Back in 2009 AMC’s Breaking Bad was entirely brand new. A decade later, it is internationally known as the TV series which has set the bar for all box-sets and television series, giving competing TV series a run for their money. (It first aired on the FX channel in the UK, but is now freely available for all Netflix customers.) According to Wikipedia, the entire series (that’s six series in total) has won 110 awards and been nominated 262 times.
Golden Globe awards have been won and having brought in $100 million at the box office and climbing up the US charts with a killer soundtrack, La La Land continues to soar as the best film of 2016. The hype from the press and social media suggested that viewers would be getting something original from Hollywood. The idea of our favourite heartthrob, Ryan Gosling, and American sweetheart, Emma Stone, taking us on a brightly-lit journey of hope, love, song, dance and tears had people eagerly reserving tickets to see it on the first night it was released. Yet rather than satisfaction, mixed opinions abound – not everyone was reeling as much as the critics who gave it a five-star rating.
Reviewed January 9th 2016
What is willpower and where does it come from? I bought this book on January 1st; the day when people reflect on their past year and consider New Year resolutions. Often the problem with resolutions is that they can be easily broken. They have the right intentions, (cut down on alcohol, eat less junk food, make more time for exercise), yet they lack the ability to make things happen.
Willpower: Rediscovering our greatest strength clarifies preconceived ideas of willpower and utilises psychological theories, research experiments and scientific studies, put in laymen terms, to express what truly defines us, humans, from animals, (on top of our ability to rationalise our actions).
Although this may seem sound as if the book is suggesting that willpower is inside us, the book acknowledges and explains why it is harder to motivate ourselves and follow through with our goals, which are usually dependant on a variety of key factors i.e. timing, mind set, glucose levels, and more.
Sometimes, we give ourselves tall orders, make unrealistic goals, think too ambitiously and expect more from ourselves, which often leads to procrastinating, committing vices and depression. Essentially, we don’t know how to regulate our mental or physical willpower, and a lot of that is down to a lack of self-control.
I am ashamed to say that I still haven’t seen the Theory of Everything, yet, having now seen Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Based on a true story, this tender film breezes through the tormented life of Scandinavian couple Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda (Alicia Vikander), and Lili’s transformation from a transgender to a transsexual. Yet during the 1920s it was a dangerous time to be transgender, let alone homosexual – the concepts (transgender; transsexual) hardly existed in those days.
The film follows landscape artist Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) stroking fur jackets, concealing silk dresses underneath men’s clothing and, eventually, strutting like a woman. Hiding behind tutus, and looking at his naked reflection in the mirror, imagining what life would be like without a penis, Hooper and screen play writer Lucinda Coxon reveal a pretty woman that had been locked up and buried deep inside a man’s body. Yet all of this begins with Wegener’s wife, asking him to sit as a ballet dancer for her painting.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies immediately picks up from the last scene of The Desolution of Smaug, the second of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy and although we are not provided a quick ‘Previously in The Hobbit…’ spiel to revive our memory we can recall a husky and villainous dragon, voiced over by a peculiarly sultry Benedict Cumberbatch, flying eagerly out of gold river of a mountain to burn down the innocent village of Lake Town.
This was another delightful evening that took place at London’s Olympia West of chocolate tasting and fashionable chocolate watching all smothered into one succulent and superb Gala evening for VIPs and journalists. This is the second year that Salon Du Chocolate , (or the Chocolate show in English) – is being hosted in the UK; however for Salon Chocolate, they are celebrating their 20 birthday. This evening’s gala gave a glimpse of the weekend including the chocolate fashion show; luckily, this time round, members of the public will be able to see the fashion show live everyday at 5pm.
In celebration of Chocolate week, which is held in the middle of October, Salon Chocolate brings chocolate companies, , exhibitors and those who love chocolate together. It is an opportunity to learn about the newest range of chocolate, other delicious chocolate series and brands through demonstrations, tastings, truffle rolling and much more. As you can imagine there are many French speakers as the French and Belgians love their chocolate, ooh la la! Continue reading
All You Need Is Kill by Japanese novelist, Hiroshi Sakurazaka has been adapted and directed by Doug Limar. Even I have to admit that I wasn’t expected Edge of Tomorrow to be as good as it was.
Like you, I’ve been bombarded with the usual and arguably prosaic Hollywood movies including CGI overkill Transformers 3, Godzilla and the Dawn of the Planet of Apes. The list goes on and there isn’t enough time to watch all of them.
By Mary Grace Nguyen
News on the lack of sleep has spattered the media insisting that workers sleep – more – regularly and at set time frames to accommodate the 9-5 slog and inspire creativity for brilliant new age writers and artists. The typical recommendation is a steady 8 hours of sleep per day, but that would mean having to come home early and possibly missing out on episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Made in Chelsea’.
‘Sensational Butterflies’ is the Natural History Museum’s exhibition which has bought together hundreds of tropical butterflies and moths from six continents, including Africa, South America and South East Asia, and situated them in one butterfly house for all to see. Luke Brown, manager of the butterfly house, was pleased with the diversity of butterflies that had flown in from all over the globe and hoped that it would give people a chance not only to immerse themselves in butterflies but, also, learn more about the butterfly’s way of life.
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ICYMI: Writing about Strauss's Four Last Song and tenor, Jonas Kaufmann's performance at the Barbican Hall. A 'disappointing' experience, but it won't stop me paying to see the German. twitter.com/MaryGNguyen/st…
Not a review by any means. Just a write-up of my honest feelings and thoughts of Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, performing Strauss's Four Last Songs. https://t.co/YhJjcXKmeu Photo by @oysterman55 📸 pic.twitter.com/DvmK1x5Y3t— Trendfem.com🌸🎶 (@MaryGNguyen) May 22, 2018
Not a review by any means. Just a write-up of my honest feelings and thoughts of Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, performing Strauss's Four Last Songs. trendfem.com/2018/05/jonas-… Photo by @oysterman55 📸