Blogmas Day 3 – Festive Films

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One of my favourite parts about Christmas – The Festive Films.

Films filled with festive joy, magic and fun, what more can you really ask for from the season. Plus the majority of Christmas flicks are once a year viewing. Which makes them even better – let’s be honest when was the last time you watched “Miracle of 34th Street” – oh wait. 12 months ago. Well it’s about time you saw it again.

So here is my Top 5 Christmas films (in no order) as a guide of things to watch over this festive period.


It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s time to watch this 1946 classic emotional rollercoaster that is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. A beautiful story about an angel sent down from Heaven to help a down on his luck businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he didn’t exist. You’ve probably seen it spoofed and parodied time and time again and I think that shows how significant this piece of art is. I guarantee you’ll be welling up during this viewing and it’s as effective and meaningful today as it was back in the 40’s.

Honestly if you have never seen it – Please make it a must this Christmas time.

 

 

 


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Elf

To be honest I am not sure I need to even give the rundown of what happens in this film – but for you small few who have never seen it; After being raised by Elves in the North Pole, a man heads to New York to find his real family and adjust to human life.

When you put it like that it sounds a bit odd – but Will Ferrell excels as Buddy the Elf – a hyperactive over the top man boy raised by elves. It’s genius. Throw in a splash of Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, a bag of quotable lines and an epic snowball fight into the mix and you have one happy fun-filled family must see. (Wow what a saying)

 

 


The Night Before

This entry is a relatively new film but has automatically hit the top 5 list for me. It follows three lifelong friends as they spend Christmas eve in New York City looking for the lifelong dream of “The Nutcracker Ball” an epic, drink and drug fuelled party.

It’s stuffed full of jokes, gags and references to other Christmas films that you won’t stop laughing for the entire thing. While also hitting home with an underlying message of family, closure and love. I think it’s floating around Netflix, check it out – keep an eye out for a cheeky Christmas Cameo from a pop sensation (it just works nicely).

 


 

 

Christmas with the Coopers

Like the number 3 this is relatively new to the world of Christmas movies but nonetheless I think it captures the magic of the season beautifully. It’s a set of intertwined stories revolving around a family as they build up to Christmas Eve. It’s just a feel good enjoyable watch, with a star-studded cast including; John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde and the beautiful Marisa Tomei.

Critically I am not sure it did very well. But it means a lot to me – I took my GF to see it when we first started dating and it’s just an ideal little movie. You might see it floating around Amazon Prime and if so, click it, pop your feet up and enjoy this gem.

 


Die Hard

Now time for the crown jewel, the cream of the crop, the BEST Christmas Film of all times (as voted by Empire Online – 22nd Dec 2016), That is a Fact!

So lets break it down (as if you don’t know) Die Hard is about a cop from New York who tries to save his wife and other party guests from a German terrorist during a works Christmas Party in Los Angeles.

HOW MUCH MORE CHRISTMAS DO YOU NEED TO GET – I can’t express how much I love this movie and even with its problems (Green Vest) it’s still a brilliant must watch festive film.

 

 


 

 

So there’s my Top Five Festive Films. (And that was hard to break it down to just 5 as there are some greats out there). Check them out, or re watch them – enjoy the holidays and let me know what you like to watch, what is a must see and what makes you feel all warm and magical inside.

Honourable mentions also have to go to: Home Alone 1 & 2, The Snowman, The Grinch, The Santa Claus, Scrooge, Office Christmas Party and Love Actually.

Merry Blogmas Y’all

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The Haunting of Hill House – The Review.

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Recently I have been watching “The Haunting of Hill House”, or commonly known as, the Haunted House on the Hill, The Hill Haunting House, or that show that makes you poo your pants! For some reason everyone I have spoken to struggle to put the name together properly . . . maybe it’s the show that has scarred them too much.

Firstly I want to begin by saying this review will be a SPOILER FREE review. One because I don’t like being THAT guy and Two, because the show needs to be watched rather that told. I won’t be able to do it justice if I try to explain the ending, the twists and the resolution.

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I went into the show, hearing so many people rave about it, sing its praises but also claim the nervous wrecks they became from it. Now horror films aren’t really my thing, I don’t think they are made these days with fear and horror in mind, but more to show special effect and a bucket full of fake blood. But I pushed on and jumped into this and wow I am so glad I did – I loved it! It is so much more than a horror show.

The premise of the show is about a family being haunted by mysterious supernatural forces within a house. The narrative jumps across about 30 years, from the family as kids moving into the house, to present day where they have all grown up in different ways after the ordeal of the house.


The main story revolves around 5 siblings who have all taken different paths in life after several traumatic experiences from their childhood. Showing different coping mechanisms from Drug Abuse, to Denial, to Over Compensation. I’ve read and agree with that each sibling in the show is a symbolic version of a step of Kubler-Ross “Five Stages of Grief” process. Which thinking back to how all the characters act and process their surroundings it becomes very obvious that theory could be spot on.

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Another aspect of this show that I loved is the cinematography and the style of shots. Most memorably Episode Six which included an 17 minute long shot. Which is beautiful. Giving the desired impression that the single shot is happening in real-time. While choreographing swift and solid movement with the cast and set to not interrupt the shot. You will know the scene when you see it and afterwards just think “Wow” – I did.

Overall the show, the feel of it and the story is superb, gripping and captivating. Even with the scares involved. The true horror I think comes more from the depiction of Human Nature and how it reacts to unreasonable events, or events you logically can not make sense of.

Please go and watch it. I can not stress enough how much I enjoyed this show and how I want everyone to witness it. True horror making at it’s best.

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Side note – after I had finished it, which I had started while moving into a new house (I know right), I had a small dose of paranoia set it, I found myself standing in the empty spare bedroom in the dark one morning getting ready for work, thinking about the end of the show and what it all meant. But the more I thought about it, the more my mind began to play tricks on me with sounds and imaginations of what could be behind me. Silly I know but I put this down to how good the show was, the idea and story stuck with me and played on my mind so much that I felt it could be real.

One final tidbit that I learnt when I was on about episode nine was from an article I read about the show and the missing ghosts. Take a read over HERE – I can’t promise it is spoiler free, but I can promise shock, this article goes into explaining how the show has ghosts all through it but you just don’t notice them because you don’t know where to look. The sheer amount of detail the show runners put into this is amazing. They knocked it out of the park and I for one love that.

Anyway enough of my ramblings, it’s Friday night. Pop Netflix on and start this show. You will not be disappointed.


Have a great weekend boys and girls  . . . . if you survive that long.

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Happy November.

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This is it guys, Halloween is over – time to pack the pumpkins back in the box, hang up your fangs and pop those sexy cat ears back in the draw for next year.

But don’t be sad – this is a good thing. Because now we are in NOVEMBER! And this means, Fireworks, Bonfires, Remembrance Day, GF’s Birthday, Christmas Markets and the countdown to Christmas itself!

I love this time of the year and I think this is also a great chance to start the season of with some festive loving and blog sharing.

I’ve hand selected three bloggers that I want to share with you all (it was hard to pick as if I could I would share and write about all my followers, as they are amazing people) but for this moment here are three that I strongly suggest you check out, follow and make friends with.


Nicole

 

Nicole – My Superhero Cousin with the Irish Blood. – What an absolute gem, kooky, crazy, funny and sweet. Sometimes she needs a wee boost of pick me up. But we all do every so often. Nicole is real, her photography on Insta are amazing and just all round swell gal. Go check her out and say hey. Twitter, Blog, Instagram.

 

 


Abbie 🐢🌱

 

Abbie – If I were King Arthur she’d be my Holy Grail, amazing, captivating but out of reach. Geographically we are miles apart. But that doesn’t stop me from loving everything about her – nailing Blogtober like a boss, rocking a new quirky hair style or sipping gin. The list goes on. She is incredibly supportive and well worth a good follow. Twitter. Blog. Instagram.

 

 


Matthew

Matt – My man! The lad. I don’t know about you dude, but I bet we’d be great drinking buddies in another life. If it’s not takeaways, his dogs or suits he is posting some stunning photography and my god I mean it’s something amazing. Well worth a follow if you ask me. Twitter. Blog. Instagram.

 

 

 


Also for any of my Insta / Twitter fans you will see I dressed up as POTUS Donald Trump. Which was awesome, so much fun and as we know I love dressing up. Didn’t I mention it [Yes, Here] – anyway here is me and then here is the results of the voting from the office competition.

I WON!

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Let me know what you love to do in November, I might try to take on some new traditions. Answers on a postcard please.

 

Happy Anniversary!

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We’ve been together a year now. Started seeing each other in September but October 11th we became official. I told all my friends about you. Share photos of us on Instagram and started to make many memories.

We’ve bought new people into our relationship, met some great friends and loved every minute of things. Even the dark times where we wouldn’t talk for a week or so. We worked through it, we have become stronger and still as much in love as when we first started.


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My main thank you, is to you guys, the readers, the followers, the friends I have made. This year has been amazing and I have loved what we have made here. I can’t wait to see it grow, to get better and even more awesome.

Honestly I never thought when I first started that I would have met such inspirations and amazing people such as: Maud, Abbie, Lauren – and then the #BlogVengers; Colin, Gareth, Elle, Annie. These are to name a few – I could go on forever naming all the gems in this blogging world. Basically if you are reading this, you are one of them! I am so thankful! I also want to thank the brands who have trusted me and given me the chance to work with them to promote their amazing brands. I have loved every chance I have had.

To the next year!

10 Unusual Facts about ME!

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This week has been taggnation for me! Left right and centre, batting them bad boys out of the field. So much love for all of the people who think of me when they are trying to pick the lucky S.O.B’s that they want to tag.

So this tag is from the lovely, supportive and ever so sweet Lauren. This is here POST and TWITTER – go and check her out. Also a few days later I was tagged in this again by Elizabeth a super friendly, awesomely geeky gal whose state side stories make me VERY jealous. Her original post is HERE and her TWITTER. I can’t stress how much you should follow both of these fabulous women! Trust me.

So now I’ve been asked to open up, to share some dark secrets and little tidbits that you might not know about me.

Let’s do this!

  1. I don’t like coffee – Thought I’d throw this one in there, Lauren I am with you! Sorry bloggers!
  2. I don’t like wearing socks . . . any chance to whip them off I shall. I feel free & a little bit like John McClane.
  3. Controversially I don’t rate Melissa McCarthy, Miranda Hart, Amy Schumer or Rebel Wilson. They all seem to play the same roles and run the same non funny slapstick jokes.
  4. I once got lost in Matalan – I was very young and was a maze of frocks, tops and bottoms.
  5. Frogs and Toads freak me out, the way they jump and they are wet and slimy. I am shuddering just thinking of them.
  6. As much as I am not religious or practicing a faith. I am very open to the concepts of them and find learning about them very interesting. I have a lot of respect for the Church due to my Nan’s faith and relationship with faith.
  7. I begrudge paying more than £10 for a haircut, to the point where I bought clippers and now my GF cuts my hair.
  8. I have a list of 30 things to do before I am 30 – I have 18 things left to do and just over two years to do them. Not sure if it’s doable.
  9. You might know this but I think due to cultural locations it could be seen as unusual (and I am struggling to think of things) I am getting into NFL America Football. As a Brit it’s slowly becoming a bigger thing over here and I’ve jumped on the wave and am riding it out. I’ve really got into it and it’s so much fun.
  10. I broke my arm once while playing Basketball.

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Now that you know me a bit better why don’t you tell me about you.

I am going to nominate the following people, because for one reason or another they are amazing, funny, supportive and awesome. Let’s do this.

Penny.

Nicole.

Zoe.

Michael.

NaDa.

Siobhan.

 

Catch Up: A Weekend Away

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Some of you might have noticed I have been very hushed this weekend. That is because I’ve been in Looe, Cornwall since Thursday Night. Enjoying the “Looe Saves the Day” music festival. Which was amazing!

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Picture this, Thursday night it’s a bit windy and a little rainy. But we set off. 7.45pm. Looking to get to our destination by midnight. Lovely stuff. As we set off. The Rain from Storm Ali starts to get worst until we find out part of the M5 is suffering massive delays. So we make a detour via Wales, add another hour and a bit on to the journey and we make it at 2am.

Me, my GF, her sister and Mum came down to Looe with the intention of going to LMF: Looe Music Festival. Which we bought tickets too in Feb. They had some fab bands lined up and it looked like it was going to be awesome! Until 3 weeks before when the LMF cancelled the festival due to money problems – clearly sold too many tickets and thought it better to line their pockets that pay for the festive. Great!

This didn’t stop the people of Looe as they pulled together to not let anyone down, or give their town a bad name and so in 3 weeks they raised 30k and threw together an awesome festival proudly called “Looe Saves the Day”.

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We spent three days, drinking Cornish ale, eating fine food and dancing to trendy cover bands, Cornish Folk bands and a Country Tex Mex Paul Young (yes the Common People, family man, Paul Young) and we loved every minute of it.

The streets were scattered with bands, musicians and entertainment that with the backdrop of the fishing village and seafront just made the whole thing really quirky, quint and sweet. With life as it is at the moment it was a much-needed getaway to just recharge, think of nothing serious, enjoy a beer, some music and the stunning views. If you ever get a chance to visit Looe I would highly recommend going. We stayed in a cute little flat, seconds from the beach, from the town and from the pubs. Which can be found on TripAdvisor to book for stays.


Check out my Instagram for more pictures, beautiful scenic shots and some more beer pictures. It was an amazing weekend, very tried today but time to power through. Autumn is finally here, which means, Coats, Scarfs, my birthday, the GF’s birthday, Halloween, Christmas Markets and CHRISTMAS! I love it.

Always a pleasure!


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10 Unusual Things About Me

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So here we are, back again – trying to get an understanding of who I really am? I mean come on guys don’t you know enough already – well Nicola from Nic’s Healthy Life thinks not and so has tagged me in something fun. “Ten Unusual Things About Me” check out her post just HERE and find her on social media – she’s a hoot. – TwitterBlog

So here we go. Firstly let me start by saying 10 is a big number, this is tough. So I am sorry if some of the later ones down the list are just silly.

  1. I put milk in first when making tea. (It’s the British way. Milk cools the china so stop it cracking)
  2. I used to be a Vegetarian – Not sure why or how this came about. Just I remember a period of claiming it. Until I ate a burger at our Year Six School leavers Party. #Wild
  3. I’m allergic to Orange Juice – Awkwardly went on a first date once, she was drinking OJ all night. Then we got to a point where we discussed allergies. We laugh about it now.
  4. I love a challenge! Regardless of what is it – I will try my best to complete it. But I am also wise enough to admit defeat at times.
  5. I am not a fan of Horror films – but I like Supernatural spooky stuff. I think the films thing is because there isn’t really a good Horror now days. Over the top blood fests are just not scary.
  6. I love the era of 1910’s 1920’s Gangsters – the Italian, Irish Mafia Bootleggers. I’d love to experience a week in the life. Maybe I should work on time travel.
  7. I love Christmas – Not much of a hidden fact. But I am running short of ideas and as the season rolls around I felt you should know. I LOVE IT!
  8. As much as I am a film fanatic – I have never seen Titanic.
  9. My favourite number is “19” – can’t tell you why as I don’t know.
  10. I am a big believe in anything and everything unexplainable, creepy, or conspiracy based. JFK Assassination – Magic Bullet hmmm, Zeus and the God, Creepy haunting stuff, Aliens. All of it interests me and I have opinions on all.

Wow I did it. Ten. Go me – what do you think? Happy? Feel like you know me better?

Now to the bit I don’t like with these . . . tagging people. I love to share but this bit is time-consuming and hard to whittle it down to only a handful of awesome people. But here goes I want to know more about; Gemma, Megan, Jay, Soph, Erika, Zara, Katy, Lucy, Anne, Clem.

Team, your challenge is to share 10 unknown facts about yourself so we can get to know you better.

Enjoy!