There has already been so many GREAT movie annoucements for next year so I thought I would share with you all the top ten movies that I cannot wait to see!
Pitch Perfect 2; I loved the first film so much. I have re-watched it more times than I count and I really cannot wait to see what will happen next. I know the second movies are usually never as good but I don’t care, it looks great!
Avengers: Age of Ultron; Okay, I admit it. I love the Avenger movies. I know they’re full of CGI and bravado but I think they’re great entertainment and I cannot wait to see what happens in this next one.
Furious 7; It gets worse, right? Because I LOVE this series. Essentially I think they were good with four, but I won’t lie and say I’m super excited for the new one. Although, it’ll be sad without Paul Walker. *sniffs*
Insurgent; I have not seen the trailer to this film and I hope to keep it this way until the film. But, regardless, I am super excited for this one and I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle it. I am, also, a little worried but here’s hoping they don’t ruin it too much!
Mockingjay Part Two; I really enjoyed part one so I’m super incensed to see how it all ends. While Mockingjay is actually my least favourite book of the trilogy, I am intrigued to see how they’re going to end it all!
The DUFF; I have not read this book (but hope to before the film) but I’m definitely intrigued by the movie. It’d be intriguing to see if it is a cool fun teen movie like recent adaptations have been!
Paper Towns; Again, I haven’t yet read this book (eek! don’t hurt me!) but I plan to before the movie finally hits cinemas. But, despite that, I still really want to see this film as it sounds like it’s going to be very interesting and hopefully very good.
Jurassic World; I’m a little worried about this one. A little scared that it won’t be great BUT I also really want to see it just to find out if I’m right or wrong. It could, after all, be absolutely amazing!
Testament of Youth; You know how I love War books? I also love war films and this one looks set out to be a truly intriguing film! I am definitely looking forward to finding out what it is all about.
The Theory of Everything; This film is all about the life of Stephen Hawkings and the trailer did a good job of making it look incredibly good. Really looking forward to watching this one and seeing if it is any good or not!
I am waiting on more films and I’m sure as the year progresses there’ll be even more films to get excited about but these are the ones I’m really looking forward to at the moment!
But what about you? What films are you anticipating?
I don’t know who first thought watching lots of films in one go would be a good idea or how it became a global phenomenon but today I am here, thankful for them, as I discuss my thoughts on movie marathons.
The Joy of Lot’s Together
I have always enjoyed watching movies at home. But one of my favourite things to do is to dedicate more than just a couple of hours by watching lots of movies back to back. There’s just something so fun about sitting down with friends and just watching lots of films together or sitting alone and re-watching films that you love. It can be the perfect way to wile a way a day or two.
This is also the perfect way to watch and entire collection of films together. Like before watching Mockingjay in the cinema, I was able to watch the first two back-to-back with a friend. The same can be down with other similar films like LOTR, Back to the Future, Die Hard, Fast & Furious, Harry Potter, or even just similar films like all the Marvel Comic Book films!
Pausing For Breaks
Unlike in the cinema, the best part about a movie marathon is the possibily to pause the films for toilet breaks and food breaks – essential things for movie marathons!
All the Discussions
There is also room to talk when watching in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes even in the middle of the films, sometimes between films. It certainly helps to make the entire experience easier to bond over. It’s essentially a lot more social than heading to the cinema!
Sharing Your Favourites
Ultimately, movie marathons are perfect for sharing your favourite films with your friends. If there’s four of you, you can all bring one film, or two wach if there’s just two, and so on. It allows you the chance to see if they love the films too and is much better than just letting them borrow your DVD. I think this is a great way to share movies with others.
So these are my thoughts. Essentially I always enjoy a good marathon – and even have a Christmas one planned soon! But what about you? Do you love them, never tried them or are they just not your thing? Let me know in the comments!
As mentioned previously on this blog, I have been going to the cinema a lot recently and during this time I have seen a lot of film trailers and so today I wanted to talk about them with you.
Trailers have gotten longer.
This has been happening for a while now but I have really noticed this recently. Trailers are starting to do too much. They give away too many details on the story, share too many of the best bits, and have the power to ruin the film. Too many times I have watch a trailer and thought – ‘well, now I know the whole story so I don’t need to see the film.’ – Sometimes there are still surprises in the film but sometimes I find I just don’t want to see the film anymore. What do you think about the length of film trailers?
The duo-release trailer.
Another trend occuring, especially with these big book adaptations, is to release a very short trailer in the lead-up to the film and then later on releasing a longer, more bodied trailer. While I do understand the strategy behind this, it’s really starting to get on my nerves – mostly as the longer trailer will, as mentioned above, say too much but also because the first trailer is clearly just for the fans who already know the story behind the film, thus just frustrating and confusing those who know nothing.
What do you think about these duo-trailers? Are you a fan of them?
Book adaptation trailers.
This is more of just a personal problem of mine but if I like the book that is being adapted, I like to avoid the trailer. The reason for this is because I already know the story and already want to see the film so watching the trailer is pointless. It is also because I really want the film to surprise me but only when I see the film, not from the trailer. This is generally easy to do on the internet but often leads me to acting incredibly weird when certain trailers come on in the cinema but thus far I have only seen the trailer for The Maze Runner – woo! What are your thoughts on book adaptation trailers?
All in all, I do like trailers, they just can’t be too long or too short. Not that I’m picky or anything.
What trailers have you liked recently?
It is Halloween today! Personally I’m not the biggest fan of this holiday and not because I’m a scaredy cat but because it all seems a little silly to me now. It was fun when I was younger but now it all just seems… overrated. Or maybe I’m just in a bad mood this year.
Despite that, I have decided to bring you a Halloween themed post because I’m nice like that. Today I am listing my top ten “halloween” movies. For me, this is more or less psychological thrillers as opposed to horrors because I find horrors too funny to take seriously and find them scary, but shove a derranged human on screen and I’m running for the door. That stuff could actually happen, you know? Hope you enjoy these films as much as I do!
(pssst. They’re in no particular order, okay?)
Identity (2003); I watched this film when I was doing my Film A-Levels and I really enjoyed it. I was super transfixed on it and found it to be a really interesting film that can definitely make your heart race!
Secret Window (2004); Okay, I was obssessed with Johnny Depp and then I did a portfolio on his work for A Levels so naturally I had to watch ALL his films. This is one that was truly creepy and kept me on the edge of my seat. A must watch if you haven’t seen it (and you like JD!)
Paranormal Activity (2007); Probably the only actual horror film you’ll find on this list. I wasn’t so much terrified of this film as just feel that it’s one horror film that just worked well. And, admittedly, I did get pretty freaked towards the end of the film. I’m sure you know what I mean if you’ve seen it!
Shutter Island (2010); This film is incredible. It’s very intense, and keeps your curiosity piqued throughout and then it has one of the best ambiguous endings ever. Definitely a film that I would happily watch over and over – you know, when I want to freak myself out a little bit.
Black Swan (2010); Yet another absolutely fantastic film and one that I really want to go and congratulate the cast and crew personally for. It was intense, spectacular, and really, really, creeped me out while also just being a fabuluous film with a great storyline.
Children of Men (2006); This film definitely sits more in the thriller/action genre but it is one that is sure to get your heart racing. It is a very intriguing film that I really love and have watched a fair few times now.
Source Code (2011); What a brilliant piece of filmmaking! The storyline of this film is really complex and it is just such a fantastic film that I really love. I have yet to re-watch this one but I will do so soon because it is really, really good.
28 Days Later (2002); Zombies. Destruction. Waking up alone. Really, what’s not to love? This film is intense, well-filmed, and really makes you think about what you would do if you were to wake up and find that you are, potentially, the only human being left alive.
Let the Right One In (2008); This film is incredibly beautiful. I know horror movies are not designed to be described as beautiful but this one definitely is. The cinematography in this film is just so perfect. The story is intensely creepy and yet I still love it. But if you really can’t stand subtitles, you can try watching the American version Let Me In, but I can promise you that it’s no where near as good.
Dreamcatcher (2003); This is one of the first Stephen King horror adaptations that I ever watched (and I was probably 14?) but I truly loved it. It is one that I did find hysterically funny but because it is a film that has stayed with me, I HAD to include it with this list. I loved the idea of this film, no matter how disturbing and odd it was. Let’s face it, Stephen King is a damned legend!
And that’s everything!
What about you? What are your favourite movies to watch for Halloween?
Some of these titles are classics and some are films that aren’t so well known (but in my opinion should be!). Some are incredibly cheesy, some are really fun. But they’re all great to watch. Hope you enjoy this list!
Pitch Perfect (2012); This is a film that is funny, in places OTT, and will have you rooting for the main character and the main team throughout. A definite must-watch!
Mean Girls (2004); This was the film that made teen movies boom again. It is a classic movie that is funny, interesting and is easy to just re-watch again and again.
Easy A (2010); I truly love this film. I watched it because I think Emma Stone is amazing but this film was really funny, really cute and was just a great one!
The Breakfast Club (1985); Let’s face it, John Hughes was the master of teen movies in his day but this one is definitely one of my favourites of his. If you watch it and like it, I’d definitely recommend any and all of his others like Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink…
Accepted (2006); This one was a random purchase for me but is a film that I have since re-watched many, many times. It’s about someone who doesn’t get into college and ends up, through many mistakes, creating his own college. It’s funny, fun, and shows that there are many sides to every story!
10 Things I Hate About You (1999); A shakespeare re-telling but done in a modern and incredibly entertaining way! I love this film so much and if you’re a sucker for romance, cheesy lyrics, and a heart-throb bad-guy, then you should watch this film!
Wild Child (2008); This film has a very classic storyline but I love it all the same! It shows that boarding schools aren’t that bad, friends are amazing, and sometimes boys do make the world better. It’s fun, cheesy, and you won’t be able to keep from loving it. And if you do, I’d also recommend St Trinians!
Raise Your Voice (2004); Time to show my “inner-geek”. I was a huge Hilary Duff fan growing up and watched a lot of films with her in. This was one that really grabbed me. It’s an emotional, coming-of-age, friendship story that is great. Other great films with her in include, A Cinderella Story, The Perfect Match and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
The Fault In Our Stars (2014); I couldn’t not put this in here, right? I saw it three times in the cinema and cannot wait for it to be released on DVD to watch it again! Other films like it that came out in the last few years include Now Is Good, Perks of Being a Wallflower…
The Covenant (2006); This one’s a little different from the rest as it’s a supernatual teen movie. It’s really good though. Addictive, interesting, inticing. You know, all that good stuff. I would definitely recommend you watch it if you like witch-y books!
Not only do I feel that these are movies people should watch, they’re also films that I could easily watch over and over again. Of course, that probably says a lot about me but I don’t care. There’s a lot of negativity surrounding teen movies but I honestly don’t think there should be as a lot of these movies really do have a lot of potential.
But what about you? What teen movies do you like?
Today I thought I would write a little discussion post about films and how I love to watch them! (I.e. Time to bring films back into the blog in more than just reviews!)
Going to the cinema used to be very popular. It used to be one of the only ways to see the new films coming out and it used to be an amazing, spectacular experience that people simply couldn’t get enough of. But, recently, cinema-going has dwindled. People are waiting for films to be released onto DVD or to become available to either download via iTunes or to be put up onto Netflix, Blinkbox or Lovefilm.
The main reason for this (I believe anyway, I have not done extensive research on it!) is how expensive it now is to see a film in the cinema. Nowadays tickets can cost up to £15 per person and up to £40 for an average family of four. But renting a DVD or even BUYING a DVD that you can watch over and over again can sometimes cost as little as £3. So why would you spend more than that in these economically hard times?
Personally, I would say because the cinema experience is STILL an experience. The screens are incredibly large, the sound crisp and loud, and the fun of sharing it not just with your friends but random strangers can sometimes enhance the film. (Ever find a film funnier because of other people laughing?) Plus, there’s no way to pause the film so the story is told in the continuous flowing motion it was meant to be told in.
But I also agree that while the experience is good, the expense can sometimes seem over-priced. Especially if you’re stuck with strangers who talk throughout it or you’re stuck with a moth in the screen above your very head. But I still think that going to the cinema once in a while is worthwhile.
Thus, I am very glad that I purchased a Cineworld Membership. I can now watch unlimited films for a small sum of money per month and even if I just watch two films a month, I get my money’s worth and I am so happy about it because I now go to the cinema once or twice a week and I have so missed the experience.
But this isn’t an advertising post so enough on that.
I do also enjoy watching films at home. I love being able to re-watch films at my leisure, to eat snacks, and go to the toilet if I’m desperate to do so. I like that when re-watching a film, I can do other things at the same time as well. And, I cannot tell you how much I enjoy using Netflix (though I do mostly watch TV Shows, there is usually a good film or two to watch as well!).
But essentially, for me, the cinema experience is always better. I just wish that it wasn’t quite so expensive so that more people felt that they can also go and enjoy the experience.
What about you? Do you prefer to watch a film in the comfort of your home or in the cinema surrounded by strangers?
Director(s): Matthew Warchus
Writer(s): Stephen Beresford
Main Cast: Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy
Production Company: Calamity Films
Release Date: 12th September 2014
More Info: IMDB
Its the summer of 1984 Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
After watching the trailer for Pride, I was instantly intrigued. Then, after initial reports that the film was really good, I was even more amped to watch it. I will admit though that I was also a little worried about the film and whether or not it would be the right film for me, but fortunately it turned out that it definitely was. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I already have plans to watch it again. Pride is a film that I would, quite simply, highly recommend.
In all honesty, I didn’t know much about how the LGBT community helped the miners during their strike so I can’t comment on the factual accuracy of the film but I really enjoyed the plot of this film. I loved the battle that all the characters overcame and how much heart and warmth came through. It was a moving, compelling, and just brilliant film that was incredibly entertaining. What made this film for me was the vast array of characters. Every one had a different personality and all were incredibly easy to fall in love with. Watching their journey was spectacular.
A Few To
The best thing, aside from the characters, about this film was the excellent filmmaking. This film shows how it is possible to make fantastic films. It is the perfect example of how powerful British films can be, and in my opinion, how films should be. The cast andd crew have done a terrific job with this film from an emotional and heart-warming script, to perfect casting, and finally to excellent editing that really shows the messages the film was trying to get across. I love films like this and Pride reminded me of other brilliant British films like This Is England and Broken.
Make A Change
If you haven’t guessed it yet, I loved Pride. It was a film that moved me in many ways and made me feel lots of different emotions. Most importantly though, I left the cinema feeling happy and proud of my country and how far we have come. This film is both educational and entertaining which is just the best thing to occur in films. This film triumphs all American blockbuster’s in my opinion because it is real and grounded. I really would highly recommend this film as it is a masterpiece and a film that really should not be missed. So, what are you waiting for? Go show your PRIDE.
‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.
‘Stay,’ he says.
Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.
For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.
It Started With
If I Stay is a book that many people have told me to read in the past but one that never got picked up. When the film was announced, I decided to wait until after I watched it before I finally read the book. Thus this review comes from the perspective of someone who saw the film and then read the book. I can now say that I actually preferred the film to the book. (WHAT?) I feel that the film perfected the book in the best way.
I fell into the story quickly when I started reading the book. Whether this was due to the voice or because of the film, but either way, it worked for me. The book, in my opinion, was more self-reflective than the film. In it Mia reflects on her life and what she has to live for. Which did make for a really lovely and moving story but I didn’t feel as emotional reading the book as I did watching the film. I would still recommend the book but I just felt it fell a little short for me.
Then A Movie
The film, on the other hand, was a lot more humourous than the book. Within minutes you are shown Mia’s eccentric and fun family and it’s hard not to love them. This, for me, meant the film packed the emotional punch harder (but also, this could just be because I watched it first.) I also preferred how the film dealt with the story. It was still Mia’s journey but it was also about the others too, which I liked. There were also a few scenes in the film that weren’t in the book that I just truly loved.
Here It Ends
Essentially I feel that this story was better suited for visual media over written word. While the book was well-written, emotional and gripping, the film made everything feel more together and whole. I really enjoyed that the film brought a fun aspect to the story that didn’t come across so well in the book. But, of course, I can’t help but wonder if things would be different if I’d read the book first!
What did you think about the book/movie? Did you read first? Have you yet to read? Have you yet to watch? Tell me all!
Today I am here to bring you a discussion on book-to-movie adaptations that I’d love to hear your thoughts on!
As there are so many YA film adaptations coming out lately, I thought it was high time that I did a post about this but it took me a while to work out what I wanted to say. Then, upon having a discussion with fellow book bloggers – and book lovers! – I decided that it was time to deal with that age old question; Do you read books before or after you see the movie?
For this post, I’m writing all the pros and cons to each and then I’ll tell you what I do and why, and then I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on the matter as well!
Read Before The Movie
- You have background knowledge to the story.
- You already know which characters you love.
- You know you love the story and cannot wait to see what it looks like on screen.
- You feel ALL the feels more strongly because YOU KNOW.
- It’s so lovely to just see all your imaginings come true.
- You get to see the book with your own imagination first!
- You’re easily disappointed by the film.
- You see the changes vibrantly and it can instantly ruin your enjoyment.
- It’s not how you pictured it.
- They cut your favourite characters and scenes.
- You’re so lost in what they haven’t included, you miss the brilliance of the adaptation.
- You may just lose faith in the entire story – was it really THAT bad?
Read After the Movie
- You get the treat of additional information after the film.
- You can see the film clearly in your mind when you read.
- You get to enjoy the movie without questioning ulterior motives.
- All the things that are changed or missed become exciting in the book.
- You are introduced to the story in a condensed format before being given more information to gobble up.
- You get all excited reading the back-story’s of your favourite characters.
- The film is never as exciting as it could be.
- The book may be so different from the film, that it isn’t what you hoped it’d be.
- You already know the story so it’s hard to slug through the words.
- You don’t always get all the FEELS.
- You miss all the “oooh” secretive moments when watching the film.
If I find out a film adaptation is coming out of a book I haven’t read, I will not read that book before the film. On too many occasions I’ve read a book close to the film release, then seen the film and been wholly disappointed in the film. But then, if I read the book a while ago and then see the film, I often find myself enjoying it as I try to remember the best parts of the book to see if they occur!
If I then like the film, I am more likely to read the book. Thus furthering the story and making me fall in love with it more. (see The Kite Runner!).
On the other hand, when I’ve read a book and then it’s made into a film, I find myself very wary and unsure if I even want to see the film. What if it doesn’t live up to the book’s expectations? I wouldn’t want the film to ruin the book (see Twilight) and make me realise that the book isn’t even that good to begin with!
But then, you have the Harry Potter films and The Hunger Games and how they truly brought those books to life.
I try not to read the books close to release. And that’s about the tall of it.
Because at the end of the day, it is only by believing that books and films are the same that disappointments occur. And when those books are fresh in your minds when watching the films, it’s hard to remember that.
Merry Belated Christmas All!
This festive season has been a busy one for me, but I’ve loved every minute of it! I was planning to post this on Christmas day but things got a little bit too hectic for me to carve the time to do it so instead I am posting this today because I can.
Because I don’t want to post anything too heavy today, I thought I would list my top twelve Christmas/winter-y films for you all! These films I love to watch to get into the festive mood!
The Family Stone (2005); This film is probably my ultimate favourite Christmas movie. It’s a family filled story that is full of drama, laughs, tears, and general merriment and I just love it.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946); I first watched this one only a few years ago but I absolutely adore it. It’s such a brilliant film, a complete Christmas classic that you should definitely watch if you haven’t already.
Love, Actually (2003); A lovely film that combines lots of little stories into one big story. It shows how different everyone’s Christmasses are and how you can still carry on the festive cheer despite some hardships. It’s a great film.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000); Earlier this month I wrote my post about how I’m the Christmas Grinch, so it makes sense that this film is on here. I adore this film and I love how by the end of it all, all is sorted and well. It’s just the perfect film – especially for me!
Home Alone (1990); All three of them, actually. If ever there was a classic Christmas movie, it’d be this one! It’s a brilliant film about a boy who will stop at nothing to defend his home – and basically just has an amazing Christmas!
The Santa Clause (1994); I adore this film SO MUCH. It is seriously so magical and full of family values, fun, and entertainment. If you haven’t watched this one, you really should!
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993); Such a fun film! I love the idea of this film and the execution is just perfect. This film is one that I would happily watch over and over again. Bless Jack Skeleton!
Just Friends (2005); If you like films that are a little over the top but are hilarious, full of cheer, and all sorts of other emotions – such as cringe-worthy-ness! – then you should watch this film! It is such a great film and one that is sure to get you laughing!
A Christmas Carol (2009); All versions of this film apply here but I loved this new adaptation of the film. It was really well done. This is the perfect Christmas classic to get you in the perfect mood!
While You Were Sleeping (1995); This is a super romantic funny tale that always manages to make me smile. I love how this film makes me feel and while it’s not like the other classic Christmas films on this list, it is still a brilliant one to watch at Christmas!
Rise of the Guardians (2013); This film is absolutely amazing. I loved the plot of this one, and it looks amazing. It will make you laugh and cry and jump up in happiness again. It’s the perfect film for children but also brilliant for adults as well. A wonderful film to watch at Christmas!
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987); Essentially this film is set for Thanksgiving but it still has that Christmassy vibe to it and I love it for that reason alone. It’s a funny film that will eventually fill you with warmth and happiness. Exactly what you want on this festive day!
So that is all the wonderful films I love watching at this time of year.
What are some of your favourite christmas movies or movies to get you in the christmas mood? I’d love to hear about them so I can add some new ones to my collections!
And lastly, I wish you all a happy new year.