Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
As everyone else is deciding what was the playlist of 2008, I will too. I am awful at music...I usually only know music through films and tv shows. But I did discover some new songs over 2008, some of which probably weren't actually 2008 releases, but I couldn't really care less.
06. Missed the Boat (Modest Mouse)
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Seriously, the film of Twilight does have a few good points. And just as many bad ones...
- It's a very personal film - it doesn't feel like a blockbuster epic, but rather an indie romance - making it all the much nicer to watch. Catherine Hardwicke's direction is very intimate and real, and she brings to life the love and passion between Edward and Bella. The cinematography is also really quite nice, with beautiful shots of a windy beach, or a rainy field, or mist swirling in a forest - making the film a visual treat
HOWEVER, there are problems with the visuals too - namely the editing. It. Was. So. Choppy. You do not cut off half way through a conversation and then pick up with a very slightly different camera angle - it looks like a home movie, and your audience will notice. Or they should if they're not 14 year old females staring at Robert Pattinson. And as for Hardwicke's direction, yeah it was personal and stuff, but the pace was completely off. It dragged in the beginning, and then tried to squish the action packed ending into all of twenty minutes. Please, for the love of all that is holy, learn to pace yourself.
- Robert Pattinson. And don't worry, he is most definitely a good point. He was fabulous, and completely stole the film despite the fact that it is actually Bella's story. I know Edward Cullen is actually a vampire and all, but Pattinson managed to portray him as very human, with flaws and vulnerabilities, as well as being absolutely loving and, yeah, sexy :D
HOWEVER, Kirsten Stewart bugged me. And it was so weird - it's not that she's a bad actress, because she's not, she played her believably. But Stewart's portrayal of Bella was of this awkward girl (and not in the slightly shy way she's presented in the novel) who mumbles the entire time, and barely smiles, and who really doesn't seem interested in Edward at all. Even though it was weird that Edward went from "I can't be your friend" to "I love you" so fast, it was believable, 'cos Pattinson made it believeable. By the end of the film I still couldn't believe that Bella loved Edward. She didn't seem to enjoy herself around him at all. And I was wondering why she was even fussed to turn into a vampire.
- The end scene. Despite the fact that it was rushed, to quote James from the movie, it was "very visually dynamic", and was quite exciting to watch - especially when Edward had to suck the venom out of Bella's blood, I found myself getting quite into it all. The film wasn't also afraid to get a bit intense, and did not shy away from showing the pain Bella was in when she was bit. Normally I hate that kind of stuff, but it worked well here.
HOWEVER, the effects. God. You ca practically see the ropes as they fly around. Please please please make it more believable - I believed the monkey scene from Indiana Jones 4 more than I did this. I know they're supernatural beings, but it was still so fake.
- The script, They did their best with it, and mostly it rang more true than the book did.
HOWEVER it was still, you know, Meyer's book's script. Soppy and awkward in some parts - which only good acting could pull off (luckily though, the best actor had the worst lines), and they kept the stupid lion and the lamb line. I HATE that line. It's sickening. And "I like watching you sleep"?!?!?! WTF?!?
- The supporting actors - I loved the Cullens, and Charlie. And Jasper cracked me up - he was just so sweet! And didn't he remind anyone of Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands?
wow, I have nothing negative to say.
Really, the thing that saved this film was the concept of the romance, It really hit me as I was watching it, that there are pretty much no teenage movies that present teenage romance as true love. As a rule I hate teen movies, but even the one I do like, 10 Things I Hate About You, shows the romance more as coming to care for each other and, yeah, loving each other, but not in a mature adult live-and-die-for-you way. Twilight is possibly the only film to do this, which is actually very refreshing. Other than that...*sigh* not bad, but really not all that good either.
Current Mood: worried
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!!
Early Christmas present :D
So oxford was fun. The interviews were rubbish but it was really pretty, everywhere was so Christmassy, and I swear it was LITERALLY a minute's walk to the centre of the town and the high street; I spent most of my time in Waterstones surreptitiously reading books I hadn't paid for in the Costa Coffee and going shopping. I bought this new top...well, my dad said I could get it as an early Christmas present ( we don't celebrate Christmas, but I think my dad knows I want to so he gets me presents anyway...2009 sight and sound, here I come!!) and this GORGEOUS poster. I LOVE it; I've never bought a poster before...I usually print them out.
I am in SUCH a Christmassy mood atm. One thing that is guaranteed to make me feel seasonal...the Christmas edition of the TV guide. Everything I want to watch is neatly starred or ringed...so excited!! It’s literally like opening up instructions to untold wealth.
I'm also gonna watch some Nigella Lawson and other Christmassy cooking shows tonight (they are so fun and relaxing!!) and I might go to my old school's carol service on wednesday. That would bring back memories...
To sign off...my own lil' twelve days of Christmas according to my interests on live journal. You can only do it if you have livejournal...quite sucky.
oooh, just as I was writing this I got an email from ucas - I got into bath!! I've now got offers from all I've applied to, apart from oxford (which is not happening). unfortunately...I won't be going to bath...they asked for ABB, ironically what everywhere else has also asked for, and I'd so much rather go to ucl than bath. 'tis a shame, 'cos bath would have been an amazing back up choice :(
Current Mood: content
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
Anyway, what with it being almost 2009, I thought I'd do a lil' thing of which upcoming films I am MOST excited by. 2008, I'll admit, wasn't that thrilling a year in cinema. The Duchess I adored and Wall-E was really really good, but nothing shone like Atonement shone last year. I'm hoping 2009 will be different!!
1. Slumdog Millionaire. If the trailer of this is anything to go by, this film will be AMAZING. The storyline seems the most heart warming and uplifting thing in the world - it's absolutely infused in colour and light and warmth, and the acting seems wonderful. I want to see this so bad. I can't believe America have already got it. It's so unfair!!! I've actually left a spot open in my top 70 for this, just in case - probably bad karma but I have SUCH high expectations.
2. The Reader. Screw Revolutionary Road, it seems depressing and boring. THIS is the Kate Winslet film I'm desperately looking forward to. We're studying this book for our German coursework (in German...one word: wooow) and it's amazing...I can't wait to see it translated on film. Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes are of course sure bets, and I'm also particularly looking forward to a performance by newcomer David Kross. Add to all this Stephen Daldry - one of my favourite directors...you can see why I'm excited.
3. Gran Torino. Clint Eastwood's retiring from acting :'( DAMN!!! One of my favourite actors EVER, and he's retiring. I am NOT missing his last performance. I am NOT.
I also really wanna se Doubt and Milk, but I know I won't - I'm broke and can't afford to see thoughtful lil' dramas in the cinema. Especially when they probs. won't play in my hometown one. But they do seem amazing. Twilight I'm also putting on hold 'til the DVD comes out - no one will come with me to see a teen vampire romance. *sigh* probably with good reason lol. And, strangely enough, the film everyone else is going crazy over I'm not fussed about - The Curious Case of Benjamin Bunny. I mean Button. It seems a fair film, just not best picture worthy. But it may yet surprise me.
So what about you lot, what are y'all looking forward to?
Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, 28 November 2008
and guess what the offer is!?!?!?
Monday, 24 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Ummmm, damn right it is!!!
And it basically carried on in that vein. Everytime I said something she immediately contested...half of the time she kept interrupting me and not letting me finish, and she often rephrased the same question, causing me to have to basically repeat what I said 5 minutes ago, and try and make it sound different. By the time we actually got to speaking German I was so nervous that I stumbled over a sentence, overused the word "interessant", and said that Munich used to be in East Germany.
*cries* soooo unfair!!! I doubt I got in...I doubt I'll get into Oxford...which means I'll have to put Royal Holloway or Bath (if THEY ever give me an offer) as my firm, wich means I have no insurance. WHHHHHYYYY????
On the plus side, I met some nice people. I am THE shyest person in the world - I try and hide it and try to appear confident and smiley, but...basically, if I try to engage someone my own age who I don't know n conversation, know it has taken 10 minutes of me screaming "JUST TALK TO THEM!!!! THEY WON'T KILL YOU!" to myself. However, the people were nice, and I did get talking...so that was cool. And I managed to get part one of Faust and Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis, when the guy wakes up as a bug?) for 95p at Waterstones afterwards.
I reallyreallyreallyreally hope I get in!!!!
enjoy the rant. I am at home sneezing and feeling miserabley ill, so I'll probs post again today, jus' 'cos I'm bored xxx
(oooh btw, I said Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Streetcar Named Desire were melodrama, are they?!?!)
Current Mood: pessismistic