POP UP Cinema.

Last weekend me and my sister went to a Pop Up Cinema Event at Whirlow Farm in Sheffield. This particular showing was ‘The Lion King’, one of my personal favourites! The evening was set up by The Village Green Events Company who are based in Sheffield and the North. I had heard about the company from a friend and I couldn’t wait to give one of their events a try! And I absolutely loved it, it was a great experience and such a fun night.

It was £12.00 a ticket which basically secured you a seat at the screening and it was worth every penny. The screen was set up in one of the barns which on its own seemed to be such a great idea but a highlight for me had to be that we got to sit on deckchairs! How amazing is that! There were over 200 of them set out in the barn waiting for the film lovers to arrive.

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This was taken before it started showing the pop up screen.

We arrived around 7:00pm and the farm was already buzzing. We were greeted at the front gate by two lovely ladies that welcomed us and explained where we needed to go, they couldn’t be anymore welcoming and kind to us, it was very nice to see. There were three separate businesses outside the barn selling food and drinks too. There was Street Food available from Whirlow farm themselves, ‘Nether Edge Pizza’ and ‘Livvys Ice Creams’. Me and my sister went for the pizza, of course! Who wouldn’t when it’s one of those little fire ovens that’s making it?! Everyone knows that pizza always tastes better cooked this way! This was another great moment of the night!

We really should have arrived earlier but we wasn’t aware of just how popular the event would be! We finally found two seats which were ideal for us with the perfect view. We sat down, with our pizza and snuggled up with a blanket to watch the film, which started at 8:30pm. What more could you want on a Saturday night ey?!

The atmosphere in the barn was fantastic! Everyone singing along to the well known Lion King Songs and in general having a ball. I would say everyone in the room had a great night, everyone even cheered and clapped at the end. It was really lovely to experience such a high sense of community between everyone.

The experience was just great, it was something completely different to anything we have ever experienced before and I will definitely be attending again! It was just my idea of a perfect night out. A Disney film, pizza, snuggled up on a deck chair in a unique and completely different location, it was fabulous!

Huge congrats to ‘The Village Green’ Team, they put on a really outstanding night which was enjoyed by all. I really cannot wait for the next one, I can’t recommend them enough. If you want something different, something unique to attend, and a real night to remember, make sure you visit their next event!

Take care,
Emily Jane
xoxox

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The Jungle Book.

I went to see the new ‘Jungle Book’ last weekend, at the Curzon Cinema in Sheffield. It is a great film that honoured the original plot, bringing back some great memories from my childhood. It really does justice to the animated classic. The only real difference was that it was live action!  I can’t really fault anything about the film, I can say I experienced every emotion whilst watching it! Overall, I would give the film a solid 9/10. It was a real easy-going film that was a really enjoyable watch!

The Jungle Book (2016) is a live- action adaptation of The Jungle Book (1967). It follows the journey of a man cub named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) in the jungle. He has been raised by a pack of wolves and has lived in the jungle for as long as he can remember. His stand in parents are Akela (Giancarlo Esposito), the head of the pack and Raksha (Lupita Nyongo’o), who is the only mother he has ever known. Shere Khan (Idris Elba) hunts down the man cub and declares that he does not belong in the jungle, resulting in Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), a good friend of Mowglis to take action and return him to the man village. Mowgli also has the help from a friendly bear Baloo (Bill Murray) and also meets many other animals along the way.

I was overly surprised to find out that the whole of the film was made with CGI: absolutely fantastic CGI as it happens! It all looked so realistic. Huge congratulations to the visual effects team for creating such a breathtaking, lifelike and realistic film, in live action, that replicates the cherished animated original perfectly! The CGI animals are also outstanding and unbelievably life like. The impressive environment created the sense that you were in the jungle yourself, with the added spectacular sounds of a real jungle complimenting the setting wonderfully. Although the film follows the original, Director Jon Favreau has installed some surprises along the way which enhance the film greatly. So your not just going to watch a complete live action replica of the original, you will experience even more detail surrounding such a treasured story.

The casting is spectacular, with every voice matching each character to perfection. Young Sethi plays an outstanding performance for a newcomer, fitting into the role of Mowgli superbly. He has a lot of talent that will take him far within the industry. Ben Kingsley plays the assertive and captivating companion Bagheera fantastically. His strong and manipulative tone of voice fit the role magnificently. Murray also played a blinding performance as Baloo, really bringing so much fun and enjoyment to the film. His happy and fulfilling persona really made Baloo stand out as the comical character in this film. Christopher Walken stood out to me, with his performance as King Louie. It was absolutely brilliant and there’s not much more I can say about it, other than it really was my highlight of the film when he arrived. He really made me laugh out loud! I was quite disappointed at how small of a part Scarlett Johansson had, playing Kaa. She was only on our screens for five minutes but again played a great part as the manipulative snake! I would have liked to have seen more of that character throughout the film.

Although I love the songs the original displays, I’m glad that Favreau decided not to include them all, turning the film into more of a musical. The film used two of the most popular songs ‘The Bare Neccessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ in a great and enjoyable way. The Bare Neccessities stood out to me as a brilliant replica of the original song played down a river, between Mowgli and Baloo.

In my eyes The Jungle Book is something you must go and see, for an really enjoyable watch with family and friends. The setting, characters and familiar story all combined, make what I think is an outstanding film!

Have you seen the film yet? What did you think of it?
Let me know,
Emily Jane
xoxox

*image is not my own.

My Top 20 Films.

I love films of all different genres. I would say chick flicks are my favourites but I do also love a good thriller. I was going to do my top 10 but it was way too hard to decide, it was hard enough getting it down to 20! Really hard, I love SO many! A lot of time has been taken into my decision and I’m still not 100% certain on the order I have put them in if I’m honest! Everyone’s favourite films do change from time to time though. There are a mixture of newbies and oldies in there, but most of them are my old time favourites! Here we go..

1. SAVING MR BANKS
Even though this is a very new film it has crawled to the top of my list as my favourite film. I absolutely love it. It’s very well made and the story is fantastic. And not to mention it is a Disney film so it’s bound to be brilliant!
2. A CINDERELLA STORY
This has been my all time favourite film for years until Saving Mr Banks. I love Disneys Cinderella and this newly updated version even more. I love where it’s set, I love what it represents and I love the cuteness of the story.
3. ALL THE HARRY POTTERS
I know I’m cheating here by putting them all but I couldn’t pick one and all 8 would take up a lot of my limited 20 spaces! I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, the whole concept fascinates me and I could watch all 8 films over and over again.
4. CINDERELLA
My favourite Disney film from being a little girl. I love the songs, the story, the magic and the love story.
5. JUST GO WITH IT
My favourite chick flick! Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are just absolutely brilliant together. It’s a really fun loving, enjoyable film which I would recommend to anyone.
6. THE HOLIDAY
A classic! One to watch around Christmas mainly but again a film I could watch over and over. All characters are brilliant and complement each other perfectly. I love the two different love stories that build the film. It’s such a cute film.
7. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
I love the concept of this film. A really great idea of museum artifacts coming to life. I do love a bit of history and this cheery favourite displays some great characters and info.
8. THE PARENT TRAP
A golden oldie! A really cute film all surrounded around a family getting back together. I always shead a Little tear.
9. THE NOTEBOOK
A very very sad film but a brilliant love story. I personally love it, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling play such great parts and make such a sad topic much more easy to watch.
10. MEAN GIRLS
I’ve loved this film since being a teenager, what teenager didn’t love this film? Loved it then and I still love it now.
11. TOY STORY
Who wouldn’t love a film where toys come to life and speak? Definitely my favourite Pixar film.
12. SKYFALL
My favourite Bond film. It’s perfectly put together to create a master piece! Daniel Craig is also my favourite Bond, he’s everything James Bond should be in my opinion. The story of Skyfall is unfaultable, a really great story!
13. PRETTY WOMEN
A classic story where a women goes from rags to riches. Definitely one of Julia Roberts best films!
14. MATILDA
I love the story of Matilda. A little girl who is in fact born into the wrong family but gets her happy ending in the end. A lovely happy film.
15. MONSTERS INK
Another of my Pixar favourites. A story of two best friends working together and looking after a little girl, but they are monsters! A nice fun loving film.
16. BILLY ELLIOT
I have always loved dance and I love how Billy pursues his dream of becoming a dancer. I also love all the other issues this film explores.
17. AVATAR
A really fascinating concept that explores so many different issues. I just love it!
18. INCEPTION
A film that really messes with your head. I love films that you really have to think about and this is one that gets you every time!
19. BRIDESMAIDS
A really funny chick flick with fantastic actors. A really great pick me up film that cheers me up every time!
20. BLENDED
A very recent film but it has made my top 20. I love all Adam Sandler films and this is one of his best. A great film set in the perfect location, a perfect love story ☺️

There you have it, my top 20! I do have many more favourites as I am always watching films. Maybe I’ll share them with you soon ☺️ have you seen any of these films?

Take care,
Emily Jane
xoxox

*image used is not my own.