TTT: Binge-worthy TV/Films

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This weeks topic is binge-worthy TV shows and films, but I’ve decided to focus on TV. I love all of these shows and would highly recommend checking them out. I’ve tried to provide the genre of each, as well as the format I saw it on. Let’s get started.

 

  • Mr Sunshine / Korean historical romance drama / Netflix
  • The Good Place / American comedy programme / Netflix
  • The West Wing / American political programme / DVD
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine / American police comedy programme/ TV
  • Queereye / American make over programme / Netflix
  • Stranger Things / American sci-fi horrow programme / Netflix
  • Orphan Black / Canadian sci-fi thriller programme / Netflix
  • Suits / American law programme / Netflix
  • Luther / British crime programme / Netflix
  • Pride and Prejudice / British period drama (1995 BBC version) / DVD

 

 

Clearly I watch a lot of American TV :). All of these programmes are fantastic, although Mr Sunshine hasn’t been completed yet. I like wide range of TV shows and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to check out. Have you seen any of these? I’d love to know your thoughts. What are your favourite TV shows? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Anticipated Films 2018

Hi guys I hope you are all well. Today I’m going to be talking about films rather than books, because there are quite a few film releases that I am looking forward to, so I thought I’d share some. So far there are 11 films that I am interested to see that are coming out this year. I might have missed some but these are the ones that I am aware of. I have linked to the trailer of each film (if available) for you guys to check out if you want to. Let’s get started.

 

 

I actually don’t go to the cinema that often so I probably won’t get to see these films until they are out on DVD but I’m interested in checking them out at some point. I have high hopes for quite a few of them. The ones I’m most interested in are Avengers, Annihilation and Tomb Raider. What films are you looking forward to? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Films

Hi guys how are you? To be honest with you guys I wasn’t sure what to post today so I thought I’d talk about some of my favourite films. You’re probably aware that I love reading 🙂 but I also love watching films and I’ve got quite a few favourites. I have already talked about some of my favourite films here and I’ve done a post about three of my favourite Studio Ghibli films, which you can check out here. Let’s get started.
  1. Mulan – directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook – this is a Disney classic and by far my favourite Disney film. The live action Mulan film (2009) is also great, but darker.
  2. The Dark Night trilogy – directed by Christopher Nolan – all of these films are so good and I’ve seen each at least twice.
  3. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – directed Lasse Hallström – this is just such an enjoyable film and would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new rom-com to watch.
  4. Pitch Perfect – directed by Jason Moore – again this is such an enjoyable and fun film to watch. I love singing so I love that aspect of it and it’s pretty funny. I will say the second, while still good, was a little disappointing.
  5. Star Trek films – first and second films directed by J. J. Abrams and the third is directed by Justin Lin – I love these films and always look out for any new releases. The characters are great, the action is fantastic and there so enjoyable to watch.

 

I love watching films, so I’m always on the lookout for more to watch. These are some of my favourites I’ve found so far – there are more that I could talk about but I’ll leave it at that for now. What are some of your favourite films? I’d love to know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Christmas films

Hi guys, it’s now only a couple of weeks till Christmas! So it seems approriate to share some of my favourite holiday/festive films. Now I have to admit that I haven’t actually seen a lot of Christmas film, so this post isn’t going to be a long one :). My family aren’t big Christmas people – don’t get me wrong we have a great, quiet Christmas and we decorate, bake etc. However we don’t start getting Christmasy until the week before Christmas day or there about. We don’t watch Christmas films together or anything like that. So I don’t really have a lot to share, but I do have a few.
  • Muppets Christmas Carol – directed by Brian Henson and starring Michael Caine
  • The Grinch – directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – animation – directed by Henry Selick
  • The Holiday – directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black
The Muppets film and The Grinch are two Christmas classics, in my opinion. The Grinch just brings back nostalgia from watching it as a kid, and I’ve rewatched the Muppets quite a few times now. The Nightmare before Christmas is a bit of a confusing one – it’s part Christmas, part Halloween film. The Holiday is a great, cosy rom-com that is perfect to watch around Christmas. Other than that I don’t really have any. I have seen Elf but to be honest I am not a big fan. So let me know if you have any recommendations for me – maybe this year I’ll try to watch some more Christmas films. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

3 Film Reviews

Hi guys, I hope you are all doing well. For this post, I am going to be sharing my thoughts on 3 films. Now I am pretty late to the band wagon with these films, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you guys anyway – I hope you don’t mind. So the three films are Star Trek: Beyond, Suicide Squad and Batman vs. Superman. All of the pictures used are not my own. Onto some of my thoughts.

 

Suicide Squad:
Let’s start off with the film I saw first. When watching this, I really enjoyed it. It definitely wasn’t entirely what I expected, after watching the trailer, but I enjoyed it. I thought the acting was pretty good – Viola Davis is an incredible as the kind of mental and cruel Amanda Waller, Margot Robbie was so good as Harley Quinn and I thought Will Smith did a good job portraying Deadshot. The other guys were good as well but those three performances really stood out to me. I’m kind of a bit mixed about the Joker – we don’t really get to see him and I found that kind of disappointing. I think Jared Leto’s performance has potential but I wasn’t blown away by it. I felt it was perhaps a bit over the top. However I don’t really feel I can judge his characterisation as we see so little of him. Although I am intrigued by the character of Katana, I didn’t really understand her place in the film – she just kind of turns up and is angry/sad. In terms of the plot, in my opinion it is kind of all over the place. They were trying to fit too much into a not very long film. I was also disappointed with the villain – I was so excited because the trailer makes it seem that the Joker is the main villain of the film but that is not the case. To be honest that would have made a better film, in my opinion, but that is not the case with this film. The story, as well is the editing,  was a bit choppy and even a little confused at times – to me it just felt kind of messy. Overall I enjoyed this film but it wasn’t perfect and I was a little disappointed by it.

 

Star Trek Beyond:
Now I have loved the new Star Trek films, so I was so excited to see this. In some ways, I found it a little bit disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I did very much enjoy watching this film, but it wasn’t perfect. My main issue with it was the villain. I thought his motivations were extremely weak and I just didn’t feel like it was a well developed villain – it did get a little better towards the end of the film when he is given more depth and we learn more about his motivations. Idris Elba is a great actor though. Once again Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and the rest of the cast are great in their respective roles. I enjoyed the development of the characters and the introduction of some new ones – I especially liked the scenes with Spock and McCoy. I though the humour was done very well. I personally think this is the weakest of the three Star Trek films currently out and this film doesn’t have such a compelling villain as Benedict Cumberbatch was in Star Trek: Into Darkness. However, like I said, it was a blast to watch at the cinema. Overall this was a very fun and entertaining film to watch, but I can’t help feeling a little bit disappointed with it.

 

Batman Vs. Superman:
This was a long one. For me, it took some time to get into it. I thought Ben Affleck actually did a great job of his portrayal of Batman and I look forward to seeing more from him. One thing that bugged me about Batman though is that he is killing people left, right and centre. I thought Batman had morals but apparently he’s given up on them and just kills people now. Don’t get me wrong I could see Batman starting to kill people if some tragic event occurred but we get no explanation as to why his morals no longer apply. Henry Cavill as Superman was fine, but it didn’t blow me away. Lois Lane was just kind of there – it’s liked they wanted her in the film, but couldn’t think of a reason for her to be there. I loved Gal Gabot as Wonder woman – I thought she nailed it. I am now super excited about her solo film. Anyway overall I enjoyed this film, but it had issues. First off I hasn’t a huge fan of the villain (Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor) I thought the portrayal was a little over the top and it just didn’t really make sense to me. Throughout the film, I kept questioning these superheroes intelligence – how could they so easily be manipulated to fight each other? Anyway, visually the film is amazing, but I can’t help feeling that work on the story was sacrificed because of it. The story is pretty choppy and confused. By the end of the film, I felt I had watched two very different films that had been mixed together. The Justice League set up was a bit lazy – I mean seriously? An email? Overall I thought there were some great performances in this film and the visuals are amazing, but it is definitely messy. I still liked and I would recommend giving it a watch, especially if you are a big Batman or Superman fan.

 

I would love to know your thoughts on any or all of these films. I am interested to see what other people thought of them. I know I am totally late with all these release but I wanted to post this anyway. I am thinking I may try out some more film reviews, as I love watching them. I hope you are having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Films

Today I thought I would do something a little bit different and to talk about some of my favourite films. I absolutely love films so I thought I would share five that I really enjoy. I could choose more but I thought five would be a good number. I enjoy a range of films from action to rom-coms to animated films (also a huge fan of Marvel films) etc so for today I’ve chosen a variety of films – I also tried to pick films that are perhaps not as well known as say, the Marvel films (if that makes any sense). I am also a huge Studio Ghibli fan and have a post on my three favourite films by them which you can check out here. With each film I will write out the information/blurb from the back of the DVD to provide a synopsis of each of the films. Let’s get started.
  1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – the back of the DVD says ‘When “Lucky” Jack Aubrey’s (Russell Crowe) ship is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy, despite heavy damage to the ship and much of his crew injured, Aubrey sets sail in a high-stakes exhilarating chase to intercept and capture their foe. It’s a mission that can decide the fate of a nation – or destroy him and his crew’. It is around 2 hours long and is an adaptation of three books from the Aubrey / Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian which I really want to read. Paul Bettany is also in this film, who I personally love. This is a great epic historical drama and just a amazing film.
  2. Don’t Say A Word – the back says “Time is running out for psychiatrist Dr. Nathan Conrad (Michael Douglas), who woke up this morning to find his young daughter missing and his apartment under electronic surveillance. But the brutal kidnappers don’t want money – they want Dr. Conrad to extract a six-digit number from the troubled mind of a teenage mental patient (Brittany Murphy). If they don’t get what they want, they’ll kill his only child. Now, the clock is ticking, the patient isn’t talking, and Dr. Nathan Conrad is forced to take unprecedented action in this explosive, spine-tingling thriller that will leave you speechless.’ This is a really enjoyable thriller that I stumbled upon a few years ago and I am very glad that I did – definitely recommend.
  3. Robots – ‘tells the story of Rodney Copperbottom, an aspiring inventor, who travels to Robot City to meet his idol, Bigweld. Along the way he quickly makes a whole gang of new friends, and together they encounter the evil Ratchet. Under the guidance of his mother, Ratchet has taken over Bigweld’s company and is denying the bots the spare parts they need. Is Rodney built from the kind of stuff it takes to save the day?’ I absolutely love this film and have re-watched it many times – I personally think this film is hilarious. The voice acting is great with voices from Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams – you should definitely check it out.
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – probably don’t need to go into too much detail with this one because it’s pretty well know but here’s what the back of the DVD tells you. “George Peppard is the struggling and sponsored young writer who finds himself swept into Holly’s dizzying, delightfully unstructured lifestyle as she determinedly scours Manhattan for a suitable millionaire to marry”. This is a classic and a great romantic comedy – I absolutely love Aubrey Hepburn as well and she is phenomenal in this film.
  5. Some Like it Hot – This is the only one that I do not own. When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in (IMDb synopsis). With actors including Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, this film is another one that I think is hilarious – it is probably one of my all time favourite comedy films. If you haven’t seen this film then you need to go check it out – you will not be disappointed.
There you have it – five films that I personally love and would recommend to everyone. I’ll probably talk about films more in another post as there are so many good films out there to talk about, so let me know if that is something you would be interested in. Also let me know if you have any film recommendations for me in the comments.
See you next time.

 

Pippa

 

Top 5 Book to Movie Wishlist

  1. The Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. This would make an amazing animated film or tv series. If you’ve read the books, you’ll know what I mean because these books actually have these amazing illustrations all the way through and an animation could do it justice. I’m thinking something like the moving castle in the Studio Ghibli film Howl’s Moving Castle.
  2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Now some of you may be thinking there is already a film, but I’m not counting it because it was terrible. This book/series has great potential for a film (or tv series) and so it had to be on my list.
  3. The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver. This series is targeted at children (I think) and would make a great live action or animated film. – I think I would prefer an animated film. I love the characters and the dynamics between them, so would love to see them come to life.
  4. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. I love the new Star Trek films, so I would love this book and the series in general to be converted into film. You would have great banter between the characters, action and a great plot in the form of a film – if done well this would make an amazing film.
  5. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, and the other books in the series. I absolutely love this series and would be really interested into seeing how it could be adapted into a film (or tv series).

 

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Have you got any book to movie ideas?

 

See you next time
Pippa