Saturday, 29 September 2018

Sunday, Sunday / Saturday, Saturday (78, 79 & 80)

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It's weird to think that the world of Harry Potter has been with me pretty much through my whole life. On September 1, J.K. Rowling's series about a boy wizard turned 20, and got me thinking how much these books effected my reading life. 

I was a bookworm before ever opening The Philosopher's Stone, but being given the magical paperback box set of the first four books totally expanded my literary horizons. As Vox's Constance Grady and Aja Romano explain in their article celebrating how the books changed the world, "the Harry Potter books combine the intricate plotting of a mystery with the sweep and scope of epic fantasy and the intimacy and character development of a classic boarding school narrative.

"The result is purely pleasurable to read at any age: The puzzle box mystery plotting keeps the pages turning propulsively forward, the fantastic mythology gives the world scope and magic and joy, and the boarding school structure makes the characters warm and familiar and charming." 

Descriptions like that make me want to re-read the series all over again. Once I'm done with the hundreds of books on my to-read list, I'm definitely going to dust off that old box set and step back into the world of all things magic. 

Ugh, I'm so damn excited about this damn film — I've been waiting for this trailer to drop for so long. Even though I still haven't seen Wonder Woman yet, but Captain Marvel is totally my sort of film. 90s, Brie Larson, and women power? Yes please. 


Where I live, it's kinda pot luck as to what visibility you're going to get when you look at the stars. Some nights it's pretty damn clear, others... not so much. On the clearest of nights I'll be able to see planets and make out constellations — with the aid of Night Sky — but it's not even close to the skies I've experienced in the countrysides of Devon and Mallorca. Naively, I didn't know that there were that many stars and meteors. That's how vast and clear the sky is outside of light pollution. 

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Obviously, Devon and Mallorca aren't the only places on earth where obsessing over astronomy is possible, and thanks to Popsugar's Amanda McCoy, you too can now work up a list of must-visit places for stargazers, who can experience the sheer magnitude that the night sky has to offer. From Death Valley to the Atacama Desert, you'll never see stars as clearly as you can in those locations. 

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Whilst I agree with Vinnie Mancuso's top 50 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes on Collider, obviously I have a different set of faves. Everyone will, and seeing this inspired me to list my top ten episodes of all 12 seasons so far (not 13 yet, since it's only just begun). 

Well, it was ten, then I kept remembering other episodes that I adored and managed to restrain myself to 15. And as much as I would have liked to add clips of my favourite scenes from each episode, this list would look way too cluttered. 

So instead, I've made a checklist for you which will allow you experience my humour in 15 episodes. Or you could give it to someone that hasn't seen IASIP as a sort of starter pack to the series. Also, writing my favourite moments and reading them back is still making me laugh — out of context IASIP is such a joy. 


I vaguely remember watching Laurel & Hardy as a kid, but I've only known them through their movies rather than who they were really like as people, so it'll be interesting to see what the actors are like outside of the camera for sure in Jeff Pope's biopic Stan & Ollie. 

And I'm also extremely intrigued to see how Steve Coogan (my fave) and John C Reilly as Laurel & Hardy. It's absolutely mental how much they both look them. 


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I'm not usually one to consistently watch British TV, but thanks to the sudden influx of quality autumn drama I can't stop. Bodyguard and Killing Eve are two highlights at the moment (I now have a major crush on Richard Madden), but I've still got Trust, Press, and Black Earth Rising to sit through as well. 

Thankfully these shows aren't really that long — usually between six and eight episodes — so I should be done in no time thanks to how addictive these are. So much TV, so little time. 


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Oh, I do love a good duo. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are precious ducklings that can do no wrong, and they love each other as much as I do. Speaking during a Q&A session at the Tellinide Film Festival in Colorado earlier this month, Stone described Gosling as a "dear, wonderful friend," and noted that she "can't even imagine what my life would be like without Ryan (same), he's so collaborative and excited about the [filmmaking] process."

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Gosling's just as adorable, once telling Entertainment Tonight that Stone "is just, like, constantly opening Christmas presents [...] there's nobody like her." The two actors have already been in three films together since 2011 — Crazy, Stupid, Love, Gangster Squad and, of course, La La Land — and there's no way they're going to stop acting alongside each other anytime soon. 

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As much as I loved my 'Thirteen Nights of Halloween Horror' last year, I'm gonna give it a pass this year. Obviously I'm still going to watch some classic films that I have yet to see, but I'm going to be so busy next month that I certainly don't have the time to watch and share my thoughts on thirteen films.

If you want to have a little peak into my Halloween watchlist though, I'm forming a checklist out of Cosmopolitan's list of the Halloweeniest movies. There are 40 to choose from, and I've watched just over half the films on the list so I definitely have plenty to choose from.

I don't think I need to explain anything here, other than I truly believe that Cage himself is a fictional character. And there's no way in hell he's basing all this on German expressionism lmao


I know, I know. I literally feature a book list in every single one of these. I am actually making process with my Goodreads challenge — I'm now two books behind schedule — so a list like Stylist's top September reads has already infiltrated my to-read list. 

From Lily Allen's new biography to Sally Rooney's Normal People, there are so many good books to get your hands on, even if September is almost over. 

Thanks to my lovely, beautiful, acne-ridden face, I've recently become an avid Lush consumer. Whilst it's not yet doing wonders for my breakouts (TMI but I think it's down to a bacterial infection, yay me), their skincare products are so refreshing. 

I'm currently only using Mask of Magniminty for my face, and will eventually begin a skincare routine once the acne has died down. Ocean Salt is another fave of mine, which I've been using primarily on my legs to rid razor bumps and ingrowns, which it is doing perfectly. 

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The other reason Lush has become my heaven is thanks to bath bombs. Thanks to my parents splashing out (no pun intended) with a bath with jets a few years back, we weren't sure if bath bombs were going to clog the jets up. 

After a few uses that I've had so far, everything seems to be okay so I went out and purchased my first batch of Halloween bath bombs — a Bewitched Bubble Bar, the Eyeball, and the Lord of Misrule. Once I go back for a top up of Magniminty and Ocean Salt, I'll probably pick up the Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb and the Monster's Ball one which were sold out when I last went. 

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...I have so many questions. I haven't started watching Apocalypse yet — once I've finished Killing Eve I will, promise — but from the trailer its so nice to see how the humour and the absolute horror still blend so well together, even in the eighth series. 

I still can't figure out how the characters from Coven and Murder House are going to merge together though. Because the characters from Murder House can't be in the Outpost shown in the trailer, since they're bound to the house. Right? 

Who knows. It is American Horror Story after all. 


Me if I owned a charity shop (or any shop that sold picture frames, for that matter). 

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A book about the history of the original Disneyland? Uh, sign me the f*ck up. Described by Taschen as "a pastel-coloured delight," Chris Nichols' Walt Disney's Disneyland "charts the creation and expansion of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which opened in 1955. Chris Nichols shows how it was very much a product of its time, of the sun drenched optimism of 1950s America.

"It's a delicious piece of Americana, packed with images — of plans and models and costume designs, of the first characters and the first visitors, looking at each of the original park's sections, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street". 

I'm so, so excited to get my hands on this one. Hopefully if it does well — which I'm 100% sure it will — there will be similar books on the history of Disney World, and the Disneyland's across the world. 

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Ever wondered how Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure was made? Thanks to a conversation with director Stephen Herek and actor Alex Winter, you needn't wonder any longer. From insight into how Herek wound up directing Bill & Ted to Winter's relationship with Reeves and how they approached the characters of Bill and Ted, these interviews conducted by The Guardian's Phil Hoad is a must-read. 

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Lana Del Rey is my queen, and I wish she would just continuously release music. That's unreasonable obviously, but I just adore her and her music so much. My dreams have somewhat been answered though, as she suddenly dropped two new singles — including a 9-minute soundscape, um, yes please — and will be releasing her sixth record Norman F*cking Rockwell next year. 

I honestly can't. 


I knew that Nintendo were going to treat me right when it came to purchasing a Switch. Even though the Pokemon Let's Go Switch is limited (grr), hopefully I can get my hands on it when I actually decide to pre-order, especially since it's marginally cheaper (by around £80 or so). 

Whilst I'm to a huge fan of the Eevee and Pikachu decals on the Switch dock, the silhouette decal on the back of the console is beautiful, along with the joycon colours which I absolutely adore. Hopefully I can get my hands on one of these when it comes to the release of Let's Go


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My excitement for the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina holds on bounds, and now there is finally a trailer. Well, a teaser trailer anyway, but I'm so, so hyped. It looks so dark and disturbing, more so than I thought it would from imagery. I mean, what we've seen so far looks very demon-y and occult-y, but frankly the trailer has amped that up to 100. 


Whilst I grew up in the age of the mobile phone, I didn't properly own one until I began college (for non-Brits, that's the stage between high school and university). 

The majority of students surrounding me in secondary school had smartphones, I had a basic flip-up to phone or text my parents on to pick me up. At the time, I was pretty unhappy about it — I really wanted a damn iPhone. But looking back on it now, I really appreciate my parents not letting me have a smartphone until I reached college age (16). 

I don't rely on my phone at all. Sure, I have it with me all the time (as everyone does nowadays), but the only times I get fully engrossed in it is either playing Peak or absentmindedly googling stuff thanks to my brain constantly running at 100mph. Maybe it's because I'm introverted, who knows. 

This also contributed to my 'millennial' vocabulary. In some ways, I feel like I'm ten times older than my generation, as I've only recently started getting caught up with modern lingo and abbreviations thanks to my time on tumblr and my current writing job. Although, there's always been one word that has stuck with me ever since my cousin let me play on his Nokia 3310, and that was LOL. 

And boy, how LOL changed the way we talk, as The Atlantic rightfully points out. 



Yeah, you read that right. Not only is a television series of Watchmen in the works — on HBO no less — but it's now been confirmed that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will be composing the music.

If it's anything similar to their work on David Finch's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it's going to be perfect.


Everything seems to be falling into place lately for me. First Lana Del Rey, then Reznor and Ross composing Watchmen, now Joaquin Phoenix is the Joker. Phoenix is one of my favourite actors, and it's going to be exciting to see what he does with such a famous villain.

And yes, I like the makeup.


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