Category Archives: 5. Personal ramblings

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.

Suggestions, please, GOT withdrawal!

In the UK, as the weather is getting cooler and the nights are getting darker quicker, Game of Thrones geeks are delighting in saying: “Winter is coming.”

They’re not alone.

I’ve said it, in between giggles, a few times myself. As previously mentioned, I’m a big Game of Thrones fan.

When I started my new job five months ago I switched from driving to work to catching the train instead. I’ve never enjoyed catching the train that much. I put it down to getting leg cramp from having to sit in too small a space and not having control over the journey – delays and cancellations are your worst enemy when you commute to work by train.

While I still haven’t fully embraced my daily commute, I do look forward to it for one reason: it’s my chance to read some more of George R R Martin’s epic series. At the start of the year I posted about how I want to get back into reading. That’s easier said than done, though. For months I didn’t read much apart from Mark Kermode’s ‘Modern Cinema’ and a few magazines. Well, that’s until I started commuting by train for my new job in April.

After enjoying Season 1 of Game of Thrones – I have only seen Season 1 as I don’t have Sky and Season 2 isn’t out on DVD yet – I thought I’d give the books a go. Cue my older brother. He read the series when they were first published and so was able to lend me them. The ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series was the spark that I needed to properly get me back into reading.

While I read the previous books – ‘A Game of Thrones’, ‘A Clash of Kings’, ‘A Storm of Storms’ and ‘A Feast for Crows’ – in paperback form, I’m currently reading the latest book, ‘A Dance with Dragons’, on my boyfriend’s Kindle. I have my brother’s hardback copy of ‘A Dance with Dragons’ but, as it’s over 1,000 pages long, I decided to use the Kindle instead of carrying the hardback to work everyday!

I’m now 42% of the way through ‘A Dance with Dragons’ and dreading what I’ll do once that becomes 100%. Martin has promised two more books in the series, tentatively titled ‘The Winds of Winter’ and ‘A Dream of Spring’, but the release dates for them are unknown.

So, blogosphere, I put it to you: what books should I start reading next?

There are quite I’ve already got in mind; I have ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy to read in paperback and I think I’d like to make a start on ‘The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ series too as I’m a big fan of True Blood. One series I definitely don’t want to read is ’50 Shades of Grey’, so please don’t suggest that! I’ve read a couple of pages and it is definitely not for me.

As many of you are already aware, I’m a big fantasy fan, so anything in that genre would float by boat. ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ could have been written for me as it has all the fantasy elements that I love so much: its medieval setting, the heroes and villains, the hint of magic… Martin has previously said in interviews that J R R Tolkien and Tad Williams inspired him to write. I may reread ‘The Lord of the Rings’ but I’m unfamiliar with Williams.

Any suggestions are gratefully received!

In the words of Arnie: “I’ll be back!”

Like it’s owner, this blog has been on a bit of a break recently, so I just wanted to say hello to you all and let you know that I’ll be back posting soon.

This is my sixth week at my new job now. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a magazine journalist, and I’ve just taken my first steps in automotive journalism. It’s going well some far and I’ve got some events lined up that I’m attending at the Donington and Silverstone motor circuits.

I had a break last week and went to Crete – it was stunning! Beautiful hotel, lovely people, lots to see… I’d definitely recommend the island.

I’ve got lots of posts up my sleeve for this blog, including the rest of my Bondathon posts and more Favourite Fridays. There’s lots of films I want to see, too, so look out for more reviews soon as well. Hopefully I’ll be seeing PrometheusMoonrise Kingdom and Snow White and the Huntsman soon. – Claire

A snapshot of part of Crete’s eastern coastline.

Out with the old…

When I started this blog for my journalism course in September 2009, I thought the best thing to do would be just to call it ‘Claire Packer’. Back in those days I wasn’t writing about anything in particular. I wrote about my journalism course, what was happening in the industry and where I was living.

Fast forward to today and my blog is about one thing: films. I write reviews on the latest films, find out what’s happened from around the world at various film festivals and ceremonies, take a look back at my favourite films for ‘Favourites Friday’ plus lots, lots more.

With this in mind, I thought a name change was in order. While the web address is still the same (clairepacker.wordpress.com), the site name is now ‘Cinematic delights’. One day I might change the web address but for now, it’s saying the same. Please could you reset your bookmarks and retitled the blog ‘Cinematic delights’ – thanks in advance!

– Claire