Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Yes, it's awful. It's choppily edited, full of terrible CGI and completely outlandish, but it is based on a video game that features the biggest boobs since Pamela Anderson. I just can't help myself. Angelina Jolie does an excellent job with the rather sexist and underwritten role of Lara and gets the accent right too. The tongue is firmly in cheek and Jolie has fun bouncing around on bungee ropes shooting a gun. I despise most action films but this one is pretty likeable. Charm is irresistable for me in films.
Phantom of the Opera.
Not only is this a guilty pleasure, it's in my top 10 favourite films ever! Don't shoot me down here, I know how camp it is. I love musicals even though they go against every cynical bone in my body. Based on Lloyd Webber's musical, which in turn is adapted from one of my favourite books, it's full of over-the-top campness, beautiful costumes and sets, interesting singing (not necessarily good. I don't know a lot about opera), pretty people and full blown, bodie-ripping, obsessive romance. To be honest though, I can't understand why Gerard Butler is supposed to be hideous in the film. Even when you see the scarring, you go "Meh, still would." He simply looked like he had a bad case of sunburn.
Love's Labour's Lost.
Another musical here, based on the Shakespeare play. This is the Branagh adaptation that is considered his low point, because he turned it into a 1930s style musical. It's a brave move which I love. I cannot stand Alicia Silverstone in it (why would any man fall for her, she's a cow!?) and some casting choices are questionary, but everyone looks like they're having fun and the Cole Porter songs work so well with the story. Branagh films the musical sequences well but keeps them part of the story. It's fun, pure and unadulterated fun! The entire film is on YouTube for those interesed.
Also known as the film every female John Sessions fan needs to own. It's awfully made, cheaply filmed for American cable TV, unoriginal, cheesy, predictable and by all rights I should despise it. As soon as you hear the plot - woman hires actress to seduce her ex husband so she doesn't have to pay alimony - you know what will happen. The problem is it's so sweet and charming, I just can't help it. I like a lot of depressing films - Dogville, Mulholland Drive - but when I need to smile or stop myself from crying, I want to watch something fluffy and romantic and Sweet Revenge fills in that gap for me. It's got romance, a French setting and Sessions half naked in a bed! If that isn't a guilty pleasure, I don't know what is!
- Current Location:home
- Current Music:Love's Labour's Lost
I had my final ever high school exam today! It's all over forever! Hopefully my desperation to get out of that unfair, shit filled, scum sucking hell hole won't shine through in my exam results. Not that I need them, but my know-it-all tendancies force me to be a bit of an overachiever. Now that the tests are all over, I'll finally have time to write. But not until I'm finished reading New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I fell hoplessly in love with Twilight when I first read it months ago. It was a really cliched idea but Meyer has a way with words and made it feel fresh and fun. Plus Edward Cullen is so damn hot for a fictional character. I just can't see Robert Pattinson as him at all in the film. Then again, my taste in men leaves a lot to be desired. Here are a few of my other guilty reading pleasures:
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter (Laurell K. Hamilton) - You know how sometimes, no matter how much you love the classic literature, and how much fun and interesting it is to analyse beautiful pieces of poetry or dramatic monologue, you just want to read a piece of low-brow trash? The Anita Blake series is like pure trash on paper, but paper lined with crack because it's so addictive. I have a real soft spot for paranormal fiction and vampires in literature. I'm only up to book number 8 and have heard nothing but bad comments about the series after that (Hamilton has a habit of writing really terrible sex scenes and saturating her work with it) so I'm hoping I can still get some level of enjoyment from them.
Dresden Files (Jim Butcher) - There's not just one series of books about a wizard called Harry! Don't take that unoriginal synopsis as all this series is about, they're too much fun. Harry Dresden is the literary perfect man, he's funny, geeky, a complete gentleman, always tries to do the right thing, and has a talking skull called Bob! He's really what makes the series so much fun to read, as well as the humour and cross between paranormal fiction and hard boiled PI crime. Any book that has flaming monkey poo is worth my money!
The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot) - This one is a simple throwback to my childhood that I never grew out of. Cabot is a very predictable writer (but she has surprised me a lot with the last couple of books) but she's so charming and unpretentious, she really knows how to write like a teenager. Sure the series is meant for younger girls but I don't care. There's only one more book to go. *sob*
- Current Location:couch
- Current Mood: exhausted
- Current Music:The Merchant of Venice