On my to-watch list

I’m supposed to be on a spending diet. It’s not going great.

This is the one exception: I’m not subscribed to any streaming service and I’m not allowed to rent movies.

Thank god there’s YouTube. And DVDs in my shelves.

Reading Mr. Darcy’s Diary was an excellent idea, because it put me in the mood for some Austen; I’ve got a fair bit of Austen in my shelves and have embarked on an Austen marathon, which will keep me occupied for quite some time.

I’ve just finished watching the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, up net: Becoming Jane

There are things I love about this movie and some things…not so much. For example. I like to turn it off before Jane is old. Because I cannot stand that makeup. One thing I really do like, though, is James McAvoy’s Darcy character (I know he’s not actually playing Darcy, but the character is clearly based in Darcy; in my mind it’s the same playing Darcy). Especially when he walks through the forest with a vengeance.

I also deeply appreciate that there are people uploading the latest season of the British Bake Off to YouTube. It’s possible I’m only watching it for Noel Fielding. Maybe. So that is also on my to-watch list.

You’d think that it being October and all, there would be lots of vlogs to watch, but literally none of the YouTubers I subscribe to are doing Vlogtober. What is up with that? I’m clearly subscribed to the wrong people.

Hopefully, by the time I lift this self-imposed ban, the movie Borg is available to rent because I am so interested in this movie. Not sure why. I mean it’s a movie about a tennis player. And I hate sports.

Maybe it’s the hair. And the headband. Also, I refuse to call this movie by its English title.

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This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post.

Watching Queen of the Damned

I’ve seen Queen of the Damned before. Around when it came out, so 2002? I know that it’s terrible; but my new Korn obsession combined with knowing (being reminded of?) Jonathan Davis involvement in the soundtrack I had to give it another watch.

Besides, I used to love Anne Rice when I was younger; Queen of the Damned was my favorite of all her production. Maybe it’d be different this time?

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No it wasn’t.

It was exactly the same. I usually like crappy movies (example: Blair Witch Project 2, I just think it’s way better than the first movie, clearly I have no taste); but this. What is this?

Here’s what I wonder;

Why are they trying to fit not just the one but two 400+ page novels into one hour and a half movie? Who thought this was a brilliant idea and why?? Despite the title, it’s in fact not based on Queen of the Damned only, but also the second book in the series The Vampire Lestat.

…far be it from me to say, but I do wonder who was in charge of casting. Was someone in charge? Did people bribe their way into the movie? There are literally no more than 2 good castings in this movie; Lena Olin who plays Maharet, and well, I might be biased, but I do buy Davis as the scalper.

And while we’re on the subject of Maharet; couldn’t they just have given her more space? Not only because not crap casting, but also because in the book this is quite an interesting characters. I recall her story as being one of my favorite stories in a book of all time. There’s a lovely section where she’s going to eat the brain and eyes as a part of burial ceremony. Not that that in itself is great, it’s gross. It’s just, it sticks with you.

Did nobody realize that the story in the movie is completely incomprehensible? What is the story even? Did they make it for those of us who’ve read the book(s) only, because there is no way to understand it unless you have.

Why did they have to focus on Lestat as rockstar? Why? It’s horrible. The world they paint is like when Jonathan in Buffy the Vampire Slayer casts a spell turning him into a James Bond type character in their world. Which only works because it is clear it is a spell and it is then broken. As a viewer, I cannot accept this world. It doesn’t make sense. And not because there are vampires. It lacks internal logic.

Akasha. Again, another favorite character from a book. I wanted to call a cat Akasha for the longest time. However. The Akasha in the movie is nothing like the Akasha in the book. Part of the problem is the casting.

In what world would someone who looks and acts like Stuart Townsend sound like Jonathan Davis?

Also. I much preferred Tom Cruise as Lestat. He was angry and raging. It was fun.

Maybe their mission was to ruin Queen of the Damned for all readers everywhere? If so, congratuwelldone!

This movie makes me sad.

Then again. I’ve only got myself to blame. Could have just watched Buffy instead. If I knew what was good for me, I would have.

One more time. With feeling

I’ve been waiting and waiting for the release of the Nick Cave documentary One More Time with Feeling.

You wait and you wait and then it’s finally released and you find that the only place to rent it digitally is on iTunes.

I hate iTunes.

I hate iTunes because I once made the mistake of trying to rent something from them. It basically didn’t work because of their lack of information on how it works. It didn’t work because APPARENTLY you need a certain amount of free space (WHO KNOWS how much??) to be able to rent from iTunes.

Why. Does. It. Not. Stream? WHY? I rent movies on my iPad all the time; the only time it doesn’t work is with iTunes.

So me and sis get another iPad to rent the damn thing, it has more free space, but no account so we had to set that up. We try to see how much free space is needed, doesn’t say. We’ve got a good 4 GB free. Apparently also not enough.

In the end, sis had to get her computer, install iTunes and create a new account. I’d say it was worth the hassle because the film was good, only, how can something as well-established as iTunes be this difficult to use. HOW? Unacceptable.

As for One More Time with Feeling…I fear I might be biased. I love my Nick Cave documentaries. The Road to God Knows Where is a favorite for sure. (I’ve downloaded it, bought it on VHS and later on DVD, so you know, love.)

I’d like to argue that One More Time.. must be objectively good because my sister really, really enjoyed it. This was her second viewing and she doesn’t even like Nick Cave much. She likes the odd song, but seems fairly uninterested in seeing him live. Which is saying something.

On the other hand…2 minutes in and my brother who was also present declared that it was a load of crap and went home.

Clearly, he lacks references. Clearly, he hasn’t seen Nine Inch Nails’ Closure. I love NIN and all, but that documentary shouldn’t exist. It’s bad. By comparison, One More Time… is a straightforward and extraordinarily clear piece of work.

I would, say in general, documentaries tend to be a bit messy, a bit unclear. But I mean there are levels of hell.

Usually, I don’t like it when they include interviews in documentaries. For many reasons. The stupid lighting and backdrop, the stupid questions, the equally stupid answers (i.e. I’m no fan of the controlled circumstances). None of which is true in this case. The interviews seem spontaneous, natural lighting (by a table next to a window, in a car), the questions, whatever they are, allow for answers that discuss life, that discuss how we view death and grief. And I know it’s not fashionable or popular, but I like Cave’s bleak outlook, his pessimism, his version of and now people go back to work. Because you have to go back to work.

I feel as if the reviews of One More Time… have been slightly off the mark. They’ve made it out as if this is a sad film. That’s not how I understand it. Grief is there and it’s a topic of discussion but I wouldn’t say that’s what it’s about. It’s about recording Skeleton Tree. It’s about going back to work. It’s about having a new understanding of the world as a result of trauma. Or that’s my reading.

I love it that it’s in black and white. I love the way they’ve included the music; such a relief to get nice clean studio versions rather than noisy live recordings. I love it that it was something for me and sis to discuss, that it was open for interpretation.

It did make me want to see the songs off Skeleton Tree played live. Because why wouldn’t it? It’s a beautiful album.

But.

The gig in Sweden is at the Globe. I mean really. Nick Cave is that big now? He’s moved from Annexet to the Globe with this record? I don’t believe it for a second. That and it’s not an appealing venue. Despite there being seats (yes HI I’m old).

How I ever get to any gig ever is nothing short of amazing.

Let’s talk about snow

I finally got around to watching Before the Flood – if like me you’ve been putting it off, no need to. Yes it’s a serious subject but they’ve made it such an easy watch, even if I do feel kind of embarrassed about my own ignorance.

For example, I had no idea that there are people who don’t believe in global warming – as if it was a matter of belief and not science – and who are also allowed to broadcast this view to millions of people – and not as a joke. I’m just speechless.

Also didn’t know China is making large investments in renewable energy. Doesn’t that give you some sort of hope for the future?

These things aside.

I’m bothered. I’m bothered by the argument that we have to take care of this planet so that future generations get to see snow.

There are so many valid arguments, this one however. If I never saw snow again it’d be too soon.

Let’s have a look out my window.

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Started snowing on Thursday. This is where we’re currently at. It hasn’t snowed this early for a few years. NOTE. I do not consider this evidence of global warming being a lie, myth or similar. I’m stupid but I’m not that stupid. I’m just complaining that we’re not as lucky this year as last year.

I know there are places with far more snow by this time of year, this isn’t exactly the polar circle (let me just google it real quick to verify; yes, good, it’s not).

That being said.

Only people who don’t live with snow would think that this is a climate people should experience. Honestly. The human being; not made for snow. I spend winters worrying about suddenly finding myself in Andrée’s expedition. I.e. sudden collapse of our infrastructure, snowed in, no electricity, heat or contact with the outside world AND WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ANY POLAR BEARS TO EAT??!!

I’m on board with the whole we need snow because no snow = polar circles will melt and all hell will break lose; I get it. But we’re not going to save the planet so that people can enjoy snow. We’ve got no business being in places with any amount of snow.

OK then. Breathe.

Let’s sum this rant up; saw Before the Flood, loved it. Go watch it if you haven’t! Yes that’s an order.

PS. it is also excellent vegan propaganda. We all need a bit more of that. Yes, in case you weren’t aware, as an individual, there is hardly anything better you can do for the environment than going vegan. But, as pointed out by Liv Strömquist (and I’m sure millions of others), our current environmental problems aren’t going to be solved by individual choices. I.e. doesn’t matter which tomato you pick at the supermarket. Cause for relief and despair all at once I’m sure. What we need is political change. 

Also. If being vegan seems daunting, apply Roxane Gay’s approach to feminism; I’d rather be a bad vegan than not vegan at all. That’s what I do. 

And I’m not a fan of snow.

That’s all, bye now!

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October blog challenge part 2 of 5

Time for part 2 of the October blog challenge! You’ll find part 1 here.

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EIGHT. Top 5 movies

I’m not big on movies, but these are some of the movies I’ve watched repeatedly:

  1. Pride & Prejudice. Yes the Keira Knightley version. LOVE it.tumblr_mfgsuk84aj1rca6fpo1_400
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  3. One Day. Because I love an unhappy ending. Bonus points for Edinburgh.one day.gif
  4. Catching Fire. It just speaks to me more than any of the other parts of the story. Could be because of Jenna and her ax. Or just Jenna, ax or no ax.tumblr_mwqylpifiv1rdz3y0o7_250
  5. Becoming Jane. Because Austen?tumblr_mw42zdhcgy1sgz6hmo1_250

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NINE. 5 things you’ve learned this year

  1. To not wash my hair. Every. Single. Day.
  2. To not straighten my hair. Every. Single. Day.
  3. There are other places in the UK you could well visit. Even if nothing is quite like Glasgow.
  4. Intuitive can and should be added to; sleep, food, workout, reading.
  5. I’ve wasted YEARS not using colored eyeshadow. I ♥ colored eyeshadow.

Let’s also throw a What I wish I would learn already in there: WHEN eyes are just weeping, weeping, weeping, as they sometimes do, don’t even try to put eye makeup on. Just let it go. And remember to stare less at screens. JFC.

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TEN. Makeup of the day

Or at least makeup of a day.

You know how I love my oranges. This is, as of Friday, officially my go-to look; mix some of the orange shades I have in my possession, no eyeliner, H&M Maximalist mascara, the rest sort of varies, but this day I went with brows (pomade + shadow) and the IsaDora lip pen in Bohemian, and NYX taupe blush.

Most of the week was just a struggle on account of too much language reviewing making my eyes just weep off whatever I put on. FUN.

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ELEVEN. Weekend highlights

On a Tuesday…? You know what, I’m going to save this one for next weekend when I’m actually doing something, other than what I usually do. Don’t get me wrong, I love my weekends, but there aren’t exactly anything going on that could be described as highlights.

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TWELVE. Top 5 beauty products

I’m going to focus on makeup, because…well I love makeup don’t I?

  1. H&M mono eyeshadows. Dirt cheap, excellent color range, and pigmentation is ace, what more can you ask for?
  2. H&M mascara. New fave is the Maximalist mascara. Gives you a messy look and it works for people with sensitive eyes.
  3. Sleek highlighter quad Solstice. I love my Makeup Revolution highlighters, but this, well it’s just better still, innit?
  4. NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies. Which always leads me to think of And the sky was cherry black. Anyone else? No?
  5. Makeup Store black/brown mono shadow I’ve had much, much longer than you should keep makeup. It’s brilliant as eyeliner sub tho. Sure it’ll last me a lifetime.

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THIRTEEN. Places you want to travel

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  1. Glasgow.

I’ll stretch as far as places that present no difficulty traveling to and where bands play that I want to see. But mostly, I just want to go to Glasgow. Oh I’ll explain this to you. Eventually. And when I do, I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s really no point in going anywhere else ever. Promise.

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FOURTEEN. Tips for a new blogger

Oh who am I and what do I know really? But I guess the following are a few tips:

  1. Try to write as if you’re writing to someone. If you can have a specific someone in mind, all the better. (Keep having to remind myself of this.)
  2. Don’t change the standard layout too much unless you’re really good at web design. You’ll just end up with a mess of a layout, all cluttered and not reader-friendly. You don’t need that.
  3. Don’t center the text of your posts. We don’t do that because it decreases readability.
  4. Purely selfish tip: don’t focus on one thing only. (I prefer blogs with a mixed content.)
  5. Write/blog because you think the act in itself is FUN, not because you feel you owe it to someone (your readers, z.B.). If you’re struggling to find the time it means you’ve got other priorities and that’s OK too.
  6. Don’t update as often as I do. It’s fun for no one (except yourself).

xo,

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Dirty Weekend, the movie

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Have I mentioned lately that I love Dirty Weekend? I  l o v e  Dirty Weekend. Hands down favorite novel of all time. I was introduced to this masterpiece via Nina Björk’s Under det rosa täcket, which was on the reading list when I studied contemporary feminist literature. So at least I got something out of that course…

What I love about Dirty Weekend is how it’s written in the style of a fairytale, and I do love a good story of revenge. It’s also short and snappy, and Zahavi is really quite good at creating tension.

Anyway. That’s not the point here; I’m not going to try to convince you this is the best novel ever (I mean it is, purely objectively), you can go right ahead and hate it. Which seems to be what most people do anyway. So.

I’ve known for a while Dirty Weekend was made into a movie in the early 90s. Terrible movie apparently. (See IMDB.) Because I’m completely obsessed with the book – I read it at least once a year, frequently when I read terrible books to remind myself that there are good books – I have been looking for the movie. I just had to see it, even if was terrible. Considering the fact that A. most people seem to hate the book too, and B. I sometimes don’t agree with IMDB (what do you mean the 1993 The Three Musketeers is not the best movie ever!?!?) – I figured there was a fair chance I’d still like it.

I didn’t. At all. Not even a little. It wasn’t even vile. Or violent, which you might expect if you read the book.

I just wanted to say that I’m disappointed. And I don’t handle disappointment well (in the words of Diamanda, obviously).

And I was so happy when I finally stumbled on it on YouTube; I’ve been looking for this movie for basically forever. And I generally struggle to find any movie at all that I feel even the slightest inclination towards watching. I never thought I’d say this, but I even prefer Baise-Moi, which is just vile. But that’s always something.

I just wish someone would have made it into a cartoon instead. I am so sure that would have worked so incredibly well for this particular story. Oh well.

xo,

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Wishlist

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1. Red button front dress, short sleeve. Saw this one on ASOS, can’t get it out of my mind. Think I need it when I go to Glasgow in November. I always shop for fall, summer is just a period to endure. The last few dresses I ordered, also from ASOS, were short sleeved, and I really liked them, so I feel I need at least one more.

2. NYX matte lipstick in the shade Minx. I’m in the market for a brown/beige type color, I think this will be just perfect.

3. Black button front dress, long sleeve. Obsessed with the button front, you always need one in black and with a long sleeve. This one is also from ASOS.

4. Young Catherine (film). I love historical pictures (let’s use pictures a collective name for movies and series, shall we?); I’ve already seen it, in the 90s, and I recall loving it. Obviously it’s about Russia’s Catherine the Great. Keep looking for it but not finding it. (I.e. doesn’t ship to/stream in Sweden). With any luck it’s about as good as rewatching Beauty and the Beast as an adult (the Linda Hamilton series), keep looking for it tho.

5. Decent platform boots. You always need a good pair of platform boots. Maybe a pair of Dr Martens Jadon? Or not. Because they’re made of cows. But something similar.

6. Baby doll dress. Technically, this is a black smock dress from ASOS, but I would call it a baby doll dress. And I need it. It’s a style missing in my wardrobe as of late.

7. Good chai tea. My regular tea place currently has no regular chai (!!???!!) – desperately trying to find another brand that does an OK version. So far coming up with nothing, I’ve worked my way through all the brands I like and still nothing that’s good enough. I recall M&S having a good one back in… 2013 maybe? Reason enough to visit the UK sooner than November?

8. Black dress, white collar. I quite like this one at Zalando, not entirely convinced that it’s a good style for me. But oh how I wants it. Clearly, this is my style inspiration:

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If that wasn’t obvious already.

9. News from Architects. Just to make sure they’ll be doing the UK/Europe tour as planned in the fall. If not, I’m going to have to change my travel plans again. Or not as much have to as I might want the option of being able to change my plans if I don’t feel like staying in Glasgow for that long (not that I know why I wouldn’t). Also, if all goes to plan, I also want to get tickets to see them in Sweden. Only because it was a convenient date; I’m not crazy. Am I?

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