Oscar Movies 2018 (and Predictions)

Hi Readers

Every year during award season I get so excited for the Oscars. I plan on watching all the movies and getting involved in discussions and routing for my favourites to win. But so far I’ve always let it pass and not actually doing any of those things and then those movies get left not watched (still haven’t got around to Moonlight.)

But this year I have gotten well into the Oscars mood and have watched all of the movies nominated for Best Picture and then some. So, I thought I would share with you my thoughts on all of the nominated movies I’ve watched and what I think they could win.

At first I was going to try and predict the winners based on what I’ve seen and try and get into the minds of those making the decisions. But instead I’ve gone down the line of my own opinion. So these are my wins.

Also, I’m not mentioning every single award. Just the ones the movies I’ve seen deserve to win.

 The Shape of Water

I went into this so hesitantly because the whole concept just seemed wacky. And it is. But it also makes a beautiful that definitely deserves the 13 Oscar nominations.

Wins:

Best Original Score
Cinematography

Get Out

This film freaked me out and I effing loved it. I really love how this movie explored racism and how it’s able to include comedy whilst such twisted things are happening. This movie shocked me to no end. I hope this movie actually wins the awards I think it deserves.

Wins:

Best Actor (Danial Kaluuya)
Original Screenplay
(I also wouldn’t mind if this won Best Director.)

Dunkirk

This was the movie I watched and was immediately like ‘I want this to win all the awards.’ I have watched so many war films but none have captivated me or hit me like this one did. I was invested, I was scared, I was feeling all the feels.

Wins

Best Picture (it won’t win but it’s my favourite.)
Best Director

Sound Editing – weirdly one of my first thoughts about this movie was that the sounds were amazing. 

I, Tonya

At first I was dead set against watching this movie. I thought ‘why does Tonya get a movie when it was Nancy who was attacked?’ But I am really glad I saw it because it shows that Tonya was a victim too. I love how it told the story, I loved how it recreated the actual interviews, and I loved Margo Robbie in this movie. 

Wins

Best Supporting Actress
(I wouldn’t mind if Margo won Best Actress.)

The Darkest Hour

This film I am at odds with. I definitely liked it but I also felt like it was all stuff I’d seen before. The most impressive thing about this is probably Gary Oldman’s makeup.

Wins:

Make Up and Hair

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I went into this thinking I knew what it was about and what to expect. But you really can’t predict where this movie is going to go and that’s one of my favourite things about it.

Wins:

Best Actress
Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) (even though I hate his character) (so. much.)

Coco

I didn’t believe people when they said this film is incredible. I went into this with low expectations and left it sobbing but smiling because it really is an amazing movie.

This is definitely getting the Best Animated Feature award. No competition. 

Beauty and the Beast

I was so happy to see this nominated for two Oscars because I do really love this movie. It’s such a beautiful movie and definitely deserves the recognition. It won’t win, but I want it to.

Wins:

Costume Design
Production Design – It’s such a beautiful movie. 

Lady Bird

I was not amazed by this as I know some people are. It’s definitely a brilliantly written, directed and acted movie that’s extremely relatable. It’s entertaining but has important themes and is something I should love (and I did like it.) But honestly it’s all stuff I’d seen before and on more than one occasion I thought ‘this was in a Disney Channel movie’.

Unpopular opinion, but I don’t think this will win anything on the night. It does deserve the nominations though.

Blade Runner 2049

I think I went into this movie wrong because I didn’t think you had to have watched the first one to understand this one. But really, you do. I feel I missed a lot of the last quarter of the movie because I had no idea who those characters were. But overall, I still think this movie was just too long. And Ryan Gosling was just boring in this movie. 

I can’t see it winning anything but I’m not sure. Maybe Visual Effects?

The Post

I know this is an important story about ground breaking journalism. But I just found this movie so boring.  I don’t think this will win anything. 

Let me know what your predictions for the Oscars are!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Book Review: Women and Power by Mary Beard

Hi Readers

Today I’m going to be reviewing a non-fiction book, described as a manifesto, about women’s relationship with power and how society treats the female voice.

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Published: December 12th 2017

Publisher: Liveright

Source: Library 

Genre: Non-Fiction

Length: 128 Pages

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.16

My Rating: 84/100 ****

Let me start off by saying that the first thing I did when putting down this book was go onto goodreads and mark all of Mary Beard’s books as ‘Want to Read.’ That’s how much I love this book.

This book was written after Mary Beard gave two lectures, one in 2014 and the other in 2017 exploring women’s journey to power and right to have a voice. It explores how society (specifically men) react to that and how they make it harder for women to gain power in a system that is very much against them. 

One thing I loved about this was the amount of references it has. She references history, mythology and current events to prove points and make examples. This is a short book but she certainly uses every page wisely. 

The Greek references I didn’t recognise at all because I know nothing about the ‘classics’, but that doesn’t mean I was left wandering in the dark not understanding the book because they’re only briefly used and simple explained. 

The references that I loved were the modern events. From Diane Abbott to Hillary Clinton she really showed how the system is still against women and how society contributes to that. That social media holds nothing back when trying to take down a powerful women.

The only criticism I have for this book is I wanted more, which is really more of a compliment than a criticism. I wanted to hear more of her opinions, I want her to dive deeper into the subject.

Saying that, I think this size makes it a greatly accessible read and will hopefully encourage more people who don’t necessarily read this genre to give it a go. 

If that’s not enough to make you pick up this book, here’s a section of the book I particularly liked about Melissa McCarthy’s parody of Sean Spice on SNL:

‘It was said that these annoyed President Trump more than most satires on his regime because, according to ‘sources close to him,’ ‘he doesn’t like his people to appear weak.’ Decode that and what it actually means is he doesn’t like his men to be portrayed by and as a woman. Weakness comes with a female gender.’

I love this book and highly recommend you all read it. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

My Journals – Updated

Hi Readers

I am a stationary lover and I love to write down all my thoughts. I also love organisation. This basically means I keep multiple journals/notebooks at a time. 

Today I am going to share with you all my journals and talk about what they’re for.

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Starting with the top one. This is one I have neglected for a while now. I got it on ebay and it was intended to be for writing quotes and lyrics and stuff like that.I did keep it up for a while but now it is just collecting dust.

The two on the left are both from wilko and I think they cost £1. The bottom one I use to plan blog posts in, and the top one is used to practice my French in.

The bottom three are all separate. The top one is kind of my writing journal. I write my more articulate thoughts in it (which doesn’t happen often.) The middle is used for novel writing. I put plot ideas and prompts in it. Finally the bottom one is used for random stuff that doesn’t fit in any of the others. 

The two at the right. The top one I got from Accessorize and it is used to write my thoughts on the books I am reading. I use this to help me write reviews. The bottom one is used to write down all the tv shows and movies I want to watch. I like lists.

Finally, the middle one is the one I like to call my main journal. I got it from Paper Chase and it’s a blank paged journal that I use to be creative. When it’s finally full I’ll do a journal flip through but I draw in it, write in it. I talk about experiences and days out and things I’m loving at the moment. This is definitely my favourite journal.

So those are all my journals. Do you have an extensive amount of journals on the go? 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Cosy Reading Night #4

Hi Readers

Tonight another #CosyReadingNight is happening and this will be my fourth time taking part.

This is an evening hosted by Lauren and the Books where you just set aside the evening (7pm-10pm) and do nothing but read your book.

This Cosy Reading Night also comes with a theme as Lauren is also hosting a month called Femmuary, which is a month where she focuses on celebrating female authors.

I did plan on reading a bunch of small books tonight but I haven’t been able to get to the library yet. So instead I plan on reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This is a reread for me and I’m hoping I can finish it tonight.

Let me know if you plan on taking part tonight.

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

Unhaul #3

Hi Readers

It’s time to get rid of some more books. These are books that I’ve just held onto for too long with no intention of ever reading them.

 

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion: I DNF this ages ago. Have no intention of giving it another go.

Beautiful Disaster Duology: The more I think about Travis, the more I hate him.

The Duchess – Amanda Foreman: TBH I bought this because Kiera Knightly was on the front. But I have no intention of actually reading it.

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green: I just don’t care for John Green anymore. 

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten: Again, just, no intention of reading this. 

Before I Die – Jenny Downham: I honestly just don’t want to read a book about a main character who from the very beginning we know is going to die. I cry enough already.

Along Came A Spider – James Patterson: Yeah I don’t want to read James Patterson. 

The Hollow – Agatha Christie: I haven’t overly enjoyed her most famous books so I don’t care enough to read her lesser known ones. 

The Mists of Avalon – Marion Bradley: I just don’t feel comfortable reading this knowing what the author did (read her wikipedia page.)

The White Queen – Phillipa Gregory: There’s just too many books in this series.

The Bronze Horseman – Paulline Simmons: I’m never going to be in the mood to read a war romance. 

Storm Glass & Spy Glass – Maria V. Snyder: I didn’t love the last book in the first trilogy and these have pretty bad reviews so I’ve decided to not bother. 

The Descendants – Kari Hart Hemmings: I have read this but I didn’t like it enough to keep it. 

The Gift – Cecilia Ahern: Three Christmas’s have gone by and I still haven’t read this. Time to accept I never will. 

*I’ve also added James Dashner’s ‘The Maze Runner’ trilogy to the list. I’ll never read them and the harrassment allegations that surfaced where the final straw.

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

 

Down The TBR Hole

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Hi Readers

This is basically going to be a series of posts where I try and declutter my goodreads TBR. 

My owned TBR is manageable and I’m definitively buying less books which I’m happy about. However, my Goodreads TBR is out of control and quite often forgotten about. I currently have 236 books on my Want To Read and I don’t know what half of them are. 

I basically want to use this idea to get to know my goodreads TBR and remind myself of the books I was so excited about.

I’ll be doing 10 each post, starting from the oldest, and keep them on my TBR or delist them. 

Here’s the first 10:

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown – Delete.

Reboot by Amy Tintera – It’s just been here too long, my hypes died down. Delete.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson – Keep.

Mr Penumbras 24 Hour Bookshop by Robin Sloan – Not overly excited for this but I still want to give it a go. Keep. 

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley Zimmer – I can’t read this knowing what the author did to her children. Delete. 

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher -Hoping to get to this soon. Keep.

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness –  I don’t know when I’ll get to it but I do want to. Keep.

Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour – This will be a nice summer read. Keep.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Love her books. Keep.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – I’m not interested in Dessen anymore. Delete. 

Well, that’s 10 down, 221 books to go.

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

Favourite Romances In Books

Hi Readers

It’s Valentines day and as much as I hate that day (yes, I’m single) I do love me good book romance. I don’t read full on romance novels but I do think a book is vastly improved once a love interest is introduced.

So, here are some of my favourites. 

Pride and Prejudice: I’m a sucker for a Jane Austen romance but this is the ultimate one. 

Ari and Dante: I feel like I’m constantly talking about this book but that’s because I love it so much.

Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books: I read her books for the romance honestly.

The Hunger Games: I was team Peeta all the way but a large part of that has to with Josh Hutcherson.

Legend by Marie Lu: June and Day are basically a kick-ass version of Romeo and Juliet.

History Is All You Left Me: There’s a few romances in this and all of them have a huge effect on the MC life. 

Let me know what your favourite bookish romance is.

Thanks for reading,

Jess X