Monday, 15 September 2014

Movie Mondays: The Rover

Well 'ello, 'ello, 'ello! Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and have started this week off with a smile. Today, I shall be sharing some of my thoughts on David Michôd's film, The Rover. I saw this sometime in August with a group of fellow film lovers in Manchester at the Cornerhouse on what was quite a busy Saturday for me - had a few flat viewings lined up that morning as it was about the time for me to move to yet another new place. Only armed with the fact that this was a Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce film that could be about a treasured car made by Jaguar Land Rover, as I'd never heard of David Michôd before nor seen any of his films nor read this film's blurb, I went into the cinema quite intrigued to find out how the still used for the film's poster came about and was so special about this Rover. Boy was my curiosity thrown sideways at what information was thrown at it...

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I do not think I have ever come out of a cinema completely speechless when asked what my thoughts were on the movie I just seen. I was shocked by quite a number of things but mostly the violence. I was confused by some aspects of the plot. I was irritated that I did not figure out how the title of the film relates to the story. And to top it all off I did not get to at least watch the film in a decent seat - I am positive where you sit does affect the overall cinematic experience. I took comfort in the fact that majority of the people that I went to see this with shared my confusion about the collection of scenes we had just witnessed but there were a couple of people who rather enjoyed The Rover which made me feel like I missed something. However inconspicuous or too-obvious-to-be-it the key to understanding story was, I must have missed it. I genuinely thought that there had to have been a prequel which I was unaware of or we got the wrong version of the film. But then, after dissecting the film in a nearby pub with my new friends over a cool pint of cider and a delicious pub meal, I came to the conclusion that maybe... just maybe... I have gotten used to watching things that give you everything; that don't give you room to connect the dots or see past the lack of a back-story and just see the characters for what they are in the moments shared on-screen or make up your own reasons as to how the characters ended up where they are now. I dunno... clearly haha


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What I do know is this: Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3; The King's SpeechThe Road) did a fantastic job at portraying Eric- a man in living in Australia during some dark times who it seems really had nothing to lose which definitely freed him from the chains that come with acknowledging the possible consequences of your actions. Though ruthless Eric may seem there was some sliver of light within the darkness that was coaxed out by his encounter with Rey - a young, misunderstood man who despite his presumed shortcomings was adamant at proving his usefulness in the dire situation he found himself in whilst holding onto some of his humanity. He was played brilliantly by Robert Pattinson (Water for ElephantsRemember Me; Twilight).  My favourite scene had to be the one with Rey in a car singing along to a Keri Hilson song. Ha! Definitely lightened the mood somewhat.

The screenplay for The Rover, which has quite bleak, violent and yet hopeful undertones, was not only written by David Michô(Animal Kingdom; Hesher) but it was also brought to our screens under the direction of the same man. Cannot say I completely understood what he was going for with this film but it is definitely one I would like to see again only to dig for more clues to help me understand the characters a bit better and therefore some of the decisions they made. But even though this is by no means my kind of film at all, I am glad I saw it... sort of... haha.

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If you are in for a film about the journey of man living a world where the economy has gone to pot, has zero inhibitions and is adamant about protecting the last of his possessions from those who threaten his current way of life then this movie is for you. Be prepared to be thrown mid-way into the lives of people experiencing dark times and are doing the best they can with the little life has thrown their way.


Mo x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Movie Mondays: What If

When I saw the poster for this film floating around several months ago I was hit with the startling revelation that the last character I saw Daniel Radcliffe play was in fact Harry Potter in the HP and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2. I couldn't believe it. I mean it was not that I was not aware of his projects since HP, I guess I just didn't get round to watching any of them due to their creepy/scary nature - in case you haven't guessed by now, I don't really do horror or thriller. But when I saw the poster for this film I knew I had to watch it as I was quite intrigued to see him in a rom-com. And oh did he deliver.

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Source: Entertainment One
One Saturday morning in August I made my merry way to the cinema, got my ticket, found my favourite seat and watched a rather light-hearted romantic comedy that left me in a great mood for the rest of the day. And I am sure this does not come as a surprise to some of you - I rather quite liked the film.

As you may have guessed already from the film's poster and/or trailer, What If explores the age old question: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? What I particularly liked about this film was the banter between the characters. It was somewhat unusual and yet quite familiar... or should I say believable? I dunno. It was fun watching how the characters interacted with each other and understanding the dynamics of the relationships formed throughout the film. What If  was directed by Michael Dowse (Goon; Take Me Home Tonight) and the script, which was based on the play 'Toothpaste and Cigars' written by TJ Dawe and Mike Rinaldi, was adapted by Elan Mastai (Fury; Alone in the Dark; MVP: Most Vertical Primate). I would really like to see this acted on stage and know how much this differs from Toothpaste and Cigars

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I am sure I am not alone in thinking this - Daniel Radcliffe nailed this role. I was not sure if he could do rom-com but after watching What If, any doubts I may have had are no more. He played a passionate, confused and witty young man called Wallace, who is trying to figure out what his purpose in life is amidst the drama his life is currently entertaining. There is zero trace of the beloved Harry Potter and we (or at least I was) are left to freely, quickly and easily grow very fond of Wallace. His eccentric, carefree best friend, Allan who comes out with some wise words once... or twice (... or maybe just once haha) is played by Adam Driver (While We Are YoungInside Llewyn Davis; Lincoln). Allan is definitely one of my favourite characters in this movie. His wardrobe, mannerisms and brief moments of clarity did make me smile. The funny, slightly awkward but very personable Chantry, Allan's cousin, is brought to life by Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks; It's Complicated; Revolutionary Road). I  do believe this is the first time I have seen one of her projects but I can't wait to check out her take on other characters as I really did like her performance. And it was a pleasant surprise to see Megan Parks (The Secret Life of an American Teenager; Charlie Bartlett; Ace Lightening) in this film; she stars as Chantry's driven, act-first-think-later and perceptive sister, Dalia. But the characters I totally want to know more about are Wallace, his sister and his nephew. I found the dynamics of their relationship as well the individual characters really interesting and have tons of questions. But I guess I'm now left wondering What if...? <----- did you see what I did there?? Ha!

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Whenever you do get the chance to see this film, if you haven't already, I say give it a go. If for nothing else,to see Daniel Radcliffe easily morph into a young, sensitive and smart lad who is trying his best to navigate his 20's as well as grasp some sort of understanding of romance etiquette. And let me know if you liked it. To those who have seen it already, what your favourite moment of the film?

Also, check out this video that one of my fave Youtubers, Anna Akana, did a while ago on it. At least let this entertain you in the meantime until you set your peepers in front of a screen that shows you the full film. I thought this was definitely a cool way to advertise the film.



Enjoy!

Mo x

Friday, 5 September 2014

My First & Happiest 5k "Run": The Color Run

Well, well, well... isn't this something different? There is something you should know about me- I am not a runner. Never was. But now, I may possibly be one in the not so distant future. The Color Run was the funniest and sweatiest event I have partaken in in a while. I found out about it from a friend of mine several months ago on Facebook. And after chatting to a few other friends about the run and hearing stories from people who had done it the year before, it did not take long for me to sign up. You would think that the fact that I have not been able to run more than 10 m before I start clutching my chest for fear of my heart giving out as I desperately try to take in oxygen would push me to start training consistently for the 5k run but it didn't...

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The Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
We got up reasonably early to get ready and make our way to the Etihad stadium on the 5th of July (Yes, I have taken my sweet time in publishing this post. I do apologise) which was where the event was to be held. I had never seen so many people on the tram before dressed up in their running gear with tutus on and full of energy. We all fell out of the tram and made our way to the warm-up zone to get our bodies better prepared for what was to be the happiest 5k of our lives... this year. Once we were all pumped and had faces with smiles on, we made our way to the start line.
The Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
The Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
The Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
The fact that I do workout 6 days a week for 45-60 mins and started running 2-3 times a week for 15 mins (i.e. a little more than 10 m) did help somewhat. Although my friends and I already decided as a group to run, jog, skip, crawl and walk as much as we want; no one was planning to run the whole thing.
The Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
And man oh maan is 5K loong. Jeez! After starting the "race" with a light jog I wanted to try and maintain this pace for at least half the time. And as much as I was happy at the fact that I could walk the whole thing, I did want to at least try to put the run  in The Colour Run haha. The colour stations were definitely good motivators. Although I was a bit worried about my asthma, my excitement at being completely doused in different colours with my friends by my side trumped my fear of having to pull out due to an asthma attack. I had way too much fun!
The Color Run in Manchester // Within My LocketThe Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
The Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
Once we all crossed the finish line - an hour later I might add - and were given our own sachet of colour goodness we made our way to the "after party". The DJ and the MC were actually really good. They had as all jumping, dancing, singing and laughing in the sun despite being covered in a mixture of sweat and powdered colour after our morning workout. When our energy levels were successfully raised again, we got to make a beautiful cloud of different colours (I am quite pleased with that photo) to celebrate our victory- finishing a colourful 5K run with smiles all round.
The Color Run In Manchester // Within My Locket
The Color Run In Manchester // Within My Locket
The Color Run In Manchester // Within My Locket
Dulux and Save the Children were the main sponsors of the event. By making a donation and picking a number, you had the chance to help finish the painting you can see above. I obviously could not pass up the chance to grab a paint brush and channel my inner Picasso. Shortly after this, unfortunately, tiredness quickly set in and our feet needed a well deserved rest. So, we made our way back home to get washed, fed and take a nap. Surprisingly, we still managed to go out for dinner at Bella Italia once everyone looked and felt remotely human again. I had my usual which is a pepperoni pizza with a twist- I swap the tomato sauce for BBQ ;) - and it was delicious! As this is now the 5th of September, I can unashamedly admit to you all that I have not gone running since...but I am still doing my Pilates workouts most mornings so it is not too bad :D

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The Color Run in Manchester // Within My Locket
I totally recommend taking part in The Colour Run if it pops up in a location near you. Grab your family, friends and trainers and prepare to have an eventful day! You can make it a charity run or just something different to do with your Saturday morning with your loved ones or by yourself. Either way, I reckon you will have a great time. 

Will you be running any marathons lately?

Mo x
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