The Doorway

As we come to the doorway It would be easy to falter We cannot see beyond the threshold It’s black as the void within The stone steps are old and worn Made long ago by forgotten hands Unkempt ivy overhangs the opening Limp tendrils twitch a warning in an unknown breeze No one has come…

Review “Return of the King” (2003)

The final installment in “The Lord of the Rings” brought this magnificent film event to an epic and very exciting finish. There were some brilliant action sequences, spectacular performances and thrilling effects. Again, it also contained departures from the book, some of which worked well and others that were not particularly satisfying.   At Isengard,…

Sunrise

Faint light appears in the east A baby day calls its infant greeting In beams of light lending colour to the world At night all is grey and blue and black But now the earth too wakes up With green and brown of leaf and bark and blade Green too, in the water, reflecting blue…

Review “The Two Towers” (2002)

Continuing my review of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Two Towers” continues this fantastic story, introducing new characters and containing some spectacular action sequences. There are more changes to the plot here than in the first film, though again many of them were in order to expedite the action without losing the…

The Remains of the Past

It sits beside a lonely track That winds its way, under blossom trees Toward remembered places But this, this is long forgotten Tiles on the roof cracked and falling Stone walls askew Wooden door leaning from its hinges Thickets half grown over On their way to reclaiming the cottage For nature Ease open the sagging…

Review “Fellowship of the ring” (2001)

I have been a reader and lover of Tolkien’s work since I was a child, so when the first film came out I remember a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Excitement to see his masterpiece on the big screen, apprehension that it might be as big a mess as the animated attempt in 1978. Thankfully,…

Your Cwtch

When you are alone When you float in a vacuum And no one comes to you When you reach out and cry For a single touch A moment of love To feel that someone cares Let me in Let me open my arms and hold you Let me embrace, hug, cuddle Let me use my…

Review “The Taking of Pelham 123” (1974)

“The Taking of Pelham 123” is an action crime drama directed by Joseph Sargent, who seems to have mainly done television directing. Maybe that would have been useful as he would have been used to working on a low budget and making everything very tight and with minimal expense. It means that this film manages…

In the village square

They’ve carted the tree from the deep woods Tall and strong, lashed onto a cart And pulled by a team of horses Into the village, into the square. They work together, lifting it into place Securing its base with buttresses and stones Until it is upright, as sturdy as it stood in the forest Then…

Review “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

“Miracle on 34th Street” is a famous Christmas movie loved by people all over the world. Consequently, I must admit that when I watched it the other night, it was for the very first time! However, I found it well worth watching and leaves the audience with a happy feeling. The plot centres around a…