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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Year: 1993
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Directed By: Duwayne Dunham
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder
About: Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr1dvT8di80

My Review:
Having not seen this movie since I was younger I thought that this would be a perfect film for me to watch especially as from what I had remembered it was very heartwarming and makes me cry. This time was not any different and reminded me of how much I loved this movie.

Having the movie about two dogs; one that is old and loyal to his owners and one that is a lot younger and playful however doesn't have the same loyalty and having a cat which is a very clean female who is a bit of a drama queen is something which makes this dynamic great to watch and how they interact with each other and the scenarios in which they are put in.  I think by also showing how determined they are t…

Nanny McPhee (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Nanny McPhee
Year: 2005
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Kirk Jones
Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury
About: A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wxtZPI5kRo

My Review:
Having been unwell for the last week I thought I would cheer myself up by watching Nanny McPhee, this is a film which was a big part of my childhood and never fails to make me happy.

I think that by showing how bad the children are at the start of the film is key for this movie but also getting to understand that they are only being bad in order to get their father's attention as they don't get any now that their mother has died. By having Nanny McPhee as someone who understands this but helps to teach the children how to be polite, go to bed when they are asked and more some without her intentions she really helps to change the children and make them into a happy family. I also th…

Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You! (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You!
Year: 2017
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Directed By: Kunihiko Yuyama
Starring: Unsho Ishizuka, Rica Matsumoto, Sarah Natochenny
About: Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town is 10 years old today. This means he is now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash dreams big about the adventures he will experience after receiving his first Pokémon from Professor Oak.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r12w4iRBLp4&t=5s

My Review:
Having not seen this since it's first release back in 2017 and noticing that it was on Netflix I could not resist but to see this movie again. As a big Pokemon fan this film is something in which I could watch all of the time.

This movie is great in that it shows how Ash got Pikachu and how when they first met Pikachu really didn't get along with Ash at all and didn't really want to be his Pokemon and how their friendship really develops which is something I think is great to show for all the people who grew up w…

The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel - George R.R. Martin (book review)

Book: The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel
Author: George R.R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel
Published By: Bantam
Published Year: 2017

My Review:
Having received this novel as a Christmas present I couldn't resist but to read it this month and see what I thought about this. As my first time reading anything by George R.R. Martin I feel that this was a good way of easing me into his writing. When I received this book I didn't realise that it was the third in a series of novels so my opinion will be based off of this book as a stand alone!

The Mystery Knight is about Dunk and his squire Egg who when heading to Winterfell decide to go to a wedding in order to try and get some food and take part in a melee which has the prize of a dragons egg! However, when they are there chaos starts and will Dunk and Egg be able to escape alive?

By having this story as a graphic novel I feel that it really helped me to capture the characters as I was able to see how they were reacting t…

Ghost Stories (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Ghost Stories
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Starring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse
About: Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after finding a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En5-S3djB44

My Review:
Having wanted to see this movie for a while I decided to watch this with my mum and found myself very happily surprised by it.

I thought by having three different ghost stories was a good way of keeping the watchers attention as it made them wonder what the others would be and if the professor would be able to solve the cases in which were handed to him. By also having the ending where the professor is really in a coma and the stories in which he created was his mind making stories about the people in which were looking after him and how he ended up getting into the coma was a good way of explaining the film to the audience and how th…

Bailiwick (film review)

Film: Bailiwick
Year: 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Directed By: Tonia L. Carrier
Starring: Roni Jonah, Kathleen Lawlor, Tim Krueger
About:BAILIWICK is the story of John, a lonely, quiet man who is given a magical gift that changes his life. Do you like magic?
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyVld3kb9wg

My Review:
Having had Bailiwick requested for me to review on a previous blog post I thought I would give it a watch and see what this was about. Before watching I didn't know anything about this movie and had never heard of it so there is nothing which will influence my review.

I thought that this movie was good in that it showed how John started to take control of his life thanks to the people at the carnival who gave him the book of magic. I also liked how it showed John learning the tricks from being able to do no magic at all to being able to being able to get people to do as he said by just whispering in their ears. By having the ending also have John passing on the book I t…

Set It Up (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Set It Up
Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Rom-Com
Directed By: Claire Scanlon
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu
About: Two corporate executive assistants hatch a plan to match-make their two bosses.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-eRc9PF3TU

My Review:
Feeling like something that would be very easy watching and more of a romance movie I was happy when Set It Up appeared on my Netflix and thought that this would be perfect. This really happily surprised me and I am so happy this is the movie I chose.

I thought by having the two assistants both overworked and realising something had to be done in order to try and give them some time to have some social life was something that really helped to show how the two people needed a break and so teamed up together for their bosses. By keeping this only between them and setting up situations to bring the bosses together such as; getting stuck in an elevator together and kiss cam at a baseball game it was sweet to see how t…

Glass (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Glass
Year: 2019
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
About: Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ghQs5AmNk&t=11s

My Review:
Having seen the other two movies in the trilogy which consists of Unbreakable and Split, I could not resist but to see Glass the first chance I got and I was not disappointed!

This movie carries on from the ending of Split perfectly in which the beast is still around and killing people but this time with the difference of David trying to stop him. While trying however they end up in a psych ward and I liked that they done this as it kept the movie more to the real world in which they were hoping for. Having it so that someone would try to help them get better and stop delusions of being a super hero when they are just a normal person. By…

Life Begins for Brody Haller - Bob G. Miller (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: Life Begins for Brody Haller
Author: Bob G. Miller
Genre: Drama,Fiction
Published By: n/a
Published Year: 2018

My Review:
Having been given a copy of this by the author in return for an honest review, I thought I would start the new year with it and give my honest opinions on this book and what I liked and didn't like about this.

Life Begins for Brody Haller is about a man who decides to meet his grandpa in France and after having been kidnapped with a woman called Zoe learns to love and live his life differently than ever before.

I thought that this book was easy to read and kept me captivated all of the way through it By having the start of the novel having Brody going to France and seeing how he is in his normal life was good for the reader as it helped them to understand his character and how he changes throughout to become more carefree and try new things. By also showing Zoe's past by having her work with drugs and then leave the business before meeting Brody and things …

Face 2 Face (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Face 2 Face
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Matthew Toronto
Starring: Daniela Bobadilla, Daniel Amerman, Kevin McCorkle
About: Over a series of video chats, a teenage outcast reaches out to his childhood friend, but finds that behind the veneer of popularity and a seemingly perfect life, she hides a disturbing secret.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6msoCKNKoME

My Review:
Looking through Netflix this movie grabbed my attention so knowing nothing about it I decided that this would be a good movie to watch. Heading into this initially thinking that it would be a horror I was gladly surprised that it wasn't and how real this movie felt.

I really liked how Face 2 Face showed how people can look happy and like everything is okay when really there is hidden darkness within people and unless someone wants you to see that side of them you wouldn't be able to see it. Showing how the friends reconnect and try to help each other is such a sweet thing to see and really made m…

Brother Bear (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Brother Bear
Year: 2003
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis
About: When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B80VKbxZs6E

My Review:
Having not seen this movie in years but only remembering good things about it I couldn't resist but to give this a watch and it really doesn't disappoint at all!

While going through the death of his brother the main character gets turned into a bear which the spirits choose for him to help guide him into the man he is meant to be. This is great as it helps him to relate to the bears in which he hates due to his brothers death and learn a lot about himself as well as trying to help those around him. By keeping throughout the story how his only brother left hunting him as he blames him for th…

Swimming With Men (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Swimming With Men
Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgoose
About: A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f495YKIfuaw

My Review:
Noticing this on Netflix and it looking like something I would not usually choose for myself I thought I would go a little outwith my usual style and see Swimming With Men. As much as I did give this a try I thought that this didn't really come through to me the way that it was meant to.

This movie I thought was good at showing how people can run away from their problems and how it doesn't actually ever really help them. By doing this I think a lot of people was able to feel the same as the main character within the movie, by having at the end that all of the characters stop running from their problems and succeed at something tha…

The Bye Bye Man (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Bye Bye Man
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Directed By: Stacy Title
Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas
About: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGdOnCiQRpQ

My Review:
Feeling like watching a horror movie and seeing that The Bye Bye Man was on Netflix which is one I have never seen before I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity. Although I did like this I did have a couple of problems with it however.

I thought that the foreshadowing at the very beginning of the film to the man killing everyone who knew about the Bye Bye Man was good at showing how no-one should know about it and how it can kill you by knowing which comes back later in the movie with the new people who know about him. I also thought that the story of this movie throughout was rather well done and made me glued to the screen m…

Hotel Artemis (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Hotel Artemis
Year: 2018
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Directed By: Drew Pearce
Starring: Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista
About: Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, 'Hotel Artemis' follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqfuKsoEEms

My Review:
Having seen the cast of this movie and realising I like almost the whole cast I couldn't resist but to give this a watch and I was very happily surprised by this film!

I thought that this film was really good in that it showed how the hotel is very private and only people with the correct chip in them were going to be able to get in and cured by the nurse who runs the Hotel Artemis and only those who are criminals. By showing how some of the main characters of this movie ended up at the hotel was also something that brought the characters all together right away and make the watcher feel more for the characters involved within this movie…

Tad: The Lost Explorer (film review)

Film: Tad: The Lost Explorer
Year: 2012
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Enrique Gato
Starring: Oscar Barberan, Michelle Jenner, Jose Mota
About: Tad, a construction worker who dreams of being an archaeologist, is mistaken for a famous scientist and sent on a mission to save a lost city
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeegNmbFR3w

My Review:
Wanting something really easy watching to begin the weekend I thought that the perfect movie to watch would be Tad: The Lost Explorer which was very easy watching and would be perfect for children.

I thought that this movie was good at showing children never to give up on your dreams and just because it doesn't feel like they are going anywhere doesn't mean you should stop fighting for them. I thought by also showing that people should take opportunities that goes there way that this was a good thing for both adults and children in showing that they need to always aim high and do what makes them happy. This movie was full …

Every Day (film review)

Film: Every Day
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Directed By: Michael Sucsy
Starring:  Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Debby Ryan
About: A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqoAMfe_rPM

My Review:
Having noticed this on Netflix and thinking that it sounds like an interesting watch I thought I would give it a try and although it was different and that was what I was looking for it didn't quite hit the mark for me.

I did like that the main girl within the film was a teenager who wasn't in the right relationship for her and she had to discover that for herself. With people also thinking that it wasn't quite right and her defending him it seemed relateable to a lot of relationships which did make the girl a lot more likable and one that people could identify with. Having a bad relationship with her father and the thing that goes into people every day helping to fix that I thought was really swee…

Escape Room (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Escape Room
Year: 2017
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Directed By: Will Wernick
Starring: Evan Williams, Annabelle Stephenson, Elisabeth Hower
About: Four best friends test their intelligence when an escape room they participate in takes a dark and twisted turn.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI2MbS-e_us

My Review:
Wanting something different to watch I thought I would check out Escape Room which is available to watch on Netflix.

This movie was good in that it did provide mystery and I did enjoy how the puzzles within the Escape Room were laid out and that every room had something in which they had to figure out and it was not just one room. I also enjoyed seeing how the people actually interacted with each other and why they seemed so hostile with certain characters. By also starting the movie with seeing someone having to choose a lock it came across very much like the movie "Saw" which does feel very much the same all the way through the movie. With also having the movi…

Brave (film review)

Film: Brave
Year: 2012
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
About: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CKcqIahedc

My Review:
Having not seen Brave in years I thought it would be a perfect movie to watch which would make me feel proud as a Scottish person while watching an animation movie.

I really like that this movie has clans which is something that is a huge part of Scotland's past and by having really common Scottish names it gave it more of a Scottish feel to the movie. Having a lead character in which doesn't want to be married off and wants to be her own person I think is a really key thing for people to watch and for children to know that it is okay to not be what your par…

P.S. I Love You (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: P.S. I Love You
Year: 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr.
About: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZzW6_hR068

My Review:
Feeling in the mood to see a romance movie I couldn't resist in watching one of my favourites called P.S. I Love You. This movie never fails to make me tear up and unable to look away from the screen.

I really like how the movie is taken place after the death of her husband and he is helping her to move on with her life by making her do different things and going to places in which she would not usually go in order to bring her back to the woman he loved. By sending her letters you can tell how much he loved her and that although he is no longer there he doesn't want her to just give up on her life and wants her to be the best person she can be. Havi…

The Dark Tower (film review)

Film: The Dark Tower
Year: 2017
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Idris Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor
About: The last Gunslinger: Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwfqXTebIY

My Review:
As a movie that my mother and I had been looking at for a while we decided to give this as a Christmas present and as a result gave this a watch for the very first time. I was also aware that there was books about this movie however having never read them before this will not be influenced by my review of the movie.

I thought that this film was good in that it showed how a child is picked up by the Man In Black and…

Gnome Alone (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Gnome Alone
Year: 2017
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Directed By: Peter Lepeniotis
Starring: Becky G, Josh Peck, Tara Strong
About: When Chloe discovers that her new home's garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the Troggs.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3BELH52IBI

My Review:
Wanting the first movie I watch of the year to be something really relaxing to watch and something with some animation I thought I would start with a movie I had never seen before called Gnome Alone and I wasn't disappointed with having chosen it.

This film I thought had a very believable main character for the modern day as she was a girl who moved to the town/city and felt alone even though she was always on her phone and for her it always came first. I thought that by having a character obsessed with being on her phone was something in which people would be able to relate to and did make her ra…