Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Disney Movies I Want to See Re-Imagined

People tend to be against Disney re-imagining their previous works, some people even get pretty heated about it. I actually spoke about it a little more in a post from last year - ' Disney Movies You Didn't Know Were 'Remakes' ' and as I stumbled upon that post while going through my Disney archives, I had a light bulb moment hence this post coming to life.
I am obviously a fan of re-imaginings and here are 6 from the hundreds of possibilities, that I would personally love to see redone with the new-fangled technology that we now have.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1954]
For hardcore fans of the original live-action movies, I think this adaptation of Jules Verne's novel would also be a popular choice to see remade. Being one of the first ever Sci-Fi movies shot in CinemaScope (aka old school 'widescreen' format, essentially), how amazing would it's insanely intricate somewhat steampunk look and vibe be to see with the current level of cinema effects?
I'd love to see this story be brought back to life, with a fresh spin for new audiences to discover the original too.

The Rescuers Down Under [1990]
I don't know if it's purely as The Rescuers Down Under was 'born' the same year as me, or because of all of the birds and mice involved or even as it features the comedy talents of John Candy but I really love this movie and think it's such a forgotten gem often. A live action (with CGI animals obviously) version available in 3D would be epic, don't you agree?!

Return to Oz [1985]
This is a weird one, if you've seen it you'll know what I mean - at 27, parts of this still freak me out. However, anything Oz and I'm in. 'Oz the Great and Powerful' was one of my favourite releases of the past 5 years as the story is lovely and the visuals make me speechless. I literally can't think of a word to describe how beautiful that movie is. Now if we did that with Return to Oz, mixing with it's darker side, I can imagine it being fantastic. I'll also use this opportunity to call for more of the Oz books to be turned into movies, please :)

Atlantis: The Lost Empire [2001]
I'm really not the hugest 'underwater' fan despite having two oceanic sci-fi's on this list. Nevermind. 
It was actually a pretty with-it for the time movie using more CGI technology than previous, traditionally hand-drawn, animated classics but I would still love to see it reimagined further. I'm thinking it could end up like a cross between Avatar and The Finest Hours...but underwater. Yeah?

Swiss Family Robinson [1960]
Like my first pick, I'm sure Swiss Family Robinson is another that fans of the older gen movies who are also all for re-boots would like to be given the magic treatment. My main reason for choosing this is a simple one though. The animals. At the time there were no such things as Computer-generated imagery or Animatronics of a high enough standard to replace the use of real animals. The animals being stressed out in the water happened. The fight between the dogs and tiger happened. And those animal actors would have been terribly distressed. Times changes and it was 1960 but it's still difficult to watch. I love the movie otherwise though so a re-jig of things with some effects sprinkled in there would be fab.

Brave [2012]
What can I say about it that you can't just imagine yourself? Actually filmed in our superiorly scenic Scotland with a real-life flame-haired stunning Scottish actress and even maybe Billy Connolly himself?! It would be epic. Even just for the views.

So there are just a few of the movies I'd love to see again with modern tech and new spins. What do you think? Would you agree with any of the above or do you have others you'd choose? I may do another post adding some more in the future as, to be fair, there are quite a few others that could make fantastic films.

Monday, 29 January 2018

2018 Movie Releases I Can't Wait For!

Last year was the first time I did a post like this and I quite enjoyed it so I've decided to do it again this year. Of course, January is all but done with but I compiled this full list at the very start of the year so will still include what I had noted down for January too.
Due to the cinema situation in my town (which I have mentioned too many times to compute, so I'll not repeat the story yet again), many of these I won't get to see until quite a while after their release, some even not until they come out on DVD. I do try to see the majority of Disney releases on opening weekend if funds/life permits though.
So here are the movie releases from 2018 that I am looking forward to.

All the Money in the World  
5 January 2018     -     Ridley Scott
''The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.''

19 January 2018     -     Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina  [Disney Pixar]
''Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.''

24 January 2018     -     Alexander Payne
''A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendour.''

Freak Show   
12 January 2018 (online)     -     Trudie Styler
''Follows the story of teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra-conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.''

A Wrinkle In Time  
23 March 2018     -     Ava DuVernay [Disney]
''After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.''

20 April 2018 (USA)     -     Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey [DisneyNature]
''Echo is a youngster who can't quite decide if it's time to grow up and take on new responsibilities-or give into her silly side and just have fun. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer.''

The Miracle Season 
13 April 2018 (USA)     -     Sean McNamara
''After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.''

6 April 2018     -     Todd Haynes
''The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.''

'Deadpool 2' (Untitled)  
1 June 2018      -     David Leitch
''After surviving a near-fatal knee boarding accident, a disfigured guidance counsellor (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Poughkeepsie's most celebrated French Bulldog breeder while also learning to cope with an open relationship. Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight assed metal men, and babysit a group of stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life. He manages to find a new lust for being a do-gooder, a sparkly Hello Kitty backpack, all while earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best 4th Wall Breaking Superhero.''

Christopher Robin   
17 August 2018      -     Marc Forster [Disney]
''Working-class family man Christopher Robin encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. ''

Nasty Women 
10 August 2018 (USA)     -     Chris Addison
''A remake of the 1988 comedy, 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels', in which two down-and-out con artists engage in a "loser leaves town" contest.''

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald  
 [click for more info]
16 November 2018     -     David Yates
''The second installment of the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander.''

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
26 October 2018     -      Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston  [Disney]
''A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.''

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2  
30 November 2018      -      Phil Johnston, Rich Moore [Disney]
''6 years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph", Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.''

Mary Poppins Returns 
21 December 2018      -     Rob Marshall [Disney]
''In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.''

The Little Mermaid 
'2018'     -      Blake Harris, Chris Bouchard
''A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.''

Bit of a bigger list than last year, but in general 2018 looks set to be an awesome one for movies! Don't you reckon?? There are still actually a couple from last year's list that I need to see, which is a travesty consideing I wached 515 movies in 2017...
All written info in this post is taken from my favorite movie website, and was correct as of my last check on January 29th.
Check out my ' 2017 Movie Releases I Can't Wait For! ' post here and be sure to tell me the top 3 movies you are hyped for this year!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 4

Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 4 of Back Through the Lens!

January 24th, 2013.
This is actually another photo taken in the same area as that of the robin from last week's post! The lake was fully frozen and the poor swans were like Bambi as they were trying to head towards us.

Week 4 January 2014.
Milkshakes at Stateside Diner on Pink Lane was a sort of tradition for Mam and I while I lived down there and she'd come down to visit every few weeks. Sadly, it closed down.

 January 24th, 2015.
 'He's behind you!'. 2015's local panto by the Spittal Variety Group was Aladdin! It was funny and a good time as always.

January 28th, 2016.
Looking back at what I wrote about this photo is a little sad consider it's (not being cocky) such a pretty photo. '' Yesterday it was dreadful rain, today it was a beautiful morning followed by a sunny afternoon and although the sunrise was another stunner, I can't help but worry about Mother Nature and her sporadic moods :( The birds were going crazy today too.  ''

January 26th, 2017.
Yay Mallards! I'm going to try not include too many of my ducky pals photos during the corse of this series, however, this is a cool one eh? You can see the two males diving under the water!


To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
January 2013
January 2014
January 2015
January 2016
January 2017

Friday, 26 January 2018

WB Studio Tour // The Great Hall at Halloween

Waayy back in October, (seriously can't believe it's been 4 months...), Mam and I made the hike of a journey down to London to meet up with Kerri and celebrate my birthday! We had it booked many months in advance because I'm me, but we were very lucky that the History of Magic exhibition at the British Library was announced a little while after and it was actually going to be on while we were in London! That never happens to me haha. So on our first day there we attended the amazing exhibition, although I'm so gutted you weren't allowed to take any photos so the only memories I have from it are a leaflet and the books.
Anyway, to the point of this post. The original point of our trip was Mam and I's second (and Kerri's first) visit to the WB Studio Tour - this time for the Dark Arts feature!!! Ooohhhh!

Our first time at the tour was back in December 2015 so of course we experienced Hogwarts in the Snow, it was pretty and all except I'm not a Christmas person. This time the Great Hall was decked out for the best season ever! HALLOWEEN!

Just look at those colours! Stunning. 
Instead of the usual floating candles, the enchanted night sky ceiling was adorned with awesome Jack O' Lanterns as you can see and the moment those doors opened (although I had already experienced it) was jaw-dropping, just insane. 
I could have spent all day just in there taking photos of every detail but you have to move on after a short amount of time to let the next group come through to the same spectacular empty hall that greets you. Thankfully, if you wish, you may then go back in and join them to take more photos which I did this time as the last visit I didn't get to photograph the teachers and stuff as much as I'd of liked to. 
Especially for the season, you can also see that Helena Ravenclaw aka The Grey Lady's dress as well as Professor Quirrell's outfit was on display also. 

 I'm so glad that I've finally found the time top crack on editing photos and get this series started! I hope you enjoy looking back at my photos with me and you can compare them to my previous trip in the posts linked below!

Have you been to the WB Studio Tour, Leavesden? Tell me about it!

(Ooh, ps. thank you, Kerri, for the photos of me trying to show off my Hufflepuff tattoo!)

Check out my full 'The Making of Harry Potter' series (photos from the WB Studio Tour) from 2015 below -
Part 12 - Hogwarts Castle and the Wand Room

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Countdown to Disney 2018 // The Low Down

138 Days
19 Weeks, 5 Days
4.5 Months

It's never that time again eh? I'm afraid it is! I am so incredibly lucky that I manage to work hard and save to go on these magical trips. I know some people wonder how/why I go semi-regularly however just think about it this way... Many families go on an annual holiday, be it a week at Centre Parks or a fortnight in Alcudia. I haven't done that since I was 13 and have since only had 5 trips abroad (4 to Disney) and I'm now 27.

People also often ask why I am 'only going to Disneyland Paris' rather than the US go to of WDW (do these people also forget about the original Disneyland in California?), as if it's so much lesser of an option. The number of times I've heard 'Oh it's so much cheaper to go to Florida', 'Which Disneyland? Florida or Paris?...Oh, only Paris?', 'You should go to the proper Disney instead', 'You could afford to go to WDW for the same price you pay for Disneyland Paris'...and so on and so forth. I won't even get into every flaw in those statements.
Yes, I probably could save and go to the US but no, it would most certainly not be the same or cheaper than what I pay for my DLP holidays. Yes, Paris is my first choice and it always will be but no, it is not a budget version or lesser in any way except size.


In 138 days I will be back in one of the only places that heal me. My anxiety is soothed immensely and I can relax, be myself, feel safe and enjoy time with amazing people. This trip is by far my most exciting as an adult so far too because my Dad is coming. I can't tell you how over the moon I am that Mam, Dad and I are going to be back in Disneyland together after 21 years, 8 months and seeing as it's such a special trip, I'm bringing Countdown to Disney back!

For anyone going, 'eh?' right now, Countdown to Disney is a little series I have run before my main DLP trips over the past few years (2014 & 2016, but not 2017 as it was a tiny 2-day visit) to document my planning and stuff. I'm an overly organized person who plans my trips intricately!
You can check out my previous ones here to get a taste of it if you fancy :P

This is the first post (duh!!) in this year's series and so this is the general low down.

The party consists of Mam, Dad, Kerri and I.

We are going in June! My first ever June visit!
(I've previously been in Feb,Mar,May,Oct,Nov & Dec)

Kerri and I are staying at Hotel New York & my parents will be at the Cheyenne.
(I've previously stayed in the Santa Fe x 2, Cheyenne, Sequoia Lodge & Disneyland Hotel) 

Of course, we are getting there via Eurostar as I don't fly!

And the posts you can expect in this series are: a Ride Hitlist, a Meet and Greet Wishlist, My Shopping List, a trip Bucket List and What's in My Luggage, so keep an eye out and if you'd like to know anything else about my Disney planning or the topics I've just listed please do send me some comments and I may do a little Q&A if I get enough.


Monday, 22 January 2018

What I Watched in 2017

Firstly, can I just annoy everyone (including myself) to say that I can't quite believe it's already the 22nd?! Urgh, I hate when life goes too fast and although I have lots of fun things planned this year I still don't want to rush through my already short life.
Anyway, getting back to the post. It's taken until now to get this up as I had so many other things I wanted up first and before you know it, boom, it's the 22nd. But it's here. My 3rd annual 'What I Watched in..' post!! Yay!

In 2017 my yearly goal was 500, with 300 being things that were previously unseen/new to me.
In 2017 my yearly total was 515, with 337 being previously unseen/new to me! Woohoo!! I smashed my goals :D

If you have gone back to have a peek at the previous years summaries, or were here when they originally went up, you'll know that I listed every single movie in one huge list, however this time you may know that I posted monthly summaries to break it down and keep on top of it. You can see them all below if you are really interested in all 500 movies!

Each month I kept track not only of the number of movies overall but of how many I saw in the cinema, how many Disney productions and how many seasons of a TV series as the TV shows were not included in my overall total but obviously took up a good few hours of my life.
Those totals were -
TV Series seasons total - 26
Disney total - 168
Cinema total - 3

I also picked a top 5 each month and although that was difficult enough and this is probably going to be impossible, I'm gonna attempt to narrow those down even further.
So here are the top 12 of 2017 -
January - Miss Potter [2006]
February - Tru Confessions [2002]
March - The Book Thief [2013]
April - Summer Magic [1963]
May - Queen of Katwe [2016]
June - The Good Lie [2014]
July - Walt & El Grupo [2008]
August - Houdini [1953]
September - Hurricane Bianca [2016]
October - Passengers [2008]
November - Amy [1981]
December - Last Holiday [2006]

All of these are must sees!! I like that this shows a range of genres from a good range of decades because in general I just love film, (almost) all film. Older movies especially have my heart, both animated and live action because it just astounds me what could be done at such early years of cinema and how the technology has evolved into what it is today.

Talking about that, the oldest movie I watched was La Voyage Dans La Lune from 1902 which is the famous work of art by the genius that was Georges Méliès.
And the newest was Murder on the Orient Express from November 2017, one of my 3 cinema visits of the year. 

I'd, of course, love to visit the cinema way more but in our small town the 'cinema' is actually doubled with the theatre and only gets the odd movie, often weeks/months after it's original release. This means that movies I do want to see opening weekend don't just cost me the price of a ticket but also a train journey to and from either Newcastle or Edinburgh etc. An expensive day!

Something new for me this year was watching more movies that do not have English as their first language. I watched them with either subtitles or dubbed, all on Netflix, and thoroughly enjoyed every single one!
They were -
Tulen Morsian. (Devil's Bride) [2016]
Løvekvinnen (The Lion Woman) [2016]
Los Inocentes (The Innocents) [2015]
Bibi & Tina [2014]
Bibi & Tina Voll Verhext! (Bewildered & Bewitched!) [2014]
Bibi & Tina: Mädchen Gegen Jungs (Girls vs Boys) [2016]
Bibi & Tina: Tohuwabohu Total  (Perfect Pandemonium) [2017]


So overall a fantastic viewing year I'm sure you'll agree. I could probably talk for days on the subject and mention way more movies but for now I'll leave it here. I'd love to hear about what you enjoyed watching last year and stuff! I'll be back in a week or so with the first of 2018's monthly movie round ups so keep an eye out for that. Until then check out the past 2 years 'What I Watched in..' summaries!!
See my 2015 post here - where I watched 160 movies.
See my 2016 post here - where I watched 400 movies.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 3

Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 3 of Back Through the Lens!

 January 17th, 2013.
 I can't tell you how much I wish I had the original full res version of this! I took it while on a course I was taking during a breif spell of unemployment. Outside the building was a little lake and it completly froze over but was still a playground for so many beautiful birds, just like this Robin!

 Week 3 January 2014.
A miserable day weather wise by the looks of things, but pretty common for a January day in a coastal town I'd say! It's the best type of day to get the beach to yourself though, for a good stress free playtime! I dunno why this ball is in the photo, it wasn't ours and he didn't play with it haha.

 January 20th 2015.
Oh how I miss these Disney Movie Rewards popping through my door!

 January 21st 2016.
It always makes me intruged when places so close to the river freeze over. Especially as our river runs into the sea and therefore ha a crossover of salt water at the mouth.

January 16th 2017.
The best of the best, forever and always.

I'm going to sound like a broken record by the end of this series, but Baker and the Robin are by far my favorites :P  To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
January 2013
January 2014
January 2015
January 2016
January 2017

Friday, 19 January 2018

A Day in My Life // December

Sunday, 31st December.
A Day in My Life.

My very last day in life post from 2017 is just that because I decided to document the very last day of December, New Year's Eve. Many people were asking each other 'what are you doing for New Years?', well, this was our New Years :)

1 // Around 8am I get home from work and Baker and I decide a nap is needed!
2 // Then I finish watching the movie I started while at work. This was 'Bibi & Tina: Tohuwabohu Total  (Perfect Pandemonium)'...I'm kind of obsessed with the Bibi & Tina movies.
3 // Work doesn't end with job #1, I have my own work to do too. Dishwasher and Washing machine both loaded and on.
4 // Tidied my living room, Jake's living room and sorting out the recycling.

5 // Sitting down with some old Beatdown episodes while I eat my hashbrown sandwich for brunch.
6 // Unloading the dishwasher is one of my least favourite jobs.
7 // Making my last ever Angel Delight before the transition to Vegan tomorrow (as in no things with non-vegan ingredients in and AD powder has milk in it :( )
8 // Finishing off the first post in a new series - check it out here.

9 // Baker's dinner time and a cuppa to wake Jake who is in nightshift sleeping mode.
10 // And then a shower for me.
11 // Yet more housework, taking the dry washing off the airer.
12 // Finally tea time for myself. Not meal beats pasta and broccoli! Of course with my big bowl of Angel Delight too. Yum!

13 // Getting a last-minute photo for a post going up the next day. 
14 // ...and putting the finishing touches to said post. Here is that post!
15 // Time for the most basic bedtime routine you'll ever see.
16 // How satisfying to end the year and end a book at the same time.

Considering I had work as normal the next day, this was actually a very late night for me and I didn't finish reading to go to sleep until just before 11pm! :O But yeah, this was how we saw in 2018...sleeping haha. I'm not sure if I am going to bring this series into 2018 yet, we'll see, because I've been a little bit awful at not leaving them until the last minute to do.
How did you spend New Year? Are you the type to celebrate or would you rather sleep too? lol

Leave links to your day in the life type posts in the comments!!