Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Media Consumption 2014 aka No, YOU Get Out More

So I made the same spoddy resolution I make at the start of every year, but unlike previous years, I actually kept it. So here's a list of every film/TV show I've watched and every book I've read in 2014.

I'm not going to calculate how many hours I spent watching shows but that isn't an invitation for anyone else to either! Already crying over the number of books I could've written in that time/shags I could've had/new skills I could've learned/planets I could've saved. Buy hey, The Walking Dead is pretty good, right? And not ONE of you mentioned it had Egg from This Life in it or I would've been all over that shit a lot sooner.

FILMS

  1. We Need To Talk About Kevin
  2. Jump
  1. The Raid
  2. Nine - I remember nothing of the so-called 'Nine' but I wrote it in my notebook so it's going in
  3. Wild Child
  4. Little White Lies
  5. Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair
  6. Triangle
  7. What's Your Number - I'll watch anything with Anna Faris in, okay
  8. Little Voice
  9. Pacific Rim
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  11. Blade Runner
  12. Neverland
  13. Jane Eyre
  14. Cloud Atlas
  15. My Beautiful Launderette
  16. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  17. Hugo
  18. Eat, Pray, Love
  19. Chloe
  20. On the Road
  21. Rust and Bone
  1. The Lady Vanishes - holy crap that was bloody good. I need to watch more films like that. HAH, like I need to watch 'more' films indeed
  2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  3. Wanderlust
  4. A History of Violence
  5. Up the Junction
  1. Labor Pains
  2. Friends With Kids
  3. Under the Skin
  4. Adulthood
  5. Birdemic
  6. The Runaways
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. The Cake Eaters - probably the worst film I watched on this list and you see Labor Pains up there don't you...
  9. Bad Boy Bubby
  1. The Artist
  2. The 39 Steps
  3. The Informers
  4. Skin
  5. Katy Perry: Part of Me
  6. Gravity
  7. Autoluminescent
  8. Leap Year
  9. The Box
  10. Coco Before Chanel
  11. Melancholia
  12. Chalet Girl
  13. Berberian Sound Studio
  14. Life As We Know It
  15. Blue is the Warmest Colour
  16. The History Boys
  17. The Punk Singer
  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Penelope
  3. Trust the Man
  4. The Man Without a Face
  5. Sydney White
  6. Frozen
  7. Dallas Buyers Club
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street
  9. Bali
  10. Her - one of the best films I watched all year. Almost made me forgive ScarJo for Under the Bin. Aint forgiving Phoenix for that 'tash anytime soon though
  1. Excision
  2. 12 Years A Slave
  3. Chihuahua: The Movie - because you have to watch something like Chihuahua: The Movie after watching 12 Years a Slave
  4. World War Z - part of which was filmed at the old Pfizer Pharmaceuticals site in Sandwich, not far from where I used to live
  5. Powder Room
  6. The Expendables
  7. The Lives of Others
  8. True Romance
  9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  10. Dogfight
  11. I See You Dot Com
  12. The Hogfather
  13. The Craft
  14. Edward Scissorhands
  15. Elysium
  16. Footloose
  17. Flashdance
  18. My Neighbour Totoro
  19. Nymphomaniac vol I & II
  20. Movie 43
  21. The Thirst - fans of hilarious depictions of what goes on inside goff nightclubs should check this out
  22. What Women Want - look, I'm a sucker for a crap rom-com, surely we've established this by now
  23. Me Without You
  24. Spaceballs
  25. Maleficent
  26. Ponyo
  27. Zombieland

TV SHOWS

  1. The Wire - Series 1-5
  2. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
  1. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Series 1
  2. Parks and Recreation - Series 1-5
  3. Weeds - Series 7-8
  4. The Young Ones - Series 1-2

R.I.Prick

  1. American Horror Story - Series 1-3
  2. Mad Men - Series 5-6
  3. Family Guy - Series 5-12
  4. The Walking Dead - Series 1-4
  5. Black Mirror: White Christmas

Note to internet jembles: quoting things from these to impress me will not work; having watched it does not mean I like it :) and having watched it does not mean I remember it.

BOOKS

  1. Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman
  2. Grimm's Fairy Tales - errr, I shouldda made a note of which variant. It had a purple cover if that helps
  3. Fables and Reflections - Neil Gaiman
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
  5. Ethel and Ernest - Raymond Briggs (YES GRAPHIC NOVELS COUNT!)
  6. The Creep - John Arcudi
  7. Dear Beloved Stranger - Dino Pai
  8. Please God, Find Me a Husband! - Simone Lia
  1. Is Heathcliff a Murderer?: Great Puzzles in Nineteenth-Century Fiction - John Sutherland
  2. In Praise of Older Women - Stephen Vizinczey
  3. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
  4. Pattern Recognition - William Gibson
  1. Good Clean Fun - Michael Arditti
  2. Toby's Room - Pat Barker
  3. Love and Rockets - Hernandez Bros.
  4. The Demon - Hubert Selby Jr
  5. The Small Hand - Susan Hill
  6. Alice in Sunderland - Bryan Talbot
  1. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Alan Sillitoe
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  3. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  4. Discworld Graphic Novels The Light Fantastic and The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

See the turtle of enormous girth! On his shell he holds the Earth. His thought it slow but always kind. He holds us all within his mind.

  1. The Second Coming - John Niven
  2. Delta of Venus - Anaïs Nin
  3. I chose this when I did my Book Review with a Face. Eyebrows totes not on point but hey

  4. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
  5. The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
  6. High Voltage Tattoo - Kat Von D (look I bought this in a charity shop to re-sell on eBay and thought I'd have a look through first yer honour)
  7. The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles - Giorgio Bassani
  8. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes this is definitely in my top 3
  9. Tenth of December - George Saunders
  10. The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton - Sathnam Sanghera
  11. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy - Tim Burton
  12. The Doors of Perception (and Heaven and Hell) - Aldous Huxley

Yes, it's where The Doors got their name from.

  1. Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
  2. Straight White Male - John Niven (also in my top 3)
  3. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing - Eimear McBride (contains one of my favourite quotes I've read in a book this year)
  4. Kill Your Friends - John Niven
  5. The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer
  6. An Illustrated History of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales - Theresa Breslin
  7. Collected Children's Stories - Sylvia Plath
  8. Keep the Aspidistra Flying - George Orwell (Another one for the top 3).
  9. Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales
  10. Worst. Person. Ever. - Douglas Coupland

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

12 Days of Brighton

On the twelfth day of Brighton my true love gave to me:

Some pictures also nabbed from The Source and The Latest. I hope they don't mind.

Monday, 17 November 2014

A Hike Around Hove

More indulging in the novelty walking for pleasure again rather than from necessity!

I headed first to Hove Cemetery because that's obviously the done thing on a beautiful day - hanging out with the dead.

A dreaded sunny day...

One named Peter, one named Paul

Fly away Peter.

Fly away Paul.

You will miss me when I'm gone.

Hove Lagoon.

HURRRR