Boyhood (Film Review)

I went to see Boyhood with my mum earlier this week on recommendation from my boyfriend who had also gone with his mum a few days before. I had read a little about the film beforehand and I was very excited to see it as the whole concept of filming the same people over such a long space of time and really documenting how they grew up fascinated me. I also loved how the director had sat down with the four main characters and they had written parts of the movie together, which meant it was going to be very realistic. I didn't really know what to expect when I sat down in the cinema, I didn't know if the fantastic ideas would work, if I would get attached to any characters or if I would laugh or cry. I have one word to describe Boyhood; WOW. It was such an accurate depiction of family life that in parts I felt like I was watching my own life. It's the kind of film that you can see parts of yourself in the characters; for example my mum got very attached to the mum in the film and cried when her children were leaving home and I saw parts of myself in the older sister when she was getting good marks in school and singing "Oops I did it again" to annoy her little brother. What really struck me above anything else, though, was how realistic the entire thing was. There wasn't a huge dramatic event that it built up to, it was more like a slice of real life with all the ups and downs that came with it. From what I have heard from other people about the film, they all thought exactly the same thing as me. It is a great film to help you put life into perspective and it left me wanting to live my life to the fullest as it highlighted just how fast all these years will slip away. This film is a must-see for pretty much anybody, and I can guarantee I will be watching it again.

Eat Pray Love (Film Review)

Recently the film Eat Pray Love was recommended to me, I was reluctant to try it because I have read mixed reviews but I decided to give it a go. It surprised me how connected I actually felt to the film, I found it really interesting and enlightening. The storyline is fantastic in my opinion (I won't give too much away because I don't want to spoil it for you) and it really captured my heart from the very beginning. I related to the main character, Liz, a lot and she definitely gave me a new view on life, relationships and myself. Overall, I would definitely recommend you give it a go because, like me, you may be pleasantly surprised. I will be purchasing the book and re-watching the film in the very near future. The only downside is that it has given me a severe case of wanderlust; all I want to do now is go to Bali!

Frank Turner Gig Review

I went to see Frank Turner on 6th February 2014 and it was an eventful night to say the least!
The gig was in Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, we queued for a while and ended up in the middle of the 2nd row.
Beans on Toast were the first support which I enjoyed a lot as I've heard some of them before, then Flogging Molly were second. They were more on the punk side and the crowd began to get more into it, however a lot of people near us got carried away and actually had to be sent out for being too aggressive.
When Frank actually came on, it was magical. He opened with 'Photosynthesis' and the arena went wild; everybody was dancing and singing it back word for word. The actual gig was absolutely amazing, but some other aspects ruined my night a bit. As the evening went on some very drunk and aggressive men made their way between the crowd and ended up right next to us. At first it was great; we were all jumping and dancing but then it all got a bit scary when I couldn't see any of my friends and I was getting a bit thrown about. It was almost like a mosh pit and I was really scared and felt quite vunerable as I was the only girl nearby and also probably the smallest one there.
One of my favourite moments was when he played 'To Take You Home' and everyone calmed down a bit and my boyfriend took hold of my hand and I could hear everybody singing along.
Frank Turner came right up to the crowd and leaned over the barriers during one song, and I TOUCHED HIS ARM. There was a huge crowd surge and I was very very crushed. I managed to get through the rest of the gig without falling over or being broken. His last song was 'Four Simple Words' and the entire crowd went mental, singing and dancing and jumping. I love gigs where everyone gets into it; it makes me feel really happy and part of something, however it was all a bit too nasty and pushy for me as nobody was really looking out for anybody. It was really hot and I started having a panic attack which was not very fun.
After the gig I realised I had been pickpocketed and had my phone stolen, which obviously made me quite upset as my phone is literally like my own child to me. I was really angry that people could come to a gig of someone like Frank Turner who is amazingly talented, just to steal and make a bit of cash.
So overall my night was eventful; Frank Turner was amazing but the people around us in the crowd weren't! Personally I'm just grateful I didn't pass out and get trampled by everyone!
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