Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Update time!!

The text conversation between my best friend and I the day I arrived:

Me - I got lost :
Her - Lol are you ok now?
Me - Well I had to drag my sorry ass over to a cab firm/dodgy casino. I'm now in a waiting room while an asian guy plays on a fruit machine. Just hope I'm not late!!
Her - Lol! Good start :P I'm sure you'll get to know the place tho...although you've lived in luton how long and still get lost?? :P Lol na you'll be fine :)
Me - Success! Am now in the taxi! Although I don't think the driver knows the way...

Yeah. And it's pretty much continued like that. Not that I've been lost the whole time, but it has been a bit of a mixed bag. Plus - everyone is nice, I get to meet people, I get to improve my grammar, I'm living the independent life, I'm in Oxford. Negative - everyone has made friends much faster and as usual I'm shyer and quieter than everyone, my grammar is awful and is refusing to get better and I really miss my mum.

Basically, it's going as well as it could for a shy introverted homely-type. I am really homesick, but hopefully once uni starts properly and I get a proper room rather than this temporary ten day one, and I get settled properly, I'll feel better. And everyone is really nice and friendly, so yeah, it's really going rather good! I think I just need to give everything time, but it's just so strange to think that the people here are going to soon become my true friends - it doesn't feel like I'll ever be as close to them as I am to my childhood friends now. Although somehow everyone else have bonded really fast...still, just take it all as it comes :)

oh, and ps, the computer room I'm in now has probably been sent from God :)

Sunday, 20 September 2009

I'm off to the city of dreaming spires :D Yes, Oxford time has finally rolled by, and I'm so excited. I'm going for a French grammar course 'til Thursday after next - in which I'm not sure I'll have access to the internet - and then I come home for a weekend before going off for good!! So yes, there may be a short hiatus on this blog, but never fear (although I doubt anyone is) when university actually starts and I'm settled, this blog will be going strong :D



OK, miss you all, and wish me luck!! xxx

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Just when I thought I couldn't love him anymore...



he is just so cool. Please come and be Prime Minister of England!!

Monday, 14 September 2009

My Favourite Film Tunes

The soundtrack of a film is often for me one of the most striking and important parts. Music has a whole lot of influence on our emotions and perceptions, and film music - whether through its subtlety or it's grandness - can truly make or break a scene. So here
for your reading pleasure is my top 20 pieces of film music.

01. Your Hands Are Cold (Dario Marianelli, Pride and Prejudice)



The most beautiful piece of film music ever composed. It throbs with emotion and beauty, and wonderfully captures the sweet poignant moment as Lizzie and Mr Darcy are finally reunited.

02. The Breaking of the Fellowship (Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings)



The Lord of the Rings (all three of them) have such trandescental music that it was hard to pick just one track. This one narrowly beat out Riders of Rohan, simply because it's one of the only songs that brought tears to my eyes when I first heard it.

03. He's a Pirate (Klaus Badelt, Pirates of the Caribbean)



Because nothing can beat the original Pirates' theme. Everytime I hear it, it brings a smile to my face as I imagine Jack sailing away.

04. Together We Will Live Forever (Clint Mansell, The Fountain)



Clint Mansell's work for Requiem for a Dream is probably his most recognised, but I feel the Fountain has one of the most dramatic, complex, original and stunning soundtracks ever. This track is admittedly the most gentle and least heart pounding in the soundtrack, but there's something about that piano that is just too beautiful.

05. Only the Beginning of the Adventure (Harry Gregson Williams, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)



The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe had one of the most underrated soudntracks ever. Seriously - I would have given it the Oscar.

06. The Friends (Nicholas Hooper, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)



John William's work on the Harry Potter films is probably the best known (I'm betting all of you could start humming Hedwig's Theme right now), but I prefer Hooper's work. His soundtracks for these films are much closer to the tone of the book - deeper, darker and more melancholy, and just darn lovely.

07. Comptine d'Un Autre Été (Yann Tiersen, Amélie)



Such a beautiful track that Tiersen reused it later on in Good Bye Lenin!

08. Theme from Schindler's List (John Williams, Schindler's List)



Indescribably beautiful. Much like the film, it speaks for itself.

09. Max-A-Million (Marc Streitenfeld, A Good Year)



Bit of an unusual chocie I'll admit, but this was just such an original track that I had to include it. Fits really perfectly with the film, which, by the way, you should all watch.

10. Under the Umbrella (Thomas Newman, Little Women)



Thomas Newman is a genius. Mostly, he's a genius at percussion-y type compositions (plonky music is what I commonly call it), but in this film, he shows his skill at the swoopy orchestral type, and it's just beautiful.

11. Atonement (Dario Marianelli, Atonement)
12. A Window to the Past (John Williams, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
13. Suite (Rachel Portman, Mona Lisa Smile)
14. Girl With a Pearl Earring (Alexandre Desplat, Girl With a Pearl Earring)
15. Credits (Dario Marianelli, Pride and Prejudice)
16. Evacuating London (Harry Gregson Williams, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
17. End Title (Thomas Newman, The Shawshank Redemption)
18. American Beauty (Thomas Newman, American Beauty)
19. The Painted Veil (Alexandre Desplat, The Painted Veil)
20. Summer 78 (Yann Tiersen, Good Bye Lenin!)

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

(500) Days of Summer

Terribly sorry for being so absent. Been so busy it's not even funny - plus my computer had a virus and it's been so hectic. I did however manage to squeeze in time to see 500 Days of Summer. It was an incredibly significant cinematic experience for me, because it was the first time I went to see a film on my own. I know, I'm a big loser, right? Still, my best friend had already seen it and my mum distrusts my film-taste (big compliment) and my brother refused to see it and my other friend was in France. And I have a limited social circle. But I was so deperate to see it that eventually I sucked it up and just went. And it was wonderful. I don't have time for a proper review so I'm just gonna do some quick points.



- The entire concept. I'm fed up to death of the rom-coms they churn out these days. They're boring, shallow, unpolished and predictable. But this film portrayed love in an thoughtful meaningful way, while still being funnier, more romantic and just generally fabulous-er than almost any other rom-com ever made.

- The music. Close contender for the best part of the movie. Regina Spektor's two songs were beautiful and completely fitted into the quirky, beautiful and near-melancholic feel of the movie. Mushaboom and Quelq'un Me Dit were also loved, mostly 'cos I actually recognised them - a rare occurence in a film. I'm now fairly into the Smiths too, and Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap was so lovely I didn't mind that it was used twice. Also, the song played when Tom starts an impromptu dance in a park was gorgeous. Yeah, I loved the music.

- The characters and the actors that played them. I've loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt ever since he was in 10 Things I Hate About You, but he was just amazing in this. His role was a crucial one (duh, he played the lead guy) because, unlike a lot of rom-coms, this film was completely told from the guy's point of view. He managed to capture every single emotion his character Tom went through, from ecstasy through to depression, and he was just so sweet and loveable and oh-my-word-I-loved-him. I actually liked Summer as well - although I think most people hated her. She was a complex character, because in a way, she was both the villian and the love interest, but Zooey Deschanel played her magnificently and caused me to actually feel for her.


- The...look of it. From split screens, sketched backgrounds, an eccentric blue colour scheme - the film was just darn beautiful to look at. And can I just say the clothes were gorgeous too. Summer's elegant yet playful pastel-y wardrobe made me almost (but not quite) want to abandon my multi-coloured tights and short dresses and dress just like her. And can I just say the man of my dreams would dress exactly the way Tom did.

To conclude - I loved it. I loved it so much. Beautiful, bittersweet, quirky - my perfect film.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Creative?

OK, so my gran's been making me some tote-type bags out of some old cushion protectors (I know, right? Why do they need protecting exactly?), mainly for these books, that I plan on lugging around uni like Hermione Granger on speed.



Most of the bags she's made have been the plain rectangular variety - which she's painstakingly made and which I plan on abusing with any number of fabric pens, but I'm having a lil' bit of trouble with this here one.


As you can see, it's got a lil' foldy thing (technical I know) which means I can't draw any one big thing (I'm recreating the poster of Volver on one of the normal ones, for example.) I was thinking of drawing lots of lil' small things, but I couldn't think what - I don't want to do anything predictable like flowers. Unless they're interesting flowers. One idea I did have was maybe writing out a passage from a book, using a different colour in the upside-V-bit. I dunno though. Seeing as a lot of you are fashion enthusiasts though, and way more clever and creative than I could ever be (sense the flattery people), I was wondering what you guys would do. So I could maybe then do it :P Seriously, any inspiration would be cool. And I will love you forever and a day :D