Film adaptations of bestselling books often fail to live up to the weight of expectation the novel puts upon them and One Day tends to illustrate that.
Centered on a young couple who meet on graduation day, July 15th 1988 and spend the night together before deciding to simply remain friends.
After that point the movie revisits them each year on the anniversary of that date, sometimes finding them together and other times apart.
As a romantic movie it does have its moments and is in part saved by two very engaging performances from leads Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.
You could do worse this Valentine’s Day but if you haven’t read the book you are likely to enjoy it a whole lot more.
One Day is available to buy on Blu
Ray, DVD and iTunes.
Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris makes a great case against that argument that Woody Allen’s best filmmaking days are behind him.
A romantic fantasy that is perfect for Valentine’s Day, it tells of successful Hollywood screenwriter Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) who is vacationing with his fiancé and her family in Paris.
After a little too much to drink, Gil ends up wandering the Parisian streets as midnight chimes, when a car pulls up and its passengers invite him in to join them.
But these are no ordinary people and Gil soon realizes that he has been transported back in time to the 1920s, an era he is fascinated with and he finds himself in the company of everyone from Cole Porter to F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway.
Funny, romantic and enduring, this is a marvelous return to form for one of cinema’s great moviemakers and the perfect alternative to other offerings around this time of year.
Midnight in Paris is available to buy now on DVD and iTunes.
When Emeli Sande first hit the scene last year with her debut single Heaven there were high expectations that a great talent had been unearthed. A wave of enthusiastic press coverage helped carry her forward and significant nominations all assisted in cementing the belief that here was someone with bags of musical potential.
Upon listening to her new album the initial signs are good. The first tracks show promise and potential and it makes sense that Heaven is the opening song.
However, as the album progresses there is the sense that each song suffers in some way by comparison to the track that precedes it until you are left with a final sense of disappointment of a good voice somehow wasted.
Our Version of Events is out now to purchase and download but it might be worth trying before you buy because this could be a case of early indications failing to deliver on the hype.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Anyone looking for a fix after a long trawl through the outer worlds of last year’s fabulous role player Skyrim, would be well advised to give Kingdoms of Amalur : Reckoning a try.
Whilst not on quite the same scale as Bethesda console and PC classic, this latest title from EA Games delivers a fast paced, action-focused alternative and is easy to get into after some very brief character set up.
You can search deep dungeons filled with unimaginable creatures and explore colourful landscapes, all presented in a “cartoony”, design that has clearly been given a lot of thought.
Hardened role players might find the whole package a little simplistic but there is still a surprising degree of involvement and character development and it is well worth the investment of your time and money.
For more information visit the website here and check out the game trailer below.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is available to buy now on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Bubble in Paradise
Bubble in Paradise is a word game from app experts Chillingo for the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone based around the concept of word formation.
Players try to form words by popping bubbles that contain letters. The bubbles come in various sizes become progressively larger and the idea is to pop them before the screen becomes overcrowded with bubbles, thus ending the game.
With four gaming modes – Normal, Blitz, Endless and Battle – this is a surprisingly addictive title that offers an interesting and engaging twist to a theme that is already flooded with word-play games.
Available on the iTunes store for the very attractive price of 69p its pennies well invested and one bubble no one is going to object to you bursting!
George R Vaughan