Films I’m looking forward to in 2016

Since Topher and I got our Cineworld unlimited tickets, I’ve been so excited to see all the films. That’s right, all of the films. It’s been years since I’ve had money to regularly attend the cinema so I feel spoiled for choice now. So here are my top films I’m looking forward to this year.

Girl on a Train

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Trailer

After stumbling across the trailer on Youtube, I wasn’t too surprised to find that this bestseller is being turned into a film. I really enjoyed the book but was disappointed to find that yet another British book is being turned American when it arrives on the big screen. The funniest part about it is that the lead is British Emily Blunt, though luckily it appears that she gets to keep her accent. I’ll reserve judgment though and I look forward to seeing it.

 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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Trailer

Say anything to do with Harry Potter and I’m there. I’m not sure what to expect from this but I’m looking forward to finding out. The trailer looks amazing!

 

Finding Dory

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Trailer

How many years have Pixar been promising this film? I loved Finding Nemo and can’t wait to find out Dory’s back-story.

 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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Trailer

Mike and Dave are brothers who cause trouble wherever they go. It’s their sister’s wedding and their parents insist that they find respectable wedding dates. So the boys turn to the Internet. Hilarity ensues… I’m not usually drawn to this kind of film but after watching the trailer I found myself laughing and I’ll definitely be giving this a watch.

 

And for 2017…

Beauty and the Beast

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I haven’t been following the behind the scenes gossip but after seeing the sneak peek last week, this is on my must list for next year. As soon as the music kicked in I got excited. I always loved the music from the original so am really happy it’s being used. I can’t wait!

 

What films are you looking forward to seeing this year?

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#BEDM Day 9: Book Review of Happily by Sophie Tanner

After a bit of a drought in the way of books, I’m here with a book review. As well as buying a few that I can’t wait to devour, I was sent a Kindle copy of “Happily” by Sophie Tanner to review.

Now lets start this with a fact. This book is chick-lit. But not chick lit as you know it. I love a mix of books from historical to fantasy and biographies to chick lit. When I read chick lit, I’m looking for something light and funny but it does tend to get a bit repetitive; girl meets boy, there’s some kind of obstacle, boy upsets girl but then makes it up to her and they all live happily ever after.

Happily was different. It was light and funny but the subject matter was something I haven’t seen tackled in this genre before. The book is about a girl called Chloe who doesn’t want to waste her life waiting for the one and therefore decides to marry herself. Quite a refreshing storyline.

I love the fact that it’s about loving yourself first and being content with your life and who you are. Chloe has a great job, great friends and great home. Self worth is something that really should be taught more. Though it’s great to be a traditional wife, mother etc. that isn’t something that women should be defined by. Chloe’s life is full of colourful characters and I was both entertained and inspired by the story line.

It’s a shame this isn’t out as a tangible book but on the bright side with it being Kindle, it’s only 99p on Amazon. What have you got to lose?

I would give this book 4 stars out of 5 for giving me a nice surprise!

What’s your favourite book you’ve read recently?

*Book was for review free of charge but as always my opinions are my own.

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Film & TV Reviews – March

Brooklyn (2015)

4 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to see this in the cinema but as usual I missed it. I recently got a chance to watch it and in a word it was lovely. It’s about an Irish girl who moves to America in the 1950s but after visiting home gets torn between both lives. The story was sweet and I especially loved the costume design. Women moving to America in the 19th and 20th century is a niche genre that I love so the film really appealed to me. It’s a special kind of struggle moving away from everyone and everything you know and back then it was so much harder so it’s a point of view that I gravitate towards. I was happy to hear that this film was originally a book so it’s now on my Amazon wish list.

Flipped (2010)

4 out of 5 stars

While looking for films to watch over the last few years, I’ve kept seeing the name of this film crop up. I always picked something else but after stumbling across a trailer for it on Youtube I found out what it was actually about. Set in the 1970s, Juli and Bryce are two average American 8 year olds who are complete opposites. Juli loves Bryce. Bryce hates Juli. That was what it said online. But what I didn’t realise was that the interest was in the way that the film plays out. You watch a few scenes from Bryce’s point of view, then it flips and you watch the same scenes all from Juli’s point of view, then it flips back to Bryce and so on. It’s funny how a story can change purely based on who’s telling it. It’s a fun twist on a sweet coming of age story. Oh and it was directed by Rob Reiner which if you’ve ever seen When Harry Met Sally you’ll know it’s worth a watch.

You’re the worst (TV Show)

3 and a half out of 5 stars

Another TV show I stumbled across while looking for something new to watch. I hit a comedy gold mine. You’re the worst is on channel FX and is about Gretchen and Jimmy who are genuinely terrible toxic people. Somehow they find each other and attempt a relationship even though it’s not normally their thing. Throw in their friends Lindsay (a former slut now married and not sure what to do with herself) and Edgar (an army vet with PTSD) and you’ve got a funny show. It really makes me laugh so I think it’s worth a watch. Plus it’s nice to find a good American comedy with no laugh track – at least one that I haven’t already watched! There’s two seasons and they’ve just been renewed for a third. How had I not heard of this show before?

What have you been watching recently?

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Book reviews

I did a lot of reading over Christmas so I figured I would share with you my reviews. I love these kind of posts as I’m always looking for something to add to my Amazon wish list.

The Girl On the Train – Paula Hawkins

I finally bought this to see what all the fuss was about and I get it now. Rachel is an alcoholic obsessed with a house she sees everyday on her morning commute. The couple who live there appear to have the perfect life. Though one day she sees something she shouldn’t.

It is a serious page-turner that leaves you wondering whodunit the whole way through. I found myself guessing right up until the end and I was wrong – just like my mum whom I leant the book to after I finished. Definitely recommended.

4/5 stars

 

The Next Together – Lauren James

It’s not very often these days that I finish an entire book in one day but I just couldn’t help myself with this one. The Next Together is about a couple who keep meeting in different lives, fall in love but then are torn apart. The chapters jump throughout history and there are fun touches like emails and letters between the pair. I was engaged from the first chapter and loved the concept. There is even going to be a sequel coming out this year so I will definitely be reading that!

5/5 stars

 

Why Not Me? – Mindy Kahling

Mindy is back and she’s definitely still funny. I found myself giggling away just as much through this book as I did for her last one, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. On a serious note, I enjoyed her chapter about confidence at the end. It gave me the kick I needed to get some work done.

4/5 stars

 

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

I could pretty much describe this as the female version of the film Bubble Boy. You know the one everyone forgets Jake Gyllenhaal was in? Though maybe without the epic road trip? Madeline is allergic to the outside world and has never left the house. She however ends up falling in love with the boy next door and chaos ensues. The story was sweet but the storyline was a bit too predictable for me.

3/5 stars

 

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance – Kirsty Greenwood

Chick-lit at its core. Jess is a party girl who considers herself a modern woman. However when she loses her job and home, she moves in with her estranged grandmother. Together in order to sort out both their money problems they team together to turn Jess into a vintage woman so capture the heart of a playboy, and secure themselves a book deal in the process. Overall I enjoyed the story, though the main character annoyed me a bit. Not much else to say about it.

2/5 stars

What have you read recently?

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