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The film script romance

Posted in About Me, Rantings with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2011 by randomintermissions

Before you get too engrossed, this isn’t going to be a detailed analysis into the subject of how T.V. and film is ruining romance for the masses, more of a personal rant. Should the former be your bag, then I am sure a quick Google search will reveal what you are looking for. Merry hunting.

Gone with the Wind

Anyway, recently I tried the whole being set up thing again, not entirely sure why baring in mind each previous attempt at this has ended in failure (I am not sure whether my friends just have a really poor perception of the type of girl I like or whether they are simply doing it to be cruel) but I figured what the hell, it can’t hurt, right?

Now, the first thing you should be thinking is “When has the expression ‘It’s can’t hurt, right?’ ever been uttered when in some way shape or form it hasn’t in fact ‘hurt'”. None as far as I can recall [if you have experienced this, then feel free to correct me].

Asides aside, the first date was rather nice, very ‘clicky’ and chatty, got to know each other reasonably well. There was a little pressure with her having children, but quite reasonably I was not expected to be involved with them, not at least until I long way down the line and for that I was grateful. I am no where near ready for my own kids, let alone starting to integrate myself with others.

Now obviously having children is a huge responsibility, and I would never take anything away from that, least not from a single mother. Juggling baby-sitters and free time must be an absolute nightmare. So when I enquire as to a second date on a weekday evening, I didn’t go in with high expectations and sure enough she’s busy. No harm, no foul. I set about making other plans, working late and possibly a drink or two. But then a text, she’s has managed to get someone to watch the kids. Great at first glance, but oh shit, I am working late… working late + Ben = bad mood. Oh well, it all was very late notice, I’ll just let her know and we can sort something out for another time, be a little bit more organised. Oh how wrong could I be?

Four hours of being accused / shouted at for “messing her about” later, followed by discussions you would only expect the long married and bitter to have the classic “Please do not contact me again” text has been received.

I long for that fairy tale romance: Boy meets girl, they go on a crazy, random exciting adventure, fall in love and live happily ever after (of course I mean more Doctor Who than Disney), but life just isn’t like that.

Having written all this out, there appears to be no point or drive to it other than to vent my frustration. I hope I haven’t bored you too much dear reader, but I do have one simple request for you; if you know someone you think would be ‘perfect’ for me… right now I am not bloody interested!

Up

Posted in Film, Review with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by randomintermissions
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A Pixar / Disney (yes, unfortunately Disney are involved too, they always will be, now owning Pixar) release is always cause for much excitement, and their latest film certainly does not disappoint.

From their humble beginnings with the first full length computer animated film, Toy Story (1995), Pixar have gone from strength to strength, bringing us such wonders as Toy Story 2 (1999 – there had to be a sequel), Monsters Inc (2001) and The Incredibles (2004). Then in 2008 Came what can only be described as a mind blowing triumph, Wall-e. After the affectionate and imitatable wailings of our robotic hero in one of Pixar’s most adult themed movies to date, it was difficult to see how they could follow it up.

Enter 78 year old Carl Fredricksen, tired of city life and with a promise to keep. One house floating by 10,000 helium filled balloons, a collection of sidekicks ranging from Wilderness Explorer, Russell, a Dog called Doug and a bizzare, female bird like creature (affectionately called Kevin), hilarity quickly ensue, leading to yet another masterpiece.

Touching to start, Up pulls on the heart strings before turning it’s theme to feel good, comedy, adventure romp, making the impossible seem possible.

Turning to a more technical note, the animation is truly another leaping bound towards photo-realism (seriously, check out how darn good the balloons look)! It would not come as a shock if Pixar were to be the first company to release the first photo-realistic, computer animated short / full feature film. Time will tell on this one as although Pixar’s scenery is looking considerable more realistic with each film, there is a real sense that they are trying to establish a definite style with their human animation that moves away from realism.

With two consecutive (and clearly now a third) wins of the Best Animated Oscar, we can only hope that this year will be Pixar’s chance to (at the very least) pick up a nomination for Best Film.

Best film of 2009 so farr, be sure to check it out.

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Suplimental:

Toy Story 3 on it’s way in 2010.