Tuesday, 23 April 2019
As its been a really rather packed and busy Bank Holiday Easter weekend, I haven't had a lot of time to sit and write. However, this particualr post has been brewing in my mind for quite some time.
When you haven't moved around ior lived in many places, your personal space and how you choose to decorate or fill that space rarelt changes. I've lived in four different places and two towns. The first house, I don't remember, we moved when I was three. The second house, due to economic reasons is where I currently am. The other two were during university, both walls of which I quite quickly plastered with photos, posters and artwork so that they'd feel like home. But I didn't have anything up on my walls until I was well into my teens. When I moved into my current room, I immedately covered the walls, my way of expressing my freedom and being finally able to put up posters.
The Darjeeling Limited was released during my first year at college and already being a fan of Wes Anderson I was thrilled to find a large poster of the film free in a magazine. This poster has been with me for the last 13 years. It's been above my desk while I was home, I took it to Uni with me and in order for me to take it with me to my next home (whenever that will be, economic situation still standing) I decided this weekend to take it down off the wall. It was time. Especially as it had been there for years.
This signifys the end of an era and my poster habits. I also have a large collarge of postcards, collected from over the years that I put on mu cupboards, but part of me thinks its time for it all to come down so that all I will have are my framed prints. I do not think for one moment that posters are childish BUT stepping up to framed art I admire is a step in the 'growing up' direction.
For now, TDL postser, cellotaped in places and with a bit of white tac still in the corners, its foldered and stowed safely away until it once again be up on my wall, but hopefully framed this time.
Thursday, 18 April 2019
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Wandering Through the Shelves
Wandering Through the Shelves
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
In the history of film, there have been many great female characters to grace our screens, big and small. Of course TV has its own breed of amazing female characters that is its own subject so I’m just going to focus on film.
Years before the announcement that there was to be an Ocean’s Eleven spin off or new version with women, I had been saying for years that if you swapped every male cast member for women the only thing you’d need to change is she instead of he. The setting, the dialogue, the skills they all bring, they are suited to just men, the entire cast could be female and it wouldn’t change the plot or dialogue.
However when it was announced, along with cast and story, I have to admit I was slightly disappointed that the women would be stealing jewellery and at the MET Gala too, the most fashion concentrated event of the year (so they say). It seemed that diamond heist was very female centric. However, over looking this slight too cliche story choice, the film looked and sounded like any other ‘fun’ heist film. Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean and Cate Blanchett as her right hand woman, Lou headed up the star spangled cast. With nods to the previous Ocean’s films with a cameo from Elliot Gould and a surprise cameo from another member of the previous team. Danny is dead but Debbie is not convinced, but this is dwelled upon and mentioned a few times by other as they offer condolences. This is Debbie’s show. This the women’s show. Unlike Danny’s crew, not everyone in the gang is actually a criminal. But to be honest, it doesn’t matter. Every woman on the team has their own reason for being there, the weakest member of the team having the weakest reason, but less on her later.
The crime caper, heist film, light action, is usually loose on many characters details and concentrate more on the main character and their personal problems. Debbie is has a story and like her brother it was a romantic one, but unlike him, her’s is about revenge. So, not only this film have an amazing female line up BUT there is no romantic attachment, just a bit of revenge on the side. As romance seems to creep into most stories (think about it) I like to value the fact the films that don’t have this element, especially when its seamless and doesn’t feel on purpose. Another aspect of the heist film, when a woman is involved, a seduction must take place. Although there is, sort of scene like this, its not by the original team member. None of the of the women have to seduce anyone in any part of the heist and THAT is unbelievably satisfying. In spy, crime, special agent films, there is always a bloody seduction scene and its boring. Thank you Ocean’s 8 for (sort of) subverting the mould.
Every woman in the film (apart from Hathaway) is undeniably cool. They way they act, the skills they have and of course their own styles. I wanted to wear everything Blanchett worse in the film, her outfits were so cool and that's what I kept yelling every time she was on screen.
Films where crime is ‘glamourised’ are fun to enjoy but if they take themselves too seriously, it almost feels like a promotion. Luckily the film jokes about being a criminal and how they shouldn’t being this heist for themselves but for an 8 year old girl somewhere who is dreaming of being a criminal. The women of the film are undeniably cool. They are exude a coolness even when under pressure. They are organised and they know their end goal, to most of them, this is just another job, but they’ll be damned if they’re not having fun with it.
For those, like me, who end up having to wait for films such as Ocean's 8 in order to see, yes Hollywood can sometimes produce something that isn't making a statement, even though it does and can get behind an ace cast which is predominately female and doesn't dwell on romance, having a family, having a career crisis (well Helena Bonham Carter's Rose is kind of) or 'trying to have it all'. No one makes a huge deal if a film has all men in the main cast, but the fact its so damn rare to have a cast like Ocean's 8, everyone sits up, takes notice and usually tries to tear it down (just look at Ghostbusters). But not this time, in my eyes, these cool AF women can't be torn down. Unless they pretend to in order to nick your cash, but that's another story.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
So, Sabrina, not like the 90s show I loved way back when. But it wasn't all shock and horror. As soon as it was announced I went out and read The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (vol 1) of course. I was prepared for something very different to the previous TV show. There were similar characters, yes but other than that, this was completely
By now, anyone who loves witches, supernatural goings on, Sabrina, TV would have seen the first season of the aptly shortened name CAOS so I won't get bogged down with the Dark Baptism and all that jazz. Let's jump straight into the deep dark end of the satanic pool.
First off, I am beyond pleased that the second season, part two was so quick on the heels of part one. After the cliffhanger of last season with Sabrina going full witch and getting the white hair and eveyrthing, my impatience to see what happens next had reached a high. BUT the teasers teased a very different season to what we got. Playing up a love triangle that turned out to be square and then nothing really. The impending doom of the world and the Dark Lord himself appearing in his Heavenly form were not to be expected, just Sabrina trying to balance her mortal life and witch times.
I really enjoyed season two, even if Salem still didn't talk, but there were some things lacking such as, more time with Hilda and her developments, more time with Ambrose apart from him gasping and sitting down heavily in chairs, more about Sabrina's parents would have also been interesting to unfold and maybe, dare I say it, more explaination about Roz's 'cunning'. BUT what did happen was brilliant for th most part.
-Noboby is buying this second rate forced romance between Roz and Harvey - its dull and boring, they were more interesting apart.
-Are we not going to find out more about the ghost that Theo talks to?? Seriously, why has this been dropped. And speaking of dropping things...
-Throwback to season 1 with all those mysterious deaths, are we just letting that go now?
-Lillith was out of the picture for most of the season, which was a shame, hope shes back in season 3
-What's with all the betraying familiars?? Is Salem and Hilda's spiders the only loyal ones?
-Can't believe Blackwood cool aided the entire coven
-And the last line 'let's go to hell and bring back my boyfriend' - no, Sabrina, no.
Now for the more serious comments. As I said before, this season did not go the way I expected. Steering away from teenage dramas and highschool issues, Sabrina and Harvey's unresolved feelings were quickly dealt with very early on, as well as cementing the new couple, that really doesn't work, Roz and Harvey. Why not have new characters come in for them? Sabrina also spent most of her time at the academy and with Nick. After the Lupercalia episode, the series seemed to settle down and get into the real story, Sabrina's destiny, Blackwood's my misogynistic plan and why is Dorian Gray in Greendale. The last one was mainly for me as its really odd. Although the joke that everything is in Greendale is played up so the show knows.
Sabrina's destiny, to rise up within the church and fulfil a prophecy, taking her place by the Dark Lord, was part of season one. Sabrina continues her 'good' works, challenging the patriarchy, believing that because she's half witch/mortal rules don't apply to her. But when the Order of Innocence aka Angels come hunting souls, she literally wears a crown of thorns, is hit by three arrows and levitates in the air. She also brings the dead back to life and sets fires to those angels. She becomes Hell's herald and continues to perform 'miracles' until the Dark Lord's plan is revealed. Satanic mythology as well as influence from the Bible is used throughout and with ease in the show. Tapping into the Church of Night's religion and the rules and regulations the church follows is actually quite fascinating, especially with the arrival of the anti-pope, perfectly casting Ray Wise in the role. Magic, witchcraft and religion alike are combined into a large melting pot that actually make you more curious about the classes they teach at the academy. What I am trying to say is, I think its amazing that the show went all the way with Sabrina being the prophet for the Dark Lord and its also why I'm a little disappointed, it didn't play out longer.
The show was stunted in it's teen romantic entanglement choices (dull) but for calling out the misogynistic ways of the church and making a spectacle of the Dark Lord and wanting to open the gates of hell was brilliant. The other issues were tackled in the form of character development, when Theo Putnam joined the basketball team. Handled with care, Theo's story unfolded in parts but out of all the mortal friends, he actually had story. In fact, apart from this part of the season, the mortal kids weren't around much, or maybe I didn't notice them.
With quite a few cliffhangers, the show is now left with no Dark Lord (maybe), barely a Church of Night and Sabrina, with powers restored but still thinks its a great idea to go back to hell after the gang literally just left the gates. Come on 'Brina, you can do better.
Thursday, 4 April 2019
It all started with a phone call and ended up one of the biggest literary 'hoaxes' of our time. Or at least that's what the media reported. 'JT Leroy', written by Savannah Knoop who embodied the author for 6 years shares her story through a fictionalised telling.
My full review is over at VultureHound HERE.
Monday, 1 April 2019
Captain MarvelHERE. 4/5
The Girl in the Spider's WebHERE. 3/5
The Honey Pot
Saturday, 30 March 2019
Hot Summer day, weekend break from city life, in the middle of nowhere. Four close friends drink, act merry until a mysterious person from their pasts sends word that he is on his way. Secrets will be revealed, whether they like it or not
Full review over at VultureHound which can be read HERE.