Over Christmas 2013, you couldn’t avoid Frozen, with seemingly every advert featuring the hit song ‘Let It Go’, the troubled sorceress Elsa or optimistic snowman Olaf. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, ‘The Snow Queen’, Frozen took the experimentation Disney had started in Tangled (its adaptation of Rapunzel) a step further, and audiences… Continue reading DVD Review: Frozen
The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival is here again! To celebrate, we’re dusting off a favourite thriller that balances jolly japes and suspense: The Lady Vanishes, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since Bend It Like Beckham, the football comedy that introduced Parminda Nagra and Keira Knightley to an international audience, was released. Hitting the peak of David Beckham’s fame as a footballer with Manchester United, Bend It Like Beckham is a sweet, funny film about culture clashes,… Continue reading DVD Review: Bend It Like Beckham
The BBC is a hotly-debated topic right now, but with the launch of the BBC digital archive (accessible via eStream), we’ve been thinking about some of the great adaptations the BBC has produced over the years. Not least, their many, many adaptations of Shakespeare plays. We’ve already talked about The Hollow Crown (with the second… Continue reading DVD Review: ShakespeaRe-Told (2005)
With lots of people thinking about what to do after college, or just looking for a laugh between exams and coursework, we’re highlighting workplace comedies. Pretty much every one of these is a great example of what not to do when you enter the workplace! But, then again, most of the workplaces are pretty challenging… Continue reading Workplace Comedies
With Valentine’s Day this month, it sometimes felt like we couldn’t get away from romance, but since it’s also the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this year, we thought we’d have a look at a play that is sometimes considered the greatest love story of all time (as well as the most tragic). Romeo… Continue reading The Many Faces of Romeo & Juliet
The Year of the Monkey is upon us and we’re really excited about the idea of Reading Around the World – but how about watching round the world as well? We have loads of foreign-language films by great directors in the DVD Lobby. We’ve talked about Ang Lee before as one of the directors responsible… Continue reading DVD Review: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)