Sunday, 20 April 2014

What I've Been Watching In: April (With Popchips)

What I've Been Watching In: April (With Popchips) Blog Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
As a big fan of the first movie I knew I just had to see this. Unlike the first movie in The Hunger Games franchise, in Catching Fire the tributes are drawn from the pool of existing victors. Which means Katniss and Peeta end up having to face previous Games winners.
Whilst it might take a while for the 75th Hunger Game to actually begin in this movie, the wait is certainly worth it. If you liked the first Hunger Games movie or are a fan of the books then you will probably already have seen this but even if you haven't I would recommend jumping on The Hunger Games bandwagon, especially when Mockingjay Part 1 is out later this year.
I also may have fallen in love with Sam Claflin who plays Finnick. Surely I wasn't the only one? Hehe.

Heathers (1988)
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
As Mean Girls is one of my favourite movies (I mean who doesn't love it?) I'd often heard of a movie called Heathers being mentioned in the same light. I was always intrigued to see if it was anything like my beloved Mean Girls so when I saw it was on Netflix I didn't hesitate to press play.
It is similar in the fact that it centres around the group of popular girls at an American high school. The big difference though, whilst Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) was attempting to overthrow Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in Mean Girls, in Heathers Winona Ryder's character unknowingly ends up murdering the Queen Bee of her clique with a little help from her new boyfriend, played by Christian Slater. It's definitely a darker movie when you compare it to Mean Girls and more of a black comedy but no less enjoyable as a result.

Monsters University (2013)

Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren
All I can say is how did it take me this long to finally get around to watching this?
I remember seeing the original when it first came out, when I was nine years old, which definitely makes me feel rather old! So the fact that this movie was made really made me incredibly happy. I know some people were a bit disappointed that Boo wouldn't be appearing in this movie but since it is a prequel to the original movie that wouldn't really have made much sense for this movie. I really adored this movie and it had me laughing throughout. Plus it was great to see how Mike and Sully ended up being friends and why Randall ended up the way he is in Monsters Inc. What I really love about Pixar movies is the fact that both children and adults can enjoy their movies and as an adult I feel like a little kid again.

What I've Been Watching In: April (With Popchips)

Urban Legend (1998)
Starring: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Tara Reid
So technically I watched this movie at the end of March but it was just after I posted my What I've Been Watching In: March post so technically it counts right? Hehe. 
This was one of those 90's American teen horror movies that I had heard mentioned in the same light as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Unlike those movies I'd never actually seen this one but had always been a little intrigued to see what it was like. I saw it was on Netflix so decided to give it a try, then I saw Jared Leto's name was attached to it and was automatically sold. I have to say, I really did enjoy this and did jump at a few scenes. The killer, in this case a hooded character, bases their murders on urban legends which did make it pretty interesting and kept you hooked plus there were a few things I didn't see coming. It's the perfect movie to watch if you're in the mood for a bit of a fright and don't mind seeing a young(er) Jared Leto on the screen. And who wouldn't?

Jackass 3 (2010)
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Bam Margera
Okay I know this might not be to everyone's taste but I am a big, big fan of the Jackass guys. I've been a fan of them since the very beginning and have loved every single one of the movies, so at Christmas I treated myself to the ultimate collection which includes the three seasons of the TV show and all of the movies, as well as the lost tapes and the Gumball rally. If I'm ever in a bit of a mood or upset or generally just had a bad day at work or something like that I always reach for a Jackass movie that night to make the day all the better and I'm instantly cheered up. Even though I've seen all of the movies and TV seasons multiple times I still laugh every single time I watch them! Is anyone else a fan of the Jackass guys or the Jackass movies?

Inside Man (2006)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer
This is a movie I saw years ago and really enjoyed. It just so happened to be on TV a couple of weeks ago so I thought I would record it. It's just such a smart movie and if you haven't seen it yet then you really need to! It's very, very clever and there are some wonderful performances in it by the aforementioned actors. The movie centres around an elaborate bank robbery in a Manhattan bank in New York City but trust me, it's not your typical bank robbery movie. You'll constantly be guessing how and if they are going to get away with it. 

Popchips Blog Review

Thanks to my new friends at Popchips I've been trying out some of their incredible range of potato chips whilst watching this month's movies. Unlike typical crisps which are normally fried or baked, Popchips are made much like popcorn. And what I really love about Popchips; the fact that there are no fake colours, flavours or preservatives, which means I can eat them and not feel too guilty. Another added bonus; no greasy fingers or hands after you've scoffed an entire packet (or two hehe). I just love how crispy these potato chips are.
Now on to the flavours. I'm not normally a huge fan of barbeque flavoured snacks but these are a whole different story! I also absolutely adore the sea salt and vinegar too which I can confirm are the best salt and vinegar potato chips I have ever tried (and that's saying something)! Popchips really are the perfect accompaniment for a movie marathon and you can find the entire range of products (here).

What have you been watching this month? Do you have any recommendations?

Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think of them?


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