DisPLACEd, Merlin, and a wedding, OH MY!

Hey everyone!

So we’re over half-way through 2016 and I have a few updates for you.

1. DisPLACEd

Hey everyone!
We’re sure you’ve noticed it’s July and the first instalment of DisPLACEd has yet to be uploaded.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had a bit of a set back in getting you the first finished product, but have no fear, it’ll just be a short postponement.
To tide you over, we’re releasing the synopsis, writer’s bios, and MUCH MORE very soon. Enjoy!
https://displacedstory.wordpress.com.

2. Merlin

Chapter 2 of my Merlin: Aithusa episode novelisation has now been published. You can find it here – https://www.wattpad.com/story/78334108-merlin-aithusa.

3. WEDDING!

No I am not getting married (unless Colin Morgan would like to step forward and propose!). My beautiful sister is marrying her Prince Charming. For the next few weeks there may not be too many website updates.

All in all, I hope you enjoy the DisPLACEd updates and reading Merlin: Aithusa!

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Merlin: Aithusa (TV Tie-In)

I love novels, and I love TV/Movie.

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No this isn’t about fan fiction, but TV Tie-Ins. In the future, I would LOVE to be paid to write original stories, and episode novelisations of TV Shows, so I thought I should put my work out there.

So check out it and let me know what you think!

https://embed.wattpad.com/story/78334108

Footloose (2011) – Review

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I’ll be honest, I was biased when I pressed play.

I recorded it weeks ago, but with nothing else on TV, I decided to finally put it on.

Remakes in general drive me nuts, so I wasn’t too enthusiastic about this one – not to mention they removed the best part: Kevin Bacon!

From reading this review, you may think I’m some old fogey. No, I am almost 25 years old, and am honest enough to admit that I do not agree with the kids in this movie at all. Instead of my usual review format, I’ll just do bullet-points.

The Good

  • The acting. I didn’t know most of them (with the exception of Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell), but all of them played their roles well.
  • The dancing featured some of our favourite moves from the original, while incorporating modern actions.
  • They kept to the idea of the original, not trying to make it something different. After all, what makes movies like the original Footloose a great movie, is that it can be timeless.

The Bad

  • Rules make kids rebel – No, idiot kids do that just fine on their own. It’s like saying laws like ‘No Murder’ are responsible for people wanting to murder. Of course ‘no music’ is ridiculous, but indulging in underage sex, drugs, and alcohol aren’t intelligent decisions. Until we are ~25 years old, our brains are still forming, and the last part to form is the long-term effects of their actions. As adults it is our responsibility to ensure those still developing aren’t making the decisions they cannot make. If they think it’s unfair, tough luck.
  • Church and State – The world isn’t going to follow God and doesn’t believe in Him, but that doesn’t mean He’s not real. There is no real separation of church and state, God has laws and they are above all other laws. Most of the time, where do you think they got the laws?
  • Dancing in the Bible – Yes David and the worshippers danced, but no where in the Bible does it have them rubbing up against each other in a Holy way in celebration of God.
  • At every step of the movie they show how right the laws were. These kids didn’t want to do things the right way. When there was no law against music, they still acted like idiots. If they didn’t have alcohol and drugs, and didn’t let their dance movements lead to underage sex, then there wouldn’t be a problem.
  • Adults may play these roles in the movie, but the ages are 15/16/17 years old. They are children, not adults. They have barely been alive, and yet they think they know everything. News flash, they don’t.

I’m sure there are many more reasons I can name, but I’ll leave it there for now. Let me know what you thought of the movie.

To finish on a lighter note, here is the amazing Kevin Bacon doing his famous dance in 2014.

 

3 out of 5 stars

Roswell High: The Watcher – Book Review

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I don’t remember much about the show ‘Roswell‘. My older sister watched it a lot, and I know the faces, but that’s about it.

Looking through a box for my next book to read, I found ‘Roswell High: The Watcher‘. Number four in the series, it isn’t a long book, and it contains information from previous novels – not to mention essentially ending on a ‘to be continued’.

As I said, I don’t remember much of the show, but surely it was better than this. The writing was immature, the characters acted ridiculously, and the events moved way too quickly. I know it is a book about aliens –  so how realistic could it be? – but I still expected more.

If you still want to read this book and reminisce about an old TV favourite, go ahead, and let me know what you think.

2.5 out of 5

Oscars 2016 – Academy Awards

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With the Golden Globes done and dusted for the year, we have the Oscars (Academy Awards) to look forward to.

Here is the list of nominees, and my guesses.

Please note, most of these are not the films I want to win, and are merely who I think will win.

Best Actor

Nominees: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

My Prediction: Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress

Nominees: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

My Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

My Prediction: Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

My Prediction: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Directing

Nominees: Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Alejandro G Inarritu (The Revenant), Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

My Prediction: Alejandro G Inarritu (The Revenant)

Film Editing

Nominees: The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spotlight

My Prediction: The Revenant

Foreign Language Film

Nominees: Embrace of the Serpent, Mustang, Son of Saul, Theeb, A War

My Prediction: No guess

Original Score

Nominees: Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Hateful Eight, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

My Prediction: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Picture

Nominees: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight

My Prediction: The Martian or The Revenant

Production Design

Nominees: Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant

My Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road

Visual Effects

Nominees: Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

My Prediction: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Adapted Screenplay

Nominees: The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian, Room

My Prediction: The Martian

Original Screenplay

Nominees: Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton

My Prediction: Straight Outta Compton

Animated Feature Film

Nominees: Anomalisa, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep, Boy and the Wild, When Marnie Was There

My Prediction: Inside Out

Cinematography

Nominees: Carol, The Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSicario

My Prediction: The Hateful Eight or The Revenant

Costume Design

Nominees: Carol, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant

My Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road or The Revenant

Documentary Feature

Nominees: Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

My Prediction: No guess

Documentary Short Subject

Nominees: Body Team 12, Chau Beyond the Lines, Claude Lanzmann, A Girl in the River, Last Day of Freedom

My Prediction: No guess

Makeup and Hairstyling

Nominees: Mad Max: Fury Road, The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, The Revenant

My Prediction: Either Mad Max: Fury Road or The Revenant

Original Song

Nominees: Earned It (50 Shades of Grey), Til It Happens To You (The Hunting Ground), Writings On The Wall (Spectre), Manta Ray (Racing Extinction), Simple Song 3 (Youth)

My Prediction: Writings On The Wall (Spectre)

Animated Short Film

Nominees: Bear Story, Prologue, Sanjay’s Superteam, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, World of Tomorrow

My Prediction: No guess

Live Action Short Film

Nominees: Ava Maria, Day One, Everything Will Be Okay, Shok, Stutterer

My Prediction: No guess

Sound Editing

Nominees: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

My Prediction: The Revenant

Sound Mixing

Nominees: Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

My Prediction: The Revenant

 

20 Movies Coming in 2016

As you can tell, I love movies. I love the storylines, I love the characters, and I love being taken away to another world.

So far, 2016 looks to be a great year for the big screen. Youtube is filled with trailers for upcoming movies, and I wanted to share some with you. I will be going into them more in-depth at a later time, but for now have a look at the videos below and let me know what you think.

1. Midnight Special

Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi.

2. Victor Frankenstein

Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi.

3. The Legend of Tarzan

Action, Adventure.

4. The BFG

Family, Fantasy.

5. The Jungle Book

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy.

6. Angry Birds

Animation, Action, Comedy.

7. Popeye

Animation, Children’s.

8. Goosebumps

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy.

9. The 5th Wave

Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller.

10. Bilal

Animation, Action, Adventure.

11. Eye in the Sky

Drama, Thriller, War.

12. Captain America: Civil War

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller.

13. Hail, Caesar!

Comedy, Drama, Musical.

14. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Action, Horror, Romance.

15. Central Intelligence

Comedy.

16. X-Men: Apocalypse

Action, Adventure, Fantasy.

17. Jane Got a Gun

Action, Drama, Western.

18. The Little Prince

Animation, Fantasy.

19. Eddie the Eagle

Drama, Sport.

20. I Saw the Light

Biography, Drama, Music.

Which one is your favourite?

Let me know in the comments below.

Harry Potter Spin-Off: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Having read all the books and seen all the movies, I can honestly say that I love the Harry Potter series. But it didn’t start out that way.

When the books first came out, I read them along with everyone else: Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3. But along the way, I lost interest. I don’t know why, I just did.

It wasn’t until 2009 that I got back into it. Within about a month I read them all from start to finish (including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Quidditch Through the Ages). I was instantly drawn back into that world, and excitedly saw The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 at the cinema, and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at the midnight premiere.

Of course, when something is popular, everyone wants to know everything about it, and own ever piece of merchandise possible. We had trouble letting go of the story, and saying goodbye to the characters from our youth. So it’s no surprise that we have Pottermore, colouring books (read my post about them HERE), and now another movie.

The trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released today, and the internet is going wild. The story goes like this:

The story revolves around Newt Scamander’s arrival at the Magical Congress of the United States of America, for a meeting with an important official. Central to the story and this meeting is a magically expanded briefcase which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and it threatens even further the state of magical and non-magical relations, which is already in a dangerous place, due to the threatening presence of the fanatical extremist group that call themselves, in short, “The Second Salemers”. The story tells of what effect this devastating mistake has on the state of wizard/No-Maj (the American term for a non-magical person) relations in New York City’s community of wizards and witches in 1926, the effort to correct the mistake, and the horrors of the resultant increase in violence, fear, and tension felt between magical and non-magical peoples.

We don’t learn all of this from the trailer, but we do get a glimpse of what is coming in 2016.

PROS:

CONS:

  • I’m nervous it was only made because the fandom won’t let go, and I’ve seen that go so badly for TV series and movies.

What do you think? Are you excited to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Let me know in the comments below.