Film Review: Star Wars: Rogue One

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Synopsis: The war is over and terror is taking the Galaxy in an iron grip. The Rebellion are doing what they can in order to prevent total anarchy, but have little effect against the strength of the Empire.

Jyn doesn’t care about the Rebellion. She doesn’t care about the Empire either. After her mother was killed and her father taken by the Empire, she has become good at it as well. She has no interest in war.

When word comes from her father that there is a flaw in the Death Star plans, Jyn must decide what she believes in.

 

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Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan

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Amazon Synopsis: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie), at his side. 

Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the King of Belgium’s envoy, Leon Rom (Waltz). 

But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

 

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Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Synopsis: When Jacob Portman’s grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances, everyone believes that Jacob is crazy. But Jacobs knows there was a monster in the woods that night.

Determined to find answers, Jacob makes the long journey to Wales, returning to his grandfather’s childhood home – an orphanage run by a woman known as Miss Peregrine.

But then Jacob must undertake an even longer journey – back in time to a loop, where Miss Peregrine protects children who have special gifts – children who are peculiar.

As Jacob makes friends and helps the children fight a deadly threat, he realises he isn’t so ordinary himself…Read More »

Up and Coming: May

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Another month gone! I have to admit that I have not been very organised for May. In fact, while writing this (about a day before it needs to be posted), I’m also having a catch-up session so I can actually get through the month.

The culprit? Uni, of course. The deadline is next week, which means I’ve only been focusing on work. I also had a two week break over Easter, so I didn’t get nearly as much reading done. Reviews and posts are a bit behind schedule.

I’m making another blog for one of my projects for uni, and oh my word, I am having so much fun. It doesn’t feel like work as I’m just examining different fantasy covers and exploring the themes shown in the various sub-genres. What’s not to like!

Typically, I found a theme that I really liked while making that. It doesn’t work for this blog (I tried), but it has got me thinking about the design again. How do you all decide what design you really like? Or does it just have to feel right?Read More »

Film Review: A Street Cat Named Bob

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A Street Cat Named BobAmazon Synopsis: Roger Spottiswoode directs this feature film based on the true story that was adapted into the international bestselling autobiographical novel by James Bowen.

Luke Treadaway stars as James, a homeless man struggling with drug addiction and busking to get by on the streets of London. When James comes across an injured stray cat, he nurses him back to health and names him Bob.

They become inseparable and make for an unusual street music act. Bob’s companionship inspires James to overcome his drug addiction and share his story.Read More »

Weekly Wonders: 16th April

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Time escaped from me last week and I never got around to writing this. That’s what happens when I decide to have an early night.

This week has involved quite a lot of uni stress, I must admit. But I saw a friend for lunch (and then saw her again at the end of the week), which was really lovely. Also, for me, kind of a big deal because to say I have a non-existent social life is an understatement.

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Last year, for my brother’s 30th, I bought us both tickets to walk over the O2. We finally did it this week, and oh my word, it was amazing! The climb itself was easier than I thought it would be but the view from the top was incredible. We were lucky with the weather; it was a really nice evening. It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so I’m glad to have finally had the chance.

As it is Easter, we had a family gathering today. There were thirty of us! With cousins and partners etc, it’s fair to say that I have quite a big family. It’s lovely how close we all are though. I even met my mum’s aunt and her son, and had a lovely chat about books with my Great-Aunt Joan! Just to keep things interesting!

It’s been a bit of a social week for me! Definitely need to get back to the studying next week – hopefully a few long days will help me to feel a little calmer.

I hope everyone else has had a lovely weekend. While you’re digesting some chocolate, have a read of some of the posts you might have missed this week:

I’m hoping to spend a little time on the blog over the next few weeks. Although I’ve been writing all the posts etc, I want to just give it a bit more of my time and attention and hopefully generate a real buzz about how I feel about it. At the moment, I feel as if it is falling a little flat, so would love to hear any suggestions about what you would like to see from me in the near future.

But for now, here is what is coming up next week:

  • Monday: Book Review: A Mighty Dawn by Theodore Brun
  • Wednesday: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
  • Friday: Television Review: Orphan Black, Series 2
  • Saturday: Book Review: Dragon Trials by Ava Richardson

I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter books since January (slowly, on and off). I think my plan for the rest of the evening is just to curl up with Order of the Phoenix and lose myself for a while.

How’s everyone else’s weekends been? I hope you’ve been able to enjoy the long weekend and get some reading done! What are you all reading? Anything you would suggest? Let me know in the comments below!

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Film Review: The BFG

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the-bfg-1When a young orphan, Sophie, looks out of her window one night, she doesn’t expect to see a giant looking back at her.

Snatched so she can’t tell, Sophie is transported to giant-land. But her initial fears dwindle as she befriends the BFG – the smallest giant in giant-land, shunned by his brothers because he refuses to eat children. Instead, the BFG catches dreams.

But Sophie is in danger –all of the children are. With the BFG, the queen of England and some snozzcumbers, a daring plan is hatched to eliminate the threat caused by the giants once and for all!Read More »