After all the internet hype, news stories, interviews and re-filming due to fan pressure, the film Snakes on a Plane could very easily have been a massive flop.
But luckily for the movie-going public, it's brilliant. The invention used to keep a simple idea interesting all the way through is fantastic and some of the ways in which people die are gruesomely hilarious. The only downside is the laughably flagrant product placement for Red Bull in the first five minutes.
These days, the opportunity to drink, dance and rollerskate at the same time comes along all too infrequently. That's why the Roller Disco in Kings Cross (what was formerly Bagley's nightclub) is the hottest spot in town. Not only can you get your funky roller-groove on, but you also get to watch lots of drunk people reassess their relationship with gravity. The combination of rollerboots, decreased balance (because of booze) but increased confidence (again because of booze) is a recipe for hilarity.
THE TV CHOICE/TV QUICK AWARDS
Ant and Dec, Noel Edmonds, Bruce Forsyth, Ross Kemp and that bloke who plays Dr Who were all in one room the other night and what a good bash Bauer's TV titles put on. It's basically soap heaven with a few serious actors thrown in and, despite the travesty of EastEnders winning best soap, it transcended most awards ceremonies because of the brilliance of the host, Harry Hill. The highlight was undoubtedly Paul O'Grady's "ITV's a sinking ship" rant at the end.
If you don't feel like sitting through the testosterone-fuelled Snakes on a Plane and fancy getting in touch with your feminine side, look no further than Pedro Almodovar's new movie Volver. Although it dwells on death, there are plenty of laughs to be had in Volver. With its overwhelming colour and warmth and a stand-out performance from Penelope Cruz, this film doesn't disappoint (especially if you take a lady - or another chap).
AND ONE THING WE DON'T
THE CHARLOTTE CHURCH SHOW
The Welsh warbler's Friday-evening chat show is one of the most excruciating things we've ever sat through. On the evidence of the first show, Church is dreadful at interviewing guests because she gets nervous and just talks about herself. There were some redeeming light comedy moments, but on the whole this left you wishing that Love Island hadn't ended over on ITV.