Archive for December, 2008

Boxing Blockbusters

December 29, 2008

So, there were 3 films out this Boxing Day ladies and gentlemen, and you would be right to assume that I have seen them all. Therefore as a Christmas present from me to you, here’s the low-down on all of them…

Australia
Wealthy Nicole Kidman falls in love with cattle wrangler Hugh Jackman…all this, taking place in (you’ll never guess!) Australia. There is slightly more to the plot, but to by honest, it’s not much. Beyond the stunning scenery (the film was part funded by the Australian tourism board…) and Jackman topless, the film leaves little to be desired to be honest. Oh, and it’s long…waaaaaay to long!

Bedtime Stories
Adam Sandler is a hotel maintenance guy who discovers that when he tells bedtime stories to his niece and nephew, parts of the stories start to come true. Now, the film may not have kept the attention of my 5 year old cousin, but I thought it was pretty good …as good as you’d expect from such a film anyways. Sandler is his usual self, and the fantasy scences are pretty cleverly done. AND, I’m not usually a fan, but I have to admit, Russell Brand was a bit of a show stealer! Overall anyways, worth a watch!

Yes Man!
Jim Carey plays a man who likes to say “no” to life. When forced to a self-help program based on one simple principle: say “yes” to everything…and anything, the power of yes transforms Carey’s life in amazing and unexpected ways. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks. I don’t want to say too much about this film, because I couldn’t possibly spoil all the funny little bits and pieces he says “yes” to! Basically, if you want to piss yourselves laughing – go see this film!!

So, to summarise:

Australia – missable
Bedtime Stories – maybe missable
Yes Man! – unmissable

Allison: Are you stalking me?
Carl Allen: No, i would never do that.
Carl Allen: Oh by the way, the new furniture looks great from the yard.
                         ~ Yes Man!

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“You’ve seen each other naked..”

December 29, 2008

“In a perfect world, the ideal would be for exes to succeed at being friends, but in one where bitterness, jealousy, passion, and human nature exceed reasoning and rational thought, it’s impossible. So unless the two of you were the best of friends before; both broke up on the same terms in a perfectly mutual breakup; both have no qualms about either of you seeing new people, and have both instilled a total honesty policy, better to leave the friendship behind… along with the memories.”

Do you think this is true…?

Christmas message…

December 24, 2008

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.
I hope it brings you all everything you could ever wish for.

Lots of love
laura xxx

Those lazy-hazy-crazy days!

December 23, 2008

So, everyone ready for a little update on the life of me?! I’ve been a busy bee in the last few weeks you see – staring in movies, having new lesbian love affairs, peeing into cups, applying for things, and saving the world one cinema goer at a time. Sounds like fun eh!? :p

Right then, let’s start from the top. Last week I was an extra in my good friend Chris’ film Sunshine and Waffles. It’s an amazing script, somewhere between the lines of 50 First Dates and …well, something darker! I’d tell you more about it, but because it’s Uni work I can’t take the risk with potential plagiarism problems and all that jazz. Anyways, Chris asked me to be involved and so I turned up all extra-like, ready to be placed quietly in the corner somewhere, where I was in fact told that I was having a speaking part. Now this in itself was fine; I’m not a camera shy person, and I’ve done a little acting before, however I had to act with Kimberly Nixon. It wasn’t so long ago that I was watching her in Wild Child thinking – “Hey, she’s from around here..” – and there she was in the flesh. I’ll warn you, the fear of being judged by someone who has worked with Judi Dench, Jessica Biel and Denzel Washington is rather great… 
Calming down a little, if you’re interested, you can see their full production diary HERE.

Next, we have the aforementioned ‘love affair’ …now this is a funny one! Basically, I’ve been spending lots of time with my good friend Steph lately. We went to Swansea together, graduated together, and now work in the wondrous Showcase together. Anyways, as two single ladies (with not much else to do!) we have been having oodles of fun hanging out and watching mass amounts of movies …much to the suspicion of our parents! My mother now has this look whenever I say that we’re hanging out (not to mention she did actually ask me if Steph has a boyfriend or no – and yes, I too read between those subtle lines!),and Steph’s mum (seeing that she knows all about me)asked her if we were on dates! Ha! So it’s become a bit of a standing joke between Steph and I now, often referring to each other as ‘lover’, not to mention Steph’s new nickname of ‘Lesbian Steph’! All in all, it jut goes to show how little clue parents really have…

The other things I’ve been up to then are a little more boring it has to be said. Yesterday I had a health check in my GP, as now that I am back from Uni I have to re-register (which I actually discovered is a whole money scam, as practices get rewards for every ‘new’ patient they get on their books, and so instead of just acknowledging I’m back, they have to go through the whole who-ha so that I count as a new patient rather than old – rude!). It was a pretty painless experience mind, consisting of checking height, weight, blood pressure, family medical history etc – except, I did also have to pee into a cup (something that is not as easy as it may sound! Haha!). Anyways, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that I’m in jolly good health, and so will hopefully be around for many a year to come! :p 
The thing that I’m applying for then is just a little job in the Wales Millennium Centre, and the saving the world part pretty much translates to just working at the cinema lots – I just finished working 7 days in a row for example (ouch!).

I guess the only other things that have been going on, are (surprise surprise!) more emotional than anything else. Yesterday I spent a good 6 hours with Dan in work, talking about relationships. He has just ended his you see, and so proceeded to describe to me the gut-wrenching, heart-dropping feelings that he is going through, ending every statement with “you know?” to which I replied “yeah..” with a sigh. He’s stuck at the can’t eat, can’t sleep, everything reminds me of you stage, and kept looking at me to give him some kind of assurance that everything will be ok …in this, I probably wasn’t the best person to talk to, as all I kept thinking was – “It doesn’t get any better”. I’m over a month in now and all I still want to do is, well…not be broken up really! Some sage words of ‘getting over it’ advice would be really great right about now…or a slap to the face – I feel either would be appropriate. 

PS – Santa, if you’re reading this, I’m still waiting for my Christmas wish to come true…

 

‘Cos it’s been ten days without you in my reach,
and the only time I’ve touched you is in my sleep.

But time has changed nothing at all –
you’re still the only one that feels like home.
I’ve tried cutting the ropes,
tried letting go but you’re still the only one
that feels like home.

So tell me, did you really think…
oh tell me, did you really think
I had gone when you couldn’t see me anymore?
When you couldn’t…
                        Missy Higgins ~ Ten Days

Out-ing of the week!

December 21, 2008

I’m not sure who out there has been watching the 2008 BBC drama Survivors. But for those that haven’t, it’s a remake of Terry Nation’s novel-inspired 1970s hit TV series, about a flu epidemic that wipes out almost the entire human race. Now, I’ve followed this series from the beginning, and was overjoyed when this week’s episode led to the out-ing of Anya anya_jenny(the cute doctor), played by Zoe Tapper (who also stars in the latest Sarah Waters adaptation Affinity on ITV 9pm 28th December).

 Now, I must admit, when she was first introduced, my gaydar did tingle a little, but because it had never been mentioned in the show I put these inklings aside. Her confession in the penultimate episode therefore, that her girlfriend died from the disease was the most delectable confirmation (not to mention it’s always amusing to see my parents squirm)! I guess all I have to do now is hope she doesn’t die next week, to leave her open for some potentially delicious BBC lesbian moments …need I mention T.T.V.anyone?! Hehe!

Holiday Secrets

December 21, 2008

POSTSECRET – For those of you that have been following my blog, you will notice that I’ve posted a few of the secrets from the last couple of Sundays up on my blog. The ones that I chose had some kind of personal meaning to me, or the people that are in my life, and I’ve decided to try and make this a regular feature. The idea behind this really is to share some thoughts and feeling that I could never really express by myself, to spread the PostSecret message, and to hopefully make everyone out there realise that they are a little less alone in the world. Anyways, here’s the latest selection of PostSecrets that mean something to me:

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sexabuse

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For those of you that have never heard of this movement or looked at the web site, please do so HERE.
It really is amazing.

Oh, and here are two from last week that I forgot to put up!

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Me and my heart we got issues
Don’t know if I should hate you or miss you
Damn I wish that I could resist you
Can’t decide if I should leave you or kiss you,
Me and my heart we got issues
                               The Saturdays ~ Issues

Twilight

December 20, 2008

So last night I went to see my staff preview of Twilight and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. For those of you that haven’t heard of the film, here’s the trailer before I continue:

So, yeah, it’s a bit of a teen vampire flick, but it’s still highly watchable. One thing I will point out however, it that it’s not really an action film. If you watch it expecting to see some cool effects, fight scenes and vampire gore – you will be disappointed. If however you are interested in the oh-so-familiar theme of a ‘monster’ falling for one of us mere mortals, then it does that aspect pretty well.

There are a couple of moments that particularly stood out for me in this film, the main of these being the scenes when Bella visits the Cullen household. The family cooking scene is amazing, the baseball game quite genuine and funny, and the wall of graduation gaps is genius! I think the individual moment that stood out the most to me however, is when Bella watches Edward play the piano – really just because the look of love she has on her face seems so true.

I guess there is maybe another sad reasonfor this being my favourite mind …something along the lines of, because I’ve done this myself  *cringe* Ugh, basically the last time I was at H’s, she played the piano, and I just sat there behind her with a goofy love-struck look on my face, my heart swelling as I listened. True story…

But anyways, getting back to the film, it also helps that the two leading characters aren’t so bad to look at :p 

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Also, look out for a few rather attractive supporting actors including Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz,and Cam Gigandet.

 

Isabella Swan: Look, You gotta give me some answers.
Edward Cullen: Yes. No. To get to the other side. 1.77245…
Isabella Swan: I don’t need the square root of pi.
Edward Cullen: You knew that?

Isabella Swan: Are you going to tell me how you stopped the van?
Edward Cullen: Yeah. Um… I had an adrenaline rush. It’s very common. You can Google it.

Irony continued…

December 18, 2008

So, after my little irony post I’d been avoiding the Internet for a little bit to stay away from the temptation to look at said profile. Well I shamefully broke my fast today and went to have a peek, and funnily enough the profile is now private. All in all this is probably a good thing, but the irony comes from the fact that I’d just decided that I might as well add her as a friend again seeing as I could see it all anyway! Ha!

On a side-note of irony, it was suggested to me today that perhaps the Alanis Morissette Ironic song, isn’t all that ironic. If you listen to the lyrics you see, it’s not really ironic, it’s just unlucky. Now the fact therefore that the song is called Ironic is actually the most ironic part…  

Food for thought eh?!

Oh the irony!

December 15, 2008

You know what’s funny? I’ll tell you…

A) Having an emotional breakdown over whether to delete someone from Facebook or not,

B) Finally plucking up the courage and conviction to go through with it,

C) Discovering that after all that, the profile in question isn’t private anyway so you can still look at it – thus defeating the whole point of the act.

Funny.

At this point I have to laugh, or I may just cry.

You can(‘t) do it!!

December 14, 2008

Now there are a number of things that I said I would do post breakup, as you all very well know from my previous posts about my ‘break up rules’ etc. Well, I decided recently that as I’m not sticking to them like I should, then maybe I need to get a little more extreme. This basically all led to the decision that I would delete H from Facebook. A few of my friends have been encouraging me, telling me that it’s the only way to stop looking as it forces away the temptation. So after deciding they were probably right, I went to see H to tell her what I was going to do. Now there are other reasons to this meeting, but they’re not really things I’m willing to share, so lets just leave it at – it was an emotional, but I think closure-giving, kind of affair.

Anyways, when I got home I thought I’d just be able to do it – hit a button and she’s gone. But I haven’t. I can’t explain to you why it’s so hard, it just is. I got close last night actually …I got as far as hovering the cursor over the little ‘x’, but then all the friend information popped up, with all the stupid ways we’d written that we knew each other – rainbow flags, subtlety and things. A little part of me just sank, and I had to just come off the page straight away. I thought again that this morning I would be able to do it. I figured that I’d look at her profile and it would all just be about The X Factor  and I could kind of switch off and just do it …but it wasn’t. It was about wanting to go home, and that just made me think that something must be wrong – and then that got me emotional again.

Now to a rational person, this just demonstrates the validity of my first argument – that all this looking at profile’s and status’ just isn’t healthy and is drawing out the deep emotional attachment, which for the moment is something I’m supposed to be letting go of. In fact, it doesn’t take just a rational person, I can see that by writing this all out I’ve just proved my own argument. Right, maybe this just is something that I have to do – not something that is going to be easy, not something that I want to do, just something that I have to. Okay then, I guess this is it!

I’m sorry to keep you waiting like I have.

Until the next time I’m ready…