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A few weeks ago, when we were on a ship on our way back from Newcastle, it somehow felt very appropriate to watch the film Submarine. We both had seen it before, many moons ago, and really wanted to see it a second time. So, there we were (oh, yes, and by “we” I don’t mean myself and my second personality, but I’m referring to my boyfriend), in our hut watching Submarine, while the wind was rocking the ship back and forth and I was on my second anti-travelsickness pill. It proved again to be a great and fun distraction and it almost (almost!) made me and my stomach forget I was on a ship in the middle of the North Sea.
Well, what’s it about then ‘ey?
Submarine tells the story of Oliver Tate, a quirky high schooler who is struggling with typical teenage stuff. He really wants to lose his virginity and is particularly concerned with his parents’ marriage. When he meets Jordana, a mysterious and slightly popular girl from school who shows some interest in him, he is not only determined to lose his virginity to her, but also wants to be the best boyfriend in the world. In the meantime, his mother’s ex-boyfriend (the mystic) moves in next door and threatens the already not so great relationship between his parents. How does he know “it’s not that great”? Well, the light in the bedroom has not been set on dim since his last check-up. Something has to be done!
Originally a novel (which I have not read… yet) the director Richard Ayoade took John Dunthorne’s story and turned it into a real must-see. The use of colours, perfectly aligned shots (that scene under the bridge! so nice) and British sense of humour, made this something more than just a regular coming-of-age story. At times it made me think of a Wes Anderson film, which in my eyes is a real compliment (you’re not a real hipster if you don’t like Wes Anderson. Unless you don’t like Wes Anderson because every hipster likes Wes Anderson, which makes you again, a real hipster). At the same time it also has that British “roughness” you’d expect from a film that was shot along the coast of Wales. Oliver Tate’s voice over, in which he bares his inner thoughts and clever observations, is not only very funny, but also very honest and relatable. And even though some situations are really sad, the story doesn’t get “mushy” at all. That’s what makes this ultimately, above all, a real feel good film.
Also, the soundtrack is SO GOOD. It’s perfect for a lazy rainy day inside or when you have to study and want some background music. Listen:
See? Or better said: you hear that? Even when it’ll turn out you don’t quite like the film as much as I do, you’ll still have the soundtrack to enjoy.
You also want to see the trailer? Here is a link to the one on youtube.
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Whoops, looks like I’ve missed an anniversary! It has been a little bit over a year now since I’ve started this blog in English and so far it has been the greatest decision I’ve ever made (blogging wise of course). Sure, I had doubts about going the English route and sure, I lost A LOT of readers because of it, but it’s been worth it! I love working on a blogpost; thinking about what I want to write about, tweaking with the colour theme of the post, searching for pretty pictures or creating something on paper myself (and scanning it later). Sharing new music, films, blogs or series, coming up with lousy tags (nonsensical references is probably my fav’) and afterwards reading the fun comments you leave me; I love it all! So, thank you!
A few of the many instagram shots I posted
I started this blog in June 2012 and published (this one included) 86 posts. Quite a few of them (16) are about film, 4 about my travels, 1 about Gilmore Girls and a lot are about my life.
Here are some of my favourite blogposts from the past year:
(I know, it’s really arrogant to say something like that about your own created content, but who cares)
’90’s revival? Yes please! (Ghost World) – About autumn and fast talking women (Gilmore Girls) – 10 favourite soundtracks – A list of cheesy movies (35 of them to be precise) – 5 reasons to watch the Great Gatsby – Some songs I’ve been obsessed with – The past 10 days (bits and pieces) – Study (to apply oneself to learning) – GIRLS!
Sometimes I do feel like I should post more often (which is probably true! hehe) and that I should post BETTER stuff. All around me I see people who are turning “pro” and are doing it as a job, investing a lot of time and creating great content. I sometimes feel I have to compete with that. But for me to think and worry about that in the first place is crazy, because I’ve been getting nothing but nice feedback and comments from you. It’s all inside my own head. And besides: it’s about having fun, there’s no freaking blogging olympics going on, right? ;-) I do have some goals though, here they are:
My aims for the next year of ashleylynn.nl:
1. Take and post more pictures. My Canon 450D is gathering dust and that’s not the way it should be!
2. Yes, I am going to try and update more often. Not because I feel it’s a must, but because I want to. Even though I’m busy with my studies, a job, having a social life and keeping my house clean, I WANT to spend more time blogging. It’s fun & relaxing :)
3. Finally doing that giveaway I’ve been planning.
4. HAVE FUN!
Oh, yes, before I forget (if you’ve made it this far through all my blabber, thank you, you trooper), I started a Facebook page for my blog yesterday. I had one in the past, neglected it and finally deleted it after a while, but now I feel it can be a great way to BORE YOU WITH EVEN MORE STUFF. Here is the link: http://facebook.com/ashleylynnnl (or you can click on the image below)
Sidenote: I don’t have twitter to share my antics, so if you are going to push that “like” button, don’t say I didn’t warn you ;-)
Laf joe all, it’s been a blast so far, thanks for sticking with me!
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1. The story
The Great Gatsby is a classic, beautiful and tragic love story. For the ones that haven’t read the book: I don’t want to spoil too much about the story, but I do want to give a small synopsis. I probably won’t say anything that would not be on the back of the dvd case, but skip the next (small) part if you want to stay totally clueless ;) Anyway, what is it about and why is it so great? The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carreway, who finds himself talking to his shrink about his past and his fascination with his old millionaire neighbour during his time in New York: Jay Gatsby. Gatsby lured Nick in with his lavish nouveau riche lifestyle, his mystery and glamorous parties, but Nick soon discovered that there was so much more to Gatsby’s story. Enter Daisy, the girl that Gatsby has been obsessed with for years and years. And somehow you know… this is not going to end well. Sounds a bit sad? Yes, it kind of is. But wow, it’s also so very beautiful. It touches on so many aspects of love (and life). The book (by F. Scott Fitzgerald) is a classic for a reason.
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We have been living in our new apartment for almost a week now and every day it’s starting to feel more like home. Interior design is one of the things I really enjoy and for me the challenge of spending little money, but having great results, is always a fun one! I always like to spend a trip to the thriftstore first, because you can find the greatest things if you really take a good look. And all that for just a few bucks. As you can see I’ve been cozying it up big time. Candles, (fake) flowers, using all kind of things as candleholders (the one in the picture on the right is actually an old jar of jam) and re-using stuff we already owned. I might change it all again next week, but for now it feels good to have a little more stuff in here. Especially when both the walls and our bookcase are still a bit empty (we still have to get our books out of storage). Right now I’m thinking about what to do with our bedroom… hmm…