Thursday, 26 February 2015

TBT - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

I have a secret shame that has been eating away at me for years. In my first year of university, a depressing 7.5 years ago, a male friend and I hid ourselves away and watched a film so embarrassing we vowed never to speak of it again. Until that point I'd allowed myself to openly mock the narrative as I imagined it to be. It was a source of derision between me and my school friends because we were teenagers and it's what we did. Having kept the secret deep within for so long, I go through periods where I forget that I've even seen the film but then it comes crashing back into my memory. When researching ideas for my next few TBT posts I discovered my dirty secret, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, was celebrating its 10th birthday. It seemed like fate.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Her by Harriet Lane

At the start of the year, I signed up for Penguin Books' “Peguinspiration” and decided that I would strive to read a fairly modest seeming 30 books in 2015. As of February I've already given up on one novel, completed another a few days ago and started a third. At this rate, I'll struggle to manage half of the number that I thought I would easily achieve. Maybe it's the type of books I'm tackling. I loved what I read of A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall but found it fucking tough to get through after a long day at work. The writing was beautiful and the story complex and engaging. However, nobody wants to be faced with a fucking 50 page chapter before they go to bed. So instead, I picked up an altogether trashier sounding thriller that I could get out of the way in a week.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

TBT - Hitch (2005)

During the end of last year I was thinking about how I approach this little sideline of mine and decided it was high-time that I started being a bit more reliable. Now that I've got a slick new look (thanks to I think I need to start sticking to a posting schedule... well as best I can. I have every intention of getting ahead of myself, planning posts and following a rigid structure but, to quote the great Dr Ian Malcolm, “life finds a way”. Never mind though, for now my intentions are good. As part of my new plan, and suffering from a lack of original ideas, I'm stealing an idea from social media – Throwback Thursday. It's a fucking simple concept: I review an old film for your pleasure. It'll be great... or something I abandon quite eagerly after two attempts.

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Watching The Hobbit trilogy has felt a bit like Christmas dinner. The first course is absolutely delicious and you come away satisfied and hungry for more. By the time the second one gets under way, you realise you're getting fuller and could probably made do with some smaller portions. Then comes the dreaded final course. After the first two you've had so much fucking food you might burst but then someone brings out the Christmas pudding. You know you don't need it but you eat your portion anyway and spend the rest of the day, uncomfortably full, half regretting you're decision. It's all lovely in itself but together it's just too much.