Film Frenzy: March and April

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all the films I’ve watched in March and April, and giving my thoughts on them. Onto the post!


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Life Itself- how I’d describe this film would depend on whether or not I was trying to sound clever and/or diplomatic. If you want my honest one-word description, it’s weird. If I was being kinder, I’d say it was odd but kind of clever in a way. Let me try and explain why. This film is written and directed by Dan Fogelman, creator of my beloved This Is Us, which also has an experimental format albeit a different type that runs like clockwork. The experimental format for this- which is that it shows you a tiny bit of a person’s life then swaps to another just as you’re starting to actually care about them- did not work in my opinion. There wasn’t enough time with each protagonist to develop any sort of affection towards them, and character driven films kind of depend on you caring a lot more than remotely about the cast. I also found the sections in Spanish quite strange (not least because I’m pretty sure some of the Spanish was incorrect…) as the promo would never have gave you the impression it was coming and it was felt so out of place and self-indulgent from the director till it was almost over and I guessed (correctly) what they were doing. I will give this film that the ending was pretty satisfactory, but it’s not one I’d ever watch again or recommend to someone else. Use the hours you’d have spent watching this on starting This Is Us instead, because it shows how brilliant Dan Fogelman can be a hell of a lot better than Life Itself.

Dog Days– I bought this because I wanted to see Nina Dobrev in a role outwith Vampire Diaries, and I’ll be honest and admit I wasn’t expecting much from this romantic comedy with an ensemble cast that tells the stories of various people meeting each other in L.A.. It ended up being my favourite film I’ve watched so far this year. I absolutely loved every plotline and every character; I laughed often; the romantic gestures were just the sort I like in my romance movies and the focus on dogs/the way the stories eventually link is so clever. I’ve not heard anyone talking about this, but I adored it and if you enjoy light hearted romance in your films you’ll very probably enjoy this.

Brother BearLouise and I buddy watched this, and had a lovely time doing so. We agree that this is a ridiculously underrated film, that we love Koda beyond belief and that it’s incredibly clever. The animation is just beyond stunning as well. If you’ve not seen this, I highly recommend. Though be warned, it will very likely make you cry.

Ralph Breaks the Internet– I watched this one afternoon when I was feeling incredibly ill (shoutout to my health condition for that 🙄) in a bid to cheer me up. Put simply, it worked well. This is so clever, just like the first film, and I loved all the Internet Easter eggs and references. My very favourite of these was of course the Disney princess scene, because it was epic and hilarious. I enjoyed Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship again too, and while it surprised me greatly I thought the ending was fantastic.

The Perfect Date- this is the newest Netflix rom-com, starring Noah Centineo and Laura Marano this time, and it’s about a boy who sets up an app where you can hire him to be your perfect date in order to save money for the university of his dreams. Brooks, the main character, isn’t Noah’s most lovable but he did grow on me by the end, and Laura Marano’s Celia is an utter JOY of a heroine; I adored her utterly. This film didn’t break the mould or bring anything especially new to the rom-com party but it was super fun to watch and I really liked it overall.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post– I didn’t especially enjoy this when I read I the book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film version. If you don’t know what this is about, it follows a teen called Cameron who’s sent to a religious conversion “therapy” camp after she’s caught kissing a girl in secret at prom. I thought this was incredibly well made and moving, and though it’s a little slow in places, it cuts out a fair bit of the backstory in the book and means it definitely didn’t have so much of an issue with pacing for me. I loved Cameron when I read the book, as well as her friends Jane and Adam, and they were played to perfection by the cast. God’s Promise made me just as livid too. Basically, this takes all the best bits of the books and improves on things I wasn’t so keen on there to make a pretty excellent film and I definitely recommend giving it a watch.


What films have you watched in March and April, and what would you recommend to me? What were your thoughts on the films I watched? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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Film Frenzy: January and February

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I watched in January and February, of which there weren’t many, very likely because I spent a LOT of time binging Gilmore Girls. Onto the post!


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Ferdinand– this is an animation about a bull who want to escape his fate of bullfighting. Sadly, though this is an interesting premise, the film was a bit of a let down overall. First of all, I know this isn’t supposed to be a serious film, but I think if you choose to make a film about bullfighting (and have several scenes with It!!) Then you need to make it a bit clearer that it’s a horrendous practise. This film didn’t really do that and it made me feel pretty uncomfortable to be honest, especially since a lot of children will watch that. Other than that moral issue, I think this also has some pretty big problems as a film. There are plot holes, the pacing is pretty weird and the vast majority of side characters couldn’t feel more like rip offs of classic animation characters if you’d actually set out to make them that way (the blatant Dory attempt that was the goat particularly enraged me, because it was nowhere near as wonderful as Dory…) However, I did like a few things about it, namely the way it challenges gender stereotypes and some scenes (mostly the flower ones) were BEAUTIFUL- the colours were so vibrant.

Crazy Rich Asians– this is a rom-com about a couple returning to the man’s home in China for a wedding, and his girlfriend having to meet his very rich and very eccentric family. It wasn’t quite as funny for me as I’d hoped it would be, but I did still enjoy it quite a bit. I really liked the main couple as individuals and together, I found the concept super interesting as you don’t often see romcoms about already established couples navigating something within their relationship and the setting was so beautiful. The wedding scene made me cry too, mostly because it featured one of My favourite songs. My only other slight criticism was that the plot felt quite disjointed in places- it didn’t feel linear somehow.

Toy Story– this was a Disney buddy watch with Louise, and seeing it again only made me love it more. I’m pretty sure everyone knows what it’s about, but if you don’t it’s the story of Woody and Buzz- rival toys- as they are separated from their owner Andy and need to find their way home. It’s every inch a classic. The characters are so well drawn and interesting, the concept is as genius as everything Pixar puts out and I laughed and cried in equal measure as I watched it again. The theme tune is just beautiful and sums the film up perfectly as well.


What films have you watched in 2019 so far, and would you recommend them? What are your thoughts on the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Film Frenzy: November and December (part two)

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the second set of films I watched in December, because as I explained in part one I watched an awful lot of films in December! Onto the post!


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Film Frenzy: November and December 2018 (part 1)

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the films I watched in November and December. As I watched quite a lot of films throughout these two months, I wasn’t sure if the post might get a bit long so I decided to do it in two halves. Onto the post!


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Four Films I Watched in September and October

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Today, it’s time for another wrap-up of the films I’ve seen in the last few months, though like with last time it’s not a full group of five (I actually saw more than five, but two were rewatches I’ve spoken about before; Coco and The Proposal). On a related note, I’m planning for this series to have a new name when it returns with its next installment in 2019 so I stop using random numbers in the title. Onto the post!

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5 2018 Films I Haven’t Seen Yet but Want To

Hello everybody! Today, I’ve decided to talk about some of the films that came out this year that I really want to see, but didn’t manage to see in the cinema for a few different reasons, and that I’m hoping to get hold of DVDs of soon/when they come out. Onto the post!


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I, Tonya– this wasn’t on my radar until Allison Janney won her Oscar, but I absolutely LOVE Allison in the West Wing and really want to watch her killing it in a totally different role to CJ. I also like bipoic films in general (some recent favourites are Race and Hidden Figures), so I’m looking forward to learning about Tonya Harding when I watch it.

Lady Bird– Saoirse Ronan stars in Brooklyn, aka one of my favourite films of all time, so I’m so looking forward to watching this. It sounds so funny, and I’ve heard that the mother/daughter relationship is brilliant. I’m slightly worried about it not getting great consumer reviews, but I’m really hoping I enjoy it when I manage to see it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society– the main reason I want to see this film is because I had no idea Guernsey was occupied during the second world war until I learnt more about this, and I want to learn more about that. It sounds like such a lovely film too, despite it exploring this, and I loved Lily James in the live action Cinderella and Mamma Mia 2so want to see it for that reason too.

Christopher Robin– of all the films on this list, this is the one I’m saddest I couldn’t see. If you’ve ever read this blog before, you’ll probably know I’m a big fan of Disney, and also that I adore the Winnie the Pooh characters. I burst into tears when I saw the trailer before Incredibles 2, and I know I’ll probably weep solidly through the whole thing (Winnie the Pooh has that effect on me). It’s about Christopher Robin when he’s grown up and is a rather unhappy adult and what happens when the gang venture into the real world to help him.

Crazy Rich Asians– while this is just out, I don’t think I’m going to make it to see it, and it sounds like a film I’ll love. I’m a huge rom-com fan, and this one sounds fantastic. From what I’ve heard, it’s about a woman discovering her boyfriend is from an incredibly rich family, and them going to a wedding where the family are and their interactions with his girlfriend that they disapprove of because she’s not rich.


What films released this year have you not seen that you wanted to? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments!

Amy x

Two Films I Watched in August

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Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I watched in August, of which there were only 2 rather than the usual 5 of these posts, which means it’s quite a bit shorter than usual, but I wanted to write about them here as I loved both and want to share my thoughts, and then go back to these being bi-monthly. Onto the post!


Cinderella– this was a Disney buddy watch with Lou, and I loved watching this again, even though I wept quite solidly throughout just like I did the first time I saw it. My love for the mice (especially Jaq and Gus) reached even more ridiculous levels because they are so precious and sweet, Cinderella is so brave and resourceful and clever and the stepmother is such a horrid villain. Watching with Louise made me pay closer attention to Lucifer, and we had some interesting discussions about whether he’s good or evil (I’m sure you can work out which camp I fall into, though I will admit to thinking he has some really funny moments). The animation is so stunning and classic, and this is now cemented as my favourite early Disney (along with my beloved Bambi)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- I’ve wanted to read the book for YEARS and have never gotten to it, and while I initially planned to wait until I found time for it to watch the film, the combination of hype and spoilers on my Twitter feed about this made me cave mere days after its release. I LOVED this film; I am a complete sucker for teen romcoms (romcoms in general, but especially teen romcoms) and this one ticked pretty much all the boxes). The chemistry between Lana Condor and Noah Centineo was perfect and they both shone together and in scenes on their own or with other characters, it made me genuinely cry with laughter more than once (mainly due to Peter, who I’m a little bit in love with now, as I think quite a number of people who watched this are, and Lara Jean’s little sister Kitty) and the side characters of Lara Jean’s family and friends added even more to the cosy, feelgood vibes. Also, the visuals are beyond stunning. I’m so excited to dive into the trilogy now, and hope to at least start it before the end of 2018!


What films did you watch in August? What do you think of the ones I saw? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x