October Favourites

October was a rather lovely month; it usually is. It’s my birthday, so that’s always very nice, mainly because it gives me an excuse to spend money on books and/or food. October brings a proper sense of moving into Winter at last, with all the suitably aesthetically pleasing golden leaves falling off trees, and with Christmas decorations beginning to creep into supermarkets and shops. I adore Christmas, and winter is my favourite season, so I’m very much looking forward to the months ahead. However, this post is not about what is to come but what has been – specifically, these are a few of the things I enjoyed in October. If you want to see September’s favourites post, you can find it here, otherwise read on to find what I obsessed over in October.

Favourite Books

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

crookedkingdomAnd in a completely predictable turn of events, just as Six of Crows had pride of place on my September Favourites post, so does Crooked Kingdom on this October Favourites post. I inhaled this greedily over the course of the 24-hour readathon a couple of weekends ago, and I was so incredibly sad once it was over. That is the sign of a truly brilliant book. It’s a complete change of pace from the first, though, so if you’re expecting another heist then you’ll be sorely disappointed; rather, it deals with the fall-out of the conclusion of Six of Crows and its action is more focused in on that den of thieves and dubious morals that is the city of Ketterdam itself. I loved it, it’s one of my favourite books of the year, and as a duology these novels have quickly but firmly become some of my all-time favourite YA fantasies.

Favourite Films

Doctor Strange

The latest offering in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dr Strange was a film I always knew, from the very first teaser, that I’ve have to see in the cinema, in the best way possible. Having now seen the film I’m fully convinced that if you see it in anything less than IMAX, it won’t be the same film. It’s a film that bends reality, time and space, and matter itself, so obviously depth of frame created with 3D is downright necessary. I hate 3D, it makes my eyes and head hurt, but I’d watch Dr Strange over and over again in 3D. Although I’m always a Benedict Cumberbatch fan (I even ignore the weirdness of hearing an American accent come out of that mouth), I have to say he wasn’t my favourite character at all in the film. Tilda Swinton is epic, as Tilda Swinton often is but, for my money, the cape was easily one of the best characters, second only to Wong.

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Tag | Films, Films, Films Tag

Welcome one, welcome all, today on Tag Thursday I bring you a film-related tag for once. I saw it recently on Liz’s blog and have been meaning to do it ever since so here goes nothing…

What is your all-time favourite film?

I have too many – Thor, The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Shaun of the Dead, The Proposal, Legally Blonde, Leap Year, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Life of Brian, Four Lions, Stardust… there are many.

What is your favourite scene from that film?

From all of the above? Haha, only kidding, I wouldn’t put anyone through reading that much. For the sake of not being too repetitive in this post, I’ll pick Avengers for the purposes of this question and say I love the scene in Stuttgart where Loki terrorises some innocent party goers, Captain America tries to step in, and then Iron Man appears to the tune of ‘Shoot to Kill’ and calls him “reindeer games”. One of the best entrances ever.

Who is your favourite actor and actress?

Favourite actor is (this is no surprise to anyone) Tom Hiddleston. I also seem to enjoy films with Colin Firth or James McAvoy. As for favourite actress, I have a few I enjoy watching, including Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley. I think that’s enough for now, I won’t dig out the full list.

What was the first film you saw in the cinema?

I have vivid memories of going to see the first couple of Harry Potter films on a primary school trip, so it would be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Favourite director?

I watch films but I am by no means a film connoisseur so I find this question trickier than it should be. My favourite director from the various who have taken on the Harry Potter films has been Alfonso Cuáron. I quite enjoy Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Favourite guilty pleasure film?

Leap Year, definitely Leap Year. It is so gloriously predictable and shit but I adore it, it never fails to make me smile.

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Project Watch More Things

That is not a catchy project title, even if it does what it says on the tin. As far as intriguing and engaging initials go, Project WMT isn’t particularly inspiring either, I really need to take a leaf out of the books of the creators of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. But for now, it will do (story of my life).

Let me explain where the desire for Project WMT (it’s terrible, don’t repeat it any more) comes from. I am the serial re-watcher, re-reader here, yet again, to complain about this fact and state my intentions to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I might have accidentally (not at all) clicked Renew on my subscription to Amazon Student which comes with Amazon Prime Video so… that happened. And now, between Netflix and Prime, I have access to quite a few TV shows that I’ve been meaning to watch. However, although I do love me a marathon, I have recently realised that I flop onto the metaphorical ground, wheezing and begging for water, and never get to the finish line. (Not kidding – I still haven’t finished Firefly for god’s sake!) So something needs to be done about that.

Something also needs to be done to kick my film re-watching habits. Now, that’s not to say I’m going to stop re-watching films because a world in which I am not allowed to obsessively re-watch Avengers Assemble, Thor, Shaun of the Dead, Leap Year, and The Proposal is, frankly, not a world I want to live in. What I mean to say is that I hope to add some recent (and absolutely no so recent) releases to that list and actually watch some of the unwatched DVDs that sit on my ever-groaning bookshelf. My plan is small but manageable I think – I shall watch 1 film a week, a new-to-me film, that I will then review, either soon afterwards, or I will jot down comments in order to include it in a monthly wrap-up which should have, obviously, 4 films to discuss. It should be good.

We’re already on the 8th so a week has passed of March and no film to speak of was watched. I think I will allow myself that deviation since, you know, I only just thought about actually putting this general desire to watch more films into some kind of action plan. I haven’t yet decided how the TV show portion of this will work because it has horrible potential to interfere with my academic life even more than it already does. I’ll get back to you on that one, along with a better project title. (Side note: if you have any ideas for creative names for this ‘project’ then please leave them below!)

Disclaimer: I will undoubtedly fail but hey… the best laid schemes of mice and men…