The People’s Movies-Film Reviews

*Below are the DVD and Film reviews written for site The People’s Movies. Hope you enjoy reading them*

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Hollow Crown

What to Expect when You’re Expecting

Twilight:Breaking Dawn Part 2

Take this Waltz

Now is Good

The Great Gatsby


Begin Again

A Long Way Down

The Rewrite

What If

Love, Rosie


Testament of Youth


Top 10: Disney Films

Top 10:Disney Films

I was going to do this tag as a video as I’d already filmed it, but then when it came round to editing I found I kept saying the word ‘like’ a lot and just didn’t like the sound of my voice that day. So I thought I’d do it as a blog post instead.

Without further ado,and in no particular order I give you my top 10 disney movies.

10. Tarzan 
I absolutely loved this film growing up. It was one of those films that I watched on a daily basis and one that never fails to make me cry. Most recently Phil Collins I’ll Be In Your Heart was played on mine and Sammeh’s radio show and oh man,it bought back all the Tarzan memories.
9. Frozen
This couldn’t not be in there. I mean who doesn’t love ‘Let it Go’,Idina Menzel and most importantly Olaf.
8. High School Musical
If like me you were about 12 when this film came out you knew all the words and dance moves to this film and wanted everyday when you went into school for everyone to be dancing on the tables then you can understand why this is in my top 10 list. If not, then where have you been? I was obsessed with this film at the time, so much so I made a magazine about it, which seems quite fitting considering i’m studying Magazine Journalism at uni. Compared to the magazines I create now though, that one was no where near a magazine. Still doesn’t stop me singing along when it comes on my phone though. Go Wildcats!
7.The Lizzie McGuire Movie  
Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire and Rome. Need I say more? Oh wait-hey now hey now this is what dreams are made of.
6. Lilo and Stitch
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‘Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or fogotten’ Who doesn’t love stitch? I remember I got so excited when I saw Stitch at Disney when I was 10, that everytime I watch it, I think of that memory.
5. The Princess Diaries
SHUT UP! The first film that made me fall in love with Anne Hathaway’s acting. Truly brilliant. Who doesn’t want to be a princess? I certainly do,well this film made me want to be anyway.
4. Pretty Woman
Now this originally wasn’t in my list. But a few days ago whilst I was scrolling twitter(as you do),I stumbled upon an interview on Today in America, which said Disney bought the rights to it. I love this movie so much. All the Pontin family household do actually,so that’s probably why I do too.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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This was one of the first films that made Keira Knightley my idol. I loved this film growing up, still do. You cant beat Keira and Orlando Bloom together in a film. The seven year old me was disappointed when I found out they weren’t together in real life, but they’re film chemistry more than makes up for it. Of course I can’t mention this film without mentioning Johnny Depp either. He truly made Jack Sparrow his own.
2. The Parent Trap
This was originally my number 1 but it got moved up one because a new film has just taken it off by a notch. The Parent Trap was and still is one of my all time favourite films. I know it pretty much word for word. Handshake and everything,so if you haven’t seen it,then I’m not the one to watch it with,unless you want it repeated in your ear. This film also really made me want to go to camp and never fails to make me cry.
1. Cinderella(2015)
The new adaption is now my top disney movie of all time. I love it so much. I mean have you seen that dress? It’s beautiful. The film itself is so magical and brilliant and if you haven’t seen it,you need to! You must always have courage and be kind.
What are yours?
E ❤

Week 11:Post Op





Wow so I haven’t updated my blog in almost two weeks. Apologies for that guys. The past few weeks have been busy with finishing uni for Christmas and I haven’t had time to update.

Rather than give you a low down of each day over the past two weeks,I’ll just let you know the important stuff.

Uni update:

So I finished uni two weeks ago with a timed law assessment which involved me answering four questions about law. Once that was finished with I went for a celebratory drink with my friend at our course Christmas party,which was nice.

Due to a change of plan I ended up staying in Southampton an extra day. This resulted in me binge watching the last two series of secret diary of a call girl,(Welcome back Billie piper phase),seeing friends and ordering dominos. Ah student life.

I’m happy to say that I met all my deadlines despite having five weeks off for recovery. I’m now done work wise until I come back from New York. Wahoo! Which by the way,is 23 days away. Eeek!

Post Op update:

Not a lot has happened post op wise. It’s now been over 11 weeks since I had it done though! I’m starting to eat normally again which is great. I went to my Nan’s for a few days last week and found I could eat chocolate again. By that I mean biting into a galaxy bar. Yum!

I also managed to eat Pringles. Jaw is suffering now though so think I may have over done it a tad. Oops!

The bad news is I still can’t swallow pasta. I can chew it but it doesn’t go down very well. I did enjoy the meatballs I had tonight(Friday) instead though.

The bands are doing their job nicely. For now anyway,I think that’ll go out the window when I go to New York because I’ll constantly be eating.

Social update:

Speaking of New York,I met up with Lucy yesterday to fill her in on everything. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited,especially as she’s coming too. I’m excited to introduce her to my uni friends and experience a trip of a lifetime with someone else who understands. Bring on January 12th.

I’m off to winter wonderland this afternoon which I’m excited about as I’ve never been. Even though we’re not ice skating it will still be lovely to have a wander and get in the Christmas spirit.

Before all this though,I should probably explain last Monday.

I met up with Alice and we attended the premiere of Night at the Museum:Secret of the Tomb.

There,I met Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey which made me very happy. The part that made me more happy though,was that he recognised me from picture I sent to him on twitter that afternoon. How cool?

Anyway,it was a great day. Id forgotten how much I loved the premiere atmosphere,despite being really cold.

Looking forward to more in the new year.

Writing update:

In my last blogpost I mentioned I made a start on a story. I wrote 6000 words of it and then added a prologue. A few days later I went back and rewrote it,taking out the prologue and beginning in the action of the first chapter. Im now not sure which I prefer. I’m hoping to plan and give it a good sort in the new year to see if it’s something I believe in to carry on with. So,if the characters are there,now is the time to be heard. I hope to have a first draft of a book(whether it’s this one,or another),written by next December.

I also hope to be more productive in my blog writing and writing in general. I’ve slacked over the past few months with the sites I write for.

Ok so this blog post has started to turn into resolutions so I’ll stop there and write that another day.

I think I’m going to take a break from blogging everyday and go back to once a week instead. That way I’m not boring you with a daily routine as there really isn’t a lot to report at the moment. Not op wise anyway.

So every Friday I’ll put up a post about what happened that week. It may be post op related,it may not but I’ll make sure to include something in there for those of you who are still interested in it,despite it becoming boring.

I can’t thankyou enough to yjose of you who have read these posts. It means a lot,so thankyou.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and I’ll catch up with you on Friday,after the big day.


Once the Musical,catching up & If I stay







Heyy guys

If you’ve been watching my vlogs you’ll know that I went to see Once the musical again on Thursday with Tim. We hadn’t been since January so it was nice to go again and see the new cast in action.

I met Tim at our usual time and place,12.30 at Waterloo station before going to KFC for lunch as usual.

We then took a wander around leicester square before going to oxford street on a book splurge(which I didn’t intend to do). I bought the 4 books I’d been wanting for ages for £20,which I guess isn’t bad. Billy and Me and You’re the one that I want by Giovanna Fletcher,If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Solitaire by 19 year old Alice Oseman.

After my book binge we made our way back to Ireland,or rather back to The Phoenix Theatre to see the new cast shine.

The first time we went we didn’t realise you could go on stage for the casts pre show warm up. So,as you can imagine we took full advantage,taking a few selfies before watching the cast perform their warm up set.

Once was as amazing second time round as it was the first. The new cast are phenomenal. So much so that we went round to the stage door afterwards to tell them.

Every Monday on twitter,a cast member takes over the musicals page to answer questions.

When Sophie Reid,understudy girl took to it and answered a few of my questions I was really happy. So when I found out her dates as Girl I knew I had to go and see her,hence going on the Thursday afternoon before one of her last shows.

It was really nice to meet her. She came out of stage door holding a huge bouquet of flowers for her mums birthday. I didn’t think she thought there would be any people outside stage door so when someone asked her to sign she wondered where to put the flowers. I offered to hold them for her whilst I watched on as she signed and chatted with other fans.

When she came to me she thanked me for holding the flowers and took them back. Tim had my phone but handed it to me as he needed to unlock it but didn’t know the password. I then ended up setting up the camera and taking it. ‘Ah a selfie’ Sophie said. She then said something about my nimble fingers which I didn’t quite catch.

After we took our photo she asked if it was my first time seeing it. I told her it wasn’t(which seems to be a reoccurring question when I go to stage door) but that it was my first time seeing her and that I came especially. ‘Thankyou
so much,that means the world’ she told me before giving me a hug.

David Hunter who played Guy came out next. I have to admit I was a bit anxious about seeing his rendition of the character as I’d loved Declan Bennett’s portrayal so much. David managed to make me cry two times more than the first time I saw it!

He came out and signed and took photos including my ticket and took a photo with me. He really grabbed hold of me when he put his arm round me for the photo which was nice. Exactly what Sam Martin done after I met him at stage door after Birdsong. Bless.

Speaking of which,I’m not sure i mentioned it or not. I probably did,but i’ll mentioned it again. Myself and Tim have booked to go and see both Sam and director of Birdsong Alastair Whately in a few things next month which will be fun.

In other Birdsong related news(last piece,I promise.)Elizabeth Croft joined twitter and tweeted me a lovely message. Selma also tweeted me back regarding a street I saw in London the other day and retweeted my tweet about The Paradise last night which was awesome. Those guys are my favourites.

Friday I went to Brighton for a shop around and to show my mum the lanes as she’d never been before. We ended up meeting my cousin and going to a black and white photobooth and getting some really cool photos taken. It was lovely.

I also managed to read If I Stay in that day. I started it on the train and finished it when I got home afterwards. It was only a short book by I wanted to read it before I saw the film. Which I’m going to see today. Which I’m excited about.

Saturday I caught up with one of my school friends,Sophie which was really nice too.

That’s about it for this week folks or rather last week.

Take a look at my review I wrote for Once and also my youtibe channel with four new videos which I posted yesterday for you to enjoy.

Once the Musical Stage Review

Have a great week guys.

Lots of love



An Education


‘An Education’

Hey guys,

Woah,I’m really slacking in the blog updates recently,aren’t I? Apologies for that. During my time of non blogging I’ve written two more posts for film and tv now which you can check out below.

In last weeks blog post I mentioned that I was going to start book blog posts. That begins today with ‘An Education’ by Lynn Barber later on in this post.

First,I’d thought I’d give you an update of what’s been going on. Not a lot exciting to be honest but I’ll tell you anyway.

The week began with baking,afternoon tea and a trip to the beach, and ended with shopping(buying more books) and working on the fanzine which included getting interviews with a couple of the cast of Action to the Words Dracula which I hope to receive back soon.

I’m constantly checking my emails to see if I’ve heard back about the writing competitions I entered,so far nothing, but I’m not loosing hope.

I paid my deposit for my uni trip which means in January IM GOING TO NEW YORK!!! I’m not one to use capitals but this is very exciting!

Anyway enough of the excitement and on to the reason for this post. A few thoughts on ‘An Education’.

I love the film a lot(it’s the film I quite often put on to fall asleep to) so I was very excited to find the book for a bargain of £1.99 at The Works.

For those who don’t know, the film An Education follows the life of Jenny Mellor a sixteen year old schoolgirl in the 1960s who is studying to attend Oxford university. Her life is changed completely when she meets and begins a relationship with David,an older man who introduces her to a different world,a grown up world where she gets to eat at posh restaurants,go to concerts and take trips to Paris.

The book by Lynn Barber incidentally carries on from the film and is Lynn’s autiobiography. The film just included a few name changes including her own(changed to Jenny) and Simon who she had the relationship with(changed to David,which was actually her husbands name).

It was a very interesting read,both in general and from the perspective of an aspiring journalist. I also found out that Lynn’s husband,David taught one of my uni lecturers. Small word huh?

After covering the initial plot of the film it followed on through her time at Oxford to getting various jobs magazine Penthouse and newspapers including The Sunday Express and The Independent as well as getting married to David,having her two children whilst having to juggle and looking after David when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Lynn Barber seems like a very interesting person and I was very glad I got to read An Education.

I think the most important lesson I took away from the book was that when Lynn went to Oxford she realised that although Simon was no longer part of her life when she went to oxford,she realised how much of An Education and life experience he had given her which helped shape her life and who she was as a person.

Incidentally through going to uni I’ve realised who has shaped my life for the better and I’m happy to say that I’m generally pleased with how my life is at the moment. I’m looking forward to my second year of uni and having lots more fun doing the things I love.

On a work and studying note,from the book I took the lesson to always keep in contact with everyone as you never know who may be there to offer you a job in the future.

At the end of first year,we were told to start thinking about freelancing our articles. So,by the end of second year,my goal is to have began to start freelancing my articles to find lot what it’s like to actually get paid for something I enjoy doing.

For now though,I’m going to enjoy my last few weeks of summer reading and writing until my hearts content.

I’ve currently got two more books on the go so look out for those posts soon. I promise I’ll try and get back into the blogging more.

For now though,enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with a post hopefully before next week.

I won tickets to see Denise Van Outen in her one woman show,Some Girl I Used to Know in London on Saturday and then Sunday I’m spending the day with my friends in oxford street to celebrate my friends birthday. Double London weekend. Don’t mind if I do.

That’s it for now.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

E ❤️


So as promised below are the links for my reviews of Begin Again starring Keira Knightley,Mark Ruffalo and James Corden and Restless starring Hayley Atwell and Michelle Dockery.

I’ve also just gotten back from seeing the new Transformers film,which although not usually my type of film I have to say was rather good.

Sorry it’s so short,will update more at the end of the week.

Hope you’re all well

E ❤️

Let’s talk about London












Hey guys.

Happy July! Wow where are the months going?

So today’s blogpost will concentrate on the last few days in London but first a few things.

1. My latest birdsong drawing. It’s one I’m most proud of(and there aren’t many of those).

2. I finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a few days ago and it was great. A definite read for those people who consider themselves fangirls-particularly those who write fanfic. Which I did this time last year,and by the looks of things will start up again soon after a girl asked me to write a one shot for her. We’ll see.

For now..London

I was lucky enough to have a double day in London these past few days. Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday was the apple store Q&A with the cast of Begin Again as well as a screening of it afterwards.

Those who follow me on Instagram would have been my ‘omg today is the day I’m going to be in the same room as Keira Knightley selfie’. For those who don’t (shame on you. No,just joking I don’t post anything that interesting) it’s at the top of this post.

Me and Sophie arrived in London at around midday,going to find the hotel where the screening was and having a wander up and down oxford street. Not before having a photo op with the Begin Again poster at oxford street tube. So in theory I did get my selfie with Keira. Ha.

I planned on having a primark shopping binge,but that didn’t happen as they decided not to stock the items i wanted to buy. If anyone knows of any primark stores or could possibly get me the Pixie Lott t shirt they sell I will be very grateful. I was also looking for a new pair of leopard print sunglasses as mine broke,oh and a satchel for my mac. Alas they weren’t big enough.

Despite not finding any of my purchases the rest of the day(and the Lola’s cupcake from Topshop made up for it.

After being kids in the Disney store and falling in love with all the cute toys in Hamleys(namely a yellow duck that quacked) we made our way to the apple store around 4. Good job we got there when we did as we just got a seat. Right at the back next to a guy with a massive camera lense(which half way through the Q&A the manager told him it was too big to use. Hence resulting in a bit of a heated discussion,whilst the Q&A was going on,I may add).

Even though the event was meant to be for an hour and turned into half an hour, it was an absolute pleasure to be in the same room as three of the most talented actors of our generation. Mark Ruffalo,Keira Knightley and James Corden.

Mark was just completely awesome! So laid back. Keira looked absolutely stunning in a long cream dress laughing and joking with the guys about filming and the fun they had. And James Corden is just James Corden,funny,relaxed and very grateful.

It was incredible to be in the same room as them,not once but twice that day as they also went to the screening of the film afterwards.

The full podcast will be avaliable on iTunes over the next few days if you wanted a listen.

After the Q&A we made our way round the back to the exit to see if there was any chance of meeting them. Unfortunately they left out a different way.

Around 6.15 I said goodbye to a couple of twitter friends(we were talking Once the musical and that could have gone on for a good few hours) and me and Sophie made our way to the tube to get to the hotel. This resulted in a huge queue before we even got into the platform so we ended up doing a fast walk down regents street to the hotel.

The hotel was incredible. So posh. I don’t get to do things like this very often,especially screenings in hotels so we both took it in while we could. Feeling if not a little out of place we made our way downstairs where we were shown into the small theatre. There were probably around 50 seats.

Arriving there at about 6.45 we thought the film started at 7 but turned out that it didn’t start until half 7 due to the cast having to do press.

After another Q&A the film began. There was a lot of jokes from the cast about Keira making an album as her voice was really good,despite her not thinking so. Needless to say if she did I would be first in line to buy it.

The film was absolutely perfect. Everything I wanted and more. The storyline was great,the songs catchy and it was just generally brilliant.

I’ll post a link to the review for the film blog I write for after it’s written. Needless to say we left London two happy girls and on a real high after a great day. Thankyou Soph for coming with me,glad you enjoyed it too.

A new day: another day in London

Thursday was also spent in London. This time with Tim. We usually go to the same places when we often see a show. This time however we broadened our London horizons and had a wander around Notting Hill. I’d only been once,last year where me and mum did I tour of all the film locations. This time,trying to find any of those turned into a bit of a disaster. Because most of it looks the same it’s quite difficult to find your way around.

We finally found the market,where we had a browse before getting some donuts from Tesco and going to sit in Regents Park.

It was nice to sit and relax in a peaceful environment before going back to the hustle and bustle of Central London and browsing the new Foyles on Charing Cross road.

Tim had to reluctantly drag me away from the prettiness of the Phoenix Theatre and away from Once into Foyles where we browsed and dreamed about all the books we wanted but couldn’t afford.

I usually take lots of photos in London but needless to say I only took the one. A tribute to birdsong and in particular of Simon Lloyd. Apologies for that by the way.

Needless to say I returned home yesterday happy,but absolutely knackered.

Thanks to Tim and Sophie
for the company.

This weekend will consist of drawing,writing a couple of reviews and reading.

Also the offer still stands for anyone who fancies a trip to Eastbourne for birdsong matinees next week. Let me know so I can book tickets. £9 each can’t go wrong.

What have you been up to over the past few days?

Emily ❤️