Thursday, 30 April 2015

TBT - Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

I had every intention to follow up my '5 films for people who don't like Shakespeare' list with my own top 5 adaptations of his plays. It was a fucking huge undertaking and I couldn't make my mind up on a a final list. I kept flitting between the good ones and my guilty pleasures. I'm such a fickle human being that I'm never entirely comfortable making a definitive statement of favouritism about a subject. The top two were easy (The Hollow Crown and Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing respectively) but the others changed every time I opened the draft post. Possibly because, when it comes down to it, I'll always prefer to indulge in Shakespeare performed on a stage. I expect something different from a cinematic production to a theatrical one: the scope is much bigger and it's easier to push the boundaries more. That's probably why my Shakespeare-related film history has more of a She's The Man feel than a Kenny B's Hamlet to it. Although, I tell a lie: there was another film that continued to keep its place on my list. It's one of my faves even if it wasn't critically beloved. It's about time it receives some decent attention so have given it pride of place as my latest TBT.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Top 5 Shakespeare adaptations for people who don't like Shakespeare

So back when everyone else was celebrating St George's Day, the literary world were remembering a much more important historical figure. Nobody knows the exact date on which William Shakespeare is born so it has become general practice to celebrate his birth on the day of his death, April 23rd. Regardless of all the potential controversy surrounding the writer, he's a fucking important guy in the world of English literature. I know as a degree-carrying, literature geek I'm a little biased when it comes to the Bard but I think it's worthwhile for everyone to experience him at some point in their lives. I'm also aware of the apprehension that surrounds his plays. Back in 2012 when Hollow Crown filled me with fucking joy, I tried to persuade my friends to watch the series only to be met with the unnecessary “I just find it boring” reaction. I understand that the language can be a little daunting for a modern audience but Shakespeare is anything but fucking boring. There is plenty of drama, emotion, romance and humour within his works to keep any audience happy. However, I understand how difficult it will be to change people's minds so, instead, I present to you five Shakespeare films to keep anyone happy.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

TBT - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Today is St George's Day: a time where the English get patriotic, in other words drunk, because of the story of some geezer slaying a dragon. It's a day of English-ness, heroics and fire-breathing dragons. It's also a day when you have to put up with fucking annoying people managing to irritate you with these aforementioned traits. It seems to me there is a perfect film out there that sums up the characteristics of the day. The film also happens to be celebrating it's 10th anniversary this November whilst the novel it is adapted from will be 15 years old in July. Well it looks like the fates are with me this Throwback Thursday. I fucking love it when a plan comes together.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Star Wars: The Trailer Awakens

The last week has been fucking exhausting. Not only am I still trying to get to grips with my new job, keep up with my new schedule here and getting obsessed with Minecraft all over again, but we have a fucking huge onslaught of great trailers to get through. I've already mentioned that 2015 has been a quiet reading year so far but I also can't remember the last time I went to the cinema. I'm starting to regret all those years that I've defended video games: having a console once again is royally fucking up my life. Thankfully, there is a shitload of great films coming this year: Age of Ultron is only days away and then we have a constant stream of potentially great films to look forward to. Something the trailers released in the last 7 days have only proved.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

TBT - Spice World (1997)

Last month the world was rocked to the core with one of the most dramatic announcements humanity could imagine: Zayn left One Direction. For some reason, the news that this young man from Bradford no longer wanted to play with his friends had many people around the world calling into work sick. Personally, I battled with my inner-demons and went on with my life as usual because I'm so fucking stubborn. Regardless of my hard-hearted reaction to the 1D split news, it got me thinking about the biggest break-up in my personal music history: The Spice Girls. Mirroring recent events, back in 1998 Geri Halliwell left the world's most successful girl group and the world found itself in turmoil. When you think about it 1D and the Spice Girls were very similar. They were 5 of them, they split up and they both have movies. Although, I can't imagine the One Direction film can be anyway near as batshit crazy as Spice World.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Game of Thrones: Stan's my man

So the season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones aired yesterday and if I'm being brutally honest, it wasn't the most exciting opening episode there's ever been. The problem is the books: everyone knows Book 4 is one of the dullest and Book 5 is a pretty mixed bag. Cersei is just getting drunker by the second, Dany is still being a fucking idiot, and, with the exclusion of Lady Stoneheart, Brienne is left to wander the lands longing for Jaime Lannister. Although there are some glimmers of hope to come: once the Sand Snakes appear, the new High Septon arrives, and Arya gets to Braavos things will get a hell of a lot more interesting. Until then, we'll have to make do with my choice for ruler of the Seven Kingdoms: Stannis of the House Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

TBT - 'Winter is Coming': Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 1

I'm pretty fucking excited: not only is the new season of Game of Thrones only a matter of days away, George RR Martin released another sneak peak of his next book, The Winds of Winter. Yes, it was a Sansa chapter but it just so happened to be an awesome Sansa chapter. I can't for Martin to finish the next book but realise that it'll take him a bit of time. I appreciate the magnitude of the task he is undertaking and would much prefer him to take his time to create a wonderful next novel instead of rushing some second-rate piece of shit. However, I'm hardly known to be the most patient person on the planet so whilst I wait, and in time for the start of Season 5, I decided to rewatch season 1 again. Turns out, it's still fucking great.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Thunderbirds Are Go

I absolutely fucking loved Thunderbirds when I was growing up. Gerry Anderson's puppet-lead classic was always a staple in our house. My sisters and I enjoyed nothing more than watching the dramatic exploits of International Rescue: well, except that one where those men got horrifically burnt when the Sidewinder fell into a pit. Of course, I always wanted to be a member of International Rescue and would have leapt at the chance to pilot Thunderbird 2. As a girl I should probably have dreamed of being Lady Penelope but as a child I always wanted to be in the thick of the action instead of being driven around in a bight pink car. I also realise that Thunderbirds 1 and 3 are probably way cooler but Virgil got to pilot all of those cool vehicles. Scott may have been first on the scene but he was fucking useless until Thunderbird 2 showed up. The fact that he was also the most feminine of the brothers may have had something to do with it. So yeah, Virgil was always my fave Tracey brother and it always upset me when halfway through series 2 his voice changed: it was too fucking weird. So imagine how I felt when I saw his new face in ITV's updated new Thunderbirds Are Go.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

TBT - High Fidelity (2000)

"What really matters is what you like not what you are like. Books, record, films – these things matter. Call me shallow but its the fucking truth”. I fucking love High Fidelity and I think that tells you everything you need to know about me.

My desert-island, all time, top five favourite things about the film High Fidelity, in no particular order:

  1. The engaging narrative
  2. It's fidelity to the source
  3. John Cusack
  4. The supporting cast
  5. The music