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Blue is the Warmest Colour

  
Rating: 8/10

Well to start, 3 hours is long for any film. And yet, any shorter I wouldn’t have found myself as attached to the characters as I was in the end.

Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Not knowing much about the film, except for hearing some people compare it to a feature length pornography film, I decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did.

Thankfully I was able to find a website with subtitles as the film is in French from beginning to end, something I hadn’t realised at the start. Although, I don’t think I would’ve given it a chance had I known it would be in French. Certainly wouldn’t have started it at 11pm. However I feel the language added to the romance and raw emotion of the film. 
The actresses portrayed their characters brilliantly from start to end, neither of them fell into the trap of making you aware you were watching a film. It felt as though I was standing in the shadows of Adele’s life as she progressed from high school through to her career. Not many films do that so easily.
Similarly, there aren’t many 3 hour long films that I would choose to watch again, but now Blue is the Warmest Colour can be added to that list. 
  
But for now I shall say goodnight. It’s been a long day!
Ktkinnes xxx

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The Bridge to Teribithia

For anyone who read my blog post yesterday, you’ll know that I spent the beginning of the week unwell. So on Monday night, Nuala, Jason and I sat down to watch Bridge To Teribithia, a heartwarming children’s film released in 2007. 

Without wanting to ruin the story, all I will say is this film was a delight. The story of two young friends, with different family problems, who escape the real world only with each other in Teribithia. I would rate this film 10/10 and class it as a must see film for all ages. 
Currently, the full movie is available to watch on YouTube here but for anyone with Amazon Prime it’s also available there. I’d never have known about this fantastic film if Nuala hadn’t been trying to choose a film for herself to watch so now I’m sharing the magic with you. Enjoy!
Ktkinnes xx

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Mockingjay Part 2

Hello lovely friends! Firstly I must apologise, it seems my Paris post only actually was posted tonight and not last week when I wrote it. Technology doesn’t like me.
It’s almost the end of the month already!! There’s so much stuff to do and I am beginning to panic a little. Retail therapy might be needed to resolve the stress…

My presentation went well I think, I didn’t hang around for long after it as I rushed out to complete my physics test. Got a third of my marks in it which isn’t bad considering the lack of revision put in there. I’m now working on a physics report about the Spitzer Space Telescope (any clues on it would be appreciated!) and have started revision. It’s not exactly easy to do when you’re exhausted a lot of the time.

Last night, technically this morning, Jason, Mary and I went to the midnight showing of the final part of the hunger games films. Considering I didn’t really enjoy the books I was curious about the film and having seen the other 3 parts I decided I should complete them. And this time it was brilliant. I absolutely adore Jennifer Lawrence and her performance was super. As for the rest of the cast, they did a fantastic job. Go and see it as soon as you can if you haven’t already! Let me know your opinions 🙂
Irish Dancing didn’t kill me as much this week but I’m kind of disappointed that it didn’t, feels like I haven’t had a work out. However my healthy living plan went completely out the window and I don’t want to even think about how much debt I’m currently in due to overspending… But after Christmas I will work on my money situation. I NEED A JOB! This is no longer working and the sooner I can get a job the better. Maybe with a job I’ll also get more work done…
I’m about to go to sleep considering it’s been a few late nights in a row and I am actually looking forward to my 9am class tomorrow. Goals for the weekend are to have completed my revision timetabled items, finished buying decorations, wash and iron the throws in the living room, and finally Hoover my bedroom! Doesn’t sound too bad does it? I didn’t think so either.

Night guys!

Ktkinnes xxx

Posted in Films, Lifestyle, TV

An Inspector Calls

This morning when I woke, I decided to watch BBC’s most recent production of An Inspector Calls. Having not read or seen it before, I wasn’t sure what to expect or even what the story was. Sometimes that’s the best way to go into something – both feet first and with your eyes closed. Wikipedia gives this as the synopsis for the play/film (depends which you watch I suppose but from here I shall refer to the film):

An Inspector Calls is a play written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley, first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and in 1946 in the UK. It is one of Priestley’s best known works for the stage and considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. The play’s success and reputation has been boosted in recent years by a successful revival by English director Stephen Daldry for the National Theatre in 1992,[2] and a tour of the UK in 2011–2012.

The play is a three-act drama, which takes place on a single night in April 1912,[3] focusing on the prosperous middle-class Birling family,[4] who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley, “an industrial city in the north Midlands”.[3] The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith (also known as Daisy Renton). The family are interrogated and revealed to have been responsible for the young woman’s exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, effectively leading to her death. Long considered part of the repertory of classic “drawing room” theatre, the play has also been hailed as a scathing critique of the hypocrisies of Victorian/Edwardian English society and as an expression of Priestley’s Socialist political principles.

As I’m sure you’re aware, I can’t go into too much detail in case anyone feels like they want to watch it on BBC iPlayer. It was first shown on Sunday 13th September so there are only 27 days left to view it apparently. I loved it. That’s the only way to put it. The acting was brilliant, the storyline excellent and, above all, the production was superb. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed something this much since ITV aired the last ever Poirots to involve David Suchet. Supposedly aired on Sunday to prepare us for the period drama Downton Abbey’s last ever series *sobs uncontrollably*.

Some well known names from An Inspector Calls include Miranda Richardson, Ken Scott and David Thewlis. With these three being the most known and having big parts in the show, it was always going to be a success. An interesting piece of trivia (and warning this may be considered a spoiler) playwrite J. B. Priestley died before disclosing the true indentity of the Inspector.

So if this sounds like something you might be interested in, here’s the link. Let me know what you think!

I am currently sitting at my desk, listening to The Archers Omnibus, and waiting for Jason to wake up. We’re meant to be going to the fresher’s fayre this morning together however the plan was to leave 25 minutes ago… Unsure whether to wake him, wait for him, or just go off on my own. It’s quite a scary prospect – navigating the advertising teams along University Avenue and Library Hill. I am meeting my Granny today in Glasgow City Centre. She’s coming over for a while to look after my cousins while my aunt and uncle are out of town. Granny is actually travelling to Dundee but her bus has about an hour and a half of a stop over in Glasgow and so we are going to go out for dinner. This doesn’t bode well for the healthier eating plan but I suppose the box of After Eights I ate last night in bed doesn’t help either… I wouldn’t have eaten them but they were a birthday present and it’s rude to say no, right? Yes, I know… I have no self control whatsoever. Hopefully today will go better.

Have a good afternoon, whatever everyone gets up to! At least I’ve now crossed a few things off today’s to do list…

Thanks for reading!

Ktkinnes xxx

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Getting Even With Dad

  
This 1994 film had been on Channel 5 a few weeks back so I taped it to see what it was like. Having received only 4.5 out of 10 on IMDb, I wasn’t expecting much. However this light hearted family film was a good way to spend a Sunday night. Okay I don’t have work or school or uni in the morning but I do enjoy a relaxing Sunday night either way!

So dad and I settled down with a few chocolate bars and sweets between us to watch it while mum and Rachel were out. Dad’s opinion of the film? Answer: “Yeah, it’s fine”. That’s always his answer about anything though so I wouldn’t put much thought into it.

As the cute child of conman Ray, Macaulay  Culkin acts Timmy – a boy who only wants his dad’s attention. However his dad is in the middle of pulling off a robbery and doesn’t need a kid around to distract him. Throughout the film, Ray’s colleagues end up in stupid situations similar to the slap stick comedy associated with Home Alone. Once again, the theme of a young boy just wanting a family comes out to play. Quick question though, did all boys wear their hair that long in the 90s? I know I’m not interested in them but I swear if guys still wore their hair like that it would be enough to put me off them for the rest of my life. Ironic really when I prefer girls with long hair… Ah well, back to the review.

Ever so slightly predictable and yet definitely enjoyable, I would give this a score of 8 out of 10. Remembering it’s made in the 90s, you have to be fair to them. Scripts, actors and technology have improved but I wouldn’t change anything about this film. So give it a go!
Trailer
Thanks!

Ktkinnes xx
  

Posted in Book reviews, Films, Lifestyle

Another one bites the dust

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Well paper one is completed! Now just to pray for a miracle that lets me pass with paper two. As expected, Glasgow is getting boring with no one to see and nowhere to go while I’m revising. It would also be good if I could build the courage to go out for lunch or dinner! Unfortunately, I am too worried about what people will think when they see me sitting on my own at a table. I wouldn’t want anyone thinking I’d been stood up! Although one of my friends recommended doing just that and seeing if I would get a free meal out of it – the way Ross does in Season 9 Episode 14 of Friends “The One With The Blind Dates”. Would definitely recommend watching this!

Another thing I would recommend either watching or reading right now would be Bridget Jones’ Diary (found //ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=GB&source=ss&ref=ss_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=lifewithktinn-21&marketplace=amazon&region=GB&placement=B003DWC6LI&asins=B003DWC6LI&linkId=5KDTKLF7T6SYJO2Y&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank”>here). Wikipedia’s summary is a good place to start – British writer Helen Fielding started her Bridget Jones’s Diary column in The Independent in 1995, while chronicling the life of Bridget Jones as a thirtysomething single woman in London as she tries to make sense of life and love with the help of a surrogate “urban family” of friends in the 1990s. The column lampooned the obsession of women with women’s magazines such as Cosmopolitan and wider social trends in Britain at the time. Helen Fielding published the novelisation of the column in 1996, followed by a sequel in 1999 called Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Both novels were adapted for the big screen in 2001 and 2004, starring RenĂ©e Zellweger as Bridget Jones, and Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as the men in her life: Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy. After Fielding had ceased to work for The Daily Telegraph in late 1998, the feature began again in The Independent on 4 August 2005 and finished in June 2006. Helen Fielding released a third novel in 2013, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy”, which is set 18 years later.

Basically – Bridget has been around for 20 years! This shocked me as I have loved both the book and film since before I can remember. I mean, who wouldn’t love watching Colin Firth fighting Hugh Grant? Facebook told me this morning that most women can easily relate to the protagonist and of course it was right. That’s what makes it such an easy read.

If you haven’t seen this film (and shame on you if you haven’t even heard of it before today) here’s the link to the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQdy98B1nf0

Yes, I am procrastinating and pretending I don’t have an exam tomorrow that I am completely unprepared for. Yes I am scared. And finally, yes I am about to sign off and get some work done. Oooh, I can watch a film instead! Happy almost weekend everybody!

Ktkinnes xxx

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