Friday, 24 April 2015

So Fetch Friday: Summertime

As I am such a nerd, when I think of Summer, the first thing I think of is, 'what films are out?' and 'I hope it's sunny'. Two things that don't really fit together.

 As I will be pretty broke this Summer, my big spends with be towards a short break with a few friends and buying a new laptop as the one I am using right now shut off randomly every 10 minutes. The Apple store are next to useless, but my brother in law has been really awesome and prolonged the laptop's life a little longer. But after so many issues, it's time to say goodbye. So I am looking forward to (fingers crossed) getting a new laptop, at some point.

This Summer, apart from movies, its going to be about the little things. Through my work, we sponsor a few charities and we get a day off to volunteer at a charity. Last my friend and I went to Vauxhall City Farm and had a great time, so, this year we're going back and I can't wait to see all the animals again.

In June, I also start my pottery classes. I felt like doing something new and that I know nothing about. Plus I know I'll be feeling the empty spot in my calender after my writing course finishes.

Other than these little things, I'm just hoping for a good Summer, some sunshine, not too sweltering hot and the chance to wear my new hat without the wind blowing it away.

Join in on SO FETCH FRIDAY started up by Girl Meets Cinema

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Thursday Movie Pick: Superheroes

 This is my first post joining on Thursday Movie Picks from Wandering Through The Shelves blog. I know the picks are for Superhero movies specifically otherwise Sin City would have made the list. Of course Guardians of the Galaxy should be on my list - saw it at the cinema not enough times but I thought these would be better picks.

The Mask
Technically The Mask does fall under the superhero category. He has super powers and does do some good. The 'he' of the story is Stanly Ipkiss (Jim Carey) regular guy, works at the bank which is eventually robbed by evil 'gangster' Dorian Tyrell. Stanly finds an old wooden mask after being rejected from Tyrell's club. While wearing the mask he becomes, essentially a cartoon that's more confident and wild. But when Stanly removes the mask he has to deal with the consequences left behind. There is more of a plot but with all the crazy antics from The Mask and Jim Carey having an excuse to be crazy, it doesn't seem as important. A great 90s film with the strangest superhero.

I know this wasn't received particularly well and everything is backwards when compared to the comic book source material BUT if you watch this film and imagine that it is completely separate from the comic, its actually a really great film. John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is trying to buy his way into heaven but sending demons back to hell. These creatures of darkness walk side by side with the humans on Earth as well as Angels from heaven. He can see them and has the power to banish them. Constantine committed suicide or tried to when he was younger and as it is a mortal sin he destined to go to hell when he dies. When a young woman jumps off her building, her police officer twin sister (Rachel Weisz) seeks his help for the truth. It's the kind of superhero movie that brings religion into the story but in an interesting way. Also, Tilda Swinton, ever the amazing actress plays Gabriel (gender is left ambiguous) and is definitely a scene stealer, so see it for her if anything.

This seemed like an obvious choice to me as it is adapted from one the greatest comics written. I read the book in a few days, digesting it and from there, I couldn't wait for the film. Again, this was met with controversy from the die hard Alan Moore fans. He of course hated it as he hates everything, but the artist, Dave Gibbons, endorsed it, good for him. The film is a sparlling masterpiece, telling a story across decades about two groups of masked vigilantes as they draw closer to the doomsday. The opening credits are particularly amazing, to those who know the book, will or should appreciate how the beginnings and feeling of the public can be explained with Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' and a montage. The casting for this film was particularly spot on with a special mention to Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach. Beautifully created by Zack Snyder, every shot its perfect and for me it did feel like the comic coming to life.

Friday, 17 April 2015

So Fetch Friday: Memorable Songs

I have finally joined So Fetch Friday! Can't believe its taken me this long to join in the weekly post that Katy from Girl Meets Cinema started. Anyway on with the post!

This weeks topic is: Memorable song from University. There was so much happening during Uni and it all seems so long ago, 4 years nearly 5 years ago. The first songs that come to mind are ones I used for my films and songs that always used to play at the Forum, our student union bar. Whoa. I can't even remember what the first union bar was called.

I remember playing more songs in my room in halls, Telford Court, ah, fond memories of playing 'All Along the Watchtower' on repeat to annoy my downstairs neighbour. Good times.

 While in halls, I was in Room 1. My neighbour in room 2 changed twice and they both Americans from Oklahoma University. The first guy I remember telling me how much he liked The Flaming Lips and that they were from Oklahoma City. I told him I was in a production of the show, Oklahoma once and started singing (I had been drinking I might add). He then gave me all the albums from the band. This song stuck in my head as I had heard it before. I ended up using it as the basis of a script I wrote and used the song in the credits.

This song reminds me of 2nd & 3rd year when I lived in a house with my friends. My friend and I would always watch Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, even watched it back to back.

This song played all the time at Forum and The Font? (I that was it). Sometimes they even played it twice. That was annoying.

I became obsessed with this song after I saw the video. I played this on repeat until I was sick of it too. But since then, its had a revival. For me, I mean

I think I was obsessed with this song too as I remember this song coming out towards the end of my 1st year and my friend and I used to listen to this while in the edit suite.

We also listened this on a loop in the edit suite too while drinking 5 cups of a coffee an hour!