Showing posts from June, 2016

What I'm Watching: The Age of Adaline

Maybe I should start reviewing things with some sort of cohesion, but I've another random 'What I'm Watching' for you today. I finally caught The Age of Adaline on TV last night, a film that interested me when it first came out but I never got around to seeing. AoA is the story of a young woman, Adaline Bowman, who remains eternally youthful after a near-death experience halts her aging process. To keep her secret and thereby her freedom (from being a 'curiosity') she keeps herself to herself and changes her identity every decade. But her resolution is tested when she meets Michiel Huisman's Ellis (Game of Thrones, Nashville). Will she tell him the truth?

There were two main reasons I wanted to see this film, originally. One was that the role of Adaline seemed made for Blake Lively. I always think she comes across as a bit of an old soul, and obviously she's going to look fabulous in all the different period clothes. But first and foremost, I was curio…

A bit about me...

The lovely Cilla from Paved with Books tagged me for this one - I keep meaning to do a tag of some sort so thank you!! I'm not a particularly interesting person, but if anyone wants to learn a bit more about me, here's your chance. And if you want to try this tag too, I hereby invite you :D

Vital stats
Name: Catherine Elizabeth
Nickname:  Sometimes Cath or Cathy, and Little Cath to the extended family, since my Mum's Catherine too. Although she's littler than me nowadays.
Birthday: June.
Starsign: Gemini
Hair colour: Brown
Hair length: Waist length.
Eye colour: I'd say green, but other people would probably say hazel or brown.
Best feature: I like my hair, but I should make more of an effort with it.
Braces: The dentist insisted I was fine until I turned eighteen, then he agreed that my teeth were crooked. It felt too late by then.
Piercings: Just my ears.
Tattoos: Nope.
Right or left handed: Right.

Best friend: My best friend all through primary school was call…

Comparison: I Know Where I'm Going vs Leap Year

One of my favourite rom-coms of recent years is Leap Year. Don't judge me.Starring Amy Adams and an Irish-accented Matthew Goode, this is the story of an uptight city girl, foiled in her plan to propose to her boyfriend on Feb 29th when she's stranded in rural Ireland. I know it's not the best piece of cinema ever made, but the golden age of the romantic comedy is long dead, and despite it's cliches and relentless Irish stereotyping, Leap Year was at least a) romantic and b) funny. Mostly unintentionally, it's true, but at least there were no ten minute conversations about Elvis's bowel movements (I'm looking at you What If. And you had so much potential.)

Leap Year, I think, is likeable because it's kind of old-fashioned. It's not trying to subvert the romantic comedy genre, or be edgy or anything. The humour's pretty simple, the characters bicker like they're in a screwball comedy and the actual romance is all pretty chaste for a modern-da…

WWW Wednesdays: What I'm Reading and Watching :D

The Three W's are: 
What did you recently finish reading?  What are you currently reading? What do you think you'll read next?

 To join in with WWW Wednesday, just answer the below questions and leave the link to your post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words. This week I thought I'd do films/TV series I've been watching as well as books. Mix things up a bit!

What I've read recently: 

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
(see review here) A detective novel that argues for Richard III's innocence - I finished it in an afternoon. Team York all the way now!

What I'm Currently reading: 

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
A great read for summer, makes me want to go to Greece sooo bad. The bits with the family are hilarious but there's not enough of them. Although the TV series didn't follow the book very closely, I think they got the family spot on - except maybe the mum. In the book she mostly gardens and cooks.

A Knight of the Seven K…