Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sunday Post #60

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog (we modified it to include some more stuff), showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

I hope you have all had a great start to the summer and have passed all of your classes ect. I have been super busy this past month and with the lack of working laptops I couldn't post much (currently sitting next to my bestfriend while our film [The Ward] is loading typing this out) I found out I got three A's in my classes. Which for those of you not used to English grading it's basically the highest you can get :-)
I have also been working extra hard trying to save up as much money for uni as I can; and I just came back from visiting my family back in Poland.
Here are some cute pictures I wanted to share!
The town I grew up in. Look how pretty it is!
I found this picture of me as a child on skates. I'm the one rocking the red outfit. 

Anyway. I have no links as I'm not on my laptop, but I am so excited to review a film called Knock Knock that I saw- the trailer is here... Let me know what you guys think of the trailer/ or what you have though about it!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Short Review: The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

The Woman in BlackThe Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Published: 1998 by Vintage

Goodreads Summary 

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh. Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.

Ever since I was in year 10, so 13/14? I fell in love with the Victorian horror about a woman dressed in all black causing deaths in families by being seen. I mean the story itself is so brilliant and interesting! 
I first saw the performance with my drama group in year 10, where it chilled me to the bone. I was terrified and amazed at how effective it was. The fact that three actors were able to portray a whole horror play was incredible. I was hooked, I couldn’t get enough. Later I chose to study the play and read everything about it. 
When the movie came out in 2012 I was straight in the cinema clutching my hoodie to my face. The film was nothing compared to the play itself but non the less it was still incredible work and the fact that Daniel Radcliff was the star made it so much greater. 
Obviously the shock wasn’t as bad and the fact that I knew everything that was going to happen it was still interesting how the producers put the whole story together. Although for some reason (cough money cough) there is a second movie and I will get to that on a later note. 
All that was left for me was to read the book by Susan Hill. It took me two days to read all of the 160 pages. CRAZY!!
I don’t know what it was about it but I kept getting weird feelings. I wasn’t scared, I was more or less cautious of anything scary that might happen. I didn’t think that reading the book would make me more scared of the woman in black herself; after all I have read the play. But my heart was beating rapidly. I didn’t want to read it at night and I kept having to reassure myself, I’m not even sure what of. 

So the book itself. Interesting, beautifully written but it’s just okay. I mean I knew the story, and the story in the book wasn’t scary. I was expecting so much more! I know that I said my heart was beating and I was scared a little but I think it was mostly just the fact that I was waiting for something to happen. I was waiting for her to appear and for Arthur to get scared. Also I never realized how stupid Arthur is as a character. You see a ghost you run. YOU RUN!!!! 

Monday, 8 June 2015

Movie Review: Unfriended

One of the most annoying Skype conversations, I don’t think the writer for this film actually thought about how hard it is to converse with several people on skype. Not only does the image not work and makes you look ridiculous but the amount of times the audio fails and you need to start shouting to your companion about whether or not the sound is working.
Although I must say that this is a rather clever idea of using modern technology to create a somewhat horror movie, it has already been shown by Modern Family to have worked wonders and they managed to work with their Apple products and produce something much more clear and interesting in a half an hour than this movie.
We are met with a story about a girl killing herself on school ground after a video of her is posted online. The video looked ridiculous. I do understand that cyber bullying is serious but on first glance the video posted proved no threat to the girls social status. So the movie begins with the couple’s questionable sex skype session. Where Blaire decides to show off her inner leg. Soon the couples friends join the conversation and noticed someone out of the circle called billie227.
So the creepy thing starts when none of them could get rid of the silent person after countless of tries. I didn’t even know a ghost could control your computer and Skype session.
Anyway so the group get talking and soon some very terrible facebook hacking happens and one girls dies. That’s when it begins, they realize that Billie227 is actually their dead friend that they bullied. The story continues with how they each had something to do with it, reveling secrets ect.

The fact that the Skype call was made realistic annoyed me, I mean yes well done for making this a realistic call but no one wants to see all the actors superbly pixilated!

You cannot even imagine how annoyed I was by the fact that the conversation was flowing UNTIL Blaire clicked on facebook or messenger or did something other than being on Skype. All of a sudden the conversation stops. Noone is talking and they are just sitting there staring at the screen; so clearly she is the life of the party. The goodytwo shoes is not only incredibly needy with her boyfriend (I mean she messaged him about 8 times when he didn’t reply!) but she is also handed everything to her. She opens a webpage about not reading a message from a dead person and luckily for her it shows exactly all the steps she must take in order to get rid of it.
The film was in time with us, meaning that we had to endure all the minutes in real life when the movie was incredibly boring. 

Fantastically the movie wasn’t bad. It was fun to watch, it was hilarious; I jumped once and it was just the fact that the sound was incredibly loud.

So if you are hoping to be scared from this 21st century movie you have another thing coming, I hope you are prepared for the pixelated actors staying still and blaming each other for someones suicide.

Two stars for the horror, three for the comedy and four for the idea. 

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Ten disastrous thoughts while bleaching your own hair.

So I decided to bleach my hair because I want to go platinum blonde. It's more or less there now but these are exactly the thoughts that went through my head as a I bleached it. 

1, Loads of people do it. I mean all the research that I have done showed me tons of girls bleaching their hair on youtube! I am clearly an expert.
2, What is the worst that can happen? Really, what could be the worst thing to happen. Your hair can fall out, the damage would be disastrous and you might have to invest in a wig for the rest of your life. But apart from that. WHAT IS THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN!??!
3, I had red hair before the colour before dyeing it brown, itt won’t go ginger. I know that it does for everyone and that it will happen. But not for me. I won’t go ginger. I’m an expert.
4, What is that burning smell ?
5, Okay this itches a lot, I’m just going to pretend that this burning itching sensation is normal and it will just make my hair so much more prettier.
6, I probably should have paid a professional to do this. How much did I spend on all this bleach?
7, No, it’s still okay. Lets just wash this all off and cross my fingers for the best.
8, better get used to all the ginger jokes for the next few days.
9, Maybe now I should go to a professional

10, Maybe I should just bleach it one more time. I can make this right, and then put toner on it. Maybe bleach it next week too.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Review: Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and The French Kiss *3
Published: August 14th 2014
Publisher: Dutton

Goodreads Summary

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

What a beautiful way to finish an amazing journey. Did I mention my wonderful boyfriend managed to get me a signed copy of this book for my birthday? I did. Well you can hear about it again!

I didn’t want to read this book, I didn’t want to say goodbye! It wasn’t until I reread Anna and The French Kiss (because my boyfriend got it for me for Christmas after I complained that I didn’t have my copy anymore) a familiar name popped up. Isla. She was in Anna and The French Kiss; which yes I do realise that it’s a really stupid discovery of mine but as soon as I saw her name pop up I knew I needed this with me right away. Hopeless (I would not have called her that) romantic Isla who has been in love with Josh, the moody artist since their first year at the School of America in Paris. After a rather embarrassing encounter back in Manhattan between the pair love is soon to be followed back to the city of love. (I just read what I wrote and I want to puke) Hell why doesn’t Isla deserve to be with her crush? Good for her! You go girl!
I like to hide my lovey dovey side away and pretend like I don’t have a weakness when it comes to cute romantic stories. But to hell with it. I loved this book. It’s a close second to Anna and the French Kiss with Lola and the boy Next Door being shortly behind.

Maybe it’s a Paris thing. I read a review that labelled Isla as the stalker and Josh as a self-centred artist, calling them horny rich kids. I couldn’t agree more. Isla would have been the perfect example to show kids of the dangers of stalkers, and Josh is so far up his own ass that it’s ridiculous. However that doesn’t mean the book was bad. I think these two characters were perfect together. A little bit sad and extremely surprising that Isla actually managed to get with the boy of her dreams that she most likely had wet dreams over every night. Some of the things that girl did were such a red sign that I was cringing in between pages.

They managed to make it long distance! Hooray. Happy endings for everybody involved. It’s in the title. This has been the best thing to up my spirits. There is nothing better than reading a soppily cute story with a happy ending for all the characters, especially Anna (spoiler). Then theres Kurt, he’s annoying and he’s Isla’s best friend. I think that’s all there is to his character. (not saying he wasn’t developed by Stephanie, but his character is seriously
just a backdrop to this story)

I would describe each story as if it were a cute, fluffy puppy. You can’t help but love it

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