So I’ve been gone for a while. I took some time off to do some uni work. I did no uni work.
But I’m back!! I’m actually making another blog post????? I’m amazed.
So what have I been up to?? Honestly nothing much. I’ve been up and down from home to uni quite a few times, for various reasons; as well as making a pretty great start into my “2017 in Film”.
I’m planning on watching as many movies this year as I can. For the month of January, I hit 30 films. Not all of these were new watches, but the vast majority were. In terms of new films, in my opinion the best film of January was Hunt for the Wilderpeople. This film was incredible, I loved the writing, the acting and the direction. As a result of this film, I’m even more hype for Thor 3, also directed by Taika Waititi. I’d recommend this movie for anyone, especially to watch with family.
The worst film of January was by far The Pyramid. I just didn’t understand it. Scary? Yeah, it had a few jump scares. But these seemed incredibly cheap and expected. I scare easily so things are going to make me jump, but I knew when everything was going to happen. This, accompanied by the fact that I can’t take James Buckley serious as all I can hear is Jay from The Inbetweeners, means that this movie just… Sucked. I don’t even know what was going on for a lot of it. It started off being filmed in first person, which made sense. Then all of a sudden, we’re third person. This totally pulled me out of the film. I understand why it had to happen? But it just wasn’t good.
I’m going to wrap this up because I’m about to get off the train. I’m really going to make a push to post more often. I can’t promise daily posts? Sometimes I just do nothing. But I’ll be more active for sure.
Talk to you guys later, have a great day.
Merry Christmas to everyone!! Hope you’re all having a great day so far and that you’ve eaten enough food to last a whole week.
So this week started stressfully and then ended very chill-ly.
Three pieces of coursework to be finished by Wednesday was an arduous task to say the least. It meant late nights in uni for Monday and Tuesday. Slither.io and Pottermore (of all things) proved to be distractions that only lengthen the process. At least I was sorted into Ravenclaw, so it wasn’t all bad.
Wednesday evening saw me rushing from Portstewart to Banbridge. All too stressful a journey for the distance travelled.
Thursday and Friday were home days, finally getting to see my dog, Molly again. She’s still a bitch but she’s the best dog.
Saturday began my travels again, heading from Northern Ireland across half the world to Virginia, USA. I enjoy travelling a lot, so this was a pretty enjoyable experience. Upon finally arriving in Washington D.C., Abbey and I hit up McDonald’s, being asked for change with a variety of reasons by the herds of homeless that surround the station. I think I come across as an easy target.
Sunday was again a good day, with lunch at Nando’s being a highlight. We strolled around the city, taking our time between sights as we really were in no rush to get anywhere. Ending the day with a train journey from D.C. to Petersburg, before a short car journey to South Hill, VA, and Abbey’s house; my home for the next three weeks.
This next week should be great, with the lead-up to Christmas always proving to be an eventful time.
Thanks for catching up with me this Sunday evening. Stay classy, San Diego.
So my movies of choice were:
- Ghostbusters (2016) – this is a movie I had yet to see, and felt I had to watch. It was alright. Don’t get me wrong, it held nothing against the original; but there were moments that were funny and moments that were actually good. Kate McKinnon stood out from the cast, as did Chris Hemsworth; however Leslie Mann and Melissa McCarthy seemed exaggerated and a lot of their humour seemed forced. I’d say this is worth a watch if it’s on and you have nothing to do, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy it or go out of my way to watch it. Don’t expect anything incredible either. Rating: 5/10
- Lethal Weapon ( ) – this movie is great. The acting is great, the action is great. Everything. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are both really impressive as Riggs and Murtagh. This film is almost as good as the It’s Always Sunny version. Rating: 8/10
- Morgan (2016) – This movie was also good, I knew next to nothing about it so everything was a surprise. I liked the storyline, and the acting was pretty good. Toby Jones and Paul Giamatti are two of my favourite actors, and both of them perform in this film. The ending is interesting, but also seems rushed, with the build up being my favourite part of the film. Rating: 6/10
Furthermore, I managed to cram in possible the very best Game of Thrones episode to date: Battle of the Bastards. From start to finish, this episode just blows me away no matter how many times I watch it. The initial Battle for Mereen is a CGI masterpiece, with the dragons and Danaerys finally showing how much they kick ass. Then we get to the main event. The showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton. This is one of the best battle sequences I’ve seen, definitely the best on TV. The manic nature of battle as well as the claustrophobia of close quarters combat is conveyed in such a great way. This episode cements Game of Thrones status as one of the greatest television shows of all time.
Lunch was surprisingly good. The options were pasta bolognese or turkey, I went for the former. It tasted good; not amazing, but very good for airplane food.
One small point. Nut allergies. Before take off, we received an announcement that a lady had asked that all passengers not eat any nuts during the flight, as there was a passenger with a serious nut allergy. I don’t know how I feel about this? I understand the concern, and I understand the reason; but banning nuts on an entire flight for one person? It takes me back to secondary school where similar circumstances occurred. Snickers were outlawed. Kinder Buenos were contraband. Carrying a bag of KP nuts risked the removal of a hand for disobedience.
But alas, my M&Ms were just chocolate this time, so I didn’t care too much.
4 hours until my flight from Boston to DC… Let’s find some food.
So I made a new snapchat; I was bored of people seeing it who I haven’t known for ages, or have never known. It’s dtrplays.
I’m heading to America today, to see Abbey, for three weeks. I haven’t been there in ages so it’s definitely exciting. I’m writing this while standing waiting for my gate to open. Standing with 18 other gates worth of people, that is. For some reason, the airport decided to call us through, then keep the automated doors locked. Fun times.
Anyways, 7 hours and 20 minutes flight to Boston first then onto DC. So that’s enough time for about three movies. Expect comprehensive reviews of each of these.
Today was Gym Day number 2 for the week, and in a new gym as well! I signed up to Coleraine gym, so I’m actually going to try and take this seriously for once. My goal is to lose weight and generally get fitter. I don’t plan on achieving any impossible goals or anything. All in all, the gym sesh was a success!
In other news, today’s Dota was a failure. Internet problems caused me to not play any matches until tonight, then two losses in a row made me decide to give up for the day. Not a fun time.
That’s all for today, see you all tomorrow.
Just my activities for the day!
Today was a pretty chill day. I had class this morning, a career’s event of all things. It wasn’t too bad, pretty interesting and there was free tea. So very British.
Then it was back home for some Dota action. I ended up playing three matches and winning three matches. I was playing as Legion Commander (jungle); Skywrath Mage (solo support); and Shadow Shaman (solo support again). I think I played pretty well, I’ve really been trying to up my game recently.
I’ve also been getting back into Terraria, starting both a new character and a new world. It’s going pretty well so far. I’ve built a base up near one of the living trees on the map, using it as a wall to the right.
So yeah, very productive day! Gym tomorrow so let’s see how that goes. Wish me luck!