Movies & TV

The BEST Christmas Movies

25 Days of BlogmasAs part of my INSANE idea to do Blogmas, I’m bringing you some Christmas-themed blog posts. Yesterday, I revealed the BEST Christmas Songs (in my humble opinion), so today I’m bringing you my favourite Christmas movies.

For me, movies are heavily associated with Christmas. When you have time off from school or work, not only do you get to watch the reruns that are scheduled on daytime TV every single year – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original, the remake is sacrilege), Mary Poppins, It’s A Wonderful Life, etc. –  but you also get to stay up late eating gluttonous food with your family, while watching movies into the wee hours of the morning, because you have no alarm to rudely awaken you the next day (I tend to do a Harry Potter marathon every year).

Whether these are strictly Christmas-themed movies, or movies I just associate with Christmas, may I present the BEST Christmas movies for you to check out:

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Books to Movies Giveaway Hop!

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Time for another Giveaway!

My last Banned Books Giveaway was so successful, and I had so much participation and interaction from you guys, that I’ve decided to do another one! So many of our favourite movies have originated as great books, so to celebrate that I’m going to give away a book that has a movie adaptation! This giveaway is international (as long as The Book Depository ships to you!), and you can choose any book you like that has been made into a movie, up to the value of $10.

Here are some of my favourite book to movie adaptations:

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Click here to see the full list of blogs taking part in this giveaway hop!

We’ve Lost A Comic Genius

robin-williams patch adamsThis isn’t the type of thing I usually blog about, but I felt compelled to share the love and remember the late Robin Williams.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of his death, and was surprised to learn that he had suffered with depression and addiction. Maybe I had been living under a rock, but I wasn’t aware that these were issues in Williams’ life. I have experience of mental health problems, both personally, and from watching family members go through their own mental health difficulties, and as recently as June the book-blogging community came together to raise awareness by participating in Mental Health Awareness Month. I feel we learned more about each other during that time, and a lot of us were comfortable enough to share our personal stories and offer each other words of support. For me, Williams’ death highlighted that depression and mental illness do not discriminate – they can affect the successful, famous, unknown, rich and poor equally, and it is so sad that we have lost such a fantastic actor, whose abilities have made me laugh, cry and smile throughout my entire life.

In a kind-of tribute, I’ve compiled some montages and movie trailers that showcase my favourite Robin Williams movies and moments, of which there are many:

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One Trailers! *UPDATE*

This post will surely be ridiculously long by the time I’m finished with it… The first actual Teaser Trailer has been released that isn’t a faux propaganda piece from The Capitol. The marketing guys for this movie are smart, very smart.

First Teaser Trailer – 28/07/2014

Second Faux Propaganda Trailer – 10/07/14

The second trailer for the next installment of The Hunger Games movie saga has been released. These are so simple but effective and they’re getting me really excited for the movie. Props to the PR and Marketing guys behind these, using Panem propaganda is amazing, and this broadcast is interrupted by District 13 – LOVE it!

Original Post and First Trailer Below:

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Fifty Shades of Grey Official Trailer and EXCLUSIVE Images!

Oh. My. Word. Shut. The. Front. Door!!

Have you seen it yet? Have you? I bring you the official trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey!

First of all, I was very pleasantly surprised by just how good Jamie Dornan was. I was expecting him to be good, but that elevator scene?? *Phew* Still not sure about Dakota though, in the trailer the “meekness” seems to be over-played. Damn, am I excited to see this movie.

Now, for the exclusive content

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Movies and TV Shows

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Top Ten Movies and TV Shows

I’m not just a Book Geek, I’m a pretty well-rounded Geek. I LOVE movies and TV Shows almost as much as I love to read, and this topic really needs to be split in two as I could make Top Ten lists for both movies and TV shows ten times over. When trying to put this list together I realised I could really use a Goodreads-style archive system for movies and TV shows too… so, this is the Top Ten that came into my head first as opposed to a list in any sort of order!

Movies

1. Dirty Dancing: Probably massively stereotypical, but I really don’t care. I LOVE Dirty Dancing, I love Johnny Castle. I can quote this entire movie and I love the soundtrack. It’s a movie I can re-watch over and over and I never get bored with it.

Dirty Dancing Final Dance Gif

2. The Money Pit: An oldie but a goodie. This movie is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud and I’m a big fan of Tom Hanks in general. It’s definitely worth tracking this one down for a feel good flick.

The Money Pit Gif

3. The Matrix: This is one of my favourite movies, ever! The action, the fight scenes, the storyline. Love it!

The Matrix Movie Gif

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Official Gone Girl Trailer is Released! *UPDATE*

*UPDATE* 11/07/2014

A new and (in my opinion) approved trailer has been released for Gone Girl! I’m really looking forward to this adaptation. I loved the book and hated the ending, but still love it overall. Go figure. This trailer is a big improvement on the first one, but I think they’re maybe giving away a lot of the best bits, and I hate when that happens in trailers. Anywho – feast your eyes on this:

Original Post from April 15th and First Trailer Below:

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