Saturday, 7 February 2015


I am a huge Cheryl Strayed fan (the author of wild who also has a teeny cameo in the movie) and the book Wild is one of my recent fave reads (as is 'Dear Sugar' - her collection of advice columns). I love a good memoir and I also like a nature book and this is a bit of both. It's a memoir of when Cheryl hikes the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother and a whole heap of other problems that occur following on from this. The book is wonderful (go read it!) but the fillm is also really good. It's not a fun film, but it's inspiring and beautiful and real and raw. Both me and bert enjoyed it - and bert hasn't read the book.
Beyond clueless
Me and bert were both really excited to see this film as we LOVE a teen movie... and 'Beyond Clueless' is a kind of documentary/homage to the teenage film. The film is narrated by Fairuza Balk and looks at the different themes that often occur in teen movies, it also has some lovely montages of these recurring themes - such as kissing in swimming pools - it is quite dreamy and lovely and both me and bert enjoyed watching it. BUT it didn't quite work for me for a couple of reasons -
- I expected some John Hughes in here, he is the king of teen! but I guess, as the title suggests, it was 'beyond clueless' so all the films added were from the 90s.
- although the narration was fine, I wanted a little more from it, I would have liked it to have been perhaps a bit more critical... I would have been really interested if say they had given the narration a more feminist slant.
Anyway, it was fun, we enjoyed it. We found a few more teen movies we need to watch.

The theory of everything
I would never have chosen to go see this film as it just doesn't look like my bag, but my sister wanted to see it so I went along with her.
It wasn't really for me though... while it was engaging enough it felt like a really old fashioned film - a very straight forward biopic that I did have some issues with (I found this article pretty interesting).
There was a lot about how Stephen Hawking has a really amazing personality which was shown by him making unfunny jokes that everyone laughed at and reading 'Playboy' euch. I did like Felicity Jones in this as
well as David Thewlis - I LOVE David Thewlis, why isn't he in everything?

So... have you seen any of these? what did you think? do you agree or disagree withmy thoughts? do you think David Thewlis should be in all films?
I'd be really interested to know.x


  1. ooh! Beyond clueless sounds fun!

  2. I still haven't recovered from David Thewlis's performance in Naked in 1993.


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