Saturday, March 21, 2015

The World's End (and Letchworth Garden City)


Fact: this was on my to-watch list before it even finished filming. Unsurprisingly, I only got around to watching it recently. The Grand Procrastinator strikes again! But I do have one legitimate reason for putting it off for so long: it's personal.

World's End was partially filmed in Letchworth Garden City. When I first visited there, they had already started filming. And when I ended up living there for 3 months, they were still filming, but production was almost over. I'd wanted to be able to see it in Broadway Cinema, the movie theater in Letchworth, but I was long gone by that time, and I was dreadfully missing it. In the months after I left, I couldn't bring myself to watch it in case it made me emotional. Emotions are stupid, I know. Go away!

After awhile, I magically forgot that this movie existed, and by the time I remembered it, I was no longer in danger of feeling anything that could be described as 'emotional.' As someone who enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (my personal favorite), it was about time I finally finished this trilogy!

Unfortunately, The World's End sucked. This was the worst of the series, hands down. The only real entertainment I got out of it was spotting the places I recognized (even one short scene that I witnessed). Aside from that it wasn't very funny, and Simon Pegg's character was way too annoying. A plus, however, was that they didn't make Nick Frost the idiot this time. That makes a nice change! The whole robot twist was actually a pleasant surprise for me. I guess I'd avoided this movie quite thoroughly, right? I'm pretty sure everyone knew the plot; I just knew it was about drinking at a bunch of different pubs.

As for Letchworth, I went back recently, just to visit, and it's still as lovely as ever. I have a lot of fond memories of my time there. It's hard to believe it's only been two years (a little less). In a way, it feels like a lot more years have passed.

My grade: C

Monday, March 2, 2015

You're Gorgeous by Babybird

Happy March! Have some Babybird. You know how much I love weird/unconventional/provocative songs!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Blog!

I've been meaning to start a new blog for awhile. It's really just to document some of my travels. Please check it out if you're interested! :) http://givemeaballoon.blogspot.com/


Friday, January 23, 2015

Now Transferring To My iPod...

Sia: Elastic Heart
I love Sia's new music video for Elastic Heart. I think her don't-look-at-me-look-at-them approach to her recent videos and performances is a bit affected, but hey, at least we get to watch cool interpretive dancing/fighting. It's rare for me to love a music video. In fact, they sometimes take away from my enjoyment of the song, or they distract me from it too much, when they should be adding to it. Luckily, the ever-talented Sia has managed to make two of her recent videos interesting and compelling.



Glass Animals: Gooey
The lyrics to Gooey are...strange, but you can't deny the appeal of this song. You cannot. You must not. You do not (whatho, Captain Wentworth!).






Monday, January 12, 2015

Becoming a Netflix Addict

It took me long enough, but I recently decided to take advantage of my brother's Netflix subscription by streaming it online. That just shows you how far and wide my procrastination goes. Because it's just too difficult to sign in, I mean Jesus.

Friends

Naturally, I am now watching everything, and they recently put all ten seasons of Friends on there. Goodbye productivity! I'm watching that whole series from start to finish, and no one can stop me! The fact that I watched every episode when it was on (oh, childhood) doesn't matter. Of course I'm also taking this opportunity to watch other shows that I never got to (or never heard of). The Tudors is a good example. It was on my radar for awhile when it was on, but then it dropped off. Now I've zipped through the first season and into the second. My only complaint so far is that the divorce storyline is dragging on. Just do it already! I'm excited about the cast, though. So many familiar faces (Jeremy Northam!). I had a minor crush on him when he played Mr. Knightly.

Tudors

I also stumbled upon Borgias while a friend was watching it. No, not the Jeremy Irons one; the silly yet compelling version where the Pope has an American accent. I almost decided to never watch it again after seeing one episode, since the violence was incredibly horrific. But there was also a fun factor to that. I came to expect the gory torture and vile deaths. It almost turned into a game. There was also the fact that nobody aged. Ever! They died, but anyone can die.To not age is special, however. Oh, and the "French disease", a.k.a. syphilis. Imagine being known for that...

Borgias
Obviously, I have to watch the Jeremy Irons version now. I expect it will be higher quality and altogether less silly, which might take some of the joy out of it. But I can accept this minor flaw.

The Killing

Another series I started was The Killing. I remember when it was all the rage a few years back. I also remember how disappointed people were at the end of season one. So my expectations were low. I found it just interesting enough to watch, since, like everyone else, I wanted to know who killed Rosie Larsen, but there's something irritating about this show. The female lead was hard to like, for one, and it's good to note that if someone is a suspect early on, they didn't do it. That's typical of any crime series, though, but when they put so much effort into pointing the finger at someone, and then it comes to nothing, I get annoyed. They only reveal who did it in the last episode, usually, which is how it should be. The Killing decided to do their own thing, and I can see why it pissed some people off. My feeling was: I watched the whole first season, and by the end of it, it felt moot. I watched it for nothing! And then I had to start season two, otherwise season one was truly a waste of time. And season two isn't as interesting as the first, especially when you already feel cheated. Perhaps I'll finish it later on, but right now I'm sick of it.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Fury


So I made the mistake of watching this recently. Fury is one of those unfortunate movies in which I hate all the characters. Sure, I started out liking Norman, but in the end everyone was unlikable, especially that guy who played Shane in The Walking Dead. Pretty sure I'm incapable of liking him in anything, even if his character wasn't horrible.

Fury takes place near the end of WWII. As you may expect, there's some violence, which isn't really something I often take issue with. My problem is that...how can I root for any of these people? Most of them are horrid and I couldn't wait for them to die. And the ending...the ending. I mean come on, Brad Pitt, that was stupid. I was uncomfortable throughout this film, and for all the wrong reasons. I wasn't worried about what would happen to the main characters, I was worried what they would do. Bad!

My grade: C

The Babadook

After pining over this for weeks, I finally got down to watching it a few days ago. I was, in fact, so excited about watching it that I had a game plan. It had to be perfect! I planned it almost like a first date, except that I've never planned a first date, but that's besides the point.

The Babadook is about a widowed mother whose son believes that a monster is coming to get them. He's so certain of this that he starts building his own weapons and telling everyone about the monster. His mother is going crazy with stress and can't handle her screaming, paranoid child very well. Then her son asks her to read him a book called The Babadook, which turns out to be a little too creepy, so she hides it...but it ends up reappearing elsewhere, and with new pages added depicting some violent murders. Even worse, her son turns out to be right, as much as she tries to deny it. The Babadook is coming!

To be frank, I was a bit disappointed. It's a scary film, but didn't quite hit the mark for me the way other films have, e.g. The Conjuring, Insidious, etc. I do like its slightly more humorous tone, although I wonder if that negatively impacted the creepiness factor. I also wish the ending had been explained, but I will use my imagination.

Side note: Great acting! And that kid is friggin' annoying, but he redeems himself in the end.

My grade: B+