I learnt to read with Winnie the Pooh books, the first videos (yes videos – I hope some of you are old enough to remember beautiful clunky VHS tapes) I remember watching were Winnie the Pooh. My bedroom, and my nursery for that matter, were stuffed with Winnie the Pooh soft animals. I’m not even going to pretend that I got rid of any of those because they occupy a permanent space in my heart (and my loft).
Long story short, I adore Winnie the Pooh and the occupants of the Hundred Acre Wood. A lot. Always have, always will. So you can imagine my heart flipped on hearing that we were getting a creation film based on the author of my childhood. I was so damn happy. It was going to be like Saving Mr Banks all over again.
Here’s the deal, I’ve never been mainstream anything. Having said that, one thing I really do keep very up to date with is the movie and television world. I love to be the first to see new releases and essentially enjoy things before any kind of frenzy has had the chance to start. As such, my tastes are vast and with a cinema backlog nearing one hundred years it’s understandable that I have stumbled across a few wonderful films that aren’t mentioned on lists of classics. Looking back to my first statement, it’s also understandable that almost my entire list of favourites is made up of these films that most people have never heard of. So let’s change that.
I’ll start with one of my all time favourites for duvet night and a date with a bottle of wine and 5 kilos of chocolate.
Baby Boom (1987)
Starring Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis and more.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
This film is about successful New York business woman J.C Wiatt whose life is flipped on its head when she inherits her cousin’s baby after he dies in a car accident. She has to adjust to life as a mother whilst juggling a career in a male dominated world. Naturally all hell breaks loose. A change of life warrants a change of scenery so she moves all the way to snowy Vermont and ends up starting a new venture. She finds herself having to choose between her old views of ‘having it all,’ and her new life where she realises she has found something she didn’t even know she was looking for.
Designated Survivor first began airing on ABC in September 2016. It is an American political drama based on what would potentially occur should the United States President, and all major party members in the Presidential order of succession, be eliminated in some way leaving the country without an obvious candidate to take office. I came late to the party and binged this series over the summer on UK Netflix.
On Monday, the long awaited third big screen instalment of the life of Helen Fielding’s popular character ‘Bridget Jones’ staged its world premiere in London’s Trafalgar Square. All the stars of the film joined fans and the press on a rather fetching pink carpet to promote the film before the UK release on Friday 16th September, less than two short weeks away. I attended the premiere and lined the carpet with fellow fans to catch a glimpse of the action. Here’s the roundup of my premiere experience.
This week I am having a look back at the books from my childhood that have had a lasting effect on me. Here are 3 reasons there is a Matilda-shaped space in my heart.
3. We all need that kind of magic in our lives
No matter our name, race or class, the one thing that reaches out to us all on a universal scale is fiction and, as a part of that, literature. The mere fact that one medium can overcome so many factors which frequently divide us is magical, and no matter who we are, we can all be better off because of it.
Matilda gives us literal and figurative magic and it is a beautiful modern classic in every way. Nearly 30 years after it first hit our shelves (1988) this book is still as current as ever and is present on the bookshelves of many young children. Along with the popular film adaptation of 1996, you’d be hard pushed to find anybody who has not been touched by Matilda in one way or another.
In recent years the magic of Matilda has spread to London’s West End and across the pond to Broadway. Adapted into a musical that shows 8 times a week, Matilda has proved a popular stagey favourite as well as a hit in its previous formats. The score is moving, brilliant and totally apt for such a beautiful story.
Now reaching a range of audiences across the globe in various different ways, I will be forever thankful to Roald Dahl for gifting us this heart-warming tale of the importance of reading and the joy we can find within that.