Friday, 1 April 2016

Weekly Inspirations






























Around the web:

The Michalak's



I can't believe I haven't talked about this powerhouse vlogging duo before. I have never seen vlogging to this professional and creative scale. This couple takes us on their adventures and captures incredible footage from GoPro's, helmet cam's, selfie sticks, even drones! showing us sweeping mountain backdrops from 30 feet in the air, underwater footage, impressive time lapses, and much more. the result is a beautiful 30 minute half documentary half mini film type video. The music choices, the camera angles, everything about their set up is stunning.





Books:



Reasons to stay alive


This was a short but inspiring read. I don't usually go for non-fiction reads, but this starkly honest title caught my attention. This gives a frank and personal insight into what its like to have depression and anxiety, the daily struggles, the stigmas, and the ways you can get through to the other side of it. I found this was much more informative and uplifting than heartbreaking, which I didn't expect. I think this should be required reading for all, if just to shatter all the stigma's out there about mental health.




The Joker: Death of the family




I don't read many graphic novels, but I saw this lying on a table at Comic Con and I just couldn't resist. I'm actually much more of a Marvel fan but the Joker has always been a fascinating character to me, his story is so dark and complex. In this story the Joker shows his cunning brilliance and the deepest depths of his madness and cruelty, I didn't know just how sick a person he was until I read this! Great appearances from Batgirl, Catwoman, Nightwing, Harley Quinn and Teen Titans. Also, the illustrations are phenomenal.





Funny Girl



This one I didn't enjoy so much, I like to try all genres out, even when I know they aren't for me. This started out strong, a novel about a girl who wins a beauty pageant, but all she really wants to do is be a comedian. So far so good, but then it progresses into a fame hungry, beauty obsessed, shallow world with next to no emotional revelations/breakthroughs for the characters. I know a lot of people liked this one, but it just wasn't for me,





Neil Gaiman Neverwhere



This was fantastic! after I finally read Coraline, I had high hopes for Neverwhere and I wasn't disappointed. This is set in modern day London, but there also exists in this world an older, peasant version of London, underground (literally, right under London) and this world is commanded by rats and magic is free flowing and abundant. This was fantastically written and kept me interested and needing to know what happened next from the first page to the last.





The Stranger


If you're interested in Existentialism, or if you just like short, weird books then this one is for you. Its based around a man who finds out his mother has just died. He shows almost no emotion at the funeral or towards anything at all really. He comments on the outside world, other characters, his surroundings, but he never looks inward, its almost like he's an emotion-less shell. I won't spoil the whole plot but, he does something criminal, and through this act you can really tell that he feels there is no point to life, or anything. Interesting read.





Film:


Django Unchained



Would you believe I haven't seen this? I watched it the other night and then a couple days later watched it again - and I never do that - so it must have been pretty damn incredible. I love the setting, a harsh and bloody part of the south, the slave trade is widespread, and Django through the course of the film becomes the most unique, infamous slave that was ever known. Interesting fact - in the scene where DeCaprio slams his fist on the table, he actually broke that wine glass in real life and that is his own blood, he was so in character that he carried on with the scene; now that's professionalism. If you do watch it - and you should - be warned, there is a lot of violence and disturbing scenes.




Life


I'm not going to lie, I mostly watched this because Dane Dehann and Robbert Pattinson are in it and they are FIT. Anyway, its actually an okay story. Dehann plays James Dean and shows a short period of his life, just before he rises to fame. If you like James Dean then I would watch it, otherwise it was pretty forgettable for me.




TV:


Limitless




I remember the film Limitless coming out and being obsessed with it, what a brilliant concept? taking one pill and suddenly having access to all those unused areas of your brain, achieving your fullest potential. In the TV adaptation of the film Bradley Cooper (who stars in the film) makes several appearances, it centres around a man who works for the FBI - with the power of the drug DMZ he becomes the smartest person on earth, at least for the 12 hours that the drug has effect on him. This is brilliant, action packed, well thought out story line, just watch it!

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