Category Archives: Films

Date for your diary – Cinema Made In Italy Italian, 5 – 9 March 2014


Love Italian cinema? I sure do! Well, Cinema Made in Italy, London’s annual event showcasing new Italian films, is once again due to return to the Ciné Lumière, and will this year take place from 5 – 9 March.

As in previous years audiences can look forward to another enthralling programme, as well as a series of lively and thought-provoking Q+A sessions with directors and actors alike. One of this year’s hot tickets will undoubtedly be How Strange to Be Named Federico!, Ettore Scola’s affectionate tribute to Federico Fellini, which he came out of retirement to makeReleased in Italy in autumn 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of Fellini’s death, this film is a fascinating trip down memory lane, recalling the years shared by these two Maestros of cinema.

Other highlights in the programme include Roberto Andò’s Viva La Libertà starring Toni Servillo and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; Matteo Oleotto’s Zoran, My Nephew The Idiot, winner of the Critics’ Week Public’s Prize at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival; and The Fifth Wheel, directed by Giovanni Veronesi, and starring Elio Germano, one of Italy’s finest young actors who won the Best Actor award at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival for his role in La Nostra Vita.

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Pop Up Screens: A Bumper Christmas of films 13th – 20th Dec 2013


As Christmas is just around the corner argh! It’s time to kick your social calender into gear. Pop Up Screens is back and this year they’ll be turning the 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill into a Christmas grotto, complete with snow, boozy hot chocolate, mulled wine and lots more festive treats!

There’s a grand total of 22 films this year, which will be shown over 8 days, running from the 13th of December up until the 20th. They will be showing festive favourites suitable for all ages and occasions; just some of the classics on offer are Elf, Love Actually and Miracle on 34th Street. Screenings will take place up to three times per day – 1pm, 5.30pm and 8.30pm, ideal for a post-work treat, a day out with the family or to chill out with friends. Doors for all events open an hour beforehand, so there’s plenty of time for you to soak up the Christmas cheer! Ticket prices for the events range from £5 / £10 for kids and OAPS, up to £16 for full adult tickets, full ticket information is available at
Check out the Schedule below to see the full line up!

Friday 13th


The Muppets Christmas Carol

Saturday 14th


The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe




Miracle on 34th Street

Sunday 14th


Home Alone


The Muppets Christmas Carol


Santa Claus The Movie

Monday 15th


Home Alone 2


A Christmas Story


Nightmare Before Christmas

Tuesday 16th


Polar Express


National Lampoons Christmas Vacation


Home Alone

Wednesday 17th


The Santa Clause


Rare Exports


Love Actually

Thursday 18th


Arthur Christmas


Nightmare Before Christmas


Bad Santa

Friday 19th




Die Hard



Good Hair And Vidal Sassoon – Two films for the price of one!

For many their hair and the way they style it is an extension of their personality. Do you relax, dye, texturize, curl, straighten or perm your hair? In Good Hair, Chris Rock lifts the lid on the black hair care industry in America, with black celebrities revealing their hair secrets (Did you know Beyonce wears wigs?). Good hair has lots of funny and thought provoking moments. Missed your chance to see it last year? This weekend get down to the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley where they are having a hair-raising Double bill. Also showing is a documentary about the legendary hairdresser Vidal Sassoon from his childhood in a Jewish orphanage in London through to the absolute pinnacle of his craft. Just Wash & Go!

Double Bill: Vidal Sassoon + Good Hair
Sunday 14 Aug 2011, 14:00 – ends at 17:36
Tickets: Adult (£9.00 each)/ Concessions (£6.00 each)
More info/buy tickets here:

Phoenix Cinema
52 High Road
East Finchley N2 9PJ
Tube Stop: East Finchley (Northern Line)

Daily Distraction – Something Borrowed

So tonight is Orange wednesday night woohoo. My friends and I will be going to see Something Borrowed. Yes it is a chick flick but it is a bit unusal as it is essentially about cheating people.  Based on Emily Griffin’s novel it has my favourite actress in it Ginnfer Godwin and the leading man is smoking.. read my review in the next post.

Watch the trailer below:

Hotel Cinemas

So after a five day Hiatus I am back. I have so much to share..lots of new stuff happening in Lanky Land.

Recently I found myself looking online for nicer cinemas to go to when I found out out some of London’s nicest hotels also have screenings on the weekend that you can book into with the addition of a bit of lunch or dinner.  Below I list the best of choices we have in London.

One Aldwych , Covent Garden

One Aldwych is 5 star hotel situated very close to Covent Garden and is popular with theatre goers and tourists alike.

Their Moet At The Movies Cinema deal offers for £38.50:

  • A three course meal at Axis Aldwych restaurant.
  • A glass of Moet Champagne.
  • A film in their luxurious screening room with popcorn.

The films range from Hollywood blockbusters to vintage classics so something to suit most tastes. Dinner is served at 7pm and screenings commence after 9pm on Friday. On Saturday dinner is slightly ealier at 6pm with the film starting at 8pm.

Firmdale Hotels – Weekend Film Club

“The Soho Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel each have their very own luxuriously appointed state-of-the-art screening rooms. They are beautifully designed with deeply comfortable leather seats and provide the very best sound and projection. At the weekend the hotels operate a “Film Club”.

You can choose for Lunch, dinner or afternoon tea followed by a film screening costs £35.00.


The Soho Hotel

Choose from two state of the art screening rooms that accommodate 45 to 100 people. Either way it going to be an intimate experience. Screenings commence on Sunday from 3.30pm.

Films showing from March to April are  Brighton Rock, Hereafter and Never Let Me Go.




The Covent Garden Hotel

Equally luxurious is The Covent Garden hotel screening room which accommodates 45 people. Screenings commence on 8pm on Saturday’s and diners will be able to eat in Brasserie Max, choosing either from Afternoon Tea or a two course meal with a glass of wine.

Films showing from March to April are Never Let me go, Black Swan, True Grit and The Kings Speech on Mother’s Day.




The Charlotte Street Hotel

With great picture and sound quality The Charlotte Street Hotel screening room can accommodate up to 75 people. Dine in the hotel’s restaurant Oscar and choose from afternoon tea or a 3 course lunch or dinner.

Films showing from March to April are Rabbit Hole, The King’s Speech, Morning Glory and Black Swan.

Screenings commence from 5pm on Sundays.




For more informaton and to book visit Firmdate hotels website



Idealised version of married life…

Everybody knows that couple that even after years together still looks at each other lovingly and treats each other with warmth and kindness. A friend of mine sent this to me at work today.  Taken from the film UP this clip follows a couple’s life together until the inevitable time comes when they have to part. Warning if you are of the tearful type get some tissues!

What’s the story? morning glory…

Lanky girl was lucky enough to go an see a preview of new film Morning Glory last night.

Morning Glory features, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams. I will do a proper review later but you can watch the trailer below.

Morning opens in cinemas in the UK today!

Audrey Hepburn Month at the BFI 12 Jan- 2 Feb

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years. “

— Audrey Hepburn

Those that know me personally know how much I adore the late Audrey Hepburn. This icon embodied elegance, style, and class. Her style and beauty is timeless and she is an inspiration to many women around the world to this day. You can imagine how ecstatic I was to discover that the BFI are dedicating a whole month to her best films. Here is your chance to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady on the big screen!

The Audrey Hepburn season at BFI Southbank is running from the 12th January to the 2nd February 2011.

Here are some clips from My Fair Lady and Breakfast At Tiffanys: