Quote Me #9

Back again for some more great quotes!

1) Amy: This one says Die Pig. And worst of all, they didn’t put the comma between die and pig. (Brooklyn Nine Nine)

2) Peter Quill: You look like Mary Poppins.
Yondu: Is he cool?
Peter Quill: Hell yeah, he’s cool.
Yondu: I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!
(Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

3) Prince: [dancing with her] What? What is it?
Belle: [smiles] How’d you feel about growing a beard?
(Beauty and the Beast)

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Mid-April Favourites

This month was a pretty productive month for me and particularly because I managed to consume a lot of different stories and discovered some new ones that I am wholly and completely obsessed with.

Film:
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Director: Bill Condon

Was it ever going to be any other film? This film was basically made for me: it includes all of my favourite actors, it is a musical, it’s set in France and it is based of my joint favourite Disney film of all time. So there was no question that this was my most anticipated film of the year and I absolutely adored every single second of it. It’s now my favourite film of all time (was there any question about it?) and I can’t stop thinking about it. I know that I am rather biased seeing as I have such a strong childhood connection to this story but I think that if you see one film in the cinema this year, make it this one.

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Song:
Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now (2016)
Artist: Original Television Cast of Hairspray! Live

If you guys know me at all, then you know that I am full-on obsessed with musicals and am also full-on obsessed with Hairspray. So, naturally, I am in love with Hairspray! Live. And this month, this song has been constantly stuck in my head and I’ve been playing on repeat. This isn’t even one of my favourite songs in the musical of Hairspray! but for some reason I was just obsessed with it this month.

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Book:
A Court of Mist and Fury (2016)
Author: Sarah J Maas

I fancied reading some Sarah J Maas this month so I decided to re-read the first two books of her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. And while I like the first book a lot more now I can see Sarah J Maas’s true intentions (those who have read both books will not what I mean), I like the characters from the second book a lot more and I loved having the chance to re-read it again.

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TV Show:
Mr. Selfridge (2013)
Creator: Andrew Davies

This is a show that I started a very long time ago but then for reasons that I don’t wholly know stopped watching it. But I decided to remedy that this month, having a random spark to start it again, and I’ve been absolutely loving it. I’ve been flying through episodes and I’ve become completely swept up in the story and I love all of the characters, particularly Agnes, Henri and Miss Mardle.

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Album:
Beauty and the Beast Official Soundtrack (2017)

As I said, I’ve been having something of an obsession this month so it should come at no surprise that this is my most listened to soundtrack of the month. All of the actors can sing amazingly well and the modern adaptations really add another layer to the classic songs that everybody loves so much.

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Beauty and the Beast | Movie Review

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Release date: 23 February 2017 (London)
Director: Bill Condon
Featured song: Beauty and the Beast
Costume design: Jacqueline Durran
Music composed by: Alan Menken

You may not know but Beauty and the Beast is my joint favourite Disney movie of all time ever (it shares this accolade with the highly underrated The Princess and the Frog) so it’s safe to say that I was absolutely shaking with excitement to this film. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a trip to the cinema and was probably more excited than all the six year olds who dressed up in Belle costumes for the occasion. And, guess what? I now have a new favourite film of all time. And I’m not even joking. I absolutely adored it. I haven’t stopped listening to the soundtrack since and I keep reliving the film in my mind. I loved everything about it – the characters, the music, the visual effects, the humour, the plot, the costumes and everything else. It was absolutely gorgeous and romantic and quite moving at times and definitely reminded me of why I love this story but was by no means the same as the cartoon. I loved it.

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Belle – played by Emma Watson – a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast – played by Dan Stevens – in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

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The first thing that I’m going to say is not to be intimidated by all the hype surrounding this film because it’s unlikely that you’re going to adore this film as much as I did. This story means an awful lot to me – which is probably why I kept squealing during the opening number – but that certainly doesn’t mean that you won’t absolutely love it either. I firstly want to talk about the characters but it’s impossible for me to fully explain all of my feelings in less than 10,000 words because I loved every character in this film so much. But I adored Belle. I absolutely adored her. She is so feisty and strong-willed but still kind and intelligent and still has a sense of humour. She’s one of favourite movie heroines of all time. I also adored the Beast and as well as the huge character development that he goes through throughout the film, I loved his humour and his kindness and selfless that even is terrible upbringing couldn’t destroy. My darling Plumette was amazing – and I loved her and Lumiere’s relationship – as were all the other objects. Gaston was such an arrogant prick that you hate him with a scary ferociousity but I was certainly sidetracked by the good looks of Luke Evans (like it’s not fair how hot he looks in this film). But I thought that all the performances were brilliant and I can’t imagine anyone else playing any of the roles.

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The main thing that I really enjoyed about the plot of this film, and the thing that I appreciated the most, was the way that it filled in some of the plot holes that existed in the original cartoon and gave all of the characters much more backstory and reason for being the way they were. But they did it in such a clever way that it made everything seem much more realistic and entertaining and also made sense in the context of the story; it wasn’t just shoved in to fill up a plot hole. The Beast’s backstory for example perfectly explained how he turned out to be the rude and arrogant person that he is at the beginning of the film. Something else that particularly appealed to my inner Francophile was how the entire film looked. Everything looked absolutely beautiful; all of the colours were vivid and rich and I loved everything about the castle and its blues and golds. The costumes were also absolutely stunning and wholly transported you into the world of the film. I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned the music yet because I really have had the soundtrack playing on repeat since the moment I left the cinema. I love every single song and I just – I can’t cope with how much I love it.

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So yeah. This film might as well have been made for me – from the adaptation of my joint all time favourite Disney movie to Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Gugu Mbatha-Raw to France and the sarcasm and the fact that it’s a musical. I mean, it’s 5 billion stars from me and I honestly urge you – on a wholly personal level – that if you only watch one film make it this.

My Most Anticipated Releases 2017 | Films

As well as being a great year for book releases, 2017 also happens to be a fantastic year for film releases too.

1) Thor: Ragnarok
Release Date: October 27th

If it’s Marvel then I’m interested. It’s as simple as that. And while I might not be able to get around to watching the film straight away (looking at you, Doctor Strange) but it’s still very much on my list of films to-watch. I really loved Thor: The Dark World and while Thor might be one of the lesser critically acclaimed superhero franchises, I am still extremely excited to see what is going to happen in this film.

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2) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Release Date: April 25th

Another Marvel film that is being released this year is the sequel to probably the biggest surprise of 2014 and that is Guardians of the Galaxy. This world is so different to any of the other films that Marvel currently have out that it’s impossible to predict what it’s going to be like. I adore the characters in this film because they’re all so roguish and flawed and I am super, super excited to watch this film!

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3) Spider Man: Homecoming
Release Date: July 7th

And ANOTHER Marvel film that is being released this year is quite a controversial one and that is the latest installment in the spider man saga. I personally really loved Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and I also adored Emma Stone in the role of Gwen Stacy. But Tom Holland did a very good job in Captain America: Civil War so I’m intrigued to see what new things he will be bring to the character and how he will carry off a whole film.

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4) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Release Date: May 26th

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is a franchise that I have loved for a very long time and even though the films have gone slightly ‘downhill’ as some people might say, I am still mightily excited for any new film that is set in the Pirates of the Caribbean because I know that they are going to be funny and filled with more sassy Captain Jack Sparrow.

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5) Wonder Woman
Release Date: June 2nd

I might be more of a Marvel fan than I am a DC fan (although DC do have some amazing characters and films too), I cannot contain my excitement for this film. I love Gal Gadot and the trailer for this film looks insane. I am so ridiculously excited to see Gal Gadot kick some ass and be amazing and I cannot wait!

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6) Beauty and the Beast
Release Date: March 16th

Okay, this is probably my most anticipated release of the year and probably the next ten years too. Beauty and the Beast is my joint favourite Disney film of all time (The Princess and the Frog also sharing that accolade) and to have some of my favourite actors and actresses staring in it really makes me unbelievably excited to see this film. Bring on March, because it’s going to be amazing.

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7) Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Release Date: September 29th

Kingsman was a massive surprise in 2015 because no one expected it to be any good, but it was. There may have been perhaps a few too many unneeded sex jokes but it was actually a very enjoyable film. Now there is a sequel and the Kingsman are off to the US which may seem like a fairly simple premise but I am so excited to see where the plot goes and the character development and hear more of those typically English accents that I love so much.

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8) Pitch Perfect 3
Release Date: December 22nd

We have another Pitch Perfect film, people! The world is okay. I love this film series because it in includes some amazing female characters and great music. What more could you ask for? There is very little information surrounding this film out at the moment but I already know that it’s going to be a fantastic film.

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My Top 5 Favourite Guilty Pleasure Films

I am an avid movie fan and I love all kinds of movies from a variety of genres, containing a variety of actors. But some of my absolute favourite movies really aren’t that highly celebrated among critics, and have been condemned to the bargain bin forever – but I still love them. Or, I’m guilty because I’ve watched them so many times it should probably be illegal considering how many films are out in the world, but it’s not so I will continue to watch them. Look out for any running themes in my picks because they are definitely there.

1) The Three Musketeers (2011)

Controversially, I’m not that big a fan of the TV show but the 2011 version of the story is definitely one of my favourites. Yes, it is very dramatic and over-the-top and yes, even I, a lover of the film, cannot take Logan Lerman seriously. But, it is such a entertaining and fun film to watch and it also happens to be hilarious. The costumes and sets and brilliant, and I love the romance that runs through this too. Also, a special mention to Luke Evans who makes a fantastic Aramis – and he’s very attractive too.

2) The Big Wedding (2013)

This is a film that was given extremely low reviews by a lot of critics, but is a film that I have watched countless times. The cast is amazing and any excuse to watch Robert DeNiro, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes (could this be the theme?) I will take. It’s a really enjoyable and funny film and I love the diversity between the characters and their backgrounds. It is a relatively short film, but so much is crammed in and I really enjoy watching the character development and how the relationships between all the characters change throughout the course of the film. And there’s Ben Barnes. 🙂

3) Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Sorry, but not sorry. I feel no guilt watching this film because it is phenomenal, but the number of times I have watched it really is ridiculous. This is such a timeless film and I absolutely love it. Belle is my favourite Disney princess, as I’m sure you know, and everything about this film is so sweet and charming. It is hilarious too, and all of the songs are great – even those that sometimes get forgotten about. This film also has some great messages in it, and I notice something different every time I watch it.

4) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

In fairness, I could have picked either this or Prince Caspian for this list because I love them both dearly. I know that they are not the most critically valued films, but I can watch them time and time again and still love them. Firstly, they star Ben Barnes as possibly my favourite film character of all time Caspian (I still can’t get over how attractive he looks). They are full of action and adventure, and there are some great fight scenes and use of CGI. These films are also hilarious to watch, and the character growth is also fantastic.

5) 27 Dresses (2008)

I haven’t actually watched this film for quite a while but I absolutely love it. It wasn’t given the best reviews among critics, but I think it’s a really charming and sweet film and the number of times I have watched it is unbelievable. I love all of the characters in this film – especially Jane – and I think all of the performances are amazing. The romance is really sweet too, and this film is also very, very funny. I think this is a very original concept for a film, and I think it works brilliantly.