Month: January 2019

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Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

The world of competitive cat shows this week and a documentary, no less. DISCLAIMER: I’ve already forgotten all the human names and I can’t be bothered to go back and catch them so they will hereon out be referred to as Bobby’s Mum and Oh La La’s Mum. Of course I remember the star cats names. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit (2018) … Read More Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

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Write the Book

“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.” ~ Christopher Hitchens There’s an old adage that suggests that every person has at least one book ‘in them’. I don’t know if this is true but I often think about whether or not I might be someone who does. My gut tells me no, absolutely not, that … Read More Write the Book

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Mary Shelley

This movie would be a good contender for Feminist February so I’m almost pissed I didn’t save it. However, it was interesting to get an insight into the life of such an interesting writer, the creator of one of the most horrifying and also sympathetic horror characters of all time. *Spoilers* Mary Shelley (2017) Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a 16-year-old woman with … Read More Mary Shelley

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Maniac

Maniac (2018) Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, a depressed computer, a series of mind-bending simulations and a seemingly predestined shared destiny – what’s not to love? Honestly, not much. While everyone seemed to be tooting on about this when it first dropped on Netflix, I had a hard time getting past the first few episodes. But I wanted to give it a fair go, given … Read More Maniac

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Eileen

Eileen is one of those novels that grips you to the final page but doesn’t quite give you the pay off you’re expecting. Not that you really mind when the character is as rounded as Eileen Dunlop. The writing here is so descriptive that Eileen practically pops off the page and this is the reason I really enjoyed it. The story goes a little … Read More Eileen

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Hibernation Nation

Our household has come down with a case of the sickness and I’m personally affronted by the fact it’s penetrated the force field of my annual flu-jab. Rude. As a result of this I do get to do my favourite ever thing without guilt though: nest. So I’ve got a whole weekend planned, reruns of Broad City, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, a … Read More Hibernation Nation

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And Breathe Normally

Lesbians in Iceland! Sort of. Maybe not as cheerful as that, sadly. However, Free for All Month focusses itself this week on a subtle examination of poverty, homelessness and the search for asylum. It’s bleak AF frankly but kind of sort of beautiful. And Breathe Normally (2018), or Andið eðlilega (original title) Two women, Lára (Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir) and Adja (Babetida Sadjo) find their … Read More And Breathe Normally

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The Empress’ Old Clothes

Every month I tot up all my expenses to see how much ‘treat’ money I’ll have left after all the bills are covered. These funds go towards dinners out, takeaway and new clothes if I’m lucky. Increasingly the treat pot is getting smaller, especially after this Christmas and February looks just as bleak as this never ending January. I beat myself up about never … Read More The Empress’ Old Clothes

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The Favourite

The Favourite (2018) Is this the perfect movie? Maybe. It’s so gorgeous crafted with the brilliant performances that only certain actors can command. I haven’t stopped thinking about it and I can’t wait for my second viewing. Yorgos Lanthimos (of The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer) gives us a gloriously bitchy examination of power and corruption, of sexuality as currency and … Read More The Favourite

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The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer is a book I read a lot when I was a teen. I was thrilled to find a copy in HMV the other day when I also bought Rosemary’s Baby in a delicious 2 for £5 offer. I re-read it over last weekend and found it just as sinister and creepy as ever. I think I had forgotten … Read More The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

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One Week In

We’re a week into 2019 and I could really do with a week off. I’ve managed to drag my worn old carcass out walking a bit, one of the few non-resolutions I’ve made. I’ve been the laziest toad this Winter, getting the bus every evening instead of doing the 20 minute walk to my flat. It’s amazing what you can blame on the cold … Read More One Week In

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TAU

The Blog Collab is back and ready to rock with a Free For All January. Thanks for bearing with us while we took our Christmas break. Both Jill and I were having trouble getting into the festive spirit and agreed we didn’t want to do Christmas movies this time around so we had a rest instead. Welcome back! *Minor Spoilers* TAU (2018) The premise … Read More TAU