Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Endings-Blogathon

whoop 100th post :D

Anyway, I thought I’d do a little something on one of my favourite ever films for the Endings-Blogathon over at Valley Dreamin'.
The Endings Blog-a-Thon

The end of Garden State - Zach Braff's charcter Andrew has been through so much in just four days - he's come to terms with his mother's death and her accident before, he and his father have finally come to understand one another, he's fallen in love, and most importantly, he's understood the power of relationships and connections, and realised that it's important, even necessary, to be able to feel things again - joy, sadness, love, pain...or at least we think he's understood. As he sits there with the new love of his life, about to escape back in the lonliness of his old life, convinced it's the right thing to do, the audience sits desperately, wondering if he's learnt anything at all. Then, thank god, he comes running back, finally finally undertsanding that life is meant for living, and that he's going to live and love his. The last drop of perfection : Zach Braff quietly asking "what do we do?" and then kissing Sam - an undefined and uncertain future that is still to be lived and shared with the right person by your side. The absolutely beautiful "Let Go" by Frou Frou starts up, perfectly complimenting Zach Braff's quirky yet completely down-to-earth and real writing and the camera draws back and the screen fades to black. It rarely gets better than this.
Current Mood: mellow

Sunday, 21 December 2008

sweet exhaustion

I am shattered. I have spent the better part of the day constructing a gingerbread house with an overexcited 5 year-old. Oh. My. Gosh.

The dough ended up being too crumbly and buttery at the same time. And then it burnt when I put it in the oven. I blame this partly on Emma, as she put up a picspam of Robert Pattinson. And yes, I do really need help. *groans at self*

Luckily I had ways of hiding these inadequacies

My little brother had interesting methods of making rows of smarties.

Guess who made which?

The end product *beams* Spot the little gay gingerbread man :D



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.

In alphabetical order:

01. Disturbia (Rihanna)
02. Extraordinary (Mandy Moore) I'm sorry
03. Fidelity (Regina Spektor)
04. In the End (Linkin Park)
05. Let Go (Frou Frou)
06. Missed the Boat (Modest Mouse)
07. Rehab (Rihanna)
08. The Call (Regina Spektor)
09. Viva la Vida (Coldplay)
10. What Ever Happened (The Strokes)

woow, I'm really bad with music...
Current Mood: exhausted

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Review of Twilight

There were several very good points about the film of Twilight. Firstly, that I paid no money to see it. Secondly, that I had low expectations before viewing. And thirdly, that it was better than the book. Although I do have to admit, my opinion of the books has gone down much much more than when I wrote this. So go figure.

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.

verdict? C+


Current Mood: worried

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

makeover!!

whaddja think?!

might change it back...depends if I get used to it or not...



Current mood: rejuvenated

top 20 actresses

I have been tagged by Jazzy and have also stolen open tags from Emma and Kayleigh :D anyone who wants to do it, go ahead!!


hmmn, judging by this...the Devil Wears Prada is probably my favourite cast film ever.

Current mood: rushed

Monday, 15 December 2008

JUSTICE!!!!!

Yay, somebody threw shoes at George W Bush.

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 am sad but excited :P

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.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, anahita sent to me...

Twelve necklaces reviewing

Eleven friends procrastinating

Ten languages a-decorating

Nine icons blogging

Eight roses a-painting

Seven films a-travelling

Six postcards a-giggling

Five ci-i-i-inemas

Four lord of the rings

Three julie walters

Two scrubs

...and a keira knightley in a popcorn.

Get your own Twelve Days

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

oxford interview

is tomorrow...
scheiße! scheiße! scheiße! scheiße! scheiße!
I'm away 'til saturday (and I still haven't packed. DAMN!!!!!) - four days of grammar-and-dread-filled fun :D
I'm actually looking forward to it...you only ever get one opportunity to go to oxford on academic grounds. even if I don't get in, at least I've had the interview.
send me happy thoughts :D

ooooh, and I got a Keira Knightley fringe!!! I LOVE it!


Current Mood: nervous

Thursday, 4 December 2008

59. A Walk To Remember (2002)

I apologise extensively for this film. I know it's no masterpiece. I know there are a million other films that probably deserve this place more. But you know what I've realised? My top 70 is not gonna be Roger Ebert's top 70. Pirates of the Caribbean is my favourite film. 10 Things I Hate About You is in my top 20. Love Actually is coming up pretty soon. I DO love some simple romantic stuff...stuff other teenage girls like - and I'm not gonna pretend like I don't, and try and be pretentious and fill this top 70 up with things like Citizen Kane (which by the way - boring).

Anyway, I first saw this film back in year 7 at school (6 years ago - gosh I feel old). Surprisingly enough, even though the 12-year-old-me should probably have liked this film more than the 17-year-old-me (the maths sounds wrong...but if you count up odd months, then it's right :D) I didn't really like it so much back then. I think that's probably because I went to a Christian school, and was a Christian myself. Watching this film sort of made it clear that Jamie Sullivan (the main girl) was who I should be heading out to be - my role model, which, weirdly, made watching it awkward and irritating. 6 years on, I'm still a Christian, but with a stronger view of who I am and where I'm going...this film feels less like a lecture and more like a love story. Which is good.

And that's what this film really is - a love story, one of the most romantic things I have ever seen. It centres on Landon Carter (played AMAZINGLY by Shane West) the bad boy of the town. When a prank goes wrong and he's to blame, he is forced to do community service and star in the school play, all of which throws him in a lot with Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), the Reverand's daughter and all-round good girl. They end up falling in love...but Jamie has leukimea, and she's stopped responding to treatments. Reading this summary to myself, it sounds like the most god-awful trash, like a made for TV movie or something. It's not. It's so not. The script is really well-written, and although with such a story, it is sometimes sentimental, it's not overly so, staying more on the romantic than the soppy side of stuff. The acting is also amazing - necessary for such a character driven story. Out of all movie couples ever, these are the two whom you will believe are actually in love. The chemistry is amazing. Mandy Moore is sweet and quiet and convincingly played. I'm not overly fond of her character - Jamie's very sweet and I like her, but she's a little too perfect for me - I prefer it most when her character's showing a lil' spirit. Landon Carter, however is amazing - going from the bad boy to the still passionate and cool but more caring and sweet and loving man Jamie loves. Shane West is ridiculously impressive - and I am shocked he received little recognition for this.

Yeah, so I just love this film so much. It has the most unbelievable messages about love and faith and redemption, and you will fall in love with Landon Carter straight away. I don't care what the critics say. I adore this ♥

Current Mood: love

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Monday, 1 December 2008

almost 2009...

1st day of the last month...1st day of advent (except the only advent calendar I have is Emma's blog) and yeah...just general December. This post does have a point, I promise.

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

omigoshomigoshomigoshomigoshomigoshomigoshomigosh

YEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!

this is SUCH a GOOD day!!!

I got an interview from oxford today...AND an offer from UCL. UCL!! The one I thought I mucked up. THEY LIKED ME!!! MEE!! the weird alfred hitchcock girl!!!!
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHH!

and guess what the offer is!?!?!?

ABB!! ABB!! for ucl!!! which means...if I get into oxford, I can put ucl as my backup. or if I don't get in...I have an easy firm!!!

I am SOOOOOOOO CHUFFED!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
Current Mood: giddy

Monday, 24 November 2008

Empire's 100 Greatest Movie Characters

Empire have made a top-100-movie-characters list

100. Martin Riggs - Lethal Weapon 1-4

99. Hal-9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey

98. Charles Foster Kane - Citizen Kane

97. Clarice Starling - The Silence Of The Lambs

96. Ethan Edwards - The Searchers

95. Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare On Elm Street 1-6, Wes Craven's New Nightmare

94. Buzz Lightyear - Toy Story 1 & 2

93. Martin Q. Blank - Grosse Pointe Blank

92. Randal Graves - Clerks

91. Scarlett O'Hara - Gone With The Wind

90. The Wicked Witch Of The West - The Wizard Of Oz

89. Princess Leia Organa - Star Wars Episode IV-VI

88. Jessica Rabbit - Who Framed Roger Rabbit

87. Dracula - Dracula

86. Roy Batty - Blade Runner

85. Vincenzo Coccotti - True Romance

84. Agent Smith - The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions

83. Mr. Blonde - Reservoir Dogs

82. Marv - Sin City

81. Wolverine - X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand

80. Norman Bates - Psycho

79. Boba Fett - The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi

78. Axel Foley - Beverly Hills Cop

77. Ed - Shaun Of The Dead

76. Dr. Emmett Brown - Back To The Future 1-3

75. Marge Gunderson - Fargo

74. E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

73. Jack Torrance - The Shining

72. V - V for Vendetta

71. Snake Plissken - Escape From New York, Escape From L.A.

70. Atticus Finch - To Kill A Mockingbird

69. Keyser Soze - The Usual Suspects

68. Napolean Dynamite - Napolean Dynamite

67. Frank Booth - Blue Velvet

66. The Bride - Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2

65. White Goodman - Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

64. Withnail - Withnail & I

63. Wall-E - Wall-E

62. Mathilda - Leon

61. R.P. McMurphy - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

60. Ace Ventura - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

59. Tommy Devito - Goodfellas

58. Rick Blaine - Casablanca

57. Brick Tamland - Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

56. Juno MacGuff - Juno

55. Lt. Frank Drebin - The Naked Gun

54. Luke Skywalker - Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi

53. Luke - Cool Hand Luke

52. George Bailey - It's A Wonderful Life

51. Mal Reynolds - Serenity

50. Quint - Jaws

49. Walter Sobchak - The Big Lebowski

48. Tony Stark - Iron Man

47. Blade - Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

46. Anton Chigurh - No Country For Old Men

45. Amelie Poulain - Amelie

44. Peter Venkman - Ghostbusters

43. The Man With No Name - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

42. Alex DeLarge - A Clockwork Orange

41. Mary Poppins - Mary Poppins

40. Patrick Bateman - American Psycho

39. Marty McFly - Back to The Future 1-3

38. Donnie Darko - Donnie Darko

37. Edward Scissorhands - Edward Scissorhands

36. Harry Potter - Harry Potter 1-6

35. Maximus Decimus Meridius - Gladiator

34. Rocky Balboa - Rocky 1-6

33. Tequila - Hard Bioled

32. Jason Bourne - The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum

31. Aragorn - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

30. Jigsaw - Saw 1-5

29. Daniel Plainview - There Will Be Blood

28. Gandalf - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

27. Tony Montana - Scarface

26. Ron Burgundy - Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

25. Yoda - The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

24. Ash - Evil Dead I, II & Army of Darkness

23. Harry Callahan - Dirty Harry

22. Ellis 'Red' Redding - The Shawshank Redemption

21. Michael Corleone - The Godfather Parts I-III

20. Forrest Gump - Forrest Gump

19. Jules Winnfield - Pulp Fiction

18. Travis Bickle - Taxi Driver

17. Hans Gruber - Die Hard

16. Neo - The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions

15. Ferris Bueller - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

14. The Terminator - The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

13. Gollum - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Return of the King

12. John McClane - Die Hard 1-4

11. James Bond - Goldfinger

10. Vito Corleone - The Godfather

9. Ellen Ripley - Alien 1-4

8. Captain Jack Sparrow - Pirates Of The Caribbean 1-3

7. The Dude - The Big Lebowski

6. Indiana Jones - Indiana Jones 1-4

5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter - The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon

4. Han Solo - Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi

3. The Joker - The Dark Knight

2. Darth Vader - Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jed, Revenge of the Sith

1. Tyler Durden - Fight Club

The Good?

The love for Back to the Future, Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford...

...that's it really.

The Bad?

the lack of female characters. holly golightly? scout finch? hell, I'd even accept emma watson as hermione.
Atticus Finch being so low.
Jack Sparrow, while at 8, should still have been higher
Could we get over the Joker already?

Ditto E.T

number one. hello? best character EVER? perhaps not.

The Ugly...

so many psychopathic killers. The fact that someone just chopped someone else in half with a chainsaw while raping them and then said an ubercool one liner does NOT make a good character.

meh
Current Mood: good

Thursday, 20 November 2008

For Your Consideration

The British Independent Film Awards are coming up soon...and so far there is one film I feel passionately about.

fyc keira knightley

Current Mood: creative

Interview

so I had an interview at UCL yesterday. It could not have gone worse. It was an interview for French and German, and as soon as I sit down, she starts asking me about films. All well and good...it's something I'm interested and confident about...but when I mention that I like Hitchcock because of his use of camera angles and score to create tension, she asks me: "did you have any particular camera angles in mind?" ummm, sorry? This is a languages interview!!!! Luckily I did lol, otherwise I would have come across as a moron. Then she asked me whether I thought Hitchcock objectified women, and I said that although sometimes they were just used as plot devices or as a token "woman", some of his films, such as Marnie, do seem to show a lot of sympathy to women. She then gave me a strange look and said: "well, that's your opinion I suppose."

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

Monday, 17 November 2008

Bella's Lullaby

it's so preeeeetty!!!


Current Mood: determined

Saturday, 15 November 2008

61. Pretty Woman (1990)

OK, so this is a tad soppy SOMETIMES...and it's quite a chick flick...but it's also one of the most classic feel-good romances around. It's an original take on the Cinderella story, featuring the goddess Julia Roberts as the prostitute Vivian. When she agrees to act escort for a week for $3000, both their lives completely change. The acting is first class, with Julia receiving her second - and well deserved - Oscar nomination, and Richard Gere is really sweet and quiet and serious. One of his best roles, behind that of Chicago - compensating for the trash that he tends to come out with today (Nights in Rodanthe...ugh). The music is also amazing, from the classically late eighties/early nineties tunes - including the cult "Pretty Woman" - to the music actually composed by James Newton Howard. I think I've seen this four times in the past two months alone. It never gets old ♥



Current Mood: irritated

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Wasted Hours


After having spent an unnecessary amount of time on livejournal yesterday, I thought I'd share some of my spoils with you in the form of picspam :D I also found a mood theme - which you're really meant to use on livejournal, but I'm gonna see if I can manually chuck it in here :D xxx






*dies of cuteness*



















I am actually trying that toilet roll thing. Seems so cool. It's by this artist btw, so you don't think I'm the original creative genius.


Current Mood: chipper