January 27, 2015

Emma Watson is Belle!

Yesterday Emma Watson confirmed that she is to play Belle in a live action version of Beauty of the Beast. Now, when I heard this news I wasn't quite as jump up and down excited as everyone else seemed to be but that was simply because this news has been rumoured for like a year. Sure it's nice to have confirmation but it wasn't exactly a surprise.

That aside, I still think it's great news. I think Emma will make a great Belle and I'm particularly excited to hear her sing more than just the hint of Hoggy Warty Hogwarts we were treated to in Goblet of Fire.

Another more nerdy reason I love that Emma has been chosen is because of the popular tumblr AU where Belle's favourite book is actually Harry Potter. Magic spells, a daring prince in disguise! Seriously, it works. I know Emma would probably be less thrilled with the association but...sorry, not sorry.

The full announcement from Emma's official Facebook page.

I'm definitely intrigued to see the final movie, not just for Emma, but to also see how they do all the secondary characters like Lumière and Chip and of course, what will the beast look like? It also makes a change from the endless versions of Cinderella. Sure there was Beastly back in 2007 but there's so many versions of Cinderella I've lost count!

What are your thoughts on the upcoming movie and the choice of Emma as Belle?

Red Carpet Review: SAG Awards 2015

The red carpet review has returned! Unfortunately I missed the Golden Globes but yesterday we saw the second big event of the 2015 award season, The Screen Actors Guild Awards. So lets take a look at some of the noteworthy looks that graced the carpet last night.

Lupita Nyong'o

Last year Lupita rocked mostly solid colours but this year she's gone all out patterns and it turns out she can rock those too. Stripes & florals? It shouldn't work but it does. Love it.

Natalie Dormer
I absolutely love this dress but I feel it's very un-Natalie who seems more edgy. I mean seriously that look could turn you to stone. Very pretty though.

Maisie Williams
I feel like I just want to go up to her and yank the dress up an inch or two then I think I could be on board with this look a little more. Also, jewellery. This needs jewellery.

Julianne Moore
All red heads should wear emerald green. Like all the time. They no longer have any choice in the matter.

Rosamund Pike
MAJOR improvement from the Golden Globes but still not her best look. Hopefully she's just waiting to knock the ball out of the park at the Oscars.

Emma Stone
This is a very confused outfit. I saw this first when she was sat down during the awards. I was expecting trousers...still if anyone could pull it off it it's this girl.

Keira Knightly
Looooove the colour! And I get that she wants to wear a looser dress what with the baba and toasty LA weather but this look just isn't working for me. Lose the overly flouncy peplum, then we can talk.

Laverne Cox
Go hard or go home, eh girl? This is all a bit much. Big hair, heavy make-up, shinyness and strappyness. I'd say bring it down a notch but this is Laverne Cox so that's like telling a peacock to take it easy on the feathers. You do you, Laverne.

Anna Chumsky
It looks like Anna wanted to go for a simple strapless gown but then thought, "hmmm there's something missing. I know! I'll add an off the shoulder waistcoat wannabe. That'll do the trick!" No it won't Anna. No it won't.

Ariel Winter
You work those curves girl cause DANG! The added vampyness of the black hair and nails just makes it all even better.

Lorelai Linklater
Quick someone help! Lorelei's been eater alive by her dress. Otherwise known as a perfect example of the dress wearing her rather than the other way round.

Alyssa Reiner
This just looks so awkward to wear. Not only would it be impossible to walk in but she also has the constant threat of the whole thing slipping down and having a major nips crisis.

Overall I'd say it was a top notch red carpet but I have to give best dressed of the night to Lupita Nyong'o. That girl knows how to rock a gown! Who was your best dressed of the SAG awards?

January 23, 2015

Movie Review: Interstellar

I know Interstellar has been out for a while but I couldn't not talk about it. Never in all my life have I seen a movie this intense! I went home that night and didn't even know what to think. My brain was on overdrive and would not stop.

I'm not sure I even know how to articulate how I felt after having seen this movie. The fact that you could hear a pin drop as the credits started shows just how much of an impact this movie has. It's not a favourite movie in the sense that I'm itching to buy the DVD and watch it on repeat but rather it was simply a film that moved me in a way a film never really has before. 

To put it simply, Christopher Nolan nailed it. The story is gripping throughout despite it's 169 minute running time. While in some ways elements of the story are predictable such as the repercussions the team face when dealing with time and relativity, it manages to throw enough unexpected revelations to keep you on the edge of your seat and grabbing for the tissues throughout.

The cast as a whole are incredible. For me though, it's Matthew McConaughey that's the stand out performance. Despite the very futuristic feel of the film, he manages to bring a huge amount of humanity to both his character and the story in general. He shows the true love a father can have for his daughter and how the thought of seeing her again is enough to keep him going through anything.

If I have anything negative to say about the film it would be that, at times it is quite confusing especially if you're not particularly well read on all things astronomical. The pivotal scene during the climax of the film took me a little while to get my head around and to be honest, I'm not 100% sure I really understand it now but I think in some ways, you just have to accept what the characters are saying. You can worry about the technical details about how it all works afterwards. Either that, or I'm just a bit slow on the uptake.

I went in to the film with little expectation, in fact I thought I might even find it a little boring. Space movies aren't normally my kind of thing but how wrong I could have been. It's a film that makes you think. It makes you see the world in a different way. It makes you feel small and yet at the same time makes you realise how important you are as a member of the human race. 

Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts on Interstellar? Let me know in the comments.

Photo: Paramount Pictures