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Holly
15 November 2005 @ 08:18 pm
I've been taking a break from the internet recently, and I've decided to continue to do so for a while. I apologise profusely for just leaving with no word of an explanation. I hope everyone is well, and I'll absolutely catch up when I return :-)
 
 
Holly
07 October 2005 @ 10:10 pm
Well I'm back, and have been busy trying to catch up on a lot of the stuff I've missed.

Not a lot is going on with me, I'm going crazy from a huge literature essay I'm writing at the moment (I think I mentioned it a few months ago.) A comparison between Mrs Dalloway and The Hours. I've really been feeling it, you know, it's just very difficult. I've been feeling kind of strange and not myself. My mum's told me I need to live in the real world, which I found somewhat harsh. Urgh, I'm sure I'll get over it eventually. I'm way too sensitive at the moment.

I also watched Adaptation this week, and have become completely obsessed by it. I don't how to explain it, so I won't try, but my favourite part has to be the whole ending, and stoned Meryl. I love the dial tone scene and the shiny ants part, she's so adorable, hehe. I've developed quite a girl-crush ;-)

Tomorrow I'm going to spend the day in London, at the university of Kingston Open Day. I'm actually very excited, it will be a good chance to look around.

As I said, I've tried to get through my friends list, but haven't fully done so yet, so I hope everyone is well :-)
 
 
Holly
26 September 2005 @ 11:13 am
I'm at college, on a computer with a keyboard that sticks, and exactly two minutes before class starts again.

Did anybody watch Catherine Deneuve on Friday Night with Jonathon Ross? She's so delicious, I fell in love with her all over again. My favourite part was when she talked of how lovely Gerard Depardieu is, because he...well is. ::melts with adoration::
 
 
Holly
21 September 2005 @ 12:53 pm
Just a quick note to say that as of yesterday, I'm going to be pretty much internet-less for a while. I'm on a computer at college right now, why I no longer have the internet is a long (uninteresting) story, so I'm writing to apologise in advance for my lack of comments/updates. I've gotten through my friends list, so I have read the entries, but am probably not going to be able to reply much ::cries::
 
 
Holly
16 September 2005 @ 09:01 pm
I've been very busy the last few days looking at websites for universities. Originally I wanted to study Film and French, but French, if I'm honest, hasn't been working out at all, so now I'm hoping to study Film and English instead. At the moment, I think I've narrowed it down to Warwick, Sussex, and Kingston University London, but it's been incredibly difficult, and I'm still open to recommendations. I've always planned to go to university I guess, but now it's becoming so real. I find that both unnerving and exciting.

Hmmm. I can't believe I thought anybody would find that in the least bit interesting.
 
 
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Holly
10 September 2005 @ 06:55 pm
Wow, the weather has been so miserable here today. I guess that's summer over for another year!

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Holly
08 September 2005 @ 01:38 pm
Okay, random things from my life in the past 3 weeks:

* Most importantly I received my exam results. I didn't do too badly, a couple of not so great grades, and a couple very good grades. Including an A for Film, so I'm insanely happy about that! And I've talked to my tutors, and am retaking parts of 2 of the exams in January to help push my grades up. And my French teacher especially has a lot of confidence in me which is just lovely. However, I'm not going to have much free time next year, it's going to be incredibly hard work.

* I have a tendency to bury my head in the sand, which I hope I've changed a little in the past week. I had a medical problem that I'd kind of ignored for months, so on Tuesday I finally got that sorted. And I got back in contact with an old friend, who I thought disliked me, and found out she felt exactly as I did, that I didn't like her. It's been a long time, and I'm sure that we've both changed, so it will be slow - like getting to know each other again - but I'm very glad that I did, because it made me realise how much I missed her.

* My holiday was okay, better in many ways than I thought it would be. I'm not fond of Blackpool at all, but I had a fun time with my mum and sister, and catching up with my relatives was nice.

*Dogville was on FilmFour last night, and it bought back so many memories. I actually have the DVD, but hadn’t seen it for months, so last night just reminded me of the days on teamnicole.com, and how exciting it was waiting for every piece of information/photograph/trailer etc from the film. This film more than any other made me feel so excited, intrigued, and shocked, it seemed unlike anything I’d ever seen before. And thus began my adventure into the world of Lars von Trier, who not only made me love film, but completely changed my life.

* On Tuesday I went, armed with camera, to a huge park that's not far from my house. I'll put the photos under a cut below, because they're quite big. And very green. Living in a dirty, polluted city such as mine means green-ness is rare, so they're exciting to me, but probably not to anyone else. Plus, I'm not a great photographer...


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Holly
06 September 2005 @ 05:54 pm
::blinks:: I'm alive! With a layout change, which I'm not sure I like too much. And which is not an actual layout change, just a different header and colour. The pink was really getting to me, so that's the main reason. But since my rubbish html skills prevent me from producing anything fancy, this will have to do for now.

I have lots to write about, and will do so later.
 
 
Holly
14 August 2005 @ 07:34 pm
I'm going on holiday on Wednesday, so I've been incredibly busy preparing for that for the past few days. It's nowhere exotic, only Blackpool, but I have relatives there who I haven't seen for a long time, and who I used to be very close to, so I'm really excited! I hope to just relax and have a fun time, though that may not be possible, since I'll be receiving my AS results on Thursday. Honestly, I'm quite nervous, because I haven't a clue how I've done. And even though I'll be so disappointed if I don't do well, I'm more anxious about my parents' reaction. I don't want to let them down, because, if I'm truthful, they have such high expectations of me. I hate that sometimes.

Not related at all, but I've realised lately that there's some incredible television on at the moment! I've become a great fan of Nip/Tuck, Scrubs, and House, as well as Lost and Sports Night. I'd always (foolishly) never took much interest in televison from the US, but there is some quality stuff, that's also quite witty as well as entertaining! It's kind of a revelation, hehe!
 
 
Holly
04 August 2005 @ 03:59 pm
On Tuesday I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [some spoilers may follow], which I'm not ashamed to admit that I completely adore. I'm sure I don't have enough words to express how gorgeous and amazing and funny it was, I just love it. Everything about it. Ever since I saw the trailer, I knew it would take something for it not to be magnificent, and it was. I've enjoyed every Tim Burton film I've ever seen, and this was no exception. Visually, it was stunning, his attention to detail was incredible. I loved the little references to his previous films, like the pink sheep (referencing Ed Woods's fondness for pink angora sweaters), and the huge oversize scissors, that just screamed Edward Scissorhands. Someone on imdb even said that on the film poster, Jack from A Nightmare Before Christmas makes an appearance! Anyway, it was simply delicious to look at.
The performances from all the actors were great, it was an amazing cast! I loved the boy who played Charlie, he was sweet and innocent without becoming too moppet-like. I think it's rare to find child actors you don't want to punch in the face ;)
I've always had a fondness for Helena Bonham Carter, and she didn't disappoint. Even though her part wasn't large, she still made me believe that the Bucket family, no matter how poor, were happy. There's one part where she hugs Noah Taylor in the little garden outside of their house, and it's just so indescribably tender. I love her :D
The real star of the show though was, of course, Johnny Depp. I've always respected and admired him, every film I've seen him in, I've loved, but he's never really been one of my favourites. I think it's because there's this image of sexiness around him. He's a handsome guy, for sure, but when my sister and her 12 year old friend find him "cute", it's certainly not very appealing. Sometimes it's easy to forget that the guy can act, and that's he's bloody good at it. More than just a pretty face, as people say. He completely stole the film, for me, he is Willy Wonka. I've seen the original film many times, and definitely prefer Depp's Wonka. He's so much more. Much more entertaining, and funnier too. His performance was so detailed, the amount of times I laughed just from some movement he did. There was the risk, I think, that the result could have been that Wonka may have appeared a caricature, but this isn't the case. With the new backstory Burton created of Willy's childhood absolutely made him more relatable and definitely more human. It was an incredible idea to explore the reasons and problems for the behaviour that made Wonka such a quirky but endearing character in the first place. I love the idea that Wonka's past is connected to not just his future, but Charlie's too. The last line of the film, where the narrator says that even though Charlie gained a factory, Willy Wonka gained more: a family summed up, for me what the whole story is about. In the original film, it seemed clear to me that Willy Wonka was the one who was doing the Buckets a huge favour, which makes him a nice man and all, but also a little 2 dimensional and "perfect." I love that now, Willy gains something, and actually maybe something more than the Buckets. Wonka 2005 is flawed but funny, he has problems, but he's a good guy.
It's a film that of course has the obligatory happy ending, but there is no other way it should end. It's both hilariously funny, and quite sad, but always enjoyable.
And now, I'm impatiently awaiting The Corpse Bride, just because Burton is a damn genius.