Review: 11 things about my Wonder Woman experience

1. The cinema I went to, on a Wednesday evening at dinner time, was literally full. As I walked past the session times board, a message flashed up: “2 seats left!”
As a former cinema employee, this is astounding in itself.

2. While the movie itself isn’t flawless, the insane female empowerment levels absolutely made up for any obvious villains, boring men being boring, or wobbly CGI still present. Continue reading

Cool Stuff Sunday

Kicking off today with this blistering piece over on Junkee about just how important intersectional feminism is ❤

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The Urban List has done up a handy (and also Expedia-sponsored) list of tips for when you’re thinking about planning your next trip overseas. Get packing!

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When I was roadtripping around England with my Mum, we stopped in Winchester for a number of reasons. One of them was to glimpse the famed Round Table of the Arthurian Legends, but as luck would have it, The Great Hall was closed the day we passed through. Good job, life. Anyway, if the words “arthurian legends” or “round table” mean nothing to you, The Conversation has enlisted Arthurian scholar Amy Brown to talk us through the basics of the stories.

For good measure, here’s the ridiculous but infinitely watchable trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adaptation, set for release in March.

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Are you vaguely terrible with money? Perhaps you’re like me and have almost always none because shitty wage + outrageous cost of living is fucked? Here are eight tips to help you kick your year off right.

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I am literally dying with excitement about these 12 Australian films to catch in 2017. Lion was by far one of the most moving and honest things I’ve ever seen, so I can’t wait to see what else is in store for filmgoers this year.

Cool Stuff Sunday: Christmas edition

Look, I really hate Christmas, so let’s get this shit out of the way alright? Merry whatever-you-celebrate (it’s Festivus for me if you’re wondering). Now, let’s get down to some bizness.

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Did my annual rewatch of Love, Actually on Friday night, and in amongst yelling at the terrible parts (since when is ‘telling the truth at Christmas’ a thing?! IT’S NOT, EVERYONE SHUTUP!) I found this amazingly funny piece on Pajiba about the many many workplace issues that arise throughout. Take these fuckers to HR!

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As a lover of Emily Brontë’s works–both poetry and prose–I am always fascinated by the mystery surrounding who she really was. Having visited the Brontë parsonage back in 2007, and being in the beautiful surroundings of Haworth, it’s easy to see how someone could get lost in their own stories there. As such, I’m very happy to report there’s a new narrative about the life of the Brontë sisters on BBC One this Christmas, which delves into the period when all three were working on their first novels. Will have to find a way to watch all the way down here in Australia!

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Feminism + books = ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m very excited to read every single book on this list (and I highly, HIGHLY recommend Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar, because it is a fucking treasure of a book, and so is she).

So get your hands on some incredible writing about feminism by incredible feminists and get educated!

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If you’ve got some time off for the Christmas/New Year period this week, why not spend some of your time with one (or more!) of these fascinating documentaries? Head back to work in January and amaze your coworkers with your intimate knowledge about the enigmatic Rodriguez, or the deeply troubling revolution in Egypt, or Cuba or the Ukraine. At least then you won’t have to talk about your homophobic uncle, right?

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Letters to Santa by Shakespeare characters sounds like the best and worst thing I’ve ever heard, but here we are and I am happy to confirm they are soooooo worth reading. I think my fave is probably Hamlet’s letter, but tbh that’s most likely to reflect my dark as fuck disposition currently. R&J and Puck also rate mentions ❤ Cheers McSweeneys!

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I am a HUGE fan of Dev Patel, and have been since falling madly in love with his character, Anwar, in Skins. His latest feature, Lion, is due for release in about a month here in Australia, and I am basically clawing my skin off with the anticipation.  Anyway, here’s an adorable as all get out interview with Dev in GQ. Also that plaid suit *hearteyes*

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As we head into a new year, and a fafillion New Years Resolutions flood your social media feeds, take a squiz at this excellent piece over at The Cusp on how to kickstart your drive and motivation. If you feel like you’re trudging over the finish line of 2016 and need some simple guidance to getting your mojo back, click the link click the link click the link.

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Right. I’m off to air my grievances. Happy Sunday!

Cool Stuff Sunday

Arts workers famously earn fuck all money (can attest to the veracity of the statement), so ArtsHub have done us a solid and complied a list of 50 Ways to Make A Living in The Arts! Hooray!

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One of my fave movies from the last few years, Turbo Kid, is getting a flippin’ sequel guys. Oh ma gadddddd ❤ Here’s the film clip/prequel too.

ALSO, SEE TURBO KID IF YOU HAVEN’T YET.

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Fancy a trip through the English countryside? (Yes is the only correct answer to that btw). Take a squiz at these beautiful Austen-esque accommodation options over at Verily and get planning. I am beside myself in love with the Northanger Abbey Suffolk priory and need to live there yesterday.

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Taika Waititi is one of my favourite human beings on the planet, and this interview is a prime example of why. Creative nomad. Just. MARRY ME ALREADY.

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Feminist reads! Added these to my TBR list, and would like to add Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny to the mix.

Cool Stuff Sunday

We are nearing the close of Brisbane Writer’s Festival, and I can’t believe it’s nearly over for another year! Yesterday I had the chance to interview the bloody marvellous Kirsty Eagar, who’s written probably my fave New Adult romance of 2016, Summer Skin. Set in Brisbane at The University of Queensland, Kirsty’s written a sexy, fun novel that takes a look at hookup culture, and the perverse ways social media dictates out interactions. Clementine Ford called it “the feminist love story girls have been waiting for” so you know it’s gonna be a fab read. Anyway, two feminist water babies talking romance? Yeah, I had a pretty excellent time at our session. Today I wanted to spruik Kirsty and her works (Summer Skin is her fourth novel), because she is awesome and you should definitely be reading her books. The end.

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Wanna see some awesome historical photographs taken in Paris? Head over to The Local and feast your eyes on these 15 magnificent images. I am completely in love with the bizarre leg heater (number 10), and why would you not do swimming training in a pool (7)?

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Continuing my Hamobsession, I am eagerly awaiting The Hamilton Mixtape (as are many!). To get you pumped up for its release, take a quick look behind the scenes with Tariq Trotter in this interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

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I’m all about people being happy, feeling good and loving themselves. It’s sometimes such a tough gig, but it matters so much to be able to look in a mirror and feel more than apathy. Over at the Greatist, Susie Moore gives us 13 things to ditch for happiness. Gotta say that a lot of these are primo joy-inducers, so get on it, babes.

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Ever heard of Teleport? This berserk website (link goes to AWOL for instructions etc) takes your financial situation, your travel preferences, and ideal rental requirements to magic an algorithm into telling you the best cities in the whole world for you to live. My top 3 were Prague, Vienna and Berlin so apparently I’m off to Europe, but secretly I’m gunning for my fifth best match, Edinburgh 😀 Take a look at the site and tell me your Top 3 cities in the comments!

Review: Enraging butt stuff courtesy of Kingsman

Having never been a huge Bond fan, I go into other spy films with a wary eye. When I saw the trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service though, I was all in and completely impatient for it’s Australian release date. Who wouldn’t be for Colin Firth as a middle-aged spy in a dapper-as-fuck suit, and some sort of Hunger Games-esque trial for new recruits? (unintentional poetry btw) Continue reading