All entries for May 2005

May 18, 2005

Films and meeeeee

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/jillatkinson/entry/batons_passing_etc/

Last Film I Saw at the Cinema

This was The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy… which was good and had a random Dolphin Song at the beginning.

Last Film I Watched on DVD/Computer/TV etc

That would be… Life of Brian, truely Monty Python Genius! He's not the Messaih, he's a very naughty boy! He he he.

Films I'm Looking Forward to Seeing

Hmmmmm. Hmm hmm hmm. I guess… Kingdom of Heaven, despite the fact that I've decided that Orlando Bloom is fit but totally wooden. It worked in Lord of the Rings but it just wasn't happening in Pirates…

Total Number of Films I Own

Really not that many. About five. I just nick them off Jon.

Five Films that Mean Something to Me

Can I just do my top five in High Fidelity style-y? Ok, in no real order….

Pirates of the Caribbean Which is genius and Johnny Depp at his absolute best as a stoned pirate.

Gladiator It makes me cry every single time. So good.

Bring It On Feel good cheerleader-ness

10 Things I Hate About You Oh… I love this film… what can I say, Heath Ledger with sexy black hair and Julia Stiles and groovy cool music… excellent.

A Knight's Tale Mmmm, Heath Ledger with sexy blonde hair. My girlfriends Gemma and Verity and I get together every time I go home and watch this film. I can quote the script all the way through… Very sad.

Passing the Baton

The winners are…

Kel

Daisy

Tim

Andy

and Sarah


May 16, 2005

Those that can…

Oh yes, the joke of the year, Jenny J. Matthews has been made Training Officer for the Lifesaving Club!

This is very funny because I generally have no idea what the smeg I'm doing in Lifesaving competitions and I'm definitely in no state to be telling other people what to do!

Actually, it's not funny at all. It's actually very scary. I have to tell people what to do… not good because I'm always sure that they're not going to listen or that they all know better than me… God I'm so insecure. Oh well! No one else wanted the job, so it's their own fault, right?

As the saying goes… Those that can are in the A Team, those that can't call themselves "coach"... Or something like that…


May 10, 2005

What I want to be when I grow up

Here lieth a problem. I don't know.

I always thought, right through secondary school, that I wanted to be a lawyer. I do not, repeat do not want to be a lawyer anymore. Too much scariness with criminals and too much work and they all die before they hit fifty. No thanks.

So I came to University planning on doing a PGCE after my degree and teaching English at a secondary school. This is still my main option, but I'm not so sure about it anymore. It was my ambition purely because I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to do, and when I think about it, I have no idea if I'd enjoy it or hate it.

So I thought about other things I could do. I don't have a 'perfect job' in mind… for example, my boyfriend's hobby is sailing and his job is as a sailing instructor. I have no ideal profession in this way, although my ultimate ambition is to write full time. Obviously can't do this until I'm rich, though.

So my other though was maybe to work in a library. Not as a librarian, obviously, but, like, organising events, directing stuff. Or to work in publishing… but how does one actually get into publishing… and what do they actually do?

Groan


May 05, 2005

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Ok. So. If you don't already know, I'm a MASSIVE fan of the Hitchhiker's books by Douglas Adams (See previous review entry), and so I couldn't not go and see the new film…

I was always going to be disappointed by it, I agree, but… I wanted it to be good sooooo badly!

Don't get me wrong, it is a good film. But the books are awsome, amazing, brilliant, genius and above all, funny as hell. The film is not.

For starters, a lot of the dialogue in the film is taken directly from the book, but seems to stop immediatly before the utterly hilarious bits… Take this example… In the book, Arthur Dent discusses the plans to knock down his house with the foreman of the developers…

"But Mr. Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."
"Oh yes, well, as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."
"But the plans were on display…"
"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."
"That's the display department."
"With a flashlight."
"Ah, well, the lights had probably gone."
"So had the stairs."
"But look, you found the notice, didn't you?"
"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display on the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.'"

In the film, this becomes:

"But the plans were on display."
"I had to go down to the cellar to find them."

Whaaaat?! Not funny! This happens over and over again. And what's with the whole random sequence with the Vogon's capturing Trillian? A complete departure from Adams' origional plot at the expense of some other intergral (and very funny) bits!

Sam Rockwell was a poor choice for Zaphod Beeblebrox. Beeblebrox is an aging hippie-type character who is laid back and froody in all situations, not the manic comment on modern politicians Rockwell portrays. And his heads should be side by side!

Equally there were good bits. Rickers is an inspired choice of voice for Marvin, and Freeman does a very good Arthur Dent, not to meniton the role of Slartibartfast, which was made for Bill Nighy!

But who the smeg was that woman who kept turning up with the Vogons???

Anyway, this is the longest post I've ever written, and I'm done now. No, really.


May 04, 2005

Votingness

Yes indeedy

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for? v2

Your expected outcome:

Liberal Democrat


Your actual outcome:



Labour -3
Conservative -26
Liberal Democrat 53
UKIP -13
Green 37


You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For


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