Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Worst to Best: Harry Potter movies ranked

What a better way to spend your week off of sixth form, than binge watching the Harry Potter films? Well, that is what I've been up to, and that has sparked the idea of this blog post! As they really are magical, fantastic films! So, I'll be letting you guys know which ones I favour and why.

This blog post WILL include spoilers, if you haven't already seen the films... which is only probable if you've been living under a rock for the past 14 years or so.

(These films will be ranked from worst to best)

1) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Don't get me wrong, although I've placed this movie last, I still love it to bits. I think that it is a great start to the films and really incorporates the magical imagery throughout, via the amazing directing and editing! The only real reason for me placing this movie last, simply is down to it not being as darkly themed as the others. Moreover, I think the other films provide slightly more depth and insight into individual characters and their stories, however this film being the first of the series, it's more of a broader overview of just the magical, wizarding world, as a whole. Which is understandable, seeing as it's the first movie.

2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I placed this film second place, because again, it doesn't contain the same amount of darkness as the other films throughout the series, however it does start to develop in this film. I love the mystery and problem solving that this film incorporates, due to the discovering of the chamber and who opened it. Also we start to see the development of Voldemort as a character, as Tom Riddles diary is a significant part of this film, which I also liked.

3) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

I mean, it's pretty harsh to rank this movie as an individual, as it was ultimately created to lead up to the main events, taking part in part 2. However, some scenes in this film are some of my favourites throughout the whole of the Potter movies. These include the scene of Harry and Hermione dancing together, as a way of Harry trying to cheer her up from Ron leaving. And also the scene where Hermione tells us the tale of the 3 brothers. Despite this, I only ranked it third, as I feel like although some scenes are amazing, more are just fillers to try and fill the time.

4) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

We're now at the half-way point in the list! Firstly, this movie has one of the best openings, with Harry losing his temper and blowing up Aunt Marge like a balloon! One of my favourite characters is introduced in this film, professor Lupin, who is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Ron is searching for his missing, pathetic pet 'rat' throughout the film, which reveals a very interesting plot twist when he's finally found. Werewolves are introduced, an accused murdering Godfather escapes from Azkaban and much more. A lot goes on in this film, with many unexpected turns throughout the story that are amazingly done and executed!

5) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I adored this film when I was younger... probably due to my childhood crush on Robert Pattison, who stars as one of the competitors in the Goblet of Fire. I think I love this film a lot because there is a lot of action that takes place, apart from the usual good vs evil, Harry vs Voldemort (until the end), as it's more action just generally, so the events like the catching of the dragons egg and such. Moreover, for me this is quite a turning point in the film, in terms of the theme of darkness, as here we see Voldemort being properly 're-born'. 

6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Considering this film had very, very high expectations to live up to, I'm really happy to say that I think it delivered massively! One of my favourite scenes is when Harry views Snapes memories, learning about his love for Lily Potter, how he wanted to protect Harry and cares for him. I just love Snape, and Harry, so I just love this scene so much! I think the whole Harry vs Voldemort fight scene was amazing and I love the huge dark influence that this film has as a whole. In my opinion, this was such a great end to such a great series!

7) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

This film is extremely action-packed and mysterious all the way throughout, with some MAJOR twists. I love how Snapes character is viewed as being a villain, which it very important for the following movies. I love how Voldemort and his followers almost take over this film towards the end, making the whole movie more unpredictable and exciting. A lot of important, unexpected things happen that keep you entertained all throughout this film, like the lead up to Dumbledores death, the learning of the horcruxes and so on. In all this really is a great film!

8) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Last and certainly not least we have the Order of the Phoenix in first place, and in my opinion, the best Harry Potter movie! There are a ton of reasons why this movie is my favourite out of the lot. Some of these things including the huge involvement of the Ministry of Magic, the fight against Harry and his friends with the death eaters, the pupils rebelling against Umbridge and so much more. I love how this film holds a lot of emotion, ranging from anger to grieving etc. I just love this movie and think all throughout it is hugely entertaining.

There we have my list, from worst to best of my ranking of the Harry Potter films! I haven't read the books, so perhaps when I do, I'll do an updated version of this blog post, as they may influence my opinions on the films. 

Let me know down below in the comments your favourite and least favourite Harry Potter film in the series!

Thank you all for reading, have a great day.

Mollie x

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumn/fall ultimate song playlist

Hey guys, I hope everyone is well. Today I've decided to write a quick blog post on some essential autumn songs that you need to add onto your playlist. These songs aren't specifically for the autumn season as such, they're just some of the songs I seem to find myself playing most around this time of year, so I thought I'd share them with you guys!

All of these songs and more I have on my Spotify, and if anyone is interested, my Spotify username is mollie_holland. So if you want to check them out before purchasing them, or adding them onto your own playlist, then you can do so!

Right, lets get on into it...

1) A Change of Heart - The 1975
2) Alright - Logic
3) Autumn Leaves - Ed Sheeran
4) Breakeven - The Script
5) Chocolate - The 1975
6) Cold Coffee - Ed Sheeran
7) Come and See Me - PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake
8) Come Home to Me - Ernie Halter
9) Crash - You Me At Six
10) Dance So Good - Wakey!Wakey!
11) Dancing on My Own - Calum Scott
12) Demons - Imagine Dragons
13) Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
14) Drunk - Ed Sheeran
15) Fall - Ed Sheeran
16) Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
17) Friends - Ed Sheeran
18) Fumes - Eden Project
19) Give Me Love - Ed Sheeran
20) Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
21) How to Save a Life - The Fray
22) Hunger - Ross Copperman
23) I Could Never - Ed Prosek
24) I Luv This Shit - August Alsina
25) I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
26) IV. sweatpants - Childish Gambino
27) Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran
28) Kiss Me Slowly - States // Capitals
29) Knee Socks - Arctic Monkeys
30) Like me - Phora
31) Little Bit of Truth - You Me At Six
32) Love How It Hurts - Scouting For Girls
33) Magic - Coldplay
34) Make It Home - August Alsina
35) Marble Floors - French Montana
36) Mr. Brightside - The Killers
37) Naive - The Kooks
38) Nikki - Logic
39) Often - The Weeknd
40) Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
41) Please Don't Stop The Rain - James Morrison
42) Reckless Serenade - Arctic Monkeys
43) Rescue - Witt Lowry
44) Riptide - Vance Joy
45) Settle Down - The 1975
46) Sex - The 1975
47) She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks
48) She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
49) Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
50) Stealing Cars - James Bay
51) Sugar, We're Goin Down - Fall Out Boy
52) Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran
53) Terrible Things - Mayday Parade
54) Time After Time - Quietdrive
55) Twenty Eight - The Weeknd
56) Ungodly Hour - The Fray
57) Wake Me Up - Ed Sheeran
58) Wasted Time - Vance Joy
59) Wicked Games - The Weeknd
60) XO - Eden Project

It seems like the moral of this, is that any Ed Sheeran song, is pretty much an autumn song! I know this is a pretty hefty list, however it does include various different genres of music, which is why I thought I'd list all of the ones of my autumn playlist. Therefore hopefully theres a few songs that everyone will enjoy!

Thank you all for reading, have a great day.

Mollie x

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Hello everybody!

This is my first blog post, so I'll quickly introduce myself before I get into the actual blog itself.

My name is Mollie Clarke-Holland and I am interested in producing many blogs, with various different themes. These include things such as: lifestyle, fashion, beauty, writing, books, reviews etc. In all I just have a passion for writing and have decided I'd like to share that online. Hence why I'm here!

Anyway, onto the blog...

MUST DO: Halloween bucket list

Personally, October is one of my favourite months, so I'm always so excited when this time of year rolls around! Not only that, I love the holiday Halloween, as I love all things scary, whether that being scary films, books or activities. Therefore, I have come up with and created a 'Halloween bucket list', which I'll try to complete this October month and you guys can join me in doing so too! So lets get into it...

1) Carve a pumpkin

Now, this may seem such a small, normal thing for quite a lot of people, I suppose, especially around the holiday halloween itself. So you're probably wondering why I even put this onto my bucket list? Well, as a matter of fact, never in my life have I carved a pumpkin... and I'm 16. I think it's due to the fact that because I don't like in a city or town, I've never decorated my house for halloween, as no one will see it. However I'll defiantly need to change this, this year!

2) Binge watch horror movies

One of my favourite film genres by far is horror films. I love them so much! Although, I am waiting for the day that I watch a horror film that genuinely scares the living day lights out of me. So, in order to accomplish this, I'll 100% be watching many horror films in this October month. I'll list a few down before that I'm thinking of watching:

  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Insidious
  • Conjuring
  • Sinister
  • Friday the 13th
  • The silence of the lambs
3) Go to a corn maze

I honestly really want to go and take part in a corn maze. I defiantly think this time of year is the best time to go as well, as for a start, most only open around this time of year, and also it adds to the creepy halloween atmosphere that I love! I would recommend getting a group of friends together and doing this one October evening. I really think it's just something different, fun and exciting to do one night. I need to make sure I do this!

4) Murder mystery

I've taken part in a murder mystery once before, with my family, and I had such a great time! We found a website that provided you with a huge list of options for what sort of story and setting etc you wanted your murder mystery to take place at and to be like. Then after that, they sent us all the relevant things we needed to complete the murder mystery. I'm sure theres a ton of websites that provide murder mysteries, some you may need to pay for, some may be free. 

My advice would be get a group of friends or family together and all decide what type of setting you want your mystery to take place in. For example a creepy house, a castle, a fairground. The list is endless really. Then when the night rolls around, when you actually take part in the murder mystery, dim the lights and place candles around the room. Also you could incorporate the theme of the murder mystery you've chosen, in decorations used around the room you play in. To top it all off, play some haunting, spooky music in the background. It all adds to the atmosphere! 

5) Do something scary

Now, as I said before, scary is my thing. So any opportunity to do something spooky, I'll take up. And what better time of year to do this, than in October? There are several ideas that I have thought of doing, in order to tick this off of the bucket list. Some of my options include:

  • Visit a theme park on a fright/horror night. Because I like in the UK, my options are limited to parks such as Thorpe Park and Alton Towers. However, I visited the Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Orlando last year and would 1000% recommend it to anyone. Beware though, it can be insanely scary!
  • Take part in a zombie shooting experience. Now this one has the age rating of typically 16. However, if you're 16 or over and want to have a thrilling experience, I'd suggest this! There are many different locations where this event can take place, such as old bunkers and prisons etc. So straight away the creepy atmosphere is there. And basically, for a few hours you're chased around these locations by actors dressed as Zombies. The 'shooting' part comes in, because I know some of these zombie events allow you to have a paint ball type gun, which you can use to defend yourself. Sounds pretty enticing to me!

That is all for my MUST DO: Halloween bucket list. I hope everyone enjoyed reading it as much as I did producing it for all of you! 

Thank you all for reading, have a great day.

Mollie x

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