The Book-To-Film Tag

This awesome idea for a book-to-film tag was stolen from Annie, over at The Misstery and was a whole bunch fun to do. So without further ado, here we go…

Best book-to-film adaptations

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly was beautifully adapted for the big screen and brought a truly powerful and historical event to the attention of those unaware of an era unwilling to change.

Worst book-to-film adaptations

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, was, for me, one of the worst book-to-film adaptations I have experienced. As a massive fan of the book as a child, the film totally underachieved my own imagination that I had created for myself beforehand.

Films that were quite different to the book but still good

Though many of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter books were not exactly honest to the written word, the films were still incredibly enjoyable and have created a fan base in their own right.

The film is better than the book

Forest Gump by Winston Groom is a great book, but personally I think the film is so much better in so many ways; mainly because Tom Hanks’ portrayal of the main character rips the written Gump off the pages with a new found ferocity.

Most anticipated book to film adaptation

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie looks like it’s set to be a fantastic adaptation with a phenomenal cast. If the trailer is anything to go by then this film will be an absolute joy to behold.

Wishlist 

One of my favourite book series was the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, though they began making the series into a film franchise with 2007’s The Golden Compass, this was where the adaptations met a sticky ending as the film was a complete flop, which was beyond a disappointment, but I still hold out hope for a future revival.

 

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13 Reasons Why

Now, I’m not usually one for writing series reviews, in fact this goes down as the first, but I cannot help but share how wonderful and thought-consuming the outrageous honesty that prevails in this series is.

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Suicide is a taboo within our society, one which is often veiled with selfish intention or misunderstandings. 13 Reasons Why does not hide behind any misgivings, but rather displays an unrelenting truthfulness that is far too often swept away beneath a metaphorical rug.

The story of this series centres around one girl, Hannah Baker, and what leads her to give up all hope and pursue a course of no return, which ultimately leads to her taking her own life. Along the way, Hannah confesses all the reasons (13 reasons) that lead her to suicide.

Not only does this series tackle the trauma that precedes and proceeds suicide, but it also addresses the problem of rape culture and bullying. These subjects are not simply glossed over, but instead delved into with a revolutionary brutality that makes you feel uncomfortable and uninvited.

The raw truth of this storytelling is unforgiving and shocking, but more importantly is powerful beyond belief, because it refuses to allow you, as the viewer, to be embarrassed or humiliated, but rather empowers a sense of inner righteousness that you can only wish was available to Hannah.

Instead of shying away from what may be considered ‘sensitive material’, the camera angles invite you to watch every emotion of the characters, regardless of the contents nature. At times, the camera almost encourages you to argue it’s invasion, questioning your right to be uncomfortable.

Without the triumph of acting that is displayed throughout the series, the story would not have had the same devastatingly powerful impact upon it’s audience. The cast, which is full of star-studded performers truly excels and sells the story in which they have been tasked with, making sure to approach it with gentle strength and carry it onto the inevitable success it is bound to have.

 

6 Word Movie Tag

Found this really awesome tag over on Through My Eyes, so thought I’d give it a bash.

The rules:

  • Choose 5 movies that you like.
  • Create a 6 word synopsis of the movies.
  • Do include the image provided (no idea what image that’s referring to, so apologies in advance).
  • Tag 5 other bloggers and inform them (probably not going do that).

So, here goes nothing…

Harry Potter – Boy with scar kills evil wizard.

Rocky – Guy boxes a lot, usually wins.

Peter Pan – boy runs away, never grows up.

The Edge of Seventeen – angsty teenage girl hates everyone/everything.

Lord of the Rings – dude goes on quest, finds ring.

I know the whole point of a tag is to well, tag people, but honestly I don’t like to force people into these kind of posts, so I’m just going to leave this open for anyone else to pick up should they wish too.

Peace out and continue to explore cinema.

Cinema Etiquette

Seeing as I spend a vast amount of my life at the cinema, I thought I’d document my experience.

Much like the film ’10 things I hate about you’, I have compiled a list of 10 unforgivable sins you can commit on a cinema outing.

  1. Arriving Late

There is absolutely no excuse for this, the time is literally printed in black and white; you wouldn’t arrive late to a job interview late, would you? No, and yet you think a simple ‘sorry, excuse me’ will make up for me missing the all important opening scenes because apparently not only are you late, it takes you about half-an-hour to actually sit down. Unacceptable.

2. Children

If it’s not a children’s film, then leave them at home. There’s nothing worse than having a three year old getting so bored they begin touring the cinema under the illusion the auditorium is just a massive play area. Not to mention the fact that apparently they need to empty their bladders every 5-minutes, which further upsets the equilibrium.

3. Babies

Speaking of children, babies are just as annoying, perhaps even worse, mainly because of that crying thing they do, which apparently most parents don’t think constitutes reason to leave.

4. Popcorn Munchers

Now, admittedly its not our fault that some nut-job decided that, possibly the world’s nosiest food, provides perfect accompaniment for the cinema, but that does not mean you have to live up to expectations and chew with your mouth open, prolonging that astonishingly annoying crunching sound. I think we can all agree that there is nothing worse than being unpleasantly surprised by a ginormous crunching sound just as the plot drops its biggest twist yet.

5. Can Openers and Slurpers

These guys are probably best mates with the popcorn munchers. Why, oh why do people wait until the middle of the film to open a can, it’s not as if you were given 20-minutes of advertisements to prepare or anything.

Likewise, we get it, your drink is finished, making horrific slurping noises isn’t going to make things better, at most you’ll get  an extra 0.01 ml out, just admit defeat already, some of us are actually trying to watch this film.

6. Phones

There is absolutely no excuse for this one, if you want to browse instagram, just stay at home. In case you haven’t noticed you’re in a darkened room, a bright light kind of draws attention and distracts everyone.

7. Armrests 

Just because you’re a man, or excessively overweight, does not give you the right to claim both armrests. We’ve all paid the same price, I deserve one of those armrests too. And if you are really that determined to hog both armrests, then can you at least try and keep your elbows to yourself?

8. Coughing

Yes, I know, we all get a tickly cough sometimes, but if your coughing is continuous, then the least you can do is excuse yourself from the screen whilst you compose yourself, as opposed to ruining the atmosphere for everyone else.

9. Talking

The cinema is not a social engagement, it should be a silent procedure. As such, talking is not permitted once the opening credits have begun and if you persist on doing so, then expect sour looks from your fellow cinema-goers, because no one likes the low hum of conversation during the film.

10. Excessive Laughter

At this point you might be thinking what an utter Grinch I’m being, but hear me out. Granted, we all laugh during films, it is only human nature after all, but there’s always that one guy who has to take it too far and is still laughing two scenes on; it really wasn’t that funny and you’re just annoying everyone, even your family and friends are embarrassed for you.

And that, Ladies and Gentleman,  pretty much sums up my cinema pet hates. I’d love to hear if you agree or not in the comments.

Movie Love Tag

With all the tags around for book bloggers, I was starting to feel a little left out, but luckily for me I can across the Movie Love Tag over on getting through anxiety, and so thought I’d give it a go for myself.

1.) What movie could you not live without?

Peter Pan, it’s my absolute favourite film. The Disney animated version though, obviously.

2.) Oh brother! What movie did you hate?

So I recently attempted to watch the film Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, and it was literally one of the worst film concepts I have ever seen, with absolutely no coherent story-line and zero direction.

3.) Such a good point! What movie did you find meaningful and prolific?

Million Dollar Baby. I watched this film with my dad when it first came out and really just fell in love with the film-making process, because I was so starstruck that such a brutal story could be told in a such a beautiful way.

4.) If only I could remember… A movie that you’d like to possibly revisit because it’s been so long since you last saw it.

Rocky. I love all the Rocky films, but I just never get around to watching them much.

5.) Well, that was scary. What’s your favorite horror movie?

None. Because they’re all horrible and terrifying and I hate them.

6.) Well, that was disappointing! What movie did you think would be a lot better than it actually was?

Ugh, there’s so many over-hyped films these days, so it’s hard to pick just one. But if I really had to choose, I guess I’d say Creed. I absolutely loved the original Rocky films, and quite frankly I just wish they’d left the story alone.

7.) Just saw it and loved it! Last good movie you saw?

Beauty and the Beast; it’s everything I dreamed off and more.

8.) I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it! What movie do you really want to see?

Spider-man: Homecoming. The level of excitement I have for this film is just unexplainable.

9.) Has everyone seen this movie but me? A popular movie that you’ve never seen.

Jaws.

10.) Christmas is soon! What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Love Actually; it’s just not Christmas without this film. I also always re-watch the Harry Potter series around the same time, because they too encapsulate Christmas for me.

By all means, if you feel compelled to do so, please go ahead and do this tag.

The Harry Potter Book Tag

So, I saw this tag over on one of my bestest buddies’ blog, Ardent Attachments, and simply couldn’t resist doing it myself, seeing as Harry Potter is basically my all time favourite thing.

Though this is kind of more bookish, there is a film related aspect to it, so I thought I could get away with putting it on my blog!

One – Favourite book?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry does the most growing up in this book, and finally has a father figure to fall back on in the form of Sirius with whom he bonds with throughout the book.

Two – Least Favourite book?

If I really had to choose, which I really don’t want to, I would probably have to go with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, simply because I thought too much was going on and the story escalated too quickly.

Three – Least Favourite Movie?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Seriously, what were they thinking? They made Ron part of the Quidditch team in this film, when we all know that was supposed to have happened in the Order of the Phoenix. AND they invented non-existent story-lines, such as a death eater attack on the burrow that results in it’s very flamey demise. Ugh. I have so many feelings about how badly adapted this film was; I could rant for days, but I’ll spare us both the trauma.

Four – Favourite Movie?

The Order of the Phoenix. Gary Oldman as Sirius Black; enough said.

Five – Favourite Quote?

‘We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.’

– Sirius Black –

Six – Favourite Weasley?

Fred and George Weasley (they count as one, right?). They may not be academically minded, but they always provide comic relief at the right time, and despite their cockiness, their hearts are full of love.

Seven – Favourite Female Character?

Hermione Granger. Regardless of other people’s opinion of her, she is an independent thinker, and just shrugs criticism and insults off, even if they come from Harry and Ron. She’s the ideal heroine; making an impression because of her intelligence, not her beauty.

Eight – Favourite Villain?

Lucius Malfoy. Simply because he’s such a hilarious failure of a villain, but thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Nine – Favourite Male Character?

Sirius Black, obviously. He’s the perfect combination of father-figure and big brother to Harry, and his wit knows no bounds.

Ten – Favourite Professor?

Professor Mcgonagall, she’s such a badass and yet cares so much for her students.

Eleven – Would you rather  – a) wash Snape’s hair OR b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Wash Snape’s hair, mainly just so he’d stop getting bullied.

Twelve – Would you rather duel – a) an elated Bellatrix OR b) an angry Molly?

An elated Bellatrix. SHE KILLED SIRIUS DAMMIT.

Thirteen – Would you rather travel to Hogwarts by – a) Hogwarts Express OR b) Flying car?

Hogwarts Express without a doubt. I would raid that lunch trolley so hard.

Fourteen – Would you rather – a) kiss Voldemort OR b) give Umbridge a bubble bath?

Give Umbridge a bubble bath…so I could drown her.

Fifteen – Would you rather ride a) a Hippogriff OR b) a Firebolt?

Firebolt, every time. I want to play quidditch so badly.

Sixteen – Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?

Remus Lupin. They left so much of his story out of the movies, which is super disappointing because he was one of my favourites in the books. He is also way closer to Harry than the movies let on.

Seventeen – Is there a movie you prefer to the book?

Absolutely not. Books for life.

Eighteen – Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Michael Gambon. I just don’t think Richard Harris had the veracity or passion needed to pull of the character. If I’m honest, I kind of wish Gambon had been Dumbledore from the beginning.

Nineteen – Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie, that you wanted there the most?

The argument between Dumbledore and Harry after Sirius is killed in the Order of the Phoenix. This is one of my all time favourite parts of the book. I feel like it really changed the characters’ relationship and helped Dumbledore to realise that Harry was no longer a child.

Twenty – If you could remake the movies, which would it be?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, because EVERYTHING was just SO wrong.

Twenty One – Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be apart of?

Slytherin, obviously. Have you met me?

Twenty Two – Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?

Slytherin; computers don’t lie.

Twenty Three – Which class would be your favourite?

Probably transfiguration. I’d love to be able to transfigure myself and objects, mainly just to annoy or avoid people. Plus,  McGonagall would be teaching, which is just an added bonus.

Twenty Four – Which spell do you think would be the most useful to learn?

Expelliarmus. If it’s good enough to kill Voldemort, it’s good enough for me.

Twenty Five – Which character do you think you’d instantly get on with?

Ron Weasley. I just identify with him so much. We would be besties for sure.

Twenty Six – If you could own one of the Deathly Hallows, which would it be?

The Invisibility cloak, it would be super useful and probably the least dangerous of the three.

Twenty Seven – Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

No, J.K. Rowling nailed it.

Twenty Eight – Favourite marauder?

Sirius Black, obviously.

Twenty Nine – If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?

Sirius Black. I don’t need to explain myself, if you’ve read this far, you’ll just know.

Thirty – Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows. Horcruxes probably have bits of Voldemort still stuck on them, and no one wants that.

I’m not going to specifically tag anyone, but if you love Harry Potter I implore you to do this tag.

Oscars 2017

Jimmy Kimmel graced us with his presence to host the evening, and as you might expect the night was full of inappropriate jokes and the bullying of Matt Damon (they have a thing).

Everything seemed to be going very smoothly until the evening took a turn for the worse as the last award of the night was incorrectly read out, resulting in what can only be described as onstage pandemonium as we watched the La La Land cast give away their shiny new Oscars to the Moonlight cast, who were the actual winners; dramatic to say the least, but that’s show business for you.

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Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Mahershala Ali

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Lucas Hedges

Though Moonlight was more than deserving of the win, this being one of Lucas Hedges’ very first performances, I can’t help but feel Manchester By The Sea has been somewhat neglected this awards season. Especially when given the emotional depth Hedges’ threw into his essentially orphaned character.

Best Makeup and Hair-styling

Winner: Suicide Squad

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Suicide Squad

Fair play to the Suicide Squad for going against all odds and actually picking up a prize, though admittedly, not what one would perhaps consider a worthwhile award for the films reputation.

Best Costume Design

Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

This film was totally deserving of the award, after all, pulling off the look of the American Wizarding World in the early 20th century is no easy feat.

Best Sound Editing

Winner: Arrival

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Sully

Alien noises may be the winning sound according to the Academy Awards, but I would personally say that recreating the sound of a plane crash was a little bit more of a difficult task.

Best Sound Mixing

Winner: Hacksaw Ridge

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I have no real reason for picking this as my winner except from the fact that I really enjoy listening to the Star Wars soundtracks whilst studying.

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Viola Davis – Fences

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Viola Davis -Fences

After that remarkable acceptance speech she gave at the Oscars, I can’t but feel she is deserving of the award; what a woman. I would have given her an award based on that speech alone.

Best Animated Feature

Winner: Zootopia

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Zootopia

Yes, finally, this film, with all its tiny and beautifully produced details has been recognised. I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am that it has managed to stand up against the likes of Moana.

Best Production Design

Winner: La La Land

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

If it seems like I’m obsessed with the Fantastic Beasts film, it’s because I am. Quite frankly I’m struggling to understand how it didn’t win the award considering the production designers literally brought an imaginary world to fruition.

Best Visual Effects

Winner: The Jungle Book

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: The Jungle Book

I wholeheartedly concur with this decision. The time and effort that went into creating The Jungle Book is nothing short of inspiring, especially when the outcome of the production was so flawless.

Best Film Editing

Winner: Hacksaw Ridge

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Moonlight

With explosions and body parts flying everywhere I’m sure that the editing process for Hacksaw Ridge wasn’t exactly easy, but I still think Moonlight should have taken the award.

Moonlight spans three generations and so the editing process must have been extremely demanding, and yet still the movement from one to scene to the next flows seamlessly.

Best Song

Winner: Audition – La La Land

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: How Far I’ll Go – Moana

It is of course not surprising to me that La La Land took the award, but I had hoped that Moana would have been honoured for its original songs.

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Manchester by the Sea

The Cinematic Explorer: Manchester by the Sea

This award was utterly deserved, what a film. Not only does it tackle the fragility of family but is unwavering in it’s use of inexhaustible emotion.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Moonlight

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures was based on a historical biopic that inspires and delights it’s viewers and it should have, in my opinion, taken this award.

Best Director

Winner: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

You know what, this one time, I actually agree that La La Land deserved to win. Damien is only 35 years of age, making him the youngest director in history to win the award, which I think is thoroughly deserved given the success of the film.

Best Actor

Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Why oh why can’t they just give an award to Captain Fantastic already?! It’s such a great film, and it really has gone under the radar in terms of awards this year. Mortensen definitely deserved to win this.

Best Actress

Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl was so brilliant in Florence Foster Jenkins that it genuinely annoys me that La La Land outshone her on this occasion.

Best Picture (Otherwise known as the most awkward award of the night)

Winner: La La Land

Winner: Moonlight

The Cinematic Explorer Pick: Fences

Two words: Viola Davis.