Archive | September, 2011

Why I will go insane if I don’t get a smartphone

23 Sep

I’ve never been one to jump on the bandwagon for the latest product trend, generally my rule is that if I don’t really want it or don’t have any actual use for it, then I won’t just go out and throw money away buying something just because everyone else has it.

When the smartphone craze started I was quite happy with my little dinky phone and wasn’t really bothered that smartphones were completely out of my price range, the fact that my phone was only capable of texting and making calls was fine with me, I had a computer for going on the internet and a camera for pictures, so I didn’t really feel that I needed one. In fact I was kind of proud of the fact that I seemed like the only person who wasn’t obsessed by the idea of having one.

However since then things have changed!

Now I’m declaring it…I don’t now just want one…I desperately need one!

I’m a little bit ashamed to say that just like everyone else I can no longer function on a normal level without the ability to access the internet at any time, and send emails from wherever I happen to be, but I really can’t. I just realised it today…

I’ve recently taken on the position of volunteer press officer for a charity, and because I work from home as well as the office our main point of contact is email. Today wasn’t one of the days I was scheduled to work for the charity and I had a day off from Next so I felt it was ok to go out and view houses. Whilst I was out for a few hours with the estate agents, people had been leaving messages in my inbox…turns out two local papers had got back to me and were willing to give coverage to the charity, if I could just whip off a quick press release to them in the next hour. By the time I had got back and read the emails,I had already missed the boat!

Irritated wasn’t the word, I had copies of press releases saved in my email account, I could have sent them off in minutes had I known the papers had contacted me, had I known that I had emails from the newspapers, had I had a phone that was capable of going on the internet and accessing emails!

Really I was beside myself with the chance I had missed, I’ve realised that someone who wants to enter into the career I do, should be able to access emails from wherever they are, should be contactable from wherever they are.

Its a bit worrying in a way now that as a society smartphones are now an essential part of everyday life, I’ve seen ten year old kids with Blackberrys and Iphones (that really pisses me off, what do they need one for? Who are they emailing? The Disney channel? I need one more!)

So I guess this is more of a rant because if I see another person with a smartphone that doesn’t even need one I’ll go insane! I’ve worked out that the smartphone contract I need will cost me £300 a year, which is why I’m starting a smartphone saving fund, it could take me a long long time before I even have enough money to embark on a year contract with a smartphone (Next don’t pay me that well! lol) ….so until then…I guess a girl can dream!

I will most likely end up selling my soul for one of these!

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Apollo 18 (Aka the reason I now fear innocent looking rocks)

15 Sep

The combined issues of me being bored, direction-less and working part time, along with poor Kelly working the night shift at the hospital Wednesday night led to both of us coming together Tuesday evening for what must be the fourth time we have been to the cinema this month. Not that I’m complaining the cinema has always been one of my favourite past times and Tuesdays I get half price cinema tickets! Yay!

Kelly’s need to stay awake through the next day and my strange love of things that terrify me meant Apollo 18 was the obvious choice, I love those mockumenatary horror films, the best of all time being ‘The Blair Witch Project’ which still has me avoiding forests, camping and suspicious looking elderly women. The worse being Cloverfield, it didn’t terrify me but did make me question whether I would have the guts to face a city full of monsters to save someone I was in love with. (I guess thats something right?)

I have to say before the film even started the scene was already set for me to be terrified witless, as the only two people in the entire cinema, the lights go down ready for the trailers to begin, I start to get ready to cover my eyes for impending horror and then four boys burst in….suffice to say Kelly spent the next ten minutes through the trailers practically peeling me off the ceiling, whilst I tried to get my heart rate back to human level.

After that I spent the next half an hour rather disappointed, I have to warn you that Apollo 18 is a real slow starter, in fact one of the only things Kelly found of interest to comment on in the first forty minutes was “hmmm that guy is pretty hot.”  But keep with it because it does get more interesting and is worth hanging through the beginning for.

So basically Apollo 18  is based on the idea that the 1974 cancelled Apollo 18 mission actually went ahead and was never publicized, due to the unfortunate fact that it never returned. We follow two astronauts Ben and John who after landing on the moon find strange footprints, a dead Russian astronaut, eerie sounds and impossible rock movements and more importantly no explanation.As a mocumentary horror I think it works, despite the first half an hour being hard work afterwards I was completely hooked, even Kelly was gripped each time Ben and John made a new discovery about the mysterious happenings on the moon and why the moon rock samples kept relocating themselves…..(you will develop a healthy suspicion of all rocks as I have) I have to say the ‘footage’ was quite good and very authentic matching exactly what you would expect of a space mission taking place in the 1970’s, whether you end up a fan of the film or not after seeing it, the production team clearly paid attention to detail and you have to appreciate that!

I always judge how good a horror flick is by its ability to make me scared and twitchy but keep me interested enough to sit through to the end and this one passed the test. Anyone who has actually sat through a horror movie with me before (and it can only be a select few due to my unfortunate tendency of when I jump to hit out and punch the nearest person to me, in some weird sense of self defence) will know whether a horror movie has had the desired effect on me, and Kelly can attest to the fact that this one certainly did. (Hopefully I didn’t bruise her to much)

So if you want to be frightened and you are a fan of conspiracy theories then you’ll really enjoy Apollo 18, I have seen better horrors I won’t deny it, Apollo 18 is certainly one of those films that ‘does what it says on the tin.’

Inbetweeners: Movie of the summer?

6 Sep

When friends of mine first mentioned going to see the Inbetweeners I was slightly reluctant, I liked the tv series and thought it was funny enough but I’ve often considered the shows sense of humour a bit to crude for my taste and that it was most likely better suited to someone like my brother, who is a massive fan of slapstick and sexual comedies.

However my lack of purpose, combined with the fact that every other person who has been to see it has raved about it,

Apparently I'm a Neil! Although I would say I'm a bit of a Simon....? Which one are you?

encouraged me to get back into the spirit of things and into the spirit of the tv show and go see it.

Well the first time I attempted to see it was a bit of a disaster, not realising how popular it was, me and some friends went in the evening and found people queuing in a line stretching outside the cinema crammed with eager teenagers, not even bothering to face the line we went to the next local cinema and found exactly the same thing! A bit disheartened we gave up the ghost and regrouped the following Wednesday afternoon to reattempt again (even more determined to see it) and I have to say it was worth it 🙂

Jay, Will, Simon and Neil have finished school and after a wave of misfortunes involving Simon being dumped, Wills father marrying a girl twenty years his junior and Jay’s granddad passing away the boys get depressed and cheer themselves up by having Neil book them a flight to Malia, Crete. From the accommodation to the guys chances of actually finding girls, everything is a complete disaster leading to chaos, hilarity and surprisingly a little bit of self realisation about their own personal futures.

From the start of the film I was wincing at the language use, reminding me a lot of being next to a bunch of chavvy boys at a bus stop, but I got over it pretty quickly and I have to say I found myself genuinely in stitches at the antics of four guys on a mental lads holiday to Malia, where the only thing that’s gone right is that they actually got on the right flight! For those of you like me who can find really crude comedy putting you off a bit I would say go see it anyway and loosen up a lot, open yourselves up to the in your face humour and you won’t be disappointed. The film also really involves the audience as well and draws you in, without even realising it you’ll find yourself rooting for the boys and groaning at their dense obliviousness, (particularly at Simon, girls who have seen the movie will know what I mean, don’t we all know someone exactly like that!)

Personally for me I think the Inbetweeners was ‘the movie of the summer’ it made me laugh more than any movie I’ve seen in a long time, and it hasn’t lost any of the magic held by the Inbetweeners TV series, it also has that special ability to allow us to see a tiny bit of ourselves in each of the characters.

We discussed it and my friends think I’m a Neil…..I really really don’t know how to take that….. 🙂

Rise of the Planet of the Apes review

6 Sep

With my employment status being part time these days I find myself with a lot of free time on my hands so I have become a regular at the Showcase cinemas, so much so that some of the staff are starting to recognise me….its an expensive hobby I’ve chosen to fill my free time with but there have been quite a few good films released this summer so I don’t mind emptying my bank account to go see them.

I went to see this film primarily for my mum, who still remembers and enjoys the Charlton Heston version of Planet of the Apes and wanted to see what they’d done with the story now, personally I’m not a diehard fan but I was more than willing to indulge her as I was pointedly reminded of how many cartoon movies I inflicted upon her…some of the worse culprits being ‘The adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle’ and ‘Pokemon the movie.’

Rise of the planet of the apes is the prequel to all the previous planet of the apes films, it depicts the journey of how the apes start as the loveable yet mistreated animals we know today, to the super intelligent, human independent and dominant species of the earth that we have seen in the earlier films.

James Franco stars as the scientist close to creating the perfect cure for Alzheimers disease, which his own father suffers from. Testing on apes he finds one of his ape test subjects holds the key to the cure, but an accident leaves the ape test subject dead along with his dreams of corporate investment in his miracle cure. What he is left with is the surprise that his test ape gave birth and this new bouncing baby ape has inherited his mothers intelligence, the miracle cure and more.

Naming him Caesar, Franco takes him home and integrates him into the family, still working on his cure in secret and struggling to keep Caesar safe in a society that places little value and sentiment on animals.

Despite my reluctance to see Rise of the planet of the apes, I found myself pleasantly surprised. The journey of how apes became intelligent enough to unite, fight back and gain independence from humans actually seemed quite plausible, obviously a lot of hard work and research went into the plotline and this attention to detail is always appreciated.  It can be a bit slow moving at times, and there were points in the film when I was fidgeting slightly, but James Franco pulls your attention back and the starting action and finishing drama make up for a bit of a slow middle. I found that this film does something for diehard fans that was probably missed by me, it addresses all the unanswered questions left by its predecessors. The animation and CGI (which I have to say I can’t claim much knowledge on) is on par with Avatar and is very impressive, to the point where even my mum was questioning me ” are those real?” and was very impressed to discover that, no they weren’t and that this new movie is way beyond the monkey suits and make up from her Charlton Heston film days.

So for fans of the series I recommend you go see it (if you haven’t already!) because it will definitely capture your interest and for those who are just curious or happy to go along with more fervent aficionados, relax enjoy and open your mind to the new possibilities this film has to show you. Where humans are no longer the dominant race…and our ancestor apes enjoy our role on Earth.

 

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