Review Club #2 – Beyond Clueless

abbiosbiston:

Check out what me and some others thought about Beyond Clueless over at this fortnight’s Review Club on Vampire Placebo.

Originally posted on VampirePlacebo * Mel's Entertainment Page:

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Welcome back to Review Club!

First up, we have the lovely Abbi, from abbiosbiston:

Writer/Director Charlie Lyne explores modern morality through the medium of the teen movies of the last thirty to forty years with a particular focus on the high school experience. Lyne divides his film into five chapters dissecting different elements of the journey through the teen years looking at everything from burgeoning sexuality to the ultimate transition into adulthood. This is mostly done by introducing a concept and then flashing through a series of illustrative scenes from various teen movies (and sometimes not teen movies??) While Lyne is definitely onto an interesting concept in the idea that we develop many of our expectations for life as well as our moral tenets from the movies, particularly during our formative years I can’t help but wonder if he’s reading too much into films like Idle Hands. And…

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Things I have been cooking lately #113: Basil pesto

Pesto is one of the most versatile sauces you can make. It works stirred into pasta, as a sandwich or burger topping, a pizza base or just a tasty condiment and while you can get some pretty good jarred versions, none of them come close to home made pesto which is super quick and easy to make. I knocked up this basil pesto for a family braai (bbq) and we ate it with grilled portobello mushrooms and haloumi. Read more…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

His movements could be called cat-like, except he did not stop to spray urine on things

A while ago I mentioned the idea of adding book reviews to the repertoire of this blog and there were a few interested parties… so voila… here’s the first of hopefully many reviews. I don’t read anywhere near as fast as I manage to get through movies so there aren’t likely to be more than a couple of these per month but hopefully there will be enough variation for hold everyone’s interest. Read more…

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10 Excellent ginger actors

In the past I have highlighted my favourite blue eyed actors and my favourite brown eyed actors but this time I am going a bit more controversial with m y favourite red-headed actors. For some reason the world seems to think that men with red-hair are somehow less cool. Personally I say bollocks to that (and not just because I dye my own hair red). I think red hair symbolises passion and fire and who doesn’t want that? From strawberry blonde to deep auburn red rocks, I love a bit of ginge… especially on these guys. Read more…

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Film Friday #230

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

In a desolate, post-apocalyptic world road warrior Max (Tom Hardy) is captured by the minions of water-hoarding dictator, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and assigned to provide clean blood to one of his half-life war boys, Nux (Nicholas Hoult). At the same time one of Joe’s top leaders, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is heading out on a war rig to run a supply mission… or is she? When Joe discovers that Furiosa has his five wives  (Zoë Kravitz,, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton)  – read sex slaves – in tow and she’s not coming back he sends his war boys, including Nux, after her. Read more…

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Things I have been cooking lately #112: Coriander and lime chicken salad with goats cheese and sweetcorn

This salad was born mostly out of me chucking together things I had in my fridge but it worked really well together and I would absolutely make it again. I can imagine that many of you would have similar things hanging around in your fridge so I am sharing it with you. Read more…

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10 Great Superhero Movies

Inspired by Cara’s recent posts about her favourite Superhero Movies on Silver Screen Serenade, which you can read here and here, I have decided to talk about my own favourite Superhero movies. I feel like this post might be a little contentious since it features exactly zero Christopher Nolan Batman movies (there is only one Batman and his name is MICHAEL KEATON) and three X-Men movies and two movies about people who don’t actually have any powers (but then neither do Batman or Black Widow) and one about people with powers who aren’t actually heroes… but here goes anyway! Read more…

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Film Friday #229

Free Fall (2012)

When promising police officer, Marc (Hanno Koffler) shares a room with Kay (Max Riemolt) at training camp there is an instant sexual tension between the two of them. Kay quickly makes his intentions known but Marc puts up a good show of resistance before eventually succumbing. What Kay doesn’t realise is that Marc has a picture perfect life back at home. He and his heavily pregnant girlfriend, Bettina (Katharina Schüttler) have just moved in next door to his parents and their future seems bright. Read more…

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Things I have been cooking lately #111: Pineapple upside down cake

They say you eat with your eyes as much as with your mouth and I have to agree that seeing a picture of beautiful food always whets my appetite. So when I saw Mandy’s amazing pictures of her Pineapple Upside Down Cake on Kitchen Joy I immediately wanted to make (and eat) it. There’s just something so pretty about the yellow pineapple rings with the cherries inside them.

Mine didn’t turn out anywhere near as pretty as Mandy’s but it was delicious and the friend’s I invited around to join me for tea and try it out were big fans. Read more…

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10 Great TV Moms

Today is Mother’s Day in a number of countries around the world, including South Africa where my mom and several moms that I love and admire live. Although it’s not Mother’s Day in the UK I have decided to celebrate today and in honour of my mom and all the other amazing moms out there I am showcasing my most-loved TV moms. Read more…

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Film Friday #228

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The Avengers come together recover Loki’s sceptre from Hydra and discover it is contains a gem of infinite power. While Thor (Chris Hemsworth) wants to return it to Asgard, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) sees it as an opportunity to activate his Ultron (voiced by James Spader) AI, which is designed to protect the Earth from future alien attack. Stark ropes in a reluctant Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and sets up the transfer without telling the other Avengers. Unfortunately when Ultron surfaces, he decides that the only way he can achieve his mission of peace is by destroying not only The Avengers but the whole world. Awkward. In between all this Bruce Banner is angsting over being a naughty Hulk and the potential of a relationship with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is revealing untold depths and Captain America (Chris Evans) is finally learning to let the past go. Read more…

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Things I have been cooking lately #110: Spicy mango chicken with brown rice

I like easy meals that you can just chuck in the oven and with just a little prep up front this tasty chicken dish comes together really easily. I liked it so much I ate it for lunch three days running but I have to warn you that Mr O was not a fan. He doesn’t like sweet and savory together and especially not fruit and meat so if you have similar dislikes, this one isn’t for you. Read more…

The Wild Things are dead… long live abbiosbiston

You might have noticed things are looking a bit different over at this blog.

For a while now I have been thinking of changing the name. My blog is a stately six and a half years old and has evolved significantly since its evolution.

At the start calling it Where the Wild Things Are made perfect sense. My posts were all about wild nights out with my friends and my crazy online dating adventures. And there’s some real gold there, which is why I don’t want to get rid of any of it. If you have some time to poke around in my archives (that is not a euphemism, Eric) you might get a good laugh out of it.

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Film Friday #227

Child 44 (2015)

After being adopted by a military officer (Mark Lewis Jones) as a child Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) joins the Russian army and becomes a WII hero mostly by being in the right place at the right time. This brings him a good life as a high ranking member of the MGB with a beautiful wife named Raisa (Noomi Rapace) and a spacious Moscow apartment. When Leo’s best friend Alexei’s (Fares Fares) son is killed Alexei suspects murder but it falls on Leo to give him the official party line that the boy was killed in an accident. After all murder is something born of Western decadence and not possible in the worker’s paradise of Soviet Russia. Leo himself is not convinced though and starts investigations. Soon after this Raisa is named as a potential traitor and Leo is pushed to denounce her despite there being no evidence to support the accusation. He refuses and the two are decamped to the remote town of Volsk where a child has died under suspicious circumstances very similar to those of Alexei’s son. With the help of his commanding officer, General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) and Raisa, Leo continues his investigations but this doesn’t go unnoticed by his old rival and colleague, Vasili (Joel Kinnaman) and soon all their lives are at risk. Read more…

We still continue to welcome all wankers and other occasional perverts – April Stats

It’s the last day of the month and once again we’re digging into what’s going on behind the scenes at Where the Wild Things Are. Like previous months, the art of self abuse is still riding high when it comes to attracting readers to this little corner of the web – highlighted in red. Although the level of interest in the Stoker shower scene is unprecedented and I am not sure Pink ever made a movie about masturbation unless I am misunderstanding certain concepts.

There are definitely some other perverts (highlighted in blue) about since someone is keen on Eva Green in a threesome (which I never posted about) and there are at least three people out there who want fake nude pictures of Mila Kunis. Is this a thing? Are fake ones better than nothing in the absence of real? Eric, is this something you want to weigh in on? Read more…

Outfit of the week #65

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend the wedding of my good friends Jen and Rob. The wedding took place in Rob’s parents amazing garden in Bristol (it has a stream and a cliff!!) and had a sort of enchanted fairytale feeling to it as the marquis tent was set up with some elements of the beautiful garden inside it.

Usually I would wear a dress to a wedding but I decided to branch out a little and go for an elegant jumpsuit, which proved to be stylish, warm enough for the somewhat rainy evening and great for dancing in. Success!

I am wearing a one shoulder black and floral print jumpsuit from Red Herring with peep-toe nude patent heels from Next and a gold and white beaded necklace from H&M.

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Film Friday #226

The Imitation Game (2014)

During WWII the Allied forces found themselves on the back foot unable to interpret messages sent by the German army using their “uncrackable” Enigma code. Mathematician, Alan Turin (Benedict Cumberbatch) is brought in to join a team of colleagues who have been working on deciphering the code for months without success and immediately makes an impression for all the wrong reasons. He is obstinate, arrogant and oblivious to social niceties earning him the scorn of his co-workers and superiors. On the other hand he is also brilliant and begins work on a machine, which he names Christopher, adamant that it is the only way to break the code. When Turin brings in a new team to help him he finds a companion and soul mate of sorts in Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), a mathematical prodigy whose talents are largely ignored because she is female. As Christopher initially fails to deliver, Turin must fight to keep his project alive by any means neccessary while also hiding the secret of his sexuality. The Imitation Game was the only Academy Best Picture nominee I didn’t see before The Oscars and I really regret it now because it was definitely one of my favourites. Cumberbatch is outstanding as the socially inept but brilliant Turin and he is ably supported by Knightley who is, dare I say it, good? Throughout the film it is evident that we are witnessing something ground breaking happening and the fact that Turin and his team were forced to keep their work secret is heart breaking, especially considering how Turin’s life ultimately ended and that he was hungry for recognition that never came. All of this makes for an excellent story, especially against the backdrop of Turin’s struggle with his sexuality at a time when homosexuality was illegal in the UK. I guess one has to wonder how the man himself would have felt about this biopic. One has to hope he would have liked it… as well as the fact that the conference room in the IT division of my company is named after him. 4/5 Read more…

April Fools 2015: Where the Wild Things Are

abbiosbiston:

I’ve been blogathonning (not a real word) again. This time I joined in on the fabulous Cara and did a post for her April Fool’s feature over on Silver Screen Serenade. Check it out!

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Howdy, everybody! Having a good week? A bad one? A…meh one? Well, regardless of how things are going, I’ve got a little something that you’re bound to enjoy: another April Fools guest! See, I’m pretty confident that you’ll enjoy this because today’s guest is the fabulous Miss Abbi of Where the Wild Things Are!

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Outfit of the week #64

Cape Town weather can be a little unpredictably, especially in the evening so I wanted to make sure I had some holiday outfits that would work well for inbetween days and evenings. That’s where this kimono style dress comes in. The sleeves provide coverage from the wind but it’s lightweight enough to keep you cool.

I am wearing a blue and white floral kimono dress with tan, jewelled Egyptian style sandals both from River Island with a white and gold beaded necklace from H&M.
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