Thursday, 30 April 2009

A curve has parametric equations x=at, y=at2+at, where a is a constant. Given that the curve has a stationary point when x= -2, find a.


UPDATE: a is apparantly 4. Thrilling stuff.

Current Mood: bored

Monday, 27 April 2009

48. The Great Escape (1963)

There is nothing I love more than the friendship between boys. Unfortunately these days, boys-club-films tend to be clichéd, unsophisticated and just kinda rude. (This is me being a snob - enjoy :D). The Great Escape however was made back in the 60s and therefore has none of that - instead there's stead fast loyalty, warm-hearted humour and camaraderie between a group of men in a WWII Prisoner of War camp as they struggle to acheive one of the biggest escapes ever. Set against the grand but ultimately heart-breaking back drop of the Second World War, this film is a really beautiful and touching adaptation of a true story, and, what with complicated escape routes, Nazi salutes and thrilling chases, has all of the elements of not only a good War film but also a touching, heart warming story.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

I don't usually...

give out political messages (actually, can this be termed political? It's really just basic humantity) but my dad showed this to me and it's just too amazing. Please just take the time to watch it and just think a lil' bit afterwards :)
(And I will do a vaguely filmic post tomorrow. Promise)

In English -

In French -

And in Farsi for good measure -

(I could actually understand some of this - so so proud hehe)

peace out xxx

Current Mood: enthralled

Friday, 24 April 2009

rain or shine?

hehe, how cool is this!?

what's your weather going to be like?

Current Mood: impressed

Monday, 20 April 2009

49. His Girl Friday (1940)

I'm sorry for not updating more. But given the fact that school and exams are slowly but surely killing me, I wouldn't expect more than pictures and youtube videos in the next few weeks.

This sucks. Exams are preventing me from doing everything I want to do. And tbh, after all this effort, it's not like I'm going to get my 3 As anyway. *is pissed off*

Anyway. His Girl Friday is one of Cary Grant's screwball comedies - and it's on here because I just love the witty quick-fire banter, Grant's facial expressions and the sleazy yet hilarious world of journalism that is portrayed. Cary Grant became famous through such roles as this - and it's no wonder, as he nails it to perfection. There's some great support from Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy the former of whom delivers such quick fire jokes as to rival the Gilmore Girls. This film is a classic, whose genius can never be overstated.

Current Mood: drained

Monday, 13 April 2009

How can something possibly edge so close to perfection? This score is just absolutely beautiful - an amazing layering of melodies with a touch of the Orient - it's deep, emotive and breath-taking.

It's just fabulous. *gushes*

Friday, 10 April 2009

Warning: Excessive Sentimentality

Have been going through the classics - film and literature - and seriously, no one ever did romance better than they did.

"If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being." Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

"If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

Favourite Film Characters of All Time

This was actually incredibly difficult to do, because my two favourite characters ever are in fact literary characters, and I obviously couldn't include them. So I may do a top 10 for book characters later.

Anyway, you'll notice that there's a distinct lack of Travis Bickles and Tyler Durdens here - that's because I've tended to go more with witty than gritty. Hope you enjoy :)

10. Amelie, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
Because of her quirky and sweet attitude to life. Because she wants to make other people happy. Because she finds true love at last.

9. James Bond, Quantum of Solace (and others)
Because he's just too cool and tough - and actually a bit of an ass - but with a vulnerability underneath.

8. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
Because he fought the fight no one else would.

7. Macaulay Connor, The Philadelphia Story
Because he introduced himself once as the Voice of Doom. And because he's Jimmy Stewart.

6. Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark (and others)
Uh, because he finds treasure. Duh :D

5. Marnie Edgar, Marnie
Because she's a kleptomaniac and frigid and childlike and vulnerable, and completely at the mercy of her husband and her past and yet doesn't give up without a fight.

4. Lizzie Bennet, Pride And Prejudice
Because she's fun and vivacious and clever and witty. Because she's an amazing sister. Because she's way ahead of her time. Because she refuses to let society control her life.

3. Norman Bates, Psycho
Because he is one of the biggest plot twists ever.

2. Mona Lisa Vito, My Cousin Vinny
Because of her hilarious rants. Because of her New York accent. Because of her chemistry with Vinny. Because she's not afraid to stand out. Because she saves the day in the end.

1. Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
Because of his walk. Because of his accent. Because of his over-complicated speeches. Because of the eyeliner. Because of his love of rum. Because of his great love of the sea. Because in the end, he is the best film character ever :)

Tuesday, 7 April 2009


When a $40 million secret product is invented, two spies with a past team up to con their respective companies and keep the money themselves. Cue a precarious game of duplicity as they both struggle to work together without ever completely trusting each other.

Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, and starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, Duplicity is an enjoyable and sophisticated comedy-thriller. Told through a number of flashbacks, the plot is at first convoluted and confusing but falls completely in place about half-way through, revealing a clever and original story with just the right number of twists and turns. Both Clive Owen and Julia Roberts have said that the script was one of the things that first attracted them to this film, and it's not hard to see why - it is sharp and well-crafted with plenty of witty one-liners and enjoyable banter between the two leads, both of whom have brilliant chemistry together. Despite the fact that everyone in this film is in someway gaming somebody else, Roberts and Owen play their parts both convincingly and charmingly, feeding off each other's energy to create a sizzling romance. Julia Roberts hasn't made a film in a long while, and this is a nice return for her. The supporting cast is great too, with Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti providing most of the laughs as two literally competing corporate bosses fighting to be the first to bring out the new secret product which will earn them millions.

It's perhaps not the most serious film out at the moment and you do have to pay attention to see where it's all going, but Duplicity is fun, witty and original, and definitely worth a trip to the cinema. I thoroughly recommend it :D

Current Mood: blah

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Why so beautiful?

These are absolutely stunning. Keira's gorgeous as usual, and the costume designer deserves ridiculous amounts of praise.

Current Mood: relaxed