We should all be a little more like Francis Underwood

Recently, I have begun watching the Netflix original series House of Cards, a show that delves inside the lives of the most powerful men in the US.

My first impression was rather negative for the show; I admit it looked like a boring political drama, however, with my growing admiration of Mr. Spacey I thought I’d give it a try. I was definitely surprised by how intriguing and undeniably addictive it was to watch how one man will do anything to get what he wants. Francis Underwood is a complex character. I’m only a few episodes into the first series and it is evident that, even though we are given his perspective on the politics through his speech to the audience, we are still left guessing what his next moves are. We are falsely led to believe that we know what Frank has planned to do next, but we don’t. By the end of each episode the audience is still dazed by the precise, almost perfect, actions that have placed Frank in a better situation than ever.

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By watching this series it makes me think. This character is ruthless, disliked by many, but most importantly he gets what he wants. He has the capability to outwit and manipulate almost anyone he likes, including the president, now that’s impressive. Frank Underwood leaves me evaluating my own ability to get what I want. Of course I don’t want to manipulate people or have people hate me, but I wish I could have the same level of confidence that this man does.

Alexander Jones

50 Shades of Terrible 

Is it too early for me to consider 50 Shades of Grey a big spanking, leather suited, and hog-tied flop?

It has definitely been a busy weekend working in the cinema with one of the most anticipated films coming out. That film being the rather boring and plain 50 Shades of Grey.

I haven’t seen the film myself, and after this weekend don’t plan to, but going on the opinions of the many hundreds leaving screenings it appears Mr. Grey left them bored. I don’t think that’s what a film about sex and BDSM is meant to do to you, actually, that’s the opposite.

The film has been a massive success in terms of hyping it up and getting the crowds in to watch it. After the crazy period of time where the book was being mentioned left, right and centre, the anticipation for the theatrical release was immense. I feel genuinely sorry for the loyal fans who have been disappointed by this adaptation.

I think one of the main problems which has been suggested to me, is that the book let people use their imagination to create the steamy picture of Mr. Grey, whereas in the film it’s laid out in front of you, manufactured.

One redeeming factor has got to be the soundtrack for me. The playlist was played over and over in the cinema; but Beyoncé’s Haunted and Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do are so darn catchy. I can’t help but enjoy them. Should I feel guilty?

The disappointing reviews for 50 Shades probably won’t affect the sequels turnout and inevitable success, but here’s hoping…


Alexander Jones

Big Hero 6 – The story of a lovable talking marshmallow

“Are you satisfied with your care?”

Baymax: the adorable robot that has the sole purpose of ensuring that your health service is satisfied. Now you have to agree with me, Baymax looks like a walking, talking, huggable marshmallow. His simple design and innocent, almost unknowing, face makes him the cutest creation from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Real-life Baymax is the best thing EVER.

The hit Big Hero 6 has taken the film world by storm halting Kingsman: The Secret Service’s climb to top in the UK with earnings of £7.48m according to an article by The Guardian. Not taking over in total earnings as of yet, but is sure to grow massively during school half-term.

I have seen both of said films and both are equally worthy of topping box office in my opinion. Kingsman offers a mature action-packed comedy which was a joy to see (it surprised me as the trailer didn’t justify it at all).

However Big Hero 6 will appeal to all ages. Nobody can resist the big inflatable robot. His personality may come across as plain but that’s what makes him so attractive. His mission to make sure the main protagonist Hiro is healthy and satisfied with the care he provides makes him a character difficult not to say “awww” to.

That’s basically all I did during the entirety of the film…

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/feb/10/big-hero-6-blocks-kingsmans-path-to-the-top-at-the-uk-box-office

The norm of objectifying MEN

Recently the objectification of women was brought up and this got me thinking.

Many people realise the very real problem of objectifying women across a number of media platforms as well as in our society itself; however, how often do people recognise that male objectification exists parallel and just as negative?

In my opinion it appears common for someone to scold somebody else, most likely a man, for “objectifying” or “being sexist” towards a woman. What they say may not be one-hundred percent PC but arguing that they’re being sexist can be a bit of an overreaction. Simple remarks towards one’s preferences and likes in terms of the opposite gender shouldn’t be considered as objectification unless it is specifically degrading to women. People are allowed to emote opinions.

The thing that annoys me the most has got to be when a woman makes “objectifying” comments about men regarding his size (in all forms), what his occupancy is, if he drives a car or not and nobody stands up and says: “wait a second, that’s objectifying men!”. No, it just passes by as a normality of our society. Isn’t it wrong to value someone only by their physical appearance no matter what gender? Yet it happens everyday in women’s magazines. A man will say something simple like “I don’t like gingers” or “skinny blondes are better”. Now people are entitled to flipping tables because women have been objectified.

o-fashion-ads-570There’s more to us than torsos.

Don’t get me wrong, I disagree with comments that degrade women AND men, but what really annoys me is this ideology that men can’t be objectified. This is simply not true, describing a man by what he does, what he wears, the size of his you know what IS objectification.

Alexander Jones

P.S I understand the significance of female oppression in the media, I may even make a post about it however it is rare to find anyone stick up for the sexism against males and that’s what I’m trying to get across.

Photos of Cardiff – Part 2: Town

Today after my social media trends seminar I joined Sasha for a trip to Cardiff town and had an opportunity to take some photos of Queen Street. I only took a few photos as we didn’t stay for too long so may have to update this post in the future. Luckily the mini food market was setup today so I was able to take a good snap of that. It was a bit chilly but nice and sunny all the same. Enjoy the photos!

P.S some of the photos are a bit out of focus as I shot them on the move.

Alexander Jones