TYRANNOSAUR was uncomfortable but compelling viewing. Made I think in 2011, it features the always excellent Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch) as a victim of domestic abuse. Peter Mullan is superb also as Joseph. Set in Scotland there are some harrowing scenes involving violence against women and animals. Difficult to watch in places, but I never felt that the film gloried in violence but instead tried to deal with important issues in a kind of in-your-face fashion rather than skirt around them. Not a typical happy ending, but I felt the film left a message of hope for the main characters future.
Olivia Coleman and Peter Mullan
Speaking of Anne Hathaway, next film up was THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Second viewing for me, which must have coincided with a slow book. Glenn Close is great, but I wouldn't claim the film as my favourite genre.
Lastly I went to my local library the other night with my wife to see THE RAILWAY MAN. No word of a lie, this is the second time my wife has been plonked in a seat next to someone with less than perfect personal hygiene. Try watching a film for two hours whilst holding your breath, not easy I can tell you, particularly when your husband spends half an hour giggling, before a whiff of unwashed flesh drifted across and nearly melted my eyeballs. At which point I decided to concentrate on the film. I read the book back in 2010 and was moved by the story of Eric Lomax and his war-time experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese in Burma. Colin Firth is great as the older Lomax and I do like a bit of Nicole Kidman now and again. (Just not too much of her please). An enjoyable, uncomfortable film. On balance I think I got more from the book.
TV, nothing much new. We continued with BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and I caught some of the Winter Olympics in Russia. How big a heart must you have to do ski-jumping? Absolutely petrifies me when the camera pans down the runway....give them all a medal I reckon. A bit of Six Nations Rugby - shame Ireland didn't hang on and beat England, but that's the nature of sport - your team doesn't always win. Lastly a few too many episodes of Aussie soap Neighbours. Well the kid's watch it and what am I supposed to do whilst its on? Will Georgia have Kyle back? Compelling stuff.......stay tuned.