Saturday, 24 February 2018

My Geeky Japanese Adventure

Towards the end of last year I went on holiday to Japan with my boyfriend - something we had been planning to do for a long time. We stayed in Tokyo and had the most amazing time. While I was there I learnt so much about Japanese culture and tradition, but what I also learnt is that Tokyo is like Disneyland for geeks!

Obviously Tokyo is the capital of the world for gaming fans. So many of the worlds most iconic games originated in Japan. Mario may be an Italian plumber but he was created in this wonderful Asian country. While in Tokyo, I saw so many different arcades and had great fun exploring them and trying my best to play the games despite the obvious language barrier and the insane difficulty levels of Japanese arcade games. We spent most evenings roaming around the arcades in awe of the vast number of machines/consoles, the variety of games and the skills of the people playing them. We spotted people tactically taking on the claw machines and taking home great prizes and others playing reaction speed games where there hands were a blur. One particular place we visited was a part of Tokyo known as Electric Town. It was an area full of incredible arcades and shops. We even found a vintage gaming cafe where you could play some retro classics. It was a gamers dream and I absolutely loved it.

It’s not just the arcades that were geek galore though. The city had some incredible hidden gems for film fans. At night time the city looks so futuristic when the buildings are all lit up and it feels like you’re walking through a scene from Blade Runner. There are also numerous sights you can see from the film Lost in Translation. But without a doubt our favourite film related sight was Godzilla Street. At the end of this street was a skyscraper with the famous Kaiju on top and as if that wasn’t cool enough, at certain times of the day the statue lit up and Godzilla shot lasers out of his mouth. It was a hilarious sight to see when you weren’t expecting it! One evening we actually stumbled across a Godzilla festival - it was apparently the 75th anniversary of Godzilla. At the festival there were lots of statues of the iconic creature, Godzilla themed games and you could even try some Godzilla Beer!

Speaking of films, a geeky trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Studio Ghibli Museum. We knew we wanted to visit the museum so we booked it three months in advance to ensure we didn’t miss out. It’s hidden away next to a small forest (extremely ghibli-esk) and it was a wonderfully colourful and creatively designed building as if it was plucked straight out of an anime. The museum was actually far bigger than we expected and gave us such a fantastic insight into how Miyazaki's beautiful films were made. We explored every corner of the quirky building and learnt so many secrets from our favourite Ghibli animations.

Back to gaming - Pokemon is obviously a huge thing in Japan. Merchandise from the hugely popular game and tv series was sold in almost every shop and you could even buy Pokemon themed food and drink. But the best Pokemon themed experience was visiting the Tokyo Pokemon centre. It was basically a massive shop that sold everything from Pikachu plushies to Charizard chopsticks - it was brilliant!

Another geeky stop on our trip was Tokyo Disneyland. Just like any other Disney park it was full of great rides and magical experiences. The funniest thing though was the bizarre but delicious Japanese Disney food. The pizza had seafood on it, there was soy sauce flavoured popcorn, you could get fish burgers and steamed dumplings - all with a Disney twist of course. They even had Storm Trooper dumplings... what more could you want?!

So those are some of my favourite geeky moments from my trip to Japan. Obviously I did lots more on my travels, including seeing some incredible temples and shrines and experiencing traditional Japanese culture. I really would recommend visiting this amazing country as I have so many incredible memories from my trip that will stay with me forever.

If you want to see more of my photos from Japan then check out my instagram @glamandgeek 
Have any of you been to Japan or would love to go? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

My Favourite Film Scores

It's winter - the season of cold weather and cosy movie nights. It's got me thinking about some of my favourite feel good films and the music that accompanies them. An iconic film isn't complete without an epic film score, so I thought I'd tell you all about my favourite movie music!

Let's start with Star Wars. The music of this famous franchise gives me chills when I hear it. As soon as the words "along time ago in a galaxy far far away" appear on the screen you know the Star Wars theme is about to burst into action and fill you with excitement. The music from these films transport you to another world and I absolutely adore it.

Moving from space to archeological action adventure with Indiana Jones. My family all love the Indiana Jones films. Combining action, comedy, adventure and romance, these blockbusters really have something for everyone. The Indiana Jones theme is one of those scores that builds up and up and perfectly suits the cheeky yet heroic antics of everyone's favourite archaeologist.

Next up it's Pirates of The Caribbean. Curse of the Black Pearl was one of my favourite films when I was younger. I loved the bold and quirky personality of Captain Jack Sparrow and how despite being a pirate he really is a 'good guy'. The Pirates of The Caribbean theme music is an amazing orchestral track that lets the audience know they are going on an adventure.

Next it's the Harry Potter films. The world J K Rowling created with her books is truly magical and the films bring her stories to life on screen so well. Harry Potter is something that I'm positive will be adored for generations to come. The music that accompanies the films tells a story it's self. As soon as I hear Hedwigs theme I am transported into the magical world of wizardry and I instantly feel a great deal of joy and nostalgia.

And finally, Back to the Future. The music from this trilogy is absolutely brilliant. Of course in each film we are treated to classic hits from different eras as Marty Mcfly travels through time in the Delorean. But additionally to this we are blown away with a magnificent theme that is instantly recognisable whenever and wherever you hear it. It's an iconic piece of music that really builds up excitement and prepares you for an adventure. Honestly, I love it - I mean who doesn't!?

So those are some of my favourite music from the movies. Of course I could name many more, in fact I am positive that my list could go on and on forever. There are so many amazing pieces of music associated with films that can instantly make you feel escapism.

Do you agree? Is there anything you would add to my list? Let me know in the comments below.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2018 Superhero Movies

Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and I’m super excited as this year we are going to be spoilt rotten with superhero movies. In this post I’m going to run through some of the big superhero movies coming out this year.

Marvel movies galore!
Let’s start in February when we get to see Black Panther, a new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We were briefly introduced to Black Panther in Captain America Civil War, but this is the characters first solo outing. The trailers look amazing and it seems like it will lead really nicely into Infinity War.

In April, New Mutants is coming out. If you are an X-Men fan then this will be right up your street. It’s about a group of teenage mutants and it looks really dark and eerie, blending the superhero genre with horror.

Also in April the film everyone has been waiting for will finally arrive... it’s Avengers: Infinity War. I’m so excited for this. The trailer looks incredible and this has got to be the biggest team up movie ever. We get to see all our favourite on screen Marvel hero’s joining forces - what more could you want!?

Moving onto June and prepare to see the funniest comic book character back in action. It’s Deadpool 2. The first film was an absolute hit and Ryan Reynolds did an amazing job bringing this comical character to life on screen. I’m hoping the sequel will be just as good, packed full of crazy action and laugh out loud comedy.

Also in June, The Incredibles are making a comeback after fourteen years. Yes, it really has been that long. So, get ready to see the superhero crime fighting family back on the big screen.

In July we get yet another Marvel treat with Ant Man and The Wasp. This will be the first Marvel Universe movie to follow Infinity War, so it’s going to be really interesting to see the what direction the plot will go in.

Onto October and Sony is releasing the Venom movie. We really don’t know much about this film so far, so hopefully soon we will get some details soon.

In November Fox is releasing X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The X-Men franchise is hugely popular so it’s going to be great to see a new addition and to see Sophie Turner develop the character of young Jean Grey further.

And finally, DC are making an appearance next year in December with the release of Aquaman. Now we all know DC’s track record with films has been far from perfect, but I do think Jason Moama plays Aquaman really well. I feel like DC are slowly learning from their mistakes, so hopefully we will start to see better films from them.

With superhero films alone we are being spoilt in 2018, but there are loads of other geeky films coming out as well, including: Solo-A Star Wars Story, Tomb Raider and Ready Player One. Honestly, 2018 is going to be a big year for nerdy film fans - aren’t we lucky?!

Let me know in the comments what films you’re excited for this year. I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Sci-fi Fashion

As you may know from my previous fashion posts, I love to express my nerdy personality through my clothes. Of course I have a fabulous collection of geeky t-shirts, but sometimes I like to get a bit more creative. As it is Christmas - the time of year when we all get to bring out the glitter - I have been inspired to get glittery myself with some sci-fi themed metallics. So, lets take a look at my out of this world (worst pun ever) outfit!

First up, lets start with sequins. To be honest, sequins don’t normally feature in my wardrobe, but when I saw this cute planet t-shirt I absolutely fell in love. This top is simple but fun and definitely shows off a bit of sci-fi pride. It just goes to show that sequins can be incorporated into an every day outfit, without looking over the top. This space themed t-shirt now has pride of place in my wardrobe.

Next up, THAT skirt! I absolutely adore it. Seriously, there are so many things to love about this skirt. The holographic fabric is gorgeously eye-catching and combined with the high-waisted fit, it instantly makes me think of the 90s. Whenever I wear this skirt I get so many compliments from people. The first time I wore it was on a night out and I had complete strangers coming up to me asking where I bought it. One girl even compared me to a mermaid! So, clearly this skirt is popular with everyone and it is a great addition to my spacey sci-fi outfit. Plus, to be totally honest, it reminds me of the hat Marty McFly wears in Back to the Future II - what’s not to love!?

To add an extra bit of shimmer, I bought these black glitter fishnet tights. Fishnets seem to be making a comeback, so when I spotted these glittery ones I knew I had to have them. They are perfect for injecting a subtle bit of sparkle into an outfit and would look great with a little black dress on a night out.

Finally, I added a pastel pink hooded jacket which matches perfectly with the pink hues in the holographic skirt. The jacket is made of a super soft light material and I adore it.

So there we have it, my sci-fi fashion as inspired by the glittery Christmas season.

Let me know what you think of this look in the comments below. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Top - ASOS
Skirt - Jaded London
Tights - Gipsy
Jacket - ASOS


Monday, 16 October 2017

Halloween Comic-book Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and that means it's time to think about costumes. I love having fun with fancy dress and this spooky celebration is a great opportunity to cosplay.
Batman villains always pop up at Halloween parties

Last year Harley Quinn was the go to costume for girls and The Joker was for the boys. At every party you could spot multiple ladies sporting the “Daddy’s Little Monster” t-shirt and the pink and blue dip-dyed hair seen in Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn’s were everywhere and this year I'm predicting we will be seeing lots of Wonder Women in their place.

Lots of people made jokes about how all the girls were wearing the same costumes at Halloween parties last year. To be honest though, I don't think it's a bad thing. The fact that so many girls want to dress as these fictional female icons means that comic-book characters are becoming more popular and I love that!

I understand that some people may be irritated by seeing someone dress up as a character after just seeing them in one film, but surely it shows they have an interest in the character and want to know more. No one was born knowing everything about comic-books and superheroes, we all have to be new to it at some point, so give the newbies a chance.

More people are enjoying the superhero genre and I think that’s great. The more popular comic-book based films become, the more likely it is that we will get treated to lots of merchandise, tv shows and films - what’s not to love? Already there are tons of DC and Marvel films planned for years to come and that’s all down to the swift rise in popularity.

Plus, if I’m right in my prediction that Wonder Woman will be the go to costume for this years fancy dress parties, the world will be flooded with girl power passion and that’s definitely a brilliant thing.

So, when you spot lots of superhero costumes this Halloween, you should rejoice in the fact that superheroes are now officially mainstream cool. Who would have thought that day would come? Oh and enjoy the opportunity to cosplay without non-geeks thinking you're bonkers!

Let me know in the comments what you are doing for Halloween. I just love this time of year!
Happy Halloween

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Spidey is back! Spider-Man Homecoming review

Spider-Man has swung back onto the big screen in the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Spider-Man Homecoming. If like me you are a lover of superhero movies, you will absolutely adore this film. Trust me on this one!

Are your Spidey senses tingling?
Now, numerous actors have played the role of Spider-Man in the past, but this time Tom Holland a young British actor has taken on the iconic role. I know what your thinking, what makes Tom Holland any different from the others? Well, for me he perfectly captured both the nerdy personality of Peter Parker and the comical and cheeky side of Spider-Man. Throughout the film, we get to see the awkward cringe moments of Peter Parker's life as a teenager and the overly excitable and cocky persona of the currently inexperienced Spider-Man. For me, Tom Holland really does seem to be the perfect fit for the role. Don't get me wrong, I am still a fan of the Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire Spider-Man incarnations, but this version seems to tick all the boxes!

We saw a glimpse of Tom Holland as the popular web slinging superhero in Captain America Civil War, where we saw him teaming up with Iron Man. If you've seen the trailers you'll know that Robert Downey Junior's Iron Man does indeed make an appearance in this blockbuster as well. Some Marvel fans were worried about the possibility of Iron Man taking over the whole movie, but luckily this is not the case. The famous Tony Stark only appears in a few scenes and is more of a cameo style character. Speaking of cameos, Iron Man isn't the only Avenger to pop-up in the film, keep your eyes peeled for a certain guy in stars and stripes.

The film is packed full of action sequences, comical dialogue and of course a gripping plot. Spider-Man Homecoming sees a young Peter Parker hone his spidey senses with a few bumps along the way, whilst also trying to get through high school like any normal teenager - which is quite a lot for one person to handle. The villain of the film is The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. The backstory and motives of this character tie nicely into previous Marvel films, giving more context of what life is like in a world filled with superheroes.

Spider-Man Homecoming really is a great addition to the MCU and does a fantastic job of establishing Tom Holland as the new Spiderman. So what are you waiting for? Head on down to your local cinema, grab some popcorn and give it a watch. Oh and don't forget to stick around for the after credit scene. It's quite possibly the funniest and cheekiest one Marvel have made yet!

If you've seen the film, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I'd love to know your views.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

How to get your 'Nerd News'

Geek culture is becoming ever more popular and as a result we are frequently being treated to more geeky goodies. From superhero films to comic-conventions we really are being spoilt! With so much going on, it can be hard to stay up to date with the latest nerdy news, so in this post I'm going to tell you how you can keep up with it all.

Firstly there are of course lots of geek themed magazines out there, particularly ones that cover TV, film and game releases. To be honest, I don't often buy these magazines as I rarely get time to sit down and read one, but if there is a particular edition that is covering a film I'm excited about or has a big interview in it then I do treat myself. My boyfriend loves magazines like Empire as they have great film reviews. Although Empire is not strictly a geeky magazine, with so many superhero and sci-fi movies now gracing our screens, the mag regularly includes geeky gossip we want to hear. However, if you are looking for a magazine that solely focuses on geek culture, I recommend checking out SFX or Starburst magazine.

Similarly, you can check out nerdy news sites such as GamesRadar or Nerdist. Sites like these have great articles on game release news. They also have detailed reviews of upcoming nerdy films and TV shows. The brilliant thing about these websites is that they present their news and reviews in a variety of different ways, including articles, videos and podcasts.

Personally I love searching social media for geeky gossip! I am constantly on Instagram as @glamandgeek scrolling through my nerdy feed to find out updates on geek themed films and TV shows. Social media is probably the quickest way to find nerdy news, but you do have to be aware of the gossip that sometimes gets tangled up with real updates. The other risk with social media is the dreaded spoilers!!! I can remember having a major Game of Thrones death spoiled for me by someone posting about it on Facebook. I was very tempted to unfriend the individual after the incident, but luckily for them I was forgiving.

Finally, a great way to find out the latest news is by socialising with other geeky peeps. If there's any news I've missed, my nerdy friends are sure to fill me in with all the details.

So, that's how you can find out the latest nerdy news. How do you get your geek updates? Let me know in the comments below!