Saturday, 27 June 2009

film + photography = love

Empire's 20th Birthday Portfolio is actually pretty damn impressive. To celebrate the magazine's 20th birthday, they've done a photo shoot with some amazing actors with little nods to their most famous films. As a geek, it's ridiculously good fun guessing which film they're paying tribute to (it's also really easy. So you don't really need to be a geek - just need to watch TV about once a week...) These are some of my favourite shots.

CHALLENGE! See if you can guess them all! The person who does gets...well, you get nothing. It really is very easy - especially since I'm putting half the movie names in my tags...

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Not Sure About This...

They're planning to extend the Oscar Best Picture category to ten pictures instead of the usual five. Apparantly this will give "populist" films and comedies a better chance. As a big fan of comedies, I suppose I ought to be thrilled, but I can't help feeling that with such a large number, they'll just end up trying to make up the number with any blockbuster or gross comedy. The Oscars are meant to be more of a critical award ceremony, rather than one based on viewing figures or something - we have the MTV movie awards for that. I mean, Twilight was a popular film. Does that mean it comes even close to qualifying for a Best Picture nomination? God forbid. Maybe a small extension would have been alright, to give these films a chance, but I think doubling the number is just too much. Hmmn, we'll have to wait 'til next February to see...

Current Mood: lethargic

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Curious-er and curious-er

I have always had a deep love of Alice in Wonderland. Ever since I was little, I would devour the books, the Disney film and any made for TV series which featured anything Alice related. I'm not entirely sure why I like it so much - I think it just really clicks with me. As a girl who infinitely prefers fiction and imagination to reality, and often walks with her head in the clouds, I think I really understand Alice's need to create a little world, to escape from the mundane-ness of this one. The level of creativity and imagination that Lewis Carroll (or to give him his proper name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) used is extraordinary - he fully replicates the dream-like state we often find ourselves in through the random events, strange characters and whimsical narrative in his book - despite this, nothing is excess or unnecessary - each tiny scene is essential and contributes to this rich imaginative story.

I think what I most like about it though is that, unlike stories such as the Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy appears in this amazing imaginative world but spends the whole time wishing she was back in sepia toned Kansas, Alice belongs in her world and embraces it. There are dangers there - the Queen of Hearts is vicious and the Jabberwocky terrifying - yet no one can deny she fully belongs there. In my mind's eye, it's where she finds home at last. Alice is an inspiration for every awkward girl or boy who doesn't quite fit in - she uses her imagination to create her own world and finds home at last. That's how I've always seen it anyway, and I've always admired her for it. A lot of people feel it's a cop out to have it all end in a dream - and with a lot of stories that is true - with Alice in Wonderland (and Through the Looking Glass) it is essential to have it be a dream - it makes it truly her world. And I think Lewis Carroll - who is probably one of the most imaginative writers the world has ever seen - wanted to use his own powerful imagination to encourage and inspire the rest of us. I for one am inspired. So much so that I wrote a poem :D *hears groans* Yes, I apologise. I should stop tryign to be so creative. Especially when I'm nowhere near his calibre. Still. Off we go :D The poem pretty much sums up my view of the entire story and the entire character - it's all about finding home and finding happiness and where you belong.


Little girl,
Fallen down the rabbit hole.
Does comfort await you in this strange place?
Home may beckon,
Familiarity may call,
You were a stranger in your own land.
Stretch out your hand and feel the air,
Wonderland shimmers before your eyes.
Run into the chequered hall,
Dance amidst the roses red and white,
An ice cream in your hand,
A red bow in your hair.
Look up at the sky,
The moon is the Cheshire Cat’s smile,
As you dream of home.

Inspired by:

Phoebe in Wonderland. The whole film is really good, but the last scene - starting from 0.40 - is beautiful, and really reflects my belief of Alice representing belonging and finding out who you are.

and of course the girl herself:

So many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

I know, I know...

I know I promised to write something as soon as exams are over. And I will!! Later today or tomorrow. Anyway, today I've been digging through this website to find some Atonement screencaps to paint. I don't know what it is about Joe Wright's films - it's something about the use of colours and shadows and light and focus that is just so beautiful that I'm always inspired to try and express it in some way. Previously, I did a scene from Pride and Prejudice in pastels, but now I want to tackle Atonement - I'm thinking watercolours, even though I'm not so good in them, just because I think it suits the soft airy atmosphere.

I'll probably do something from the scene where Cecilia is getting ready for the evening, although there are a couple of other scenes that are just as gorgeous. Which picture do you think is nicest?

UPDATE: a small sketch I did based on the fourth picture. I've missed drawing so much :)

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Exams are... many adjectives could fit into that gap. Many of which are rude. But for ONCE it's positive. Exams are OVER. That's right. They. Are. Over. I have my life back.

They went badly by the way. Just so no one thinks I'm actually good at what I do.

Ah well. It's not like I really wanted to go to Oxford anyway.

Haha, what a lie. Ah well. We live, we learn.



Friday, 5 June 2009

It's just a mystery

oh Hugh. Bloody genius.

Am off to do my maths exam...did my French yesterday...after today I'll only have German and one more maths left. Then OVER. And I'll actually write something rather than looking up Hugh Laurie videos on YouTube. *nods* 'Tis a plan.