Thursday, 12 October 2017

September Favourites | 2017

Hey Guys x

Like last month, this month's 'Favourites' post is up late. I had a lot going on at the end of last month, particularly getting ready for university, so I completely blanked on writing this post.

But I'm writing it now, and if you're reading this, then I got it up eventually!

What were your favourite September things? Let me know in the comments!

Favourite Movie: IT (2017)
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I've reviewed this already, so you can check that out here! But in general, I absolutely loved this film! It was entertaining, it was thrilling, it was completely hilarious, and I'd recommend it to everyone. It's not the kind of horror that will actually scare you, but it's thrilling enough to be consistently entertaining, so please check this out if you get the chance!

Favourite TV Show: Younger
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I honestly could not praise this show enough, I absolutely love it to pieces and it's my favourite show right now. If you're interested, it's about a 40 year old single mother called Liza who, after 15 years out of the workforce, finds that she can't get a job. So she does the only thing she can think of, pretends to be 26! Which works, and gets her a job at a great publishing company. However, as Liza starts to make friends and find love as her 26 year old self, things get complicated. Can she keep up the ruse? Or will she end up losing everything she's worked for?
Right now it's just finished it's 4th season, and I honestly loved every single episode. It's a great show in general, but I've found it's also great for stress and anxiety, because it provides some much-needed escapism. In fact, I have no idea what I'm gonna do now that I've finished it!

Favourite Song: Like I'm Gonna Lose You

The version that I've linked here isn't the original, and I've done that on purpose. The original song is by Meghan Trainor and John Legend, but this version by Jasmine Thompson is the version that I first heard. It was used in an episode of The Originals, and it was just so perfect in that scene, and perfect in general. It's a beautiful song, but Jasmine's voice just makes it over the top amazing, and I encourage everyone to listen to the version that I've linked above!

Favourite YouTuber: Hazel Hayes

As someone who wants to be a filmmaker in the future, Hazel Hayes is my absolute biggest inspiration. She's so passionate about her work, and with good reason because she actually makes really good stuff! Her new series 'Prank Me' is now out on 'Fullscreen', and although I haven't had the chance to see it yet, the feedback has been so amazing, and I'm just so proud of all that she's achieved and everything else that's to come. Look out for this woman because she's going so far!

Favourite Game: Sims 3
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I'm back in a Sims phase of life and it's so much fun. Of course, I should be focusing on uni work, but sims is just so much fun. I swear I lose times when I play this game, because everything goes so quickly. I'm sure I could play the game for 24 hours straight and not even realise it. My favourite thing to do is to create different types of families and let them play out to see what happens to them. They all have distinct personalities, and it's so much fun to look through their memories and see how their lives could have taken a different direction.

Favourite Celebrity: Gal Gadot
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Wonder Woman! Gal Gadot! Amazing! I love her so much right now, I love her work, I love the parts of her personality that I've seen when she's on talk-shows, and I just love everything that I know about her. I'm so excited for the Justice League to come out so that we can see Wonder Woman in action once again, but I also can't wait for her to do more different things, so that I can see her acting in many different capacities. I'm totally girl-crushing on this woman, and I love it!

Favourite YouTuber Video (1): Manager Josh Explains The Boss Baby

This video is so hilarious!! It's a Daniel J Layton video in which his manager (I think?) gives his opinion of what the film 'The Boss Baby' is about without having seen it. I had to replay the video as soon as I watched it because I was laughing so hard the first time that I missed a lot of the things that were said. Seriously, watch this video, I couldn't recommend it enough for when you want to have a laugh!

Sorry it was a shorter favourites today, but it's full of such good stuff/people!

What were you loving in September?

Lou xx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Roommate | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

So, today's review is on, as you can see, The Roommate.

The first thing I have to say is that, this film's reviews aren't really good. It only has a 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I think that's really unfair, so I'm giving my honest and unbiased review in spite of the criticism.

This film is about a girl called Sara who stars college away from home. There she finds a boyfriend, makes friends, and meets her roommate Rebecca, who seems like a genuinely nice girl, if a bit introverted. However, as time goes on, Rebecca starts to become more and more controlling of Sara, getting annoyed when she stays out late and wearing her things without permission. Is Rebecca just overstepping the boundaries of being a roommate, or is there something seriously wrong with her?

What drew me to the film was the cast. It stars Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester (Blair from Gossip Girl), Cam Gigandet (James from Twilight), Aly Michalka (from Disney), Kat Graham (Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries), Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine from The Vampire Diaries) and Matt Lanter (Liam from 90210), so as you can see, I had huge incentives to watch this!

However, I was surprised by how much I liked it. It for sure reminded me of 'Single White Female', which is a classic great thriller/horror, and this wasn't as good, but still an enjoyable watch.

I'm almost finished season 5 of Gossip Girl, so it was nice to see Leighton Meester in a different role, even if that role was the role of Rebecca who was terrifying!

Some parts of the film genuinely left me at the edge of my seat, mainly because Rebecca was making no secret of her love for Sara and Sara was being a bit of an idiot about it. If that was me, I would have asked for a new roommate from like the third day.

Something that I didn't like was how little the supporting characters were actually used, particularly Nina Dobrev and Matt Lanter. They both had back stories that intertwined with either Sara or Rebecca and it would have been really interesting to explore these more.

Overall, don't be put off by the negative reviews. I enjoyed it before knowing what review sites thought of it.

Lou xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A Strong Dependent Woman!

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So this post is probably going to sound a bit weird, so just go with me!

It's great to be a strong independent woman, and I love women who are. But I'm not.

In some aspects of my life, sure, I can be independent. I can make appointments and do food shopping (online) and write and other things, without having input from someone else, and it's completely fine.

But in many aspects of my life, I an dependent. For example, when I'm making a short film or something, I like to have someone else's input.

When I'm doing something that I'm not sure about, I like to know other people's opinions of my decision before I commit to making it.

Before I go somewhere that I've never been before, I know that I'd love someone to come with me.

It seems that lately, the terms 'strong' and 'independent' can't be separated from each other, but I believe that they totally can.

I can be a strong woman and still depend on a best friend when I'm sad, or a movie when I'm happy, or a book when I'm bored.

I depend on Marvel to make me happy with great movies and in return, I give them all my money!

I depend on things a lot. Like, I am more than happy to spend hours and hours and days and days in my own company, but then I rely on random twitter users to make me laugh, or random Instagram users to entertain me. I depend on storytellers and makers and creators.

And then I depend on people. I depend on friends and family members for all sorts of things.

So in conclusion to this random ramble, I love the idea of being a completely independent woman, I'm just not one. What other people think of me is always on my mind, and as independent as I try to be, I have to rely on things to keep me sane!

What do you rely on? Are you independent?

Lou xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Mother! | Film Review

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So... Mother!. I have many thoughts about this, so I'm gonna get straight in with telling you what it's about - I'll try not to spoil it, but if something slips through the cracks, I'm really sorry, it's a hard film to explain.

The film is about a couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. They live a seemingly idyllic life, until they have a visitor who neither of them know. Lawrence's character wants him to leave, while Bardem's is more open and loving, he lets him stay. This man, played by Ed Harris, then brings his wife, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, to the house. As more people enter the house, Lawrence's character becomes more and more distraught, especially with her husband, who allows these people to come in and essentially destroy her home. But why is he letting them in? And will she be able to forgive him?

So, I'm just gonna be completely honest, I understand and appreciate the theme of the film (and the many interpretations), and I never normally say this, but I did not like this film at all. 

I don't know if this is a spoiler or not, but basically the theme of the film is, in a convoluted way, the story of creation, and the way that we as humans treat the Earth.

Now, the word 'pretentious' gets thrown around a lot when people talk about this film, and it definitely is. For me personally, I always find it weird when people make a huge statement about mankind while also being a part of mankind. Like, do you count as someone who is ruining the world or not?

And then there's the interpretation of God, or a God-like character. I'm not massively religious, but you don't have to be to see the religious undertones of this movie. I think it was a huge deal that the God of this movie wasn't made out to be as loving and powerful and amazing as religion (the bible etc) suggests. I'm not saying that it was a bad thing to make the film portray a different God (In fact, I actually found it quite refreshing), but I think it makes the film a lot more controversial than maybe the filmmaker wanted. But again, maybe that's exactly what he wanted.

Jennifer Lawrence, in particular, was really good in this. I completely empathised with her and thought she acted amazingly, as did many of the other characters in this movie. My gripe is more with the way that the movie was written/directed than the themes or actors.

I think that the idea of the creation story, as well as the fact that human beings may have, or may be ruining mankind is a story that is interesting and should be told. However, I think that maybe it could have been done in a way that was a lot less confusing. I didn't understand what was happening for 3/4 of the movie.

I will say, however, that Hazel Hayes made a really interesting video about it, which helped me to see some of the different interpretations of the movie. It has spoilers galore, so if you want to watch her video, watch the movie first. However, if you've already seen it, or if you don't care, check out her video, which I'll leave below.

Overall, I'm just giving my opinion. You might have seen it and completely loved it, I didn't. At all. But if you have seen it, tell me what you thought of it in the comments! I'd love to hear some different interpretations!

Lou xx

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

IT (2017) | Film Review

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So I saw IT at the weekend, and immediately I couldn't wait to review it! However, it might be worth mentioning that I saw the original before I saw the remake, which might alter my opinion somewhat.

So, the film begins with two boys, Bill, and his younger brother Georgie. After making a paper sailboat together, Georgie takes the boat out in the rain, where it falls down a drain. When he goes to retrieve the boat, he finds a clown that goes by the name of 'Pennywise'. When Georgie reaches into the drain for the boat, he is taken down the drain with the demented clown. 8 months later, through a range of circumstances involving some school bullies, Bill and a group of his friends who have also been tormented by the clown, decide to take him down. Whether now, or after the 27 years that it takes for It to return, they will defeat him.

I really really enjoyed this film, I liked it a lot. As a huge fan of horror, I wanted it to be truly terrifying, which it wasn't (once you get over the jumpscares), but it had that creepy air that many Stephen King adaptations seem to have (think Misery, The Shining or Pet Sematary) so that was great.

I haven't read the book, but I did read the wikipedia of the plot, and it seems like this film sticks to the original material much better than the original film.

Speaking of the original film, because it wasn't completely fresh in my mind, I wasn't really trying to compare them. However, the day after I watched this one, I went back to the original and saw that it was very in-keeping with it. In fact, most of the scenes were pretty much identical, just updated, which I really enjoyed.

The face of Pennywise was scary for sure. Not scary like the 'Nun' in the Conjuring movies, but more creepy. Like, it's not the kind of face that you'll see in your nightmares, but at the time, watching the film in the dark, it's creepy as hell!

The child actors in the film were amazing. They all acted incredibly well and made the film as great as it was. I love those kids, and I really want to see them in more stuff because they're all truly talented, as is Bill Skarsgard who played Pennywise.

Something that I didn't expect about the film was how funny it is. The banter between the boys especially was hilarious, and I loved those unexpected moments of humour.

Whether you're a horror fan or not, I'd definitely recommend seeing this film. It's not that scary, more interesting than anything else, especially if you're interested in Stephen King, as I am. But even if you don't, it's good fun and definitely something to watch with friends.

Have you seen the original IT? Will you see the new one?

Lou xx

Friday, 15 September 2017

As Above, So Below | Film Review

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So I watched this film the other day, and I've decided that I'm going to review the films that I watch whether they're old or new. Because to be honest, when I want to watch a film, I'd rather see a newer review than an old one anyway.

This film is about a girl who is looking for the 'Philosopher's Stone', that is said to create (or provide) immortality. Through her research, she discovers that she can find it in the catacombs of Paris (basically an underground cemetery type thing). So she enlists the help of her ex boyfriend, her cameraman friend, and three Parisians that she meets who are already proficient when it comes to exploring these unknown tunnels. However, when they go through the first tunnel, it collapses behind them, meaning that they have no choice but to find another way out. However, when they go through one specific tunnel, they find out that there's a reason why everyone who's gone through it has never been seen again.

The first thing I'll say is that, it's not your average horror film. I mean, yes there are a few jumpscares, but for me the scariest thing was definitely the claustrophobia, and the worry about whether or not they'll be able to get out of the catacombs.

Now, right off the bat, I got the impression that these people, particularly the main girl, were idiots. And after finishing the film and having a few days to reflect, I can confirm that they are, in fact, idiots!

You could not pay me enough money to go exploring in some unknown underground tunnels without a clearly mapped-out escape route, people standing above ground to pull me out, and paramedics on hand for when the inevitable ceiling collapse happens, and even then it would be a no. It's like these guys just had no common sense.

The main girl in particular was so selfish! All she cared about was getting this stone that, for all she knew, didn't even really exist. And she was willing to bring all of these people into certain death so that she could find the freaking stone. In my opinion, a stone is not worth more than my life!

The film reminded me a bit of 'The Descent' in the way that it takes place in the dark underground and is scary because you don't know what's underground with the group.

The problem that I had with it was that, whenever I re-watch the trailers of some of my favourite horrors, such as the 'Conjuring' series, there's always at least two comments that say: 'This is crap. If you want to watch a good movie, see 'As Above, So Below'', so I had pretty high expectations. And to be honest, as much as I enjoyed watching the film, it failed to meet these expectations.

Have you seen this? Do you think you will?

Lou xx  

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

August Favourites | 2017

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Sorry that this one is up so late this month! I said this before, but I ended up taking a break from blogging for the last week of August, and when I was planning what posts to write, I completely forgot this one!

Nevertheless, a late favourites post is better than none at all!

So, let's get on with it!

Favourite Movie (1): Annabelle: Creation
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So, I put up a review of this last week, so I'll link that here! There's no point repeating what I said in that post, so I won't. But it's awesome!

Favourite Movie (2): All Eyez On Me
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This is the recent biopic of Tupac Shakur. To be honest, one of the only reasons that I really wanted to watch it was because it stars Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie in the Vampire Diaries. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually a really good film. I mean, I don't know how accurate it was to his actual life, but it portrayed the hard upbringing, rise to fame, downfall and death of a popular mogul that people look up to. I'd definitely tell everyone of age to watch this!

Favourite TV Show: Parks and Recreation
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After finishing The Office, I had a huge hole in my life for a 20-minute sitcom. Of course I'd heard people going on and on about Parks and Rec, and I always said that I'd 'eventually' watch it. But I did not expect to like it as much as I do! I admit, it took me until 3/4 of the way through the second season to actually like it, but now I'm on season 3 and it is such a good show! I firmly recommend it!

Favourite Song: Back To You

For some reason, I couldn't include the music video, so I put a live performance instead. But I am in love with this song, and the video. It's by Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha, who are both artists that I don't really listen to. However, this song is definitely one to look out for. From what I can tell, it's about being in an unhealthy relationship, but always finding a reason to go back to the partner that makes you unhappy. It's such an interesting subject matter anyway, but coupled with an amazing song and really interesting video, I'd definitely watch it if I was you!

Favourite YouTuber: Daniel J Layton
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I have to say this, I'm no longer a huge fan of the 'big' YouTubers at all (and by 'big', I mean the Gleam British ones, Zoella, Alfie Deyes etc) with the exception of a few, like Louise Pentland and Tanya Burr. Because of this, I've been getting into others, for example Jack and Dean, Hazel Hayes (my constant inspiration) and, as I call them, 'the under crew' - aka the people that deserve millions of subscribers but don't have them. Daniel J Layton is one of these, and I just love him. He has an amazing sense of humour, his passion about things he loves (Janet Jackson and GOT to name two) is hilariously real and relatable. And on top of that, his tweets are some of the funniest I've ever come across, and that's all without mentioning that he's a pretty great actor. Check out his channel/twitter/insta/everything right now!

Favourite Music Artist: Demi Lovato
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I've always loved Demi, so it's surprising that she's not in this spot every month! However, I've fallen in love with her new-ish song 'Sorry, Not Sorry', which is why she's a fave. I also just love her and wanted to put her in for no other reason, so that's what I did!

Favourite Celebrity: The Originals Cast
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Choosing which picture was the hardest thing I've had to do today! But this one definitely encapsulates the best parts of their personalities (yes Daniel Gillies, I'm looking at you!). Of course I love the show, but more than that, I love the individual cast members. I'm the type of person who, as soon as a film or show comes out, I immediately look for bloopers. I swear bloopers are my favourite thing, I wish horror movies had them! But they really show how well a cast gets on with each other, and this cast, from what I can tell, really do get on. It's refreshing to see a group of people laugh and banter and play around and love each other and also work hard to produce the best quality content. Plus, when things get deep on The Originals, it helps to know that they actually like each other in reality!

Favourite Video: Baking With Layton (Also Hannah Witton again)

You already know that I love Daniel, but I also really love Hannah Witton, so it was really nice to see the two together, baking what looked like an amazing chocolate loaf cake thing. It's quite nice to just watch other people bake and cook, even if it does just make you want to eat the food after!

Random Favourites

Fitness Blender
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I've been working out recently, pretty much every day, sometimes twice a day. And I've realised that the only workouts that I like are Fitness Blender workouts. Whether they're low impact ones, HIIT ones, short ones, fat burning ones, Fitness Blender is the best for any type of workout and I completely love it! I only really work out with Kelli, and at times I hate her so much for making me work so hard! But she's a great trainer and I actually look forward to seeing her every evening!

'All I Need' - My TVD Fanfic

This is shameless self promo at it's finest, but I'm completely OK with that because I love this story! The trouble with writing the way I write is that, when I become passionate, I can't stop writing. So when I got really passionate about this story a few weeks ago, I wrote and wrote and wrote and completely finished it, which is great! However, because I upload once a week, I'm just patiently waiting for it to get to the storyline that I actually want people to read, which can be frustrating! However, I'm so proud of it, I'm so proud of finishing it, and I can't wait for people to read the latest bits that I've written. If you want to give it a read, you can do so here!

What have been your August Favourites?

Lou xx