Thursday, 28 August 2008

Elizabethtown

After stumbling across a trailer for Elizabethtown on YouTube (yes, this is how I spend the last precious days of my summer) I decided I had to see it, if only for Orlando Bloom's American accent. And the end result? About ten million times better than what I expected.


This film did not go down well with the critics...some thought it was basically a rip-off of Garden State (one of my all-time favourites) - except worse - some thought the acting was atrocious, and the storyline implausible.

I personally thought it was brilliant. The storyline was sweet and simple - guy who is completely on the edge realises his dad has died, goes to get his body, meets a sweet girl, and learns about life. It might sound a bit cliche, but I thought it was done perfectly, in an original and real way, something the audience could really relate to...we've all had these long phone conversations when we just don't want to hang up, felt complete despair, rediscovered ourselves, and we've all been somwhere that, or met someone who, changed our lives.

The acting too was wonderful. I think Orlando Bloom is gorgeous, but I'll be the first to admit he's not the greatest actor in the world. He's not as bad as some make out...but he's not fabulous. This film, however, was his best performance, he was perfect in it, never feeling wooden or forced. The accent was unfortunate, he couldn't really pull it off, or maybe I'm just used to hearing his lovely English accent, and it just sounded odd. Kirsten Dunst too, was lovely, but found the Southern accent tricky, lapsing every now and then into her normal one. These two actors were so perfect in these roles, and gave such great performances, that I think it's a real pity that the script couldn't be changed a tiny bit to accomodate this. Otherwise however, they were both really good, with great chemistry.

So yeah, it was a really touching film, really relatable, with fabulous acting and a wonderful soundtrack. This, for me, is the definition of a heart-warming yet non-sentimental film, neatly and beautifully showing the little joys and pleasures of life - you seriously will feel happy just watching this. I seriously recommend it, it's wonderful. Ignore the critics...and don't be mean to Orlando Bloom just 'cos of the accent. He's a sweetheart :P xxx

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

65. Dial M for Murder (1954)

My first Hitchcock...and how I love that guy. Strangely enough, unlike other Hitchcock films - and indeed, any typical mystery film - we the audience know from the very beginning who has killed who...and so the whole film is seen through, in a way, the murderer's eyes, and through the police inspector's as he tries to sift through the mystery. This may make it sound less tense or suspenseful - but actually it works perfectly - there's suspense as we wonder whether the right person is going to get caught...and, in typical twisted Hitchcock style, there's a whole lot of tension when the crime doesn't go right...we almost feel on the murderer's side as we see it through his eyes. Beautifully acted and shot...this is one of Hitchcock's more underrated and best.


Thursday, 21 August 2008

My mosaic

I decided to try this whole mosaic thing...except I just used my own icons from my computer.



1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.


1. What is your first name? Anahita - the Persian godess of water and chastity and beauty and other crap.

2. What is your favorite food? cheeseburgers - they're so unashamedly filling and yummy.

3. What high school did you go to? In a lil' English country town a few miles away from home.

4. What is your favorite color? White

5. Who is your celebrity crush? Umm, Johnny Depp from Benny & Joon.

6. Favorite drink? Hot chocolate

7. Dream vacation? China

8. Favorite dessert? Cake

9. What do you want to be when you grow up? A mother

10. What do you love most in life? Friends. My own lol, not the TV show...but those six really embody what friendship is.

11. One word to describe you. Hermione lol...loyal, obsessive, smart and a lil' neurotic.

12. Your Flickr name. I don't have one...so another pic about Anahita -symbolising the water thing.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

AGGH!! KRAKEN ATTAACCKK!!!

lol

66. La Haine (1995)

A simply stunning film by Mathieu Kassovitz (the love interest from Amelie - yes, he's a director too!!) detailing the occurences in the lives of three young men after the Paris riots. We studied this in our French class, which probably made me appreciate it more - given that now I know some of the background of the riots and the film. It's beautifully shot in black and white, with amazing camera work - and the acting by the three leads is really well done. An emotionally arresting and heart breaking exploration of the themes of hate and violence - I would recommend this film to anyone.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

oh happiness

everyone look at what kayleigh made me!!! It's gorgeous, thank you!!!!


Wednesday, 13 August 2008

14 hours to go...

oh my gosh I have so failed

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Little Women

I saw Little Women last night, the 1994 version with Winona Ryder. I love the book, and this is my favourite film version of it...I teared up about four different times I think. Anyway, the film's strong point is it's breathtaking score by Thomas Newman, which probably accounted for half of my crying. So for your listening pleasure, here's the entire soundtrack:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
Hauntingly beautiful :)

Monday, 11 August 2008

I am so damn hungry...

...but that's beside the point. Anywhoo, I thought I'd do the thing from Kayleigh's blog - the theme of the day being some of my favourites from the film industry:

1) Choose 12 Films to be featured. They could be random selections or part of a greater theme. Whatever you want.
2) Explain why you chose the films.
3) Link back to
Lazy Eye Theatre so I can have hundreds of links and I can take those links and spread them all out on the bed and then roll around in them.
4) The people selected then have to turn around and select 5 more people.

I tag Emma and JAG :D And anyone else tbh
Monday - Billy Wilder Day

Sabrina
Some Like It Hot


Tuesday - Keira Knightley Day

Pride and Prejudice

Bend it Like Beckham

Wednesday - Sofia Coppola Day

The Virgin Suicides
Marie Antoinette
Thursday - James Stewart Day
Mr Smith Goes to Washington


Vertigo


Friday - Alexandre Desplat Day


Girl With A Pearl Earring


The Queen
Saturday - Alfred Hitchcock Day

Marnie


Spellbound

Thursday, 7 August 2008

67. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

This has to be one of sweetest films I have ever seen, and one that portrays love perhaps the most realistically. What I love most about it is, despite it's standing as a "romantic-comedy", there's actually a very serious, moving, dark strain running throughout the film : suicide, infidelity, disappointed hopes; the sight of Klara's tragic face when she realises there is no letter is simply heartbreaking, and this, contrasted with the witty humour ("Well, who's fault was it? Mine?" "Well...yes") and the really adorable romance (James Stewart admitting, in his own special way, that he's the writer of those letters was one of the most romantic scenes I have ever seen) makes it such a special film, and one of Stewart's bests. To put it in slight emo terms, I <3 James Stewart :D


michelangelo...picasso...me

the product of a fruitful 2 hours mucking around with my five year old brother:



D'you see why I took GCSE art?

Sunday, 3 August 2008

68. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Embarassing secret: I used to think Errol Flynn was good looking. Mind you, I was about 7. Anyway...this film is just so unashamedly dramatically adventurous and heroic and romantic and Robin Hood-esque, that I feel it is impossible not to watch it and enjoy it. Ever since I was little, I loved the way it's just so flamboyant and bold about the Robin Hood story - tights, patriotic speeches, damsels in distress - the whole works. I simply love the new modern series...the whole updated not-over-the-top Robin Hood...but this classic traditional take is still very close to my heart - story-telling at its best.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

aaaaaaagggghhh!!!!

yeah I'm back early. Will explain tomorrow. Meanwhile...LOOOK!!!!!!



oooooh, I'm just too excited!!! I remain a Harry Potter geek at heart :D

and JK Rowling is publishing The Tales of Beedle the Bard!!

"There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was offered to the public last December. I am therefore delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon (who bought the handwritten copy at auction) – and with the blessing of the wonderful people who own the other six original books - The Tales of Beedle the Bard will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans. Royalties will be donated to the Children’s High Level Group, to benefit institutionalised children in desperate need of a voice. The new edition will include the Tales themselves, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, and with illustrations by me, but also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive." - JK Rowling.

D'you see why I love her?!?!

Probably more important things happened while I was away...but still! soo cool!!!