Review | Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

I went to see Alpha Papa last week and it is freaking amazing!!

As always, SPOILER ALERT! Go watch the trailer and film then come back if you haven’t seen it.

I’m not going to lie, I adore Alan Partridge. And whilst you may think this makes me biased in favour of the DJ in fact it meant I had such high expectations for the film from my love of the TV show. I was very dubious when I entered the cinema, what if the film was rubbish? What if it ruined my favourite sitcom? I was nervous and the tension was not resolved by the trailers, (Insidious 2 and You’re Next – both look HORRIBLE!) I was a wreck by the start of the film!

And so it began. We meet Alan working on Mid Morning Matters with Sidekick Simon on North Norfolk Digital which has been bought out by a hip new radio chain, Shape. They’ve sacked fellow DJ Pat and he’s not happy! A hostage situation ensues and Alan has to save the day.

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge at the premiere in Norwich. Photograph: The Guardian

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge at the premiere in Norwich. Photograph: The Guardian

The cast are excellent; Lynn is back doting upon Alan, Michael is back hiding in cupboards and Alan is as wonderfully awkward and endearing as ever. There is a real honesty to this film – there is no big budget, stylistic, self-indulgence – it is just a raw, independent movie filmed in Norfolk by people who just want Alan to live on. It’s truly brilliant.

This is a comedy and it really is laugh out loud funny. The whole cinema was chuckling and roaring with laughter throughout. There are also different types of comedy; the slapstick man-gina moment, the classic British dry humour runs constantly and the clever unrelenting puns and wit provided by Simon adds another layer of dimension to this comedic feast.

There was so much pressure on this film to be great – Alan has a cult following who expect so much from the writers and actors. Coogan and Iannucci had to please the die-hard fans as well as making the film accessible to a broad cinema-going audience. And they succeded so brilliantly. This is the best film I’ve seen all year. By a country mile! The makers created a visual shrine to Alan and his lovable ways. I simply loved it! A-Ha!

Rx

PS. I’m going to see the soft-rock cocaine enthusiasts Fleetwood Mac this month – I’m so excited!!

Monthly favourites – August

Hello my lovelies, I’d thought I’d do a monthly(ish) post of all the things I’ve been loving each month so why not start now:

Blog
Fleur de Force: I love Fleur’s blog, she always has a great range of products reviewed and she seems like a genuinely lovely person too. Her blog is awesome

Music
The wonderful Jake Bugg’s Broken is the song I’ve listened to most this month – it’s blooming beautiful! Well done Jakey boy!

Clothes
Jumpers. Its been getting a little chilly the last few days and I’m slightly worried this is Summer over… Saying that I love the feeling of being wrapped up in jumpers and scarves so I was quietly happy to put my thick knit jumper on yesterday!

London
I went to the Natural History Museum with my Dad this week. We figured out he hadn’t been in 38years so thought it was time to go again. It is by far, my favourite museum in London and I had such a wonderful day.
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Book
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Loving this book at the minute, it is so tense!

Film
Alan Partridge. Alpha Papa. Incredible. Watch it. Review on the way.

Beauty
I’ve been loving my eye cream this month! It’s been a busy, long month so I’ve been sure to use the B. Energised Eye Cream every morning and night to ensure that I don’t, at least, look tired!

Make up
This month I’ve been wearing my Nars Laguna Bronzer a lot. A lot! I’ve been going for a simple make up look – just a flawless (well, attempted flawless) face with minimal eyeshadow, and a slick of gel eyeliner and mascara. As mentioned above, I’ve been a little (a lot) tired this week especially so I’ve been trying to perfect my face to give the illusion of being rested! I used my Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer then set it with my Bare Minerals foundation – it works a treat!

Video
Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2.
I know this video has been around for a long time but I absolutely love it! I rediscovered it and I can’t stop watching it – one of my favourite videos ever!

So yeah, there’s a little round up of my month, I hope you enjoyed this post! Leave links and comments below to your weekly/monthly favourites as I’d love to have a look!

Rx

Review | Barry M Gelly Nail Polish

L-R: Green Berry, Satsuma, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Papaya

L-R: Green Berry, Satsuma, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Papaya

One thing you should probably know about me, I have an addictive personality. When I like something I get lots of it and its kind of a problem… especially for my purse! So my most recent obsession is the Barry M Gelly Nail Polish. I’m sure you will have heard of these beauties and I can’t get enough of them.

I love nail polish but I only love good nail polish, which is why I’m such a massive fan of Nails Inc as their quality is just brilliant. (My favourite polish being Maddox Street!)

I think the ‘normal’ Barry M polish range is pretty average.They have a nice range of colours but the quality isn’t too good. I find they chip pretty quickly but are decent enough if you just want polish on for a night out, say.

However, the Gelly range. Wow, oh wow. Barry M have pulled it out the bag with this polish! The formula is brilliant, truly brilliant. The colours are intense, the polish is thick and really does shine beautifully like a having a gel manicure at the salon! My favourite polishes are pictured above, they are so summery, I love them!

The polishes also last ages. I always use a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat and they last at least a week. And at £3.99 each, they are an absolute bargain!

Have you tried this amazing range of polish? What did you think? What’s your favourite nail polish? Leave links and comments below because I’d love to know!

Rx

London Southbank

I thought I’d share with you my favourite place in London. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s the Southbank!

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The Southbank stretches from the London Eye down the river towards the OXO Tower. Within it there is the Southbank centre, the National Theatre, the BFI Institute as well as the Jubilee gardens and some of the most beautiful views London has to offer.

I particularly love that there is a huge mix of people on the Southbank. Local Londoners mix with tourists from all corners of the world and all ages mingle together as they meander along the river. Yet despite its busyness The Southbank is filled with quite places to reflect; Jubilee gardens, the benches along the river, the ‘beach’ when the tide is out. I find the Southbank incredibly peaceful and I often go there if I need to get away from things for an hour or two, or even just to read for a bit.

But when I don’t want peacefulness, the Southbank offers so much to do. It is buzzing with life, variety and vivaciousness. The Southbank centre offers everything from cabaret, art exhibitions, debates and talks to gigs and comedy. There is something for everyone!
The National Theatre has a wide range of productions on show throughout the year and is currently showing Othello which is INCREDIBLE!

There’s every type of food available and bars all around. I simply love this place. Whether to just pop in for lunch, a long walk down the river or a whole day occupying yourself with everything that’s going on, this place is brilliant!

What do you think of the Southbank? Have you ever been? If not, I urge you to visit! Leave links and comments below!

Rx