Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – My Thoughts

I just want to prefix this post with a potential spoiler warning – I personally don’t think a film based on true life events can necessarily have spoilers, but if you don’t want to know anything about this film then stop reading now.

When the trailers for the Ted Bundy biopic featuring Zac Efron as the notorious mass murderer hit the internet a few months back, I told myself it was a movie that I wouldn’t be watching, but as being a Sky customer meant I could watch the film on the tv in the comfort of my own home on the same day it hit cinemas, I found myself putting it on out of sheer curiosity.

I have never been into this sort of thing. I’m not into murder documentaries or true crime and I refuse to watch anything that glorifies or romanticises abusive relationships or domestic violence and I figured those themes would be inherent in this film which was why I was put off, but I had some reasons behind why I found myself hitting play.

Firstly, the response to the trailers had me interested. My twitter feed was divided into two types of people: those who were going googly-eyed over Zac Efron, as so many of my generation do, and those who were incredibly annoyed by the former, concerned that this film would romanticise the real life character of Ted Bundy, who raped and murdered so many young women. I guess I fell in the latter, and I really wanted to know if this film would be turning viewers into living versions of the heart eyes emoji – hoping, of course, it would not.

Not I don’t know if because I went into this movie with concerns that I was immune to it, but I certainly did not feel like Ted was made to attract the audience. Sure, the part was played incredibly well by Zac Efron, and his character of the deceptively sweet-talking and certain man that his namesake was was very clearly portrayed, but at no point did I feel like many people would be swooning over what I was watching. I think that knowing the true outcome of the case that shocked a generation was the main factor in all of this – we go in knowing that the man is guilty – so my initial concerns were put to rest.

Through the whole movie I knew he was a lying, manipulative criminal and all I wanted was for Liz, played by Lily Collins, to get the happy life away from him that she deserved.

As for the rest of the film, I don’t know if impressed is the word but I respected it. The acting was incredible, the storytelling was clever and when during the end credits they played actual tapes from the real trial, I couldn’t not feel like hats off was due to the director who had really made many of the scenes from the film like for like. There were no proper scenes of any of the crimes committed – which I appreciated very much – only one brief and partially shown incident was in the movie, which I thought showed some respect to the real life victims.

Will I watch it again? Probably not, but my curiosity was satisfied and I am glad it was made in the way I hoped it would be.

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My Most Hated Movies

Have you ever watched a film and as the credits roll just sat back and thought ‘those are a few hours of my life that I am never getting back’?

From overhyped openings to straight to DVDs releases, they’re the movies that you can’t even describe as funny-bad, and these are a few that I’ve had the painful experience of watching.

Cowboys and Aliens

What even happened in this film? Like I know I sat and watched it one afternoon, but did it even have a storyline? I don’t remember anything, just how painfully dull it was.

Marley and Me

Someone actually gave me this on DVD for my birthday one year. I mean, is that the worst and cruellest present yet? If I can give you one piece of advice, I would be don’t ever watch it, especially if you’re a dog lover.

Diary of a Teenage Girl

Netflix lists this as a comedy, and I guarantee you it is not. I watched it on a plane once and even midway through an 11 hour journey from LA it wasn’t worth it.

The Lifeguard

Generally I like anything with Kristen Bell in, but this was all sorts of awful.

127 Hours

I remember this film as the most painful cinema experience of my life. I spent the whole first part of the movie on edge waiting for the inevitable moment, and then the rest either bored out of my mind or grossed out. I get that its a real story and everything but no no no.

These are just a selection of a few that I’ve had the misfortune of actually watching through, but if you’ve got any recommendations to NOT watch, drop me a comment!

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Thoughts I Had During Beauty and the Beast

The movie Disney fans have been waiting for for what feels like forever is finally here, and OH MY GOSH.

Now I know it’s only been out for a week, so rather than a full review I thought I’d do my classic ‘chuck all the things that popped into my head while watching the movie’ thing, and keep it spoiler free for those of you who don’t want to ruin the experience – not that it’s not a story you already know though..

Ok, from the top, maestro!

Does Belle have her skirt tucked into her knickers?

I can’t be the only one who’s first thought was this, can I?

YES SHE IS NAILING THIS SONG

I also loved the little tweaks to the classic Bonjour

I love Olaf, wait I mean LeFou

Forget the whole ‘I only see Emma as Hermione’, Josh Gad is Olaf Olaf Olaf and I love it

Luke Evans looks kinda old..

I get that Gaston is meant to be kinda rugged, but those wrinkles..

LeFou is SASSY

And I’m still loving it.

Belle is SASSY

I wouldn’t want to be his ‘little wife’ either.

Maurice is adorable

Fab casting Disney, fab indeed.

Ewan and Ian are a match made in Disney heaven

I knew I’d love these two.

I thought Emma Thompson was playing Mrs Potts

Turns out she was, I just couldn’t tell with the voice she was putting on..

BE OUR GUEST

Holy mother of Disney that was stunning.

Belle looks at books the same way I look at mugs

The sheer love on her face in that library. Same.

Why does Beast wear that raggedy cape when he has such beautiful clothes as well?

That dressing gown is gorgeous, so what’s with the grunge look?

THEY’RE DANCING

AHHHHHHHH

Yes LeFou!

You are sassy and independent and don’t need no Gaston in your life

Ok, that was brutal

When Mrs Potts couldn’t find Chip, when Lumiere and Cogsworth said goodbye.. I’m crying.

That transformation though

UGH IT WAS PERFECT RIGHT DOWN TO HIS HAIR AND OUTFIT

THAT WAS JUST SO PERFECT

I honestly thought the whole thing was beautiful.

If you’re unsure of whether or not you want to see this movie, just do it. I know people who were convinced they’d hate it but absolutely adored it, so what’s the harm? I don’t think you’ll regret it!

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My Change of View on Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Live Action Funko

It feels like forever since the announcement that divided Disney fans worldwide – a new, live action movie of Beauty and the Beast. And despite all that time, its now only 2 months away from cinema release, and the closer we get to it, the more I find myself thinking about it.

The cast had me squealing with joy. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, partnered with the legened himself, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, along with Emma Thompson and Josh Gad; it all had me buzzing for the first trailer I watched it with excitement. I loved the side by side comparison with the original animated trailer, the dark castle and music.

What I wasn’t sold on entirely, like many others, was Emma Watson. Unfortunately, all I could see in the brief time she was on screen was Hermione Granger, and this had me a little worried for how much I would enjoy the film. It had nothing to do with her appearance – in fact I adored all the artwork and clips being released – it was just that little scene where she entered the castle and said ‘hello’. That was it.

Now I know this opinion has bothered a lot of people, so before you think I’m gonna be a negative ninny, I want to tell you how my mind has been changed..

A few weeks ago, a sound clip of Emma singing Something There was released. This is one of my favourite songs from the film, and I braced myself as I pressed play.. I actually loved it. Having never heard Emma Watson sing before, I was always a little dubious of her casting, but it was everything I wanted it to be, and in those 30 seconds, I felt my whole attitude towards the movie change. I guess the fact is, much like the moral of the story, you can’t judge a book by its cover..

Are you excited to see it?

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Thoughts I Had During Rogue One

Rogue One Spoiler Free

Once again, the movie gods saved all the major films to the end of the year, and in my eyes, the whole of 2016 has been leading up to the moment that I got to see ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..’ on the big screen once more.

Not seen it yet? Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here!

DUNNNN DUN DUN.. What?!

So I decided that I liked the opening how it was, but I kinda really wanted that theme tune blaring out..

I am loving all these new places

Its so nice to not see the same planets cropping up all the time, and also to see the diversity of climate on different planets and moons

Is this Poe’s Mexican cousin?

Do I like him though?

That is one sassypants droid

K-2SO makes this film!

What’s this, another desert-ish planet?

Surprise surprise, there’s sand again..

This blind guy is BADASS

Yes the force is with you, you crazy awesome dude

I’m gonna need to watch this a second time to work out everyone’s names

There are a lot of names flying around, and I’m not entirely sure who’s is who right now..

Ok, I like him now

Poe’s Mexican cousin has redeemed himself in my eyes

I AM LOVING THIS

Its Star Wars, but not Star Wars and I can’t keep my eyes off the screen and I already want to see it again and its not even over

Were R2 and C-3PO really necessary?

I love a cameo, but I don’t know if that added anything

Scarif looks like a pretty place for a holiday

If I was the Emperor, I’d build a base there too just for those beaches

I’m not crying, you’re crying

I am one with the force, the force is with me. I am one with the force, the force is with me..

THAT ENDING THOUGH

AHHHHHHHHH

I loved it, I really did. I’m so glad I didn’t watch any of the trailers for it as I wanted to go in with a totally open mind, and I think that was for the best. I’m also really happy that they didn’t keep it too Star Wars – the soundtrack was perfect and the casting was spot on as always, just with its own little unique quirks.

I think if I could say one bad thing about the movie, its that I don’t really think its suitable for children as much as the other Star Wars films, which is a shame as a new generation of Star Wars lovers was created last year, and I imagine a lot of children would be wanting to see this film as a result, but without spoiling it, I’d probably advise that parents see it first before taking small children!

Have you seen it yet?

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Reasons Why I Loved Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Its the movie Potter fans have been waiting for; a prequel like no other.


Like any good Hufflepuff, I was pretty excited to see my house being represented well, and apparated down to the cinema on the day the film was released, and here are a few of the things that I thought made this movie properly magical – don’t worry, its spoiler free!

It wasn’t Harry Potter

While my excitement for this movie came from my love of the Harry Potter, this film felt nothing like a classic Potter.

There were no ‘for the sake of it’ references

You know how when you get sequels/prequels that are set in totally different times, one of the writers decides to put in a bunch of references to an original character that isn’t really necessary and you know they’re just trying and failing to be ‘relevant’? Nope, there was none of that and it was fab.

New vocabulary

Again, rather than just sticking to all the wizarding terms we’re grown to understand, there are a lot of new phrases and references that we’ve not heard before, which given how most language changes over time, is perfectly understandable given the date of this setting vs the Hogwarts years we know all to well

Eddie Redmayne

He just plays the part so well. A number of actors could have produced a number of different portrayals of Newt, but boy does Eddie hit the nail on the head!

Magical effects

With technology as it is these days, its easy for film makers to fall into the trap of overdoing their special effects, which results in unnecessary and unrealistic scenes, but while this film is packed with magical moments, at no point so any of these spells look out of place.

The beasts

Its quite easy to fall in love with adorable creatures in films, but when they’re also magical and full of personality, I defy anyone not to walk out of the cinema not wanting a niffler.

It gives you all the feels

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp out loud.. You’ll love every second of it.

Have you seen it yet? Let me know what you thought!

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My Day at the Moana Masterclass

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may have seen that last weekend I was lucky enough to travel up to London to go to the Moana Masterclass, put on by The Guardian, and it was such an incredible day!


Despite being up at 5.30am, I was so hyped for the day that I didn’t get a wink of sleep on the train like I normally would – although the shrieking children across the aisle from me may have had something to do with that – and I arrived at Waterloo feeling super excited. In all the excitement, however, I managed to forget to put a memory card in my camera that morning, so I’m afraid all my photos from the day were taken on my phone as I had no time to buy one in my dash from Waterloo to the cinema!


The event was at Picturehouse Central – the cutest cinema located just off Shaftesbury Avenue – and it was outside there that I met my company for the day, Sophie, Cara and Courtney, and we headed inside to join the queue of people waiting to be lead in. The queue time consisted of a great deal of Disney discussion, as you’d expect, interrupted only by the guy coming to check our tickets.. and hand out 3D glasses. At this point my heart dropped a little as I had no idea we’d be shown the movie in 3D, and I’ve never enjoyed watching things in 3D, but I tried to keep an open mind.

We were taken to a screen right at the top floor of the building – hello three sets of escalators! It was a fairly small room, which was great because we were in the third row and felt fully emerged in the whole thing. After a little introduction, we went straight into the good stuff – the latest short, called Inner Workings, which was a brilliantly funny cautionary tale about embracing life – then the movie began..

I’m not gonna spoil the story, but I had tears streaming from the first minute. As well as the film meaning a lot to me personally, it was just so perfect. I’d probably go as far as saying its the most visually stunning film I have ever seen; Disney have absolutely out-done themselves on this one. As for the 3D, I actually thought it only made the film better! Unlike other films, it didn’t feel like I was watching something in 3D, it just gave the scenes a more natural feeling of depth, and I would actually recommend seeing it in 3D if you have the change!

Everything about the film was perfect, the casting, the music, the visual effects, and it left me speechless, feeling totally in awe.

After the showing, we had a break for lunch, which, while the food was good, the organisation was a little poor as there wasn’t space for everyone to get around the buffet, and we had to stand as there wasn’t enough seating for everyone in the lounge that it was done in, but we filled the time talking more Disney, then went back into the screen for the Masterclass with John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer.


For starters, seeing Disney legends so close was just so awesome. They started with a presentation about their inspiration for the film, and all the research that went into ensuring cultural accuracy, then went on to talk about the casting, music and all the stages of production from storyboards to finishing effects. As John and Ron are famous for their hand-drawn animation, it was really interesting to hear about their first experience with digital animation on this film.


After their presentation, there was a short Q&A session. We learned a little about how John and Ron both got into Disney animation in very different ways, they talked a little about some of the Easter Eggs in the film (look out for them!) and they also gave some advice for those looking to get into animation and film making. As a total dunce when it comes to animation and visual effects, I just sat and listened to what was being asked and answered, but if you want to know a little more, keep an eye out on Courtney’s blog as I’m sure she’ll be posting a more detailed account from the eye of an illustrator!

Honestly, it might sound like I’m just gushing about this but that’s because it was such an incredible experience and I had the greatest day. I feel so lucky to have been able to see the film before general release, and it was more perfect than I could have ever dreamed, and I just feel so honoured to have been in a room with such legends from the world of Disney. There’s one quote from the day that stuck in my head the most, and its a quote from an elder that the team met on one of their many research trips:

“We’ve been swallowed by your culture. One time, can you be swallowed by our culture?”

Let yourself be swallowed by this film. You’ll enjoy every second of it.

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