It seems putting this post in my planner is the only
way I persuade myself to watch films these days. Which makes the
ex-film-student in me feel very ashamed! I used to be really consistent with
watching new things, but since Lovefilm finished, I’ve been rubbish.
I have Netflix, I have Sky, I have Amazon Prime…but there was something about the disc landing on the doormat that made me watch it. I guess being at uni rather than working full time probably has more to do with it…
After Christmas, I went through a streak of watching
loads of films and told myself it was going to last. Funnily enough, it didn’t.
Perhaps because I’ve been watching three or four different series at the same
time this year, I just don’t seem to sit down and watch films – or, if I do, it’s
repeats of old favourites.
Still, I have been trying to watch a few more (the ex-film student in me is feeling like I should rectify this!). I figured I’d write up a couple of thoughts on the new ones that I’ve discovered this year:
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
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!
Over the Christmas break,
I was really in the mood to catch up on a few films I hadn’t had the chance to
see. While I’ve given up writing full reviews for films, I wanted to do a
little snap-shot of how I felt.
Synopsis: Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.
It’s crazy how much things have changed since I wrote my last Up and Coming post.
Then, I was freaking out about getting books read and my focus was on job hunting.
This time, I’m almost a month into my new job, and am catching up on some books quite nicely thanks to the commute.
Luckily, compared to previously, it’s a relatively straightforward and easy commute. I’m really enjoying the job, which means I’m motivated and inspired when it comes to the blog at the moment.
I’ve needed to have a bit of a catch-up. I’ve not been great lately at keeping on top of post promotions and actually getting everything written on time. I’m hoping, however, this month will be my turning point. I don’t have anything else stealing my attention and I have a guaranteed hour, minimum, of reading time a day.
I’m trying to utilise my evenings at the moment. I don’t want to just sit and watch television every night, even if there are some shows that I want to review. But I’m trying to do an odd job each evening, whether that is sorting out some blog posts, doing something creative or making it to the gym before crashing out. Once I’ve got that sorted, everything will be much easier to keep on top of.
Synopsis: With their reputation as Guardians of the Galaxy growing, the team are called upon to help protect civilisations from various threats. But when Rocket lands them on the wrong side of a vengeful species, the flight or fight choice is thrust upon.
When help arrives from an unexpected source, Quill finally learns the truth about his parentage. But his friends aren’t certain of his father’s parental intentions. With enemies closing in on all sides, knowing who to trust becomes harder.
They are the Guardians of the Galaxy. But more importantly, they are family. And no one gets left behind.
Synopsis: Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.
Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
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.