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Alexandra
16 October 2014 @ 01:09 pm
Laura Delaney
1985 - 2005
Because you'll never be just a memory


It hasn't flown by and yet I'm surprised it's nine years already.

You've been gone for almost as long as we were friends.
 
 
 
Alexandra
As written on my facebook:

On the subject of the DPS watchalongs done in honour of Robin Williams tonight, I'd just like to say thank you to those who indulged (or merely tolerated) my obsession with the film back in 2006. Without the friends and that film at that time, I don't think I'd have been able to come to terms with the deaths of loved ones that had occurred.

None were suicides, but a film about living on whilst you still could, maybe in honour of those who had already passed, was exactly what I needed to connect with at that time.

So, sorry if you got sick of my quoting (and the screenshots and the analyses and the fanvids and I don't know what else I might have thrown at you), but thank you for not trying to shut me up.
 
 
 
Alexandra
12 August 2014 @ 12:12 am
I can't believe it.

And they're saying it was a suicide as well?

I can't... How!?

You know what? During the summer of 2008 and again in 2009, I had no reason to get up, no reason to go to bed, didn't leave the house, barely left my room aside from hospital appointments. But I watched The Birdcage before going to bed at least once a week, it helped me sleep.

There were a couple of other films as well, Dark Crystal, Driving Lessons and Beautiful Thing, but I tend to go back to The Birdcage whenever I start feeling the need to stay up all night to make sure the sun comes up before I can go to sleep.

And... now he's gone.

How? :(

And it goes without saying that without Dead Poet's Society...

:(

Edit

Vicky, if you're out there, I hope you realise how much you saved my life after the black months. Self destruction wasn't in it, those months were grey. I still don't remember most of that time. I still only know that I took exams, couldn't begin to tell anyone what the hell those exams were. I know that I read a lot of books, I remember the neck ache from reading the books, I remember the covers of the books creasing as I held them. I remember nothing about the stories. I don't remember Christmas.

But I remember that last Friday, and I remember that Thursday where the bus was stuck in a traffic jam after the car crash, and the world started getting a bit of it's colour back.

And then I remember DPS and House and Hornblower and dancing and actually finding things funny.
 
 
 
Alexandra
15 June 2014 @ 09:53 pm
I have so many photos, it's ridiculous, but I went to the Mersey River Festival yesterday and I got a video of a singer called Bob Blakely, my Dad got a video of a drum procession that literally trapped me in an alcove (it was AMAZING) whilst they went passed and I went on the ferry the other day and I have a video from that.

Photos and a general update will come in the next couple of days. I was waiting for Lucy to give me the McFly pictures but it might still be a while until she does, so I'll just have to kick myself up and get to it without them, and then put them up when I do get them and sort through them.

In the meantime:

Mersey Cruise, June 2014
(Which I call The Three Point Turn Cruise)

Mersey Ferry Cruise, 2014 from Chibi on Vimeo.



Bob Blakeley, Mersey River Festival, Smooth FM Stage at the Pier Head

Bob Blakeley Live at the Mersey River Festival 2014 from Chibi on Vimeo.



Batalia Drum Procession
(This might be loud, so watch your volume)

LIVONEDRUMBAND from John Haines on Vimeo.


 
 
I am feeling: amusedamused
 
 
 
Alexandra
20 May 2014 @ 01:26 pm
A Hard Day's Night - Starring the Beatles. Because what self proclaimed Beatles fan can call themselves a Beatles fan without watching the films? Well, gasp shock, I liked it! I don't think it's worth all the hype, it's definitely not Oscar material. But it is a good laugh if you've got a goofy sense of humour, which I do. And you know what's even wierder? Seeing The Beatles, from the 60s, having to put up with the same boyband sort of treatment that I watched Busted and McFly put up with in their earlier days. Things never change, do they? Also, I think I'm in love with John Lennon.

Transformers - Watched it on a whim after finding some quotes from the film funny It was better than I thought it would be, and the funny quotes did lead to funny parts in some places. Good enough to watch, not sure I'd personally recommend it unless I knew some reason to recommend it. I'd say it was like Herbie (The good old Herbie, not the crappy remake with She Who Shall Remain Nameless) meets Small Soldiers.

The Heat - For the Sandra Bullock cataloguing. It was more funny and brilliant than I thought it was going to be, and I had high hopes for it to begin with! It's the female Bad Boys. I'd say if you liked Bad Boys and you liked Miss Congeniality, you need to watch this film. Some scenes had me laughing so hard, I started squeaking and choking. It took a bit to get used to seeing Sookie from Gilmore Girls swearing up a storm, but her physical timing is flawless. Bonus Points for Tom Wilson.

District 9 - As recommended by Lynsey. It was good. Strange, but good. I liked it and I think it's worth a watch. I think you can either see it as an alien vs government film, with a fair bit of violence and a mecha suit along the way; or you can see it as something heavier: A dystopian future sci fi movie where the racial and cultural divide is between humans and aliens, in parallel to the apartheid, and to a certain extent, the holocaust. Somewhat off topic, but did anyone else hear Wikis's swearing and think "scouse accent"?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Randomly just for Jimmi Simpson (Bollinger in, but then Alan Tudyk popped up! Uncredited, poor guy. You know what? As bizarre as it was, the first half was actually pretty good! The second half was a bit boring, but it did pick up in the last 10 minutes, before ending on a pretty flat note. I'd recommend it for a laugh. If you want to see Vampires really getting their backsides kicked, watch Buffy instead.

The Lorax - I was hoping it'd be better than the original 1972 animated short, but it just wasn't. I'm no massive fan of Dr Suess, I couldn't begin to tell you how close to the book it was, but whilst I'm glad they fleshed out the straight forward poem with a bit of extra plot, the musical scenes were kind of out of nowhere. I know, I know, kids film, blah. But I liked Horton Hears a Who, and I was expecting it to be like that, and it wasn't. Which is shame, because if the short was anything to go by, the poem would have made a good basis for dialogue. Oh well!

Sunshine on Leith - Wow! I was a bit disappointed with it, but I still liked it. The main parts I was disappointed with were the "And then I met you" scene, because it oddly changes the context of the song, then the way "Over and Done With" was used, and the resolution over Davy's clear dislike of England. But they really pulled it out of the bag for Sunshine on Leith (as in the song) and Letter From America. I never expected such heart from Jane Horrocks. And that 500 Miles ending was brilliant! And, nice cameo from the Reid brothers right in the beginning, there. I recommend it if you're a fan of The Proclaimers.

Justin and the Knights of Valour - I wasn't expecting much from this film, it seemed to be one of those animated films they churn out to fill in a gap between blockbusters, but I enjoyed it all the same. It was lovely! And sweet! It's a bit of a hidden gem, like The Magic Sword: Quest For Camelot. Just mix that with a A Knight's Tale and this is something like the end result. So if you enjoy either of those films, you should like this!

Thor: The Dark World - For Natalie Portman. I... Well... Why do I feel like I've just watched Star Trek and Star Wars had a collective spewing spree on to Lord of the Rings!? I did like it, but it was just a bit bizarre. I've no idea if it's anything like the comics, I can't remember my mythology enough to have an opinion from that angle. It was enjoyable, just a bit all over the place? At least we can now answer Kirk's question. Gods want spaceships to blow stuff up with.

The World's End - Cos I've seen the first two, so I absolutely needed to watch this! I liked it! I mean, I don't think it's as good as Shaun of the Dead, but I liked it a lot more than Hot Fuzz. I wasn't too sure about the ending, but oddly enough, an appreciation for commentaries has helped me to like the film more than I did whilst watching it properly. I really think people should watch this film, if for no other reason than to finish the trilogy, but I think it'd be worth it!

Wall Street - I think I only really understood the last 20 minutes of it. I mean, essentially, it's just all fraud, off-shore accounts and investing in borrowed money, and I understand *that*, but the value of stocks and the system of buying and selling is all lost on me, and I think you might need to either understand it properly or be able to make educated guesses to get a better picture of what's happening. Cos I couldn't do either and so most of the film was lost on me. The last 20 minutes was good, though. (Boiler Room was better).

The Croods - Watched with the anticipation of someone who watched Land Before Time too many times during their childhood. I'm happy to say it wasn't as traumatic, but dear lord does it kick you in the heart in a few places. It is a brilliant, lovely film, though! Excellent voice work and amazing graphics to boot. One day I will stop being amazed with what they can do with animation... but today is not that day. I recommend it. Seriously!

Pacific Rim - I have to say, I was so unimpressed, I gave up just over half way through the film. It just rang a bit too closely to NGE mixed with a bit of Gundam Wing for my liking. And it had the age old trope, almost said word for word even, of aliens jumping from planet to planet, wiping out the existence of the inhabitants, taking it over and jumping on to the next one. Like, I heard those words said in Slither. I dunno, if you like bigarsed robots battling Aliens, give it a go. If you know your anime, you'd be better off watching your anime.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps - I understood it a bit better than the first, but that's because it didn't focus on the stock exchange to the degree the first film did. In fact, I'd go as far to say as it's a tenuous link of a sequel. Worth a watch to see what became of the great Gordon Gekko and the family, but if you're after another close view of how you can cheat your way through the stock exchange, stick to the first, or better yet, watch Boiler Room. Minus points for Charlie Sheen.

Help - As in the Beatles film, starring The Beatles! It's a mixture of a Carry On film and Monty Python, but with a lot less dialogue. And it tells the tale of Ringo's misadventure of wearing a sacrificial ring. I had a few problems with the mumbled dialogue, and SJWs should definitely stay away from this film. But otherwise... it's good and worth a watch, and in fact I think if you're a Beatles fan you absolutely must watch this film. Even if it's just for Lennon's facial expressions!

The Amazing Spider Man - Watched in preperation of watching the sequel in the cinema. It was good, but I don't think it was worth the hype. I found it mostly funny, and possibly at parts I wasn't supposed to find funny. I'm pretty sure the message of this film was, as: Stay disabled, you'll be happier and, most importantly, not a big-arsed killer lizard. Also, this is the second non-Godzilla film (that I've seen so far) that has basically turned into a "Vs Godzilla" film.

The Joneses - I just liked the look of this film. It's about a fake family made up of actors, who have to promote products and the lifestyle that goes along with them, to the area they've moved into. I was surprised by how good it was! Especially because it starred David Duchovwhateverhisnameis and Demi Moore, and I've never really rated them as good actors. But anyway, it's really very good and kind of twisted. It took a very dark turn that I didn't expect.

Failure to Launch - As recommended by Lucy. It's about how a guy hasn't moved out yet so his parents hire him a girlfriend. It's sort of along the same lines as How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, but more unlikeable. At least for me, anyway. I did like Zooey Deschennel's part of the film, so that was something. If only the film was about her and her misadventures with the mockingbird!

The Heart of Me - For the Paul Bettany cataloguing. About upperclass sisters who lose their father, so the husband of one sister is pretty much in charge of the estate, and subsequently the other sister's pursuit of a husband. It's set in the 1930s. How do I say this nicely? Hm... I want those 40 minutes back.

Bright Young Things - For the James McAvoy cataloguing, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was filled to the top with an amazing cast of actors! Michael Sheen, Emily Mortimer, Dan Akroyd, David Tennant, Simon Callow, Harriet Walter, Stephen Fry and so many others! Which was great, cos James McAvoy wasn't in it all that long.

It's about a group of 20-somethings in the 1930s who aren't really trying and yet still managing to fail at the more important things in life. They're all drunken drug takers steam rolling over politics. I think the best performance was of a drunken major, played by Jim Broadbent, who keeps appearing at just the right time to almost pay the main character the money he owes from a bet that was set up in the very beginning. A Chillington at his best! As for overall enjoyment? Eh, it was worth a watch. Great acting. But I think the characters are designed to annoy you, so if you get annoyed easily, best stay away.

Street Kings - I thought it was good! It was about a police officer, played by Keanu Reeves, skirting on the edge of the law who needs to solve his ex-partner's murder, which he's being framed for. Also stars Chris Evans (as in the American actor, not the ginger radio DJ obviously) and bizarrely, Hugh Laurie. I'm not sure I'd recommend it, there's better "corruption within the force" films out there, but it's a decent watch.
 
 
I am feeling: amusedamused
 
 
 
Alexandra
18 May 2014 @ 07:50 pm
I don't know if you're out there. I don't want you to be out there reading this, I think there's been enough of that, but if you are and you come across this one day, well, I just want you to know that I saw McBusted twice on their tour, and I loved it, both times.

If I'd have got the chance to go when I was 14, I think my head would have exploded.
If they'd have joined up in 2006/2007, I might have squee'd and flailed myself into A&E.

They were SO good. I went with two great friends and they had a great night too, and it made my night even better.

I still think of you. I still miss you. I miss the good days. Our friendship lead to so many great things, and I honestly think my thirst for concerts is one of them. Strange as that might sound.

I hope you're doing better now.

I don't know how I'm doing, really, but I'm still here and that's good enough for me.

Take care of yourself.
 
 
 
Alexandra
17 February 2014 @ 01:16 am
Measure up what you think it's worth
Lay it out on the naked earth
For all the crows to see
And do with as they please
All the world's for sale
All the world's for sale

Come to find no one's innocent
Cos every hand is dipping in
Suspicion fills you up
And over runs your cup
All the world's for sale
All the world's for sale
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I can hear: The Tories ~ All The World's For Sale
 
 
 
Alexandra
14 February 2014 @ 11:58 am
Laura Delaney
14/02/1985 - 16/10/2005

Always and forever, Laura.
Because you'll never be just a memory.
 
 
 
Alexandra
02 February 2014 @ 11:13 pm
New icon: Uploaded.

And for those who don't have me added on Dreamwidth and can't see the icon I'm currently using, fear not! That's what embedding is for:

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He's so pretty, I want to poke him in the face.

And this is public incase any fellow Lewis fans end up on here and would like to nab the icon. All I ask for is some credit in return. For the hassle of cropping and lightening...

Yep.
 
 
I am feeling: amusedamused
 
 
 
Alexandra
25 December 2013 @ 10:37 am
Geeeeeeeeet dressed you merry Gentleman, let nothing you dismay! For it is Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas Day! Iiiiit's Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas Day! Christmas Day! It is chriii ih ih ih ih christmas day! Christmas day! It is Chrih ih ih ih ih ihsmas day~!
 
 
 
Alexandra
24 November 2013 @ 10:59 am
Starter for 10 - For the James McAvoy cataloguing and was pleasantly surprised to also find Catherine Tate, Bendybus Cumbernauld and Mark Gatiss in it as well! I... didn't not like it. It was a good watch, but I think I laughed too much in all the wrong places, and I fast-forwarded through all the romance stuff. Which I'm not sure is a good sign for the film. I also most definitely did not slash Brian (McAvoy) with either his friend Spencer (Dominic Cooper) or Patrick (Cumberbatch). Not at all. Nope... No. (cough).

It's worth a watch, even if it's just for the most hilarious fighting technique I've ever seen. Also, you'll love it if you're a Cabin Pressure fan. Patrick is basically Martin Crieff, and he even says a paraphrased "I'm the captain". 6/10

Inkheart - For the Paul Bettany Cataloguing. It also starred Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. It was a surprisingly good family film! The best film I've seen Brendan Fraser in for a few years, and maybe the best we'll see from him for a while yet. One weird bit was that the daughter, who grew up solely with her Dad, kept switching between calling him Dad and "Mo", his first name. Bonus points for Surprise!Roger Allam in the form of the narrator. 8/10

The Shawshank Redemption - From the Must See Classic Challenge. After all these years of many people recommending this film to me, including She Who Won't Be Named who actually lent me the DVD and then a month later I gave it back unwatched (I did meant to watch it, I just never got in the mood to), I finally watched it.

It stars Tim Ribbins who I recognised from other things but didn't know his name, Morgan Freeman and William Sadler. It was good! I can see why it's critically acclaimed, why everyone likes it and why it's a must watch. I agree with that last point, and I mostly enjoyed watching it! But as with every critically acclaimed film, the story itself isn't something I'dve gone out of my way to watch, and probably won't watch again. 7/10

Yellow Submarine - For the first time ever. I'm actually surprised how much I liked it, because every other person I know who likes The Beatles has said it gets boring half way through. It did, I'm not gonna lie, but it picked up again soon enough. As long as you stick with it for the music. It is, of course, a musical animated film based on Beatles songs, some from their Sgt. Pepper's album, and voiced by people who were not the Beatles, but one was Onslo in Keeping Up Appearances, an actual scouser, so that's ok! Anyway, brilliant. I would have loved to watch that as a kid! 9/10

Olympus Has Fallen - As recommended by, erm, someone. I think it was Mig? And it was about the white house being taken over and the president being taken hostage by terrorists. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, who's acting I found surprisingly good for once, and Dylan McDermott, who plays a baddie. There's a lot of blood, fighting and death. Quite gory! It made for a brilliant film! The story's sum up doesn't do the film justice but it's about a bunch of terrorists who hold the president hostage in the white house. I recommend it if violent suspense films are your thing. 9/10

Oz The Great and Powerful - I love Wizard of Oz, I love Return to Oz. I did not like this. I was so disappointed! I watched the first 40 minutes of it and then had to fast forwarded through the rest. I can handwave continuity problems, I've been doing that already with Return to Oz, so that wasn't the problem. I just found it flat and boring, and don't get me started on the romantic subplot, and James Franco's failing attempt at being the next Jack Sparrow in everything he's in. Blah. Conserve your childhood, give this one a miss. 0/10

The Incredible Hulk - (After having the disc for so long LoveFilm are held the next Buffy disc hostage until I sent it and another one back) By suggestion of somebody. Possibly Ash?

It was a decent watch, a bit strange when it went all Godzilla Vs The Hulk at the end, I don't remember that happening in the telly series but maybe it happened in the comic book? And I'm not sure I'd have watched it if I'd have known RDJ appeared at the end of it, but luckily I know how to turn off a DVD before it's actually ended. Anyway. An improvement on the earlier one and ultimately decent. 5/10.

The Green Mile - As suggested by everybody and their mothers (literally), again after having the disc for so long that LoveFilm that Lovefilm held Buffy hostage. Anyway, it stars Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan (may he RIP) and Peter Sadler.

I enjoyed it, considering! I liked it a lot more than I did the Shawshank Redemption. Even though it was strange. And involved a lot more talk of pee than I'm used to seeing in a film. The acting was brilliant! And strange fun fact, William Sadler played a character called "Wild Bill" Overbeck in a Disney film called RocketMan 2 years before The Green Mile came out, and The Green Mile had a character called Wild Bill played by Sam Rockwell.

The Secret Life of Bees - I watched this for two reasons:
1) I saw the trailer at the beginning of another film and thought it looked good,
2) Because Paul Bettany was in it, so I added it to the Paul Bettany Catalogue

I didn't even make it to the 40 minute mark. The trailer really misrepresented what the film was about, which suggested a girl's troubled relationship with her father, so the house keeper takes her to learn more about her mother, who wasn't there. The film is actually about a girl (Dakota Fanning) whose mother "died" and runs away with the help of the house keeper to escape her abusive father (Paul Bettany) and goes to live with beekeepers. All taking place in the 1960s America. With Paul Bettany's awful sounding southern accent. Not the point, I know, but I wish he'd stop taking parts where he's got to talk in an American accent, it doesn't sound right! At least in Firewall he's got an on-screen reason for it. Anyway. Not my type of film at all. Probably had one of those bittersweet endings where it's not the perfect ending, but at least the girl could be happy.

Tootsie - From the Classic Must See Challenge. I thought it was hilarious! And it'd actually be a good piece to analyse from a feminist and sexuality dynamic angle, if essays on movies is your thing. And I think Mrs Doubtfire owes a lot to that film, and in turn Tootsie owes a lot to Some Like It Hot. I recommend it, 10/10.

Men in Black 3 - Because I was always going to get around to seeing it. I was surprised! I know everyone raved for it when it came out but I didn't really think it was going to be that good, and it was! I remember the second film and how rubbish it was, I remember how it felt like a sequel for a sequel's sake. This third one was so much better, you can practically ignore a second one was ever done! Just fill in the gap between the ending of the first and the beginning of the 3rd with your own ideas. I mean, ok, there was a bit right at the end that made me cry, but ignoring that, it was easily the best of all 3. And it gets points for Surprise!Emma Thompson and Alice Eve. 10/10
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Alexandra
16 October 2013 @ 01:59 pm
Laura Delaney
1985 - 2005
Because you'll never be just a memory.



This day is still as hard to face as it ever was, and to add insult to injury I also have a bad case of the flu with a chest infection on top.

I had a poem for this entry, I wrote it about a month ago, but I can't face getting it to C+P up.

I was hoping to spend the day sorting through photos, as a sort of therapuetic way to deal with today, but I don't want to be coughing and spluttering all over them.
 
 
 
Alexandra
So, James McAvoy, Cumberbatch, Gatiss, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, James Cordon, Dominic Cooper, Catherine Tate and Alexander's mate from Horrible Histories are in Starter for 10.

I just don't know where to start anymore! There's no real start or circle, they've all been in something with each other or in something with someone who have been in something with one of the others. James Cordon and Dominic Cooper were in The History Boys together. James McAvoy and Cumberbatch were in Atonement together. Cumberbatch and Gatiss go without saying. Gatiss was in an episode of Horrible Histories, and according to IMDB, i've just read that Alexander's Mate from Horrible Histories (the Iskanderun sketch) was in Fortysomething! Which Cumberbatch, and Hugh Laurie, were both in.

And as we go away from those people, Gatiss was in a bunch of things with Lee Ingleby, who played Hollom in Master and Commander with Paul Bettany, who was in Creation with Cumberbatch, then we go to Rebecca Hall who was also in Parade's End with Cumberbatch and Roger Allam, and he opens a whole new world which eventually takes us to doctor who, which gets us to Catherine Tate.

These people are endless and circular in a way that has no pattern! These people are clearly talented, but it's obvious, even if I hadn't have learnt this in media, that if you go for a part with someone you've already worked with, you have a higher chance of getting the part. And that's if you haven't already been in mind for the part by the director/writer/head of casting.

On on hand, I'm glad I'm not an actor. I can't imagine keeping in contact with that many people and having that many contacts in my hypothetical phone. Imagine the increased chances to pocket phone someone!
 
 
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Alexandra
06 September 2013 @ 07:47 pm
The Last King of Scotland - For the James McAvoy cataloguing. First off, never confuse this film with The Flying Scotsman. Yes, there's a Scottish actor in both, yes, both titles reference people of Scotland. That's where the similarities end. It's obvious why it's highly thought of. Brilliant acting, well directed, deep topic done well. Not my kind of film, though. And one question: Was the naked bit Really necessary!?

Hop - Just for Hugh Laurie's voice acting skills. I wouldn't normally touch a film with Russell Brand in, but Hugh Laurie cancelled him out. It also stars James Marsden and Kaley Cuoco, and it's a film based on Easter. It's bit Flushed Away meets The Santa Clause, except the rabbit is a lot more annoying than Sid (the street rat voiced by Shane RIchie). It lost me at The Hoff and the Xfactor bits, but I powered through for the Hugh Laurie cataloguing. 3/10

Taken - It stars Liam Neeson. I'm not a big fan of his, but I liked him in this. I don't get all the negative reviews! It's a pretty good watch, though it is quite grim with all the ruthless violence. Which fits the circumstances, so that's alright, relatively speaking. Bonus points for surprise!Holly Valance, but one question: What about the other girl's family!?

Dogma - As suggested by Ash. So many jokes, quotes and references that I've seen on LJ over the past 10 years all of a sudden make sense to me. Only film I've liked with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in, especially Matt Damon. Alan Rickman is brilliant in it. It's a good but bizarre film, definitely worth a watch.

Funny Face - For the Classic Challenge. It didn't even last until the 40 minute mark. I got to just on half an hour and turned it off. I am not cut out for these cutesy Hepburn type movies. Just, no.

Summer Holiday. - In the name of rewatching a childhood classic. What can I say about a film that's a musical starring Cliff Richard? Well, as you can imagine, it's sexist, but that was the 60s, wasn't it? It's worth a watch if you're a musical fan, I think. There's nothing really special about the story, i'm not sure why I liked it as much as I did back then, because it's just about a bunch of people joining up and going from place A to place B, whilst stuff goes on in between with musical narrative. But yay for Mrs Hudson!

Little Children - Watched for the sake of Jennifer Connolly. Well, I say watched, I had to turn it off before the 40 minute mark. Basically, the stereotype of suburban mothers, which Kate Winslet's character doesn't seem to get onwith, perve on the Stay At Home Dad, the husband of Jennifer Connoly's character, as they all take their kids to the same park. Kate Winslet's character is the only one who strikes up enough courage to actually talk to him, and then to play with the Surban Mothers' Hiveminds, kisses him. Meanwhile, there's a paedophile in the area. Thankfully the Suburban Mothers already bored me and wound me up way before anything else happened.

Room on the Broom - A kid's animated film starring Gillian Anderson and Martin Clunes, and narrated by Simon Pegg. It was lovely! It's about half an hour long, narrated in poem form, sort of in the same style of Henny Penny, and The Very Hungry Catarpillar. I don't care I'm not the target audience, it was sweet! I highly recommend it to kids of all ages!

It's A Boy Girl Thing - I watched it properly until the 40 Minute Mark, and then I fast forwarded and skipped through the rest. Who recommended it to me!? Good acting, but I've seen the trope filled out better. Bonus Points for Sharon Osbourne, Sid from CSI, and "That singing one from off Just My Luck".

Gypo - Just for Paul McGann. I think LoveFilm need to work on their movie descriptions because nothing in their brief summary does it mention how awful and downright psycopathic McGann's character is. I only went into this film as prepared as I did because a McGann Clann member warned me. What I saw was an abusive character who treated his wife like crap, the eldest daughter kept having to look after the baby I'm assuming the wife/mother wasn't "planning for". I knew it was going to get worse from there, but you'd not expect it form the 15 rating! I actually stopped watching because it was wierdly filmed like a badly performed play, with a lot of botched lines and dodgy acting. Points for surprise!Mrs Doyle from Father Ted, though.

The Hunger Games - Where The Tournament (starring Robert Carlyle) meets Battle Royale, and throws them in a Pre-revolutioned Russian-esque America and then the future from The Demolition Man. Now I suddenly understand a lot of the gifs from Tumblr and jokes in the Yogscast video. As for the film, it was pretty good, but I don't get the big fuss. Acting was good, but Battle Royale did the idea better.

The Wildest Dream - A documentary about a mountain climber called Conrad Anker following in the footsteps of George Mallory. The first bit, about Mallory's climb and Conrad Anker finding his body on a search for him, was good, but it started going down hill (no pun intended) when it was more about Conrad Anker himself and his family's dealing with his planned expedition, and not just about the retrace and how it compared to Mallory's expedition which I thought it was going to be. Actually, LoveFilm described this as a visually re-enacted movie, so I was expecting a Shackleton kind of movie, rather than a documentary. So. Yeah. 3/10.

Quartet - Starring every old actor you can ever think of (not literally, but four of the biggies). Good film, great characters. A bit like Sister Act but with grumpy british old age pensioners, rather than american Nuns. It's a touching story and it's a good pace. Definitely worth a watch. Randomly, there's a guy in it who looks quite like Roger Allam who isn't Roger Allam, and tangentially speaking, Maggie Smith would make a brilliant Mummy Holmes.

Infamous - For the sake of Toby Jones. It also stars Sandra Bullock and quite a few other notable faces. It's based on the sort of true story of Truman Capote, as he researched a murder for his book "In cold blood", as written in another book by another author. Toby Jones is... Well, I didn't like the film, not my kind of thing, but he was quite memborable! Like, wow O_O.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - What can I say about a film that has a title like that? It's pretty self explanatory. It stars Kristin Scott-Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and they embark on a project to introduce salmon fishing in the yemen on request of a Sheikh, and it's surprisingly good! Bonus points for scottish!Ewan, cos that hardly ever happens.

The Evil Dead - As recommended by Many, many people. I don't know what to say about it, really! Technically speaking, it's amazing when you consider their budget and prior experience. Plot wise, it's alright! It's good! But it's one of those films I think you have to go in already knowing all about it to stick with it. It's too bizarre and too low budget otherwise. I think the most I liked about it was picking out references that other films have made to it, especially Shaun of the Dead. It's a cult classic, and I can see why.

Django Unchained - On the suggestion of Lucy. It was a surprisingly good watch, it was better than what I was expecting, but I did get bored somewhere around the hour and the half mark. Quite gory, which doesn't surprise me or bother me, really, normally, but I did wonder at some points whether it was really all that necessary. Not really sure it was worth the hype that surrounded it, but it was a good film.

Elysium - Technically not a LoveFilm film, but I just saw it at the cinema and I was pleasently surprised! Matt Damon surprised me again. The whole cast was good. The plot was a bit like Shrek meets Johnny Nmenonic, which you'll understand if you've seen this film as well as those two. The gore was quite vibrant, and I had to look away at some points, but I've definitely seen worse. Django mentioned above, for example. Worth a watch if you're into dystopian future films or Matt Damon.
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I am feeling: amusedamused
 
 
 
Alexandra
07 August 2013 @ 02:59 pm
Day #7 - Least Favourite Female Character

Mariette. Which sucks, because that's my favourite episode (and it's where my icon's from!). I should probably dislike Maria more, because there's actual real reasons to dislike her. With Mariette, she's not really done any harm to Horatio and even when she isn't forthcoming in useful information to help him, it's not unreasonable of her because she's just trying to defend her village.

But, no, Mariette.

And whilst I'm here, does anyone have any film suggestions for Lovefilm? My list is running a bit slow. Not shows, cos I've got a backlog of them I'm working my way through. Just films.
 
 
 
Alexandra
06 August 2013 @ 06:24 pm
Day #6 - Favourite Rivalry

Sawyer.

Partly because it's so much more than two characters against each other, it's Horatio against the idea of a war hero and all who ignore the bigger picture to uphold the image. And also partly because I think here you get to see Horatio actually losing against the bad guy.

Up until Mutiny/Retribution, Horatio has always worked to get everyone out of the trouble they've ended up in. If he can't do it himself, he plans, he considers and he gets other people working to their strength to work together, and they end up better off than what they would have been if they hadn't have done anything at all.

But with Sawyer, he's got a job to do, he's looking out for his men, but he isn't winning against Sawyer, he's just surviving. He has no upper hand, no real advantage, just maybe a half-arsed alley on his side who buys him sometime until things come to a head. Sawyer is dangerous because he keeps his image of an established man well thought of whilst losing his mind.

He's not like Hornblower's other so called Rivals, he's an in-depth character who has lasting power beyond his means.
 
 
I am feeling: tiredtired
 
 
 
Alexandra
05 August 2013 @ 11:28 pm
Day #5 - Favourite Romance

Archie/Horatio. Yes, really!

I don't care what anyone says, Archie/Horatio Was CANON. Honestly, I have one million and ONE reasons why their relationship was romantic, (ONE MILLION AND ONE!) but unfortunately for the both of us, I don't have time to list them all.

So, here's the music video that says it all for me, instead. Incidentally, this is the music video that introduced me to Rascal Flatts...

Warning for spoilers, and also this video might make you cry:

 
 
I am feeling: tiredtired
I can hear: BBCRadio 2
 
 
 
Alexandra
04 August 2013 @ 02:36 pm
Day #4 - Favourite Male Character

I'm not going to go with the obvious, because the obvious is Hornblower. Who I do really, really like and the show wouldn't be the same without him. Because he is the Robin Hood of his merry band of common sailors!

So, I'm not going to say him. Instead, I'm going to say my If-Hornblower-Wasn't-In-This-Show favourite: Styles.

Yes. Styles and his big giant Monkey grin.

For these three reasons:
1) He goes out of his way to show that he respects Hornblower after not respecting him, and the rest (bar Matthews, who knows when to follow orders already) follow suit.
2) He has some of the best lines of the show, and when he's not speaking, he makes these responsive faces
3) The Chicken.

I know, ok? That's the most stupidest reason to make him my favourite character, but honestly, that's a chicken they're going to be eating at some point. That's a chicken that he's just saved from being eaten by the french soldiers, because that's an English chicken for the English soldiers.

And YET, he is cradling that chicken as if it's the most important posession on the whole damn ship. And it might just be, but it doesn't have to be alive for it to be so. He doesn't have to cradle it. He could go all Johnny Dominance on everyone's arses and kill the chicken and eat it for himself, just to spite the French, but he doesn't.

He just holds it safely, away from being eaten from french people. Safe from being eaten for another day.

And yes, he is quite a pratt in the last two episodes, so much so I don't really like him in those two episodes, but I put it down for him acting out due to the difficult situation. It's not like before where when his rivalry was a rivalry against him and the rest of Hornblower's crew, this was him on his own because everyone's got different job descriptions, and they can't intervene or watch out for him to keep him from doing anything stupid anymore, because they have different things that keep him busy.

At least he warms up to Bush!

He's a complex character, when you think about it. And he looks a bit like a monkey...
 
 
I can hear: Lenny Kravits ~ Fly Away
 
 
 
Alexandra
03 August 2013 @ 02:21 pm
Day #3 - Favourite Female Character

Come on, it's got to be Kitty Cobham/The Duchess, hasn't it? She's all around awesome!

She hides the dispatches in her knickers, she argues with Pellew and still Pellew seems fond of her, she makes friends with Hornblower after making him all flustered, she provides them all with fruit when they're probably developing scurvy in the prison, she basically saves Archie's life by getting Horatio in good favours with the Spaniard and helping him to help get Archie better, she saves ALL of their lives, possibly by prostituting herself (I'm not quite sure what happens there, really). So what if she lies? She only does it to save her own skin and it's completely without malice.

She talks plainly and straight forwardly, which is quite modern and probably against a lot of established etiquette in them days.

And she does it all whilst demanding the highest respect from people. Apart from maybe the implied prostitution bit, which she did because it was the only way to ensure her own and everyone else's safety. But that in turn demands respect, because she's doing what she can to get herself safely home.

So. Yeah. Kitty!
 
 
I am feeling: amusedamused
I can hear: BBC 6Music