Monday, 18 December 2017

The Impossible | Blogmas Day 18

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Happy Blogmas day 18!

Here's another film review for you all - The Impossible! But just a warning, this is not a lighthearted happy film, so maybe don't watch it if you don't want to cry over the festive season!

The film is about a family of 5, who go on holiday in Thailand for the Christmas holidays. However, the day after Christmas the family, and everyone else in the vicinity, are struck by the devastating blow of a tsunami. The family are torn apart and separated. Can they find their way back to each other before it's too late? Can they even survive?

I loved this film. it is based on the true story of a family that got caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which makes the film so much more heartfelt and devastating.

I originally watched this film because Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was in it. But honestly, I'm so glad that I watched it anyway because I think it's a film that everyone should watch at least once in their lives. It makes you think about your privilege, the fact that life is so freaking short, and the fact that natural disasters don't care where you live or how much money you have - everyone is in the same boat.

The acting in this film is phenomenal. All of the main characters in the film (Played by Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Prendergast) were all so amazing and at no point did I not believe their screams of terror or their tears of desperation.

As you can tell, it's a very upsetting movie. I'm not gonna sugarcoat it, because it's just really sad. When I watched it, I was still crying well after the credits rolled and even thinking about specific things within the film makes me want to cry now, and I haven't seen it in a good few months.

The word that I came away with after watching this film was 'powerful'. It is powerful in every single sense of the word, and as I mentioned already, I think that everyone should see this film at least once, because the things that you take away from it last forever.

Have you seen this? Do you want to?

It's 7 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 19!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

My Favourite Christmas Films | Blogmas Day 17

Hey Guys! Happy Blogmas day 17!

When I was choosing which movies to mention in this post, I discovered that I've seen a lot more Christmas movies than I thought I had!

Check out every film on this list because they're all amazing!

Love Actually
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I'm pretty sure that everyone who wants to see this film already has because it's one of the most promoted movies around Christmas time, so there's no point in me telling you the ins and outs of the story now, but if you haven't seen this and you want to, please do.

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I haven't seen this in a while, but I think it will always be one of my favourite Christmas movies just because of how original it is - and how it's undeniably about Christmas. Again, this film is really talked about at this time of year, so you probably already know what it's about, but if you don't, go and watch it!

The Family Stone
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This one is a lot less publicised than the other two, but it's one of my absolute favourites. It's about, as a lot of Christmas movies are, a family reuniting over the Christmas period. Drama, hilarity and upset ensue and it's amazing to watch. Plus it stars some amazing actors and actresses, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson and Dermot Mulroney. Make this movie a 'must watch' this Christmas!

Home Alone
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I'm spending absolutely no time on this movie because it's the ultimate classic Christmas film and you've all probably already seen it. And I'm sure that if you haven't, then you never wanted to. If you want to, watch it!

This Christmas
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Like 'The Family Stone' this movie is also about a family getting back together over the Christmas period, but unlike the other movie, it has the two welcome additions of music (courtesy of Chris Brown) and Idris Elba, who makes any movie ten times better. Watch this!

Four Christmases
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The word that comes to mind when I think of this film is 'funny'. It's not your average heartwarming Christmas film like many others on this list because it's a Christmas movie mixed with a romantic comedy, about a couple who see all four of their parents for Christmas in one day. If you want something lighthearted to watch over the Christmas period, definitely check this one out!

The Snowman
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For me, this film is just riddled with nostalgia. I haven't seen it in years but even seeing the picture brings back the memories of watching it in primary school and totally falling in love with it. It's a film for kids that adults can definitely also fall in love with. If it comes on over the Christmas period, definitely watch it!

The Night Before
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Funny. The funniest Christmas film I've ever seen. If you're looking to laugh and laugh this Christmas, put this movie on. It's about three best friends who meet up over the Christmas period and try to get into this really cool party. But of course, it's not as simple as that. And it brings up the question of how long friendships can really last when people are off leading their separate lives. Such an entertaining watch.

The Family Man
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I didn't know that this was a Christmas film, and to be honest I'm not 100% sure that it is. But it is according to google, so it's the last one in this list. It's the classic tale of someone being given a second chance to turn their life around and discover what it is they should have chosen in the first place. It's a really good film and it's very thought provoking. A great plot and great actors make it an essential watch at any time of year!

Have you seen any of these? Do you want to?

It's 8 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 18!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Love, Rosie | Blogmas Day 16

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It's Blogmas Day 16!

Today's review is a lot more lighthearted than the previous one that I did, which was about 'Foxcatcher' - and it's definitely one that you can watch at Christmas time even though it's not a Christmas movie.

It's about best friends Rosie and Alex. They've been best friends for as long as they can remember, and they've never wanted to be anything more. That is, until they kiss at Rosie's 18th birthday party and Alex begins to develop feelings. However, over their many years of friendship, Alex and Rosie go through many separate things, things that keep them apart. But are the two meant to be together? Or is their epic friendship just a friendship for a reason?

I didn't expect to really have any feelings one way or another about this film. I thought I might like it just on the basis that it's a romantic comedy based on a book by Cecelia Ahern, whose books I really like. However, I thought it would be just something lighthearted that I could watch while also doing something else.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

It was such an interesting film that dealt with a lot of different issues (that I won't mention because I don't want to give anything away) in a great way.

The two main characters, Rosie in particular, were characters that I really rooted for. I wasn't necessarily hoping for them to be together, but I wanted both of them to succeed and prosper in their separate lives. I wanted them to be happy, even if it meant that they couldn't be together.

It wasn't your average rom-com, and I really liked that about it.

Usually with rom-coms, you know for sure that the couple will eventually get together, and that's great because the film is nice and predictable. However, for this one, I didn't really feel like that. I didn't know if they were going to end up together, and I could completely understand the reasons why they might not.

Overall, this is definitely a film that you should check out. I heard such good things about it before I actually watched it and all of the good things that I heard were completely true - it's a great film. And now all I need is to read the book that it was based on!

It's 9 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 17!

Friday, 15 December 2017

The Best Vlogmas Videos | Blogmas Day 15

Hey Guys - happy Blogmas day 15!

Today I wanted to talk about Vlogmas. For those who don't know, Vlogmas is when YouTubers vlog every day from December 1st until Christmas.

It's a time of year that I look forward to every year because I love watching their vlogs and seeing what they get up to.

So today, I'm gonna let you know whose videos I'm watching religiously this Vlogmas, and what videos you should be watching too!

If you think there's any more that I should be watching, please let me know in the comments!


Zoe's Vlogmas is my go-to every year, because she's one of the only vloggers I follow that actually does it every year no matter what. She posts quite long videos, so it's really nice to know that I can sit and watch 40 minutes of her life every evening to keep me entertained! And as well as that, she's such a festive person that it really does make me excited(ish) for the holiday season.

Niomi Smart

Niomi Smart is a vlogger whose videos I don't really watch that much. However, she uploads religiously once a week and she's one of the only vloggers that is consistent, so I've always had a lot of respect for her. So of course I'm tuning into her Vlogmas. Like Zoe, her life is really interesting in general, so I can't wait to see what she gets up to this month!

Tanya Burr

Tanya is another one that is really consistent in the sense that she always does Vlogmas, so I always look forward to watching her videos. Like Zoe, she's also really festive, as you can tell by the fact that she wrote a book all about Christmas and what she loves about it, and that love is definitely infectious.

Gabriella Lindley

This is how much I love Vlogmas. I don't usually subscribe to Gabbie, I don't watch her videos and she never comes up on my recommended. However, on December 1st I subscribed to her just because she said she was doing Vlogmas, and I'm really glad that I did. Not only does it give me more lives to peak into, but she's really funny and down to earth. I find it really nice to sit and watch her vlogs where she's just chilling and working out and seeing friends - and I really love it.

Giovanna Fletcher

I love Gi. I love everything about her, and I've followed both her career and her personal life for years. She does so much, and she's freaking hilarious, and I just think she's really great. Her Vlogmas is one that I look forward to the most because I love seeing her and her husband Tom and her sons Buzz and Buddy. They're like the perfect little family and it's really heartwarming to watch someone who doesn't try to come across as perfect. She doesn't get as much love as she should, because everyone should be watching her vlogs!

Joe Sugg

Joe is the first and only male YouTuber that I have in this list, and that's because to be honest, most other male YouTubers really annoy me for one reason or another. In fact, I think he's the only male Vlogger that I'm still subscribed to. But anyway, his Vlogmas is so funny because he's such a funny guy. In addition, he does something different every video and his life is by far one of the most entertaining that I've ever watched!

Rose and Rosie

And last but not least, we have Rose and Rosie. I love them. I've loved them for a while and that love is showing no signs of slowing down or stopping. They're hilarious, so entertaining, and exactly what you want from a Christmas video. Something that you can watch and laugh at for hours on end!

So what are you waiting for? Go and catch up on these Vlogmas videos!

It's 10 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 16!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Foxcatcher | Blogmas Day 14

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It's Blogmas Day 14. Hi everyone!

This is certainly not a Christmas film in any sense, so don't watch this thinking that it'll be lighthearted because I put it in Blogmas. Trust me!

The film is a true story about a wrestler called Mark Schultz, who is approached by a man called John du Pont who wants to train him and use him to help form a wrestling team for the Olympics (in 1988). Mark agrees to move in with du Pont so that he can get out of the shadow of his brother Dave Schultz, who is also a wrestler. However, living with du Pont takes it's toll on Mark, who begins to suffer in ways that he doesn't understand. And with du Pont obsessed with getting Dave to join the team, it's clear that things won't end well for this trio of athletes.

This film is insane. I don't know if it was marketed as a psychological thriller but it definitely should have been. Even thinking about it is making me feel a bit weird.

The main reason I watched this film was due to the actors in it, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, who I all love. Because of that, I went into the film a bit blind, and I'm glad I did because I really was not prepared for anything that happened.

All three main actors did an amazing job with this film. I didn't know the true story before watching it, but I've since read up about it (because it's a really interesting story) and I'm glad that they didn't shy away from the awful aspects of it. Seeing the character of Mark deteriorate as the movie went on was so powerful. He was a character that you were rooting for even though he wasn't necessarily rooting for himself.

Without giving anything away, I have to talk about the ending. If you looked up the story, or you've seen the film, then you'll know what I mean. It was so shocking I still kind of can't believe it. It gave me a physical reaction for sure. I was watching it in the dark at 2am and I gasped out loud and felt really emotional, and even when I've seen the specific scene since then I always jump, because of the way that it was filmed and shot, which is a credit to the filmmakers as well as the actors.

The film is deep, and I can for sure see how it might be traumatising, especially for the people that acted in it. There's so much to unpack and think about that even when it's done you might not fully understand all of the events that happened, or what sparked Mark's deterioration.

I've already said, this was not a lighthearted film, and it doesn't have a happy ending, or many happy moments to be honest. So be prepared for that before you put it on, because it is a drama in the truest sense of the word.

I think it's the kind of film that everyone should see once. It's so interesting, so impactful, and you will find a way to relate it to your own life. However, I don't know if I'll watch it again because it's been at least a month, if not more, since I last saw it and writing this made me feel as if I had only seen it yesterday. I'm actually still not over it.

Have you seen this before? Could you watch it more than once?

It's 11 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas day 15!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Shopping For Gifts On A Budget | Blogmas Day 13

Happy Blogmas day 13 guys!

Christmas is an expensive time of year, the only way to get around that would be to not buy presents, or to make presents yourself, both of which a lot of people do.

But if you like to actually buy things for people, I just thought I'd note down a few places that you can go where you can buy things that aren't expensive, but still really nice.

This is my default, for sure. When I'm shopping for Christmas presents, amazon is always the first place that I go to because I know that I'll be able to find something nice without it being expensive. Even if the thing that you have your heart set on buying is expensive, there are always cheaper versions that you can get if you look at the third-party sellers. The item will probably be used, but they're mostly in good condition, and still make a great gift!

I love Etsy so much for personalised things. It's better than Amazon in this sense because the website is full of people who own small businesses. I for one love to help people out when it comes to things like this, and everyone knows that Christmas is the time to start making the best stuff, because it's when everyone wants to buy things. Some of the stuff on there is of such a high quality for such a good price that you'd be silly not to check it out!

The Range
This shop is great, particularly for homeware. It has such pretty things at such an affordable rate. I don't know how many of these stores there are, but the one I go to is in the Surrey Quays shopping centre. If you have one near you, or you know of one, go and check it out, because the stuff in there really is worth it.

Any Clothing Store
I don't usually buy clothes for people, because it can be awkward if you don't know their exact size or something. However, one thing that I have learned is that, in these clothing stores, you have the opportunity to buy really inexpensive jewellery. These stores always have counters of charm bracelets and really dainty necklaces and rings that are so much cheaper than if you were to actually go to a jewellery store. They'd definitely make a nice present for the person that you're only buying a present for because you feel obligated - we all have those people!

This is definitely for a particular type of person. In society these days, we're getting to the stage where DVDs and CDs are becoming obsolete. However, if you know someone who still has a love for these things, there is a relatively cheap idea that they'll love. I know that, for me, I will never stop watching DVDs because I love them, and they'll always be more reliable than streaming services. So getting me a DVD would be a great present, and it would be cheap because not a lot of people really buy them that much anymore. Overall, a great idea!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

It's 12 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas Day 14!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Happy Death Day | Blogmas Day 12

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Hey Guys x

It felt really fitting to save this post until now! So, for those who don't know, here's a review of the movie Happy Death Day, from me, on my birthday! If you've seen the film, you'll know why that's significant!

Here's to 21!

I have such a love of horror movies. And as much as I love the paranormal, possession, 'conjuring' type ones, I also love a good slasher flick.

Well, this film takes the idea of a slasher flick, and turns it on it's head.

It's about a girl called Tree (Teresa) who wakes up on her birthday in a strange dorm room with a guy that she barely recognises. Anyway, she goes about her normal life, and at the end of the night, on the way out (or home, I'm not 100% sure, but it doesn't matter) she is killed. However, when she wakes up, she is back in that unfamiliar dorm room with that unfamiliar guy. At first, she thinks she's having deja vu. But when, at the end of the night, she is killed again, she begins to understand what is happening to her. Tree is being forced to relive this day over and over again, until she can find out exactly who wants to kill her. But can she figure it out before she dies for good? 

The first time seeing this film, there were plot holes that I couldn't get over. However, having seen is a second time, I do think it's a good film.

The character of Tree started off annoying. She was kind of like the typical 'mean girl', doing things that she wasn't supposed to do. But as time goes on, she becomes such a likeable character that you're definitely rooting for.

My favourite aspect of films like this is trying to figure out who the killer is. And for this film, they did it really well, because it was someone that I really didn't expect until the last possible moment. When the 'whodunnit' thing is done well, it makes for such a great film ending, as it did with this one.

The standout character for me was Carter, the guy whose room she kept waking up in. He was just so sweet and cute and lovely, and I for sure wanted to see more of him in the film. But this isn't me saying that he's not the killer - I'm definitely not giving that away!

But overall, it's a fun watch. It's fun to watch with other people and guess who the killer is, and when you discover everything at the end, it still leaves you thinking.

Overall, another success for Blumhouse, the best horror movie production company!

Have you seen this? Do you want to?

It's 13 days until Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for Blogmas Day 13!