Upcoming Q&A

Hi guys!

In about a month, I’ll have been blogging for two years, and I’ve decided to host a little Q&A as part of the celebrations. This is your chance to ask me whatever you like – whether it’s film and TV related or not, so be sure to fire away. You can send me your Tweets to @FilmAndTV101, or use the hashtag #AskFilmAndTV101, and of course, you can just drop me something in the comments. I’ve not quite decided how I will give my answers to any questions I receive yet, but anybody who asks will get a special mention regardless.

So, get thinking! After this long, it’s about time we got to know each other a little better 🙂

Kira xx

My Mystery Blogger Award!


At some point in the last week, I was nominated for this award by none other than Carl from Listening To Film. Carl is fairly new to blogging, but his site holds a lot of promise if you ask me. A big thank you goes out to him for this Mystery Blogger nomination. Now, let’s go to work…

The rules:

Put the award logo/image on your blog

List the rules.

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

Share a link to your best post(s)
The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma. You can find out more information about it here.
Three things about me:

  1. I want to be an actress and filmmaker. I think I’ve always fancied myself as a storyteller and entertainer, but drama classes at secondary school also meant that I stopped being so shy (everyone who knows me now is quite sorry that ever happened I think). 
  2. I am ridiculously clumsy. Believe me, if there is something to trip over or bump into, I will subconsciously seek it out and proceed to do so. I never mean to do it, I just kind of have a natural talent for it.
  3. The film to spark my unhealthy obsession with movies was Die Hard. After watching Die Hard 4.0 one night in the school holidays many years ago, my mum and dad told me to watch the rest of the franchise. They had been really strict with age ratings befor that… NOT ANYMORE! I will always be eternally grateful to Bruce Willis for that.

 Carl’s questions for me:

What is one piece of advice on blogging that you would tell yourself from back when you started writing?

Post regularly and consistently – try not to have too many dry spells when posting. When I started blogging, I literally posted whenever the mood took me. I then started posting every four days. It’s way better now that I have an outline for the week.

What is the most disappointing film/TV experience you’ve had?

I have to say The Hateful Eight. I was buzzing for it, think Tarantino was going back to his roots with a big-budget Reservoir Dogs Wild West type film. After watching it, I spent three days on the phone to the samaritans. Needless to say I was rather upset.

If you were to start another blog on a topic completely unrelated to the one you do now, what would it be and why?

I’d do a journal or something like that. I’m about 5 months away from leaving school so I have a few adventure to come.

If you could trade places with a fictional character from any universe/property, who would it be?

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Lara Croft. I played the games and watched the films. I think that is the reason why Angelina Jolie is one of my favourite actresses today.

What is your favorite movie/tv show that most people have never heard of?

This is hard because many of the people who will potentially real this will have heard of every film under the sun. I guess I’ll pick You Don’t Know Jack – the HBO movie starring Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian, who became known as Dr. Death for his work involving assisted suicide. It is a very thought provoking watch to say the least.

My Nominees:
Jason (Jason’s Movie Blog)

Damien (Riley Film Reviews)

2 Eyes 1 Screen (2 Eyes 1 Screen)

Josh (Reffing Movies)

Tom (Plain, Simple Tom Reviews)

The Projectionist’s Room (The Projectionist’s Room Blog)

Diego (Lazy Sunday Movies)

Catherine (Thoughts And All Sorts)

Liam (Motion Picture Blog)

My Five Questions:

What do you know now that you wish you had known 10 years ago?

What film or TV series would you say is your guilty pleasure?

If you could pick any two famous people to be your parents, who would they be?

If you were to start a Film Club, what film would you show at the first gathering and why?

What would you call your own talk show?

My Favorite Posts:
The Hills Have Eyes – I had terrific fun writing this post, the only good thing to come from watching the film.

Children Of Men – my very first review to be posted on Film And TV 101.

Spotlight, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Nice Guys, Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts, Split, La La Land – all the films I have seen at the cinema with my best friend in the last year, they all hold good memories from great days. 

Happy New Year!

Hello, fellow bloggers, and welcome to 2017!

2016 was my first full year of blogging, and I guess you could say it was the year I started to do things properly. I joined Twitter so I could spread word of my reviews, and also became a member of The LAMB. Alongside this, I also took a turn on the Talking Stars podcast and somehow ended up becoming a host there as well. The past twelve months have been eventful to say the least.

But now we move onto a new chapter. I’ve tried to be organised and come up with something resembling a plan for blogging in 2017. Anyone who has happened to catch me on Twitter may remember me saying a few things here and there about changes I’m planning on making. Here are those changes I was thinking about.

Mondays – Review

Tuesdays – Top Ten List

Wednesday – Opinion Battles/Film and TV Fact

Thursday –  Film & TV Revisited

Friday – Film and TV Fact

Saturday – Review

Sunday – Film and TV Fact

I want to try and post a few different things over the next year, and do this more frequently as well, although I have to admit that when I look at this outline now, it looks rather ambitious. I had planned for a complete overhaul starting January 1st, but now I think it’s going to be a more gradual transition. My aim is to have fully introduced the plan you see above by the time I have finished school in June (roll on those happy days!) as I will have much more time to spend doing the things I enjoy, as opposed to studying for hours upon end everyday.

All that’s left for me to say is happy new year once again, and good luck for the next 12 months! Bear with the changes going on here and I promise I will do my very best to produce a handful of things worth reading for you all by the time summer arrives. May 2017 be as prosperous for all of you as I am hoping it will be for me.

Kira xx

*I think that short passage might just be enough to rival the Queen’s Speech 😉

It’s A Wonderful Tag

Hello friends!

A couple of weeks ago now, a new tag started floating around for us film and/or TV bloggers and I was included in it by Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews. I’ve known about Drew and his work more or less since I started blogging almost two years ago now. He does all kinds of stuff over at his site, including a weekly ‘Whose Movie Line’ game that I am particularly terrible at. For those of you not yet familiar with his blog, you can find it here.

Now it’s time to get down to business. The tag involves answering a number of questions, so here we go.

All I Want For Christmas is You | Which DVD/Blu-Ray would you like to receive this year?

There’s always a few DVDs I want to get my hands on, but one I’ve wanted for ages and never got round to buying myself is Dances With Wolves.

Jingle Bell Rock | Favorite soundtrack or song from a Christmas film?

Who even knows? I’m not big on Christmas films, and the ones that I have seen don’t really have any stand out tunes… sorry!

Let it Snow | 3 of your favorite Christmas films…

Die Hard, Home Alone, and Elf, although seeing as that is every English school’s go-to film right before the Christmas holidays, it’s lost some of it’s magic for me.

Donald Trump | A film that divides opinion…

 

I don’t know if it’s considered a divisive film, but I do know that Out Of The Furnace is a film I  love but one that others are perhaps not quite so fond of. I really thought it to be one of the best films of 2013, but I think I’m one of the only people that feel this way about it. For me, the story was awesome and there was a terrific cast that did an excellent job with their performances, especially Woody Harrelson, and I just don’t think it got enough credit.

Brexit | Favorite British Film…


I was torn between Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, but eventually settled on the latter, although Layer Cake also popped in to my head a short while later and I umm-ed and ahh-ed for another half an hour.

Fidel Castro | A film that divides opinion… A film considered culturally significant


This was a tough one – I wasn’t entirely sure what the question actually meant, whether it was on about film culture or just culture in general. I decided to go with culture in general and chose The Sea Inside. The film really struck a chord with me as it focuses on a subject I have very strong opinions about and it was so well done as well.

Starbucks | Favorite Film Franchise…


Have to say The Godfather trilogy. ‘Leave the gun, take the cannoli.’

McDonald’s Happy Meal | Favorite Childhood Film…


Monsters Inc. Without a doubt!

‘Cheeky Nandos’ | Favorite Comedy


Again, a tricky one, but I’ll say The Blues Brothers.

One film you want all of your followers to watch…


There’s a few films I could reel off here, but I went with Reservoir Dogs in the end. It’s my favourite film by Quentin Tarantino and is an absolute masterclass in how to write a script. I can watch it time and time again and think you ahould all see it too. Even if you take nothing else from this blog, please just make sure you get round to seeing this film.

So, there’s all my answers, and the next people I am going to tag are

Darren from Movie Reviews 101

Damien from Riley Film Reviews

Becky from Film Music Central

HC Movie Reviews

The Projectionist’s Room

Liam from Motion Picture Blog

2 Eyes 1 Screen

Rob from MovieRob

Jason from Jason’s Movie Blog

Once again, thanks to Drew for including me in this tag, and to everyone who I’ve tagged in, I hope you all have fun answering these questions. I look forward to reading your answers!

Until next time,

Kira xx

#BraveTheShave


Hey guys!

My friend Krissy is going to #BraveTheShave for MacMillan Cancer Support next Thursday and has enlisted me to start spreading the word about what she is doing. This is a fantastic cause and is going to be such a fun thing for everyone to get involved in – especially if she raises half her target by next Thursday as she will go live on Facebook when her mop gets the chop! All you have to do is visit https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/kristina-smith/ where you will find further instruction with regards to getting in on the action.

As you can probably tell by the picture, she has a lot of lovely dark hair and I am very eager to know what she looks like when she is as bald as an egg. Let’s all get behind Krissy and everyone who is affected by cancer, both patients and their families, by giving what we can to this terrific event that she is doing at the coldest time of year here in England. I feel like this winter is going to involve a lot of hats for her 😉

Kira xx

Any requests?

Hello everyone!

Believe it or believe it not, 2016 will very shortly be drawing to a close, and 2017 will be upon us, and by the time that happens, I will have been blogging for almost 2 years. I feel like as I approach this (kind of) grand milestone, it’s maybe time to start switching things up a bit.

For the last year and a half, I’ve mainly stuck to reviews of films and tv (you may have guessed that much from my site’s name), and more recently, over the last few months I think it’s reasonable to say that I’ve branched out significantly. I became a LAMB over the summer; joined Twitter; attempted YouTube (I’ll get round to making that a more regular thing in the New Year I hope) and, perhaps the biggest move, became a regular host on the Talking Stars podcast. Alongside this, I’ve also been trying to post more regularly on the site with my trusty ‘Film and TV Facts’, and have started engaging with Instagram more. However, if I’m completely honest, the few small changes I’ve made to the site and things I’ve been doing to try and publicise it all haven’t really altered my stats in the way I would have liked.

So, this is where you come in, my lovely readers/followers/worshippers (delete as necessary). I am asking you what it is you would like to see on Film And TV 101, whether that be more of what has been going on, or less if the case may be. Maybe you have a suggestion for a weekly feature? 

The point is, my work would be pointless if it wasn’t for you guys, so I think it is only fair that you have a say in what sort of content you’d like to see. If there is anything that takes your fancy after reading this, get in touch with me. There’s email, Twitter and the fail-safe comment section below, so if you have any ideas, don’t hold back 🙂

Looking forward to hopefully hearing from you all,

Kira xx

Sunshine Blogger Award Vol.2


About a month ago, I was nominated for my second Sunshine Blogger award by the lovely Reviews By Rhiannon, and today, finally, I’m getting round to completing my write up following this nomination.Firstly I’ll say a big thank you to Rhiannon for including me amongst her chosen bloggers when it was her turn to do this – it’s always nice to know that someone is appreciative of the time and work that goes into your blog, so thank you very much! 🙂

I was set a number of questions by her, and they were:
Who would you choose to play you in a film of your life?
I’ve always loved Angelina Jolie so it seems kind of right to choose her.

Would you prefer to watch a film or TV series?

Hard to say because I enjoy both, but I guess I feel better about watching a bad film than a bad TV series because it wastes less time.

What was the last film you watched?

Saw II.

If you could only watch films by one actor/actress for the rest of your life, who would it be?

There are so many people I could choose from here for so many different reasons. Jake Gyllenhaal because he’s lovely, but Al Pacino because that’s just good etiquette – either of those two would be fine!

Which country/place have you always wanted to visit but never have?

Again, there’s quite a few options here, but I’ll pick Italy because their food is bellisimo!

What would be your perfect day off?

A day home alone in front of the TV with full control of what is watched, plus whatever food I fancy.

If you were to make a feature film, what genre would it be/what would it be about?

I have to say thriller – some sort of crime flick but not necessarily about cops… It’s something I’ve thought quite a bit about recently.

Do you prefer the city or the country?

Country, hands down. I am most certainly not a city girl – leave a comment below or drop me an email if you would like to know more about this.

Would you rather watch a film alone, with family, or with friends?

It very much depends on the film and what’s being watched – I feel like it varies depending on the situation.

Is there any film or film genre you hate/can’t bear to watch?

Sci-fi is something I try to avoid, but saying that, there have been some films in this genre that i have very much enjoyed.

What is your favourite film?

Rhiannon, why do you set such difficult questions? No Country For Old Men is in my top three, but I don’t have an all-out favourite.
I now have to pick 11 bloggers to nominate for the award myself, so I have chosen…
Crutches Of Life

Lazy Sunday Movies

Film Music Central

Film Nerds Unite

Plain, Simple Tom Reviews

HC Movie Reviews

Riley On Film

CFY

Thoughts And All Sorts

Motion Picture Blog

Movie Reviews 101
And my questions for you are:
Who would play you in a movie of your life?

What is your favourite sport? (to watch or play)

What is your favourite movie genre?

If blogging wasn’t a thing, what would you do instead?

What are your Halloween film essentials?

If you were trapped on a desert island, which three celebrities would you most like to be stuck there with?

Scorsese has DiCaprio, Tarantino has Jackson – which actor would you team up with if you were a director?

What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on?

What type of music do you like?

What is your favourite movie soundtrack?

What will you do if Donald Trump becomes president?
So there you have it – my Sunshine Blogger nomination write-up. Once again, thanks to Rhiannon for thinking of me, and to the rest of you, have fun with the questions, I look forwards to seeing your answers.
*for those nominated, I will get round to officially letting you know you’ve been nominated tomorrow – I’m a bit short for time now, please forgive me.