The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Film & TV

Grab the remote! Two unmissable TV shows tonight

28 Feb 2017

 

Tonight, I will be downing tools, turning off my phone, and commandeering the sofa, remote and wine from 9pm – 11pm as not one, but two, fantastic TV shows arrive on the small screen.

First up, at 9pm on BBC1 is The Replacement, a three-part thriller.

I was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode and, believe me, it is edge-of-your seat stuff.

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Midlife movie alert! ‘T2 Trainspotting’ arrives Friday

25 Jan 2017

Where were you in 1996? Bursting with enthusiasm for your nascent career? Thrilling at the bright lights of the big city? Tearing up any dancefloor, festival field and gig moshpit you stumbled across? Whatever you were doing, you can’t fail to have clocked the vast cultural impact of Trainspotting. Danny Boyle’s iconic Brit flick of that year introduced a motley Edinburgh crew of strangely lovable rogues, druggies and psychopaths, led by Ewan McGregor as skinny jean-ed heroin addict, Renton.

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New films you need to see with your gal pals

16 Jan 2017

A trip to the flicks with girlfriends is one of life’s little pleasures: gossip, popcorn, a soupçon of culture, and a night out that doesn’t involve a hangover. What’s not to like? And right now is an excellent time to get a big screen jaunt booked in, given the slew of female-friendly movies coming up. So bench the man in your life, grab a girlfriend and go.

 

Jackie (out 20 Jan)

A hotly tipped Oscar contender, this biopic stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and homes in on the bleak days following JFK’s assassination.

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The Golden Globes digested: your catch-up viewing

9 Jan 2017

Hollywood’s awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, celebrating the best in TV and movies. I don’t know about you but when I scan the lists of nominees and winners for these things (after I’ve gawped at the red carpet frocks), I make a mental list of cultural catch-up viewing. Too much brilliant stuff to watch, not enough time, so I’ve made it easy for us all – here are my top Golden Globes picks and where to find them.

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Hottie-watch – The Muddy Top 5 men!

8 Sep 2016

How can women maintain the high ground in their complaints about the many instances of male sexism? Well they can stop me lowering the tone for starters. But seriously, I just cannot for the life of me resist objectifying Rufus Sewell in the most lascivious way. How flaming hot is this man? Pass the fan people, I’m in meltdown here.

I used to have a celebrity sex pass back in the day.

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What Girls Really Really Want

11 Jul 2016

I’m a bit slow off the mark with this – hats off to Lou, editor of Muddy Cornwall who spotted it waaaaay before me (*sniff*) – but if you haven’t already seen it, it’s definitely worth a gander.

It’s a vid featuring global female artists (none of whom I recognise but there you go,  that’s middle age for you) taking The Spice Girls’ Wannabee and grabbing the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant by the scruff of its neck and flinging into the future.

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Lights, camera… outdoor cinema action!

11 Jul 2016

Three of my favourite unholy activities – watching movies, lounging outside and getting tipsy – are currently combining in one delicious bundle with a steady stream of outdoor cinema nights in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.  If you’re partial to the same, get your deckchairs and picnic rugs at the ready and don’t forget to pack your extra strong mints and watch out for the dreaded windmill tongue (remember those?!)  if you’re looking for action in the back row.

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The Ab-Fab trailer – it’s actually funny!

30 Apr 2016

I’d heard that Ab Fab the movie was awash with star cameos and immediately pictured horrifically self-referencing fashion types who were in it to validate their lives. Well, admittedly there are some of those, but who cares? Because unlike the fun vacuum of Pret a Porter or more recently Zoolander 2, Ab Fab looks very, very funny. And – here, dip your finger deep into the icing –  Jon Hamm is in it too.

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EEK! See the trailer for Bridget Jones 3!

23 Mar 2016

 

Who cares if it’s not out until September?! The new trailer for Bridget Jones’s Baby has been squirreled out onto You Tube and people, let me tell you, it’s looking very very funny. I can just about forgive Renee Zellweger for messing around with that lovely face of hers, because thankfully she still does look very ‘Bridget’.

Colin Firth looks a little gaunt in this film in my humble opinion and Hugh Grant is apparently a no-show, but fear not – Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is on board as new wonder totty, McDreamy.

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