Monday, 27 July 2015

Movie Mondays: Supernatural Parody

Those that know me well know that I am a massive Supernatural fan. I have not written about the this on WML yet because I feel in order to do the show justice I'd have to have a post dedicated to each season - but really I'd want to write one for each episode - and main character and I have a sneaky suspicion they'll all be intensely long. But who knows, maybe one day I will sit down, re-watch the show (for the umpteenth time) and come up with a swish way to share with you all my thoughts on Supernatural. That day is sadly not today, however, I would like talk about something Supernatural related - a short film The Hillywood Show® released a couple months ago called Supernatural Paroday.

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Source: The Hillywood Show®
Now, I have expressed some of my admiration of the Hindi sisters before so I will try to keep this brief, although I am not sure I have ever been described as one who understands the meaning of brevity. Anyway, this particular project that Hannah & Hilly made was the first one of theirs I had ever watched and I immediately fell in love with it & their channel. It is remarkable! I do not normally watch parodies but I am so glad I gave this one a go because I would have missed out on some filmmaking goodness.

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Supernatural Parody, as the name might suggest, is a hilarious and highly entertaining 7 minute parody of the very successful CW show, Supernatural. It pays homage to Supernatural's 10th season using Taylor Swift's catchy song 'Shake It Off', with some revised lyrics to go along with it, and a much appreciated surprise towards the end. The quality of the production is to be applauded and praised as the cast & crew did a fabulous job. Hannah Hindi found herself back in the director's seat helping to bring to screen the idea that Hilly came up with. It was so interesting to get a peek of what went on behind the scenes; I felt I learnt quite a bit myself. At the very least, it allows you to have a deeper appreciation of the hard work that went into making this film project.

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Like I have said before, their attention to detail is uncanny. At one point I thought they used the actual Supernatural set for some of the scenes and then when I saw the Impala I freaked out way more than I should have haha. They even drew on some of the scenes in the music video for Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off' which was really cool to spot. And it wasn't just the set or props that impressed me, the cast and the costumes of the characters they were playing were indeed a sight to behold. Even now that I have caught up on almost all The Hillywood Show® videos, it never ceases to amaze me when I see Hilly and Hannah with wigs on. How they, Hilly especially, manage to get all of their hair under their wigs (which are so expertly made) will forever remain a mystery to me and I am ok with that. For this short film, Hannah Hindi starred as Cas whilst Hilly Hindi played Dean. Osric Chau (Supernatural; 2012; The Man with the Iron Fists) a.k.a Kevin Tran - yes, he is in this paradoy!! - took on the role of Sam and did a fantastic job (haha!) as did Rob Benedict (Supernatural; SusannaState of  Play) a.k.a. Chuck as Cain. I could not stop giggling! That wind in hair moment... absolute class! And Elliot Crossley who voiced Crowley was eerily good. I am sure Mark Sheppard would be proud.  Aw guys, trust me you really need to watch this parody! Especially if you are a SPN fan... even if you are only a baby fan.

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Source: The Hillywood Show®
So, in summary: watch the videos above and then go familiarise yourself with The Hillywood Show® YT channel. Maybe they've done a wicked cool parody of one of your favourite TV shows or films.

Mo x
                

Monday, 20 July 2015

Movie Mondays: In Your Eyes

This weekend I wanted to buckle down and get some work done with regards to the blog and my flat that has been on the back burner for quite sometime which has made me feel so guilty these past few months. Anyway, this meant I could not go to the cinema but Netflix flew in to save the day. I had a look through my recommended picks and found this sweet Zoe Kazan film that sounded like it would indeed be right up my street. 

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The first movie I saw Zoe Kazan in was What If (starring Daniel Radcliffe) which I loved and thought her performance in that was great. So, I knew that even if the plot of In Your Eyes was slightly soppy and/or predictable, I would still find it a good watch which it was.  A good watch I mean. It was the perfect way to end my Saturday after transcribing an interview I did a while ago and sprucing up the flat.

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Source: © 2014 - Bellwether Pictures
In Your Eyes is not your typical romantic drama which is to be expected as the script was penned by Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron; The Cabin in the Woods; Buffy the Vampire Slayer). You can also expect the storyline to have an mini affair with the world of fantasy/sci-fi but told in such an imaginative way that it becomes believable. Anyway, In Your Eyes is about two people are vastly different but connected in the unlikeliest of ways which brings a bit of light to their otherwise grey worlds. And though this film does deal with the dynamic nature of love and has a few comedic elements, it also sheds light on the power of perception and the reality of mental illness. Directed beautifully by Brin Hill (Ball Don't Lie; Morning Breath), the tone and vibe of this film is just right that I am sure I will watch it again.

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Source: © 2014 - Bellwether Pictures
Connecting with another human being on a level reminiscent of the way Rebecca and Dylan do in this film would be so weird but oddly comforting to know that at least one person on this planet is completely aware of you. Rebecca Porter, a thoughtful, kind but timid housewife was played beautifully by Zoe Kazan (What If; Ruby Sparks; Revolutionary Road). And the chemistry between her and Michael Stahl-David (The Congress; Cloverfield; The Black Donnellys), who took on the role of Dylan Kershaw, a smart and loyal mini magnet for ill fortune, is hard to ignore. Nikki Reed (Empire State; The Twilight Saga; Thirteen) makes an appearance in this film as Donna - a woman who appreciates the simple things - alongside Steve Harris (Diary of a Mad Black WomanThe Practise), who plays a man invested in his clients called Giddons, which was a pleasant surprise. Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains; Good Morning, MiamiWhat Women Want) took on the role of the driven, calculative and austere Phillip Porter and played it well. My goodness. And the manner in which these characters and many more interacted with each other made this movie an interesting watch I can tell you that.

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Sometimes it's not knowing how and why things happen that matters but rather what you decide to do now that it has that does; that is what In Your Eyes reminded me of. If you are in the mood for a film is a good mix of drama, intrigue, romance and wit then check this one out. It may just float your boat.

Mo x

                

Friday, 17 July 2015

Life Edit: In Time

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I am not good with words… yet. 

I struggle with compressing my ideas and memories and opinions into a string of groups of letters that in themselves find new meaning especially when said aloud. That look I am given when I find myself amidst a conversation with people, especially those I do not know well, and unable to voice aloud something - anything! - I consider useful or worthy to defend or annihilate the topic at hand, makes me feel so small and inadequate that I am sent into a panic whenever I find myself in a situation where small talk is to be had.

I am not good with talking to people… yet.

My family and friends may disagree because once they get me going it is sometimes hard to find the lever that shuts the door that is my mouth; a door that can be used to express yourself, your mind, your soul with the rest of the world. But luckily, for people like me who feel uncomfortable walking through that door when unfamiliar places and faces lie on the other side, this is not the only door available to us. Math, art, science and technology are but a few other ways to connect with the world. That is not to say that we should run away from situations where our voice is counted upon to show up and represent a view that has been formed and mined in our minds regardless of how weird or uninformative or unimportant we may think it is. Because in reality, the place most of us are too eager to leave in favour of a more exciting version of Planet Imagination-arium, our ideas and memories and opinions do matter for the simple reason that they are what they are – dynamic and uniquely ours. And when shared can result in something magical.

I am not good with turning words into action… yet.

There are varying levels of good that comes with change. In this instance change is both necessary and good and it is something that will take time. Turning words into action is a skill I am slowly becoming a queen of but also one that frustrates me because of how long it is taking me to do so. But I am getting there, slowly. I now find myself no longer allowing that feeling of inadequacy to cripple me but rather, when situations where my participation in conversations are expected do arise, I breathe deeply and trust that whatever words do make it out of my mouth are welcomed with open arms, treated with care and sought after again. Even if all I end up leaving them with is a rather dull story of when I used to live in halls or just my name.

I am not good with impacting lives positively… yet.

I do believe that words – at least those written down – are one of the main special tools in my life toolbox I am to use to connect with the world and help change it in a positive way. And despite sometimes feeling like I am not good with words or talking to people or manipulating words and turning them into action, I still believe that it is with words that I will leave my positive mark on the world. I am not sure how just yet but I am willing and trying to figure that out. 

In time, I will be good at all these things. Maybe even great. 

In time...

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Mo x

                
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