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The Liebster Award – Take 4

Last month (wow I’m late at getting this posted) I was nominated by Markus from The Marcko Guy for the Liebster Award. Thanks so much dude and I can’t quite believe it’s the fourth one of these that I’ve been nominated for. Still, it’s a good way for you guys to get to know me (if you’re interested) and to shine a light on some great blogs.

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So the rules are simple. Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you (and don’t forget to thank them), nominate some other people and give them some more questions and share the love.

So without further ado, here’s my answers to the questions Markus gave me:

1.Is there a movie remake that you actually think is good?
I’ve seen very few remakes and originals if that makes sense. I do love The Magnificent Seven (1960) and think it’s great which is obviously a remake of Seven Samurai (which I haven’t seen). I hope the new Magnificent Seven film which is out later this month is good because I pretty much love the entire cast and I love the director.

2. You’re gonna be stuck in a prison cell for a long time, name three books that you’d bring with you to pass the time.
– The Martian by Andy Weir because it’s my new favourite book and it’d make me laugh.
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin because it’s the last book in an epic trilogy that I love but I haven’t got around to reading the last book yet.
The Last Man Standing by David Baldaci because this book has been on my shelves for a good ten years and it’s long so being locked up in a cell for ages would give the perfect opportunity to read it. (more…)

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Goals I Have For 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. It’s the start of a new year! How 2015 has flown by! Now I’m not always the greatest at making and sticking with my resolutions, I think I managed to keep half of my resolutions last year, so let’s see what happens in 2016.

Continue to post at least once a week.
This year I’ve been doing really well with my blog and have posted at least once every week and, when it comes to what I’m posting, that leads me on to my next resolution…

Post at least one review a week.
Now I have been doing this and generally I’ve set it up that on Monday’s there’s a film review and on Thursday’s there’s a book review. If I read/watch a lot there’s sometimes extra reviews not on those dates but I’d like to try and stick to that schedule as long as I’m still reading and watching stuff that I have enough feelings about that I then want to review it.

Continue to read diversely.
In 2015 I did pretty well in reading a whole range of genres and the the authors I read was pretty much a 50/50 split between men and women, with slightly more female author. I’d like to continue doing that and make a conscious effort to read books from authors of colour. You can check out a summary of my reading in 2015 here. (more…)

Films I’ve Yet to Watch

As it’s the New Year I thought it would be time to have a look at my film collection and actually take note of all the films I’ve yet to watch. I do have a problem with buying films and boxsets and then it takes me ages to actually sit down and appreciate them. So without further ado, here’s all the DVD’s and Blu-rays that are sitting unwatched on my shelves.

10 Years (2011)
A League of Their Own (1992)
A Perfect World (1993)
A Serious Man (2009)
Absolute Power (1997)
American Gangster (2007)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Australia (2008)
Barton Fink (1991)
Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunset (2004)
Bird (1988)
Blood Work (2002)
Brick Mansions (2014)
Bronco Billy (1980)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992) (more…)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Fictional Families I’d like to Celebrate Thanksgiving with

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. In honour of Thanksgiving (which I know nothing about really because I’m a Brit) this week I’m going to list the ten fictional families I‘d like to celebrate with, these families are going to be from books, films and TV shows and my favourite trope of “Families of Choice” will almost certainly be making an appearance.

The Pevensies – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Sure the Pevensies don’t always get along but they always come together and sharing a special dinner with them, and maybe some other characters like Mr Tumnus and the Beavers, would be nice.

The O’Connell-Carnahan’s – The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
This family is #familygoals. Rick may be the only American in the family so he might have to persuade his wife, son and brother-in-law to take part in Thanksgiving but I’m sure they would and then Ardeth Bay could join in too.

The Baggins’ – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
Whether it would be a small dinner with just Bilbo and Frodo, or if Pippin, Merry and Sam were there too, it would be a great meal because Hobbit’s know their food and how to party. (more…)

My Bondathon is Complete! My thoughts on the James Bond films

I have completed my Bondathon! All the Bond films from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig have been watched and reviewed so now it’s time to have a look at which films are my favourites, who’s my favourite Bond and which Bond song is my favourite. You can check out all my James Bond reviews here in the Bondathon tag.

Favourite Bond Film(s) – I’m going to cheat and break it down into my favourite film featuring each Bond actor.

GoldfingerSean Connery – Goldfinger (1964)
Goldfinger is the definitive Bond film and the template of all Bond films to later follow. It’s got great action, great gadgets and a great Bond girl in Pussy Galore. It also has a clever yet simple plot and an iconic villain in Oddjob.

George Lazenby – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)On-Her-Majestys-Secret-Service-1969-movie-George-Lazenby-Diana-Rigg
OK so George Lazenby only had one outing as Bond but On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is such a great film it deserves a mention. It has Tracey, one of the best Bond girls, and some great action scenes in the snow. It’s also one of the more grown-up and touching Bond films. (more…)

Favourite Childhood Films

I saw this Childhood Film Blogathon hosted by LetsGoToTheMovies7 via Twitter and I just had to take part. My favourite films from my childhood aren’t all necessarily child-friendly but I still love these films today and the majority of them I watch over and over again. I managed to keep it to my five favourite childhood films but there are a few honourable mentions at the end.

robin_hood_prince_of_thievesRobin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
This film! When you say “Robin Hood” Kevin Costner and this film is what immediately comes to mind. I love the action, I love the love story and how Marion is pretty strong and resourceful, I love the humour and I love all the relationships between all the characters – especially Robin and Azeem.

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Sister Act is just so much fun! I love Whoopi Goldberg in it, I love all the characters and the songs are great too. My favourite moment is when the choir suddenly switched from a traditional sound to a more upbeat style and everyone’s shocked. I’ll still watch Sister Act whenever it’s on TV.

-VXODjrW5gbxPretty Woman (1990)
A film about a prostitute probably wasn’t the most child-friendly film to grow up watching but oh well! This film started my love of Julia Roberts and today I can quote so much of it. “Slippery little suckers” and “Big Mistake. Big. Huge!” are a part of my everyday lexicon.

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This is another film that I’ll still watch today whenever I see it on TV. In a weird way I think it taught me about heaven and hell or at least the different things that could happen to you if you were good or bad. The shadow monsters and the sounds they made as they dragged a person away really scared me as a child but it was the trio of Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg and Demi Moore that made me love the film – especially the humour from Whoopi Goldberg.

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This really isn’t a child-friendly film. It’s rated 18, is incredibly violent and has a lot of shooting and blood. I’m pretty sure my mum would start the film for me after Murphy had become Robocop because him getting shot to near death is not something you want a five year old watching. I don’t watch Robocop much as an adult but I do still like the story a lot.

Honourable mentions go to Dirty Dancing (1987) my mum used to lift my like Patrick Swayze lifted Jennifer Grey when I was little, 101 Dalmatians (1996) for being the first film I remember seeing at the cinema, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) for making me know Arnold Schwarzenegger as Arnold Schwarzekitty, and The Lion King (1994) my favourite animated Disney film.

MONDAY MOVIE MEME: Sports Movies

The Monday Movie Meme is held by From Pages to Pictures each Monday and there’s different themes each week. I’ve been meaning to take part for quite a while but I kept forgetting but as today is a Bank Holiday I’ve finally got time to actually do this meme.

So without further ado, here’s my thoughts on Sports Movies.

MOV_02dd9806_bWhat’s your favourite sports comedy?
Well it’s got to be Cool Runnings (1993) hasn’t it? I grew up watching that film whenever it was on TV. It’s a comedy but it’s got a lot of heart. I can quote the vast majority of the film and will always watch it whenever it’s on TV, even if it’s half way through or only got 15 minutes left.

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Invictus (2009). I love a true story and a true sports story that is also pretty inspirational is great. I love the tension in Invictus, both when it came to the rugby matches and the racial tensions in South Africa, and everyone gives a great performance. Definitely my favourite sports drama though The Blind Side (2009) comes a close second.

remember_the_titans_xlgWho is your favourite sports movie hero?
Got to be Coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) from Remember the Titans (2000). He’s truly an inspirational character to his team and brings people together and can be both tough but fair. I know he was also a real person but I don’t know much about him.
My other sporting hero – both in film and in real life is Niki Lauda. Daniel Brühl played him in Rush (2013) and I thought his performance was great and I generally love how Lauda persevered after suffer such a terrible accident and went on to become a F1 champion three times.

I’ve previously blogged about my top ten sports films so if you want more cool sports films to watch, go have a look.