I mean, who would want to live in a place where the only cultural advantage is that you can turn right on a red light?
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
Afternoon tea is an absolute delight. There is so much to enjoy about it whether you are taking tea at Claridges or getting everyone together at home for family favourites.
Aside from tea, what is your essential afternoon tea feature? At the moment I’m partial to a french fancy!
Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Last night I saw ‘To Rome with Love’, the latest Woody Allen movie. It was really enjoyable – for me there is nothing like settling down in a comfy cinema with a glass of wine and the latest Woody Allen offering.
This morning we went for breakfast and this afternoon I will be baking. It has been a stressful few weeks so I’m looking forward to taking that out in the kitchen!
I’m currently looking for guest posts for when I am unable to blog for a week in a month or so – if you fancy it leave me a comment or send me an email. I will happily return the favour at a later date!
Here are a few links from my internet travels this week:
Mirroring my interior obsession with stairs
The Bachelor pad versus the Bachelorette pad – are we just talking stereotypes?
Pretty much the sweetest thing I have ever seen.
What it’s like to be a Northerner at University. And by Northern, that seems to mean anything further north than Watford / the M25.
And my London is Living posts from this week:
Enjoy – and have a great week ahead.
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.