I think you’ll agree with me when I say the ‘cosy night in‘ the new ‘big night out‘. I’ve been championing the ‘night in‘ since I hit my 20’s when I realised I’d much rather be in my fleecy pyjama bottoms, eating a pizza and watching my favourite shows rather than getting pushed and shoved around in a hot, crowded club where your shoes get stuck to the floor amiright? Why would you when in this age of technology we’re in now, there’s so much going for the night in. Food can be ordered on our phone at the push of a button (or 12, if you’re me ordering from the Domino’s website and want all of the sides) and our favourite movies and shows can be watched on TV’s such as the 4KTV Panasonic in such high quality we may as well be at the cinema.
I love a documentary. From wild-life to death row to minimalism to sex robots; give me a documentary, a cup of tea and some biscuits and I will be one very happy bunny. I love learning things and finding out more about parts of the world and human nature and documentaries are the perfect way to do that. Of course what makes a good documentary isn’t just the topic and the quality of the shoot. It’s the presenter as well. I love watching someone who’s open-minded, doesn’t beat around the bush and want’s to get into the nitty gritty of whatever it is they’re learning about. Stacey Dooley is one of my favourite people to watch when I want to watch a documentary. She investigates some incredibly awful problems all around the world and I admire her a lot for being so transparent, so determined and so thorough with her research. So…. if you’re not familiar with Stacey’s documentaries, here are 4 that I think everyone needs to sit down and watch!
I’m a keen series watcher and always have been. Most of the time I’ll prefer watching a series than a movie because I find you can get so much more invested in the characters and the story of a show compared to a film (unless it’s like 7 films long cough cough Harry Potter). There’s nothing I love more than finding a brand new series that I’m hooked on from the beginning but there’s also something super special about re-watching your old favorites. My boyfriend and I were talking about our favourite shows the other night which is what prompted this post and I can’t wait to chat shows and series with you in the comments! Here are some of my all-time faves.
If you saw my post last month on Why ’13 Reasons Why’ is f***cking important and you should go and watch it now you may have guessed that I really f**ing liked that show, thought it was hella important and felt the need to write an entire blog post about it. I had heard of the book, in fact I had it on my to-read list on Goodreads for a good few years. I thought to concept sounded unique and intriguing but I just never got around to getting myself a copy. When three’s so many good books out, it’s easy for others to get overlooked and pushed to the back of your priorities.
I’m a huge film and TV buff and am always on the lookout for new things to watch. There’s nothing better than being immersed in a good film or show (apart from a book, of course…) and I’m into so man different genres that it’s usually quite easy for me to find a film I love. I was brainstorming blog post ideas and wanted to talk more about the films I’ve been watching so today, I’ve decided to do a quick round-up of all the films and TV I’ve watched in January with super mini reviews for each of them. I thought reviewing a film in 1 or 2 sentences would be quite the challenge so I hope you enjoy!
I go through phases with TV or Netflix shows. I’ll cram like 15,000 of them into the space of a month or I’ll go half a year without starting a single new show. There is no in-between. Right now, I am loving series, more so than films and am always on the lookout for the next one to consume my life. I’ve watched some cracking shows recently and luckily have enjoyed every single one of them massively. Which is a huge achievement because it usually takes me a while to find a show I love – especially if I’m suffering from a hangover from the previous one.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen
Plot Summery: ‘Room’ tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories.
Their life, however, is anything but typical–they are trapped–confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life.
But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world (taken from IMDb)
Review: Ah… Star Wars. The long awaited next instalment of what is arguably the biggest and most popular franchise ever to grace our planet (I can almost hear the faint sound of millions of Harry Potter fans whipping their wands out to avada kadavra my arse right now). In The Force Awakens, 30 years after the Galactic Empire is destroyed, Luke Skywalker is in hiding. Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku finds a small droid which holds a vital part of the map which shows where Luke is. A new threat is upon the galaxy, Kylo Ren, who also wants to find Luke but to destroy him. Rey teams up with some new and old faces to join the resistance and help find Luke – with an interesting journey of her own along the way. Continue reading
It’s absolutely no secret that I am a complete and utter John Green fan girl. I worship the ground that man walks on and I’d never found books that I connected with so deeply and loved so much until I started reading his a few years ago. Naturally, I was ecstatic when I found out Paper Towns was being made into a film – I’d always thought it would translate fantastically to the big screen and after The Fault in Our Stars and how beautifully that book morphed into a film, I had high high hopes for Paper Towns.
For those who live in a cave, Paper Towns follows our main character, Q (short for Quentin) who is completely in love with his neighbour and classmate, Margo. Despite being good friends when they were younger, as their teenage years and high school engulfed them, they grew apart. Until one night, shortly before graduation, Margo appears in his bedroom and takes him on an adventure where she gets revenge on all the people that have wronged her, including her ex-boyfriend and her best friend.
Director: Ron Howard
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Rush was released in 2013 and originally, I had absolutely no desire to see it despite the good reviews because I wasn’t interested in F1 or racing in any way. Since then, having had my eyes opened to the world of racing thanks to someone in my life, the film became more up my street and I recently got around to watching it. Rush is the true story of F1 drivers and rivals, Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Their racing and lifestyle choices, love lives and their merciless rivalry in which both of them were willing to risk everything to become world champion. Continue reading