Day Seventeen – #30DayBlogChallenge

Day Seventeen – Your celebrity crush.

Bitch, please. I’m an entertainment editor. I don’t have just one celebrity crush. I have loads. My top ones are: Andrew Garfield, Elijah Wood, Hugh Laurie, Ryan Gosling, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Olivia Wilde.

Andrew GarfieldAndrew Garfield: Thought he was outstanding in Boy A (Seriously, I say it at least once a month… Go rent that film!), divine in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and unbelievably gorgeous in The Social Network. And now he’s in The Amazing Spider-Man. Yay.

 

 

Elijah WoodElijah Wood: Possibly my longest-lasting celeb crush, it developed not with The Lord of the Rings but with Oliver Twist (a Disney made-for-TV movie, he played the Artful Dodger). Then came LotR and since then… I’ve been sold.

 

 

 

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie: Smart, funny, sexy as all hell… Sure, I’m probably more than half in love with his House character, but there’s no actor I’d rather see interviewed.

 

 

 

Ryan GoslingRyan Gosling: Lame, I know. So sue me, he’s ridiculously hot.

 

 

 

 

Mila KunisMila Kunis: See above.

 

 

 

 

Emma StoneEmma Stone: One of the smartest, wittiest, most beautiful stars in Hollywood… And she also seems to have both feet firmly in the ground. She’s awesome. Definitely my biggest celebrity girl-crush, by a country mile.

 

 

 

olivia wildeOlivia Wilde: She was “Thirteen” in House, and ridiculously hot in Cowboys & Aliens. Seriously, she’s gorgeous. And funny. And huge-hearted.

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Reviewed: ‘Blue Valentine’

For a number of reasons, one of the most difficult reviews I’ve ever had to write. Originally published on iafrica.com.

Blue Valentine“What’s the point of it all? I’m going to die alone, anyway.”

Possibly not the feeling the average cinemagoer want to have when leaving the theatre – and so seeing Blue Valentine on a day where you’re feeling a little down is probably not a great idea.

But despite the fact that it’s a melancholic, ultimately exhausting viewing experience, Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine is one of the most hauntingly beautiful films of recent years.

The film traces the disintegrating marriage of Dean and Cindy, a working-class couple with a small daughter. Cindy is a hard-working nurse at a local hospital, Dean is a housepainter who cracks open his first beer at 8am. Within the first few shots of the couple and the way they interact, you’re already wondering what happened. How did they end up together, when it’s obvious that they’re so badly suited?

The film tells their past and present through a series of flashbacks, from their first tender dates to the moment they realise their marriage is over. It’s a slow disintegration from the heady days of an early love – and a rushed marriage – to a bizarre tryst in a seedy sex motel. Ryan Gosling strums along to his “goofy” rendition of You Always Hurt The One You Love, and it’s a tragic reminder of the future you know is coming.

That’s the overwhelming sense of the film – that you know what’s coming, the bitterness, the tiredness – it ultimately feels futile. Yet there’s still a part of the viewer who begs for a happy ending, some sort of cathartic resolution for the pair and their once beautiful love. Continue reading