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The Angry Birds Movie:


Director: Fergal Reilly, Clay Kaytis

Release Date:  May 13, 2016

Okay, so a movie based on an addictive smartphone game? Yeah that happened. The movie is set on “Bird Island”, a paradise for the birds, who are oblivious to the outside world. These innocent easy going creatures live a simple care-free life where the eggs they lay takes precedence over all. Of course there are a few exceptions.

Meet Red, our Angry Bird. He’s a social pariah who outcasts himself, and has clear anger issues from the moment we meet him. This leads him to have to partake in a compulsory anger management course, where he meets other birds with the similar problems. The birds are visited by green pigs, who befriend the birds (all but Red). The pigs ultimately reveal their true colours and which means Red has to leave the entire flock to bring the pigs to justice.

This will be a quick review as there isn’t much to this film if I’m completely honest. Jason Sudekis as Red is one of the highlights of the movie. With his sarcastic and witty humour and his grumpy tone, he fits the part. The movie proves that it is more than a gimmick, and delivers a mildly diverting mix of both adult  and humour for the kids. This movie is perfect for all ages. There is a dedication to X-Men’s Quicksilver believe it or not – and you may have noticed … I am a little bit obsessed with him -, but Josh Gad as Chuck (the fast running yellow bird), makes me think too much of Olaf from Frozen –Ew…May be a good thing to some of you, but not for me – Let it go G, Let it go. Also, Peter Dinklage starts as the flying eagle, the only Bird who can fly on the Island. As a huge Dinklage fan, I thought this casting was strange when I first heard about it, but after seeing the movie, he fits the boots. Trust me, that guy has acting range.

I do feel as though the film has been dragged out at some points, however I did enjoy it. I would say however, instead of paying money to go watch it in the cinema, just wait for it to come on TV. It’s not exactly a must-see movie but it’s great for those of you who may have kids (It really keeps them entertained).


Captain America: Civil War


Release date: April 29, 2016

Directors: Russo Brothers

Collateral Damage when saving the world becomes an issue for the Avengers, as political pressure leads to the installation of a set of rules for the team. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without the government interference. Iron Man disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, characters are left to pick a side, Iron Man or Captain America?

Marvel have outdone themselves this time. Essentially the film was a sequel to both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Full of action and plot twists, the movie kept me in suspense and engages the audience, as we see different sides to Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Captain America: Civil War picks up with its ostensible character (Chris Evans) working with his Avengers teammates – Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) – to stop terror around the globe. The Opposition consists of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as well as Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, and the long-awaited arrival of Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

You see a Rebellious side to Rogers in this movie. For once, this do-gooder breaks the rules and helps Bucky (The Winter Soldier) to escape after being wrongly accused of terrorism. On the flip side, we see a more conservative co-operative Stark, which is a massive contrast to the Tony Stark we have seen in the other movies. It’s a revitalising change.

The film has an immense fight scene and it will surprise you! For all you comic lovers out there, you will find an Ant Man surprise *no spoiler*. The conflict between Iron Man and Captain America builds up throughout the movie and the climax was … well it was brilliant. The introduction of Spider-Man was done in a different way to I imagined, but it was superb. Seriously, there is never a dull moment in this movie.

I do have to throw a shout out to Robert-Downey Jr. The acting was immense. The emotion that he portrayed when he fights Cap was Oscar Worthy. I will tell you though, this movie is an emotional roller coaster. From laughing to shock to sadness, we feel it all!



X-men Apocalypse Review:

Director: Bryan Singer

Release Date: 18 May 2016


Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant, as is considered by a God by mankind. After accidentally being awakened from sleep thousands of years later, he recruits the scorned Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order – where only the strong will survive. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

After watching X-Men (twice) I have to say it was amazing. The introduction of so many vital characters was brilliant as each one had their moment to shine and we see them develop as characters. Admittedly Bryan Singer has packed his movie full of a few too many characters, however I quite liked it. Some of you may find the film a bit rushed, as there are so many elements to it but I enjoyed it. There wasn’t a dull moment at all!

Watching Apocalypse, you don’t feel as though each character is being set up for their own spin off movie. Each character integrates and compliments each other – they need one another as a team which is the whole point of the X-Men! A definite bonus!

You may that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen weren’t in this movie, however the younger generation are great. I personally think the characters are more engaging than some of the characters in the Original X-Men trilogy.

So, I have to say, I am a huge Quicksilver fan! Both comic book and movie. The fact that Evan Peters is Quicksilver makes me love him more – He portrays him brilliantly! As expected there was an amazing Quicksilver scene, and it was as brilliant as you would expect.

Okay, enough fan girling. Essentially, the movie was awesome. Now that the origin stories have begun for many of the characters – Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm etc.- it’s clear that many of the characters have reasons to hate humanity for their treatment. That is how Apocalypse manipulates them, by preying on the resentment.

As much as I hate to admit this, Sophie Turner made a brilliant Jean Grey, but I can’t get the Sansa Stark image out of my head every time I see her – which is annoying as Sansa and Jean are two completely different ends of the spectrum on the Kick Ass Scale. Tye Sheridan’s portrayal of Cyclops was okay – I felt he was a little bit Jock for my liking. Kodi-Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler was super adorable, and Nightcrawler is quite relaxed about being a mutant – which makes his role in the X-Men team admirable to watch. As you may know, I love Quicksilver, but come on guys! Evan Peter’s depiction of Quicksilver is in a league of its own. JLaw and Nic Hoult were as usual perfect. Does anyone else find JLaw’s kick ass sexy, determined Mystique as remarkable as I do? She rocks the role. The bad girl version of Storm was a refreshing change from Halle Berry’s Storm in the sense that you see her true dilemma with mankind.

Finally, Fassbender and McAvoy. One of the issues that the film faced was integrating how Xavier will lose his hair in the movie (no spoilers). All I can say is … It was brilliant. It both fits the story line and doesn’t come across as a random urge that Xavier has to shave his head. A key aspect of the story is Fassbender’s heart breaking experience when in hiding, and we watch his drift back to the dark side, and the Motivation behind his new hatred of humanity.

All in all, I really recommend this movie for all you action fans! Even those of you who are into comedy movies, I would suggest this movie for you. There are so many emotions that you go through during this movie and Singer captures both the pain of the mutants that is relate-able. Singer should be proud of this film!



Batman Vs Superman Review:


Director: Zack Snyder

Release Date: 25 March 2016

With the World in controversy over having superman on their planet and letting the dark knight pursue the streets of Gotham, a power-phobic batman tries to attack superman, meanwhile, superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luther, a millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight Superman.

Why are people hating on this movie? I just don’t get it. It was spectacular! It goes to show, reviews are opinions and everyone is entitled to theirs.

With the World in controversy over having superman on their planet and letting the dark knight pursue the streets of Gotham, a power-phobic batman tries to attack superman, meanwhile, superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luther, a millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight Superman.

In the battle between Batman and Superman, before watching the movie I would have chosen Batman. Afterwards however, I am conflicted. I will try to prevent spoilers. This film has numerous plot twists that leave you completely shocked. Also, I was actually a bit worried about Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but he rocked it! Both Affleck and Cavill rocked the rolls given to them, and Eisenberg as Luther bring a refreshing whimsical element to the character.

Okay, so the movie does at points feel like it’s basically Man of Steel 2. But, the movie is essentially an introduction to the Justice League of America – Dawn of Justice, get it? So the introduction of Wonder Woman was epic. I was worried she wouldn’t be the strong-willed determined character that our Amazonian is known for being, but she pulled it off. Also, *spoiler alert* we get a glimpse of a few other characters in the movie, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman, as well as a sneak peak of the Wonder Woman movie.

“These guys eventually fight, right?” I can hear you asking. Well of course there is a fight! Zack Snyder doesn’t rush to the main event, building to it slowly by explaining – from both sides – why a throw down between these DC icons eventually becomes necessary. The fight is built up and there are tensions building on both sides of the battle. There is a clear winner and that is why you need to watch this movie.

I really recommend this movie! Wait for it come out on DVD and watch it!




What grows when it eats, but dies when it drinks?

What am I?

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1. Sometimes I move fast, Sometimes I move slow; But my speed is truly constant, And nowhere I go.

What am I?


2. If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven’t got me.

What am I?


3. Tear one off and scratch my head, what was red is black instead.

What am I?






“Life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last”

Prince Rogers Nelson, more commonly known by the mononym Prince, was born on June 7th 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Midwestern U.S state bordering Canada and Lake Superior). The exceptionally talented singer, was also a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and an actor; notoriously known as an innovator. Pioneer of Minneapolis sound, Prince integrated an extensive selection of styles including soul, funk, rock, R&B, psychedelia and pop.

In 1979 Prince released his second studio album “Prince” (anything underlined is a hyperlink and will direct you to listen to the song) by Warner Bros Records which went Platinum due to the legendary and highly successful singles “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. Princes’ album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed solely by him and he would often write songs for other artists too under pseudonyms (false names). His success continued with the release of his records “Dirty Mind” (1980), “Controversy” (1981) and “1999” (1982). In 1984 he released my all-time favourite Prince song “Purple Rain”. Prince final album “HITnRUN Phase Two” (can be found on Tidal & iTunes) was released last year.

Personally, I will remember Prince for his diverse vocal range and his abundantly flamboyant presence on stage, he never failed to entertain. He was a symbol of love (literally, he changed his name to an unpronounceable love symbol in 1993). The emotions and connections his fans have formed with his music will forever keep his memory alive. Music plays a major role in our lives, another way to express ourselves and Princes never held back, his music is timeless.

 To the Pioneer of Music, you will be forever missed.

Rest in Peace Prince Rogers Nelson


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Tear one off and scratch my head, what was red is black instead.

What am I

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Night World No. 1


Author: L.J Smith

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Published Date: January 1998

 “When you’re soulmates, it hits you like lightning, and you know that’s the one person in the world you were meant to be with. You don’t think you’re soulmates; you just know it’s your destiny whether you like it or not.”

Night World is the ideal book for me, a story of vampires, werewolves and witches. Meet Poppy. Poppy has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She has lost all hope, until her best friend James (who also happens to be the love of her life) offered her a chance to survive –eternal life.  They find that they’re soulmates, but will she give into the darkness and follow him to the death?

The night world books with a set of trilogies within each book. The beginning of the first book (Secret Vampire) was slow to start – I must warn you, it’s a very slow start. The characters Poppy and James seem flat and I was pretty disappointed reading it again (I last read it about 6 years ago). I wasn’t as enthralled by the story line or the character as much as when I was younger – a clear sign that I have matured (Ha). There was a lot of stiff and awkward moments in the book that seemed almost robotic-ally written.

Regardless, the romance between James and Poppy is cute, if not a bit “twilight-ish” and obsessive. Seriously, it’s a cute concept, but just a little weird that they fall in love so intensely. The action in the novel was quick and it was as if Smith had just thrown the puzzle pieces together and wrapped their story up much too sweetly – I would prefer a book with a bit more drama and “pizaz”.

There was not much vampire lore in the first book. But reading onto the next one and we shall see what happens. This book is mildly entertaining, and there were a few good sarcastic bits, but overall, I think I will continue reading the rest of the books just out of curiosity – you never know, the rest of the books may be better.

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