Watched, Read, Loved: October 2016

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October was by far the slowest month in my year in entertainment. I’m really hopeful that this is the last semester where I will ever have to write a BSc Theoretical exam, so I’ve spent every moment that I wasn’t at work in front of a book. I really hope it will pay off – my heart won’t be able to handle the trauma of failing a subject. So it has been quiet on the entertainment front and even the blog front, but I’ve managed to include see and read some things here and there though, so here is a quick rundown J

Watched:

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Bourne Supremacy

I really hope I wrote a proper review on this, because I can barely recall the film now. I know it was fast paced and good and very Bourne, and I guess that is what counts.

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10 Cloverfield Lane

I LOVED this. The review should be up some time this week, and I am totally with the crowd on this one. It was a phenomenal performance from all three main characters, and they were able to create maddening suspense throughout.

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New Year’s Eve (2011)

I was quite obsessed with this film (to get to see it), and it was so meh. It was probably one of the last films Gary Marshall ever produced, and I hoped it would be something similar to Valentine’s Day. In all essence it was but lacked the heart.

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You Again (2010)

I enjoyed this on the most basic level. It had a pretty good message that bullying stays with you forever and it was nice to watch such a light movie where romance wasn’t the core of the plot.

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The Choice (2016)

I have this game with Nicholas Sparks movies where I HAVE to watch it despite knowing it will probably end up being super crap. But The Choice is one of the better ones, certainly better than the awful Best of Me, and I has a somewhat of a decent time with it.

Read:

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The Woman Who Stole My Life (Marian Keyes)

I finally finished TWWSTM. It was gigantic, and maybe 50 pages too long and then ended up with a rough ending, but this is the least bizarre book I’ve read from Keyes in a while.

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Definitely Dead / All Together Dead / From Dead to Worse

Exam brain wants me back on books where I need no brain power, and I’ve been reading some of the Southern Vampire Mysteries again. I’ve actually been having a really good time with this non-Pulitzer material.

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New Moon (Stephanie Meyer)

I’m slowly making my way through these books. Bella is a joy to behold in this particular novel, let me tell you. I always have fun with this – part enjoyment; part scoffing, and it has been the perfect read throughout exam time.

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I am Number Four (Pittacus Lore)

This book is SO good. It is obviously a book that was written at the beginning of the dystopic craze; because the ideas are original and GOOD, and things are named intelligently (the naming conventions in other dystopian novels are quite ridiculous). I need to finish this still, but it is going well.

On a Life front, those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that I got myself a new car. It really wasn’t an option as I was in a car accident that wrote my little Suzuki Alto off. To say I was upset was an understatement, and it was pretty stressful sorting it out. I have to say my insurers were absolutely fantastic, and I will (and have) recommended them to anybody. However, it was the first car I’d ever owned, and I was so heart sore about the entire process.

It feels like a lot of things have happened the last month. I’ve had a dear friend in hospital, I’ve been in an accident, there was a break-in at my sister’s boyfriend’s house and another friend of mine got attacked and robbed at gunpoint.  So it’s been quite hectic. I’m in need of a Bilbo Baggins holiday to say the LEAST. Oh, I also went to a bachelorettes that was quite wild, and let me tell you, I was shocked at some of the actions there. I’ve been to a significant amount of wild parties in my young life, so when I am shocked, I am S.H.O.C.K.E.D. It feels like I need a peaceful December without any drama. I am on leave for two weeks at the end of December (hear me sobbing in gratitude), and I am so happy that I will get to a place where I don’t need to start functioning at 4:30 am. It will be great.

Anyway, what’s news on your side?

PS: Let’s not even talk about my Blindspot progress. It’s worse than the state of the American election right now.

PPS: I can’t wait until Hillary wins JUST so that Donald can shut TF up.

Valentine’s Week: No Strings Attached (2011)

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Plot: A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more.

Rating: 6.5/10

It would seem as if 2011/2012 season was a competition for making two movies with alarming similarities then looking which one worked out best and made the most money. Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror were both released in 2012, and although I’ve only seen Snow White and the Huntsman, everyone tells me that was the best choice of the two.

No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits are the other two competitors. Their storyline is a formula that often gets repeated – Two people can sleep together and just stay friends.

I went to see the Friends With Benefits in cinema with some friends, and even while it was before I became TheMoviesnob (more on that title in a later post) it was pretty bad – have you ever heard the pitch of Justin Timberlake’s talking voice? I decided not to see this because hey, who needs EXACTLY the same movie twice in a year?

This movie IS like FWB except both Natalie Portman and Aston Kutcher can both act, whereas JT is just an artist who got bored with his day job and Mila Kunis doesn’t have strong enough acting skills to carry BOTH roles.

This movie felt better, a bit more real, somewhat sincere and sweet was mixed into the ridiculous notion that two people can sleep together and just be friends. I liked Emma – she managed to be feminine and intelligent and showed that it is not always the girl that is needy and needs the attention in the relationship. I think Aston Kutcher is just adorable and thought he played his part well – he was cute and very charming and impossible to resist falling for eventually. He really plays a slightly goofball-y character really well and it suits his nature perfectly. No Strings Attached focused on character development for some of the sub-characters and I liked that as well. I had such a good laugh where Adam brings all the “ladies” with PMS some cupcakes. It was a ridiculous stereotyping but it was sadly very true and I thought it was very manly of him to address the issue and in such a sweet way too.

No Strings Attached was pleasantly surprising and I can actually see myself watching this in the future again. It might not be for everyone but it I found it fun.