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An old fashioned, light-hearted, link-happy post for you today.

Photographs from 10-10, a collaboration between 10 photographers from 10 different places, who all took 10 photos on the 10/10/10.  It’s a lot of numbers, but don’t let that put you off, there are some real jewels to be found.  Discovered viabawkbawkbawk, aka Jacinta Moore, one of the contributors.

Apparently Baz Luhrman of Romeo and Juliet fame is taking on The Great Gatsby.  Now I’m  secret fan of film adaptations; I haven’t seen any of the other Gatsby films; I love the book; I’m excited.  What do you reckon?

It is imperative to check out the new blog of my great friend EJD, yellowdrama.  She’s new to the blogging world but she’s an absolute legend, I promise you.

Toast: always, always amazing.  I get their email updates which are like nuggets of awesomeness arriving in my inbox.  I wish my wardrobe was full of their cothes.

For your own good you must go and see the incredible posts of food blogger Katie Quinn Davies, on What Katie Ate. This is the type of blog that I can’t spend too long on because it’s all far too wonderful.  Have to take it in in small bites.  I am just crazy envious of her culinary genius: I have neither the skill nor the patience to create this kind of food.

Now!  There are essays to be writ!


The film I went to see, you see, was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

And it was completely, utterly fabulous.  Because it made me sob, and it made me laugh out loud, and it made me gasp in wonderment.

It was a genius, brilliant story – but also, it was shot so beautifully.  It had this quirky, surreal, storylike feel and the light was mellow and lovely.  Cate Blanchett, who I is one of the most beautiful women I can think of, was just stunning, and SO graceful.  And her outfits made me GREEN with jealousy. 

And Brad Pitt – oh my word!

I’ll leave you with a few stills, and then – promise me – you’ve all got to get out there and see it.


Hello, this is Rach again. For you today I’ve got a brief list of my top 5 films of all time. They’re not in order though – I couldn’t possibly choose! There’s so many incredibly brilliant films out there, but these are just a few I could (and do) watch over and over and over again, without ever getting tired of them. Watch them, and I (almost) guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Harold and Maude


Ghost World


Lost In Translation




American Beauty


Woohoo! It’s Sophie here and the lovely Fran has invited Rachel and I to commandeer her blog for the week whilst she makes a dent in her hefty workload! We have decided to each take turns and do a post every other day for the next week so we’ve got some interesting snippets coming up to fill the void Fran has left!

Well, it’s the time of year when the glitterati get their glad rags on and hitch a limo to the many award ceremonies. I’ve got to admit that I get a teensy bit excited about it every year, since the day that I got up at 4 am UK time to check if Johnny Depp had won the Best Actor Oscar for “Pirates of the Caribbean” (coincidentally one of my favourite films). He hadn’t. And that was the start of my fascination with awards season (as I like to call it) and my lifelong dislike of Sean Penn for pipping Cap’n Jack Sparrow to the proverbial post.


So last night I settled down with a mug of hot chocolate and switched on the Baftas. Ten minutes late. Anyway I heard the arrivals were as always beautiful dressed and here are my pick of the best:


Dev Patel and Freida Pinto of wonderful film “Slumdog Millionaire” looked looked handsome and stunning respectively and I adore Freida’s Oscar De La Renta creation. I’m also thrilled that Slumdog pretty much swept the board, just like it deserved to.


Kate Winslet you are such a star! I’m so thrilled that she won for her film The Reader. And two nominations in the same category? You go Kate! Plus, after her acceptance speech at the Globes, she can do anything in my book and still be on top. And I’m sorry, but forgetting Angelina Jolie’s name was priceless.


Thandie Newton looks beautiful and natural and glamorous at the same time in vintage.

And the guys?

Dominic Cooper, your suit is as swish as your pose.



Brad Pitt looked rather dashing (I love that word!) in Tom Ford and Angelina looked pretty good too.



I don’t think there were many surprises this year as all seemed deserving. The moment where Heath Ledger was awarded a posthumous Bafta for his role as The Joker in “The Dark Knight” did make me (along with everyone shown in the audience) pretty teary. It was well deserved.

As always, the Baftas highlighted a few more films that I am now dying to see. Woody Allen’s flick “Vicky Christina Barcelona” looks brilliant!

So what does this mean for the Oscars? After just coming back from seeing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, I would be pretty pleased if that won some more awards. See it if you want to cry hysterically, find a new appreciation for Brad Pitt and discover a life long yearning you never knew you had to take up ballet. Or that might just be me…

Unfortunately for some people, Twilight won’t be winning any awards. To one of my dear friends that will stay anonymous, Robert Pattinson is not quite in that league yet. Sorry…


Anyway, Rach will be with you for another post tomorrow! Hope you all have a lovely night  😀



This film is the best I’ve seen in a long, long, time and I’ve been dying to tell you all about it.

It’s basically about a young man from the slums of India who manages somehow to get really really far in the Indian version of Who wants to be a millionaire, and how he managed to answer the questions.

That sounds kind of so-so, doesn’t it?  But honestly, it’s nothing like I expected.  It’s raw, gritty, shocking – and at the same time wonderful and uplifting.  I’m not going to give away too much: just GO and see it, ok?

According to Birdy and Me, French Elle (finally) has some pictures of Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel. 


How exciting!  I really can’t wait for this film.  Audrey Tautou is without doubt one of the most beautiful women I can think of.  If you haven’t seen À la folie… pas du tout go get it and watch it now!  It’s a masterpiece.

I remember watching this film, very late at night, and sobbing and sobbing for absolutely ages.  It is absolutly beautiful, quirky, funny – and completely heartbreaking.

It also has Bjork! Hurrah!

dancer in the dark

You should definitely watch it.  Although I strongly recommend having LOTS of tissues with you!

What are the films that make you cry?  (I really want to know – leave a comment and tell me all about them.)