Film Frenzy: July and August

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I’ve watched in the last few months, which are a mixed but generally positive bunch! Onto the post!


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2019 Films I’ve Not Seen Yet but Want To

Hello everybody! I couldn’t decide what my post for the day you’re reading this on should be, and then I remembered that I did a post very similar to this one at this time last year, and decided to steal past me’s idea to do again, because I really enjoyed writing that AND because I could think of loads of films that could be part of it. Onto the post!


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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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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

Hello everybody!

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