Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

2020 is shaping up to be a blockbuster of year for movies, and for some of these films, expectations are already sky-high. This list will spotlight some of the most anticipated movies of 2020, and while these blockbusters will see fans flocking to the cinema, be sure to keep an eye out for those smaller films that have the potential to move viewers.

1917

A hot contender for this years Oscars, 1917 looks like a tense war film that spotlights the struggles of two young soldiers tasked with the responsibility of hand-delivering a message to another Battalion that could save thousands of lives. With the high stakes, mounting tension, and stellar cast performance, I have no doubt that this film will be a cinematic masterpiece. Continue reading

Best of 2019: Books, TV, and Film

2019 has come and gone within the blink of an eye. We were spoilt for choice in entertainment last year with more streaming services being developed, quality films being produced, and a slew of compelling books to add to our tbr’s. It’s hard to keep track of them all, but here are some of my favourites that I read/watched in 2019.

Books

As many of you know, 2019 was not the best reading year. However, instead of focusing on the number of books read, I’m choosing to look at the quality of the books. Two books, in particular, stood out for their creativity, characters, and intricate world-building.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor has a way with words that will leave you feeling enchanted. Strange the Dreamer, while slow to begin with, is an example of just how vivid and creative Taylor’s writing is. Strange the Dreamer is a lot of things, but at the heart of the book, you have a tale of a community shadowed by their history. Weep is a character in itself as the city is overshadowed by the constant reminder of their desperation and the destruction that followed. Both humans and monsters alike were victims of such brutality. Yet, hope remains as Lazlo Strange comes to understand the consequences of the atrocities committed in Weep, and his compassion could be that bridge that unites the occupants of Weep. This is a book that will sweep you off your feet. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

This Halloween freebie is the perfect opportunity to spotlight some of the spookiest and atmospheric books, films, and TV shows to get you in that Halloween spirit. Now, some might not like the spooky Halloween features, but Halloween is the height of autumn, which is known for it’s cosy magical atmosphere. Here are my Halloween recommendations.

Books

The Archived by Victoria Schwab: Any Schwab book is Halloween appropriate, but the Archived also benefits from having an air of mystery to it. The main setting is based on an old, run-down hotel that has since been converted into flats. If that’s not creepy enough, you also have the histories; spirits that represent the memory of the dead. It’s a haunting and captivating book, and in typical Schwab fashion, has equally compelling characters.
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What I’ve Been Watching: Time Travel Twists, Dramatic Dinosaurs, and Western Showdowns.

As many of you know, summertime kick starts our movie marathon season. With the projector up and running, we have already watched a plethora of films on the big screen and for the most part, they’ve all been highly entertaining. Here is what I’ve been watching.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol & Rogue Nation

Now, I am not a die-hard follower of this franchise. However, there’s something to be said about watching these films on a big screen as it allows us to immerse ourselves in the visual scope of the film. There is no doubt that Tom Cruise embodies the stereotypical action hero trope, but does so in a way that is magnetic. The Mission Impossible franchise has long set the standards for epic action films, but what makes them so compelling is the supporting cast of characters and how their lives and experiences are all interconnected, giving them a sense of history that manifests itself in brilliant character dynamics. Continue reading

Discussion: The Benefits of Book Adaptations

Book adaptations have taken Hollywood by storm recently. From well-loved classics to comic book blockbusters, and Young Adult coming of age stories, books are a crutial source for the entertainment industry. With Netflix buying the rights to 50 literary projects we can expect a lot more adaptations in the near future. Now, while some may complain about the sheer number of book adaptations in the making, you cannot deny the impact they’ve had on the industry. In most cases, the books are always better, and some films should not be called adaptations – Percy Jackson – but there are so many reasons as to why we shouldn’t shun book adaptations. Here are some of the benefits that come from book adaptations.

1. A Wider Audience

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The fact is, book adaptations are going to appeal to the masses and that’s not a bad thing because while the book adaptation draws readers to the film, the film simultaneously introduces non-readers to the book. With every book adaptation, the film takes its concept from the source material, but given the time restraint given to films, elements of the book won’t make it to the screen. Therefore, characters or themes movie-goers feel are cast aside have the chance to gain a deeper insight into those elements through reading the book. Of course, that is not always the case, but book adaptations are additional publicity for the book, especially if its an adaptation of a lesser known book. There are also multiple ways to promote the book alongside the film with tie-in covers or special editions being released, satisfying both the movie-goers and the readers.
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Film Friday – Avengers: Endgame

Image result for avengers endgame synopsisAvengers: Endgame
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Plot Summary
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

 


The culmination of 10 years and 22 films, Endgame was like a love letter to its fans whilst serving as a swan song for our original Avengers. The past 10 years have seen our heroes face monumental threats. They’ve faced alien armies, corrupt organizations, and even each other, but in the end, they’ve always overcome the odds which made Thanos’s Snap a monumental blow to our heroes and the universe. The moral is at an all-time low, with the gravity of this loss and the guilt that follows manifests in a variety of ways in our heroes. It isn’t until Scott Lang turns up at the Avengers HQ with an opportunity to undo the massacre that ignites that fire in our heroes again.

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Most Anticipated Films of the Summer

It is hard to keep track of all the incredible films released every year. From the superhero showdowns to the feel-good films and the impactful understated gems, there is something for everyone. Earlier in the year, I spotlighted my most anticipated films of the year so the films featured in that post will not be featured here. This is but a small selection of films set to be released this summer and can definitely see having a heavy influence at the box office.

1. Yesterday

Have you ever considered what the world would be like if we suddenly woke up one day and forgot that the Beatles ever existed? Yesterday will provide the answer to that question in what is shaping up to be one the highlights of the summers movie line up. With the world forgetting the songs of one of the most renowned bands in the world, it will be up to Jack, a struggling singer-songwriter to bring back the songs that are embedded in history. The question is, how far is he willing to go to achieve his dream, and what does he risk loosing along the way. Continue reading