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January 15th, 2010

2010 Movie List: Jan 01-04: Life as a House, And Soon the Darkness, Moon & Trilogia: To Livadi Pou Dakryzei

Rules & Guidelines:
1. Keep track of every film watched throughout the year.
2. First time movies only (for either myself or my partner).
3. Review each.
4. Attempt 12 movies per month minimum.

Last year in March a few friends and I attempted to start a 50 Movie Club in which we’d watch 50 movies and record them all to our journals. Unfortunately due to an EXPLOSION in life events I managed to post two films before that utterly died.

So this year, a reboot. 12 months, 12 movies per month (minimum), for 2010. That’s a lot of ones and twos. And I like it.

To try and not OVERWHELM myself or readers, I’m posting reviews four up. Cause its a tidy little number that fits into 12 nicely. That and I’m already sitting at 13 films… xD

RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELCOME! Though we already have quite an impressive list, we’re always looking for more and I’m pretty much up for anything, though don’t kill me if I absolutely hate your favourite movie ^_^;;;

Life as a House

Life as a House

(2001)
☆ 3/5 Stapleguns
⇒ Much better and simultaneously much worse than I was expecting. The whole film reeks of “I am trying to get an Oscar, and I bet I will.” But that’s sometimes okay too. Hayden Christiansen’s niche role as ‘whiny confused emo kid’ is played out to the hilt, Kevin Kline pulls your heartstrings as you know he can. The rest of the cast is predictably endearing/mainstream quirky and as such are solid in their roles. One thing that irked me greatly though? WTF STAPLEGUNNING LIGHTS ONTO THE GORGEOUS TIMBER BEAMS?! AUUUUGH!! All that beautiful hardwood, ruined! ;_;

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January 15th, 2010

Thirty Day Challenge. Day 03: Your Favourite TV Show


I admit, I’m bad at picking ONE thing alone that I love. And my favourites – especially with tv – change so frequently depending on my mood, where I am in my life and, in this case, how CRAP the writing has gotten… xD

But, in terms of CURRENT TV, I’m going with the three shows I most care/fangirl about. Though, bear in mind I’m not including shows like Top Gear, Grand Designs or ANYTHING River Cottage. Cause otherwise this list would be six. Which I guess it is now. Huh.

ANYWAY, so about those “three” tv shows… *whistles* read more »

December 8th, 2009

It’s a nice day to… Staaart AAGAAIIIIN..!

VERY short and sweet this time, as I actually don’t have THAT much to say… You don’t believe me, I know, but that’s okay too. xD

Last Friday evening I decided to indulge in a bath in order to actually be able to sit up in the lounge with my flatmates instead of having to go to bed and being unable to pass Go. I ALWAYS ENJOY RECEIVING $200!

At random I pulled Lush’s White Wedding from the super pretty hand picked box of treats Greg’s Mum had given me for my birthday and toddled off to the bath with a REALLY SERIOUSLY CRAP HOLY GAWDS chick flick in hand. Hey, the film was bath ballistic theme appropriate, okay?

I dropped the ball in, delighted as I always do that it fizzed like the crazy volcanoes I used to make with friends as a kid, and wondered if it really smelled of anything. Okay so my olfactory function like … A non-functioning thing, but I’ve since read that apparently it pretty much doesn’t. Dysfunctional olfactory: 1, Lush bath ballistic: 0.

I clambered into the now-VERY-reminiscent-of-milk steaming water only to discover it felt JUST like water, and nothing else – DISAPPOINTMENT. Consoled that the water didn’t feel dry on my skin, I turned on the movie and around 20 minutes in commenced cringing. But the VERY weird thing is around then I also had to top the hot water up as the bath’s temperature had dropped through the floor at a rate I’d never experienced to date.

I’m not sure what kind of message Lush is trying to convey, maybe someone on staff had been viciously jilted at the altar? But is “Your White Wedding will turn cold on you” really the fairytale every girl wants to buy into?

Fragrance: 5/10 – I couldn’t smell much, but it didn’t smell bad…
WoSE (Water on Skin Experience): 5/10 – just felt like water, which I assume is the control. xD
Visual Aesthetic: 5/10 – the milky white water conjures the luxury of Cleopatra, the weird coloured confetti hearts though conjure a toddler dumping masticated cake in with you. UNFORTUNATE!
Leaves your skin feeling: exactly the same as it did before the bath
Clean up: None – even those masticated hearts go straight down the plug hole, no wating.

In conclusion, Lush advise if you’re getting married? Wear ANY colour but white…

December 1st, 2009

The morning after: a bath, a bar & a period drama.

Upon awaking this morning I found that the stress, pressure and sheer drain of yesterday had effected me adversely after all. Wanting to be able to do everything, go everywhere and be as much as I could be for Corinne, her memory, her family, our friends, MY family… I was shocked in the evening that I’d held up, physically, so well.

But this morning everything hurt, my fingers, my toes, lets not talk of the effort it took to hold up my head and standing? Standing is a most definitely an over-rated pass time and I do not recommend it. Or at least I could not before the delicious bath Greg suggested.

A possibly-will-scald-yourself-but-not-quite water temperature, a beautiful period drama (with one’s hair pinned up in the correct era’s fashion), a cumulus of bubbles, and the luxuriant experience of a gifted Lush Ma Bar and after two hours one can walk down one’s own hallway unassisted on one’s own. MIRACULOUS!

Lush Ma Bar: photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/zanthia/

Something I must say about the Ma Bar though? Its a fabulous idea in theory; the water feels soft and enveloping, the feel of your skin post-bath is soft and sumptuous. The sugar cube dissolves easily so there’s not a hint of scratchiness. The bubbles pile HIGH and you feel very much like a tv heroine. No, that is all quite WONDROUS.

The unfortunate gripe I have, however, is that though chocolate is VERY welcome in near-every situation, the colour of chocolate is STILL brown. And a brown bath is not the most aesthetically pleasing of visual experiences. You clamber out and wonder just HOW filthy you must’ve been before hand – or in my case whether or not I’d managed to soak the colour of my skin off in two hours.

Which I guess wouldn’t be so bad, I’ve managed to wind-burn myself into having a rather impressive inverse-locket (you know, if I were a cat) and with so many special occasions upon us its not the most ENVIABLE of circumstances. I keep asking Greg if he still loves me even if I have unevenly coloured breasts. Apparently he does, poor soul.

But still, for the Ma Bar I give:

Fragrance: 8/10 – okay so my olfactory largely do not function, but it still smelled gorgeous and delicious (sign me up for cake RIGHT NOW).
WoSE (Water on Skin Experience)**: 9/10 – rather soft, comforting and relaxing. JUST what I needed. Does feel like its moisturising the skin while you soak.
Visual Aesthetic: 5/10 – though the fluffy bubbles are heavenly, the BROWN of the bath is quite alarming xD
Leaves your skin feeling: super soft and moisturised – I can’t stop running my fingers across my collarbones ^_^;;
Clean up: NONE! – I found as long as you made sure you crumbled ALL of the bar into the bath, then there was no staining or residual colour left to have to attempt to clean up after.

* photo courtesy of Zanthia @ flickr’s Lush Set, as I was rather incapable of taking my own pre-bath

** I have NO idea how to describe that sensation, I asked Greg & Steffi and though they came up with multiple good suggestions (well Steffi did anyway xD) nothing really hit the nail on the exact head.