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

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 πŸ˜‚). 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

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

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 😁


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 

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