London Film Festival Concludes

So, the London Film Festival has concluded. In spirit of this wonderful art form and without the privilege of attending the festival, I had my own little film festival. My festival worked like so: notepad, pen, bed and film...and of course the disapproving boyfriend, who can't seem to comprehend why I can no longer watch a film without having to scribble in my notepad. 'I thought you blogged about fashion?' To be honest...so did I? I do! I blog about anything creative and inspirational... Strangely I seem to have flocked like a moth to a flame, with this whole blogging about film...(but that's another post for another time). So, in tone with the London Film Festival I watched a film a night - my intention was to watch all the popular must sees that I haven't seen or forgotten and those currently dominating the cinemas. So, I started with The Help, Drive, Crazy Stupid Love - which I have blogged about individually, and then I randomly selected a number of  mostly great films, some not worth mentioning at all. A Stream of...
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Inspired by: The Boondocks Season 4

Welcome to The Boondocks Amongst the myriad of skilfully and intricately animated graphic novels and witty comic strips there is one that seems to literally be tearing the American public apart with its social satire on race relations in America.  Regardless of the constant disapproval, censorship, hate mail and rebuttal the comic generates, it is an undying success and continues to prevail. On the second of May 2010, the pioneering and revolutionary comic strip, The Boondocks aired the first episode of the third season on American TV channel, Adult Swim. The return of the show after a two and a half year break was heavily awaited amongst fans and just as much dreaded by those opposing. The opening titles read ‘an episode that takes us back to the election of our nation’s first black president...’ The episode acted as a documentary that explored the power of the electoral campaign amidst Woodcrest (fictional town) residence. The German interviewer of the episode remarkably...
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Drive 2011

Drive, a book by James Sallis, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling An actor that is currently under my radar is Ryan Gosling. Not only because he was papped in a passionate lip lock with the stunning Eva Mendes a day or so ago, but because he appears to be the man of the moment right now. Last night, when everyone was queing to watch the special screening of The Help, I was sipping wine in the foyer, waiting to see Drive.  The night before, I had watched a narcisstic, womanising, hard bodied, handsome Ryan Gosling, with that unmissable and wonderful accent - which apparently has Canadian roots, star in Crazy Stupid Love. However, Drive is a very different film and Gosling loses all his gloss for a very different kind of role. Yet another book adapted for the screen, Drive was written by James Sallis, the film, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. By day Gosling works as a mechanic and a stunt driver for the movies, at night he is a...
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The Help 2011

Tate Taylor's film adaptation of Katherine Stockett's novel, The Help Yesterday, West India Quay's Cineworld had a special screening of Tate Taylor's film adaptation of Katherine Stockett's novel, The Help. Queues backed out of the door and spilled onto the, now freezing, London streets. Thankfully I had already seen The Help and was, in fact, queuing to see Drive. However, considering I enjoyed The Help so much, I thought I should dedicate some time to write about it. Set in 1960's Mississippi, Emma Stone, who plays aspiring journalist Skeeter, has returned from University, where she studied a degree in Journalism. She's inspired to write a piece that explores the relationships between white families and their black maids from the perspective of the maids, for the Jackson Journal. Skeeter, decides she wants to interview one of her friend's maids, Abileen, played by Viola Davis.  A number of events occur, mainly stimulated by the callous behaviour of Hilly, played by    Bryce Dallas Howard, towards her maid Minny, Octavia Spencer,  that causes a cautious and dubious Abileen...
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Inspired by Leon: The Professional

Is life always this hard or is it just when you're a kid...Leon: The Professional 1994, written and directed by Luc Besson. Starring Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman. After returning from dinner last night, slipping into PJ's and hanging out in the bedroom,  my boyfriend asked me, 'What film do you want to watch tonight?' This is the habitual question that one of us asks the other each night we spend at home. The other always answers,  'I don't know - do you fancy something old? Something funny or...?' It can go on like this for a while, till eventually one of us loses interest. Last night my answer was, 'I want to watch something that moves me.'  And, well, I most certainly was. 'Allora, come stai Leone?' 'Bene' The opening line said. Yes! Last night I watched Leon:The Professional and yes, ashamedly, it was the first time I'd seen it. Leon, starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman was made in 1994, written and directed by Luc Besson. Those very...
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Be Charmed, Stay Inspired

When I am unispired I am as good as dead - I lose my whole sense of being. I am most excited about life, about its prospects and potential when my mind is open and switched on. I'm receptive, sponge like and turned on by everything.  However, I am  not always in this state of mind, so tuned in and turned on. There is that recurring dark cloud that forms from time to time that obstructs me from locating the point of it all. Inspiration? Art? Creativity? This blog? In this position I am cynical, destructive and above all, unhappy. At the moment my mind is skipping ahead of me, collecting inspirations and ideas too fast for me to keep up or execute in anyway. I am losing sleep and my fingers are tingling with a desire to do something amazing. A quote from Paolo Sorrentino's Consequences of Love springs to mind; 'I want to die and extraordinary death'. So, for the days that are uninspiring, when the black cloud casts itself and passion momentarily relocates itself, the...
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Good Will Hunting

Do you buy all these books retail or do you send away for, like, a shrink kit that comes with all these volumes included? Will Hunting There's so much dialogue I could pull from Good Will Hunting and so many one liners that are absolutely amazing, if I wrote them all in this blog post I'd probably end up rewriting the entire script. However, Matt Damon's monologue at the NSA interview never fails to give me goosebumps and the 'It's not your fault' scene with Robin Williams never fails to bring a tear to my eye. Interviewee: The way I see it, the question isn't why should you work for the NSA, the question is, why shouldn't you? Will: Why shouldn't I work for the N.S.A.? That's a tough one, but I'll take a shot. Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break...
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A Quote byJim Jarmusch

A Quote byJim Jarmusch  on Inspiration and Imagination... I found this quote and fell in love with it...Creative journeys can be just as masterful as the final masterpiece... "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to."  Jim Jarmusch  ...
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Film List: Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen

Written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates For the lovers of 1920's literature, the dreamer, the romantic and anyone who just happens to adore Paris... Granted, this is no Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but any opportunity to slip through time and escape to an era where one can mingle with the Fitzgerald's, talk literature with  Hemmingway and roam the streets of Paris during the roaring twenties isn't one I'll ever miss. Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemmingway, is a particular favourite in the film. And yes, that is Carla Bruni in the trailer! Dialogue and Quotes Ernest Hemmingway to Gill Pender on Writing 26:34 into the film Hemmingway: What are you writing? Pender: A novel. Hemmingway: About what? Pender: It's about a man who works in a nostalgia shop. Hemmingway: What the hell is a nostalgia shop? Pender: A place where they sell old things, memorabilia and....does that sound terrible? Hemmingway: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest...
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