Archive for December, 2008

Bad Sunday: Eragon, Emma Shapplin & Dogs

Posted in Bad Sunday, Dog Owners, Emma Shapplin, Eragon, Film, Music, People with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28 December, 2008 by Nicola


Well, it is a shit book in the first place, isn’t it?  This little kid writes a book which blatantly includes every popular fantasy thing he has ever read or seen; i.e. Star Wars, Dragons of Pern and Lord of the Rings, but that’s not my problem with this film.  Okay, so the source material lacks imagination, but hey, it has lots of ingredients that could possibly make this an interesting film, but it fails.  It fails at epic proportions.  It has dragons.  That’s the first sign that it should be good.  The dragon saved Reign of Fire, because dragons can save anything.  Because they are FRIGGIN’ AWESOME.  But this film’s badness actually outweighs the awesomeness of the dragon.  I’m telling you, that takes a thick pile of badness for that to be achieved.  Other signs include the genius composer, Patrick Doyle.  Then you have Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou and Robert Carlyle on the cast billing.  I would love to add Jeremy Irons to that list, but if you ever saw Dungeons and Dragons you’ll be fully aware that he is no safe bet.  Either way, that’s an impressive cast, with an impressive composer.  But it just does not work.  It’s so bad you want to cry tears of blood.  You want to know what went wrong?  Everything.  Just everything.  They cast a lead that could not act, the dialogue is incredibly painful and there. is. no. fuck. ing. story.  What is WRONG with film makers these days?  Why is everything so anti-plot?  NO.  None of this anti-plot nonsense.  Put it back in, for christ’s sake!  Imbeciles! Continue reading


Seriously Recommended: Jade Valerie’s “Bittersweet Symphony”

Posted in Jade Valerie, Music, Sweetbox with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25 December, 2008 by Nicola

Bittersweet Symphony by Jade Valerie is by far my favourite thing to have come out of my Christmas stocking this year.  And I am not saying that lightly as I was given over a dozen albums, seven DVDs, a bloody keyboard, a gorgeous photoframe, a custom made calender and a Wall-E toy (it’s so awesome, by the way!)

This isn’t really a review.  This is a desperate plea.  A plea to every European out there.  FUCKING BUY THIS WOMAN’S FUCKING STUFF.  Why?  Because she is awesome, and is only big in Asia.  Asia.  How random is that?  Why Asia?  She’s American, works in Germany and lives in London.  ASIA?!  Where does Asia come into it?  Continue reading

Christmas & Stuff

Posted in Diary, Personal Musings with tags , , on 24 December, 2008 by Nicola

Hmm.  Christmas.  I have three of them.  I have a pre-Christmas with my best friend (which took place on Saturday 20th December), Christmas day with the household, and then another one on Boxing Day which, unfortunately, includes every single person from my family which amounts to fifteen people. *cries*

The day my best friend (dearest Adam) and I exchange presents is a mini Christmas in itself, since he always goes overboard (whereas I don’t, because I have no money, so he makes me feel bad).  In any case, he bought me five CDs, five DVDs, one book (Lolita), a few silly presents here and there, and last but not least, shit loads of chocolate. Continue reading

Bad Sunday: Nurses, Sleuth & Kelly Clarkson

Posted in Bad Sunday, Film, Kelly Clarkson, Music, Nurses, People, Sleuth with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 23 December, 2008 by Nicola

Yes.  I know.  It’s Tuesday, but I’m a busy lady, and I missed the Sunday.  So what?  You have something to say about that?  There’s a comment box.  Use it.  Either way, I have some things to say.  Oh yes, I do.


Kelly Clarkson’s “My December”
I don’t rush out and get things when they are first released.  I’ll come across them when I am good and ready; you know, if they just so happen to cross my narrow path.  Such a meeting occurred on Saturday between this tuneless album and I.  Breakaway was alright, wasn’t it?  She seemed to have found a niche there, or something.  I’m not sure where she was going with this, though.  I mean… maybe you can play it as a game?  Spot the Melody?  It’s for adults only; it’s a very difficult game.  One thing is for sure, you can’t play it as music. Continue reading

A Bit Of This And That

Posted in Diary, Katherine Jenkins, Music, Personal Musings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 19 December, 2008 by Nicola

The title is for Emilie Autumn.  Ha!

The truth of the matter is, I can barely bring myself to write anything today.  My head is splitting and I am tired, as I spent the day at work.  I just want to say a few bits and bobs:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mother, who is 48 today.  BLESS HER.

My Ma is 48 today.  Don't tell anybody.

My Ma is 48 today. Don't tell anybody.

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Nicola’s Top Ten Christmas Songs

Posted in Christmas, Holidays, Lists, Personal Musings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 18 December, 2008 by Nicola

10. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
We speak of the original of course.  I don’t know which is worse, the second or the third, but regardless, this one is brilliant.  For me, it’s not even that it’s for a worthy cause, it’s that it’s actually quite good!  The “FEED THE WORLD” chorus has a kind of sing-a-long-in-the-car element to it.  Sadly it’s a bit preachy, but the song is laced with so much nostalgia and Christmassy feeling that I can actually ignore the message in the song.  Happy days.

9. Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again
It’s just different, isn’t it?  I love her bizarreness and this track sounds like something Danny Elfman composed.  The atmosphere is great and the chorus has that eerie sense of magic to it (no pun intended).  It’s not like you can dance or jump to it, but you can watch Kate Bush being a bit of a freak, and that’s why we love her.  Or I love her, at least.

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X-Factor Voting Figures

Posted in Television, X-Factor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17 December, 2008 by Nicola

The voting figures have been released from series five of X-Factor.  I’m gobsmacked that Eoghan Quigg was leading throughout most of the series.  What is WRONG with you people?!  Alexandra Burke had a late surge, and was third from bottom in week seven.  I guess these figures truly show how fickle the public are.  And how much they fall for a sob story.  Scott Bruton second in the first week?  That wasn’t a sympathy vote for having a terrible song, was it?!  Come on, people.  Next year, please sort it out.  Take note of the singing, not the personal things going on, not what the red tops say, just the bloody singing.


Show 1
Eoghan Quigg 21.19%
Scott Bruton 19.48%
Laura White 16.99%
Diana Vickers 7.35%
Daniel Evans 7.21%
Alexandra Burke 7.20%
JLS 5.03%
Rachel Hylton 4.77%
Austin Drage 3.63%
Ruth Lorenzo 3.47%
Girlband 2.17%
Bad Lashes 1.51% (Deadlock)

Show 2
Eoghan Quigg 26.77%
Diana Vickers 16.24%
JLS 9.21%
Laura White 8.99%
Austin Drage 8.98%
Daniel Evans 8.23%
Alexandra Burke 7.15%
Rachel Hylton 5.01%
Scott Bruton 4.17%
Ruth Lorenzo 2.95%
Girlband 2.30% (Deadlock)

Show 3
Eoghan Quigg 20.73%
Diana Vickers 15.13%
Rachel Hylton 12.21% Continue reading