Monthly Archives: July 2013

WSWN – World War Z – Zombies everywhere!

A little belated review on the Zombie movie of the year! (I wasn’t aware there was more then one zombie film a year)

Zombie films are normally low budget, bits of fluff with no plot line and lots of blood and guts. I am not talking about the classics of the genre, 28 Days Later, The Evil Dead etc (Shaun of the Dead is by far the best hehe), I am talking about the late night sky/channel 5 films. These are so low rent I reckon I could make one with my I phone and bowl full of jelly in about a day.

World War Z is different. For a starters its a big Hollywood blockbuster! Money has been spent on this, you can tell from the CGI to the amount of extras to the director (who just so happens to be Brad Pitt in his directorial debut) Shockingly I haven’t read the book so I cant tell you how it compares!

It starts well, with genuine confusion from the cast as they are suddenly stopped in a New York street full of traffic. Ill be honest, I’m not a fan of children in movies nor in real life. I really could have done without them during the opening sequences especially the daughter who has asthma! Massive cliche! The film does keep the suspense going until we see our first zombie! Oddly the film is genuinely frightening! Zombie films normally go OTT with the special effects and gore. This one isn’t tame by any means but the gore feels less hammer horror and more realistic.

The scenes in the supermarket are genuinely harrowing as panic buying is something that genuinely happens in a time of crisis.

Anyway Brad Pitt and family escape the city. Brad Pitt, handily happens to be an ex UN man with connections, these connections happen to have a helicopter and a boat to house them on. All very convenient. The family thankfully have served their purpose and we hear very little from them for the rest of the film.  (apart from when they call at the most inconvenient times!)

Brad is then tasked to track down the source of the Zombie disease! This is when the film really picks up! It suddenly turns into an action adventure! Going to exotic places like South Korea, Israel and…. erm… Wales?

The Israel action sequences are truly epic which culminates in a plane crash! Mr Pitt has picked up a friend at this point a Mossad agent played by Daniella Kertesz. (she has a shaved head so she must be hard!) Who looses a hand and then survives a plane crash! (on the crash, they never would have survived that but it is Holywood! Killing off the main character/director wouldn’t have made much commercial sense)

Anyway I’m not here to tell you what happens but they end up in a medical research facility in… WALES. (Why wales? I don’t get it?) it then all goes a bit resident evil, roaming around medical corridors with zombies, until they discover a zombie repellent, deadly diseases.

For once its a clever solution to the problem. Well not solution, a half solution which makes it a teensy bit more believable.

Ok so its an action horror film! So its not going to change the world and yes if you don’t like gore then its probably not for you. I can say though that if your not a big zombie fan this film does give you more then flesh eaters. Terrific action and a fairly good story line and engaging characters make the film that bit more then a horror fest! Peter Capaldi popping up in wales made me smile as well.

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‘We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls.’

Bill Bryson

‘We used to bui…

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Erykah Badu – Window Seat

Classic song and amazing message in this video. I am literally listening to it non stop on Sunday mornings……

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WSTN – Westfield Stratford – Shopping on an enormous scale!

Wow so last week went soooooo quickly! I didn’t get a chance to sit down and write.

I haven’t been lazy! I have however been struggling with some ideas… (Not for lack of trying, I think I’m just a bit tired!)

On Saturday night my boyfriends car was broken into and various things were stolen. So we got very little sleep that night.

Sunday I decided to head to Westfield Stratford. This was because I needed to do some errands and also because my other half wanted to do some work… (I can be quite distracting….apparently) I have been to this Westfield before and I do prefer it. Westfield Shepherds Bush actually gives me a migraine when I go inside. Also it goes round in a little circle and you have to get the weirdest train there. Stratford on the other hand is a curved T structure. which. really should irk me more. Even the vasts amounts of people don’t bother me as much.

Shopping wise there is everything  you can imagine (apart from a Ted Baker, unless I am very much mistaken). You do have to be prepared to queue for everything, paying, changing room, cinema, restaurants…. It can be very tiring. Especially on a day where there is an event being hosted at the Olympic Park. On Sunday the legacy games were in full swing and I had to literally fight to get into Toni & Guy! (getting your hair cut next to a paralympian was an experience, especially when you couldn’t remember their name or what sport they took part in but knew their face)

My favorite thing about Westfield Stratford has to be its cinema (followed closely by the frozen yoghurt stand! mmmmmmmmmmm). Its a Vue with extreme screens, where they have cranked up the sound so you can actually hear the film and the screen is the size of 4 double-decker buses (which means I don’t have to put my glasses on! Yippee!) Its expensive but oh so worth it! I was due to see The Worlds End on Sunday but the boyfriend showed up and we went book shopping instead!

I must state at this point that not many people venture along the whole of the shopping center. I find this really strange as you go there to browse and wander around the shops, but the furthest end away from the station is practically deserted. If you don’t like being constantly crushed by other shoppers I would suggest having a wander down this end. There are some pretty good shops, Nine West, Gant, John Lewis etc and some slightly less well known restaurants. (I really must try Mezze when I am next in Stratford) This end also houses my favorite book store of all time! Foyles!

If you love books and have been to Foyles on Tottenham Court Road then I demand you stop reading this immediately and go there right now! I’m serious! Its amazing, albeit a little confusing if you don’t know the layout, but it has one of everything! I have never gone in there and not managed to get the book I wanted! It also has some beautiful first editions for you to peek through glass at! The Foyles in Westfield is not so huge, but still carries with it the charm of the larger store. I particularly like their little essay books, which have been make into thin books with interesting covers. Authors in this series range from  Charles Darwin to Seneca to Nietzsche. My boyfriend had to drag me away from a book on Art Deco which at £50 would have put a dent in my already tight budget for this month.

Unlike Shepherds Bush, there is also some out doors space. Called ‘The Street’ it is more your traditional high street atmosphere, which on quiet days it is rather nice to sit along and have your lunch. On event days its very difficult to navigate as they tend to funnel the crowds down this narrow strip.

I am obviously a big fan of Statford Westfield and as someone who normally prefers West London this is a bit of a departure for me. My main reasoning for this is the fact the center is lay out is better. In Shepherds Bush it feels like the shopping center has been squeezed into the available space and therefore feels cramped. Also there are more transport links running too and from it. if your coming from the west it is a bit of a trek but at least you have multiple ways to get there.

Finally Stratford has bowling… Which makes it infinitely better… even if it does cost £20 a game!

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“All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope”

Alexandre Dumas Père

“All human wisd…

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WSTN – Portobello Market – Is it all a load of old junk?

Saturday gave us a break from the sweltering weather. (For once I wasn’t sweating within two seconds of leaving the house) We decided to venture over to Notting Hill to have a look around Portobello Market.

Now I have a confession to make. I am a London girl born and bred but I have never been to Portobello Market before this weekend! I even went to university in London and still didn’t make it out to Notting Hill. And it wasn’t through want of trying… (I once showed up at Notting Hill to meet a friend and she had forgotten, FAIL)

 The central line was down unfortunately so we were dropped off by a taxi at the very end of the street. This meant I didn’t have a chance to get any cash out (This one fact saved me a lot of money).

First thing I noticed was that there was people everywhere! I never realised that the market was such a big tourist attraction. I wouldn’t suggest wearing flip flops like my bf did or going there if you have an aversion to large crowds of people; many of whom are tourist and tend to stop walking unexpectedly. (I nearly walked into quite a few of these! Which would have been disastrous as I was carrying a hot cup of tea!)

There was a lot of things going on alongside the stalls. Street performers, some of which were pretty amusing, such as headless Victorians and mens vocal choirs were at regular intervals. I really liked that the stalls were in some sort of an order. It wasn’t like Camden, which is my usual market haunt. These stalls were organised into second hand, flea market, Food etc. it was even clearly sign posted.

It seemed like you could have bought pretty much anything at the market. I was particularly happy to see a lot of artwork and old maps for sale. It was a jumble of everything.

There were a few things that bothered me. Firstly the prices! I know its West London but blimey! I was glad to see that there was some haggling taking place but the face value prices really were designed to rip tourists off. (Also if you don’t like second hand then you’re going to have some trouble)

I also had an issue with the lack of banks/cash machines. I didn’t see a single one the entire length of the street. (This may have been because I was concentrating on not running into tourists)

Finally there was the issue with the ‘normal’ shops. This is what really annoys me about market areas these days. When I used to go to Camden market it was all stalls and independent stores, now its named brands. I saw Jack Wills, I saw All Saints, I even think I spied a Dorothy Perkins! I don’t get it! Why would you come to a market to go to a store that you could go to on a normal high street?! Now I know that there isn’t a market there all the time but do these store really need to be there? Do they really have a place? Or are they there just to rip off tourists brought to the place by the market………?

(phew I’ll stop ranting now)

Overall it was good fun but you might want to take a couple of hundred quid with you as bargains are few and far in between, plus I couldn’t find a case machine. The atmosphere is amazing and my tip would to head to the food end if you don’t like large crowds as it was a bit quieter and had an interesting mix of flavours from around the world.

As an aside to this they really should sign post where bits from ‘Notting Hill’ was filmed as we got a bit confused over which book store was used!

 

 

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Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol

I Love London

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WSWN – Now You See Me….

Spoiler Alert- I talk about the film go see it and then read if you don’t want to know what happens.

Magician Thriller….. I was a bit dubious, my boyfriend had chosen the film also (he once made me watch Jack Reacher which was an awful film but to be fair I made him watch OZ which was equally as rubbish) (I quite enjoyed OZ though)

The film started well with them introducing the magicians one by one. Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and the token woman Isla Fisher. So far so good. (I really like Fisher’s piranha trick made me squirm, even if the the piranhas did look more cgi then in the film Piranha 3dd) They all end up meeting in a strrrrrange apartment in New York, wondering who brought them all together. Then bam we are a year later….

I have no problem with skipping forward a bit but the way the film was set up was that we were going to be focussing on the four magicians. I was really keen to see more of Woody Harrelsons Mentalist. But alas no..l we have to watch the predictable FBI man and French Interpol woman fall for each other.

Even class actors like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are given very little screen time.

Nope it’s the magic hating FBI Guy played by Mark Ruffalo, who hates magic so much it becomes plainly obvious that he is more involved, so the big reveal feels like it insults the audiences intelligence. The French Interpol woman played by Melanie Laurent, is soooo French she feels like a caricature and is almost unnecessary to the plot.

(I wonder when a woman will be in a thriller without being at the heart of some romance which is designed to attract the female audience..)

Overall the film bills itself as clever but really it thinks it is more clever then it actually is. Some of the ‘magic’ does come across as amazing but then you remember you are in a movie theatre not at a stage show. Also, and I am not one to complain about this noramally, but they could have done with less characters and spent more time on the development of the more interesting individuals (like Woody Harrelson)

Also it would have been nice to find out more about what they got up to on their year off. I feel this film would have been better if it had been from the perspective of the magicians not the law enforcement….

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‘I have never been hurt by what I have not said.’

Calvin Coolidge

I have never be…

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WSTN –Diets – Atkins Disaster

Sorry all been distracted by the gorgeous weather…. so let me fill you in on the latest diet news.

Basically it was an epic fail! I managed 5 days without carbs which is shameful! (the lure of pitta bread and hummus was farrrrr too strong)

Initially I was confused by all the limitations of the diet, and I miscalculated my sugar intake. To keep to the carb intake below the regulations of the diet, I restricted myself to the same meal. (Chicken and bacon salad with an olive oil dressing….. was soo bored of this after 3 days) I think if I had carried on I would have needed to branch out and find other foods that are allowed.

Snacking is particularly difficult! (There is only so much  ham a girl can eat!)

In hindsight I rushed in without researching meals. I would definitely need to do this should I ever want to try this again.

Overall I did lose 2/3 pounds during the 5 days but I think that was mainly due to my confusion and lack of eating anything other than chicken and bacon salad. If your a fan of rules are disciplined enough not to let yourself have the odd chip then I think it could work.

For me I needed to commit to it fully and my heart just wasn’t in it. (I had already planned to fail by starting it the week before I was due to go to Wireless festival)

I think the horror stories of how hard Atkins can be, scared me! I had already been warned by a friend that the diet was horrifically hard and that once you started eating carbs again the weight piled on….. I am determined to give it a proper go though! But maybe when the weather turns back into a normal British summer!

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