9th November 2005
12:00 AM — This is looking like a superb year for Tim Burton. After his long-overdue return to form with his new take on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, released last month to rave reviews, we are now in for a real treat - a project he has been rumoured to have been working on for more than a decade, ever since the rampant success of his last animated outing, 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas.When Burton's eccentric visual style is allowed to run fully wild, as here, it can really be a joy to behold. His strangely elongated take on human beings, making them almost skeletal, adds an ethereal feel which is wonderfully complemented by the crooked twirls of the background sets. It's a delightfully unique style in movie-making and ideally suited to the material.
12:00 AM — There have been well over 20 different film versions of this, one of Charles Dickens' most famous tales. Even in the last few years there have been high-profile television versions produced on both sides of the Atlantic; the British had Robert Lindsay as the perennial favourite Fagin, the American's had Richard Dreyfuss and a then unknown Elijah Wood as the youthful master thief the Artful Dodger.Yet despite all these many different takes on what is, at its heart, a fairly simple story of the desire to be loved and human nature, the best remains David Lean's 1948 take, with Alec Guinness as a deliciously over the top Fagin, and Carol Reed's much-loved 1968 musical version.
Wallace Gromit – The Curse of The Wererabbit
12:00 AM — It's hard to think of anyone who doesn't like Wallace and Gromit - or even how anyone could fail to like them. There's something about this bumblingly eccentric inventor's bizarrely mundane adventures with his infinitely more intelligent, exasperated, yet ever loyal dog which seems especially English. The ever-creative humour and pitch-perfect timing of this animated duo's escapades, as meticulously crafted by creator Nick Park and his team, simply brings the concept to perfection.
20th October 2005
It’s got to be Cameron for the Conservatives to get the gay vote 27
12:00 AM — So the young pretender David Cameron has jumped from virtual non-entity to the winner of the Parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership contest.The party membership need to make sure that they pick a winner this time and not repeat the debacle of the Duncan-Smith era.