Podcast | Episode 53: The VVitch

July 27, 2016 |
If you've seen Robert Eggers' nightmarish folktale The VVitch, let me tell you right now: the curse of Black Phillip is real. We chicks have been trying to record and publish this episode for ages, months. Unexpected plan changes, power cuts, sudden illness, broken laptops... you name it, it happened to us. And that evil goat is the only rational explanation, so yeah, beware of Black Phillip. 

July Book Releases I'm Looking Forward To

July 13, 2016 |

For anyone who loves to know all about new book releases but doesn't know where to look for them, Goodreads is the place. Specifically, the monthly new releases lists that showcase the most popular 200 books on the website that were published on a giving month. Yes, you'll have to go through dozens of romances that sound really bad, but hey, some of them are actually quite nice, don't be such a snob. Note to self. 

You can also check out new releases by author's you've read and by genre. Anyway, if these posts appeal to you I'll start publishing them at the start of every month!

Other novels readers are pretty excited about: The Muse by Jessie Burton, The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close, Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters , The Sister by Lousie Jensen.

TMP: Movies Set in a Single Location

July 07, 2016 |

This week's Thursday Movie Picks asks us to pick three movies entirely set in one location. Various directors have tried to do it, and some even more then once - like Alfred Hitchcock who to my knowledge did it thrice! Sometimes it's just a technique, other times the spacial limitation serves a concept, but it is always a challenge that few excel at. Aside from the three movies I picked, others like Repulsion, Rear Window, Dog Day Afternoon, Locke and Moon are also great movies set in one place.

Top Ten Tuesday: Little Known Books That I Love

July 05, 2016 |

So turns out, I read pretty popular books. This week's Top Ten Tuesday - a feature over at The Broke and The Bookish - topic had me going through my whole read shelf to find novels that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. It was not an easy task. In fact, I couldn't even find ten books I liked that fit the criteria, so you guys are getting seven that I have read, and three that I'm really looking forward to.

Blind Spot '16: The Movies I've Seen So Far

June 12, 2016 |

As you've noticed I've been absent from the blogging community for a few months now, and because this absence was due to a complete lack of time and mental exhaustion it was not just my writing that was affected, but also my viewings. However, seeing June arrive so quickly had me racing to at least watch six Blind Spot films - what I needed to stay up to date - and I did!

In the past few weeks I've seen five classics (amongst other non-blindspot gems because really, once you start, you can't stop) which, together with the January film that I didn't miss, makes this a mission: success. But of course, I couldn't just write six individual full posts in a few days, so here's a general update instead on five of the movies I saw - because one of them was so damn perfect, I owe it a full post.

The Blind Spot Challenge: 2016 Edition

January 29, 2016 |
When fellow bloggers warned me of how difficult it can be to do this series I thought "Oh please, a movie a month? Soooooo hard - right." Well here I am, one year and 90 movies later, with only three Blind Spots watched. I don't even know how that happened! I watched nearly a hundred films, surely twelve shouldn't have been a problem?!

So yeah, I failed - I mean, FAILED - but damn it if I'm not gonna set that goal for myself again. Because the truth is, some of these films are still missing from a little list I started three years ago (the list of shame, remember that one?), and that means they're absolute cinematic gems that I (and everyone) should watch in their lifetime. So get on board and challenge the movie lover in you, even if you're not a blogger! The goal is to watch a movie a month, and share your experience either on your blog or social networks.

this year's blindspots:
Metropolis 1927
M. 1931
Top Hat 1935
Citizen Kane 1941
Sorry, Wrong Number 1948
Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) 1957
À Bout De Souffle (Breathless) 1960
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
Dr. Strangelove or: [...] 1964
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 1966
Persona 1966
Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) 2007

the blind spot series was first seen on The Matinee

Suddenly, 2016: Last Year's Challenges, This Year's Goals

January 02, 2016 |

I once read that talking about your goals is a step towards not achieving any of them. Theoretically, by sharing them you're anticipating and prematurely feeling a sense of - albeit false - achievement, which numbs your will power to actually work for them. Or something like that.

Well, in the words of the ever eloquent Matthew McConaughey, bullshit, Mama.* So get to goal sharing everyone, because I'm dying to read about your dreams for 2016. In the meantime, here's what went right and what went wrong with last year's resolutions, and what I hope to achieve this year.

*actually it makes sense, but what's the fun in that

FWeekly: Domingo, Flacido Domingo

November 08, 2015 |

Last Sunday's The Good Wife focused on Howard's feud with Cary and, needless to say, the ageism jokes were a treat. I knew the post title would be cringeworthy for some but, after a torrent of puns, that little word play with Plácido Domingo's name killed me with laughter. Best of all was how the show had us torn between feeling sorry for Howard and suspecting he was making it all up. Oh, fun fact! Sunday in Portuguese is Domingo. 

Also funny was Bronson, Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Britain's most violent prisoner. From the poster I always thought it was about a boxer. It kinda is. It has a Clockwork Orange vibe to it - violent, eccentric, theatrical - so if that sounds good to you be sure to check it out. Refn's next project, The Neon Demon, will star Keanu Reeves and is set to premiere next year.

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