Thursday, 31 March 2016

TBT - Godzilla (2014)

As some of you may remember, my, personal history with Godzilla hit a rocky patch when I first watched the disgusting Matthew Broderick film, as it did with many fans. So when it was announced that Monsters director Gareth Edwards was going to create a new one to be released in 2014 I couldn't bring myself to be that excited by it. I've always loved classic Godzilla and will always be a little bit excited by the prospect of gigantic creatures beating the shit out of each other but I'd been hurt too badly to let this Kaiju back in my life. Until a guy I work with told me I had to and proceeded to bring his copy of the film in for me to borrow. I felt like I couldn't really say now. So I did what I never thought I'd do. It sort of feels like taking back a cheating ex but never being able to get over the idea that he'll cheat again.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Sneaky Experience The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

I've wanted to try Sneaky Experience for a really long time but have never had the opportunity until recently. For those not in the know, Sneaky Experience create pop-up cinema screenings to audiences in weird locations. They make the screening an event and dress the location to link to the film. It's always sounded amazing but I've never managed to get tickets. There have been Harry Potter screenings at Kirkstall Abbey and Christmas screenings of Elf that have eluded me. However, I finally managed to find a screening I wanted to attend and could get tickets for. The fact that I was going with a co-worker who is definitely more attached to me than I am to him was a price I was just going to have to pay. On Saturday night, straight after an awful day at work, I headed to Leeds town hall to watch The Shawshank Redemption.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Monday Miscellany - Fashion, turn to left. Fashion, turn to the right. Oooh Fashion.

I'm still having some trouble getting my head around Mondays. Now I'm running out of things to rant about I just don't know what direction to head into. To be honest, I haven't been in the best mood today because of work dramas so I've been tempted to let off steam about it here. Although, I never wanted this blog to be about that kind of thing and I don't want to waste my time or your time doing. So instead, I decided to turn to a topic that I've often thought about including more of here but decided it's better for all involved that I don't: fashion. Or, in actuality, lifestyle blogs. Despite my love of criticism, I don't read a lot of book/film review blogs. Probably because I'm too afraid that I'll realise how sub-par I am if I'm more aware of what's out there but maybe just because it'd be a bit like a busman's holiday. I am, however, weirdly obsessed with posts about beauty and fashion despite being a complete novice in both of these areas.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - That's what she read

Happy Easter Sunday! I hope you're all knee deep in chocolate eggs right now. I've just finished a gorgeous lamb lunch and am currently in a food coma. Normally this would be nap time but I'm heading to see Deadpool again tonight and I'm super excited about it. I'm in need of some fun right now. This has been a week of big decisions and even bigger emotions. I'm having to put up with a lot of shit at work and it's really fucking depressing. Still, I've soldiered on and managed to finish two books this week. The second one I started yesterday evening and finished this morning so I'm feeling pretty damn smug right now. I just need to decide what I'm reading next. Thankfully, I haven't bought too many new ones this week. Hopefully, I can cross another off my TBR soon.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

TBT - Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

Normally I like to link my Tuesday review to my Thursday one but, to be honest, I didn't really relish the idea of watching an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice or another boring zombie film. So I decided to start trawling Netflix one night and kept coming back to this 80s classic. We all know that I love an 80s movie and college movies are my bread and butter. There's nothing like a take of underdogs rising up to take revenge on the people who are making their lives hell. Although, if there's one thing that we all have to admit, there were some things about the attitude of film writers in the 80s that don't quite sit well today. So, how well does Revenge of the Nerds really stand up now we've all had time to really think about it.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, that a literature student not in possession of originality must be a fan of Jane Austen. I'm not a typical literature student. I spent most of my university years being shunned by tutors and students for daring to suggest that Austen really isn't that great. It was almost as bad as the time I told my A Level teacher that I hated Dickens and he spent the rest of the year plotting my demise. After all, having independent thought is supported in higher education even if the majority of people around you think you're a fool. Regular readers of my rambling thoughts will also be aware that I'm completely over the whole Zombie trend. So it seems unlikely that I'd be the first person waiting in line to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Although, if there's one thing I know about maths its that two negatives make a positive. Surely, this must be the greatest film that I'll ever see?

Monday, 21 March 2016

Monday Miscellany - Portrait of the blogger as a young Instagrammer

I'm feeling very uninspired about my Monday posts at the moment. I don't know whether it's because I can't think of something to write about or whether I'm just not happy with the format. I'll have to think about whether my current schedule is a bit too heavy for the beginning of the week and maybe think about rearranging. Whatever the case may be, I find myself quite late on Monday night without a topic in mind. So I'm going to cop out a little and do a post I've been iffy about for a while. So it's bound to be fucking brilliant. I'm not trying to do anything revolutionary here but if it fills the hole until I can figure out what the fuck I'm doing then I'm happy.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

SUNDAY RUNDOWN - That's what she read

This week has been a bit of a bust. I haven't watched anything exciting and my reading has been pretty patchy. I've also been pretty restrained in terms of buying. I'm still very much on my graphic novel run and have managed to prevent myself from buying the crazily expensive hardback copy of The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal despite really really wanting to buy it. It doesn't make for a very interesting post but my bank balance is probably quite grateful. There's no denying that I'm pretty much just going through the motions right now. I'll try and make it more interesting next week. 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

TBT - Zoolander (2001)

It's hard to believe now that, upon its release in 2001, Zoolander wasn't a great success. It suffered mostly from bad timing as it came out only a matter of weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Critics weren't exactly wowed and audiences just didn't flock to see it. However, it eventually made enough of an impact to become a much-loved classic. My friends and I are huge fans and have been for many years. We left our school leaver's ball, aged 16, to go home and watch it. I really love the film. So when I found out that my work friend hated it I really didn't know what to do. Especially when she told me her reason was that it's "too silly". What the fuck was she expecting? Hating Zoolander for being too wacky is like hating Jaws for having too much shark. It's the whole fucking point of the film. So, I may have lost a new friend but it did give me an excuse to rewatch this classic.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Zoolander No.2 (2016)

Any film that has such a huge fan base is rife for sequels that come along way after anyone really wanted on. We saw it with Anchorman 2 and now Zoolander 2. Although, I get it; it's George Lucas syndrome. Something happens when you make something that people love and you're really proud of. You cant leave it alone and want to carry on making something that so many people love. The problem is, people love it too much and will never be able to compare it to the original they've shrouded in so much nostalgia. I guess I shouldn't complain too much because Derek and Hansel are both fantastic characters. Of course, I will complain because when the time away has been so long it's difficult to pick up where you left off.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Monday's Are For Moaning - Curse of the MCU: or this is why we can't have nice things

Not going to lie, can't promise this will be the best post in history. Had a really long day and I had a nap instead of writing. I also wasn't sure what I was going to rant about. I've been struggling with the concept for Monday's Are For Moaning for a while now so I think I'm going to change it to a more generic Monday Miscellany. This means if I feel vehemently opposed to something I can rant in my usual, level-headed (!) manner but, if inspiration fails to smack me in the face, I can jut ramble on about whatever topic is closest to my heart that day. Things may even start to get personal... although I doubt it. I love reading people's lifestyle blogs but I'm under no illusion that my life is interest enough to document here in any great detail. To be honest, I'll probably just use the space to talk about how much I love various actors. It's a theme that's run through my social media since the beginning so I may as well run with it. Anyhoo, without further ado, I present the, potentially, last edition of Monday's Are For Moaning. And it's just as pathetic as the rest have been.

Sunday, 13 March 2016


This week I was on holiday again in honour of my birthday. I spent much of my time lying down in my room wondering where my life had gone. However, between this deep and probing moments of self-refection I managed to have a fairly relaxing if not entirely productive week. I read some stuff, rewatched old shows on Netflix and continued to obsessively hunt for gold and red bricks on Lego Batman 2. Who say's I'm wasting my life? It's also been a fairly bad week shopping wise. In order to overcome my general despair at the ageing process I've opened my wallet and bought a load of stuff I don't need. Still, as I slowly descend into decrepitness at least I've have plenty of books to occupy my time and keep my mind sharp. 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

TBT - Ghostbusters (1984)

Despite my excitement about the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters, it did make me super nostalgic and all I wanted to do was watch the original. I can't even remember how many times I've watched that film and I'm always outraged when I find out someone hasn't watched it. I mean, in this day and age, who hasn't seen Ghostbusters? I lived with a guy at university who hadn't seen anything. I could accept that he hadn't watched Gremlins or The Breakfast Club or something like that. But Ghostbusters? I mean what kind of awful childhood did that guy have that he never got the chance to watch it? I've since lost touch with him (not based on this revelation but it didn't help his case) but will always remember him as the guy who never watched Ghostbusters. I assume he still hasn't watched it and I feel bad for the guy. He's missed out on so much.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Top 10 Wen-sday - Top Ten Female Writers

So, as I've already mentioned this week, it was International Women's Day on Monday and I decided that today was the day to celebrate female writers in my monthly top 10. To be honest, I struggled because, as I've come to realise, my tastes are still worryingly focused on the male. It's something I've been slowly trying to resolve but when it comes to my bookcase it's all about the dudes. Well, actually, that's not really true. Looking back at my That's What She Read posts for the past few weeks and I've read plenty of novels by women recently. However, nobody that would necessarily make it into a top 10 list. So it's back to the drawing board. Now I realise that my list will probably look like everybody else's because it's basically just the major players. However, there is one key person missing. Yes, I know you all love Jane Austen but I will never be able to claim that she is one of my favourite female writers. She has her place in literary history and is certainly an important figure. However, when I'm looking for something to dive into her books are top of the pile. 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Today is International Women's Day which mean I would have ideally been able to write my post from yesterday today. I don't want to get too ranty feminist but it's fucking brilliant that we've got to a stage where a classic, male-lead film can be rebooted starring some fantastic female comedians. Yet, it still riles me that women are accused of being unable to cope with taking the lead in an action based narrative. You may have seen several sexist YouTube comments claim that women just aren't suited to playing the action hero. I mean whoever heard of a women kicking ass and taking down dangerous enemies? Oh, yeah except all those women on screen and in books who are constantly doing just that. One of the all time greatest female action heroines has to be the great Ellen Ripley of Alien. Sigourney Weaver basically paved the way for strong women to play the hero rather than the victim. Thankfully, that practice is on going and YA fiction is always attempting (and failing) to replicate her. Latest YA sensation Illuminae is no different.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Monday's are for moaning - Ghostbusters 3: the curse of nostalgia

So those of you who haven't been living under a rock for the past week will no doubt be aware that the new Ghostbusters trailer was released. I have to say, it's fucking awesome. I've had my doubts about a third film being released since Dan Aykroyd first starting blathering on about it years ago but as soon as Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig signed on I was all for it. And that was before I saw Chris Hemsworth in glasses. Obviously, I have huge love for the original film and have been in love with Ray Stanz for a really long time. Just like everyone else, I wanted this film to be good but not shit all over the original. Unlike a lot of the people on the internet, however, I fucking loved the trailer. Yeah, it was as silly and light-hearted as you'd expect from this group of people but, ultimately, it made me smile. Something the original always manages to do.

Sunday, 6 March 2016


I've been back at work this week so the reading thing has been a bit hit and miss again. Still, I am managing to read a bit each night; the problem is that I'm reading it at a time when I really should be in bed. What I was doing really well at this week was not buying books. In fact, it wasn't until I remembered today that I hadn't bought any that I took out my wallet. I started this weekly rundown to shame me into reading more books, which it obviously is doing. What I didn't account for was the need to buy something new every week to have something to talk about. I need to tell myself that it's okay to have a week without getting something new. My TBR pile doesn't need to get any fucking bigger right now. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

TBT - Leap Year (2010)

So this Monday was a leap day. That one day a year where people push that outdated and sexist idea that a woman can only propose on the 29th Februrary. It's an ancient tradition for all those females desperate to get married but too embarrassed to get down on one knee. They have one legitimate chance every four years to propose to their man. What a wild fucking idea. I don't want to get all ranty in this post but it's a fucking joke. All of Monday my male colleagues made continuous jokes about the idea of women finally getting the chance to lock down their man. It was embarrassing. Why are we keeping alive a tradition that perpetuates the idea that it is a man who is in control of a woman's future? That it's shameful for a woman to propose unless it's on a date that comes around as frequently as the fucking Olympics. If you want to get married but you're not getting a proposal then fucking do it. Who gives a shit if it was normally the man's role? So was being a doctor back in the day. Things change.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Tuesday's Reviews - Spotlight (2016)

There was no real obvious contender for this years Best Picture Oscar. There were the three main possibilities The Revenant, The Big Short, and Spotlight. Then there was Room and Bridge of Spies which had both received a lot of attention but, in terms of this category, couldn't really compete with the main three. Following on from these still realistic nominations there were the typical outsiders. Films that audiences loved and were great in their own way but that would never appeal to the voters. The Martian and Brooklyn were both films that people enjoyed but were never going to get the big prize. If you ask me, it was the final nomination Mad Max: Fury Road that really deserved the prize but I also have to admit that there was never any chance the voters were going to admit that George Miller's masterpiece should win. So, it was always a bit of a mystery who would win last Sunday. All I knew is, I didn't want it to be The Big Short.