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Alpha (film Review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Alpha
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Directed By: Albert Hughes
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk
About: In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIxnTi4GmCo

My Review:
Having never seen this movie before and never having heard anything about it I was so happy to go into this movie completely blind. This is a movie which actually made me cry and I was so happy that it did as it showed just how good this movie was.

This film starts with showing how the main character is hunting then gets thrown off of a cliff making the audience unsure if he lives or not. Showing afterwards a week before that to give the film more context I thought was a really nice touch and left me wanting to know more about the tribe in which he belonged …

Snowpiercer (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Snowpierer
Year: 2013
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-fi
Directed By: Bong Joon-Ho
Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
About: In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6UmqNuMdY4

My Review:
Being a movie I discovered years ago and completely fell in love with to the point it is one of my favourite movies of all time, I was excited to see that they had finally put this on Netflix so that others could discover it and love it as much as myself. As a result I thought I would re-watch Snowpiercer and give it a review which is fun for me as it is a film in which I really enjoy and feel is very underrated.

I love how this film begins by showing you how the passengers who are on the train that goes around the world are the only survivors of the human race. By doing this it shows how key the train …

Wreck-It Ralph (film review)

Film: Wreck-It Ralph
Year: 2012
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
About: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87E6N7ToCxs

My Review:
Being one of my favourite Disney movies and having not seen the second movie yet I thought it would be a good idea to watch the first one and get reacquainted with the characters and the story in which I enjoy so much. This is a film in which I always look forward to watching and that I like the concept of as well.

I love that Wreck-It Ralph shows the movie from a bad guys perspective who just wants to be accepted for who he is but because of his job people don't respect him. Having him want to get a medal to change this and gain the respect of those around him I think is really sad and shows how he does not feel like he is good enough becau…

Depravity - M.J. Haag (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: Depravity
Author: M. J. Haag
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Published By: Shattered Glass Publishing LLC
Published Year: 2015

My Review:
Having got an e-mail about a book tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours about a Beauty and the Beast Retelling, I knew that I had to take part and I was not disappointed at all in doing so. This book really surprised me and I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected.

Depravity is about a girl called Benella who when trying to help fed her family takes food from the estate just out of town comes across the beast who is willing to help her as long as she cleans his house. However, when things start going badly for Benella's family the Beast wants to keep her in his estate even though she doesn't want to lose her family as a result.

I thought that this retelling of the iconic fairy tale was different from ones that I have read in the past and I liked that this showed how she wanted to help her family even though her sisters seemed selfis…

Venom (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Venom
Year: 2018
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Directed By: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed
About: A failed reporter is bonded to an alien entity, one of many symbiotes who have invaded Earth. But the being takes a liking to Earth and decides to protect it.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Mv98Gr5pY

My Review:
Having wanted to see Venom in the cinema however not having got around to it and having owned the movie since it was released physically however not feeling like watching this for a while. This movie grabbed my attention again and I couldn't wait to watch it and cast my own views on a movie which I heard no negative feedback upon.

Personally, I really enjoyed how the film showed how after the Venom was discovered how scientists experimented on it to see how it took over bodies for hosts and why they did this. Not only this but even taking it into animals before human testing, this was something in which I liked about this film as …

John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum
Year: 2019
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Directed By: Chad Stahelski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
About: Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU8-7BX9uxs

My Review:
Being a fan of John Wick and realising that a third movie was on it's way I was excited to give this a watch at the first opportunity I had and with all of the action within it, it did not disappoint.

I loved that from the very beginning of this movie till the very end scene was full of action and killing which is how people know John Wick. I thought by doing this it kept really true for the fans of the franchise and with everyone against John Wick showed how great an assassin he really is. Having from the very beginning how people who helped John Wick at all also …

Pup Star (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Pup Star
Year: 2016
Genre: Comedy, Family
Directed By: Robert Vince
Starring: Carla Jimenez, Mackenzie Moss, Susie Wall
About: A Yorkshire Terrier, competing in a televised singing competition, is separated from her owner by an opportunist dog pound worker.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8u7iu_AJs0

My Review:
Having never heard of this movie before and knowing nothing about it before I watched it I thought that I would choose something in which looked rather cute to me and with being a lover of dogs this seemed to meet the criteria. This film was a good watch and one that I am glad that I decided to put on thanks to Netflix.

I really liked how this film at the beginning showed how humans were able to talk to dogs and how that evolution took place in order to understand how dogs were able to talk to humans and be able to understood. This really helped to set up the film and with it having to do with a dog singing competition helped to show how humans were able to enjoy them e…

Detective Pikachu (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Detective Pikachu
Year: 2019
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Rob Letterman
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
About: In a world where people collect Pok√©mon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bILE5BEyhdo

My Review:
Having been a Pokemon fan since I was really young and being a big fan of Ryan Reynolds I had to see Detective Pikachu as soon as I could. This is a film in which I have been excited about since I heard it was being made while also being scared as it was a live action make of the Pokemon world and wasn't sure if they would be able to do it well. I was really surprised by this film and enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting.

The CGI within this film is exceptional and made me really feel that the Pokemon in which were on the screen were real which left me leaving the cinema disappointed I wasn't going to be seeing real  life Pokemon. …

Home (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Home
Year: 2015
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Tim Johnson
Starring: Jim Parsons Rihanna, Steve Martin
About: An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyqZf8LiWvM

My Review:
Having not seen Home in years and buying it after looking for it for ages I was extremely happy to give this movie another watch. Knowing this was a film I enjoyed the first time I seen it I had high expectations of this film and what I was expecting and I am so glad to have this film surprise me by having me enjoy it even more than previously.

I love how this film starts with showing how the Boov keep running away from their enemies which I think sets the atmosphere for the movie really well. With only one of them seeming different and that being Oh I like how it shows how he is just wanting to be friends with people and makes mistakes like everyone however wants to fi…

Hit Em Up - Jus Blaze (book review)

Book: Hit Em Up
Author: Jus Blaze
Genre: Action, Crime
Published By: N/A
Published Year: 2019

My Review:
Having been sent a copy of this book and not knowing much about it I was excited to discover a new book and one that sounded different from the books in which I normally pick up. As a result I gave this a read and it surprised me with how much I ended up enjoying this book.

Hit Em Up is a novel which is abut a group of three friends who after one of their pregnant sister's gets murdered is determined to get revenge upon them.While doing this the mafia in which he is taking on is trying to find him and kill him before he gets real damage done.

I thought that this book was a good read and I liked how this was fast paced which did keep me interested throughout it. I also found that this book stayed on topic throughout and all the information within it was relevant for the book which is something that I did like as it helped to show more of the characters and discover more about them and…

Beauty and the Beast (film review)

Film: Beauty and the Beast
Year: 2017
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical
Directed By: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
About: A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Nl_TCQXuw

My Review:
Being a fan of Beauty and the Beast and having it as my favourite classic Disney movie I somehow never got around to seeing the 2017 version of the movie. So wanting a movie to watch before work I thought that it would be the perfect time to see this film and having high expectations of it was happily surprised.

I liked how this movie showed how the Beast became cursed right at the very start of the movie and showed how he would be able to break the curse. This helped the audience really see the changes which happens within the prince and as a result care for him throughout the movie. I thought that the look of the Beast was also r…

Little Shop Of Horrors (film review)

Film: Little Shop of Horrors
Year: 1960
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Directed By: Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith
Starring: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles
About: A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-5kuxXQg1M

My Review:
Having not seen this movie in a while I thought it would be a great time to watch it again and remember just how funny it is. I am not usually a fan of old films only as I am not a fan of black and white movies however this is one that does make me laugh and is a rare exception for me.

I really like how this movie is funny and focuses on the story of the plant and how the plant grows into eating people. Having the characters who get eaten people in which you don't like and some that make you laugh is a great way of making you side with the plant and the young man who has had the unfortunate opportunity of discovering him. I also thought it was good to se…

The Incredible Story of The Giant Pear (film review)

Film: The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear
Year: 2017
Genre: Animation
Directed By: Amalie Naesby Fick, Jorgen Lerdam
Starring: Alfred Bjerre Larsen, Liva Elvira Magnussen, Peter Frodin
About: Life in Solby is nice and peaceful until one day Mitcho and Sebastian find a message in a bottle by the harbour. The bottle is from the missing mayor of Solby with a message that he is on a mysterious island and has made a great discovery. Now they must embark on a perilous journey to help save the mayor and bring him home.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJArQgZeEz0

My Review:
Having a look through my Netflix "To Watch List" I came across this film and wanting a nice and relaxing movie in which wouldn't take a lot of attention to watch I thought that this would be perfect and I was glad I did see this.

I found that this movie was really sweet and great for children who are looking for a nice adventure movie. I thought by having it crossing water knowing the animals are scared …

Avengers: Endgame (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Avengers: Endgame
Year: 2019
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
About: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcMBFSGVi1c

My Review:
Having been a huge fan of the MCU and being really excited for this movie since Infinity War came out in 2018 I couldn't wait to see this at the midnight release. I have waited a little while before uploading this review and that was so that when spoilers came up it was after the time in which Marvel said it was okay to do so.This is a film which I was so scared to watch but also so excited as well and really didn't want to see come to an end knowing this is the last for some of the characters within the Marvel Universe in which people are…

Goosebumps: Don't Feed The Vampire - R.L. Stine (book review)

Book: Goosebumps: Please Don't Feed The Vampire
Author: R.L. Stine
Genre: Children's, Horror
Published By: Scholastic
Published Year: 1997

My Review:
Taking part in the OWL'S Readathon a subject I had was Care of Magical Creatures which had the prompt of "Land Animal on the Cover" because of this I thought it would be the perfect time to go back to a book I loved when I was younger called Goosebumps: Please Don't Feed The Vampire. Which I ended up still enjoying even though I am now an adult.

The book is one where the reader is able to make the decisions of the book and from the beginning there is two different routes in which the reader is able to take. The first is a story where the reader becomes a vampire and gets to choose how they deal with becoming one from trying to become human again to also staying a vampire. The other is where the dog becomes a vampire instead!

I personally think that this book is great for engaging readers with letting them choose what…