Monthly Favourites #8 (April 2016)

I would like to give myself a pat on the back. Why? Because I have been blogging (somewhat regularly) for the past few months and I have not missed a monthly favourite so far this year! I might actually complete one of my goals this year.

Film – The Jungle Book (2016)
I went to see The Jungle Book on its opening weekend with one of my best friends. I wasn’t disappointed! The story follows the Disney’s original animation closely (it does stray from it on the odd occasion) however, I cannot comment on how loyal it stays to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book as I have not read his collection of stories.  The animation for this film is on point (or fleek, whatever the kids of today say) it flowed seamlessly with Neel Sethi acting as Mowgli. Credit where credit is due, many of the characters in this film where given a bit more depth than the original animation. It can be a little scary at times so I wouldn’t advise taken the tiniest of humans to see it. The character I strongly relate to is Baloo, naps are very important!

The Jungle Book

Soundtrack – Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Everyone and their mother has been going on about how good Hamilton the musical is and after hearing all the cries about this musical I finally took a listen. I am on this bandwagon! I am desperately waiting for it to official come to the West End because I will buy all the tickets! It is hard to summarise what Hamilton is about when you are British but it is the story about the man on the $10 bill. The soundtrack is an infusion of hip hop meets musicals and it works so well. Just give it a listen on Spotify you won’t be disappointed.

Hamiltion

Video Game – Fallout: New Vegas
I have had FNV for under a year and since I have been doing these monthly favourites, I have never mentioned the video game. Well recently (still currently)I have been on a bit of binge with the video game and I just want to take a moment of your time to tell you how good it is. Set in a post-apocalyptic world (this follows the same as the previous Fallout games). In this version your character is a courier who was to deliver a package to New Vegas, however the character was attacked and left for dead in a shallow ditch just outside a town called Goodsprings . After the local doctor saves your life, the game beings as your start your journey. All of your actions and how you complete quests give different alternative ending, so depending on how you play depends on the ending. There is a lot of love for Fallout and I can see why, it might not be the game for everyone but if you are into decision making and role play this could be the game for you.

Fallout new vegas

YouTuber – Markiplier
After spending some time off YouTube, this year I finally came back to the video sharing platform (blame the dissertation). I have been watching different YouTubers here and there, one of my recent favourites is Markiplier. Markiplier is one of the most popular content creators on YouTube as of right now he has over 12 million subscribers who watch his lets plays. Mark also dabbles in sketches, challenges and the occasional vlog; he also has a super cute dog called Chica. Mark is extremely humble and grateful for the success he has had and I think that is why he is so appealing to millions of people. The video I have linked to is not a let’s play but one of the challenge videos he has done, it is a little NSFW with some of the swearing but it is hilarious to watch.

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Monthly Favourites #6 (February 2016)

I am going to be honest, I completely forgot about having a favourites posts this month until I saw it was the 29th.  Sorry that this post is a tad late but here are the things I have been enjoying this month.

Film – Cinderella
I am talking about the Disney’s live action Cinderella that was released last year. I loved this film, I loved the colour schemes, I loved the characters and I loved how it did not stray too far from the original animated version. I know Disney have done well with previous live action fairy tales such as Maleficent and I have feeling this will be the same for the Beauty and the Beast remake in 2017. I felt the Ella was given a personality as well as Kit, in fact none of the characters were that flat. If you want a classic fairy-tale in beautiful colours this is the film for you.
Cinderella 2015

Playlist – Late Night Synths And Strings
Every now and then I do find myself enjoying a bit of classical music and this playlist fits this bill. It was on the Spotify main page and I gave the playlist a chance. The title of the playlist is what it is, some of the songs have a darker feel to them but they are all beautiful none the less. The music is perfect for dozing off to or getting you in the mood to write!
https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/0K6xHFgCttN4wQCZuXNbIK

TV Show – Happy Valley
Happy Valley is a TV drama that predominately features police sergeant Catherine Cawood and her life in the Calder Valley. The character has dealt with a few blows such as her daughter being raped and then killing herself because of the rape. Now Cawood is bringing up her grandson and keeping an eye on her alcoholic sister. In the first series Tommy Lee Royce, the rapist and father of her grandson makes an appearance. I did not watch the first series but my nanna and BBC one provided a catch up of the previous series which brought me up to date. Series 2 kicked off with a dramatic fashion of sorts, Tommy Lee Royce wants his son and Catherine is facing a lot of dilemmas at work. The writing of this show is second to none, I would recommend you give it a whirl if you are into your drama.

Happy Valley

Programme Name: Happy Valley – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Catherine (SARAH LANCASHIRE) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Song – Creeper // Black Mass
The chorus is damn catchy and thanks to Radio One playing this nearly every day it was only destined to become a favourite.

Event – All Time Low in Manchester
Ah, yes I was once again saw All Time Low and this time it was in the city of Manchester. Despite a few individuals, the gig was great from start to end. Good Charlotte were phenomenal and I felt like a young teen when they played some of the old classics. All Time Low themselves were amazing, I had a great spot and they played a lot off their new album (I do wish they played some of their old songs though). I nearly teared up when they played Missing You and lost my mind when they played Coffee Shop Soundtrack. I believe this was the  12th time I have seen them since 2009 and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
all time low