Category Archives: Cinema

News | Sherlock and Downton Abbey receive 29 Emmy nominations

This year’s Emmys could be a very big deal indeed for US network PBS’s two big British imports Sherlock and Downton Abbey, as the shows have received a total of 29 nominations from the prestigious annual American television awards this year.

Sherlock will contest 13 separate categories, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman up for Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries, respectively.

Along with a nomination in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category, Sherlock is also recognised for its costuming, writing, directing, casting, cinematography, editing, music, sound mixing, sound editing, art direction and cinematography.

Downton is up for 14 different awards, not least the Outstanding Drama Series gong, while the show’s leads Hugh Bonneville and Michellle Dockery will compete for the Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series gongs.

Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt are also up for awards for their work on the show, vying for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series gong, while Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter find themselves in similar competition for best supporting actor.

The popular ITV period drama has also received nominations for everything from best writing and direction to Outstanding Hairstyling.

BBC series Luther is another British programme that’s earned a fair bit of stateside recognition and is also up for best writing, direction and miniseries, with star Idris Elba facing off against Cumberbatch in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries category.

And Armando Iannucci’s Veep will go up against Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and 30 Rock for Oustanding Comedy Series, while its lead player Julia Louis-Dreyfus is up for best lead actress in a comedy series.

A full list of this year’s nominations is available at the Emmys website. The ceremony itself will be held on Sunday 23 September at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.


Films for Anglophiles | ‘Wilde’ (1997)

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie’s father, the enraged Marquise of Queensberry, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to two years at hard labor by the courts of an intolerant Victorian society.

The Irish writer Oscar Wilde returns to London from America and gets married with Constance Lloyd Wilde in the Victorian England. They have two children, Cyril and Vyvyan, and he makes lots of money with his successful plays. He gets close to the young Robbie Ross and “leaves the closet”, assuming his homosexuality and having brief affairs with youths. When he meets the corrupt Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas, he falls in love for the young man; but Bosie’s father goes to the court accusing the writer “posing sodomite” and Wilde is sentenced to two years of hard labor. His health is affected by the unhealthy conditions in prison and he has a short life in Paris after being discharged from the imprisonment.

Rise to the Challenge | 50 British Films to see before you die!

I thought of this literally 5 minutes ago. As I seem to be hungry for new films and new perspectives in life, I thought I’d ask you all to join me on this trip to enlightment… Well, sort of. I am going to post a list of 50 British Films and tick them as I watch them. I will be updating the list on a separate page of ‘Musings’, under the name of ‘5o British Films Challenge’ – make sure you check it out! Also, if you want to join the ride, feel free to copy the titles and tick them yourself, whether it is on your blog or even as a comment below. I would love you to have you along. Let’s start, shall we?

– Also, do you want me to review them? Lemme know!

(this list only contains the titles; the ticked ones will be on the aforementioned page!)


Get Carter

Shaun of the Dead

The Wicker Man

The Third Man

This is England

Touching the Void


Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Watership Down

Withnail & I

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

2001: A Space Odyssey

24 Hour Party People

The 39 Steps


Black Narcissus


Brief Encounter

A Clockwork Orange


Dead Man’s Shoes

Don’t Look Now

Four Weddings and a Funeral


Gregory’s Girl

Happy Go Lucky

Ice Cold in Alex



Kind Hearts and Coronets

Lawrence of Arabia

The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner

A Matter of Life and Death

Monty Python’s Life of Brian


Peeping Tom





Slumdog Millionaire

This Sporting Life


The Full Monty

The Servant

The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Long Good Friday

The Italian Job

The Ladykillers

– Fran x

Do you like Horror Movies? [Liam Dryden’s video. Bonus: he looks and sounds like David Tennant]

Would you ever embark on such an adventure? Let me know!


‘The Woman In Black’ | Review

After a rather exhausting and tiring week, my mother and myself decided it was about time we went to the pictures and had a lil’ fun. After checking our local theatres and the films being shown, we managed to narrow our choices down to two potentially must-sees: ‘War Horse’ and ‘A Woman In Black’. Seeing that I love Cumberbatch and his work and that I was bound to see the film anyway (my mother being a fellow Cumberbitch – uh oh, I said it!), we decided we might as well go for the latter – we were both in the mood to see a good horror film.

I’ll try not to go into much detail in case you want to see it, but I thought it only fair that I actually reviewed the film. It was INCREDIBLY good. The way they shot it, the camera angles, the lens they used were downright perfect. The different sets were spine-chilling (as was The Woman In Black – yep, there is one – but more on that later). The usage of different kinds of ancient toys, together with their ghastly chimes was a touch of genius. Porcelain dolls and musical clowns scare the hell out of me, if you’ll pardon my French.

I’m no stranger to horror, and I do like that mighty sense of terror that scatters throughout your temples as if it is actually happening to you. However, I was truly scared – the figure of the Woman, ever so ominent, did send chills down my spine. The dark scenarios, the ‘poor’ lighting, it all contributed to a fine, fine sense of mystery. Daniel Radcliffe’s performance was spot on – I got no ‘Harry’ from him. His brilliant acting skills greatly aided the film to achieve a dark sense of what lies behind lies and deception.


Check out Tom Hardy’s new movie! | This Means War [UK HD Trailer]