Friday, 30 December 2016

52filmsbywomen- Week 52-THE END

We've reached the end guys!!! We've done it!! 52 films by women watched on this blog, one a week from January to here. It's a hell of a feeling i'm pretty damn proud because normally I can't commit to anything! So without further a do here is the final film....


Friday, 23 December 2016

Home Alone: Adventures in Childhood Escapism

So guys I have been planning on posting this and today is finally the day so buckle in for a big ol' film essay. It's a little different from what I normally post but I'm damn proud of it so enjoy.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

52 FILMS BY WOMEN- WEEK 51

ONE MORE TO GO AND THIS YEAR LONG ADVENTURE IS OVER. Weird huh!
Anywho this week is another festive one because its Christmas this weekend!!!

Nurture- Indestructable Fruit Juice Drink pouches

So guys the lovely people at Nurture Fruity Water were kind enough to send me two samples of their product. Being given the samples does not in any way change my opinions or influence me for more information on my disclaimers please check here. With the legal stuff out the way let's head on in to the review!!!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

52 FILMS BY WOMEN- WEEK 50

So finally we are onto the Christmas movies guys!!! This weeks is something i have been waiting to rewatch for a while now its....

#WWBlogmeet - Bloggers run amok in Hyde Park!!!

So guys as you may have seen on twitter the lovely Lauren once again invited a ton of Bloggers up to Winter Wonderland (you can read about last years event here). Just a warning this post will be super picture heavy. 

Monday, 12 December 2016

Golden Globes nominations-Stars, surpises and Sads.


So guys lets have a little looksie shall we at the Golden Globe nominations 2016 in my standard awards season format!!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

52FilmsbyWomen- Week 49

This weeks we are getting a little bit more festive. Not technically a Christmas movie but its set in the snowy Caskill mountains and has a lovely message so I think it can count. think of it as a honorary Christmas movie!! It's....


Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas Food Inspiration VOL 2 BIGGER AND BETTER


So guys if you remember last year I made a table of cool foodstuffs (refresh your memory) you could make well heres another! All of these would be perfect to take to a bring and share situation!!! This year I decided to go bold and do a sweets and a savoury board because more food is more food!!!!


Saturday, 3 December 2016

THE DINOSAUR'S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE!!

If you are anything like me you stress out at Christmas over gift giving. SO this year I thought I'd attempt a gift guide to help my fellow festive-ly challenged pals this yule season.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved making it.


Friday, 2 December 2016

52 Films by Women- Week 48

Well guys not long left now! Not a very Festive film this week no matter how festive I'm feeling I wanted to have a bit of a change so without further a do...

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas at the Dinosaurs- MY PLAN

Just  a festive announcement as to whats going down on the blog this festive season so click under the cut to find out more.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

NOVEMBER ROUNDUP- 26 Sleeps till Christmas

Sorry this is late guys! Uni has been stressful as crap and I haven't had much time to think let alone create my standard fare of subpar content and snark for you lovely people! But don't worry because its finally here this months roundup of cool stuff you may have missed.



Friday, 25 November 2016

52filmsbywomen-Week 47

This week guys to finish off my directed by women week (well this challenge has been going all year but you get it fits pretty well right) I thought I'd watch a movie by a director I have heard so much about but never caught one of her films. It's ....


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Interviewing with micro budget film maker Linda McGuire!

Hi everyone. This is a very special post one that has been a long time coming and something I have been very excited to share with you since I started on it. Today I present to you my interview with microbudget film maker who made a short film called "Mana Moana". I haven't done an interview on this blog since last year so I hope you guys enjoy this!  I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, 21 November 2016

4 AWESOME SHORT FILMS by FEMALE DIRECTORS!!


Need to fill up some gaps quickly in your challenge let me help with a list of short films. All under a twenty minutes. These films give you no excuses to not meet the 52filmsbywomen challenge!!!! Also always support lady short film directors because just like the mighty Andrea Arnold they could turn into the best film makers of their generation!!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Accountant- These numbers contain one hell of a heart

I have a lot of feelings about The Accountant. I have never seen a fiction film that has an autistic protagonist that isn't basically a glorified lifetime movie about overcoming obstacles. Sheldon Cooper's overarching bullcrap has tainted portrayals of autism for years and it upsets me greatly. The Accountant bucks the magical Sheldon Cooper/Sherlock trope and gives us a nice juicy antihero and I am so damn into it.

Friday, 18 November 2016

52 Films by Women- Week 46

So this week I'm going a bit different as I realised something. The oldest film I have watched for this challenge was from 1982 (Fast Times at Ridgemont High all the way back in week 9) which is a shame as female director have been making film way before that. In fact they go back way to the beginning of cinema and much like today actresses directed too take for example Mabel Normand, a popular silent film star and a director in her own right. So I wanted to go back in time today and do something a lot older than my typical set so I'm going 51 years before Fast Times at Ridgemont High to bring you...

Friday, 11 November 2016

TRAILERS FOR YOUR WEEKEND


Hi Guys I don't often cover trailers anymore but this week has been a bummer so i have decided to cover three super good looking trailers that came out this week. Take a look inside for info and views on Valerian, Collateral Beauty and Slenderman. (ALSO LLOKING GOOD HAS IT'S LOGO NOW)

Thursday, 10 November 2016

52 Films by Women- Week 45

Well this has been a crappy week right. I don't wanna talk about whats happened in this post because lets face it we all know. Originally I was gonna watch a US political documentary but plans changed after the election results so instead I watched something light hearted and fun.
so i watched...

Friday, 4 November 2016

52 Films by Women- Week 44

So this weeks was a challenge! I couldn't get into about two films which and I swear it seemed like nothing seemed interesting until i stumbled across this little legal drama that such a  great surprise.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Doctor Strange- Marvel's most visually stunning film yet!

Marvel has taken a step away from the gritty fighting heroes and brought in a boatload of magicand Mads Mikkelson in severe eyeliner. This  has made probably Doctor Strange the most fun Marvel movie since Guardians of the Galaxy.  It's also incredibly pretty.

Monday, 31 October 2016

THE SPOOKIEST SCARIEST OCTOBER ROUNDUP EVER

It's Halloween and the last day of both Halloween week and October itself. Ghoul Grumps has been fantastic, I've watched a ton of creepy stuff on tv and Jontron released a halloween special last night. Theres plenty to be happy about this time of year take a look inside for some tricks and treats!


Sunday, 30 October 2016

HALLOWEEN WEEK- 52 Films by Women- Sunday- Week 43

So Halloween is tomorrow and it's time for another film directed by a woman so obviously it's time for a horror-y one. Cue the music guys because this one is quirky creepy fun.


Saturday, 29 October 2016

HALLOWEEN WEEK SATURDAY- NON SCARY HALLOWEEN MOVIES


So Halloween falls on a school night this year! So all you younger folks may find watching a big scary horror movie a huge mistake! Also if you are fraidy cat you may want to step away from The Blair Witch Project and go for something less scary. This list is to help you find something new to you but super fun as well as just creepy enough for Halloween!


Friday, 28 October 2016

HALLOWEEN WEEK - FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY


It's National Frankenstein Friday! A day that is always held on the last Friday of October to celebrate the book and by proxy it's incredible writer Mary Shelley! Obviously it's a holiday thats slots perfectly into Halloween Week as well!!

So for this most auspicious of occasions I thought it would be fun to do 5 cool facts about Frankenstein!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

HALLOWEEN WEEK- THURSDAY- 3 COSTUME IDEAS

So I figured it would be fun to make a costume post! So here are three of my faviorite characters that would be pretty easy to dress up as. Hope you all enjoy!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

HALLOWEEN WEEK-WEDNESDAY- A CREEPY EVENING AT CHESSINGTON


WELCOME BACK GHOULS AND GREMLINS!!! To the First big post of Halloween Week! Me and my family went to Chessington World of Adventures in the evening to go and see some creepy Halloween festivities and boy did it deliver. This is picture heavy so be prepared!
look under the cut for all the creepiness!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

ACTIVATING HALLOWEEN WEEK

Because Halloween falls on a Monday this week I had to recallibrate this week a bit to make it all work. But TODAY IT BEGINS!!!!!! MWHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!
This is my blog schedule for the week. As you can see surprises abound guys so stick around!!
OF COURSE 52filmsbywomen creeps in too!!

Also I hope you all just noticed my new Halloween header photo.  You'll see it all this week so say a firm hello to SJP in Hocus Pocus
and a sad goodbye to Elizabeth Montgomory of last years logo!
BYE BYE

SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW MY PRETTIES



Sunday, 23 October 2016

52 Films by Women- Week 42

Only 10 more weeks my friends!! The year is closing in fast!!!! Holy Hell. Sorry this is late by the way. This week has got away from me completely and utterly and I have just been feeling completely sludgy and ick. 
Anywho on with the challenge I can't just sit around and feel miserable.
This weeks was meant to be a scary one in lead up to Halloween but sadly life got away from me and I didn't have time so I went for one which was advertised as less scary but freaked me the hell out. 
It was..

Ruby Sparks
Dir: Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton
2012
Ruby Sparks seems like a standard Manic Pixie movie for the first 20 minutes which drag a bit in all honesty. Those 20 minutes reminded me how amazing and fantastic Faris and Dayton's film Little Miss Sunshine was (Which I love to pieces, BEST MOVIE). Anywho After that beginning it kicks into itself starting nice and then spiraling out of control. Paul Dano as usual is amazing and where is this damn boys Oscar he is perfect in everything. The scene where Dano's character controls Ruby as she is clearly upset is truly horrible and scarier than any horror film. This film was such a surprise to me and it shocked me to the very end.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Maginificent Seven- The Popcorn Flick We Need


I had been looking forward to this movie since the first trailers came out and boy did they not disappoint.
SPOILERS UNDER THE CUT. BEWARE. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

52 Films by Women- WEEK 41 @ THE BFI London Film Festival


Long time readers may remember that last year I went to BFI's London Film festival I saw both Chronic (which I never reviewed because its too good to put into words and its hard to shriek excitedly in blog form) and the Lady in the Van (review). This year I decided to combine the 52filmsbywomen challenge with my annual excursion to the festival. There weren't many lady directed pics this year but five were on my mind as possibles  to) 1. Raw 2. American Honey 3.Planetarium 4. Queen of Katwe and 5. the film I actually saw which was....


Friday, 7 October 2016

52 FILMS BY WOMEN- WEEK 40

So this week we aren't doing a documentary. It's also directed by just one woman not a male female directing team so i'm officially breaking that streak I kept going for two consecutive weeks! This ones a little bit infamous and I'm sure you'll all of heard of it, its.....

Serena
Dir: Susanne Bier
2014
I have always had a fondness for films that have been through development hell. The ones whose director dropped out or whose studios decided to cut them into a genre at the last minute. They always have a strange and slightly weird honesty about them they stand there and go "yep, thats what happened" and you have to admire them for that. It doesn't always make them good (they often aren't) but it does give them some interest. This interest is what compelled me to watch the notoriously butchered and hidden Serena. A film that had been kicking about forever then finally thrown unceremoniously into the outside world. How could I resist?

The truth is this movie is not the train wreck it's painted to be. In fact it feels like a very very old 40'a era film rather than a new movie. Toby Jones puts in a very good performance. However it's biggest sin is that it seems to be totally plotless. Just a lot of misery and pretty people. But honestly this movie is no where near as bad as people say it is which I guess isn't the glowing endorsement I wanted it to be but hey we can't all get what we want.


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Very Fine Dispatches from Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events!!


Look away now and shut this blog post because this following post is full of disaster, sadness and morose behaviour. I am of course talking about Netflix's Series of Unfortunate Events. Yesterday they grimly posted a depressing look at the sad and horrible tale that they will be telling on the small screen.
For those with a fragile disposition do not click below the cut and see the newest sneak peak. It will only cause you great distress.

Friday, 30 September 2016

SEPTEMBER IS DONE

Welp September's done. It seems to be a month of good TV with both the old (Red Dwarf XI which is proving to be a brilliant season) and the new (Designated Survivor which is brilliant).  Now come and catch up on all you missed with my Monthly roundup!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

52 Films by Women- Week 39

Firstly realised I had a numbering issue and has made a mistake all posts have been re-named to the correct number. We are on week 39 not on Week 40. I only realised this through letterboxd. It seems like I miss-numbered  Swallows and Amazons. Now everything is where it should be and that is all fixed.

Anyway on with the show. Todays film is another documentary (I know) co-directed by a man (I know) but unlike Indie Game this one is a Netflix Original. 
It is...

Audrie and Daisy
Dir: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk
2016
Audrie and Daisy isn't the easiest watch, It's also very hard to write about. It's full of hard truths about the way people treat school and college aged sexual assault survivors. Watching the situation unfold after the hardships the girl endured and watching law enforcement do little to nothing I felt heartbroken. But I think it needs to be watched so people understand the true extent of the situation. 



Sunday, 25 September 2016

RAINDANCE LONDON- ON GOING STILL LOADS TO SEE- MY PICKS

Raindance has been running for the last few days but as it keeps going I thought there would be some time to quickly tell you four unmissable films. Especially as I haven't seen much coverage I thought it might good to put out the names of some of the best looking films there.

Friday, 23 September 2016

52 Films by Women- Week 38

This week we are back to documentaries again! Don't judge me! The selection on Netflix is just really good at the moment.


Indie Game: the Movie
Dir: Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky
2012
This one I came across by accident on Netflix and became intrigued by it. Finally I had time to watch it this week and it was brilliant. Following three games (Braid, Fez and Super Meat Boy) you see them in all there guts and glory. It's not polishing these people at all in fact you see them as just that people. It's brilliant and I would recomend this documentary to everyone. We might just have a new documentary gold standard to beat on this challenge guys!