‘Marvel Creating the Cinematic Universe’ exhibition at the GOMA Brisbane

Lucy’s last week in Brisbane was quickly coming to an end and we had packed alot into the week so far. We had seen that the GOMA was having an exhibition all about the Marvel superhero films and we were really interested in seeing it, luckily for us it started two days before Lucy was leaving!
The exhibition was filled with original sketches, comic books, costumes, props, behind the scene videos and lots more – it was jam packed and we absolutely loved it!
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The first room was full of props and costumes from The Avengers…
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The next room was dedicated to Captain American, complete with the American flag, war memorabilia and a motorcycle.
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The next room was for our favourites, Starlord himself and The Guardians of the Galaxy!
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The next room was incredible, it was Thor’s room. The set was HUGE and very gold!
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The last little bit of the exhibition had a mixture of props and post production videos, they had really interesting videos about how they make the props, how they mix the soundtracks and how they use prosthetics in the films, this was probably my favourite room and it was great to see all the work that goes into making the films!
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I would highly recommend this exhibition to any Marvel film lovers, there was so much to see and it was great to see the props and costumes up close.
For more into about the exhibition and to buy tickets visit https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/Marvel-creating-the-cinematic-universe – the exhibition runs until 3rd September 2017 so don’t miss out!

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Exploring a deserted island, climbing a mountain and Koalas – what a week!

My brother Jake and his girlfriend were visiting the UK for a month which meant that me and Lucy had a car, which also meant we could explore on our own without taking the bus! (freedom!)
Monday – we kick started the week with a trip to Coochiemudlo Island . You can read my post all about the island here

Tuesday – I thought it would be a good idea to go to Surfers Paradise. I have been here a few times before on previous trips to Australia as it’s only about an hour from Jake’s house. I know people have mixed reviews about surfers, it’s very touristy and a bit tacky but as a tourist and someone who enjoys a bit of tack, I really like it! Plus the beach is gorgeous!
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Fun fact – two years ago Jake and I walked out of the top of this building, right out on the grid at the top. It’s called the Q1 Skypoint walk and it was amazing! This time me and Lucy just went up, had a drink and enjoyed the views from the top.
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We then headed to get some lunch, we stopped off at an amazing hotdog shop which sold vegan hotdogs, we each got one with all the trimmings! We then headed to the beach to catch the last bit of sun for the day.
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Wednesday – we were both up for doing something a bit different so we climbed a mountain! as you do! We climbed Mount Ngungun which is one of the Glass House Mountains, I have climbed it before and I knew Lucy would love it because the views from the top are incredible!

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After climbing the mountain we thought we better reward ourselves, you know for being healthy and all that, so we decided to go to a vegan dessert shop and stuff our faces with cake!
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Thursday – We decided to have a bit of a chilled day, we got up a little later, tidied the house, had coffee then headed to Daisy Hill Koala park which is about 20 minutes from Jakes house. This place is great, they have a few resident Koalas there but also rescue Koalas from surroundings areas that are injured or need relocating, this amazing place is also free!
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Friday – The weather was awful so we decided to have a cinema day. We both love going to the cinema and in Australia it’s so cheap, it’s amazing! We went and saw John wick 2 (which we both loved) we saw it the day of release, on a huge screen for under £4!
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As always we had a really good week, the great thing about being based in Brisbane is that there is so many different things you can do day to day which don’t break the bank or that you have to travel far to do! Week 2 post coming shortly…

Get Lost in Film: LION

I love going to the cinema and when I was back in the UK I used to go at least once a week, I had a Cineworld unlimited card (otherwise I would have been broke!) I also like going to the cinema on my own, I felt really self conscious the first few times but seriously you should try it, it’s great! Now don’t get me wrong I enjoy the company of other people but there is just something so lovely about seeing a film on your own. I find it really relaxing (true story, I’ve often been so relaxed during some films that my Fitbit has tracked my cinema visit as a nap!) The reason I like going to the cinema on my own is that I find I can just turn my brain off , I don’t have to speak to anyone, I don’t have to worry whether the person I’ve gone with is enjoying the movie etc, I can just focus on the film…also, if the films a real tear jerker, which, spoiler alert – this one is, I can just let go and have a good old cry, without fear of embarrassing the person next to me with my constant sniveling!

I’ve decided to start a new segment on the blog called ‘Get Lost in Film’ where I have a little chat about recent films I’ve seen, ones that have really stuck out to me, whether good or bad! It’s great when you leave the cinema after seeing a good movie, something that’s original and exciting, or just a great story, or one that made you laugh your head off! Also this will be a great segment for me to look back on because anyone that knows me knows I have a mental block when it comes to films, I basically forget what happens in most of the films that I see and it drives me crazy…literally like even the next day!

So…the first film I wanna chat about is Lion, this film really touched me and led me to start this segment because I really enjoyed seeing this movie and I’ve thought about it on and off since I saw it last week. I had seen the trailer for Lion a while ago and thought it looked amazing, it seemed like such an interesting story to me. Any film that is a true story always grabs my attention.

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Credit: Vanity Fair

If you havent seen the trailer yet, Lion tells the story of Saroo Brierly, a five-year old boy who loses his family at a train station in Calcutta. Saroo struggles on the streets until he’s adopted into an Australian family to start his new life. Twenty five years later, Saroo wants to find where he came from and find his family back in India. With the help of Google Earth (…sounds like a superhero) he starts to retrace the steps he took as a five year old boy in the hope of finding ‘home’.

Firstly the cast in this film are great and the young actor that plays Saroo, Sunny Pawar is incredible, he is such a sweet little boy and the scenes where he is searching for his family broke my heart, this actor is only 8 years old but he had so much emotion and he made me cry pretty much everytime he was on screen (…in a good way…I cried a lot during this film)

Dev Patel is also incredible in this film, the protagonist struggles a lot with guilt, he feels guilty that he wants to find his family in India because he was given such an amazing life in Australia and eventually his feelings build up and get the better of him. Dev Patel played out Saroo’s emotional struggle really well and you can see how the emotion builds in the character over time. There was a particularly touching scene with Dev Patel and his adopted Mother, played by Nicole Kidman, which I found very honest and very powerful.
Side note – as soon as I got out of the cinema I googled Dev Patel as I was interested in seeing more of his films (…and have a little snoop on google images…c’mon, he looks gooood in this film!) I was delighted to see that he’d been nominated for the oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role!

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Credit: Variety

This was such a well shot film too, the cinematography was great, the landscape shots in it were beautiful, it really gave you a sense of life in Calcutta and the atmosphere of India.

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Credit: Variety

So although this film made me cry like a baby I bloody loved it! The story was so incredible to me that I had to find out about it in more detail so I downloaded the book and started reading it the very next day, the book is great because it goes into a bit more detail about Saroo’s search and his upbringing with his adopted family.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know we’re only in January but this will be a stand out film of the year, for me anyway. The story is one that you have to see to believe, it’s such a heartwarming tale of human struggle and perseverance. The film is two hours long and I can say that I started crying about 10 minutes in and continued to cry on and off for the rest of the film. I’m sorry to the people around me in the cinema, it was embarrassing how much I cried….but in all seriousness, if you watch this film and don’t cry, you’re a cold hearted robot…there I said it.

Has anyone else seen it yet? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the film, I’d love to know what you thought of it! While we’re on the subject of films and cinema check out my previous post about my new years film resolution here

New Years Resolution: Be a better Cinephile

So…I love films. I love going to the cinema. Like seriously love it. In the UK I had an unlimited card which meant that I paid £15 a month and could go to the cinema as many times as I liked. There were times when I’d go three times a week and I saw amazing films in the four years that I had my card. I loved it!

Now I say I love films, and I really do BUT…I have a confession to make – I haven’t seen any classic’ films. Like any.

Die Hard? Nope. Dirty Dancing? Nope. Star Wars? Nope. Scar Face? Nope. Apocalypse Now?….you guessed it, big fat NOPE.

So my mission for 2017 is to watch 50 of the top ‘classic‘ films. There are multiple top 50’s, 100’s and 250’s out there but I settled on the IMDb top 50 which is….

 

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
5. 12 Angry Men (1957)
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
7. Pulp Fiction (1994)
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
10. Fight Club (1999)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
12. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
13. Forrest Gump (1994)
14. Inception (2010)
15. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
17. Goodfellas (1990)
18. The Matrix (1999)
19. Seven Samurai (1954)
20. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
21. City of God (2002)
22. Se7en (1995)
23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
24. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
25. The Usual Suspects (1995)
26. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
27. La La Land (2016)
28. Léon (1994)
29. Spirited Away (2001)
30. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
31. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
32. American History X (1998)
33. Interstellar (2014)
34. Casablanca (1942)
35. Psycho (1960)
36. City Lights (1931)
37. The Green Mile (1999)
38. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
39. Untouchable (2011)
40. Modern Times (1936)
41. Rear Window (1954)
42. The Pianist (2002)
43. The Departed (2006)
44. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
45. Back to the Future (1985)
46. Whiplash (2014)
47. Gladiator (2000)
48. Memento (2000)
49. Apocalypse Now (1979)
50. The Prestige (2006)

I’ve seen a handful of these films, mainly the ones which were made within the last 10/15 years but I’m determined to see them all! (…well we’ll have a think about all those Lord of the Rings films) You never know I might even up it to the top 100!

What other ‘classics‘ shall I watch?! Please comment below if there are there any that aren’t on this list that you’d recommend?