All posts filed under: review

Film Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Very odd that this film only just came out in the US but anyhow, I saw this film last week in 3D and thought I’d share my thoughts. The Basics Directed by: Joss Whedon Starring (take a deep breath): Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson. Released: 23 April 2015 (UK & majority worldwide), 1 May 2015 (US) The Plot: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.” via Marvel Studios. via Marvel *There may be spoilers, so …

Silo Markets and Outdoor Cinema

On Friday evening I caught up with one of my friends from Cardiff  who is now doing a study abroad in Auckland and her flatmate. We were planning to go down to Wynyard Quarter at Auckland’s Waterfront and check out the Silo markets and watch a movie at the outdoor cinema. I absolutely love Silo Park in general. In the past few years the whole place has been revamped to become an awesome space to be in. Last night, after a stop in at Chatime, which was having it’s grand opening in Auckland, we walked down Queen Street and down to Wynyard Quarter to Silo Park and had a peruse through the markets. While none of us ended up buying anything, there were plenty of things to choose from, from second hand books, boutiques filled with gorgeous clothes and trinkets and even a nail bar. After a good look around, we headed to the food area which was absolutely lush. It was set up with fairground bunting hanging all around and live DJs who looked …

75 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching Fifty Shades of Grey

The other night I went to watch the very widely spoken about, Fifty Shades of Grey with two of my friends. Having read the book I definitely wasn’t expecting much, but felt like it was one of those obligatory films you have to see in the cinema, just to say you’ve seen it. I’m not going to bother with a proper film review, so instead, inspired by some similar posts I’ve seen on Buzzfeed, here are some of the thoughts that were going through my head (and also escaping from my mouth to the ears of my friends,) during the film. *SPOILERS AHEAD* OH NO. That lip biting is going to piss me off during the whole film, I can just tell. Kristin Stewart much? Okay, I’m so going to be ‘Twilight’ spotting throughout this whole movie. Of course she drives a rundown VW, they always drive those. Wow, everyone was so right, that secretary looks exactly like Jamie King… How is that NOT Jamie King? God that fall was absolute cringe. Hi Jamie Dornan. …

The Doctor Who Experience

While I haven’t grown up with the television show Doctor Who, I did get into the show a couple of years ago and now I would definitely count myself as a fan. Therefore it wasn’t right to not go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, which is the only one of its kind. There are two parts to the Doctor Who Experience, the first part is the interactive part, where you are taken on a little adventure and need to help the Doctor save the universe. It was quite funny and quite enjoyable. My favourite part was definitely going through the forest of weeping angels- scary as hell, but also a lot of fun! That takes about 15-20 minutes (you’re not allowed to film or take photos, so you’ll just have to go by my word). The second part is where you get to have a stroll around the Doctor Who exhibitions, where there is actual set, props and costumes that you can look at, which is also super cool. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed …

Winter Wonderland: Cardiff

Leading up to the opening of Winter Wonderland in Cardiff I would walk past the park and see all the different parts being built and lights being hung up and in addition to the pretty Christmas lights and displays in town, it really was beginning to feel like Christmas. Seeing as this was my first Winter Wonderland experience (because I’m used to a  hot summer Christmas,) I was very excited, especially excited for the ice skating rink in fact. I ended up heading to Winter Wonderland twice. Once with just two of my friends, and the second time with the majority of my flat and the flat next door, which was a lot of fun. The highlights included; ice skating, going on the giant swing ride and eating Nutella and banana crepes!

Farewells

Yesterday was a very bittersweet day. Not only did I leave my job at the library, but I also had my leaving dinner with friends. I started my job at the library at the beginning of 2012 as a children’s library shelver and have loved every minute of it. It was just a few hours a week and quite a simple, but fulfilling job. It gave me a lot of time to think and just be with my thoughts, so in a way, it was my little bit of R&R for the week, while being paid. I’m hoping that when I’ll get back, a position will pop up soon enough so I can go back, because I’ve loved working there and everyone is so lovely. In the evening, the leaving dinner was a combination of mine and Moana’s. We have similar friend groups because we went to the same primary and high school, so it worked out really well! We went to a great place down at the newly developed  Wynyard Quarter in Auckland’s CBD called …

T2: The Ultimate Tea Experience

It’s been a while now since my birthday; two and a half months to be exact. But after finishing off one of my birthday presents and feeling sad and slightly empty inside, I realised how much I’ve loved this present so, I thought I’d share it with you all! My present was given to me by my lovely friend Eloise and it came in a cute orange box with cellophane and a lovely red ribbon around it and smelled DELICIOUS! It was a strawberries & cream flavoured tea from T2! T2 Tea is an Australian company who I’d heard about numerous times and I’d seen stores popping up all around Auckland, with display windows decorated with brightly coloured teapots and cups. There is a HUGE range of delicious teas and cute tea-ware that you can buy, perfect for a cute cuppa! I like to have mine hot with a little bit of honey, or serve it cold on ice with a bit of lemonade or soda water! Well anyway, looks like it’s time for me …

GONE GIRL (Novel): A REVIEW

One of those novels that could have been good, but missed it by an inch and a bit. via Wikipedia Title: GONE GIRL Author: Gillian Flynn Published: 2012 SYNOPSIS: The story is about husband and wife, Nick and Amy, 30-somethings who move from their home in New York back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri. One morning, on the anniversary of their 5th wedding anniversary, Nick goes to work like any other day. When he comes home however, he finds his house trashed and his wife missing. The novel switches between Amy’s personal diary entries from the past, and Nick’s perspective in the present. Nick finds himself in hot water as the leading suspect of his wife’s  disappearance and it’s up to him to prove his innocence, but with so much evidence mounting against him is he really innocent? And if so, who really kidnapped his wife?   MY VERDICT: I had wanted to read this book for such a long time. Every time I went to the book store it was on the highly recommended …