Posted in Film

A Little Sweet Charity

I honestly cannot begin to say how much I love this film and LOVE this among many of the songs, and the choreography, Fosse was a genius!

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The Lego Movie

The lego movie is due for release this Friday and by all accounts it looks like a corker. Straight onto the Lovefilm list then.

I still love Lego, I don’t really think it’s something you grow out of (or is that just me?) I have a  Lego AT-AT which I bought a few years ago when I got some back pay from work. Pay off some of my debts…no….buy a Lego AT-AT? YES!

Want some funky Lego merch? I found these five little gems around the net:

First up, obviously this amazing BTTF Delorian, with Doc, Marty and Hoverboard

Lego silicone mould at The Roman Bazaar – make choccies, soap, ice cubes

A multi-colour Lego clutch at agabag

Loki Flash USB drive from NandoKommando

Star Wars Lego Kids Art from Star Wars Print Shop

Obviously there is so much more out there, I could go on for hours!

Anyone else love Lego? Are you buying it for your kids but really for yourself? I don’t even have that excuse!

Posted in Film

A Little Robocoppery

Robocop (2014) will be upon us tomorrow.

I have to say, I’m not a big fan of the original, I managed to somehow miss out on it – a major film landmark if you were born in the 80s – and I only watched it around seven years ago after my husband saw it as something he needed to put right when he realised what a travesty had occurred in my film watching history.

I watched it and I wasn’t that arsed. I really think if I’d have watched it when I was younger I would have liked it much more but watching it in my late 20s I wasn’t bowled over. As my husband says, there’s no accounting for taste.

I have reasonable hopes for the new one and I wonder if I’m the best person for it from an audience perspective as I don’t have the years of watching it over and over on VHS. I actually can’t remember a lot of it at all.

I think Joel Kinnaman is a fantastic actor and I loved him in the Killing so that’s a good start.

I did go and have a look-see about the net to see what was out there in terms of merch and on that note, if you’re looking for a little Robocoppery of your very own I’ve located some fantastic roboproduce.

First up these awesome heels from Deko Fab

How’s about a miniature arcade game for your desk? This pretty nifty piece is from Arcade Boutique

Omni Consumer Products Mug? Sumotees

This fantastic ED-209 Service and Repair Manual design can be applied to a whole host of goods, thanks to Adho1982 via Redbubble

So there we are: Robocop (2014) is on my Lovefilm list in advance, waiting to be released and will be winging its way to me as soon as it is.

I’d love to hear peoples thoughts on it, so let me know what you think.

Posted in Film, Photography, TV

Shoot Me Like One of Your Film Stars

I did some work at the end of last year which I was paid for with a shoot from the awesomely and amazingly talented Mr Neil Kendall of Chester, which I eventually booked in a couple of weeks ago (fashionably late…daaaaahlink)

If you don’t know if Neil’s work, check out the link to his page on facebook, he’s shot some of the world’s top burlesque and cabaret stars and to add to that he is a super chap and has a beautiful fluffy playful kitten called Napoleon.

For inspiration I went for one of my favourite 60s zany treasure hunt comedies, and in particular the go-go scene with Barrie Chase (youtube link).

Copyright: Neil Kendall & Ivy Wilde, NOT TO BE COPIED OR USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

Copyright: Neil Kendall & Ivy Wilde, NOT TO BE COPIED OR USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

Aren’t they great?!

And to top it off Neil shot me in a dress that I made which is, of course, Mad Men inspired

Copyright: Neil Kendall & Ivy Wilde, NOT TO BE COPIED OR USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

I’m a little in love with Joan. Can you tell? It’s not really obvious, is it?

Have to say, I am over the moon with how they’ve come out, and I can’t recommend Neil enough, if you need some promo shots or even something to treat yourself or for a special occasion call him up.

NOTICE: Please don’t use these photos without my express permission.

In the immortal words of Bryan Mills: I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.

Posted in Illustration, TV

Embroidery: Game of Thrones (Lucy Blue Illustration)

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I spent a few hours stitching last week and embroidered this rather marvellous design onto a tea towel to send to her supreme hotness, the designer herself, Lucy Hawkins of Lucy Blue Illustration.

I’ve been embroidering since I was around 9 or 10, something my Nana taught me to do and being an everlasting fidget bum who finds it hard to sit and do nothing it’s something I find very relaxing.

When I saw Lucy’s amazing Game of Thrones inspired artwork I immediately saw an embroidery piece in the making and, after asking permission of course, set about tracing with my magic blue marker and got to it. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s turned out quite nice.

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Next up: table cloth for our dining room, I think like it’ll look rather smashing.

For other amazing Lucy Blue design and artwork, or to commission your own piece please visit her here: Lucy Blue (email at link)

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Remembering The Regal, Northwich

It’s with a sad heart that I write this post. The Regal, Northwich was my cinematic home for the best part of 20 years and now my facebook feed is full of photos of it being ripped apart, it’s innards on display for all to see like a bad slasher flick.

Photo: Northwich Guardian
Photo: Northwich Guardian

I moved to Northwich from Sunderland in the mid 80s. As a child I was completely underwhelmed by the size of it. Moving from one of the biggest town’s in Europe (Sunderland wasn’t made a city until 1992) to a place where you could walk the high street in five minutes as a novelty to the young me but it had its gem. The Regal Cinema, Northwich’s 2 screen 1939 beauty.

I’m not sure of the first time I went to the Regal but I am sure of how it made me feel; having the familiarity of a big screen and a dark space to settle down in gave me a certain amount of comfort as a kid who was in a different part of the country, miles away from friends and family, in a strange town, struggling to fit in with a mackam accent and being the new kid at school.

Photo: Remembering the Regal Cinema Northwich facebook group
Photo: Remembering the Regal Cinema Northwich facebook group

When I think of the Regal now I think about the things I took for granted;  turning up ridiculously early when a new release was on as you knew you’d be queuing round the corner otherwise; sitting on the steps waiting for friends; teenage dates;  teenage smoking (the novelty of smoking in the cinema never grew old for me) of course after having scanned the surrounding seats to make sure no one who knew my folks would be in there; queuing up against the wooden rail  when you got inside (I still have no idea why that rail was there?!);  tickets dispensed out of a slot in the counter of the booth;  always picking the box of fruit gums that were in the shape of mini fruits; being fascinated by the poster montage wall.

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Photo: Remembering the Regal Cinema Northwich facebook group
Photos: Remembering the Regal Cinema Northwich facebook group

The films I went to see that stand out for the experience and not just the content; taking my little sister to see The Little Mermaid (1989); my step-ma taking me to see Back to the Future parts 2 (1989) and 3 (1990); being scared out of my wits as a 10 year old when the spider jumped on the lens in Arachnophobia (1990); one Friday night the back five rows of the cinema being filled with folk from my year at high school watching Dangerous Minds (1995); the place being packed out the opening weekend of Titanic being released (1997); watching the Matrix on my 19th birthday (1999).

And last and no means least: the re-releases of the Star Wars films in 1997 were of special remembrance to me, it was the first time I saw them on the big screen having previously relied with tapes worn thin that I’d recorded off the telly when I was a kid. Turning up and seeing Karl Woods (my generation’s Regal Manager) in full Jedi costume, with an R2D2 model in the foyer was brilliant and something I’ll always remember!

I moved to Manchester in early 2003 and subsequently never returned to the Regal, I wasn’t aware of its closure until after it has happened in 2007 and was saddened when I did. On the few occasions I’ve been back through the town centre since its closure I’ve driven past to have a look and have been comforted to see it still standing. I was back there yesterday and saw the rubble, twisted metal and the vast expanse of ground once filled with corrugated cream painted iron.

Photo: Remembering the Regal Cinema Northwich facebook group
Photo: Remembering the Regal Cinema Northwich facebook group

Goodbye old friend, you’ll be missed.

With thanks to: Remembering the Regal Cinema Northwich If you have any memories you’d like to share or if you want to know more please like the facebook page.

Footnote:

Support your local cinema. The reason for the closure of the Regal was due to needed upgrades to compete with the out of town multiplexes and not enough money coming in.

I visited my husband’s old local cinema The Odeon in Weston Super Mare over summer and he felt much the same about that beauty as I do about The Regal. We were sad to hear there are plans to build a new multiplex in Weston on the sea front meaning without a doubt The Odeon will close in time.

Both of these cinemas have left us with fond memories of times past as well as many like us, but unfortunately this is happening all over the country and has been for many years (google: Odeon Manchester and Chester for example).

Don’t leave it too late, it’s all well and good moaning after it’s happened but if you can do something to support or fundraise for a local independent cinema in need do it before it’s too late!