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Five brilliant voyeuristic films

I love voyeurism on film almost as much as I love one location films. I think the reason that voyeurism intrigues us so much is that we all feel like we’re being watched sometimes. There’s a scientific explanation to why we feel like that, but that’s a completely different blog post. I’ve already written about my absolute favourite voyeuristic films, Peeping Tom (1960), Blow-Up (1966) and Psycho (1960) but here are five more fantastic ones.Rear Window
American suspense thriller (1954)

James Stewart plays a news photographer who during a heatwave finds himself confined to a wheelchair in his apartment while his broken leg heals. He spends his time observing his neighbours through his rear window. One day he sees something that makes him suspect that his neighbour has murdered his wife. Grace Kelly is marvellous as the unappreciated fiancée. The film is shot in a very clever way. We see the neighbours almost entirely from his point of view which makes us his surveillance accomplices. They’re observing the neighbours, but we are also observing them observing the neighbours. Rear Window is a wonderful film about obsessive human curiosity.Mientras Duermes (Sleep Tight)
Spanish psychological thriller (2011)

Cesar is a miserable apartment concierge who can only obtain happiness from making other people’s life hell, which he does in secret. He has spare keys to all the apartments and he completely abuses the tenants’ trust. He decides to focus on Clara who proves to be harder to break down mentally than the other tenants. I don’t want give too much away so I’m going to stop there. It’s an unsettling film that’s designed to take away any sense of security you have about your home. It reminds me a bit of El Habitante Incierto, and it’s equally well made and unforgettable.Oldboy
South Korean mystery thriller (2003)

Part two of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy. Dae-su, a married man with one daughter, is kidnapped and locked up in a makeshift prison for fifteen years. He’s released with a mobile phone and a wallet full of money. An unknown man calls him and gives him five days to figure out why he was imprisoned. A gripping neo-noir film with lots of sadism, dark humour and Hitchcockian paranoia. Sympathy for Lady Vengenace, part three of the Vengeance Trilogy, is also amazing.L’uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage)
Italian giallo film (1970)

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on the wife of an art gallery owner. The local authorities won’t let him leave the country. The police fail to make any progress with the case so Sam decides to start his own investigation. To me, few things are as cosy as a good old Dario Argento film. His Profondo Rosso (1975) is one of my all time favourite films. This is a beautifully shot murder mystery with Hitchcockian suspense, dark twists and a perfect soundtrack. The opening scene is amazing and will have you hooked.Blue Velvet
American mystery thriller (1986)

The lovable Kyle MacLachlan plays a college student who upon returning home after his father collapses, stumbles across a severed ear in a vacant lot. With the help of a naive high school girl played by the fabulous Laura Dern, he starts an investigation that leads him into a world of voyeurism, sadism, madness and sex. This is a disturbing and compelling film by the master of surreal storytelling, David Lynch. If you’ve never seen Twin Peaks, take a weekend and binge watch it. It’s the greatest TV show of all time.

How about you? Do you have any favourite voyeuristic films?


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Delightful little things

Chiaki Creates - Delightful Little Things chiakicreates.comA list to celebrate the delightful little things in my life.

○ Getting back into reading with a Japanese murder mystery.

○ Watching American Horror Story: Freak Show and Breaking Bad in bed.

○ Listening to The Russell Brand Podcast and feeling super happy.

○ Visiting Noel Fielding’s exhibition and the Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime exhibition.

○ Learning new yoga poses.

Wearing bright floral tunics and dancing to The Doors.

○ Eating lots of Korean and Japanese food.

○ Writing late into the night.

○ Listening to a life coach podcast and finding it really encouraging.

○ Treating myself to a matinee of What We Do in the Shadows.

○ My mood having levelled out.

The League making me cry with laughter.

○ Going for long sunny walks while listening to true crime podcasts.

○ Taking lots of naps.

○ Making an orange and almond syrup cake on Mother’s Day.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?


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Bibelot Magazine: The Little Book of Creative Curiosities

Bird Origami Tutorial for Bibelot Magazine bibelotmagazine.comI’ve been so busy lately that it totally slipped my mind to tell you about this super exciting project that I’m working on with my very talented friend Chloë Owens. If you follow me on Twitter or on Instagram you probably know already that I’m a writer and do social media for Bibelot Magazine.Bibelot Magazine bibelotmagazine.comBibelot – [Bi-be-loh]

n.

1. An attractive or curious trinket.

2. A small object of curiosity, beauty or rarity.

3. A miniature book, especially one that is finely crafted.

Bibelot, “The Little Book of Creative Curiosities”, will be a quarterly craft, design and lifestyle magazine celebrating the hand-made, the ethical, and the unique.

Bibelot is about more than craft projects; it represents an imaginative and sustainable way of life. Readers will feel stimulated, uplifted and motivated.

Bibelot will begin its life as a blog, an online hub bringing artistic, original and innovative people together. It’s a space for sharing ideas, learning and sparking inspiration!

You can find us here:
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Facebook
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Please follow us, spread the love and get involved! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to do a guest post on the Bibelot Magazine blog. Oh, I do hope that you want to come along for this adventure! xx


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Taking stock

Chiaki Creates - Taking Stock chiakicreates.comEnjoying: a 9 day holiday in Winter Wonderland aka Sweden and wishing it had been longer.
Listening: to Nick Drake and the Bedazzled soundtrack.
Wearing: black Rocket Dog boots and Breton tops.
Making: an effort to stay in touch with friends and family.
Cooking: too much pasta.
Drinking: the Swedish probiotic strawberry drink ProViva.
Feeling: alternately elated and petrified about the future.
Reading: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami.
Looking: for a new fun job.
Wishing: that everyone I love lived in the same place with me.
Liking: laughing over a couple of glasses of wine with my childhood friend.
Waiting: for the next episode of The Last Podcast on the Left. Always.
Snacking: on Pink Lady apples, hazelnuts and Nākd Cocoa Crunch bars.
Coveting: retro lingerie.
Hearing: a few podcasts every day.
Learning: how to make time for relaxing.
Loving: the secret project that I’m working on.
Watching: season 3 of American Horror Story.
Admiring: my best friend even more when I saw her on stage for the first time in Sweden.
Getting: so much love from all the amazing people in my life.
Wondering: if London might not be the place for me anymore.
Playing: The Resistance with new friends.
Noticing: how much I’ve changed in the last year and loving it.
Giggling: and tearing up simultaneously while watching Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule.
Bookmarking: new yoga poses to learn.
Deciding: to stop wasting my time on insignificant things.
Hoping: everything will fall into place in February.
Contemplating: going back to school to get a psychology degree.
Wanting: stability and structure.
Thinking: about happiness.
Knowing: how lucky I am to finally have found a man who knows how to handle me.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.


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Etsy shop sale

Chiaki Creates on EtsyHello my lovelies! I’m having a big Etsy shop sale. All must go to make room for new. Everything has been marked down. Triangular cushions, hand-printed tote bags, triangular wooden brooches, round draped cushion, pom pom trimmed scarf, rainbow necklaces and geometric necklaces. None of these items will be produced again. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Pop by my Etsy shop here.

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