Reasons to be Cheerful in 2012 – Films (June)

I’m a little bit late with this post this month. To be honest, there aren’t a lot of films to get excited about in June, and I think my lack of enthusiasm delayed the post. That, and the fact that I forgot. Oops.

Therefore, some of these films are already out, and I have bulked out the post with a few films that looks less than promising. Enjoy! (As always, links to the trailers can be found by clicking on the film title.)

Prometheus

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As you are probably aware, Prometheus is already out, and as such, we’ve all had a chance to hear what people think of it. It seems that reactions are rather mixed; I’ve heard that it visually stunning, but that it has its issues plotwise. One of my friends is a huge Alien fan, and, whilst acknowledging its problems, still really enjoyed it. In case you don’t know anything about it, (and forgive me if I make any errors here, I’m speaking as someone who has seen neither the Alien films or Prometheus), it’s a film about the crew of a spaceship exploring ancient civilisations. It was originally meant to be a prequel of sorts to the Alien franchise, but, as far as I can tell, it now stands alone as a film, though the events precede those of the Alien films, and Ridley Scott says that there are “strands of Alien’s DNA”. Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender (swoon) star, and Ridley Scott directs. Prometheus is in cinemas now.

LOL

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A film called LOL starring Miley Cyrus. I told you I was bulking this post out! Frankly, it looks appalling. It is an English language remake of French film from 2008 (the trailer is here and looks a hundred times better). Miley Cyrus stars as Lola, nicknamed Lol (you see what they did there?), who gets back to school from her summer break to discover that her boyfriend cheated on her. Then the trailer loses me, there are too many boys that all look the same for me to be able to work out what is really going on. Douglas Hodge (who is playing Romeo is the next Romeo and Juliet adaptation), Demi Moore and Ashley Greene also star. LOL is in cinemas now.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

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A Fantastic Fear of Everything stars Simon Pegg and Sheridan Smith, and is directed by Crispian Mills (son of Hayley and former lead singer of the band Kula Shaker). It’s a fairly low budget British film, based on a novella by Bruce Robinson, who wrote Withnail and I, and all in all, it looks a bit odd! Simon Pegg is Jack, an author who makes the leap from children’s fiction to crime fiction, and in the process of researching his novel turns into a paranoid wreck. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is released on 8th June.

Rock of Ages

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I was a bit dubious about Rock of Ages until I actually watched the trailer from start to finish; now I’m fairly certain I do want to see it! If you disregard the fact that Russell Brand is in it (he doesn’t appear to have a huge part), and the bizarro casting of Tom Cruise in a musical (apparently he can actually sing), the rest of the cast is pretty solid: Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta Jones, Mary J. Blige, and Bryan Cranston (also a bit bizarre). The film is based on the musical of the same name, it has been running in the West End for a while starring Shayne Ward and Justin Lee Collins. Adam Shankman (who proved his musical calibre with Hairspray) is directing, and music from Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Journey, Guns N’ Roses and Poison features. What’s not to love? Rock of Ages is released on 13th June.

Cosmopolis

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Cosmopolis, directed by David Cronenberg, is based on a book by Don DeLillo. It tells the story of Eric Packer, an asset manager (played by Robert Pattinson) on a trip across Manhattan in a limousine. Along the way he comes in to contact with various different people, and loses his clients billions of dollars on the stock market. Now I am a Cronenberg fan, but I can’t say that this particularly floats my boat. I have nothing against Robert Pattinson, per se, and by all accounts he is probably the best thing about this film (it premiered at Cannes and most critics were very positive about his performance). It just doesn’t seem like my sort of film. If you fancy it, it’s out on 15th June.

Fast Girls

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It looks as though Fast Girls is looking to be this year’s low budget big British hit, with an Olympic (ish) theme to boot. Starring Lenora Crichlow, Rupert Graves (yum), Noel Clarke and Phil Davis, it follows a British female relay team as they attempt to win a World Championship title. Of course, it’s not just about the running, it’s about friendship and romance and all that jazz. Someone I used to go to school with is in it too, as a runner from another country, so I’ll be looking out for her if I do go to see it! Fast Girls is out on 15th June.

Jaws

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Jaws is getting a re-release in the UK, and while it’s not perfectly obvious why, it seems to be in celebration of the fact that Universal celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. I have never actually watched Jaws, when I was younger I was convinced that it was just too scary for me; since I realised that is simply not the case, I just haven’t got around to seeing it. For ages it seemed to be on the television every other week; now I want to watch it, it’s either never on, or I miss it when it is. Anyway, for that reason, I plan to see it this month when it is released, because it’s bound to be better at the cinema. It’s out on 15th June.

What are you planning to see this month?

Interview ~ {twoninethree}

Welcome to another blog interview! Last year I featured interviews with six different bloggers that I particularly admire, and I’m back with some more now! There are three this time round, and there will almost definitely be more to come, because I love doing them!

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I’ve followed Terri-Jane’s blog {twoninethree} for quite some time now, though I can’t remember how I came to find her. We’re also friends on Twitter, and seem to have a similar passion for reading! Terri-Jane’s blog doesn’t focus on one particular topic, she writes about lots of different things, including fashion, books and music, and I always love to read what she has to say. She’s also an Essex blogger! Check out her answers to my questions, and then head over to {twoninethree} to see her blog for yourself.

Tell me a bit about yourself! Where you live, how old you are, etc.

Hi! Thanks for asking me to be part of your blog interviews! I’m Terri-Jane, I’m 25, and I live in Colchester with my fiancé. I’m at university, and I blog at {twoninethree}.

What is the name of your blog, and how did you choose it?

My blog is called {twoninethree}, and it’s not as random as it looks; it’s actually just my birthday, 29/3. I chose it because I wanted a blog name that reflected at least some aspect of myself, so that is what I chose.

How would you describe your blog?

I would describe my blog as a mish-mash of different things that I’m interested in. I try to keep it varied because I want it to be something that I would like to read if I were reading, rather than writing it. Basically I figure that if I write about things I’m interested in, there must be something there that someone else is interested in too!

How do you like to spend your spare time?

At the moment, I don’t have too much spare time, though I’ll have four months off of uni in about a week’s time – yay! I work part-time, and I study English and US Literature for my degree, and Spanish as extra. I run a book club as well, and that will be carrying on over the summer. I like to have lots of fingers in lots of pies! In my actual spare time, I do a lot of reading (I keep track at Goodreads), and I write a little bit. I like going to gigs and the theatre when I can, and I spend way too much time shopping and painting my nails.

Do you aspire to become a full-time blogger? Do you think you could reach a point where your blog could provide an income?

I’m happy with my blog being where it is, but if the opportunity arose for it to get bigger, I would take it – I don’t have any aspirations for my blog to become my full-time job, at the moment it’s more of an outlet, but who knows where it will end up!!

Is there a post you have written that you consider your favourite, or your most successful?

I love writing the Roundup series, which I’ve done since I started my blog, but some of my most popular posts have been the one off ones. My DIY Ombre Dip Dye Jumper is the most viewed post I’ve ever published, and my review of the Charlie Simpson gigisn’t far behind.

What other blogs do you read regularly?

Other than Is that you darling? 😉 My sister blogs too, at Polly May : And The Like, Other favourites are: Oh, Such a Primadonna, Little Blog of Horrors, Bright Young Twins, and A Rosie Outlook. I love Tumblr as well, but I don’t have one, so I’m a Tumblr-stalker. Good Mail is a new one I’ve found.

One of the reasons I like your blog so much is that you don’t pigeon hole yourself into one category; you have a broad range of different topics that you blog about. Is there anything you would like to write more about?

I’d like to do a few more beauty posts. I’ve done a couple and I really enjoyed them. I like reading beauty blogs, so maybe I’ll give that a bit more of a go!

What tips would you give to someone who is thinking about starting their own blog?

I don’t know that I’m particularly qualified to give advice, but I would just say “Write about what you care about.” If you aren’t interested in what you’re writing, how can you expect other people to be?

Why should everyone hotfoot it over to {twoninethree} and check you out?

Because there is loads to choose from. If you like books, there are posts on books; if you like DIY projects, or film reviews, or Instagram posts, there’s those too. And I love meeting people, so if you do come over, make sure to say hi!!

Thanks so much to Terri-Jane for taking the time to answer my questions! Another couple of interviews are coming in the next couple of days!

When We Get to London…

As I’m sure you are aware, no matter where in the world you reside, this weekend is Jubilee weekend. Us Brits have a four-day weekend to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. I know that not everybody is a monarchist, or in favour of the fact that the Jubilee celebrations are happening at all, but I am! I love a good celebration!

Anyway, this post isn’t going to get into a debate about whether or not we should rid ourselves of the Royal Family. Instead I wanted to draw your attention to the existence of a film that I am fairly sure most people won’t have heard of, but by rights should be on the television this weekend!

John and Julie is a 1955 film all about a little girl that wants to go to London to see the Queen wearing her crown. Julie ropes in her friend John to help her run away from her school (presumably in one of the home counties) in order to get to London in time to see the Queen. John has an Uncle Ben who is one of the queen’s guards, and John promises that when they get there, Uncle Ben will look after them (he sings it to her in church, to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers!)

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The trailer ‘introduces’ the two young actors who play the children, Colin Gibson and Lesley Dudley, but the truth is that neither of them went on to do anything of note after this film. However, if you are a fan of British films, you probably recognise a few of the faces in this film; Megs Jenkins, Noelle Middleton, Moira Lister, not to mention Sid James and Wilfred Hyde-White. Peter Sellers also pops up as an exasperated policeman!

John and Julie is one of those films that nobody outside of my family has ever heard of, never mind watched. It’s a lovely little fifties British film that I would definitely recommend!

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Bike is just one of modes of transport that they use to get to London!

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“Please let me see the queen, please let me see the queen.”

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My family and I like to quote from this film at various occasions, anyone who is friends with me on Facebook will see this from my latest status!

Are you celebrating the Jubilee? How are you spending your four-day weekend? (if you’re lucky enough to have one, of course!)

The Only Way is (My) Essex

This isn’t a post about TOWIE. I don’t watch it. I try not to judge those who do, because each to their own and all that. I also try not to be one of those people who say “Essex isn’t really like that!” all the time. Although it’s not, at least not where I live. And I also don’t think that the people and places that are like that are exclusive to my little county.

But never mind that, because, like I said, this isn’t a post about TOWIE. It’s a post to try and find some other Essex bloggers! I follow a lot of bloggers on Twitter, and I read their blogs, and I get quite jealous at all the fun blogger events people organise and go to! Brighton, Bristol, Liverpool; there seem to be great networks of local bloggers who are in contact with each other, and I want some of that too!

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I know that we are close to London, and as such, any events that are going on in the capital are really easy for most of us to get to, but I thought it might be nice to maybe arrange the odd Essex blogger event too! I am not saying that I would necessarily want to be responsible for this, but I thought I would try to get the ball rolling and get together a list of people who live in our fair county and might be interested.

I don’t know if anything will come of this, but I thought I’d give it a go. Currently, there is only one Essex blog in my Google Reader; I’ve been searching for others but I can’t find many! I’ll be promoting this post on Twitter with the idea of getting a few comments or tweets in response. Even if I just create a new Twitter list of ‘Essex bloggers’, it’s better than nothing!

So I guess what I am asking is that if you read this and you think you know a blogger based in Essex, please share it with them! Or if you are an Essex-based blogger yourself, let me know! I would really rather this didn’t become one of my ill-fated blog posts that never goes anywhere!

P.S. I tried to look for an image to go with this post, but there’s very little out there that’s particularly classy. So I went with one I took myself three years ago, of a mildly interesting sunset in Colchester when I was there at university.