Showing posts from February, 2016

Oscar dresses 2016!

Having just watched the 2016 Oscars (or fast-forwarded through last night's recording, anyway) I thought I'd do a post about the dresses. Yes, as a screen-writing student,  I should probably be talking about the actual films and who got what awards  - but I've only seen Brooklyn, so I'm not going to. (Although, how lovely is Mark Rylance? So happy he won.) Anyway, none of the dresses exactly wowed me this year (nothing really has, since Lupita Nyong'o a couple of years back) but there were still a lot of beautiful gowns on show. I watched with my two sisters, Rosie and Genevieve, and my mum and kept a note of everyone's comments. As you'll probably be able to tell, we know nothing at all about fashion. But here are our (very uninspired) thoughts anyway.

Emily Blunt

Gen:    Best pregnant lady dress ever. She's pregnant, isn't she? Rosie:  It's alright, it's not hideous. 
I liked it. She definitely had the best-dressed pregnancy.  

Charlize Thero…

What I'm Watching: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Maybe I should be embarrassed to say that I've been looking forward to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for a while. It seems like they've been trying to get it made forever (originally Natalie Portman was going to star) and the trailers made it look surprisingly good. Well, it wasn't surprisingly good, it was un-surprisingly terrible and if I wasn't a big Jane Austen fan I'd probably say it was one of the worst films I'd ever seen. Thing is, I love Jane Austen and I actually really enjoyed it - although I spent a lot of the time wishing it was just a straight adaptation of P&P, minus the Z.

Based on a parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, PP&Z is basically the story of Pride and Prejudice transposed to a Regency England ravaged by the Zombie apocalypse. The Bennet sisters have been trained in martial arts as opposed to feminine arts, and Mr. Darcy's (sorry, Colonel Darcy's) idea of a truly accomplished woman is someone who has mastered both. It s…

Non-Romantic films for Valentine's Day

Not long ago, my sister took her newly single friend to the cinema. The friend was still in that emotional stage where everything reminded her of her ex, and it was decided that Inside Out would be a nice, safe, romance free film. What they hadn't banked on, was the short that preceded it - a little Pixar beauty called Lava, involving cute, coupled up animals and a lonely volcano who wants to find love. As you can imagine, there were tears before Inside Out even began.

This little anecdote got me thinking - how many films (especially those aimed at girls) are not love stories at heart? I looked up a few 'non-romantic' films lists, but the majority of these are action films, or films aimed at lads. So I thought I'd try to make my own list. Valentine's Day is about celebrating love, but if you're single this year and would rather watch films that celebrate friendship, family love, or even love for the beautiful game, I tried to keep you covered (if you're lo…

What I'm Watching: Cilla

Wanting to join in the Period Drama Challenge at Old Fashioned Charm, I got to thinking about all the costume dramas and period films I've watched recently. ITV's Cilla, a three-part, sixties-set drama telling the story of Liverpool legend Cilla Black, was one of my favourites of the past year. I've watched it three times now - once when it first came out, again when Cilla died (how many celebrity deaths have we had lately, seriously?) and then the other night - just because. Cilla Black was best known for her association with the Beatles (she was signed to the same manager, Brian Epstein) and her career as a TV presenter, eventually becoming regarded as a bit of a national treasure. Cilla focuses on her early career as a singer and the romance with the love of her, life Bobby Willis.

Starring Sheridan Smith and Aneurin Barnard, Cilla is funny, lively and sometimes bleak (the sub-plot following Brian Epstein is pretty dark) with great music and costumes, but what makes it…

Liebster Award!

Given by bloggers, to bloggers, The Liebster award is about recognising and celebrating new(ish) blogs and getting to know more of the blogging community. Thanks very much to the lovely Cilla from Paved with Books for nominating me and Based on the Book! Thought I'd do the post on here though, as I'm trying to get When it does up and running a bit more. 
The rules:- Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the award.  To be eligible, they need to have 200 followers or less.
Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
Give your nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post their nomination.
Here's my nominees: Jess -Curiouser and Curiouser Bess -Hidden Worlds in Our World Olivia - Meanwhile in Rivendell Lexie - Those Words She Wrote Faith - Just Way too Boss Carissa -Bookshelves and Daydreams Tabrizia - Cup of Tea with that Book Please Evie -…