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It feels like fucking ages since my last old fashioned Monday film review. I've gotten so used to letting off steam in a rant every we...


Sunday, 7 February 2016

I had such great plans for today. I was going to write this early, get a head start on tomorrow's post and watch something to review on Tuesday. By this point all I've done is tidy and rearrange my room. On the plus side, I've no longer got books stored on every inch of available floor space since I've taken over an unused bookcase. It does, however, mean I'll be playing catch-up all week. We're only in 2016's second month and already my plan to sort my shit out is failing. I haven't updated my blogging schedule in ages. At least I'm actually reading though. That makes shit easier. Although, I'm also still buying a fuck load so I still need to get quicker. Come on 2016. This is still THE year.

TBT - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Continuing to remember the dearly departed Alan Rickman, I look back to another of is recent films that showed off his humour. Before I get into it, I have to be honest with you: I haven't read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I know it's probably part of my ticket out of geekdom but I've never got round to it. My father's a fan of Douglas Adams and it's something I've always felt I should have read. It's not something I tend to broadcast and I know enough Adams' quotes to be able too hold my own should the need arise. However, that doesn't escape the fact that I never got through the book. I tried, God knows I did, but it wasn't something I ever finished. I don't understand why because I managed to get through fucking Tolkein which is much more of a struggle.

TOP 10 WEN-SDAY - TOP TEN David Bowie Songs

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

After what seems like the longest January since time began, we've arrived in February. It's fucking freezing outside and I never want to go outside again. Unfortunately, I have to leave the house for my stupid job. I tend to be outside pre-7 am so it's even more miserable and cold. To cheer myself up I've been listening to David Bowie songs for a while now. It does make the mornings go a little better. Of course, I've been drawn to Bowie a lot after his death and took it as an opportunity to indulge in the music of a great man. At university I made a list of my top 10 favourite songs for a stupid Facebook thing and it was the most difficult thing I've ever done. I actually did it again a year later for some reason but that's beside the point. What I remember about it is that Rebel Rebel was on there as my favourite Bowie song. I still love that song but, since that time, I've realised my loyalties lie elsewhere. So, in order to make things official, I think it's time to make a note of my top 10 Bowie songs. I'm sure it's what the great man would have wanted.

Tuesday's Reviews - The Big Short (2015)

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The problem with awards season is that you can never be sure what's worth watching or not. There is so much nonsense written about everything that it's impossible to tell what's fact and what's just bollocks. Look at Joy; it's been lauded as one of the greatest films of the year but I was bored out of my fucking mind. Obviously, the praise was mostly down to J Law and her inability to put a foot wrong in the eyes of the people who matter. Another name that is constantly getting attention at this time of year is Christian Bale. Yes, everyone's favourite Welsh psychopath is constantly being recognised for his acting prowess but I remain unconvinced that he deserves the attention. I mean he wasn't even the stand-out in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and he was fucking Batman! Still, everything about his latest film The Big Short seems like it should be a no brainer. It has a great cast, a script co-written and directed by Adam McKay (Will Ferrell's writing partner) and based on the real-life story of the people who made a fortune out of the 2008 financial crisis.

Monday's Are For Moaning: The Secret Cost of Fandom

Monday, 1 February 2016

It's nearly half 10 on Monday night and I still don't know what this post is going to be about. I have nothing I want to rant about. I know; I feel weird about it too. Of course, I say I have nothing but, as we've already established here, I'm kind of bitchy when I get going. If this blog was dedicated to my working life then I'd never run out of things to moan about. However, as someone who prefers to distract from her fulfilling professional life using popular culture, I really don't want to dwell on the annoying things a small handful of my co-workers do to constantly drive me insane. I'm even slowly starting to find my groove when it comes to reading. I mean I'm not back on top form but I've finished a couple of books recently and am well on my way to getting through another. It's like I'm a new person.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

The reading high continues but this week has been something of an emotional rollercoaster. I was rejected for the job that I mentioned in last Monday's post so I've spent the last few days feeling worthless. It's obviously something I've experienced a fair bit in the years since I've graduated but it's different when you really want something. I'm not going to dwell, however, as I don't want this to become the place where I get out all of my pathetic neuroses and general feelings of despair. Nah, this is a place to talk about books and rant about insignificant things to mask my ever-decreasing feelings of self-worth. I'm sure that's super fucking healthy. Almost as good as buying more books whilst my TBR pile fails to decrease.

TBT - Galaxy Quest (1999)

Thursday, 28 January 2016

So, as we established last week, I'm still in mourning over here. Watching Die Hard reminded me of how good Alan Rickman was so I decided it was best to continue to celebrate his talent for the next few Thursdays. Whilst Die Hard and the Harry Potter films are probably his most loved roles and Robin Hood being another memorable and iconic characters, I'm going to focus on my personal favourites. The films I grew up knowing Alan Rickman from. The films that shaped the way I saw the actor. In his life, Rickman wasn't incredibly happy about being named one of the greatest actors for playing villains. He had a wicked sense of humour and enjoyed playing light-hearted roles as much as the straight ones. This can be seen most obviously in this 90s Star Trek parody.

Tuesday's Reviews - The Hateful Eight (2015)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I've had a complicated relationship with Quentin Tarantino. I spent years too afraid to admit that I didn't think Pulp Fiction was the greatest film ever made or that Kill Bill was only okay. It's not the violence that I have a problem with but rather that people sensationalise the films because of the violence. They're so over-the-top and cartoonish that it's kind of refreshing, I guess, but it's not big nor is it clever. The one thing I will give him continued credit for is his excellent use of the English language. That man knows how to create a sentence and knows the best people to cast. In the hands of someone like Christoph Waltz a Tarantino script becomes something spectacular. In fact it's only in the last few years that I've started to relax about Tarantino. Inglorious Basterds is by no means his best but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Django Unchained is probably my favourite to date so I was really looking forward to the film that started out as it's sequel.