What’s your fantasy nationality?

If I belonged to a race in Skyrim I’d be a Nord.

If I lived in Westeros I’d be from Winterfell.

And if I lived in Middle-earth I’d be from Rohan.

No, I haven’t been doing quizzes on Buzzfeed. These are references to races and places in works of fantasy that I feel I ‘fit’.

The ‘Skyrim’ reference is thanks to my boyfriend, who thinks he would be an Imperial. While I visually look like a Nord thanks to my height, blonde hair and blue eyes, he also reasons that it’s because I prefer cold weather.

Preferring the cold weather and having a penchant for medieval architecture is why I’d be from Winterfell, despite looking more like a Lannister.

I’d feel quite at home in Rohan due to my love of horses. I also feel that while Hobbiton would certainly have a jovial atmosphere and all the home comforts you could desire, Rohan has the grassland and rugged countryside that I would so love to explore with my dog.

Do you feel that there’s a particular fantasy race or place that you have an affinity for?

A Very Important Packer

RGIn the early hours of Saturday 22nd August, the newest member of my family was born and I became a first-time auntie.

Robert George entered the world weighing a healthy 8 pounds 3 ounces and will be known as Bobby to his family and friends.

Two famous Roberts that immediately spring to mind are Messrs de Niro and Downey Jr. De Niro has transcended into cinematic legend following a successful, Oscar-winning career spanning five decades.

Mr Downey Jr is one of contemporary cinema’s brightest stars, leading the world’s highest-paid actors; he recently banked $80m.

Casting call: Making the right decision

Every now and again, you praise casting directors for making the absolutely right, spot on decision. Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius is one such example while Christopher Lee as Saruman is another.

The casting is so successful that you can’t imagine anyone else in the role, and heaven forbid a remake is made.

After watching the delightful Morning Glory for the first time recently, I came to this decision about Harrison Ford. Ford takes on the role of Mike Pomeroy, a distinguished, hard-hitting journalist who has been forced to ‘lower’ himself to the fluffy entertainment world of morning television.

While Ford’s performance won’t be remembered with as much passion as his turns as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard, Morning Glory is an example of a great casting decision.

Rachel McAdams is the film’s protagonist, Becky Fuller. In her role as an eager and hard-working TV producer given the difficult task of turning a failing show around, McAdams was enjoyable to watch. However, there are a number of actresses I can think of who would have also given strong performances; Amy Adams is the first who comes to mind.

Arguably the role that required the least amount of the casting director’s time to fill was that of Fuller’s boyfriend, a colleague who works on a different show. Patrick Wilson took the role but, due to the nature of the character, an unknown could have filled it equally well too.

In which film do you think the casting director got it spot on? Which character can’t you see played by anyone else?

My Film-viewing Rules

I recently asked whether skipping a film in a series is breaking an unwritten film-viewing rule. Nostra over at My Film Views said that it wasn’t and that you should watch the films that you enjoy.

This got me thinking, are there any other potential film-viewing rules?

There are two that I follow. Firstly, even if I’m finding it to be the worst thing ever made, I make myself sit through the whole film as it could suddenly become Oscar-worthy in the final third.

Secondly, and this is more to do with being a film blogger than simply watching a film, I never log a film on Letterboxd if I only caught part of it. You can’t make a true judgement if you haven’t seen the complete film.

A potential third is one that my boyfriend encourages me to follow: choose a film outside your comfort zone.

I naturally choose films to watch from one of my favourite genres. Happily, my boyfriend enjoys these genres (sci fi, adventure, fantasy) too. However, he also enjoys historical films and films starring one of his favourite actors, Anthony Hopkins.

Examples that we’ve watched recently include Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Hopkins’ The Edge and Instinct. Even though I wouldn’t have normally chosen to watch these films, I enjoyed all of them, particularly The Water Diviner.

Do you have any film-viewing rules?

Destination: Mumbai. Celebrating the Indian film industry

suitcase-160345One year ago, I was in the middle of my second business trip to India. My first visit was a few months earlier, in May, and I would go again for a third time in September.

Before taking on my current role I had only travelled on business in the UK before. Travelling overseas is a completely different ball game.

When you go on holiday you book everything yourself; the flights, the hotel etc. In my company, when you travel on business all that is taken care of for you. All you have to do is remember your passport, suitcase and the all-important itinerary with the booking details on. Forget that and you won’t be getting very far.

MUMBAI DREAMS

Since making that first trip, I’ve completely fallen for India’s charms.

I’ve been four times and have gotten to know the Maharashtra cities of Mumbai and Pune quite well. I’ve also holidayed in Goa but there’s still an incredible amount left to discover, from the Himalayas in the north to the beauty of Kerala in the south.

When I’m missing the people, noise and the hot, humid air of India, I find myself looking at the international films section of Netflix.

I’ve watched three Indian films so far: The Lunchbox, Daawat-e-Ishq and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I’ve enjoyed each of one, particularly The Lunchbox, which is set in Mumbai and stars Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur.

ZNMD was unusual in that it was set in Spain;, it’s a road trip-style film following friends on a stag do. While I wasn’t able to admire the scenery of India, it subdued my India cravings as the Hindi-English language the characters used reminded me of my friends and colleagues in India.

Daawat-e-Ishq was more of your stereotypical Bollywood film, complete with several singing and dancing sequences. Set in Hyderabad and Lucknow, it once again fulfilled my need to hear the phrases ‘chalo’ (let’s go) and ‘theek hai’ (OK).

MY SNAPSHOTS FROM INDIA
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