Archive for February, 2009

Red carpets & shampoo bottles…

February 25, 2009

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again, every major movie buff’s wet dream – the Oscars. Firstly, congratulations to the British Slumdog Millionaire for shining so brightly, picking up 8 awards including Best Picture, Director, Score and Editing. For those that have yet to see this film, you really should! I wasn’t convinced it was going to be my cup of tea if  I’m honest, but I would definitely go see it a second time now if someone asked me to.

Secondly, big props to Kate Winslet winning Best Leading Actress! She definitely deserved it for The Reader, and if you haven’t seen it, don’ t just take my word on it… (plus she’s practically naked for the first half of the film if the Oscar isn’t enough to entice you!). I was quite surprised that Rourke didn’t pick up Best Leading Actor for The Wrestler, but then he isn’t exactly in Holywood’s favour at the moment, and Sean Penn was amazing as a campaigning gay man in Milk.

I was also sad to see Amy Adams (Doubt) lose Best Supporting Actress to Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona). And, despite the inevitability of it all, I was also a little sad for Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt) that he was beaten to the Best Supporting Actor glory to the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) …but then who can compete with the dead?! On the other hand, Benjamin Button more than deserved it’s awards for Visual Effects and Makeup. Oh, and I was very happy to see Wall-E pick up Best Animation, I just wish that its counterpart Presto had done so well with Best Short.

Moving from awards to the night itself, how amazing was Hugh Jackman as host?! His musical numbers were fantastic (look them up on YouTube if you don’t believe me!), and there are plenty of rumours now that they’re going to snap him up to host again – what an honour! For those that didn’t get a chance to watch the ceremony, here’s some of my favourite quotes from the night –

“I’d be lying if I haven’t made a version of this speech before. I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this would have been a shampoo bottle. Well it’s not a shampoo bottle now.” – Kate Winslet

“Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one.” – Penélope Cruz

“She’s beautiful, and I love her, and she can like, adopt me if she wants to.” – Miley Cyrus, on Angelina Jolie.

“Think I could make this into a pipe?” – Seth Rogen, at the Oscar statuette!

“On set they can be your mother, your father, even your therapist. They can even manage hostage negotiations when a certain actor is having trouble coming out of their trailer. Not that I’m speaking about myself. But you know who you are, Ben Stiller.”  – Reese Witherspoon, on Directors.

“How did he do it? How for so many years did Sean Penn get all those jobs playing straight men?” – Robert De Niro

“Fifteen career Oscar nominations. That’s a record. I hate to say it but when someone puts up numbers like that, it’s just hard not to think steroids.” – Hugh Jackman, on Meryl Streep.

And finally, the rather emotional…

“If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all those gay and lesbian kids out there tonight – who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government, or by their families – that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures that are valued.” – Dustin Lance Black, winning best original screenplay for Milk.

Romantic therapy…

February 25, 2009

So I was shopping today and saw this psychology book that I, for no real reason, decided to pick up. I randomly thumbed through the book, and the page opened to an example of how to get clients who are having relationship difficulties to communicate how much they mean to each other. I’m not really sure why it was enough to make me want to blog, but I think the idea just struck a cord. The whole idea anyway is to give the couple a camera each, and then they individually go out and take pictures that represent different emotions that they feel about each other. I think that the romantic in me just sees this idea as a potentially beautiful portrayal of love for one another. Plus, I don’t see it as an idea limited to therapy ..imagine framing pictures all around your house of photographs that convey the different emotions you feel for your other half. Just hope they’re nice ones …I can’t imagine framing hate/frustration/disgust etc.

Maybe an idea to talk through first…?!

Wicked being…wicked!

February 24, 2009

So as I mentioned in the blog below, I went to see Wicked in London this week, and so thought I’d write some of my favourite lines here. If you have some other favs, feel free to comment them 🙂

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“It’s good to see me, isn’t it? No need to answer, that was rhetorical.” – Glinda

“I clash with everything” – Elphaba

“Okay let’s get this over with, no I’m not seasick, yes I’ve always been green, No I didn’t eat grass as a child.” – Elphaba

“My personal opinion is you do not have what it takes. I hope you’ll prove me wrong… I doubt you will” – Madam Morrible

“I don’t understand why you can’t just teach us history instead of always harping on the past.” – Glinda

“LET THE GREEN GIRL GO!” – Fiyero

“Just follow that one road the whole time!… I hope they don’t get lost, I’m so bad at giving directions…” – Glinda

Glinda: And just what exactly have you been doing except for riding around on that filthy thing?
Elphaba: Well, we can’t all come and go by bubble!

“Now wait just a clock tick! I know it may be difficult for that blissful, blonde brain of yours to comprehend that someone like him could actually choose someone like me!” – Elphaba

“Oh give the girl her shoes back Elphie, and that dog – dodo?” – Glinda

[Glinda slaps Elphaba]
Elphaba: [cackles] Feel better?
Glinda: Yes, I do!
Elphaba: Good [slaps Glinda] so do I!

Glinda: Fiyero and I are going to be married.
Elphaba: He’s asked you already?
Glinda: He doesn’t know yet.

Nessa: What’s in the punch?
Boq: Lemons and melons and pears.
Nessa: Oh, my!

“Well, there has been much rumor and speculation… innuendo, outuendo…” – Glinda

“I know you don’t want to hear this but someone has to say it! You are out of control! I mean they’re just shoes…let it go!” – Glinda

and here’s one just for Steph…

“Toss, toss” – Glinda

I haven’t forgotten…

February 22, 2009

So I’ve been a whole week without doing a blog *gasp* and I actually feel pretty good. I think my secret, is finding a friend that I can tell absolutely anything to, and so don’t have to worry so much about spilling my little emo guts out every day online. Plus, I’ve been really busy so haven’t had chance to watch any good tv or films to blog about, or even to come online really.

Anyways, I have the time now, and I have to say …it’s been a pretty good week! I’ve seen Benjamin Button, He’s Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic – two of which gave me butterflies …though only one of them because it was good! Hehe! Seriously though, if you haven’t seen Button, there’s something wrong with you, and Confessions made us laugh so much that one of the girls said she actually wet herself a little!!

Another joy of the week, was my trip to London with Miss Stephanie Minton! We went to see two West End shows – Wicked and Carousel. I have to say, Wicked was by far the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my life! It was so good, that both Seph and I spend the rest of the trip quoting and singing from it, and decided that we would have seen it straight again without hesitation! Carousel …not so much! Ha! You’d never guess it, but while Londoning, I even went shopping – and bought things!! All in all it was the most amazing trip, and even though there was a slight moment of weirdness because we were staying in a hotel I’d been in before with H, and Wicked had been a show we were always going to see together …it quickly passed, and I just had a fabulous time! Oh, and I ate literally the best burger in the world in this place called Belushi’s!

I also have been enjoying the glow of the post Valentine’s condition. I ended up with two cards, one of which I know who the sender was, the other however is still a mystery! I’ve also been engaged in some interesting texting since that day …it has made me regret the whole pay as you go concept mind!! It’s all fun and games at the moment anyways …but it’s good to smile 🙂

Last, but by no means least, I had the pleasure of having the company of Miss Sarah “Coop” Cooper this weekend (in fact, she’s just left!). We didn’t get up to anything dramatic or exciting, but I haven’t seen the girl in practically a year, so it was just the most immense thing to have hugs and catch ups. It’s something that will hopefully be done much more frequently now though!

Just to finish this week then, here’s the best from PostSecret this Sunday…

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Valentine Secrets!

February 15, 2009

Yes it’s that time of the week again, where all the secrets come a rollin’ out of the closet! This week, all with a Valentine theme …what a surprise!

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Those three were my favourites, but there were quite a few good ones this week. Check them all out at the legendary PostSecret blogspot.

Wonders of the silver screen!

February 14, 2009

I have SO many things to blog about I don’t know where to start!! There’s the latest L Word episode, a book I’ve finished reading, numerous films I’ve seen recently, a bit of promo work for Dollhouse, AND the inevitable …Valentine’s Day. Maybe I’ll save some of them for another day ;p

First of all then, everyone must watch Dollhouse! It premiered last night in the US, and I’m downloading it as we speak. It needs to be watched for two main reasons:

1) It was created by Joss!!
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2) It stars the beautiful and sexy, Eliza Dushku! *drool*
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Next, we have The L Word episode 604 – Leaving Los Angeles.

Episode sum-up …more sickening ‘Shenny’, Tina and Bette trying to adopt another baby while we’re left wondering how long it’s going to take Bette to cheat this time, and Max struggling being a pregnant man (who wouldn’t?!).

Oh, and they also spend a chunk of the episode teasing us with a potential threesome …I think they should go for it myself!! 

Screencap glory:
I call this one: Racial harmony through food symbolism.

"We eggs are far more civilised..."

I guess that leaves us for now, with Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t such a bad one I must admit …I’ve had worse anyways!! It was a decent day for reasons:

1) I got a good 5 or 6 texts, about 3 of which from people I would actually consider to have been serious!
2)Wales beat England at Rugby, which was by far the best gift I could have hoped for!
3) I was kissed *gasp*
4) I got a card ..but I don’t know who it was from – grrr!
5) Someone admitted to me they had a crush on me!

Not bad all round I reckon ;p haha!

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With tired eyes, tired minds, tired souls…

February 13, 2009

Today was a tough day. Today was the day that we buried my Nan. It’s been 2 weeks since she died, and so the limbo has finally ended – dust to dust. It has literally been the most surreal day imaginable.

To begin with, it was the first time I had been into my Nan’s house since she died. I kept expecting to see her pop her head around the corner and for her to be there fussing over everyone …it just felt like an intrusion without her there, and she always felt uncomfortable with too many people in her house – she wouldn’t have liked it.

Next, my brother literally did not stop crying the whole day. When the priest came to the house he started, continuing in the car there, getting worse once at the crem. He broke my heart during the service. He cried like I’ve never seen anyone cry before. I just sat with him, hugging him. I felt so useless. It was also the first time that I’d really had a chance to let go and cry for myself. It was a relief.

My cousin saw a PostSecret from this weeks selection on Frank’s website and thought I’d sent it in. She doesn’t know about this blog, which makes things stranger, as it was the exact same secret that I posted a few days ago on here about grandparents and memory. This same cousin and I also chose the same funeral song for my Nan at the same time, while we were county’s apart and speaking to different people …we have a connection I cannot explain.

I felt closer to my family today than I have in a long time. It brought almost a sense of pride that so any people came to the funeral to pay my Father respect. He is such a loving, caring man, he deserved it and so much more. I can’t imagine living life without either of my parents, and so I’m going to endeavour to help him remember that he still has family that loves and adores him. He is my hero.  

Lastly, my Auntie was ridiculous today. Once all the guests had left she immediately started grave robbing. It was crazy. She nearly reduced myself and my cousins to tears. Dividing up trinkets is not what you do on the day of the funeral. I’m sorry, but it’s just damn disrespectful. If I hadn’t been so shocked by it all, I would have had such a go at her. She was the only part of my family that near ruined the day …funerals are bad enough without that.

I’d also just like to say thank you to my friends that have sent me cards, texts, facebook messages/comments/status’  or called me. It means so much to me that you’ve held me in your thoughts today …it would have been a much tougher day without it. Thank you.

In rememberence of
DOROTHY PERRY
1928 – 2009

I have to stop

February 12, 2009

Sorry.

Beyond words.

Any day can be a day for secrets..

February 11, 2009

One day, this will be you >

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How I sometimes feel >

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What I want to feel when it’s my time >

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