What's On? 04.05.17
In the end, I didn't go to watch King Arthur. Money issues, among other things, told me not to. But for this weekend's cinema, a person whose tastes I respect has urged me to go and watch The Handmaiden, a South Korean special about pornography and crime within elegant surroundings. I'm aware the film reviewers loved it too.
Of course, I could go and watch Alien: Covenant. The trailer makes it look little different to the previous dreadful offering in this series, Prometheus (2012), and I'm not sure I should go. I did go last summer to the Cameo cinema double-showing of Alien and Aliens, so I profess to being something of a fan, but I won't if it's just going to be formulaic. And after the disturbing brilliance of the recent sci-fi horror Life, which explores similar themes, I'm in no mood to throw away £10 for another poorly thought out Ridley Scott space horror. If I want nonsensical fantasy, I'll watch the Underworld series, thank you very much.
Leaving cinema aside, I will also be online this weekend, to read more about the Labour party manifesto and how it's reviewed. It's such a brilliant manifesto that it simply has to fail, there are just too many people who – while agreeing with its ideas and who would benefit from its implementation – will say, 'I'm voting Tory, they're strong and stable, and Jeremy Corbyn's a Communist.' But as someone who likes escapist fantasy, I'm going to read the Labour manifesto this weekend and imagine, 'What if enough people actually read the Labour manifesto and vote not with their prejudice but with their brains?'