Film, Film and the Female

Film & the Female: Womanly Wisdom

From my other blog, Film & the Female

Our beloved ladies of the silver screen are nothing without the genius writers behind them, so I’ve compiled a list of some of the best, kick-ass, inspirational, and uplifiting quotes from my favourite female characters across the years:

Female Character Quotes

Let me know of your favourite women and their fantastic lines!

Life Experience, Travel

Reykjavik Adventure November 2015

On the 13th of November in the wee hours of the morning, Sam and I will set off on our first real adventure together. For my birthday and because I’m super spoilt, he’s taking me to Reykjavik in Iceland for a 3 night visit! I’m tres excited and so far I’ve been looking around at lots of other WordPress blogs with the tag Reykjavik to read up on other people’s experiences. So far, it’s been very informative and I’ve come up with a vague itinerary of what we should do while we’re over there.

Before all of this, though, we need to prepare for the weather. It’s going to be bloody freezin’, as Iceland averages around 4 degrees Celsius and is treated to several periods of rain and wind during November. As of yet, we haven’t bought anything, but the plan is to visit some high street outdoors shops and get a few very important supplies:

  • Coat suitable for all types of weather
  • Several thermal base layers
  • Stupidly warm gloves/mittens
  • Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots
  • Walking socks
  • Cosy hat
  • Useful rucksack
  • Heat-retaining jumpers

It doesn’t necessarily sound like your ideal relaxing winter holiday, but Iceland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and just looks so pretty in everything I’ve seen it featured in.

When we get there, of course, we’re going to see the Northern Lights. It’s one of the only reasons people actually visit Iceland and I SERIOUSLY CAN’T WAIT. Hopefully they will be out in full force, but even just catching a glimpse will be enough for me. We’re also planning on doing the Golden Circle tours and seeing lots of Iceland’s natural wonders which should be incredibly interesting and beautiful. Also, we’ve found a tour that’s based around Game of Thrones and shows you any places that the show was filmed or based on. Fab-u-lous.

I doubt that we’re going to visit the Blue Lagoon. I’ve heard an awful lot of good things about it and how amazing and relaxing it is, but after I’ve done a bit of research, I’m not too sure it’s the right place for us. It sounds great and all but I’m not too keen on the idea of getting my hair destroyed just for a bit of overpriced mud that’s good for your skin. I’ve also read that it’s quite overcrowded with people – please correct me if I’m wrong though. It looks like though, with all the amazing things that we want to do and see, that we won’t be able to fit in the Blue Lagoon between all our plans.

I’m so excited, it’s unreal. I’ve never been anywhere like Iceland before and it will be mine and Sam’s first real holiday together, something that we’re doing just the two of us. It will be our experience and I can’t wait to show you all the pictures and join the Reykjavik blogging club.

Entertainment, Television

Game of Nudes

We’ve just had episode 5 of Game of Thrones fifth season and, as expected, I’m thoroughly enjoying it. However, there are a lot of people who are really, really, really against it because of all the nudity and the not always girl-boy sex and violence. And I kind of get it, sure, but at the same time, I don’t. I’ve got a real issue with people trying to represent alternative worlds or even old worlds as being prim and proper because there is virtually no way that this was 100% the case all the time. It’s absolutely for certain that people – especially the royals – messed around with each other and had lots of bedroom fun (except Lord of the Rings but let’s not go there).

Now, please don’t think I’m one to condone sexism, especially degradation of women because I’m not; however, I have zero problems with GoT. I don’t feel that the nudity is unnecessary , I don’t feel like it’s shoved in there for no reason and I don’t see it as obscene and insulting. Just last night, one of the rising characters was talking to a girl that he frequently interacted with in the bedroom and both were naked. It’s relevant to the story: it tells you that they’ve just had sex and she is clearly not happy his engagement news. It sets the scene and gives the audience context before the camera intrudes on their intimate moment and gives you the impression that this is all the poor girl has been thinking about while making love to the man she desires. It evokes sympathy for both characters and shows them at their most vulnerable as they bare all.

What is key for me with all the nudity is that it’s always done in a beautiful way, with a different array of bodies. The camera cherishes each person’s form with tinted light accompanied by music that is always soft and aesthetically delicious to the eye. If nudity and sex were not such prominent features, I can’t imagine that I would take the show as seriously. It adds a mature dynamic to the show, reminding you that it’s for adults and to some extent, separates it from the clutching hands of teenagers who jumped on the Breaking Bad bandwagon. It makes me feel as though I’m watching a piece of adult art, not some cheap smut as some people have deemed it. And, really people, aren’t we in a modern world where we can appreciate the human body without blushing scarlet each time at a woman’s breasts? We’re all about respecting each person’s body in 2015 and being keen to represent people fairly without judgement. I will give it that most GoT ladies are skinny beauties with few flaws; but let’s think about the time period and the setting. People aren’t exactly popping for a McDonald’s after work or grabbing some chocolate from the fridge when they please. The nature of the period is starvation, a civilisation in the grasp of war and conservatism, or whatever you might call it.

Doing a degree in film made me realise that pretty people do appear more on camera. Those who are considered attractive will probably land a job over somebody who isn’t the filmmaker’s idea of beauty and I agree, it’s not fair. That’s just how film and television is made. They’re consumed by the masses through the eyes which is why pretty naked people appear so much on our screens. And I have no issue with it. As long as it’s relevant to the story, otherwise it becomes a poorly scripted porno.

I’m looking forward to the next episode and the next and the next. It’s a great set up and something that’s storming through television history with full force. But, as usual, critics offended by a woman’s breasts are flying about casting their curses on anything controversial.

Entertainment, Film

Poster Words

I’m looking for new posters for the bedroom. I outgrew the rainbow phone boxes collapsed on top of each other, and my Back cinderella_poster_a_pto the Future one is on its last legs so I’ve been shopping around. I love film posters but I want something on my walls that’s more arty than fangirly. Trouble is, each and every film poster has the title scrawled across the bottom half of the paper, like I don’t know what movie it is. Lady in a blue dress – woah is that Cinderella? Who knew? Thanks, movie poster for telling me. A hobbit looking out of a circular door – is that perhaps…The Hobbit? Well, I never would have guessed! And a very familiar wavy haired dwarf, standing at the edge of a boat looking out towards a dragon over a misty sea. Is it for the movie Snow White? OH WAIT. It kindly informs me at the bottom that it’s Game of Thrones. Gee, thanks, poster.

I don’t need to be told what the film/TV programme is. If I’m a fan of it, I probably know what it is already. If I’m not a fan of it, why would I want it on my wall?? I just look at all these beautiful posters that are real credits to the films that they come from and think that they are entirely spoilt by the title plastered across them. We know what the films are, we don’t need informing. The struggle is real, all I want is something to brighten up my room that doesn’t have words on it…

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Just A Thought #5

Yeah, I’m gonna have to be more careful when I post from my Kindle. Took me a good few days to realise the Game of Thrones poster I used for the accompanying picture was bigger than the post itself and it was doubled. Also spelling is an issue there. My bad.

Here’s a picture of a big massive crane that sits in my village. Well, I think it’s cool. 🙂

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Oh and I went into Leeds today for the first time in a while. And it rained, but what can I say? It’s England.

I’m going now, I swear. Laterz!

Entertainment, Television

Entering the World of Winter

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I know I’m ridiculously late to the scene, but today I have started my quest to watch Game of Thrones. Which I’m finding amazing by the way. Of course, I knew it was going to be astounding from all the hype on the internet about it (sites like Imgur have been ridic crazy about it, and unfortunately I’ve encountered spoilers along the way, but what else could I expect leaving it this long to watch it?) I’ve just put episode 5 of season 1 into my DVD player – Sean Bean whatta man – and I can tell its going to be a long but interesting night. I need to be up early too; I’ve started a Wii Fit regime (almost nostalgic right??) because it’s summer and I’m at home for the next three weeks which means I shall be eating lots and doing nothing ie. watching Game of Thrones.

I’m really looking forward to watching the rest of it and afterwards may have to steal the books off my Mum (whose birthday it was today, just sayin’). Tell you what though, it doesn’t half make me want to watch Lord of the Rings, not just because of Beanie… ha.

Anyway! Also thought I’d say thank you guys because today I hit 50 WordPress followers! I know it’s nothing much, especially compared to some of you, but I’m pretty stoked about it. Cheers anyway! Hope you’re still with me after this post 😉

Laterz