Month: March 2017

Monthly Round-Up! March 2017

Posted March 31, 2017 by Charlotte in Monthly Round-up! / 0 Comments
Monthly Round-Up! March 2017

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. Currently reading: Reviews: Blog Tours: Bookish Gossip: Book vs. Film: Pastime Pleasures: Through the Letterbox: Challenges: As per usual I’m participating in the Goodreads Challenge. For Movie Musical Challenge I watched: Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 777 other subscribers Email Address

Movie Musical Challenge: Guys and Dolls

Posted March 29, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Guys and Dolls

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. The third movie for the challenge is Guys and Dolls (1955), starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Having watched this last year as  part of my 2016 Musical Challenge I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to watch this musical all over again. Yes I loved the music and the stylised dancing. All the songs in this show are pretty catchy, including ‘A Bushel and a Peck’, ‘ Luck Be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’. And I thought that the casting was pretty perfect,  Vivan Blain is perfect as Adelaide, and paired with Frank Sinatra as Nathan the duo are unstoppable. But it is  Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, for me, as Sky and Sarah who steal the show. Theirs is a relationship I actually root for, and enjoyed more than Adelaide and Nathan, I wish there had been more of Sky and Sarah. I loved and hated this film at the same time. I loved the film because of the music and for Sky and […]

Film Review: Mother’s Day

Posted March 26, 2017 by Charlotte in Film Review / 0 Comments
Film Review: Mother’s Day

Seeing as it is Mother’s Day it seemed appropriate to review this little film. And despite all the negative reviews this film has received this isn’t a bad film. It has its moments some good, some not so good. This is a film that is predictable, obvious and full of cliches. There is nothing new in this telling and happy endings for all are a given.  But only after we have banged out heads on the walls a few times as it feels we are getting no where and the characters wallowed in self pity. And seeing as the film takes so long to introduce ever character, even with this stellar cast, it is no surprise that when the story gets rolling that it feels misplaced and rushed. There is not a sense of luxury, of taking the time to tell the story. There is just a rush to get to the happy ending. Jennifer Aniston’s story line is, perhaps, the most enjoyable and the most realistic. But then you have the awkward story line  – that of Kate Hudson and sister Sarah Chalke – who are keeping their children secret from their racist, homophobic Texas parents. Yay. Despite all this it […]

Review: Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Posted March 24, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Wow. Things have certainly moved on from book one. Not in time. But in characterisation and strength and empowerment. Ceda is not the same girl we met in book one. She has changed. Grown more sure of herself and more sure of her goals. The problem with this book  and the previous is the size. It is a huge book! It has taken me over two weeks to work my way through. There was no chance of me rereading the first, so I’d have appreciated a character list just so I could get my bearings. This monster size of a book did make it difficult too keep reading as there where times when I felt I was getting no-where. But this is a high fantasy story that flows well. And I loved how the chapters varied in their points of view. It was especially interesting to read from the King’s perspective. Before they had been distant figures, now they are the very heart of the story. The ending surprised and didn’t surprise me in a way. I thought that Ceda was brave and remained true to herself throughout despite others warning her to stay alert. How she comes back from […]

Movie Musical Challenge: West Side Story

Posted March 22, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: West Side Story

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. So the second movie for the challenge is West Side Story (1961), starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris. I reviewed this last year as part of my 2016 Movie Musical Challenge. And if I am being honest my opinion of this musical has not changed. It is a classic, moving and beautiful, a hypnotic musical that shows that the world is a stage. Again the gritty undertone of the musical hits home.  As this retelling of a musical west side Romeo and Juliet focuses on gang warfare, racial dispute and crime. Despite the mesmerising dancing and delicious songs. ‘Tonight’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’ are still my three favourite songs in this musical but each song shows off the talent and skills of the cast and story, while keeping the whimsical nature of a classic musical. This was an atmospheric and addictive watch. With its dazzling choreography and mesmerising scenes this is a musical that is unforgettable with every way. This is a […]