Monday, 9 March 2015

Football, Films And Telly

Although it's starting to feel decidedly springlike here in Framlingham now, that wasn't the case last week so we settled down in front of the telly and binged on a box set for the first time ever.

It wasn't one that many people will be familiar with as it's only been released to download on Amazon Prime but Bosch was a big hit with us. It's an old fashioned cop thriller with an old fashioned cop with an old fashioned name "Harry" (although that is short for Hieronymous - Hieronymus Bosch, get it?). It was a beautifully filmed series full of sharp bright colours that depicted Los Angeles and its landmarks in vivid and atmospheric detail. Accompanied by a thumping but not intrusive soundtrack and great character acting by Titus Welliver in the lead role and Annie Wersching as his on/off love interest, the series intertwined two murder investigations into one, threw in some Good Wife style politics and court scenes and made for compulsive viewing. We got through the ten episodes in two days and loved it.

Although the weather had improved by Thursday I had an appointment in Ipswich so we went down to Cineworld in the afternoon to see It Follows. We may not be the prime target audience for a teen horror movie (Cert 15) but, after seeing the rave reviews on Claudia Winkleman's show and reading The Times four star review we felt that we should give it a try. The gist of the reviews was that this is a really, really scary film. I don't know if we are too old now but it wasn't very scary at all and Marion (favourite TV show The Walking Dead), who loves nothing more than a good fright, was markedly disappointed. That's not to say it's a bad film. It's entertaining and very well filmed with some brilliant cinematography. It could have been called It Borrows as it pays homage to so many classic horrors, Nightmare On Elm St, Scream, The Shining, The Ring, Halloween to name but a few. And I think this might be what made it such a big hit with the critics. Go and see it if you like the genre but don't expect to be cowering in your seats.

And so to the football. I'm a bit of a fair weather supporter when it comes to our local football team and tend to give the cold, wet and windy days a miss but the weather was more than fair on Saturday so it was good to sit in the sun drenched stand and enjoy the match. Framlingham Town are riding high at the top of the SIL Division 1 and on Saturday they entertained one of their nearest rivals Ipswich Athletic who came needing all three points to make any inroads on Fram's commanding lead (Ipswich were ten points behind but with two games in hand). 

It was a fairly scrappy match but, after Fram took an early lead with a well taken goal by Nathan Vincent from a tight angle, Ipswich threw everything at Framlingham winning corner after corner and getting a well deserved equaliser after about twenty minutes. Framlingham took the lead against the run of play when Vincent set up Danny Smith for a simple goal and the home side must have been relieved to go in ahead at half time. The second half saw much of the same with Ipswich Athletic pressing constantly and, but for a series of fine saves from Gary Rose in The Castlemen's goal, a woeful miss and what looked like a valid penalty claim that wasn't given, would have taken three points. The incessant pressure had to bring them some consolation and Ipswich scored a fine equaliser that gave Rose no chance. It was a very hard earned point for Framlingham but a good result against a very strong and impressive Ipswich Athletic team. With five games to go, Framlingham still head the league and, with such a battling team spirit, I think they will go on to become champions.  

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