The Reel Review: Tale Of Tales

This is a fairy tale. Not that kind of fairy tale- do not take kids to see this. This is the kind of fairy tale I imagine would happen if Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm smoked marijuana (or crack) and then just called out ridiculous ideas until some of them stuck. I’ve always been a fan of ridiculous ideas if well implemented so this was a treat for me.

The Stats- Year: 2015 Length: 133 mins Director/Producer: Matteo Garrone Who’s in it?: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Continue reading

Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Weren’t you reading this ages ago? Yep, technically, this is a throwback book and I should have done it on Thursday. It’s Saturday.

Title: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Animal By: Haruki Murakami Year: 1994

When did you read it? Summer 2014, took it with me on my trip to Hong Kong. I had ambitious intentions but ended up only being able to get through about 30 pages. Every day I was distracted by stuff like food and lifts up very tall buildings. Finished it when I got back.

Remember it being good or bad? Good,different. Very interesting but also a bit disorientating. A lot of it seemed like a string of dreams that barely made sense Continue reading

Saturday 9th July at my flat, thinking.

They are nothing like us. They can kill innocent black people and then hash tag them; let them trend and retweet. Let them march and protest – a placard or fifty blowing in the wind until the arms of sullen youth are tired. When it all settles, they will play together at Superbowl, singing the Star Spangled Banner with heads held high, cadences shared and tears in their eyes. Until the next shooting, they can be America The Brave.

In the background a TV buzzes, a clip from Fox News delivers HD images Continue reading

The Throwback Thursday Books: The Social Animal

 

I signed up to GoodReads.com recently to get some book recommendations and also cry about how much I’ve spent on Amazon in life.

The website imports books from your Amazon.com history, requesting that you review and rate them. I realised that in some cases, I couldn’t clearly remember every detail about a book but I could easily remember whether I was impressed by it or not and also how it made me feel. Looking at some of these book covers, I could even remember where I was as a person but that’s not what this is about. We’d need a long evening for that Continue reading

Music Things: El Michels Affair

Enter the 37th Chamber

Much like the original take, you cannot help but nod your head to El Michel Affair’s jazzy funk instrumental version of C.R.E.A.M. I will be the first to say I am not usually interested in remakes of time-tested classics. The eight per cent of times it goes right, it’s amazing. All the rest is heart breaking- fortunately for me, 37th Chamber belongs to the former category….

I am a massive fan of the original Enter the 36 Chambers (strangely the only Wu-Tang album I listen to) Continue reading

The Reel Review: The Nice Guys

Fortunately, I didn’t ask anyone what this film was about prior to seeing it. They probably would have (accurately) said something like: “Oh, it’s a bromance about middle aged men investigating missing porn stars”. To which I would have responded: “OK, I think I’ll just stay home and eat things instead”. This conversation never happened though.

The Stats- Year: 2016 Length: 116 mins Director: Shane Black Producer: Joel Silver Continue reading

22nd of June 2016: A birthday…

…Like many others, except today is my induction into the Grown Woman society. You see today folks, I’m thirty. A man once passed thirty and he said:

“Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult”

I thought to myself something very similar this morning, as I ate leftover mini chocolate doughnuts for breakfast. I probably should have realised that I’m a ‘walking, talking adult‘ many years ago. Maybe when I graduated; maybe when I moved out; maybe when I got Continue reading

Book Review: Nine Stories

This is a strange book

I see you’ve given into another Amazon impulse buy. Yep

Title: Nine Stories By: JD Salinger

Year Published: 1948

In a sentence (no spoilers, please): Quick, entertaining but odd fiction pieces which seem to be experimentations with characters and themes rather than just stories

 Why did you pick it up? I’m a big fan of ‘The Catcher In the Rye’ and assumed this would be nine short stories in the same vein. It wasn’t.

When did you read it? Finished it just now

I’d probably agree with the friend who once told me I’m a starter-finisher when it comes to books. A habit which I think is good for book reviews but bad for general life. Continue reading