Monday, 18 February 2013

Une Femme Fatal

I felt a little bit empty inside (this is a joke, please do not send me a perscription for drugs or a recomendation o a mental institute :D) when I finished watching Sex And The City, I just really enjoy the friendship that the show is about. My favourite is Charlotte by the way, I love the way you can see the white in her eyes when she gets excited, little bit like a horse, I think it's sweet that she believes in true love and all that! Well yeah after all that, I went on the search for another fill in series, prefferably something to do with criminal investigation (WHOOP WHOOP Body Of Proof is back today!!) since I've had such good experiences with this genre recently :) Well, I was always intriged by Nikita because the posters are cool, so when recomended it to me I read something about it and it reminded me of the Uglies book series which I loved. I started watching it, and I am now obsessed.
I had holidays, so I had nothing to do all day, actually I had a hell of a lot to do but I decided that watching Nikita was more important.. O:) I watched twenty-two episodes in two days, DON'T JUDGE!
What I have to say about the show is that I kinda love it. It's brilliant from the first episode on, and I love the way they are unfolding the story line piece by piece so that you slowly get to know what happened in the past. The whole series is not so much a crime series but more action, this is a very uncommon genre for a series and is through this uniquness even more successful. I really like it due to this fact because I love action films and this is like bunch of tiny little Mission Impossibles.. The story is about Nikita (Maggie Q) who was forced to become a spy and assassin for a now-rogue government  organization, called Division, who is trying to bring this organization down, for all the killing they forced her to do etc. She has an inside agent, Alex (Lyndsey Fonseca), who is currently being trained to become a Division agent. Nikita's love interest is Michael (Shane West), who is her former trainer but later also turn on Division.
I'm only at the beggining of season two, but a LOT has happened and every episode is full of suspense and action and basicly reaaaally cool. By now Alex has turned out to be the thought dead daughter of a dead Russian power player, and she has turned on Nikita for not telling her that it was her who killed her family on a mission for Division, she has also 'graduated' from being a recruit and is now in the real world again, and there is always a sign that she is still a bit sympathetic towards Nikita. My favourate bit of the show was when she was inside dividision though, 'cos it was reeally risky and cool and stuff, and it got really tense because the scary investigator woman, Amanda, knew something was up and put her though a bunch of lie detectors and truth serum etcetera. But now it's still good.
Nikita's out to ruin any of Division's kill missions and bring them down through destroying the leverage their leader, Percy, has in some hard drives that are scattered all over the world. Nikita can't destroy Division before she does the 'black boxes' because the secrets are so bad the whole world would be crippeled by the truth. She has made allies a long the way, not just Alex and Michael, but there are also Owen (Devon Sawa, I love him.), a former Guardian of a 'black box', Birkhoff, the former Divison head technician, a bloody genius and hilarius because he kind of thinks he's god, and Ryan a CIA agent she ''made into a hero'' and who's life she saved. 
Owen Elliot (Devon Sawa) <3
SO yeah, I pretty much lovvvveee it, and I am ridiculously happy that Ive still got, like a twenty-two episode season to watch of it, and I HOPE that they're going to continue it for a long time. I really don't need another episode a week to add to my busy 'schedule' but I will deffenitley continue to watch this.
Today not a very long post but I just needed to tell you about my new obsession!

For my birthdaymy mom gave me a Beach Boys Greatest Hits CD... I love it, they're brilliant:

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Cinema Marathon: Two For One :)

SO, I'm really sorry I didn't write anything last week, but it was the day before my birthday (Yay, I'm 17 now!!) and I had a f*ck load of planning to do, as well as a bit (OK, I admit it... a LOT) of procrastination to do. I was re-watching Sex And The City as my fill in series and I got quite attached as you might have noticed.
Well to make up for that I went and did a slightly illegal cinema marathon.. O:) With that I mean pay for one film watch it and then just slip into another showing... Hehe, it worked without complications and so it is that I watched The Impossible and then Warm Bodies in one sitting...
Imma start with The Impossible. For a film, which's trailer made me have tears in my eyes it wasn't really sad enough. I mean congrats to the people who made the trailer, you did an absolutely amazing job advertising this film, but I must say that I felt a teeny tiny bit disappointed afterwards. The film relies on the true story of the Belón family. The family is on holiday in Thailand when the massive wave hits them and they get separated. The mother and the eldest son stay together and the father is left with the two youngest sons. The film is about their surviving the tsunami and then their search to find each other amongst the hundreds of thousands of victims.
In the survival part of the film the story follows the mother, Maria, and Lucas, and later the young boy they find and rescue called Daniel. The mother has a gaping holes in her chest and thigh, which where so graphically shown I just had a wave of nausea come over me just thinking about it. It was a LOT more 'gory' than I thought it would be. I really liked Lucas, the actor Tom Holland did an amazing job at portraying him and has already won some awards for his performance. Lucas is the thirteen year old son of the family who now has to step up and take care of his terribly injured mother and the baby they saved. Tom acts believably the conflict of responsibility and youth, and managed to portray a character that is significantly younger than himself (he's 16). He takes responsibility of his family and saves his mother by urging her on and not telling her how badly she is injured; and later helps unite families that are searching for lost members.
Maria and Lucas Bennett
One of the best scenes of the film is when he brings a Swedish man to his son. It is such a sweet scene, and it brought tears to my eyes, especially as Lucas himself still thought that his father and his two younger brothers might be dead. You can see the hopefulness but also the sadness in him at the same time.
In the end after minutes of running past each other and the viewer wanting to scream out of frustration Lucas finds first his younger brothers and then his father, and at that point a tear might have rolled down my cheek. The mother is flown to Singapore to be operated and all ends well, but it is clear that many families did not have the fortune of such a happy ending and the viewer finally gets, at least a little, the understanding of what it must have been like to have survived.
After this film I had about forty minutes of waiting, but I was with my friends and I was quite happy that I actually had time to process the whole thing. One of the funniest things was that we met a couple from our year that everyone knew was on the verge of dating so it was fun for us, and probably quite awkward for them. Sorry for that guys! Well after those forty minutes I was pretty much starving so we went to buy popcorn and then snuck into the next showing: Warm Bodies with Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy, Skins) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four). I just quickly have to say that I have a massive girl crush on her, I think she is reeeallly pretty, and so cool 'cos she always has these gun bearing bad ass chick roles.
Nicholas Hoult as R
Well the story is pretty much about a Zombie, R, who falls in love with on of the few alive people, Julie, then saves her from his fellow zombies, who want to eat her brains, and him slowly becoming more alive again through this human contact. The end is a battle between the zombies and alive people, who form an alliance, and the zombies who are already past saving, Bonies. And guess who wins? Happy ever after and all that, but really its a sweet film, and much less cliché than I thought it would be. In reality it's quite a comedy which really comes as a surprise to the viewer, or at least to me.. The whole film is done with a voice over of what R thinks, as zombies are only able to talk very limitedly due to their slowly exhuming brain capacity, this is a very good thing, and makes it even more funny. R thinks things like ''don't be creepy, don't be creepy... oh sh*t!'' which makes him very relatable. Which girl has not thought ''don't act stupid, don't be a clutz!'' when she's around her crush and I guess boys aren't that different.. So it's refreshing that this was included in the film making it a little more realistic, even though it's still totally unrealistic.
And it's very well acted on both accounts. Nicholas does a really good job of playing a character that is trapped within his own dead body, and Teresa is really good at being creeped out but brave at the same time. I still have to give Nicholas the most credit, he plays the character with so much dedication and so much humour and he is a really good actor, I could have never done an entire zombie acting scene with out laughing, because it is so delightfully awkward.
Awkward Moment
Julie and R
Julie's dad is the leader of the alive people and basically very close minded and hateful towards the zombies, he's played by John Malkovich (honestly, he always used to scare me a little bit because he looks a little bit crazy!) but yeah he also does an amazing job, what do you expect!? And finally the zombies and the alive people unite after R proves that his heart has started to beat again, through bleeding when he's shot; and the world is saved.
Mhhhhmm, so proud I've finally gotten this done, thank you anyone that actually still reads this stuff! I'll try to post more regularly again!! Byeeeeee!

Ma Musique: (For Engl. Lit. I have to research Russian music and ballet, so I thought I'd share my favs!)
The Nutcracker: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy - Piotr Tchaikovsky (Ballet)
The Nutcracker: Waltz Of The Flowers - Piotr Tchaikovsky (Ballet)
Swan Lake: The Dances Of The Swans - Piotr Tchaikovsky (Ballet)
Swan Lake: Act 1, No. 2 Valse - Piotr Tchaikovsky (Music)
Swan Lake: Act 2. Scene - Piotr Tchaikovsky (Music, so sorry I couldn't find a clip this is probably my favourite music of them all!)