Yo! What up, interwebs? My name is April and I enjoy nintendo, oxymorons and Agyness Deyn's eyebrows. I wish I could work a suit like Jarvis Cocker. And I will do terrible things for coffee and cigarettes. I'm a cockney bitch, I'm a young ragamuffin from the streets. In my spare time, I make cynical observations, write movie reviews, steal the neighbours wifi and do things I probably shouldn't. Or simply must. Like building a time machine back to the 90's so I could whip out my cassettes and wear a "lamestain" tshirt. I'd be a closet MC Hammer fan because there really was no better time than hammer time. Maccas 30cent cones would actually cost only 30cents. And I could be the loser sitting alone in class being pelted with paper planes and spitballs while I wrote depressing, beautiful lyrics about materialism, conformity and sports jocks. Oh and Billy Corgan would still be cool.
I believe in feeling inspired every single day. The world is a gorgeous place and I wanted to share with you just a few images that made me remember how amazing talent can easily be missed. If you're not quick, it can vanish without a trace within the blink of an eye or the flash of a lens.
I'm positively keen for winter to roll in. Primarily so I can dive into a big pile of snuggly warm things to cradle my bones. Yes, I'm all for summer weather. Things like festivals, lemonade and polaroids come to mind. But I'm from a shitty, freezing little town so I tend to welcome any subzero temps. I also prefer grandpa cardigans and booties to bright tee's and denim cutoffs.
Yesterday was exciting. Pay day always is. But it became even more wonderful after finding 5 new winter pieces channeling the 'androgynous parisian office worker by day, kid at a carnival by night' look I was so going after.
Not one, but all 5 scanned at a ridiculously lower price than previously stated on the tags. Hello $36!
I honestly cannot believe January has come and gone already. It rained here yesterday. Alot. And it reminded me how even though February tries, it's never quite summer once January has flown the coop. So in remembrance, I thought it best to list the new releases I viewed at the cinema when the suns rays got a little too unbearable, aswell as a quick statement on what I thought about them.
Avatar (3D) - A film that took 5 years and $200million to make, the visuals are breathtaking, setting a new benchmark for all future sci-fis to come, despite how simple and eerily reminiscent of Pocahontas or Fern Gully the storyline may have been. 4.5/5
The Lovely Bones - Heavy, confronting subject matter following past and present storylines subvert typical mainstream cinema. The contrast between gloomy reality and Susie's personal heaven over indulge in special effects, distracting viewers from the film's central premise. 2.5/5
Sherlock Holmes - Cute, snappy humour, stunning costumes and sets, the cinematography and style is distinctly Guy Ritchie's without neglecting a tight, seamless storyline. Even if it was a step-by-step example of the 3 Acts. 3.5/5
Fantastic Mr. Fox - Gorgeous stop-motion animation complimenting the imagination of Roald Dahl with the heartwarming vision of Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums). Refreshing and witty, Clooney's suave presence makes this truly memorable, though perhaps a little difficult for youngsters to comprehend. 4.5/5
Up In The Air - Despite being in production for several years, the subject matter is timely and relevant, the film aided with several genuine interviews from the recently unemployed to give the light hearted, quirky film an angle of authenticity and grim reality. Mirroring the suave, classy demeanour of Clooney, the slinky soundtrack and glossy style is refreshing and his character amusing in his hypocrisy and stubborness when his own position becomes threatened. 4/5
Red lipstick, cigarette holders and all things sparkly. Oh!
These breathtaking photos featuring model Toni Gerrn in the latest Vogue Germany were enough to make me want to dedicate my days to building a time machine so that I may be able to stroll amongst the screen sirens of the 1940's such as Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth. If you're like me and adore the era of all things glamorous, then I suggest you indulge in some fine Hollywood classics such as Casablanca, All About Eve and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
old fashioned film countdowns, the word 'orchestral', Don Draper's icy stare, pop culture, crackling gramophones, pin ups, worn out cliches, op shopping, brutal honesty, dusty bookstores, tattoos, cities with buzzing neon signs, art galleries, zine fairs, pasta, live bands in small venues, indecency, adventures, gritty polaroids, nerds, strange accents, blogging, hating the word 'blogging', canned laughter and snooze buttons.