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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Weekly Wonders: 25th June

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I feel bad that I missed writing this post last week, especially as I had the week off work. But I got hit with a really bad headache on the Saturday night. Thankfully, I wasn’t in work Sunday morning, and I was able to spend it in bed before heading out for a family birthday BBQ. While it was a lovely day, I was so exhausted when I got home that I just crashed.

This week has been an interesting one. I’ve definitely been on a rollercoaster. By Wednesday, I had barely slept because of nightmares and was basically terrified for my future. While I am not certain that I have actually made any decisions, per se, I’m definitely (thankfully!) feeling much calmer now and trying to keep myself calm.

My main problem when I have one of these spells is that my self-care goes straight out of the window. I don’t use any of my moisturisers and I’m really bad at making it to the gym. Right now, however, I am writing this with a face-mask on and have my gym bag packed ready for the morning!

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The week off work has been nice though; it meant that I gained two of my evenings back. I only chilled and watched films, but as that included watching Beauty and the Beast (the 1991 version) with my mum – something I’m not sure we’ve ever done – it was nice to have that time.

I’ve just finished Friend Request by Laura Marshall for one of my reviews next month. I’ll save my main thoughts for the review, but let me just say, it’s the first thriller in a long time where I haven’t been able to guess what was coming. Really enjoyable read!

My next book is the final Harry Potter one. Once that is done, however, I want to re-read both the Infernal Devices and the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, so there is no shortage of reading material here!

I may have missed writing a post last week, but did you miss reading any? Here’s what was posted so you can have a look:

I’ve had trouble with Lovefilm over the last few weeks which has basically meant that I’m not getting the films that I am requesting. I don’t want to get back into the habit of reviewing everything, because it is enjoyable just to watch a film for the film’s sake.

As a result of that, however, I am one post short this week! I’ll make up for it by slipping some extras in when I can.

This is what I have got planned for this week though:

  • Monday: Book Review: They are Trying to Break your Heart by David Savill
  • Wednesday: The Book Sacrifice Tag

Ooh it looks sad and lonely only being a couple of posts. C’mon, lovefilm, send me what I want!

How about you? What do you have planned this week?

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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 »

Weekly Wonders: 21st May

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This week has been such a stressful one! It was supposed to be my week off, the time to get things sorted so that I could tackle the next part of uni.

Instead, it took me almost the entire week to spring-clean my room (which admittedly does look a lot better now!). I haven’t finished my book like I wanted. I haven’t caught up on reviews like I wanted. I haven’t caught up on sleep either, so I currently have a bit of a headache because I am so tired. Or because I have spent most of the day squinting into the sun, who knows!

I am having some big problems with my major project for uni. As in, I still don’t know what I want to do it on! The plan is to sit down with all my notes tomorrow and go through everything in the hope it will help me to decide what to explore further.

That is why I wanted everything else up straight – I always work better when everything else is organised and as it should be.

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My aunt came around this afternoon and we ended up having a bit of a hair play which was good fun! I love what she did with it – makes me wish that I was any good at doing my own hair!

So saying, I have a little extra time this evening that I wasn’t expecting. I tried to chill out and watch a film, but it turned out to be a zombie one and I’m really not a fan of zombie films. After about half an hour, I realised that I really didn’t want to see anymore. Now I can maybe get those blog posts written after all!

Talking of which, what has been going on with the blog this week? If you’ve missed any posts, you can catch up here:

I finally received my copy of He Said/She Said from the library on Friday. I just want to finish off a book first, but am eager to get stuck into it and see if the hype is worth it. I’ve heard so many people raving about this book, I’m definitely intrigued to see what it is about!

While I curl up and do some reading, I mean, working, this week, here’s what is coming up on the blog:

  • Monday: Book Review: Blood Forest by Geraint Jones
  • Wednesday: Novel Progress
  • Friday: Film Review: Star Wars: Rogue One.

There are a few nice things coming up in the next couple of weeks, which might lead to a scattering of posts, but we shall see.

How has everyone else’s week been? Have you all been having the crazy weather as well? We’ve seriously gone from gorgeous sunshine to thunderstorms – definitely wouldn’t want to have been caught out at the wrong time!

Have a lovely week!

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Weekly Wonders: 20-26th March

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Another week been and gone. Time is going so quickly! I’m literally fighting to keep my eyes open, so I hope this all makes sense.

In all honesty, this has been a frustrating week with things going wrong. But I won’t go into that (no one wants to read a moan!) and just hope that things are better this week. I did get to go to a petting farm though! First time in years I’ve done something like that! I even braved approaching the chickens – but had to run away pretty fast!Weekly Wrap Up 1

I feel quite accomplished this week! I’ve been getting BookBub books for probably about a year now. I’ve been so focused on review titles, however, that I hadn’t touched that pile. I can now say I have officially read one!

I’m trying to muddle up reviewing and casual books a little at the moment to give it a nice balancing act. So as well as reading A Mighty Dawn this week – which was a pretty good book even if the plot needed to pick up in a few places – I’ve also read Requiem by Celina Grace.

It was a nice little mystery. Although it didn’t take me long at all, the plot was amazingly dark and twisted. I think it was part of a mystery series (although it also read as a stand-alone), so I am definitely interested in seeing what else Grace has written. It packed a perfect little punch – and I stayed up reading into the night, so it definitely had something going for it!

In terms of reviews, this is what has been occurring on the blog this week:

It was a very exciting week! I couldn’t believe looking ahead to next week that it would be April by the end of the week! That’s insane!

I feel in quite good standing for April posts so far. I’ve got enough planned that I’m hoping it is going to be okay! It will be May that is the real test because of deadlines. And after that, there won’t be so much train time so the reading will be cut down. On the plus side, I will get a few evenings back, so swings and roundabouts, as they say.Anyway, here is what is coming up this week:

  • Monday: Book Review: Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  • Wednesday: The Book Blogger Inside Tag
  • Friday: Film Review: The Jungle Book
  • Saturday: Book Blitz: The Shield of Soren

Another full on week, then.

This week, I am hoping to finish The Elfstones of Shannara as I am over two thirds of the way through it. I am also hoping to start The Oracle of Philadelphia as well – it’s been sitting on my reviewing pile for a while, really should do something about that.

How is everyone? I hope you’ve all had a great week!

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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.

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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: 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 »

Film Review: Kill Your Darlings

Plot: The year is 1944 and Allen Ginsberg is starting his journey towards becoming one of the greatest poets of the time. But the path to success is not an easy one and Allen must discover who he truly is if he is to succeed.

His new friends – including Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs – encourage him towards a literary revolution, but that isn’t the biggest change in Allen’s life. He must discover himself, including his sexual orientation and deal with the consequences of falling for the wrong person. Even if that path eventually leads towards murder and crime.

 

 

 

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Film Review: Dracula: Untold

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Dracula Untold 2Plot: With his kingdom under threat from the Turks, Prince Vlad will do anything to protect the children from being enslaved, including his own son. But the quest for power will cost him more riches and gold than he has. It will cost him his soul.

As Vlad struggles to remain human, his people flee to the mountains. The Turks bring the fight to them though, and in an intense struggle, Vlad must decide between losing the final remains of his humanity or losing everything he had fought so hard for. On that dark battlefield, a legend is created: Dracula.

 

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