Monday, February 22

An Education

I saw another great movie last week, An Education. A beautifully told story set in London in the early 1960s.

The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who is on her way to Oxford. But Jenny meets a playboy twice her age who shows her the glamorous side of life. Suddenly Oxford doesn't seem so important.

The movie is beautiful, with hair, costumes and sets that really capture the look of the early 1960's.

Emma Thompson as the headmistress.

School uniforms looked rather good in 1961.

Jenny and David.

In Paris.

I won't give away the story, but I can say that I really like the way it was told.
And it reminded me of a line from Curtis Sittenfeld's novel American Wife; Mistakes is how we learn compassion for others.

Monday, February 15

Whip It - Roller Girls Rule

I watched Whip It this weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. Finally a girly feel-good movie that doesn't involve learning to walk in heels, acting more feminine and getting a pretty haircut.

Oh, and getting the guy isn't the most important thing either.
It's friendship, being true to yourself and Roller Derby.

It's great to see so many different types of women represented in the same movie, from the shy rookie Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) to the rude and badass Iron Maven (Juliette Lewis).

Roller derby girls. Drew Barrymore as Smashley Simpson, Ellen Page as Babe Ruthless and Kristen Wiig as Maggie Mayhem.

Juliette Lewis as Iron Maven.

I first learned about Roller Derby a few years ago, when I hung out at Punk Rock Domestics. Back then there were few roller girls outside the US, and the sport was just getting started in London.

The sport has grown since the last time I looked, and now there's even a team in Copenhagen. I'm tempted to take the train across the bridge to see what they are about...
Roller Derby looks like so much fun, but I'm scared that I'm gonna break something.

Friday, February 12

Sweet Valentine

Valentine's Day is sneaking up on us... I'm not a huge fan of the commercial hoo-ha surrounding this day. I have nothing against flowers and chocolate, but I'm sick of all the "romantic weekends" and candlelight dinners that are advertised everywhere.

The whole thing just seems so artificial... and coated in pink sugar and cheap champagne.

But Valentine's Day is a great excuse to eat a lot of chocolate. This year I bought vegan truffles from Sjaak's. It was the box that caught my attention. I'm a sucker for cute packaging.

Mmm... organic chocolate in a cute box.

I bought them from Vegan Essentials where I also got some lip balms by Crazy Rumors. I love all things that are minty (peppermint tea? yes please!) and Candy Cane lip balm in Pear & Peppermint is awesome.
I've tried Bubblegum too, and Mocha smells great.

Sunday, February 7

Be Still My Beating Heart

H2O are coming to Copenhagen in April! They're playing at Loppen on the 28th!
As if I needed more reasons to long for spring 2010...

Wednesday, February 3

The Day the Music Died

Today it's 51 years since the music died, to use the words of Don McLean. On February 3rd 1959 a small plane crashed outside Mason City in Iowa, killing the pilot and the three passengers; Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and Jiles Perry Richardson, better know as The Big Bopper.

Lou Diamon Phillips as Ritchie Valens in the 1987 biopic La Bamba.

Wikipedia has a good article on The Day the Music Died.