30 Days Of, 30 Days Of: Film

30 Days Of: Film, Day 7

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Day 7: A movie that makes you happy

As a child I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house after school, as my parents worked full time and depending on what shift my dad was on, my grandparents looked after me. My grandparents didn’t have Sky, and I had a few toys there but the thing that kept me most occupied was Oliver!. I would watch it every single day I was there, at least once a day (with Nan fastforwarding through the parts she thought weren’t suitable for my little 5 year old eyes – I didn’t know Nancy died until I was about 14).

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Now, Oliver! reminds me of those early days spend at my grandparents house and brings back a lot of happy memories. It definitely kickstarted my love of musicals too!

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 5 and 6

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I’m lumping day 5 and 6 in together, because I had a little personal drama and missed posting day 5 and don’t want to be behind for the rest of the month!

Day 5: Your favourite drama movie

When I was at university, I decided that, off the back of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World coming out, I would do a “Jason Schwartzman” challenge where I’d watch all of his films (something I might redo with another actor for this blog at some point, but we all know how bad I am at watching films).

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This was really my entryway into Wes Anderson films, having only seen snippets of The Royal Tenenbaums as a child on a longhaul flight. Through my viewings I found Rushmore, and fell in love with it instantly. I’ve no doubt that there’ll be many more Wes Anderson films appearing in this challenge, but Rushmore is always going to be my standout.

Day 6: Your favourite comedy movie

This was really tough for me, so I’m going to pick two films I love dearly. The first is Role Models. I have seen this film more times than I care to recount, and I still find it as funny now as I did the day I watched it. There’s so much subtle humour and so many hilarious jokes (and also Paul Rudd). It’s an incredibly funny film and I love it a lot.

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The second film is another that means a lot to me too – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. When I went to see this at the cinema, I had NO idea what to expect, I just went because I loved The Lonely Island. After the opening song, I felt like I had never laughed as much in my life (and also like me and my friend were the only ones laughing). Again, I’ve watched Popstar more times than I can count, and it still holds up, and also has a killer soundtrack.

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 4

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Day 4: Your favourite horror movie

This is a really tough question for me, as I generally don’t watch horror films. I had a couple of experiences when I was younger where I watched two films that were definitely too old for me (IT and Scream, I was about 8 or 9 at the time), and it’s sort of put me off horror films since. I was really traumatised, I couldn’t go in the shower or the garage for so long afterwards, and slept with the light on until I was about 16.

I know I’m probably missing out on a lot of great films, but I am very much not a brave person, and I don’t get any enjoyment out of being scared.

The limit of my horror watching is probably The Purge series, which I have seen (all bar the most recent film), and I did actually quite enjoy.

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 3

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Day 3: Your favourite action/adventure movie

I kind of struggled with this question as I wasn’t sure what defines the genre, but after looking on IMDB I’ve come up with an answer!

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My favourite action/adventure film is Back To The Future. I was fairly late in watching BTTF, having my first viewing at around 19. Since then, it’s become a film that is really close to my heart, and I’ve watched it multiple times. I was lucky enough to be given a press pass to the Secret Cinema event when that was on, and I loved every moment of it.

Through conventions I’ve met both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd too, which is really cool! (Though looking at the photos now, they’re pretty bad ones of me!)

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 2

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Day 2: The last movie you watched

I had to really wrack my brain for this one as time in lockdown does not exist and feels non-linear, so I’m forgetting a lot of what happened when as a result! Having checked my Twitter feed, I can see the last film I watched was I Want To Eat Your Pancreas, which I bought on blu-ray on its release back in March.

I’m hoping to write up a proper review of the film in due course (late again, what’s new?), so for now I’ll say I really loved it a lot. I had been warned that I was going to cry prior to watching, and oh boy, I sure did.

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To loosely explain what the film is about without spoiling too much, it centres on the story of the male protagonist and a girl, Sakura, whom he meets by chance. Our protagonist finds Sakura’s diary and discovers she has terminal cancer. Sakura forbids him from telling anyone else, and enlists his help in living her life to the full before her prognosis is up. I’m sure from that description alone, you can see why I was prewarned that I’d cry!

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 1

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Day 1: What is your favourite movie?

For as long as I can remember (well… since about 1993 I suppose), my favourite movie has always been Jurassic Park. 

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Jurassic Park kickstarted my first obsession, dinosaurs. I have really fond memories of visitng the Natural History Museum as a child, and I had anything dinosaur I can get my hands on. I remember before Jurassic Park came out on video, I had the ‘Making Of’ video, and I watched it constantly, even though as a 4 year old, most of it more than likely went over my head.

With an incredible use of effects, favourite practical over CGI, Jurassic Park is a movie which still stands up today, some 27 years later, and still looks amazing now.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 30

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Day 30: Which anime has your heart?

There are a lot of anime that I love, but the one that will always be special to me is undoubtedly Haikyuu!!, which is probably evident from how many times it appeared during this challenge.

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I’ve mentioned before that it took me a few attempts to get into it, and I’m so glad I gave it those chances. I’ve met some really good friends through Haikyuu!!, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future.

This question wraps up the 30 Days Of: Anime (which took way longer than 30 days, but what are you gonna do?). I’ll leave it a little longer before I do the next 30 Days Of challenge, as I need to find one and I think I need a little break from it.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 29

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Day 29: Your favourite character

I asked some friends how they would describe the type of characters I usually pick as my favourite. Some answers I got were psychotic, villainsunstablemisunderstood, dark, and mysterious. I would probably agree with these descriptors on a whole. I do think villains tend to be more interesting characters, and have more interesting stories, and certainly a lot of my favourite characters are villains or have villanous tendencies.

Having said all of that, my absolute favourite character from anything is Haikyuu!!‘s Bokuto Koutarou, who could not be further from any of those words if he tried.

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What I really love about Bokuto is that despite pretty much being a side character, and not really having too much screen time, is that he really makes an impact, not least of all because of his loud personality. Bokuto really demands attention any time he’s on screen, whether that’s because he’s yelling, or because he’s smashing a service ace.

Bokuto has so many facets to his personality and so many emotions which are often displayed across his expressive. His ’emo-mode’ shows off a vulnerable side, and proves that things aren’t even easy when you have as much talent and skill as him. Bokuto is brought out of his depressive states but his excellent support network bring him out of it, showing that we’re nothing without our friends.

Bokuto’s boundless energy makes him a joy to watch, and I love him very much.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 28

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Day 28: Do you share your anime interests with anyone?

Whilst my anime watching habits and love of anime have far surpassed those of the person who introduced me to it, I have got many friends who also love anime as much as I do. A lot of these friends I met through cosplay and conventions, which is always a really good way of meeting someone with similar interests!

Mostly, I share my anime interests with Chelsie! We watch a lot of the same shows and recommend things to each other, and went on a holiday last year so we could go to an anime film festival (Scotland Loves Anime), as well as a weekend trip to a summer festival/convention called Tokonatsu (which we called anime camp!).