Five Films I Watched in July

Hello everybody!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚). 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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Guest Post: Films With the Boy

Hello everybody!

Today, as my first post back from hiatus, I have a guest post from Charlotte’s son S(who regularly stars in her brilliant Books With the Boy feature) to share, all about his favourite films and characters from them. Onto the post!


My Favourite Films and Characters

I am going to do a list about my favourite films and my favourite person from that film.

1. Harry Potter. This is my number one because they can do magic and thatโ€™s awesome. Harry is my favourite character because he wears glasses and I wish I could wear real glasses and not just pretend ones.

2. Peter Rabbit. I like this because itโ€™s got lots of talking animals and I like animals that can talk. Mr Todd is my favourite character because he is a fox and foxes are really cool.

3. Toy Story 1. This has got lots of toys in who can talk and one who can fly. My best character in Toy Story 1 is Buzz Lightyear because he can fly.

4. Boss Baby. This is one of my favourites because it is really cool and it made me laugh. The Boss Baby is my favourite because he is just a baby and he wears nappies and drinks bottles but he is also the boss and he is really funny.

5. Minions. I like this one because all of the minions talk really funny and they are quite naughty and always trying to be villains. My favourite character is Bob because he is really stupid. I love the bit about the ukulele so I decided to learn how to pay the ukulele so I can be a cool rock star.


If you’d like to read more from S, you can read the post he and Charlotte did for my blogmas last year!


Have you seen any of the films S mentions? What are your favourite films, and which characters in them do you like best? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

5 Films I Watched in March and April

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Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I watched during March and April! Spoiler: one is a new fave, and Paddington 2 is up there on that list too tbh. Onto the post!

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Inception– this isn’t the sort of film I’d ever choose for myself, but in the main I really enjoyed it (I watched it in school, as my 2nd media text). Once I (more or less) got to grips with the mindbending chopping and changing of worlds, I thought the worldbuilding was incredibly clever, and I also really liked the well-acted characters. Also, it’s a lot more enjoyable and easy to write essays on than Blade Runner, this winning my gratitude.

Paddington 2- everything that made me love Paddington 1 beyond words is only improved upon here. Paddington himself is so, so precious and I just adore him as a character, and I also really like the ensemble of the Brown family, the neighbours and Hugh Grant as a nefarious villain with lots of disguises (I love it when disguises feature in books or films or TV). The humour was on point, and my heart was both in my mouth with fear and on my sleeve with tears flowing as I was so worried for Paddington. I need the 3rd film immediately.

Love, Simon– this is, if you don’t already know, is the film adaptation of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (one of my absolute favourite books). Though there were some changes made, the gorgeously feelgood atmosphere and the storyline remains the same, and I love it almost as much. It’s romantic and funny, with a superb cast (Nick Robinson and Alexandra Shipp were exactly the way I imagined their characters, especially) and one of the best endings I’ve ever seen. I cannot WAIT to own a DVD of this, because it’s the sort of film that could cheer you up after any bad day, and I know already that I’ll watch it over and over again.

Hidden Figures– this told the story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, three incredible African American women who worked for NASA and were instrumental in aiding John Glenn’s journey into orbit. I had never heard of these women before, but I thought they were incredibly inspiring and the racial injustice they faced was appalling. Though it wasn’t fully historically accurate it did prompt me to research a bit more and I’m really glad I do now know who these women are. As a final point, I thought this was phenomenally acted, particularly Taraji P Henson as Katherine.

The Aristocats– I buddy watched this via Twitter DM with my friend Louise, and we had the BEST time (well, I did, anyway). We talked about the story structure, because Louise teaches me new things about that basically every day, but also realised how truly evil the villain is (which we’d kind of forgotten), agreed Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat is awesome and cooed tons over those precious little kittens. And moaned about the irritating geese…


What films did you see during March or April? What are your thoughts on the ones I’ve seen? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Five Fave Romance Films

Hello everybody! Today, for another love themed post, I’m going to be writing about my top 5 romance films, which are undoubtedly my favourite type! Onto the post!

The Proposal- I only watched this for the first time this year, and I’ve only seen it once, but I adored it. Sandra Bullock is hilarious and Ryan Reynolds is fabulous too, I love hate to love done well and the whole plot of them going away to his parents and faking an engagement is delightful. I can’t wait to see it again!

Brooklyn- the best way I can think of to describe this is beautiful. So much of the scenery and how it’s shot is simply stunning. It’s set in the 1950s as Eliis moves to New York in search of a better life. I adore her main love interest Tony and I was desperately rooting for them when Eilis returns to Ireland. It made me cry more than once, but also laugh, and it’s a really fantastic film.

Pretty Woman- A romcom classic, this is easily my favourite Julia Roberts film (I’m generally not bowled over…), and Richard Gere is also wonderful. I’m pretty sure everyone knows this story, but if you don’t, it’s about a business relationship of rather an unusual sort becoming not so professional after all.

Pretty in Pink- I’m sure you’ll all drop dead in shock this is on my list, if you know the way I feel about this film. Every time I watch it, I’m instantly sucked into the world and I always, always love every minute. The soundtrack is phenomenal, Molly Ringwald is awesome as Andie and I love love LOVE the romantic elements. If you’re interested, I’m Team Duckie forever, much as Blane is handsome and sweet.

Bridget Jones’s Baby- another all time favourite, this is very much my favourite Bridget Jones film. My mum and I saw it 3 times in the cinema, and have watched it many more on DVD now. There’s lots of romantic moments, both with Mr Darcy and new addition Jack, and of course plenty of laugh out loud moments.

Thank you so much for reading! What do you think of these films? What are your favourite romance films? I’d love to hear down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

5 Films I Watched in November/December

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Today, I’m doing a post about the films I watched and very much enjoyed in late November/December. As you go through this post, you’ll realise how obsessed with Disney I am, if you haven’t already! ๐Ÿ˜‚


Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
– I  went to see this in the cinema at the very end of November, and it was worth every stare for being the only people there unaccompianed by a child. I’ll preface this by saying I LOVE OLAF. He’s the sweetest of all sweet things, and this film is basically all him. It’s about him trying to find a new holiday tradition for himself, Anna and Elsa. He’s as adorable as ever, and I essentially sat in tears throughout because I loved this so much, and I am not ashamed.


Oliver and Company
– this film was so, so cute. It’s Oliver Twist with animals (which made me like it a whole lot more). I loved Oliver, his friends and thought hostile dog Georgette, who is annoyed when Oliver invades her home, was hilarious. I sobbed through certain scenes and got very worried about all the characters during the climax, and I adored the happy ending that ticked every box I wanted it to. I definetly think I’ll be watching this again!

A Christmas Prince
– this was cheesy, predictable and an AWFUL lot of fun! I really liked main character Amber, and her love interest Prince Richard. I thought the supporting cast were excellent too, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up watching this over Christmases to come. If you’re one of the (seemingly) few people who haven’t watched this, it’s about a journalist as she journeys to Aldovia in order to dig up dirt on the royal family, and especially the Prince, of the country.


Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo-
yes, I watched a film about Easter at Christmas. And it felt very odd, but my goodness was it glorious. I have shamefully never seen any Winnie the Pooh films despite thinking the characters are lovely. It’s about the Easter when Rabbit mysteriously refused to organise anything, and the rest of the gang trying to convince him otherwise for little Room’s sake. It was so sweet, the animation was whimsical, classic and picturesque, and the friendship and sheer joy throughout really made me smile. Also, my older dog is a mixture of Rabbit and Eeyore, so I burst out laughing quite a lot!


Pretty in Pink
– as you may know, this is basically my favourite film of all time, and if I included it in one of these posts every time I watched it then it’d probably be in them all. It’s about Andie as she navigates high school drama and chooses between rich boy Blaine and best friend Duckie romantically (I like Blaine, but I’m Team Duckie ALL THE WAY). It makes me laugh, it makes me cry and I love each of the main trio with all my heart, and hate their enemies on a similar level. The soundtrack is also fab. If you love this too, please come fangirl with me about it!


What films did you love in November and December? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl


Amy xxx

My 5 Favourite Christmas Films

Hello everybody, and welcome to day 12 of blogmas!


Today, I’m going to be chatting about my favourite Christmas films. Onto the post!

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)-
this is my very, very favourite Christmas film. Everything about it is magical and it never fails to make me feel more Christmassy afterwards. Mara Wilson is just exceptional in it, and Richard Attenborough pulls off the real Santa vibe perfectly. If you don’t know what this film is about, it’s the story of a little girl called Susan as she tries to convince her department store organiser mum that the Santa she’s hired is the real deal, and also them saving the store from closure.


The Snowman/The Snowman and the Snowdog
– I used to find these incredibly dull when I was younger but I adore them now. They have a really classic, cosy sort of feel to them,they capture a very special idea of winter magic and the endings never fail to make me cry. The characters never speak, but I’m still incredibly invested in them and their story.


Elf
– I think this is on a lot of lists with this title, and it is well deserved. It’s a lot sillier humour than I’d usually go for in some scenes but I think Will Ferrell pulls off Buddy’s hyper, super sweet character off well and I love the focus on finding your family and yourself.


Arthur Christmas
– this is one I have to be in a particular mood for, but I love the modern take on the Santa story, and Arthur is a lovely character who I really rooted for. It’s about Santa’s younger son, who is a bit of a black sheep in his family, as he sets off to deliver a present left behind in the North Pole to a little girl called Gwen.


Frozen
– is Frozen a Christmas film? I’m not sure, but I’m counting it because a) it’s set in Winter and b) I went to see it just after Christmas in 2013 (HOW CAN THIS FILM BE 4 YEARS OLD ALREADY?!). I love the music, I love the characters (especially Olaf, who I adore with my whole heart) and I love the animation work itself, which is stunning. I own the singalong addition for added fun too ๐Ÿ˜


Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite Christmas films? Do we share any choices? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Amy xxx