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Sci-Fi Month is here!

IMAGE CREDIT: PHOTO by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash. QUOTE from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

November is Sci-Fi Month. I’ve seen talk about Sci-Fi Month on the twittersphere in previous years, but I’ve never been prepared enough to take part – this year is different though! Hosted by Dear Geek Place and imyril Sci-Fi Month is for celebrating all things sci-fi. That’s books, comics, films, TV shows – anything! It’s an excuse to catch up on the sci-fi things you’ve been meaning to get around to watching/reading and it’s a chance to meet fellow sci-fi fans.

There’s no requirements or goals to take part in Sci-Fi Month which I really like as sometimes too much pressure from challenges can put me off taking part. See imyril’s blog for more information on Sci-Fi Month and follow @SciFiMonth on Twitter and use the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth to take part in all the chats.

I had a look at my physical TBR, and I don’t actually have many sci-fi books on there. In fact, I just have four, Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, Dune by Frank Herbert, Area 51 by Bob Meyer, and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

My two main bookish aims will be to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (funnily enough a recent #NinjaBookSwap gift from Dear Geek Place) and Dune. There’s going to be a readalong of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet during Sci-Fi Month which is always a helpful incentive – more info on the readalong is here. I have a physical copy of Dune but as that’s huge and intimidating, I used one of my Audible credits to purchase the audiobook. It’s a long audiobook at 21 hours but I should be able to listen to and complete it during the month on my walk to and from work every day (generally I can listen to at least an hour of an audiobook each working day).

When it comes to films, I’m going to make watching sci-fi films a priority in November. I really like science-fiction films, I like how they can be futuristic or bleak, can be action-packed or more thoughtful. There are so many subgenres of science-fiction which means there’s so many different stories to tell.

I’ve had a look through my watchlists on both Netflix and Amazon Prime and here’s just some of the sci-fi film I’d saved: The Discovery, Next Gen, The Beyond, Mute, Hardcore Henry, Arq, The Zero Theorem, Gattaca, Approaching the Unknown, The Colony, Psychokinesis, Stasis, Advantageous, Beyond, and Guardians. (Yes, there’s a film called Beyond and a different film called The Beyond – one’s on Netflix and the other’s on Prime and I’m intrigued)

Some of these have been on my watch list for ages so I’m not entirely sure what first drew me to them but that’ll make watching them even more fun.

If you fancy checking out the sci-fi books and films I’ve reviewed before on my blog click here.

Let me know if you are going to take part in Sci-Fi Month, I think it’s going to be a cool experience and I love it when events like this give me the push to finally read or watch something I’ve been meaning to read or watch for ages. Also, let me know what some of your favourite sci-fi books and films are, I’m always looking for recommendations.

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Films of 2018

Here are all the films I’ve watched this year. My main film-related goal for this year, as it’s been for the past two years, is to watch 52 Films by Women (both directors and screenwriters). You can find out more about what I’m watching on my Twitter or Letterboxd.

Without further ado, here’s what I’m watching in 2018! Film titles in bold are films I saw at the cinema and films with an asterisk are rewatches. Any title with a hyperlink goes to its review – whether that’s here on my blog or on Jumpcut Online which I contribute to.

January:
The Avengers (2012)*
Iron Man 3 (2013)*
Thor: The Dark World (2013)*
– Flash Gordon (1980)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)*
– The Siege (1998)
– Allegiant (2016)
The 5th Wave (2016)
– Fallen (2016)
– Vampire Academy (2014)
– Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
– The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
– Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
– Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
– Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Coco (2017)
Darkest Hour (2017)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
– A Royal Night Out (2015)
– Friends with Money (2006)
– Live Free or Die Hard (2007)*
– Fun Mom Dinner (2017)
– Power Rangers (2017)
Waterworld (1995)
– Garrett’s Gift (2007)
– The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
– The Intern (2015)
– Weird Science (1985)
– Firstborn (1984)
– WarGames (1983)
– Mudbound (2017)
– Heroin(e) (2017)
– Born of War (2013)
– Pan (2015)
– Bronco Billy (1980)
Bushwick (2017)
– Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
– Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

February:
– Cowboys & Aliens (2011)*
– Groundhog Day (1993)
– Crash (2004)
– Passengers (2008)
– Fargo (1996)
Jane Got a Gun (2015)
– The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
– Cristina (2016)
Black Panther (2018)
– San Andreas (2015)
– Battlefield Earth (2000)
– Hotel for Dogs (2009)
– It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
– Violet & Daisy (2011)
– Supernova (2000)
The Shape of Water (2017)
– Street Kings (2008)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)*
Black Panther (2018)*
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)*
Ant-Man (2015)*
Captain America: Civil War (2016)*
– Barely Lethal (2015)
– Zapped (2014)
– Teach Us All (2017)
– Descendants (2015)
– Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
– Avalon High (2010)
– Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Sky High (2005)
– Frenemies (2012)
Treasure Planet (2002)
– Meet the Robinsons (2007)
– Brother Bear (2003)

March:
– Get Shorty (1995)
– Be Cool (2005)
– Parker (2013)
– The Bone Collector (19990
– Very Good Girls (2013)
– Team Thor: Part 2 (2017)
– Burnt (2015)
The Post (2017)
– Goosebumps (2015)
Lady Bird (2017)
Gringo (2018)
Game Night (2018)
– What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
– Annihilation (2018)
Tomb Raider (2018)
– Everest (2015)
– Colossal (2016)
– The Party (2017)
Love, Simon (2018)
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
– The House Bunny (2008)
– Triple 9 (2016)
– Adventureland (2009)
– Freeheld (2015)
Doctor Strange (2016)*
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)*
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)*
– My Life as a Courgette (2016)

April:
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)*
Pandorum (2009)
Unsane (2018)
– Sherlock Holmes (2009)*
– Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)*
A Quiet Place (2018)
– Automata (2014)
– Uptown Girls (2003)
– The Fifth Estate (2013)
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Rampage (2018)
Beyond Skyline (2017)
– Wolf Warrior (2015)
Beast (2017)
– Spooks: The Greater Good (2015)
– The Silent Child (2017)
– Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
– This Is The Life (2008)
Talvar (2015)
– Into the Storm (2014)
– The BFG (2016)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
– Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)
– Dirty Computer (2018)

May:
– Stratton (2017)
– Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
– The Final Year (2017)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
The Terminal (2004)
– No Strings Attached (2011)
– Wonder Boys (2000)
– Liberal Arts (2012)
What Maisie Knew (2012)
– London (2005)
– xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
– ManHunt (2017)
– Overdrive (2017)
– The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Zama (2017)
– Momentum (2015)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Life of the Party (2018)
– The Wave (2015)
– Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
– Before Sunrise (1995)
– Before Sunset (2004)
– Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
– Natural Born Killers (1994)
– The Villainess (2017)
– I Am Not a Witch (2017)
– Bad Rap (2016)
– Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

June:
– Dude (2018)
The Tale (2018)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)
– Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)
The Polka King (2017)
– Rush Hour 2 (2001)
– Miles Ahead (2015)
– Come Sunday (2018)
– American Gangster (2007)
– Noah (2014)
– Colonia (2015)
– Alone in Berlin (2016)
– Men,Women & Children (2016)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
The Meddler (2015)
– The Big Wedding (2013)
– Hampstead (2017)
Set It Up (2018)
– Calvary (2014)
About Time (2013)
– The Little Prince (2015)
Mission: Impossible (1996)*
Mission: Impossible (2000)*

July:
Tag (2018)
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)*
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)*
– Henry Box Brown (2008)
Tau (2018)
– The Shallows (2016)
– River of Grass (1994)
– Warcraft (2016)
– The One (2001)
Hotel Artemis (2018)
– Strokes of Genius (2018)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)*
– The Mighty Quinn (1988)
– Escape to Victory (1981)*
– Contact (1887)
– Kiki and the MXfits (2018)
– Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
– Nothing Like a Dame (2018)
– Mannequin (1987)*
– The Greatest Showman (2017)*
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
– In the Loop (2009)
– Extinction (2018)
– Sleepless (2017)
– Take (2008)
– Paper Dragons (1996)
– Dahmer (2002)
– Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)*
– Man Up (2015)
– The Best of Me (2014)
– 6 Balloons (2018)

August:
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)*
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
– All the Money in the World (2017)
– 28 Days Later (2002)
– 28 Weeks Later (2007)
– Eagle vs Shark (2007)
– Don Jon (2013)
– Diagnosis (2017)
– Mississippi Grind (2015)
– Bride & Prejudice (2004)
– One Day (2011)
– Last Night (2010)
The Darkest Minds (2018)
The Meg (2018)
– The Pelican Brief (1993)
– Star Trek Beyond (2016)*
– Sunday (2014)
– Everybody’s Fine (2009)
– Immortals (2011)
– Unity (2015)
– Oldboy (2013)
Chi-Raq (2015)
– Pass Over (2018)
The Equalizer 2 (2018)
– Tears of the Sun (2003)
– Perfect Piece (2016)
– To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
– Strange Days (1995)
BlackkKklansman (2018)
Life Partners (2014)
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
– The 100 Years Show (2015)
– Night Moves (2013)
– Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

September:
Bao (2018)
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Christopher Robin (2018)
The Children Act (2017)
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
– Cellular (2004)*
– Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
5 to 7 (2014)
– Swallows and Amazons (2016)
– Hannibal (2001)
– I Saw the Light (2015)
Mile 22 (2018)
– The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
– True Heart (1999)
– The Feels (2017)
– In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)*
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)*
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)*
The Predator (2018)
A Simple Favour (2018)
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)*
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)*
– Nappily Ever After (2018)
– Wedding Crashers (2005)
Train to Busan (2016)
– Chaplin (1992)
– Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
– Wonder Woman (2017)*
– Megan Leavey (2017)
– Patriots Day (2016)

October:
– Rush (2013)*
– The Great Wall (2016)
– Black Panther (2018)*
– Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
– A Star Is Born (1976)
– Avengers: Infinity War (2018)*
– Wonder Woman (2017)*
– Fences (2016)
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
– A New York Winter’s Tale (2014)
The Hate U Give (2018)
Operation Finale (2018)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)*
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)*
Lizzie (2018)
Utøya: July 22 (2018)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)*
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
The Black Cauldron (1985)*
– The Magnificent Seven (2016)*
Roobha (2018)
– Thunder Road (2016)
Support the Girls (2018)
Mayfair (2018)
I Love My Mum (2019)
– Is That You? (2018)
The Guilty (2018)
Mug (2018)
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (2018)
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Lemonade (2018)
Supa Modo (2018)
Shoplifters (2018)
Júlia ist (2017)
High Fantasy (2017)
– Feline (2018)
Burning (2018)
Rafiki (2018)
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

November:
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Beyond (2014)
– Pixels (2015)
– Stasis (2017)
Hardcore Henry (2016)

Number of different films watched: 317
Number of times been to the cinema: 70

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…)

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…)