Saturday, 28 November 2015

GO WATCH CHARLI XCX's DOCUMENTARY


So one of my favourite pop stars of the moment, the lovely Charli XCX did an amazing documentary for BBC about Feminism in the music industry called Charli XCX: The F Word and Me. Basically go watch it now.
Charli during a photo opportunity
for more click under the cut!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Short Film Friday: The Page Turner

This weeks Short Film is a kinetic artwork that will cheer any one up after a tough week.
Joseph Herscher's work here is really really cool and the perfect pick me up for a dull day. In this short Joseph shows a machine he has created to turn the page of a newspaper. It might sound dull but it is so cool.





link to film under cut as it is embed disabled

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Raspberry Finch Review!

So I finally have had time to write this! Back in October I nought some things from etsy store Raspberry Finch (HERE). It was a truly amazing and quick shopping experience and I recommend this store whole heartedly.
Under the cut is a full review and you can see my purchases!!]


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Weirdo Wednesday: Agent Dylan Rhodes

NOW YOU SEE ME SPOILERS AHEAD GUYS

Who?:
Agent Dylan Rhodes
Where is he from?:
Now You See Me film series (IMDB)
Who plays him?
Mark Ruffalo
Why is he amazing?: 
Dylan Rhodes plays the audience and the Four Horseman better than anyone ever could. The twist is perfect and is made so by Ruffalo being perfect. His performance is seamless and Dylan is genuinely loveable. A bit of a grouchy dork but genuinely lovely and the look on his face when the others work out who he is = priceless!!

Here's the trailer for the second one guys


Monday, 16 November 2015

The Lady in the Van- Acceptable Ascensions and lenient truths


So back in October I went to see Lady in The Van and chronic  at the BFI Film festival which was amazing and today I can finally start posting those reviews (as I didn't want to put spoilers out). 
also this review contains SPOILERS
The Lady in the Van is a mostly true story that resonates amazingly, makes you laugh and makes you think because boiled down to its essence it's the story of a homeless elderly woman and the accidentally caring man that by complete and utter circumstance ends up helping her. 

The story is told in a very clever and quite unique way. Alan Bennett (our main character, our writer and our eyes to which we watch this story unfold) is split into two Alan Bennet's, the one who lives and the one who writes (both expertly played by the amazing Alex Jennings who deserves a plethora of awards). Occasionally the one who writes and the one who lives will stop the story to discuss that maybe they didn't say that or she didn't say that and the one who writes will say it enhances the story to do so. 
Maggie Smith as the Lady in the Van

It's a exceedingly clever take on the biopic.A genre that tends to get an awful lot of flack for not being accurate and its important to note most of these complaints are for good reason. A lot of the time you can understand why they made the changes as they do enhance the film  but the more the story is augmented the more of the truth is lost. This is the case for films like The Imitation Game which seems to lose its self when you compare it to the truth. Lady in the Van bypasses any form of similar criticism by acknowledging it.

But anyway on to the "she" i mentioned earlier. This particular lady was named Mary Shepard (Dame Maggie Smith), a ex nun, brilliant pianist, devout catholic and in her later years became a paranoid scared old lady living in a battered van.
Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett

There is a very interesting dichotomy at play in this film definitely focusing on acceptability in society. Alan Bennett is a gay playwright living on his own in a moderately rich area, during the film when he has people over he has them over at night during the day he is introverted mainly just writing. The neighbours and life accepts him as an acceptable part of society. Meanwhile Ms Shepard is unlikeable, rude and loud. But most importantly to the locals she is a homeless lower class women sullying their street. It feels like a very interesting thing to look at especially as this particular feature is generally played the other way round. The old lady being the acceptable member of society and the gay man being the cast off. Whilst this was a true story so not written to be a different take on a tired old idea its still interesting to see this relationship on film.

The relationship between Ms Shepard and Alan Bennett can only be described as fraught. Alan allows her to park her van in the drive for a couple of weeks after she has a scare (Jim Broadbent serving up some super creepy realness) and she stays for 15 years. You can see how that could make things...complicated. The social worker who visits her throughout the film starts visiting him, giving him instructions and treating him as her carer or family member. He refutes the fact that he is anything to do with her or her situation and yet the social worker comes back. The running gag being that overtime he tries to explain the situation the social worker calls him aggressive. It's really quite funny.

The last point I want to make is a running theme throughout the film "ascension". A lot of the film relies on this. The first time Alan meets Ms Shepard they are both staring up at Jesus on the cross outside a church. When she is taken to the care home to have a wash and have some clean clothes, she ascends into the ambulance on the wheelchair lift. Finally of course Alan (the one who writes) gives her the ascension she always dreamed of as at her funeral whilst walking with him she ascends into the sky. It's an excellent and funny ending to a bittersweet yet brilliant story.

And I think thats the thing about this film that makes it so captivating is that it doesn't take the easy route. It's not just a simple adaptation or simple biopic, it's much more than that. It knows its embellishing the truth, it knows the story is sometimes heartbreaking but it never gets bogged down in grief. It stays light, frequently funny and a fitting tribute to both a talented writer and a truly intriguing woman. Plus the fourth wall break at the end is superb.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

#ALLMYMOVIES or some Shia infused Aesthetic Goodness


So Shia La Beouf has had a tumultuous time recently but his latest project seems to have invigorated him immensely. #ALLMYMOVIES is a project where Shia is currently watching all his movies live and you can watch him either in person in a cinema in New York or on this live feed available here
He's watching them in chronological order for those wondering. But anyway here are some stills from this interesting project





Wednesday, 11 November 2015

It's steaming up at BFI LOVE


So BFI Flare just emailed me out it's newsletter about BFI's Love season which is running now. Now I know I have promised you my BFI film fest reviews etc but they are tasking some time so this is just some fun. Whilst I can't attend this particular one (saving up for a december special event which I cannot wait to tell you about) I thought I might spotlight bits of it because it is pretty damn awesome plus they have a lot going on for this.

The New Girlfriend

The program contains a great selection of  films like Brokeback Mountain, Fire, Carol and Sunday,Bloody Sunday.
Fire
I really wish I could go but as I said it just won't happen but they have also filled the BFI player and the shop with some real treats. Some of Xavier Dolan's works can be purchased for as little as £5.99 on DVD plus as stated the BFI player is stacked full of ones I have wanted to watch. I definitely want to catch Francois Ozon's "The New Girlfriend", Bruno Barretto's "Reaching for the Moon" and the short films "Rose Bud", "We once were Tide" and "Flaming Passion".


So guys what do you think? Will you be attending LOVE season? Will you be purchasing DVDS or using BFIplayer? and most importantly who are your fave on screen couple???
chuck em in the comments below.


For a look at all the LGBTQ+ films and events that are happening click HERE
For the link to the BFI Player LOVE section click HERE
Finally I expect you all to have voted the polls for Best on Screen couples.  HERE

Friday, 6 November 2015

Short Film Friday: A Kiss, Deffered

A true story of love being completely deferred. It's heartbreaking, interesting and completely true.


full film under cut

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Weirdo Wednesday: Madeline Swann

Who?:
Dr Madeline Swann
Where is she from?:
Spectre IMDB
Who plays her?
Lea Sedoux
Why is she amazing?: 
There hasn't been that positive reaction to Ms Swann but i fell in love with her. As per Sedoux knocks it out of the park. Swann is brave, talented and takes no bullshit. When she gets with Bond, it's on her own terms not his. She takes her time and is just as clever and brilliant as him. I hope she makes a return.