Friday, April 30, 2010

At Ease

While driving back home this afternoon, a beautiful orange butterfly smacked into my windscreen and became stuck in the wiper blades. I had no choice but to continue driving along the narrow, windy roads curling around the mountains as I was being severely tailgated by an arrogant driver. I pulled over as soon as I saw a clearing and gently lifted the wipers to rescue my fluttering friend. He hopped onto my hand and stretched his wings, before taking flight high up into the tree tops. I am certain that this butterfly had never experienced real freedom until that moment.

It was a lonely journey through a remote area, with bushland stretching miles into the distance. Not a house, nor a car in any sight for hours. This is why the Australian landscape can be the most scenic one moment, and the most barren the next. It can easily drive you mad.

I think this is why I was reminded of what I watched last night. The first installment of the Band Of Brothers glued me to the screen and compelled me to empathise with the characters in its avant garde approach that bought their world to the viewer in a bold way. David Schwimmer deserves a gold star for breaking free from the 'Friends' mold and showing us a new side of him. However, I've been questioned if this still counts as a movie because even though it exceeded two hours, it's actually part of a mini series. But then again, it's my blog and I'll count it if I want to. :p

Film Count: 29 out of 365


Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Lies Will Set You Free

Did anyone else feel a bit let down by The Invention of Lying? Watching it last night with Jo and baby Ethan was a nice evening spent indoors but we couldn't help but notice it started out great and outlandish then quickly disintegrated into mediocrity. It was almost as if it lost direction halfway through and was simply filling time until the credits rolled. I hoped for a refreshing take on the typical comedies but I simply wasn't feeling it. Honest.

Film Count: 28 out of 365


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Baby Love

After enduring the most boring 4 hour drive I've ever known, my fatigue instantly melted away the moment I gazed at my godson's beautiful face for the very first time. Ethan is simply divine, with the cheekiest smile.

Last night I was so excited that I couldn't sleep, knowing it would only be a matter of hours before I got to see my bestie and meet the little bub. Lucky thing I had Notes On A Scandal to distract my mind. And wow, what a movie. I was literally on the edge of my seat as the film explores the relationship between a teacher and student, a risky topic that makes a gripping story! Judi Dench is compelling as her role weaves a web looming closer to exposing the secrets of those around her.

Film Count: 27 out of 365


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teapots and Ponyo

One of my oldest friends asked me to help her with a project where a functional object needed to be portrayed in the way it was designed. There was an abundance of purple sequined material lying around, erm, for no apparent reason. But it seems to make everything pop, no?

Why have I not watched Ponyo any sooner than yesterday? The lovely Jessica, avid reader of my blog, suggested this one and it's gorgeous! I didn't realise it was by the same chap who did Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. Miyazaki has a brilliant, beautiful mind.

Film Count: 26 out of 365


Monday, April 26, 2010


I guess this is the part where I tell you I'm newly single. I'm still confused as to why it turned so bad so quickly. But it times like these where I'm reminded that films provide me with a marvellous, albeit brief escape. So in keeping in check with the blog, I'd like to quickly mention the movie I watched last night - Revolutionary Road.

Heavy, confronting themes and events are explored within the pristine houses and manicured lawns that are beautifully filmed and carried with such grace that my respect for Leonardo Dicaprio as an actor extends further than what The Departed ever propelled him as. Chilling and devastating in every sense of the word, the vitality of the character's is what saves this film where the story collapses in on itself. Beautifully brutal. Even if it did involve a depressed character named April...

Film Count: 25 out of 365


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Shiny Tops and Soda Pops

Me and the birthday girl!

camouflage kitteh..

Hip-hip-hooray for Lovely Lucy the birthday girl! She turned 24 today so we organised a picnic in the park, except that it rained and became quite cold. So we moved the party back to her snug little backyard with pretty lights and relaxing music.

Watching The Boat That Rocked yesterday was interesting as I have owned the soundtrack to it for over a year but had never gotten around to actually watching the film. Fun and vibrant, this is one I regret not seeing any sooner!

Film Count: 24 out of 365


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Back To The Future

First of all, my apologies for missing a post yesterday! My internet access was being denied and I was unable to reach a connection. I am still confused as to why this happened and now, because of it, I must bring you up to speed!

Yesterday I viewed C.R.A.Z.Y, a French film by set in the 70's following Zac, a young boy trying to find himself amongst his four eccentric brothers and oppressive father. Don't be swayed by the films seemingly grim outlook. It is beautifully filmed with touching characters, coy humour and an artistic, smooth style that makes for a visual delight. I was impressed with the creative use of sound and silence, either used to propel an emotion or event. With a soundtrack boasting David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, I'll be sure to hunt this, and the copy of the movie down. *adds to birthday wishlist*

Film Count: 23 out of 365


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ride the Whirlwind

I spent ages trying to decide which film to write about and I simply couldn't decide.

Last nights' 'The Hurricane' starring Denzel Washington and todays Swedish film 'Show Me Love' could not be anymore opposite from one another if they tried. But both were fascinating in the way it deeply explored the psychological states of it's characters and their motives. I was so moved by their performances that it would be depriving their magic if I was to only focus on one.

The Hurricane follows the gruelling true story of famous boxer Rubin 'The Hurricane' Carter who is wrongly accused of murder and sent to life in prison. I cried buckets at the shameless racism his people endured and the life that was stolen from him. Watch and be inspired by Rubin's strength and faith that so few could muster.

Show Me Love is a swedish film following the lives of adolescents struggling to find themselves and their insatiable thirst for chasing their dreams in a claustrophobic town. The characters are mesmirizing, the vouyeristic narrative allowing viewers to absorb their world and the chances they take to be truly happy. It has several major awards under its belt - including Best Foreign Feature.

Film Count: 21 and 22 out of 365


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I really wish I had a little more something profound to write about but I woke up with a splitting headache and have been feeling horrid the entire day. Which is a worry because the onslaught of uni is looming and I had some errands planned. I've perked up a little now though, with the help from a couple of asprin, a long nap and a comforting phonecall from a friend.

Last night I watched Encino Man before releasing I had infact seen this many moons ago. Oh gosh, it's so terrible but that's its charm I guess. Brendan Fraser is actually quite handsome after he's bathed for several hours but it was quite a stretch for the cover to compare it to the bodacious Wayne's World.

I'm going to hunt down another flick, preferrably something easy on the eye but all I can see is jarring action flicks that Shaun's lent me. I doubt Flight Of The Pheonix would dull my migraine. Hmm...

Film Count: 20 out of 365


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

Last night we surrounded ourselves with drinks and mischief. It's always nice to unwind with friends and explore new haunts. I think perhaps getting to bed at 5am is not good for trying to look youthful but life was meant to be full of fun experiences!

This evening I was delighted to be in the company of Shaun and Kelly where we watched the sunset while eating custard tart, profiteroles and fresh strawberries. Delish!

The night is drawing to a close and it's time to select something wonderful to watch! So I hope that you, dear reader, wherever you are in this wide, crazy world, are enjoying a small slice of heaven of your own.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Glorious Grey

I literally spent hours shopping and I only bought one thing (Okay, I lied, but a lipgloss hardly counts) and I am in lurve with it!

Dress by Mink Pink, Clutch by Agent Ninetynine, Belt by Sportsgirl, Shoes by Novo

I adore the subtle animal print and the style means it can be worn so many different ways. I couldn't help but notice a similar look that the wonderful Agyness Deyn modeled for Burberry. Ah, those shoes.... One day, they shall be mine!

I am heading out to a bar tonight with some friends so I had to be sure to watch Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt before I left. Godard was a famous french director in the 60's and this film starring Bridgitte Bardot was classic new wave cinema. Conventions are broken with long takes, jump cuts and intimate tracking. Similar to Truffauts' La Nuit Americaine, it is a film about making a film, and the relationships that made and broken along the way.

Film Count: 19 out of 365


Sunday, April 18, 2010


Last night's date was spent with the boy (So you can thank him for the lack of camera focusing skills!), in the company of coffee, cake and Kick Ass! I was blown away by this film (I can't resist a bad pun). I think, above all things great in this flick, the best part was I honestly could not predict what was going to happen next. (That and Nick Cage actually didn't suck). There's definately room for a sequel so heres hoping. I am Hit Girls biggest fan.

I just finished watching Good Will Hunting and it made me remember just how much I love Robin Williams. He's so magical on screen. Has anyone else been to the cinema lately?

April Skye xx

Film Count: 17 and 18 out of 365


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dash and Will

It's amazing how fast a girl can move when she's late for a very important date! So feel special, my lovely readers. For I have taken the liberty of writing to you before I've even dried my hair!

All of this Bowie talk lately got me into a spin and watching The Man Who Fell To Earth starring my beloved wasn't much help in calming the fire. Oh, those cheekbones. Strange flick though, but could I have expected anything less? Nothing like a little inexplicable nudity to start the weekend. Must dash before I catch a cold!

smoochies! xx

Film Count: 16 out of 365


Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday, I'm In Love

Last night I watched $9.99, an Australian film using incredible stop-motion animation. It follows numerous characters living in the same apartment block as they try to find some stability in their lives. I did throw me a bit at times though, I found it quite hard to follow and more symbolic than literal.

Well, I have finished my essay and the first thing I did to celebrate was I threw on some music and did my happy dance! David Bowie, The Cure, Prince and Queen always make me smile. There’s so many moments that can instantly brighten your day. Like when your favourite song comes on the radio, or you get an unexpected visit from a friend when you’re feeling blue.

What’s made you smile today?

Film Count: 15 out of 365


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nothing Rhymes With Stanislavsky....

Essay, essay, go away....

Perhaps if I had to write about films I wouldn't worry so much. But I've been typing away all day and I'm only halfway there! Oh dear... Acting is fun to do but so tedious to write about! So instead, I've made a list of some of the things I'd rather be doing tonight!

1. Going to an art exhibition in Sydney
2. Going to the cinema with the boy
3. Shopping for lovely things online
4. Hosting a little dinner party for my nearest & dearest
5. Sleeping! Zzzzz....

It's nice to take a break when you can. I watched Motherhood starring Uma Therman and it was so lovely! I was very impressed with it for so many reasons. It's shot entirely on location and like 'Miss Pettigrew', the story unfolds in a single day. Very sweet. I picked this up on a whim, expecting something abit cheesy (Baby Momma came to mind. *shudder*) but I was happily surprised!

Film Count: 14 out of 365


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

i want a silk robe of my own

I almost fell asleep watching Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, but that was no fault of the film! Infact, I adored this so much I forced my eyes to stay open! It stars Frances McDormand (Almost Famous, Burn After Reading) but it was flouncy Amy Adams who stole the show. She's just the cutest! The theatrical, eccentric pace of the film coupled with the enchanting set design and sweet costumes was a visual delight and the story whimsical. I'm drawn to anything of the war time era, when glamour was as crisp and pristine as it was a rare indulgence.

Film Count: 13 out of 365


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bed & Board





My diary is a pretty, little chic book that has a picture of the Eiffel Tower adorning the front. Everytime my mind wanders during class, I find myself gazing at it, wishing I could set out on another magical journey. I have so many places I would like to explore and revisit. Perhaps soon. Canada was the last place I visited. How about you?

Keeping in the 90's theme, I watched Kindergarten Cop last night with the boy, giggling over the jokes long forgotten. And this evening, I still do not know what to choose! Something pretty and inspiring I am hoping!

There's still an unfinished essay silently mocking me from across the room.... Le sigh!

Film Count: 12 out of 365


Monday, April 12, 2010

90's Revival

A few things come to mind when I think of the 90's...

VHS movies, poptarts, Goosebumps books and Nike high tops. But how good were mixtapes and the vast amount of incredible music that came from this era! I think I spent a good portion of my childhood watching Video Hits in the day and Rage at night. So it's little wonder that the moment I hear these tunes, I'm transported back there.

I jotted down some great tracks so if you ever get tired of the jarring Top40, kick back and immerse yourself in yesteryear. All I want to do now is watch The Terminator.

April Skye's totally slammin' 90's playlist:

1. Loser - Beck 2. No Rain - Blind Melon 3. Sex & Candy - Marcy Playground 4. Around The World - Daft Punk 5. It's Got To Be Big - Tori Amos (Armand Remix) 6. Fast As You Can - Fiona Apple 7. Put Your Hands - Reef 8. Ironic - Alanis Morriset 9. Freak - Silverchair 10. Come As You Are - Nirvana 11. Song 2 - Blur 12. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden 13. Pepper - Butthole Surfers 14. Hard To Explain - The Strokes 15. Pony - Genuwine 16. Da Funk - Daft Punk 17. Just A Girl - No Doubt 18. The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson 19. Breathe - Prodigy 20. Karma Police - Radiohead 21. Alive - Pearl Jam 22. Blind - Korn 23. Du Hast - Rammstein 24. Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers 25. Peaches - The Presidents of the United States of America 26. Around The Fur - Deftones 27. Closer - NIN 28. Hey Boy, Hey Girl - Chemical Brothers 29. Your Woman - White Town 30. Kiss From A Rose - Seal 31. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve 32. Zombie - The Cranberries 33. Hitchin' A Ride - Green Day 34. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something 35. Where's Your Head At? - Bassment Jaxx 36. 1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins 37. Wonderwall - Oasis 38. Ghetto Superstar - Pras 39. Dammit - blink182 40. Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters 41. Killing In The Name Of - Rage Against The Machine 42. Remember Me - Blue Boy 43. Every Morning - Sugar Ray

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Clap Your Hands, Say Nerd!

You know you're in a university library when the graffiti is not only grammatically coherent... but considerate!

While struggling to balance 12 books in one hand, I managed to slip by the beloved Film section and hire out Six Degrees of Separation... and wow, it could not have been anymore different to what I was expecting. It's very talky, yes, but what's more confronting is the cyclical storytelling structure. Eccentric, unusual characters, hazy motivations and confronting editing all sound rather bad, don't they? But it's not. Really.

Law Abiding Citizen was last night's treat... the boy assured me there was no need to cover my eyes, before remembering suddenly of the horrific torture scene only when it was too late. Argh. Still, blood aside, brilliant movie! I was so utterly impressed with the new take on the revenge genre of films that moved viewers to actually feel sorry for the rapist, and despise the innocent man looking for vengence. Rent it out, you'll see why.

Film Count: 10 and 11 out of 365


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Frown Town

This is a photo of my shadow looking positively fed up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I hated that moment.

Have you ever had a day where absolutely everything goes wrong? Nothing like a long day at work, a mountain of homework, a broken phone and a gargantuan library late fee to lift the spirits. Not.

Watching a film tonight should be easy. Anything that removes me from today's events shall be embraced.

Rant over.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Afternoon Delight

So I managed to stick 3 of my fingers together, but in the process of decorating my Acting journal for homework, I thought I'd take a snap and share it with my lovely readers. It's yet to be finished but I chose the element of time, using the style of 19th Century old world. Which is a fitting layout considering the entry is for Stanislavsky's Method Acting practices, who liked to draw on memories to aid the projection of character. I found a teeny, tiny 'pocketwatch' button and sprayed some old lace with brown dye to enhance the antique qualities. What do you think?

Also, I'm going on a date tonight with the boy. He's being a little secretive about the restaurant but nevertheless, I've decided to get all dolled up and give myself an excuse to take my new Tony Bianco heels out for a night on the town. Perhaps it had a little something to do with watching Pretty Woman earlier.

Film Count: 9 out of 365


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