Tag: movies

KokkieH Reviews The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Secret Life of Walter Mitty poster

When I saw the preview for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty my first thought was, “Not another Ben Stiller film.”  (I feel the same way about him that most people apparently feel about Adam Sandler – I’ll grudgingly admit he had made a couple of good films, but most of the time he just irritates me.)  However, thirty seconds later I was, “I’ve got to see this movie!”  It did not disappoint.

The film is based on the short story with the same name written by American author James Thurber in 1939.  Thurber’s Mitty is an elderly gentleman driving his wife to the hairdresser’s.  During the trip he has five episodes where he daydreams that he’s busy with something else.  Specifically, in each daydream he is someone doing something exceptional, each time inspired by the mundane activity he’s performing in the real world. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

KokkieH Reviews Kinky Boots

We don’t watch television that much.  We don’t have satellite  (it’s just not worth the cost and we don’t have cable in SA) and the public broadcaster in South Africa is not worth watching most of the time (unless you really like soapies, infomercials local rip-offs of various reality shows and unscripted teen chat shows).  We pay our TV licence like good law-abiding citizens, but we don’t really get our money’s worth.  But sometimes the SABC surprises us with a worthwhile offering.

Kinky Boots movie poster
Source: IMDb

Last Friday was such an occasion.  The DVD we were watching was finished and I flicked through the three channels to see if maybe anything was on.  That’s how I came across Kinky Boots. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews Kinky Boots

KokkieH Reviews Les Misérables

Les Miserables CosetteI’m one of those people who would have a serious problem if you were to ask me what is my favourite book, author, song, composer, even genre.  My tastes are simply too broad and I like too many things.  However, if you ask me about my favourite movie I can answer in a heartbeat.  No, it’s not The Lord of the Rings trilogy or Narnia (though I’d give them a close second place).  It’s the 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.  This movie was my first introduction to Hugo’s epic tale and, while I have yet to read the book, I believe it is the single most beautiful story ever written.  More about that another time.

I am also very familiar with the musical, having watched the 1995 recording of Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert several times and listening to the tape until it left this world for a better place.  This is another area where I can easily tell you my favourite.  Les Misérables has second place, after Phantom of the Opera (in this case music trumps story).

When I heard the musical was being turned into a movie, I was simultaneously excited and apprehensive.

Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews Les Misérables