Christmas Movies To Be Watched – 2020

I make a list every year of movies I wanna watch. Some of them are actual Christmas movies, others are more like ‘I associate them with Christmas’. As of posting this, any that are in bold, I’ve already completed since Thanksgiving! Some of these I’m gonna be buddy-watching with a friend as well. I’m hoping to get them all, but we’ll see haah – I have some on here that I don’t actually own and I would need to track them down. Wish me luck!

  • A Christmas Carol (animated version)
  • A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version)
  • A Christmas Story
  • Scrooged
  • The Polar Express
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • The Santa Clause
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • Office Christmas Party
  • The Ref
  • Love Actually
  • Elf
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Top 5 book blasphemies I’ve committed

Top 5 Wednesday topics can be found here!

Today’s topic is officially ‘TL;DR’ – meaning books where I’ve watched the movie/tv show but haven’t read the books. I changed the title a bit though because I mean it’s an atrocity, so…

And it’s not that I didn’t read them because they’re too long necessarily, it’s just that I’m a terrible human! :”D

The Lord of the Rings is honestly one of my favorite movie series. I literally watch them probably once a month or so. So me not having read the books is really bad.

I did try reading The Hobbit a year or two ago and didn’t care for it, so that’s why I’m hesitating here. I think an audio book might be needed.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – When this came out in theaters, I saw it really quickly and loved it. And then within the last couple months, the author did a presentation for my work, which made me pick up the book as well. So I intend to read this, I just haven’t gotten that far yet.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This one is particularly bad that I haven’t read, as it takes place where I live. So seeing the movie, by the way, was so surreal.

Back when I was first getting my psych degree, The Silence of the Lambs was one of my favorite movies, and I still have a bit of a soft spot for it. At the time I didn’t even know it was based on a book at all. Looking at it now, it’s book two in a series, so I don’t feel bad for not getting to it yet. I do own this, buuuut I haven’t decided if I wanna read it or not. It might end up in a purge, we’ll see.

Out of all of the books on this list, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is probably the only one I definitely don’t intend to read. And that’s not a negative to it by any means, it’s just not a genre I gravitate towards. That being said, I did really enjoy the movie. It was cute and funny and I really loved the relationship the main character has with her sisters. Honestly typing this up now makes me wanna rewatch it.

And that’s it! If you’ve read any of these books, do let me know if they’re worth the investment or not! Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be adapted into movies

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Last week I made a post about books that should be adapted into television shows. This week, instead of the ‘official’ topic, I’m going to do books that should be adapted into movies. Specifically movies, as opposed to a mini series or something.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson – Basically this is for anyone who liked Ready Player One but wanted far less teenage angst and awkward romance. This is a deep dive into a digital universe, and plays with a modern dystopia, along with the origins of language. It’s really a fascinating read.

Inspection by Josh Malerman – This is the same author that wrote Bird Box, and this book is just as good in my opinion. It’s fast-paced and eerie, perfect for a two hours and change movie. It follows a bunch of boys, whose names are no more than letters of the alphabet, living in a tower, isolated. I don’t wanna say more than that, because it’s better to just find out.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – This one I think would have to be a bit of a longer movie, like say two and a half, three hours, but I think it could be done well, especially if a lot of work is put into the tone of the movie. This is a thriller Shakespearean extravaganza, and I think it would adapt really, really well to film.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I feel like this book would be a good movie right now. And by that I mean I don’t think it would be a movie that ages well, because it relies heavily on technology that currently exists, and in twenty-thirty years it would seem really dated. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I’m sure future us could appreciate this for what it is, I just mean if they’re gonna do it they need to do it soon.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – The only reason I’m recommending this one as a movie as opposed to a tv show is that it’s a novella. I feel like a movie could actually pick up all the detail in it and do it well. If we’re talking the entire series though, yeah then a tv show (or a series of movies), but for just this specific one, I think a movie could do it justice.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – This is a technological thriller and honestly it’ll be rare that I think a thriller should be anything other than a movie. A TV show wouldn’t portray the sense of urgency how I think it should be, if that makes sense. This one I think could be particularly good, especially if the budget is where it needs to be.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – While this one isn’t a thriller persay, it’s definitely thrilling. While I do think a movie would be the better medium for this, I do think it’d have to be a long movie, like three hours or something. It has a lot of weird detail in it that I feel is needed to convey how entirely weird this book is.

Santa & Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson – Going in the opposite direction of the dark novel above, this one would be really fluffy and heartstring-y. It’d be the perfect holiday classic and honestly I do think it’d become a classic if it was made and given the right promotions.

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So I just googled this out of curiosity and apparently it was made into a movie in 1999. Well now I have to watch it this Christmas. I’m keeping it on the list though because I made this list before I knew it was already adapted.

14 by Peter Clines – Again with the weirdness, just like a few others on this list. This is a fast-paced, small-setting book that I think could be really good. It has just the right dose of weird, along with a plot that doesn’t stray too far from a few choice locations within the setting. I think it’d be great.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Honestly I will be surprised if this doesn’t get picked up for a movie eventually. It’s just so enthralling and whimsical and mysterious, something that I just know would have this lilting, haunted soundtrack. I can already hear whispers of it in my head. Again this one would have to be a longer movie to really get the full impact but man, I’d be there for it.

And that’s it! What do you think of my movie choices vs my tv choices? Also if you’ve heard of any of these being picked up, do let me know. Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d follow on social media

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This week’s topic, characters I’d follow on social media, is really neat and it took me a good while to actually come up with the answers. I couldn’t just go with characters I find cool, or that I like but… ones I think would actually be interesting online if that makes sense. There are a lot of characters I thought of and ultimately decided against because I felt like they wouldn’t actually be active online. Their schemes and motives are canonically secret, so why would they post them? I picked the character I feel like would actually give us some entertainment.

Some of my picks will be from manga or books that have anime, tv or movie adaptions, so gifs of the characters will be used where applicable.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!


10. Mark Watney from The Martian

 

If you’ve read or watched The Martian, I’m sure you realize why I picked this guy. He’s number ten because to me, he’s the most obvious choice. And you know he’d definitely share literally everything, because in the book he does, even if other people can’t see it right away.

9. Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist

She’s the one on the right, if you haven’t seen or read this series. I knew I wanted to pick someone from this series, but I couldn’t figure out who. Ed and Al and all the alchemists didn’t exactly strike me as the type to spill what they’re doing at any given moment. Then I thought of Winry: She has her own interests, so she’d be posting all sorts of automail and Rush Valley related things, and then she’d be posting snippets of the Elrics’ lives too when she saw them. I figured she’d be a good time to follow.

8. Hagrid from Harry Potter

Really, can you imagine all the cool stuff he’d be posting? Especially after the third book, when he got the teaching position and got to hang out with all the neato animals. His account would be so wholesome, I just know it.

7. Misao Makimachi from Rurouni Kenshin

Misao is introduced seven or eight volumes in the manga, and I feel like she’d be one of the few characters to actually keep up a social media account, assuming they were around when she was alive in the late 1800s. Misao is part of the Oniwaban group, a guild of assassins during the Meiji Era. She’s high spirited and fiesty, and is constantly involved in adventures and forces her way into situations that honestly she has no business in. So I figured she’d be entertaining.

6. Shigure from Fruits Basket

I picked Shigure mostly because of his sense of humor. He’s the one ‘adult’ in the house where all the main characters live, and provides a comic, if not slightly wry, relief throughout the series. I say adult in quotes because honestly half the time you wouldn’t think so. I imagine his social media would be full of witticisms that the other characters in the series would groan at and I think it’d be hilarious.

5. Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is a recent obsession of mine and I admit, I haven’t read the manga, I’ve only watched the anime. But still: Hisoka is one fascinating character. He’s.. well, he’s messed up in more ways than one. He’s definitely not a protagonist… but I don’t think I’d consider him an antagonist either? He’s like, the most perfect portrayal of Chaotic Neutral that I’ve ever seen. Hisoka is Hisoka and I feel like he’d be interesting online. He’d post all sorts of weird shit.

4. Kip from The Black Prism

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Particularly in the later books, I feel like Kip would be interesting to follow. This character is the bastard son of The Prism, the most powerful magic user in the country, and Kip, well, he doesn’t really stand up to that. In the beginning, he’s overweight, untrained, uneducated, but despite all that, he’s hilarious. Kip uses humor at first as a coping mechanism for his own short comings but soon is able to use it just as it is: humor. I feel he’d be so entertaining to follow.

3. Starling from Assassin’s Quest

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Again, this was a case of ‘I know I want someone from this series but who?!’ If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve seen my sing the praises of Hobb’s Elderling series over and over, so I wanted to include a character that I feel like would actually talk about all the events that happen over the course of the books. And that would be Starling. Starling meets up with Fitz, the main character, I believe in the second book. She’s essentially a bard, and is hungrily pursuing Fitz, hoping to create her livelihood from a song she’d write about his life. She follows him endlessly, waiting and waiting for him to do something song worthy, and getting more and more involved in the plot and frustrated about everything in the process. Yeah, her twitter would be entertaining.

2. Kagome Higurashi from Inuyasha

For those who haven’t seen or read Inuyasha, it follows Kagome, a teenager who falls down a well and is transported 500 years into the past, right into the middle of the Japan of myth: demons and spirits and all sorts of things are all over, and Kagome finds herself in the middle of a mission against evil. Whenever she’d actually pop back into the present (which she does), her social media would probably have all sorts of interesting photos. …I’m not even gonna touch paradoxes and time travel here. We’re just gonna leave it.

1. Bartimaeus from The Amulet of Samarkand

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This is it: this is the number one guy. Bartimaeus is a 5000 year old djinni with a habit of interjecting humor and sarcasm into every aspect of his life. He’s probably the most entertaining character I’ve come across. These books are partly narrated by him, and throughout there are footnotes on the content of the book, also written by him, and they make clear his exact thoughts on the situation. I remember laughing out loud multiple times during this book and its sequels. Bartimaeus I think would be great on Twitter.


And that’s it! I must stress again how much I loved this topic. It was so much fun to make this list.

Happy reading!

Christmas Movies To Be Watched – 2019

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Man, I love a good Christmas movie. Every year, I make a list of Christmas (and almost-Christmas) movies that I wanna watch between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the list I’ve come up with this year. And as of writing this, I’ve already watched a good handful of them! I’ll mark any I’ve already watched since Thanksgiving in bold. The bucket list update I’ll make in January will go over this list in addition to my actual fall/winter bucket list.

The list:

  • A Christmas Carol (animated version)
  • A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version)
  • A Christmas Story
  • Scrooged
  • The Polar Express
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • The Santa Clause
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • Office Christmas Party
  • The Ref
  • Love Actually
  • Elf
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Eloise at Christmas Time
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Bad Santa
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

What are you favorite holiday movies? Anything I should add to the list?

Anticipated Movie Releases 2018

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Hello! I’m doing a new kind of post of my blog today – movie releases! I mentioned way back when that I wanted to branch out a bit, so this is a step towards that. I’m pretty sure these posts will be semi-annual, so there will likely be another one in January for early 2019 releases, just like how I do anticipated book release posts.

Anyway, these are all the movies that I’m pumped to go see:

The Spy Who Dumped Me – Comedy – Release Date: August 3rd

  • Starring Mila Kunis, Justin Theroux, and Kate McKinnon
  • Directed by Susanna Fogel

I’m a huge fan of comedies that are a bit over the top, and I’ve enjoyed all the other comedies I’ve seen both Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in, so hopefully this one will be just as entertaining. 😀

Slender Man – Horror – Release Date: August 10th

  • Directed by Sylvain White

This one is either going to be really good or really not. The Slender Man lore on the internet is really creepy and I definitely sucked a lot of hours into playing Slender when it first came out… that said, I hope they do a good job with this.

Colette – Biography/Drama/History – Release Date: September 21st

  • Starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West, and Eleanor Tomlinson
  • Directed by Wash Westmoreland

This one looks fascinating to me. I feel like this trailer is worth checking out.

My Hero Acedemia: Two Heroes – Anime/Action/Comedy – Release Date (USA): September 25th

I am SO EXCITED FOR THIS. I actually just found out about this today and I’m over the moon. I’m so pumped! If you haven’t started watching My Hero Acedemia yet, DO IT MAN. I don’t think there’s a trailer yet, so the movie poster will do.

My Hero Academia Two Heroes Movie Poster

Venom – Action – Release Date: October 5th

  • Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate
  • Directed by Ruben Fleisher

I love super hero movies. Well… ‘hero’ here is up for discussion. But you know what I mean.

The Hate U Give – Drama – Release Date: October 19th

  • Starring K.J. Apa, Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall
  • Directed by George Tillman Jr.

I never got the chance to read this book, so I’m hoping those who did will like the movie just as much.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Fantasy/Action – Release Date: November 16th

  • Directed by David Yates

I’m very, very much enjoying the expanded Harry Potter universe. The longer it goes, the longer until they reboot the damn things.

Mary Queen of Scots – Historical/Drama – Release Date: December 7th

  • Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, and Gemma Chan
  • Directed By: Josie Rourke

This one looks AMAZING. I am SO EXCITED, MAN.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly – Anime/Action – Release Date (Japan): December 14th, Release Date (USA): Jan 2019

Again, very excited for this one. I’m all for my childhood shows continuing into my adulthood man, THIS WAY I NEVER HAVE TO GROW UP.

And that’s it! There are many more movies I’m excited for, but I didn’t want this post to turn into a novel. If you’re pumped to see any of these, let me know!

Top 5 ideal mashups

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Happy Hump Day!

Today’s rewind topic is top five ideal mashups, which was the prompt from April 18th of this year. (hush I was slumpy)

These are in no particular order

A Monster Calls meets Spirited Away

Can you imagine how whimsically dark this could get?! I’m getting shivers just thinking about it!

Fullmetal Alchemist meets Treasure Planet

Imagine the immense plot of FMA being set in a world similar to the steampunk of treasure planet. It’d be soooo great

Supernatural meets Mulan

I love Supernatural. I do. I just think it’d be cooler with a neato protagonist like Mulan.

The Liveship Traders meets Pirates of the Caribbean

I’d love to see Jack go up against Kennit, man.

Fringe meets Sherlock

These are two of my all-time favorite shows, each very strong in their own way. The only thing better would be to see them mixed. I’ve love to see how Walter Bishop and Sherlock worked together… or drove each other crazy. Because let’s face it sometimes they’re way too similar.


And that’s it for today! Happy reading!

Favorite Christmas Movies

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A Christmas Carol (The Patrick Stewart version)

I have such a fondness for Patrick Stewart and I always will. <33 Below is a clip of the movie – I couldn’t find a trailer.

A Christmas Story

Yep, I’m one of those peeps that actually watches TBS’s 24-hours-of-a-Christmas-Story. It’s such a great movie. 😀

The Santa Clause

I’ve actually already watched this once this year, hawhaw. Netflix is a wonderful thing.


And that’s it! There are definitely others I try to watch every year, but these ones are the ones I would consider my ‘favorites’. 😀 See you tomorrow!

Favorite Christmas Movies, Songs and Books – Blogmas 12/18

Hello! Still in Malaysia, therefore this is pre-written. :”D Today is actually the 12th.


Books:

I have three books that I try to read every year (though this year I’m probably not going to get to any, unfortunately). They are The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever, A Christmas Carol and Santa and Pete. All three fill my brain with warm fuzzys and my heart with warmer fuzziers. ❤ All are age-appropriate for anyone and I recommend reading them to youngens if you’ve got any floating around. :”D

Best Christmas Pageant EverA Christmas CarolSanta and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

Movies:

I like a lot of Christmas movies and ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas helps me watch a lot of them. I probably watch more cable tv in December watching these movies than I do the rest of the year combined. My favorites are A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol (particularly the Patrick Stewart one), Elf and Jingle All The Way. :”D

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Songs:

So, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas songs a couple days before Thanksgiving and annoys everyone else with them. :”D These are my personal favorites:

And that’s it! :”D

Happy reading

Back to the Future Tag!

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Great Scott! Marty! It’s a tag!

I was tagged by Orang-utan Librarian, and I love this movie. :”D So I had to do it. Thanks for tagging me! And if you made the graphic, I stoled it. Thank you for not suing me. :”D

Name a movie/book/show that makes you want to go back in time when you were younger and enjoy it all over again!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Book: Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I feel like I wouldn’t love it as much reading for the first time now as I did reading it when I was younger, but still. I want that feeling again. I’d be willing to try.
Movie: Moulin Rouge. My favorite movie ever. I don’t think my heart has ripped so much. It’s so goofy and light-hearted but at the same time, man. Goodness. My heart.
Show: Fringe. This show, man. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s just so. consistently. good. I love it. I’d love to rewatch it.

What’s your favorite sci-fi and or fantasy book/show/movie?

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

Book: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. One of many favorites, but this one screamed ‘pick me!’ so I did. If you haven’t read this, read it.
Movie: Cloud Atlas. And one of these days, I’ll read the book. I loooove this movie though.
Show: Supernatural. Another all-time favorite. :”D That poster, by the way? Season 1. They’ve just been renewed for season 12. xD

What’s a moment in a book that takes place in the past or future that you’d like to visit?

Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron. This was a really neat book. The setting was pretty great. I’d love to poke around our ‘ruins’ and see what’s still around so many years later.

What’s a fictional store, cafe, etc. in a book/show/movie you’d like to visit?

Can I just pick the entire village of Hogsmeade please? I’d love to go there. :”D

Name an automobile or way of travel in a book/show/movie that you’d like to take for a ride. What book/show/movie is it from?

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Book: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. I want to ride on giant dragons! Let’s do it!
Movie: (or book) Stardust. I want to travel by Babylon Candle. Just think of where you want to go, and you’re off!
Show: Dragonball Z. The characters in this show can fly. Fly. I want to fly!

Favorite fictional scientist?

Jumba Jookiba from Lilo and Stitch. This guy is so great, I love him. xD Remember, don’t call him a mad scientist. He prefers ‘evil genius’.


And that’s it! This one was pretty fun. :”D Happy reading!