The other day I went to the UGC cinema in Hull to see 5 Children and It.
It was a very good film, based on a book by E. Nesbit. It's about 5 children
(surprise, surprise! I can't remember their names, though!) who get sent to live
with their loopy uncle in the country during the first world war.
Their father was a navigator and their mother helped to heal the wounded soldiers.
When they arrive there, they are greeted by the maid, who tells them not to go in the greenhouse.
Much against her wishes, the second eldest boy (can't remember his name!) ventures into it and finds a door.
He cannot unlock it, but, after breakfast they all go in together, they attempted
once more to unlock the door but cannot, and give up, but The Lamb (the baby's ridiculous name!)
manages to unlock it.
They all notice this and are puzzled but do not hesitate to go through the door.
After going down some stairs and through a tunnel, they find a little pretty cove with
a sky-blue sea and custard coloured sand.
The second eldest boy sits down on what he thinks is a rock until it begins to move slightly
and moan, he begins to dig around it and the others come rushing over to see what's up.
The rock stands up and antennae pop out of the top of the rock.
It grows legs and soon enough, the now shell-like thing has opened and an ugly-cute bluey
creature (which looks like a cross between a walrus and an aardvark) rises up.
At first he's quite a grump but gradually he becomes nice. He grants them a wish but the wish does
not go according to plan ...
Do you like what you've just read? Why not go and see it yourself?
Personally, I think it's a good film, cheesy in parts but most films have a bit of cheese.
At the start it's a bit like The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but whatever! It's good! 4/5
Kids, Reviews, Books - Freak-Outs and Very Secret Secrets by Karen McCombie Reviewed by Ruth Whitehouse
I have recently read a brilliant book called Friends, Freak-Outs and Very Secret Secrets by Karen McCombie,
a teenage book, part of the Ally's World Series. If you want me to be precise, it's number 4.
Now, onto the actual review. It is about a teenage girl called Ally who has a best
Reviews, Books - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Reaching the top of Everest is supposed to trigger a surge of intense elation; against
long odds, afterall, I had just attained a goal I'd coveted since childhood.
But the summit was really only the halfway point. Any impulse I might have felt toward
Reviews, Books - Down Under by Bill Bryson Reviewed By Steve Rudd
As I write this review it is the height of British summertime, and as I'm staring
outside the window at 8:30 PM it's almost black dark out there and pouring it down with rain.
Which is - to extents - to be expected, given the UK's terminally unpredictable climate.
Reviews, Films - Saw By Steve Rudd
As if there isn't enough sick and twisted violence out there in the real world as it is,
there are hordes of film-makers that feel that violence is the essential ingredient to
make a winning movie. To make their movie as violent as possible often seems
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A man called Jonathan Raban once said, The only way to travel is to travel alone.
It opens you up to the world. It puts you in the way of luck and chance.
With such a sentiment Josie Dew whole-heartedly agrees, as do I.
This fantastically written book
Reviews, Theatre - Confessions Of A Hull City Supporter at Hull Truck By Nicholas Boldock
There must be few examples of award-winning playwrights penning an entire play to celebrate a
football team winning promotion, even if that promotion took 19 long years to arrive.
After Hull City won promotion from Division 3 last term, local writer Alan PlaterRead more...
Reviews, Books - Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris Reviewed By Steve Rudd
All of us take pride and pleasure in the fact that we are unique, but I'm afraid that
when all is said and done the police are right: it all comes down to fingerprints.
Which, I presume, means that Sedaris (who is both a highly respected playwright and
Reviews, Books - The Hard Shoulder by Chris Petit By Steve Rudd
Focusing on how a fresh-out-of-prison man copes and slowly re-adjusts to life on the outside,
The Hard Shoulder is an exceptional novel - and primarily enthralling for being both a
thriller and poignant drama.
O'Grady is the man who has been released from prison
Reviews, Books - Running With The Moon by Jonny Bealby By Steve Rudd
I was the pebble in the catapult, pulled back to breaking point, about to be sent hurtling
towards whatever destiny had in store. Total freedom. At that moment I wouldn't have
changed places with anyone. That's how Jonny Bealby felt upon arriving in
Africa with his friend
Reviews, Theatre - Confessions Of A Hull City Supporter at Hull Truck By Nick Quantrill
Written by Hull City fanatic, Alan Plater, and with male characters played by actors from Hull,
it would be easy to write this play off as being a parochial Fever Pitch.
Whilst it's definitely a home banker, the structure of the play holds enough laughs
to get a result away from home.
Reviews, Books - David Bowie: Theatre of Music by Robert Matthew-Walker By Steve Rudd
Although this book was published way back in 1985, it still provides a fascinating insight
into David's personal life and his music up to such a point in time, giving a summary of
the circumstances around his birth and childhood before naturally progressing onto how
he first became interested
Reviews, Books - A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton, By Steve Rudd
Steve Hamilton's incredibly exciting writing vibrantly blasts out of much
the same gun-toting gauntlet as Joe R Lansdale's writing, despite the fact
that both these American action-thriller novelists couldn't really live
farther apart from the other.
Lansdale lives and sets
Reviews, Books - The Goodbye People by Gavin Lambert, By Steve Rudd
Loneliness doesn't consist of not having friends. Loneliness has nothing to do with that! It's being unable to express your deepest feelings and most private thoughts.
This novel is one of my favourite pieces of fiction, with the author Lambert's fresh writing style zestfully
Reviews, Books - Cold In July by Joe R. Lansdale, By Steve Rudd
This Texan author is surely one of the hottest 'action-thriller' writers of his generation.
An expert in martial arts himself, his stories are always graced with superb plots and graphically
violent action set-pieces that he describes so well I would have thought movie producers in Hollywood