Tag Archives: beauty

The Book Thief

15 Mar

At the weekend we wandered along to the cinema to see The Book Thief.

*some small spoilers but nothing too crucial!*

I had few expectations, i hadn’t seen the trailer; all i knew was that it was set in Germany during WWII and that it followed the story of a little blonde girl… who presumably stole books!

It was beautiful.

A glorious piece of film: stunning cinematography, captivating and a really well written story with realistic, enigmatic characters, played out by equally beguiling actors and actresses. The parts of Liesel and Hans, Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush respectively, were the most enchanting. Their relationship made the horrors just bearable. The sheer harmony of their connections made my eyes tear just as much as the monstrosities… and i won’t spoil the ending but bring your tissues.

I loved this film for another reason as well: it’s portrayal of a love and vital importance for storytelling. It is a tale literally centered around that ideal. Without that first stolen book, Liesel would never have formed such a strong bond with Hans (or Max), nor would she have been able to cope, and aid others in coping, with the fear surrounding their lives and ultimately it saved her life.

The scene in the bomb shelter where Liesel makes the realisation of how her love for stories and Hans’ love for music are equated and the joy of sharing them with an audience is enough to block out the noise of the bombs above and the fear below broke my heart; my eyes overspilled and i wept at the unconditional beauty.

I’m always ensnared by a good story, and a good story that preaches the love and critical precedence for storytelling has more than earned it’s place in my favourites.

Thoroughly recommend you watch (and read!) The Book Thief.

 

Chloe out.

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Angel Echoes

27 Feb

Following on from yesterday’s chilled out post… here lies Four Tet with more beautiful background sounds.

Another recent addition to my CD pile and oh so wonderfully listened to on repeat in the bath with copious quantities of tea…

Angel Echoes was my first and is ultimately my favourite.

 

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Unspoken

 

Chloe out.

John Grant

18 Jan

Amanda Palmer posted a link to this video a few days ago, and i’m so glad she did because it is beautiful.

This guy’s voice; powerful, soft and soul-touching.

And the lyrics. “This pain. It is a glacier moving through you.” and “Don’t listen to anyone; get answers on your own. Even if it means that sometimes you feel quite alone. No one on this planet can tell you what to believe. People like to talk a lot, and they like to deceive.” Ughhh…

So, down the youtube hole i descend and here are my favourites…

I really love this video. It’s simple but so wonderful…… “You could be laughing 65% more of the time…

 

A new artist to add to my list of favourites. Brilliant.

Chloe out.

Amanda Palmer is doing a TED talk!

14 Jan

Yup she is!

Just announced it on twitter and in her blog.

I’m so excited for her, can’t wait to see what wonderfulness she will come up with to inspire the world. “if my TED talk is not awesome, i will feel the greatest of sads.” oh Amanda we all have epic faith that it will be the awesomest TED talk ever!

“i want to tell people something they don’t already know, and tell them in a way that will inspire them, that they won’t forget.” if you have anything beautiful to tell Amanda about how beautiful she is, go help her out.

Ooo you can also help her out by sending photos of her being awesome… click here for details.

p.s. if you don’t know what TED is, go here and give yourself an hour or 5 to fall down the incredible rabbit hole that it is.

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Excited.

Chloe out.