My top 10 movies of 2017

So far this year I have made many trips to the cinema to see several films that I have been excited about since I heard that they were going to be released. I have compiled a list of the best movies I have seen so far (there was a lot of films that I haven’t seen so if you have seen something that’s not on the list, not to worry, I just probably haven’t watched it yet! Comment any recommendations!)

10. Spider-Man Homecoming

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“Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.” – IMDB

Directed by Jon Watts and staring the loveable Tom Holland – how could this not make the list? I did really enjoy the film but I am one of those people who believes that the old ones are truly the best. No one will ever replace Tobey Maguire for me. Tom is good Spider-Man in his own right and I have always been a fan of Zendaya since her Disney Channel days on Shake It Up! It was a great film, I just prefer the old Spider-Man films (or maybe I’m just getting old).

    9. Murder on the Orient Express


“When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.” – IMDB

I love a film starring Jonny Depp and I am becomming a big fan od Daisy Ridley too. This film had them both which was amazing for me but this story is one that is far too familiar to me. My Gran and I love to sit and watch adaptations of Agatha Christies work and work out who the killer is. The touble is with being familiarised with the story is that you know what to expect so I guess it took away the magic of the cinematic experience for me.

8. Justice League


“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.” – IMDB

I had been waiting for this to be released since Wonder Woman and it was exactly what everyone expected. Everyone anticipated that Superman would be ressurected and he was – what were we really waiting in anticipation for?

   7. Goodbye Christopher Robin


“A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.  ” – IMDB

Who hasn’t been in love with Margot Robbie since she was Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad? Well… in this film she isn’t crazy, she’s just a distant, party animal mother who doesn’t care much for her family in comparison to her big city life. I love a good real life story and so the story of how Winnie the Pooh came to be had to make the list.

   6.  Logan


“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.” – IMDB

I loved Logan which was why it was so sad that he had to die. Everyone who loved the film was also annoyed at the fact that an alledged immortal character had to die…

5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


“The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.” – IMDB

Unpopular opinion: I prefered this one to the first one. I felt like the story was much better in this one and of course… the soundtrack was amazing as usual! I will also hail this one for the hilarious Stan Lee cameos too. Also, THIS ONE HAS KURT RUSSELL! I have been a fan of his since childhood when I saw him in Sky High for the first time.

    4. Thor: Ragnarok


“Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization” – IMDB

3.  The Greatest Showman

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“Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.” – IMDB

A musical?! With Zac Effron, Zendaya and HUGH JACKMAN?! How could I not?! I was obsessed to the soundtrack from the moment I heard ‘This is me’ and ‘Rewrite the stars’ on one of the trailers and now I’m obsessed with the film just as much.

      2. Kingsman: Golden Circle


“When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.” – IMDB

I was in love with the first Kingsman film and was not disapppointed by the second. How could I be disappointed with my two man crushes, Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum starring in the same movie? I was also so happy that Harry was back but sent on an emotional down turn when Merlin was blown up. What a movie.

      1. Wonder Woman


“When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”-IMDB

This was without a doubt the best movies I have seen this year! I made 4 trips to the cinema to see it and I have watched it several times since purchasing the DVD. Gal Gadot plays Dianna so well and after a movie as good as that, it’s a wonder that any other little girl would idolise anyone else.


‘Walt Before Mickey’ is such an important movie

Walt Before Mickey is the amazing story of Walter Disney in his journey to the character that made his company the success it is today. Mickey Mouse.

“It all started with a mouse.” – Walt Disney

I have watched and re-watched this film, over and over again on Netflix and I think it is becoming one of my favorite films of all time. I’m not just saying that because I’m a life long Disney fan. The truth is I would still love it if I wasn’t.

The story of Disney is the pursuit of a dream, a passion that you have had since childhood. He may say that it all started with a mouse but his talent started with the sketch book his aunt gave him as a child.

He wanted to run his own company which lead to failure, after failure, until his eventual success. 

This film is so inspirational because it shows that even the most successful people in the world didn’t have everything spoon fed to them. They had to work hard and pick themselves up, time and time again. They needed to make themselves stronger and better because they knew what they were meant for. 

Walt didn’t give up, so why should you?

5 Ways I Relate To Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn aka. Doctor Harleen Quinnzel… Let’s be honest here she is the prettiest and most lovable female psychopath on screen, in animations and comics… but for some reason, I can relate to her character quite a lot.

5: She Knows She Annoys People

Harley is very self-aware of how annoying she can be and knows that it just might get her hurt or even killed. Let’s face it, in the real world, you are often told not to open your mouth to the wrong person because it will get you hurt and I am always self-conscious about annoying people. So much so, that I now warn people that I will annoy them eventually.


4: Her Cringe-Worthy Pick-Up Lines to Her Beloved Mr. J

We are all known for making cringy puns and pick up lines when all up in some boy or girls DMs, well Harley becomes queen of them all as she tries to bed her pudding in Batman: The Animated Series.

Let’s be honest, I can’t be the only one who relates to this way of flirting, right?

3: She Had High Aspirations In Life

Let’s not forget that before she became the infamous Harley Quinn she was Doctor Harleen Quinzel of Arkham Asylum in Gotham. Being a doctor takes a lot of hard work and dedication, especially to work in a psychiatric hospital filled with the world’s craziest criminals, am I right?


It is a shame that she gave it all up for Mr. J, but the wrong kind of relationship such as the domestic abuse she receives from her “pudding”  can ruin all aspects of your life.

2: She Wears A Smile For Her Man

In a violent relationship, you do anything to keep the abuser happy…


Her referral to him as her “boss” rather than her partner, shows her position in Mr. J’s life as not only does he think her inferior but she thinks that of herself too. She’ll do anything to keep him happy, which seems to include smiling on demand.


1: She is a Domestic Abuse Survivor

OHHHHH, here’s the part everyone who idolizes her  9because of Suicide Squad) forgets about…Harley and Joker aren’t “goals”.

She’s a victim, or more was, she seems to have become more of a survivor now.

Sure, she doesn’t handle it as well as real abuse victims would… becoming a serial killer and all that but she survives and she’s definitely a stronger woman from embracing the effects the abuse have had on her mind. She’s fierce!




My October Movies

So since October has now passed and we are now getting into November I thought I’d share my thoughts on films I went to the cinema to see over last month (especially since Film Studies at A-Level seemed to turn me into a bit of a critic, thanks so much, Jodie).

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

This was a film that I was extremely excited for. I’m a huge Asa Butterfield fan and anyone who says they don’t love every film made by Tim Burton is either insane or a liar.

The film is based on the novel by Ransom Riggs and is about a boy named Jacob who discovers clues to a secret that his grandfather tried to keep from him until his death. Upon trying to discover what his grandfather wanted him to know,  he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, his grandfather’s best kept secret. The trouble is that the children are under attack by monsters that wish to steal their eyes but the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

I had high expectations for this film before going to see it and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with what I saw. There were so many twists and turns in the plot but it wasn’t hard to follow, that tends to be rare in films like that. I usually get lost.  I really enjoyed it though and would highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.

2. Inferno

This was a spontaneous decision but one of the best films I’ve ever seen on a whim. I love conspiracy theory things, even in books so this, as you can imagine, interested me greatly.

This film was based on the novel written by Dan Brown, one of my favourite conspiracy novel writers. The story is about a man called Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love his movies?) who wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He doesn’t know any of the events that put him there but when a police officer tries to assassinate him, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to uncover the dark plot that is said to ‘save humanity’. Together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot to release the ‘Inferno’ virus into the world and kill billions of people in attempts to save lives because of an apparent impending population crisis.

This film was absolutely brilliant and would 100% see it again.

3. The Girl On The Train

This was a film that I simply didn’t like. This also comes down to personal reasons that effected the way I read the film as well as the terrible story line and shoddy attempt at a title. Obviously, I didn’t plan on seeing this film either but regardless I expected a better film than what I got.

This was yet another film based on a novel, this one was by Paula Hawkins. The story is about a divorcee, called Rachel who just can’t seem to let go of her past as she resorts t drinking to make herself feel better after her husband laft her for a woman that could give him a baby. She somehow becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life as she discovers the violent truth about her previous partner and how he took advantage of the blackouts she had from her drinking problem to convince her that she was the danger. Rachel puts all the pieces together to discover that her ex-husband is a murderer and tries to save his new wife and baby from him.

This adaption of The Girl On The Trian was so poorly done that I had no emotions for any of the characters involved. I felt very detatched from the story and I don’t think that that is what should happen within the whole “cinema experience”.  The personal reason behind my dislike of the film was because it shows a woman being left because she can’t have children which is a huge fear of mine and upon that reveal, I felt uncomfortable for the rest of the film.

4. Doctor Strange

Of course, I was going to see this! I had to! I love Marvel… but much like every Marvel film, although they are good films they are always made out to be better than what they actually are.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the neurosurgeon, Doctor Stephen Strange who looses the proper function of his hand in a car accident. He must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions in order to heal himself physically using his spirit or find his new place in the world. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as gaurd the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the dark forces that lie beyond.

I loved it! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Benedict Cumberbatch?!

I did initially expect more from it but I always do with Marvel films because they always get made out to be better than what they are. I’d still recomend it though!


Pokemon Go server crash

As I come from a generation where Pokemon has taken up hours of our lives from the Anime movies, TV series, trading cards and Nintendo DS games, I understandably jumped upon the band wagon of downloading the new Pokemon Go game. 

The ability to go out and simulate capturing Pokemon in the real world was obviously intriguing to the public, whether you have been a huge Pokemon nerd for the majority of your life or not. 
It was obvious that its vast popularity was going to cause problems as the game is considered to be so addictive that many media platforms have blamed it for car accidents and having an impact on mental health despite only being out for a week.
The impact of the game is obviously noticeable as it has been mentioned all over social media. The popularity of the game is said to be more than that of tinder and is soon to expect to overtake Twitter. 

Over the past week since the game being released the servers have been glitchy. This is hardly a surprise during the high demand for trying to catch them all. 

I hope they will be back up soon because ‘I want to be the very best, like no one ever was.’ 


Top 3 Short Films That Will Hit You Hard!

These short films have gone viral over the past few years and have captured the attention of many people around the world. One of the main reasons that  they have had such a hype surrounding them is because they tackle issues that are hard hitting to the public.

3 – Break Free (Ruby Rose, 2014)

Break Free went viral across social media in 2015 due to the heavy publicity that Ruby Rose received from entering the cast of  Orange Is The New Black. The film was directed by Ruby Rose herself and uploaded to YouTube on 14th July 2014. The short film focuses primarily on gender roles and the idea of gender fluidity. The film raises awareness of what life can be like when you are different than social norms (e.g. bigender and transgender). In the film we see Ruby Rose transform herself from a woman into a man through clothing and behavioral stereotypes. No wonder people claimed that she made the question their sexuality. – The film has now reached over 15 million views on YouTube.

2 – ReMoved (Nathanial Matanick, 2014)

ReMoved was released on YouTube on the 11th March 2014 and although it only has just over 4 million views the issues expressed in the narrative are certainly hard hitting and tear inducing. ReMoved follows the life of a young girl and her brother as they are taken from a violent and unstable home to live life between foster homes until they find a foster parent who won’t give up on them or abuse them. The narrative follows on in part 2 where we see that the young girl as a grown woman who has broken the cycle of abuse to become a child care practitioner. The second part has just under 900,000 views which is a shame as it tackles the stories of victims of child abuse and expresses true to life thoughts and feelings of a victim of this kind of abuse.

“Sometimes someone hurts you so bad; it stops hurting at all. Until something makes you feel again. Then it all comes back. Every word. Every hurt. Every moment.” – Zoe

1 – Love Is All You Need (Kim Rocco Shields, 2012)

Love Is All You Need went viral because it exposed hard-hitting experiences of homophobic abuse only reversed to show what it would be like if heterophobia was in place of it. It effectively changes the ideologies of people who have homophobic values as they get to see that the bullying they inflict can cause suicide. The film was uploaded to YouTube on 16th August 2012 and has just over 3.5 million views. Controversy was brought around this film in 2015 as a teacher in the US reportedly lost her job for showing this film to her students as a method of tackling homophobia.

Short films conventionally tackle issues (e.g. abuse etc.) that larger, Hollywood films would usually avoid for purposes of attracting a universal audience. These short films have certainly used this convention to impact the audience emotionally and are effective in raising awareness of the social taboos their stories cover.


Feminism in Musical Film

How have feminist messages in musical film changed over time? The musical film genre was first established in the early 1930’s and this classic sound was kept with it until the early 1950s. In 1953, Howard Hawks’ musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was released. In which singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei’s fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich old man and many other admirers. This film establishes women as being materialistic through the character of Lorelei, played by Marilyn Monroe and her song ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’. This song is still very famous in the modern day but is still considered sexist by feminists.

The scene opens with cuts to different shots of all the backup dancers but when Marilyn begins to sing it is very rare that there are any cuts and there are a few zooms which brings her into focus as a character. She is objectified through the cinematography and mise en scene as she is wearing a lot of diamonds, she shakes her hips in a tight dress that shows her curves, all while tracking and wide shots are used as she is surrounded by men. Although some feminists may argue that her repetition of the word ‘no’ as she sings and hits some men with her fan could make her be seen as liberated as she has the right to say no. The shot of her surrounded by young women shows her as a mother figure as she says ‘he’s your guy when stocks are high but beware when they start to fall’ is a comment on the Great depression as well as the divide in old and new values of the female role in American society.

The messages surrounding the change in societies values is portrayed through the relationship between Lorelei and Dorothy as it is described by feminist blog as being  an ‘affectionate, mutually mocking relationship between the two leads is really the core of the film, with the men orbiting around them.’ This relationship is central to the narrative as Lorelei represents old societal values as she still believes in marrying for money but Dorothy believes in marriage for love which it was strange for women to not care about being ‘looked after’ as Lorelei often refers to it.  Overtime though, the representation of relationships between women still remains paramount to the narrative, as seen in Hairspray and Frozen.

Hairspray is a musical that focuses on equality for race in the 1960s but there are underlying feminist messages in the film. In the scene, ‘Welcome to the Sixties’ the relationship between Tracy and Mother Edna is exposed as a bonding point over the stereotypically feminine task of clothes shopping. The song features lyrics that show a change in society as Tracy sings, ‘Say hello to the love in your heart, yes, 1 know that the world’s spinning fast now, you gotta get yourself a brand new start’ which appears to go against what we are expecting to see, and we feel like there has been a pivotal point in the narrative where women aren’t looked down on for their appearance.

Our expectations are juxtaposed as the femininity is portrayed further through the name of the shop, ‘Mr Pinky’s’ but then diminished as being a place of shame as it’s called ‘Hefty Hideaway. This presents the ideology that women who are of a bigger size should be ashamed of their body shape. ‘Fat Feminism’ is a movement which is a primal contextual factor to the relationship between Tracy and her mother as well as their rivalry between Velma and Amber Von Tussle.

The rivalry between the two pairs of mother and daughter are shown at the end of the ‘Welcome to the Sixties’ scene as Velma said that Edna would ‘stop traffic’. It is also shown in the reprise of ‘Big, Blonde and Beautiful,’ where it is made evident that Velma looks down on Edna for her size as she sings the line ‘bet you’re tired of heavy lifting, get your hands on something small.’ This shows Velma as a sexually promiscuous woman, with the Blonde, tight, red dressed stereotype that is twined with the representation of Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Frozen on the other hand, deviates from the stereotype as it is a musical made by Disney for children. This film has been depicted by feminist critics as a feminist film as I it brings to light loyalty within sisterhood.

Frozen’s narrative surrounds sisters Elsa and Anna as they are separated due to Elsa’s curse. Feminists could argue that this film is against women having power as Elsa appears to be punished for having the powers that she was born with. When their parents die, Anna tries to reconnect the broken bond with her sister which isn’t achievable until the closing scene. The closing scene is what makes the film overall film a feminist film as Anna is the first Disney princess who arguably isn’t saved by a prince.

Disney have always been known for their adaptions to classic fairy tales but since the start of what is referred to by Empire Magazine in their review as the “Tangled Era” they seem to breaking a lot of conventions in their musical take on fairy tales. Frozen is an adaptation of the classic story of the Snow Queen but in tradition the Snow Queen is a femme fatal and not the hero. The Tangled Era is also notable as the title of the films no longer refer to the heroine as they did in Disney Classic’s such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and the Beast.

In the closing sequence of Frozen, shot reverse shots are used to display the distance between Christoph and Anna and then again with Elsa and Anna. The closeness of Elsa and Anna is mimicked through this as Elsa a shorter distance away than Christoph. Although, by this point the unsuspecting audience has already assumed that Christoph is the true love of Anna, she turns away and appears to sacrifice herself for her sister.