Entertainment, Television

Game of Nudes

We’ve just had episode 5 of Game of Thrones fifth season and, as expected, I’m thoroughly enjoying it. However, there are a lot of people who are really, really, really against it because of all the nudity and the not always girl-boy sex and violence. And I kind of get it, sure, but at the same time, I don’t. I’ve got a real issue with people trying to represent alternative worlds or even old worlds as being prim and proper because there is virtually no way that this was 100% the case all the time. It’s absolutely for certain that people – especially the royals – messed around with each other and had lots of bedroom fun (except Lord of the Rings but let’s not go there).

Now, please don’t think I’m one to condone sexism, especially degradation of women because I’m not; however, I have zero problems with GoT. I don’t feel that the nudity is unnecessary , I don’t feel like it’s shoved in there for no reason and I don’t see it as obscene and insulting. Just last night, one of the rising characters was talking to a girl that he frequently interacted with in the bedroom and both were naked. It’s relevant to the story: it tells you that they’ve just had sex and she is clearly not happy his engagement news. It sets the scene and gives the audience context before the camera intrudes on their intimate moment and gives you the impression that this is all the poor girl has been thinking about while making love to the man she desires. It evokes sympathy for both characters and shows them at their most vulnerable as they bare all.

What is key for me with all the nudity is that it’s always done in a beautiful way, with a different array of bodies. The camera cherishes each person’s form with tinted light accompanied by music that is always soft and aesthetically delicious to the eye. If nudity and sex were not such prominent features, I can’t imagine that I would take the show as seriously. It adds a mature dynamic to the show, reminding you that it’s for adults and to some extent, separates it from the clutching hands of teenagers who jumped on the Breaking Bad bandwagon. It makes me feel as though I’m watching a piece of adult art, not some cheap smut as some people have deemed it. And, really people, aren’t we in a modern world where we can appreciate the human body without blushing scarlet each time at a woman’s breasts? We’re all about respecting each person’s body in 2015 and being keen to represent people fairly without judgement. I will give it that most GoT ladies are skinny beauties with few flaws; but let’s think about the time period and the setting. People aren’t exactly popping for a McDonald’s after work or grabbing some chocolate from the fridge when they please. The nature of the period is starvation, a civilisation in the grasp of war and conservatism, or whatever you might call it.

Doing a degree in film made me realise that pretty people do appear more on camera. Those who are considered attractive will probably land a job over somebody who isn’t the filmmaker’s idea of beauty and I agree, it’s not fair. That’s just how film and television is made. They’re consumed by the masses through the eyes which is why pretty naked people appear so much on our screens. And I have no issue with it. As long as it’s relevant to the story, otherwise it becomes a poorly scripted porno.

I’m looking forward to the next episode and the next and the next. It’s a great set up and something that’s storming through television history with full force. But, as usual, critics offended by a woman’s breasts are flying about casting their curses on anything controversial.

Education, Life Experience

Magic Education

Schools are a very strange place to work. Tweens and teens are abound, wondering about the world and how they are going to grow up into it which of course involves lots and lots of confused and questionable conversations about sex. They have no idea, and it’s sort of adorable but more often than not, it’s quite disturbing. Sure, they have sex education all throughout high school and, yeah that might teach them what not to do but it sure doesn’t teach them how to see it as a perfectly normal and healthy thing to do. They giggle, they blush and they say as vulgar things as possible, anything that their brains can conjure up.

Today, as I was sitting with one of my sixth form students, working on some Media assignments, a group of nerds – apologies, there is literally NO other way to describe them – entered the library and started to play a card game. Throughout this card game there were plenty of comments about sex and not wanting to be in a relationship because who needs women for that kind of commitment and the one, the only, the best comment I have ever heard leave someone’s lips: I’m a wizard, now I can have sex! Well, little boy, as far as I am happy for you, I am also questioning whether the status of a wizard – and not the Harry Potter type either – guarantees one sexual activities. Cute.

Now, I’m not claiming that I had any clue about all of the sex stuff when I was at school, because I didn’t; I did all my learning throughout university to be fair, after having the foundations laid there by the school so that I knew how to be safe and happy. Some tweens, however, need to definitely tone it down because I’m probz going to turn around to look at them with my judgey teacher eyes that I am perfecting and shame my head whilst saying, “Boys, you gotta stop, misogyny is not a good look.”

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Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Closer

I adore this film. Even though it’s got a pretty slow story, it’s just full of action at the same time. If that makes any sense…No? Okay, here’s a breakdown (don’t worry there’ll be no spoilers, there’s only one twist and that’s at the end):

Dan (Jude Law) and Alice (Natalie Portman) fall in love.

Dan cheats on Alice with Anna (Julia Roberts).

Anna meets Larry (Clive Owen) through Dan because Dan pretends to be Anna on a sex website.

Anna and Larry fall in love and get married.

Anna and Dan continue seeing each other for a year.

Dan splits up with Alice and Anna splits up with Larry.

Larry and Alice meet in a strip club when she becomes a stripper and have sex.

Anna gets back with Larry.

Dan gets back with Alice.

Alice falls out of love with Dan goes back to America.

Got it? It’s pretty complicated to understand, but you find yourself getting it as you watch the film; it’s nothing complicated like Inception, it’s pretty easy to follow. But, yeah, I remember first watching this film in one of my media lessons because, let’s be honest, my media teacher was very into films with lots of sex appeal. Be warned: this film should probably be rated an 18 instead of a 15 for it’s vulgarity and language. But there’s never any sexual graphic scenes in it. Other than in the strip club where Natalie Portman might as well be naked, but you never actually catch a glimpse of them being intimate together, other than when they kiss.

I love the characters in this: all of them. Except maybe Anna, but she’s confused by who to love, so you sort of accept why she keeps cheating on Dan and Larry. Even though they all cheat on each other, you never hate any of them, probably because we’re distant from them and they’re not like our friends or anything. It’s just great to see how they solve their problems that they’ve all set up for themselves and how they deal with the heartbreak that they all inflict on each other. What’s amusing about this is that it’s all their own fault and you just think throughout it: Oh, how stupid have you been? 

It does get quite intense, but not in a way that makes you want to kill yourself afterwards, it’s just not a comedy is all. But it is witty and sharp. The scripting is amazing. It’s just so clean cut and it works perfectly. What I mean by that is that it just flows. And then the one twist at the end, when you see Dan’s face, it’s just funny. But not in a comedy way. Obviously I’m doing a grand job at being specific about what I think about this film, but I suppose that’s the point: it’s just vague. But in a good way! You’ll literally have to watch it to know what I mean, but it truly is an awesome film. Watch it!

Life Experience, University

“Dreams Don’t Turn to Dust”

Okay, you got me. So the Owl City song Dreams Don’t Turn to Dust has no relevance to what I’m about to write, but my figuring is that it has the word ‘dreams’ in it, giving you an overall impression of what I’m gonna talk about tonight. Wow. It makes me wonder how people can stand me at times.

Anyhow, I had this weirdly vivid dream last night about me and a friend. Now, I’m sure that most adults have had a dream or two about getting intimate with a friend and, to be honest, I found it pretty scary. I mean, consciously I feel nothing for this guy other than the fact that he’s one of my good friends and, yes, I do like him but not in that way. I have already told this to my other friend and she’s resolved it for me, so apologies to her if she’s reading this thinking I didn’t believe her, because I did. However, that’s beside the point. My argument is that now I feel all awkward around him like he knows what this dream was about, or that he can just read it off my face – which he probably can because I have the worst poker face on the planet, if I even have one at all. Alright, I know I’m being irrational and this is probably one of the most pointless posts I’ve written, but when ya gotta spill what’s in your head, you just gotta let it out. Of course, I’m not going to mention any names and God forbid if he actually reads this – which I doubt because my readers are pretty minimal at this stage, right?

So yeah, awkward conversations (on my part), awkward eye contact (again, on my part) and awkward, awkward, awkward images now in my head, pray to God, not also in his.