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 πŸ™„) 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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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 that’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 it’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

My Top Ten Disney Animals

Hello everybody!

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 πŸ˜•

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 πŸ˜‚) 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 DΓ¬a 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

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! πŸ˜‚


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