delga: ([thandie] i gave you love.)

Continuing the trend of no actual content for this journal, please, have some BAFTA yay.


delga: ([my own] worst enemy.)

Today The Mother and I went shopping to buy the last of the Christmas presents and some other bits and bobs. We still have a couple of things to get but we're very nearly done, hurrah. I also saw some boots that I like in Clarks so hopefully The Sister will help me out with her staff discount.

Tomorrow I need to go to the local Factory Shop and pick up some trainers (my first in 10+ years!) and hopefully a pair of jeans/trousers. Then I should basically be prepped for Aberdeen.

Tonight we're watching Merlin (huzzarms!) and after dinner I'm going to do a pre-bake wherein I test my newest biscuit/cookie recipe. It needs refrigerating overnight so I can bake them tomorrow morning. If they come out well that's a few gifts sorted out (I AM TERRIBLE) (& also skint).

In a couple of minutes I'm going to call up T and N in Soton and hopefully have a good long blather about absolutely nothing. Strip me down and paint me excited, y'all. Um. Or not.

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Challenge #5 at [livejournal.com profile] picspammy is favourite people or something like that. Anyway, in a move that shocks absolutely nobody my two entries were Saffron Burrows and Thandie Newton. I am also considering wasting some time tomorrow doing minispams of Michelle Yeoh and Claire Forlani. We'll see.

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In other news, I totally want to watch old school NCIS right now. Which is great because s1 is being repeated on Saturday nights, yay.

Speaking of: fic rec! McThief (NCIS) by [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis is a short post-6x07 ficlet about a missing stash of chocolate. It is lovely and funny and joy-inducing, much in the way of the show itself. Many hearts.

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And now to go and do... things.

delga: ([thandie] perform)

Thanks to every one who replied to the Job Stories post; I'll reply to y'all individually later. If any one else wants to add anything, please feel free.

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True Blood 1x01-1x03. )


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THANDIE NEWTON: STILL MORE AWESOME THAN THOU. Yes, yes, and thank you.

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Sarah Connor Chronicles, season 2. )


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I'm writing this Spooks ficlet and it keeps turning into something ridiculous, and I keep having to cross out everything but the first paragraph. The problem is that I only have a vague idea of what I want to do with it. I wanted it to be a NCIS crossover but with the new season of that starting tonight (oh. my. fucking. god.) I'm reluctant on that front, too. So. I don't know. I've been writing this since the beginning of August almost, so I'm feeling ridic, and if I don't finish it before S7 then it'll never get written. But, whatev, right?

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I finally finished last week's Bones (the dogs) and fuck, yes, okay, I bawled like a child. Man alive, this show is pretty depressing! What's with that?

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DID I MENTION NEW NCIS. I'm so fucking nervous. First-date syndrome, what?

delga: ([Random] ever since eden.)

The Dad woke me up at some ungodly hour just to remind me to wake up at 6am. UGH. As it turns out, this is because The Mother told him to. I OWN AN ALARM CLOCK GTFO. That said, I woke up and got ready and trundled into D and spent the next couple of hours being cheery at some really depressing customers. One of the regulars was very sweet, but no-one else returned my jubilant smiles. Fuck it, next time I'll just scowl at you all. (Kd!)

Came home after 10am and then watched as the sky repeatedly fell down. Wow.

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Natalie Merchant's Motherland has basically become my Ziva soundtrack. So many appropriate lyrics and sounds. Guh.

Have also rediscovered The Editors' The Back Room. iTunes shuffle has been good to me today.

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Later I decided to make more muffins, and thus made the trek back into D to buy cream cheese, only to return home and find that there weren't enough eggs. Sigh. A job for tomorrow, huzzah.

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I watched Mad Men! I'm trying to watch Saving Grace! I'll probably ditch that for The Middleman, though, because Ham Dewey's angst is tres tres painful.

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Apparently we are leaving for wedding part ii on Thursday what what what?

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Yes, I am using this icon again. I loves it is why.

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eta:

delga: ([doctor who] kapow!)

Ah, see, I knew it was too good to be true (also: it didn't make much sense). Bryce Dallas Howard joins T4, replacing Gainsbourg.

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So it's probably time to update already. Friday morning was just one long bore. I have never understood why the English exams are always scheduled for the afternoon, but I was in the library until 11.30 and then I went for lunch with T and her friend J; they'd both had a 9am exam. Went back upstairs to my desk after that but then The Flatmate arrived so we hung out in the library cafe instead. She tested me on quotations whilst she had some lunch and then finally it was 2pm and we left for the Union. She's been doing work with the SU, filming various events and the woman she was working with taught her how to edit the clips, so whilst I was in my exam, she was off doing that.

The exam was odd. It was a basic 2-part exam, 1 hour for comprehension, 1 hour for argumentation. The two poems our tutor chose for the compare and contrast were really strange. boring. )

All in all that second question went much, much better. So I don't know how I did overall, because I can't gauge how the marks will even out. I'm worried about my degree classification (because that's what I do) and apparently we get our dissertations back this week (which I don't want because the day after I handed it in, I could see in my mind exactly what needed changing to bring the damn grade up). So. Yeah, I don't know. I do know that results come out 20June, but contrary to my desires, I'll be back in the Fen by then.

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After the exam, I sauntered out to the SU - the exam was held in the Sports Hall so we were right next to the Union - to find a couple of my classmates sitting on one of the benches outside the pub. I sat down to wait for The Flatmate to turn up and we ended up sitting there for a couple of hours whilst people relaxed post-exam, and drank.

Around 6pm we left for the house, but when we got there The Flatmate decided she wanted a sub so we headed straight out again for Pw. to go to Subway. When we got there we ended up in The Mitre for a couple of hours so it was after 8pm when we finally bought food and headed back to the house. Then we cornered T and watched the Lost finale, most of which we spent being traumatised for reasons not entirely connected with the show. Do we have to wait until January for the next season? Après we watched the episode of X-Files with the subliminal messages. "Kill. Kill 'em. Kill 'em all." Hilarity!

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Saturday I spent watching X-Files and then walking in, around and back from town. The Flatmate and I watched Doctor Who and were happily creeped out. minor spoils. )

Then we ate quickly and headed to the cinema to see Indiana Jones which was really enjoyable. I like that kind of silly action caper, and I thought it was pretty well done, all things considered. I loved Blanchett's character so much. spoilers. ) Also, the film was weirdly life-referential! The Flatmate and I picked out six or seven ironic references (inadvertent, obviously, although it felt like we were being spoken to) to our lives in the past fortnight - silly things like shadows, or Pan Am which was a big part of The Aviator, of course (another Blanchett flick). It was bizarre. All in all, a great night.

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Yesterday I spoke to The Mother for the first time in a fortnight (re: going home shenanigans, ugh) and then to The Sister who has the last of her AS exams today. The Flatmate and I went out at 3.30pm to discover the other half of the local park and ended up walking a mile or so towards another town before heading back. It was a nice day, actually. I think that I'm going to wash my face again and then go for another walk today. I'm enjoying the activity, which is new. I mean, I've always liked walking, but I like the energy it gives me. Am lacking in that in most other departments currently.

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Isn't this picture fantastic? People have been talking about the second season recently, and I finally caught up (after a year!) with the finale. I'm excited!


After our long walk yesterday, The Flatmate and I watched The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (Doctor Who), and I know it's a couple of decades earlier, but Nancy's coat is gorgeous. 1900s dress pre-70s is sort of smashing.

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Let's finish how we started off: Thandie joins the cast of Roland Emmerich's 2012. Huzzah! Girl is also playing Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's Bush biopic, W. Thandie gave a great interview with The Guardian last week. You can find it here but I doubt you're as interested as I am, heh.

delga: ([thandie] perform)

Haha, top 5s. Any more for any more?

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[livejournal.com profile] perverseparagon asked me about my top 5 fandom peeves, fanfic kinks and smells.

top 5 fandom peeves )


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top 5 fanfic kinks. )


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top 5 smells. )


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[livejournal.com profile] raeyashi asked me for top 5 pretty pictures of Thandie and five things I wish I'd thought of first (!)

top 5 Thandie pictures. )


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top 5 things I wish I'd thought of first. )

delga: ([numb3rs] something more I guess.)

No recs today because The Dad wants me to stand in the shop this afternoon. Normally I resent being asked to do this, but for whatever reason, I don't mind this holiday. Hopefully the afternoon shift isn't DEATHLY but I'm beginning to think it's always like that in the shop now, which is a little scary. Trade is disappearing.

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I think The Family is gathering at one of my uncle's houses for the long weekend, but we won't be going. (Read: shop.) I also think that my maternal uncle is visiting tomorrow. Tomorrow marks the end of my first week of Easter break which means pretty soon I need to read Tortilla Curtain, email my classmates re: Paradise Lost, prep my On the Road essay, and do some serious work on my dissertation. Some time this break I also have to go shopping with my mum's side of the family (ugh - to the shopping more than the company, but still; this never goes well) and get myself measured up for a handful of sari blouses. This wedding malarkey is getting to be more than a little irritating (and I haven't even been to any of the pre-festivities that have been held so far, let alone the ones that have yet to come).

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The Long Blondes have a new album out on 7th April; it's called Couples. Having only discovered them in the last year, I am full of hypothetical yayarms. Once and Never Again remains one of my favourite songs of 2007, and Heaven Help the New Girl comes a close second.

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Lost continues to scare the crap out of me. Huzz.

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edit: OH THANDIE. Way to get on the Fug Boat.

delga: ([thandie] i gave you love.)

Gratuitous Layout Post. Yes, yes, back to a smaller font. Mostly I changed it because the other one was too dark for me, and also, I love this picture. In fact, I love the whole damn shoot. If you refresh the image in my userinfo, you can see more of them. Just brilliant.


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Damn, T2 is hella long. Explains a lot about The Sarah Connor Chronicles, though, and was more than watchable, though emotionally overwrought on occasion. Robert Patrick was so young! He kind of reminded me of Jonathan Tucker sometimes.

Eeee! New Sarah Connor Chronicles tomorrow! Smashing!

Which reminds me, a while a go - when I was going through an intense period of Papa Winchester Love - I came across this fantastic Terminator crossover fic. So excellent! You must read:

in the border fires by [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess [papa w/mama c]

Her name is Sarah Connor, and when he tells her his name she gets that twinkle of amusement in her eyes that anyone who's ever handled a weapon tends to get. But instead of asking, "Like the gun?", she leans back on the small couch as her long light brown hair spills over her shoulder, then says, "Same name as my kid. Must be a sign."

John highly doubts that, because he believes in a lot of signs but not the kind that lead to this.


!!! So, Papa W and Mama C are sort of each other's mirror, and also each other's antithesis. And if you thought Papa W was fucked up, you ain't seen shit yet. You don't even need to know the fandoms to understand that you've got two desperate ghosts here, both running, both fighting, and both with secret agendas. It's a meeting of like souls, and it's about as broken up as it would be if the two had ever met. A good read all 'round.

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Ugh, I have the worst headache. Tomorrow I have a screening of Grapes of Wrath and a lecture on the text in the afternoon. I am currently suffering a swell of 'does not want' but whatever. Tomorrow will be better, hopefully.

delga: ([ncis] raindusk.)

Garrett Dillahunt! Mister, you are getting to be everywhere!

Sarah Connor Chronicles, 1x04. )


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I actually wrote the above on Sunday. So.

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Taken! I was completely into this show when it first aired but like most things, BBC stuck it on BBC2 at a godforsaken hour and I never got to see the conclusion. Now I'm rewatching the earlier episodes and recognising plot lines and various faces. I also saw:


It was so long ago, I never even clicked when I saw Deadwood. I think this is because of his screentime, although for years since I've recognised other actors from this show and not known their names. I remember trying to keep The Mother up-to-date with the complicated plot, and having to give all the characters vague nicknames (because she never remembers character names). Joel Gretsch's character was spoiler )

. I also remember that I was really excited because it was a show that featured Julie Benz, Catherine Dent and Eric Close (three people I was interested in after Buffy, The Shield and The Magnificent Seven. I still smile whenever Dent turns up somewhere unexpected - like the S3 finale of Numb3rs, or Sarah Connor Chronicles, yay). more spoilers ) And of course: Dakota Fanning.

HBO's miniseries are so damn watchable. I know I've said it before but I'm a fan of the mini-series format because the stories tend to be better thought-out, the resolutions are satisfying, and the shows don't have time to dilapidate, which is a bonus. The BBC is known for singular programming; it's only in the past 10 years or so that serialisations have become popular (as opposed to sitcoms and soaps). I've been watching quite a few recently (most notably Band of Brothers) and it's nice to be able to rewatch this one, seeing as it was so excellent the first time around. More than that, though, I've been quite busy, so this feels like 'me' time, well-earned.

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UGH, INTERNETS SNAFU ALL EVENING. Haven't been able to check my mail, eljay, anything. Stressful. I did, however, put the time to good use by sorting out my reading for later this week. This means that I will have more free time to work on my dissertation draft, and to watch Taken (naturally).

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Possibly the only positive thing I can say about Thandie at the BAFTAs is that her hair and makeup was flawless. Her dress was... I was pretty confused/horrified looking at it. GIRL. You are so PRETTY. Why do you continue to wear these crazy things when you can (and so often do) look so fabulous?! (General consensus seems to be thatshe is pullng it off, and yet I still can't wrap my head around it. So.)

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It's been quite a good day, actually. I got up around 9am because I had to go and pick up my package from the post office, and I was going to leave the house at the same time as T who had a 10am class. We left together, I headed for the post office, only to find out that (a) they didn't have the damn thing and (b) they're closing - permanently, wtf - tomorrow morning. Naturally, I was all, "???" and then I asked the guy if there was any chance that the package might come later in the day. "Oh, um, yeah. Try after 3pm." Great. So I went to Av. campus for my 11am screening to which my tutor was about a half-hour late. Not that it mattered. We watched this Finnish film called Leningrad Cowboys Go America (weird and hilarious) and then clips from The New World (the latest Pocahontas story with Colin Farell as John Smith). At 1pm I had lunch with T and The Flatmate, then T and I walked back to the house. I read for half an hour, collected my package, dropped it off at the house and then headed to Hf. for the lecture on Accordion Crimes. An excellent lecture, really interesting. I have the seminar for that on Tuesday afternoon.

When I got back from the lecture I sat down to do today's reading (Nabokov's Pnin = genius), spent time with the housemates, ate, and then sat down to watch Taken. I should probably try to go to sleep soon. Email replies/comments later, I promise.

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At 00.42, I was just about ready to hit post. What happened? Oh yeah, the internet junked. AGAIN. Bloody hell.

delga: ([thandie] perform)

OH THANDIE WHAT


WHAT WHAT WHAT. You're so FABULOUS and I think possibly a LITTLE CRAZY. Because, seriously, WHAT NOW.

edit: UM. SO. I've been looking at this picture for quite some time now and I may indeed be going BATSHIT but I think that, uh, maybe SHE IS WORKING IT?

delga: ([thandie] perform)

delga: ([the wire] you ain't even beige.)

FUCKING SPOILERS. Out of nowhere, hit a page and get fucked.

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Relatedly, Seth Gilliam plays Sgt. Carver on The Wire. CHECK THIS OUT, LOLZ.


With Thandie! In Jefferson in Paris! lolz.

delga: ([thandie] you should try harder.)

Thandie lightens up.


“The Pursuit of Happyness was miserable. I could barely get to grips with the idea of it. But I realised that if a woman wants to do that, she’s at the end. If you leave your kids, you want to die. That’s the only way I could think of it and that’s the way I played it. I hope that came across. You should have seen the script when I first got it. I thought, ‘Shit, I’ve got to do this. I can’t let someone else portray this character as a one-dimensional bitch.’ That would be another strike against women. To give them credit, the director and Will knew that.”

LOVE.

delga: ([thandie] beauty in majesty.)

Thandie Newton on the set of Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. 9.7.2007.

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Proper update tomorrow.

delga: ([c. minds] leader.)

Woke up late this morning - well, I say late, it was 9am - then spent the rest of my time writing emails. Huzwhat!

My tutor meeting yesterday went very well - my personal tutor is this wonderful Scottish man who taught me for LTC2 last year and is such a kindly man. He made me feel a lot better about my next options, so that was good. My classes were pretty mundane, and I got my On Reading essay back. I did well enough but I would have done better if I'd caught my typos. I'm getting really mad at the keys sticking on this thing. But, whatever. My average for this semester is already up on last semester's.

I should probably read the rest of The Subtle Knife today but I figure I'll do that when I get back from the research skills lecture (yawn). I think The Flatmate and I are watching Stranger Than Fiction tonight, and there's some sort of Mouse-related plan for the weekend. (We decided we were stupid re:[livejournal.com profile] duck_cheer because we didn't take them around Soton. So we're going to do that with Mouse instead.

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Oh, Thandie. How awesome would it have been to see her perform live?!


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I have some cards from the ever-generous and lovely [livejournal.com profile] tigertrapped to pin to my wall, not to mention a slice of poetry by [livejournal.com profile] twincy. (I feel like running a poetry-thon, but I'm not going to because that would be many shades of crazy.) And I have cards of my own to send out, yay!

I should obviously never be given free time: I waste it all. Now I have to see if I can actually write these drabbles.

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edit: MY PRINT OF MICHELANGELO'S CREATION OF ADAM JUST FELL OFF THE WALL WTF.

delga: ([numb3rs] road-trip.)

Another productive day, and sunny, too, without being sweltering. Double lecture on reading romance literature after which I went to the charity shop and bought a Mills and Boon book called Taken by the Sheik. Then read the whole thing. That's an hour and a half of my life that I will never get back. (For those not paying attention: it's for tomorrow's seminar; low brow romance lit.) I have more to say about today's lecture and what it means to write female protagonists in their various constructions but frankly, it's much too pretty a day for me to go there just yet. Maybe tonight.

This evening The Flatmate and I are going to see Sunshine. EXCITED. Because, yes, gorgeous cinematography, and MICHELLE YEOH. I've been yenning for this one for a while now.

Just to make the fangirling complete, [livejournal.com profile] hires_hotties had pictures of Thandie at the IWC Da Vinci Launch Party where she performed in a short play. She's so tiny and pretty; I've heard that the performance was excellent, too.


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For those of you following the saga of the posters: both The Rat Pack and The Men Eating Lunch Above New York fell on me last night. So I was all 'fuck it', and just pinned them up instead.

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I have about ten more drabbles to write and then I can post at last. I think I have enough to work on my [livejournal.com profile] numb3rs_het fic now, and some inspiration for the [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon one, too. And I'm thinking about running the MFFF again just because it was fun. So: all go.

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I still have Friday's Raines to finish, as well as the first three episodes of Drive. Am feeling oddly apathetic towards actual fannish pursuits.

delga: ([ncis] waiting in the eaves.)

I'm so used to having seminars on Friday that I now finish up Thursday classes and am surprised that it's not the weekend already, heh. My Children's lit tuor seems to want somethingfor me that she won't articulate. It's infuriating because I feel like I'm falling short of some expectation or that she has low expectations of me. My On Reading class was hilarious just because I'm a nerd and we were talking about what exactly Gertrude Stein meant by 'wandering' in Three Lives: Melanctha. Yay.

Tomorrow is the research skills lecture. Now I'm going to upload Duck Cheer pictures and then do research for my children's literature essay; also going to watch NCIS and maybe last week's Stargate already (um, oops? Not really).

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Have finished uploading photos for my picspam and people! Give me drabble-ficlet prompts or whatever!

Also: saw the first trailer for Run, Fat Boy, Run. Only Dylan Moran and Simon Pegg so far - no Thandie! Which is why I feel you should all see this fabulous photograph:


Hee! Love.

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TW has a friend, D, who we met at the beginning of the year. He's a sweet guy but they've had a falling out (and they have some sort of history) and so I've not seen him in ever. Except I totally saw him on the way back from class. I bought him chocolate buttons because I'm like that. Anyway, it was nice to see him.

Related to that, but only in ways intelligible to me, my mini-fridge may be dying a slow death. Beverages are not getting cold and the fan is beginning to make a lot of noise. Hmm. Not a good sign.

Also: my keys are really, really sticking. Again. So apologies for the typos.

Also, also: got my film essay back. It was dismal. Which means I need to do much better this term. Which means I totally need to do that research now.

delga: ([thandie] superstar.)

I'm going to Waitrose in a minute to buy breakfast (I forgot yesterday for whatever reason) and to buy a copy of The Telegraph, which I never read but for its interviews with Thandie:


Pretty Tough.

When we sit down to talk she denies her life is special. 'From the outside it might look that way,' she admits. 'You know, the picture of it. But life is hard. Because we expect it not to be. It's what the Buddhists call samsara, that cycle of desire and expectation that leads to disappointment.'

And this would be one of the reasons why I'm such a big fan of hers. She's so down-to-earth and focused, and she's growing as an actress all the time. I've seen nearly every film she's done - nearly. I still have the TV series and mini-films to hunt down, but I will. It's not about obsessing with someone because they're beautiful, even if she is. He work choices are fascinating, and the way she's gone about her career is fascinating to me. So. Yeah. I'm impressed.

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Finished Wind in the Willows yesterday and read half of The Aspern Papers. Going to finish the James text today and then going to do the extra reading. The course handbook - a tome of photocopied sheets - has all the extra reading in it so I won't have to dig around for change to make my own from the library, so that's cool.

After that, I'm going to enjoy the rest of the weekend in the manner that I'm supposed to! I want to watch a couple of the commentaries for S1 of Spooks and I have this week's Numb3rs to watch. For some reason I also have this week's Law and Order. Not that I'm complaining, but I have no idea how I got that.

Tomorrow I have no classes but I need to finalise the details for Research Skills and make sure everybody's on the same page. I went to see a house yesterday, too, and whilst it's a lovely house, it's a bit inconvenient. I don't know. I want to see couple other properties, but I don't think people are up for that idea. We'll see.

Finally: it's a nice day! NO SNOW HUZRAH. ! This makes me happy. Very happy. I mean, thank fuck.

delga: ([thandie] superstar.)

The latest offering from Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Trainspotting) is Sunshine and features MICHELLE YEOH, HELL YES. (Also: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans and people that I did not recognise.) Colour me excited. (She was supposed to be in Jet Li's Fearless and then wasn't, so the last film I saw her in was Memoris of a Geisha which came out about a year ago. So when it comes to a new film, I'm all, IT'S ABOUT TIME.)

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HURRAH, because Joseph Gordon-Levitt also has a new flick out: The Lookout. As per always, the trailer looks fabulous. I &hearts JGL and his unending ability to play so many different characters that if you lined them all up, they'd all look like strangers. Amazing guy.

The intelligent crime drama is centered around Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mysterious Skin), a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

Bonus? MATTHEW GOODE. In an actual, serious role, kicking some actual, serious ass. &hearts

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Reign Over Me, a film with Don Cheadle and...Adam Sandler WHAT? But the trailer looks like your usual heart-warming affair of the grass is greener. It's won me over at least. I'm definitely interested, and more than that I'm surprised by this instance of Sandler possibly being able to act, what?

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Seraphim Falls is a post-US Civil War drama where Liam Neeson is hunting down Pierce Brosnan of all people because the latter torched the former's home and family. It occurred to me whilst watching this trailer that I'm not certain that the two actors can pull off the roles, and furthermore, Jude Law should never ever have been in Cold Mountain. That said, I'm game for anythet in this landscape and during this period so. Yeah.

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The Dead Girl looks like my kind of movie: mystery plot, multiple perspectives, fucked up chronology. Bonus: Rose Byrne (who apparently is EVERYWHERE these days) and Toni Collette, woo! Brittany Murphy is your eve-ready fuck-up and she seems to be revelling in that role all over again. (This gives me the yen to watch Girl, Interrupted today. Hmm. Maybe.) Anyway, definitely one that I will be going to see.

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Every time I see the trailer for Breaking & Entering, two things happen. Firstly, the prerequisite OMG! reaction for Juliette Binoche whom I adore in everything. Secondly, the prerequisite WTF, People Are Still Employing Him? reaction for Jude Law who I have yet to see actually ACT. EVER. I have never seen him in anything where he is even vaguely convincing. And frankly, he's not even that pretty. (At first Law seems plausible in the role and then the whole thing falls to pot, so who knows?) That said, the film looks like it may indeed be worth the watch, so I'll probably get around to seeing it one day.

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Anthony LaPaglia and the fabulous, massively underrated VIOLA DAVIS (not to mention ISABELLA ROSSELLINI, THANK YOU) star opposite one another in The Architect where the former is an architect (heh) with money and a job and what have you, and the latter is fighting the street drug war. It sounds like your usual rich-meets-poor, rich-is-reformed story, but it looks watchable.

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Foreign films are my guilty pleasure and whilst I've seen plenty in Spanish and French, I haven't seen so many in German. The Lives Of Others is set in WWII Germany and is basically a spy drama and romance thriller tied up in one. It looks really, really good and I'm impressed by the range of casting and the implied plot. Check it out.

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Of course, no film post would be complete without the requisite Thandie mentions: Pursuit of Happyness and Norbit. Also, Run, Fat Boy, Run which, well. Heh.

eta: Speaking of Norbit, there are new stills and clips, yay! Thandie is looking lovely, as ever. It's nice to see her in a fun role.

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