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The original intention of this post was to provide an a-z of weird and wonderful films due out this year, but the filmmakers seem a little imaginatively deprived when it comes to coming up with titles beginning with X for release this year anyway.

So here instead is an alternative guide to some odd movies to look out for in the coming year – don’t blame me if some don’t get released, I’m surprised that they all got past the pitching stage!

First, let’s get the major/expected releases out of the way…

We’re all aware of the sequels and prequels due this year; the one I’m looking forward to most is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (almost as much as book 6 in the same series).
Also coming are Batman Begins
and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

TV and radio series making it to the big screen include:
Red Dwarf: The Movie,
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,
The Dukes of Hazzard,
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout,
The Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Wererabbit and one that may have escaped your attention so far…
Royston Vasey: The Motion Picture.

Then there’s the books making it to the big screen, and aside from Harry Potter IV, there’s quite a few – these are a selection of those that I’ve read:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,
The Lovely Bones and
Star Girl.

Everyone should see Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, because it has Alan Rickman in it, and he’s good. (Mr Rickman will also be appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Severus Snape, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android.)

The 2 most fantastically named movies of 2005 are in no particular order are:
Malice in Sunderland
and The Gingerdead Man. Not sure either are worth going to see just for the title though.

Slightly more promising are the bizarre plots that some of this years movies seem wont to base themselves on, here are a few examples to finish off this entry:
Valiant, the story of a pigeon in wartime.
The Puffy Chair roadtrip with an armchair
Darwin Awards with Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder.
Fellowship of the Dice that’d be the 12 sided variety then?
and, amazingly, Tortilla Heaven – restaurateur finds the face of Jesus in a tortilla.

Enjoy whatever movies you watch this year, feel free to leave your reviews in the comments box below.

Only in Australia…

In case Sky, Boyd, Serena, Summer, Lisa, Scott and the rest of the students at Erinsborough High want to transfer to Hogwarts, this will let them how much it would cost (it does pounds too), Thanks to the Leaky Cauldron (see links on the left) for that one.

Of course, they might well have gone to Hogwarts, along with the rest of the street for all we’ll know for the next 2 weeks, as Neighbours takes it’s annual tennis break. That means it’s the fortnight of the year when I get a life. Hmm.

Must go get a Fathers day card sent and get down to the library to take my books back before they’re even more overdue.

And apparantly they’ve cancelled the BB evictions tonight, so that’ll be not worth watching again then – a continuing theme for this series.


This is an experiment with a name so cool it had to be used somewhere, preferably for me.

If people don’t come and see me in my new place, I’ll move back to the old one.

I caught the fairies, and the dragonflies, and the flying seahorses – very barbaric for a children’s game.

I think someone’s letting fireworks off outside, but I can’t see them.

I really should be doing my art homework – more trees, this time in collage form.

Catching fairies

… No, I am, the latest Harry Potter video game is proving much more entertaining than the last, I need to get some fairy wings though, which seems more than a little intolerant of magical creatures.

Our reading group has chosen Vikram Seth’s ‘An Equal Music’ to read this month, very enjoyable, and interesting to get the perspective of the violinist rather than the violist… is that a word?

Neighbours today managed a very understated comeback, as Sky Mangel was reading through her late mother Kerry’s diary, Kerry’s voice took over… that of the actress that had originally played her. It’s not often that the Aussie soaps manage to be subtler than the British ones, but if the BBC had tried this approach, we’d have certainly been spared ‘Dirty Den, the comeback years’.

Still not packed

and now less than a week to go.

Just dropped in to this blog though to let my fellow ladies who lunch be reassured that we are meeting at 1 at the BdJ.

We’ve got to the stage of packing now, that most of our meals are now planned for outside our house, as we’ve run the pantry down. Friends are just great. We were also provided with a set of bedroom curtains last night at housegroup, Highly useful, as the ones in there at the moment are threadbare, and will be expensive to replace. I sense a trip to Ikea in our near future, it comes to us all. Well, no actually, we go to it, but you get the general sense of the sentiment.

Going to see The Passion of the Christ tomorrow, having read Richard’s review (wibsite front page) the thing I’m most looking forward to is the Harry Potter trailer.

Man of a thousand faces…

Ian Hart. I heard this man described as ‘a relatively unknown actor’ the other day, this is probably a fair comment as most people would be hard pushed to put a face to the name, what is interesting about this man I discovered when I looked up his imdb entry, is the number of names you can put to his face. He has played in his 21 years in the business: John Lennon, Daniel Defoe, Brian Keenan, Doctor Watson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Ludwig Van Beethoven! That’s a fairly versatile face in anyone’s book, he’s also played Professor Quirrell, and had parts in films as far apart stylistically as ‘The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down A Mountain’ and ‘Michael Collins’. Perhaps this man needs to become known, maybe he guards his privacy well. Sometimes the cult of celebrity just passes by the door. Invisibility it seems is not acheived by being no-one, but by being anyone.

A nice clean space…

… to write all over.

It’s a serious one today. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Basically, I have a friend who is currently about the right age to start reading Harry Potter for the first time. I’m not sure if she’ll still be reading it when she gets to my age, but there’s a chance she won’t get to my age at all. Current research suggests that a cure for cystic fibrosis could be just around the corner, all that needs to be raised is £15m. That’s 34p for every adult in the UK. Those are the facts. This is the link.

I’ll return later with more of the usual I think you’ll know that that had to be said.


Some stuff arranged into numbered points for no obvious reason:

1 – I’ll shut up about Harry Potter now if the wonderousness of the internet means that my work gets commented on by one person who lives about 50 metres from my house.

2 – Dave, yes it is usually safe to assume that Rhys has discovered most of the internet, but these days it’s more and more because I discover it, then tell him.

3 – Bamphire comment of the day – in a crowded shop in town R is unhelpfully moving a footstool around the aisles and standing on it. I advise her that this is not a good course of action. 30 seconds later I hear a little voice that sounds endearingly like Shaggy from Scooby Doo… “don’t look now Auntie Nemerly!”

4 – Kate Rusby’s new album comes out 4 days before Greenbelt – some concentrated listening due between 18th and 22nd of August then. For those interested it will be called ‘Underneath the Stars’

5 – I managed to get 3 dvds I’ve wanted for ages in the HMV sale today, 2 for £3.99, and a special edition for £9.99 – and yes it is a special edition worth having – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. So I’m happy.

6 – Going to a barn dance tonight – should be good, will report on return, or maybe tomorrow.