Monday, 29 March 2010

lost myself and I am nowhere to be found

Seven tracks that have been distracting me from helping me with my revision these past few weeks.

01. Caring is Creepy by The Shins
Pretty much anything on the Garden State soundtrack is just fine by me, and The Shins in particular are just fabulous.

02. We Both Go Down Together by The Decemberists
For me, one of the loveliest things a song can have is amazing lyrics that tell a sort of story - which probably explains my adoration of Regina Spektor. This story of two lovers kept apart from their families and who would rather die than be apart is unspeakably beautiful.

03. The Man Who Can't Be Moved by The Script
Another case of adorable lyrics.

04. Breathe Me by Sia
Because there's something quite heartbreakingly beautiful about the piano and her soft dreamy voice.

05. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
This song plays on the ending of Cruel Intentions, which I watched while studying Dangerous Liaisons last term (it's an updated adaptation of the book, and seemed a perfect way to "work" while actually not working). Although the film had many flaws, this song was not one of them.

06. Heads Will Roll by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Just plain amazing, and with one of the best music videos I've seen in a while.

07. Bones by The Killers
Another case of an amazing music video. For the 238402513th time, I love Tim Burton so much.

What's been the soundtrack to your March?

Thursday, 25 March 2010

The 2009 Filmfilms

'Cos yes, I still haven't come up with a better name. Admittedly slightly late this year, but better late than never :)

Best Picture
Winner - A Single Man
Runner Up - An Education

Leading Actor
Winner - Colin Firth, A Single Man
Runner Up - Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Leading Actress
Winner - Carey Mulligan, An Education
Runner Up - Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones

Supporting Actor
Winner - Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Runner Up - Tom Felton, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Supporting Actress
Winner - Marion Cotillard, Nine
Runner Up - Anna Kendrick, Up In the Air

Winner - Tom Ford, A Single Man
Runner Up - Marc Webb, (500) Days of Summer

Adapted Screenplay
Winner - An Education (Nick Hornby)
Runner Up - Up In the Air (Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner)

Original Screenplay
Winner - (500) Days of Summer (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber)
Runner Up - Phoebe in Wonderland (Daniel Barnz)

Best Animated Picture
Winner - Coraline
Runner Up - Up

Winner - A Single Man (Eduard Grau)
Runner Up - Avatar (Mauro Fiore)

Costume Design
Winner - The Young Victoria (Sandy Powell)
Runner Up - Nine (Colleen Atwood)

Art Design
Winner - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Dave Warren, Anastasia Masaro, Caroline Smith)
Runner Up - Avatar (Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair)

Best Soundtrack
Winner - A Single Man (Abel Korzeniowski)
Runner Up - (500) Days of Summer (Mychael Danna)

Best Original Song
Winner - "Take It All" (Maury Yeston)
Runner Up - "I See You" (Leona Lewis, James Horner)

Monday, 22 March 2010

Autumn (Tribute to Debbie Phillips)

I encourage everyone to buy this single from iTunes for only 79p.

It is a tribute to Debbie Phillips, who died of cervical cancer in February, by her daughter Sarah, who sang it into her mobile phone on the night her mother died. All money goes to a fund set up in Debbie's name for research into cervical cancer. Sarah's older sister is a friend of mine at my uni, and I can assure you it would mean the world to her and her family.

Monday, 15 March 2010

40. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

I've returned from Oxford for the Easter holidays. I'm slightly pleased to be back - obviously I missed my family, and I also really need a break from the intenseness there. Still, I already really really wish I were back.

The weather's also beginning to look up - which will hopefully mean a lot of trips to gorgeous London in summer dresses and a cardigan. And work. Obviously. Mustn't forget the tonnes of revision I've been landed with.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

"How can you, of all people, dispose of yourself without affection?"

The Oscars were slightly meh in my opinion, and I can't be bothered to write much about them. Or anything really. So instead, bask in the aural and visual prettiness that is Becoming Jane. It was on iPlayer over the last week, and although I'd seen it before, I decided to watch it again, mainly because I was bored and I needed some period romance in my life. I didn't particularly love it the last first time I watched it, and I'm not incredibly enamoured of it this time round either; it is a sweet film with a good cast - Anne Hathaway embodies Jane Austen beautifully, and James McAvoy excels as always - but it's not outstanding. It is really sweet, romantic and pretty though, so enjoy :)

Thursday, 4 March 2010


New batch of trailers. Can't be arsed to say much about them (this is shaping up to be a great post...), because I want to sleep tonight before it really becomes tomorrow (does that make sense?). Anyway...

01. The Exploding Girl

These days, it's becoming harder and harder to distinguish the good indie romances from the mediocre - so many are being made. I'm not entirely sure how this one will turn out, but can I please have the wardrobe?

02. Cemetery Junction

Just seems fairly entertaining tbh. And Reading's really close to Oxford *beams*

03. Meet the Joneses

Appropriate for our times, and seems quite funny, and an original concept. And I'd given up on Demi Moore doing anything good again, but waddiyaknow?

Right, should go sleep. And watch Becoming Jane on iPlayer :)