Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I think the film will win an Oscar.
I watched it at Barbican Cinema Sunday evening and understood why everyone who watched it was raving about it…

 

The film was poignant, funny and in some quirky way, heart-warming. I really really like it but I shan’t divulge too much because otherwise, it will spoil your fun.

Go to cinema and watch it. You won’t be disappointed.

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Phantom Thread

Last night, I started to read The Glass of Fashion, a book by Cecil Beaton which was published in 1954. And the book conveyed me to a bygone time in which high fashion was art, not industry.

Why did I have a strong urge to pick up this book was because I wanted to linger in a particular era which was portrayed in a film, Phantom Tread. The life portrayed in the film was a small slice of the 50’s post-war Britain. And it was indeed, a very privileged one. …

 

The film, which Hubbie and I saw at the Barbican Cinema, was simply exquisite. It was beautifully shot, the storyline was original and the acting was superb. I loved everything, absolutely everything in it. And of course, Daniel Day-Lewis, he was divine. The fact that he has left his acting career behind after the film makes my heart bleed! Does it mean I will never see his inimitable smile, which is elegant yet impish, ever again? I am still heartbroken.

Another thing I pined for throughout the film was how I desired to time-travel to the era in which the film was set. Even though my mum, who experienced the reality of the post-WWll, may not agree with me, I did find the time very desirable.

The reason why I liked it so much was because everything appeared to be real and tactile. The life then was conducted more elaborately and properly. General things, even trivial things such as drinking tea or putting on clothing, appearred to be done with more care and joy. And respect and appreciation towards labour and service seemed to be more just and courteous.

What is luxury? I wonder. Nowadays, we are surrounded by objects which claim themselves to be “deluxe”. From fast food to fast cars, the notion is widespread and abundant. Despite it, I just can’t help feeling that we are decidedly poorer. I ponder why.

If I could, I would love to bring back Cecil Beaton and hear what he would comment about the state of luxury in the present time. He may have a fit or worse a heart attack but also he would give damn accurate (& savaging) digs at it too…

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Christmas @ Barbican

Last Sunday, Hubbie & I viewed The Hobbit at Cinema 1, Barbican Centre…

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He wasn’t very keen on the idea initially – he didn’t like the first sequel very much but I managed to persuade him by serenading by his ear how good the review was in Time Out…

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The film was great! It was definitely better than the previous one and watching it (nearly 3 hours long) was exhausting. My viewing experience could have been even more fabulous if 3-D glasses I was given were cleaner and comfortable. Oh well, you can’t have it all, can you?

After the film, we visited a Christmas fair in the foyer which we had to forego because we had to run to the box office for our tickets.

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The fair was a small affair and the atmosphere was rather muted.
I guess the fair wasn’t very lively because there weren’t enough stalls and the items on sale was a little too sameish…

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Still, I managed to excavate a couple of interesting looking stalls…

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Her handmade jewellery, AvaRea17 Jewellery, were dainty and adorable. I thought any of her offerings would make a perfect stocking filler.

This stall by Amy Strike was exhibiting a collection of small ornaments, using books & fairy tales as inspiration…

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I seriously considered buying one of those paper-made ornaments for my mother as she loved to decorate her place with pretty things. However, I abandoned the idea because they appeared too delicate & fragile to withstand a long journey to Japan in my suitcase.

In the end, I came home with a small necklace bought at Ava Rae…

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Mr.B resembled a fox cub therefore it would be appropriate, I thought…

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Gravity @ Barbican Cinema

Oh my god, I take my hat off to Alfonso Cuarón, the creator of “Gravity”!
The film was an absolute visual feast and its special effect was stunning. By the time closing credits appeared on the screen, Hubbie and I were utterly exhausted and felt weak on our knees.
The narrative may be a bit too linear, as Hubbie and I have found. But for the special effect alone, the film is worth watching.
Well, I’d better not to divulge too much details in here. I have no intention of spoiling anyone’s fun. Please watch it and tell me about your opinion…

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We watched it at Barbican Cinema 1 on Silk Street…

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Fooling around with my 3D glasses. I didn’t know how exhausting watching film could be then…

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