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Ugly Bodies: A Business

 

 

 

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There is a rather frightening statistic that only 4% of girls and women around the world consider themselves beautiful. If we quickly crunch the numbers in that equation, our results would lead to a total of 3.5 billion women self-conscious of their looks, out of a 3.6 billion total female population.

Furthermore, 7 out of 10 girls believe they do not measure up to a standard, or alternatively to a friend or family member in the appearance and performance department. That’s a seventy percent not only self-aware, but arguably self-critical to what could be a harmful degree.

Men have a similar issue, with 80.7% regularly engaging in “body talk” and expressing dissatisfaction with their own muscularity. In a recent study, researchers also discovered that 51% of school boys aged in the 11 to 14 bracket report low confidence in their body image. Doesn’t that make for a sad thought?

I really don’t mean to bombard you with numbers and exercise those rusty arithmetic muscles! The point of this article is to hopefully incite thought and conversation about the reality of bodies and the boundaries for beauty! I won’t force you to whip out the old Texas Instruments, but I might attempt to shed some light on the ongoing issue with self-worth and the way business controls all.

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You’ve heard the media being blamed over and over again. Although their involvement in the glorification of certain body types and features is undeniable, there’s a bigger culprit hiding in plain sight. Beauty companies make profit out of making you feel bad, that’s just a highly effective way to make capital. Granting the public painful self-awareness is such corporations’ biggest, quickest way to Christmas bonuses and monthly remunerations. It’s you versus money, and to a stranger that choice isn’t too difficult. Their system’s been working for decades and you know what they say – if the machine ain’t broke… Why fix it?

The logic is very simple – you walk down the street, you clock a billboard with a model. She’s sporting a gorgeous cherry red lipstick and that makes her face look absolutely phenomenal. Do your lips look like that? No. Do you want them to? Of course! That chick looks amazing and is obviously successful enough to be considered the optimum lip image. So, the closest you could possibly resemble her is by buying the product she’s wearing and hope for the best. I’ll take this time to coin the phrase “pretty by association”, because that result is more than likely to be your outcome. The beauty company who has paid for the media to spread that image gains profit, while you leave with the idea of  flawed features.

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I feel the need to clarify this, because when I was a teenager roaming the internet, I had no idea how the hierarchy was structured. I thought it didn’t matter, I wasn’t interested in finding out. The damage was being done whether I knew that key piece of information or not. But my twenty-one-year-old self is here to tell you it’s vital to be aware. There’s nothing inherently wrong with anyone’s physique, there’s just an astonishingly lucrative business of giving consumers lasting insecurities. There is no hard-set societal opinion behind the sea of Photoshopped, doctored images that circulate our streets and devices. Those messages do not come from our population’s widespread appeal, but they are given to us as such. They are sold to us. For money.

Let’s give it a quick (and loose) comparison with pornography. Erotic films are not a realistic depiction of sex and the public knows this. You walk into the bedroom with a lover and neither of you expects a three-hour bang session of perfectly timed ejaculations and endless supply of sheets. Although the majority of men and women don’t seem to realise this, everyday advertisements work in the exact same way.

Nobody expects us to fit a mould, but that inflamed sense of self-criticism in the back of our mind. The modern consumer is a lot more savvy with the internal mechanism of media, enabling them to have a more realistic approach on self image. However, teens and young adults have a harder time considering the bigger picture of influences, especially so with the flood of unrealistic depiction that surrounds them. I, for example, had more than a serious case of tunnel vision, which ultimately translated into – look like this person, or stay home. Having pores and stretch marks had become a deal breaker to my happiness and social success. It’s inescapable, because it’s meant to be! This means we’re sacrificing mental health for the survival of a Capitalist structure, which is not to say there is a grand flaw in Capitalism’s design. But it does make us question the decline of morality and ethical treatment. Does that ring like misplaced priorities? It should!

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However, just because someone creates a mould for their own monetary benefit, that does not mean we need to abide by it. Companies cannot physically force you to buy their products, because that would be illegal. Psychological extortion, on the other hand, is a fine line. Showcasing flawless models of people, which have been digitally altered to perfection, sells units.

A diversity of realistic bodily features does not gain exposure for that particular reason. When was the last time you saw a L’Oreal commercial with an ageing woman, who has beard fuzz or liver spots? Point to any internationally recognised clothing brand such as Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana or Gucci – the kind of brands who can afford to surround your environment. Do they proudly show diversity and if so, how much? Do they actively promote a variety of genetic make-up?

Even sports companies like Adidas and Nike fall in that category. Even though they celebrate an athletic physique, which is a step forward in the catalogue of body types, their athletes normally receive some sort of pampering to aid their appearance. This could be either through the use of tanning, make-up or post-production alterations. Notice how many of their “characters” carry natural features such as body hair, cellulite or veins.

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This Reebok advertisement is a good example to look at. I picked it, because it manages to illustrate a good amount of points at once. Let’s start with the fact that every woman has a full face of make-up on. Take a moment to appreciate their perfect hair and lack of sweat. The purpose of the portrayed exercise session is to demonstrate that females can look gorgeous while they’re attempting to burn off extra calories. So why would we, as viewers, want to appear ugly, when we can obviously be appealing?  You buy the leggings, because they make this athlete’s legs toned and firm. You’d want that! The top really accentuates her waist and makes it slimmer. Of course you’d need that! You wouldn’t want to be flabby and unsightly, God forbid you seem like there are flaws you’re working very hard to amend.

But here’s the bottom line. We’re human. We are not necessarily going to look like a fine selection of models, neither are we expected to. Just because Reebok needs to forward their business for profit, it does not mean you have to change yourself to accommodate them.

The point that I’m trying to convey is – rarely can we trust our eyes, and when an entire planet is looking at the same pictures and stereotypes, that becomes an issue. When does reality become too deluded? When will we prioritise people instead of money?

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The spark of doubt in the back of your mind – the question whether you’re worthy, whether you fit in a category or match a standard – that equates to money. Your self-awareness has a price and there are thousands of companies waiting to set it. While public images may revolve around somebody else’s beauty ideal, in the reality of things nobody expects ultimate perfection. The same way you appreciate other people’s quirks and flaws, someone is appreciating yours. In our age of media and entrepreneurship, it’s easier than ever to wound others for profit. If the world is proving to be a harsh and judgemental place, the least we can do is be kind to ourselves and spread that to the next person.

None of us are perfect, but all of us are beautiful.

 

 

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Mango’s Killer Jacket Game

To all my peeps in London, with love, comes this highly targeted post on the topic of jackets! We have been experiencing what I could only imagine is an Arctic chill and there is no sweeter escape than spending some cash on a new coat. It’s a matter of survival, after all. Let’s be real.

Wanting to sniff some lucrative deals around, I embraced on a journey through the new collections. What I stumbled upon was a treasure chest. The same golden nugget we are sharing here today – Mango’s amazing spring/summer jacket line! Obviously by some sort of cruel mistake, I seem to have ignored this brand for a number of years, only to re-discover it this month. Just in time for the perfect, little splurge! Here are some of the apparel feasts, from the fashion gods, passeth down to us – mortals!

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What I’m looking for in a new jacket is specific shades and colours! This season I’m betting on the all-neutral wave with a random pop of colour, first of all, the black and white hype second, and thirdly – an unusual pattern style. As I mentioned in my “Fashion Block” this month, tiny, repetitive structures are in, being accompanied by equally exaggerated imagery. While the first set of coats were a more beige and brown tone, I’ve picked the second stack in greens. Both of them will give you a little elegant note, while remaining the signature fresh rebellion stamp.

Next, we move on to the blacks, followed by pieces with floral detailing. I think I’d be wise to invest in both. My finances argue.

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The Cool Trainer | JAN/16

Lately I have found myself in a bit of a predicament, ladies and gentlemen (mostly ladies though, let’s be real). Alongside this year’s resolution to acquire new style, there has arrived a fascination with shoes. I can no longer be satisfied with a bimonthly pair of Vans and I can hear my bank account crying tears of poverty. Nonetheless, investing in a nice, well-made pair of foot candy is going to become a part of my life. Having fed off that inspiration, I come to you today with my top picks for Jan/Feb trainers. We all like being comfy, we all like an easy style. So, dig right in.

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The first Common Projects X shoe fits perfectly into the grunge comeback we’re expecting this and next month. Anything that a couture Nirvana would wear, you want! Secondly, we have classic black trainers with a pop of blue/green. Oversized patterns and small, repetitive ones are equally featured in Vogue and Elle. Thirdly, a must-have Vans species, which is a necessity in any closet. Universal and easy to style. What more could you need for a lazy day out?

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These last Hender Scheme kicks would be perfect for February, which gives me enough time to save up money for them. As Miu Miu’s new SS/16 collection has proven – dusty pinks are the way forward.

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Here come the eighties. Whether you go for an all-white Nike, which you can pair with anything black and white for a trendy look, or the popping D&G reds, there’s no hit and miss. Add playfulness with your formal casual office outfits, why not? Life’s too short to play it safe with shoes and I encourage all forms of experimentation strongly.

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We talked about patterns, right? Oversized, minimalistic, juxtaposing, repetitive, anything goes. Honestly, these red and blue Tory Burch trainers are to die for. Someone get me a half-way-birthday present, please! I’ll pay you back in hugs and kisses.

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Film Reviews: “Joy” (2016)

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“Joy” has been a very long-awaited drama by David O. Russell and his usual ensemble of screen favourites, which I am sure you’ve heard of by now. It’s been gracing every underground station and double-decker bus, after all! Jennifer Lawrence has taken on the eponymous role, Robert De Niro plays her whimsical father, and Bradley Cooper is a savvy, television salesman. What an intricate, delicately-woven story writers Russell and Annie Mumolo have given creation to! Although I can tell you right now, the film deserves a prime spot on your January must-do list, let me explain why that is.

Joy Mangano is a divorced mother of two, who lives in a house with ex-husband Tony, mother Terri and gran Mimi. Their domestic abode is a chaotic mixture of financial strains, zero sleep, cheesy television operas and a daunting lack of any perspective for the future. Life is a boring, customer service work and a messy, broken home. Her father Rudy circulates dating adverts and services, coming in and out of his daughter’s life. Thinking it must be destiny, he begins a serious relationship with wealthy widow Trudy. One day Joy and her family find themselves on Trudy’s yacht, where after a wine spilling accident, Joy is left with cut-up hands. This gives her the ingenious idea of a revolutionary mop, which doesn’t need to be touched to be washed. It becomes clear that Joy has had brilliant invention ideas in the past, primarily as a child, which however, would get shut down by unsupportive parents. This time she isn’t letting go of her talent. Instead, she is more than determined to use it. Joy crafts her first Miracle Mop with help from best friend Jackie. Trudy is slowly persuaded to invest money in the product, thus giving Joy a business of her own. Step-sister Peggy is outlined as the most unsupportive and selfish being in their midst, constantly envious of any success Joy might accomplish. What the airport-worker-turned-inventor doesn’t know is that she is falling on a path of disappointments. Trudy gets her a shady contractor in California, Peggy and Rudy coil together behind closed doors, a second mortgage on the house is on the way and other people are out to steal Joy’s clever idea. Tony, being a close advisor to Joy, pushes her a slot with Neil Walker – an executive at QVC. After a small trip-up, Joy decides the bets way to sell her mop is appear on television herself. The sales begin piling, numbers keep rising. The Miracle Mop becomes a triumph. However, the world is closing in and Joy is in the centre. Most people she has trusted seem to have ulterior motives, and there’s a bigger battle waiting to be fought. Will the Miracle Mop be the answer to Joy’s prayers? Will she save her family from homelessness and bankruptcy, or are too many people trying to destroy her way to success?

Firstly, let me start off by saying this tandem is not a newly-found one. Last time we saw David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, they were sitting at the 85th Academy Awards. “Silver Linings Playbook” was a cinematic victory among audiences and critics alike. “Joy” pulls on some of the same strings – damaged families, broken people, subjectivity to a seemingly hopeless protagonist, who receives a chance to become their best self. In that aspect, the production is once again successful in its predecessor’s strongest points. That’s one of the reasons we’re hearing heaps of Oscar nods this year, “Joy” happens to be a safe guess for most.

Jennifer Lawrence is gentle in her madness, gracious in her blinding disappointment and fearless in the matters of her business. She is a well-developed character, who sees a lot of change and transforms along with it. Although she isn’t a glamorous, flamboyant and gorgeous figure, we still cheer the rugged housewife on. She makes the working class easily relatable, which is one of Lawrence’s greatest strengths. There is a quality in her acting, which combines the girl next door and the female warrior, intertwining their best and worst features together. In that way, she is unvanquished in “Joy”.

Virginia Madsen plays mother Terri, whose fear of bracing life after divorce is more than evident. She barely leaves her bedside and involves a great amount of time in a soap opera show so outrageously exaggerated, it manages to seep into Joy’s dreams. Madsen crafts a pitiful look at an older, single woman, who suffers in finding happiness. She manages to create an easily dislikable woman and parent, who steps up to redemption in the very last second.

That’s exactly the opposite of what I can say about Robert De Niro’s Rudy. He starts off being in the focus of better parenting. He has moved on with life, being humorous and enjoyable in light of his own, failing romantic chaos. However, as our story progresses, we peel away the layers of caring father, and reach an oblivious and reluctant man, who makes a show of love that isn’t there. We learn to feel disgusted with him and instead, realise how important Terri really is.

If this were a Shakespearian play, Peggy and Trudy would be the vile witches, while Tony and Jackie’d fill the shoes of queen guards. Although all four roles are secondary, that does not reduce their influence in the story. We connect to the sides they represent a lot better with the strength of their characters.

Over all, “Joy” is a film, which portrays struggle to regain lost hope and the possibilities life holds for those willing to enter the battle. David O. Russell tells this true story with a diverse glimpse at filmmaking and a first class script. Jennifer Lawrence is truly bathing in positive recognition for it, which is well deserved. A great January watch and perhaps even a DVD collection entry. As far as dramas are concerned, “Joy” pushes its way through to the finish line.

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The Golden Globe Nominations

Upon sundown yesterday, a tall glass of news was brewing in California’s luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel. The official nominees for next year’s prestigious Golden Globe awards have been announced, leaving us mortals to shrivel in awe of our favourite runners. Before I dive into the long list of names, here is some general information on the venue itself. For the fourth time, Ricky Gervais is set to host, which has no potential of going wrong whatsoever (despite naming Bruce Willis “Ashton Kutcher’s dad” and Tom Cruise a closeted homosexual in previous years). He’s taking the place of two-time presenters Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who were praised for their commentaries by both critics and general audiences. The ceremony will take place on January the tenth at said hotel, where I expect a lot of red velvet and semi-appropriate cultural jabs.

Anyway, without further ado, here comes the lucky bunch. Feel free to join the conversation by commenting your own predictions. We can make this into an destructive gambling addiction for the whole family. My own prognoses I have made green for winners and red for losers, so that they are easier to distinguish. Enjoy!

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Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Carol”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

Reasons: “The Revenant” has been poking the media’s eye since it began filming. A lot of anticipation circulates the production, which is directed by Academy Award Winner Alejandro Iñárritu. “Mad Max” doesn’t fit comfortably in the drama mould to my personal view. Compared to some of its contenders, it is doomed to lose the nomination.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
“The Big Short”
“Joy”
“The Martian”
“Spy”
“Trainwreck”

Reasons: “Spy” was probably one of the best-acclaimed comedy films of 2015 and for a reason. It features an absolutely hilarious script fulfilled brilliantly by Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. It has a great set of ingredients to be the undisputed winner of this category. I can’t help but think three of the five films here barely scrape a comedy and are certainly in no part musicals (nudge at top three titles).

Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes (“Carol”)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”)
Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Ridley Scott (“The Martian”)

Reasons: Although I find myself torn between Tom McCarthy and A. Iñárritu, my bets are staying safe and sound with the latter. His kickstart into the blizzard of rumours guarantees high chances. As for George Miller, who undoubtedly is an amazing mind, “Mad Max” simply does not compare to some of the other nominees. Sorry, car buffs.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)
Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
Will Smith (“Concussion”)

Reasons: This one’s got me torn. Although I am yet to see “The Danish Girl”, my hopes are soaring high for acting treasure Eddie Redmayne. Leonardo has a history of Golden Globe wins, so hopefully you can see my reason for worry. Fingers crossed for Fassbender, too. Ah, daisies, I just can’t decide!

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
Brie Larson (“Room”)
Rooney Mara (“Carol”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)

Reasons: Brie Larson is one of those stars you notice and wonder how the heck you managed to miss for so long. Her resume is an impressive selection of successful films, not in terms of box office importance, but rather critical approval.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
Steve Carell (“The Big Short”)
Matt Damon (“The Martian”)
Al Pacino (“Danny Collins”)
Mark Ruffalo (“Infinitely Polar Bear”)

Reasons: Matt Damon, with the help of Ridley Scott, created a character audiences care about. He is a previous Oscar-winner, whose name stands out from the stack. A weight-loss, further emphasised in post production, will compliment the winning factor. Meanwhile, Al Pacino stands an almost zero percent chance. “Danny Collins” bombed in the box office, not even breaking even on its budget, so the prospect for a character breakthrough has dropped miserably.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy 
Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”)
Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”)
Maggie Smith (“The Lady in the Van”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”)

Reasons: Here comes the choo-choo train of dilemmas. My bet falls on Jennifer Lawrence, even though she wouldn’t be my heart’s true desire. I expect for it to happen due to Jen being a main source of comedy in “Joy”, which was written by David O. Russell. However, Melissa McCarty created one of the most hilarious pictures of the past twelve months, which deserves some form of recognition. Maggie Smith is a niche actress, who is highly well-known in British television. Her younger contenders overshadow Mags, despite the elderly dame’s timeless talent.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”)
Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)
Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”)
Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)

Reasons: According to the Telegram “Mark Rylance is extraordinary.” If that quote sounds familiar, that’s because it is featured on the “Bridge of Spies” poster, which is plastered all over London. I cannot agree more with that statement. Despite acting next to legendary titan like Tom Hanks, Rylan manages to keep the spotlight. Stallone won’t win for… Lets’ say obvious reasons. No offence, Stallonians.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda (“Youth”)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
Helen Mirren (“Trumbo”)
Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”)
Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)

Reasons: Kate Winslet has remained fairly open about the research she put into the role of Joanna Hoffman, which was as extensive as they get. Spending time with family, countless interviews and constant dates only begin to cover it. Meanwhile, “Youth” did not receive much friction in the general audience sector, Jane Fonda has simply ceased being as relevant. 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue (“Room”)
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs”)
Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”)

Reasons: Much like the category for Best Actor, I think we have a clear audience favourite in the face of fan-driven Tarantino. However, due to its structural uniqueness, I am going to cast my prediction for Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs”. Do me proud, Sorkin, I believe.

Best Original Score
Carter Burwell (“Carol”)
Alexandre Desplat (“The Danish Girl”)
Ennio Morricone (“The Hateful Eight”)
Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”)
Ryuichi Sakamoto Alva Noto (“The Revenant”)

Reasons: Tarantino’s films are popular for their soundtracks. Both “Django” and “Pulp Fiction” have received cult musical status among younger generations and I expect their eight little brother to follow suit. 

Best Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy”
“See You Again” from “Furious 7”
“Simple Song No. 3” from “Youth”
“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”

Reasons: The production behind Sam Smith’s original track is far greater in terms of cultural significance. Although that has nothing to do with lyrics or tonalities, it is a big factor to the success of the piece. It helps that “Spectre” and “Writing’s On The Wall” compliment each other to perfection.

Best Animated Feature Film
“Anomalisa”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Inside Out”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Best animated film is the only category which I have no guesses for. Having shamed by family name, I shall now kick the ball into your court. So comment bellow – let the predictions pour in.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language 
“The Brand New Testament”
“The Club”
“The Fencer”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul”

Reasons: “The Fencer” is fearlessly gathering positive reviews, rocking an impressive 7.7 IMDB rating as of today, so my trust is pretty set in place. Its themes are largely triggering for the right, emotional viewer.

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Best TV Series – Drama

“Empire”
“Game of Thrones”
“Mr. Robot”
“Narcos”
“Outlander”

Reasons: The reign continues, that’s all I need say. “Narcos” and “Mr. Robot” have fought to represent Netflix and Amazon Prime respectively, but they are simply no match to the gigantic competition.

Best TV Series – Comedy
“Casual”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Reasons: Once again trusting the overall viewer ratings, I’m throwing a buck in for Netflix’s creation. Throwing a healthy dose of bias in this prediction, I must admit to participating in the fanbase of OITNB. Although it does not strictly classify as a comedy series, it heavily features prison humour, which seems to be highly appreciated by audiences. 

Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
“American Crime”
“American Horror Story: Hotel”
“Fargo”
“Flesh and Bone”
“Wolf Hall”

Reasons: No one can resist a good Coen Brothers reminder. The re-make of their 1996 film of the same title has really struck on gold with modern audiences, quickly resurrecting the little Minnesota town into a household craving.

Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Wagner Moura (“Narcos”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)

Reasons: “Mad Men” has has its grand run, but let’s face it, the enchantment is rubbing off. I’m not saying the series is slacking or simply not as good, but the glamour period is over.”Narcos” is a current production and Wagner Moura’s face graces every single poster for a reason.

Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama 
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”)
Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Reasons: Viola Davies became a viral sensation after her acceptance speech at the Emmys this year, which featured a body of racism revelations with a dash of feminism. Her work on HTGAWM has been widely noted since the series’ release in 2014. 

Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy 
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”)
Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”)
Patrick Stewart (“Blunt Talk”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Reasons: It has been a big year for stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari. He has conquered Madison Square Garden for an exclusive Netflix special, published a book and started a highly anticipated and well-received series. The Golden Globe would be a nice, little culmination to that journey.

Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy
Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex Girlfriend”)
Jamie Lee Curtis (“Scream Queens”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, (“Veep”)
Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”)
Lilly Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”)

Reasons: The original scream queen is back and this time she’s in charge of little, baby hatchlings. This one shouldn’t even be a debate.

Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Idris Elba (“Luther”)
Oscar Isaac (“Show Me a Hero”)
David Oyelowo (“Nightingale”)
Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall”)
Patrick Wilson (“Fargo”)

Reasons: Idris Elba gathered large chunks of exposure for his online movie “Beasts of No Nation” and that spreading fever could very well transfer into his work in “Luther”, making him the narrow winner. If I had to choose a second option, Mark Rylance would be it.

Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo”)
Lady Gaga (“American Horror Story: Hotel”)
Sarah Hay (“Flesh & Bone”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Queen Latifah (“Bessie”)

Reasons: The AHS fandom exploded at the news of Lady Gaga’s upcoming feature in the fifth season of the show. They were equally stunned at her amazing talent in the role of a heartless vampiress . 

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”)
Damian Lewis (“Wolf Hall”)
Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”)
Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”)
Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”)

Reasons: I must say I have literally no opinion on the nominees here as they seem a bit bland to my liking. However, Christian Slater has been on a back-to-fame rollercoaster, so… I guess I’m hopping on that train. 

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”)
Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”)
Regina King (“American Crime”)
Judith Light (“Transparent”)
Maura Tierney (“The Affair”)

Reasons: My first instinct was Judith Light, but Uzo Aduba’s irresistible Crazy Eyes has got a hold on me. The life she breathes into her character makes it one of the main reasons to even sink your eyes into OITNB.

Christmas Film Reviews Announcement

The fairy lights are up! Ginger cookies have officially become currency and eggnog is sipped by tired parents around the world in what could only be described as industrial quantities. The symptoms of Christmas have come tumbling through the boring lands of winter.

I have to admit, there is special bias reserved for my annual December months! The following thirty-one days of pure goodness happen to be my favourite time of year and not solely based on food reasons. Moreover, I’m sure that unconditional affection is shared throughout the kingdom, or at least I choose to firmly believe so in my mistletoe-covered heart. So, I have prepared a little blogging gift for the Santa fans in our frosty universe.

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As a part of the celebrations, we can all admit to watching more than a few inevitable and overly cheesy films. There is nothing wrong with skipping a night at the club to enjoy some magical you-time in front of Netflix. God knows the weather outside is wretched, unless you live in the equatorial regions, which I sadly do not. London is my habitat and the winds would make a polar bear run for cover. I’m sure that can somehow be proven by smart people of science who agree with my point.

Anyway, shooting straight to the topic in question! In the twelve days leading up to that big morning of worldly joy and presents, I plan to post twelve unmissable Christmas film reviews. I’ll make sure to put them up nice and early so that you can plan the eve for toffee apple tea and mince pies. Rely on me, world, for I shall make the final countdown as screamingly festive as humanly possible, because that is the only way to celebrate X-to-the-mas.

Starting Sunday the 13th of December, you can expect the very first commentary on the classic Murray tale of “Scrooged”! Hope you’ll love and cherish it!

Ta-ta, lovely elves of Christmas spirits!

I’ll enjoy myself a bottle of mulled wine. Yes, I said “myself”, and no, I care not for judgemental remarks. As a grown elf, I can make grown elf decisions.

Stay awesome!

Megs x

I Didn’t Get The Job

Yesterday morning I found I was buttoning my shirt with sweaty fingers. I checked if the collar was sharp enough to cut a man, and if any of my foundation had accidentally rubbed off on the edge. It hadn’t, which meant I was ready to walk the long way to the office room.

Why, Meggie, why in the name of God were you doing all those things? You’re a film student, you have no place wearing costumes. Put a beanie on to compliment the khakis you got from Gap, the ones that make you look like you’re heading to an African safari vacation (is what I presume you’re thinking).

Two words, my friends: job interview (well, three, if you count the mock part). Led by the head of my university department, today’s feedback on my performance was to establish whether I would be “employable”, or in other words would anybody give this little kid a chance to sink or swim. And oh boy, would they…

Through my necessary dose of mocha and the inspirational playlist rocking my headphones, I attempted to calm myself down. It couldn’t be that bad, it was only pretend, nothing more. There was no outcome, no consequences that would influence my life post-interview. So why was my brain buzzing?

After the series of expected questions, I felt myself sinking. This is shit, I thought, why must we go through this horrible process of self-shaming, stumbling over words and names of qualifications, why must we lie to these people how certain we are of our future and how our greatest flaws are our most valuable qualities? They know it’s not true, and we know it’s made-up bullshit. So why play this game of lie-better-than-the-last-guy-please? Because that is what most interviews seem to rely on – your ability to fool people better than the rest of the actors applying for the job.

Turns out he wouldn’t hire me. My life experiences were insufficient, I was shallow, and God knows I was probably the worst, most egocentric writer he could have ever come across. On top of that crap cake, he assumed I was Canadian, which was a big no-no, as apparently to get a job in London one must be positively, undoubtedly English. The racist remarks were a good touch, however, as it made any other negative criticism this piglet of a man had to say – obsolete.

All in all, that was one twenty-year-old’s self-esteem demolished. That is the only thing my university taught me. Would any self-respectful, successful employer hire a bubbly dreamer, who is ready to rip themselves apart with hard work just to be the best writer they could possibly be? No?

Well, I guess I’ll be typing from my tiny hut in the forest soon enough.