Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Happy Death Day | Blogmas Day 12

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Hey Guys x

It felt really fitting to save this post until now! So, for those who don't know, here's a review of the movie Happy Death Day, from me, on my birthday! If you've seen the film, you'll know why that's significant!

Here's to 21!

I have such a love of horror movies. And as much as I love the paranormal, possession, 'conjuring' type ones, I also love a good slasher flick.

Well, this film takes the idea of a slasher flick, and turns it on it's head.

It's about a girl called Tree (Teresa) who wakes up on her birthday in a strange dorm room with a guy that she barely recognises. Anyway, she goes about her normal life, and at the end of the night, on the way out (or home, I'm not 100% sure, but it doesn't matter) she is killed. However, when she wakes up, she is back in that unfamiliar dorm room with that unfamiliar guy. At first, she thinks she's having deja vu. But when, at the end of the night, she is killed again, she begins to understand what is happening to her. Tree is being forced to relive this day over and over again, until she can find out exactly who wants to kill her. But can she figure it out before she dies for good? 

The first time seeing this film, there were plot holes that I couldn't get over. However, having seen is a second time, I do think it's a good film.

The character of Tree started off annoying. She was kind of like the typical 'mean girl', doing things that she wasn't supposed to do. But as time goes on, she becomes such a likeable character that you're definitely rooting for.

My favourite aspect of films like this is trying to figure out who the killer is. And for this film, they did it really well, because it was someone that I really didn't expect until the last possible moment. When the 'whodunnit' thing is done well, it makes for such a great film ending, as it did with this one.

The standout character for me was Carter, the guy whose room she kept waking up in. He was just so sweet and cute and lovely, and I for sure wanted to see more of him in the film. But this isn't me saying that he's not the killer - I'm definitely not giving that away!

But overall, it's a fun watch. It's fun to watch with other people and guess who the killer is, and when you discover everything at the end, it still leaves you thinking.

Overall, another success for Blumhouse, the best horror movie production company!

Have you seen this? Do you want to?

It's 13 days until Christmas!

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Monday, 11 December 2017

My Fantasy Christmas Day | Blogmas Day 11

Hey Guys x

So today's post is just an idea that I had out of the blue that I thought might be kind of fun.

I'm going to tell you about my fantasy Christmas day, the Christmas that I'd be having if I could control the world, basically.

First of all, it would be snowing. Not a bit of fluff here and there, really properly snowing. Just short of a full-on blizzard snowing. The snow would darken the sky and give everything a tinge of icing sugar dust.

I'd be in like a cabin or something. Something secluded and warm inside, and when you look out the window, it's like you're in a gingerbread house looking out into a snow globe.

My favourite Christmas movies would be on the TV on a continuous loop, including the movies from Blogmas Day 9 that make me feel festive without actually being about Christmas.

Whenever I'd need a break from them, I could mute the TV and plug my Ipod into a dock. It would be filled with the best Christmas music, think Mariah and Michael Buble.

I'd spend the day doing the things that American families always seem to do in movies. Ripping presents open as fast as they can, baking Gingerbread houses and people, and making an amazing Christmas dinner that could win all the cooking programs that have Christmas specials.

Then the snow would subside enough to actually be able to go outside and enjoy it without coming back in wet and miserable.

There'd be a fireplace in the cabin, so that staying out in the snow was a good option, because I'll instantly be warm when I decide to come back in.

And most importantly, it would just be a nice relaxing day. There'd be no pressure to make it this amazing Christmas that other people are envious of, because it would just be a personal little haven that would bring nostalgia to me every time I thought of it.

Anyway, that's all I can think of right now, but to me, that sounds like the ideal Christmas.

How are you spending Christmas? How do you wish you were spending it?

It's 14 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas Day 12 - my birthday!!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Crimson Peak | Blogmas Day 10

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Happy Blogmas day 10!

Today's movie review is, as you can see from the title and picture, Crimson Peak.

This film is about a girl called Edith. She's a writer, she's slightly naive, she lives solely with her father, and since she was young, she was able to see ghosts. It began when her mother died, and has followed her without her knowing it. She meets an English man called Thomas Sharpe, who she falls in love with, and he too falls in love with her. After the unexpected death of her father, she marries Sharpe and travels back to England, to live with him and his sister Lucille. However, when they get to their mansion, the ghosts of Edith's past returns. But do these ghosts have anything to do with her new husband?

I really enjoyed this film!

It stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain and honestly, these three together are such an amazing combination, because they're all such talented actors.

I am such a lover of horror movies that I took a chance on this even though it's not the kind of horror that I'm usually into. But I'm so glad I did because it was so interesting. It's been labelled as 'Gothic Romance' and I think I have to agree with that label, because Gothic is a good way to describe this film. It's not your average horror movie.

The plot of the film was really interesting. Before watching, I decided not to read up about it, so I didn't really know what to expect. In particular, there was a twist in the film that I didn't really expect until just before it came out, and even then it was still a shock for me.

I really liked the characters of Edith and Thomas especially. Edith, as I said, is quite naive, but this doesn't mean that she won't stand up for herself. She knows what she's seeing, and she is firm when she realises that something sinister is happening in the house, which I really admired about her.

As for Thomas, he's a character that is flawed. He's the only character in the film who seems to have equal amounts of good and bad within him, which really made me warm to him as a character. You never quite know how to feel about him because as a character, he isn't black and white, and I love that. Tom Hiddleston did an amazing job playing him!

Overall, definitely check out this film! If you're a fan of Gothic romance, or horror, then you really won't be disappointed!

Have you seen this? What did you think of it?

It's 15 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 11!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Non-Christmas Festive Movies | Blogmas Day 9

Hey Guys x

So today's post is a Christmas post about movies, but I've given it a bit of a twist.

While usually I post about my favourite Christmas movies (which I'll probably do on Blogmas Day 17), but for today, I'm doing it differently.

Today, I'll be telling you about movies that aren't Christmas movies, but that make me feel nice and festive during the Christmas period.

In other words, movies that are nice to watch during this period, but aren't about Christmas and so aren't classed as 'Christmas movies'.

La La Land
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So this is the first film. It's a musical that won a lot of oscars, so you've probably heard of it. For me, it makes me feel nice, the music is amazing. It's a great film to watch at Christmas because there's elements of humour and romance, mixed in with the amazing music. If you haven't seen it, watch it this Christmas!

Getting There
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This one is an oldie for fans of Mary-Kate and Ashley. When I was younger, I was legitimately one of their biggest fans, their movies were my life. So now when I watch them, I just get filled with so much niceness and nostalgia. But I picked this one in particular because, although it's not about Christmas, it is about winter. A group of teenagers try to get to Utah for the Winter Olympics. Which means that this film is filled with travelling, snow, and everything else that makes you wish that you were spending Christmas somewhere snowy.

Barbie In The Nutcracker
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Like Mary-Kate and Ashley, I was also a huge fan of Barbie growing up, her movies were awesome. I actually do think that this one may have been set around Christmas time, but let's ignore that. It's based on a ballet, and it's just a really nice movie that you don't get too heavily invested in. Plus, very festive, especially for young children!

Bridget Jones's Diary
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Most of you have probably heard of this one, and know that it definitely isn't festive. However for me I think it's really nice to watch at Christmas. It's basically your average rom-com with the added bonus of a really relatable lead character and two guys who aren't your normal 'knights in shining armour' type. So worth a watch over the Christmas period!

The Light Between Oceans
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Now I can't lie, if you're looking for something nice and light to watch over Christmas, which you probably are, then this isn't it. It's in my list, not only because I just love it, but because of the scenery. A lot of the film takes place at a lighthouse and it's just completely beautiful. It's a film that you have to watch and concentrate on, and it doesn't necessarily have a happy ending, but it's such an interesting watch, and what better time is there than Christmas to get stuck into a good moral dilemma?

The Perfect Man

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Again, there is nothing in this film that links it to Christmas, but it's lovely all the same. Like some of the others in this list, it's basically a straight-forward rom-com - except it's a daughter who's trying to find love for her mother. It's full of nostalgia for me, but I think it's enjoyable even if you have no knowledge of the film and haven't seen it before. Give it a chance for sure!

Before We Go
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This film is the epitome of lovely. It's Chris Evans' directorial debut and I just love everything about it. It's not about Christmas but still has a kind of festive feel to it, even the poster above looks festive to me! It's so romantic and interesting and, most importantly, real. It's the real version of a love story, looking at the parts that a lot of people might choose to hide. And if you're anything like me then you'll hate the ending, but that's what makes it an awesome movie!

What are some films that you'd add to this list?

It's 16 days until Christmas!

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Rough Night | Blogmas Day 8

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Happy Blogmas day 8 everyone!

So today's review is 'Rough Night', a film that I definitely don't think was publicised as much as it should have been, because I only remember seeing the trailer for the film once on TV and then heard nothing more until I got around to seeing it.

The film is about 5 women who have fun during an impromptu bachelorette party after one of them gets engaged. At first, the night goes well. However, when a stripper arrives at the door, one thing leads to another and he ends up hitting his head and being killed. So, what are the women going to do about the dead man in the living room? Who actually is the stripper? And, when all is said and done, will the wedding still go ahead?

I didn't expect to like this film.

I was writing something, and put it on for a bit of background noise, as I always tend to do when I'm writing after midnight and there's nothing good on TV. As I said, I had seen the trailer once and put it on on a whim, expecting to occasionally be entertained when I decided to look up every once in a while. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The cast is great, an amazing group of women with great hidden (and some definitely not hidden!) comedic talents, which really took the film to another level for me. Just hearing the description, I would expect it to be 90% drama, but there was a hell of a lot of comedy!

This film surprised me in that, I really wanted to know what was going to happen. I wanted to know the truth about the stripper, and I wanted to see how it would end up, including whether or not the wedding would actually go ahead. For some reason, probably a good script and relatable characters, I really cared about what was happening on the screen. I really wanted these characters to end up happy, to get their lives on track, and I really liked each one.

Overall, I would definitely urge all of you to give this film a chance. It is something that you can put on in the background while you're doing other things, but if you get the chance, really take the time and watch it without any expectations. I loved it, and it's so great when a film takes you by surprise, as this one did.

What do you think of this film? Would you watch it?

It's 17 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 9!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Breaking With Tradition | Blogmas Day 7

Happy Blogmas day 7! Can you believe we're already a whole week into December?!

Anyway, this post, like many of the other Blogmas posts that you'll see this month, isn't planned, which means that it'll definitely be a bit of a haphazard ramble, but let's see where it goes!

So, as I mentioned on Blogmas Day 3, I'm not feeling in the Christmassy spirit. I'm writing these posts on the same day, because I'm on a roll and want to get as many done as possible, so it's still November 29th and I still feel very un-festive.

So I thought that today I'd reveal my plans for Christmas day, which are, to do nothing.

Each year I've talked about the family tradition that we usually have of going to my aunt's house and eating etc and, as nice as that sounds to most people, it is the thing about the Christmas period that makes me the most anxious. Being around a lot of people, regardless of whether their family or not, makes me anxious. And this year I want to relieve myself of some of that anxiety.

However, this means that I haven't decided how I'll be spending Christmas this year yet. But to be honest, that really isn't that big of a deal to me because I no longer feel the need to celebrate Christmas anyway.

Again, maybe this will change as the month goes on, maybe this will change tomorrow. [EDIT: It's December 7th and I still don't feel festive]

But for now, I don't want Christmas day to be different to any other day of the year. I see no reason within myself to celebrate it other than the fact that everyone else does, and that just doesn't seem like a good enough reason for me at the moment. And why should it?

This might seem ironic given that I'm partaking in Blogmas, but for me, putting up festive-ish posts doesn't necessarily equate to celebrating Christmas day. I can still listen to Christmas music and love Christmas movies without feeling particularly festive.

So, tell me, what are your Christmas traditions? Have you broken any?

It's 18 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas Day 8

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

What We Do In The Shadows | Blogmas Day 6

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Happy Blogmas Day 6!

Today's movie review is 'What We Do In The Shadows', one that I've been so excited to talk about!

This movie is about a group of vampires living in New Zealand, that are being followed by a film crew, in which we see how they live and the ordinary things that they do, such as arguing over whose turn it is to do the dishes. Then we meet Nick, who was only turned into a vampire two months previous. He, along with his human best friend Stu, are invited into the world of these vampires, and we see what life is really like for a newbie.

OMG, this film is freaking hilarious!

It was written and directed by Taika Waititi (who just directed and starred in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as 'Boy', which is such a charming lovely film {that's coming on Film4 tonight at 11.20pm}) and Jemaine Clement, who's been in films such as Men In Black 3 and Moana. They're New Zealand filmmakers, so it was really interesting for me to see the differences between an American, British and New Zealand brand of comedy.

I am a huge fan of the vampire genre. I loved the Twilight books, the Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dracula by Bram Stoker, the original Nosferatu film, and many other things that I can't remember, so I was really excited to watch this film.

I can't lie, the only reason I put it on is because I love Taika, as a filmmaker he's a genius, and as a person he's so hilarious it's insane, so I thought it would probably be an interesting watch.

However, I did not expect it to be as good, or as funny, as it was.

For me, when something is branded as a 'comedy' that's code for 'the writers tried their best to write jokes that they think an audience will laugh at'.
And don't get me wrong, this works for me a lot of the time, I love watching a good comedy and it doesn't take too much to make me laugh - which is probably why I love sitcoms like 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men'. But sometimes it doesn't work.

With this one, it didn't feel like they wrote it with the sole purpose of making you laugh. I know that the majority of the film was improvised and that really helped it, because the comedy just felt so natural, which is what made it so funny. Like, there's a clip where one of the vampires is about to bite a victim, but before he does, he lifts her feet up and puts down newspaper so that he doesn't make a mess. That was so hilarious and also realistic and interesting - it really gives you the personality of the vampire while also making you laugh. 30 minutes into the film I had already cried with laughter, it's that deep. I keep re-watching clips online just to prove to myself that it was as funny as I remember, and it is! I need to watch it again!

But seriously, find a way to see this film, because it is so worth it!

It's 19 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 7!