Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Riot Club

It's hard to believe that there are people like this in the world.

I felt a sense of jealousy at the beginning of this movie. There is nothing more exciting that a rich person, peeking into their life style and watching their secrets reveal slowly.

This film was brilliantly cast, there were many actors/actresses that I hadn't seen before, but I can imagine I am going to be seeing a lot more of them. Luckily all the actors for this Oxford set film were all English (thank God!).

The film was based around the prestige Russell University, Oxford. It followed the lives of 10 rich boys and 2 down to earth girls who showed the privileges and struggles of having money!
The film focused on the two main characters, Alistair Ryle and Miles Richards who know each other anyway due to them been paired by their teacher for their degree.

Miles took an interest into the down to earth, not so well spoken Lauren. As their relationship grew, so did Miles reputation as he was scouted by Hugo- Fraser Tyrwhitt for the famous 'Riot Club'.

The Riot Club allows the richest, most snobbiest, most smartest boys in the whole of the university. It is seen as an honour through out the film to be in this group, it portrays loyalty and honour as the key factors of been allowed in, or in serious cases, out of the club.

As well as Miles been scouted and put into the club so is Alistair, a boy who is driven by politics and the idea of been above everyone else because he is rich. The contrast between Miles and Alistair for me, is the main part of the film. Laura Wade (the writer) is trying to show the audience that although you can be filthy rich, you don't all have to be rude, obnoxious and selfish.

The Riot Club scouts the two 'new' boys because the club has to maintain 10 members, as the current 8 do not suffice for the expectations of this club.
Every year the club get together and have a lavish meal where they, eat, drink and spend a fortune.
The Riot Club all have one common interest...that money can buy anything.

The club make their way to their local country pub, they rent out a room, they all become ridiculously drunk and things start to spiral. Harry Villiers (one of the members of the club) 'orders' an escort, which he believes will have sex with them all. Only do the club find out escorts have changed a lot and that kind of behaviour and act will not be happening. After this incident, the whole film takes a turn. Alistair, who has had a problem with down to earth Miles since being partnered with him, texted Miles' girlfriend, Lauren, whom is from a lower social class than the rest of the boys. Later, Lauren arrives at the pub, only Miles says he didn't text her and she should go home. After Lauren relays the text and decides to stay (by the persuasion of the club),  she discover that the boys have ulterior motives and one of the boys decides to kiss her. Unfortunately, Miles along with the rest of the boys are extremely drunk. Miles is held back by the boys, whilst Toby Maitland continues to kiss Lauren.
Lauren leaves in an upset, distressing state, leaving Miles to believe their relationship is finished and the loyalty which he thought the club had, has diminished within seconds.

It will be no surprise to tell you things only get worse...

After drugs, food and drink, the boys start to slowly harass the pub owner. Alistair goes on a rant and explains how he is better than everyone and he's (quote) "sick to fucking death...of poor people".
The Riot club (coincidentally) cause a riot by trashing their banquet room.

Miles is sat, taken back by the clubs recklessness, regretting ever joining the thing in the first place.
The pub owner hears noise and follows it up, only does he regret it. Alistair begins to relay his thoughts of the pub owner, by getting in his face, practically harassing him. The pub owner gets punched by Alistair, and some of the other boys in the club. Things get out of control and after a while of this poor man been beaten, they find that he is unconscious and may in fact be dead.

Miles rings an ambulance and the boys begin to make a pact with one another not to say anything to the police.

After a night in jail, the boys leave and meet later on, talking about the options.
The idea is put forward that someone in the club should take one for the team, and come forward to the police about beating the pub owner.
It is decided Miles should as he was the one to call the police. Miles becomes scared and goes to Lauren, only she turns him away, leaving Miles defenceless.

The film is ended with the police knocking at Miles' door. Only at the beginning of the film, Miles and Alistair swap rooms because Alistair's stuck up parents wanted Alistair in the best room. After the confusion, the police collect the right boy.

After Alistair is arrested and is on trial, the head of Oxford decides not to expel the boys.
Guy Bellingfield is made the new president of the club and Miles decides to leave the club as it wasn't for him.

The boys are still rich.
Everyone around them is still poor.
And the Riot Club lives on.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Ned Vizzini himself stayed 5 days in an adult psychiatric unit in a Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.

Knowing that the author has gone through most things described in this book makes you feel more relaxed when reading it. You know that you're not 'crazy' if you read and think...'I felt that' or even, 'I'm going through that'. Vizzini as an author makes you feel comfortable whilst reading this book, I never once felt uncomfortable whilst reading the tragic stories of what happened to some of the characters.

Let's talk about the front cover...

Even from this delightful art you can see the book is going to have a sense of confusion to it, a lot of routes and a lot of guidance.
Weirdly, the book itself is like a diary, the way it feels, the way it looks and how thick the book is, even though it is only a short novel. This for me created a way to relate to Vizzini. It felt like it was my story and I was re-reading it.

Craig, the main character admitted himself into mental hospital because he felt he wanted to commit suicide. Only does he realise when he gets there that maybe what he feels isn't nearly as bad as some of the other patients. He feels like his problems aren't worthy of been treated. Only later does he realise he was so wrong and that the help he got was in fact the best thing that could have happened to him.

With having constant pressure of his Dad and too much cotton wool wrapped around him by his mum he feels there is no way out. As Craig aces his way into an Executive Prep school he feels he has to keep up his standards constantly, never letting his guard down. It becomes too much and he faces many problems.

For me, the book shares two things, humour and sadness. Humour because well most of them are crazy and have many problems and the contrast between Craig and the other characters can at points in the book make you laugh. Sadness because there are some very touching stories which you may or may not relate to. But Vizzini tells us these stories in such ways where we can't help but take pity on a fictional character. But maybe they aren't fictional characters, maybe Vizzini just created different names for the people who he shared those 5 days with. Maybe this is real. And that's why I created such compassion for these characters...

Even though it is an intense book it is definitely still aimed for older teens. The book has romance, confusion and adventure. It is definitely one of those books that you could read over and over again still having the same emotion at the end which is a sense of freedom and happiness even though the book is filled with sadness and despair.

My three favourite quotes from the book. These are things that could inspire you, relate to you and encourage you in a good way:

"Its so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That's above and beyond everything else, and it's not a mental complaint-it's a physical thing, like it's physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don't come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people's words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet."

"Things to do today:
1) Breathe in.
2) Breathe out."

"People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode."


Monday, 31 March 2014

I'm Addicted to the Film Industry...

Ever since Stuck in Love I have never felt a connection to a film before, but I clearly have some favourite films. I have watched a fair few films recently but I just don't quite know how to analyse them in the normal way I do, writers block maybe? But I suppose the 'cool' bloggers share things so here are a few of my beloved films...

I say few, but there are a lot and I am going to put my favourite quote(s) from each of the films!

 "You make me feel less cynical"

"I remember that it hurt. Looking at her hurt."

check out my blogpost on it:

"I pledge allegiance... to the band... of Mr. Schneebly... and will not fight him... for creative control... and will defer to him on all issues related to the musical direction of the band." 

"The best thing about now, is that there's another one tomorrow." 

"So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday." 

check out my blogpost on it:
"We rule Terabithia, and nothing crushes us!" 

"Happiness is not always the best way to be happy."

"I have no real plan to eat anyone"

 "I read a quote once when I was a kid "We live alone, We die alone. Everything else is just an illusion." it used to keep me up at night."

                        "Don't die wondering, man."

"Nobody puts baby in a corner"

 "Some people are worth melting for"

Favourite Song: Love is an open door


"If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- Quote by Sirius Black


"Lets play a game" 

"Give me a scotch. I'm starving."

Look at my blogspot on it:

" Kim Fowley: How old are you?
Cherie Currie: Fifteen.
Kim Fowley Jail fucking bait. Jack fucking pot!"

"Do you like music?"
"Do you like breathing?"

The movie is just amazing, a quote can't justify it!

"I was hiding under your porch because I love you"

"This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite."

Check out my blogpost on it:


Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Notebook

"They didn't agree on much. In fact, they didn't agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other every day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other".

I have never finished a movie feeling so melancholy. It made me feel like love is really a test on ability to never forget how you felt when you first fell in love. When people say 'love' people think: get along with each other, never argue. Ah, they are so wrong. Love is about challenging each other and having that strong passion to never let go. That to me is what I think The Notebook is portraying. 


At first, you think this man is just telling a story to this lady. A story about two people, Noah and Allie.

From the first time Noah saw Allie he knew. He knew that she had to be his. He tries his hardest to just  get that one date, he even goes to the extremes of climbing a ferris wheel and nearly risking his life just for the possibility of Allie agreeing to this date. 
Even after the insane ferris wheel incident, Allie still dismisses the date. Fin, Noah's best friend sets up a cinema date with his girlfriend and Allie. After their screening, Allie implies for them both to leave Fin and his date and walk. On their unexpected walk, Noah and Allie lay in the middle of the road. 
Allie says "What if a car comes?" 
And Noah replies bluntly, "We die". 
A car does come, and sends Allie a bit crazy as she has never experienced such a rush. She goes on to explain how she loves painting and doesn't have freedom, but claims it's her choice not her parents. 

After that, Noah and Allie become inseparable. Their relationship spirals and Noah went to one of Allie's family gatherings. Only for Noah to find out some truths about where Allie is attending for college and that everyone thinks Noah is poor, as his income is low. Still they spend all their days and nights together. 

It keeps going back to the two elders, and this man reading the story to the elder lady. It is revealed that they are Noah and Allie. Allie is suffering from dementia in her old age, and in the book that Noah is constantly reading to Allie it says in the front 'To my love Noah, read this to me and I'll come back".  


One night Noah takes Allie to The Windsor Plantation and explains to Allie that one day he would buy it and fix it up. Allie continues and says "I want a white house with blue shutters, a great big porch around the house and a room overlooking the water so I can paint".
Noah lights some candles and just as they are going to make love, Fin bursts in and explains that Allie's parents are going crazy and thinks she's missing as they have called the police. They both rush to Allie's to confirm she is safe. Allie's parents take her into the study and go on to say that Noah is poor and he influences bad on Allie. Noah leaves overhearing this, whilst Allie goes after him and explains that he needs to just ignore her parents. Saying that Allie breaks up with Noah. But it's not over, Noah writes 365 letters to Allie, for the year she left town with her parents. Allie didn't receive them as her mother hid them for her 'own wellbeing'. 

Years later, Allie gets engaged to Lon, a rich army man. Even though besotted with Lon, Allie goes to see Noah as Noah appears in the local newspaper for sticking to his promise of buying The Windsor Plantation. As Allie arrives she notices that it's exactly how she said she wanted it, even with the room so she can paint. Noah and Allie spend the day together, ending with some home truths. 

Allie: Why didn't you write me? Why? It wasn't over for me, I waited for you for seven years.
But now it's too late.
Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year. It wasn't over, it still isn't over.

Through out the movie, old Allie doesn't know who the story is about, regardless old Noah repeats the story endlessly hoping she will remember. Old Noah arranges a dinner, old Allie asks who she chose out of Lon and Noah in the book. Old Noah goes on to explain who she chose. As he announces Allie chose Noah, she remembers that the story is about herself and the man sat in front of her. They dance, but suddenly she forgets who she is dancing with, leaving old Noah distraught that it hasn't work again. 

Ending the film, Noah with his last resort attempts to go and see Allie in her room in the old people's home. He succeeds and gets in the bed with her, finally she remembers who he is. She remembers everything. Allie said in the movie that when she died she was going to become a bird and insisted that Noah should too. They died together, still in love, becoming birds. 



Saturday, 28 December 2013

A Little Look Into Christmas

DISCLAIMER: I am not showing off, I am merely sharing some of my presents. Obviously I love all my presents my family got me, but I can't show them all- so here are a few of my favourites! 

Firstly, I love skin care. Even though I don't have exquisite skin, I still like to treat my skin. I received this HUGE set of Temple Spa skin care goodies! 

In this Contains:
1. DRIFT AWAY bathing and massage oil 30ml
2. BE GONE kind-hearted cleansing lotion 30ml
3. BE STILL gentle moisturiser 15ml                                                              I honestly can't wait to use it all! 
4. BECALM soothing mask 15ml 
5. AAAHHH! soothing mask 15ml
6. TONING ESSENCE hydrating toner 30ml
7. BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE scrub/mask 20ml
8. REPOSE night cream 20ml
 P.S. I will do a review of this soon!


Next I got this gorgeous Hermes bracelet off my auntie, which I love!
 I love that it has this gold metal for one side of the wrist and the other is elastic in red. This for me makes it more of a dressier bracelet, yet still very casual.


I am lucky enough to have been spoilt by both my Mum and her Fiancé and my Dad and his Fiancé. Off my dad and his fiancé I got a tiffany bow bracelet...

I love this as it matches my infinity Tiffany bracelet. It is so delicate and elegant. The pearl type detailing makes it very classy but the bow gives it that 'cute' edge. I really do love this, and I can see it been a very staple piece of my jewellery collection.


Now, I have never been interested in expensive necklaces, except from owning my classic Tiffany necklace; Links has never been of interest to me. But when I got this necklace I thought it was so sweet and very adult like. I love how they aren't just plain circles, they have odd edges and I think that makes the necklace even more exceptional. 

I have been eyeing this product up ever since Tanya Burr mentioned it in her monthly favourites (you should check her out: I couldn't face paying £42 for a body lotion and questioning if the product would live up to what Tanya said about it. But needless to say my mother was on the ball and I got it for Christmas!! I can tell you now, it is the BEST body cream I have ever used, I will do a review on it soon. I have been using it for 3 days and it is spectacular!! The smell of it stays on you ALL day and it makes your body feel so refreshed and smooth. 


I was ever so lucky enough to get a MacBook Air laptop! It really is unreal! I got a Michael Kors case off my Auntie as well, which is perfect!


I got this gorgeous neon journal from Paperchase. I love journals with buckles on the front. I love journals and this one is just admirable!


 This Michael Kors purse if meticulous. It has a lot of room in the actual purse. The coin space isn't very secure as it doesn't have a zip. But it has a lot of card space. I love it as you could use it as a clutch or remove the handle and leave it as a purse.

  This Michael Kors handbag is so perfect. It has loads of space and I love the colour and tote style.


I would just like to thank my family and friends for a good year, despite a few bumps. 

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 
- Dr. Suess


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Been a 'wallflower' isn't all bad, it's who you are. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, ventures into a whole new world of teens growing up, trying to fit in and trying to escape from been a 'wallflower'. But needless to say, the film is about how being a wallflower has its perks and there is nothing to be ashamed of...

Charlie, a 15 year old boy who writes letters to an unknown recipient. He notes how he is starting high school. How without his best friend Michael, who committed's going to be difficult. 
Charlie is the definition of a wallflower. He shows this sort of excessive hurt, but shelters it with writing and trying to participating in the real world. He doesn't understand the outside world, just like a lot of people don't. 

Soon enough Charlie finds a friend, Patrick. Patrick, he doesn't care. Patrick shows a new kind of flamboyant. 
Sam. She's something. She has this broad outlook on life, and how it's more 'live in the moment' than 'over think it all'. She's someone who teaches everyone around her to love life, and that life is hard, but it's also inspiring, and you can learn so many things from it. She does have Patrick as a step-brother, so you can imagine how exciting they are together. 
She claims she has a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop Sam from reaching out to Charlie. I think Sam sees how stuck Charlie is, all she wants to do is understand what this sheltered hurt is that Charlie holds.


The thing with Patrick is he seems all put together and acts like he understands himself. Brad, the 'popular' footballer at his school...he's gay. Patrick teaches him how to learn and love and admit that been 'gay' isn't bad. It's emotions...feelings. And it's NOT wrong to feel the way he does for someone of the same sex, especially because Brad loves Patrick. Patrick has to deal with the feeling of Brad having NOTHING to do with him at school, bullying him, manipulating him in front of others. Patricks ignores all that, because Patricks intense belief and love for Brad over rules all of the above. 

A little more into the film, it shows how Brads dad didn't take too well to finding Patrick and Brad 'together'. As this intense 'disaster' happened, Patrick thinks that Brad might finally stand up for him and show who he is, and not hide...not hide from the fact he's gay.
Brad didn't take to this, in fact he proceeded in calling Patrick a 'fag'.
Patricks flamboyant world? Crushed. 
 Patrick: You gonna do anything?
Brad: What are you talking about?
Patrick: I'm talking about your pet ape just tripped me. Gonna say something?
Brad: Why would I?
Patrick:  You know why.
Brad: I don't know what kinda sick shit you're trying to pull, but you better walk away right now. Nothing.
Patrick: Fine. Say hi to your dad for me.
Brad: Whatever, faggot.

Patrick: "There's this one guy, queer as a 3 dollar bill. The guy's father doesn't know about his son. So, he comes into the basement one night when hes supposed to be out of town. Catches his son with another boy, so he starts beating him. But not the slap kind, the real kind. So the boyfriend says Stop! You're killing him! But the son just yells Get out! So, eventually, the boyfriend just... did."

All Patrick did was say things to cover up, keep himself that little more numb, that little more shut out from the world. But it couldn't last for ever. And he knew that. 

Charlie finds through his exploring of the outside world, that we except the love we think we deserve. Charlie tries to announce his feelings for Sam, but it's never being quite as easy as that. 
We know Charlie has memories about his Aunt...his favourite Aunt, who died on his birthday, we know something happened, something more than what is shows. 

It's Sam and Patricks last night before they go off to college. 

Charlie find this to be the perfect time, to elaborate those feelings he's held in for so long.
Even though Charlie has finally been excepted, he's still so lost. He thinks the real world is so easy and that you can rely on it. 

Sam: "You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think it counts as love"
Something between them make them kiss. Charlie describes how he isn't ready. 

Charlie's emotions flood in as he is bombarded by these intensified memories of his beloved Aunt Helen. By Sam touching Charlie's thigh on the previous night when they kissed, these memories emerge of his Aunt Helen sexually molesting him when he was younger. But his love for his aunt made him repress these memories, making him have many more problems. Charlie is admitted to a mental hospital, when he is released he his greeted by Sam and Patrick.

Charlie relises his past, is his past... 
"We don't get to choose where we came from, but we can choose where we go from here."

"This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite."

His letters stop. His attitude changes. He participates in the real world. And he appreciates...
 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'