Film: Seven Psychopaths

I decided to spend a few hours this week watching Seven Psychopaths, which I had meant to see at the cinema. I am, however, glad that I decided instead to watch it online. It isn’t really the kind of film I would want to watch on the big screen, despite having one of my all time favourite actors (Christopher Walken). As well as this cinematic genius of an actor, there is an abundance of famous faces in this film.

The carefree way in which the characters in this film talk about psychopathy intrigued me, as all things related to psychopaths usually does. I don’t buy into all that talk of it’s a representation of the psychopathy within Hollywood rubbish, or rather, I don’t see it. This film is more like a vivid imagery of a conversation, the like of which I would engage in with my other strange minded associates. I can’t say that this film had an immense amount of direction or that there is anyone else who would enjoy it, but I found I liked this film.

I think myself and Martin McDonagh might be able to collaborate on quite a successful movie script…

4.5/5

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Film: The Hobbit

I went to see The Hobbit two days ago, which, as I realise, was long after the rest of the world had seen it. But, as I said before, I’m not the run to the cinema to catch the film before it’s even released kind of person. Nonetheless, as I’ve watched the rest of Peter Jackson’s masterworks at the cinema, I thought it best to continue this tradition. First off, I will have to admit that I have not read any of JRR Tolkein’s books all the way through, the first few pages were more than enough to persuade me otherwise.

I have to say, I thought the film started all too slowly. There were way too many scenes of dwarves eating, drinking, and being merry for the beginning of an epic adventure trilogy. My attention got kind of lost in the first half an hour, and I found myself yawning a couple of times (this was not a late showing). But, as the pack set of, in similar fashion to the fellowship in LOTR, the storyline finally got going – I was finally intrigued, sitting upright, and paying attention.

This film, and indeed, I expect this trilogy, set forward a familiar feel, some familiar faces, and a whole host of different beasts that I had become accustomed to having seen the LOTR more times than perhaps is cool to admit…

The scenery, as always, is amazing enough to want to watch this. And, although I will try not to give away too much, it was nice to see some characters, who I had far before deemed evil, pick up a role in which they are on the side of good (no, I’m not talking about Saruman at all…). The Star Wars-esque stuff of trying to forget the future so you can focus on the past, is not too difficult in this film. I’m not sure why that is, I just found this really easy to follow.

Martin Freeman is well deserving of the role of the young Bilbo Baggins. I’ve come to admire him as an actor, especially since his successful enactment of Dr Watson. My secondary school English Literature teacher actually taught Martin Freeman as well, which means, by proxy, that is my claim to fame.

My other half is not a fan of Lord of The Rings, and as I believe, has never seen any of the films all the way through, so this will need to be rectified immediately (especially after having to frustratingly explain that Gandalf is not Dumbledore, and that they come from two completely different film franchises).

I am looking forward to the next two instalments and to the LOTR marathon I have been promised this weekend.

5/5

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I Would Like To Thank The Fans

For keeping me cool. I have been nominated for another award:

 

Thank you to artsandyouthlove for this honour. You have my gratitude for this act of kindness, and for reading my blog.

The rules:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website

2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award

3. Present up to 15 awards to deserving bloggers

4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself

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7 Interesting things about me:

I am a trained English as a Second Language teacher, but have so far not bothered teaching anyone a single English word.

I’m somewhat semi-obsessed with learning about psychopaths and serial killers. This is not because I am one, I merely aim to be able to spot one when necessary.

I’m quite the gourmet chef/baker – but this is top secret and you must tell no one.

I’m a culture snob. I unwittingly look down on those who read/watch/listen to mainstream stuff just because it’s ‘cool’, one has to appreciate the artistic element.

I am anti-education. Not all education, higher education. I have a firm belief that unless you want to become a doctor/lawyer/teacher/nuclear physicist, then university is a useless past-time.

I am what one would consider famous, but most of you will never know the face that hides behind this blog.

I am many things, but culture is only one tiny speck on the surface of the being behing the blog.

 

My nominees are:

The Universe And Me

A Wordless Blogger

Creative Junkie

Book Review: House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

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I have just suddenly realised I haven’t done a book review in almost a month. Not to say I haven’t been reading, I’ve just failed to share my opinions on what I’ve read.

So I purchased and read the new Sherlock Holmes novel. As some of you may know, I’m rather a large fan of Holmes and all that goes with him, and I will start this by saying that, surprisingly, the book didn’t disappoint me.

I’ll try not to give any spoilers as I do truly recommend this book as a good read. For those of you who are familiar with the work if Conan Doyle, don’t expect this to feel exactly the same. Horowitz is true to the character and spirit of Holmes, but it doesn’t quite feel as though you are genuinely reading an original book, there is a sense of replication to it.

The story, on the other hand, is quite unique, and intriguing. It should manage to keep you engaged, as it did me, and will keep you on your toes. Like any good Sherlock Holmes book, or TV adaptation, you can almost predict the ending but you are never quite certain until it is confirmed, and Horowitz picked up on this by dropping vague clues throughout the book that could lead to a few possible and foreseeable scenarios – but this was good, it made me want to read on, to see if I had come to the correct conclusion.

One of the best Sherlock Holmes adaptations that I’ve encountered in a while.

4/5

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

I’ve been nominated for my very first blog award which is pretty darned cool! Thank you to the mysterious wordless blogger for this grand award! I shall cherish it for eternity.

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The Rules:

1) Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2) Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them.

3) Answer the 5 simple questions.

4) Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify each of them.

5) Display the award on your blog somewhere.

 

 

5 Simple questions:

1) If you could change one thing, what would you change?

Poverty, starvation, politics? Oh how humanitarian of me! As I’m currently waiting on hold to a call centre and have been for more than 30minutes, I’d quite like to change those as well. Especially when it’s a necessary call with a premium rate number.

2) If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

20. When I was 20 everything was good. I’m quite lucky because everything is pretty much still good, but when I was 20 I could look forward to turning 21, now I just want to look back!

3) What is one thing that really scares you?

Rats. Rats are the devil in rodent form.

4) What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?

To write a book. And to get that book published – halfway there already!

5) If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

That’s a tough one, I quite like being me. I guess I wouldn’t mind being Batman. Or Bane, lets be honest, Bane is cooler.

 

My nominees are:

Broken Penguins

Creative Junkie

The Universe And Me

What just happened…?

Has anyone else just suffered from almost fatal shock when logging into WordPress only to do a double take and think you’ve logged into outlook? What is with this modern minimalistic approach to websites? I want lots of buttons, interactivity, SMALL FONT!

Why did this happen? Why did they try to change something that wasn’t broken??

 

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TV: Impractical Jokers

I recently stumbled upon an extremely funny programme called ‘Impractical Jokers’. This then spawned a 3hour late night tv session with increasing levels of hysterical laughter. This was the UK version, broadcasted on BBC3. It is the first time I had heard of this show at all, but I have now become hooked.

After finding out that it was originally an American show, I decided to spend an entire day watching episodes and clips online. This was possibly one of the most rewarding things I have done in a while. If you have not seen this show, watch it. Here is a clip:

Try not to pee yourselves!

4/5

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