friendship

REVIEW: Life Partners (2014)

Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gilliam Jacobs) are best friends who are just a little co-dependent. Their relationship is tested when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody) and has a serious boyfriend for the first time.

Life Partners is a great take on female friendship and the ups and downs of a friendship as you go through different life events. While the same age, Sasha and Paige are at different stages of their lives. When Paige meets Tim and starts to think about settling down, Sasha is still going out and dating girls who are younger than her and, more often than not, still live with their parents. And it’s not even their relationships that are different, it’s the career paths – Paige is a lawyer while Sasha has been a receptionist for years, so she can focus on her music. These are two very real and relatable women and their friendship is relatable too.

Both Sasha and Paige have their flaws and seeing them begin to recognise them and try to change or apologise, was lovely to see. The script is funny and heartfelt and allows these two female characters to be layered and their friendship is never stereotypical.

Meester and Jacobs have great chemistry, as do Jacobs and Brody, meaning that when Tim comes into the picture, you root for him because he makes Paige happy but can see how insecure he’s making Sasha at the same time. Life Partners has a great balance of romance, humour and drama that makes it feel very true to life.

Life Partners is a character-driven film about two young women and the pitfalls and confusion they encounter when trying to be adults. Their friendship is at the heart of this film and thanks to a great script and cast it’s a friendship and a story that just works. 5/5.

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L is for: Livejournal

I signed up to Livejournal in July 2007 – I was 15. Livejournal was where all the fandom stuff was happening back then, it was where you could find great discussions, theories and the more creative side of fandom including fanvid’s and fanficiton. To start with I didn’t really use my LJ for much besides commenting on other people’s posts and generally lurking about the Doctor Who/Torchwood fandom. It wasn’t until May 2008 that I started using my own Livejournal more than just for meme’s and ramblings about the latest episode of Doctor Who.

From mid-2008 my Livejournal became my online diary and through that diary, and the subsequent other people’s LJ’s that I met through fandom, I made friends online. There is a bit of a stigma or fear (especially from parents and in some way’s it’s justified) about meeting people online and having online friends. But the people I’ve met through LJ are wonderful.

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Days that don’t go the way you expect are sometimes the best days.

Yesterday I went around friend’s house for lunch at 12:30pm and didn’t leave till just after 8pm as I had plans to meet another friend at the cinema – so really I could have been there much longer. I don’t know why but I presumed that I would have a gap of a few hours between these two events to finish my essay but it didn’t work like that and I can’t say I’m that upset.

It was just a lot of fun and a chilled out day. There were five of us, our hosts had cooked lunch, and we chatted about University, friends and what we got up to over Christmas and New Year. Then we played board games! I can’t remember the last time I played a board game. We played Balderdash (which I won) and Mahjong which I had never played before but after a couple of games I soon picked it up and it was a lot of fun and very clever.

We had pizza delivered and then one of the kind hosts dropped me off at the cinema. Part of me didn’t want to leave as I was having such a good time but alas I’d made plans to see American Hustle.

I just love days like that, yeah I should’ve probably done some work but you need those days off with friends. They were people I don’t see every day and it was lovely to have a whole afternoon with them. I had a lot of fun and I’m so pleased the day turned out like that, it was a much needed break from responsibilities.

Yesterday is going in my jar for sure.