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Annabelle Comes Home | Film Review

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The Conjuring universe is my second favourite franchise of all time, so of course there was no way that I was going to miss the third 'Annabelle' movie, especially since I loved the first two a lot.

After the events of 'Annabelle' (or rather, after the very beginning scene of 'The Conjuring') Ed (Partick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren have taken the Annabelle doll home, locking it away in a safe place that can contain all the evil within it. However, when they're away one night, their daughter Judy (McKenna Grace), babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) and Mary Ellen's friend Daniela (Katie Sarife) find themselves trapped in a house full of evil entities. But is Annabelle really the cause of everything that's happening? And can they find her before it's too late?

One of the reasons that I love the Conjuring universe so much is that, yes the movies are scary, and I love to be scared. But it never feels like the story is b…

Shazam! | Film Review

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I am so late to seeing this, but I'm really glad that I have now. I always knew that it would be a fun addition to the DCEU, but because it's something that they've never done before, I had no idea if it would be a good fun movie, or a cheesy attempt at comedy - which is why I was keen to see it for myself.

Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is a 14 year old kid who bounces from foster home to foster home while searching for his mother. However, after saving his foster brother from bullies, Billy meets a mysterious stranger and becomes Shazam (Zachary Levi), an adult superhero with powers that he couldn't even dream of. But soon, Billy realises that being an adult superhero comes with adult-sized responsibilities. Will he continue to be the fun-loving hero with no responsibilities? Or will he use his powers, and his family, to become the Shazam that he was always meant to be?

I really enjoyed this movie. It definitely wasn't a 'cheesy attempt at comedy'…

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Spotlight On... Jake Gyllenhaal!

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Next up for my 'Spotlight On' series - Jake Gyllenhaal!

Jake's been on my radar for a while, but I didn't decide to properly watch his filmography until earlier this year, and I can't believe that I waited so long! It's only while I was going back through his films to choose which ones to include that I realised how many completely amazing movies he's been in.

So of course, I had to include him in the series!

Favourite Movies: Southpaw, Nocturnal Animals, Prisoners

I really really tried to pick just one, but there were so many more that I wanted to include, so even whittling it down to these three was really hard, but these are the three that I've chosen because not only are they all amazing in their own right, but they're all so vastly different.
Southpaw is about a boxer who, after winning a huge fight, hits rock bottom and loses everything that mattered to him - but can he get his life back?
Nocturnal Animals (which I've spoken abo…

June Favourites | 2019

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Happy Favourites day!

Tell me your own favourites in the comments.

Favourite Movie (1): Murder Mystery

I've already done a review of this film, which you can read HERE! Now, this isn't a film that's going to change your life, and a lot of people don't like it for reasons that I totally and completely understand - after all, there's a lot wrong with it. But for me, these murder mystery 'whodunnit' movies are a genre that I love, and I can't imagine not liking a film that allows me to guess who the killer will be, then pulls the rug out from under my feet at the end.

Favourite Movie (2): Tropic Thunder

I've had this on in the background a few times while doing other things, but this month was the first time that I actually sat down and watched it closely from beginning to end, and I just think that it's an amazing movie. A lot of the time, especially nowadays, comedies fall a bit flat because you can tell when a bunch of people in a write…

The Prodigy | Film Review

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I hadn't heard of this before I saw it, but I'm always searching for more horror movies to see. So of course, I watched it as soon as I got the chance!

Parents Sarah (Taylor Schilling) and John (Peter Mooney) were ecstatic when their son Miles (Jackson Robert Scott) was born, and even more ecstatic when it appears that he is developing at a much faster rate than other children his age. But when Miles starts to exhibit unusual behaviours, his parents discover that maybe Miles' development isn't extraordinary after all... maybe it's supernatural.

Before watching this film, I thought it was going to be a run-of-the-mill demon-child horror, so I was really pleasantly surprised upon watching it to find that it was very different from my initial assumptions.

There is a sinister, creepy atmosphere to this film right from the first moment, and this really sets the tone for the rest of the film. You can never quite relax because you have no idea what's waiti…

Review #65: The Lie by C. L. Taylor

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I've owned this book for ages, but when it came to forming my reading list, I pushed it down because I wanted to get some of the tougher, less exciting reads out of the way. Essentially, I assumed that this would be a book that I'd love, and didn't want to read it too quickly.

It's the second C. L. Taylor book I've read, the first of which (The Accident) was amazing, and you can read my review of it HERE.

Jane Hughes is a woman who, on the outside, has the perfect life. She has a great boyfriend with a daughter who adores her, a wonderful job, and she's happier than she's ever been. But Jane's life, and her name, are a lie that trace back to the worst moments of her life. When someone makes it clear that they know her secret, how far will she go to protect it? And what exactly happened that made Jane give up her past life?

I have problems with this book, and it's really frustrating.

In terms of plot, this book was amazing, there's no…

Murder Mystery | Film Review

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Here's my review of the latest Netflix original movie. Apparently it got something like 30 million views in it's first three days, so I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Nick (Adam Sandler) and Audrey Spitz (Jennifer Aniston) are a couple from New York who are flying to Europe when they meet Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans), a rich man who invites them on the trip of a lifetime - a vacation on his family's yacht. But when a gruesome murder takes place on the yacht, and the American couple are framed, they have to work out who the real murderer is, before it's too late.

I went into this film with low expectations and came out really pleasantly surprised.

First of all, there is a great introduction to Adam Sandler's character. The contrast between being really competent while on the job (he's a detective) and really incompetent at home was so interesting, and a good way of telling the audience exactly who he is before we really know anything else …

Us | Film Review

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I feel like the hype around this film really grew during its promotional season and the first couple of weeks that it was out, but after that everyone stopped talking about it and it basically fell off the face of the earth.

A woman called Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) goes back to her childhood home many years after suffering a traumatic incident. Being back there brings up memories, causing Adelaide to fear for her family's safety. But is this all in Adelaide's head, or are the Wilson family truly in danger?

I have to say, I thought this film was going to be different. Based on trailers and Jordan Peele's reputation, not only did I expect it to be scarier, but I expected the story to be more impactful.

The first thing I noticed was that it had a very similar feel to Peele's first movie 'Get Out', in the sense that it feels sinister from the offset. Whether anything happening on the screen is actually scary or not, you feel a tension in the …

Spotlight On... Adam Driver!

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Up next in my 'Spotlight On...' series, Adam Driver!

I only got into Adam Driver in the last few months, after I finally saw BlacKkKlansman and saw what a great actor he is. So, of course, I had to sit down and watch as much of his filmography as I could!

Which is why he's a perfect person to include in this series.

Favourite Movie: BlacKkKlansman

I'm guessing most people have probably heard of this movie, considering that it got a lot of attention earlier this year. It's about an African American policeman who decides to infiltrate the KKK.
It's as insane as it sounds, and a really amazing movie, especially when you consider the fact that it's a true story. Adam was nominated for his first Academy Award for this movie, and as much as I would have loved John David Washington to also have been nominated, he was a really worthy nominee, who did an amazing job in the movie.

Least Favourite Movie: Bluebird

The thing about the movie is that, it's n…