This week, I are been mostly contemplating the 'fillum' – 'He's Just Not That Into You.'
Also this week…
– Cinderella, or 'Cendrillon' – opera with Kathy Burke (or maybe not!)
– 'The Iron Lady' – sooooooooooooo good! And 'The Artist' – faaaaaaab!
– And girls, what are we LIKE?!!
– Plus a couple of funnies from the last week or so on air
"Oh what a circus, oh what a show!"
Now here's a 'TiFFT'* for you! Never done this one before! As mentioned in last week's blog, on Monday, pal (model Goody) and I went to Wimbledon Odeon to watch – in the cinema – the Royal Opera House production of 'Cendrillon' – Cinderella. In the cinema!
Three hours long, complete with 20 minute interval (just time to nip out for kebab – don't ask! Classy birds eh? lol!) Well, how… unusual… it was! If you crossed a panto with an episode of 'Ab Fab', and a top class opera, you'd have an idea of the spectacle that we beheld on the big screen.
I've got to say I'm so glad I went, as the singing was incredible, as you can imagine, and there were a lot of very clever and very funny actor/singers, and set pieces – the stepmother and ugly sisters were superb. And it was amaaaazing being able to understand the words in an opera for the first time ever! (subtitles, natch!). But there were two things that made it more memorable than maybe they intended it to be 🙂
Firstly, as you're probably aware, when an actor emotes on the stage, most of the audience are far away, so their gestures are deliberately larger than life. Film that in close up, and you have a style of big screen entertainment which sometimes makes you feel like you're watching a gurning contest, with the performers over-exaggerating their facial expressions as they reach the high notes and wrap their mouths around the words.
Secondly, since I guess many of the best opera singers are of a certain age, the casting was a little… unexpected, shall we say! Cinderella was about 40, albeit lovely, and an amazing voice (mind you, they could have chosen a more flattering dress than the bare shoulder, corsetted one they stuck the poor woman in – I'VE seen the old Ladybird story book – their's was a lot better! lol). Prince Charming was – I swear! – Kathy Burke a la 'Kevin and Perry'!
Her wig was distractingly bad in close up, and the lovely opera singer's attempts at acting manly in her awkward suit might have worked from a distance on a stage, but in 20 foot close up on the screen, it simply left us struggling to contain ourselves, specially in the kissing scenes, where the 'Prince' seemed to be getting a bit carried away! Watch this clip!
And as for the Fairy Godmother – she was pure genius. I'm not sure what show she thought she was in – one all of her own it seemed! They intended her to be a 'punk' style godmother, but she was vampy and over-sexy (whilst not the youngest fairy in town), spilling out of her dress and sashaying across the stage completely stealing every scene and gurning in true operatic splendour at every aria! Magic, pure magic. Am soooo glad we went.
Quite a packed audience, many of them regulars, and there'll be a whole stack of similar performances – including theatre and ballet in the months to come – am sure Goody and I will be there as often as we can! And if you'd like to start joining me on the TiFFT's for 2012 – it all starts here – no matter how small, or big, leave me a comment each month when you've done something you've never done before – inspire us all, or make us smile, OK?!
(P.S. In the pic of me and Goody above, the dress I'm wearing is coming up soon on air at a really super price – see below!)
He really couldn't give a s**t… I mean, 'He's Just Not That Into You'…
Now where does this all fit in with the aforementioned 'theme', I hear you say? Well, if you haven't watched the movie 'He's Just Not That Into You', before I explain my theme, let me fill you in.
The 2008 film starring Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper is a masterpiece of comedy, an observation of mating games, and a true education. Enlightenment is at hand in 90 minutes worth of bite-sized chunks, for those of us naive enough to keep making the same mistakes. Which mistakes? The ones most of us have made at some stage in our lives – like continual excuses as to why a guy doesn't text/Facebook/email/call/turn up/respond/tweet/want to see us again.
I do believe this film should be required viewing for every female! To 'unlearn' everything anyone's ever conspired to impart, ladies, in an effort to convince us that a man is really, truly, deep down, interested – when he's actually… just not. As Alex, the main guy character says (Justin Long – superb), 'No matter what he said, if a guy hasn't called, or he's acting like he couldn't give a 's**t', it's because he really couldnt give a s**t.'
Gigi, the main heroine, rings bells for those of us who at some time or other have been kidding ourselves, sucked into the excuse-filled illusion that there's actually a bona fide reason (I laughed when they listed 'he's lost his phone') they haven't called. Kidding ourselves along and similarly being kidded by conspiritorial peers/family/colleagues/best friends (especially the married ones!). It's blinking hilarious at times, and painfully honest at others. I bet we all know a Gigi! Happy endings abound, as you'd expect, and there were more than a few 'tissue' moments along the way, so be prepared!
Anyway, there was I, having just watched this film, and discussed it with several mates who are all trying to move on from someone who doesn't make enough effort, when all of a sudden there was Prince blooming Charming showing us exactly what a man does when he wants a woman – he chases around the kingdom looking for 'she whose foot the slipper fits'! That's what he does! I jest, but actually doesn't it bring it all home? If he's not willing at least to contact us, let alone chase halfway across the county with a glass shoe, move on!
SO – If there are any guys out there, who wish to comment below, to affirm what Scarlett Johannson et al discover, I'd love to hear from you! Or girlies, have you had any similar experiences, till you finally discovered he's just not, well, that into you? Basically. Anyway, fab film, eight and three quarters out of ten. Get it on DVD if you can!
Solo cougar's survival kit – what do you suggest I should add to the list?
Talking of such things… calling all more 'mature' ladies back on the dating game?! OK, girls, now I've got your attention, listen up. Living alone whilst seeking a partner (with GSOH, own teeth and no baggage)? Yes?
Well don't you find that sometimes you come across a brilliant product that solves a problem that you'd normally need someone else, often male, to solve for you? Whilst we await our very own 'Prince Charming' (preferably one without the Perry wig!), which of these indispensible items should us 'cougars' (not my term, honest!) acquire – to make life just a little bit easier? I thought it'd be fun to come up with a list – let me know what else you would add, by commenting at the bottom of this blog!
First, it'd have to be the electric throw that's been keeping me warm over Christmas – we do a Morphy Richards one – OMG I swear the bed's magnetic – and it means no more needing something warm to put my cold feet (or bottom!) on!
Then of course the clever Kuhn Rikon jar (and can) opener set I recently bought when it was a TSV. My hands aren't that strong so this clever gadget means that no jar will defeat me ever again if no-one's around to help open it!
And my third suggestion for the 'solo cougar' survival kit (better than saying 'single's survival kit!') would be… a dog! Or four! 😉
They never argue about what to watch on the telly, never cause hassle over the loo seat, and always give affection unconditionally – that's what we need, eh ladies! Lol. And when you've had enough of them, you can just throw them, outside in the yard for a few hours! hehe! Tell me below what else you think should go on this list? What else can't you do without that really helps you if you live alone?
Next week – Valentine's Day is just around the corner – shall I work the evening? Or make myself go to a singles thing for once?
Snippets – some other highlights of my Debbie week!
– Joy Salem's magic fingers. A lovely lady called Joy in Radlett – a pal of Craig's – invited me over for a treatment session – involving galvanic therapy which I'm a big fan of, and some very vigorous manual lymphatic drainage on my face – felt 'well-poggered' afterwards, and definitely think it made a difference round my jawline, certainly for the next few shows on air afterwards. Thanks Joy!
– Lauren's flowers. Valentine's Day not far away and a big bouquet turns up on my doorstep. Well I'm puzzled to say the least! But when I opened them, it was from my lovely Lollipop, who lives away in Bath, who was missing her mum and just thought she'd send me some flowers – made me feel super-special I can tell you! Especially 'cos I was having a bit of a 'down day' – thanks Lauren, you're lovely!
- Silly bird update:
- still there
– still pecking
– still mad!
– 'This week I are been mostly using'… my brilliant Intelliboil eco-kettle! It boils water to a lower temperature – eg. 95 degrees for instant coffee – saving energy into the bargain. Superb!
WATCH – 'The Iron Lady'. What a chronicle of our time this film is! Looooved the superb superb genius performance by Meryl 'my hero' Streep. I'd watch any film she's in and was gratified to witness yet another stellar acting job in this one. Faultless. No wonder she's been nominated for so many awards!
It's less about glorifying the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and her achievements, it's more about showing how a woman made it through a man's world, and the considerable downside, but the overriding impression is that Meryl's simply magnificent. Excellent supporting cast too including playing Carol Thatcher and Denis, and tons of well-known Brits heading up the all-star cast for the cabinet, including Anthony 'Gold Blend' Head and John Sessions amongst others! A clear eight and half out of ten. To see it on DVD would be fine tho'.
WATCH #2 – 'The Artist'. Well, as I said on Facebook this week, two Golden Globes well earned for this amazingly groundbreaking film. If you love cinema, definitely go for the sheer experience of a true silent movie. And there really are silences too – frequent pin drop ones, amidst the genial laughter and pleasant reactions from the audience. (Ironic that the classic, Gene Kelly's 'Singing in the Rain' was a talky about the demise of silent movies, whereas this one is a silent movie about the advent of talkies!)
It's a gentle film – funny, witty, clever, and unusual. Funny how the brain fills in the gaps! Just like with a book, where written words are transformed into the most amazing pictures in your head, so with a silent movie somehow your mind fills in the dialogue gaps and gives them voices and sounds – fascinating!
Not taxing but quite a sensory experience, so a good 8 out of ten. See it in the cinema on a packed nigh t for an old school theatrical release feeling. All that was missing was the live orchestra… 🙂
P.S. my film pal Nige thought it was 'awesome, *******g awesome!' What will you think? Let me know.
Next week – probably – 'Margin Call' (how can I not see that film given my finance jobs during the sub-prime crisis!), although 'Shame' (Fassbender/Mulligan) and 'J Edgar' (diCaprio) – and 'W.E.' (Wallis Simpson time-slip love story) – are all calling me!
P.S. without it being too film-biased this week, a quick mention for another one to watch out for – 'Limitless' – on DVD – starring Bradley Cooper. (It was also on Sky Movies last time I looked!). It's a really satisfying film – superbly directed – a super-intelligent script and wonderful, unpredictable plot – loved it. Highly rated 8 and three quarters from me.
And one from the old classics which was on TV – a truly touching love story with a younger Meryl Streep (again – OK, I'm biased!) and an amazingly romantic slightly younger Clint Eastwood, in 'Bridges of Madison County' – loved it. Nine out of ten. Again, tissues at the ready if you manage to rent or download it! And not to put too fine a point on it, but again showing what a man will do if he truly wants to be with a woman! Nuff said! 🙂
QVC – QTechnology Weekend this weekend in selected hours – see Will Gowing's update for more info!
And look out on Friday 27th January – put it in your diary if you like bargains – in my evening Tiana B show there will be a veeeeery special – temporary – price on that dress I'm wearing in the pic of me and Goody above! Say no more! 😉
And finally, here as promised are the couple of funnies that happened over the last week or so on QVC shows – enjoy!
Have a lovely week guys – and do remember to leave me a comment below – specially if you're new or you haven't left one for ages!
*Try it for the First Time' club – do something different every month that you've never done before!