TBT: Spice World (1997)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Last month the world was rocked to the core with one of the most dramatic announcements humanity could imagine: Zayn left One Direction. For some reason, the news that this young man from Bradford no longer wanted to play with his friends had many people around the world calling into work sick. Personally, I battled with my inner-demons and went on with my life as usual because I'm so fucking stubborn. Regardless of my hard-hearted reaction to the 1D split news, it got me thinking about the biggest break-up in my personal music history: The Spice Girls. Mirroring recent events, back in 1998 Geri Halliwell left the world's most successful girl group and the world found itself in turmoil. When you think about it 1D and the Spice Girls were very similar. They were 5 of them, they split up and they both have movies. Although, I can't imagine the One Direction film can be anyway near as batshit crazy as Spice World.

Game of Thrones: Stan's my man

Monday, 13 April 2015

So the season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones aired yesterday and if I'm being brutally honest, it wasn't the most exciting opening episode there's ever been. The problem is the books: everyone knows Book 4 is one of the dullest and Book 5 is a pretty mixed bag. Cersei is just getting drunker by the second, Dany is still being a fucking idiot, and, with the exclusion of Lady Stoneheart, Brienne is left to wander the lands longing for Jaime Lannister. Although there are some glimmers of hope to come: once the Sand Snakes appear, the new High Septon arrives, and Arya gets to Braavos things will get a hell of a lot more interesting. Until then, we'll have to make do with my choice for ruler of the Seven Kingdoms: Stannis of the House Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm.

TBT: 'Winter is Coming' - Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 1

Thursday, 9 April 2015

I'm pretty fucking excited: not only is the new season of Game of Thrones only a matter of days away, George RR Martin released another sneak peak of his next book, The Winds of Winter. Yes, it was a Sansa chapter but it just so happened to be an awesome Sansa chapter. I can't for Martin to finish the next book but realise that it'll take him a bit of time. I appreciate the magnitude of the task he is undertaking and would much prefer him to take his time to create a wonderful next novel instead of rushing some second-rate piece of shit. However, I'm hardly known to be the most patient person on the planet so whilst I wait, and in time for the start of Season 5, I decided to rewatch season 1 again. Turns out, it's still fucking great.

Thunderbirds Are Go

Monday, 6 April 2015

I absolutely fucking loved Thunderbirds when I was growing up. Gerry Anderson's puppet-lead classic was always a staple in our house. My sisters and I enjoyed nothing more than watching the dramatic exploits of International Rescue: well, except that one where those men got horrifically burnt when the Sidewinder fell into a pit. Of course, I always wanted to be a member of International Rescue and would have leapt at the chance to pilot Thunderbird 2. As a girl I should probably have dreamed of being Lady Penelope but as a child I always wanted to be in the thick of the action instead of being driven around in a bight pink car. I also realise that Thunderbirds 1 and 3 are probably way cooler but Virgil got to pilot all of those cool vehicles. Scott may have been first on the scene but he was fucking useless until Thunderbird 2 showed up. The fact that he was also the most feminine of the brothers may have had something to do with it. So yeah, Virgil was always my fave Tracey brother and it always upset me when halfway through series 2 his voice changed: it was too fucking weird. So imagine how I felt when I saw his new face in ITV's updated new Thunderbirds Are Go.

TBT: High Fidelity (2000)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

"What really matters is what you like not what you are like. Books, record, films – these things matter. Call me shallow but its the fucking truth”. I fucking love High Fidelity and I think that tells you everything you need to know about me.

My desert-island, all time, top five favourite things about the film High Fidelity, in no particular order:

  1. The engaging narrative
  2. It's fidelity to the source
  3. John Cusack
  4. The supporting cast
  5. The music

The Duff (2015)

Monday, 30 March 2015

I know we've been here before, dear friends, but I love teen movies. It comes from a childhood of watching John Hughes films and wanting to be Ally Sheedy or Molly Ringwald. There is nothing like sitting down with a shitty teen film; mostly because they only last about 90 minutes and don't require any real thought. Although, now I'm inching ever closer to the big 3-0, I can't help but find teen movies to be too fucking egotistical. Most films I've seen think they are much better than they actually are and than their predecessors. Obviously there are some exceptions, like 2010's Easy A, but I'm just cold to most modern films in this genre. Particularly when the latest one, The Duff, opens with a declaration that The Breakfast Club (the King of all teen movies) is now irrelevant. You aren't winning any fucking points with that kind of talk.

TBT: 'Rose' - Doctor Who Series 1 Episode 1

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Let me take you back to March 2006 and the birth of a whole new fandom. Well not a birth exactly but the widening of a pre-existing group. Yes, on this very day 10 years ago the BBC and Russell T. Davies brought back the much-loved 1960s science fiction show Dr Who. Christopher Eccleston took over the eponymous role and teen pop-star Billie Piper was cast as his assistant. I remember eagerly waiting the reboot: my parents were fans of classic Who and, as a child, I'd seen a fair few of the old episodes. I fucking loved it at the time and have continued to watch the series despite how much Steven Moffat has pissed me off lately. 'Rose' was the exciting new start to the Doctor's life that satisfied, most, old fans and created a whole new generation of Dr Who nutjobs. So how has it held up in the past decade?

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Monday, 23 March 2015

Girl on the Train must have had a pretty decent marketing campaign because, having no real idea about the book itself, I found myself really keen to read it. I'm sure I've seen a fuckload of instagram posts of girls on the train reading Girl on the Train. As someone who has always believed themselves to be above the psychological tactics of advertising, it made me fucking sad that it seemingly worked so easily. I don't even have a good track record with this type of novel. Regular readers will no doubt get bored by my continued disappointment with Gone Girl: I'll never finish it. Contemporary thrillers just don't seem very good anymore. I've always managed to work out the big twist a few chapters in. So either writers of thrillers are running out of ideas or I'm just too cynical to believe anything set before me. Of course, if the latter is true I've opened up the potential to follow the steps of my heroes Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher and Dr Mark Sloane and become a retired crime fighter. If the crimes are anything like Paula Hawkins debut plot then I'll have no trouble.