The Shape of Valentine’s

I realise Valentine’s Day has been and gone, but technically it’s still February so this counts!

I’m not one for splashing out on Valentine’s Day, but I do think that it’s a good excuse to do something with someone (or some people) you care about. And yes, I know, I can hear those of you saying “I do something for someone I love everyday” and “It’s all commercialised and made by the card companies”. Well, I say to the first lot – then why is Valentine’s Day any different for you – you’ll be celebrating it anyway! And to the second lot – have a read up about engagement rings and eternity rings if you want to fully top-up your cynicism. In the end, it’s just nice to have/do. The end.

Of course I didn’t do anything traditional – that wouldn’t be very me, now would it? I hid a reese’s heart in the tea caddy for the other half to find while I was away during the day and I made biscuits and flapjacks. I made a pretty darn good xbox controller shaped biscuit, but it broke during the process so I’m not sharing the final results. I will however share the mess and some of the zombie biscuits I made for my team at the office (coz I loves them! Aaaaw!)

And then I’ll tell you just how much I enjoyed the Shape of Water. I’ve been waiting for this movie for MONTHS and did it ever live up to expectations. Keeping it spoiler free for those that are unaware, this is the latest offering from Guillermo Del Toro. We watch a mute cleaner’s perspective of a government organisation that deals with unusual things. By chance, she catches a glimpse of a creature that she comes to form a bond with, in secret, which blossoms into something extraordinary. The cinematic style is quite European (which I love – it’s reminiscent of Amelie) and the female characters dominate the screen with their humour and strength. It’s an absolute joy to watch, with a mixture of the fantastical and occasionally gruesome. Also, serious kudos to Doug Jones for doing everything he does in all that prosthetic – what an amazing dude!

Written by: Lulu

I’m best described as a jack of all trades type - I have a lot of interests and tend to bounce sporadically from one to another, picking up new ones on the way. Predominantly I make things and read. I do play console games (I think at present I own three four consoles that fight for space), but even then I wouldn’t say I play one type of game more than any other. I’m a big final fantasy fan, but I also like puzzle games and FPS. There are plenty more console games enthusiasts on here though, so I’ll be sticking to reviewing tabletop games. I grew up with a culture of playing board games with my family frequently, especially Hero Quest with my dad. Whenever we have a social gathering, which is usually every other weekend, we inevitably play at least one board game. Then there’s the making of things. My current list of enthusiasms includes crochet, embroidery, clothes making and cosplay, bags, leather work, some jewellry, plushies of all shapes and sizes and some other random bits and pieces. You can read all about my nerd-craft in my blog and if you’re interested and willing to part with some cash, I do take commissions on certain things. If you can think it, I can probably make it out of something - just ask!

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