Saturday, 28 February 2015

Life Edit: February

Oh how quickly these months seem to be going by. But in all fairness February was a bit of a short one so I guess I should not be too surprised that March is already here. So, what did February have in store for me I don't hear you ask? Well, last month I set myself the challenge of Connecting With People which I think I did pretty okay with considering I lean more on the reclusive introverted side of living. I went on a church retreat, spent time with the family & friends and even did a bit of professional networking. If you have the time, scroll down to find out a bit more.

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In the first week of February I found myself on a coach headed for Cefn Lea in Wales to attend a Young Adults Weekend Away trip organised by my church. This was the first one I had ever been on and was not sure what to expect but, as I found out, there was nothing to be worried about - just a lot of fun to be had. It involved munching on pizza, playing charades (okay, I watched from the sidelines as playing group games freak me out slightly which is weird I know), staying in well heated chalets, climbing a "mountain", roasting marshmallows over a camp fire and of course learning more about God's word and ourselves. I met a lot of new and lovely people which was great and also got to catch up with a few close friends from uni who decided to come along as well. That weekend was a real eye opener and left me feeling empowered and elated but also a wee bit drained as well due to their being a lot of activities packed into the weekend. 

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Then as we all know the following weekend was Valentine's Day. I spent that Saturday with my brother and had a fantastic time. We watched Jupiter Ascending, had a laugh playing with our cameras and almost OD'd on Chinese food. Could not think of a better way to spend that day. The weekend after that followed an almost similar fashion but this time I caught up with my former flatmate, Fiona over some delicious pizzas at Dough Pizza Kitchen in Northern Quarter. That place is really good guys. If you are ever in town you should check it out as their pizza selection is really unique. I had the Sticky BBQ Chicken with extra jalapeños this time round whilst Fiona had the Surf & Turf I believe. T'was very, very yummy. I also managed to swing by the Cornerhouse to check out their latest and final Cornerhouse Projects exhibition 'Full Stop' where I got the chance to see some interesting representations of a group of artists' feelings towards the Cornerhouse shutting down and becoming HOME. I also got the chance to speak to some of the artists which was really cool and may have something in store for you regarding their work. Watch this space.

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Work has been a bit hectic this past couple of months but I am trying not to let that get to me as it is all a part of life. And besides, it is better to be busy than to be sat twiddling your thumbs. Although that can be fun for a while, it gets real old real fast. Trust me, there is no amount of watching Home & Away and Neighbours on YouTube that can make you feel good about not having any work to do all week. Anyway, I am still finding it a bit hard digging deep and finding the energy to sit down and blog until my heart's content during times when my day job zaps most of my energy before the week is out. Running, Yoga and Pilates have helped out a lot but I feel I could be doing a lot more. Lately, I have been blown away by a lot of other bloggers and the work that they produce and cannot wait for the day I figure out my own unique rhythm and consistently produce work that I am proud of. Writing as you know is a huge love of mine and something I am constantly trying to improve. That and other skills like photography, baking and cinematography - am I the only one who thinks baking sticks out like a sore thumb in that list? Haha. Anyway, I am trying the slightly abandoned philosophy of "use what you have" instead of dreaming about what I want to do and plan how I will execute my projects once I get X, Y, Z. And it is actually working. Time, as they say, waits for no one so I am attempting to make the most of every ounce of it I have to live a happy and full life.

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And there it is - a snapshot, albeit a long one, of what I have been up to in February 2015. I would love to hear and /or read what February brought your way and your plans for March. Wishing you a fantastic start to this new month! See you in the next post.

Mo x

                

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Movie Mondays: Jupiter Ascending

Spending Valentine's day with your 16 year old brother can be all kinds of awesome especially when you are so alike. Cupid had set up the day such that I introduced my brother, Suji, to the magic that is salted popcorn as we watched Jupiter Ascending. He claims he does not like salted popcorn but he pretty much finished the bag of popcorn I got for us so... After our trip to the cinema we had a bit of an impromptu photoshoot (pictures may or may not surface on this ol' space- no promises) and then ended the day at home bonding over bowls of special fried rice and barbecue ribs from our local Chinese Take Away. All in all I would say it was a great day and that was partly to do with the film I am about to talk about today.

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Source: Jupiter Ascending Official Movie Site
Hm...where do I begin? The Wachowski brothers (Cloud Atlas; Speed Racer; The Matrix) were the kind souls to create this original sci-fi world for us acting, as one would expect, as both directors and scriptwriters. My brother and I really enjoyed Jupiter Ascending and would happily see it again. And seeing as I and my siblings adore The Matrix trilogy, it does make sense that this kind of film would be right up our street. Although we had a lot of questions regarding most of the characters by the end, it must be said that the film was very visually pleasing and its script was quite entertaining. As for the soundtrack, intense as it may be, it did not overpower the story being told at all. And the hair, make-up and costume departments for this project need to be commended as there were more than a few notable looks and pieces that caught my eye. Bottom line, Jupiter Ascending did not fail to amuse me.

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Source: Warner Brothers
Jupiter Ascending, in a nutshell, is centred on a girl called Jupiter whose head is as high above the clouds as her name might suggest but whose heart is as vast as space itself. As her life takes an unusual action-prone turn which changes her view on humanity forever, we are taken on a beautiful, emotional and suspenseful journey right along with her. And it is the talented and beautiful Mila Kunis (Friends With BenefitsBlack Swan; That '70s Show) one who brings the courageous and slightly gullible Jupiter to life. A very complex and highly skilled ex-military hunter whom I want to know so much more about and goes by the name Caine Wise was played by the one and only Channing Tatum (FoxcatcherWhite House Down; 21 Jump Street). And it seems the word on the interwebs was indeed true, the lovely Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything; Les Misérable; The Other Boleyn Girl) was cast as Balem Abrasax - a formidable power hungry character - and played him remarkably well I thought. Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther; Survivors; Five Days), Sean Bean (LegendsGame of Thrones; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings), Tuppence Middleton (Sense8; The Imitation Game; The Love Punch) and Douglas Booth (The Riot Club; Noah; LOL) also made up the impressive cast.

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If you are in the mood for a science-fiction fantasy film that has a bit of action, drama and splashes of humour and also highlights somewhat relatable aspects of the world we live in today then this film may be for you. If you have seen or will be seeing Jupiter Ascending let me know what your thoughts on it are.

Mo x

                

Monday, 16 February 2015

Movie Mondays: Wild

You may or may not have noticed this but there seems to be quite a number of biographical films out this season but Wild is definitely one that is worth watching if you get the chance. Gone are the days where should you see Reese Witherspoon you automatically think Legally Blonde. Her performance in this film is indeed noteworthy and was a great thing to behold on a lovely but chilly Saturday afternoon back in January.

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Source: FOX Searchlight Pictures
For me, Wild is about discovery - one woman's quest to truly acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly parts of her life and determine how the next stage of her life will be... on her 1000 mile hike. Based on the memoir of Cheryl Strayed, this heartbreaking-but-at-times-quite-funny-film has a strong chance of leaving you eager to ensure you are doing all you can to keep your head afloat on the path you are currently on and prepared to make any necessary moves to make sure you are doing right by you.

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Source: FOX Searchlight Pictures
Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club; Café de FloreThe Young Victoria) took on the hat as director for this film whilst the screenplay for Wild was brought about by Nick Hornby (An Education; About A Boy; Fever Pitch). Now although this film has not currently found its way onto my favourites list yet, I cannot deny the fact that it is a good'un. Performance wise, Reese Witherspoon (The Good Lie; Water for Elephants; Penelope) and Laura Dern (99 HomesThe Fault In Our Stars; Jurassic Park) were brilliant; no doubt about that. And the scenery almost had me ordering a plane ticket and a pair of hiking boots but alas, my trusty bank account had other plans for me. 

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Although our paths differ we all have our rough terrains that we have to maneuver in order to see mostly light amongst the darkness that threatens to cloud our vision sometimes. This story is a testament to that. And I know we all do not have to go on a 1000 mile walk to try and figure out what the next step is going to be but just know that whatever your version of a 1000 mile hike is, I am rooting for you! ;) So, if you are looking for a movie that is bound to leave you inspired then give Wild a go.

Mo x
                
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