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166. I love complicated

A movie called Kill Your Darlings was recently brought to my attention; it’s about some poets breaking free of literary tradition. Not the kind of film I usually go for. I would have probably passed it by had it not starred Daniel Radcliffe. I watched the trailer and then it suddenly became glaringly obviously why Drarry fans everywhere were jumping up and down with excitement.

Dane Dehaan (you may know him as Harry Osbourne from ‘The Amazing Spiderman’) plays Lucien Carr, a blonde guy with bright blue eyes. I wouldn’t describe him as traditionally handsome but the character is magnetic and vulnerable in a way that makes everyone fall in love with him. He is basically the Draco Malfoy described in fandom. The fact that his name in the movie is Lucien which sounds so much like Lucius is not lost on me either.

He is perfect in this movie. He is addictive and challenging and open and closed all at once. ‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in’ should be his anthem.

And he has so much chemistry with Daniel Radcliffe. There are some incredibly tender moments, uncomfortable moments (one scene in particular has scarred me for life) and some scenes that had me reaching for ice water. Yes I’m talking about eye sex in the library. Hot damn.

So thank you Dane Dehaan for making my inner fangirl’s dreams come true!

This gif is very distracting.

Over and Out!

118. No sleep.

I’m a complete wuss when it comes to scary stuff. Gore and creepy things I can handle because I can convince myself it’s all special effects and not real. But something psychological or based on real life scares the shit out of me.

The Ring, Saw… I can laugh it off. The plane scene in Final Destination or the plane scene in Cast Away is a completely different story.

I’m really not big on planes.

Yesterday I made the mistake of watching a documentary movie about United 93, the only plane that didn’t hit its target on 9/11 because the passengers overpowered the hijackers. I knew I shouldn’t have watched it but I once it started, I was pretty much glued in horror. Knowing how it ends is horrible because the whole time I was sitting there praying for an alternative outcome. The fact that it’s based on true events made me want to throw up. I can’t begin to imagine what it would have felt like to be on that flight…

…But my brain tried. In my dreams. I woke up around 4am feeling as if the air had gone out of my lungs. It took me hours to go to sleep. I tried reciting song lyrics, counting in 7’s, playing back the Philosopher’s Stone in my head. In the end I prayed myself to sleep.

I’ll be damned if I set foot on a plane anytime soon.  

111. Go beyond!

Go beyond… your expectations. Go beyond… your imagination. No I’m not trying to inspire you. Nor am I channeling Buzz Lightyear. These are some of the phrases I spoke into a camera as part of my intern project.

What kind of project was it I hear you exclaim?

Well I worked with 7 other interns across 3 offices to put together a video for graduate recruitment about what being an intern at Towers Watson is like. We worked on it for the whole internship and started from scratch; research, scripts, story boards. I don’t know if any of you guys have seen videos like this before but they’re usually just interviews. We wanted ours to be a little different ie. more fast paced, short snippets of conversation overlayed with supporting shots.

Towers Watson actually hired a professional cameraman called Marx to do the filming and we naively thought he’d lead the directing. Instead he strolled in and was like where do you want me? Tell me what to do, this is your film… so we very much dictated how it went.

In the morning we did all the serious stuff about how wonderful Towers Watson is and how much support and guidance we’d been given. To be fair, this is all true but there is always an element of cheesiness when you’re trying to advertise something in this way. I found myself cringing on more than one occasion. For most of these shots, we had the camera on us but we had to keep our eyes on a person to the side. Let me tell you, it is bloody difficult not to look at the camera and to keep your eyes focused. Any little distraction causes your eyes to flicker and look (as Marx put it) ‘shifty’.

In the afternoon, we did all the ‘filler’ shots eg. working at a computer, walking down a corridor, being in a meeting, having something explained to us. This was all ‘pretend’ as the people in the office are annoyingly camera shy. We weren’t allowed to use any real data due to client confidentiality so we manufactured some ridiculous graphs on Excel. Thank you random number generator. Also you’d be surprised how difficult it is to be ‘natural’ when you have a lens on your face. When we were walking down a corridor, we had to pretend to be talking about something really important. Anyone lip reading the official video might be alarmed to read ‘this is in blue font’, ‘wow this sentence is shit’, ‘this is a title’, ‘what am I doing?’, all very professional of course… I probably shouldn’t be sharing this on the internet…oh well, come at me Towers Watson.

Throughout the day we had fun with the new branding tagline: Go beyond. It was very tempting to just say ‘go beyond Towers Watson’ which probably wasn’t the right message to be sending out! Other variations included ‘to infinity and beyond’ and ‘go beyond friction’ but the most hilarious was ‘go beyond….FRIENDSHIP’ *cue one of the guys putting his arms around the girls (see 0:53 in the video below)*. I am still laughing about it.

So the final video isn’t out yet but me and Shakira made a video of the videoing (…) for our final presentation. It’s basically just outtakes and it’s by no means perfect but we had so much fun filming that we wanted to share it. By the way our team name was Fast Forward (shut up I know it’s cheesy).

As you can see we had a tonne of fun. Our group was fabulous and it was a brilliant day away from the office!

Go beyond! Over and Out!

76. Crying over the love of you

The Great Gatsby. It’s being advertised like crazy and the cast list boasts of the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. On top of that it has one hell of a soundtrack. They managed to get friggin Jay Z as the executive producer who is probably one of the most well connected rappers in the game.

Songs off the soundtrack:

Florence and the Machine- Over the Love

This is one of the best songs I have heard in a long long while. It’s classic Florence- starts off soft and slow, melodious catchy chorus and above all a powerful vocal. Gosh some of her high notes in this are impressive but it’s the end of the song that totally won me.

AND I SING FROM THE PIANOOO

Lana Del Ray- Young and Beautiful

For me, Lana is the queen of wistful melancholy songs. Her voice has so much depth and this song is beautiful. There’s a kind of innocence in the way she asks ‘will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?’. Yes Lana, I will still love you.

Sia- Kill and Run

Sia has a very distinctive voice and she showcases it in this song but I dunno it feels a little too slow for too long and the big dramatic part of the song is nowhere near as powerful as Florence’s or Lana’s. Perhaps it will sound better when it’s used in context with the movie.

Beyonce and Andre 3000- Back to Black

Can’t have Jay Z without Beyonce getting involved somehow… But anyway this is the second time Queen B and Andre 3000 have paired up; the first being for Beyonce’s song ‘Party’ which I didn’t think was anything special so I was hoping for something better this time. However ‘Back to Black’ is Amy Winehouse’s song and I was skeptical that anyone would be able to convey the heartbreak quite like she did. So unsurprisingly this song came up short. Instrumentally it’s good but vocally, it just feels… off… too many vocal acrobatics from Beyonce and bizarre singing/talking from Andre 3000.

As for the film itself, it looks really good. I have high expectations! Leonardo DiCaprio better get an Oscar for this- it’s about time.

Over and Out!

66. I think my discomfort-meter just peaked.

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Good God, seeing something steamy on TV when my parents are around is one of the most uncomfortable feelings ever.

Picture the scene: Two characters will be talking and to my horror I’ll realise they’re flirting and the sexual tension is building. Two seconds later they leap on other, snogging the living daylights out of one other and ripping off each other clothes.

Here’s what usually happens when I’m stuck in this situation:

Avoid all eye contact
Look anywhere…anywhere at all, besides the tv screen. This is the perfect time to start counting how many flowers are on my wallpaper (126).

Fidget 
Do something, anything, so that it looks like I’m distracted from the shenanigans on tv. I usually feign getting more ‘comfortable’, patting the cushions or twiddling my thumbs.

Check my phone
Lifesaver! Remember that text I got yesterday that I couldn’t be bothered to reply to- well now’s the perfect time to reply with an essay. Check Facebook. Scroll through my photos. Change my ringtone settings- it doesn’t matter that my phone is always on silent. Just look busy.

Take a loo break
If I’ve seen the movie before and anticipate a steamy scene, I will just dash upstairs and have a pee. If my bladder’s empty, I’ll simply wash my hands and contemplate life or something.
I did this one time and I went downstairs feeling smug that I’d just escaped an awkward situation only to realise that my dad had pressed pause so I didn’t miss anything. Epic fail.

Head for the fridge
Fill the awkwardness with food. One time I searched the fridge but there was nothing decent to snack on. I didn’t want to come back empty handed so I took a tomato.

Awkward fast forwarding
If the show’s recorded, the natural thing to do is to fast forward. This is an awful time to lose the remote (I’m still scarred from that incident). The bad thing about fast forwarding is that you still ‘see’ everything…just very quickly.

Change the channel
If it’s not recorded, someone will usually change the channel and I’ll pretend to be really engrossed about some documentary about.. something. There have been a few times when my dad’s changed the channel and then changed back (often more than once) but they’re still ‘at it’. Cringe.
The worst time was when my dad changed channels to a programme that was also in the middle of a steamy moment. I could have cried.

Over and Out!

28. Welcome to my humble abode

It’s only when you have other people around your house that you realise just how weird your home and family are. Yesterday I had my friends over for belated birthday celebrations highlighting exactly this point…

  • When someone phones us, 3 phones start ringing all of which have different ring tones which just leads to an almighty racket. Stopping this din is the only reason we pick up the phone.
  • People are always phoning my house, quite often at the same time so we were forced to get call waiting.
  • My parents are very affectionate and I don’t really mind, but if my friends are right in front of me and are here for my 21st and my mum is squishing my cheeks like I’m 5, then I do mind.
  • My mum is a tutor so there are ALWAYS kids at my house. Many of them turn up unannounced or an hour late or their parents are late picking them up. This also means we must have the most rung doorbell in our general vicinity.

All of the above make it bloody difficult to watch anything on tv without subtitles! What would I do without internet tv?!

Very few people can enter my home without experiencing at least one awkward moment. I guess this is the price you pay for knowing me. Awkward moments ensue due the lack of privacy I have. The only doors in my house that have a lock are the bathroom and the front door. So if we’re dancing like fools in the living room, we gon’ get caught. If we’re watching a movie that has only one sex scene, my parents WILL walk in during that one part and judge me forever. This is law.

With all that said, having my friends around yesterday was great fun! We watched Step Up because it has such an unpredictable plotline (!) and so I could drool over Channing Tatum (potential Perv Post candidate!). There was also lots of munching and even after telling my mum to tone it down, there was still enough food for 20. That’s my mother for you. Always feeding people. Afterwards robot dancing, there were attempts at moonwalking and twirling followed by a rather impressive rap battle of ‘Ninjas’ in Paris.  Yeh boi!

Over and Out!

6. Skyfall

So you know where I said I was going to see ‘Life of Pi’…yeah that didn’t happen. Instead we ended up seeing Skyfall at the ridiculous time of half 9 in the evening. Somebody once told me only saddos go to the cinema in the morning. By that logic, yesterday I must have been gangsta.

It was really good! It was different in the style of other Bond movies in that it was more… personal. This was Bond who has someone to fight for rather than Bond the cool, calculating killer. There’s more of that humanity that has been coming across increasingly since Casino Royale. 007 is not invincible. Even he can’t simply brush off his clothes and get up after being shot. He can still talk his way out of everything though, think unbelievably quickly on his feet, fight with prowess and of course he’s sexy as hell. He sports some stubble for a while too and well… I have a weakness for stubble.

Javier Bardem does a wonderful job as a villian. He’s not just another crazy fool who wants to ‘take over ze world‘. He has an agenda and a motive so whilst he is a complete bastard, at least we know why. He also manipulates Bond wonderfully by making him squirm. Javier Bardem caressing Daniel Craig’s thighs was just a brilliant touch and probably one of my favourite scenes in the film.

It was also a breath of fresh air that Bond doesn’t get too caught up in women. Don’t get me wrong, he still gets some action but the film doesn’t revolve around it. (This was also welcome as I was watching with my parents and there is no fast forward button at a cinema.) There’s a rather nice shaving scene *eyebrow dance*. What is it with shaving that makes it so…intimate?

The producers have understood that this generation isn’t impressed by shooting pens anymore- in a sense we’ve ‘grown up’. The weapons and technology are not far-fetched. There’s no flashy car. In fact it all hinges on a radio! This equipment was given to 007 by Q who was rather pleasant on the eyes and personifies nerdy but hot.

Q with Bond

Last but not least, there was such a brilliant British undertone to it all. There was a sense of: we might not have the empire, but we can still own yo arse.  I loved the scenes at Temple tube station, the landscape shots of London, the bulldog sitting on M’s desk, the ‘welcome to Scotland’ followed by an almighty bang part and quite frankly the sheer resilience Bond fights with. Very fitting for 50 years of Bond and Adele on the soundtrack was a nifty little bonus.

Over and Out.