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Mr C's top five songs and films of 2016

Published January 2, 2017

Mr C's top five songs and films of 2016

Anyone who has been following this site for a while will know that at the end of each year, I like to hand over the reigns to Mr C to share his top five songs and films of the previous twelve months. Last year was an absolute disgrace as he was unable to narrow down his shortlist to five and after a full month of arguing about it, we ended up with top tens instead.

With love

Published December 28, 2016

With love

It has become a tradition in our household to watch Love Actually at some point over the festive holidays. It’s a sugary sweet treat, although usually ends up in both happy and sad tears, particularly as each year passes and makes us feel ever more closer to the characters involved. Anyway, we indulged this year and instead of the floods I was expecting, I actually found the whole thing to be uplifting.

That tale as old as time

Published June 1, 2016

That tale as old as time

Beauty and the Beast was never one of my favourite Disney films but with Emma Watson in the live action remake, I’m interested to see how it comes to the big screen. A teaser trailer was released this past week, with just a few glimpses of the lady in question, and no sign of the beast at all. I’m a bit concerned that this teaser doesn’t really do much to make it look live action, up until you see Emma’s lovely face.

Going above and beyond

Published May 25, 2016

Going above and beyond

A new trailer for the third installment of the Star Trek reboot was released recently and it looks quite a lot like the previous two! This time, however, it’s co-written by Simon Pegg and directed by Justin Lin, who played a big part in getting me hooked on the Fast and Furious franchise (something I’m still not totally over!) J.J. Abrams has had to hand over the baton to another director, busy as he has been with bringing Star Wars back to life, and that might make this third film an interesting proposition.

Hey Flash, wanna hear a joke?

Published March 22, 2016

Hey Flash, wanna hear a joke?

Zootopia looks like one of those films that is going to be almost unbearably cute. A world of animals of all shapes and sizes, all getting along? Hello! More than anything though, the films many trailers have opened my eyes to the world of sloths - who knew these creatures were so adorable? The way his face lights up at the joke… so… slowly. It’s amazing. Actually, it reminds me of a video tutorial I saw once about creating digital cartoons - how to manipulate the face to show sadness or happiness, and to go from one state to the other.

Way too fast and a little bit too furious

Published March 7, 2016

Way too fast and a little bit too furious

If things had worked out differently, I don’t think I would have ended up watching any of the Fast and Furious films. I like pretty people driving gorgeous cars as much as the next person, probably more so, but I wasn’t convinced they could make one feature length film out of such a thing, let alone seven. Yet, those seven movies later, I’m an emotional wreck. Paul Walker’s death was meaningless to me at the time, but is now steeped in so much poignancy it physically hurts to think about.

Mr C's top films of 2015

Published January 28, 2016

Mr C's top films of 2015

As previously mentioned, Mr C was unable to narrow his shortlist of top songs down to just five. And by the time we got to talking about films we were both pretty exhausted by the whole subject. So, I let him get away with expanding his list to ten films as well! I’m such a pushover. Anyway, these are in alphabetical order with links to my Film Watch reviews for a bit more of an insight.

Forming a strong Bond

Published November 7, 2015

Forming a strong Bond

Last month, Mr C and I finished watching all of the Bond films. We’d been pondering the merits and pitfalls of doing such a thing, but when I bought the iTunes bundle of all 23 films up to and including Skyfall, it was inevitable. We finished the films just in time for the hype to start for the new film, Spectre, which means there’s a lot of great Bond content on TV and the internet just as our interest has peaked.

One unit, two unit, three unit, four

Published February 27, 2015

One unit, two unit, three unit, four

Life is, predictably, very busy at the moment and instead of flailing around as I make my way through a day, I’ve had to start thinking in the morning: “This is what I have to achieve today, how will I fit it in?” That means a bit of forward planning, which in turn means that Hugh Grant was right all along with his system, highlighted in About a Boy. I find the key is to think of a day as units of time, each unit consisting of no more than thirty minutes.

Harry Potter, from page to screen

Published January 31, 2015

Harry Potter, from page to screen

The history My experiences with Harry Potter have been something of a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the books during their first run, but wasn’t hugely passionate about them - happy to wait for the paperback version, rather than stand in line at midnight for the final book’s release. I somehow ended up owning just six of the seven physical books, so was super keen to own them as ebooks so I could a) complete my collection and b) ditch the last standing physical books I owned.