Friday, 22 August 2014

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For - Movie Review

Who's in it?


What's it about?

Following a Pulp Fiction-esque 3-person story line, HUGELY graphic violence and stories are portrayed in perfect Frank Miller artsy style.

Any Good? 

As pulpy as month-old orange juice and as grindhouse as a skate store, Sin City 2 is incredibly visceral and FUN AS HELL!

Having only seen a good 60% of the first Sin City and read about 10% of the comics, I really really enjoyed this - as did my good friend Eadaoin who accompanied me. The art style struck me from the beginning and grew on herself, accumulating in a number of subtly beautiful gory death scenes that I found unashamedly beautiful.

The real star of the show

The acting was a bit shaky at the beginning but got much better as the stories progressed; all with the exception of Eva Green. I'm not sure if Ms. Green's script was just bad, but dear lord she was ATROCIOUS. Her acting as the Dame To Kill For was shocking, it was like watching a number of Fair City (The worst BEST soap of all time) scenes being slapped with a giant ham - but don't let that discourage you.

Mickey Rourke was brilliant as Marv - a creatively murderous 'good guy' with a penchant for stealing his victims clothes (and sometimes more); but the real star was Jessica Alba. She goes from trembling stripper to an INCREDIBLY bad ass character as insane as Marv, with scenes showing her slowly cracking and finally the change (you'll know it when you see it, it's fairly scary).

With an Old-Town group of marauding murderous women reminiscent of films like Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill! or I Spit on Your Grave, Sin City cranks the crazy-fun factor to 11. While some shlocky acting from many characters (such as JGL's) seem a little over-the-top, it fits right in with the setting of the movie itself. Some scenes look as if they were filmed for 3D, but I would totally recommend seeing this 80's-era exploitation/grindhouse film in 2D, it's fun, gruesome and utterly beautiful.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Things That Rustle My Jimmies - 21/08/14

Not gonna lie, it's been a fairly rough week and I've been pretty distracted with some bigger picture stuff. Does that mean I'll let the rustling of the jimmies go unchecked - IT DOES IN ITS EYEHOLE!!

In no particular order of rustleage: 

1. 'Sorry To Interrupt You Chatting About 
Have You Tried Forever Living Aloe?'

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2. Walking On Air ALL DAY After a 
Really Popular Blog Post Then 
Spotting a Typo at Midnight...

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3. Alex & Ani Bracelets.

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4. People That Get Onto An Empty Bus 
& Try To Sit Beside You

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5. 'You Can Go Home, This Random Celeb Just WON The Ice Bucket Challenge!!'
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See? Feelings of stabbiness exponentially reduced. 

Tell us, what's been rustling your jimmies this week? 

The Thursday Chattery - Are People That Record Gigs REALLY Enjoying Themselves? Why Do You Care?

Saw this interesting tweet from interesting chap, Rick O' Shea yesterday and it got me to thinking. 

You can click on the tweet to see how the conversation progressed but this sentiment rustles my jimmies in a few ways.  

First up, I really can't be doing with self appointed enjoyment sheriffs. If someone has paid as much as you, sometimes more, for a ticket to a gig - why is it your business how they choose to enjoy it? 

I get that screens can be distracting at intimate venues but, once your view isn't blocked nor sound interrupted, why is it your business? 

Nowadays a lot of people are basically glued to their phone. A lot also associate their phones with their feelings, as though they're one and the same. Seems if they don't record the moment then it never really happened. 

I fall in between the two extremes, I'll take a couple of snaps, perhaps an instavid of my favourite song but then the phone goes away for the evening. I do me and everyone can do themselves as far as I'm concerned. 

Except iPad picture takers - they can feck right off!!

Where do you stand on the issue? Do people really enjoy the show as much when recording? 

Do you care? 

Let's Chat!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sally Hansen New Miracle Gel - High Shine Without the UV Light! #OMGel

I make no secret of the fact that I'm not a gel nails fan, nor shellac, nor gellish, nor any other polish that requires buffing my nail bed and frazzling my fingers under a lamp just to set. I am, however, a wanton mare when it comes to a high shine finish. Cue Sally Hansen stepping up with the answer to all of my highfalutin' nail ways with their new Miracle Gel collection. #OMGel is right. 

I've shared my grá for gel effect polishes before, Nails Inc and your €19 price tag, I'm looking at you. With this Sally Hansen line we're looking at something different though. How's about an expert tells us exactly what that is: 

"Miracle Gel is distinguished by its photoinitiator in the topcoat that forms with the oligomer in the color polish, producing the shine resembling a gel manicure that lasts up to 14 days."

Let me break that down for you and I: two coats of your favourite colour and one swish of the top coat create a gel texture that would not only take the eye out of your head with shine but will also stay in place for up to two weeks. Win, right?

Sally Hansen's Polish Naming Game is STRONG!
Another ha-YOOGE plus with this new line is the removal process. Gone are the days of tin foil witch fingers to remove your gel , this Miracle Gel formulation is removed with your very own common or garden remover. No soaking, no scraping, no buffing, no messing. 

You know I'll never see you wrong when it comes to nail polish recommendations and 'run far aways' - remember the Red Carpet Manicure, anyone? I'll need to wear my fingers about the place to report back on actual longevity of wear for Miracle Gel but first impressions are hugely favourable. 

Game of Chromes (BEST NAME EVAR) & All Chalked Up
All 18 shades will be hitting Sally Hansen stockists from mid September priced at €9.99 each or €14.99 for the colour/topcoat duo. Take that, extortionate gel polishes!

Are you a gel nails fan? Reckon Sally Hansen have it right with these? 

New Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils - Swatches & Review!

Boy oh boy do I love a good lippie, you know what I love even more though? A good lippie that dupes a high end lippie more than 3 times its price. Watch your house, Nars Lip Pencils, Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are coming up behind you fast & furious. 

These pigment loaded pencils are impressive at first glance but even more so once applied. I'm a huge fan of the pencil design, especially when it comes to brights such as these as you really can't go wrong when lining your lips. And the cack handed crowd go wild - YAAAAY. 

The intense colours might seem a little daunting to those more used to a muted lip shade but the semi-matte finish make the lighter of the shades day time friendly and the more daring ideal for a night tripping the light fandango. 

As you can see, each shade saturates the lip in intense colour, while keeping the soft shine needed to make it comfortable on the lips. For wear time we're talking a good two hours before reapplication is needed to bring Velvet Pencils back to their initial intensity. 

On the bright side, the stain fades evenly and can be topped up with balm should you want a more muted look as the day goes on. Truthfully though? Chuck that handy dandy peann luaidhe in your mála and slick it on as needed.  

We're getting 10 of the 22 shades available Stateside and for just €6.79 a pop and I can tell you right now that these will fly off the shelves with ease. Maybelline  Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are available from this month. I'd hugely appreciate if you could shout out as and when you spot 'em as I'll be stocking up too. 

What say we? Are you a Nars Lip Pencil fan? Reckon these could topple them?