Fly away now,
Take my desperate wings along for the ride
They’ll never see the stars otherwise.
Eternity may pass until I honour my vow,
That will have to be enough somehow.
Simple holes I don’t try to hide
Yet here they lay still unclassified.
I’m grasping hopelessly trying not to capsize
Whereas you deserve to rise.
So my film studies teacher made us chose one of her selected films and watch it over the holiday. I never thought that the film I chose would have such a large impact on me, but the random film I picked up turned out to be Sunset Boulevard.
As the film was made in the fifties and has a PG rating I thought it would be a stereotypical film with traditional values. A lot of older films I have watched have been a bit of a let down (Strangers on a Train was really not what I expected and it really disappointed me), so I really wasn’t expecting a lot from this film. Despite this I did think it would be a good film due to it wining many oscar awards but I thought it wouldn’t be quite for me. I honestly couldn’t have been more wrong.
This film has become on of my favourite films. It deals with really dark themes such as age and fame in a wonderful way that I stupidly didn’t think a 1950s film could. It’s an ageless film that anyone can enjoy – there’s a reason it is a classic. It’s one of those movies that as soon as you finish it you want to watch it again while also being one of those films that stick with you hours after watching it (so much so I completely annoyed everyone I saw by telling them about this magical film). Being one of these types of films alone is a hard feet for any film so this film being both is truly incredible.
It’s hard to discus what I loved about this film without spoiling the wonderful plot (that was made even more magical by my lack of knowledge about this film). My opinion is that you too should watch this film knowing as little as possible. Ideally I’d watch every film like that because the films I watch with no expectations that are great tend to be the ones that stick out the most.
The new Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage had a lot to live up to. The previous Netflix series Daredevil and Jessica Jones were both fantastic and beloved by all. Thankfully Luke Cage exceeds all expectations and in my opinion is the best Marvel TV series there has ever been.
Luke Cage is quite obviously the story of Luke Cage. Luke is played by Mike Colter (random fact: he is second cousin to Viola Davies, who I love) and is a bulletproof and super strong superhero who was first introduced in Jessica Jones. The show is an origin story but it doesn’t follow the overplayed conventions of other origin stories.
The rest of the cast are just as fantastic as Mike Colter. Simone Missick plays Misty Night a police officer in Harlem (where it is set) and she is trying to defend Harlem from corruption and crime. Rosario Dawson reprises her role as Claire Temple the badass nurse who appeared in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones. I am so in love that it’s Claire that is connecting all the characters in this world (I just a hope that in the Defenders she’s the one that joins the team and she’s she cool leader of the group). Finally, Alfre Woodard plays the main villain of the show Mariah Dillard (a local and corrupt politician) and is such a powerful and different villain the stereotypical ones we see in the superhero genre.
Diversity is prominent in this cast and it makes such a refreshing change from the rest of the media where everyone appears to be white. It’s so amusing that people are complaining about the amount of black people in the show, especially considering the fact that in this show there is a valid reason that there are hardly any white people in it, Harlem is a a predominantly black area, (not that it needs a valid reason) whereas most mainstream shows just exclude every race other than white for no apparent reason.
Overall, Luke Cage is a great show that is more than worth the watch.
EditDemolition and Southpaw initially seem to be very different films. The only similarity they have to the naked eye is that they both star Jake Gyllenhaal. They have completely different atmospheres and Gyllenhaal is almost unrecognisable in each film.
However, these two films don’t just have Jake Gyllenhaal and a year in common, they also has very similar themes. Both films contain the death of his Gyllenhaals wife dies and the rest of the film deals with the grief of loosing a lost one and trying to live life afterwards.
Demolition is the story of a successful businessman Davies who starts to deconstruct after the loss of his wife. The couple seemed to have the perfect life but Davies starts to see the faults in his life and decides to demolish both his house and his life trying to work out what is real in his world.
Whereas, in Southpaw Gyllenhaal plays Billy (a professional boxer). In the film Billy’s wife dies and he goes completely off the rails and looses the right to see his child. He therefore has to fix his life and work out what his priorities is.
Both of these films are very intimate and only contain a few key characters meaning it is very easy to feel encapsulated in the film and to deeply care about the characters.
I love how they each take different aspects of the subject and make these aspects into two magnificent films that despite the initial similarity don’t actually seem that alike. Demolition has some great side characters – Chris (played by Judah Lewis) steals the film – and focuses on the relationships between all the characters. In contrast Southpaw centres on the journey of the main character with a lot of the side characters not being present for most of the film.
Despite the similar natures of these films they are both absolutely wonderful and I loved them both truly.
Landline is the first adult book of Rainbow Rowell’s that I have read (I have read all of her young adult books including her short story Kindred Spirits that she wrote for world book day). Rowell is best known for her young adult books so I was a bit anxious about reading one of her adult books, although I knew that lots of people really loved this book so I wasn’t that confirmed. Thankfully Rowell’s writing is just as beautiful and relatable no matter what age group she’s writing for. Seriously once you’ve read one Rainbow Rowell book you’ve just got to read them all.
I think you should go into this book not knowing much about it as it will make the story so much more enjoyable. But here’s a little summary for those interested:
The story is about a television writer called Georgie McCool (yes that’s her actual name) who has to work on getting her show picked up with her best friend and writing partner Seth, so she can’t go her husband Neil’s childhood house for Christmas. This leads her to calling her husband but something doesn’t seem quite right.
It’s a beautiful story about fate, working hard (in two different ways), priorities and what love actually is. These themes make the story relatable no matter your age, although I did feel like I might have related a bit more if I was slightly older.
Like all Rainbow Rowell books it has fantastic little details that give the book a realistic feel. Great jokes and distinctive characters complete the story and make it wonderful.
Although it isn’t my favourite Rainbow Rowell book it is still an amazing book that is truly worth a read.