Saturday, 26 May 2012

Bucket List

Thought I'd share my personal bucket list as of today, May 29th 2012, in no particular order.

- Watch all of IMDB's top 250 movies.
- Graduate
- Get a car
- Move to London, UK
- Get Married
- Have a child (or 3)

- Travel to London/England
- Travel to Greece
- Travel to Italy
- Travel to France
- Travel to Switzerland
- Travel to Egypt
- Travel to  Ireland
- Travel to Scotland
- Travel to Germany
- Travel to Spain
- Travel to Sweden
- Travel to New York
- Travel to New Orleans
- Travel to California
- Go back to Italy
- Go back to Switzerland
- Go back to France
- See the Mona Lisa
- See Notre Dame
- Go to the Louvre
- See the 7 wonders of the world (+ honnorable mentions)
   -1 Stonehenge
   -2 Colosseum
   -3 Catacombs of Kom el Shaqafa
   -4 Great Wall of China
   -5 Porcelain Tower of Nanjing
   -6 Hagia Sophia
   -7 Leaning Tower of Pisa
   -Great Pyramid of Giza
   -Taj Mahal
   -Cairo Citadel
   -Ely Cathedral
   -Cluny Abbey

   - See the Eiffel Tower
   - See Petra
   -See Machu Piccu
   -See Chichen Itza

- See Meat Loaf live
- See Snow Patrol live
- See The Fray live
- See Coldplay live
- See Mumford & Son's live
- See Our Lady Peace live
- See Matchbox Twenty live
- See a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live
- See a taping of Ellen
- See a taping of Real Time with Bill Maher
- See a taping of The Graham Norton Show
- Go zip lining
- Go Skydiving
- See or Meet Ricky Gervis, Stephen Mercant, and/or Karl Pilkington
- See or Meet Stephen Fry

Monday, 21 May 2012

Chris de Burgh Tweeted Me, I Can Now Die Happy.

Well, the title pretty much gives this blog post away. You might remember my post from last week when I got to see Chris de Burgh in concert, one of the best concerts I've seen by the way. Well, yesterday I got the shock of my life when I responded to one of his tweets, and he replied! I decided to print screen the event, and I have a photo for you all now. You should be seated for this, its pretty overwhelming. Chris de Burgh tweeted me, I can now die happy.

PS. Follow me on Twitter @gillawe and let me know what you think of my blog!

Kiwi Film Review: Dark Shadows

IMDB: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%

Roger Ebert: 2.5/4 Stars

Release Date: May 11th 2012

Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, and Chloe Grace Mortez
Written By: John August, Seth Grahame-Smith

Directed By: Tim Burton

Based on Dan Curtis's TV show from the 1960's & 70's.

Described by IMDB as "An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection."

I have pretty mixed feelings on this one so I'm going to do this review a little differently. I'm going to first start with the things I liked about it and then say all of the things I didn't.

First off, the good things. As always, Johnny Depp doesn't disappoint. He pretty much carries this whole movie, and I thought he did it pretty well. The costume and make up was over the top as always, but it worked so well. He pretty much nailed it. I also loved that this took place in the 70's and they did an awesome job with the costumes and sets for that. It was really beautiful to look at, super colourful and interesting. I actually thought it was pretty funny. I wasn't laughing the whole way through, but it had a lot more humour then I was expecting. Michelle Pfeiffer actually was pretty good too, it was also so weird to see Helena Bonham Carter as a normalish person.

The down side to this film was the acting from pretty much everyone else in the film. Chloe Grace Mortez was really disappointing in this film. I loved her in Kick Ass and Hugo... and then there was this... Lets be real.. she was awful. It was actually painful to see her suck this bad. Again, she's pretty much my favorite young actor but this was just so bad. 

Overall I actually really enjoyed this film, I heard a lot of people say that it was awful, but I didn't think it was too bad. I don't think I'd watch it in theatres again, but I'd consider buying it, and I'd definitely download it. Overall, it was visually appealing, and the story was generally good, but poorly executed. It was definitely a bit of a disappointment, and nowhere near the best of Tim Burton, but it wasn't too bad.  

I'm going to give this film a 6.5/10. I think this might be my lowest rating so far, but I'd probably recommend it to most people.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Chris de Burgh Concert

Last night I went to see Chris de Burgh last night, and he was amazing. He has such an unbelievable voice for a 62 year old man. He played all of my favorites (Spanish Train, The Tower, Patricia The Stripper, Lady In Red, ect.) as well as some songs from his new album which were also great. He even played S.O.S by ABBA and Africa by Toto. I thought I'd share some of my pics from last night. The rest are on my flickr account.