The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Film

Muddy’s take on the Oscars (in 5 unmissable moments)

27 Feb 2017

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…

Someone had a very bad day at the office.

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Films of 2017 your teens won’t want to miss

12 Feb 2017

What do I know about films our teens will wanna watch? I once remember dropping Mr and Mini Muddy off at screen 2 for Shawn The Sheep, while I hot-footed it over to the screen next door for 50 Shades (don’t judge, you would have done the same if you could ; ) Anyhoo, in absence of teenage brain, I asked film aficionado and Northants student, Liam Waterhouse to pick out his mega movies for 2017 (I notice he hasn’t put in the new 50 Shades film, so I’ll report separately on that (ahem) AND Beauty and the Beast which I’m mucho excited about…anyway, enough from me and my fluffiness (but doesn’t Emma Watson look pretty as Belle, ahhhh)!

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29 Jan 2017

Where were you in 1996? Bursting with enthusiasm for your nascent career? Thrilling at the bright lights of the big city? Tearing up any dancefloor, festival field and gig moshpit you stumbled across? Whatever you were doing, you can’t fail to have clocked the vast cultural impact of Trainspotting. Danny Boyle’s iconic Brit flick of that year introduced a motley Edinburgh crew of strangely lovable rogues, druggies and psychopaths, led by Ewan McGregor as skinny jean-ed heroin addict, Renton.

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The Golden Globes digested: Your catch up viewing

9 Jan 2017

Hollywood’s awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, celebrating the best in TV and movies. I don’t know about you but when I scan the lists of nominees and winners for these things (after I’ve gawped at the red carpet frocks), I make a mental list of cultural catch-up viewing. Too much brilliant stuff to watch, not enough time, so I’ve made it easy for us all – here are my top Golden Globes picks and where to find them.

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What’s On in Northants until 18 January

9 Jan 2017

Right. We’re picking up the pace in Northamptonshire. Only two weeks into the new term and we’re already finding lots of things to be getting on with. This week’s What’s On gives us the opportunity to squeeze into our Christmas gladrags one more time before hitting the gym (or at least trying to be good and healthy). Oh, and did I mention that we’ve been shortlisted as Top UK Blog – Art and Culture? There’s a really good feel good factor about the county this week – let’s get busy shall we?

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Muddy reviews – A Christmas Carol – The Core at Corby Cube

13 Dec 2016

I’ve watched over a dozen theatrical versions of A Christmas Carol and never have I, as the curtain has gone down, thought ‘Oooooh yeah, I’d love to go out for a pint with that Scrooge.’ Until now that is. Gary Sefton, who plays the role made famous by the likes of Alastair Sim, Michael Caine and Simon Callow, is in good company, and by God does he step up to the plate. If I had to choose, I reckon he’s more of a naughty Albert Finney with a very twinkly, twinkle in his eye, kinda Scrooge.

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First look: The remake of Beaches *sob

30 Nov 2016

If you loved Beaches the first time, get your tissues ready because the 1988 classic starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is getting a modern update. And *sob* even the trailer has me choked up.

The tear-jerker follows the story of lifelong friends CC and Hillary as they navigate through the ups and downs of life. Idina Menzel and Nia Long are the stars of the new version, which is out on January 21 (plenty of time to put in a bulk order of hankies… and dig out your no-streak mascara).

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Christmas Shows in Northants & beyond: Oh yes they are

24 Nov 2016

Northamptonshire’s Christmas shows come in all shapes and sizes, but we’re bringing you the ones that have caught our eye, because they’re either Christmassy, funny, sing-a-longy, joyous and any combination of all the above. It’s a great time of year to get your gladrags on, find yourself a babysitter/spouse sitter and let somebody else do the entertaining. Book up quickly though – tickets are selling fast.

The Elvis years at Christmas, Royal Derngate, 7.30pm, 28 November

It’s time to get well and truly in the Christmas spirit as smash-hit musical production The Elvis Years brings its very special seasonal twist to Northampton.  

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Ten scary films…

31 Oct 2016

Is it just me who watches hardly any horror films these days, while I used to consume them by the bucketload. Age (and becoming a parent) has made me soft as a puffy marshmallow, but when I was a bit more daring, I managed to see these 10 beauties, and as it’s Halloween, I thought I’d share them with you lot. So here ya go, ten horror films we should all watch at least once – but probably not alone (well apart from the kiddy friendly and funny ones).

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Late to Bridget Jones, but…God I loved it!

5 Oct 2016

It’s been 12 years since Bridget Jones graced our screens with her big pants and bottom resembling two bowling balls, so the hugely-anticipated third run was always going to attract cinema-goers in their hundreds of thousands.

But re-awakening a cinematic icon after over a decade can be risky: will the characters be too old and wrinkly for screen fodder? Will the writers still be able to make it fall apart funny?

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