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... and I totally forgot to mention:

Weirdly, the last five premieres (and last seven events) I've photographed were NOT at Leicester Square.

It all started with the premieres of "Love and Friendship" and "Me Before You" on back-to-back days at Curzon Mayfair...

Love and Frienship is a movie adapted from a Jane Austen short story.... unlike " Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"  which was (maybe) based on a Jane Austen nightmare.

Love and Frienship is a movie adapted from a Jane Austen short story.... unlike "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which was (maybe) based on a Jane Austen nightmare.

"Me Before You"  meanwhile featured both The Mother Of Dragons from Game of Thrones... and a protest group accusing the movie of being a disability snuff film.

"Me Before You" meanwhile featured both The Mother Of Dragons from Game of Thrones... and a protest group accusing the movie of being a disability snuff film.

A few days later, Picturehouse Central paid host to one of its rare, small but surprisingly adequately attended premieres, which was all over in less than 3mins:

"The Neon Demon"  - fastest premiere from start to finish ever.

"The Neon Demon" - fastest premiere from start to finish ever.

And after that it was two premieres in two days AGAIN at Curzon Mayfair

"Three Harry Potter alumni... but check out this necklace!"  - Salma Hayek at the  "Tale of Tales"  premiere

"Three Harry Potter alumni... but check out this necklace!" - Salma Hayek at the "Tale of Tales" premiere

Probably the SECOND fastest premiere ever, at  "Learning to Drive"

Probably the SECOND fastest premiere ever, at "Learning to Drive"

And then, just to keep things interesting there was a Train Unveiling and a 90th Birthday celebration!

"Sorry about destroying London in this movie...."  - Hemsworth, Goldblum and Emmerich for  Independence Day Resurgence  (the alien was in a jar/tank on the main concourse)

"Sorry about destroying London in this movie...." - Hemsworth, Goldblum and Emmerich for Independence Day Resurgence (the alien was in a jar/tank on the main concourse)

It's a horse! and another horse! And the Queen wearing (subtle) nuclear green! at  Trooping The Colour 2016

It's a horse! and another horse! And the Queen wearing (subtle) nuclear green! at Trooping The Colour 2016

So.... a bit of a break now until premieres start again. They'll be less petite and a bit more crowded, I suspect.

Three events in Three days!

8th-9th-10th May, 2016

Three events in three days doesn't happen often, and these were three pretty big ones (and actually, the 7th wasn't exactly quiet either, as I went to the Composer Brian Tyler concert (it was excellent).

The first was on Sunday 8th : The Television Baftas at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, attended by the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake (as well as people actually better known for BEING on TV!):

"I wanna do a duet with you! I've already recorded my side of it on this flashdrive.... Just give me your phone number and I'll text you the lyrics?"

"I wanna do a duet with you! I've already recorded my side of it on this flashdrive.... Just give me your phone number and I'll text you the lyrics?"

The next day was the "Global Fan Screening" of X-Men : Apocalypse, which despite the dubious title was actually rather well-attended, not just with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Sophie Turner, but also numerous others from the cast. And for the second event in a row, I shot the event from OUTSIDE the event (anything for a unique angle)

We shared a moment. Typically, I was one storey and over 50m away....

We shared a moment. Typically, I was one storey and over 50m away....

Then, finally, it was the European premiere for Alice Through the Looking Glass. At this one, my third consecutive "shoot the event from outside the event" strategy didn't work so well. Sure, I photographed Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, but the interior of Leicester Square was a much more interesting place than my rather dull patch of blue carpet near the cinema entrance...

This isn't Mia Wasikowska (or Johnny Depp) (or Tim Burton) but who am I to refuse Awesome Posing Girl?

This isn't Mia Wasikowska (or Johnny Depp) (or Tim Burton) but who am I to refuse Awesome Posing Girl?

It's a bit of a quiet period for the next little while... I'll see what I can do to keep myself from getting bored in the meantime. This means if you're ever going to approach me to shoot your wedding, film set, sporting event or stage production, this could be your chance.

One Movie : two journals and a review

The European Premiere for Captain America Civil War was so large I ended up takingabout 3x more photos than I do at most premieres. It was so big that the initial selection pool of photos I identified on the way home only represented 3% of all the photos I took.

But I stayed up late/early and I got the journal done, and the journal with commentary is here:

"We've got time : why don't all 2,400 of you people here come up one by one and have selfies with us right here??"

"We've got time : why don't all 2,400 of you people here come up one by one and have selfies with us right here??"

And then, given how long it took me to fully cull the photos, I decided to do a second journal, just photos without commentary, under the "RedCarpetMonochrome" heading and style. And that's here:

"Black and White makes everything cooler!"

"Black and White makes everything cooler!"

And then, on Friday I went to watch the movie, and about 120mins into a 147mins movie, I decided to walk out early because... well... I was done. That review /justification is here:

I'm not proud of it... but I'm going to be honest about it...

I'm not proud of it... but I'm going to be honest about it...

Well... at least things aren't boring

Lots more premieres coming up.

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.

15th March - Red Carpet / Monochrome

In the quiet period between the Baftas and the resumption of a steady(ish) supply of premieres, I've kept busy, mostly dating crime and fighting supermodels or something. On top of that, I also decided to (self-indulgently) do a re-edit / re-sample and re-mastering of all my BAFTA journals into the "Red Carpet / Monochrome" philosophy. I did that for the first time with the 2016 Baftas (and, quietly, the Avengers Age of Ultron premiere before that)...

No commentary, just photos; no 1.6 : 1 crop but a 'superior' 1.8 : 1 'wide(r) screen' crop; no selecting photos in a rush on Bafta eve while eating leftovers and regaining my body's core temperature... but a calmer and more thoughtful reassessent. You know, the way it was intended to be, but practical and technological limitations of the day prevented:)

Here's the links to each:

2013 : The one with rain, sleet and snow  (and Jennifer Lawrence and I sharing a moment)

2013 : The one with rain, sleet and snow (and Jennifer Lawrence and I sharing a moment)

and finally:

2016 : The one featuring not one but several Gopro shots  (along with 'the usual' Nikon and Pentax shots)

2016 : The one featuring not one but several Gopro shots (along with 'the usual' Nikon and Pentax shots)

6th Feb 2016 - two premieres this week

I managed to make it to two premieres this week - one on Monday and one on Thursday.

The first was the Jane-Austen-Meets-The-Undead movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", attended by a cavalcade of stars in the form of Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Douglas Booth and a roving band of shuffling Elizabethan Zombies...

"It wasn't me! They were like that when I got here!"

"It wasn't me! They were like that when I got here!"

And then a few days later, the enigmatically advertised 'fashionable screening' for Zoolander2 ended up being a full-blown premiere plus Guinness Book Of World Records event attended by Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell... and even such random attendees as fashion label Valentino and The Force Awakens' Adam Driver!

"I'm going to be honest... at this distance I can't even tell if if my mobile is turned on " - Ben Stiller holds an 8.6metre selfie stick as Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Valentino, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Adam Driver and other guests observe

"I'm going to be honest... at this distance I can't even tell if if my mobile is turned on" - Ben Stiller holds an 8.6metre selfie stick as Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Valentino, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Adam Driver and other guests observe

So... that's pretty cool. Next week (hopefully) 'How to be Single' and next Sunday my favourite kind of Valentines Day present: The 2016 Baftas.

27/01/2016 - Movies Pessimistically Appraised

It's been brewing for a little while, and I have some misgivings, but I'm going to formally state that I intend to do this.

I'm going to commit to ultimately watch EVERY movie I've been to the premiere of.

And yes, sure, I've watched many of them (indeed, this week I watched The Hateful Eight, and it was the last premiere I went to last year), but many of them I haven't. Plus... I want to put my reviews on this website. I figure it'll be a nice way to 'complete the circle' of each premiere.

But here's the problem. Not only am I waaaaaay over-analytical, but I'm also a pessimist at heart. That means when I watch a movie, even a GOOD movie, I invariably fixate on the things I didn't like. This is a problem, but on the other hand it also represents an opportunity : why NOT appraise movies from a pessimistic perspective. Why not start with the idea that any movie can be improved? As an intellectual challenge, if nothing else. Alternatively, just as a bit of harmless fun.

I mean... can I *REALLY* write a negative appraisal of Pixar's 2008 masterpiece Wall-E? Or Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight?? The answer, because I've already written both, is yes.

Sort of.

I still love both of those movies. But neither is without flaws.

Feel free to hate this notion, the good news is I'll start by keeping it fairly discreet. You probably won't even realise these reviews are here....

To begin, here's my over-wrought Manifesto

And here's my Movies Pessimistically Appraised attempts at analysing:

Hancock (2008)
Wall-E (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)

And yes... I'll get to Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray eventually. Perhaps don't expect me to want to expend much time on them. Some things I'd rather not experience, or remember!

And in answer to the question "don't I have anything better to do?". Ummm... on days I don't have premieres to go to? No.

19/10/2015 - BFI London Film Fest... done!

Well. that was a lot of premieres over a long period of days.. but I made it out on all but two days (and I'm not sure one of those had a premiere) and it was pretty great!

Here's the summary of what went down:

Day "-1" (Tuesday 6th October): The BFI Luminous Gala (with Tom Hiddleston, Joan Collins, Geena Davis and others)

Day 1 : sadly I missed the opening gala (I was at a composer event instead)


Day 2 (Thursday 8th October) The Trumbo premiere, featuring Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman:

Day 3 (October 9th) The High-Rise premiere, featuring Tom Hiddleston (eee!), Elisabeth Moss, Sienna Miller and Sienna Guillory:

Day 4 (10th October)  Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd at the premiere of 'The Program':

Day 5 (11th October) : Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch at the premiere of 'Black Mass':

Day 6 (12th October) : Saoirse Ronan at the premiere of 'Brooklyn':

Day 7 : Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw at the premiere of 'The Lobster':

Day 8 : Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara at the premiere of 'Carol':

Day 9 (15th October) ; Rachel Weisz (again!) Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel at the premiere of 'Youth' :

 

Day 10 : sadly didn't attend any premieres...


Day 11 (17th October) : Cate Blanchett (again!) and Topher Grace for the premiere of 'Truth':

Day 12 (18th October) : And finally Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Danny Boyle for the Closing Gala for 'Steve Jobs':

And that was pretty much that (Well... not quite. There was a premiere the day after BFI LFF finished!). But prior to that, time to try to get some sleep...

Until next (time) Year!