Thursday, 5 March 2015


I visited the podiatrist today, an appointment I have every six to eight weeks. I have problem feet. I need to wear orthotics to improve my balance and without them my feet become sore if I have to spend even a moderate amount of time walking or standing. I've been attending the same Podiatry practice for about ten years now.

I suppose over that time I've been treated by about half a dozen different Podiatrists. All of them have been young; that is, aged in their 20s or 30s.

A 'model' Podiatrist from Newcastle University

None has been the senior, revered General Practitioner type of my youth. I'm not complaining, some of the men who have treated me have been almost as good looking as the smiling fellow above.

But I wonder why it is that someone fresh from school, or of similar age, decides that playing around with feet for the rest of their lives is the career for them? I don't think that any of my practitioners has been a foot fetishist as such. It's an interesting career choice but not one I would ever have contemplated.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Unfinished Business

In a Jerry Maguire inspired moment Vince Vaughn resigns his job and sets himself up in competition with his former boss, would you believe Sienna Miller? He takes with him the aged retrenched Tom Wilkinson and a goofily naive Dave Franco. This trio end up in Europe causing and responding to all manner of mayhem; none of it especially tasteful.

I can't say that I have liked Vaughn in his recent films - most of his characters being nasty to some extent - but in 'Unfinished Business' he is almost decent which is more than I can report for the level of humour the film contains.

I did chuckle occasionally but I am almost embarrassed to admit it.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

How clever is the film title 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'? This sequel to the delightful hit 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is clearly, disappointingly and perhaps predictably inferior to its predecessor.

Most of the earlier characters reappear in the sequel but for the most part very little of consequence or development occurs to them. This is mainly a rehash of the earlier film with a bit more focus on the Indians a little less on the interloper foreigners.

It is a mostly pleasant film and there is the occasionally humorous moment but neither element matches the charm and delight of the first film.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Jupiter Ascending

I'm quite open to the thought that somewhere out there in this universe or some other there is intelligent life and that it may an intelligence that surpasses mankind on planet Earth.

However, whatever and wherever that intelligence might be it is not the brains behind 'Jupiter Ascending'. In this mish mash of life in Russia, USA and Universes somewhere or other in times past, present and future a host of villains has selected the decidedly earthy Mila Kunis to be their Queen for cunning reasons which I couldn't care to remember the moment I left the cinema. They enlist Channing Tatum, made up like a refugee from A Midsummer's Night Dream, to transport her to her new realm. Computer generated pyrotechnics litter the film predictably at ten minute intervals.

Amongst the villains is the latest crowned Academy Award Best Actor, Eddie Redmayne, whose horrendous performance in this film appears to be modelled on an imagined love child of Noel Coward and Frank Thring. (Look them up, if the names are unknown to you.)

Redmayne's performance matches the quality of the film seamlessly.

Friday, 27 February 2015

A Most Violent Year

It is the 1980s and in New York an up and coming heating oil company is the target of violent attacks and sabotage. One of their competitors is suspected of being behind the attacks but which one?

Despite its title 'A Most Violent Year' is not that violent, well not directly anyway. However there is one very violent incident near the film's end.

The story unfolds slowly, languidly despite the many wintery scenes, a little like a flower slowly revealing itself petal by petal. The acting is excellent.

This may be too slow, perhaps even dull, for many but I think this is a terrific film.