Five Worst Horror Movies

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Let’s be real, most horror movies aren’t that good. I often count down the days for a new horror’s release and pray it’ll be good but most of the time it just isn’t. I wanted to write a quick list of five horror movies that I just can’t forgive for being so bad that there was almost nothing redeemable about them.

5. The Unborn (David S. Goyer, 2009)

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I feel like this could’ve been decent but they tried to get too deep with the plot. They took it too far back by including all that World War Two stuff and it just made the whole thing a bit ridiculous. For those who don’t know anything this film it’s about a girl named Casey who is tormented by visions and nightmares of ghosts. They soon discover a curse has been placed upon their family that dates back to Nazi times.

When I watched the trailer for this film I assumed it was just like one twin died in the womb and now it was seeking revenge which like yeah is far-fetched but not as far-fetched as the rubbish I had to sit through when I watched this movie. What a bunch of rubbish. Honestly don’t recommend wasting your time on this film, it sucks.

4. Ouija (Stiles White, 2014)

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Can you believe they made a sequel to this movie? The first one was a bunch of nonsense and although the trailer for the second one looked promising it, of course, let itself down. The idea of the film is that after the death of her best friend a girl decides to do an Ouija board to say goodbye to her. However what they’ve summoned is not her best friend but a spirit determined to wreak havoc on her and her friends.

This movie was such a waste of my time and I really wouldn’t recommend anybody else subject themselves to this. The characters were all completely unlikeable and the whole thing was just super unrealistic. Laine’s best friend has just died and yet her Dad is taking a business trip? Spoiler alert – by the end of the movie all her friends are dead and the police have nothing to say about that? It was just a stupid film.

3. Apartment 143 (Carles Torrens, 2011)

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This one will contain spoilers so I apologise in advance but what the fuck even was this film? It’s got the typical set-up of a family experiencing supernatural occurrences in their home after the death of their Mother except this one is filmed in found-footage style with a team of paranormal investigators looking into the case.

The main issue I take with this film is the ending because it was STUPID. Basically, the eldest daughter gets possessed towards the end of the film, starts talking in a demonic voice, throwing things round the room with her mind, I’m pretty sure she crawled along the walls at some point, all the typical stuff and you think ‘oh okay’. And then for some reason the film ends with a discussion between the paranormal investigators where one says “I knew from the start she was schizophrenic, that’s what caused all of this.”

I’m sorry, forgive me if I’m wrong, but since when do schizophrenic people have telekinetic powers? You could’ve maybe pulled an ‘it was all in her imagination’ on me at the end but the film was shot in found-footage style which suggests that everything we saw was real. And then the film ends with a demon girl crawling towards the camera when the apartment is now empty – have I missed something here?

Even without the stupid ending it’s just cliché ridden and wasn’t a particularly interesting watch so I wouldn’t recommend this one at all. Don’t waste your time.

2. Slender Man (Sylvain White, 2018)

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I wrote a review of this movie a while ago here but like… What were they thinking? Realistically a film about Slender Man was never going to be good was it? But this took it to a whole new level.

Firstly, there’s none of the lore that everybody loved from the Slender Man games. The premise of the game is that the user is trapped in a forest and needs to find the eight pieces of paper to leave. Not the case with this movie. It’s about four girls who watch a video and this somehow summons Slender Man to come and wreak havoc on their lives. I mean really, they summon him by watching a video!?

Most of my issues with the film were written in the review but the film just doesn’t go anywhere! It’s like they show you something and then they go ‘yeah but we’re not going there’. I was so surprised when it ended because we still had so many loose ends and not in like an ‘I wonder what happened there, that’s mysterious and intriguing’, just a ‘you clearly threw that in and had no idea what to do with it so now you’re ignoring it happened’.

This film is just garbage, I’m glad I have an Unlimited Card so that I didn’t have to spend actual money on it. Throughout the film at least three groups of people decided to get up and just leave, more than I’ve ever seen at any other movie before. Avoid this at all costs.

1. The Bye Bye Man (Stacy Title, 2017)

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This film was weird because I remember seeing the trailer in the cinema and then for months the movie just disappeared before cinemas started promoting it again. I’d already made fun of the stupid movie title with my friend Jess and I already knew it wasn’t going to be good. But I’d gotten up early after a sleepless night to meet my friend up town and when they left I didn’t want to go straight home so I decided to kill some time by watching this movie.

First of all, the title and the name of the villain. Could we not have come up with something a bit better than this? I mean seriously. He sounds like a character from ‘In the Night Garden’ or something. Watching the characters on screen running around saying his name with such fear felt really out of place with such a pathetic name. A little more time and effort on the guy’s name couldn’t have saved this movie though.

So the premise is that if you say or think his name he will haunt and kill you. The main character finds out the name by reading it on the bottom of a drawer in the house he’s just moved into. He then tells all his friends about it and they start experiencing things too. And I just… That’s stupid. That’s so stupid. What if I made up a joke and the punchline was ‘The Bye Bye Man’? Would I then die? What if I was trying to write a book and I was like ‘a great character name is The Bye Bye Man’ – am I now a goner? It’s just STUPID.

I don’t remember an awful lot that happened in this movie ‘cos I was really tired and it was just a boring mess but I’m about to reveal a stupid spoiler. At the end of the film the main character’s brother is outside trying to get in to the main character and to stop himself from telling his brother and niece about the ‘Bye Bye Man’ he kills himself. Brother then drives home with his niece and both seem relatively chill that the main character is now dead. It was honestly just a complete pile of rubbish.

So there you have the five worst horror movies in my opinion. Feel free to leave the ones you think are the worst in the comments and if you actually enjoyed any of the films I listed then feel free to comment on what you liked about them!

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Review: S.T.A.G.S by M A Bennett

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I mentioned briefly that I’d challenged myself this year to read at least two books per month. As I’m trying to spend less time on my laptop I managed to read two within the first week of 2019 so I’m going to just read 24 books and if I achieve that pretty quickly then I’ll just up my goal to something else. I’ll still be able to tick the 24 books off my bucket list and if I read more then great!

I was going to write a review for each book but although I enjoyed the first two they didn’t leave a longing impression of me. I decided to write a review on the third book I read which happened to be S.T.A.G.S because boy did I have some opinions on this book.

I’d been having a browse on Amazon at the end of 2018 and this book had caught my eye. I’d mostly been adding books to my Wish List but I decided this was a book that I wanted to read straightaway so I bought it along with a couple of other books. The book is told from the point of view of Greer, a girl who won a scholarship to attend the most prestigious school in the country, S.T.A.G.S. One weekend she receives an invitation to the most popular boy in school’s house with a promise of a Huntin’ Shootin’ Fishin’ weekend. Feeling socially isolated Greer accepts but sinister things begin to happen over the weekend and Greer begins to think there may be more to this weekend than she bargained for.

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My description isn’t amazing but you get the basic idea. A girl goes to a rich boy’s house (well, mansion. Estate? A big fucking house anyway) with five of his friends and two other social outcasts and they begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones getting hunted, shot and fished.

I’m going to warn you now that this review does contain spoilers.

When I started the book the expression ‘show, don’t tell’ immediately came to mind, an expression I’d heard tossed around but had never really understood until now. The first couple of chapters set up the story and we’re immediately slapped in the face with long descriptions of the school and how Greer got there.

Then we’re introduced to the ‘medievals’, the group of prefects in the school, the group who invite Greer to the weekend away. There are three boys and three girls. We get a long description about Henry de Fancypants who’s basically the ringleader then the other two boys get a short paragraph each. The three girls are all described in the same paragraph and are basically interchangeable – they’re all blonde, rich and bitchy and that is pretty much their entire personalities summed up.

We’re then sort of introduced to the two other misfits and by this point I’m getting a bit bored. I’m getting introduced to too many people at once and they didn’t feel like real people from the way they were described. I couldn’t connect with any of them and found it difficult at first to remember who was who from how awkwardly they were introduced. Also the long descriptions of the school were a bit boring – I’m someone who prefers action and dialogue so I usually skip past long descriptions, something I found I did a lot in this book.

I was a bit confused because the book sort of started by saying Greer tried to make friends with certain people, for example Nel and she mentioned she spoke to Shafeen (the other two misfits who were invited on the weekend) but then when she received her invitation suddenly she had no friends whatsoever and hadn’t so much as spoken to anybody in months. Upon receiving her invitation she doesn’t find it even the slightest bit suspicious that the person who’s spent months not talking to her now wants her to go to his house for the weekend.

Now I’m no expert but if someone I barely knew, who had barely spoken to me in school was like “Hey, wanna come to my house for the weekend for some Huntin’ Shootin’ and Fishin’?” There is no way in Hell that I’d go. But because Henry de Fancypants is supposedly cute Greer agrees to go – despite the fact a girl from her old school literally pulls her to one side and warns her not to go. Greer’s reasoning for not going? She doesn’t want to spend the weekend with her Aunt Karen. Why? Because Aunt Karen has twins. So instead of going to Aunt Karen and the twins, she goes off for the weekend with a group of strangers despite being warned not to go.

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Greer then spends the weekend ignoring every suspicious thing that happens and basically falls head over heels in love with Henry de Fancypants within the space of two minutes. Maybe I could’ve gotten over this but on the last night she’s finally convinced that something bad is going on and that Henry is manipulating her so comes up with a plan with her friends on how to stop him. Then the next morning Henry carries on manipulating her, just as she knew he would, and she was like “Oh maybe he does like me? Maybe every suspicious thing was just an accident despite the three of us finding proof literally last night?”

Also, I hate a book that gives away too much especially if what actually happens is very anticlimactic. The book opens with Greer claiming she murdered someone. She then goes on further into the book to say who else was there and who the victim was. I don’t need to know this from the get go. I hated it when Lemony Snickett wrote in Book 2 of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’  something along the lines of “Klaus did not die, it is Uncle Monty who will die but not yet.” But I can forgive that ‘cos at least the book was good whereas S.T.A.G.S was a let down.

It’s written in past tense so at the end of almost every chapter the author’s like ‘little did I know it was going to get darker’. It’s almost like the author is begging me to stay with them because honestly for three thirds of the book… Nothing really happens? I was getting so impatient because everything that did happen was just so underwhelming. Even the big reveal at the end was just so… Dull.

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Basically, Greer almost drowns but escapes and Henry chases after her, makes a massive villain style speech about how him and his family have been murdering/injuring/traumatising kids for centuries and it turns out Nel has filmed the whole thing on her phone and she threatens to expose it to the world. So Henry jumps off the waterfall and kills himself. This is the murder that Greer is referring to. We’ve spent the whole book getting worked about this murder and it turns out it was actually suicide but Greer feels bad so she’s saying she and the others murdered him. Good grief Greer, I thought I had a guilty conscience.

The friends decide not to leak the footage because it might make Henry’s family ‘look bad’. Yes, we’re now being asked to sympathise with the family that have been literally hunting students for thousands of years just because they’re rich and can get away with it. Despite the fact Henry literally said to Greer “I am going to murder you”, after his death Greer turns into the biggest Henry sympathiser ever?

I kept hoping the book would end by this point but alas it did not. The three get back to the school and have a sudden realisation – the school’s a cult and all the teachers also took part in these Huntin’ Shootin’ Fishin’ weekends as students, and every student is in on it and lets them get away with it. At this point I would be running for the hills, ringing my parents to pick me up, leaking that damn footage, calling the bloody police but no, the three friends decide to tell the head teacher. I just… This is meant to be some really smart school, like Greer is meant to have been smart enough to have received a scholarship to this school and yet is still just so thick.

I feel like I’m just ranting at this point but I can’t stop! The Head believes them and makes certain changes to the school, like firing all the current teachers and promoting our three misfits to Prefect status and stripping the medievals of that title. But then one day Greer spots twins who have Henry’s face – oh my gosh, it’s his twin cousins. And oh my gosh the clearly evil twins have invited the only black student in their year for a weekend away. And oh no, the head teacher is wearing a ring that everyone in the cult had been wearing. Oh no, the guy literally in charge of the school is the guy in charge of the cult.

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Then the book just ends. I can only hope the events that take place after this is that Greer finally decides to upload the bloody footage. I mean there is a literal sentence in the book that says ‘Henry’s Dad is clearly a prat but his Mom might be okay’ – they use that as a reason not to expose the blood sports. I just, I just can’t.

Overall, I wasn’t a fan of this book – if I hadn’t made that clear from the review. I was so excited to read it but it just let itself down so badly. None of the characters were particularly likeable and the whole thing was just dull. Really wouldn’t recommend this one.

How to Survive a Long Flight

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I haven’t been on tons of long flights to be truthful – I flew seven hours to New York last year and earlier this year embarked on a four hour flight to Turkey where we changed and caught a ten hour flight to Japan. Long flights can be a killer but are survivable! Here are my tips on how to survive a long-haul flight.

Bring Plenty to Entertain Yourself

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On long-haul flights the airlines are usually fair and sit you next to whoever you’re travelling with. On the way to Japan Becca and Jess had both selected that they wanted a window seat whereas I had put ‘anywhere’ so I was sat next to Jess in the middle seat and Becca was just in front of us. On the way back the three of us were together. This meant if I did get super bored I always had somebody to talk to.

My general rule is to always bring at least two books with me which I did for Japan. To be truthful I didn’t really read on that plane because we each had our own screen to watch any movies or TV shows we wanted but on the way to New York we didn’t have our own screens and the book I’d brought with me was a lifesaver. Netflix now offer a thing where you can download movies and shows to watch later which I usually do on my phone but unfortunately this can drain the battery and I will definitely need my phone to be working when we land. Luckily my Mom bought me an Amazon Fire Tablet for Christmas this year so I can use this on my next trip! The one thing I would never be able to travel without though is my iPod – I can usually listen to that for a few hours without getting bored so it’s a necessity when travelling.

Just make sure you have a good variety of things to do. Always prepare for the worst case scenario, as I did when there weren’t any screens on the way to New York. There’s nothing worse than being bored for the entirety of a long flight with nothing to do about it so be prepared!

Snacks and Water are Essential

Being up in the air for so long will make you dehydrated so be sure to buy plenty of water at the airport. I know buying snacks and drinks at the airport is expensive but unfortunately water is the one thing you will definitely need. If you’re offered a drink on the plane then always accept it and save your water when possible. On the way back from South Korea I was trying to sleep when the air hostess nudged me and made sure I was given a bottle of water – the one on Jess’ side didn’t do this so she didn’t have anything when she woke up a couple of hours really thirsty. For some reason we hadn’t been able to find anywhere to buy water in Incheon airport so in the end we went to the back of the plane and had to ask for some water.

Find out about in-flight dining and then bring your own snacks anyway. If you don’t like the meals you’re offered you can always give it to a friend or politely reject it, safe in the knowledge that you have enough food to keep you going anyway. You may also find you get peckish waiting for a meal to be served and even if you don’t eat all your snacks on the flight then you can always just eat them in the country you’re going to.

Try to have a variety of sweet and savoury which is something I fail at because I’m not really a fan of savoury snacks but having a sandwich is always a good plan. If you’re hungry when you hit your hotel a spare sandwich can be a lifesaver, even if it is a bit weird now from the plane.

Comfort

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If you have room in your bag then bring in a travel pillow. Generally on long-haul flights they’ll give you a pillow and a blanket but it can always be nice to have your own. Plus the pillow is just a normal little square one whereas a travel pillow can be much comfier.

On the way to Japan I didn’t want to bring much to keep me comfy because we were going to land at 10PM so the idea was to stay awake, go straight to bed in Japan and then we’d already be adjusted. We were all set and ready to make sure each other stay awake – we quickly abandoned this plan after a few hours when we were all exhausted, realised we wouldn’t be getting a ‘good amount of sleep’ on the plane anyway and we let each other try and doze off.

On the way back from South Korea it was a bit easier to sleep because I was so tired from all the sight-seeing we’d done in Asia that I nodded off a lot easier but I wasn’t exactly comfortable. The one thing is leg room so try and store as much as possible in the overhead bin so that you have as much leg room as possible. Do not do what I did – I tucked up my leg in between the seat, fell asleep, woke up two hours later, moved my leg and realised it was now in agony.

I was advised by my nurse to stand up every couple of hours but this is difficult on a night flight because you don’t want to disturb the person next to you. The girl me and Jess were sat by on the way to Japan was lovely to be fair and did insist before we took off that if we wanted to get past and she was asleep we only had to nudge her but we felt guilty. In the end we did obviously have to get up to use the bathroom but we only got up once for the entire 10 hour flight. This isn’t advised, obviously. If you can get an aisle seat that’s advised because then you don’t have to feel bad about getting up. My friends prefer window because they can lean on it though. Every seat has its perks! Except for middle, which I always end up in when travelling with my friends due to my fear of flying. Never mind.

If you can afford to upgrade to a better seat I would recommend it. My Mom has insisted we need to fly Premium Economy for our flights to San Francisco next year and I’m looking forward to that extra comfort! But when I go with my friends we’ll probably just put up with economy because we’re too broke for anything else.

Dress Appropriately

About a month before we flew to Japan I’d popped to Paris for a couple of nights and had found the plane was absolutely freezing so I advised the others to wear something warm. I wore a warm, knitted dress to Tokyo and found that both flights were actually quite warm. So when we came back from South Korea I wore something lighter, chucked my jacket into my checked in case… And nearly froze to death. It’s lucky we were given a blanket on the flight.

On the way to any new country I always make sure I have a spare outfit in my hand luggage – my Mom went to New York a few years ago and when she changed flights her suitcase didn’t make it onto the second flight so she arrived in New York with nothing but her hand luggage. She got her case back the next day but she’d had to run around looking for spare clothes just in case. Ever since then I’ve taken that as a warning and always insist my friends should do the same.

To be honest I’d have no issue changing into pyjamas on a long-haul flight but I know I’d be too lazy to change back into my normal clothes afterwards which is the only reason why I don’t. But try and plan your outfit accordingly so that you’re not uncomfortable on the flight.

Also, always check the temperature of where you’re going. I will never forgive myself for assuming Japan would be as cold as England is in October and nearly sweated my tits off wearing my thick, woolly dresses. We met a British woman in Kyoto who said she’d also made the same mistake and was now having to wear her pyjamas out and about ‘cos it was the only cool outfit she’d brought with her. Ah, the Brits, we’re all so full of ignorance.

Other than that there’s not much else you can do other than sit back, relax and hope you’ll reach your destination soon! Wish me luck for my long-haul flight to San Francisco next year but since we’re going Premium Economy I’m hoping I won’t need it.

20 Favourite 2018 Movies

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I have an Unlimited card for Cineworld so I visit the cinema quite regularly so managed to see quite a few films this year – unfortunately not all of the ones that I’d wanted to see but I did see a fair few. I figured I’d write a list of my favourite 2018 releases! Here goes nothing.

20. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (David Yates, 2018)

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Although I’m a massive fan of the Harry Potter series I hadn’t initially loved the Fantastic Beasts movie. I’d wanted to because I love everything related to the Harry Potter world but I just didn’t care as much about it as I did Harry Potter. I still went to see the new Fantastic Beasts movie with my friends and ended up low-key enjoying it even though there were some parts that confused me a bit. I remember one guy was making a speech and I was like “Yeah cool” and then I was suddenly like “Wait, what?”

Also, I realised I couldn’t remember pretty much anything from the first movie. My friend Jess kept asking me if certain characters had been in the first film and I literally couldn’t tell her. Plus I’m not 100% certain how the plot twist at the end is going to work but like… We’ll see I guess? Also, parts of it annoyed me because they just weren’t touched upon. Jacob came back and was like “Hey, I have my memories!” and Newt was like “That’s cool!” And then… That was that.

I’ll go and see the new Fantastic Beasts movie when it’s made but I’m not like counting down the days or anything.

19. The Darkest Minds (Jennifer Nelson, 2018)

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When I first saw this movie advertised I wasn’t blown away or anything and truthfully I only went to see it out of boredom. There wasn’t much else on at the time and I didn’t want to go home yet so I went to the cinema and watched this. And I actually ended up rather enjoying it.

Okay, it wasn’t perfect, the movie was definitely seemed like it was setting up for a sequel with much from the trailer not actually happening. We’re made to believe the teens begin to rebel against the adults but that doesn’t really happen in the sense that we thought it would. I don’t know, it was enjoyable and if there was a sequel I’d probably go and see it but like… It wasn’t amazing or anything.

18. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed, 2018)

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The original Ant-Man movie wasn’t one of my favourite Marvel films ever but I still had to go and watch the sequel. Infinity War had already been released and I wanted to see if it tied in with this movie. And it did in the post credits scene which was interesting.

It was actually pretty decent – funny, full of action, and it held my interest. Ant-Man isn’t my favourite Marvel super hero but I won’t be so reluctant to see any of his standalone movies in the future.

17. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, 2018)

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I’ve only seen the first Wreck-it-Ralph a couple of times but was hyped to see the sequel. I love the internet and was looking forward to seeing all of those aspects mixed with retro games. I was practically counting down the days until its release and was disappointed when I couldn’t go see it on the day it came out. But I went a week later and was… A bit disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the overall message and it was still a good movie but they’d pretty much showed the best and funniest bits in the trailer. Also (SPOILER ALERT) that massive Ralph made of all the little Ralphs really had me creeped out. I think I was disappointed because I’d been looking forward to it for so long that I was actually a bit deflated when I did eventually see it. The scenes with the Disney Princesses were always amazing though!

16. The Grinch (Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier, 2018)

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My friends and a lot of adults on the internet are reluctant to see these film because they loved the original so much. I was looking forward to it because hey, a Christmas film! I wish it hadn’t been released in November though, whose bright idea was that? Also people are trashing it because everyone’s decided they hate Benedict Cumberbatch for whatever reason…

The best thing to do is just view them as two different things. It’s the same basic story but it’s being told in a different way now – that doesn’t take away any light from the original. Maybe it helped that I’d only seen the original Grinch film once so I wasn’t as attached to it as some people are but I went into the remake with an open mind and actually really enjoyed it. It was funny, it was Christmassy, it warmed my heart… It was a good film. I’d probably watch it next Christmas if given the option because I really enjoyed it.

15. Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018)

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I feel like this movie rekindled my love for Winnie the Pooh because oh my god, I love Winnie the Pooh and I loved this movie! It was a bit predictable but it didn’t take away any of the enjoyment. It’s a shame I only saw it once whilst it was on at cinemas because I really enjoyed it and would gladly go see it again. I love Winnie the Pooh so much!

14. Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018)

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Deadpool’s a funny one for me because I feel like I do enjoy the films when I sit down to watch them but if you ask me in between movies if I’m a Deadpool fan my answer is usually no. But I did enjoy Deadpool 2, it was funny (as one would expect) and had a pretty good storyline. I didn’t watch the Christmas Deadpool movie (I didn’t actually see it advertised anywhere) but I wouldn’t mind seeing it ‘cos Deadpool’s pretty cool. I did enjoy this movie.

13. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (J. A. Bayona, 2018)

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I actually quite like the Jurassic World movies but maybe that’s because I hadn’t seen the original Jurassic Park films. This movie was really good and had me on the edge of my seat for pretty much the entirety of it and I just overall really enjoyed it, maybe even more than the first one. I hope they release another one because I wouldn’t going to see it!

12. The Meg (Jon Turteltaub, 2018)

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I haven’t seen tons of shark movies and only really went to see this one because my friend suggested it. I think I was so impressed because I wasn’t really expecting much to come out of a movie about a big shark. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and really enjoyed it. However my Mom watched it with my step-dad because he’s a big fan of shark films and she said it had every predictable element of a shark film in it. Maybe because I don’t watch many I was just overly impressed.

11. Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)

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I was hyped to see this movie ever since Black Panther was introduced to the Marvel universe in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and it didn’t disappoint. I loved pretty much everything about this movie and my favourite character is definitely Shuri, there’s no doubt about it. I can’t wait to see more of Black Panther in the future!

10. The Secret of Marrowbone (Sergio G. Sanchez, 2018)

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Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big horror movie fan and this looked pretty decent so I decided to go and see it. The trailer looked good and I love anything with a big creepy house so I ended up really enjoying it. I would’ve put it a bit higher on the list but parts of it were a bit predictable – not all of it because the bits about the ‘ghost’ were an interesting plot twist but the part with the siblings was quite obvious. This didn’t stop it from being a really good film though, I’d definitely watch it again.

9. Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, 2018)

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Many people said they were disappointed by this film because the original had been better but I really enjoyed it! I loved how it was about the legalisation of super heroes and picked right off from where the first Incredibles ended. There were so many good elements and it was just really good – it was a bit obvious to see who the bad guy was going to be but I can forgive that. Overall it was a good film.

8. The First Purge (Gerard McMurray, 2018)

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I LOVE The Purge movies. I’d originally loved the first one but realised what was wrong with it when the trailer for the second one had been released – the original Purge movie was just a home invasion movie. We didn’t get to see much of the actual Purge, it was only in more recent movies we’ve actually got to see what it’s like.

I only saw this one at the cinema once and would’ve enjoyed it more if there hadn’t been some idiots on their phones and talking throughout the entirety of the film. Either way, I still enjoyed it. As you can guess from the title this film showed the events from the first ever Purge which was tested in one part of America and it immediately sets up how the poor are immediately put at a disadvantage to the rich. I just love the message that comes from the Purge films and really loved this film.

7. The Maze Runner: Death Cure (Wes Ball, 2018)

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This was one of the first films I saw in 2018 and loved it. I went to see it with three of my friends and when we got in the car we ended up just yelling at each other about the plot and the characters and pretty much everything. It got into a bit of a heated debate. I went to see it a couple more times because I just loved the Maze Runner movies so much. I’m so sad this was the last one and I’m SO SAD about a particular character death even though I was told after watching the first one that this character was going to die. I still loved it though and probably always will.

6. Unfriended Dark Web (Stephen Susco, 2018)

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I’m surprised this movie is so high up on the list because although I thought the trailer looked interesting I wasn’t actually expecting it to be good. I hadn’t disliked ‘Unfriended’ upon first seeing it but after watching it with Becca I realised none of the characters were particularly likeable and it was sort of a stupid movie. This one was better because it got rid of the supernatural element and actually made their characters relatively decent. I’d love to see this film again because I honestly really enjoyed it.

5. Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018)

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Okay, I didn’t see the original Mary Poppins film. I’d low-key wanted to but everyone that I spoke to about it was like “Oh you don’t want to, it’s boring” – then the moment this film was released everyone I knew suddenly loved the original film and wasn’t sure about watching the remake. I was looking after my brother and wanted something to do so we went to our local Cineworld and saw this film… And I really enjoyed it!

My favourite part was probably the songs, my absolute favourite being ‘Nowhere to Go but Up’ but I also loved ‘Can You Imagine That’ and ‘A Cover is Not the Book’. It also helps that I love Emily Blunt I suppose. It was just a really good movie and as it’s still on at the cinema I want to go and see it again before it leaves. It’s also made me want to watch the original so maybe I will!

4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Ol Parker, 2018)

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I confess, I’d never really enjoyed Mamma Mia all that much until the release of this film. Well… I’d been with my Mom to see the stage show and thought ‘actually this is okay’ so I stuck on the first film a few months later to see if I liked it. Bad choice because less than halfway through the film I ended up stuck in the bathroom with my head down the toilet as I threw up the entire contents of my stomach. So yeah, that was my association with the first film.

When the second one was released I went because I was invited. We had to sit on the front row because most of the seats were sold out and also my friend is legally blind so had to sit on the front row to be able to see it so it wasn’t ideal but I still ended up really enjoying the film. Now I’m a massive fan of both films – so are my friends Hirst and Becca and at one point every time we hung out there was either a Mamma Mia film on in the background or we were singing one of the songs. They’re such good films, I can’t believe I didn’t enjoy the original one sooner!

3. Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2018)

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I’d been so hyped to watch this film, me and my friend booked tickets for the midnight screening and even though I was exhausted from flying home late from Greece the night before I was still ready to watch this movie. And then it tore my heart out of my chest and I’ve been waiting for the sequel ever since. I’m so excited to see the next one, I’m definitely going to the midnight screening again this year I don’t even care.

2. A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018)

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When I first saw the trailer for this movie I knew I had to go because it looked so interesting. I love anything horror related but this film wasn’t really what you’d call a horror, it was more thriller Sci-Fi if that’s a genre. The film is by no means perfect because I feel like surely the easier way to have dealt with these creatures would’ve been to override them with too much noise as opposed to trying to survive by making no noise at all. I’m glad it tackled issues that I wouldn’t have even thought about though, like Emily Blunt’s character being pregnant (and then giving birth remarkably quickly). Then the issues of having a new born baby who wouldn’t understand the importance of being quiet.

It was also interesting that they had a deaf daughter because surely she would’ve been at more risk because she wouldn’t be able to hear if she was being noisy or not. I liked that it explored things that I wouldn’t have even thought about and it was just really interesting. Definitely one of the best films of 2018.

1. Searching (Aneesh Chaganty, 2018)

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I think this made it to number one simply because it impressed me so much. I love films that are told through social media or the internet (like Unfriended) and this one did it so well, and I was honestly on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what had happened. For those not familiar with the film it’s about a man whose daughter goes missing and his efforts to try and find her. It did an amazing job of keeping me guessing, my suspicion kept leaping from person to person until the final reveal and I was blown away. It was such a good movie, I’d been hoping it would be and it really exceeded my expectations.

So there you have it, my favourite movies from 2018! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites or any of these that you disagree with.

What I Managed to tick off my Bucket List in 2018

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I took inspiration from Becca in January and wrote my own bucket list (which you can read here) that I could keep track of and tick off everything I do. I decided to do yearly updates so I thought I’d present the things I managed to achieve from my bucket list in 2018!


1. Go abroad by myself

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I managed this twice in 2018 – I went on a solo trip to Poland in February and then went to Paris in August. Paris wasn’t as scary as I’d already been with my friends a couple of years ago but Poland was completely new to me but I managed it and had an amazing time. I was very scared of catching a plane by myself but I did it four times last year! My fear of flights is slowly decreasing and although not completely gone I’ve almost got it under control now.

My solo trips will continue into 2019 as I’ve got a trip to Romania planned in January – I hate January it’s such a dreary month so I’ve decided to go away in January each year to make it a bit brighter. Then I’m also off to Dublin in April because I’ve always wanted to actually do something with that bank holiday weekend so I’m finally going to. I have no doubt I’ll probably end up somewhere else as well!

4. Leave copies of my favourite books around London for strangers to find

I wrote a post about my trip to London in May which you can read here and during that trip I left a few books for strangers to find. At one point I was visiting London almost every month but in 2018 I didn’t visit as much as I normally do so I only really had the opportunity in May. It made me really nervous for some reason so I didn’t take any photos, I just left the books and then quickly left before anyone could spot me. All the books went so I hope people are enjoying them. I have a few more books to leave in London the next time I go and I’m looking forward to it, it’s a nice thing to do and knowing a stranger may find a book that means a lot to me is pretty cool. So I’m glad I ticked this off!

5. Go to Japan

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This has been on my bucket list for years and I’m so glad I finally managed to tick it off. It was everything I hoped it would be and I really want to go back to Tokyo at some point because I absolutely loved it. It’s really weird that my number one travel destination is ticked off now because I still haven’t fully decided on what I want to replace it with. I’m thinking perhaps Canada but I’m not sure. Either way, Japan was amazing and I’ve written lots of little posts about it so I won’t harp on about it but Japan was the best country I’ve ever visited and I’d love to return one day.

11. Get a job that I love

When I wrote this I was still an apprentice with not a lot of time on my contract left and I needed a new job quite soon. On my last day I was offered two jobs and accepted a job within the team I was already working with. And although I don’t leap out of bed every morning with my heart full of joy, I do like what I do. I love the team I work with, I love the work, I find it all really interesting and yeah… It’s not a job I want to do for the rest of my life but I’m happy with it for now.

15. Get a tattoo

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I’d been a bit nervous about getting my first tattoo because what if I decided I didn’t like it once it was done? Well I’d been on about the same tattoo for a few years and still hadn’t changed my mind so I went for it and got the peace sign on my wrist. Most days I like it but sometimes I look at it and think it’s a bit ugly so I’m not sure whether to get it covered up or not. I’ll stick with it for now.

Then a few months later I decided to get a couple more and got the sun and a star on one arm, and a moon and a star on the either. These ones are really cute and I’m more than happy with them.

I want another one next year, I’m looking to get one that represents my love of travelling so I’m gonna look into that soon. But I’m glad I finally ticked this off my bucket list!

24. Wake up before 6AM every day for two weeks

I wrote a post about this here but like… Why did I put this on the bucket list? I did it and it was okay but nothing amazing happened or anything. I feel like I didn’t use my mornings sensibly enough but the issue is that I live with my parents so in the mornings I have to be super quiet so I felt like I couldn’t achieve enough. I don’t think I’ll be in a rush to do this again any time soon.

45. Learn to play at least one song on an instrument

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I’m not sure if I can 100% tick this off but earlier this year I started piano lessons which I’m loving so far. I can sort of play a song on an instrument as long as it’s relatively simple. For example as its Christmas I recently played Jingle Bells. I’m ticking this off because I will be continuing with the piano lessons until I can play sufficiently well. I’m proud of myself for finally signing myself up for lessons since it’s something I’ve been on about for absolutely ages.

So that’s seven things out of fifty that I managed to tick off this year! That’s pretty good – and there are some that I’m already setting up to do next year that I can tick off. I will achieve everything on that list even if it kills me.

What I’m Looking Forward to in 2019

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Happy New Year! I wrote a post similar in both 2017 and 2018 to get myself hyped for the year ahead and you know what? I am hyped. I’m looking forward to 2019 more than I’ve ever looked forward to any other year. It might be for the reasons I’m about to list below so we’ll see! Here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2019.

Trying to tick off my New Year’s Resolutions

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I recently wrote a post with my New Year’s Resolutions and I feel like they were relatively achievable and I’m looking forward to ticking them off. I also recently thought of one which I didn’t include the post which is ‘take better care of my skin’. To be fair, my skin could be a lot worse because it’s relatively clear but I feel like I could be doing more to take care of it. I remember steaming my face and applying a face mask and the works at a girly night with my friends and my face felt amazing the next day. I’d like to aim to do that at least once a month over 2019.

I think I can achieve everything on the list and I’m going to do my best to do so!

Going to Romania

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When me and my friends got back from Asia we only had a few days to recover before jetting off to Paris for two nights. The day after we got back from Paris was the day I returned to work and instantly the depression kicked in. That was my holidays done for the year and I didn’t have anything to look forward to. So that night when I got home I booked myself a trip to Romania. I’d been on about going for a while because I like the whole ‘Dracula’ thing and I just think Romania would be interesting to go to.

It’ll be my first trip of the year (18 days and counting!) because I realised that I really don’t like January. Everyone’s on a diet, we’re all on a come down from Christmas and I’m normally broke from getting paid early. I was more sensible with my money this year so hopefully I shouldn’t get the January blues too bad and even if I do, I have my trip to Romania to look forward to! I’m only going for three nights but I’m still really looking forward to it!

Going on a trip with my friends

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Me and my three best friends love travelling more than anything and we’ve gone abroad together a few times now… But this is usually for a purpose. The first couple of times were travelling for K-Pop concerts and then after that it was to celebrate our 21st birthdays. This will be the first trip we’ve booked just because we want to go away and have some fun.

We’ve all got the time off work we just haven’t been able to find a time that we’re all free to book it yet. At the moment we’ve settled on Belgium so hopefully we’ll be jetting off in March! It’s been a while since we all sat down together to book a holiday, the last time was in 2017 when we went to Amsterdam because every other time at least one of us wasn’t in on booking it because it was a birthday present. So I’m looking forward to even just planning it at this point!

Working on my writing

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I put it on my bucket list that I was going to work on my novel. Even if I only write 1000 words a week, I’m going to at least start making some progress! And I’m starting to look forward to it. I found the start of a novel I’d written a while ago and it wasn’t actually bad, I’m looking forward to starting that story but I just need to work some stuff out. Either way, I’m going to make progress with my writing and I’m really looking forward to it! Even if it doesn’t get published I’d just like to have a finished draft that I’m proud of.

Going to Dublin

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You know that bank holiday weekend in April? For the past two years I’ve told myself I’m going to do something that weekend – I mean it’s ideal, it’s a full four days off work so I don’t need to book any annual leave! Last year I even booked a hotel in Llandudno but due to funds had to cancel at the last minute. I’m pretty sure the year before that I kept thinking about it but ended up having to work at my brothers. Well, not this year.

I’m not sure what encouraged me to do it, one minute I was looking at flights with no real intention of securing anything and the next thing I knew I’d booked myself onto a flight to Dublin. Quite cheap really, it cost about £56. Accommodation in Dublin is not cheap though and to stay in a hostel is going to cost me quite a lot of money but I don’t mind, I’m just looking forward to finally doing something that weekend!

Going to San Francisco

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In October my Mom mentioned to me that she’d love to visit San Francisco but when she’d mentioned it to my step-dad he hadn’t been keen. I’ll travel pretty much anywhere so I said I’d go with her. It took forever to get her to commit to a particular date and then even longer for her to actually book it but she did and now we’re off to San Francisco in May!

I owe her money for the flights still but I’ll pay that back before we go and then we’ll be spending a week in San Francisco. I’ve only ever been to America once and that was to New York so it’ll be interesting to see a different part of it, and I’m looking forward to it!

Doing Something Fun for my Birthday

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I spent my 22nd birthday in Tokyo and obviously that was amazing. The year before on my 21st I didn’t particularly do much – my friends came over, we went for a meal, went bowling and then in the evening I went out for a meal with my family. Which I enjoyed but I’d wanted to do something a bit more exciting, I just hadn’t planned it early enough. Which is why I’m already trying to plan my 23rd birthday.

It falls on a Monday this year which is a bit of a pain because I’m going to have to book the day off work – people who work their birthdays amaze me, I could/would never do that. So I’m wondering whether to book several days off and go away or just have the day and do something fun in my home town? I’m not really decided yet but once I do decide I’m gonna get it booked and have a great time.

Seeing Cursed Child again

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Last year me and Becca went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and had the best time ever so when the next batch of tickets was released we book to go again but in better seats this time. So we’re off to see it in March! Then to cheer my friend Hirst up I booked us tickets to go in August so I’ll get to see it twice this year which is exciting! I’m really looking forward to seeing it again, it’s without a doubt my favourite show and it’s going to be so much fun.

And that’s just what I have to look forward to at the moment, I have no doubt that tons of other fun stuff will happen in 2019 and I can’t wait!