FTF: Five Favorite Films about Weddings

Happy Friday! It’s been yonks since I fired up this bad boy. Five things Friday started way back (I think probably 2013), and I’ve done a few here and there. I’d like to do some more in the future – I love lists so much, and let’s face it, they are so easy to put together! Today’s feature is about the age old institutional – tying the knot. There are so many movies focusing on weddings that it should probably be an entire genre on its’ own. There are so many! I’ve seen a ton, but I’ve never hidden the fact that I am able to enjoy the most gory and the most fluffy films equally as much:)

Let me know about your favorite in the comments section!

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5: Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement

Number 5 on this list was hotly contested, let me tell you. I ended up choosing The Royal Engagement because I’m such a huge fan of the Princess Diaries. It deviated quite badly from the books, but it managed to be pretty good. Anne Hathaway, Chris Pine and Julie Andrews are a power team in TRE, and the message is a bit lame but also strong – don’t marry for the wrong reasons (something that wasn’t already obvious), and what might seem as the best choice for you probably isn’t what you really want.

Wedding Crashers

4: Wedding Crashers

Can this film make the list? It isn’t about weddings in the way the other films here are about weddings, but it definitely deals with them. This movie is the top point of silly and has some hilarious moments. It is one of the few films where combining Vince Vaughn and Isla Fischer works, and I wouldn’t have thought it possible to combine two such horribly annoying people and get a proper result. The film also stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Christopher Walken, and those three alone can probably carry any film without too much effort.

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3: 27 Dresses (2008)

I actually smashed this movie in the review here. I do enjoy it though, and am frequently worried that I first have to be a bridesmaid 27 times before I get to put on a white dress. Anway, remember that Tinder post I put up? Still getting feedback from it which is great! Back to why I chose this as a favourite – it is about a girl that loves weddings and finds that her partner isn’t what she always expected her spouse to end up as.

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2: Runaway Bride (1999)

EEK! I love this movie. The only movie about weddings that could possibly be even more favoured than Runaway Bride is the one listed below. Julia Roberts has always been my girl crush. She’s so beautiful and smiley and talented. I loved Maggie Carpenter’s spirit and love for family and independence. Her matching with Richard Gere always results in chemistry and us wondering why they never made babies together. This film is all about identity and finding yourself before you end up with a partner – quite ahead of its’ time!

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1: The Princess Bride (1987)

❤ Is there more to say? This film is everything – Buttercup and Westley and their escape and love story ❤

Honorable mentions:

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Mamma Mia (2008)

When asked whether Pierce Brosnan can sing I would immediately think that he’s placed shortly under Rebecca Black for artistic capabilities. However, that didn’t stop him or Colin Firth going at it. This movie is definitely not for everyone. It is firstly a musical. Some of Abba’s most iconic songs get somewhat butchered (okay, a lot), and I’m sure I saw this listed as one of the films that make most heterosexual males feel suicidal. However, if you are game for watching Meryl Streep clearly having the time of her life, pondering why exactly Pierce Brosnan has such piercing blue eyes (he) and just want to watch people dancing and singing about love, this film is definitely something you can watch.

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The Five-Year engagement (2012)

I do remember this – it is Emily Blunt and Jason Segel and they are engaged for ages and end up wondering if it is worth it. I actually think long engagements are silly – its’ that thing if the guy is committed you don’t need to worry and I assure you, most modern relationships have enough things going on without having to make it seem more official. This movie didn’t suck at all, and although I can barely remember it, I think I enjoyed it at the time.

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Bride Wars (2013)

Despite this film rather pissing me off every time I watch it, I always end up watching it quite often. It is the most stereotypical of the lot, and perpetuates the notion that women turn into Godzillas the moment they get engaged. Just as a fact: the majority of brides I’ve worked with have been friendly and accommodating and calm, so it is once again a case where a few psychos make the entire bunch seem awful. It is also quite below Anne Hathaway to be degraded into the boring girl role – she’s immensely talented and deserves more. But like I said, I end up watching at least once a year for some strange reason, so I obviously don’t hate it that much.

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Made of Honour (2008)

I‘d like to watch this again sometime, but I do remember Patrick Dempsey and surprisingly Michelle Monaghan – why did I think it was Selma Blair?? I see this film holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but we all know the raters on there are really just haters. Made of Honor is so not Oscar material, but it was fun at the time!

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The Big Wedding (2013)

This cast is impressive AF – De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams are joined by a younger cast composed of Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace. Okay, Katherine Heigl too, and I suspect that reviewers rate her badly on purpose. This movie is not that bad, but it can be seen as a bit boring though.

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Father of the Bride (1991)

LOVEEEE. Need to watch again to properly remember and review.

Dishonorable mentions:

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Monster-in-law (2005)

One of J-Lo’s better attempts at comedy, though without a doubt still rather low on the list of funny things.

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The Wedding Planner (2001)

Read my review here. It is such a stupid film man. I see JLo is quite frequent on this part of the list.

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Bridesmaids (2011)

Hmmm. Everyone LOVES this, though I don’t. I need to watch again to make sure this hate is accurate. It is a vulgar film and humour at its worst – just eugh.

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Sex and the City – the Movie (2008)

I never saw the show and can tell you jack shit about it. It was before my generation, and the one episode I tested out never caught. I did see the movie though, and it raises a few eyebrows in my head – this couple clearly never heard anything the other said.

Movies I haven’t seen yet:

Big Fat Greek Wedding

The Corpse’s Bride

My Best Friend’s wedding

The Wedding Singer

Well, there you have it. This post turned out way bigger than I thought, and I hoped you had as much fun as I did! Let me know what you thought in the comments below 🙂

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Five Things Friday: Keira Knightley: 5 Best characters vs. 5 of her Worst characters

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I don’t really like to hate actors or actresses online. Movies? Sure. I’d happily attack a movie if I think it was really bad, annoying or even just too stupid to deal with. But it is a bit mean to specifically attack a person, so I try not to do it too often, even though with some people it is tempting as hell.

One such an actress is Keira Knightley. She’s not a bad actress, she’s actually quite good, it is just that she has an ability to play deplorable personalities with aplomb, and you have to wonder why. Does she eat her KitKat by biting through all the sections? Is she secretly a Donald Trump fan? Did she vote OUT on Brexit? THERE HAS TO BE A REASON.

So for the lack of having anything better to do, I thought of five roles where I completely hated her guts, and then five roles where she was a perfectly nice, even inspiring, character. Read and share your opinions, I know you want to!

Best:

Begin Again – Her portrayal of a trusting songwriter girlfriend who leaves her life behind in England to travel with her singer boyfriend to America for him to make it work and then being cheated on is impossible not to commiserate with. Although she is determined to wear terrible outfits in this film, I really enjoyed how unannoying her character was! The soundtrack to this film is also amazing, I might add.

Pride vs. Prejudice – being Elizabeth Bennett is a tall order. This classic story was retold again but this time with Keira cast as the main female character, and she managed to be the perfect amount of feisty and well behaved that the character requires. The chemistry between her and male lead Matthew Macfadyen makes for some tingly anticipation throughout, and their old school romance is perfectly paced throughout the film. There is a sense of decency and restrained romance to this remake that spoke to my soul.

Atonement

Atonement is one of the most heartbreaking films I’ve ever seen. It served as a breakout performance for Saoirse Ronan, and this, combined with the genius of James McAvoy and Knightley makes for a despondent and dreary tale set in World War II. It is the very first time I really commiserated with her character and really rooted for her.

Pirates of the Caribbean

We can hate the franchise because it convinced Johnny Depp he can only be one character from now till the end of time, or we can like it because that first movie is really entertaining, and gave Knightley her big break into fame and Orlando Bloom something to do after being pretty Legolas. It is sad because it was reported that Knightley wasn’t allowed to use a sword in the film where all her male counterparts were fighting all over the place, but except that case of sever industrial sexism, the film is entertaining as hell and Knightley was on top form.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

This movie got a lot of flak when it came out. I personally found it a bit forgettable but enjoyable, and KK plays the leading lady to Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan. I liked her – the character was very much unlike anything KK would usually play, meaning I didn’t want to beat her with a stick.

Worst:

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Okay, here we go. This character is AWFUL. The movie is marketed as a story about a quarter life crises, but let me tell you, I’m there now and hear me out when I say that I would not once live with a teenager and her dad when we’ve just met, cheat on my boyfriend, not have a job and be completely childish because being an adult is HARD. Sheesh, she grated on me. Not even darling Sam Rockwell made things better, because he was just a hollow character and the best actors on earth can only be marginally entertaining with material like that.

Anna Karenina

This movie confused a lot of people – me most notably. It this a love story? That’s not love, it’s selfish twattage.

Bend it like Beckham

The youngest version of Keira, and the movie that made her – I could have marginally enjoyed this is the character didn’t make absolutely everything about her.

Never let me Go

This movie about organ harvesting is about as cheerful as watching reports on the Yulin dog festival in China (to the Chinese, you fucking suck, BTW). Keira Knightley’s character is probably the worst, stealing her best friend’s love interest for the sake of remaining full of organs for a few years longer. Even though I commiserate with her plight, the character is awful in the film and didn’t endear Knightley to me one little bit.

Love Actually

There is the age old question of what to do when your husband’s friend starts having feelings for you? Do you 1) Tell the guy to get lost 2) Inform your husband 3) Ignore it and hope it will go away 4) Kiss him when he pitches up with a weird sign on your door.

Personally? I would pick one and two. Keira Knightley’s character obviously lacked insight and chose three and four. I just couldn’t deal with it. As like (hopefully) most human beings, cheating pisses me off. Badly. Why do it? DUMP someone when you have feelings for someone else, or work to resolve those feelings without messing with your current partner. It’s not worth it.

It certainly isn’t the only thing I hated about this movie, but it was definitely one of them.

Five Things Friday: My 5 Favorite Leonardo DiCaprio films

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Dear cave dwellers. You might not heard yet, but Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar a few nights ago. Considering the excellence this man brings to the screen, I think that we all agree it should have started with “Back dated to:” and then addressed the Revenant. Anyway Academy, we’ll forgive you, as you’ve been in way too much trouble already this awards season. I made this list below of my favorite Leonardo movies, only proving that I still have a ton to watch.

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  1. The Titanic (1997)

Everyone can say what they want, but this is the film that introduced me to Leo. It was so romantic to my teenager heart and so desperately sad that I fell in love with him on the spot, also establishing my fear of drowning in icy water at the same time

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  1. Romeo and Juliet (1996)

This film was a 2015 Blinspot for me, and let me tell you, this teenagy-angst of Leo made this definitely weird adaption of Shakespear’s novel work so well.

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  1. Inception

I watched this film a couple of years and never reviewed it and never reviewed it, because I have no clue how to address it. Typically populated with the brilliance of Nolan, it it as complex as we ever hoped it could be, and the astounding performances by the entire cast makes this film an unforgettable headache inducing shot of brilliance.

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  1. The Wolf of Wallstreet

Leo’s turn as the despicable, vulgar, detestable Belfort nauseated and impressed me to no end. It is three hours of non-stop debauchery.

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1.The Great Gatsby

The heart wrenching book was brought to life by one of my favorite directors, who chose a damn excellent cast to help him with it. Baz Luhrman goes all in this feast on the eyes. Leonardo DiCaprio? He does so well as the man with too much money and too much sadness.

Honorable mention:

Django Unchained

The Man in the Iron Mask

What to watch next of him:

The Revenant – I think that it is a given that I should watch the film that finally gave Leo the Oscar. It is by all accounts gritty and amazing, and although I do hate violence I think I will enjoy it, if only for Leo.

The Aviator – This 2004 film about Howard Hughes also seems to be a firm favorite everywhere. I read this lovely account of how he treated his assistant of that time, and it only made me love him that much more.

The Departed – Leo, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson together? Why wouldn’t I?!

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Before Leo got all mature and incredible looking, he was a fantastic child actor.

What are your favorite movies of our favorite man?

Five Things Friday: Five biggest disappointments in the theatre this year

Happy Fri-yay, everyone. And welcome to the second last Friday of the year. While we are all running around yelling: “I can’t, I just can’t” because how the effing eff did this year get to its’ end, let’s talk for a bit about the five movies I found the most disappointing this year. I haven’t started rolling out any best of 2015 lists, because let’s face it, we are all holding out to see how a certain movie that releases this week shacks up.  The movies I chose for the dubious honor today is not exclusively lowest on the list I have been working all year (#goteamMe), but rather the movies I had hoped would be more. So.

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5. Insurgent

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet.

Rating on blog: 5.5/10

Ugh. This entire franchise is just shaping up nowhere where we wanted it to end up as. Sure, it is still running as moderate box office successes and isn’t planking like Vampire Academy did (which I’m not completely happy about) , but it is like Dystopian on Prozac – there, but not really.

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4. Seventh Son

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington

Rating on blog: 6/10

Seventh Son ended up being a truly dreadful film, loose around the edges and everyone seemed a bit annoyed that they had been drafted into such nonsense.

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3. Best of Me

Starring: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey

Rating on blog: 6/10

I’m just going to start avoiding any new Nicholas Sparks’ films because they lack SPARK.

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2. Paper Towns

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevigne

Rating: 6.5/10

It wasn’t bad, but I had hoped for something with the impact of the Fault in Our Stars, and it just wasn’t. It is so teenagey.Ugh.

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  1. Cinderella

Starring: Lilly James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

Rating: 6.5/10

I was so extremely excited for this. Meh. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t Maleficent either, which I hoped it would be similar to – an original take on the film.

Five Things Friday: Five Things I’m excited about

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II

I am really excited to see the conclusion of this saga. I think Jennifer Lawrence is enormously talented and her back-up cast is amazing as well. But really… if you haven’t read the books, you WILL be mad.

Downton Abbey Season Six

What I hope to see:

Mary falling in love

Anna and Bates FINALLY getting some peace

Edith finding happiness but also getting to keep her daughter – get out of that middle child syndrome, girl!

Tom coming back – I mean really now.

Matthew resurrected – improbable, I know, but a girl can dream #matthewcrawleyforever

Homeland Season 5

What I hope to see:

Carrie somehow getting a brain and a personality and no baby drowning moments.

I hope that red haired baby returns – SO GINGERY

Peter Quinn – Can I just always gush about him? Sad Peter, Avenging Peter, Badass Peter, he is the best.

I hope season 5 is as nail biting as season four. It was a fantastic season and I hope they continue on that pace.

Macbeth

Really, Michael Fassbender and Marian Cottliard both look amazing. I’ve never read the play, but it seems like Death is Everywhere. Regardless, I want to see it and hope it is absolutely amazing.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Not gonna lie: I’m not one of the superfans out there, and they are EVERYWHERE right now. However, I am STILL pretty excited about this!

What are you excited for?

5 Things Friday: Trailer time

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY

IT’S FRIDAAAY!

I’m not nearly as excited as I was last week Friday, because THEN I drove down to see my bestie. It was AWESOME.

Anyway,

This was only a four day week for South-Africa because we, true to our fondness for public holidays, had one to celebrate Women’s Day this past August – my only question is why the men got off as well, but I guess I will never get the answer to that.

To celebrate this short week that went quicker than most, because DUH, one day less of work, let’s look at some new (and some not so new) trailers that has me excited to see their full movies.

Batman vs. Superman

Release date: March 23, 2016

Pros:

I think this can work well if it is properly done

Cons:

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor?? I can’t see that happening. What is with the hair?

This isn’t really a con, it is just apprehension. Batfleck. I don’t know. Ben Affleck is a good actor and all but I can’t see how he will top Bale.

 

Suicide Squad:

Release date: August 5, 2016

Pros:

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. I think that is going to be amazing.

The whole feel of the trailer – WOW DC, it is looks eery and gritty and sexy.

Cons:

Jaret Leto as the Joker. We will see, but I wasn’t all that impressed by him.

I’m not even sure what Will Smith is doing in here?

The Revenant:

Release date: December 25, 2015,

Pros:

I get to see Zoë dancing around in happiness because DiCaprio is on screen.

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Hallo, Leo

Tom and Leo together? Bring me that popcorn

Cons:

The plot isn’t that obvious in the trailer. Maybe it is a good thing.

 

Mockingjay Part II

Release date: November 20, 2015

Pros:

The second part of that book is much more exciting than the first part, and that is what everyone was complaining about in their reviews of Part one – it was a little bit boring.

The Cons:

That trailer, if you look properly at it, really doesn’t happen what will go down in the final part of the movie.

 

Spectre

Release date: November 6, 2015

Pros:

Daniel Craig as Bond

Cons:

Can’t really think of any right now

Whoop!! What are you excited to go see?

Five things Friday: Five of the most annoying Hollywood couples

Yep, it’s Friday. I am particularly glad this shitty week is done, because man, has it been shitty. My dad’s ill, work sucks and Johannesburg has suddenly become the iciest pit of Frozen Hell. BUT, let’s talk about something we all want to bang our heads repeatedly against the wall about: Irritating Hollywood couples. Yep, those guys who just make your shoulder blades itch when they appear together on screen. Alone they are bad enough, but together? Spawn of Satan.

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Tom Cruise, the bad years

5. Tom Cruise and anyone he dates/marries/forces into Scientology. 

Let’s face it: While Tom Cruise is a pretty fun actor, he is insane when it comes to relationships. Like, cray. Has anyone forgotten the Oprah couch incident? Yep, he loves in buckets and buckets. It’s scary. That poor couch.

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4. Beyonce and Jay Z

I am so not on the boat that think Beyonce is the Queen of the world and its’ galaxies. Kill me, don’t care. Truly. This relationship seems like such a business arrangement, sorry. Just nope.

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3. FKA Twiggs and Robert Pattinson

I’ve never really felt the insane urge to dump two people in the shower and throw them with disinfectant from afar than I’ve felt the need with these two. It seems like such a shame that two such successful, wealthy people would go to such extensive lengths to look so unkempt. It might also strongly be of the Edward Cullen days, but R. Pattz just strike me as an obsessive boyfriend type, you know?

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2. Amal Amaluddin and George Clooney

Sorry, Amal. You don’t really annoy me. It’s your husband. I’ve lately developed such irritation with him – his desperate need to prove that he’s a philanthropist is just so friggin annoying. I know it’s been said quite often, but George is the lucky one here, everyone. He got a beautiful, insanely smart successful woman while she… got an actor.

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1. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The only thing Kim Kardashian could have dated with a bigger ego than hers is Kanye West. The King of the Bitchface and stealing T Swift’s thunder. But while I don’t particularly like Kanye West, at least he’s got some talent. Not my style or my scene, but he’s good at what he does (apart from annoying people, that is). However? Kim K? she’s basically a pornstar who went mainstream because let’s face it, that is what anybody who became famous after making a sex video would have been called. Ughhhh. I just really don’t like them. I think they are plastic and everything a Kardashian does is just for attention – plastic, plastic plastic. Together these two are just too much.

5 Things Friday: 5 Books I plan to read in the next few months

Happy Friday everyone!

I am totally getting my book reading vibe back. I’ve been reading some Nora Roberts and John Green, as well as finishing the Davinci Code. Here’s a list of the next few books I’m planning to read. Let me know if you’ve read them and what your opinions have been about it 🙂

1. Looking for Alaska: John Green

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Since this book is busy getting organised into a movie, I really want to read the book beforehand to be able to properly compare. I really enjoy John Green’s writing as well – he is such a brilliant author!

2. The Woman Who Stole my Life: Marian Keyes

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I’m always really excited when one of my favorite authors brings out a new book. YAY!

3. The Ruby Circle: Richelle Mead

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I just really want to finish the series and see what happens to Sydney and Adrian!

4. Angels and Demons: Dan Brown

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I really didn’t like The DaVinci code. However, I’ve heard that Angels in Demons is actually much better, so I am willing to give it a try.

5. Atonement: Ian McEwan

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The movie is just the saddest watching experience ever, and I just really want to see how everything unfolds in the book, even if I know the end.

What books are you planning to read?

Top Fifteen Favorite stars in young Hollywood

Woohoo! Happy Friday!! This post was supposed to be a Five things Friday but as you can see it escalated quite quickly! Here is some love for all the young ones in Hollywood… I know some of them can’t really be classified as really young, or even really good, but I like all of these for a variety of reasons. Read, enjoy, and let me know if you agree or disagree. I might just do one for older Hollywood too at a stage. I’ve linked to the posts of the movies I’ve reviewed of these stars so go take a look if you are wildly bored!

Emma Stone

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Why I admire her: She is crazy talented, extremely funny and incredibly beautiful. She also seems to have a genuinely nice personality off screen, which is quite important to me.

Best role: What’s not to love? Zombieland, Easy A, Crazy Stupid Love, the list is endless.

Worst role: Ghost of Girlfriends Past

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses for photographs on the red carpet for the new movie "The Imitation Game" during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Why I admire him: There is such a unique and startling quality to him. He is incredibly talented and well suited to his most famous role. He has these unique looks that make no sense. I’ve never pinpointed why he is so attractive – it shouldn’t work and yet it does extremely well.

Best role: Sherlock (as Sherlock Holmes)

Worst role: har-har

Emma Watson

Actress Emma Watson attends the "Noah" Germany Film Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

Why I admire her: Not only is she a staunch equal rights activist, Emma Watson has manage to exit her Harry Potter years with grace and determination. I honestly can’t wait for her to be Belle in the new Disney adaption!

Best Role: Perks of Being a Wallflower (as Sam)

Worst Role: Harry Potter (as Hermione Granger)

Chris Hemsworth

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Why I admire him: Hehe, he’s ridiculously hot. The muscles and arms and hair and eyes and length and did I mention muscles? I’ve mostly really just liked the look of him, but he really did impress in Rush, which makes me believe that he can be in some really good films in the future.

Best role: Rush (as James)

Worst role: Thor (as Thor)

Chris Evans

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Why I admire him: He has this extremely likable boy next door vibe. I also think he is exceptionally well cast as Steve Rogers, capturing that genuine essence of good so central to the character.

Best role: Captain America (as Steve Rogers)/Snowpiercer (as Curtis)

Worst role: Fantastic Four (as Human Torch)

Tom Hardy

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Why I admire him: Well, duh. Look at him. He’s done some phenomenal roles as well, and has the extra addition of having pulled himself from a difficult past to be what he is today. #respect

Best role: Lawless (as Forrest Bondurant) and The Dark Night Rises (as Bane)

Worst Role: This Means War (as Tuck)

Andrew Garfield

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Why I admire him: He’s extremely cute and extremely likeable and very good in the things I’ve seen him in.

Best Role: The Amazing Spiderman (as Peter Parker)

Worst Role: I’ve only seen him in Never Let Me Go other than as Spidey, and I liked that too, so I guess I don’t have one for him

James McAvoy

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Why I admire him: The Scottish accent, the brilliance of how he portrays Charles Xavier. The hair. The acting. Have I mentioned the Scottish accent?

Best role: X-men (as Professor X)

Worst role: Wanted (as Wesley Gibson). He wasn’t necessarily bad, I just didn’t like the movie at all.

Ryan Gosling

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Why I like him: He inspired the “Hey Girl” meme. He’s pretty good at acting. He is the best Nicholas Sparks hero ever. He was hilarious in Stupid Crazy Love. He’s pretty much the coolest.

Best role: Drive (as the Driver)

Worst role: I will say as Noah Calhoun in the Notebook, but he’s actually really good in that too

Emily Blunt

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Why I admire her: Her role as Rita. GIRL POWER. I also really enjoyed her in The Devil Wears Prada. She’s pretty cool.

Best role: Edge of Tomorrow (as Rita)

Worst role: The Five Year Engagement (as Violet)

Emilia Clark

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Why I admire her: She seems like a person who enforces her privacy, and I think it is really important if you want to stay sane in Hollywood. I really like her casting as Dany – she does such a great job. And how insanely beautiful is she?!?!

Best role: Game of Thrones (as Daenerys Targaryen)

Worst role: Has she even been in anything else?

Shailene Woodley

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She’s the girl who made us all cry uncontrollably last year. She’s quirky and the outrageous things she says keeps me laughing for days. She seems genuine and she has such great stores of talent that she’s busy developing.

Best role: The Fault in our Stars (as Hazel Grace Lancaster)

Worst role: Divergent (as Tris Prior)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Why I admire him: He’s the cute geeky kid who grew up. I would really like to see him lead in something now!

Best role: Ten Things I Hate about You (as Cameron James)

Worst role: Another actor that I find extremely enjoyable even when I don’t like the movie 😀

Zac Efron

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did your screen also steam up for a second? 

Why I admire him: The funny thing is that this guy still needs to prove himself. I just really enjoy his looks, although he hasn’t been atrocious in his work, even if the movies have been bad.

Best role: The Lucky One (as Logan Thibault)

Worst role: Highschool musical (as Tray Bolton)

Channing Tatum

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Why I admire him: He’s the extremely likable guy who finally made a name for himself.

Best role: 21/22 Jump Street (as Jenko)

Worst role: The Vow (as Leo)

 Honorable mentions: 

Ansel Elgort

Kit Harrington

Miles Teller

Chloe Grace Moretz (who recently won me over with Kick-Ass)

Rachel McAdams

Liam Hemsworth

Brit Robertson

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Five things Friday: 5 things that happens when you stop reading the news

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I’ve always been a news junky. To use a phrase my hairdresser loves using, I am just that type of a person. You know, the type of person who follows catastrophic events like it’s the Oscars and Leonardo is finally getting one.

It is a horrendous habit. Not only does it take away a chunk of your time, and in my case severely limited personal time, I find it constantly emotionally depressing. Between ISIS, the destruction of historical statues in SA, babies getting raped, temperatures rising and the petrol price, the little bit of happy news out there is drowned under the constant flow of terrible things happening in the world.

So after being bombarded the last few weeks with depressing news, I decided to take a break from entering news sites. I allow myself entertainment news, because even when it’s bad news they are still ridiculous and make me laugh. I unfollowed every news site (sorry guys) and unsubscribed to email updates.

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Herewith a list of things that happen when you stop reading the news:

  1. News will seep through. It may be on the radio, it might be a family member or a friend, it might be your enemy at work trying to make you like her. You will invariably hear some report of some event and it will seem like you took precautionary steps for no reason whatsoever.
  2. Your crazy aunt will feel the urge to keep tagging you in posts on Facebook about supporting right wing lunatics. I have come to really dislike the presence of older relatives on my Facebook. The young ones I can deal with and to be fair my hipster-grandma is really quite okay on social media. However, I have these two spinster aunts that are the bane of my existence for a number of reasons:
    • Their spelling. It is the worst I’ve ever seen and it makes me want to cry.
    • Their weirdness. If I see one more thing like “just because I like herbs and magick doesn’t mean I’m a witch” post I will book myself into a ward in a hospital and just rock myself to sleep tonight.
    • You can’t delete family off of Facebook. It is asking for familial dramas and petulant Facebook statuses.
    • I am so over rightwingers in this country already from both sides, I do not need my crazy family tagging me in posts. EVER.
    • These are the people who created a group for Snape and Hermoine fanfiction, remember those, Zoë?
  3. You will have to stop going on Twitter, a.k.a. the fastest way on earth to get breaking news.
  4. Stop listening to radio and Stop watching television. Okay, delete humanity and social media altogether in your life.
  5. You will find ways to be on social media without ruining your day – here is a link to my Instagram account, where I am finally getting into the swing of things (I have four pics up, HELL YES FOR ME)

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Ultimately, you will be happier. I love having general knowledge and keeping abreast of the current events, but it isn’t worth the irritation and distress the news is causing me. I might soon delete my Facebook account, becoming part of the large amount of people who just won’t deal with other people’s drama anymore.

Bonus: Your email inbox will decrease in volume and you will get to the emails that need attention, for reals.

Happy weekend!