The Lord of the Rings

Thoughts on… Film Award Season

It’s mid-December and that means only one thing – film award season is heating up.

Award season is interesting to say the least and it can be annoying, overwhelming and relentless. I do have a vague interest in award season and what films get nominated for Golden Globes, SAG awards, Oscars and everything else. Part of it is because I’m a part of #FilmTwitter as there’s no escape from it all. It can be annoying and all the arguments when different films are slated or snubbed or praised can make me dislike a film. Which of course is not a good thing because the film should be judged on your viewing experience of it, not what awards it has or hasn’t been nominated for or what other people think about it.

One year when I was at university, I think it was the 2013 to 2014 awards season, I decided to try and watch all the films that would be nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Oscars. Living in the UK that meant that I would get the “Oscar bait” aka all the films that was likely to be nominated for the big awards a month or two after America. It was an interesting experience but not one that I want to repeat any time soon.

I watched films that I wouldn’t normally watch. For instance, Nebraska which I can’t remember anything about and August: Osage County and the only thing I remember about that film is disliking every single one of the characters. Attempting to see all the films that will get Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress nominations was something I did to be able to say, “I’ve seen that film!” and when the nominations actually came out, I could have an opinion on all the nominees in a category. Now though, I can’t be bothered to be honest. I would rather watch films that I think I’m going to enjoy or are something I want to see no matter what nominations it does or doesn’t get and while there can be some very enjoyable and interesting “Oscar bait” films I don’t want to force myself to watch them if I don’t want to.

I think this time of year with all the awards it is sometimes just a bit much. Everyone has an opinion and there’s so many films out there, so naturally some of the films and the performances that are being talked about I haven’t seen but now I don’t feel that I must catch up. That’s because the films or performances are ones I don’t want to watch or are in horror films or are other genres that I’m not interested in and am 99% sure I won’t enjoy.

I’ll admit I’m a bit surprised that Widows isn’t getting more nominations, as I thought the performances and script were top notch, but I’ve learnt not to get too caught up in awards season. Though, I do readily admit that I love that The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is one of three films (the other two being Ben-Hur and Titanic) to have one 11 Oscars and, I believe, is the only film to have one an award in every category it was nominated in. But besides that little titbit, I’m not going to let awards season, and the 2019 Oscars, get me down.

Do you try to have an opinion on every film that gets nominated for the big awards? Or does Oscar-season just pass you by?

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BOOK BLOGGER HOP: If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be?

It’s been a while (about a year to be honest) since I’ve last done one of these, but they are fun. The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly feature hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer, to find bookish blogs and to learn more about the bloggers themselves. You can find more info on the feature here.

This week’s question is: If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be?

Now that’s a good question! I’m not too fussed about covers and editions (though I do prefer all books in a series to match) but, if I could, I think I’d want to get a first edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s my favourite book in the trilogy and I think it would feel really special having that book sitting pride of place on my shelf.

Is there any book you’d want a first edition of?

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy Films

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week’s topic is in honour of the Booktube SFF Awards and instead of focusing on books, we’re talking about our favourite science fiction and fantasy in other media, whether that’s TV or Film. Me being me, has gone for film and here are some of my favourites.

Moon
If you’ve not watched Moon you really should. It’s a small-scale sci-fi film that sometimes feels claustrophobic, but that just adds to the underlying tension running throughout the film. Moon is eerie and gripping and Sam Rockwell is fantastic. It’s a film that’s lodged itself in my brain from the first time I saw it.

 

Transformers
While I do feel this franchise has gone on far too long and has generally gotten worse, I do love the first Transformers film. It’s one of my “comfort” films, if I feel down for some reason I’ll put it on and the over the top characters and action cheer me up. The battle in Qatar’s desert between the US military and a Decepticon is one of my favourite action sequences ever.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: The Ten Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week is a movie freebie so you can write about whatever you like, top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, whatever! I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about the films I can watch over and over again and no matter how many times I watch it I never get bored.

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So while obviously The Lord of the Rings is actually three film I count the trilogy as one since it is one big story. Every December, as close to Christmas Eve as I can get it, I rewatch the entire trilogy in a day. It’s a little tradition I’ve been doing for over ten years and I can’t wait till it’s December and I can watch Lord of the Rings.

 

The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001)the mummy elenasquareeyes
I count these two as one film too because they follow so well from one another – plus there’s no third film. These films feature one of my favourite fictional couples and my favourite fictional family ever! The O’Connell-Carnahan’s with Ardeth Bey are just the best! The Mummy and The Mummy Returns are so much fun and full of adventure and I could never get bored of watching them.

legally blonde elenasquareeyesLegally Blonde (2001)
Elle Woods is a feminist icon and so is Legally Blonde. Whenever I see Legally Blonde is on TV I always end up watching it, I can quote so many lines and I adore the soundtrack. Elle Woods makes me want to work harder and to be the best I can be and I love getting that feeling every time I rewatch this film.  (more…)

I Love My Framed Prints

I moved into a new place recently and one of the things I was most looking forward to was that in my bedroom there was one completely empty wall I could do anything with. So naturally I wanted to get my various fandom-related pictures, posters and prints framed and hung on the wall. I absolutely love how they all look so I just had to brag about them, but I will be nice and share where I got them from so if any get your fancy you know where to go.

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The two canvases, the Avengers one and the Rey one came from B&Q. I went there with my mum to get paint and wallpaper, you know actual DIY supplies, and then I saw the canvases they had on sale. There were a bunch of Marvel, DC and Star Wars canvases along with the usual nature and cityscape ones and I just couldn’t resist. (more…)

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Fictional Items I Want

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. When you read books, especially fantasy ones, there’s always cool stuff that you wish were real so without further ado, here are five fictional items I’d love to have.

Time Turner – Harry Potter series
Who wouldn’t want a Time Turner?! It would be great if you’re so busy that you can use it to have those extra hours in the day or if you spent the day being ridiculously lazy and procrastinating all your responsibilities, you can use it to go back in time and actually be productive with your time.

Lucy’s Cordial – The Chronicles of Narnia
Lucy’s Cordial can cure any illness and malady and that would be so useful. I could use it to get rid of an annoying cold or even something much worse if a friend or family member was seriously ill. That being said, you’d have to use it sparingly and there’d certainly be a lot of responsibility having something like that.

Kaz’s cane – Six of Crows
This is kind of just because I think a cane with a crows head looks really cool but also because it can also double of a weapon so you can be protected without anyone really realising till it’s too late.

The Rampion – The Lunar Chronicles
Yes the Rampion is an old battered cargo ship but it’s also pretty cool. It can be controlled by artificial intelligence and it’s managed to best mightier ships. I just want to go into space with my own crew OK?

The Light of Eärendil – Lord of the Rings
This would be so handy! When you can’t find your house keys in your bag and your phones died so you can’t use that to search by, you can use this instead! Sure it’s a pretty mundane thing to use it for when it’s said that it can be a light “in dark places, when all other lights go out” but I don’t care – it’s a source of light that’ll never die.

The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Here is the first tag I’ve done in 2016. I wasn’t tagged or anything but I saw this one on Charlotte Bibliophile‘s blog and it looked like fun.

Accio – an upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
This is the third book in a trilogy that I love! It’s a dystopian with vampire like creatures and the military and groups of people trying to survive and it’s so good! It’s out in June and I can’t wait to see how it all finishes!

Alohomora – a favourite series starter
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
I love this series and Eragon does such a great job in setting everything up. It builds the world and introduces all the main players – it’s perfect!

Cheering Charm – a book that gave you the warm fuzzies
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
This is a total comfort read. I love the characters, the love interest and the humour. It’s just sch a fun, quick and comforting read.

Aguamenti – a book that made you ugly cry
The Bridge in the Clouds by William Corlett
This is the last book in the series and I cried so much at the end. I was pretty young at the time, and I think it was one of the first books that made me cry.

Expecto Patronum – a bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life
Arya from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Arya is a warrior elf! She is more than a match for just about anyone, she’s good with a sword and she’s smart too. I’d totally put my life in her hands. (more…)