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The Strangers: Prey at Night | Film Review

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This is the sequel to the 2008 movie 'The Strangers' which I saw ages ago, so I was quite excited to see this one. I didn't look up the plot or anything before I watched it, just assuming that it would be a completely different story to the first, which it was. So if you haven't seen the first one, you can definitely just see this one.

A family of four go to stay in a somewhat secluded mobile home park that's unusually empty. What they don't expect, however, is to spend their first night fleeing for their lives from three masked assailants.

That's essentially the premise of this series of films, someone is being attacked by the same three people who wear the same masks.

Now, I have to be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of the first movie. I'm a fan of horror, and a fan of slasher movies, but I think I personally connect more to them when I can understand the motivations of the antagonist. With the first one, there was absolutely no reason fo…

May Favourites | 2018

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I didn't put up a post last week, for a variety of reasons, but I have added a (probably unnecessary) privacy policy to the blog because of the way that everyone was stressing over GDPR, so that's something!

Anyway, let's get on with the post!

Favourite Movie (1): Now You See Me

I'm going to review this really soon (hopefully within the next 2 weeks) so I don't want to say anything about it here except - you should definitely see this film! It's one of the best films I've seen in ages, and I wish I saw it when it first came out!

Favourite Movie (2): Joy Ride

This is one of my favourite horror movies in the entire world. This week I found out that there have since been two sequels, so I went about watching all three of them on consecutive days and I can confirm that the original is indeed the best! Check this out if you're a fan of horror and you've never seen it!

Favourite Movie (3): 13 Going On 30

And finally, the third old film that I'…

My 2018 Summer Reading List!

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So as you can see, it's that time of year again. The time when I'm done with uni and so actually get to go back to reading books for pleasure as opposed to reading them for essays!

Let's get started!

The Hate U Give

I bought this on a whim because I heard about the film and recognised some of the actors in it. It's by Angie Thomas and is about a girl called Starr who lives in two worlds: the poor black neighbourhood that she lives in, and the fancy prep school that she attends. When she is the sole witness to the shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend by a policeman, she finds that what she says could destroy her community. However, it could also endanger her life.
Doesn't that sound so good? I can't wait to read this!

Some Kind of Wonderful

As I say every year, Gi Fletcher is one of my favourite authors of all time, and I'm pretty sure that I have purchased every word that she's written so far (not including her new book with her husba…

I Feel Pretty | Film Review

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I went to see this on a whim last week. I really wanted to see a movie, and this was on at a convenient time, so I thought I'd see it. Plus, I really liked Amy Schumer's first film 'Trainwreck', and hoped that this would be as good as that.

Renee Bennett is a woman who has never felt 'pretty'. She's never been the girl that guys randomly flirt with, and she's never had the looks that go with achieving her dream job - being a receptionist at a cosmetics company. However, one day Renee hits her head, and everything changes. When she looks in the mirror, she sees someone thin and desirable and beautiful. And this completely changes her entire attitude. She has bags of confidence, she's self-assured, she's finally happy. But she also becomes vain, narcissistic and selfish. So when she discovers that her looks actually haven't changed, can she undo the mistakes that she made when she was 'pretty'?

I have mixed feelings about t…

Review #54: Something Blue by Emily Giffin

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So you might have seen, last week I uploaded a book review of 'Something Borrowed', which you can check out here
This book is the sequel, carried on from the moment that the last book ended. I bought it as soon as I read the first one as I had become so invested in the lives of these women and was desperate to see what happened next!
At the end of the last book, we see Darcy Rhone find out that her best friend Rachel, and her fiancé Dex, have been having an affair. She had also been having an affair and was pregnant with another man's baby, but that's neither here nor there. The point is, Darcy has been betrayed, and Rachel and Dex are solely to blame. But as more and more people leave Darcy's life, she realises that she needs a fresh start, in a fresh country. So she goes to London to 'visit' her childhood friend Ethan, promising to only stay for a few weeks. But as an unmarried, unemployed, pregnant Darcy spends more time in London, she begi…

My Final Year At University!

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I've done this yearly round-up post three times and for each I've used the same background photo, please appreciate the consistency!

So, I have officially finished university... kind of. If I passed all of my modules, then I'm completely done. I had no exams this year, so it was just a whole lot of essays to perfect, and now that I've done that and handed them in, I'm worry-free until results day in July!

I thought I would feel relieved to say that, and in a way I definitely am. But as I'm sure is understandable, I can't let myself get too happy until I actually get those results. And even then, there's a niggling hint of worry about what comes next. The whole 'adult in the big wide real world' thing, like when you hear the stories of graduates who don't go on to do anything because they can't get a job, that's a huge worry. But I'm giving myself a little bit of time before I have to start full-on worrying.

However, t…

Game Night | Film Review

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I wanted to see this when it first came out, but for some reason it didn't get a theatrical release at my local cinema, so I had to wait for it! But I'm glad that I've now seen it!

It's about a competitive couple called Max and Annie (Played by Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams respectively), who have a weekly game night with two other couples. One week, Max's brother Brooks joins the game night, planning his own murder mystery themed game where the goal is to find Brooks once he has been kidnapped. So of course, when he gets kidnapped, it's just part of the game, right? When each couple tries to solve the case, they begin to realise that nothing is as it seems, and what appears to be a game, may just end up being reality.

This film is as funny as it is original, and it's certainly refreshing to have a film that is a thriller/comedy hybrid and works so well.

One of the great things about the film is that there are many twists and turns. The audie…

Review #53: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

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I was given this book years ago, but I didn't get around to reading it properly until last week. I honestly don't know why I waited so long!

It's about a girl called Rachel who has a best friend called Darcy. Darcy has always been the girl who has everything, with her stunning good looks and bags of confidence, Rachel has never been able to compete. So when Rachel wakes up the morning after her 30th birthday party to find herself in bed with Darcy's fiancé, she doesn't feel that bad about it. But will Darcy find out what happened? And can Rachel and Dex stop themselves from doing it again?

I really enjoyed this book. I watched the movie before I saw it so I knew what to expect, but the book was miles better than the movie in my opinion.

The first thing that I realised in the book was that, there is not one character that I liked. The character of Rachel is one that you're supposed to sympathise with, because she is a victim of Darcy's selfish atti…

April Favourites | 2018

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It's the time for another 'Favourites' post. This has been a great month for movies in particular, so I'll get straight on with it!

Favourite Movie (1): Don't Hang Up

I saw this movie a couple of weeks ago and just thought that it was so underrated! Low-budget horror movies come out all the time that no one has heard of because they don't get much publicity, and then they end up with a bad Rotten Tomatoes score. And in addition to that, it's really easy to make a bad horror film. But this isn't. This has great actors, a great villian with an amazing motivation, and it ends with mostly everyone getting what they deserve - reminding me why it's good to watch random movies that you've never heard of. You never know what you might find!

Favourite Movie (2): Something Borrowed

This movie was on my list of movies to watch, so I randomly picked it, and kind of liked it. Then I remembered that I had the book. So I read the book, loved it (and t…