Friday, 19 May 2017

Confessions Of A Shopaholic | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

As you can see, I have another movie review for you today!

This one was a long time coming! I am obsessed with the 'Shopaholic' book series by Sophie Kinsella, they're one of the reasons that she's my absolute favourite author.

But I waited a hell of a long time to see the film. I guess it's because, when I read about Becky (Rebecca Bloomwood, the protagonist), I never picture her as Isla Fisher. I don't know why,  just didn't. So it took me a while to actually decide to sit down and watch the film.

The film is about a girl called Rebecca Bloomwood who, as you can tell from the title of the film, is a shopaholic. Even with mountains of credit card debt and mountains of clothes that she's never worn, she just can't stop herself from spending money. So when her debt tries to catch up with her and she finds herself unemployed, Rebecca has to find a way to keep herself afloat. Hence a new job at Brandon communications. With a very attractive boss and an extremely popular article under the name of 'the girl in the green scarf'. Will this job be just the thing that she needs to get out of her debt? Or will she realise that a shopaholic can never change their ways?

I don't know how I feel about this film.

On the one hand, I enjoyed it. I was looking for something light and fun to watch and that's exactly what I got. Delving into Rebecca's world was fun and extremely cringe-inducing in equal measure. There were some parts where I literally had to close my eyes and ears to avoid the cringe.  It was also an interesting watch in general, to see someone spiral so far out of control and then try to get that control back. It was great!

But there were some things that I didn't like. At some points, the cringe felt a bit too much, a bit unrealistic. From what I've read in the books (bearing in mind, I haven't read the particular book that this film was based on) it was even too much for the Becky that I know. In the books, you can really get in her head and see what's going on, but in the film, you have no idea what's fuelling her decision-making.

And I tried not to compare the characters in the film to the characters in the books, but I couldn't help it. Not one of the characters matched-up to my expectations. I thought that I would get used to them as the film went on, but I still found it really hard to see, for example, Jessica Jones play Suze.

But overall, it's an enjoyable film that I would recommend, particularly if you haven't read any of the shopaholic books, as that will probably make the experience much better!

Thanks for reading!

Have you seen this? Have you read the books? Comment below!

Lou xx

Monday, 15 May 2017

The Light Between Oceans | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

I said this in a previous post, but one of the main things that I'm doing this summer is watching A LOT of movies. Ones that I never got around to seeing, ones that I saw ages ago, and ones that I've seen and loved.

This was one that I'd wanted to see for ages, but never got around to it. I was saving it for my summer holidays and it was probably the one that I was most excited to watch. And I definitely wasn't disappointed!

This film is about a married couple called Tom and Isabel, who live in isolation in a lighthouse. The one thing missing from their lives is a baby, something that Isabel desperately wants, particularly after losing two of her own. So when a baby happens to wash up on the shore next to their lighthouse, Isabel sees it as a sign - this baby was meant to come to her. However, when the couple accidentally bump into their baby's biological mother, a question of morals come into play. Can they really be parents to a baby that doesn't belong to them?

This is a beautiful film.

Even if you ignore the actual script, the characters and everything else, the lighthouse in and of itself is beautiful. Living in isolation might seem like the worst thing in the world, but if it was somewhere like that lighthouse on the edge of the shore, I'd seriously consider it.

The premise of this film was also beautiful, beautiful and original, which was what made me want to watch the film so much in the first place. I mean, I love superhero movies and traditional romance movies, but every once in a while, something like this makes its way into mainstream cinema and I couldn't be more grateful.

The main couple, played by Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, were done so well! They acted really well and they made the film as amazing as it was! I really believed them as a couple (which could be due to the fact that they're a couple in real life) and that just made me enjoy the film so much more than if I couldn't believe them as a couple.

In terms of the moral dilemma, I was seriously conflicted. I was actually talking to myself as I was watching it, mapping out what I would do if I were ever to find myself in that situation. I pretty much decided that I would keep the baby, but you'll definitely have to watch the film to see why.

One thing that really struck me about the film was how long it felt, in a good way. The film was approximately 2 hrs 12 mins long, but when I got to about an hour and a half in, it felt like the first act of the film could have taken place 10 hours ago, in real time. I felt like so much happened in so little time that it's hard to think about it as an entire piece. But I really enjoyed that aspect, I felt like I was travelling with the characters rather than being left behind and failing to catch up.

I would definitely recommend this film. If you've got a few hours to spare (and you have a long attention span) you should definitely give this film a chance. In the grand scheme of things, it may seem like not a lot happens, but when you're in the moment watching it, so much is happening. There's romance and tension and sadness and loads in between - a must see!

Thank you for reading!

Have you seen this? What did you think of it?

Lou xx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Epic Fictional Love

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Hey Guys x

I'm sick of fuckboys. There, I said it, that is the sole purpose of this post, to marvel at the guys of movies and TV who actually get it right! Or at least, partly right.

I don't love the couples above (Bonnie and Enzo, Sebastian and Mia, Jim and Pam) because they're perfect couples, not in the slightest. I love them because they're epic.

You know, when you see a couple and you know that them being together is the doing of the universe rather than just chance or luck?

Whether they stayed together or not, their loves were epic.

Which brings me to the guys of this generation.

Why does it seem like there are so many more Chuck Bass's of the world than Jim Halperts?

I'm trying not to make this sound like a rant, or than I'm incredibly bitter, because I'm not. But I was watching The Vampire Diaries and The Office (simultaneously) last night, and I got the idea to write a post about the kind of love that only seems to happen in fictional worlds.

And that's not so say that all movie romances are epic, because some aren't. For example, Carrie and Big from 'Sex and the City'.

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Now, whatever your stance on them, they are a couple from a TV show (and two movies) that stood the test of time.

However, they are not an epic love story in my opinion, and here's why:

I don't believe that you can turn a fuckboy into a boyfriend.

That's not to say guys can't change, because they can. But Big was not a teenager who grew up and saw the error of his ways. He messed Carrie around time and time again with no other explanation than 'I'm not ready for commitment' before going and getting (Spoiler Alert) married to Natasha, who he met in Paris. Not only do I believe he never really changed his ways, but I also think that this is what led Carrie to (Spoiler Alert) cheat on him in the second movie.

My point is, there are certain things that can turn a relationship into an epic love, and epic loves are my favourite thing in the world!

Thank you for reading

Who is your 'Epic Love' couple?

Lou xx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Easy A | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

So one of the things that I'm doing this month is watching LOADS of movies! I have a long list of ones that I've never seen. As I finished uni this week, I started off easy. With Easy A.

So prepare to see many film reviews over the summer, particularly older movies like this one!

This is a chick-flick teenage classic that I can't believe I hadn't seen before today!

This film is about a girl called Olive who gets herself into a bit of trouble. She makes up a lie to get out of going to a friends house, but that lie spirals out of control when the friend assumes that Olive has lost her virginity. Rather than put the rumour to bed, Olive enables it and, with the help of gay guys and gift cards, becomes the most talked-about girl in school. However, being talked-about isn't all it's cracked up to be. But can Olive finally dispel the rumour before it's too late?

I really enjoyed this movie. I picked it because it wasn't too heavy. A lot of the other films that I have on my list seem to be deep and dark and, just things that you have to really concentrate on. This seemed like a feel-good movie that I could just watch without too much pressure, and that, it totally was!

I think I'm in love with Emma Stone. I kind of felt it when I saw La La Land, but now it's official, she's my girl-crush and I want to find her and make her my friend, she seems like such fun!

The film had a lot of actors in it that I knew, including Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes and Aly Michalka to name a few! This made watching the film really fun, because I was looking out for them. Plus, it meant that I knew the acting would be awesome, and it was!

I found it weird that, rather than the loss of virginity being deemed as cool, it was seen as a disgusting act. You would think that in high school it would be the other way around! But for some reason, this school (or at least, a lot of the people in it) were religious. This isn't a bad thing about the play, it was just interesting and weird.

But essentially, this is just a really fun film to watch.

If you're bored and can't think of anything to watch, give this a shot. It won't leave you thinking deeply about anything, but it'll leave you smiling with a love for Emma Stone - what more could you want?

Thank you for reading!

Have you seen Easy A? Comment below!

Lou xx

Friday, 12 May 2017

My Second Year At University!

Hey Guys x

Yesterday, I completed my last (and only exam), and today, I am sitting in front of my laptop, blasting music and singing like my life depends on it. I guess you could say, I'm happy to be finished!

But I guess this post is just to talk through finishing my second year.

Now, I don't enjoy uni as much as the average person. Because I live so close, it's just a case of 'this is the place I go and take classes three or four times a week for two hours at a time.'

I have to say though, I enjoyed this year more than I enjoyed last year, and I think I know why.

In my first year, I was focused on having the usual 'university' experience. I wanted to make loads of new friends and kiss boys and do all the stuff that American college girls do in movies. And when most of those things didn't happen, I felt like I wasn't living up to my true potential or something. Like I was letting myself down.

This year, I just didn't worry about that stuff. I started being unapologetic.

I am owning the fact that I'm the girl who's obsessed with movies and actors and who'd much rather sit at home with a book and let my sister swipe through my Tinder than go out and hang out with a bunch of people who's sole goal is to get completely and utterly wasted. I don't even like alcohol!

And when I accepted that about myself, I started to enjoy the year a lot most, because I was doing what I wanted to do, for me, and not worrying about how people felt about it.

Even today, I'm sure after finishing exams most people want to be out with friends, drinking and celebrating. I am 100% happy to be at home alone with my laptop and my iPod at full volume. Because you know what... if I wasn't happy being alone, I wouldn't be. I'd be out doing other stuff. I've gotten to the point in my life where being alone isn't sad, it's liberating!

But I went on a tangent! Back to how I found second year!

In terms of the work, it wasn't too bad. I expected a huge jump from first to second year, and it wasn't that big. I mean, yes there were a lot of essays to hand in, but only one exam, which kind of balances things out!

In terms of the tutors, some of them were ok, some weren't. I think it would be the same anywhere, but some of them I could really do with not having again next year!

There was a lot more reading this year actually. Or there would have been if I'd read half the books I was supposed to! But that's only because, for example, my Modern American Fiction class consists of 3 essays, which I only needed 5 books for. So why should I read all 18??

And... that's mostly it. It wasn't completely different to first year, but the way I felt probably was!

Thank you for reading!

Are you in Uni? How do you feel about it? Comment below!

Lou xx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Love/Hate Relationship With Instagram!

Hey Guys x

So before I start this post, I'm going to plug my Instagram because, why not? You can follow me here.

But be warned, my Instagram is not the Instagram of a typical blogger. I hardly ever post, and when I do, I mostly post about things that are personal to me, and they're never edited perfectly or displayed next to a vase of flowers or something. Never.

But I do have a love/hate relationship with this form of social media, for quite a few reasons.

On the one hand, I love it:

First of all, I like to see the pictures that other people post. I mostly just follow celebrities for that exact purpose, to see their lives through what they post. As well as seeing behind-the-scenes set stuff from actors and things like that. I think you can tell a lot about a person from the pictures that they choose to share with the world.

I also love putting up my own pictures, when I do sporadically. I like looking back on this little picture diary of my life. I have my written diary, my online diary (this blog) and my picture diary, through my Instagram. I guess that's why I find it hard to tweet a lot sometimes, because I don't feel the need. Everything I have to say, I can say through other means. It's really just about self-promo these days. I need to get better at it!

I also love the filters, and totally not in a shallow way. The right filter on your picture of the sky can turn it into something of artistic merit. I think that's part of the reason why I like photography, because I like the way that you can capture and change the things that are right in front of your eyes.

But then I grow to hate it.

One of the main reasons I hate it is because of this whole Instagram culture. The people who post every two minutes for likes, the people who can't function without taking a picture for insta to grow their following, to be popular through this medium.

And then there's the people who can't post anything but selfies. For me personally, I just don't get it. I get posting a few selfies, maybe three or four a week if you like your face that much, but why are you posting your face in a different angle every three minutes?

And I have to bring it back to the followers thing. I don't get followers on Instagram, I'm pretty sure I currently have about 29. and I don't care about this whatsoever. As I said, my posts are more for me than anyone else. And I know that an Instagram following is really important to a lot of people, and I get and respect that. But the politics within Instagram is definitely getting a bit much for me. All the bots and the buying followers and things that I don't even understand, I don't get it. Instagram used to be fun, but now it's turned into something that I really don't want to be a part of.

Thank you for reading.

What's your relationship with Instagram?

Lou xx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Tinder Tips For Guys!

Hey Guys x

So I've mentioned this before, but I am (still) on tinder! It's really fun!

But the one thing that I've noticed the most, obviously, is the guys profiles. More importantly, what guys think gets girls!

Obviously I'm addressing this solely to guys because I don't see girls pictures on tinder ever, so I have no idea what girls do with their tinder profiles and I really don't have the desire to find out!

It is amazing how many tinder bios and pics I've seen that just automatically make me swipe left and erase them from my memory!

But I thought, rather than just laugh at them, I'd give some advice. Because guys need to know what doesn't work if they hope to actually find love on this site! I know a lot don't, but there are some that do.

Also, these are things that are personal to me (and I've been told I'm quite picky!). I'm sure most girls would love a dog in a profile picture, but it just doesn't work for me!

Speaking of which, let's cover that now...

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Group photos are my first gripe. It's great that you have friends (or you want people to think that you have friends) but I need to know who you are. If every picture is you with the same group of guys, how am I supposed to know who I'm swiping on?

Then there's the dogs, and other assortments of pets. Some girls, most girls I think, will probably really like a guy who has pets. Not me. I'm not an animal person. Never have been, never will be. I've never swiped right on a guy who has a pet in their profile picture and I probably never will, no matter how hot they are!

Shirtless pics. There's nothing that I hate more than a guy who just wants you to think that he's buff. I mean, fair enough if you're just after sex, that doesn't bother me in the slightest. But if you're looking to talk, or even for a relationship in the future, put the pecks away!

Posting with babies. Now, if you're actually a parent to the child, fair enough. But it is so obvious when people only have kids in their pictures to entice girls.
But still, if you do this, please put in your bio that the child isn't yours. If you don't, I have no choice but to believe that it's your child. I'm 20, my name, at this point in my life, will never be 'stepmummy'

One last thing about profile pictures - no profile picture. Tinder gives every user the opportunity to put up to 5 pictures on their profile. So what is the excuse for not having a picture? What is the excuse for only having one picture? When you're on a site where people choose to talk to you (mostly) based on your looks, give them something to choose between!

I'm going to do a blog post exposing the funniest tinder bios I've ever seen, but for now, I'll just say how I would fix them.

First of all, not having a bio. Like having no profile picture, it's lazy and there's really no need for it. You have the opportunity to tell someone a bit more about yourself, take it! And no, 'message me to find out more' does not count!

Plugging social media on tinder, for me, is just something I don't like. I'm trying to find out about you, not the perfect life that you portray on Insta.

And then there's the 'Don't swipe right if...' guys. I hate this! 'Don't swipe right if you're boring', 'Don't swipe right if you can't hold a conversation', 'Don't swipe right if you won't reply' - who do you actually think you are? If I swipe right or left on you, it is solely my decision. And if you tell me not to swipe right, for ANY reason, you've got your wish, because I won't!

So, say we've gotten to the stage where we've both swiped right on each other, you did everything right and now we have to start a conversation.

Now, this is just me, but I never message first. I guess I have a bit of shyness and traditionalist in me, as well as me always assuming that you swiped right by accident. So if you also never start the convo, we'll just never talk.

But say you do start the convo. Don't start with anything sexual. If you're just looking for sex, that's fine. You're not for me. If you want to talk, but you send me something sexual, you will never get a reply.

A lot of girls don't like the 'Hi' beginning. It's not my favourite thing in the world, but it definitely ensures that you'll get a message back from me. A 'hi'. So take that as you will.

My favourites have been people who read my bio and use that as a jumping off point. For instance, one guy (who I first spoke to a month ago and still talk to) opened up the conversation by, seeing the word 'Marvel' in my bio and asking my if I'd seen Logan yet (I hadn't, and still haven't) but I loved that because right away, we were in conversation and it was great!

I'm also a fan of the cheesy pick-up line. If in doubt, aim to make the girl laugh. You can't go wrong if she thinks you're funny!

Anyway, that's just a few tips. I'm sure I have more up my sleeve if you liked this post!

Do you agree or disagree with something I've said? Let me know in the comments!

Lou xx