Directed by Nicholas Hynter, whose theatrical background provided a magnificent debut with The Madness of King George , Center Stage is a drama...... more
Directed by Nicholas Hynter, whose theatrical background provided a magnificent debut with The Madness of King George , Center Stage is a drama set in the hugely competitive and pressured world of a New York Ballet company. By no means breaking any new ground, Hynter's movie dusts down the all-too-familiar staples of the likes of Fame and A Chorus Line and gives them a glamorous, energetic update. Fans of those classic "Backstage" movies can expect, and duly receive, all the usual clichés: the domineering stage mother; the dancer who risks health for success; the arrogant male lead dancer; the struggling newcomer; the imperious teacher; even the last-minute injury. Yet, like a guilty pleasure, it's hard not to enjoy Hynter's realistic and reverential glimpse of this ruthless, demanding world, never succumbing to overt soapy theatrics and filled with impressive dance sequences. While not as exuberant as Fame, it's still a fun, if depthless, look at the world of Ballet. On The DVD: Hynter's commentary, while not brimming with technical detail or thrilling anecdote, allows him to expound on this particularly demanding profession, as well as his personal recollections of theatrical life. While the two deleted scenes are forgettable, Dance fans will enjoy the five extended performance sequences, while a making-of featurette and Mandy Moore video round off a slight package. --Danny Graydon
Advantages: Great for families Disadvantages: Not so great if you don't like kids
...Center Parcs - Longleat
Taking a young family on holiday is a tricky business with a completely different set of requirements than when going away as a couple. Not least among these is the amount of baby paraphernalia that you need to take. When our youngest was about ten months we took her to New England and managed to get everything into a couple of suitcases and carry on luggage plus...
Advantages: Beats any British beach holiday hands down Disadvantages: Strong currents on some days
...My family and I started going to Hossegor, (which is situated in the Bay Of Biscay, SW France), when I was about 5, way back in the mid 80's. Well, up he coast a tiny bit from there actually). We always stay at the same place when we're there. Its a 4star campsite called Le Vieux Port.
The campsite has everything that you'd need. Even as young children we always had something to do...
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Review of Lille (France)
Advantages: Plenty to do, a fun filled holiday with lots of nature. Disadvantages: An expensive holiday when you add it all up.
..., badgers, pheasants, ducks, owls, etc. A brilliant way to introduce children to nature.
The lodge sizes are very comfortable, with very comfortable beds. There are four Center Parcs in Britain, including the one at Penrith and they are also abroad too, with Center Parcs in Holland and France. Staff are very accommodating too at Center Parcs and are always willing to help. There are phones in...