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Dvd’s and Books Christmas Wishlist

So, since its been a while since I last updated again, literally I’ve gone from talking about Autumn and now BAMB Christmas  still I thought I’d start a little collection of my Christmas Wishlists, starting with books and films if you couldn’t guess. Since The Amazing SpiderMan came out today!Dvd's and books wishlist
First off, Chuck Palahniuks’ ‘Damned’, being a huge fight club fan I picked this up when wandering round a bookstore by where I work, I read up to chapter five, and I’m hooked! Its a sort of satire of Judy Bloom’s, Are You There God its me Margret (or a title to that effect its been some years since Judy Bloom for me), with a bit of breakfast club thrown in. Its got Chucks (I’m calling him this because his surname is too difficult to repeatedly write) typical style that makes you feel ashamed of yourself for essentially just being normal, I haven’t watched a single Jeremy Kyle episode since beginning it. The protagonist is Madison  a 13 year old daughter of a celebrity couple who winds up in hell. So far the most emotive imagery has been her asking Satan to help her give up hope, a paradoxical and truly heartbreaking concept.
‘Grimm Tales’, Phillip Pullman. So I’ve not read any of this one, but being a bit of a fairy tale nerd, and lover of ‘His Dark Materials’ when I was younger I’m really intrigued by his reworkings of the Grimm tales.
Miranda Hart, ‘ Is it just me’ I’m going to assume this needs no introduction, but if it does well, this… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTf17cmPl0I
Snow White and the Huntsman, Okay so I didn’t go to see this with the highest of hopes, but I ended up loving the film. As I’ve just said I do like my fairy tales, and this was a real treat. I really loved Kristen Stewart’s performance, its reminded me a little of Jodie Foster, that sort of in strength wrapped in vulnerability  that she often presents made for quite a powerful moment when she does don the Armour. Other noteworthy moments, the entire existence of Chris Hemsworth, and Bob Hoskins just felt magical whenever he was on camera.
Skyfall, if anyone has written this off based on the dire show that was Quantum of Solace don’t. To me this was Bond, back to his best, with touching homages to the older movies but yet still feeling fresh. It was a little reminiscent of Die Hard 4.0, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with its old fashioned guy trapped in the modern age/ ‘I’m getting too old for this’  theme but still felt exciting, if a little cliched now. However I felt really disappointed with M, I felt as though the head of MI5 would have been at least able to shoot a bloody gun still.
The Amazing SpiderMan. I never really took to the Toby Maguire trilogy, to me, it just wasn’t the SpiderMan that I knew and loved from the comic books. Andrew Garfield is brilliant though, if you watched the SpiderMan cartoon in the early to mid 90’s his is that guy. I loved how this time Parker was a gutsy kid who fought for what he believed in BEFORE he changed, and was witty and funny – unlike the annoying timid Maguire version who needed superpowers before he would stand up for himself. Also Rhys Ifans is perfect as the lizard! A really great superhero movie, I think the Marvel franchise has finally got the right blend of comedy/effects/ heart/ action now.
Also, Mum should you see any of these, please don’t think of them as some kind of lavish letter to santa.
Thanks
Charlotte
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My Top Twenty Films

I few years ago I started a mini mission, to see the every film on the 101 films to see before you die list, which I have pretty much completed besides the few I just can’t bring myself to watch past the first five minutes of Blue Velvet anybody. Since then though I’ve realised there’s about 20 films which I cycle through non – stop, so I though I’d give a little run down.

1. Fight Club – David Fincer, Brad Pitts abs, Helena Bonham Carter, Ed Norton and meat loaf gets boobs what more can you honestly want from a film.

2. Trainspotting – Englands slight less glossy though overall happier version of Requiem for a Dream, an early Danny Boyle directing what I reckon is his best film set in Scotland, Heroin addicts, a cat and Johny Lee Miller looking fine.

3 Recess Schools Out – genuinely though quality is quality and this is pure quality. If you haven’t seen it you really should

4. In the Name of the Father – A group of people wrongly accused of committing the Guilford bombings carried out by the IRA in the 70’s. Heart renching, made all the worse by the fact that its a true story. That an epic performances by Emma Thompson, Daniel Day Lewis, and Pete Posthwaite (spell?)

5. Passport to Pimlico – if you haven’t seen this you really should, its just after the war Pimlico a London borough finds out its part of Burgundy – No more rations, no more tax – chaos ensues – classic English comedy at its best. If i’m feeling down – 1 tub of cookie dough + this = Happy Lily

6. Cool Runnings- We Got Rhythm We Got Rhyme Get on Down it Bobsleigh Time – I love John Candy – again true storys always break my heart and this is so bloody qouteable!

7.The Usual Suspects – just watch it – best twist ending ever, it actually inspired the Scary movie twist – so you know its good

8. Pulp Fiction – I believe the world divided in to two groups people how prefer Pulp Fiction and those who prefer fight club, obviously fight club is better, and if you don’t like either I honestly don’t know if I want to know you …

9. The Boat that Rocks – One of the best soundtracks to a film ever and I love it when Britain does what it does best, and makes classic movies that are so perfectly understated that there just amazing

10. Requiem for a Dream – see Pulp fiction, replace pulp fiction with Requiem and then fight club with trainspotting, also I’m now scared of fridges…

to be continued..

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