Happy Friday! It’s been yonks since I fired up this bad boy. Five things Friday started way back (I think probably 2013), and I’ve done a few here and there. I’d like to do some more in the future – I love lists so much, and let’s face it, they are so easy to put together! Today’s feature is about the age old institutional – tying the knot. There are so many movies focusing on weddings that it should probably be an entire genre on its’ own. There are so many! I’ve seen a ton, but I’ve never hidden the fact that I am able to enjoy the most gory and the most fluffy films equally as much:)
Let me know about your favorite in the comments section!
5: Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement
Number 5 on this list was hotly contested, let me tell you. I ended up choosing The Royal Engagement because I’m such a huge fan of the Princess Diaries. It deviated quite badly from the books, but it managed to be pretty good. Anne Hathaway, Chris Pine and Julie Andrews are a power team in TRE, and the message is a bit lame but also strong – don’t marry for the wrong reasons (something that wasn’t already obvious), and what might seem as the best choice for you probably isn’t what you really want.
Can this film make the list? It isn’t about weddings in the way the other films here are about weddings, but it definitely deals with them. This movie is the top point of silly and has some hilarious moments. It is one of the few films where combining Vince Vaughn and Isla Fischer works, and I wouldn’t have thought it possible to combine two such horribly annoying people and get a proper result. The film also stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Christopher Walken, and those three alone can probably carry any film without too much effort.
3: 27 Dresses (2008)
I actually smashed this movie in the review here. I do enjoy it though, and am frequently worried that I first have to be a bridesmaid 27 times before I get to put on a white dress. Anway, remember that Tinder post I put up? Still getting feedback from it which is great! Back to why I chose this as a favourite – it is about a girl that loves weddings and finds that her partner isn’t what she always expected her spouse to end up as.
EEK! I love this movie. The only movie about weddings that could possibly be even more favoured than Runaway Bride is the one listed below. Julia Roberts has always been my girl crush. She’s so beautiful and smiley and talented. I loved Maggie Carpenter’s spirit and love for family and independence. Her matching with Richard Gere always results in chemistry and us wondering why they never made babies together. This film is all about identity and finding yourself before you end up with a partner – quite ahead of its’ time!
❤ Is there more to say? This film is everything – Buttercup and Westley and their escape and love story ❤
Mamma Mia (2008)
When asked whether Pierce Brosnan can sing I would immediately think that he’s placed shortly under Rebecca Black for artistic capabilities. However, that didn’t stop him or Colin Firth going at it. This movie is definitely not for everyone. It is firstly a musical. Some of Abba’s most iconic songs get somewhat butchered (okay, a lot), and I’m sure I saw this listed as one of the films that make most heterosexual males feel suicidal. However, if you are game for watching Meryl Streep clearly having the time of her life, pondering why exactly Pierce Brosnan has such piercing blue eyes (he) and just want to watch people dancing and singing about love, this film is definitely something you can watch.
The Five-Year engagement (2012)
I do remember this – it is Emily Blunt and Jason Segel and they are engaged for ages and end up wondering if it is worth it. I actually think long engagements are silly – its’ that thing if the guy is committed you don’t need to worry and I assure you, most modern relationships have enough things going on without having to make it seem more official. This movie didn’t suck at all, and although I can barely remember it, I think I enjoyed it at the time.
Despite this film rather pissing me off every time I watch it, I always end up watching it quite often. It is the most stereotypical of the lot, and perpetuates the notion that women turn into Godzillas the moment they get engaged. Just as a fact: the majority of brides I’ve worked with have been friendly and accommodating and calm, so it is once again a case where a few psychos make the entire bunch seem awful. It is also quite below Anne Hathaway to be degraded into the boring girl role – she’s immensely talented and deserves more. But like I said, I end up watching at least once a year for some strange reason, so I obviously don’t hate it that much.
Made of Honour (2008)
I‘d like to watch this again sometime, but I do remember Patrick Dempsey and surprisingly Michelle Monaghan – why did I think it was Selma Blair?? I see this film holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but we all know the raters on there are really just haters. Made of Honor is so not Oscar material, but it was fun at the time!
This cast is impressive AF – De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams are joined by a younger cast composed of Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace. Okay, Katherine Heigl too, and I suspect that reviewers rate her badly on purpose. This movie is not that bad, but it can be seen as a bit boring though.
Father of the Bride (1991)
LOVEEEE. Need to watch again to properly remember and review.
One of J-Lo’s better attempts at comedy, though without a doubt still rather low on the list of funny things.
Read my review here. It is such a stupid film man. I see JLo is quite frequent on this part of the list.
Hmmm. Everyone LOVES this, though I don’t. I need to watch again to make sure this hate is accurate. It is a vulgar film and humour at its worst – just eugh.
Sex and the City – the Movie (2008)
I never saw the show and can tell you jack shit about it. It was before my generation, and the one episode I tested out never caught. I did see the movie though, and it raises a few eyebrows in my head – this couple clearly never heard anything the other said.
Movies I haven’t seen yet:
Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Corpse’s Bride
My Best Friend’s wedding
The Wedding Singer
Well, there you have it. This post turned out way bigger than I thought, and I hoped you had as much fun as I did! Let me know what you thought in the comments below 🙂
I don’t really like to hate actors or actresses online. Movies? Sure. I’d happily attack a movie if I think it was really bad, annoying or even just too stupid to deal with. But it is a bit mean to specifically attack a person, so I try not to do it too often, even though with some people it is tempting as hell.
One such an actress is Keira Knightley. She’s not a bad actress, she’s actually quite good, it is just that she has an ability to play deplorable personalities with aplomb, and you have to wonder why. Does she eat her KitKat by biting through all the sections? Is she secretly a Donald Trump fan? Did she vote OUT on Brexit? THERE HAS TO BE A REASON.
So for the lack of having anything better to do, I thought of five roles where I completely hated her guts, and then five roles where she was a perfectly nice, even inspiring, character. Read and share your opinions, I know you want to!
Begin Again – Her portrayal of a trusting songwriter girlfriend who leaves her life behind in England to travel with her singer boyfriend to America for him to make it work and then being cheated on is impossible not to commiserate with. Although she is determined to wear terrible outfits in this film, I really enjoyed how unannoying her character was! The soundtrack to this film is also amazing, I might add.
Pride vs. Prejudice – being Elizabeth Bennett is a tall order. This classic story was retold again but this time with Keira cast as the main female character, and she managed to be the perfect amount of feisty and well behaved that the character requires. The chemistry between her and male lead Matthew Macfadyen makes for some tingly anticipation throughout, and their old school romance is perfectly paced throughout the film. There is a sense of decency and restrained romance to this remake that spoke to my soul.
Atonement is one of the most heartbreaking films I’ve ever seen. It served as a breakout performance for Saoirse Ronan, and this, combined with the genius of James McAvoy and Knightley makes for a despondent and dreary tale set in World War II. It is the very first time I really commiserated with her character and really rooted for her.
Pirates of the Caribbean
We can hate the franchise because it convinced Johnny Depp he can only be one character from now till the end of time, or we can like it because that first movie is really entertaining, and gave Knightley her big break into fame and Orlando Bloom something to do after being pretty Legolas. It is sad because it was reported that Knightley wasn’t allowed to use a sword in the film where all her male counterparts were fighting all over the place, but except that case of sever industrial sexism, the film is entertaining as hell and Knightley was on top form.
This movie got a lot of flak when it came out. I personally found it a bit forgettable but enjoyable, and KK plays the leading lady to Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan. I liked her – the character was very much unlike anything KK would usually play, meaning I didn’t want to beat her with a stick.
Okay, here we go. This character is AWFUL. The movie is marketed as a story about a quarter life crises, but let me tell you, I’m there now and hear me out when I say that I would not once live with a teenager and her dad when we’ve just met, cheat on my boyfriend, not have a job and be completely childish because being an adult is HARD. Sheesh, she grated on me. Not even darling Sam Rockwell made things better, because he was just a hollow character and the best actors on earth can only be marginally entertaining with material like that.
This movie confused a lot of people – me most notably. It this a love story? That’s not love, it’s selfish twattage.
Bend it like Beckham
The youngest version of Keira, and the movie that made her – I could have marginally enjoyed this is the character didn’t make absolutely everything about her.
This movie about organ harvesting is about as cheerful as watching reports on the Yulin dog festival in China (to the Chinese, you fucking suck, BTW). Keira Knightley’s character is probably the worst, stealing her best friend’s love interest for the sake of remaining full of organs for a few years longer. Even though I commiserate with her plight, the character is awful in the film and didn’t endear Knightley to me one little bit.
There is the age old question of what to do when your husband’s friend starts having feelings for you? Do you 1) Tell the guy to get lost 2) Inform your husband 3) Ignore it and hope it will go away 4) Kiss him when he pitches up with a weird sign on your door.
Personally? I would pick one and two. Keira Knightley’s character obviously lacked insight and chose three and four. I just couldn’t deal with it. As like (hopefully) most human beings, cheating pisses me off. Badly. Why do it? DUMP someone when you have feelings for someone else, or work to resolve those feelings without messing with your current partner. It’s not worth it.
It certainly isn’t the only thing I hated about this movie, but it was definitely one of them.
For as long as the earth has been revolving on its’ axis, human beings have been concerned with the survival of their species. Make fire, hunt for food, breathe in oxygen, and find someone to reproduce offspring with. As centuries have gone by we have refined how we do it, but we are still trying to achieve the same goals as our cave dwelling ancestors were. It might have become a bit classier (OR HAS IT?) but at the end of the day the hunt remains the same.
Men have thankfully changed their tactic from dragging females, or whichever gender they prefer, by the hair to the caves to sending text messages. I’m not sure but I think it might be an improvement. I honestly sometimes wonder if men were as crude in handwritten letters as they are in text messages?(Guys, don’t comment at the end of this with the usual “that is an unfair generalization” in the tone of a two year old – just replace “man” with “woman” whenever you want to).
The dating scene has changed radically. The way we approach each other is so different. It is sad, because old school courting has a certain level of appeal than meeting up in a club simply does not possess. Sure, females are more enlightened (YES and IMPORTANT) but it really feels like the men have just given up – and yes, I can predict the amount of flak I’m going to get for some of the things I’m bitching about in here.
To make things easier, modern humans are able to do online dating. The stigma that has always been associated with it is gone, people freely share their stories and are only too happy to tell you if they’ve met their partner through a dating site, clearly implying that you might also be just as lucky to meet someone.
Here is what they don’t tell you. They tell you that it is completely okay to be on a dating website, and it is, but they omit how incredibly awkward things can get. It is a weird business, this online dating.
I’ve been on Tinder for a couple of months now and I’m still a bit freaked by it all. Tinder is a pretty decent site from what I’ve been told of other sites. Let’s just say that makes me worry about the other sites.
The Tinder rules are easy – aswipe to the left is a no and a swipe to the right is yes. Very simple. But not so simple. Are you being too picky? Are you being not picky enough? What’s the benchmark? I usually swipe right if I know I’ll check you out in real life too. Because call me superficial, but physical attraction is a real thing and it needs to be factored in.
The categories of the Tinder men:
So, is it even worth it?
I really think it is. Despite the 50 totally useless scumbags, there are a few guys that appear relatively decent. Some of the guys I’ve been speaking to for a while has impressed me because I really thought that some of them were duds and they proved me wrong. Not everyone you are sure you will like will be likeable but not everyone that you thought would suck will turn out sucky. The point is, you have to try. If you are like me and not a social butterfly in large crowds, you need an avenue where you can let people see who you are without having to actual talking. It takes some courage and a lot of sense, but you can do it.
What Tinder has taught me:
It is okay to have rules and boundaries. Why are women conditioned in society to automatically doubt their sixth sense about creeps? I’ve realized that if he sounds creepy, walk away, because he probably really is creepy.
You can say no. Repeat after me: “NO”. There we go!
It can be soothing on a really superficial level. SIXTY men liked my profile in the last hour? GO ME, GO ME, GO ME.
I can stand up for myself. This surprised me. I will share the full story at a later stage, but this one incident of declaring that no-one treats me in a certain way was one of the best moments in my entire life.
If you like the person, move them over to Whatsapp. It is much easier to talk to people there.
Trust your intuition. Believe me, it’s rarely wrong. If the guy seems off, he usually is.
However, don’t be overly paranoid. Tinder is based on Facebook profiles and while I don’t claim that Facebook only has respectable users, it does add a bit of authenticity. But like I said, use that very powerful gut feeling on when to walk away and when to stay and take a chance.
There will be a lot of failed conversations, ignored messages, inappropriate content. Just remember your barriers and keep your chin up. Believe me, there will always be some other guy.
Eventually you must meet in person. Because virtual relationships aren’t real, so go out, meet the guy, be awkward and learn how to go on dates. That is the whole point of things, isn’t it?
Be yourself. No use pretending, ensnaring the man with your imaginary wiles and then you aren’t the cool chick you pretended to be.
Make conversation, not polite howdy do’s. Be your fun loving self and be honest. Volunteer information and keep the conversation ongoing. Check for mutual likes or dislikes and figure out what you have in common. Lately I don’t even enter the “Hey, WUD” stuff, because 1) if you can’t type out What Are You Doing you obviously don’t have the time to talk to me and 2) I’d much rather prefer to talk to someone that makes me laugh with an obviously designed pickup line. Duh.
So give me some feedback here below! I would love to hear if you’ve been on Tinder and what your opinion is on it.
Dear cave dwellers. You might not heard yet, but Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar a few nights ago. Considering the excellence this man brings to the screen, I think that we all agree it should have started with “Back dated to:” and then addressed the Revenant. Anyway Academy, we’ll forgive you, as you’ve been in way too much trouble already this awards season. I made this list below of my favorite Leonardo movies, only proving that I still have a ton to watch.
Everyone can say what they want, but this is the film that introduced me to Leo. It was so romantic to my teenager heart and so desperately sad that I fell in love with him on the spot, also establishing my fear of drowning in icy water at the same time
This film was a 2015 Blinspot for me, and let me tell you, this teenagy-angst of Leo made this definitely weird adaption of Shakespear’s novel work so well.
I watched this film a couple of years and never reviewed it and never reviewed it, because I have no clue how to address it. Typically populated with the brilliance of Nolan, it it as complex as we ever hoped it could be, and the astounding performances by the entire cast makes this film an unforgettable headache inducing shot of brilliance.
Leo’s turn as the despicable, vulgar, detestable Belfort nauseated and impressed me to no end. It is three hours of non-stop debauchery.
The heart wrenching book was brought to life by one of my favorite directors, who chose a damn excellent cast to help him with it. Baz Luhrman goes all in this feast on the eyes. Leonardo DiCaprio? He does so well as the man with too much money and too much sadness.
The Man in the Iron Mask
What to watch next of him:
The Revenant – I think that it is a given that I should watch the film that finally gave Leo the Oscar. It is by all accounts gritty and amazing, and although I do hate violence I think I will enjoy it, if only for Leo.
The Aviator – This 2004 film about Howard Hughes also seems to be a firm favorite everywhere. I read this lovely account of how he treated his assistant of that time, and it only made me love him that much more.
The Departed – Leo, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson together? Why wouldn’t I?!
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Before Leo got all mature and incredible looking, he was a fantastic child actor.
What are your favorite movies of our favorite man?
Happy birthday to meeee! I am 26 today. It has been a great and jumpy ride up to here. I am scheduling this ahead of time because I took a day off on my birthday to just loaf, and that is exactly what I am hoping. Past-Me is hoping future-me had a great weekend and a great party and that no one embarrassed themselves – okay, I’m kidding, that always makes for some great stories. So today, in commemoration of me being really adulty, here are 26 life lessons that I’ve accumulated in my 26 years (I really hope I get to 26 here!)
Well, there you have it. I’m very impressed that I actually got to 26 relatively easy!
Happy Fri-yay, everyone. And welcome to the second last Friday of the year. While we are all running around yelling: “I can’t, I just can’t” because how the effing eff did this year get to its’ end, let’s talk for a bit about the five movies I found the most disappointing this year. I haven’t started rolling out any best of 2015 lists, because let’s face it, we are all holding out to see how a certain movie that releases this week shacks up. The movies I chose for the dubious honor today is not exclusively lowest on the list I have been working all year (#goteamMe), but rather the movies I had hoped would be more. So.
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet.
Rating on blog: 5.5/10
Ugh. This entire franchise is just shaping up nowhere where we wanted it to end up as. Sure, it is still running as moderate box office successes and isn’t planking like Vampire Academy did (which I’m not completely happy about) , but it is like Dystopian on Prozac – there, but not really.
4. Seventh Son
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington
Rating on blog: 6/10
Seventh Son ended up being a truly dreadful film, loose around the edges and everyone seemed a bit annoyed that they had been drafted into such nonsense.
3. Best of Me
Starring: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey
Rating on blog: 6/10
I’m just going to start avoiding any new Nicholas Sparks’ films because they lack SPARK.
2. Paper Towns
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevigne
It wasn’t bad, but I had hoped for something with the impact of the Fault in Our Stars, and it just wasn’t. It is so teenagey.Ugh.
Starring: Lilly James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter
I was so extremely excited for this. Meh. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t Maleficent either, which I hoped it would be similar to – an original take on the film.
A bit of funny advice from our favorite ginger, Ronald Weasley. Enjoy!
It seems particularly apt this week.
I am excited.
I’m going to a rock concert.
I’ve been planning my outfit for a week.
I’m super excited to see this band play.
I get to the venue, and it is fun.
I hear gunshots, and I wonder what is going on.
I hear nothing,
I see nothing,
because I am dead.”
I’ve rarely been speechless in my life by global tragedies.
A few comes to mind: The 9/11 attacks, the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, the Syrian refugee crises.
Saturday morning was one of those days
I have this unfortunate habit to log on to Facebook when I wake up, because lo and behold something happens and I’m not aware of it!
There it was: five posts, all sounding similar to this: “Heartbroken over Paris”
With a sinking feeling I checked a news site and saw the harrowing news about the 153 dead Parisians in a terror attack.
I am so sorry, beautiful city.
No civilian deserves that.
My heart bleeds for you.
What I know to be true:
It is finally time that the world will stand up to ISIS. I’ve always said that anyone who hides behind their religion is a coward. Anyone who kills innocent civilians? They are even worse.
The world has had enough – you could just hear it in the press releases.
This is not the majority of Muslims. I know so many Muslims who are lovely, friendly, tolerant and kind. ISIS twists their religion to make it suit their needs. I think it is important to remind this.
Grieving for another nation in no way lessens your own problems. I saw a lot of disappointing posts about South-Africans moaning that no one ever mentions farm murders but everyone is on the bandwagon to lament the Paris attacks – why do you think saying you are sorry for Paris makes you NOT sorry for farm murdering? I just can’t get people like that. You are a disappointment to your country and your culture if you think like that.
Once again, beautiful Paris, I am thinking of you. You will strike back and you will rebuild. I know this because you have done it in the past. We love you.
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