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Dec. 31st, 2011

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111 films in 2011

111 new films in 365 days: shouldn't be too difficult, right? We shall see :)
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Oct. 27th, 2010

metric | grow up and blow away

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Seriously laate post, but it's been super crazy round here the last few hours. Everyone else was planning to go out and I didn't really feel like it, so I just went down to drink wine with them while everyone else was getting pissed, which was mostly fine. Only then everyone left and Aman was bent over the sink in the bathroom going I CAN'T MOVE and we were like ohh...shit. He's currently passed out on the sofa with a bucket to throw up in, and Rebecca has promised to clean up in the morning so I think imma just go to bed because I am REALLY BAD at looking after sick people. And also he is actually passed out so there isn't really much I can do right now.

So I should really do some research. I got really into Never Let Me Go today - I've finished the first two sections, and I think I read for at least three hours solid this afternoon because I definitely looked at the clock and went HOLY SHIT IT'S 5PM? - and then I looked it up online and discovered the film isn't actually coming out in the UK until fucking JANUARY. Even though it just opened the London Film Festival. I mean, seriously, what the hell is that? On the other hand, it feels great to be enjoying reading again. I know this sounds ridiculous coming from someone who's studying for an English degree, but I really don't read enough. I can't remember reading for pleasure like this since I rediscovered how much I love Neil Gaiman, which was all the way back in April.

I also started reading the Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath books I bought, last night, and then I remembered that I also own a copy of Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes and thought it might be interesting to read that alongside the Plath. Um...turns out 'interesting' isn't really the word. It's more like heartbreaking. I found myself reading poetry in tears at about 1am, which I'm pretty sure has never happened to me before. It's like...on the one hand, you have a man falling in love, but also writing retrospectively, writing about the process in of falling in love in the knowledge of his wife's death; and on the other, there's a woman talking about a man who won't be satisfied until he's destroyed every part of her. I think it was comparing Hughes' 'Visit' with Plath's 'Pursuit' that really got me (I can't find 'Visit' online, but 'Pursuit' is here if anyone cares). Wow, I'm sorry, I totally didn't intend for this to turn into a post about poetry. To be honest, it's unusual for me to enjoy poetry this much; I've read less prose fiction since I came to university, but I don't think I ever really read poetry for pleasure. I guess I've just finally found the kind I actually enjoy.
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Sep. 14th, 2010

supernatural | dean

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TRALALAA, guess who's been watching Supernatural all day? I blame cheese_hybrid . In, y'know, the best possible way :)
SIXTEEN DAYS UNTIL UNI. Well, probably seventeen as I have to work on October 1st, but still YAY BIRMINGHAM YAY.
I'm back at work tomorrow, so I am going to go to bed early (i.e. BEFORE MIDNIGHT) and get up and be happy and be nice to people. And if I get pissed off again, I am going to STAY AWAY FROM THE TILL AND NOT TALK TO CUSTOMERS, because ARGUING WITH CUSTOMERS IS BAD. Even if they are being rude.
Although I swear if I have to make as many large cappuccinos as I did on Sunday, I am actually going to throw one at someone. Dear anyone: if you ever come to visit me at work and I'm making the drinks, DON'T order a large cappuccino. They're really annoying to make and I never seem to have enough milk.

Anyway, have another BUG video.Collapse )

Sep. 9th, 2010

andrew/jesse

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GUESS WHO''S GOING TO SEE ADAM BUXTON'S 'BUG' TONIGHT?
OH, YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, THAT WOULD BE ME.

On which note, have some A&J.



DAMN YOU, COMPUTER STEALER, FOR STEALING NOT ONLY MY LAPTOP BUT ALSO MY ADAM AND JOE PODCASTS. I MISS THOSE PODCASTS. Also there was a Supernatural DVD in the disc drive...I'd forgotten that...

Sep. 3rd, 2010

scott pilgrim | the winstead effect

The Ongoing Scott Pilgrim Review: Part 2

We are Sex Bob-Omb, and we are here to make money and sell out and stuff.Collapse )

In other news, this. I am basically reserving any kind of reaction until the level of Neil Gaiman's involvement is confirmed, but I will say that a) if he isn't involved at all then this is a horrible, HORRIBLE idea, and b) I think a TV show is a better idea than a film, if done properly. It's weird; I think it has the potential to work really well, but these characters are so distinct to me that I can't imagine any of them - particularly any of the Endless - being played by an actual human being, although I now want to attempt a casting picspam. Hmmm...

Sep. 2nd, 2010

scott pilgrim | kim pine be mine

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So I was on my way to Tescos to get some cheese (I'm currently addicted to Wensleydale with cranberries - or 'cheese with bits' as the Tesco self-checkouts call it - which is hopelessly middle-class of me. I was going to be even more hopelessly middle-class and get some white tea with pomegranate but they didn't have any) and I bumped into Seamus, which is weird because I saw him on my birthday too but that was the first time I've seen him in years, and he went 'oh, I'll come with you, I'm free until twenty past three' and I was like 'why, where are you going?' and he went 'Scott Pilgrim!' and I went 'OH MY GOD ME TOO!' (Norwich is small enough that the probabliity of you bumping into a friend who just happens to be going to see the same film as you at the same time as you is fairly high.) So I'd been planning to rewatch Scott Pilgrim alone today and ended up seeing it with an old friend instead, which was nice. I'll probably go see it on my own again next week, though, just because I really like going to the cinema on my own.

Part 2 of the Ongoing Scott Pilgrim Review will appear tomorrow, but until then:
  • It's, like, twice as good the second time you watch it.
  • If Edgar has his usual cameo, I can't find it, but there are quite a few people who look oddly like him (err, the guy directing the Lucas Lee movie? Beanie, glasses, long hair, beard? Yeah I'm pretty sure that's not a coincidence).
  • It's currently at number 2 in the UK box office. After the poor ratings in the US, this pleases me greatly.
  • Kick her in the balls!
I am aware, by the way, that I was halfway through a meme. It'll reappear at some point, I promise.
In other news, today I actually paid for a Guardian app for my ipod. This makes me feel like an adult, even if I only ever read the Culture section.

Aug. 31st, 2010

donnie darko | wake up

'I'm scared of looking like a desperate tit in a balloon.'

Why is my face so weird? And why is there a mirror right opposite my bed? Every time I look up I see my own face. It's quite unpleasant. Also why do I have a cold in August? I already had one in July. I never even get colds in the winter. Maybe I should go and live in the southern hemisphere so my illnesses are in tune with the rest of the planet. Maybe I should just eat more fruit. This is probably the result of that time in Salisbury/Bath/on trains eating basically nothing but junk food. Even though that was only three days. Where are my vitamin C tablets? Here, have a stream-of-consciousness post. I should probably be sleeping instead of typing right now. I can't find any cough medicine, either. I am going to die alone, upside down, on the floor of a pub toilet. Oh no wait that's not me.

I went to Birmingham for my Waterstone's interview today. I...think it went ok, possibly? I think job interviews are like exams, in that I can never tell how well I did, and also because I always come out thinking 'well that wasn't so bad' and then about an hour later I start second-guessing every single answer I gave and become convinced the whole thing was a disaster. I maay have mentioned Scott Pilgrim. Possibly. I said I watched a lot of films and she asked the last thing I saw, and I said that and later remembered that was a lie, the last film I watched was I Love You Philip Morris, but I think maybe that doesn't count because I didn't like it. Besides, she said Scott Pilgrim was funny. And then I was like YEAH THERE ARE BOOKS I HAVE READ THEM because I was desperate not to sound like a complete buffoon but I'm not sure it helped. I'm not sure what happened to my brain, actually. About the only question I even thought about beforehand was what my favourite book is, and I was all set to say American Gods and talk about how powerful I find Gaiman's writing (which makes me sound like a total dork but hey, in the phone interview I said I liked Wuthering Heights because 'it's just so passionate!' and I got through that) and then she asked me the question, and I thought of American Gods and for some reason started talking about This Is All by Aidan Chambers. Which, to be fair, is an amazing book, but I haven't read it for ages, so I started talking about how I liked that the different sections were written differently but I couldn't actually remember what was different about them, so I ended up going '...and yeah there's a massive twist at the end and it made me cry'.

Oh, and I watched the first four episodes of Grandma's House today. I quite like it. I hadn't even realised how much I have missed Simon Amstell. Although I would like to politely request that if he insists on being gay, could he possibly be a little bit less fucking adorable? It just isn't fair. In that one scene where he's making awkward conversation about cats with his painfully shy not-boyfriend I just wanted to crawl into my computer and cuddle them both. God bless the BBC for leaving the whole series online for far longer than is actually necessary.

Oh, I found my vitamin C. It is definitely time for bed now.
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Aug. 30th, 2010

scott pilgrim | the winstead effect

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NO. NONONONO. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR ME TO GET ILL. I HAVE TO GO TO BIRMINGHAM FOR A JOB INTERVIEW TOMORROW. I HAVE TO WORK ON WEDNESDAY. I WILL CRY IF I CAN'T SEE SCOTT PILGRIM AGAIN ON THURSDAY. ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME, LUNGS? I...coughsplutterspluttercoughdie.

Never mind. I'll just sleep all the way to Birmingham. At least Dad's driving me; after the last few days I'm completely sick of trains. I never actually realised how nervous trains make me. I'm always worried I'm going to miss my connection, or my train will break down or be cancelled and be stuck in the middle of nowhere. Everyone mocked me because I wanted to get to the station early on Saturday, and then the ticket machine wouldn't accept my booking code and I nearly had a panic attack (which was completely unnecessary because the nice man at the icket office got my tickets within about a minute). Plus, in order to get there in time for my interview I would have had to leave about 7.30, which counts as a commuter train, which would have cost about £80, which I definitely cannot afford.

I'm in such an odd mood tonight, and I'm totally going to blame the fact that I'm feeling ill. All I want to do is put the Spaced commentary on and crawl under the covers and fall asleep to Wright/Pegg/Stevenson nonsense, which is kinda weird because that's what I usually do when I'm hungover. I'm totally craving Spaced, though. (Having said I'm in an odd mood, it is perfectly normal for me to crave Spaced and usually happens about once every couple of months or so.)

Oh, I'm so confused, I was going to write a really hyper post and then my brain was like NO, NO MORE ENERGY FOR YOU. I don't know what I was going to be hyper about. Oh, blergh, I don't even know what I'm on about anymore.

[Side note: my sister has a whole pack of Doctor Who collector's card thingies, and I stole her one and only Editor a while back and hid it inside my Spaced case. I'm pleased to note that it's still there.]

Aug. 29th, 2010

scott pilgrim | kim pine be mine

The Ongoing Scott Pilgrim Review: Part 1

Ok, I lied. I know I said I wasn't going to post any kind of Scott Pilgrim reaction until I'd seen the film a second time, but frustration about the fact that I can't see it again until Thursday has driven me to this.To be honest, I'll probably just keep going on about it for a while, hence this being an ongoing thingy.

WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS. MANY, MANY SPOILERS. DO NOT CLICK IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. ANNA AND OLLIE, THIS MEANS YOU.

WE ARE SEX BOB-OMB, AND WE ARE HERE TO WATCH SCOTT PILGRIM KICK YOUR TEETH INCollapse )

Aug. 26th, 2010

black books | bernard

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  It's chucking it down with rain outside and I have a long and quite complicated train journey ahead of me and I woke up far too early this morning by none of that matters, because I am off to Salisbury to see Anna and I am really very excited about it. Also we may be going to see Scott Pilgrim again tomorrow, but I assure you that's only a minor part of the excitement.

Seriously this is basically the best week ever. :)
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