Thursday, 1 March 2018

What I Watched: February 2018 + Update.

To say February was only 28 days long it feels like it went on for a lifetime, am I right? Even longer than January which I didn't think was even possible....anyways, in my last post, I said something along the lines of 'I'll be posting more this month' yadda-yadda and if I'm totally honest, I intended to. I really did, but I've been having some personal things going on, or to be REALLY honest, I've had some mental health things going on and I've just not felt like trying to post anything I knew would be a pile of shite and my blog's not exactly brilliant now, so I didn't see the point in putting something out I wasn't bothered about. Uhm, so yeah, that's why I've not even put up a tag post this month because I've been going through some shit that I wish I wasn't and didn't want to be a boring twat on my blog. So, that's what's been going on with me. How are you??

February, even though it was a shit month and took its toll on me, was a fabulous month for movie watching. The cold nights and my resistance to leaving the house has had me watching some pretty rad movies if I do say so myself. So let's crack on with What I Watched in February 2018.

I saw this movie when it was released over ten years ago. I remember going to the cinema to see it with my Mum (we both adored Will & Grace) and being mortified during the 'on the boat sex' scene. Keeping in mind I was about 12 at the time. I adore this film. I adore Debra Messing. I adore the odd British-ness of this movie and I think it's worth a watch for sure.

I was obsessed with this movie for a few weeks when it came out on DVD and watched it all the time. Looking back now I'm not sure why, ha! I do still like this movie though, I must admit, I think it's a fun, slapstick-y sort of film you'd pop on on a Sunday when the telly was shit.

Unlike nearly everyone on Tumblr, I know Steve Carrell from this movie, not The Office. I adore movies like this because they're so easy to just put on and watch without having to really think for 90 minutes. I think Steve Carrell is a comedic genius, I adore him. AIN'T NO OTHER MANNN!

I saw this back in September when it came out because I LOVE the first movie. I adore Taron and Colin. Even though *ducks* I prefer the first one to the sequel I still think this will be on repeat for a long time because it's funny as fuck and also at some points makes me want to crawl into the corner and sob.

*disclaimer - my obsession with Dakota Johnson got a little OTT this month*
This movie stars the beautiful Dakota Johnson and that's why I watched it to be totally honest. I didn't know what to expect at all and even though the ending pissed me the fuck off (the fuck was that??!!) I did enjoy this movie to a point. About an hour, maybe. Voldemort was the best part.

Alex randomly mentioned this movie one night and said he'd had it on tape as a kid so reveling in this new information from my boys' childhood I popped it on and gave it a watch. I adored Kirsty Alley and Tim Allen growing up, so I knew I'd like it and I DID! More so than I thought I would. Definitely, think it's worth a watch if you're bored on a weekend.

This was just a random watch for me and Alex when we were bored. NowTV (which I think is wank) had just put it on as 'a new film' even though it's been out a few years and so we popped it on because it had Frasier in it. It wasn't anything amazing but I enjoyed it.

I love these movies, I don't care what anyone says. Each to their own. Twilight was my guilty pleasure when I was a teen, these are my adult ones. This one is probably my favourite of the series. I'm a bit pissed off that it only got an hour and a half full release as the others were around two hours and this definitely could've benefited with some scenes being a bit longer (not them ones). I love Dakota and I love Jamie. They are both amazing actors, but MY GOD, how they made this script work I don't know. Even so, FIFTY SHADES, WOOO!

Starring DJ, I popped this on not expecting anything exciting considering the summary of it on IMDB, but I was really surprised how much I liked this. It takes a while to take off and it could've had a bit longer to build to the end, but it's a nice little movie and has a good point to it. We should all be more considerate of what we're doing to the planet we live on.

After all the hype...I had to give it a watch and honestly....I'm not sure why it's having so much attention. Like, I enjoyed it a lot and I love that Ladybird knows who she is and what she wants and I wish I was her, but then when you take a step back and look at the movie for what it's nothing special. Saoirse did an amazing job, but again, that fucking ending did me. Just why?? 

What have you been watching lately? Any recs?
Laura x

Friday, 2 February 2018

What I Watched: January 2018.

January's 'What I Watched' list has gotten more additions to it this past week than it has all month as I have been dying in bed with the flu. It's been five days and I'm still struggling to breathe through my nose and swallow without the razor blades catching. It's definitely kicked my butt and here I was gloating that I'd made Christmas without getting sick. Karma! So here's what got watched in the longest month of my life:

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong. I adore Mischief Theatre and all the bits of their shows that I've seen. I'm still desperate to go and see them in London, but that will have to wait. A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong was on around Christmas and I considered it one of the highlights of my entire week. I've currently seen it about 4 times and laugh each time. I love them!

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. I got bored one night and this popped up on my list and as I'd only seen it once I gave it another whirl. Not as good as the first one, but it's an alright watch for a boring night in.

Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker. The new one is out next week and I cannot wait to see it, so I decided to give the first two another watch. I can't help it, I actually like the movies. I don't care what anyone says!

Kingsman: Secret Service. I've found myself putting this on in the background as I clean because it's a really easy watch and I can bop along to the tunes that come on as well.

Bridget Jones Diary / Bridget Jones Diary 2. These will always be two of my favourite movies. I intended to watch the third one again after these but I've not got around to it yet. Nothing will beat the first one though.

John Tucker Must Die. A staple in all 90's girls watch list. I love this movie. Who wouldn't wanna get one over on a scumbag boy?

She's All That. Freddie Prinze Jr and Paul Walker in one movie?? Yes, please! This movie has been a firm favourite of mine for years. Rachel Leigh Cooke is such a beauty!

Anthropoid. Stepping away from teen flicks, this one is a WW2 movie based on real events. Two Czech spies plan to assassinate Hitler's third in command, Heydrich Reinhard, during the Nazi takeover. Starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, this is an extremely sad story and it is so well acted that you'll sit there for 5 minutes after just thinking about it all.

Star Trek: First Contact. Alex randomly decided to put this on the other night and as I was ill I ended up falling asleep throughout it and waking up and missing some of it, but I got the gist. I'm not really a trekkie, but it was a terrible movie, I suppose.

What have you been watching lately?
Laura x 
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

My iTunes Most Played.

2018 has been the year of entertainment so for on PGR. My first post of 2018 was What I Watched, the second was a 2017 Book Round-Up and now I am doing a post about my most played songs on iTunes. It's safe to say that I'm quite happy with my blog so far this year. I've always wanted to put more books, movies, music and tv on PGR because they are the things that I'm most interested in and they are how I like to spend my time. So hopefully more of these sorts of posts will be coming this year!

top twenty tunes.

I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn + Taylor Swift
Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran
Rock Bottom - Hailee Steinfeld
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Children Of The Universe - Molly Smitten Downes
Carry On My Wayward Son - SPN 200th Episode
The Road So Far - SPN 200th Episode
I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
Not Afraid Anymore - Halsey
Try - Pink

Runaways - The Killers
Disaster - Jojo
Too Close - Alex Clare
Sharp Edges - Linkin Park
Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert
The Edge - Tonight Alive
One More Night - Maroon 5
E.T. - Katy Perry
Monster - Paramore
Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones

What songs are on your most played list? I'd love to know! I'm ALWAYS on the look out for new songs to listen to!
Laura x
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2017 Book Round Up.

One of my goals for last year was to read more books. As a kid, I would constantly be at the library choosing new books to read and be that one geeky kid in the class that got all excited when the scholastic library would come to their school. I adored books growing up and somehow along the way to adulthood that passion for books slipped a little. I still kept a long list of books that I wanted to read I just never got around to it and if I did I would take weeks, sometimes even months, to complete just one of them. 

So at the beginning of 2017, I set myself a challenge on Goodreads (follow me here) to read one book a month, so twelve books in total which isn't a lot to some people, but to me, that was probably a more realistic goal. So did I meet my goal? 


(Supernatural is my favourite TV show so this gif was perfect)

I made my way through 14 books, so I passed my set goal (woot!) and I am so bloody happy about it. I finally got my love of books back and I can't wait to stick my nose into some new ones this year. Speaking of, I have been a little braver and set 2018's goal at 15 books, so hopefully, I can do that. EASY.

What I Read in 2017

My Mad Fat Diary - Rae Earl ★★★★
MMFD is one of my ALL-TIME favourite TV programmes. It touched on something that is so close to me personally (Rae is literally me) I decided to give the book a read that it came from originally. The way Rae Earl narrates the book is amazing. It's not sugar-coated tween bullshit that you read nowadays where everyone is a brooding introvert, it's real. It's so real that I found myself crying thinking how damn accurate it was to me and my own self-vision. Even though I loved it, it didn't amass the amount of love I have for the show.

My Madder Fatter Diary - Rae Earl ★★★
My love for the first book made me hungry to read the follow up to it. Sadly though I didn't feel as much of a connection to the sequel as I did the first book. This one just seemed to lose the feel of the first one and I know it's based on a true diary of Rae Earl's but I feel like it could've been edited a little better and make me love the characters as much as I did in MMFD.

Life & Times of Brenda Cankles - Randi M. Sherman ★★★
At the beginning of last year, I was contacted by the author of this book offering me a pre-released version of it for a read through and review. Obviously wanting to kick my challenge off to a good start I jumped at the chance (read my review here). I loved the idea of this book, it spoke to me a lot in the sense that this character, who was a large person, didn't care what people thought about her and she did what she wanted and wore what she wanted, but I was a little taken aback by the actual story of this person and it made me confused as to how I was supposed to view this character. 

HP & The Chamber of Secrets - *The Queen* JK Rowling ★★★★
I haven't read this book in years so I decided last year that I was going to reread all the Harry Potter books and relish in that happy place that I had as a child. I didn't manage to read any other book of the series than this one, but I loved taking that trip back to Hogwarts and I'm hoping I'll get around to doing it this year instead.

Me Before You - JoJo Moyes ★★★
I didn't know about this book until I saw the trailer for the movie and was intrigued by the story of it, so I went out and found a copy of the book and spent the week reading it. I know some have a moan about this book but I truly fell in love with it. I love the characters and the story is something that I haven't read about before, so it was something new that opened my eyes to the workings of others minds.

Me After You - JoJo Moyes ★★
As the follow-on to Me Before You, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book as the two main characters were what made that book good but I was intrigued to see what become of Louisa so I gave it a read. I liked this book. I liked how JoJo kept that connection between Louisa and Will a thing even after the first book. I would've liked it to have had a better ending, but I really enjoyed it. 

Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs ★★★★
Bones has been one of my favourite TV shows for years and I collected all of Kathy's books over those years but never got around to reading them all, so I decided to give them a go and this one is by far one of my favourites of the collection. 
Death Du Jour - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Deadly Decisions - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Fatal Voyage - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Grave Secrets - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs ★★★

The Duff - Kody Keplinger ★★★★
I adore the movie version of this book a lot so obviously, I had to give the book a read, right? I really like the book and I really like the movie, but they're almost completely different stories. The characters are the same, but the development of their relationships and the story behind them is a lot different. I think if the movie had stuck with the book's story I would've liked it a lot more.

Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger ★★★
By the same writer of The Duff, this book is set in the same universe and has a couple of the same characters pop up, but this is a story in its own right. I liked this book. I found it somewhat annoying how long the story took to reach its end because there wasn't much to the middle of it except the same jargon over and over, but I thought it was an okay read.

And those, ladies and gents, are what I read in 2017. I'm already on with my 2018 goal and am currently reading Naked Heat by Richard Castle (Castle is one of my fave TV shows too)

Have you read any of these books? Or have you got a recommendation for me to add to my list?
Laura x
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