BTS at Wembley 2019: Review

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You have no idea the relief I felt when BTS announced they were coming back to Europe and I saw I’d actually be around for their London show. Even better, they were coming on a Saturday (1st June 2019). I wouldn’t need to book any time off work and travelling to London would be much better than travelling back to Paris yet again – I’d seen BTS twice and both times had had no choice but to travel to Paris if I wanted to see them. I wrote a review of their Paris show at their last tour here if you want to read that.

I’d thought buying tickets for the Paris was a nightmare, which it was, but this took it to a whole new level. I was more prepared this time and told work I’d be in two hours late instead of one and sat at my computer ready to battle it out for tickets. Ticketmaster had other plans though and kept being a dick and kicking me, Becca and a ton of other fans on Twitter out of the virtual queue. Fans on Twitter were advising people to use the app so I downloaded it and gave it a go – it showed me some tickets and I swear I clicked straightaway only for it to be like ‘lol, sorry no’. We tried for ages until eventually the website wasn’t even trying anymore and was just telling me it was now sold out.

This was a first for me – no matter how difficult it’s been I’ve always managed to get tickets to a concert I’ve been desperate to go to. As they were only doing one night me and Becca decided we’d try and get some resale tickets. This also turned out to be a nightmare as a couple of times I went through the whole process on getmein only for it to tell me at the last second it was sold out. Luckily eventually Becca secured us two tickets and we both went to work. Our tickets were worth about £70 each and we’d spent £180 each on them. We spent more to sit towards the back than we would’ve had to if we’d sat at the front.

Now I HATE scalpers, I hate the whole principal and a lot of fans on Twitter were like ‘don’t buy them as it just feeds the fire’ and whilst I agree I was just so desperate to go that I had to pay it. My cut off for ticket prices had been £200 each so this was technically still in my budget. To be truthful though I wasn’t like thrilled we were going, just relieved and annoyed that I’d had to spend so much more ‘cos of some asshole trying to make some extra cash.

A few hours later ticketmaster started tweeting some teasing stuff to BTS fans and I just knew they were gonna announce another date and I was fed up by this point. Me and Becca discussed it and because we’re such trash bags we decided if they did announce another date we’d try again for tickets. If we got official ones then great but if not we wouldn’t buy off scalpers this time. And of course the very next morning they announced there was gonna be a Sunday (2nd June 2019) concert too.

I didn’t dare go into work and ask to come in late yet again so I had to try and buy them whilst AT work which proved to be yet another nightmare of ticketmaster not working. After about an hour I decided to try on the app again and it loaded for ages before finally showing me two tickets. I clicked, thinking what would happen before would happen again, but I started entering my info. I was shaking so much and my heart was beating fast but soon I’d hit check out and the tickets were ours! They were better seats than our Saturday ones and they’d cost a little bit less, about £140 each. That was settled, we were going for both nights.

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It came around a lot quicker than I thought it would and before I knew it we were on the train on our way to London. The journey went quite quickly and we went straight to check into our hotel at Kings Cross. Not the best hotel we’ve ever stayed in but we didn’t intend on spending much time in the hotel anyway. Unfortunately it was super hot that weekend in London and our room didn’t have any air con or even a window we could open (just a door leading outside which was stressful) but as mentioned, we weren’t planning on spending much time in the hotel anyway. We dumped our heavy bag in the room before heading to Kings Cross to get some lunch.

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We had a quick lunch at Giraffe, withdrew some cash and then started off on the 30 minute underground journey to Wembley Stadium. It was still quite early at this point but we wanted enough time to arrive, have a look around, find the right entrance, wait in line, get a drink etc. before finding our seat. I’d moaned in the Paris review about having to stand at the back and that I prayed we’d get seated tickets next time so I was relieved when they announced every ticket was seated. It’s honestly just so much easier and more enjoyable.

To be fair if you hadn’t been able to get a ticket online it might be worth just turning up and hoping for the best as a few people were selling tickets right outside the tube station when we arrived. The walk to Wembley Stadium was packed full of people walking and taking photos as there were lots of banners up with the members faces on them. Me and Becca took a couple as well but with so many people around it was hard to get decent ones.

We’d both agreed beforehand that we wanted a light stick each. Neither of us were sure how much they cost but we took out £50 each and hoped that would be enough. The queue for light sticks was long but not too long as luckily there were several different stands to buy light sticks so we joined this straightaway. It was hot out and we were both dying but the queue moved quite quickly. When we got to the front I had no idea what the guy was saying but luckily Becca understood and it turned out to be £94 for two light sticks so about £47 each including batteries. Quite expensive but apparently when Becca looked on Amazon there were some going for about £60 each so in the grand scheme of things not too bad.

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We both sat down to figure them out which is when my phone decided to be an asshole and just wouldn’t connect to any internet so I couldn’t download the bloody app to sync up the light stick even though Becca managed to download it in like twenty seconds. We went off to find the queue whilst I stressed about my phone not connecting for no reason whatsoever. I was probably doing Becca’s head in but I hadn’t just spent £47 for it not to sync up. There were pairing booths dotted around the arena so if worst came to worst I’d have to use one of those.

Finding our entrance was a NIGHTMARE, we were entrance A and the first person we asked told us to go right so we walked up but the signs were telling us to go left so we did, then we got directed downstairs, then we got directed to the back of a long queue which we joined only when we got to the front the guy told us we’d been in the wrong queue all along. We were getting a bit annoyed by this point so Becca was like “but we just waited all that time?” and the guy was like “well yeah but it was the wrong one, you should’ve checked” and she was like “We did? Four times?” After what felt like forever though we finally managed to go through our actual entrance.

By this point my phone had finally gained some signal and I’d been able to download the app. We both grabbed a drink then headed to our seats which weren’t actually as bad as I’d been anticipating. We were quite far up but over to the left instead of right at the back of the arena. Our view was clear and to be honest I appreciate that at K-Pop concerts so you can see the amazing choreography.

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We decided to sync up our light sticks and I dunno what the fuck is wrong with my phone but no matter how hard I try (I’ve even tried at home) it just won’t pick up my light stick. Becca’s connected almost instantly and I didn’t really know what to do until the light stick instructions played on the screen (this happened regularly before the show started) and luckily advised that you can sync up more than one light stick to one phone so Becca kindly synced mine up on her phone so they were both ready. For anyone not sure what I mean by syncing it up – you put in your ticket information and then throughout the concert the light sticks change colours to match the songs and they can change by sections and stuff, like for example during ‘Anpanman’ the whole place was rainbow themed and it looks amazing as someone controls all the light sticks. It does look incredible.

There was a long wait until the start of the show but at least we were sat down so it wasn’t too bad. They played BTS music videos whilst we were waiting, and me and Becca tried to learn the name fan chant. Well we know their names but we wanted to get the order right. We kept fucking it up and it was pretty useless as although we eventually learnt the chant we weren’t sure when they came in. Whenever the crowd started chanting I never picked it up until they got to Kim Taehyung anyway. The one time I did manage to get it on Jung Hoseok and nearly knocked Becca out with my light stick ‘cos I was so excited about it.

After about an hour and forty five minutes I’d guess a video started playing on screen and there had been some cloths on stage which were pulled back so that’s how we knew the concert was starting – they couldn’t dim the lights as it was an open arena so it was quite bright for most of it. We all stood up and the concert began!

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They opened with ‘Dionysus’ which was lit as hell. To be honest I hadn’t been overly keen on ‘Boy with Love’ when I first heard it so I’d sort of put off listening to the album but had listened to it a few days before going to the concert. That’s probably my favourite song off the album as its so much fun and seeing it live was awesome. Then they moved onto ‘Not Today’ which is one of the most motivational songs ever – I listen to it at the gym and it always keeps me moving. They didn’t perform ‘Not Today’ when we saw them in Paris so it was amazing to finally see it live. The next song was ‘Outro: Wings’ before they all went backstage and the first solo stage started.

My favourite solo song off their album is definitely J-Hope’s ‘Just Dance’ as it’s just such a fun song! It was nice to actually be able to see it this time instead of having to look over hundreds of people’s heads in Paris. In the middle of the song we all started up a chant of “J-HOPE! J-HOPE! J-HOPE!” and you could just see how much fun he was having with it. I love that song so much that I was sad when it finished but at least I knew I’d be seeing it again the following night.

Next up was Jungkook with ‘Euphoria’. To be honest ‘Euphoria’ is probably my least favourite solo song but the performance was still good. Before we’d gone Becca had been telling me about clips she’d seen of the tour on Twitter and had told me “Oh yeah and Jungkook swings round the stage, you know like that girl that pretends to be dead? Just like that” then after a pause said “Well you know, not exactly like that”. I’d pissed myself imagining Jungkook pretending to be dead as he swung around the arena singing ‘Euphoria’. He did glide over the crowd but it was much more graceful than Becca had originally described!

The boys came back on stage and performed ‘Best of Me’. I hadn’t listened to that song much before the concert but it was good and as usual the boys were full of energy that it was just impossible to have a bad time. I was really glad me and Becca had the light sticks as to be honest sometimes at concerts I’m not really sure what to do with my arms so at least I had this to wave around.

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It was time for another couple of solo stages and next up were Jimin and RM. Jimin entered the stage from below inside of a bubble and I couldn’t resist quipping to Becca “HE CAME UP IN A BUBBLE DAWG” (if you saw that Wicked Witch of the East meme you’ll know what I was referencing). I wasn’t sure about this song upon first listening to it but it quickly climbed the list and became one of my favourite songs. It’s one of those I listen to when I’m pissed off about something and it calms me down. I love the song so much that if I wasn’t such a J-Hope stan I think Jimin would be my bias. The performance was incredible as usual, Jimin is so talented.

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Next up was RM with ‘Trivia: Love’ which is another song I love. This one was good because towards the end of the song they were adding special effects to the screen to make it look like RM was drawing hearts and stuff like that. It just looked really incredible!

The boys came back out and there was a group performance of ‘Boy with Luv’ which is their new title track. To be honest I wasn’t 100% sure if I liked it when I first heard it – I love the music video, the aesthetic and the choreography but I wasn’t sure about the song itself. Whilst it’s still not of my favourites it has definitely grown on me and it was a fun performance. Next up was a medley of ‘Dope’, ‘Bapsae’ and ‘Fire’. ‘Dope’ and ‘Fire’ are two of my favourite songs and while I wish they’d performed both songs in a full version I appreciate that with all the solo songs there are only so many full songs they can sing. At least they were included although I do wish they’d add ‘Fun Boys’ back to the set list.

Next up was ‘Idol’ which to be honest is probably one of the list lit songs of theirs to see live. They’d opened with it at the Paris show and although I’d appreciated it there was something much more fun about it at the London shows. As I had more energy I was dancing and screaming the lyrics at the top of my lungs, it was just so much fun!

Another solo song next and this time it was V with ‘Singularity’ which again, hadn’t loved originally but had grown on me. I just like the hazy feeling to it, it reminds me of feeling drunk and I love the performance with the masks and everything. In this one V appears on the stage in a bed with his eyes closed then opens them just as he begins to sing. It was an amazing performance before the rest of the boys joined him to perform ‘Fake Love’. ‘Fake Love’ is another song that’s more fun when it’s live, I love doing the ‘FAKE LOVE’ chant during the chorus and I love the choreography for this one too.

It was time for the last solo stages which of course were Suga and Jin’s. Suga was up first with ‘Seesaw’ which has grown on me more since the concert but all I can hear in the chorus is “alright, I want the cheesecake” – I know those aren’t genuinely the lyrics but that’s all my stupid brain can hear. Luckily that’s what Becca hears as well so the two of us just sang that without a care in the world. That’s the one annoying thing about K-Pop concerts, you wanna sing along but you know you’re pronouncing every word incorrectly.

Next up was Jin’s ‘Epiphany’ which is a BEAUTIFUL song. To be honest I didn’t like it at the Paris show. I was exhausted and I’ve never really loved slow songs anyway so although I appreciated the lights in the venue I wasn’t having a good time. Now I LOVE that song, that song makes me feel so many things. It’s such a lovely song and I can’t believe there are people who say Jin can’t sing. Becca turned to me at the end and went “MAN’S GOT PIPES!” She ain’t wrong.

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‘The Truth Untold’ was next which is the vocal line Jin, Jungkook, V and Jimin. Another song I hadn’t appreciated at the Paris show because I was so tired that any slow song sort of sent me drifting off. I was quite sad because it quickly became one of my favourite songs and I hadn’t appreciated it enough so I was glad to see it again. It was a beautiful performance but it did look like Jimin was crying which was proper stressing me out. I think he was sick because he kept holding his throat and did cough a few times the next day but he sounded absolutely amazing so you’d have never guessed.

It was time for the rap lines song next which is ‘Outro: Tear’ performed by J-Hope, Suga and RM. This is another song that I liked at the time but now love more that I’ve left the concert. On the screens they put a black and white filter which gave it an edgy vibe and the three of them were just so energetic. I wish I’d gotten a video of it but I was just enjoying the moment.

Back to group performances it was time for ‘Mic Drop’ which they claimed was their last song of the night but we all knew it wasn’t. We’d been given banners as we’d entered Wembley and were told to get them out when ‘Army Time’ appeared on the screen and it hadn’t appeared yet. They played the remix version of ‘Mic Drop’ and it was LIT, I got a video of me and Becca singing to it and it was another one of those songs that was so much fun to see live.

They went offstage but the lights stayed down so we all knew they were gonna come back for an encore. It was a bit of a wait but it didn’t matter as it gave us all a chance to sit down. There was a lot of chanting and then we all started doing Mexican waves around the arena for some reason. After about maybe ten minutes I wanna say, maybe less, BTS came back out and performed ‘Anpanman’ which was fun as they blew up some inflatable’s in the middle part of the arena including a bouncy slide so the members sang whilst playing around on them which was random but a lot of fun! I feel like there was a lot more going on visually at this concert compared to the Paris one last year but maybe that’s just ‘cos I could actually see this year!

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I can’t remember at what points specifically but the boys did stop to interact with the crowd occasionally. RM drove Becca absolutely up the wall by only speaking in a British accent for some reason. All the members attempted to speak completely in English except for Suga when a translator got involved. I was glad we were at the London show as the translations were made to English but to be honest it didn’t 100% sound like the translator knew what he was doing – a bit like the one at Block B previously, a member would say something really long, there’d be a pause and the translator would be like “He is having a good time”.

I can’t remember everything every member said but I know Jin talked about how he was amazed to be playing at Wembley and talked about the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ before the doing the whole ‘AY-O’ bit that Freddie Mercury had done. RM also brought up other groups that he looked up to that had played at Wembley and mentioned ‘Coldplay’ which Becca was outraged by. The boys also got us all doing yet another Mexican wave with our light sticks. They kept thanking us and talking about their disbelief in playing at Wembley and it was really touching, you could tell just how grateful they were for their fans. The only moment that had me shook was when V was making his speech and at the end he said, in the most sincere voice I’ve ever heard, “fuck you” – Becca’s convinced he meant to say ‘thank you’ but I can’t tell. If he’d like shouted it or something then I could maybe think okay but it was said in the sweetest voice! [Disclaimer: I just watched a video and he’s actually saying ‘thank you’ in a British accent – oh dear hun, it definitely sounded like ‘fuck you’!]

Up next was ‘So What’ which like is a good song but personally I’d have preferred ‘I’m Fine’ but never mind, ‘So What’ is still good. Except for the video Becca took where you can hear us both singing along and we sound like overexcited sea lions. This was followed by ‘Make It Right’ before finally ‘Army Time’ appeared on the screen, we took out our banners and the boys performed ‘Mikrokosmos’. And just like that Wembley day one was over!

Getting onto the tube with thousands of other fans who had been at Wembley was a nightmare to be honest but luckily the train was mostly empty so we managed to get on. We were right at the front so we could’ve got a seat but unfortunately I hesitated and we missed out, something Becca was very keen to keep reminding me of on the journey back to our hotel as the train was packed full. Luckily we weren’t that many stops away from the venue so we came off the tube; grabbed some snacks and we were soon back at our hotel.

Last time we’d been to London we’d had a late night and an early morning making us both hate our lives but luckily this time we didn’t need to get up early for anything so we were both looking forward to a lie-in. The lie-in wasn’t as long as I’d been hoping for as neither of us slept well – the beds weren’t very comfy, the slightest noise was so loud and it was boiling hot. Irritatingly there wasn’t a window, just a door that leads to the outside which kept me paranoid all night long.

We’d originally intended to make a plan for the day but as usual neither of us had planned anything. However we’d seen everyone walking around with BT21 headbands at the concert the day before so we decided we’d quite like one. We had a quick breakfast at Pret then for some reason decided to visit the Harry Potter shop in Kings Cross. I had more money than I’d had last time so I bought a couple of necklaces whilst Becca was sensible and didn’t buy anything. After that we headed to Camden to visit the BT21 pop up shop.

Jesus Christ. We joined the queue and after a few minutes were told most things had sold out and we were now about an hour away from the front. I asked if they had any headbands left and they said no which was disappointing but we decided to wait anyway as we’d seen other people coming out with pillows and they looked quite cute. It was absolutely boiling in that queue, neither of us had a drink and we were stuck there for legit almost two hours. It was Hell but eventually it was our turn and we went upstairs into the shop. To be honest I feel like it was difficult to appreciate ‘cos I was hot and tired by this point, and fed up of being surrounded by other people. Me and Becca took a couple of photos, grabbed a pillow each (I got Chimmy and Becca got Koya), grabbed a post card and just checked out. Our next stop was a drink, just something hastily grabbed from Superdrug because I couldn’t be arsed to shop around.

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We went to Primark but neither of us bought anything, had lunch in McDonalds and then we desperately needed some more AAA batteries. Becca had checked the battery on her light stick that morning via the app and it was on low so we’d both need to replace them. Neither of us knew where to get batteries from and after a lot of debate Becca rang WHSmith who said they did sell them. On the way back to the hotel we picked some up, had a ten minute rest in the hotel before heading back to Wembley for night two.

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We’d been considering getting some merch but it was mostly just t-shirts so we decided to give it a miss and headed into the venue. Our entrance was a lot easier to find this time and we quickly found our seats. We were much closer than we’d been the day before, the only issue was that the chairs weren’t the comfiest and were a lot smaller than the ones in the stands are so it was a bit more uncomfortable waiting for the concert to start but it didn’t matter too much as we’d be stood up for most of the concert anyway.

The set list was the same as the day before but there were a couple of differences when they stopped to interact with us. The first was that they added a ‘Harry Potter’ section. Jin used stupefy on Jungkook, I can’t remember all the other spells, someone said ‘lumos’ then all our light sticks lit up. V came forward and said ‘purple’ and all our light sticks turned purple. Becca, being the massive nerd she is, was like “That’s not even a spell!” J-Hope cast a ‘fire spell’ which made fire appear from the stage. I’m glad they did that instead of making the typical fish and chips jokes that many groups make when they come to England.

Also when they left after ‘Mic Drop’ just before their encore a message appeared on the screen advising fans of a secret event we were going to do for BTS. When the words ‘Army Sing’ appeared on the screen we were all going to sing the final chorus of ‘Forever Young’. This was really exciting as I’d never done anything like this at a concert before and I turned to Becca and went “I really hope they cry!” Sounds harsh but like I wanted it to be emotional!

After they’d all made their final speeches they prepared to sing ‘Mikrokosmos’ again but the music for ‘Forever Young’ started. It was quite sweet as they didn’t really know what was happening then turned around and saw the lyrics on the screen and realised. I’m so glad they put up the lyrics as I don’t actually know ‘Forever Young’ all that well (they’d played the music video for that about fifty times in the venue so they were clearly preparing us). I know Jimin, Jungkook and J-Hope definitely cried and the others looked close to it if they weren’t actually crying.

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It was actually really emotional, I didn’t cry but I was extremely close to it. Until of course Becca leaned over and went “Yo Taehyung’s highlighter is popping, I need some of that!” to which I responded “Becca, I’m trying to cry.” After that they each made a speech, Suga said he thought they’d messed up with the music when it started playing. I’m glad we went for both nights in the end as I would’ve hated to have missed that moment.

Before we knew it that was it. No more BTS concerts to look forward to. The comedown was hard when I went back to work I’m not gonna lie. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll come back to Europe again, do two more nights in London and I can get tickets to both again. Going to both nights was definitely better than just the one. It was nice to finally see them at their own concert and have a bit of energy instead of feeling half dead like I did in Paris.

This was quite long, sorry about that! I hope you enjoyed it anyway. If you were at either of the shows let me know your favourite part!

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Us (Jordan Peele, 2019): Review by Hollie Bareham

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I can’t remember when I first saw the trailer for ‘Us’ but from the moment I saw it I was excited to see the full movie. There’s nothing I love more than a horror movie and this looked promising. I’d also enjoyed Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and the whole psychological element, so I was pretty certain I’d enjoy this film too.

CAUTION: This review will contain spoilers.

Once the movie was released I booked me and my friend’s three tickets and before I knew it we were at the cinema ready to watch the movie. All three of us were looking forward to it and hoped it was good – generally horror movies are either amazing or rubbish and we were keen to see which category this film fit into.

When the credits rolled at the end my first thoughts were ‘… What did I just watch?’ It was one of those films that had the three of us talking the entire car ride home because we were all quite confused about what happened. When I got home the first thing I did was pour over the imdb page, Wikipedia page and any articles I could find that explained the plot. Although I’m more with it now I’m still not sure if I 100% understand it.

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Firstly, the film was amazingly done. The cinematography was on point and the acting was phenomenal, especially from Lupita Nyong’o – she played both her parts incredibly well, especially ‘Red’ who was super creepy. When the doppelganger family first enter the house and Red starts telling them a story her voice was really putting me on edge, it was excellent acting.

I love that this movie didn’t 100% rely on jump scares and managed to be creepy in its own way. The shots of all the tethered holding hands across the country was somehow super creepy and superbly done, it’s definitely something that will stick with me for a while. In fact just seeing the tethered go through their clumsy movements in the tunnels had me on edge. It wasn’t entirely ‘terrifying’ as there were some moments of comedy and I feel like these were executed well whilst still keeping the atmosphere.

What bothered me the most when initially watching it was the ending – it’s hard to explain for those who haven’t seen but we are shown that the doppelgangers are called the ‘tethered’ and they were a government experiment to see if US citizens could be controlled with a copied version of their bodies. When the experiment failed the tethered were abandoned underground having to copy the actions of the ‘real life’ versions of themselves – it’s implied these people don’t have a soul, any real emotions or much freewill. We’re sort of taken along this journey of the tethered deciding that it’s their turn now to live and they all come to the surface to kill the other version of themselves in order to replace them.

When Adelaide was a child she met her tethered (Red) and throughout the film Red mentions how she and the rest of the tethered grew up without sunlight and says something along the lines of “I wonder what would have happened if you’d taken me with you” to Adelaide. Except in the final moments of the film we find out Red was the original Adelaide – when they met, Adelaide knocked her out, took her down to the tethered and left her there so she could replace her. It was an interesting twist but unfortunately didn’t seem to fit in with anything we’d heard previously to that.

The thing I find confusing is that part of the deal with the tethered was that they were soulless and were forced to just awkwardly follow their counter-parts movements. Why was Red different? How were her and Adelaide able to meet? Surely once she’d been dragged down to the tethered she could’ve found her way back out – it didn’t seem that complicated and it’s not like the other tethered would’ve tried to stop her considering how lifeless they were. How did the tethered snap out of their copying regime to follow Red’s orders to go to the surface? Why did the government leave millions of people underground without destroying their creations when the experiment failed? It’s an amazing idea but I just don’t fully understand it.

It’s never really clear whether Adelaide or Red remember that they were swapped round until the end when it’s revealed to the audience. Surely they were more than old enough to have remembered and I assume Red must have because she retained her speech whereas none of the other tethered could talk. But neither of them mention it. I suppose the filmmakers wanted to save it until the end as a big reveal but it seemed to contradict everything they’d been talking about. For example it was Red that explained the tethered experiement to Adelaide – as a tethered she should’ve already known what they were and Red would’ve known that she knew.

They did throw in a few hints that Adelaide was a tethered (her savagery when killing other tethered for example), but I just don’t think it was executed as well as it could’ve been. It seemed a little bit thrown in at the end to add shock.

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Regardless of this I did enjoy the film. It held my interest from the start and kept me guessing right until the very end. It was certainly something new – my friend once told me we are living in a generation of remakes and sequels so to see something like this was so refreshing. I love the whole idea of it and wouldn’t mind another movie exploring it a bit more but I doubt that would happen – it could very well just ruin this film anyway.

Overall, this is definitely a film I’d recommend to any horror fans. Regardless of my confusion with the plot, which could probably be explained away, the film has left a lasting impression on me and I’m just really impressed. I’m looking forward to any future horror releases by Jordan Peele.

Time for my piece of trivia which I now include with all my horror movie reviews – Lupita Nyong’o based Red’s voice on Robert F. Kennedy Jr and specifically the spasmodic dysphonia he suffers from. There were quite a few pieces of interesting trivia on the iMDB page to be fair but I went with this one as Red’s voice really did put me on edge.

Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on the movie and if you haven’t already seen it then I definitely recommend it.

Harry Potter Films: Worst to Best

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It’s no secret that I’m a massive Harry Potter fan and since watching Cursed Child my love for the Harry Potter universe has only intensified. So I wanted to put the Harry Potter films in order of my least favourite to my most favourite. I won’t be taking into account the books at all because that would be a completely separate list. So, here goes nothing!

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One (David Yates, 2010)

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I used to absolutely despise this film because what actually happens? Not an awful lot. When I went to an eight film Harry Potter marathon over the span of a weekend I was dreading re-watching this film but to be fair, it wasn’t as bad a second time. But it’s still definitely the worst film out of the series because it’s just building up to something that’s not delivered because it all happens in part two. Although I wouldn’t go as far to say I hate the film anymore it’s definitely the worst one in the series.

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two (David Yates, 2011)

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Part 2 is massively more interesting because there’s the battle of Hogwarts and generally just a lot more going on but it’s still towards the bottom of my list. Probably because although I did like the Deathly Hallows movies I still prefer the films that are set completely at Hogwarts, showing lessons and general student life (and obviously Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adventures). It’s also the end of the series which is just generally quite sad.


6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (David Yates, 2009)

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I know I said I wasn’t going to bring the books into this but actually the book helped me enjoy the film. When I first saw this movie I don’t think I really understood it (I was 12 I think when it was released) and I hadn’t read the books. Years later, when I turned 19 I finally got into reading the Harry Potter series and found myself feeling deflated when I got to the Half Blood Prince book – I was surprised when I ended up really enjoying the book. So I gave the film another chance and ended up enjoying it this time!

It’s still not one of my favourites because I think I enjoyed the book (I keep breaking my own rules) a lot more but I still appreciate this as a film and love it a lot more than I used to. I love that there’s more Luna in this film since she doesn’t enter until the fifth film and she’s one of my favourite characters. I also love the scene where Harry’s taken the liquid luck and goes to Aragog’s funeral with Hagrid and Professor Slughorn. So yes, it’s definitely a film I love more now that I’m older.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Chris Columbus, 2001)

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It’s crazy that I was five when this film came out and that for a while this was the only Harry Potter film to exist. I remember owning it on video and I’d rewatch it over and over again. I tried to get into the books but I just couldn’t do it at the time but I was more than happy to sit and watch the film. I think it’s one of those that because it’s been around for so long though that I’ve seen it so many times that I couldn’t say it’s my favourite. I actually haven’t seen this one in a while, I wouldn’t mind rewatching it.

Ultimately, how can you not love the first film? The film where we’re introduced to Hogwarts for the first time and are introduced to all our iconic favourite characters. This film is a classic and I don’t think a day will ever come where I dislike it.

Quick story – I was at work and told my colleague, Sue, who sits next to me that I was going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the theatre and she told me she’d never seen a Harry Potter film. I was honestly horrified and was even more horrified to find out my other colleague Shirley hadn’t seen any either. I thought this was weird but I was even more horrified when I asked our seventeen year old apprentice Kelsey what her favourite Harry Potter film was and she replied “I actually haven’t seen any of them.” What are you guys doing? These films are absolute gems!

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuaron, 2004)

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I remember going to see this at the cinema when it was released and it was probably the first Harry Potter film I’d seen at the cinema. Unfortunately I was probably a little bit too young to appreciate it at the time and I remember getting a bit bored so I ran up and down the aisle pretending I was riding a broom stick like Harry (then came home and borrowed our brush so I could carry on pretending in the garden, haha!). Now that I’m older I love this film and fully appreciate it.

There are so many things to love about this film; Harry riding on Buckbeak just looked absolutely amazing, getting introduced to the marauders, Harry casting his first patronus, time travel… There’s just so much to love! This is another film I really want to rewatch now; I haven’t seen it for ages.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus, 2002)

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For a long time this was my favourite film from the Harry Potter franchise but unfortunately I think it’s one that I watched too many times. I do still love it obviously but I don’t know. I’m not even particularly sure what made it my favourite, it just was. Interesting fun fact for you all even though this book was the second shortest it is the longest Harry Potter film. It’s just one of those films that you can’t help but love – until you watch it too many times. But it’s definitely still one of my favourites.

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mike Newell, 2005)

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When I ask people what their favourite Harry Potter movie is most of them say this one and I can see why. It’s packed full of adventure and it’s sort of the last light-hearted one before everything goes to shit and Voldemort comes back and all that jazz. There are so many iconic and funny moments in this one and I never got bored of rewatching it. Also it’s got a lot of Cedric Diggory in it which is always fun – until the inevitable happens and then it’s just sad again.

Every Harry Potter fan always agrees this movie is awesome and it stays pretty true to the book so it’s a good one to watch!

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (David Yates, 2007)

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Back when I’d only seen the films this one was my favourite. I’m not really sure why, I liked the beef with Umbridge and the secrecy around creating Dumbledore’s Army – it was really exciting! It’s been my favourite for ages and most people argue with me and say it’s boring but I completely disagree. It’s definitely my number one favourite.

Due to it being my favourite film I was looking forward to reading the book and this book is my favourite too. However it’s sort of made the film a bit disappointing. This is the longest book and yet this film I believe is the shortest. I suppose a lot if had to be cut ‘cos it does have a lot of side plots, what with Hermione starting SPEW and Ron joining the Quidditch team but even if they’d given these side plots a little nod that would’ve been enough if they didn’t have time for the entirety of it.

Well there you go; those are my favourite Harry Potter films from worst to best! Feel free to leave a comment of your favourite Harry Potter movies.

Review: Bad Apple by Zoje Stage

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I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m attempting to read at least two books per month this year. I’m doing okay so far considering its early March and I’ve just finished book number 11. Book number 11 happened to be ‘Bad Apple’ by Zoje Stage. I’ve not really read much adult fiction, I prefer to stick to Young Adult but I was staying the night at my brothers and wanted something to read. After scanning the shelves of ASDA this book seemed relatively promising so I picked it up.

WARNING: This review will contain spoilers.

The basic plot of the book is that Suzette and Alex have a daughter named Hanna who puts on an innocent front for Alex but with Suzette acts differently. Suzette starts to worry that her daughter’s bad behaviour will turn into something far more sinister. Is Suzette in danger of harm from her own daughter?

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I don’t even know where to start with this book. Before I bought it I gave the first page a quick read and it sounded okay but as I began reading I started to get increasingly irritated. Although the story was told in third person it flipped between the point of view of Suzette and Hanna and God this just really didn’t work. I know Hanna is supposed to be super sinister but ultimately she is still a child and her chapters didn’t seem like anything a child would think or do. Also it took away a lot of the suspense – knowing what Hanna was doing and why she was doing it didn’t leave any mystery.

Hanna is mute and at one point decides to torment her mother by finally speaking and pretending to be someone called ‘Anne-Marie’, the last woman to be accused of witchcraft in France and burnt at the stake. I feel like this would’ve been interesting but because we can read things from Hanna’s point of view we knew she was only pretending to be Anne-Marie and how she’d found out about her and everything. I don’t know. It just really didn’t work for me.

Also Alex was just fucking ridiculous. His daughter had been kicked out of three schools, cut off Suzette’s hair, MADE A FUCKING COLLAGE OF DEAD CORPSES OF WOMEN WITH A PICTURE OF HIS NAKED WIFE IN THE MIDDLE and was like “Aw my little girl is just misunderstood”. I’m surprised Suzette could stand him by the end of the book to be honest.

To be honest though Suzette started to get on my tits towards the end and I could not figure out her relationship with Hanna for the life of me. One minute she’s giving Hanna the finger, basically calling her a little shit and generally acts like she hates her – then Hanna literally tries to burn her alive and then Suzette gets seriously concerned because Hanna may have sprained her wrist? If someone literally tried to set me on fire, child or not, I would not give two shits about what happened to them. One minute Suzette couldn’t stand Hanna then the next she loved her and was willing to do anything for her; regardless of the fact Hanna literally tried to kill her twice. Her attitude kept flipping and I couldn’t keep up with it.

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The book, thankfully, eventually ends and I imagine it was supposed to be all sinister and creepy but it was just stupid. I don’t even care. I hope Hanna does go home to her parents and finishes the fucking job; they’ve been so stupid throughout that they almost deserve it.

Also maybe I’m thick but I couldn’t get to grips with Suzette’s beef with her own mother? She kept making references to how her mother was really crap and I couldn’t really figure out what was going on, like at all. Maybe I’m just an idiot, I don’t know. I did skim over a lot of bits to be fair ‘cos this was a difficult read – difficult in the sense it was a bit fucking boring.

In terms of storyline, there doesn’t even really appear to be one. Hanna is trying to kill her Mom… That’s the entire basis of the book. There’s no suspense, anything… Hanna doesn’t even creep me out because she just seemed so unrealistic throughout the entire book.

The one redeeming quality was that I did finish this book quite quickly and was eager to see what happened at the end – I was disappointed with what did happen ‘cos it was a bit dull but like… Yeah.

I was hoping this book would be similar to ‘Orphan’ or ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ but it wasn’t, it was just dreary. A really dreary read.

Overall, I don’t really recommend this book because the entire plot is written on the blurb. Hanna is evil. It upsets Suzette. That’s the whole plot. Feel free to leave a comment on what you thought of the book!

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!

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.

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.