Showing posts from April, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War | Film Review

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So I saw this yesterday, which is the first time that I've seen a movie of this scale in the opening weekend. I am such a huge Marvel and MCU fan, so I had been waiting for this movie for such a long time!

A few years after the events of the last MCU movies, all of the superheroes have to come together to take on the most powerful villain that they've ever encountered - Thanos. With one infinity stone under his belt, Thanos is on a mission to find the other five, taking them by whatever means necessary. The fate of the planet, the universe and the entirety of existence rests in the hands of our favourite heroes. But can they stop Thanos from acquiring all 6? And will all of the heroes survive through their most dangerous mission yet?

This whole world, created from the first Iron Man movie 10 years ago, is nothing short of a masterpiece. And this film is certainly no exception.

With a film of this size, incorporating so many cast members, it seems like it might get …

My 4th Blogiversary!

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Last year I missed it, so this year I made sure that I remembered to post for my blogiversary!

I have been blogging for 4 years yesterday! I always talk about how unbelievable it is, but every year it reminds me how quickly time flies. When I first started blogging I was still in sixth form with university only a fleeting worry that I didn't need to think about because I still had over a year to go before starting.

Now it's four years on, and I'm about to graduate!

Blogging is a constant that has accompanied me through every point in my life for the last four years, whether I've blogged about it or not. There were points when I was blogging every day, and points where I didn't blog for a solid two weeks, but it didn't matter because the blog was always here, waiting for me.

One thing I've done this year is completely changed my blog design and given it a bit of a revamp. My content mainly consists of reviews with the occasional random post sprin…

Submergence | Film Review

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James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander are two of my favourite actors in the entire world, so when I heard that they were making a movie together, I was so excited to see it!

This movie is about a guy called James and a girl called Danielle who, after a chance encounter on a beach, meet and fall into a quick and intense relationship. However, some time later we find James held captive in a windowless room on the eastern coast of Africa by jihadist fighters, while Danielle prepares to undertake the dangerous mission of descending into the Arctic sea. But will these lovers be able to find their way back to each other?

This film doesn't fit into a specific genre. It is part romance, part thriller, with an underwater element. While many movies benefit from having many different themes continuing at the same time, this film seems to suffer for it.

The first part of the movie, when we watch the main characters fall in love, seems promising. There is a definite chemistry between th…

Review #52: Atonement by Ian McEwan

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It's finally that time of year when I can review books for pleasure again! I usually stop reviewing during uni because the books that I'm reading are literary and critical, and I have to focus on writing essays about them rather than reviews. Thankfully, for this one, I can do both!

This book is about a girl called Briony Tallis, her sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, their family friend. The lives of these three people are changed forever, when 13 year old Briony sees something that she doesn't understand. Her mind can't comprehend the events of the day, and rather than thinking rationally, she accuses an innocent man of the worst crime possible. Her accusation sets into a motion a chain of events that Briony spends the rest of her life trying to atone for.

I saw the movie version of this before the book, so I knew pretty much what to expect from beginning to end.

I thought this book, the story, the entire concept, was amazing! You don't really think ab…

A Wrinkle In Time | Film Review

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I read this book after it was recommended to me by a tutor last year, and I loved it! Although it may have been geared towards a younger audience, that didn't take anything away from it for me. So when I found out that they were making a film version, I was so excited! And last week I finally got to see it.

The film is about a girl called Meg Murry. Meg and her brother Charles Wallace have been without their father, scientist Dr Alex Murry, for a number of years. Her father's missing status is taking its toll on Meg, who reacts by doing badly in school and struggles to find things to care about. However, Charles Wallace has dealt with this by making three mysterious friends. Friends that he thinks will help them finally find their father. Along with classmate Calvin, Meg and Charles Wallace allow these friends to guide them through the tesseract and into other dimensions. But will they find their father? And can they avoid all of the evil that these dimensions have…

Solo Cinema Trips!

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Recently, I've seen a lot of people talking about whether or not it's socially acceptable to go to the cinema alone, so I thought I'd add my two cents to that debate.

Before last year, I had never been to the cinema alone. I'd miss out on films that I wanted to see because I had no one to go with, but I couldn't think of anything sadder than going to the cinema alone.

The first time I did it, I went to see La La Land - I was self conscious for about three seconds, and then the film started, and I couldn't care less that I hadn't gone with anyone.

I've since been to the cinema alone too many times to count (the last time I went alone was yesterday, to see 'A Wrinkle In Time), and I'm now at the point where that's my preferred method of seeing movies.

The first thing to know about going to the cinema alone is that, there are so many people who do it. Next time you go with a friend, look around to see who's there with someone an…

Unsane | Film Review

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I had seen this advertise a few times before I went to see it, but I never really understood what the premise was until I actually saw it.

It's about a woman who has moved to a new State and changed her life because she was being stalked. However, that experience is still mentally affecting her, so she decides to a counsellor. When she signs some paperwork, she realises that she has accidentally committed herself to the 'Highland Creek Behavioral Centre' for 24 hours. However, the staff at the facility quickly extend her stay when they begin to question her sanity. But when she thinks that her old stalker is in the facility with her, will she get anyone to believe her? And is she really seeing what she thinks she's seeing?

I thought this film had such a good and interesting premise. The idea that she might be trapped in the facility with her stalker is something that I was really interested in, particularly if they had played with the aspect of whether he w…

A Quiet Place | Film Review

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This is a movie that I was looking forward to for so long. As a huge fan of both Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, I was excited about the prospect of them working together before I even knew that they were making a movie of my favourite genre.

The movie is about a family who have to live their lives in complete silence (only communicating through sign language), due to the fact that they are hiding from creatures that hunt using sound.

That's not a long description because the film doesn't really need it. It's a simple premise, but it's an idea that is so easy to get wrong in a number of ways. I watch A LOT of horror movies, and I'm surprised that no one had come up with this idea before because sometimes the simpler ideas are the best, and the scariest.

I loved this film. I thought it was amazing.

If you have the chance, I think it's the kind of film that has to be watched in the cinema, because that atmosphere is something that you can't achiev…

5 Shows You Should Be Watching!

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I'm just gonna start this off by saying that I don't have 'Netflix', so I have no idea whether these shows are on it or not (as that's how most people watch stuff).

However, I have a great love of TV, and I get so invested in TV shows it's insane!

So I thought that I'd share 5 of my favourite shows that I think deserve a lot of attention!

Gossip Girl

There's no way that I couldn't talk about Gossip Girl. I finished it at the end of last year and miss it so much! I'd love them to do an extra season just to see how everyone's been doing! But it's about a group of teenagers who live on the Upper East Side. They're ruthless, sordid and scandalous, but there's someone watching their every move. Someone who knows everything. XOXO Gossip Girl.

Family Guy

I have been watching Family Guy for so long, and it's honestly one of those shows that does get better and better as it goes on. I'm a firm believer that not every show…

Insidious: The Last Key | Film Review

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I really wanted to see this when it first came out, but as much as I love horror movies, they're the only genre of film that I won't go to the cinema alone to see. Which means that I usually end up seeing them later than I otherwise would.

Anyway, I've always been a fan of this franchise, so I was really excited to see this next instalment.

It's about the woman who's starred in all 3 'Insidious' movies leading up to this one, parapsychologist Elise Rainier. When taking on a case, Elise realises that the people who are being haunted live in her childhood home - the home where she first discovered her gift with the supernatural. With her two partners in tow, she travels back to her home, where she finds that the demon terrorising the current residents of her old home is the same demon that she herself set free.

I love Blumhouse, the production company. And I love the 'Insidious' movies, particularly the first two. However, I feel like they…