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Oscars 2019 – Thoughts, Hopes & Dreams

I’m quite sure the world is waiting with baited breath to hear what I have to say about this year’s Oscars and who I think should win. So as is traditional, here are my hopes vs. what will probably happen. Continue reading

Hereditary – Second Viewing

*Slightly spoiler-y*

I’ve already reviewed Hereditary here but I managed to catch it again last week, just before it left the theaters in Brighton.

I absolutely love it and more so on second viewing. It is such a unique experience and while it isn’t perfect (what the hell is?), it’s a brilliant achievement for Director Ari Aster and his team. 

If Toni Collette isn’t nommed in next year’s Oscars for her performance then I might have to boycott. She’s mesmerising as increasingly unhinged matriarch Annie, who’s barely holding the remainder of her family together following a series of tragic (and, we soon find out) preordained events.

My second viewing really unravelled a lot of the elements I didn’t catch the first time and further reading has helped me get my head around the folklore that entwines the entire narrative. It’s fucking terrifying too, even when you know what’s coming – but it’s frightening in a way that’s difficult to define. It’s gets under your skin and it lingers there for a long time afterward.

I need more horror just like this, please!

Sun Bores

If there’s one thing worst than melting in the middle of a Great British heatwave, it is having to deal with all the people with Opinions™. If it’s not being bitchy about what people should wear (whether they be too fat, too thin, too pale, too leathery, too made up), it’s what they choose to do to keep cool. Honestly, can you just fuck off?

You might love the beach but some people are ginger and that means practically vampyric. Does the sunlight really seem like a good idea to you? Also, the beach is deathly boring and I’d rather be under a tree in the park or even better, at home on my bed under a fan wearing nothing but a smile – that’s how I deal with my Summer.

If I have to go out I’ll seek out the shade and I’ll wear what I want thankyouverymuch. If my eyeliner runs, that’s my business. If I want to go to the cinema in the middle of a scorching day, I will. If I want to wear black, guess what? Black it is.

Bellies out, arms out, ten Twister lollies in a day, shade, no shade, indoors, outdoors: whatever it is, it is.

The thing is, this heat is not typical for us, none of our houses are equipped to deal with these temperatures and we need unsolicited advice from others like a hole in the fucking head. We should be doing anything we can to get comfortable.

So this year, if you feel like sharing your thoughts on how others are doing Summer: just don’t.

Drag Race Season 10: Everybody Say Love

Anyone else got feelings about this last season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race? Yeah me neither.

Except! It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, hasn’t it? Explosive arguments, dubious ejections (imho), conversations about race, gay conversion therapy, more rows, tears and above all fierce as fuck looks across the board.

*Spoilers*

And now we have our Queen and I’m not that sad about it. Sure, Aquaria is young, thin and white with a privilege not all contestants can claim themselves but she’s been open and conscious of that – and she has werked her arse off consistently to the end. Man, her looks time after time have been rich and powerful, with a mind-blowing attention to detail.

Aquaria is super young but she’s incredible – can you even imagine what more time and experience will make of her? That said, I was sort of counting on Kameron Michaels for his incredible lip syncing talent. Plus, I kind of like the concept of a quiet queen smashing the competition.

In some way I was also rooting for Eureka, the big girl who has also been an incredibly strong contender. The only downside is that Eureka isn’t completely likable and at times I feel she isn’t genuine. Shock horror someone might be playing up the cameras, right? But I sometimes get a disingenuous vibe and it puts me off. I guess we’ll have to wait for a fat queen to boast the crown in the future, then.

If I’m completely honest, I wasn’t that fussed about who won this season, they were all deserving in their own ways – and Season 10 despite its drama wasn’t as exciting as past seasons. Which is a shame because there were some queens with real potential in the line up – Miz Cracker, Monét X Change to name a couple – I was seriously pissed when Miz Cracker was booted out but then again she didn’t always nail the performance she was going for.

I don’t know, really none of them had the spark I saw in Detox, Adore Delano or precious Kim Chi – and that’s okay. We’ve all got our favourites. That said there were some stand out elements and here are a few of my highlights:

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All of Aquaria’s high fashion looks

It’s hard to pick a favourite because they all bang but I would say that the bone mask, the rainbow fur, the wrestler look and Aquaria’s oil slicked mermaid were my favourites.

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Dill With It

In episode 5 Miz Cracker dressed up as Dr. Dill, a giant pickle to help cure Mayhem Miller’s picklephobia on the “Bossy Rossy Show”. It was sublime with perfect comic timing and in my eyes marked Cracker out as a real contender.

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Butterfly-gate

The finale was fun and all but lovely Asia O’Hara really missed the mark with her dubious bra contraption. During the final lip sync for their life, she opened it out to release real butterflies into the open air. I’m not sure who green-lit an idea this dodgy but let’s just say it did not have the expected wow factor and many, many butterflies were crunched under foot by our queens. There’s a great reaction shot of Kameron processing what has just happened.

Oh, but apparently Asia donated a lot of money to a butterfly charity to make up for the faux pas, which is kind of cool, if a little too late.

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The Reunion

Oooh gurl, the dramas! The Vixen stormed off set, Ru got shouty and Asia O’Hara went way up in my estimation when she showed really empathy for her sister (Vixen) – it was all popping off.

When Ru asked The Vixen and Eureka to open up about their dramatic fighting during the season, all hell broke loose, with The Vixen pondering why she was always been told how to react, while nobody got on Eureka’s case for the way she was acting. Which is a valid point. I’ve read a bit of backlash against the way Vixen has been portrayed and I’m inclined to agree. Asia’s call to help Vix rather than apportion blame fell on mostly deaf ears but she was pretty much the only person to speak up in her favour, and I loved her for it.

Oh, and lots of queens called Kameron out for being a snooty bitch. She did not like that one bit. LOL.

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Mermaid Power

This was so relevant to my own interests because I was obsessed with mermaids as a kid – and none of the queens really let me down. Aquaria took hers to the next level but I also really enjoyed Kameron and Miz Cracker’s more girly traditional takes. Asian O’Hara’s fish face was also hysterical.

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Twinning

Episode 11’s Double Trouble challenge was super fun and I can’t deny I was very partial to Eureka’s Divine/Clueless inspired double header.

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Miss Vanjie!

The undeniable real winner of the entire season.

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Oscars 2018 – Thoughts, Hopes & Dreams

Happy Oscars Day!

I’m not sure yet how I’ll be viewing or even when, however I am very excited. In the grand scheme of things I do realise that The Academy Awards don’t really mean that much. I mean, I love them – but most of the films I love from the bottom of my heart could never be honoured by the board and that’s fine.

That said, there are many things to be buzzed about, particularly this year. The Baftas and The Golden Globes in the wake of Hollywood’s sex scandals* have been very interesting to follow and I should imagine, the Oscars will be no different. The fact that pig-dogs like Franco and the Afflecks (unpleasant band name alert) won’t be there is massive. But I guess until this is followed through ALL THE WAY it really doesn’t mean a thing.

Anyway! I’m most into the fact that my absolute favourite film of recent years – a fucking HORROR MOVIE – is in the Best Picture Category (along with Best Director and Best Actor). I haven’t been this invested since my one true love Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor in 2005.

Without further ado, let’s get down to bidniz. With my own brief commentary because you know, what I think is incredibly important to the crème de la crème of Hollywood.

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Best Motion Picture of the Year

(I’m not linking to any of these as it will take me forever but here’s a guide to 2018’s nominees).

Nominated

Call Me By Your Name • Darkest Hour • Dunkirk • Get Out • Lady Bird • Phantom Thread • The Post • The Shape of Water • Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri

My Hopes

Get Out obviously. It’s far superior to any of the movies in the category in my eyes. If it wins (which it just did at The Independent Spirit Awards) then I will be a very very happy film lover indeed.

If not, I’ll be happy for Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name.

What Will Probably Happen

The Shape of Water seems the obvious choice. I did like it but it’s not my Best Picture.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Nominated

Daniel Day-Lewis • Daniel Kaluuya • Denzel Washington • Gary Oldman • Timothée Chalamet

My Hopes

Duh. My boy Daniel Kaluuya is a dream and he deserves that statuette.

What Will Probably Happen

Gary Oldman will win. Yawn.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated

Frances McDormand • Margot Robbie • Meryl Streep • Sally Hawkins • Saoirse Ronan

My Hopes

Honestly, Sally Hawkins or Saoirse Ronan, veering towards Ronan.

What Will Probably Happen

It’s going to be Frances and that’s okay. It is deserved – I just don’t love love the film, which I guess isn’t really the point.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated

Christopher Plummer • Richard Jenkins • Sam Rockwell • Willem Dafoe • Woody Harrelson 

My Hopes

Hands down Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water. He was wonderful. Failing RJ, Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project.

What Will Probably Happen

I suspect Sam Rockwell has this one in the bag.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated

Allison Janney • Laurie Metcalf • Lesley Manville • Mary J. Blige • Octavia Spencer

My Hopes

This is such a strong category! For me it’s Laurie Metcalf, perhaps because she served such passive aggressive realness. Octavia was pure perfection though and Allison Janney stole I, Tonya – so I’m good with any of those ladies.

What Will Probably Happen

Allison Janney will take this without breaking a sweat.

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Best Achievement in Directing

Nominated

Christopher Nolan • Greta Gerwig • Guillermo del Toro • Jordan Peele • Paul Thomas Anderson

My Hopes

If Jordan Peele doesn’t steal this, I’ll be sick. He’s by far the most exciting prospect Hollywood has had in ages. Otherwise, give it to my girl Greta – because Lady Bird is insanely good and so is she.

What Will Probably Happen

I’m pretty sure Guillermo’s done all the groundwork to be a fine Best Director winner this year and I wouldn’t be mad. Actually, I’ll be table throwing outraged if Peele doesn’t take this but you know, it wouldn’t be del Toro’s fault.

Other Thoughts…

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Best Original Screenplay

Get Out Lady Bird • The Big Sick • Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri • The Shape of Water 

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It should be Get Out obviously, though they’re pretty much all great. Give it to Get Out, it’s so original and thought-provoking, the most exciting film in the race.

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Logan • The Disaster Artist • Call Me By Your Name • Molly’s Game • Mudbound

Comments

It has to be Call Me By Your Name, hasn’t it? Although I have the book I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard the film is a cracking adaptation.

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Best Achievement in Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049 • Darkest Hour • Dunkirk • Mudbound • The Shape of Water

Comments

I really honestly think Blade Runner could and should take this. Villeneuve is a genius and I really enjoyed his vision – and paired with the mighty Roger Deakins, how could it fail?

I really don’t care that much for the others (though I haven’t seen Mudbound yet, it might be spectacular).

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Best Achievement in Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast • Darkest Hour • Phantom Thread • Victoria & Abdul • The Shape of Water 

Comments

Get it, Phantom Thread.

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Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

A Fantastic Woman • Loveless • On Body and Soul • The Insult • The Square 

Comments

I’ve only see A Fantastic Woman tbh so it’s got my vote. It was quite lovely.

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Best Animated Feature Film

Coco • Ferdinand • Loving Vincent • The Boss Baby • The Breadwinner

Comments

Again I am painfully behind in the animated feature category, but I did see Coco and love it. Meanwhile, I fancy seeing all of them in good time. Not you Boss Baby.

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That my friends is my Oscar post. Any thoughts?

Democracy

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Preach it, Dumbledore!

A big day in the UK today and one I feel quite sick about. For anyone reading outside the UK who doesn’t keep up with our politics, we’re voting on the EU Referendum – whether to leave or remain in the European Union.

I cast my vote early this morning and I’ll admit to feeling quite overwhelmed by the whole thing (and I was all on my lonesome too, what a big brave girl). It’s such a massive decision to make about something that honestly, nobody really seems 100% about. I have a view and have voted accordingly but who can say that it’s the right way?

Who can be sure that we’re not doomed if we stay in the EU? Is breaking off to be on our own the beginning of the end or is Boris right? Only time will tell now, which way the vote will go for a start and then what will happen to this country. It’s terrifying and all I really know is that all the hatred and the sniping has got to stop.

Sure this has opened my eyes to a lot of attitudes I’m surprised by but I’m done with people bitching at each other and threatening to stop being friends on social media (the ultimate dis) for not voting the way people want them to. I can barely make this decision myself, how can I tell someone else who to vote for?

I know this post is incredibly diplomatic but I’m just tired of all the hate talk. I’ve voted remain and strongly believe we should stay, that we’re stronger in the EU and should help others where we can. I know it’s not perfect and that there’s lots of work to do to make things better but I have an innate hope that we can do that.

I can’t get behind a campaign backed so strongly by Nigel Farage either, I’m sorry. And I know that Brexit supporters are getting a bad rap for being racists, which not all of them can be but it’s true that most racists are going to vote leave. I’m not here for that.

I’m not going to say everything is shit and I don’t care anymore. I will never do that. I love the country I live in, I love the fact I can work and travel around Europe as much as I like. I love that (if things remain) I could legitimately retire to a houseboat in Amsterdam and live out the rest of my life skipping around the canals in clogs.

All I can do now is keeping on hoping that remain wins the day. Results will be in tomorrow morning, so this time tomorrow afternoon we’ll know.

I think I might puke! ❤

Casual Fat Phobia

tumblr_n0we6pICYS1s36ymko3_1280I’ve recently decided, whenever someone I know on social media makes a casual fat phobic comment, I am going to casually ‘unfollow’.

No words, no rage; just a simple click or two of that sweet, sweet button and I’ll be on my way.

I can’t take it anymore. Sure, these people have every right to an opinion but don’t they realise what they’re saying? Fat people shouldn’t be the butt of every joke; the ultimate cautionary tale.

You like food but are so lucky to have your mother’s metabolism, otherwise you’d be 15 stone? The horror. Being slim might be what you strive to be and to maintain, but it isn’t every person’s goal. Some people look different and are different – and insinuating that an overweight person is awful and ugly and undesirable is frankly, bullshit.

Some people weigh 15 stone, or more. Are they lesser creatures, placed on this earth to sneer at; to think “Thank God I don’t look like that.”? Posting pictures of ‘fatties’ too, well that’s just a waste of everyone’s time. Honestly? Look inside yourself.

What about the “I’m such a heffer!” girls? I’m more inclined to say that if they want to beat themselves up all day about how fat and disgusting they are then let them knock themselves out.

Body image is a tricky one because they might well genuinely loathe themselves and that’s their perogative, just because I see a perfect 10 doesn’t mean they do. But in saying “I’m so fat!” and pinching imaginary rolls, it can become a bone of contention. If you’re saying that about yourself, what the hell does that make me?

But back to the first type. Shame on you for shaming others, shame on you for your casual discrimination. Shame we can’t be friends anymore.

(Not).

NB: I do get it, phobia of this kind has been drummed into us as women, as soon as we were old enough to understand it, maybe even before that. We’re beaten about the head hundreds of times a day by a beauty ideal that isn’t realistic. We’ve grown up being told we should strive to look a certain way. I’ve not always been so cool with myself, some days I’m still not and I haven’t always been as supportive of other women, ‘different’ women. I’m not proud of that but I am proud I now have strong enough self-esteem to address it. We’re all on the same side and we should be all about building each other up, nothing less.

Simple, innit?