Monday, 29 February 2016

Monday's Are For Moaning - the degrading realities of job hunting

Normally I try to focus my rants on unimportant issues instead of hard-hitting, real world problems. I figure strangers on the internet would be less offended by me getting angry about books than moaning about my life. Still, sometimes I let things slip and the real world starts to infiltrate my little blog. This is one of those weeks. Something happened this week that got me super annoyed and I felt like I needed to air my grievances. It's either that or repress my hatred. We all know what that leads to. On 19th February, Talia Jane wrote an open letter to Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. At the time, Jane was employed in customer service at Eat24 and felt that she needed to speak out about the difference between the minimum wage and the cost of living in San Francisco. And the internet lost its shit.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

THAT'S WHAT SHE READ - SUNDAY RUNDOWN

So on my week off I finished not one but two books. Admittedly, one of them was only about 50 pages long but it all counts. I'm also well on my way with my current read. The only problem I have with getting out of my reading slump is that I have to decide what to read next. There's so much choice that I don't know where to start. Still, this is one of the most first-world of first-world problems so I really should just get on with it. Next year I need to keep a better record of which books I've read and when. From what I can tell looking back on my rundowns, I'm about 7 books into the year. This isn't that great but probably a hell of a lot more impressive than last year.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

TBT - X Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

I've read a lot of mixed criticism about Deadpool since I watched it last weekend. It's upsetting because, whilst it does have its flaws, it was a refreshing addition to the comic book genre. Yes, it's not going to change anything and, unless it comes up with a few stronger ideas, it won't become Fox's new big franchise. However, it should be said that it definitely made up for Deadpool's first cinematic appearance. It's been 7 years since the unrecognisable version of the character appeared in Wolverine's origin story but the hurt still runs as deep as ever. Ryan Reynolds knew he had to get this movie made to apologise to fans like him for allowing Fox to fuck up such an iconic and loved character. If you ask me, he more than did... and, considering how much ground he had to make up, that's a fucking huge achievement.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Deadpool (2016)

You have to hand it to Ryan Reynolds. He's been saying he'd get this film made for over 10 years and he bloody did it. I'm a Deadpool fan, like a lot of you out there, and I have been willing him to succeed for fucking years. There have been plenty of actors who belligerently stick to their hope that they'll get to create the film they want. We quickly saw through Kiefer Sutherland constantly banging on about a 24 movie but Reynolds was the kind of person who could get it done. He pretty much is Wade and cares so much about the character that it made so much sense to give him what he wanted. To everyone but Fox, of course. Then when the test footage was leaked a couple of years ago it was like a fucking miracle. Deadpool is exactly the kind of character who needed a film and that's not just to rewrite the injustice of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Monday's Are For Moaning - Unlike Destiny's Child, we're not all suvivors

We're on day 3 of my week long holiday and I've already fallen into old patterns. I've achieved barely anything I intended to do today. It's taken me hours to write this post and I still have a massive pile of washing sat in front of me waiting to get done. I spent all morning in bed telling myself it was okay because I'm on holiday. It'll get done but I wanted to be better than this. At least this is done and I get on with writing the couple of reviews I want to post in the next few weeks. At least that's something. I have been reading though. I intend to finish my current book before the end of the week and start a new one. Maybe, if I'm super energised, I'll get that out of the way too. Of course, we all know my tragic flaw is my naivety and misguided amount of self-belief. No doubt my post next Sunday will be much the same as last weeks, but hopefully with less purchases. I'm feeling end of the month blues, guys.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

THAT'S WHAT SHE READ - SUNDAY RUNDOWN

You've caught me in an unusually joyful mood today. I've watched an amazing film, just started a weeks holiday and I'm feeling good about my chances of getting ahead blogging. I've already got my subject sorted for Monday and I can't wait to start writing my Tuesday review. Sensibly, I've not arranged to do much besides sleep so I have time to read and watch things. I also, stupidly, decided to rebuy The Sims 2 for my laptop. I wasn't sure The Sims 3 would play adequately and I was getting pissed of with the PS3 version. Despite having to get used to the shitty gameplay again, I'm loving this wave of nostalgia and can imagine losing hours to the game. At uni, I played it for so long one day that I wasn't able to sleep that night. I was so fucking grumpy. Thankfully, adult life doesn't really allow for these types of gaming binges so I'm able to approach the whole thing in moderation. I mostly spend hours creating my Sims and then decide it's time for bed. Maybe one day I'll actually get through an entire week. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

TBT - Anchorman (2004)

Is there anyone out there who can say they dislike Will Ferrell? I mean the man knows how to make people laugh. Yes, he doesn't always get it right but even in his worst films there is still plenty to giggle about. As we discovered in Daddy's Home on Tuesday, there is ultimately enough heart and soul within his films to make them worth a punt. He's not a genius, granted, but he can churn out quotable lines with the best of them. Ferrell has come up with much of his best work alongside writing partner Adam McKay and, arguably, their most successful collaboration has been Anchorman. It's the kind of film that, if you love it, you've seen it too many times to remember and can quote it without even thinking. It's a truly iconic film and, after watching the disappointing Daddy's Home, it's exactly what I needed to remember that Ferrell can be better.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Tuesday's Review - Daddy's Home (2015)

We've already established on this blog that I have an ever-growing love for Mark Wahlberg as an actor. He's pretty consistently good these days but hasn't had a film that really gave him the sort of real credibility he found in the The Departed. He seems to have firmly situated himself into the realm of shitty buddy comedies. It makes it difficult to be a fan because, no matter how good he is, the films are ultimately too awful to make it seem worthwhile to watch. In fact, I think the most recent Mark Wahlberg film I've seen is probably Ted. I didn't even see Ted 2 because I lost some faith in Seth MacFarlane after A Million Ways To Die. However, I'm always a sucker for a Will Ferrell film. I mean even a shit film starring him is probably going to have some laughs in it, right?

Monday, 15 February 2016

Monday's Are For Moaning - Valentine's Day, Shmaletine's Day

I had such plans for this evening. I was going to come home, get myself sorted and write this post as early as possible. Then my coworkers invited me out for a drink and the plan was to have one quick drink then back to the plan. Three drinks later, it's nearly 9 and I'm finally at home. The last thing I want to do now is write a post. I just need to sleep. Still, it's Monday and there's moaning to do. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Valentine's Day is a time that brings out my ever-present feminist leanings. That's because it makes me sad to see plenty of intelligent young women turn to mush over a holiday that pushes a flawed idea of what love is.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

THAT'S WHAT SHE READ - SUNDAY RUNDOWN

It feels like this has been a fucking long week. Seriously, I feel like I've worked the equivalent of about three weeks over five days. It meant that on my day off yesterday I read, napped and lazed around. None of the productive things I meant to do got done so I'll have to find time for them later. Why is it true that when one part of your life (my reading habits) appears to be getting so much better that the rest of your life becomes shitter? I've also done a lot more shopping this week than I should have. Although very little was book related. In fact. until yesterday I'd been really good with not buying any more books. I honestly thought my worries on that front were over. I seem to have replaced books with clothes which is something else I just don't have the storage for. I'm so bad at throwing out clothes I don't wear. It's fucking stupid. I need to have a proper sort out and get that shit to a charity shop. Another of the things I should have done yesterday. Urgh, I've so much to do... I'm going back to bed.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

TBT - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

So it's been four throwback Thursday's since Alan Rickman died and I'm still remembering him through his classic films. I was only planning to do this for a month to properly mourn his passing but I'm tempted to continue indefinitely until I get all the good ones. There are still a few to chose from and I'd be keen to rewatch them. This weeks film is one I haven't seen in a long time and was both a fantastic and awful thing to do to myself. Watching the film was fucking hilarious because it has not aged well. The major consequence was having the fucking abysmal Bryan Adams song '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' in my head all day. I've never wanted to bash my head with a frying pan more than I have today.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Tuesday's Review - The Widow by Fiona Barton

So yesterday's rant wasn't the greatest testament to my level-headedness. It was self-indulgent and angry even for someone with a history in general ranting. Still, as a normal human being I tend to lash out when someone I care about is threatened. There are only a few things in life that are certain to get me really fucking angry and that's one of them. Another good bet is a really shitty thriller that is mistakenly being hailed as the next big thing. I'm really the only one to blame because I keep buying them. I know by now that it's not my thing and, more often than not, author's just don't dig deep enough into the mind of a criminal/psychopath/sociopath/whatever. I just expect more and no half price hardback, especially when it's a debut, is not going to deliver what I need. Still, when The Widow by Fiona Barton appeared in front of me one day, I let myself believe that maybe this time was the time.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday's are for moaning - angry musings on humanity

I'm not really in the mood to rant today... well I am but just not about things that I can, or indeed want, to talk about here. What I will say is that I hate the vast majority of humanity right now. Now whilst I'm sure that shockingly hyperbolic statement fits in perfectly with the image I've created for myself on this blog, I have a good excuse. A member of my family is having a hard time at work for absolutely fucking ridiculous reasons. It's something that makes no sense and is being dealt with in such an absurd manner that my inner Bruce Banner is slowly starting to lose control. I realise in this scenario I'm obscenely biased but that doesn't mean I'm wrong. The problem comes down to the basic idiocy and childishness of other people.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

THAT'S WHAT SHE READ - SUNDAY RUNDOWN

I had such great plans for today. I was going to write this early, get a head start on tomorrow's post and watch something to review on Tuesday. By this point all I've done is tidy and rearrange my room. On the plus side, I've no longer got books stored on every inch of available floor space since I've taken over an unused bookcase. It does, however, mean I'll be playing catch-up all week. We're only in 2016's second month and already my plan to sort my shit out is failing. I haven't updated my blogging schedule in ages. At least I'm actually reading though. That makes shit easier. Although, I'm also still buying a fuck load so I still need to get quicker. Come on 2016. This is still THE year.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

TBT - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Continuing to remember the dearly departed Alan Rickman, I look back to another of is recent films that showed off his humour. Before I get into it, I have to be honest with you: I haven't read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I know it's probably part of my ticket out of geekdom but I've never got round to it. My father's a fan of Douglas Adams and it's something I've always felt I should have read. It's not something I tend to broadcast and I know enough Adams' quotes to be able too hold my own should the need arise. However, that doesn't escape the fact that I never got through the book. I tried, God knows I did, but it wasn't something I ever finished. I don't understand why because I managed to get through fucking Tolkein which is much more of a struggle.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

TOP 10 WEN-SDAY - TOP TEN David Bowie Songs

After what seems like the longest January since time began, we've arrived in February. It's fucking freezing outside and I never want to go outside again. Unfortunately, I have to leave the house for my stupid job. I tend to be outside pre-7 am so it's even more miserable and cold. To cheer myself up I've been listening to David Bowie songs for a while now. It does make the mornings go a little better. Of course, I've been drawn to Bowie a lot after his death and took it as an opportunity to indulge in the music of a great man. At university I made a list of my top 10 favourite songs for a stupid Facebook thing and it was the most difficult thing I've ever done. I actually did it again a year later for some reason but that's beside the point. What I remember about it is that Rebel Rebel was on there as my favourite Bowie song. I still love that song but, since that time, I've realised my loyalties lie elsewhere. So, in order to make things official, I think it's time to make a note of my top 10 Bowie songs. I'm sure it's what the great man would have wanted.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - The Big Short (2015)

The problem with awards season is that you can never be sure is something's worth watching or not. There is so much nonsense written about everything that it's impossible to tell what's fact and what's just bollocks. Look at Joy; it's been lauded as one of the greatest films of the year but I was bored out of my fucking mind. Obviously, the praise was mostly down to J Law and her inability to put a foot wrong in the eyes of the people who matter. Another name that is constantly getting attention at this time of year is Christian Bale. Yes, everyone's favourite Welsh psychopath is constantly being recognised for his acting prowess but I remain unconvinced that he deserves the attention. I mean he wasn't even the stand-out in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and he was fucking Batman! Still, everything about his latest film The Big Short seems like it should be a no brainer. It has a great cast, a script co-written and directed by Adam McKay (Will Ferrell's writing partner) and based on the real-life story of the people who made a fortune out of the 2008 financial crisis.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Monday's Are For Moaning - The Secret Cost of Fandom

It's nearly half 10 on Monday night and I still don't know what this post is going to be about. I have nothing I want to rant about. I know; I feel weird about it too. Of course, I say I have nothing but, as we've already established here, I'm kind of bitchy when I get going. If this blog was dedicated to my working life then I'd never run out of things to moan about. However, as someone who prefers to distract from her fulfilling professional life using popular culture, I really don't want to dwell on the annoying things a small handful of my co-workers do to constantly drive me insane. I'm even slowly starting to find my groove when it comes to reading. I mean I'm not back on top form but I've finished a couple of books recently and am well on my way to getting through another. It's like I'm a new person.

 
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