5 Amazing Tarantino Movie Moments

Before I met Matt, I hadn’t ever watched a famous Tarantino film and it makes me cringe to even admit that. He’s practically a living legend, right? I missed out for a very long time. Even when Matt tried to introduce me to his work, I was apprehensive and I put them off for such a long time – for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

We practically lived and died films for years. We’d fit in 20 minutes of a film whilst on the bus to the cinema to watch one of the new releases, before watching another 20 minutes on the bus back home. Straight after college, we’d see what ‘LoveFilm’ disc had been posted to us and we’d stick one on. All films were discussed and rated afterwards on our IMDB account – if our personal ratings differed, we would even rate them as an average of our two scores. Super nerdy, I know, but we loved it.

Pulp Fiction Dance Scene Tarantino Movie Moments

What I’m trying to say is, after all of that, I still hadn’t watched any film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Thankfully, I eventually sat back and let Matt take me on a Tarantino journey, and although we’re nowhere near finished, we’ve made pretty good progress.

Here are some of my favourite Tarantino movie moments so far. Narrowing it down to five was difficult, so you’re going to have to forgive the countless other incredible scenes that haven’e been included!

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The Bride Vs. Gogo Yubari Fight Scene from Kill Bill Vol. 1:

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Jack Rabbit Slims Dance Scene from Pulp Fiction:

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Basement Bar Scene from Inglorious Basterds:

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Ear Cutting Scene from Reservoir Dogs:

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Burning Theatre Scene from Inglorious Basterds:

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What’s your favourite Tarantino movie moment?

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My Year in Review #2/3 | Books and Films

Last year, during my first installment of ‘my year in review’, I was going through a huge book dragon phase. I spent a lot of free time with a book in hand, a cup of tea in the other and a kitten on my lap – as you can imagine, those were delightful months.

This year, I only read 5 books… I know I shouldn’t be, because I had way more important things going on, but I’m pretty embarrassed about it! I absolutely love reading and I would consider myself pretty well read, but 5 books!? Outrageous (okay, not that far, but you catch my drift). So, instead of simply having a look back on what I read, I’m going to briefly review my year through film and books.

My Year in Review 2016 TV Film and Books

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Books:

What books did I read in 2016?

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • Fear of Falling by S.L. Jennings
  • The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs

My favourite read:

This is really tough. On my Goodreads, I gave The Sense of an Ending, The Girl with all the Gifts and Miss Peregrine’s House for Peculiar Children all 5/5 stars. They were absolutely incredible, completely unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

The Sense of an Ending left me speechless for a very long time. It made me think about life, time and mostly about memory – it’s not something you consider a lot, but our memories are very fragile and can quite easily be manipulated by time. The Girl with all the Gifts was one of the best books I’ve ever read and it left me completely in awe of the author’s talent. It was ridiculously clever – a lot of real-life science was kind of flipped on it’s side to create the whole “what if?” With a completely unexpected final twist, I would read this again in a heartbeat. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was really wonderful too. It was on my to-read list for a very long time and it did not disappoint. The characters and the use of time were definitely highlights for me. I didn’t actually know it was part of a series, but there you go! I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Fear of Falling was a bit of fun, a bit of trashy writing but enjoyable. You know the type. However, I was a little disappointment with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I think I read it when I was very, very young so I counted my recent read of the book as my first time. It was not how I remembered it at all. I’m completely invested and in love with Lewis Carroll’s universe and everything Alice related will be forever loved, but the book itself left me a little deflated. Of course, Carroll’s writing and whimsy is absolutely beautiful, I just wanted more.

Full book reviews: 

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Film:

Total number of new films watched: 26 (half of which were watched over the Christmas period!)

Highest rated films: 

  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)
  • Skyfall (2012)

Lowest rated films: 

Sausage Party (2016) – This was one of the worst films that I have ever seen. It was stupid and not remotely funny. I kid you not there was a full on animated food orgy to end this disaster of a film. Just… what…

Suicide Squad (2016) – So much potential, yet such a disappointment. The director could quite easily have been replaced with an A-level film student with a handout of $175,000,000 and the differences would be minimal.

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Special mention: HBO’s Westworld (2016) was one of the most extraordinary pieces of television I’ve ever seen. I’m finding it hard to put the series into words, so I highly recommend any sci-fi fans to just watch it. You will not be disappointed.

Considering the year I had, that’s a pretty good haul of books and films! I read some absolutely incredible novels and I even reignited my huge (and pretty sentimental) love for film. That sounds like a good thing to me.

What was the best book you read this year? Did you watch any great films?

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My Favourite Movies Of All Time

Engrossing myself into works of fiction is something I really love. Unsurprisingly, as well as fictional books and games, I am a huge fan of films. Now that I’m a little busier than I used to be – with a full time job and shit to do – I don’t get to watch as many films as I’d like to, but c’est la vie. When I do sit down to watch a film, my attention is fully absorbed and I’ll savour every moment.

Unlike a lot of people, I don’t often re-watch my all-time favourites. Instead, I kind of lock them away in my mind with a huge label across it saying “wow, never ever forget this film.” I do, however, have the tendency to re-watch some of the cheesier, guilty pleasure movies, but I can’t help myself… Mamma Mia, for example, is my ultimate, embarrassing guilty pleasure and I can’t get enough. I just love ABBA lots.

I thought it would be a really nice idea to share a huge list of some of these favourites. I would never be able to narrow them down to just one! So, here’s a snippet of my all-time favourite movies.

My Favourite Movies Of All Time

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Moulin Rouge

This is probably the film that means the most to me. Me and Matt watch it on our anniversary every year. 

Inception

The Aristocats

Catch Me If You Can

It’s been on my list of favourites since I was a child. It’s an incredible movie!

Unleashed

Cast Away

Even the name “Wilson” chokes me up… 

Black Swan

Donnie Darko

Dirty Dancing

Gran Torino

The character development in this film is just immense. 

Mulan

The Truman Show

This is a very special kind of film. It’s goofy, because of Jim Carrey, but the revelation and plot are incredibly moving.

Pulp Fiction

Mamma Mia

Perfect Sense

Me and Matthew watched this early on in our relationship and, to this day, we still sometimes just say “wow, do you remember Perfect Sense? That ending…”

Ex Machina

Titanic

12-year old Morgan would smack me if I didn’t include Titanic. After all, it does still make me sob every time. I bloody love this film.

Alice in Wonderland

Shutter Island

Her

A fantastic insight into where technology is heading.

The Green Mile

Love Actually

Oblivion

Buried

Definitely the best lone location movie I’ve ever seen. So tense.

Easy A

Wreck It Ralph

Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper being awesome again. It’s a very relatable story about mental health.

Memento

Kick-Ass

The Grey

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Thinking about this film makes my heart hurt. So enjoyable until your heart breaks.

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That’s definitely a very varied list and I know that I’ve missed so many. I’m sure I’ve forgot some big ones too, but I could just go on and on and on and on… When me and Matt first met, we’d spend full days watching movies over the weekends. We’d rent whatever movies we could find from our old Love Film subscription, so we’d end up with a right jumble of movies – I think that could actually be why I have such a varied taste in films! We would watch easily four films a day. Although we did watch a lot of crap, we found some fantastic movies and some of them are still my favourites to this day.

So, what are some of your favourite movies?

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Iconic Film Posters

Trying to balance my love for books, writing, gaming, nature, photography, TV shows, art and film in my spare time is a challenge. If your explanation of your day-to-day hobbies is a mouthful, then I’m sure it’s safe to say that it’s a bit of a task in the real world, too.

#FirstWorldProblems, right? I sound like such a spoon.

I just love immersing myself in my hobbies. Luckily, every single one of them can be shared with the love of my life and best friend, Matt, so it’s not hard to find the balance between home life and hobbies – this seems to be the issue for most people, when hobbies are discussed. Instead, it’s just a tough one for me to decide what hobby I want to play with each day!

I don’t just love a bit of everything, I love everything completely. Yes, I’m a bookworm – I could build myself a blanket fort, drag in a crate of books and stay in there for days. I’m also a blogger – my days are filled with ideas, inspiration and an urge to write from morning to night. Then there’s photography – my camera is my sidekick, my third eye and it never leaves my side. I don’t do anything half-heartedly, really. I give everything my all and, today, that everything is film.

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Here are, what I believe to be, the most iconic and most striking film posters of all time!

Colour:

Colour Movie Posters

127 Hours | The Truman Show | Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The use of colour in all three of these posters are the reason they’re so striking. 127 Hours is my personal favourite here – your eyes are quickly drawn to the struggle right in the center of the image, which is split between the looming-night sky and the hot red stone. The Truman Show cleverly combines bright colours with a myriad of stills from the film. It comes across pretty positive… despite what actually happens. The Star Wars poster uses a tradition combination of “good guys” blue and “bad guys” red. It’s simple, and it works!

Illustrations:

Illustrated Movie Posters

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman | Casablanca | Singin’ in the Rain

I think illustrated film posters are wonderful and I’d love to see this style of poster return! All three could similarly find a place in my “colour” section – they’re full of it. How interesting that they are have a primary focus on yellow!

Text Based:

Text Based Movie Posters

A Clockwork Orange | Buried | Trainspotting

Let me just say, Buried is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It’s incredibly, almost intolerably, tense and Ryan Reynolds is perfect. The poster is just as impressive and it creates a similarly claustrophobic feel. I haven’t seen either of the other two films (I know, I’m terrible!) but I can completely appreciate how unique they both are.

Simple:

Simple Movie Posters

American Beauty | GoodFellas | Forrest Gump

Sometimes, simplicity is the way to go.

Personal Favourites:

Classic Movie Posters Favourites

Inception | Pulp Fiction | Titanic

Although I love every single one of the movie posters I’ve featured, a certain few have a stronger place in my heart. Out of my selection of favourites are these three goodies. Inception – which also happens to be one of my favourite films – has an incredible poster and DVD cover. It’s mysterious, it hints at the complexity of the story line and it introduces all main characters. I love that. Pulp Fiction is just… Pulp Fiction. It’s a fantastic film with a just as great poster. Last, but not least, is Titanic. The poster is just as romantic as the movie itself, yet the famous passenger liner noticeably looms over the couple… I’m sure we all know it doesn’t end well.

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What are your favourite movie posters?

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Saturday’s Super Six | Animated Disney Movies (Part 1/2)

I genuinely thought that this would be easy. I had a mental list of my favourite Disney movies at the ready, yet when it came to writing this post my mind flooded with movies. I quickly noted them all down, before realising that my Saturday’s Super Six couldn’t exactly feature 16 Disney movies…

Eventually, I narrowed it down to 12, and thought to myself “sod it, I’ll make it a two-parter.” You can’t ever get enough Disney in your life.

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I’ll be combining Disney and Disney Pixar movies, because they’re all owned by Disney anyway, and I’m also numerically ranking these movies for the first time in the history of this blog feature! How hard can that be? P.S After ranking them, I can tell you the answer is very.

So, here’s the first half of my Saturday’s Super Six animated Disney movies!

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12. Brother Bear

Brother Bear Disney

I can’t remember watching Brother Bear for the first time, but I do remember watching it over and over again after that! The movie is based around the consequences of killing animals, a lot like a game I recently reviewed called The Deer God actually. It’s full of cute bears and a deceivingly light-hearted story.

11. Brave

Brave Disney Movie

Genuinely, I almost wrote “This is a really recent Disney movie” until I horrifically remembered it’s been 4 years since it was released! Slow down, life…

Anyway, Merida is a fantastic Disney princess who completely broke away from the stereotypical princesses that we’ve been so used to. She’s a Scottish, ginger, defiant, courageous princess who wants to find her own way in life. It’s great, and definitely worth a watch.

10. Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 Disney Movie

Another completely different Disney movie! If you haven’t heard of Baymax and his adorable fist bump (balalalala) then you need to integrate yourself back into Disney, and if you don’t want to do that then why are you even reading a Disney blog post!?

Big Hero 6 is an American and Japanese cultural cross-over (hence it’s setting of San Fransokyo) full of technology and so many feels. I love it. I feels like it needs to be higher on the list… but then I see what’s higher on the list and I don’t even know.

9. Wall-E

Wall-E Disney Movie

Ugh, Wall-E is so damn cute. If you haven’t seen it (you should!), it’s a story about a generation of future humans, who became so lazy and reliant on technology that they live their lives in mobile chairs, and have completely destroyed Earth with only one tiny plant left in all of human existence. Charming? Or scarily relevant to the path us destructive monsters are heading? You decide.

It’s a great story. It’s full of lovable characters. It even has a catch phrase and who doesn’t want one of those? Waaaaall-eeeeeee.

8. Up

Up Disney Movie

Everyone shed a tear when Up ripped out our hearts in the opening montage of Carl and Ellie’s life. I don’t think anybody expected them to throw the saddest ever animated scene in at the beginning of a movie! Evil.

Once you get past the heartbreak, Up is a beautiful story about an old man going on an (let’s face it, probably his last) adventure. It even has a talking dog. I think that sells it alone.

7. Frozen

Frozen Disney Movie

LET IT GO… LET IT GO! It doesn’t matter if you say you hate that song (you’re all liars), if it comes on you’re gunna sing it with me. It’s incredible. Idina Menzel is incredible.

Frozen is a love story between two sisters, which alone is completely cute. Watching it for the first time was a bit of a shock to the system… It’s like “where are the stereotypically sexist standards that Disney princesses always have to live up to?” Nope. Anyway, I shouldn’t even have to explain why Frozen is on my list – it’s amazing and sassy and snowy.

Honourable mention:

Lava

Lava is a beautiful short Pixar movie, that me and Matt originally saw at the cinema before the screening of Inside Out. It made me cry like a little baby. It’s so insanely cute, and if you haven’t listened to the song from this short movie, then you seriously need to. Perfect.

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Next week I’ll be counting down my 6 all-time favourite Disney movies!

Which Disney movies do you love?

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101 Things in 1001 Days | Update

Good afternoon, lovely blog person, or “prevening” if we’re being more specific!

It’s been a while since I caught you up with my 101 Things in 1001 Days shenanigans, and I guess you’ve missed out on quite a few bits of awesomeness. I apologise. My last update was in October, when I tried to conquer my fear of heights (and horrifically failed) by going on a Ferris Wheel at the fair!

Hull Fair

My God, that was a huge mistake…Matt had to flag down the fair workers and get them to stop the wheel so I could get off… Never again.

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Since my last post, I’ve checked off lots of new things on my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge. Some goods ones, too.

So, what’s new?

Films:

Me and Matt have been getting our film boots back on, after an embarrassingly long time away from our film friends. We ticked off a few movies for the “watch a film I’ve never seen before starting with each letter of the alphabet” task, including Deadpool (awesome film), and all of Daniel Craig’s Bond movies (so great). We also finally watched Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it was definitely worth the wait because it was a bloody fantastic film.

The Theatre:

In December and January, we were writing paid reviews for plays, so luckily I got to tick off my “watch a play” task! I saw Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Miss Nightingale (an amazing play about sex, scandal and lies in 1940’s wartorn London).

Our Fort:

Now for the one that I’m most excited about… we built a blanket fort in the living room, and had a night full of sweets, beer, TV shows and games in our little Valentines blanket heaven. To be completely honest, blanket fort is a bit of a fib. It was more of a bed-sheet-held-up-with-string-and-nails fort. We also had to use my desk chair, a wooden table and a clothes horse to hold the thing up and support it throughout the night.

The fort was a fantastic way to spend Valentine’s Day (eve) though and it was definitely worth the hassle in the end.

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You can find my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge here if you fancy checking out what I’ve got left to accomplish before May 11th 2018.

If you’re not already, I also highly recommend setting yourself a challenge like this. It has been a fantastic way to kind of force myself into doing different, new and exciting things. And, I get to share all of the new things I do with you. Win-win.

Share you challenges below if you have set yourself one!

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Saturday’s Super Six | Favourite 90’s Films

Well, this could be the most difficult “super six” that I’ve attempted so far… because really, how can I choose a finite number of films that stand above the rest? The 90’s was an epic decade for film, churning out a selection of some of the most fantastic blockbusters. Deciding which films to feature in this week’s Saturday’s Super Six will be a tough one, but I’ll give it a good go!

I’m sure this is a given, but I’m going to point out the obvious anyway – I’m only going to feature movies that I’ve actually watched. There’s still a fair few popular films that I haven’t watched yet. I’ll get there eventually…

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The Green Mile:

The Green Mile

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Leave me alone whilst I cry myself to sleep… have you seen that beautifully sad face? That’s the magical John Coffey. I really hoped The Green Mile would have a happy ending, but instead it left me with tears in my eyes and a horrible realisation that happily ever after isn’t always realistic.

The character development in this film is intense. The guards open hatred towards Coffey melts into sadness that there’s is absolutely nothing they can do to save him… The Green Mile is a brilliant film, and it’s quite easily one of my all-time favourites.

Reservoir Dogs:

Reservoir Dogs

After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

I was absolutely adamant that I would hate this film. Matt bugged me for years to watch it, and when I finally gave in I realised I’d been missing out on a lot for a long time. If anything, I’d missed out of one of the best scenes of all time. You know the one.

🎶 Well I don’t know why I came here tonight… I got the feeling that something ain’t right… 🎶

Saving Private Ryan:

Saving Private Ryan

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Wow, I really need to watch this film again soon. It’s been too long. I’m a Tom Hanks fan-girl, yes, but Saving Private Ryan is much more than it’s fantastic cast. It balances the inhumanity of war with the humanity of the characters and their efforts to find and send home a solider.

When I was in school, I wrote a final piece of coursework based on the Normandy beach scene of this film, and it’s still one of my favourite pieces of writing. I guess this film will always have a special, well-deserved place in my heart.

The Truman Show:

The Truman Show

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.

It was hard work trying to find a recognisable shot from The Truman Show without giving away huge spoilers and ruining the film’s ending. The first time I watched this film I hadn’t even read the film’s synopsis, so the whole plot was a shock to me – a brilliant shock, though, and it’s still to this day one of my favourites.

Titanic:

Titanic

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Titanic is a visually beautiful and all-round brilliant film. To the Titanic haters, I seriously don’t understand the problem you have with it. It has action, it has sadness, it has special effects, it has a brilliant soundtrack, it has romance, it has the ultimate cast and it has history. What else do you want?

I actually have a very strong memory of my first Titanic viewing, and it’s stuck with me since I was a child. It was during the scene where Jack is hand-cuffed to a pipe in the quickly flooding room, and Rose is desperately trying to search for help. The acting, in this scene in particular, broke my heart. I felt her pain, completely. Eventually, I had to pause the video (yes, the video) as a ‘time out’, because I realised I was pacing the room in floods of tears.

Pulp Fiction:

Pulp Fiction

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

It’s a Tarantino great, and I couldn’t really list my favourite 90’s movies without featuring Pulp Fiction… The unique chronology of the film is brilliant, yes, but even the coolness of the film is noteworthy. Is it still cool to use the word cool?

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What about you? What are your favourite 90’s films?

-Morgan

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