Film Quiz: Loners

I haven’t done a film quiz for a long time. After such a long gap there were plenty of categoeis I could have chosen, but as my favourite film of the past few years was Nightcrawler (you can read my review here), it seemed right to chose loners as the theme. There are actually more on screen than you might imagine. Some are harmless, some deadly. Some are charming, some tortured. Please feel free to let me know how you do, if you have any favourites or even if there are any you think could have been added to the list.

Film quiz 16 1. (1930s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 1 2. (1950s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 2 3. (1960s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 13 4. (1960s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 4 5. (1970s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 6 6. (1970s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 3 7. (1970s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 5 8. (1980s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 7 9. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 14 10. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 15 11. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 8 12. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 9 13. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 11 14. (2010+)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 12 15. (2010+)

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Reviews and other Features – A – Z Reading Challenge

Zoe, Natasha and Kim have all done this very cool A – Z feature based on reading. Literature has been a big part of the blog and has always meant a lot to me, so there was no way I wasn’t going to get in on the fun.

A-Z

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Roald Dahl. He had such a wonderful imagination and was one of the writers who got me into reading from a very early age.

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Line(s) of the Day #TheGreatGatsby

The Great Gatsby

The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.

Taken from the stunning ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

Gr8at – Best Songs of 2013

Pompeii

It’s not just any band that is asked to play their debut song at The British Museum as part of its opening of a new exhibition. But then not just any band writes songs about the effect that the volcano Mount Vesuvius’ eruption had on the island of Pompeii. Just failing to top the UK charts, its Gregorian style background chanting and lead singer Dan Smith’s poetic voice continues to charm me every time I hear it.

Blurred Lines

With a video featuring three fawning scantily-clad ladies (and naked in the other version) and non-feminist lyrics causing a backlash, it is still an incredibly catchy song. A glorious bassline and a beat you just can’t stay sat down to, it became a worldwide smash and the year’s biggest selling single.

get Lucky

Daft Punk’s repertoire is filled with fantastic riffs so its no surprise that linking up with funky musician and Chic band member Nile Rodgers, and musician/producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams has yielded such a great song.

Counting StarsLately I been, I been losing sleep / Dreaming about the things that we could be. The opening lines of this One Republic gem could be a daydreamer’s mantra, and wonderfully sets the scene for a guy determined to more with his life. It also merges with the hypnotic melody that plays at different speeds to an amazing effect.

Young and BeautifulI can’t claim to be a big fan of the film, but I really do like this song. It’s haunting vocals, it’s melancholy, sombre tone and reflective lyrics that wonder what will be left when the glamour and beauty has faded away, are a wondrous joy.

RoyalsFor the New Zealand singer-songwriter fascinated with the aristocracy, the song and topic were a natural fit. Lorde’s lyrical admiration, envy and interpretation of what it must be like to be part of royalty helps make this one of the best songs I’ve heard all year. A huge future beckons.

The ReflektorsThey really are one of the best bands around, and have been one of my favorites since their debut release Funeral nearly a decade ago. No surprise then, that their debut song from their fourth album should be so mesmeric. The shortened single release is good, but the extended 7 minute 34 second edit really shows off the song in its glory.

FallingThe back end of 2012 showed how talented this new musical trio are, with the releases of ‘Forever’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’. Haim’s third single is an echoic delight of hypnotic musical sound, and seems to transport you into the California hills where the video was set.

Film Quizzes: 2013 Part 1

How much were you paying attention to the films in 2013? As ever, there was a wonderful mix of the great, bad and those that sloshed around in the middle. In the first of two parts, see how well you do in getting the six films below. As always, feel free to tell me what you think of any of the films you’ve seen or are keen to watch.

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 1 Film 1

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 2 Film 2

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 3 Film 3

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 4 Film 4

movies-the-hunger-games-catching-fire-snow-plutarch.jpg Film 5

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 6 Film 6

Answers

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1. Blue is the Warmest Colour

2. Mud

3. Rush

4. Saving Mr. Banks

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

6. The Great Gatsby