightening villain/characters of all time:

  1. He made Entertainment Weekly’s list of “50 Most Vile Movie Villains,”
  2. Several Empire Magazine lists, a Digital Spy list.
  3. Total Film’s “Greatest Movie Villains” list.
  4. CBBC (Children’s British Broadcasting Corporation) poll voted him the scariest villain from a children’s book.