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Safety Not Guaranteed


Have you seen the film Safety Not Guaranteed? I saw it in the cinema when it was released a few years ago and watched again this week on Netflix.

It’s a lovely film that makes me cry because it’s a film about people and kindness and it’s really heart-warming and stuff like that gets me every time. It has one my favourites quotes about music and songs too:

It’s that time and that place and that song, and you remember what it was like when you were in that place. And then you listen to that song, and you know you’re not in that place anymore, and it makes you feel hollow. You can’t just go find that stuff again.

When I’m listening to music alone I’m either fantasising about the future or feeling hollow thinking about the past.

When I listen to music alone it’s never about the present.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Last night I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey with a friend. Well I had to go and see it, didn’t I? I can’t pass judgement on something I haven’t seen. Thoughts:

  • Loved the sly reference to Jamie Dornan’s previous acting role as a serial killer in The Fall
  • The cinema was only half full on opening day
  • Anastasia had leg hair and I think even hair down there. Now I know the film isn’t feminism 101 but at least it didn’t feature a mannequin.
  • I laughed and cringed a lot; there was no chemistry and every conversation in the film was stilted
  • Whenever I think of Dakota Johnson I think of Melanie Griffin with the lions

P.S. Why you should put down that copy of Fifty Shades of Grey



Adverts for Birdman are plastered all over the underground. The way it was marketed appealed to me in every way. The reviews were plentiful and overwhelmingly positive, so at the weekend we headed off to the Barbican to see it.

1) The Barbican cinema is my new favourite place to watch a film.
2) I thought Birdman was excellent. Clever, and extremely well acted.
3) I enjoyed watching it, but I’m not sure I really liked it.
4) Paddington Bear was better.


Annie Hall at Fulham Palace London


Annie Hall is one of my favourite films (it’s up there with Manhattan, and yes I most definitely am a Woody Allen film addict) so I was excited to see it as part of the Nomad Cinema line-up.

The Nomad Cinema is a roaming pop-up cinema that screens films in beautiful and sometimes scary locations across London. Last year they screened The Shining at Brompton Cemetery but I wasn’t brave enough to face a night of terror like that.

As part of their programme for this summer they screened an Evolution of Rom-Com series in Fulham Palace, London. The location was admittedly rather romantic and I gushed at the fairy lights all night long.

Have you been to an outdoor cinema before? It is great fun especially if you take a picnic and watch the sun set around you. My only tip is to take lots of blankets, cushions and warm clothes – even in August it gets rather chilly at night. I didn’t take enough so was shivering through the whole Annie Hall in LA scene – not ideal.

As you might have guessed from the picture there was a photo booth and obviously we couldn’t resist the opportunity to act out the lobster scene. It was great fun and really got us in the mood for the film. For those of you that haven’t seen it, I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite Annie Hall quotes:

“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”

“Don’t you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we’re left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here.”

“You, you, you’re like New York, Jewish, left-wing, liberal, intellectual, Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps and the, the father with the Ben Shahn drawings, right, and the really, y’know, strike-oriented kind of, red diaper, stop me before I make a complete imbecile of myself.”

For those in London you might like to know that the Nomad Cinema is run by the same people behind the Lexi Cinema. So the next time you feel ripped off paying extortionate megaplex ticket price head to the Lexi instead.

Tickets courtesy of Samsung Smart TV

Portraits of Woody Allen

Woody Allen is one of my favourites. I use ‘favourites’ loosely so that I can be deliberately vague, because after all he is one of my favourite actors, comedians, eccentrics, directors… man, that list could go on.

He had me with the poster for Manhattan. I was in school at the time and it adorned a wall in a classroom, and I found it delightfully enigmatic. I have a love affair with New York in film and literature  as it is, so by the time I got round to watching the film, he had me at ‘He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion’.

That’s me. Idolizing and romanticizing a city I barely know way out of proportion.

Since watching Manhattan for the first time, a certain person in my life has subjected me to all manner of Allen films. There are some great ones, some bad ones and some truly odd ones. Midnight in Paris was beautiful. Vicky Christina Barcelona was sexy and fun. Annie Hall was pretty much my life for a little while. Everything you have always wanted to know about sex* (*but were afraid to ask) was… interesting, with some bits far funnier than others. Deconstructing Harry was a little peculiar. I was surprised to like Match Point. Whatever Works has become my catchphrase.

I love Woody Allen films. Yes, he is clearly a little odd. But the man makes great movies and sure as hell pulls an awesome pose out of the bag every single time he is caught on film. So below are a selection of portraits of the man himself – an icon to me and a feeder of my love of New York.

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