movies i watched in august '19 πŸ“Ί

Friday, 13 September 2019

My boyfriend and I unknowingly created a weekly movie night session where we watch random films on netflix, 123 movies or whatever is showing on sky movies. We like going to the cinema for blockbuster (well, mostly marvel lol) films but sometimes just chilling at home with the lights dimmed, pizza delivered, and a 'good' film to keep us entertained is all we need to enjoy each others company. Here are my mini reviews on the movies I watched last month! Of course, this post contains spoilers. πŸ’’

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Shaft - so we both saw this one on the Netflix homepage and immediately texted each other going "let's watch this!" lol. I didn't realize this was actually a franchise, but the film works well as a stand-alone film so it didn't really matter if I didn't know the backstory to Samuel L Jackson's character, the quick backstory explained it all pretty well. My teen crush Avan Jogia was in this film too, much to my boyfriends dismay lmao. The film was decent, had the stereotypical tropes of black families in America but it made it funny and unoffensive. It even spoke out against stereotypes of other races while poking fun at them. It was a lighthearted film with lots of cliche action scenes and romance, but the themes of family kept it all together. It was nice to the three generations of Shaft kicking ass at the end of the film. 4/5

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The Crimes of Grindelwald - Ugh, this damn film. Okay guys i'm gonna be real honest here, I really didn't like this film. And it sucks so bad because I loved Fantastic Beasts so much? Even more than the original Harry Potter franchise, and I was so excited to see them develop the history of the wizarding world a little more, but man did this film suck. Tina is pretty much MIA for most of the film, Newt seems pretty confused with his mind thinking about multiple things (Credence, Tina, Grindelwald, Theseus and Leta), and my good sis QUEENIE! They did my girl so dirty. From the second it was revealed she had Jacob under a spell I knew something changed from the first film. Seeing her pretty much having an emotional breakdown was heartbreaking but, would that make her join the same person she fought against? idk lol... Tina's lack of emotion seeing her own sister join the dark side was pretty weak. Credence joining in seemed a bit off too considering Grindelwald literally tried to kill him in the first film. I felt the pacing suffered due to there being so much going on. I do hope that the next film explains everything better, because unlike Harry Potter, I don't have books to go back to when something doesn't make sense. 2/5 

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White House Down - lol so we were originally watching Aquaman, but we ended up flicking through channels and found this one. I don't know how the film started exactly as we got there just before the bad guys started to infiltrate the white house. I feel bad for saying this but I can't take any film with Channing Tatum as the star seriously lmao. I don't think there's anything wrong with his acting, he's a great actor. For some reason though, he always stars in really lame movies lol. This one was pretty interesting and I love action and suspense films where the main guy is basically playing hide and seek with the bad guys while trying to save the world, or erm the president. πŸ˜… The film is filled with cliche's and really dramatic stunts and explosive action scenes that it's actually hilarious! I found myself going "wtf? looooool" constantly. Since the film was trying to be serious I would say it's technically a shit film, but I enjoyed how bad it was so much that it became good! 3/5

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The Chronicles of Narnia - This is a movie I watched on my own after a long shift at work. I came home, kicked back on the sofa and flicked through channels to see Narnia, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe on tv so of course I had to watch it! Narnia was pretty much the Harry Potter for kids who's parent's didn't want them 'entertaining witchcraft' lmao, so I grew up loving this franchise! Every moment of the film fills me with so much emotions, I never get tired of watching it! Last night I watched Prince Caspian after a rough day and it brought me back to my childhood joys and filled me with nostalgia. I almost cried watching Aslan telling Peter and Susan they couldn't return to Narnia as they have aged too much and have learnt all they could. I adore the first two films but the 3rd one not so much. Not having all the Pevensie kids present was weird, and since Susan is my favorite character, I'm still super bitter about her never returning to Narnia and being left alone while the rest of her family are dead and enjoying life in "aslan's country" (read=heaven) in the final book, so I'm kinda happy we haven't seen any continuation of the franchise lol. If I had to rate the first two films? 5/5

What films have you been watching lately? Apart from Frozen 2, there isn't any more films being released this year that I'm excited for, so I'll probably continue to watch random films for the rest of the year.

Until then,

Minae πŸ’–

life lately ; 03 - what's up danger?

Friday, 30 August 2019

*immediately after taking this photo i told my boyfriend to clean his dirty mirror lol 
The past few weeks have been extremely hot in the UK right now and I'm honestly not really impressed lol. I'm definitely an autumn kind of girl and I really can't wait for that season to finally land. Summer is great an all, but not when London is hitting the high 30's! If I wanted this kinda temperature I would have flew out to Dubai lmao

The two weeks before my holiday to Rhodes, Greece, I got up to quite a lot of really fun stuff!

July 2nd was the release of Spiderman: Far from home and my boyfriend surprised me with tickets so off we went! GUYSSSS it's literally one of my favorite marvel films ever! Tom Holland is imo the best Peter Parker and the best Spiderman. He knows how to play the character well! Jake Gyllenhaal really surprised me and throughout the film, I almost forgot he was the villain. The story really focused more on the affects of End Game and how people were trying to cope with the events. I liked that because I feel like we get caught up in the superhero part and forget about the lives of normal folk in the films. Unlike Iron Man or Capt who's lives revolve around their superhero, Peter is still a kid so they did well showing that to us. The ending credits.. omg i'm so excited for Spiderman 3 lol. (i wrote this before the sony/disney deal broke off lol... rip me)

*i didn't have any photo's of the actual pride event rip so here are a bunch of random pics i took that week 
July 6 was Pride in London! I was finally able to attend a pride parade! I'm usually always working during that time, and unfortunately the parade doesn't go past my store, so I always miss the festivities. My colleagues who didn't have work that day told me it was starting a little later than usual, so I could catch the second half of the parade after my shift! I went to meet up with them and had the best time! It's not often we meet up outside of work hours, and it felt so great to be ourselves and celebrate our truths! I tend to not really talk about this much since bisexuals get a lot of shit when we're in hetero-normative relationships but that day I felt accepted my my peers and everyone around me, It was so fun! I hope I can go next year haha

July 7 I attended NCT 127 'NEO CITY' in London! I've been soooo excited to see this group perform and I literally fell out of my ass when they announced a tour date in the UK lol. My sister and I went to the concert and had the best time! Regular is literally my favorite kpop boy group song in ages so when that started playing I was off my tits. πŸ˜‚ The concert was so fun and the venue felt quite intimate. We had a lot of MC moments so we could talk to the members a lot more. I didn't realize a lot of the members spoke english really well haha. Johnny's british accent flopped dramatically but he promised to improve and show us again soon! My camera roll is literally filled with Jaehyun pics since he's my bias lol

July 12 was Day One for Hyper Japan! It was the events 10th anniversary but honestly it didn't really feel like it.. it felt like any normal hyper japan which was a shame since they promoted it like it was a big deal for them so I expected a lot more. But the event was still just as enjoyable as all the other years. I went with my sister and spent a lot of time in the artist alleys, queuing up for food, and playing dragon ball z (which is a super fun game and i kinda want to buy it now lol). Necronomidol performed on the hyper live stage too and it was so fun! The members walked passed me and I posted about it on twitter, then they followed my twitter! I was so happy ^^;

On the 13th I jetted off to greek island of Rhodes, and that's where this post ends haha

Until next time
Minae ✨

summer anime watch list πŸ‘€

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Hey guys! I know I know, two months with TWO blog posts each? I'm finally back haha! 

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Boku no hero Academia
Since Myanimelist died on me last summer it created a whole fiasco where I got locked out of my account and of course, as I don't have access to the email I made when I was like 8, I couldn't regain my account, so I had to make a new one. While doing that I had to convert everything from my previous account to my current one, including the actual anime list. I had over 72 'plan to watch' anime, with half of them being anime I no longer had any intention of watching, so I went through each and every anime, read the synopsis's of them all, and decided whether I really planned on watching them anytime soon. needless to say, I didn't lol so around 50 anime slashed from the list, I began to focus on the anime I did actually plan to watch and got started on them this summer!

Boku no Hero Academia, the anime I had planned to watch for such a long time but just couldn't be bothered to start lol.. I finally got round to it! Your typical shounen anime, Main character Deku wants to be a Hero so he can be respected and help others, angry rival, loud glasses boy, cold guy that always ends up being popular, girl that only exists to develop main characters plot, the list goes on! While I did enjoy it a lot and got through all 3 seasons in 1 week (lol), I do feel like it was over hyped. It follows the same formula as any average shounen anime so I didn't really feel like I was watching something new if that makes sense? I feel like Deku is a bit of a weak protag compared to other MC's and I found myself liking Todoroki and All Might more. I absolutely hated Bakugo in season one and two but even in season 3 I found myself liking him, or rooting for him more than Deku, so I hope he gets better character development in the series soon. I also hope Uraraka gets a more fleshed out story then "i like deku and can control gravity" because right now I'm getting Hinata or Kairi vibes and it's annoying πŸ˜…

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Urusei Yatsura
I recently got into watching old school anime! My love for the city pop genre and the idol genre brought me down the inevitable road of Showa era idols (idols from the 80's and 90's). One anime in particular always showed up in youtube videos of city pop playlists as clips, that one being Urusei Yatsura. With over 100 episodes I was hesitant to watch it but I finally caved in and holy shit guys, its literally become one of my favorite anime looool it's so fun to watch! It follows a school kid Ataru who, due to some weird events and his constant horny antics lol, has to marry this alien girl called Lum to keep the peace between her world and earth. Every episode makes me laugh and the character are all really developed and interesting. You know how you kinda lose interest if the episode focuses on someone that isn't the main few characters? I don't feel that with this anime. Even the side characters are entertaining. Lum is so cute, I want her as my best friend lol.

Another old anime I began watching is Creamy Mami! omg guys its so fucking hard to find episodes online to watch this show so when I found a youtube account that had the first 20 episodes I thought 'what the heck' and just began watching them at night before bed. It's so relaxing to watch magical girl anime just before I sleep, so I enjoyed this very much! You can definitely see where Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew got their concepts from. Sticking to the magical girl theme, I've also been watching Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!! You guys know how much I love Kuro haha so despite her not being the main character, I love watching this anime! I also began watching Flying Witch! It's such a relaxing anime that's still humorous and engaging. it's something I definitely recommend watching while you're having a lazy day in bed recharging.

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Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)
Fire Force was one of the few actual 'summer 2019' anime I've been watching and I'm not gonna lie to you guys, it's a little bit of a let down so far.. I don't want to jump the gun and say it's the worst and i'm going to drop it, but I feel like the beautiful graphics are carrying the show. It seems to have a multiple plot lines but isn't sure how to relay them all, whilst giving us back stories for other characters. It's trying to do everything at once and it's making the overall experience lackluster. I do hope i'm wrong and the next few episodes shows some more character development and more insight to the story line, so we'll see where it goes and i'll update you later on.

The last one is Kimetsu no Yaiba and wow guys. wow. I really love this show. Like, really love this show! I've been watching anime since I came out the womb and I don't think i've ever seen a shounen be done so right! It has the usual shounen trope, 'my life was ruined due to x reason and now I vow to destroy all things that are titans/ghouls/government etc', but it has a twist. No, the MC Tanjirou, doesn't become a 'evil thing he yearned to destroy' but his sister Nezuko did instead, so he goes on a journey to protect her. While he is technically a 'Demon Slayer' he recognizes that these demons were once humans and gives them a merciful death. I really like this since so many shounen mc's love to build their kill list knowing full well they're human and it's always like ??? to me lmao.
Despite the last few episodes having a spider family which left my arachnophobia triggered for days, the anime has been absolutely flawless for me. From the story line to the character development, the amazing graphics and the great soundtrack, everything is engaging in some way and I do believe it's the best shounen anime i've seen in a very very long time. There's only around 4 episodes left according to MAL but I can't wait for them to announce a new season, because they have to! Easily Anime of the Year.

My new mal is minaeshit, so feel free to check out the rest of my currently watching list!

Until next time,

Minae ✨

life lately ; 02 - speak yourself

Monday, 12 August 2019

hey hey hey!
Hows your summer been treating you all? Honestly right now the uk is seeing 33-37 degrees on average this week and although i've just come back from greece where the heat was in the 30's (Celsius), heat like this is just... different in the uk. It's hard to explain but it's like, the air is hot?There's no breeze and it's soo humid. Our building are made to keep the heat in since we're usually a cold country but man... it's fucking out lol. The 5 fans in my house help a little though.

Summer for me kicked off in the best way possible since literally days after I handed in my final essay and went to comic con, I enjoyed what might possibly be one of the best concerts i've ever seen! On the 1st June, BTS' 'Speak Yourself' tour stopped at London, and me, Molly, and Amy, went to see them!

I never really spoke about my love for BTS on here before because honestly, I wouldn't really consider myself an army... I love a lot of their songs and I have my favorite member, but I don't watch their shows religiously or their V lives and concert fancams on youtube like I would for say, Shinee or Seventeen. I do really love the group though, enough to not want to miss huge event. I've been a kpop fan for well over 10 years now and I never would have believed anyone who said a kpop group would sell out 2 dates at Wembley Stadium. that's fucking HUGE! It would be a crime to miss it lol.

A day or so before the concert, let me tell you god was not on my side haha.
You guys remember how I work for disney right? So, I had finished my shift literally ran home to sleep and chill or whatever, as you do lol. I get home, I'm enjoying my afternoon and then Molly texts me this photo saying "hey isn't this your store?!?!?" with this iconic photo! You guys know where this is going right??? :)))))

Yup, J-hope visited my store on the day of my shift, after I had already finished it. What absolute shit luck lmfao. I hate to be bitter but.... WHYYYYYYYYY??? I only went to day one of the concert so the next day when I went back to work, all my colleagues were like "hey that kpop group you like was here! you missed them!" :))) All I could do was laugh lol... 

The concert! 

I had a date the night before so I knew I couldn't meet up with Amy and Molly at 6am like they planned lol. They wanted to wait in line for the 3D studio so they left early. I met up with them around 1pm? Guys let me tell you, everything looked so beautiful. As soon as you came out of the station you could see all the banners with the members faces on it leading right up to the stadium! 

I quickly met up with them and from then on I just had a really amazing time! They lined up with me to pick up my light stick and then we went to eat and cool down since it was super hot. The restaurant we went to was playing BTS the whole time, we walked in and was like "???huh" lol but the food was great and so were the staff! After that we got a few drinks and went straight inside the stadium an hour or so before the show.

The actual concert was incredible! I didn't want to know the set list beforehand to keep it all a surprise for me, and I was blown away from the second it started until the end haha! Not Today is one of my favorite songs from then and I was so shocked when it came up so quickly lol, I thought they would leave it until the end. My favorite part was the solo stages! Seeing all the different sides to the boys was a nice experience, since i'm so used to seeing them as a group it was nice to see them express themselves in their own way, it really suited the concerts theme of 'speaking yourself' hahaa

Suga and Jungkook are my favorite members so of course I enjoyed their songs the most, but Rapmon and J-hope surprised me and I really liked their performances too. Ngl I would skip their songs but after seeing it live I appreciate them a lot more.  I enjoyed the concert so much and felt really grateful for the experience. They performed their heart out and we could tell they were so thankful to be there.

I remember when Shinee was announced to perform at the Korean film festival in 2011? and only 200 tickets were going for it. I remember attending Super Juniors and Big Bang's Wembley Arena concerts 2012 with tears in my eyes thinking no way is this happening. I remember meeting Key, the members of Suju, Infinite, Beast, 4minute, and so many more groups who one by one just kept showing up to perform for us each year. From only being able to see short 240p clips of concerts and variety shows in 20 parts on youtube, so getting all of it right to my front door? I'm really grateful I got to experience kpop since the start of the hallyu wave. Seeing BTS perform in a Stadium was so surreal... I'm so happy they were able to take those few steps further than their seniors to reach western fans and the media just that bit more.

The just recently announced an extended break from activities and after watching them live, and seeing their Bring the Soul documentary a few days ago, I really respect their decision and hope they have a well deserved relaxing break from the industry to recuperate. When they eventually come back I'll be right there to support them!

Until then,

Minae x

wants and needs; summer 2019

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

It's been a hot minute since I last did a wish list, and since today is payday, i've made a little list of things i've had my eye on. I did so much overtime the last couple months so i want to treat myself a little, you know? There isn't really any skincare on the list since i'm trying to clear out my products and not compromise my skin with new products. Most of the products are surprisingly gadget related items which isn't unusual for me, but over the last few years I haven't really had them in my wish lists. Apart from my phone that needed upgrading, my laptop was my last big gadget purchase so it's been a while haha!
The layout of this post was inspired by the wonderful Γ‰lise, so give her blog a follow! 
Will I manage to buy everything on this list? I doubt it lol but a girl can dream right? 

What's on your summer wish lists? 

Minae x 

life lately ; 01 - spring 2019

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

hello guys!
it's been a while since i've done a 'minae's life' post so i figured i'd do one here just to update you all on what i've been up to? i've kinda changed the title of 'minae's life' to simply 'life lately' since it fits better i think. since summer is finally here, i wanted to do a little recap on spring! I surprisingly got up to a lot this year!

Before the Easter break, my boyfriend and I booked a weekend off to go on our first baecation haha! We went to Paris! We spent one of the days in Disneyland and saw the Disney Illuminations show and it was the most magical experience! We took a romantic walk through the back alleys of paris all the way to the Arch de Triomphe and then rode scooters around the Eiffel Tower. In the evening we had the best Japanese food i've had in a while, along with some wine. Paris is the city of love right? So as a hopeless romantic, I was happy to spend our first trip together there.

Right after the trip, my boyfriend surprised me with tickets to see Aladdin in theater! To be honest, I was feeling really unsure about it since theater or live action versions of animated movies can either make or break them, but I was pleasantly surprised throughout the whole show! The genie was hilarious and really made the show. I loved the carpet scene, it was so romantic and looked like the carpet was actually flying lol! I'm even more excited to see the live action version of Aladdin in cinemas now. 
Spring was a great time for movies and tv shows as well! I caught up with the last couple seasons of Game Of Thrones in time to watch the season finale, and while it did leave me feeling disappointed, I was happy to finally know who 'took the throne' lol. I think we can all agree that, had the character development and story line been explored further in season 7, or had they given season 8 an extra 4 episodes, we could accept the plot twists that happened in the series, but alas..

I also watched Avengers: End Game and BOY did I shed the most tears in the house lol! I already knew what was going to happen but when it did oh man, I really couldn't hold them back anymore, sobbed like a baby haha. But the movie overall was the best Superhero film I've ever seen, and It was so surreal seeing 10 years of MCU come together like that. I've been a comic book fan since I was a little kid, and I can't thank the MCU enough for literally bringing these characters to life, it was such a fun ride and I know it's only going to get better from here, there's so much more to explore!

My spring ended with me handing in my final essay of the year on May 23rd. I was so proud of myself for getting it done in a timely matter and not falling victim to the procrastination monkey yet again lol. My essay was based on the Sneaker (Trainer) and how they have evolved from being a simple sports shoe to a shoe that is worn as everyday wear, and more recently as a statement piece in the modern day wardrobe. Since I wear a lot of black, my styling comes in the form of accessories and how they help to turn an 'outfit' into a 'look', so this was a interest I was happy to write about! By the time this post comes out I may already have my results for this essay but I'll keep you posted!
The first thing I did after finishing uni for the year? Go to expo of course! The London MCM Expo was on and I went on the friday with my sister! It was our 10th year anniversary of going there and It felt very weird? I remember our first trip there, with me wearing my vampire knight cosplay from tokyo toys and being so excited whenever a Sora cosplayer walked by LOL. 10 years on, everything is still the same, but there's so much more people and the cosplay's have gotten even better! Although I don't cosplay anymore myself it's still fun to see everyone having fun in their costumes. I spent most of my time indoors this year as I picked up some cute figures, walked down the artists alleys and played some fun games! Friday is the most peaceful day of the weekend so if you're looking for a chilled out day, definitely do friday!

And that's all for my Spring 2019! I enjoyed it so much and I know the year is only going to get better as I have so much more planned for this summer all the way up to Christmas lol! Speaking of Christmas, I was unboxing stuff at work this week and we've already received the Christmas decorations for this year!! How crazy, it's only July but they've come in already lol but they look so adorable! I don't know when we'll be releasing them yet, but i'm excited to see them all in store!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading, it was a real lengthy one today haha.
Until next time,


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