My Favourite Non-Horror Films For Halloween!

I recently posted about different horror films, that I liked, which I suggested watching for Halloween (or any old day you want to poop yourself) but what about the people, who don’t want to be scared on Halloween? So I’m back with a non-scary list of films but still quite spooky.

They’re all animated movies. I don’t know a lot about animation but I do like watching them so here’s a few of my favourites.

 

Monster House

Monster House is a film, set around Halloween, where three kids, two thirsty boys and a smart ginger girl, try and find the mystery revolving around an old man, who was rumoured to have eaten his wife, and his house. The only thing is, the house comes alive and attacks and steals from children. The old man ends up going to hospital, which leaves the whole house alone but vulnerable. The three kids end up venturing inside and exploring the horrors and secrets within the house.

I actually really like Monster House. It has a lot of puberty jokes, it’s funny and I like the animation. It’s kind of realistic but not like The Polar Express realistic. Despite it being a ‘scary’ film for kids, it has a warm cosy feeling to it.

The characters are loveable, including ones you begin despising. The characters are all very different, with different dynamics between them. It has an interesting storyline, backstories and ending too. I think it’s pretty underrated too. Give it a go!

 

Paranorman

Paranorman is about a young boy, who can see and speak to the dead. He has to stop this witch’s curse after a bunch of zombies arise from the dead and overrun the town.

I’m not gonna lie, this is a weird one. I, personally, like it because of how quirky and how spooky the animation is. The storyline is a bit more complex than Monster House. I think you have to pay attention to it a bit more but it makes it just that bit more interesting. The characters are very well detailed.

However, as much as I liked it, I can see it being a film you need to acquire a taste for. If you’re into The Sixth Sense, zombies and/or Tim Burton-y films, this one should fit your fancy.

 

Coraline

Coraline follows a young stubborn curious girl who finds a strange small door in her new house. Intrigued, she manages to open it to find nothing but a brick wall. But later, at night, after following a mouse, she finds the door leading into a tunnel that goes to an almost exact copy of her own house, except much happier, brighter and with altered yet ‘better’ versions of her parents and neighbours. However, evil lurks on the other side of the door, which she soon finds out and has to beat.

 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Coraline! It’s probably my favourite from this list. Everything was amazing; the music (which are actually sung in gibberish), the voice actors, the personalities and appearance of the characters, the storyline, the ending, the animation style, the lines and quotes they say, was spot on. It’s the perfect film for Halloween too. Although I do not, I know that some people do find it quite scary. It is a creepy and spooky film but it’s manageable and very creative.

Go watch it. Now.

 

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie is about a boy named Victor (after Victor Frankenstein), who owns and loves his dog to bits. Until it dies… Filled with grief, Victor, reassembles his dead dog’s body parts and resurrects him in an experiment (he’s a smart boy). His dog comes back alive but his classmates find out about his experiment and try to resurrect other dead animals, which has disastrous effects.

I watched this film right after my old cat died so I have mixed emotions about it. I like it for how spooky it is. I also like the original story of Frankenstein because I like gothic literature so it was already something I knew I’d like. It’s entirely in black and white, which gives this perception of it being old, just like the original Frankenstein story. The characters are very very unique and quirky.

If you’re into Tim Burton style films or you like the original Frankenstein, I think you would like this.

 

Coco

Coco follows a young aspiring musician, Miguel, who lives amongst a family that ban music. He isn’t sure why they hate music so much but all he knows is he loves it and dreams of becoming like his role model, who is a famous accomplished musician. Miguel ends up in the Land of the Dead, where all the dead people go after they…well die. He makes friends with this dead man and they go on a journey to find out why his family has banned music. However, Miguel’s time is limited in the Land of the Dead.

Coco is an adorable, warm, amazing film. It’s a Disney film so what do you expect. It’s colourful, bright, full of Mexican culture (I don’t actually know a lot about Mexican culture so I don’t know how accurate Coco is) and a genuinely good film. The characters, relationships and dynamics are in depth. The storyline is great and well thought out. There’s unpredictable twists and turns in the film and it’s not scary (it’s Disney so again, what do you expect ). There’s also singing involved.

If you love Disney (who doesn’t?) and colourful and bright animations, watch this!

 

Corpse Bride

The Corpse Bride involves a man named Victor (like in Frankenweenie), who gets dragged into the Land of the Dead (but looks nothing like the one in Coco) by a murdered bride. The murdered bride, who is the corpse bride, wants to marry Victor, who already has an arranged marriage set up in the normal world. His arranged marriage wife, Victoria, ends up being rearranged to marry this other evil man so Victor has to decide who he’s going to marry – the corpse bride or his arranged wife… (first place to me for worst explanation of a film ever!)

This film is very gothic, spooky, dark and morbid. It’s has a depressing vibe throughout the whole film but I lowkey love it. The characters are very distinct and unique. The ending is really good, with a twist, which I didn’t think was predictable but maybe it was. That being said, it’s not a film for everyone. Like marmite, you either like it or you don’t.

Again, if you like Tim Burton style films and dark vibes, this would be a good one for you.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas focuses on Halloweentown’s pumpkin king, Jack Skellington, who accidentally finds the door to Christmastown. He explores how different, warm and bright Christmastown is compared to the scary, gruesome Halloweentown and decides he wants to take over Christmas since he’s bored with the same Halloween routine. He kidnaps Santa Claus and dresses up as him, taking control of his role. But it doesn’t all go to plan.

This is another film that I think you need to have an acquire taste for but no matter who you are, you should still give it a try. It’s definitely a spooky, quirky film, with kooky and crazy looking characters, all which are very strange and interesting. The characters also all have interesting backstories, you can figure out while watching the film for example how they died to end up in Halloweentown. Unfortunately, it has a pretty predictable ending.

Also, there are theories that The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride and Frankweenie are all linked together so you could try and spot clues and evidence for that theory.

It’s debatable whether this is a Halloween or Christmas film but I think it might be a little bit too spooky and dark for a Christmas film. Maybe it’s the perfect transition film between Halloween and Christmas.

 

So those are some of my favourite spooky but not scary Halloween films!

Comment down your favourites or any suggestions.

 

-Shay

My Favourite Horror Films for Halloween!

It’s Spooky Season, guys, which means PREPARE. TO. POOP. YOURSELF!

Since Halloween is fast approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to suggest some of my favourite horror films ever, which you can immerse yourself into this week. I’ve been told I have a great taste in films so I hope I am able to prove that today…

 

It & It Chapter Two

It follows a group of loser kids (literally, they’re called the Losers’ Club) encountering and trying to defeat this demonic dancing clown, Pennywise, who eats children and projects each child’s worst fear. Sounds horrible, I know.

When I first watched It, I didn’t really like it since I thought it was very creepy and it sort of made me feel uncomfortable, especially having in mind what the actual book by Stephen King is like (it’s very sexual). However, after watching the second film and then re-watching the first, I have grown an appreciation towards both the films. The films have very 3D, interesting, unique characters, all with their own issues and struggles and I think the dynamic between each character is very in depth, which is explored more in the second film. The character development is also very good. The casting of the adult actors to represent the kid versions of the characters was spot on – they look the same! The storyline is pretty generic for a horror film – some form of malicious creature enters and a group of usually young people have to try and stop it – but I liked how Pennywise reflects on each of the kids’ phobias, which makes it a tad bit more unique and scarier. I think the second film was actually better than the first but I may be bias since it was the first horror movie ever that made me genuinely connected and attached to the characters and made me cry. However, it’s not a very scary film, in my opinion (my friend who held onto my arm most of It 2 would disagree).

If you’re into Stranger Things, Super 8, and films like that, It is a good pick for you!

 

Insidious & Insidious Chapter Two

Insidious and Insidious Chapter Two is basically one big film since you have to watch the second one right after the first. YOU JUST HAVE TO, OKAY?!

Insidious is basically about a family, who move into a new house that they come to believe is haunted. One of the young sons falls into a coma but appears to be possessed by some demon. However, there’s much more to the story than just that, which the parents, along with some psychic woman, come to realise and investigate.

Insidious is a very unique horror film, starting off as a usual horror film but trailing off into something unpredictable and very intriguing. It incorporates concepts like time, the astral plane and demons (of course), which brings you to the edge of your seat and not just because you’re scared. I think Insidious is scary, from what I remember, as it has quite a few jumpscares, but it really makes you think too.

This is probably in my top three horror films because of how unique I think it is. It’s hard to compare it to another film like it but if you’re into strange concepts like dreams and the astral plane as well as ghosts and demons, this is for you.

 

Incident in a Ghost Land

Incident in a Ghost Land seems like one of those small, low budget, crappy horror films at first but boy are you in for a rollercoaster.

A mum and her two daughters move into a house, they inherited, literally in the middle of nowhere. During the first day of moving, there’s a break in, where they are assaulted but seem to overcome and escape the situation. The film then jumps to years and years later where one of the daughters, who was really into horror writing, is a famous published author, retelling the events that happened when they first moved into that house. However, not everything is as it seems.

This film is one heck of a psychological horror film. It has so many twists and is very unpredictable. It’s rare to find a horror film like this, especially with how well they executed it. At times, it is a little creepy and uncomfortable, but to be honest, it only adds to the intensity and thrill. The whole film, beginning to end, is amazing. It’s a shame that not many people have seen this, let alone even heard of it, because it is a really good film. Highly recommend!

 

The Sixth Sense

Oooh this is a classic one. But because it is such a classic, I feel like everyone knows how this film pans out even if you haven’t seen it.

The Sixth Sense follows a psychologist (Bruce Willis) trying to help a young boy, who can see dead people. No one, of course, believes the young boy, which is why the psychologist is there to figure out how to treat him. Over time, the psychologist realises the little boy is telling the truth. And some other things too… (I know, I’m great at explaining)

This film, as you may or may not know, has a big twist at the end, which makes you want to watch the whole film again. I watched this one when I was very young so the twist was very unpredictable to me but as an adult, (ew I’m an adult now) I’m not sure if it is unpredictable or not. Anyway, I’ve said too much.

Give this one a go if you’re into big twists or you’ve liked films like The Others.

 

The Conjuring Universe

The Conjuring Universe consists of:

  1. The Conjuring
  2. Annabelle
  3. The Conjuring 2
  4. Annabelle: Creation
  5. The Nun
  6. The Curse of La Llorona
  7. Annabelle Comes Home
  8. The Conjuring 3 (out in 2020)
  9. The Crooked Man (hasn’t come out yet)
  10. A second The Nun film (hasn’t come out yet)

Although you don’t really need to watch in order (you can actually watch them in chronological order based on the timeline in the story) or you don’t really need to watch all of them, it’s fun to delve into every film and piece all the references and Easter eggs together. There are very very few horror films that scare me but The Conjuring Universe can definitely make me scream. It’s even scarier to think that it’s all based on true stories.

If you actually want to be scared this Halloween, I would suggest one of these.

 

Horror that Plays with your Senses

I’ve become a big fan of films that play with your senses such as:

  • A Quiet Place (the characters live in a world where these monsters are attracted to sounds so they can’t speak)
  • Hush (a deaf woman is harassed and attacked by a killer)
  • Birdbox (the characters commit suicide if they look at these creatures out in the world so they basically have to cover their eyes most of the time)
  • Don’t Breathe (a few people break into a blind veteran’s house but find that he is CRAAAZY so they have to be super quiet)

The great thing about these types of films is that it makes you think and consider situations without one of your senses, which is actually quite scary. All the films I listed above are very different from each other but are all very good. A Quiet Place is very well done, from the casting to the storyline, it doesn’t disappoint. Hush is an interesting one but a little predictable. Birdbox is very different but also quite predictable. I also don’t think Birdbox is that scary. Don’t Breathe is a really intense one and had me on the edge of my seat. It’s pretty scary and I think it’s unpredictable due to the ending.

 

Split

Split is about a man, with dissociative identity disorder (or multiple personality disorder), who kidnaps three teenage girls. His persoanlity alters a lot, from a serious man with OCD to a young boy named Hedwig, there are many different identities that are contained within him and are explored. This film is very deep. It explores what dissociative identity disorder is, which I think was so interesting. I’ve never really watched a film that explores the disorder like that. James McAvoy, who plays the main character, did an amazing job. Good on him.

This film, I think, is a hit or miss for people. I know lots of people who really liked this film and some who didn’t. I, personally, think it’s a really good film. The acting is amazing, the storyline, concepts and themes are amazing. The ending is great too because it leads into the film, Glass (I haven’t seen it yet but I’m sure it’s even better).

 

Cabin in the Woods

This film require some patience and a sense of humour. It starts off as the most convential, generic horror film ever, with a group of young adults staying in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, doing stupid things that you shouldn’t do in horror films like going out into the woods in the middle of the night. This can be very annoying to

begin with but as you keep watching the film, you begin to realise why the filmmakers wanted it to be conventional because let me tell you, the ending is definitely not conventional. It’s almost funny. I loved this film for its ending. It may seem silly but I think it’s quite clever.

If you’ve watched many horror films, particularly the classics like Scream, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, etc, this is a good one for you to watch. I can’t say why because it will spoil it but just as a little hint, it kind of makes fun of convential horror films. BUT it’s nothing like the Scary Movie franchise, where it deliberately points out specific films and makes fun of them. It’s not that scary either.

And…if none of what I said can make you watch Cabin in the Woods, Chris Hemsworth is in it.

 

I hope you add any of these to your ‘Must Watch’ lists, whether or not you celebrate Halloween.

I’ll be back soon with a spooky but not scary list of films you can watch this Halloween.

 

Have you seen any of these films already? Please reccomend me any of your own horror films you think I would like.

 

-Shay

Disney Princess Lessons!

We’re back to life, back to reality. And back to school, learning, socialising, anticipating death to take us away. You know, the usual.

Most of the people reading my blog are still students and even though you probably had a bunch of lessons today, listening to your teachers, I wanted to reminisce and write about the OG childhood teachers, most likely if you are a girl. The Disney princesses.

A while ago, I saw the new trailer for Wreck It Ralph 2, which features the Disney princesses, and seeing them all together made me realise how much I actually love them, despite the negative implications they had on me and younger girls. 

There are a lot of negative connotations, morals and examples in the world of the Disney princesses, for example waiting for your prince to make your life better. However, today I don’t want to focus on the negatives. I’m going to focus on the positives, even though I don’t necessarily agree with all of them.

 

Snow White

Snow White is probably the dumbest Disney princess ever. But she’s cute so whatever. I think her stupid mistakes allow younger children to not make them. 

🍎 Snow White taught the lesson of not accepting food from strangers and in general, don’t randomly trust people you don’t really know because you can be taken advantage of.

🍎 She also showed that you shouldn’t be vain and arrogant as it won’t get you anywhere, exemplified by the Wicked Queen, and looks aren’t everything. Instead, sit down and be humble. Personality is important.

🍎 Be kind and considerate. Help out and be selfless and you’ll make good, trusty friends, who you can rely on, like the seven dwarfs and animals.

 

Cinderella

Cinderella isn’t one of my favourite princesses. I liked the mice more than her, in the film. I also had a doll of her, when I was younger. I scribbled on her face.

👠 Cinderella, let’s be honest, is a really hard working princess. And she ended up living a pretty decent life. It’s not everyday you get to be a princess. Although the fact she worked hard, cleaning, didn’t link with her becoming royalty, you can tell that the general idea is hard work pays off.

👠 Ignore your sisters when they’re being horrible.

👠 Don’t let people get you down like the stepmother and stepsisters.

👠 And never stop dreaming. Cinderella didn’t constantly feel sorry for herself, crying about her situation. She went to that damn ball.

 

Aurora

I’m not particularly fond of Sleeping Beauty, even though for most of my life, I convinced myself she had the same birthday as me. Princess Aurora barely speaks in the film so I couldn’t really think of much.

😴 Invite salty people to your parties because they may curse your children otherwise.

😴 Love can help you get through a sticky situation, even though it’s very creepy that some guy wondered over and thought it would be great to snog a girl in a coma.

😴 Also, that love may take some time to come into your life. Just be patient?

 

Ariel

I love Ariel! Personality wise, I think I’m the most like her. She used to be my number one favourite!

🐡 Never stop questioning and always be curious! Curiosity leads to knowledge and I think learning is so important. It can lead to loads of opportunities. Ariel was always exploring and trying to learn new things.

🐡 Ariel had a beautiful and powerful voice and although this may be a stretch, it could symbolise the power of freedom of speech. Voice your opinions and remember you can have your say. Don’t let people silence you like Ursula did to Ariel.

🐡 Parents are annoyingly over-protective sometimes and they’re doing it for the best. But Ariel showed that you don’t need to lead the same lives your parents had or you don’t need to live the life they want you to have. And it’s okay to want to do your own thing.

 

Belle

Belle is also one of my favourite princesses. I loved how she loves reading because I was such a bookworm. Back in the day…

🌹 Never judge a book by it’s cover. It might actually be a good book. But also, in terms of people, they may have a beautiful personality if you think their appearance is ugly. The Beast turned out to be a pretty nice guy and Belle gave him a chance.

🌹 Reading is great! So is intelligence.

🌹 Belle was kind and loving and that ended up creating a lot of joy and positivity whereas Gaston’s war and hate led to violence, darkness and negativity.

 

Jasmine

Jasmine was the first coloured Disney princess, which is exciting for a coloured girl, who barely saw coloured women on TV. Jasmine is a sassy, strong woman and I love that!

🐯 One of the biggest lessons I think Jasmine taught was to be yourself and don’t let other people tell you how to act like marrying some prince. And don’t let people boss you around.

🐯 Be independent. Jasmine showed that she isn’t to be controlled and does not belong to anyone. I feel like in the olden days, it was right for women and men to think that a wife is a possession of a man but that’s not true. You’re not a trophy on a shelf.

 

Pocahontas

I’ve only watched Pocahontas a couple times so I don’t remember as much as the others. Her hair is pretty cool though and I love how brave and courageous she is.

🍃 The song Just Around The Riverbend shows that there’s always hope and you should never give up.

🍃 Look after nature and do not exploit it. Pocahontas tries to tell John Smith that Earth isn’t something you can just claim and take advantage of.

🍃 Be brave and bold.

 

Mulan

I’ve always thought that Mulan is the coolest Disney princess. I also think the film was ahead of its time.

⚔️ She shows that women are just as strong as men are. It’s a shame she had to pretend to be a boy to be considered strong but she proves that women are just as much capable of doing certain things as men are.

⚔️ Family is important, which Mulan emphasises when she risks her life to save her father.

⚔️ As a girl (or even a boy), you do not need to be polite and sweet and dainty. You be whoever you want, just as Mulan did.

 

Tiana

When The Princess and the Frog came out, I was so excited! Disney was really doing well with whipping out all the ethnic princesses, which is so healthy for young girls to see, helping them feel represented.

🐸 Personality is key. Prince Naveen fell in love with Tiana, clearly, through personality as he didn’t care about the fact she was a frog. No offence to frogs.

🐸 Work hard and always aim for a goal/dream. Tiana opened up her restaurant through hard work and persistence and I think that’s a very important learning lesson.

 

Rapunzel

Rapunzel has a child-like, curious personality, which is something I deeply connect with. I absolutely love her! And the film is amazing!

🍳 She teaches the lesson that you shouldn’t be taken advantage of, like Mother Gothel took advantage of Rapunzel for her magical hair.

🍳 Rapunzel was brave, even though she was also scared, and stepped out of her comfort zone. I think taking risks and stepping out of what you’re used to opens up a ton of new opportunities and life experience, which you’ll never regret!

🍳 Don’t believe everything you hear. Mother Gothel lied to Rapunzel for her whole freaking life! You should always question things and make sure you understand everything going on. Also, don’t believe everything you see. as in The Snuggling Ducklings, the ‘pub thugs’ looked hardcore and fierce but all had goals and dreams and soft sides.

🍳 Rapunzel takes on like a billion hobbies to make up for her stuggle living in the tower. From experience, I can say new projects and hobbies help you through difficult times.

 

Merida

Along with Mulan, I think Merida is a boss! From her hair to her personality, she screams fierce and fiery.

🏹 Quite obviously, first lesson is to be brave. Merida is so bloody brave and it’s very inspiring.

🏹 Merida is extremely independent, choosing to control her own destiny instead of waiting for a prince, unlike some other princesses. *cough* Cinderella *cough*. Independence is so important, which I know varies amongst different cultures but it helps to make you your own person and build intuition.

🏹 Archery is Merida’s thing and she stands up for herself, stating she’ll be shooting for herself and going against the norms. Non-conforming in some instances is bad or inappropriate but right now, in this day and age, it’s what is propelling society in the right direction. Standing up for what you believe in and going against the norms is powerful and bold.

 

Elsa & Anna

I’m not gonna lie, Frozen is my least favourite Disney princess film. I’m not huge fans of the princess sisters but I do love Olaf.

❄️ Anna wanted to marry a man she had just met. In the end, we discover he’s the  bad guy. This just shows that ladies, put your books before your boys.

❄️ Elsa goes through a hard time, discovering herself and her body (not puberty though). She hides away but the film shows that your loved ones are there to support you and can help and comfort you. Don’t shut them out, whether they be friends or family.

❄️ Along with not accepting yourself and body…you should accept yourself and body. It’s a big ask but try and be confident.

❄️ Let It Go tells us to let our worries go and don’t let it break you down.

 

Moana

Moana is my absolute favourite princess, at the moment! She’s the first princess I highly relate to as she’s a brown girl from a tropical island! I was so excited when I heard it was coming out and I loved the fact that it’s one of the only princesses who don’t have a male love interest involved.

🐚 Moana followed what her heart told her, since she felt the ocean calling to her. Even if it means facing your fears.

🐚 Although this wasn’t Moana, Grandma Tala says she wasn’t afraid of what other people on the island thought of her. This shows that you shouldn’t be afraid to be different and unique.

🐚 Be strong and have confidence. Moana sails a boat, even though she didn’t know how and she set sail on her journey. She struggled but gained the strength to carry on, which is really important for everyone to remember.

🐚 Maui stole the heart of Te Fiti, which was a huge mistake but Moana helped to fix the issue. Don’t run away from your problems. Tackle them head on and it will reduce the stress building up.

 

In conclusion, most of the Disney princesses teach bravery, perseverance, kindness and the important of knowledge. I think those are pretty good lessons. When I was younger, I wasn’t a big fan of the Disney princesses and found them overrated but now that I’m older and there’s so much diversity amongst them, I understand and appreciate them more.

 

Currently, my favourite princesses are Moana, Rapunzel and Ariel!

Who are yours?

 

-Shay

Ocean’s 8 Women Empowerment!

Ocean’s 8 is an upcoming film, where character Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney in 2001 Ocean’s Eleven) devises a great plan for a huge heist at the New York annual Met Gala, which just passed, recruiting a team of specialists, to steal a necklace worth more than $150 million.

It’s not the incredible heist planned at the Met Gala and their target that makes the film so great. It’s the empowerment of women and the amazing stars involved. The famous faces include Sandra Bullock, who plays Debbie Ocean, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina.

 

Ocean’s 8 is an all female reboot of Ocean’s Eleven. This action-packed film is all about girl power, which strays from the norms and conventions of action films, particularly those about heists and devising intricate complex plans. This is due to the fact these types of films generally have a male protagonist, as well as a primarily male cast. There tends to be a woman, who may contribute, but are there to be the love interest or stop the man from making irrational decisions, because “women keep to the safe side” and “aren’t as smart or physically fit to be part of the main team”.

 

Consequently, because of this all female reboot, there have been a lot of sexist trolls but Sandra Bullock stated that they’ve “got some feisty women that will fight right back.” I think, in a way, this is also empowering as it shows young girls and other women to stand up, be feisty and fight back, instead of conforming to people who say “to just ignore it”.

 

Sarah Paulson said that “it was extraordinary to look around the room and see Cate Blanchett, whom I’ve worked with twice now, with Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina. It was a very empowering place to be – and it was really fun…we have a text chain going that’s one of the most epic things. If my phone was stolen, it would be eye-opening!”

Mindy Kaling said “It’s funny, because when Ocean’s Eleven was filming, you’d read about how it was such a convivial atmosphere on set and that George Clooney would play pranks on everybody,” she continued. “It made me realize that when men go away to shoot a movie for two or three months, they leave their families at home. But women take their families with them.” She added that she not only got to know the stars, like Sandra Bullock, but also their partners and kids, asking questions about how they manage and balance work and motherhood.

Sandra Bullock explained on Ellen that for the most part, they filmed together and “that’s the best part about this whole thing, is that we just got to love on each other and get to know all these different personalities.”

With all this being said by just a few of the actresses, I think it goes to show and provide evidence that women work really well together and can have a lot of fun in the presence of one another! In the wise words of Cyndi Lauper, girls just wanna have fun! 😄 And to quote Sandra Bullock “women get along”. I’ve seen far too many times in films, books and TV shows where women fight and argue, and this is prominent when there is a cast of primarily men. The tension between women presented in the media just causes harm as it reinforces to women that it’s the behaviour that they should be portraying and that there should be tension.

From my almost 18 years of being a girl, I can tell you that yes, girls can argue, the same way any type of person argues, but the majority of the time, girls get along and not just that, they boost each other’s confidence and encourage and empower each other, even without doing it directly. This may just be me but I feel the most confident when I’m with my girl friends and even other girls.

 

I think Ocean’s 8 reinforces and strengthens women in liberating and supporting one another.

Furthermore, it could be the start to a future of the appearance of more women in actions films! What do you think?

 

-Shay

Avengers: Infinity War HAD ME SHOOK!

Last year, I was standing in the rain, with a work colleague (long story). We geeked out a bit about our love for superheroes and he told me about his excitement for Infinity War and, presuming he already read the comics, he described the superheroes in it and how it was a two part film and boy, I was bouncing off my feet. I couldn’t wait for it! Every time I watched the trailer, I grew more and more impatient. And that’s why as soon as I heard it had come out, I made instant plans with a friend to go see it, the day after it came out.

 

And it. had. me. shooketh.

 

The film was great and surprisingly very funny, much more than it has been in previous Avengers films (but that’s just my opinion) which I came to the conclusion was probably due to the fact that it was dealing with a serious, intricate plot, which would both bore non-fans and annoy a lot of people (if you know, you know). It also had me emotionally invested.

I recommend going to see it, even if you aren’t a big comic book fan, and just a small suggestion, wait until even after the credits roll.

 

DO NOT PROCEED ON WITH THIS POST IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN INFINITY WAR YET! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!

 

For anyone, who has already seen it in cinemas, you already know what I’m going to be talking about.

 

Infinity War, to sum it up, is about the avengers (Hulk, Iron Man, our latest addition, Spider-Man, etc), including other heroes e.g the guardians of the galaxy and Doctor Strange, who join forces to fight and prevent Thanos, an incredibly powerful villain (in fact their most powerful one yet) from obtaining all six infinity stones and basically ruining the world and the universe and existence.

It’s pretty deep.

 

And my poor baby Loki died (for the second time) right at the very beginning of the film, before I properly even settled down in my seat. 😦

 

The Ending?

At the very end of the film, Thanos does manage to obtain the six stones, which seemed inevitable, especially as there was only one out of millions of outcomes where the superheroes were going to win, according to Doctor Strange, who also gave up his Time stone to Thanos. In addition, upon Strange’s “death” (along with many other superheroes, such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, etc, and other people “vanishing-to-dirt-and-dust deaths”) he states ‘this was the only way’. I found it particularly shocking for Doctor Strange to just give up the stone so easily and let’s be real, he’s a smart guy. AND so, I think that maybe his act of giving up the stone may have seemed like a failure but in the long-run, may propel the storyline into victory. Also there’s a part two, which will be the final Avenger’s film, so I’m presuming there is some sort of success and “closure”.

 

When people started dissolving into dust, I noticed that it wasn’t random. Yes, well loved characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy, Nick Fury and Black Pather died but who was left to potentially salvage our beloved characters?

Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Thor.

And what does that mean…?

They’re all basically the OGs of the avengers, which implies that they will unite, like the very first Avengers team up, and together defeat the evil alien, Thanos. To support this, Infinity War is based roughly on Infinity Gauntlet, written by Jim Starlin in 1991, in which at the end of issue one, Thanos kills a vast amount of the universe and its existence with the snap of his fingers, similarly to the film. And that’s just issue one. After this, well known heroes team up to fight back, which is also very similar to our OGs surviving at the end of Infinity Way, hinting they will reunite and attack back. It also means there’s a lot of pressure being enforced on them.

 

Future Films and The Logo at the End!

At the very end of the film, like the very very end, after the credits that seemed to go on forever, Nick Fury and Maria Hill make an appearance, where they too dissolve but just as Nick Fury crumbles away, he drops a small, old fashioned device where the camera shows something being sent and then a small logo. And that logo was in fact the Captain Marvel logo.

 

 

So what about Avengers 4?
I don’t have much of a theory. I think that Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor and Hulk will be the ones depended on to save the entire universe and most importantly, saving Groot. I also believe that Bruce Banner will Hulk out and turn green since he did not in the first film and had a bit of trouble doing so.
I also think that Tony Stark will have a major role to play, not that he doesn’t already. As I said before, Doctor Strange is a smart man and even said that he would without hesitation sacrifice the lives of Peter and Tony if it means saving the universe. But he ends up saving Tony and giving up the stone to Thanos, which could indicate that Tony needs to be alive for things to proceed into victory for them.
I also think there will be a lot of time travel or at least, a lot of time related stuff.

 

Also, Peter Parker looked like he was discovering his spider sense, which also may be a hint into something, even if it’s not about the next Avengers film.

 

Although I strongly believe the characters who “died” will be back, I also think that there will be ones that remain dead: Loki, Gamora and Vision. RIP.

 

 And…umm…shoutout to all the people who weren’t in the epic crossover…

 

What did you think of the film and what are your theories?

 

-Shay

Fictional Bucket List!

I’ve seen loads of little posts on Instagram from tumblr and pinterest about things people would want to do with their favourite characters – the fictional bucket list.

I then came across InAMessyWorld ‘s blog post on her fictional bucket list so I got a bit inspired so credit to her for my inspirations 😀 (And I guess credit to Tomes with Tea, for inspiring her.)

 

My Fictional Bucket List:

Play wizard’s chess with Hermione Granger

 

Play hide and seek with Coraline in the other world (and we can twin cause I always wear a yellow coat)

 

Prank Dwight with Jim

 

Visit the Hundred Acre Woods (I’ve actually been to the place that inspired the fictional version)

 

Swing around NY with Spider Man (Tom Holland version obviously… XD )

 

Go to one of Gatsby’s parties

 

Go on an adventure in a shared dream with Cobb and Ariadne

 

Be mischievous with Gumball and Darwin

 

Travel across the multiverse with Team Flash (and meet my doppelgangers)

 

Go to one of Ross’ weddings

 

Solve a crime with Scooby Doo and the gang

 

Go crazy and let loose with Harley Quinn

 

Shoot some walkers with Carl Grimes (R.I.P Never Forgotten ❤ )

 

Reach the highest level of SAO with Kirito and Asuna

 

Make fetch happen with Gretchen

 

Fly around with Baymax

 

Explore Wonderland and have a tea party with the Mad Hatter

 

And…

Stare at Dylan O’Brien inside the Glade the whole time

 

What would be on your fictional bucket list?

 

-Shay

The Flash 3×22 | Did Iris Die?

It’s no secret that I love The Flash. But Season 3, Episode 22 was crazy! And I don’t have very long before I need to start revising again so here’s my theory on what happened! If you also watch The Flash, please leave ideas what on you think happened. There are also spoilers!

 

Ever since around the beginning of the season, or at least a few episodes after finding out Iris was going to die and coming to the conclusion they needed to alter the course of the future, Barry was very sure that Kid Flash, Wally, was going to be the one to save Iris. That might not have meant directly saving her by running towards Savitar as he stabbed her.

 

HR unintentionally leaked to Savitar, who he thought was Barry, that Iris was currently on Earth 2 with Harry and Joe. Obviously, he felt extremely guilty and bad and after his conversation with Cisco about being useless to the group and never giving back even after all the good things they did for him, he says “’til next time”. Could this imply that HR decided he was going to sacrifice himself to finally feel like he was contributing to Team Flash? Right after he says this, he looks over to Savitar’s blade, which was previously used by Jesse Quick to locate Savitar.

 

But how could HR have sacrificed himself? Early on in the season. HR uses a device that altered his appearance to make him look like someone else. Earlier on in the 22nd episode, Barry unnecessarily used the same device to appear as Lyla but it became useless to them just minutes after so what was the point of putting it in the episode? Maybe to plant the seed that the device is going to be key?

 

In the final minutes until Iris’ death, Barry uses Tracy’s bazooka to try and put Savitar in the speed force, which distracts us from what’s going on with Iris, tossed to the side. I thought it was a little unnecessary too for Savitar to be racing from one place to another, even though he knew the Philosopher’s Stone he was holding would prevent him from being trapped in the speed force. Could this have solely been used as a distraction and to hide what was going on? Maybe Wally, Kid Flash, could’ve ended up speeding to Iris and doing a switch between HR, using the device, and the real Iris. Seconds before Iris, or possibly HR, does die, she only says “Barry” whereas in the vibe, earlier on in the season, Barry and Cisco witness her saying “Barry, I love you.” On the rooftop, Joe is also replaced by HR, who was initially there on the rooftop in the vibe.

 

On top of that, although I’m not completely sure if this is true (although I won’t know if any of the theory is true until the finale), HR proposes that Tracy should join Team Flash. With very very similar personalities, it would be hard to keep both characters on and still have them having things to do on the show without their characters focusing on different things since each character on the show are different and have different goals and morals, etc. Also, there has been three seasons with three different Harrison Wells so it wouldn’t be crazy if another fourth longterm one were to appear. I’m not very sure with that but it’s possible.

I also feel like Gypsy and maybe maybe Julian had some sort of part in it or will as they are both important, useful characters, that weren’t involved in the recent episodes…

And in addition, did everything happen in that season really happen for no reason because it was all for the sake of saving Iris, mostly!

 

But on the other hand, Iris really did set a sad tone for her death so it’s possible she really did die AND hasn’t had much of a role to drive the show anymore since she is with Barry so there isn’t any drama revolving around their love situation (which was her starting position as Barry’s love interest) and she has no science background, if that makes sense.

 

I just don’t think and also don’t want to think that Iris could really die. XD

 

-Shay

Movies of 2016!

Because we’ve just started 2016, I thought I’d talk about all the movies I’m looking forward to watching in 2016!

 

 

suicide squad 1The first one, which I am really really REALLY looking forward to is Suicide Squad! I’m a huge Marvel fan but I think Suicide Squad is definitely going to make me love DC a lot more too. I’ve been excited for this since I heard it was coming out, which was way back into 2015 so I’ve been waiting a while. XD The trailer came out last night, too, so you should totally watch that!

 

I am also really looking forward to Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass! I wasn’t a huge fan of the first film but I have high hopes for this one! 🙂

 

Amityville: The Awakening is another film I’m looking forward to. Although, I think it won’t be as scary to me because Bella Thorne is in it and I literally grew up with her being on Disney so… XD But it does look pretty scary and she’s a good actress so oh well. It sort of looks like Sinister and Insidious combined too.

 

Being a Divergent fan, I have to include Allegiant on here! I am looking forward to this but I didn’t find the book as interesting and the books are usually better than the movies so…I’m not too sure how I’ll feel about Allegiant. But I am still excited for it.

 

The last one has to be Finding Dory! I don’t think it will be as good as the first movie but I am really looking forward to it! 😀

 

Those aren’t all of them but those are the ones I’m most looking forward to! Comment down films you’re looking forward to watching in 2016!

 

Go on an adventure.

-Shay :3

Inception Ending!

I love Inception! Like I really love it.

I would marry it, if I could.

It’s been my favourite movie for about two years, right about after I properly started to lucid dream 😉

And I thought, to embrace my strong attachment to this film (I hate calling it a film. I want it to be real 😥 ) I would share what I thought of the ending, since it caused a lot of debate and confusion! 🙂 This post will contain a lot of spoilers!

 

At the end of Inception, Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) finally gets to go back home, after being accused of murder because of his wife, who committed suicide (Long story). This meant Cobb couldn’t see his children for a long time and going back home means he’ll get to be with his kids again.

When Cobb is having his little reunion with his kids again and the camera slowly moves to the spinning top, his totem, you can hear (you might not notice the first time watching but I have watched it 10+ times XD) Cobb and his son (James) speaking.

James: Look what I’ve been building!

Cobb: What have you been building?

James: A house on a cliff.

At first, I thought that was just a casual thing to say but then I realised, Christopher Nolan wrote and directed this. Every little detail means so much in his films, especially Inception so I took the “house on a cliff” into a great amount of thought. I knew that, in a dream, a cliff is a dream symbol for reaching the ‘end of the road’ in a particular lifestyle and that something new will happen. This could show that Cobb has reached the end of extracting information out of the dream world, etc, but will try to be a loving father, again, which means he’s determined to be with his kids again and will give up his job, which caused a lot of problems.

So…he doesn’t really care whether he’s in reality or not, which takes me to my next point, which caused a lot of discussion. The spinning top. If you don’t know, the spinning top is Cobb’s totem. A totem is basically what I call a ‘reality check’ because it shows you whether you’re in a dream world or not. (I have to do this in real life too so I’ll get used to doing it while asleep so I know if I’m in a lucid dream or not. That or looking at the back of my hand closely… XD)

The reason why we might not have gotten to see whether the top toppled over or had continued to spin could be because Cobb didn’t care anymore, so long as he was with his children. Nolan left it to our imagination and we got to make our interpretation on what we thought.

Basic RGBHowever, this makes me seriously question whether Cobb could’ve still been in Limbo. Or maybe he was in Limbo throughout the whole film. But that would mean that in Limbo, he went into a dream, into another dream, into another dream and into another Limbo…which means that he is back to what he thought was reality, but with slower time, to him. So Mal could be all the way up, back in reality, waiting for Cobb. And years in Limbo are only hours in reality so she could still be waiting….

Mind blown.

It makes sense to me. XD

But then again, Cobb said that the spinning top was actually Mals’s (his wife) totem so the totem wouldn’t actually work for him, But apparently Cobb’s totem is actually his wedding ring, which is only seen when he’s in a dream and at the end, he isn’t wearing the ring so maybe he’s in reality?

But ALSO, apparently you can’t kill yourself, in Limbo, when you realise that isn’t your reality to escape. You have to wait for the drug to wear away, which shows why Mal and Cobb did grow old together….

 

I don’t think many people are going to care or even have the attention span to read through all of this but if you would like more theories on Inception, I’m more than happy to since I have quite a few. Also, I could even summarise and clear everything out because it is a very confusing movie to the majority of people but again, I’ve watched it MANY times. Too many times….

 

Go on an adventure.

-Shay :3

Everything Stays!

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I wanted to share with you the lyrics of Everything Stays from Adventure Time by Rebecca Sugar!

 

Let’s go in the garden
You’ll find something waiting
Right there where you left it
Lying upside down
When you finally find it
You’ll see how it’s faded
The underside is lighter
When you turn it around

Everything stays
Right where you left it
Everything stays
But it still changes
Ever so slightly
Daily and nightly
In little ways
When everything stays.

I hope you like it as much as I did! But listen to the video 😉

We were born to be real, not to be perfect.

-Dauntless Dream :3