Friday, 25 May 2012

"If we can't protect the Earth, you can be damned well sure we'll avenge it"

Like much of the world, I'm on a bit of an Avengers high at the moment. I've seen it twice - once in French and once in English - and am seriously considering how lame it would be to go again. And again. When I was younger I went through a phase of absolutely hating superhero movies - I think mostly due to the Spiderman trilogy and how incredibly shite it was. The Avengers however succeeds the way other superhero films never seem to, by being both mind-blowingly, awe-inspiringly epic and also strangely relatable and human. This is mostly due to its rather unusual concept: rather than being the now rather clich├ęd story of a lone outsider (usually a geeky young boy who as soon as he takes off his glasses turns into a fully-fledged hunk) trying to come to terms with who he is, The Avengers features a whole team of superheroes, each with wildly different powers and backgrounds who come together to defeat a super-badass. By putting them all on an equal footing, the dynamic between the characters becomes far more interesting and unique - you really get the impression that you're in their world, rather than the other way around.

Plus they're all just awesome. Robert Downey Jr, long term love of my life, seems born to play the cool, cocky, witty Ironman who strikes up frequent tension with the selfless, slightly lost Captain America (Chris Evans). Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor, remaining as charming and, despite his burly physique, sweet as ever. Mark Ruffalo is heart breaking as Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk), a damaged, vulnerable, self-loathing scientist whose volatile alter ego has the power to make or break the team. Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner round off the troupe, sizzling with chemistry, while the frankly amazing Tom Hiddleston portrays Loki, the deranged, unbalanced yet somehow incredibly adorable antagonist, intent on taking over the world. While the special effects are breathtaking (when the Helicarrier rose out of the sea: dude) it's the relationships and interactions between the characters that truly makes the film. They go from being fractured, isolated and mistrusting individuals to a real team. With incredible direction (what else can you expect from Joss Whedon), a great score by Alan Silvestri, and a tight, brilliantly witty script, this is not a film to be missed. Believe the hype people.






(Also, quite frankly, everyone in the film is gorgeous. I'm struggling to decide which of them - including Scarlett Johannson - is the most attractive. Still undecided.)

Monday, 14 May 2012

Bend and stretch

How incredible is this video? I absolutely adore ballet, like practically every single little girl I did a bit when I was younger but just didn't have the stamina to carry it through (shocking, I know). Nowadays I can only enjoy it as a spectator but it's still pretty magnificent. Thus far I've only been to see the very classic ballets - think Tchaikovsky and tutus - but this video shows the more physical, demanding side of it that's often glossed over. Imagine how strong and supple you have to be to do half of what they do...

Monday, 7 May 2012

Let me keep this memory, just this one

Clementine: Joely?
Joel: Yeah, Tangerine?
Clementine: Am I ugly?
Joel: Uh-huh.
Clementine: When I was a kid, I thought I was. I can't believe I'm crying already. Sometimes I think people don't understand how lonely it is to be a kid, like you don't matter. So I'm eight, and I have these toys, these dolls. My favourite is this ugly girl doll who I call Clementine, and I keep yelling at her: "You can't be ugly! Be pretty!" It's weird, like if I could transform her I would magically change too.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

The deep blue sea

After getting frustrated with uploading photos on my last post, I decided that my blog would look way better if all my posts and all the images and videos were centred. So I went through two years worth of archives, manually changing each post seeing as I couldn't figure out how to do it automatically. Then a few days ago I decided I didn't like it, so spent a great deal of time turning everything back the way it was. So, er, all the non-changes you can see around here are thanks to hours of work. I can be a bit of a tool sometimes.

Corsica is now 500 miles behind me and I'm all settled in Bordeaux for the next three months, on the final stretch of my year abroad. This is the last time I move around, I promise! (Apart from maybe a couple of day trips, what's a girl to do when she's in the middle of gorgeous French countryside?) I got a card from a friend today that said it best: "HAPPY HOUSEWARMING. Again." I miss Corsica a bit - I had an amazing time there - but I am looking forward to this new challenge. I'm interning at a art gallery again but this time it's way bigger so more opportunity to fuck up, I mean, get involved. A few pictures of Corsica though, just to be nostalgic on this Saturday night. I know I'm not the world's greatest photographer and my camera's certainly not the best. I love showing my photos on my blog though, somehow selecting my favourites to be displayed together neatly makes them look way better than they actually are ^_^ These photos are from a mini roadtrip I took with some French girls I worked with - it was pretty amazing driving through snow-topped mountains one minute and seeing the sun blazing on a gorgeous blue sea the next.