A ramble on falling in and out of love with film

Since watching Cloud Atlas, which I sill haven’t blogged about, I have found it hard to sit through a movie. I started by taking a break from movies, I was on a movie ban since I wasn’t getting much uni work done. Often I would watch a movie a day. To me, perhaps movies are a distraction, an escape from the world and being captivated in an alternative world. Maybe this is why I love movies, I would say film is a passion of mine.

But I temporarily fell out of love with film and with movies. Taking a break from blogging and all the movie watching, I had a chance to get out a bit more. Instead of being a film obsessed recluse I got a bit more of a social life and began working on some other projects. I caught up on some university assignments, developed my social skills – met new people, stayed out later, went traveling, took a lot of pi ctures (will upload to Stay Smirt).

I’ve had fun, but it’s time to get back in the swing of things. Coming back to regular life, especially now that the Easter holiday is over, I am starting to fall back in love with the world of film. Last night I watched The Intouchables/Untouchabe, the French film with Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy. It was brilliant, reminded me of the Bollywood movie Guzaarish, in fact it was so brilliant I may just have to blog about it.

After all film is my first love, and they say you never forget your first love…

Growing Up With Film

I would sum up my experience of film from my childhood as James Bond meets Bollywood

Looking back on my younger childhood, I have memories of films. I can remember some of the films which I watched as a young child, in particular the films I would rewatch or the films I have watched again since.

I don’t come from a family that is exceptionally fanatic about film, but, to me, movies bring people together. Perhaps this belief comes from growing up and watching films with family and friends.

However, I do come from a family of mixed culture and this has influenced the movies I watched and the movies I watch today.

One of my earliest memories is going to the cinema. My Grandma took my brothers and I to see Toy Story and I recall sitting on booster seat to see over the other cinema seats. I thought it was fantastic, and to this day, Toy Story remains in my list of favourite movies.

Whatever it is that sparked my interest in film, I am grateful for it.


Update 7

Seven is my favourite number, I am not a superstitious character – I just like the number 7.

Today I owe a few posts.  Last weekend I was in London for some last minute Christmas shopping, and it is always nice to see the many Christmas lights and decorations that fill the streets and shop window displays. It’s amazing – the amount of time, money and effort that people put into this season. But it brings people together.

After having an early family dinner, my brother insisted that we go and see Life of Pi. He knows that I don’t like 3D so we were trying to find a cinema which was showing the film in 2D and at a decent hour, this was next to impossible. Traipsing around the vicinity and having a tour of many Odeon cinemas, we finally find an 8:30pm showing in 3D. I reluctantly agreed. But I’m glad I did.

A post on Life of Pi should follow shortly and also one for Hugo.

With this update I bring a few changes

So if you have read my blog before you will notice the change in layout and structure, I think this layout makes it more user-friendly and it’s set out in a fashion easier on the eye. What else is new? Well I have linked this blog to my Twitter account. So if you are arriving here from Twitter: Hello and welcome, thanks for your time reading.

This blog has also changed in many other ways; I started off being unsure of what to talk about. Now I have found that blogging about movies is the main direction of Have a Smirt Day. However, I noticed that I was getting more views on the photos and videos I posted to this page. So, as a result Have a Smirt Day now has a little sister blog: Stay Smirt http://staysmirt.wordpress.com/  I am no photographer. I am completely oblivious to factors such as lighting, brightness and contrast; I don’t really understand how they work. I am more of a snapshot taker.

I always believed that writing was my strength, that I could bring an element of creativity and control to the words I use through the written mode. However, starting university this September I have found that my writing is not as strong as many of the people in my classes. This has encouraged me to improve my writing skills, so from 2013 I will be blogging more regularly. Another area that I want to work on is film making. I am eager to make the documentary that I spoke about in the previous post, but I need to work out a balance between this as a project and assignments.

I hope you are having a good holiday and have a happy new year.

Smirt is what we aim for.

Update 6 – Where I want to take the blog and a whole lot of Glee

Although Update 5 was only last week, it’s time for another…

So, I want to expand this blog, with the very recent post about the videos I will be sharing I have been thinking. I am going to continue telling you about the movies I have seem, and now weekly I will post a link to a YouTube video.

What I also want to start blogging about are some TV shows, I generally don’t watch many – but there are always exceptions, for me Glee and Touch are the two TV shows that I religiously watch and don’t like to miss an episode. I think Glee is so good because of the scriptwriter, and the characters portrayed by the actors. Ok, often the situations are over dramatic, but hey, that’s TV for you. What really keeps me watching is the fact that so many issues and topics are covered in Glee, thanks to the scriptwriters, Glee often opens up areas that aren’t always discussed in everyday life. Glee has a lot of fans – the self-named “Gleeks” but as with everything, there are a lot of people who don’t like it. The variety of topics covered in the show is, in my opinion, what makes the show so popular with many teenagers. Covering aspects such as general high school life, the home life, family, teen pregnancy, sexuality, gender, disability, suicide, simply being different. Oh and of course the music!

Touch on the other hand is completely different from Glee, but I am hooked, I was hooked from the first episode. No one else I know watches it. If you watch it, what do you think, I am interested to know your thoughts?

And finally, the up and coming 6 part TV series “Hit and Miss” will be aired later this month on Sky Atlantic, it looks totally different from everything else and I will be tuning in to see that.

Keep being smirt 🙂

Update 5 – Exams, Movies & YouTube

School. It is rather busy at the moment; only 3 weeks of class left, and then the final exams. I had my French Speaking exam on Thursday, I am proud to say that I think it went well, I am surprised. In class we were studying Truffaut, my teacher could see the enthusiasm buzzing off me, I have really had fun. So, yes, three weeks and then 4 exams. It has gone so quickly and I will miss it!

My habitual movie viewing has immensely decreased, hence the lack of my thoughts/reviews. I have watched a few, but often I have not reached the end. The movie I watched most recently to the end and truly enjoyed was Water for Elephants, I don’t have a bad word to say about it at all. Maybe I will blog about it later…

As for YouTube, I have my own channel just as so many other people do. I don’t have a singing voice but I would like to create a video asking the question “If the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do today?”. It’s such an interesting question that will get so many interesting, individual answers. This question is open to all you readers, so leave your comments, answers or thoughts on this topic please. If you would like to be a part of this video that would be fantastic!

Well I best be off to write my English essays.

Stay smirt and keep in mind my youtube idea 🙂






Update 4 – It’s been a while…

Well as the title suggests, it has been a while since I have blogged for you. Why is that? Well I have had a fair bit of school work to do, and haven’t been the regualr avid film viewer that I usually am. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been keeping my eyes shut to the many different worlds of movies, just not quite as engrossed in it.

Following this mini update I will post about the french film “Jules and Jim”, not anything about the characters or the storyline, this time focusing on a little bit about the techniques of how it was made. En francais aussi… open to corrections of course.

Keep smirt 🙂

Update 3

Now that The Woman in Black has been ticked off my “to watch list” I can add some of the other movies that I am looking forward to seeing.

A Dangerous Method is still on my list, as is Man on a Ledge. What else? Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, but I have heard a lot of criticism about this, which actually saddens me as Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are, in my eyes, two of the best actors. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is another movie on my hit list. If you have read any of my other posts you may notice that this movie does not seem similar to those that I usually watch… Well I actually really want to see this as Bill Nighy is one of my favourite actors and has a brilliant voice, and of course, accent. Not to ignore Dev Patel who had a fantastic role in Slumdog Millionaire, which I will bluntly say, got him famous. Lastly and most fantastically I can not go without name dropping the wonderful and magnificent Dame Judi Dench (or M, as I shall remember her to be from the Bond films.)

A movie which I have only recently heard about is Tyrannosaur, this British film should not be forgotten, it looks like a hidden but good find. This may have to be the next one I make a point of going to see!

Peace out and have a smirt evening 🙂