Category: Films we watch

Click Tick List – Update – Watch 50 New to Me Films

I had a lot of fun updating my list a couple of months ago and I have already managed to cross one of the new items off. I’ll write about it next week when I’ve snapped some pictures.

I wanted to pop in here today and share my experience so far with one of the simpler items from the list. Watch 50 new to me films between June 2018 and December 2019. I say simpler but that was only in theory because I regretted adding this t the list about five minutes after I hit publish. I am very boring when it comes to new films. I like what I like. Gav always struggles to get me to watch eight films with him when his film a day challenge rolls round in November.

But you know what? Life is funny and a couple of weeks ago, when I had a Monday off work, I sat and watched one of my favourite films on Netflix. Notting Hill.

This didn’t count of course because they have to be new to me films but it was the catalyst for a new routine of film watching. Most of what I’ve watched so far has been well within my comfort zone, romantic comedies, but I have ventured into action and drama too.

After watching about three films I decided I needed to document this experience. I ‘borrowed’ Letterfolk’s concept for their passport collection. I have followed them on instagram for a while and love their humour, ethics and products. This is what they say about these little books –

     At the heart of the Passport Collection is the challenge to experience more. Each                   blank page represents a new memory, a new adventure, a new invitation to go do.

So far it’s going well and as of today I’ve watched 11 films! What strikes me as odd is why I haven’t been regularly watching films all these years. I used to watch lots as a teenager when video was the new thing. Actually I used to watch lots in my twenties and thirties too. Maybe my love of the laptop replaced movies…… eek.

I’m finding that by watching new ones regularly I can compare them. I love that they are making me think, even the ‘sappy’ rom coms and I feel like my movie appreciation is going to grow. Of course I won’t be telling Gav that he’s had it right all these years…..

That said I am finding it hard to rate the films (I added a score out of ten to the list). But I’m doing it anyway. I think it will be interesting to look back and see what I thought was worth an 8 and if I still agree with that in five years time.

Anyway I’ll stop rambling now and go switch on the Netflix!

Trip to the Movies – Beauty and the Beast

A random post for this Monday morning.

Over the weekend I went with family to see this film. Three generations of us. Grandmother to Granddaughters. And me, the Aunt.

We don’t get to the cinema as often I’d like and we certainly don’t get my Mum there very much but I’m so glad she came with us to see this classic Disney Fairytale. It was a bit of a shock to my older niece that I, in fact, had never seen the original cartoon version. If you have been reading here for very long you’ll know that I like happy endings and yes I know that Disney is usually a happy ending but boy do some of their characters go through the wringer to get there. I think it was the Aristocats in the 1970’s that put me off Disney films for the best part of 20 years!

Anyway, I was destined to fall for this new live action film as soon as I heard the music and saw a teaser trailer about a year ago. So off we went.

And I am very happy to report that a fun filled, happy ending was had by all.

Apparently, the reviews have not been all that favourable but who cares about the reviews? I loved it. Emma Watson was perfect as Belle and I loved the Beast. CGI yes but still, Dan Stevens did a great job and I was truly hooked. In fact I liked the Beast more that the Prince! An all star cast and all star production made this a hit in my book.

So if you like a Fairytale and a Disney one at that treat yourself to 2 hours of fun escapism and go see this re-imagined classic.


Looking forward to……


  • Finishing planting all the spring bulbs.
  • A week away in out favourite cottage.
  • Making the cover for my December Daily® Album.
  • Taking part in the December Daily® class over here.
  • Watch 8 Films in November – my last attempt.
  • The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – part 2.
  • Getting Christmas inspiration early and being organised. (Every year I say this, is this going to be the year I do it?)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. (Squeeeee)

What are you looking forward to?

October Baseball Movies


It’s October. That means one thing. The Playoffs!

Yes, we are Brits but we love baseball.

We thought to go along with the play off games this month we would catch a few baseball movies too. Most of these will be new to us and I’m looking forward to indulging in stories all about this most magical of sports.

Here’s a list of a few we have in our sights to watch.

  • Bull Durham
  • Trouble with the Curve
  • A League of their own
  • 42
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Pride of the Yankees
  • The Natural
  • Moneyball
  • The Sandlot
  • For the Love of the Game
  • Bang the drum slowly

I’ll let you know how we get on with these and what others we find along the way. Here’s to a grand slam October. (sorry bad pun!)

Eight Films in November


Gav has embarked on a little film watching project -30 films in November – and so that he doesn’t have to watch all of them at 11pm at night when I’ve gone to bed, I agreed to watch eight with him. So Sundays and Thursdays are our film nights throughout the month.

If you have read here for any time at all you know I’m a picky devil when it comes to films and books. Has it got a happy ending? No trauma to children or animals? Is it an all-star cast? You know things like that, but actually he’s done a great job at selecting stuff he thinks I’ll either suffer through or quite like.

So far I’ve watched a 1950’s all-star melodrama in Written on the Wind, a documentary with Keanu Reeves talking to film industry bods about the pro’s and con’s of film vs digital (amazingly interesting – no really!), a documentary to commemorate 50 years of James Bond and Roman Holiday. A mix indeed but so far so good.

Up next is a Fistful of Dollars. I’m getting out the poncho as I type……