Best Chick Flicks Part 3

Valentine’s Day

In a series of interconnected stories, intertwining couples and singles in LA make-up and break up on their way through the highs and lows of love during Valentine’s Day. It’s super cheesy but it won’t half put a smile on your face.

 

He’s Just Not That Into You

Similar to Valentine’s Day,  He’s Just Not That Into You follows a series of interconnected stories. Only this time, the story arcs deal with the misinterpretation of human behaviour in the dating world of twenty/thirty-somethings.

Sex And The City

Carrie, still a writer on sex and love, is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. (Surprise, surprise). But after Miranda inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her due to the growing pressures of family life she’s been feeling, the girls are left to console a heartbroken Carrie on her honeymoon in Dubai.

Legally Blonde

Reese Witherspoon wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III, but he won’t propose because she’s ‘not serious enough’ (aka too blonde). She rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. But then she meets Luke Wilson… *insert cheeky emoji then tongue face because YUM*

The Devil Wears Prada

Anne Hathaway is a recent college graduate with big dreams, but when she lands a job at Runway magazine, she finds herself the assistant to diabolical editor Meryl Streep. If anything, it shows the audience that you should never under any circumstances underestimate a strong woman’s worth.

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Beaches

Privileged rich debutante Barbara Hershey and cynical struggling entertainer Bette Midler share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship after meeting on holiday in Atlantic City, that develops over the years and ends in heartbreak. I think that’s all that needs to be said. (Also, get the tissues ready.)

Mean Girls

Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Lindsay Lohan becomes a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school. That is, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Rachel McAdams…

Ten Things I Hate About You


Based on Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, 10 Things I Hate About you is bound to pull on your heart strings. To the disliking of her younger sister, abrasive Julia Stiles doesn’t attract many boys due to her intimidating behaviour. Due to house rules, Larisa Oleynik can’t date unless Stiles does. Let’s just say some strings are pulled by her peers and Heath Ledger will probably make you cry.

 

John Tucker Must Die


After finding out that they’re all dating Jesse Metcalfe, three popular girls in school from different cliques join forces to get revenge, enlisting the new girl in town – Brittany Snow – to aid in destroying both his heart and his reputation.

Sweet Home Alabama


New York fashion designer Reece Witherspoon finds herself engaged to Patrick Dempsey. But first, she must return home to fix some old secrets from her past – including her high school marriage to redneck Josh Lucas who refuses to divorce her.

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Pretty Woman

In this classic rags-to-riches love story, a prostitute and a wealthy businessman fall hard for one another. It’s got Julia Roberts in thigh high leather boots and Richard Gere looking almost as handsome as he did in An Officer and a Gentleman. What isn’t there to love?

 

How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days

Matthew McCounaghey is an advertising executive and ladies’ man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Kate Hudson covers the “How To” column for Composure magazine and is assigned to write an article on “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days.” You can see where this is going.

The Notebook

A poor and passionate Ryan Gosling falls in love with a rich young Rachel McAdams and gives her a sense of freedom. They’re soon separated by their social differences and the Second World War. But that’s not the end… *insert sobbing emoji*

 

Bridesmaids

Kristen Wiig’s life is a mess, which continues along a further downwards spiral when her best friend, Maya Rudolph, gets engaged and she becomes maid of honour. Competition between Wiig and Rose Byrne over who is Rudolph’s best friend ensues, complete with Rudolph shitting herself in the street. And if that’s not enough for you, Melissa McCarthy features as the groom’s sister.

Clueless

You haven’t already seen this film? As if! Alicia Silverstone aims to transform new girl Brittany Murphy from farm girl to city babe. Keep an eye out for the never ageing Paul Rudd in this nineties classic.

 

On This Day: July 16th

On this day in 1945, the leaders of the three Allied nations gathered in  Potsdam to decide the future of a defeated Germany.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Harry S Truman and leader of the Soviet Union Josef Stalin had three main aims:

  • to establish the future control of Germany
  • to decide how to disable certain industries in Germany so that the country cannot rise up against its neighbours again
  • to ensure delivery of food and raw materials to a liberated Europe ravaged by war and in danger of famine.

Clement Attlee signed the Potsdam Agreement on behalf of Britain after Churchill was defeated in the general election on 26 July.

On This Day: 10th July

On this day in 1940, the Luftwaffe launched what Winston Churchill dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain’. The attacks initially focused on British shipping ports and airfields along the English Channel but gradually the battle moved inland.

The Luftwaffe had the clear advantage, with 750 long-range and 250 dive bombers, 600 single-engined and 150 twin-engined fighters (significantly more than RAF Fighter Command’s 600 planes). But they were hampered by an inconsistent plan of action whereas the British forces were well prepared. Radar technology – being used for the first time in battle – gave plenty of notice of the German raids.

Saying Goodbye (?)

Today, I said goodbye to one of my best friends; one of the greatest people I have ever met. Her name is Lois, and she was at the Uni of Warwick for her year abroad. At 12:45 this afternoon, she boarded a plane back to South Carolina and our quad was reduced to a triad. So, today I’d like to thank the Internet and social media. Without it, how would we be able to keep updated on each other’s every move?

I’ve never really been an emotional person. And, by that, I mean I cry once maybe twice a year. So you can imagine how uncomfortable I was on our last couple of days together as a whole quad when Lois, Katie and Serena were sobbing and I was just sat there swigging sipping wine. It’s not that I won’t miss her (because we left her at the airport four and a half hours ago and I already miss her). I just don’t really know what to do in those situations. Maybe because I like to think rationally rather than emotionally?

 
She was only here on her year abroad, so we all knew that she would be leaving at the end of the academic year. What we didn’t know is how close we would grow and how strong the collective bond formed between us all would be; we’re like a little family. I think that goodbye is just one of those things that I don’t understand yet. Maybe I’ll never fully understand it. People come and go in life all the time as you drift away, but when someone you love has to leave and you have to say goodbye, you just aren’t prepared for it.

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The Quad.

The word ‘goodbye’ holds a certain weight. One of fear; one of the death of a relationship; one of impending change. Last night, I told Lois that I am awful at goodbyes. I told her that she is special to me, and that I wasn’t going to cry because I know that I will see her again at some point in the future, so this was more of a ‘see you in a few years’ rather than a goodbye. Just after we had done all our hugging and had a cute but SUPER expensive airport breakfast, we took Lois to security. I gave her the peace sign that she hates me doing, and told her to just go because Katie flooded the airport with her tears. She just looked at me, squeezed me tight for 30 seconds, told me she loved me and off she went.

I don’t feel like such a winner today because I have lost someone very special to me, but everyone else who gets her when she’s back in the US, they are winners. The thing you have to realise is that you can be friends no matter where you are in the world today.

The Greatest City in the World

That’s right: LIVERPOOL. Am I biased? Maybe. But that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. From our buildings to our people; from our views to our culture… our city is a shifting outpost of resilience.

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As a Merseyside bird who studies down south, I’m familiar with the jokes about wearing shell suits and being a thief, as well as being asked repeatedly to say ‘chicken’. But, you know what? The joke’s on those who allow their views of Liverpool to be dominated by these stereotypes. Living in Scouseland is BOSS. Here’s why:

THE PEOPLE

As I said, stereotypes will have you believe that we’re all shell suit wearing thieves who prance around everywhere, wearing a pair of Reebok classics, a Burberry cap and sporting a fag in your gob. We aren’t all John Barnes circa-1988…

Seriously though, Liverpool is filled with the funniest and friendliest people you will ever meet. It’s the kind of place you meet your new best friend in Slaters toilets, philosophise with your taxi driver about why you’re emotionally unavailable and where you say hello with a cheeky head nod to people you don’t even know. Maybe you won’t understand anything we can say at first, but I promise you’ll love us.

THE VIEWS

Instagrammers, hold on to your knickers. Everywhere you go in this wonderful city, there’s not a light it doesn’t look good in; both old and modern architecture. The Three Graces are the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool building which have been said to have a kaleidoscope style effect.

But, let’s not forget the Anglican Cathedral – which is actually one of the largest in Europe – and the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, which was completed in 1967 and holds the nickname ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’. Sick, right? Well, we’ve got one to spare… St Luke’s (aka the bombed out church) at the top of Bold Street serves as a testament to those who died in The Blitz.

Oh by the way, our architecture gives us the ability to double as many global cities like Chicago, New York and Moscow. Films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Captain America and Sherlock Holmes have all included scenes filmed on location in the city.

THE EVENTS

There’s always something going on in the city. LightNight, Liverpool Sound City, Africa Oye, Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool Food & Drink Festival and more. In 2008 there was a visit from a 50ft mechanical spider and in 2012 two giant marionettes and their giant dog walked through the streets. The most revent spectacular was in the summer of 2014 as a commemoration of the First World War.

THE CULTURE

Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that as the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool can make some pretty big claims in terms of its contribution to global culture. Everybody knows about the Beatles, however, the city has offered so much more. We have turned a bombed-out church into a concert venue, and we literally have a night dedicated to wandering around and looking at various light installations throughout the city.

Various museums, the LGBT quarter and various ethnic quarters make the city a safe space for those who consider themselves minorities. But you aren’t gay, lesbian, black, Chinese or Indian… you’re Scouse.

THE NIGHTLIFE

George Harrison described Scousers as ‘the kind of people who go out on a Monday evening and couldn’t care less about a Tuesday morning.’ I mean, it’s true. We have plenty of places to either celebrate or drown our sorrows. Whether you go to Woodys or Baa Bars, you’re guaranteed a good night.

Step one: go to Concert Square.

Step two: thank me.

TWO BOSS TEAMS IN ONE BOSS CITY

As the great Bill Shankly once said (may his BEAUTIFUL soul rest in peace) ‘we have the best two teams on Merseyside. Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves’. HA, TOFFEES. Nah, but in all seriousness,  both Liverpool and Everton are both teams that enjoy their fair share of European football. If you want to experience football anywhere, you want to experience it on Merseyside. It’s a feeling like no other.