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‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Review

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With a plot so rife with twists and turns safety is most certainly not guaranteed whilst watching this indie/sci-fi infusion. Starring the ever-sarcastic Aubrey Plaza as jaded magazine intern Darius, who volunteers to assist her arrogant boss Jeff (Jake Johnson) investigate a mysterious ad placed by a supposed time-traveller.

At the start of the film we have the cliché melancholy plot that hangs over many indie films: dead mother, no social life and a dead-end job however this all changes within the first 10 minutes as Darius is chosen to go out into the field and track down the author of an ad requesting a partner to go time-travelling with: Kenneth (Mark Duplass).

Plaza’s famous dry humour brings realism and comic relief to a seemingly zany plot whilst tackling darker undertones, as the film continues we gradually learn more about Kenneth and attempt to decipher the state of his mental health; is he nuts or a genius? As Darius and Kenneth form a close bond and begin to realise that things in the present aren’t so bad after all, the film starts to shift into rom-com territory we are under the impression that there’ll be a sweet happily ever after- which is the precise moment when everything changes and we’re brought right back to Earth again with a tear-jerking plot twist.

A refreshing change from your average indie films, Safety Not Guaranteed is well written, cast and directed. Definite must see for anyone looking for something a bit different from the likes of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, that will actually leave you feeling good after you’ve watched it rather than depressed and sobbing. I rate it 4/5 stars and suggest that you wear your seatbelts and helmets for this emotional rollercoaster ride!

 

 

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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

“Thirty-five is the perfect age for a woman, so much so that many women have decided to adopt it for the rest of their lives”

This year a much loved national treasure returns to our bookshelves in the form of a scatty, clumsy and potty-mouthed Bridget Jones. From author, Helen Fielding’s previous installments you might be expecting another hopelessly brilliant rom-com about Bridget’s longing for Mr Mark Darcy but unfortunately this edition has a darker twist.

Written in the present day, Bridget is now a 50 year old mother of two, struggling with balancing her work and social life as well as the children’s school runs in classic Jones style. Things many of us can certainly identify with, but unfortunately her issues with using Twitter are the least of her problems as she mourns the loss of her beloved husband Mark, who died four years ago in a tragic accident. Many were shocked when it became public knowledge that Fielding had killed off a much loved heart-throb, but I feel it allows Bridget to have a much greater depth than her somewhat ditsy appearance permits.

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The novel gives Bridget’s personal reflections in diary form as she reluctantly tries to start dating again to move on with life after Mark, whose memory haunts her in every decision she makes. It basically forms the structure for an anti-self-help book on dating as Jones makes every mistake possible in the new-age of modern dating; from drunken texting to online dating- she hopelessly tries it all in her own hilarious way.

After many years of patient waiting Jones’s fans were treated to one final chapter of the domestic chaos and calamity after the films that made her famous, this edition does not disappoint as young Bridget has grown older and wiser with her readers who are now facing their own mid-life crises.  Perhaps not to the same extent as Bridget’s issues with head lice infestations and stomach-bug epidemics but if anything her rather messy life brings a certain degree of reassurance to the rest of us, that just because the living room hasn’t been cleaned for a while and we’ve become slightly more reliant on ready meals recently doesn’t mean that we hopeless/lazy people! It simply means we are busy, successful women with more on our minds than dusting round the plasma screen television.

A laugh-out-loud read you’ll really struggle to put down in a hurry.

ALSO, if you’re really into reading then you should definitely consider having a look at my best friend Hollie’s blog

http://theworldisquietheree.wordpress.com/

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Ok, so admittedly this video is a fair bit on the shoddy side – I wanted to give video posts another go so it’s a bit trial and error. I tried to do it via my webcam but for some reason it came out really out of sync so I ended up putting my camera on a bookshelf and wandering around a bit. This was the final result, I’m gradually going to start posting more videos but give me a chance whilst I work out the kinks!

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Isabella Blow Exhibition @ Somerset House

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The Isabella Blow exhibition is 100% the best exhibition I have EVER been to, the whole thing was absolutely flawless and full of Isabella’s personality, Daphne Guinness could not have curated it better! Unfortunately the rules for taking photos inside were really strict so I’m limited to the ones on the website, which is a shame because I literally wanted to photograph everything like a Chinese tourist outside Big Ben. Not only this but the majority of pieces on show are not in cases making it EXTREMELY tempting to want to touch all the beautiful McQueen garments – no one can deny this woman owned the wardrobe of a goddess!

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Even if your interest in fashion is minimal I’d be very surprised if you didn’t enjoy the exhibit, there’s so much to look at all with such poignant reasoning behind it, a favourite of mine was the sculpture you see on entry – formed from taxidermy crows and lipsticks to create a silhouette of Blow’s head which she had commissioned, just simply mindBLOWing.

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Also if you don’t know much about Isabella, below is a link to the documentry which made me become obsessed with Alexander McQueen, if you have a spare hour it’s well worth the watch…

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“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”

The long awaited video masterpiece by Lana Del Rey has finally arrived, after months of waiting fans were now graced with the infamous ‘farewell project’, saying goodbye to the Born To Die album NOT MUSIC! Starring alongside albino model Shaun Ross, Lana combines songs : Gods and Monsters, Body Electric and Bel Air which are all featured on Born To Die: The Paradise Edition.

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In the 27 minute long, short film Del Rey plays an array of different personas from Eve in the Garden of Eden to a pole dancer in a seedy club, to create the beautiful visual imagery featured. At the LA premier last night, Lana announced that her next album will be titled Ultraviolence, but currently there is no indication of when it’ll be released – just that it exists which is good enough for me!

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Directed by Anthony Mandler, Tropico is a musical paradise in which Lana pays homage to her idols: Elvis and Marilyn. Whilst also showing her religious side by playing the Virgin Mary and begging for forgiveness for her sins.

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We can only hope that Ultraviolence can fill the shoes of Born To Die, if you’re not familiar with some of the Lana’s previous videos then here are a few of my favourites…

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Thor: The Dark World Review

Would you risk a penalty of death to save someone that you loved?

The picturesque realm of Asgard, where huge golden castles touch the sky and new age cyber-space technology glides across its glistening lakes , to many this could be envisaged as a perfect world however under threat from an evil tyrant who longs to plunge the universe into darkness; Asgard is now in great danger.

Forget the fairy tales and the ‘happily ever afters’, this time there will be no fairy god mothers, Prince Charmings or sweet/innocent princesses with exceptionally long hair. However we do have a hero, someone that puts others before themselves at all costs, whilst displaying incredible physical and mental strength- who in this case happens to not only be a god but also possess a face carved by angels!

Heir to the throne of Asgard, our protagonist refuses to obey the immoral decisions of his king – a crime punishable by death. Armed only with his trade-mark war hammer, the valiant hero realises his only option is to free a lethal prisoner from his heavily guarded cell, in a desperate attempt to save the universe from a plague of darkness. Our brave protagonist triumphs the odds against his greatest foe yet, prepared to sacrifice his own life for his mortal leading lady’s safety- going to the end of the world for her, as a rare void linking the nine realms reopens for the first time in 5000 years.

A suspense filled journey through the time-space continuum littered with action packed battles, amazing special effects, CGI and a complex long-distance relationship story line; No this is not the sequel to ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’, this is the long awaited  sequel to Marvel’s third avenger ‘Thor’!

Raking in a massive $500 million worldwide already, it’s clear this is one cinematic experience which is truly out of this world! Once again Marvel, creators of superheroes such as Spider Man and The Incredible Hulk did not disappoint, with astounding: cast, locations, costumes, graphics and of course plot- this could potentially make Thor one of their most successful motion pictures to date. Exhibiting a classic steady build up into the action; Chris Hemsworth portrays the strong and handsome Norse-god Thor, forced to battle alongside exiled brother Loki played by Tom Hiddleston whose devious traits and sharp tongue steal the show; the audience can’t help but fall in love with Loki’s wicked grin whilst debating where his allegiance lies. Hiddleston succeeds in creating the perfect villain who not only plays with the character’s minds but also the viewer’s – never sure if all they’re seeing is a mere illusion or in fact a vulnerable side to such a sly character.  Working so compatibly alongside Hemsworth, these two are a force to be reckoned with against the malevolent antagonist Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleson who intends to slay Thor’s love interest and astrophysicist Dr Jane Foster, portrayed by Natalie Portman in order to retrieve a treacherous element which has infected her body.

Portman and Hemsworth depict a prime example of unconditional love which unfortunately only works on the silver screen! As their worlds collide, the pair use their strengths to rescue each other throughout the movie. Portman begins as the token damsel in distress candidate but later turns into an aspiring bad-ass, using her intellect to combat the enemy who are attempting to infiltrate London.

Directed by Alan Taylor, who you may recognise as director of HBO’s, Game of Thrones; Taylor brings the same realism/fantasy clash to the big screen.  Creating an atmosphere which doesn’t leave people looking at their watches, wondering how long it’s got left, it simply consumes the spectator – making them part of this fantasy world. Thor: The Dark World is a film which definitely merited a 3D viewing as an obvious strength of the film would be the beautiful graphics used to turn the realm of Asgard into a believable utopia which hosts landscapes and technology we mortals can only dream of!

Thor: The Dark World, is one of those sequels where it’s imperative to see the predeceasing films first, otherwise the plot can prove confusing to new Marvel viewers who aren’t familiar with The Avengers concept but even so a thoroughly exhilarating cinematic experience that any super hero fan can enjoy.

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This is potentially the best cover I have EVER heard and my god I love a good cover version! I’ve literally had this on repeat for the last 24 hours, probably pissing off my flat mates but I couldn’t give a shit because this song is so hauntingly beautiful it genuinely gave me goosebumps – and not because I was cold, the radiator was on and everything!

Songs like this deserve to be number one instead of auto-tuned American trash with the same processed beats over and over again. (Except for you Britney, you’re the best).

True talent