Premieres

A Giant Premiere and a Giant Turd

March 26th, 2016.

I've just come back from watching Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice, and unsurprisingly it sucked. I'm not sure why that would surprise anyone, given the same people who make a movie that sucked last time were given even more money this time... and guess what it sucked more.

Basically, they doubled down on The Stupid and maths happened.

That said, the premiere was fun. I enjoyed that. I didn't have to pay (except I took a day off work so damn you WB you DID cost me) and it met some fun people and I think Gal Gadot possibly likes me as much as I like her (which I'd say is a lot). Some highlights from the premiere are below, with a link to the full journal on each image as well as by clicking here

The kind of look that makes me blame everyone but Gal Gadot for how bad teh movie is (and maybe one or two of the catering crew who probably had little to do with it)

The kind of look that makes me blame everyone but Gal Gadot for how bad teh movie is (and maybe one or two of the catering crew who probably had little to do with it)

A longer "Movies Pessimistically Appraised" review may eventually follow, but for now my thoughts on Batman v Superman are copy-pasted from my stream-of-consciousness typing here:

"Please don't tell people what you really think... not until the movie crosses $300 mil?"  Denied. But I'm sure it'll make enough money   because people are stupid. Also, in other news : I'm people and I'm stupid.

"Please don't tell people what you really think... not until the movie crosses $300 mil?"
Denied. But I'm sure it'll make enough money because people are stupid. Also, in other news : I'm people and I'm stupid.

Oh, and/but in other news there were actually two premieres in the past week or so ("Eddie The Eagle" with Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton, and the BFI Flare premiere of 'The Pass') AND the 2016 Empire Awards (with Star Wars' Daisy Ridley and Anthony Daniels).

More premieres and events have been scheduled. Good times. Bad movies. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Daisy Ridley at  The 2016 Empire Awards . I'm not ready to profess any major positive feelings towards Star Wars The Force Awakens, but I've just come back from watching Batman v Superman and... well... it might happen.

Daisy Ridley at The 2016 Empire Awards. I'm not ready to profess any major positive feelings towards Star Wars The Force Awakens, but I've just come back from watching Batman v Superman and... well... it might happen.

3 New Premieres and 2013 uploaded

I'm a bit behind on the celebrations, but in a fit of extreme uploading only the likes of single (or single-minded) people might understand, I knocked over some thirty premieres from 2013 in a weekend. And then, before I could properly celebrate such a dubious feat, I had not one but THREE premieres of reasonable size to attend.

And then it turned out that the FOURTH of them was the one more people were interested in!

Premiere #1 was Christopher Nolan's "INTERSTELLAR"
 

Premiere #3 was the much smaller but no-less "World" World Premiere of Horrible Bosses 2

However, what I've learned with such surprisingly well-viewed premieres like "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby : Them" (with James McAvoy) and "A Little Chaos" (with Alan Rickman) ... is that it's often the more obscure premieres that get less coverage but a LOT more views, presumably because the supply-to-demand ratio is much much smaller.

For this reason, the premiere of the four that's had BY FAR the most views so far is for a Korean film : "Kundo : Age of the Rampant"

As for the 2013 uploads? Well, the highlights of that are probably:

Only Lovers Left Alive - with Tom Hiddleston
Thor : The Dark World - again with Tom Hiddleston, but (for me) more importantly Natalie Portman
The Hunger Games Catching Fire - appropriately posted just about one year late!

Coming up next : hopefully some kind of photos as The Hobbit III and Paddington (I have strong doubts as to both) and after that Ridley Scott's Exodus.

 

It's London Film Festival

Every year, I look forward to London Film Festival. And every year, a million distractions that never come up at any other time of year crop up during London Film Festival. Last year I spent half of it in Boston, USA. This year there's two Film Composer events, an out-of-town business meeting and last-minute catchups with friends who are like "hey.. you doing anything?" YES - LONDON FILM FESTIVAL!

At this point we're halfway through and I've done all of five events, having thusly missed such luminaries as Noomi Rapace, Mia Wasikowska, and Reese Witherspoon...

However, in those five premieres I did manage to photograph:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley at  "Imitation Game"

Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley at "Imitation Game"

Ansel Elgort and Jason Reitman at  the premiere of "Men, Women and Children"

Ansel Elgort and Jason Reitman at the premiere of "Men, Women and Children"

Charlotte Spencer, George MacKay and a guy with the world's most amazing Moustache at  the premiere of "Bypass"

Charlotte Spencer, George MacKay and a guy with the world's most amazing Moustache at the premiere of "Bypass"

Jon Stewart and Dimitri Leonidas at  the premiere of "Rosewater"

Jon Stewart and Dimitri Leonidas at the premiere of "Rosewater"

Donnie Yen and a whole bunch of umbrellas at  the premiere of "Kung Fu Jungle"

Donnie Yen and a whole bunch of umbrellas at the premiere of "Kung Fu Jungle"

I've still got about a week of premieres to look forward to, though. And maybe it'll even stop raining eventually!

Two from 2009 and two new premieres

Two premieres (or one premiere and one event, depending on how you categorise such things) in one day is pretty rare outside of London Film Festival, but it happened on Thursday, and I managed to make it for both. The first was the beautiful Marion Cotillard for "Two Days, One Night" (aka : "Deux jours, une nuit") at London's Somerset House, and the second was the Doctor Who Season 8 launch at BFI Southbank, which was held in a weird ill-lit hidden alleway and I photographed it like some kind of spy from a stairwell. But I swear it was legitimate, and both The New Doctor Peter Capaldi and his assistant Jenna Coleman showed up.

The lovely  Marion Cotillard  is all  "yeah, I won an Oscar and am widely respected for my mastery of the craft of Acting, but sure I'll sign your Inception and Dark Knight Rises crap".  (She wasn't like that... she was very friendly)

The lovely Marion Cotillard is all "yeah, I won an Oscar and am widely respected for my mastery of the craft of Acting, but sure I'll sign your Inception and Dark Knight Rises crap". (She wasn't like that... she was very friendly)

Peter Capaldi, aka Doctor Who v12.0 is all "We spend so much money on building great sets and props and costumes and you're watching our show on a screen THAT size?". Yeah...

Peter Capaldi, aka Doctor Who v12.0 is all "We spend so much money on building great sets and props and costumes and you're watching our show on a screen THAT size?". Yeah...

Meanwhile I've added two premieres from Back In The Day : State of Play (featuring Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren) and A Night At The Museum 2 (featuring Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and Ricky Gervais) from way back in 2009....

Russell Crowe scouting the crowd for people deserving of a headbutt at "State of Play" (actually he was very friendly!)

Russell Crowe scouting the crowd for people deserving of a headbutt at "State of Play" (actually he was very friendly!)

Hank Azaria at "A Night At The Museum 2" premiere, wondering how exactly you spell that name....

Hank Azaria at "A Night At The Museum 2" premiere, wondering how exactly you spell that name....