Star Trek into Darkness

I would also like to go and see The eagerly anticipated Star Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, which is  Directed by JJ Abrams and arrives at Cinemas on May 17th 2013. It  stars Christopher Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg and Judging by The trailer the film looks like a much darker sequel to the 2009 film, showing apocalyptic battle scenes and all-out action.

It starts When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, where they find that an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. Soon a game of cat and mouse ensues between a  ruthless character named Khan who has a personal score to settle, and Captain Kirk (Christopher Pine) resulting in large-scale destruction as Kirk  tries to stop Khan before he destroys the lives of the Enterprise crew & the organisation from within.  The film and trailer are already being compared favourably to Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, and some have also noted that the film posters are arguably similar too.

Pacific Rim

pacific rimI’m looking forward to seeing the film Pacific Rim, which is directed by Guillermo del Toro and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, it looks very exciting. Charlie Hunnam stArs as a washed up former pilot named Raleigh Antrobus, who tries to explain to a disbelieving milatary that massive, trans-dimensional beasties named Kaiju are emerging from the ocean looking to destroy humanity, at first they don’t believe him, but soon legions these of monstrous creatures start rising from the sea and a war began which takes millions of lives.

To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, with names like Gipsy Danger, Crimson Typhoon, Cherno Alpha, Striker Eureka and Coyote Tango. which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge in a control room in the robots’ head. But even these skyscraper-sized Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes Raleigh Antrobus (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past….

Breakfast at Tiffany’s added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn, has been added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in recognition of its importance to US culture. It is among 25 films to be added to the archive this year. Others include Clint Eastwood’s crime thriller Dirty Harry (1971), baseball film A League of Their Own (1992) and science fiction thriller The Matrix (1999). The oldest film being preserved in this year’s list is the 1897 movie The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight. It is said that this boxing film helped establish the film industry as a successful business by drawing on the sport’s popularity and controversy.The Library of Congress makes its selections each year after consultation with the National Film Preservation Board and public nominations. To be considered a film must be at least 10 years old.

Romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a big hit when it was released in the early-Sixties. Audrey Hepburn, who portrayed the film’s protagonist Holly Golightly, was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance. the Library of Congress National Film Registry is a huge research library attached to the US legislature which contains the ‘best’ American films of all time as well as works of enduring importance to American culture which  reflect Americans as a people and as a nation.”Some 600 films are now on the list.

Tribute to Emily Brontë

WH-EBBest remembered for her classic novel, Wuthering Heights, the English novelist Emily Brontë sadly passed away on 19th December from tuberculosis, and is interred in the Church of St. Michael and All Angels family vault, Haworth, West Yorkshire.

Born 30th july 1818in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire, Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings and the younger sister of Charlotte Brontë, and published under the pen name Ellis Bell. when Emily was three years old, the older sisters Maria, Elizabeth and Charlotte were sent to the Clergy Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge, an experience later described by Charlotte in Jane Eyre. When a typhus epidemic swept the school, Emily was removed along with Charlotte and Elizabeth, who sadly died soon after their return home. From then on The three remaining sisters and their brother Patrick Branwell were educated at home by their father and aunt Elizabeth Branwell, their mother’s sister. In their leisure time the children created a number of fantasy worlds, which were featured in stories they wrote and enacted about the imaginary adventures of their toy soldiers along with the Duke of Wellington
and his sons, Charles and Arthur Wellesley.

When Emily was 13, she and Anne began a story about Gondal, a large island in the North Pacific. Sadly most of their writings on Gondal were not preserved, although Some “diary papers” of Emily’s have survived in which she describes current events in Gondal. At seventeen, Emily attended the Roe Head girls’ school, where Charlotte was a teacher & stayed three months before returning home. At this time, the girls’ objective was to obtain sufficient education to open a small school of their own. In September 1838 Emily became a teacher at Law Hill School in Halifax, Unfortunately the stress of the 17-hour work day took it’s toll and she returned home in April 1839  staying at home  & teaching Sunday school. In 1842, Emily accompanied Charlotte to Brussels, where they attended a girls’ academy in order to perfect their French and German before opening their school. In 1844, Emily began recopying all the poems she had written neatly into two notebooks & In the autumn of 1845, Charlotte discovered the notebooks and insisted that the poems be published, then Anne revealed she had been writing poems in secret and In 1846, the sisters’ poems were published in one volume as Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell ( these being the pseudonyms they had adopted for publication).

In 1847, Emily published her novel, Wuthering Heights, and Although it met with mixed reviews and controversy when it first appeared,it is considered a classic of English literature today. The Novel takes place at a Yorkshire manor & centres on the all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them. Together with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre it represents a classic example of English Literature and both novels have been adapted tor television and film numerous times AsWell as musicals, ballets and operas.