Let’s talk about books baby! (and films and all that nice stuff)

One of my favourite hobbies is reading a nice book. I don’t do it as often as I used to, but it is still one of the things that make me happy. I cannot walk past a bookstore without popping in for a few minutes, or at least stopping to inhale deeply.

I also love films. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I really like old movies. A recent movie to me is one that was released in the 90s or early 2000s. I especially love the films of the golden age of cinema and the movies of the 80s (rat pack anyone?) I love new movies of course but the older ones are dear to me. Maybe it is because they reveal to me a bit of the way life was in a different time era. I am fascinated by the past; the way things and people were way back when. Old films are a good way of getting information on life in a particular decade.

I have decided to create a literary club of sorts. This will be an umbrella term for the book club and film club. Here I will talk about books and films that I like and even those I hate. Anyone is welcome to participate in whatever way. You can send a book or film review to unchastemannequin@gmail.com.

I tried to list my favourite books but I found that impossible to do. I will just list a few interesting book facts about me.

  • I LOVE the Harry Potter series, I can read them over and over again from beginning to end and not get bored. J.K Rowling is a god.
  • I like books set in the middle east and I am especially fond of books set in Afghanistan. It is so interesting to learn about a different culture while sympathising with them (the women especially) for the struggles and hardships they have to face. That being said, it shouldn’t be a surprise that A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my best books.
  • I used to be obsessed with Sidney Sheldon! I am not sure why I said “used to” because I am pretty sure I still adore his books. Rage of Angels is my favourite book of his followed by The other Side of Midnight.
  • I used to love Jackie Collins: “Used to” is used correctly here. I remember one particular Monday assembly, my classmates and I huddled around a girl who had one of the Lucky Santangelo books. We were all so excited to read the vivid sex scenes. I used to think she was pretty darn awesome and i would buy her books wherever I could get my hands on them. Then I grew up.
  • I have read all of the Shopaholic books: Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is my patronus. I love her and I can’t stand her. Sometimes I want to scream at the book: “what is wrong with you Rebeca? Do you really need a gladiator suit in three different colours?” Based on how much I liked the shopaholic books, I decided to read some of Sophie Kinsella’s other works. Big mistake.

There is still a lot to write about where books are concerned but I’ll leave that for another post. Over to the films. To start off with, I want to list my favourite films. I won’t go into details about each film because quite frankly it is almost midnight and I’m tired. In no particular order:

 The Goodfellas (1990). It is not the best film I have ever seen but it is my all time favourite.  Every scene was a delight to watch and every time I watch it again I love it a little bit more.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967): This was the first movie I watched of Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway. I immediately developed a crush on Faye- the way she spoke in the film, the way she did her hair, the way she drank her coke.

Penelope (1966): This film is a delight to watch, thanks to Natalie Wood’s performance as a bored, kleptomaniac wife of a busy bank manager. I cannot find the adjectives with which to explain Ms. Wood’s character, but I love it. It is very Marilyn Monroe-esque.

Charades(1963): It is important to specify the Charades I am referring to, as I have watched two movies with this title. There is one with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, and one with James Mason. Both of them were good, but the one with Hepburn is my favourite.

The Notebook (2004): duh.

Down with love (2003): What can i say about this film? I like the clothes, the storyline, the somewhat exaggerated and unrealistic acting, the sixties setting.

Chicago(2002): I don’t know if the movie was great or if I am just biased because I love the musical numbers (cell block tango!). Apart from High School Musical (forgive me for I was young), this is the only musical I can tolerate.

Inglourious Basterds (2009): I have been obsessed with Christoph Waltz ever since. I especially love that the Germans spoke German and the French spoke French. Favourite Tarantino film (sorry Django).

Breakfast at Tiffany’s(1961): Timber!!! The party scene alone is enough to put this on my list of favourites, although to be honest Charades is probably a better film (or not).

The Breakfast Club (1985): My favourite rat pack film, but it is so much more than that. One of my all time favourite movie scenes is the dance scene towards the end. I will watch it over and over again just for that scene.

Gentlemen prefer blondes(1953): I never really cared for Marilyn Monroe. To me she was a famous sex vixen and that was about it. I don’t think she’s a fantastic actress, but I love the way she acts and the roles she acts. The cute sexy clueless damsel.

Vertigo(1958): James Stewart. Alfred Hitchcock. Love.

Raging Bull(1980): There are a number of memorable scenes in this film which is why it is on this list. Plus it’s de Niro and Pesci.

Xmen first class(2011): This was the first Xmen movie I ever watched and I loved it so much I watched it twice in one sitting.

My Cousin Vinny(1992): Yes you read that right.

I cannot think of anymore films which is strange because I have made this list before and I had little problem then. Maybe it’s because I’m tired, or maybe It is because i have decided to leave out some films. There are some films I like but I don’t know if they can be classified as my favourites.

Mildred Pierce(1945): My first introduction to Joan Crawford. I wasn’t blown away but I remember really liking this film.

Casablanca(1940): We’ll always have Paris. I could not get over how deep Humphrey Bogart’s voice was in this film. Oh sweet vocal chocolate.

Psycho(1960): Forget the shower scene, the scene in the basement where the chair spins around to reveal Norma Bates’ mother is the best scene in the film.

Some like it hot(1959): I came across this film during a Marilyn Monroe binge. She was alright, but the real stars of the show were Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.

My brain really is fried guys. Let me know what your favourite films and books are.

Welcome to the Literary Club!

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