New Girl

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Apologies for my lack in posts over the past month, and all due credit to Rach for keeping us afloat! BUT here is my latest addition: NEW GIRL season 2 round up!

Zooey Deschanel is possibly one of my favourite actresses and seeing her in this just makes me love her more. Her comedy is on top form throughout the whole series and when in scene with Jake Johnson my world is made! The two bounce off each other and the chemistry they bring to the screen sensational. Every time I watch the show I want to actually be Jess (Deschanel) living in the loft with Nick, Schmidt and Winston as my best friends. She’s cool, quirky, and her own person. I love that.

Schmidt. This post cannot be complete without a small comment about Schmidt and the actor that plays him Max Greenfield. The acting this guy can pull off is incredible. I anticipate every episode just to see how much he will make me laugh and every episode I am not disappointed. However over the seasons I have come to fall for his softer side, his relationship with Cece sent an arrow through my heart, and I feel it showed us a gateway into his ‘real’ self behind the flash suits and slicked back hair.

I hope season 3 is as good as this one has been, however without giving anything away, I will be very disappointed if current story themes are changed…but only because I’m a soppy bugger!

‘I like being weird’ – Jess

Don’t Tell Mummy

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Toni Maguire tells the heartbreaking story of her past, and the whole time I am reading I have to keep telling myself that this.is.true. The book is so well written that it is so easy to forget that the events you are reading actually happened to her, constantly I had to keep saying to myself ‘this really happened, it really, really happened’. Following her through childhood, living with little money, an abusive father and a mother who won’t come to her rescue, Maguire’s past slowly unravels.

I would definitely recommend this book, it’s an insight into the terrifying horrors abused children are subjected to, and how it affects the rest of the family’s relationships. When I first read this I didn’t know there was a sequel and so I was very disappointed when I didn’t find out how she finally managed to escape her father – and I still don’t know. But now I am aware, I am desperate to find out so I shall report back at some point.

For the time being though, go and read this book, cry for Toni, and enjoy her finally found happiness.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…

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It wasn’t until I watched the DVD extras that I came to learn that this film is inspired by one of the best selling pregnancy book: ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ by Heidi Murkoff. The film follows several couples as they embark on the journey that is pregnancy as well as a group of Dad’s getting some stress free time in their ‘Dude’s Club’.

With a host of famous actors and actresses the film is very enjoyable. Cameron Diaz, who plays a weight loss instructor, is paired with Matthew Morrison as the ‘celebrity couple’ who got together after taking part in the film’s version of Dancing with the Stars. I enjoy Diaz as an actress and in this film I cannot fault her! She gives 100% the entire time and it is clear that she has researched to the max what it can be like to be pregnant. In the birthing scene she is seen drenched in sweat, screaming and it really brings a lot to the film.  She’s not scared to embarrass herself and it’s great. The only thing I can comment on is that Matthew Morrison looks a lot like Justin Timberlake….that was strange.

 J-Lo pairs up with Rodrigo Santoro as a couple trying to adopt a child from Nigeria, and although I still don’t see J-lo as an actress, she does seem to get better with every film she’s in….practice makes perfect I guess. Anna Kendrick and Chase Crawford (who is smoking hot F.Y.I.) play a young couple who fall into the ‘one night stand gone wrong’ group. As both have acted in major ‘young people’ franchises (Kendrick: Twilight; Crawford: Gossip Girl) it was exciting to see what they would bring to the table alongside the greats such as Chris Rock and Cameron Diaz. Their age brought a lot of dynamics to the film and it was great to finally see Kendrick playing something other than a shy character – I was beginning to think that was all she had, but I’m wrong and VERY excited to see her next role, hopefully a lead!   

Elizabeth Banks (man I love her), is paired with Ben Falcone who play a couple who has been trying to get pregnant for what seems like forever. These two are great in the film, again we see Banks unafraid to step out onto the ledge of embarrassment, as she does with many of her roles, and really bring it home.

This is a great feel good film; you fall in love with every character and only want the best for them. Definitely one for the girls, it will make you laugh and make you cry, but definitely not make you broody! 

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Real Steel

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I watched this film with little expectations of it being anything special, despite the trailer being rather enticing; the prospect of Hugh Jackman staring in a Transformers wannabe was too much to have any real excitement over.

However, I stand corrected. Despite being very predictable, this film is awesome!! Yeh okay the predictability does have a slight niggle at you during certain parts, but by the end you’ve totally forgotten about it and are literally sitting on the edge of your seat, shouting at the screen in sheer anticipation of what is happening.

Based on a father and son taking on the world of robot boxing, starting at the bottom and making their way to the top, it is clear that John Gatnis (screenplay writer) has been inspired by a certain famous boxing storyline….Rocky (and maybe a little bit of Robot Wars – YouTube this if you do not know what it is and you will see the resemblance).

Don’t worry, this is nothing like Transformers, and doesn’t try to be in any way. It’s a story about family bonding, shared passions and determination; definitely one to watch if you’re looking for something with a happy ending.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

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Another of my poolside reads however this one was not intentional (a mix up in books I brought led me to have to rely on the little treasure chest that is created by other holiday goers – the hotel book stand). Although most were love stories or murder stories, this little gem shone out and I snapped it up before anyone else could.

I couldn’t wait to get into this book, the film having wiped the floor at the Oscars; I knew it must be good!

****SPOILERS****

I am so glad I didn’t spend £8 going to see this film at the imax, or any cinema for that matter. I knew the basis of the story – a young lad gets shipwrecked and all he has for company is a Bengal tiger. Post read I realise now that ‘basis’ is an understatement: that is the whole story. Over 100 pages of just being at sea – okay you built a raft; caught a fish and ate it; caught a turtle and ate that; blah blah blah. Unfortunately I can’t suppress the need to skip forward and see how many pages there are to go before the next chapter and so knowing there were 100+ between me and the next section of the book was soul destroying. But I persevered.

And I’m glad I did, because now I know I will never have to watch the film. As the story got going a thought crossed my mind ‘if this ends up as a dream I will be SO pissed off’ – well it wasn’t quite a dream but the ending did make me want to rip the book in half and throw it in the pool in a strop. Let’s just say I’m not a fan of endings like this – especially when the book hasn’t exactly been enticing me the whole way through.

Although I wouldn’t care to see the film, I would be interested to see what they filled the two hour gap with as I’m pretty sure this story would not suffice – but then maybe they just filmed him catching a lot of fish, which would be equally boring to watch.

In a way the story represents that of imagination and the imagination of the young, I could imagine my little cousin coming up with something like this after her summer holidays, and for that it is good. On the whole I was very disappointed with this one..a theme you can probably see running through my holiday book choice.

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” – Life of Pi

P.S. I Love You – Paperback

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Another of my well awaited holiday reads. This book has been top of my ‘read before see’ list for quite some time – probably since the film came out – and it  was with great anticipation that I finally got round to reading it. Now, I am probably going to offend a few people with what I am going to say, so if you love this book I would probably stop reading this post now…..

I hated it. I’m not sure if the hype it got from everyone may have done this, or if it just wasn’t my thing, but I did not see what everyone loved so much about it. I was so sick of Holly’s whinging that it took the story away from me. I get her husband died and I can’t begin to understand how that must be, but does it really have to be in every single chapter, sentence, word? (Can you tell I don’t care for love stories yet?) It just felt so girly and flimsy, that there was no real story to it.

I was rather disappointed that this book I had waited years to read had let me down, but I guess that’s what happens after rather a long period of super-heroes, mafias and medieval kings. It’s safe to say I’ve lost my girliness when it comes to love stories.

 

Don’t be afraid to fall n love again. Open your heart amd follow where it leads you….and remember, shoot for the moon…P.S. I will always love you… – Gerry – P.S. I Love You

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!!!

The 31st of July is a somewhat special date – mainly just an excuse to get the DVDs, books and memorabilia out, as well as quoting the hell out of Twitter. ‘Why so Special’? I hear you ask. Today is the day that one of the most anticipated quotes of all time (in the Potter-universe) was uttered – ‘Harry – yer a wizard.’ On this day, Harry’s 11th birthday, The Keeper of the Keys, Rubeus Hagrid, brought Harry Potter his Hogwarts acceptance letter, and from that point we were sucked into the wizarding world.

Not only is today Harry Potter’s name day, but also his creator’s J. K. Rowling’s. I cannot thank her enough for giving me the escape, passion, hobby (lifestyle choice) of Harry Potter. From the stories that inspired me to read and write, to the best friend I have made through a common interest, it is all thanks to J. K. Rowling.

Both Rachel and I hope you have the most wonderful of birthdays.

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‘STOP! I FORBID YOU!’ yelled Unlce Vernon in panic.

Aunt Petunia gave a gasp of horror.

‘Ah, go boil yer heads, both of yeh,’ said Hagrid. ‘Harry – yer a wizard.’

There was silence inside the hut. Only the sea and the whistling wind could be hear.

‘I’m a what?’ gasped Harry.

‘A wizard, o’ course,’ said Hagrid, sitting back down on the sofa, which groaned and sank even lower, ‘an’ a thumpin’ good’un’ I’d say, once yeh’ve been trained up a bit. With a mum an’ dad like yours, what else would yeh be? An I reckon it’s abou’ time yeh read yeh letter.’

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop

Across every radio station I tuned into today all I heard was how many times Miley Cyrus’ music video to We Can’t Stop has been watched – it’s breaking records apparently. So of course I had to venture to YouTube to watch the latest internet sensation. Well I was so shocked at what I saw I stopped everything I was doing and written this blog post.

What has happened to little Miley bird? Well little bird she is no more. If the blonde crop wasn’t enough of a sign to say she wanted to leave her Disney image behind her, this video will put the nail in the coffin.

I have always been a fan of Miley and although I didn’t care for the make-over (constantly wondering if Liam still fancied her with short hair – what I was attached to that beautiful mane of hers!) I was super-excited to hear that she had been back in the studio, and I wasn’t disappointed.

On first listen the song seemed pretty slow, and pretty auto-tuned, but the more I hear it the more I want to turn the iPod up to full and sing at the top of my voice while dancing round my room. So you can imagine my anticipation on hearing the video had gone viral – I had to see it. Now I sit in mere shock – seeing Miley shake her booty in tinie-tiny clothes, move in some extremely raunchy positions and what I believe to be a grope of another girl’s breast, it is safe to say Miley is no longer the little girl she once was.

I hope that this video was her break away from teenage-hood and she doesn’t have to be so ‘out there’ next time!

One Day – Paperback

Everyone knows that a summer holiday spent sitting by the pool is the perfect excuse for an intense reading session, so on mine this year I decided to catch up on some books I should have read some years ago – this also means I can now see the films! I began with David Nicholls’ One Day.

I was surprised to realise that the book was only published in 2009 as the film came out in 2011 – fairly fast if you ask me! Anyway… the story follows two lead characters on one day (15th July) for twenty years of their lives, showing snap shots of where they are and what they’re doing after leaving university. Although on several occasions I did just want to know what happened after that day e.g. while they were on holiday, I realise that that was not the point of the book.

It is obvious from the get go that at some point these two best friends were going to end up together one way or another which kind of ruined the book for me in a small way; I found myself just waiting for it to happen and not really enjoying the book to the full.

I did not see the twist towards the end coming. I won’t ruin it here as the book’s worth a read, but WOW. I was in shock – sitting pool side with my mouth gaping open was not a good look but it happened so there.

This book is about love, friendship and life, and is definitely worth a read if you’re looking for something easy, fast and non-intense; definitely one for the beach.

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The Vault – Blade

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Made in 1998, this is definitely one from the vault! My initial reaction was that it was kind of like a male version of Buffy; vampires being slain, people with freak fighting abilities … you see where I’m coming from. The fact it was made so long ago, and the stage props and make up (mainly the fake blood) were extremely low-key compared to now-a-days, made the film all the more fun. I, (bearing in mind I scare easily) was able to watch it quite happily, without once having to shield my eyes.

With Wesley Snipes as the lead (Blade), it was great to watch an older actor in more of his prime years. He was great and reminded me of a modern day Will.I.Am (I don’t know why).

My favourite parts however, were the scenes showing the computer technology. The difference 15 or so years can make! This film is worth watching just to see what they once thought was futuristic, it’s an eye opener to how fast the world is moving, and may be an insight that the technology we see on the likes of Iron Man, could in fact be coming our way!

“I promise you, you’ll be dead by dawn.” – Blade to Frost.