Film Reviews - December 2020

Five Mini Film Reviews: December 2020

Grab your remote – I’m returning for some mini film reviews today!

Despite having more time in an evening than I know what to do with, I surprisingly haven’t been watching any more films. I’m not entirely sure what I have been doing, but that’s a different post.

I’ve mixed feelings with this one. I selected my films, then some disappointed me. I wanted a post raving, but alas…

I’m missing writing up film ramblings, so I’m going for it, and hoping the next round is better.

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Monthly wrap-up: February

Anyone who read last month’s wrap-up will know this year hasn’t quite got off to the start I wanted. I was so optimistic that February was going to be my month and it…well, it failed.

This is definitely a case of reality being a b*tch and a few health scares in the family that led to a lot of stress and worry – still are, in fact.

I did manage a little bit of a social life though! Admittedly it was all crammed into one weekend, so the result ended up being a haze of exhaustion, but it was still enjoyable. I failed on the book club front: I wasn’t 100% and didn’t want to wait around for two hours and then have a late night. Who knows where this is going to lead!

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Film Review: Moana

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Synopsis: Disney animated adventure set in ancient Oceania.

When a fiery ocean demon threatens her peaceful island home, teenage Princess Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) vows to fulfil her heroic destiny and save her people. Putting her navigation skills to the test, Moana sets out on a daring sea voyage to find the once-mighty demi-God Maui (Dwayne Johnson), the legendary creator of the Pacific Islands and the only one who can help her with her quest.

 Together, they traverse the treacherous open waters, encountering difficult conditions and dangerous creatures along the way, as Moana searches for the mythical island which holds the key to completing her mission.

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Film Review: Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

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Sully.jpgAmazon Synopsis: On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.Read More »

Up and Coming: April’s Posts

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Although March has whizzed by in a blink of an eye, it feels like it has been ages since I wrote an `Up and Coming` post. Perhaps I was just more organised at the end of February in regards to knowing what I wanted to happen in March. Who knows!

I have had such a reading buzz lately that it was hard selecting four books to focus my reviews on. Although the way I have been going, I’m certain that I will get a few more slipped in there somewhere!

It’s because of the train journeys that I’ve been reading so much. But, scarily, I don’t have many of them left. Or, at least, they won’t be as frequent. I’m going to have to be careful how I plan my reviews from now on to make sure I can stay on top of things.

That being said, I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to see how much I can read before those journeys stop. I’m trying to get a better balance of books for reviewing and books for pleasure and, I must admit, it feels like it might be working. Watch this space is all I can say there!Read More »

Film Review: Finding Dory

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Everyone has a place where they belong, a place to call home. But what if, like Dory, you can no longer remember where that is?

Dory knows she comes from somewhere. She knows she had parents, a family. Rather than dwelling on what she can’t remember, Dory sets off an adventure to reunite with her mum and dad.

Marlin and Nemo join her in an epic quest across the ocean, encountering new friends along the way. Finding her home is one thing; getting inside to find her parents is a different matter entirely.

Nothing deters Dory, not even the impossible.Read More »

Weekly Wonders: 13th – 19th March

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Another deadline out of the way! Needless to say, this week has been another crazy one with working intently. How can you finish something, and then two days later still be tweaking and altering words? What can I say: I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my work.

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Apart from having work (at my job) this weekend, I’ve allowed it to be a couple of days of breathing space. I am certainly ending this week feeling ready for the week to come – which is more than I can say for last week!

I’m really behind on promoting posts at the moment, but managed to get a few of those done. I’ve also written a review and have actually scheduled some tweets for the first time in about a month.

Plus, I’ve just done a face-mask, my eyebrows and painted my nails. I am so excited to be breaking the spring colours out. There has been some gorgeous weather lately and it has lifted my mood (and energy levels) no end. I’ve never noticeably suffered from SAD before, but I think this winter did affect me.

I had my first experience of The London Book Fair this week. In a word? Overwhelming! The sheer size of place was completely daunting and it did involve lots of getting lost. But I was surrounded by books, so it was a good place to get lost in! I didn’t get as much out of it as I hoped, but it was great to have experienced it.

Time is getting away from me this evening – I’m sure I had lots of other things I was going to catch up on. But if I’m not the only one chasing lost time, here is what you missed on the blog this week:

I don’t know why considering I have a huge list on Netgalley, but I actually feel in control of reviews at the moment. Maybe it’s because I’m reading/reviewing a few sequels without having to re-read first, which naturally saves a lot of time.

I’m just going to enjoy the feeling while it lasts!

Just to continue that feeling of contentment, this is what I have coming up next week:

  • Monday: Book Review: Hoffer by Tim Glencross
  • Wednesday: TBR Pile: March
  • Friday: Film Review: Finding Dory
  • Saturday: Book Review: Those who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

Definitely tune in to next Saturday’s post – there’s a giveaway involved! It’s also my first blog tour with Neverland Blog Tours, so I am very excited to see what the future will bring with them.

No mini-make-over is complete without finishing it off with a good night’s sleep. So I think it’s time to wrap this blog post up and get some shut-eye!

What has everyone been up to this week? I hope you’ve had an enjoyable one and read plenty of great books! Don’t forget to let me know!

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Film Review: Jane Got a Gun

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Married to a criminal and living in the middle of nowhere, Jane has very few friends she can turn to for help when a gang tracks down her husband with murderous intent.

It’s not just her husband this gang are after but Jane also. Jane has a complicated past: an engagement that never became a marriage, a lost child and love found in unexpected places.

There is one person who might help her. Jane must convince her ex-lover to save her husband.

The sun doesn’t shine on only one person’s story. And this time, it’s Jane’s turn to be heard. Read More »

Film Review: Captain America: Civil War

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civil-war-1After several incidents result in innocent people being hurt, the Avengers are asked to sign a treaty, stating they will only act if they have permission to.

Steve, cannot do it – he won’t ignore those in need while waiting for authority.

When Bucky (AKA The Winter Soldier) is accused of murder, Steve forsakes everything to help his friend.

Trust and loyalty are betrayed and friendships broken as Steve fights to clear Bucky’s name and Tony Stark fights to keep order.

Friends – new and old alike – must chose a side when these two Avengers go head to head with dramatic consequences.Read More »

Film Review: Ex Machina

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After winning a contest, Caleb finds himself in the middle of nowhere, unable to contact the outside world. The reason? An A.I that requires testing to see if it can function as a human being.

Caleb is quickly drawn to the A.I – Ava – and vows to try and help her escape from her room/cell. Her creator – Nathan – only sees her as a robot and not a real conscious being, but Caleb wants to help.

But Caleb doesn’t know what he has got himself into. Does he trust humanity or machinery? If a consciousness is truly advanced, can it also lie?Read More »