Two years of Film And TV 101!

Hello everyone!

Just a quick word to say that today marks two years since I set up this site after a whimsical idea came into my head one day. Clearly, it wasn’t that much of a spur of the moment thing as here I am, still wittering on about what I liked or didn’t like about the films and TV shows I’ve seen.

The last year especially has seen me take some big steps with my blog, and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who I have gotten involved with on different projects. It’s been so fun trying out so many different things such as podcasting and guest posting, and I am looking forward to taking part in many more things like this in future, and perhaps hosting some events of my own!

To mark the occasion, I’m doing a live video on Twitter (find me @filmandtv101) where I’ll be answering all the questions to my Q&A and just generally having a chat with you guys – who knows where the conversation could take us once I get going?

I’ll be live at 6:00pm GMT on Thursday 16/3/2017 (this Thursday!), so tune in if you sent me any questions, or if you’re just vaguely interested in what’s happening. The more merrier I think.

Once again, thank you to everyone who has stuck with the site in the last two years, and to all you guys who have had projects that I’ve gotten stuck into since I started blogging. It’s been a blast upto now, and hopefully will continue to do so for plenty more years yet 🙂

Until next time,

Kira xx

Mystery Blogger Award Vol. 2


Well, well, well, darling readers. This week, Mr Damien Riley, fellow blogger and one of my podcasting buddies on Talking Stars, nominated me for my second Mystery Blogger award. A big thank you goes out to him for the nomination. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Damien’s work, you should definitely check out his site, Riley Film Reviews. There you’ll find a great selection of films and a few TV series that Damien has shared his thoughts on. Once again, thanks for nominating me for this award – your timing really couldn’t have been better as this is also the week where I shall be marking two years of blogging. What a brilliant way to kick off the celebrations! 

Now let’s get down to business.

The rules of the tag/award are:

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.

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

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.

Share a link to your best post(s).

I also want to give a word of thanks to Okoto Enigma for creating this award.

The first things to do is to tell you all three things about myself. As I get more and more of these awards, I really struggle with this part – I’m not a very exciting person to tell the truth, although anyone who maybe keeps up to date with my Twitter feed (which isn’t hard) or listens to the Talking Stars podcast will probably have figured that out for themselves by now. Anyway, here goes…

1. I hate school, and honestly, the next four months cannot pass quickly enough so that I can leave and start work with the company that took me on for work experience over the summer. It’s not the work that bothers me, it’s more the experience I’ve had with the different people in the system. I’ve had a few teachers that have had me down as stupid over the years, and in secondary school I got bullied (sob story alert). I loved it last summer when I was with Kinetal because I was constantly learning new things and it felt like they really appreciated what I was doing for them. The start of July is going to be the start of a brand new adventure, and will hopefully be the start of my journey into the film industry, and I cannot wait.

2. I used to be a gymnast, and an alright one at that. I won four county competitions during my time doing that. Floor was always my favourite because I couldn’t fall off it.

3. I have a dog. Her name is Bella. She is a right little snake in my boot. 


And now for the questions I was set for homework by Damien: 

Did you ever give a film a score higher than it deserved because you knew your readers and/or the critics as a whole loved it? In other words, you didn’t want to look stupid.

I don’t really give scores, although it’s something I should probably start doing. I wouldn’t say that I give higher scores to conform, but there have been many times that I’ve given a verdict on a film and then changed my mind after posting the review. I think I way oversell films sometimes when I try to be positive about them when there really is very little to be positive about.

How do you dive in to doing a review online? What’s your routine or do you have one?

I used to handwrite everything, but doing that and then typing up was way too time-consuming. Now I just type up and save it in Pages on my iPad ready to post it whenever it’s needed.

Have you ever watched a movie on your phone?

Of course! It’s how I used to watch the films I wasn’t allowed to by my parents.
(silly one) If you are single, or even if you aren’t, what is your dating age range. ie; when I met my wife I would go no more than ten years older and six years younger. I had to break my rule to date her.

At this moment in time, I wouldn’t go any younger than my age. To be honest, I’m not too fond of any boys within five years of my age because they’ve yet to grow up (most of them). There’s ten years between my parents, so I’m not closed off to that size of an age gap, but then Jake Gyllenhaal at 36 is slightly out of a ten years older window for me.

I’ll just say that as long as they’re breathing, they’re an option 😉

Best suspense film?

No Country For Old Men

Now I’ve to nominate some more bloggers for the award…

HC Movie Reviews

Film Music Central

Film Frenzy

Film Ink Official

Mini Media Reviews

CFY

Niche Film Reviews

Film Nerds Unite

Crutches Of Life

And my questions to you are as follows:

If you had to name one, what would you say is your worst personality characteristic?

Besides blogging and what is associated with it, what else do you like to do in your spare time?

What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

What sort of music do you like?

Why do Australian Christmas cards have snow on them?

To finish, I’m supposed to add a link or two to my favourite posts, so here they are:

Hell Or High Water

The Hills Have Eyes (it will forever be one of my best reviews in my opinion)

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