Monday, 28 April 2008

*more hysterics*

seeing as I've recently become addicted to this show, expect a loooooot more of these clips. For those of you who think it's cheap rubbish television, you'd so be right. But my goodness it is funny.

highlights:
Piers - "What is Rupert?"
Simon - "It's an elephant"
Ant - "I really fancy a bacon sanwich"
When Simon scares the crap out of Rupert with the buzzer
Amanda - "His hair feels a little bit like yours, Simon"
Piers - "Simon, he's not Stevie Wonder, you know? He's a little pig"

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Celebrations

Wooooh, I've finished my French orals, with minimal screwing up!! *is uber pleased* german ones next, plus mocks tomorrow and friday of some stupid further maths crap.


anywhoo, focus on positives...one exam OVER :D


ooooh, and btw, somethings I am desperately coveting atm:



*sobs* if only...

Sunday, 20 April 2008

*in hysterics*

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLL!!! I am in hysterics. Just look at Simon's face when it begins.

That IS talent :D

The Painted Veil

Huh. Yet another film I've finished watching recently. It might be wise to ask why I am getting through so many films in the exam season.

Meh...

I was really really looking forward to watching this. I saw the trailer on youtube, and it seemed precisely my type of movie: sweet, adorable, sad...and with such a fantastic trailer, can you blame my excitement?


The Painted Veil tells the story of Walter and Kitty Fane, a young married couple. Walter is madly in love with Kitty, but she is often quite bored by him, and only entered into the marriage out of convenience. One day she meets Charlie, one of Walter's acquaintances, and begins an affair. When Walter finds out, heartbroken, he demands she accompany him to China, in the middle of a cholera epidemic, or face divorce on the grounds of her adultery. Kitty is eventually forced to go with him to China, and there, she discovers...well, a whole bunch of things: love, spiritual awakening, and all that jazz.

To say the film disappointed would be a gross over-exaggeration. I honestly really did enjoy it. The music was lovely, the cinematography was breath-taking, and the romance pretty much made me cry. I'd just finished the book when I saw the movie, and, in terms of romance, the film was a million times better than the book. In the film, you actually see the two slowly fall in love again with each other, and become a sweet caring couple, whereas in the book, she repents her unfaithfulness but is still never in love with him. Meh, crappy ending!! On the other hand, the film had Edward Norton's cold anger, and Naomi Watt's misery and bitterness slowly melt away to love again and *beams* it was just so cute. I can't ever really express romance very well, but let me just say that it was quite near perfect.

So why am I not gushing about it as much as Atonement, or Marie Antoinette? Well, I'm not entirely sure. I've been thinking about it, and I haven't been able to put my finger on why exactly it hasn't become another favourite. It has all the right ingredients to become one of my most adored films...yet somehow it didn't. I think, in a way, the whole film had a slight immature quality about it. I'm not saying it was chick-flicky, but it just didn't seem as sophisticated as it possibly could have been. In seperate terms, everything was quite wonderful: music, setting, plot, costumes, acting (Naomi was a touch wooden sometimes, but other times, like to the left, made me want to cry)...but all together, it felt like there was something lacking to make it truly memorable.

To sum up then, it was a very sweet film to watch, and if it does ever show on TV, I will be clamouring to watch it. I do recommend y'all to watch it if you can. but just don't expect a masterpiece. Do expect a sweet period-romance.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Marie Antoinette

Finally got around to watching Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and I have to say I loved it from the very start. It was gorgeous enough to eat, sweet, sad, and so so original.

Let's start with the obvious goods first: the costumes. Oh. My. Gosh. Say what you want about the acting and directing and
music, no one can deny that these costumes weren't actual perfection. They were luscious, elaborate, gorgeous masterpieces of every single fabric imaginable, and every single colour. What I particularly liked was, despite the fact that were so huge and puffy and flowing, they never looked heavy or cumbersome, they looked sweet and light and delicate, making every single girl, but particularly the lovely looking Kirsten Dunst, look fabulous. Even the simple smaller things, such as shoes, jewellery, or night clothes were beautifully designed. Milena Canonero fully deserved that Oscar. It was truly amazing.

However, it wasn't only the costumes that were wonderful. I loved the simple script, especially as there wasn't much of it, and not really many particular conversations, but rather poignant little moments or background chatter that was barely discernable, or simply silence. It made everything so much more natural, not having forced marked "conversation" but rather as if someone had naturally filmed several moments in her life.

Indeed, that's really what I love about this film, the naturalness of it. It may be odd to say that
about a film with such elaborate costumes and scenery, but it honestly was so real; the acting and emotions of all the characters, but particularly Kirsten Dunst (who really came out of the whole Spiderman thing, and went to amazing new levels) for example, the scene where she cries locked up in her room, conveying all her desperateness, her feelings of being trapped, and her sadness, without saying any words. The fact that it was shot on location at Versailles added to the whole real thing. I also loved the camerawork, often the fourth wall was broken when a character stared right into the camera, drawing us, the audience into that world, and the scene by scene montage in the middle, o the shopping, cake eating, and lovely photographs of the shoes and pastries, again emphasising the film as a visual work of art, meanwhile reminding us of the reality of the thing with the rock soundtrack, and the little shot of the blue Converse.

If there was any criticism I would make of this, I would say it was the soundtrack. Don't get me wrong, I loved the idea of having a rock soundtrack, not only did it stop the film from becoming a sugar-sweet typical period-drama, but it also emphasised the idea of Marie Antoinette really
being a typical teenage girl. Indeed, some of the songs worked, the song during the montage in the middle, for example, and "Fools Rush In" when she returns from the masked ball really fitted in to the whole atmosphere, but often other times, it did sound a tad too forced. Personally, I think more thoughts could have gone into the song selection, to make sure it was perfect, 'cause, tbh, it so easily could have gone wrong, given the film's story. The music specifically composed for the film was lovely though.

Altogether then, I loved this; it's definitely become another favourite. I seem to be acquiring an awful lot of favourites these days hehe. Seeing so many good films :) I need to watch more classics though, atm, I would say there are only one or two classics in my top ten. SHOCK!! peace out xxx

Sweeney Todd (2007)