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Withnail & I

Posted in Comedy Genius, Films, Reviews with tags , , , , on 03/07/2013 by Jen Healey

Last Friday I went to Stratford Playhouse with the lovely Becky Lea, to see a late night showing of Withnail & I. It was an absolute tonic to the hectic hamster wheel that has been my schedule of late. We were not fortunate enough to be sitting in lucky seats, underneath which could be found a free dvd, but this did not detract from the experience. We did get a couple of free badges though, which were very cool.

Now, it is a completely iconic film, in my humble opinion. Which is why it saddens me that many people haven’t even heard of it. It is not because the actors are unknowns – Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths – these are not obscure names, among others of course. An assumption about it I recently encountered was most disconcerting, that it is set in ‘Oliver Twist times’! Errr.. NO.

I believe that Becky is due to write a piece on Withnail & I soon, so I will leave it to her talent to write a review proper. Instead I will name-check her one more time today and include a link to a review she wrote on my beloved Labyrinth.
Enjoy – here.

Ok, I fibbed, I can’t resist adding a little preview from Withnail & I.




Posted in Books, Films, Journal, Music, Reviews, TV with tags , , on 23/05/2013 by Jen Healey

As Marc Spitz coined the phrase ‘Bowie-ist’ (see my currently reading shelf )¬†I thought it would be a fitting title for¬†today,¬†following on¬†from the¬†last post, a¬†much more pleasant ‘ist’ and¬†a pretty accurate description of myself at the moment.¬† I am, of course, very much looking forward to watching/recording the programme on Bowie this coming Saturday (Five Years).¬† Not to mention the smile I have when I see the cover on the current Radio Times in all the shops.

aladdin sane

Happily, for me, he is everywhere at the moment – even in the copy of the Big Issue I bought last week and whilst I was doing a bit of¬†shopping today (‘China Girl’ was playing in the supermarket – as I was leaving).¬† I’m not sure if the term Bowie-ist is meant to imply that those describing themselves as such are anoraks, as I am not.¬† Only owning a meagre two of his albums (so far!) and being a paltry 30 pages into the biography, does not an anorak make.¬† I am well aware of that.¬† I don’t even have his new album, unfortunately.

next day


Having said that, his songs do¬†heavily feature on the soundtrack of my childhood, which did make ‘Hunky Dory’ difficult to listen to for years.¬† Whilst reading the Spitz book, I did read a part that has stuck with me.

The Inchworm“… became five-year-old David Jones’s favourite.¬† Simply, it made him feel safe and hopeful when his increasingly discomfiting family life and shyness filled him with guilt and wariness.¬† The record was never far from his gramophone.

” ‘Inchworm’ is my childhood,” Bowie said in 1993… “It wasn’t a happy one.¬† Not that it was brutal but mine were a certain type of British parent:¬†quite cold emotionally and not many hugs.¬† I always craved attention cause of that.¬† ‘Inchworm’ gave me comfort and the person singing it sounded like he’d been hurt too and I’m into that, the artist singing away his pain.”

Amazing that we are all so different and yet the same, I feel that ‘Life on Mars’ is my childhood, in a similar (bittersweet)¬†respect.¬† Not that I gained comfort from it, or would have been¬†listening to it by choice as a child, but¬†I remember it repeatedly from my childhood.¬† I still struggle with that song, as it tugs at something deep down, where I don’t want to go.¬† So I usually¬†flick past that one (and ‘Changes’) onto ‘Starman’ then ‘Ziggy’¬†– yes I’m listening¬†to a ‘best of’¬†CD.

On a more uplifting note, the film Labyrinth is also ‘my childhood’ – hurrah!

I found this on YouTube yesterday, and I know at least one person who (if they aren’t aware of its existence already) will enjoy it almost as much as I did –

God I love that film!

Did you see one of the choreographers?  Yes, that is Dr Beverley Crusher from Star Trek РThe Next Generation!

Zombieland – not for kids

Posted in Comedy Genius, Films, Food, Reviews with tags , , , , , on 20/05/2012 by Jen Healey

Despite the title, this post will not be dedicated purely to the most awesome zom-com¬†film of the same name.¬† No.¬† I’m also going to ‘give a shout out’ to Twinkies and¬†Kool-aid.

Firstly,¬†those of you who¬†have not had the pleasure of watching Zombieland, you have missed a real treat.¬† To the rest of us, enjoy the opening scene –

What a perfect matching of zombies and Metallica – epic start to a film!

How does this link to Twinkies and Kool-aid¬†I hear you ask?¬† Well, Twinkies feature pretty significantly in Zombieland, at least the search for them does for Woody Harrelson.¬† Now, ever since I watched Ghostbusters¬†as a young ‘un I was always curious about what a Twinkie actually tastes like, exacerbated by the watching of Zombieland¬†last year for the first time.¬† Recently, thanks to a lovely lady in the States (Arkansas), hubby and I savoured our first ever Twinkies!¬† To your average American this probably sounds daft, but it was actually really exciting.¬† We washed them down with some Kool-aid!¬† I felt like I could have been in America!!!¬† We watched Zombieland whilst eating a Twinkie!!!¬† “You gotta enjoy the little things”¬† – it’s the rules!

Dark Shadows!!!!!!!

Posted in Films, Gothic with tags , , , , , on 21/04/2012 by Jen Healey

SOOOOOOOO excited!!!!

Check this trailer out –

Johnny Depp, Tim Burton and Vampires… I may faint from the anticipation.

Happy Christmas, Happy Birthday, Happy Mothers Day and very happy Saturday night to me!


Yes… I know… I’m a geek

Posted in Films with tags , on 26/03/2012 by Jen Healey

But lookey here!

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Official Teaser Trailer.  Рclick to view on YouTube.

How excited am I?!




Posted in Books, Films, Reviews, Supe-para-natural with tags , , on 16/09/2011 by Jen Healey

It is a bit early for me to be getting all excited about the next installment of the Twilight saga films, as it is not due for release until 18th November.  However, I have just read the Twilight graphic novel volume 1 (see my goodreads shelf) and, after firing up my netbook this afternoon, I found a really good trailer for Breaking Dawn РPart 1 on my email home page news.  Check it out here.

I know that the impending arrival of a half-vampire baby is unlikely to be news to… well anyone, which makes the title of the article on the above link doubly misleading.¬† It is no big ‘reveal’ that Bella gets pregnant, nor does the video actually show you the child.¬† Hmmm.¬† Perhaps the author of the¬†article is a little less than enthusiastic about the saga.¬†¬†Still, it does look¬†good though!¬† I can’t wait!¬† I may have to read Breaking Dawn again before the film is released, perhaps these reminders are¬†giving me enough time to do that?!¬† I’m going to have to fight the urge to do so¬†until I’ve finished one of the other books I’m reading… maybe.


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