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Hello there! I'm [livejournal.com profile] becky_monster and you are an awesome person as you are (I hope!) going to be writing for me as part of the 2015 round of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

Before I get onto the nitty gritty of requests etc, I just want to say one thing. Ahem...

All I ask is that you have fun writing your story. If you had fun, then it will show and I will love it. That's a promise. As much as I love getting fic written in fandoms that I love, for Yuletide, I love the creation aspect just as much as getting more fic to read. If that's the same for you - we're going to be aokay.

If you are here because you're a pinch-hitting superstar or something I've said urged you into writing a treat then - you are utterly AWESOME and I hope that you gets lots of kudos for that.

Now I've said that - I've asked for:

Sunshine (2007)

The Matrix (Movies)

Solar System (Anthropomorphic) and

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Before I get into the business of why I love each of my nominations, a word from our sponsors regarding things I like and Do Not Like. I'll start with the Do Not Like list - it's shorter.

Do Not Like - Character death, kink, humiliation, partner betrayal, character bashing (especially women characters) porn minus plot, dark themes. Fluffy monster is so *fluffy* you're gonna die (Despicable Me quote ftw!)

Now for the Likes list - Plot, character-led stories, friendships, alternative realities where one thing changes, different povs, hugs/cuddling, women characters being awesome and competent, teams equaling families, happy(ish) endings, conversations, films, kisses, laughter, humour, science, Space, exploration, nerdiness, teamwork, adventures, slice of life, dancing, joy, life...

I would say to have a look around my LJ but it's been one of *those* years when I have been anywhere but here. Even so, still have a nosey - I ain't changed that much;) also the following might be helpful:

AO3 - Beckymonster

Twitter - becky_monster

Tumblr - Movie-Watching-Monster (mainly because somebody beat me to 'Beckymonster' or variants of;))

So on with the show!

The Matrix (movies)
Characters - Trinity, Morpheus, The Oracle, Neo/Thomas Anderson
I utterly adore this film and (unpopular opinion ahoy!) love the sequels too. As the character list chosen reflects the first film, please feel free to concentrate on that, oh most awesome writer, if that's your heart's desire. If you'd like to bring in the sequels too - go right ahead! I won't say no;)

I've loved this movie since I first saw it in 1999 - I saw it again at the cinema last year (2014) and it still is utterly wonderful. I adore the Wachowskis (although I haven't had a chance to watch Sense8 yet), and love their way of looking at things.

Okay - ideas! Is now a good time to note that Trinity is one of my all-time favourite lady characters ever? Yes? Good! So long as Trinity is front and centre, I'm good;)

Ideas for considering - what if Trinity was 'The One' instead of Neo? How would have the film played out instead? Meetings between her and the Oracle (who was always awesome, in either body) perhaps? Her relationship with Morpheus - she tells Neo (towards the end of the first film) that he means more to her than he does to Neo, I've always seen this as non-romantic but there are ties that bind these two. What was her life like while she was still plugged into the Matrix?
What was her training like with Morpheus once she was freed?

Or conversely - throw all of that out of a window and go with some world building. Why did the Machines choose the end of the 20th Century? Do something with the idea of 'residual self image'...

In short - as Morpheus would say 'free your mind'!


Sunshine (2007)
Characters - Robert Capa, Corazon, Cassie, Mace
This is my perenial request - I ask for it now for two reasons. One - I'm too bloody minded to give up. Two - I live in hope that this might be *the* year I finally get fic about this wonderful film!

So - I would lovelovelove to see Corazon and Cassie being awesome and good friends as well as having a Bechdel Test passing conversation. There were at least two opportunities where this could have happened but didn’t.

I also adore Capa and Mace – we shall not discuss the crush the size of a small *moon* that I have on Cillian Murphy, nor that I’ll quite happily watch Chris Evans in nearly *anything* and have done. Ditto Michelle Yeoh, who I have loved since she wiped the floor with the bad guys back in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Other ideas - How do they deal with things like touch hunger and lonliness and being a long way from home? What are their coping mechanisms?

Or give me a what if - what if they hadn't found the Icarus I - completed their mission and returned home. They've saved the solar system - now what? How do they adjust to real life and to the fact that they're (regarded by everybody else as) heroes?
If you'd like to draw correlations between these guys and the astronauts of the Apollo missions, knock yourself out. I'm a bit of space nerd, so it would be quite wonderful to read.

As I have already stated - I love this little film and would love to read all the fix-its and 'happy-ish endings' for Icarus II's crew.

Or again - if you want to go off on a real tanget - what if the Icarus II was sentient?


Solar System (Anthropomorphic)
Characters - Earth, Pluto, New Horizons, Charon

Cards on the table - this is one of those fandoms that I always looked at in the tags list and would go 'Really?!' before thinking that it would be both awesome to write and read crack of the highest order about the little system we call home. This is my first year of asking for fic for this fandom as the New Horizons mission and it's results are just too good to pass up...

Poor Pluto - how must it feel to be 'kicked' out of the 'family' by that SOB Earth... only for Earth to send New Horizons out to see it as it did this year. How does Pluto feel about this?

And what about the names Earth has given it? It gets all the doom and gloom (mostly) while Charon gets the nerdy ones (see - io9 - We're Actively Creating the Geekiest World in the Universe) - what's their opinions on this?

Honestly, that two of the greatest lady characters in Film SF (Princess Leia and Ellen Ripley) are being used to (possibly) name parts of Charon is one of the best things I've heard all year.

In short - go nuts;) Be as mad as you like here. It's the one fandom that practically begs for it!


Some Like It Hot (1959)
Characters - Osgood Fielding III, Jerry 'Daphne'

Let me preface by saying that this film is one of my all time favourite films EVAR! It's up there with Star Wars, Beauty and The Beast ('91), Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. as being one of my knock 'em down favourites. So, whatever you do is good.

Needless to say, that last line is one of the best (if not the best) closing lines in film.

And yet... what happens next? What happens to Osgood and Jerry/Daphne? Do they go they try to make something of what they had? After all, they seemed to be having a fine ol' time on their date - so there is a spark. So what do they do with it? If they do make something of it - how does it pan out? I'd like to think that they'd make it but what do I know?

Also - if you want to talk more about that date - please feel free. Dancing is always a good thing in my book. Go - have fun with this one.


And there you have it! The main thing to keep in mind, dear yuletide writer, is have fun and enjoy crafting your story. Whatever it is, I'm sure I'm going to have fun reading it!
beckymonster: Becky icon (art_universe_came)
So, if like me, you want to watch it a thousand times, you can. If you tear up at that moment at 1:57, like I did...



Roll on 18/12! I'll bring the tea, you bring the awesome!

I aent ded

Aug. 8th, 2015 05:05 pm
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*Ahem*

Is this thing still on? Bit dusty around here but nothing that a feather duster (and possibly a lightsabre) couldn't fix.

I've no idea what my presence is going to be like... [livejournal.com profile] yuletide is coming, so I am *hoping* to be around for that (my SEVENTH time around... that can't be right?!) who knows... I might even get my Sunshine fic...

And meat might fly etc.

Anyhow - how are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (DW_dalek_fanfic)
(Note - I started writing this early as it usually takes me forever to try and form a letter that *may* pass for coherent. I finished it just before nominations opened, so don't mind the time stamp!)

Oh crikey, this has come around again quick...

Hello! I'm Beckymonster, your recipient for this round of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide... or that rather strange soul with the bizarre requests, one of which has 'inspired' you!

How are you? I hope this letter finds you well. Can I just start off by saying that you are an awesome person with impeccable taste! How do I know this? You have volunteered to write in one of the teeny fandoms that we both love. Ergo - awesome.

Just before we get to the nitty-gritty, just be aware that whatever you write, so long as you've enjoyed it's crafting, I am bound to enjoy it too. So, no pressure on you;)

And if you're here because you are a pinch-hitting superstar - then the above goes for you with bells on.

So, my fandoms, for 2014 are: Sunshine (2007), The Lego Movie (2014), The Matrix (1999) and Gravity (2013)

If you're curious, since this is not my first yuletide (it's my 5th - ai me!;)) - you can find my previous Yuletide letters here: 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 - so you can have an idea what you're letting yourself in for;)

This is the point where I usually invite you to have a nosey around my lj to see what makes me tick but as I have been monster non-grata this year - that's a bit redundant. Needless to say that I love and adore movies and science fiction and whatever you write will also be loved more than cake.

If you do need a few pointers regarding likes and dislikes the following, I hope, may be useful:

Likes - Plot, character-led stories, friendships, alternative realities where one thing changes, different povs, hugs/cuddling, women characters being awesome and competent, teams equaling families, happy(ish) endings, conversations/banter, films, kisses, laughter, humour, science, teamwork, adventures, slice of life, dancing, joy, life...

Dislikes - I like a lot of things but there are a few hard and fast things I Do Not Like. They are:
Character death, kink, humiliation, partner betrayal, character bashing (especially women characters) porn minus plot, dark themes. Fluffy monster is so *fluffy* you're gonna die (Despicable Me quote ftw!). Yes, I do shed terribly - getting all that fluff out of the carpet is moider!

Ratings - go with what feels right for the story. I trust you, dear writer, so long as it's consensual, sensual and emotionally engaging I am *there*.

I hope that the above is intel enough for you to get cracking. Don't forget that OPTIONAL DETAILS ARE OPTIONAL - I've waffled on about what I love about these films and thrown numerous plot bunnies left right and centre and yet if you have an idea burning deep inside - go for it. So long as you enjoy what you write, I'm going to love it too.

spaceship, spaceship, kung-fu! SPACESHIP! )

I hope this is useful to you but if you'd like more details - ask a hippo for help, be more than happy to fill in the gaps.

And again, thank you
beckymonster: Becky icon (Books_discworld hexcheese)
Despite evidence to the possible contrary... I'm still here!

I don't know what else to say (other than the cat is trying to help me type this!) but I'd thought I'd at least say *something* as proof of liff.

Also as it's getting to that time of year again (yay! Yuletide!) so, with luck, this might not be a one off...
beckymonster: Becky icon (DW_dalek_fanfic)
A nice, friendly reminder from the Pan Pacific Defence Corp, helpfully pinched from Tumblr...

shouldn't you be...

Answers on a postcard as to how he makes tweed look as sexy as all get out...
beckymonster: Becky icon (mini_nanowrimo_success)
Yes, I'm doing [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo again. Still 100 words a day - mainly because on some days (like yesterday!) getting over that magical triple figure goal is an achievement in itself!

Still, I'm over 1,000 words for the month so far, so that registers as a win!

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There have been movies watched. I want to discuss one of them but as it doesn't open until this weekend in the US, I shall keep stumn. If you can work out what I mean and want to discuss it already - drop me a line.

And I will talk about the films I saw at the London Film Festival at some point!

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So, that's me - how are you guys?

*ded*

Oct. 29th, 2013 05:51 pm
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The use John Murphy's 'Sunshine' (Adagio in D Minor) as one of the pieces to soundtrack this is on a par with Lux Aeterna for the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Needless to say, that's as coherent as I've managed to be where this trailer has been concerned. I've been stoked for this film since the first *big* casting news was announced but this was like being given a very big cake with a large side order of Ben and Jerry's. We're talking Pacific Rim/ Prometheus levels of flail.

So say it with me now... IS IT MAY YET?! HOW ABOUT NOW!

*Flail*

Oct. 24th, 2013 07:36 pm
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer.

Not only that, but also...

Vine snippet of X-Men: Days of Future Past over which there has already been wank *facepalm

If you were to ask me which one I'm more excited about... it would have to be the mutants BUT the Captain is giving them a good run for their money.

All together now... IS IT SPRING YET?! HOW ABOUT NOW?!
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It feels like it's years since it's been here (283 words) by Beckymonster
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Mako Mori, Stacker Pentecost
Additional Tags: Introspection, Music, Unconventional Families, Post-Canon, Canon Character of Color, Canonical Character Death
Summary:

Even over the din of Scramble Alley, Mako could hear the music.



As ever, feedback is loved, adored and generally called 'George';)
beckymonster: Becky icon (movies_wall*e)
To: The Universe

Subject: Closing the Loop

Dear Universe, as much as I love being out and about and being social and stuff... Can I please have a couple of days to re-charge my batteries and generally tie stuff up in a neat bow? I'm not asking for much - just a day or two at work where there are no demands on my time, bar finishing off projects that are nearly complete bar a few details.

Ditto, my personal life. Being social with family and friends has been awesome as has the London Film Fesitval, but I'd like a day to spend in a local cinema just catching up on movies before [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo eats my life;)

If you can do that I'd be most grateful.

Lots of love,

Your mate,

Beckymonster

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Future attractions:

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide - I can has an assignment?! YES I CAN!
I always try to do something I've never tried before when it comes to this challenge and this year, it could very well be a doozy. I have to check both my recipient's letter and the canon to see if it's a goer but... I am hopeful and pleased with progress so far.

[livejournal.com profile] pacrimbigbang - well, the good news is, I have a first draft in the can. The bad news is that due to circumstances, I've decided to drop out. Which makes me feel like a heel but I have to be sensible about these things (which is a lot harder than it sounds...) and to put my sanity before 16,000 words of Hot!Dads pron. That's not to say that it won't be finished, it will, it's just it will be at my pace, not someone else's.

London Film Fesitval - yes, I have been watching ALL THE FILMS, so I shall be reporting back. So far, (I have one more to go) I've not seen anything that I would consider a waste of my time, which is good. I have seen a top five film of the year, one that will destroy Tumblr and two that were worth the hassle.
More details to follow.

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So, that's me - how are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (DW_dalek_fanfic)
If a story is under 300 words, does it need to be beta'ed?

And if it does - any volunteers for a <300 word Pacific Rim gen piece? Warning - canon Major Character Death mentioned THAT DIDN'T BLOODY HAPPEN!!11!. Denial - not just that river in Eygpt;)

Leave a message in the usual place and thanks in advance

\o/

Oct. 14th, 2013 08:16 pm
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Okay, the icon has nothing to do with the content other than - yay! BUT!!!

First draft of my [livejournal.com profile] pacrimbigbang fic is DONE!

It weighs in at 16,432 words (the qualifying limit is 10,000 words) and while it needs all the work - I have good ideas as to what needs to be nipped, tucked and polished, so I'm hopeful of good things.

We won't talk about the fact that I haven't got an artist and the claims post has been up for 10 days now.... At least I'm not the only one this time

Carry on!
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_calvin_writingWHAT?!)
Hello!

How are you? I hope this letter finds you well. Can I just start off by saying that you are an awesome person with impeccable taste! How do I know this? You have volunteered to write in one of the teeny fandoms that we both love. Ergo - awesome.

Just before we get to the nitty-gritty, just be aware that whatever you write, so long as you've enjoyed it's crafting, I am bound to enjoy it too. So, no pressure on you;)

And if you're here because you are a pinch-hitting superstar - then the above goes for you with bells on.

NB - apologies for not getting this finished for the release of assignments - life has been all flavours of crazy recently. But have at it and most of all, enjoy yourself.

My fandoms are: Sunshine (2007), The Wolverine (2013), Alien (1979) and Indiana Jones Series

These are my previous years letters - 2012, 2011 and 2010 - so you can have an idea what you're letting yourself in for;) And yes, I keep asking for one of them as one year, it's going to happen!! (ahem;))

Feel free to have a nosey around my journal - I've not been as 'present' this year as I have been in years past - but hopefully you'll get a flavour of what sort of weirdo I am.

Okay - onto the Likes and Dislikes portion of the letter.

The 'Yes Please!' list includes - Plot, character-led stories, friendships, alternative realities where one thing changes, hugs/cuddling, women characters being awesome and competent, teams equaling families, happy(ish) endings, conversations/banter, films, kisses, laughter, humour, science, teamwork, adventures, slice of life, dancing, joy, life...

If you want to go down the sexyteims route - sensuality is key as is emotional engagement and consent among adults too. My strongest leaning is towards m/m, quite happy with het but I'm afraid that f/f does nothing for me. Be far happier with female friendships, if that's okay with you.

The 'No Thank You' list - Character death*, kink, humiliation, partner betrayal, character bashing (especially women characters) porn minus plot, dark themes*. Fluffy monster is so *fluffy* you're gonna die (Despicable Me quote ftw!)

*With Alien feel free to give yourself some wiggle room, although, please, no darker than the film went as that film pretty much encapsulates my limits for gore/blood.

A Quick Word From Our Sponsors Re Ratings - Note – if you, awesome writer, can’t ‘do’ romance (het, slash or poly as the prompt suggests - or not) I would lovelovelove (more than cake!) Gen fic.

Details and Waffle for Sunshine(2007), Alien (1979), The Wolverine (2013) and The Indiana Jones Series )

Needless to say, whatever you write for me in any of the fandoms I've requested, I'm sure to love more than cake!

So - there you go!
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Guillermero Del Toro directs the opening titles for this year's 'Treehouse of Horror' episode for The Simpsons and it's a nerd's delight

I lasted all of three seconds before I was squeeing over some of the references in this ('top left corner of the Springfield panorama' is all I'm saying on the matter!) but others are just sublime - Chief Wiggum and Mr Burns especially.

If you're not quite sure you saw what you think you saw... let Empire give you a hand

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In other news - the first cold of the year is early. I'd normally expect it in about a week's time but no... it's here now. Bah. I have things to do! Students to teach! Films to watch! Rangers to get laid!... so yeah - same stuff, different year!
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I keep meaning to post on a regular basis but... as with everything else, Real Life laughs hysterically at such plans. However as it's the Father Unit's birthday, there is cake, so there is a sort of balance.

- Work - is a disaster of epic proportions. And that's all I have to say on the matter right now. Just don't 'kaythanxbai.

- Writing - [livejournal.com profile] yuletide! I've nominated Sunshine (2007), John Carter (2012), Alien (1979) and The Wolverine (2013) for this year. I'm not quite sure if I'm going to ask for all of them but it really depends on whether they're all accepted or not.

- [livejournal.com profile] pacrimbigbang - is nearly at 6k! No, I don't learn but it is *only* 10k after all. Believe that, I have a bridge to sell you...

- I don't have a title and boy am I glad that this is only the first draft because I am going to need to REDRAFT ALL THE THINGS before too long.

- Also t's so far in 'not-just-a-river-in-Eygpt' territory that it's scary but hey!I get to imagine this guy naked so... yup!

- I'm seeing four films at the London Film Festival this year. I would have made it six but there was an almighty bugger up with the system, so four it is. Twelve Years A Slave, Jorodosky's Dune, The Congress and Locke. Which is not a bad haul at all.

- The BFI have announced the line up for their 'Gothic' Season - it only covers October and November but just after a cursory look through I was going 'I'd like to see that, I'd love to see that...' and I'm not even a horror nerd. Horror nerds I do know think Christmas has come early! I can see some strategising in my future....

- TV. As in I'm watching some! I have Orphan Black piling up on the ol' DVR and I still have Agents of SHIELD to programme in. Though I do wish that the rest of the Internet would realise that there are other countries than the US and we don't get the same programmes on the same day as everyone else. In short? SPOILER WARNINGS PEOPLE!! My flist are awesome but Twitter and the internet in general is not.

Grumble.

Anyhow - that's me - How Are You Guys?
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I've achieved nearly *everything* on my 'To Do' list for today... which doesn't usually happen! Okay, I think I might be less surprised by this if I hadn't had to face the horrors of automated phone services!

If there is a more heinous scourge on humanity than those, I've yet to meet it! Anyhow - I still have one thing I have to face them down over... It can wait until tomorrow.

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Still mulling over my choices for London Film Festival - now taking into consideration mundane things like 'logistics'. Still surprised that with a birthday, a wedding and possibly one of the busiest periods of my year all colliding with the LFF - I may (if the goddess of geeks smiles on me! the ticket sale is a bit of a bunfight!) get to see the following:
12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Jodorowsky's Dune, Only Lovers Left Alive and Locke.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, so will keep you all posted.

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In more fannish news, I'm writing! Both 'work' stuff and 'not!work' stuff. I wish I could say more at the moment but once I have the current, talky/exposition scene in the bag, then maybe I'll say something more.

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Hope you guys are good!
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_Hobbes back)
A 'I've been stomped on by a Kaiju' sort of day. I've been doing what I do for 20 years (training and working) in about three weeks and for the last 18 odd years, it's been worth all the hassle and grief. Now? I'm not so sure.

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In happier news - The line up for the London Film Festival has been announced. I've had a chance to have a good look through the line up and by my reckoning there are about 8 odd films that I want to see.

Which considering I only made two (and the surprise film) last year - this is saying a lot. Also add in these are films I can actually *attend* given that I have a hyper-busy teaching schedule, a wedding and a birthday party to attend during the 10 days that the festival is running... this feat approaches astonishing!

We shall not speak of the spreadsheet I've created to organise all of this (it exists). Now I just have to do battle with the box office to buy them all but it will be better than it was last year. As I was in the doctor's surgery being told 'Yep, you've got Brighton Beach in your gall bladder and hey! you're going to have to have surgery to remove it!'.

Good times!

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Oh and I put in my holiday card for the 'BIG' holiday I'm going on next year. It may have been a day to forget but there have been some silver linings. Not many but one or two.
beckymonster: Becky icon (Books_discworld hexcheese)
Add 'best hotels in Hong Kong' to the list of 'Things I Have Researched'. If you ever need this tidbit - The Peninsula Hotel is the way to go.

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And now for a Random Memo.

To: My Muse
From: Me

Can we please STOP re-writing the beginning of this big bang story?! I know it lays the foundations for the rest of the tale. And yes, I think I have the ending in mind but let's get on with the good stuff in the middle?!

Lots of love

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Shenanigans are going on at work. Exacerbated by the fact that yes, it's the beginning of a new academic year; which means that I have another tour or two to do before I get my spiel down to pat. It's amazing what you forget if you don't have to do it for a couple of weeks...

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Tomorrow sees the announcement of the line up for this year's London Film Festival.

So prepare for waffle on films I'd like to go see. Grumbling because I can't go see most of them (I have a wedding and a birthday party to attend on the Saturdays of the fest) and let's not forget the costs involved too.

Woe betied if I hear any 'critic' complain about their lot.... Short version - press accreditation now costs £36 - which may buy you two tickets to a West End screening - three if you're out on Southbank. Also if said critics want to catch the press screenings of all the films - they have to use a public cinema, namely Cineworld Shaftesbury Ave - which is not the most 'glamorous' cinema in London. To say that one is 'unimpressed' is an understatement!

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Hoping for a better day tomorrow. It is a good hope.
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