Sunday, 16 December 2018

Favourite Festive Films

Anyone or knows me or has been reading my blog for a while will know that I love the festive season, but I also am a huge film fan! I thought it would be really fun to share my top 5 Christmas films incase your stuck with what to watch over the festive period!



1. ELF

This is probably my favourite Christmas film ever! Its one of those feel good films that, and I feel like I have an inner Buddy the Elf where I do weird and wacky things! I'm also one of those people who can quote the entire film and quite often do much to everyone's annoyance!

2. The Nativity Series

These are most definitely up there and a very close 2nd to ELF, last month a new Nativity film was also released and so that has jumped right to the top of my priorities right now. I just adore each of these films and laugh ridiculous amounts whilst watching them!

3. Princess Switch

So this has recently been released on Netflix and although its not my usual kind of film I found it really endearing. Vanessa Hudgens plays the main characters and if you have ever seen Parent trap its a similar Idea where 2 people, who just happen to look exactly the same, switch identities! It's worth a watch!

4. The Grinch

This is just one of those classics, you can't have Christmas and not watch the Grinch! I love Jim Carrey and he fits the role perfectly! A must see for all the family!

5. Home Alone

Action packed. I also hope I'm not the only one but whenever I'm home alone I have little ideas in my head of things I would do if someone tried to break in... just me?!


So what is your favourite Christmas Movie?

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Yes. Yes and Yes!

" The world's a playground. You know that when you are a kid, but somewhere along the way everyone forgets it" 

So for those of you who don't know that quote is from the film Yes Man which stars Jim Carey, if you haven't already watched it I would highly recommend it! I watched it for the first time the other day and it really got me thinking about lots of different things and opportunities in life that I decided not to take. 

Staying in your comfort Zone.


Yes is such a simple word yet can be feared by so many, myself included in that and we shouldn't be so scared and instead embrace it! At the same time we also shouldn't feel obliged to say Yes but sometimes it can be good to do things that are out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to see a wider picture. 

Simply Yes.


Over the years I have spent a long time double thinking myself, whether I'll be okay at something and just generally hiding behind what I thought was my comfort zone. Saying yes could be as simple as trying a new restaurant, deciding to join a club or meeting new people. 

Saying yes can open so many new doors, this year I have been trying to say yes to more things and trying to really push myself out my comfort zone. I've been trying to open myself up to new ideas that maybe I've never thought about, sometimes because I just didn't want to but most of the time because I thought maybe I wouldn't succeed, but how do you measure success? My successes might not be someone else's and they have a completely different idea to what success means to them and thats okay, I've learnt just like anything you can measure it in different ways. 

Of course there needs to be boundaries, life is far to short to focus on things that we don't enjoy or to associate ourselves with people who don't make us feel good. I've decided on a few things that I want to say yes to if the opportunities arise but i'd also to be open to the possibilities I might not have thought about. But I know myself what my personal boundaries are and again this will always be different for everyone. 

You never know until you try.


One of the main things I would always say no to was Public Speaking, we had to do an assessment at college on this once and I just remember crying to my friend because it terrified me especially because it was infront of a group of people I didn't really know. Still to this day even the thought of public speaking makes me a little nervous but over the last year in my new job I had to do it on a regular basis, now I can go up on a stage with a microphone in front of hundreds of people and confidently deliver a speech and do you know the best thing about it? It feels SO GOOD! I will now volunteer to go do a speech, yes I still get nervous before I go on but that's normal like with anything but that feeling after I have made a speech to 700 people and coming off that stage with people saying how good it was delivered makes me feel on top of the world! 

So the question is should I take a chance on something new? YES! I would love to know in the comments what you are going to say Yes to! 

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Film Fanatic Favourites



One of the things myself and Harry particular enjoy doing is our cinema trips. We are regulars at Vue and for the time we have together we can be found in the box office at least once a week – it’s a staple of our relationship. So here are a few top picks that we have come across; you may find a common theme in what we like to see: very much actioney-thrillery types that being said Harry was willing to see The Greatest Showman after much persuasion haha.

So, please do brace yourselves for the first post from Harry. I have told him to keep it clean and nice. Enjoy!

Gemma

1)      Den of Thieves

Empire said: “ It’s strictly seen-it-all-before crime thriller territory.

Well… Might have to disagree with you on that one. Admittedly the main allure for this one came from my excessive persuasiveness and always insightful opinion; “that’s got 50cent in” Anything it else was a bonus as long as his idol was there. It also allowed for me to spend the succeeding hour after the film going into great detail into how the film reflected a lot of the plot of ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ which I'm sure I will take great delight in posting about in the near future which I'm sure you'll all enjoy. What more could you ask for for a couple of hours: Heists, fights, shots fired and Gerrard butler wearing nothing more than a bullet proof vest and a police badge. Sounds good to me doesn't it? 

Gemma says: “ I actually thought it was alright, quite enjoyed that. I see its now on Netflix so no doubt Harry will want a repeat”

Harry says: “50 cent kicks ass. A lot like GTA 5 but I like GTA 5.”



2)   King of Thieves

Empire Said: An old-school film about an old-school crime that brings together an impressive array of British legends.

Spotting a theme here? To paraphrase Michael Caine, King of Thieves is a British thriller with an experienced and iconic English actors that certainly blows the bloody doors off - clever eh?. King of Thieves takes on the Hatton Garden Heist of 2016 where a group of men aged 61-73 pulled off one of the most notorious robberies on British soil since the great train robbery of the 60’s. As Reader, Michael Caine delivers haunted gravitas; his character’s wife has just died and he’s the one felon truly torn between going straight, something he promised her he would do, and doing one last job; whilst this may sound a touch on the clich├ęd side does provide the thrills in the right places and is something I will be watching again. Ray Winstone, Tom Courtney and Michael Caine in the same picture. You can’t go wrong.

As a side note, this marks the first of a break in trend for us. Like I said under normal circumstances we’d be at Vue taking in the £4.99 bargain. However on this occasion, while on a short break in Barton we took in the newly developed ‘Flower Bowl” Part of the vast complex is its cinema which is so intimate and homely I love it – plush sofas, foot rests, buckets of popcorn. I highly recommend if you can make it you go.

 



3)   Gringo

Empire said: A pitch-black, often very funny slice of pulp fiction with a number of stand-out performances, notably the ferocious Theron.

If you fancy a laugh then look no further. Gringo differs from most Tarantino-esque flicks in that it has a clear lead, in David Oyelowo’s (Gring) hapless Harold Soyinka, a Nigerian immigrant and all-round nice person who’s had it  with his dead-end job and mounting debt, but just finds himself getting deeper with every terrible decision he makes. Sounds quirky enough. Gringo differs from most Tarantino (of pulp fiction fame) homage flicks in that there are heaps of laughs and sound bites SOMEOME will no doubt be repeating and using for a good while – 'Withnail and I' springs to mind. Think Bourne Identity, meets Pulp Fiction, meets Narcos meets the Chuckle Brothers and you have Gringo. Charlese Theron doesn’t get much of a look-in and the sub plot of which she is major too takes somewhat of a background, you feel Harold is punching bag for the audience at times you feel for him but hey.. I like a laugh.

Well guys that was my top 3 picks of our cinema visits. Hopefully i'll be back soon for more posts and we’ll get to know each other more as time goes on. Happy reading and see you all soon. 

And just as a little side note... just to show how often we do go and the amount we have seen, we must get onto Vue for a potential loyalty scheme!



Hugs
Harry xx