tuesday’s trailers – thor: the dark world; r.i.p.d

So we’re trying something a little different here, chez Rabbit Hole. I’ve been looking for other ways to express my love of film, outside of work and spamming my Facebook friends and Twitter followers (love you all!) so I’m going to try to incorporate at least one (maybe two) film related posts a week into my blog. This is also good because it means I’ll have something structured to write about.

Don’t worry, though, there will still be more random confessions of a twentysomething here too. (In fact, remind me to have a rant over the whole “Can-you-be-friends-with-your-ex” thing at some point. Sheesh).


Anyway, to kick things off, here’s this Tuesday’s trailer… For THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Which totally warrants the shouty capitals because it looks awesome.

It’s pretty self-explanatory: A sequel to Thor/The Avengers, with Natalie Portman back as Jane Foster and Chris Hemsworth looking unruffled as usual as Thor.

A stolen synopsis reckons: “In the aftermath of The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.”

My most fun comment on the trailer – which is epic, and I’m very excited – relates to Loki. Particularly, the Tom Hiddleston fangirls who are freaking out about how sexy he looks. Look, I think he’s cute enough… But really, in the ten seconds we see him, he looks very unwell. I’m sure he’ll clean up nicely, but y’all need to rein it in until then. It’s a little creepy.

And then… the next trailer broke here in SA on Friday morning, so it’s a little stale. But you can just deal.

It’s R.I.P.D, starring Ryan Reynolds (he needs to do something great, quick, before he gets too stale) and Jeff Bridges, aka The Dude.

From IMDb: “A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.”

Looks like it wants to be Men In Black. And you know what, that’s okay. Just please don’t suck too hard.


It’s my blog and I’ll post about Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars if I want to

So Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscars.

She also won an Oscar (for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook – called it!) but she also won the whole damn show. And the Internet. Seriously.

The entire world has gone Jennifer Lawrence crazy – myself included. I have had a long (but very inspiring day) so I’m going to just post pretty pictures, videos and GIFs of Jennifer Lawrence. You’re welcome. (And I’m welcome too).

On the red carpet:


“Is there food here?” 


Oh my god, it’s Bradley Cooper!


At the ceremony:

Sexy. I wish I was this confident.


Her name gets called:


And then it’s everyone’s worst nightmare… Jennifer Lawrence falls at the Oscars.


But she managed to shake it off where most of us probably would have curled under our chairs and died…


At her winners’ press conference:

As she walked up onto the podium, a photographer apparently told her to watch her step…




When asked what went through her mind…


And I love this… This would be me!


In fact, her whole damn presser is worth the watch if you have a few minutes to spare. She is so cool.

At the parties:

Gets ambushed by her family:

Jack Nicholson crashes her interview (I love her “Oh my god!”)

In fact, the Oh my god is worth a GIF of its own. And with that, good night.


2013: My Oscar predictions


Right, so every year (since 2010) I have made my Oscar predictions in the major categories somewhere – my site, or here. And every year (since 2010) I have picked all six correctly. I think this year I will break my streak, however – because this year, it’s pretty much chaos. No Ben Affleck, no clear pick in the Best Supporting Actor category, no idea. Really. But, here goes nothing:

Best Picture: Argo, which has won every major award this season. Ben Affleck’s film should have this one in the bag.

Best Director: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln. Or Ang Lee for Life of Pi. But I’ll say Spielberg. Seriously, we’re all flying blind here. On paper, by now, they would have engraved Affleck’s name on the Oscar already – he and Argo have won pretty much all the major awards this year. (First prize for me would be the Academy staging a revolt and picking Affleck anyway. Alas.)

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln. I’m betting they already have engraved his name on the trophy.

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. Yes, I know she’s not the Academy’s usual pick (the “usual” here would be Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty), but she has also won almost every major award this season, so she should take this. Though I’ve seen some critics suggest that Emmanuelle Riva could get it for Amour. I’m not so sure.

Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln. Yeah, I got nothing. Could be him, could be Robert de Niro (Silver Linings Playbook). Look, Christoph Waltz could win for Django Unchained and I’d only be mildly surprised. It’s madness.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway. She will win, and she will deserve it. Not just because she was fucking amazing for the twenty minutes she was on screen in Les Miserables, but because she has been pounding the campaign trail hard this year.

Right, now I prepare to watch my perfect record be smashed to smithereens…


Some ‘Carrie’ love

So I’ve been supremely excited for Kimberly Peirce’s adaptation of Carrie. I loved Stephen King’s original novel and am really excited to see what she’ll pull out of the bag – and obviously how it will hold up to Brian De Palma’s original film. Plus it has Chloe Moretz – and in my opinion, she is one of the most exciting young actresses in Hollywood at the moment.

Anyway, was pretty much frothing at the mouth to see the teaser trailer – which debuted at New York Comic-Con this weekend – and it has finally (okay, I know it was only a two-day wait, but still) finally appeared online. With a pretty awesome teaser poster.

Behold – trailer and poster below:

Carrie Teaser Poster

That’s pretty much it for today. Will be back sometime this week with a brief catch-up on my trip to the amazing Mount Grace Country Hotel and Spa.

Nolan on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ shooting

I’ve been more rattled by the shootings in Aurora than I probably have a right to be, being all the way out here in South Africa, and I’ve been trying to figure out why. And then I read Christopher Nolan’s statement on the incident and this quote in particular rang so true, and sums up my feelings perfectly:

The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.

I spend, on average, between eight and ten hours a week in the cinema. I’ve written before on how special a place it is for me. My mind, mercifully, cannot comprehend the horror.



On having a hobby… Or not

After a surprisingly inspiring chat yesterday with J, I realised that I had been neglecting my blog quite horribly while dealing with the day-to-day dramas (Tom! Katie! OMG!), and not really making time for doing the things that make me happy – or, more importantly, things that will help me to better myself.

Added to that, the fact that T started ragging on me for “not having a hobby” (Which, J clarified, probably meant that I don’t do enough outdoorsy, sporty stuff), and I’m on a fresh wave of a desire for self-improvement and happiness.

(Of course, this has been slightly dented by the lack of network connection at the office. But, on the plus side: my desk is clean, my desktop has been reorganised, I’ve had two cups of coffee and I’ve beaten my record on Minesweeper. Booyah.)

Going back to the Hobbies Thing (it’s a thing now)… When I asked T what qualifies as a hobby, his response was “Something you love doing”. Therefore, I consider watching movies a hobby. (Which apparently it’s not, because it needs to be sporty/outdoorsy – and no, for some bizarre reason, yoga doesn’t count either. I’m confused too, don’t worry. I’m prepared to accept that drinking wine is not a hobby.)

I’ve written before on how I love the ritual of going to the cinema – although I do prefer it when it’s quiet, and not a packed screening. I love the moments that the lights go dark and the anticipation begins. I love watching trailers and trying to figure out the movie they’re advertising as quickly as possible. I love sprinkling the salt onto my popcorn (only one sachet at Nu Metro – two is far too much; though I prefer Ster Kinekor’s popcorn flavouring) and I love the fact that movie soft drinks are always well watered-down. And I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Going to the movies is the closest thing to going to church that I’ll voluntarily experience.

Of course, a lot of my movie-going experiences fall under the banner of “work” – and while I love writing on movies, it does get quite difficult to hash out reviews week after week. Especially because the audience that I usually write for isn’t really interested in the intricacies of the film – they just want to know if the product is good, if the actors are good (are there any “big name” actors?)… Really, will the R50 they drop on a movie ticket be worth it. Are they interested in the cinematography, the lighting, the colour pallet, the direction? Sadly, not. I try to sneak it in where I can, but I’ve had to rein myself in – seeing as I went through phases of writing movie reviews clocking in at the 1800-word mark.

What is cool is that I’ve now gathered a small group of people that I know are always reading the reviews – which is inspiring. It’s always good to know that there are people taking the time to read the entire review, rather than just clicking in to see the rating before clicking out. (And it does mean I often sneak in something completely random for fun!)

But, at the end of the day, I love this. I love talking about films, pulling out random trivia and being a reference guide for my friends. (Although I do quite often get: “So what’s showing at the movies?” – as if I’ve memorised all the cinema schedules for Cape Town.)

My point is – and to quote Ellen Degeneres, I do have one – is that with the amount of time, love and energy I pour into movies: They’re a hobby.

Though I do have grand plans to take up knitting or something, too. I hear it’s quite soothing.