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

Friday, 7 November 2008

Alphabetic films

Have been tagged. Well, not really, but I've stolen an open tag from Kayleigh

1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet.

2. The letter "A" and the word "The" do not count as the beginning of a film's title, unless the film is simply titled A or The, and I don't know of any films with those titles.

3. Return of the Jedi belongs under "R," not "S" as in Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi. This rule applies to all films in the original Star Wars trilogy; all that followed start with "S." Similarly, Raiders of the Lost Ark belongs under "R," not "I" as in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Conversely, all films in the LOTR series belong under "L" and all films in the Chronicles of Narnia series belong under "C," as that's what those filmmakers called their films from the start. In other words, movies are stuck with the titles their owners gave them at the time of their theatrical release. Use your better judgement to apply the above rule to any series/films not mentioned.

4. Films that start with a number are filed under the first letter of their number's word. 12 Monkeys would be filed under "T."

5. Link back to Blog Cabins in your post so that I can eventually type "alphabet meme" into Google and come up #1, then make a post where I declare that I am the King of Google.

6. If you're selected, you have to then select 5 more people.

Atonement

Billy Elliot

Chicago

The Duchess

Erin Brockovich

Fight Club

The Gold Rush

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Il y a Longtemps Que Je T'aime

Juno

King Kong

El Laberinto del Fauno

My Cousin Vinny

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Psycho

Quantum of Solace

Roman Holiday

Spellbound

Twelve Angry Men

Der Untergang

The Virgin Suicides

WALL-E

X-Men

Ying xiong

Zodiac

I tag Emma and JAG. Have fun guys! xxx

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Quantum of Solace

Reviews for the new James Bond have not generally been positive. Millions of complaints, ranging from the plot to Bond not sleeping with the leading lady (um...what?) have been launched. And I am here to say that they are all, in my opinion, completely ridiculous.
Quantum of Solace has fast become my favourite Bond film ever, with Daniel Craig replacing Timothy Dalton as my prefered 007. Why?

First and foremost: Daniel Craig. People had doubts about him ever since it was announced he would take over from Pierce Brosnan, but wow were they ever proved wrong! Not only is he an amazing actor, but he gives Bond this extra depth, emotion, and vulnerability, while at the same time portraying the most cold-hearted and frightening James Bond yet. This complex mix of characteristics has led to a Bond that the audience can connect to and empathise with more than ever - much more than the previous Bonds who were based on glamour and style but with less character (no offence to the other Bond actors, they were all great too - but they definitely all portrayed a much different, and - in my opinion - less wonderful, Bond).

Daniel Craig's shockingly gritty and real performance has been criticized for being to Bourne-esque; this - along with the cuts of Q and Miss Moneypenny - have had fans clamouring that this isn't really a Bond film at all. Personally, I've found this reboot of the franchise refreshing. The quips, the gadgets and the girls were beginning to become a little stale, and I love it that we get to see the beginning of James Bond before relaunching into previous material. Producers have assured us that Q and Miss Moneypenny will be back - and it will be interesting to see them again - but I am really enjoying seeing the Bond story previous to how we've come to know it. Plus, as I've already said, the fact that James has more emotion and depth is absolutely no problem with me - and I think it's ridiculous of people to immediately compare it to Bourne just for that reason. The stories and characters are completely different.

The plot of Quantum of Solace was another high point for me. I'm fine with complicated plots, don't get me wrong, but previous Bond stories were often so convulted that I never really followed them at all, and found myself getting bored half way through. In this film however, it's all so refreshingly simple and easy to follow, while at the same time being exhilaratingly thrilling. For this aspect of the film, the one criticism I would have to make is its jumps from location to location - towards the middle it starts to get a little bit scrappy. However, by the end, everything is so neatly pulled together and finished that you forget that ever really happened.

The supporting cast is great too. There have been complaints that M was under used in this film. All I have to say is that the critic was probably asleep during half the movie, because never has M played as large and pivotal a role as in this film. Her presence is almost constantly there, whether actually in person with Bond, or small scenes even on her own. The relationship between the two is explored a bit as well, again adding an emotive aspect, as well as deepening her character. I was very glad to see Jeffrey Wright reappear as Felix, he makes a perfect American agent. The villain of the peice, Dominic Greene as played by Mathieu Almaric, was appropriately charming and deadly and also very real - no deformities or scars - making what was inside him even more frightening. The two Bond girls are refreshingly different and new: Olga Kurlenko is probably the most complex Bond girl ever, she actually seems to have a bit of a character and story of her own, rather than just being a side-kick. She also doesn't actually sleep with him, which is quite fun. Gemma Arterton was very sweet and charming, if a little under used. She did however provide on of my favourite scenes. After her death, M chides Bond, showing him the consequences that his charm has on people. I can't remember exactly what was said, but it was a really pivotal scene in terms of the characters development and relationships, and it was just really sweet :)

In terms of everything else - it was also good, visual effects were well done, and it was beautifully shot. Although I didn't really like the title song - Another Way to Die by Alicia Keys and Jack White - at first, it definitely grew on me once seen in the context of the film, although of course it was nowhere as good as You Know My Name, which still remains my favourite song ever. The titles however were a little scrappily done - I would have hated them if it weren't for Daniel Craig shooting things, giving it a bit of edge. There didn't seem to have been much effort put on the scantily clad girls - if they wanted them back, it should have been done properly.
So, all in all, a really good film - an emotionally as well as visually-arresting Bond. I adored it, and I already want to see it again.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Twilight

I've been a bit surrounded by Twilight these past few days. I reread the first one - the only one I like - and flicked through a bit of the French version at work experience (you have no idea how sexy Edward Cullen is when he speaks french :P) I also saw the trailer for the first time on the big screen yesterday (I think all the actors are perfect - especially Robert) and have been reading the first few chapters of Midnight Sun - Twilight from Edward's POV - on Stephanie Meyer's website. Although it is pretty much half the book, bless her. My thoughts? Part of me likes it even more than before, and part of me dislikes it. Hmmmn...
The actual story line and characters (only in Twilight mind you. Bella became a bit whiney later on) are fabulous. I love the Cullen family, I love Bella and I love Edward. I especially like reading it from both points of view - Twilight and Midnight Sun - all the hidden thoughts and emotions are brought to the front without over crowding either book. The villains are a bit sketchy, but they're not really the main focus, so we can pass by that. Plus, the whole general idea is beginning to grip me - I'm really excited for the film and the new book, whenever it comes out. However, what I dislike about it - well, no so much dislike as am irritated by, is Stephanie Meyer's general writing style. Not that she's a bad writer per se, but her style is a bit fanfictionesque - sometimes overindulgent and a touch unfocused and rambly. Towards the end of the book, Edward has said he's a monster so many times, and Bella has assured him that he's not - that the whole thing's become a touch repetitive. Edward also tends to be overly Byronic and moody, and the tone can be quite melodramatic and soppy - in places I had to put it down in embarassment for a few seconds before picking it up again.

However, the thing to note is that I did pick it up again. Despite it's faults, it's pretty much an addictive read - and the romance - though sometimes drawn out - is still wonderfully passionate and touching. I can't wait for Midnight Sun to come out, I'd love to like more than one book in this series - oh for the times before Jacob Black became an unnecessary complication.


It looks amazing - Robert and Kirsten are absolutely PERFECT!!