Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Mother! | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

So... Mother!. I have many thoughts about this, so I'm gonna get straight in with telling you what it's about - I'll try not to spoil it, but if something slips through the cracks, I'm really sorry, it's a hard film to explain.

The film is about a couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. They live a seemingly idyllic life, until they have a visitor who neither of them know. Lawrence's character wants him to leave, while Bardem's is more open and loving, he lets him stay. This man, played by Ed Harris, then brings his wife, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, to the house. As more people enter the house, Lawrence's character becomes more and more distraught, especially with her husband, who allows these people to come in and essentially destroy her home. But why is he letting them in? And will she be able to forgive him?

So, I'm just gonna be completely honest, I understand and appreciate the theme of the film (and the many interpretations), and I never normally say this, but I did not like this film at all. 

I don't know if this is a spoiler or not, but basically the theme of the film is, in a convoluted way, the story of creation, and the way that we as humans treat the Earth.

Now, the word 'pretentious' gets thrown around a lot when people talk about this film, and it definitely is. For me personally, I always find it weird when people make a huge statement about mankind while also being a part of mankind. Like, do you count as someone who is ruining the world or not?

And then there's the interpretation of God, or a God-like character. I'm not massively religious, but you don't have to be to see the religious undertones of this movie. I think it was a huge deal that the God of this movie wasn't made out to be as loving and powerful and amazing as religion (the bible etc) suggests. I'm not saying that it was a bad thing to make the film portray a different God (In fact, I actually found it quite refreshing), but I think it makes the film a lot more controversial than maybe the filmmaker wanted. But again, maybe that's exactly what he wanted.

Jennifer Lawrence, in particular, was really good in this. I completely empathised with her and thought she acted amazingly, as did many of the other characters in this movie. My gripe is more with the way that the movie was written/directed than the themes or actors.

I think that the idea of the creation story, as well as the fact that human beings may have, or may be ruining mankind is a story that is interesting and should be told. However, I think that maybe it could have been done in a way that was a lot less confusing. I didn't understand what was happening for 3/4 of the movie.

I will say, however, that Hazel Hayes made a really interesting video about it, which helped me to see some of the different interpretations of the movie. It has spoilers galore, so if you want to watch her video, watch the movie first. However, if you've already seen it, or if you don't care, check out her video, which I'll leave below.

Overall, I'm just giving my opinion. You might have seen it and completely loved it, I didn't. At all. But if you have seen it, tell me what you thought of it in the comments! I'd love to hear some different interpretations!

Lou xx

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

IT (2017) | Film Review

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So I saw IT at the weekend, and immediately I couldn't wait to review it! However, it might be worth mentioning that I saw the original before I saw the remake, which might alter my opinion somewhat.

So, the film begins with two boys, Bill, and his younger brother Georgie. After making a paper sailboat together, Georgie takes the boat out in the rain, where it falls down a drain. When he goes to retrieve the boat, he finds a clown that goes by the name of 'Pennywise'. When Georgie reaches into the drain for the boat, he is taken down the drain with the demented clown. 8 months later, through a range of circumstances involving some school bullies, Bill and a group of his friends who have also been tormented by the clown, decide to take him down. Whether now, or after the 27 years that it takes for It to return, they will defeat him.

I really really enjoyed this film, I liked it a lot. As a huge fan of horror, I wanted it to be truly terrifying, which it wasn't (once you get over the jumpscares), but it had that creepy air that many Stephen King adaptations seem to have (think Misery, The Shining or Pet Sematary) so that was great.

I haven't read the book, but I did read the wikipedia of the plot, and it seems like this film sticks to the original material much better than the original film.

Speaking of the original film, because it wasn't completely fresh in my mind, I wasn't really trying to compare them. However, the day after I watched this one, I went back to the original and saw that it was very in-keeping with it. In fact, most of the scenes were pretty much identical, just updated, which I really enjoyed.

The face of Pennywise was scary for sure. Not scary like the 'Nun' in the Conjuring movies, but more creepy. Like, it's not the kind of face that you'll see in your nightmares, but at the time, watching the film in the dark, it's creepy as hell!

The child actors in the film were amazing. They all acted incredibly well and made the film as great as it was. I love those kids, and I really want to see them in more stuff because they're all truly talented, as is Bill Skarsgard who played Pennywise.

Something that I didn't expect about the film was how funny it is. The banter between the boys especially was hilarious, and I loved those unexpected moments of humour.

Whether you're a horror fan or not, I'd definitely recommend seeing this film. It's not that scary, more interesting than anything else, especially if you're interested in Stephen King, as I am. But even if you don't, it's good fun and definitely something to watch with friends.

Have you seen the original IT? Will you see the new one?

Lou xx

Friday, 15 September 2017

As Above, So Below | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

So I watched this film the other day, and I've decided that I'm going to review the films that I watch whether they're old or new. Because to be honest, when I want to watch a film, I'd rather see a newer review than an old one anyway.

This film is about a girl who is looking for the 'Philosopher's Stone', that is said to create (or provide) immortality. Through her research, she discovers that she can find it in the catacombs of Paris (basically an underground cemetery type thing). So she enlists the help of her ex boyfriend, her cameraman friend, and three Parisians that she meets who are already proficient when it comes to exploring these unknown tunnels. However, when they go through the first tunnel, it collapses behind them, meaning that they have no choice but to find another way out. However, when they go through one specific tunnel, they find out that there's a reason why everyone who's gone through it has never been seen again.

The first thing I'll say is that, it's not your average horror film. I mean, yes there are a few jumpscares, but for me the scariest thing was definitely the claustrophobia, and the worry about whether or not they'll be able to get out of the catacombs.

Now, right off the bat, I got the impression that these people, particularly the main girl, were idiots. And after finishing the film and having a few days to reflect, I can confirm that they are, in fact, idiots!

You could not pay me enough money to go exploring in some unknown underground tunnels without a clearly mapped-out escape route, people standing above ground to pull me out, and paramedics on hand for when the inevitable ceiling collapse happens, and even then it would be a no. It's like these guys just had no common sense.

The main girl in particular was so selfish! All she cared about was getting this stone that, for all she knew, didn't even really exist. And she was willing to bring all of these people into certain death so that she could find the freaking stone. In my opinion, a stone is not worth more than my life!

The film reminded me a bit of 'The Descent' in the way that it takes place in the dark underground and is scary because you don't know what's underground with the group.

The problem that I had with it was that, whenever I re-watch the trailers of some of my favourite horrors, such as the 'Conjuring' series, there's always at least two comments that say: 'This is crap. If you want to watch a good movie, see 'As Above, So Below'', so I had pretty high expectations. And to be honest, as much as I enjoyed watching the film, it failed to meet these expectations.

Have you seen this? Do you think you will?

Lou xx  

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

August Favourites | 2017

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Sorry that this one is up so late this month! I said this before, but I ended up taking a break from blogging for the last week of August, and when I was planning what posts to write, I completely forgot this one!

Nevertheless, a late favourites post is better than none at all!

So, let's get on with it!

Favourite Movie (1): Annabelle: Creation
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So, I put up a review of this last week, so I'll link that here! There's no point repeating what I said in that post, so I won't. But it's awesome!

Favourite Movie (2): All Eyez On Me
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This is the recent biopic of Tupac Shakur. To be honest, one of the only reasons that I really wanted to watch it was because it stars Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie in the Vampire Diaries. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually a really good film. I mean, I don't know how accurate it was to his actual life, but it portrayed the hard upbringing, rise to fame, downfall and death of a popular mogul that people look up to. I'd definitely tell everyone of age to watch this!

Favourite TV Show: Parks and Recreation
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After finishing The Office, I had a huge hole in my life for a 20-minute sitcom. Of course I'd heard people going on and on about Parks and Rec, and I always said that I'd 'eventually' watch it. But I did not expect to like it as much as I do! I admit, it took me until 3/4 of the way through the second season to actually like it, but now I'm on season 3 and it is such a good show! I firmly recommend it!

Favourite Song: Back To You

For some reason, I couldn't include the music video, so I put a live performance instead. But I am in love with this song, and the video. It's by Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha, who are both artists that I don't really listen to. However, this song is definitely one to look out for. From what I can tell, it's about being in an unhealthy relationship, but always finding a reason to go back to the partner that makes you unhappy. It's such an interesting subject matter anyway, but coupled with an amazing song and really interesting video, I'd definitely watch it if I was you!

Favourite YouTuber: Daniel J Layton
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I have to say this, I'm no longer a huge fan of the 'big' YouTubers at all (and by 'big', I mean the Gleam British ones, Zoella, Alfie Deyes etc) with the exception of a few, like Louise Pentland and Tanya Burr. Because of this, I've been getting into others, for example Jack and Dean, Hazel Hayes (my constant inspiration) and, as I call them, 'the under crew' - aka the people that deserve millions of subscribers but don't have them. Daniel J Layton is one of these, and I just love him. He has an amazing sense of humour, his passion about things he loves (Janet Jackson and GOT to name two) is hilariously real and relatable. And on top of that, his tweets are some of the funniest I've ever come across, and that's all without mentioning that he's a pretty great actor. Check out his channel/twitter/insta/everything right now!

Favourite Music Artist: Demi Lovato
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I've always loved Demi, so it's surprising that she's not in this spot every month! However, I've fallen in love with her new-ish song 'Sorry, Not Sorry', which is why she's a fave. I also just love her and wanted to put her in for no other reason, so that's what I did!

Favourite Celebrity: The Originals Cast
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Choosing which picture was the hardest thing I've had to do today! But this one definitely encapsulates the best parts of their personalities (yes Daniel Gillies, I'm looking at you!). Of course I love the show, but more than that, I love the individual cast members. I'm the type of person who, as soon as a film or show comes out, I immediately look for bloopers. I swear bloopers are my favourite thing, I wish horror movies had them! But they really show how well a cast gets on with each other, and this cast, from what I can tell, really do get on. It's refreshing to see a group of people laugh and banter and play around and love each other and also work hard to produce the best quality content. Plus, when things get deep on The Originals, it helps to know that they actually like each other in reality!

Favourite Video: Baking With Layton (Also Hannah Witton again)

You already know that I love Daniel, but I also really love Hannah Witton, so it was really nice to see the two together, baking what looked like an amazing chocolate loaf cake thing. It's quite nice to just watch other people bake and cook, even if it does just make you want to eat the food after!

Random Favourites

Fitness Blender
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I've been working out recently, pretty much every day, sometimes twice a day. And I've realised that the only workouts that I like are Fitness Blender workouts. Whether they're low impact ones, HIIT ones, short ones, fat burning ones, Fitness Blender is the best for any type of workout and I completely love it! I only really work out with Kelli, and at times I hate her so much for making me work so hard! But she's a great trainer and I actually look forward to seeing her every evening!

'All I Need' - My TVD Fanfic

This is shameless self promo at it's finest, but I'm completely OK with that because I love this story! The trouble with writing the way I write is that, when I become passionate, I can't stop writing. So when I got really passionate about this story a few weeks ago, I wrote and wrote and wrote and completely finished it, which is great! However, because I upload once a week, I'm just patiently waiting for it to get to the storyline that I actually want people to read, which can be frustrating! However, I'm so proud of it, I'm so proud of finishing it, and I can't wait for people to read the latest bits that I've written. If you want to give it a read, you can do so here!

What have been your August Favourites?

Lou xx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Everything, Everything | Film Review

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Hey Guys x

I read this book ages ago, and I was anxiously awaiting the release of the film. Mostly, I wanted to see how true they kept certain events. In addition to that, the way that certain things in the book were described made them so vivid, that I thought it would be interesting to see the interpretation of those things in the book.

So, this film is about a girl called Maddie. Maddie has a condition that means that, if she leaves her house, she could easily die. Because of this, she hasn't left the house for 18 years, and doesn't know what it feels like to be free. To feel fresh air, or to go to the beach. But she didn't complain or try to rebel against this, because her mother (a doctor) knew what was best for her. Until she meets her new next door neighbour, Olly. As the two talk, connect and start to fall for each other (through emails, texts and hand-to-glass communication) Maddie realises that Olly might be worth rebelling for, worth going outside for. Worth risking absolutely everything for.

This is an unconventional love story, and I really loved and still love the idea of it, mainly due to Nicola Yoon's amazing writing!

However, for me, there were some problems with the film. And that was mainly due to how short it was. 

I obviously knew that they wouldn't be able to include absolutely everything (everything) from book, but I just felt like everything (everything) happened really quickly. I didn't get a chance to really decide whether or not I wanted Maddie and Olly to be a couple because they were falling for each other before even I knew what was happening.

I also feel like the mum in the book was portrayed differently in the film. I can't spoil anything, but the mum in the film was more innocent. I found myself really feeling sorry for her, which was weird considering how different it was in the book.

However, I'm so freaking happy that they stayed in keeping with the book, in terms of having a black (or half black) protagonist, and a black mother. It's not often that films get a POC main character, so that was another reason why I was really excited for this film, and I hope that other films follow suit in the future!

But overall, it was an enjoyable film. It's an easy watch and I'd really encourage everyone to watch it. But even if you just read the book, that would be enough, because the story in and of itself if something special.

Lou xx

Friday, 8 September 2017

To The Fools Who Dream

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Hey Guys x

This post is going to be a bit of a ramble, so try to stay with me!

I am one of those 'fools who dream'. I dream of so many things. I dream of being an actress (never said that on the blog before - it's not something I'm pursuing!), a writer, a director, a producer. I dream of fun and excitement, of love and romance and marriage and kids. I dream of being the happiest that a person can be.

Watching La La Land made me think about that concept, about being a 'fool' who dreams, and having to clean up the mess that you make when your dreams inevitably come crashing down around you.

And it's weird to think about dreams like this, as something actually achievable and tangible. I know that, for me, my dreams are just that - dreams. Whether daydreams, actual asleep dreams or wistful wishes, none of them seem like they'll ever come true.

I love being a dreamer. In fact, I spend a large portion of each and every day in my head, dreaming, and I love it. I love that the world in my head is a world where I'm living my best life and absolutely loving every second of that life. Of course, I'd like my life to end up somewhat like my fake life - although if I end up speaking fluent Spanish or being an Oscar-winning Hollywood actress I'll be thrilled and shocked in equal measure!

But I think the best thing about dreams, is that there is the possibility to turn some of them into realities. For example, I want to be a film director. So what am I doing? Trying to direct some stuff of my own before I try to get an actual job on a film set when I'm done with uni. And it may not be achievable that I'm ever going to get to Hollywood and win an Oscar or anything, but is there any harm in trying?

Maybe sometimes the 'fools who dream' turn into the people living their dreams?

What are your dreams?

Lou xx

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Annabelle: Creation | Film Review

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I am a huge fan of horror movies, as I've said on the blog many times!

One of my absolute favourite horror franchises is, as you can probably guess, the Conjuring franchise!

I loved the two Conjuring films, and also really liked the first Annabelle film, so obviously this film was something that I was really excited for. Also, I'm a massive fan of James Wan, who is a producer on this film as well as my other favourite horror film franchises (Insidious, Saw etc.) so I knew that it would be a great film.

As it's called Annabelle: Creation, it's pretty obvious that the film is about the creation of the Annabelle doll, as well as the spirit within that doll. The film begins with a family living in the 1940s. One day, the couple's young daughter Annabelle (get it?) dies in a vehicular accident. However, coincidentally,weird things begin happening in their home. I wonder what the correlation is? 
Twelve years later, the couple have turned their home into an orphanage of sorts, taking in a few girls who have lost their original orphanage. One girl in particular, Janice, is crippled by polio, and so is deemed as 'weaker' than the other girls, thus becoming the obsession of Annabelle. But can Janice save herself, and the other girls, before it's too late?

I loved this film so much! 

I'm a lover of jumpscares, and this film was filled with them, much to my delight! But more than that, the things that happened in the film were just genuinely scary, which was great. I felt fear as well as excitement while watching it.

It was directed and acted phenomenally. I mean, there were many instances where the characters in the film were completely stupid and brought things upon themselves, but what horror movie doesn't have moments like that? If everyone in every movie was smart, most movies wouldn't get made.

One thing that I was worried about before seeing this film, was how it tied in with the first Annabelle. The first movie seemed like an origin story for the doll, so having an origin story of the origin story just didn't make sense to me.

However, it tied in really well. So well in fact that, as someone who knows the first Annabelle film really well, when I realised the connection, I actually got chills because of how well it was done.

Overall, if you're a horror fan, watch this movie, seriously! If you're not a horror fan, start smaller and steer clear of this, unless you want to be put off horrors for life!

What's your favourite horror movie?

Lou xx