The (un)Lucky One: the audience

Predictable, clichéd and lacking depth to its characters, The Lucky One is by no means a master class in film-making.

The Lucky One filled me with hope and sadness as I left the cinema into the mild May night. Sad that I had paid to see this film, and hopeful, that the next film I watch will be a tad less clichéd. On a serious note, however, it possibly isn’t the worst film you’ll see all year, despite the presence of Zac Efron.

Despite a highly negative rating of 22% on film rating website Rotten Tomatoes, there are at least two reasons to see this film. The first of these is the incomprehensibly steamy shower scene, where male lead Efron, playing Logan Thibault, finally “reconnoitres” the, ahem, “territory” of the beautiful Beth Clayton (Taylor Schilling), as only a solider can.

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Balkan you believe how things have changed here

Union beer Slovenia
For lager lovers out there (the decent kind, not anything served within the British Isles), Ljubljana-brewed “Union” was our favourite and is an unmissable tipple if travelling through Slovenia on any sort of Balkan adventure. (Image | Chris King)

The Balkans, for all their beauty, varied landscapes, and wonderfully inviting people, have had a deeply troubled history. No more than 20 years ago, the city of Vukovar in Croatia was being pounded into rubble by the guns of paramilitaries and the tanks of the Yugoslav National Army (JNA), working on behalf of the disintegrating Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which once spanned these scarred lands. Sarajevo, the enchanting capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was on fire and the United Nations’ “protection” it was receiving never once prevented the continual encirclement and besieging of the city.

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