Five Films I Watched in July

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Today, I’m going to be talking about all the films I watched in July (other thana couple of favouritesI rewatch often and have talked about previously!). These posts are usually only every two months, but I ended up watching loads of films in July and knew I probably would last month too, and decided to split them up. Onto the post!


Mamma Mia– seeing lots of promo for the sequel made me want to see this again, particularly as I’ve not watched it for ages. It’s about Sophie, and takes place in the days leading up to her wedding, which she has invited the three men who could all possibly be her was just as good as I remembered, with a brilliant cast and daft humour, and I do love a bit of ABBA. I think my top 3 songs of the film would be Does Your Mother Know? (Been top of my list since the first time I saw it- I love how sassy it is) Thank You For the Music and Lay All Your Love on Me. The relationship between Donna and Sophie is so wonderful!

Sunshine on Leith– after writing my post for the Theatrical blog tour, I wanted to watch my favourite musical soon after. It’s about Davy and Ally, who have just served in the army in Afghanistan, as they return to Edinburgh and their family and romantic relationships develop and become quite chaotic. I think this is a really decent film version, despite some poor casting decisions (Jane Horrocks and her atrocious Scottish accent particularly irks me, given she murders Sunshine on Leith. I adore that song, and find it quite painful to watch her sing it 😂). The rest of the cast, however, are brilliant, and George Mackay, Freya Mavor and Antonia Thomas particularly stand out. My love for their performances means it’s no surprise my favourite 4 songs (I love the music of the Proclaimers so much choosing 3 is too hard) are Over and Done With, Then I Met You, Letter from America and I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). It may be cheesy, but I love the finale with 500 Miles a huge amount!

Incredibles 2- I like the first Incredibles film, but I enjoyed this far more! It picks up quite soon after the first film, and sees the Incredibles being given an opportunity to make superheroes legal again, with Elastagirl being the initial focus of the campaign, meaning she is away from home and Mr Incredible is in charge of looking after the children. This leads to lots of amusing scenes and Edna Mode (the supersuit designer) is as delightful as ever, so I wish we’d seen more of her! Another thing I liked was the use of music to build tension in the action sequences!

The Lion King– I buddy watched this with Louise, and we had the best time. This film is basically perfect; there are some heart-wrenching scenes and funny moments that balance each other perfectly, we love the characters (despite our opposing opinions on Pumbaa, who Lou likes and I do not, and it’s more of a love to hate situation with Scar, of course) and the soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal. If you’ve not heard of the Lion King (in which case I presume you’ve been living under a rock), it’s about a kingdom of animals and Simba’s fight to return it to its former glory when his father dies and it is destroyed at the hands of Scar, his uncle.

Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again– despite my trip to the cinema itself being a bit of a disaster thanks to an ill timed powercut, I had a lot of fun watching this. It’s a split timeline; with one following Sophie as she renovates the villa into a hotel in memory of her mum and the other showing us Donna in the past during the period in which she meets Sophie’s three possible fathers. I enjoyed the events of both, and thought the new cast captured the characters the original cast created perfectly, particularly Lily James as young Donna, . The originals all continue to excel too. My top 3 of the soundtrack (which I must admit I loved a lot less of than the first film) are Mamma Mia, Why Did it Have to Be Me? and The Name of the Game.


What films did you watch during July? Do we have any in common, or do you plan to watch any of the ones I did? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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5 Disney Items I Don’t Own But Would Like To

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Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the Disney items I don’t own that I’d most like to, which I decided to do after writing this post about my favourites of my current collection. Onto the post!


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Photo: Poundland

Olaf tote bag– of all the Disney tote bags Poundlandhave ever released, this is hands down my favourite and I’m gutted I didn’t find it in any of the shops I made a trip to specially in search of it. I think these totes are fantastic (and surprisingly roomy) and having one with my favourite character on it would be amazing, because just LOOK at how precious he is. I do own another Olaf bag, but it’s nowhere near as lovely. I also really wish I’d been able to track down the Winnie the Pooh/Piglet one!

Photo: Disney Store

Stitch mug- Stitch is one of my other favourite Disney characters (a huge reason for that is that he reminds me of my younger dog Saffy), and I think he looks so sweet with his guitar on this mug. It’s now sold out, so I’m pretty sad I never came across it in the Disney Store. The others in the same collection are super cute too; I love the designs.

Mickey Mouse ears– As you might know if you follow me on Twitter/Instagram, I love doing themed photoshops with my dogs and dressing them up in general, and I’d love to do one with these whenever I finally get a pair or two! I’ve seen so many gorgeous ones 😍

Saffy (top) and Shimmer wearing their Pudsey ears for Children in Need!

Olaf figurine– yes, there are two Olaf items on this list, and between that and how many Olaf themed items I already own I think Olaf is 100% my favourite Disney character. I saw this in a shop on holiday and didn’t go in because I wasn’t sure where I could put it, but I’m really hoping it’s still there next time I am. Even if it’s just in my bedroom, seeing Olaf always makes me smile, so I think it’d be nice to have.

Photo: Pinterest

101 Dalmatians notebook– this was designed by Cath Kidston, and while I think all of her Disney items are gorgeous, this is by far my favourite and I wish I’d known about it when it went on sale (even though I’ve never actually seen 101 Dalmatians. I really should get to that…)


What Disney items do you not own that you’d like to? Do you agree with any of your list? Who would you say your favourite Disney character is, and do you have any items related to them? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

My Five Favourite Disney Items I Own

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Today, I’m going to be showing you my five favourite Disney items I own, which was inspired by Jenny in Neverland’s post on the same topic (which she very kindly agreed I could do). Onto the items!

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Chip n’ Dale mug– Chip n’ Dale are my favourite of the original Disney characters, so I lusted after this in the Disney store for quite a while and was super happy when I got it for my birthday. I think Chip and Dale are hilarious, and this mug always makes me smile when I use it.

Minnie t-shirt– this is a very new addition to my wardrobe (I picked it up in F and F and couldn’t bring myself to leave without it), and I adore it. A Minnie saying, shiny gold bits and a fab illustration of Minnie is basically perfect. I’m really hoping I can get hold of the Mickey equivelent before it sells out.

Tote bags– I am a big, big fan of Poundland’s Disney totes; the designs on them are so gorgeous, they’re pretty sturdy and they carry an awful lot more than you’d think from their small looking size. I own quite a few, including the Minnie one above, a 101 Dalmatians one, several Bambi designs, Thumper and Eeyore. There are only a couple I’ve ever wanted I couldn’t find, and I’ll be talking about them quite soon in a post I’m planning about Disney items I love but don’t own.

Modern Languages mug– something I love that I don’t mention that much online is that I really love modern languages- they’re my favourite subjects at school and I can’t imagine life without learning them. One of my Modern Languages teachers very kindly gifted me this after I complimented it one day, and I adore it; it combines two of my very favourite things.

Winnie the Pooh pyjamas– I am a big fan of pyjamas, and quite a chunk of my sizeable collection is Disney themed. I can’t remember where I got these, but I adore the characters from Winnie the Pooh, and the quote at the bottom is fabulous (and something I say fairly often…) so I love them loads.


What are your favourite Disney items that you own? Do you like any of the ones I’ve included? Let me know down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My Top Ten Disney Animals

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Today, I’m finally getting to a post I’ve fancied doing for months about my favourite Disney animals! I’m a huge animal lover in general (as you’ll know if you’ve read this blog before/know me on Twitter) and so it seemed perfect. Onto the post!

Disclaimer- because I found this hard to narrow down, double acts/animals from the same film are counted as one entry on the list.

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Chip n Dale– these two are my fave “classic” Disney characters. They’re so cheeky and mischevious; which is what made them some of my favourite characters I met at Disneyland Paris when I went years ago (Remy and Emile, who very narrowly missed being on this list, were also hilarious). I lovethem so much I even asked for a mug with them on it for my birthday last year (which you shall see in a post I have coming up in a few months…)

Olaf– I know Olaf isn’t technically an animal, but he also isn’t human and this is my list, so he counts. Olaf is the sweetest character ever, and I adore him. He’s wonderful in Frozen, adding humour and heart, not to mention a brilliant song to the soundtrack, and I cannot tell you how excited I was going to see Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. In it, he’s even better, and I’m not in the slightest bit ashamed to tell you I wept openly throughout because I was so worried about him. I love how wholeheartedly kind he is and how much he cares about his friends. I cannot wait to see him again come Frozen 2.

Stitch– Like Olaf, Stitch is another not quite animal who I adore. I love how he changes from an evil alien into a loving companion for Lilo, and I also love him because he reminds me of my younger dog. Not because she’s an alien (though she’s definetly odd enough to be from another planet…) but because when she’s playing and particularly hyper, she makes a noise much like Stitch does before he can speak a bit, and it makes me laugh. Plus, he has a super cool Elvis costume.

Flounder– Flounder is one of my favourite Disney sidekicks! He’s so sweet, and I like how wonderful a companion to Ariel he is by following her into lotsof dangerous situations to help her despite his fears. Personally, I wouldn’t have ditched him, but I suppose that’s Ariel’s choice 😕

Gus and Jaq– I love mice/rats in fiction, I really do. These two are particularly adorable, and the dress scene(s) where the mice make her a dress for the ball made me weep. I’m welling up just thinking about it. I really want to watch Cinderella again, but that scene made me cry so much last time I keep putting it off!

Nick Wilde– I also love Judy, but this is a rare case of me actually being able to pick a favourite. I love Nick from the moment he’s introduced as a wisecracking, sneaky con artist to the end of the film, when he’s quite different altogether while retaining his brilliant sense of humour. I firmly believe Zootopia is the most underrated Disney film, and it’s hilarious and heartwarming, and I highly recommend it.

Pascal and Maximus– their rivalry/grudging friendship is amazing, but I also love their relationships with Rapunzel and Flynn. I love how Maximus is loyal to Rapunzel and helps her, and how amazing a companion Pascalis both in the tower and on her adventure with Flynn. Their antagonistic behaviour towards Flynn is HILARIOUS.

Bambi and Thumper– Bambi breaks my heart, but I love Bambi and Thumper a huge amount. They’re both utter darlings in their own right and I loved watching them become friends, alongsude Flower. Writing this has reminded me how much I like Bambi, and that I really should rewatch soon!

Simba– Simba is phenomemal, and I really like how much he grows as a character. He’s a super fun cub (I especially love him in the ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King’ sequence) and he grows into such a strong adult, when he must face his uncle in battle to save his pride.

Koda- I love Brother Bear, and Koda is the main reason for that. I love that he loves Kenai so much (even though he inititally doesn’t show kindness in return), and how adventurous and fun-loving he is. I also feel incredibly sorry for him, as his mum has went missing and he has to deal with that.

Oliver– I cannot understand how no one wanted to take Oliver at first. It boggles my mind. He’s so adorable and I have a huge fondness for ginger cats, so I kind of have to love him, but I also love how brave he is throughout all the situations he’s put in throughout Oliver and Company, and how loyal he is to his friends.


That was TOUGH! I could honestly have included basically every Disney animal ever on that list, tbh (and the ones who JUST didn’t make it were Lady and the Tramp/aforementioned Remy and Emile/EVERYONE from Winnie the Pooh/Nemo, if you’re interested). Who are your favourite Disney animals? Do you agree with any of my choices? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

January/February Films

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Today, I’m going to be writing about the 5 films I watched in January/February, and my thoughts on them. Onto the post!


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Paddington– this was the perfect film to start the year off; it’s uproriously funny, exciting and heartwarming. I loved Paddington and the Browns a great deal, and the villain was truly horrid, and I was so worried for Paddington throughout. Every single minute of this was a pleasure (though I did particularly enjoy the bathroom scene 😂) and I’m so excited to watch the 2nd soon!

Zootropolis– this film is SO underrated. It’s funny, I love the world and how it’s represented with the fabulous animation, I like the soundtrack, the characters are awesome , the plot is really well paced and exciting with a pretty unexpected twist. I loved this rewatch so much again, and you should watch this is you haven’t and love the more modern Disney films especially.

A Royal Night Out– I was delighted when I found this on Netflix, as I never quite made it to the cinema when it was first released. I’m now very grateful I did not go to the cinema to see it, given I turned off halfway through, by which point nothing remotely resembling a plot had happened, and the constant theme tune of the brass band alongside the characters shrieking at each other was giving me a sore head.

Coco– sorry Nemo, but you’re no longer my favourite Pixar film. It’s set in Mexico on DÃŽa de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as music-loving Miguel, whose family forbids music to the family’s past, is transported to the land of the dead and meets his deceased family members. The animation is stunning, the plot twists surprised me much more than I thought they would have and I already can’t wait to watch this again on DVD. Coco is funny, sweet, clever and heartwarming, and I can’t recommend you watch it enough.

Tangled– the last film I watched (rewatched) was this, which is one of my favourite Disney films. It’s as I’m sure you know, the slightly adapted story of Rapunzel, and it’s lovely. The animation is beautiful (especially in the floating lantern scene 😍), Flynn and Rapunzel are my favourite Disney couple, and Pascal and Maximus are two of the best Disney sidekicks in existence! Plus, the soundtrack is super catchy and fun.


What films did you watch in January and February? Are you a fan of any of the ones I watched? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My Favourite Disney Love Songs

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Today it’s time for another love themed post, I’m going to be writing about my favourite romantic Disney songs. Onto the post! (Please note there will be a spoiler for Frozen if you haven’t seen it!)

Love is An Open Door- this one is possibly marred a bit by the fact that Hans turns out to be an evil villain who wants to kill Anna, but it’s still a seriously good song. It’s catchy, pretty funny and I just really like the scene. It doesn’t take the crown for my favourite Frozen song, but it has tough competition seeing Let it Go is spectacular, and In Summer is the most joyous song possibly ever, and I still like it a lot.

Kiss the Girl- I love the Little Mermaid soundtrack an awful lot; Sebastian is the best. This song, which is sung when Ariel and Eric take a boat trip together and Eric must kiss Ariel in order for her to remain human, so Sebastian is attempting to set a romantic vibe and coax him into it. This is super fun, and it’s different to alnost any other Disney love song I can think of since it’s not the couple who sing it.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight- another sing that fits that bill is this one from the Lion King. It’s written by Elton John and it’s beautiful, and it’s one of the loveliest scenes in the film (even though the writing in the sky caused all that controversy…).

I See the Light– this is definetly the most visually stunning scene of Tangled (and as someone who loves purple and gold, as you can probably tell from my blog colours, may I just say I highly approve of the colour scheme of it too). It’s a totally beautiful song, and as a Chuck fan it always surprises me just how good a singer Zachary Levi actually is!

Something that I Want– this is SUCH a good song, and I think I’d count it as a love song. It plays over the end credits of Tangled, and my interpretation of the lyrics are that it’s about Rapunzel and Flynn, and how finding each other changes their lives (that may be totally wrong, but it’s the way I understand it and it feels like a love song. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments!). It’s toe-tappingly catchy, I love the lyrics and how it sort of tells the story of the film, and I also just really, really like Grace Potter’s voice!

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite Disney love songs? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx