An Afternoon in London.

My friend was passing through London and we met up today!

Here is a sample of what one can do in London in just two hours.

Walk down Oxford street (bonus points that it was near sunset on a  sunny day so the light was great).

Have coffee at a Pret Manger and she gave me a cookie that had chocolate in it and was also covered in chocolate. Cadbury does not mess around in England.

Go to Carnaby street which I actually had not visited. It is so cute! With lots of signs hanging that say Carnaby in metallic streamers and giant blue nightclubs hanging from building roofs! And there are lots of restaurants and shops.

Walk around Picadilly.

Visit The House of Mina Lima to see the Harry Potter Exhibit. Man, I love the heck out of The House of Mina Lima.

Walk through Chinatown!

Go the the Nickelodeon store, find out there is no Drake and Josh merchandise.

Go back to Picadilly. Store at a candy store. Look at all the sorts of sweets that are packed in.

Have funny conversation and a good time.

Man, I love my friends and I love London.

 

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Movie Nerd Break.

I was just thinking about movies that are about people in enclosed spaces trying to figure something out and realized what a brilliant plot device it is to have Mr. Orange bleeding out on the floor in Reservoir Dogs.

They can’t get rid of him because if they drop him at the hospital he might give the others away but they also can’t leave him somewhere to die. Actually, they could- but Mr. White would not allow that. Ever.

I say it’s a brilliant plot device not only because it makes some frames super more visually interesting as having a subject on the floor adds levels to a shot and because it gives a pretty solid reason for keeping all the Dogs (in Tarantino literature, are all the “Mr.”s in the movie referred to as “Dogs” because it’d be fun if they were) in this warehouse. Yes, they’re there because their boss who they trust told them to wait there but given how bad things get in the course of the heist, it’s enough incentive to go running- seeing as anyone could be a rat who gave away their secret location.

So to have a another reason, a character who (literally) anchors and grounds everyone else to this one place, why the Dogs are almost acting against their self interest by staying in a location that is very easily known to the cops I think makes their actions more believable.

Of course, as the film progresses, more and more reasons keep the Dogs there. But, at the start, when a rat is suspected, Mr. Orange stuck to the floor (I sometimes have a chuckle thinking about the fact that Tim Roth literally got stuck to the floor with fake blood) and Mr. White stuck to Mr. Orange due to a moral obligation explains action against self-preservation.

Not to mention that Mr White’s strong moral code when it comes to keeping this man alive adds to this idea of the complexity of how human beings function in their reasoning and logic behind their actions. Yes, they are criminals not afraid to do harm but they still have standards. Contradictions and their presence are key to good drama, and this is a great one.

Travel Update & Movies Theatres.

  • Passed by a house that had a ‘Yeezus’ doormat
  • What did Camden Market used to be before that the shops have these huge carved wooden doors and there are metal, ornate decorations everywhere?
  • London Eye/Big Ben area is stunning at sunset.
  • I definitely recommend taking a walk by the Thames on the walkways beside it.
  • Went to the Rich Mix on the 27th and watched T2. LOVED T2 SO MUCH and the Rich Mix is  great theatre. It had an art exhibit, a cafe, and live music going on when I left. The actual theatre is big! I had a feeling that it was old and lots had happened in it, perhaps just the size surprised me along with the patterns drawn on the walls. It’s just at the start of East London so you start to get a different vibe from King’s Cross/Picadilly area. Lots of shops right outside Rich Mix. A cool and busy area for sure.
  • The same day I went to Lexi Cinema and I recommend it 11/10. It prides itself on being an ethical cinema, so ticket proceeds go to charity, which is nice! It’s a one-screen cinema tucked in between houses which gives it a cozy vibe to begin with. In addition (am I writing an essay? Lol), the staff were very friendly, the snack prices were fair and there is a bar if you want some alcohol with your movie. Or just wanna chat with friends indoors after the movie. The seats were comfortable, there is a balcony, and there is a chandelier-piece above the screen which adds a pretty touch to the place! I saw a midnight screening of Reservoir Dogs and there were a lot of people there to watch it too!
  • I also went to Koko this past Friday! It doesn’t get busy until about 1am but I would say it’s worth going early just to explore the space a bit. It’s 3 or 4 floors, depending if you have access to the upper floor and the place it  GORGEOUS. SO BIG and decorated cause it was a serious theatre before. So there are ornate balconies, red walls, a very nice roof area with a view of Camden. A very cool place indeed.