My new found love for TV series Grimm

Grimm_Season3_CastI started watching this last week. This only happened because most of the American shows I usually watch were on break. I needed to fill my time with something I’d enjoy but wouldn’t confuse the hell out of me. It was then I remembered that last month Cat had given me season one & two of Grimm. I started watching and now can’t understand why I haven’t been on the bandwagon since the beginning. Cat I thank you for opening my eyes to the sheer fairytale horror that is Grimm.

To begin with I thought umm it’s a bit slow but the more you watch the more questions you want answering and the more intrigued you become by these strange creatures which you’ve basically never seen before… I’m up to season 2 episode 3 and there have been no vampires, zombies, witches or ghosts… Not in the way we know them from popular culture anyways.

The storyline is pretty good and because Nick Burkhardt (who’s the Grimm) is a detective for Portland PD David-Giuntoli-as-Nick-Burkhardt-grimm-33631904-1538-2047the way he comes into contact with the wesen (the creatures) is very believable. It’s also nice to see that even though Grimm’s are old school hunters he’s actually made the effort to become friends with some… This doesn’t mean that it’s all friendly with no blood and gore.

So far up to season 2 I like Nick but I want to kick his ass so bad for these reasons. He’s basically told no one he can see these creatures since becoming the Grimm. The only people who really know are the creatures and they’re terrified he’ll just kill them. He has told someone else but I’ll let you find that out for yourself. His detective partner Hank Griffin has had a close call with a particular wesen and Nick has just left him to suffer on his own. If Nick and Hank were women everything would have been sorted and there’d be no more sleepless nights and nightmares for Hank. A major plot line that I need solving now is that just from watching you know the Captain Sean Renard is involved somehow but you don’t know how. This however (from what I watched last night) looks like it’s a big part of season 2. Yay!

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So I really do like Grimm. I was up until 4am this morning watching so that really says something. It feels like it has lots of places to go in the storyline and it’s keeping us all glued to the screen. While it does this it’s worth watching. It’s also sneakily educational because it teaches you of the fairytales and stories of the Brothers Grimm. Here’s hoping that the series keeps as strong as it is now.

The third season is still airing in the UK on Watch.

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The Hunger Games VS Battle Royale

hungergamesMost of you will have heard of this big-  epic- movie series/ Book trilogy called The Hunger Games. I admit I haven’t read the books, I do plan too. The books consist of 1. The Hunger Games, 2. Catching Fire and 3. Mocking Jay. Movies for books 1 and 2 are out, I have seen them, but I don’t know how it ends. I can theorise it will either end with the lead female protagonist Katniss and the “rebellion,” kicking butt or the whole world just imploding in on it’s self. No one tell me although chances are when it comes to nearer the time I will look it up on Wikipedia.

There are a lot of Dystopia books now out there, the vampire fetish is now over and I think writers are now thinking the next best thing is to destroy society completely and start over, part of me is amused if that is the plan.

But going past all the awesome Zombie movies, Mutation films, world being taken over by computers, the world ending because people got too fat- Looking at you Wall.e. Basically, if there is even the smallest chance it could destroy the world and restructure society the human race has put it into a plot line and made it into a movie.

There is a movie out there which is based on a similar sort of thing to the Hunger Games.

 

Battle Royale, is a live action movie based on a novel and manga (haven’t read the book or the manga, but if it is anything like the movie, I will find it funny.) Apparently there is a sequel movie I just can’t seem to find it.

The Hunger Games plot line is based around a nation called Panem, there is the wealthy Capitol, which stuffs it’s face,

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Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss

while the 12 poorer districts it rules go hungry and work themselves to death. In comes this thing called, “The Reaping,” at random a girl and boy between the ages of 12-18 from each district will be chosen to compete in, “The Hunger Games.” Where they fight to the death, only one can win. For District 12 the home of Katniss and Peeta (the male protagonist for the movie- also the guy who gets chosen to compete). There name gets pulled out of lottery my Effie Trinket- those who haven’t seen the movie, you don’t have to look far it’s the woman with freaky hair and really elaborate makeup and clothing.

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12 districts = 24 people (“Tributes.”) entered into the Hunger Games. 1 winner. Weapons are provided only they have to battle for them as well- well, it’s more like a race, there’s a pile of weapons in the middle of the starting circle.

 

The reason the districts have to sacrifice two young adults is this is penance, so basically it’s sort of like todays world where the government say not only do we make sure you don’t really have enough to live on, but we will also make sure you’re children don’t as well!

As entertainment, the rest of the world gets to watch the mass slaughtering of teenagers killing each other, if they survive they apparently get fame and wealth. Truthfully, in the future this could replace, “Big Brother.”

 

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Battle Royale plot line again involves putting teenagers up for sacrifice, only the sacrifice for this film involves school classes being picked. They are thrown into an Island with a bag. The bag should have essentials such as water and some random weapon, I mean random it could be a gun or it could be a pan lid.

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Those who have seen Death Note the live action films. Yes that is the guy who plays Light

The reason for the schools giving up classes of students, the nation collapsed there was no chance of a job and students began skipping school and adults became afraid of the young adults. So, apparently it became ok to get the students to kill each other off, it’s a fight to the death where only one person can win. The students can kill each other off but there is control from the main control room (there is one in The Hunger Games too, this is where everything is watched including where about the young adults are, each idea involves trackers) Students in Battle Royale are fitted with collars which will explode if students are in, “The Danger Zone,” This is explained to the students by a weirdly happy Japanese woman, who is wearing a collar herself, via video. The danger zones are part of the island which get cornered off, the collars have trackers in them so people in the control room will know where they are.

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Although the ideas behind both novels/movies look similar, as both of them involve a dystopia where the younger generation are chosen to fight to the death in a controlled environment. There are some differences- despite the obvious one with one been in English the other is Japanese. For me The Hunger Games has a more serious storyline. Battle Royale in someway seems like a string of death (Half which are actually funny, really, the time it takes some of the students to die from things such as being shot in the chest…) with a story line. There is a hint of romance in Battle Royale but I think this is because it’s more of a boy film it’s more filled with violence and death. The Hunger Games, I think is a movie for all genders you have romance in there, the death which is involved is more obvious that it’s a fight for survival, the movie is set at a different pace where it isn’t just death after death. The Hunger Games is based in a longer storyline within its self (Which is shown in the movie) We see want for the society to get out of the District regime where they are at the bottom, whereas Battle Royale the Millennium Educational Reform Act (BR Act) there is no real intent of the students over throwing it. It’s a dystopia movie but we only see the effect what it has on the students what get put on the island

 

I recommend both movies, both are hits. Ok, I wouldn’t recommend Battle Royale if you are squeamish at the sight of blood, but if you are like me and find that sort of thing funny I really recommend it.

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Happy 100th Birthday Pin-Up Artist Gil Elvgren!

Gil_Elvgren01Today marks the 100th birthday of the great Pin-Up master Gil Elvgren. Now we did a post on him last year for his 99th and decided to do something to celebrate his art and the ladies because these are what made him famous and oh so memorable.

Enjoy the lovely ladies in all their sexy scenarios, tasteful states of undress and, most importantly, the fun filled paintings.

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Happy Birthday Elvgren and may your sexy pin-ups last forever.

The Book Thief Film

thebookthiefposterLast week me and Cat went to see The Book Thief. It’s one of the films I’ve been dying to see since it was released in the US. The book is one of my all time favourites and I love everything about it. In this sense seeing the film scared me… A lot. What if the film has been destroyed through all the changes that might have to be made? We all know what happens with artistic license in films.

I’m here to tell you that it was fantastic. The film and storyline made it easier to picture certain scenes from the book but to me that wasn’t the best part. It was the cast that made the film perfect. Sometimes when you watch a film you find yourself hating or loving an actor because of what they’ve done to the character. In The Book Thief you’ll find Liesel, Hans and Rosa fit Markus Zusak’s character profiles brilliantly, even Death fits in well.

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One of Death’s more memorable quotes

Now what would The Book Thief be without Death? Nothing. Death is integral to the film has he is to the book. During Death’s narration we found ourselves wracking our brains because we knew the voice from somewhere. Roger Allam voices Death and his lovely voice makes you feel all at ease, quite like some of us weirdly felt during Death’s time in the book. Allam has been in just about everything British and US audiences may recognise him from his short time in Game of Thrones.

Onto the main characters…

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Liesel after attending a book burning

I fell in love with Sophie Nélisse’s portrayal of Liesel Meminger. I’ve never seen Nélisse in anything before but her face will stick with me forever. Her eyes are stunning and draw you into her on the screen. She fits what I came to expect of Liesel though out the film; quiet but confident, a good friend with knowledge beyond her years but, most importantly, she fit the genre of the film like she’d actually lived through it. We all know these are emotional films to make yet the way she play’s Liesel is full of emotion for a child of her age. She’s not scared of the role or detached from it and when you watch certain emotional scenes she doesn’t struggle, she draws off those actors around her. Sophie Nélisse is someone to look out for if her role in this film is anything to go by.

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Liesel & Rudy

I’ve always been a big fan of Geoffrey Rush and we all know who he is. When it was first announced that The Book Thief had been optioned it was like no one could begin to speculate who would play who. When Rush was announced to play Hans Hubermann no one complained. Everyone knew he could pull it off. Hans is exactly how he is in the book and it’s all down to how Rush plays him. He plays such a playful, helpful soul with a big heart, enough to encompass everyone around him. It was fun to see him being berated by his wife but watch him still be the man of the house (even though we know that’s technically Rosa.) We’ve seen Rush play all types of roles and he made this one work for him too although after watching the film and re-reading the book I’m convinced the role was made for him. Rush and Nélisse’s pairing as father and daughter was brilliant casting because of the way they acted and had fun together. Just look at the way they smile (in the films momentary happy moments) and bond over sadness when it occurs.

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Liesel, Rosa & Hans

Rosa Hubermann, in the book, reminds me of a few of my German friends Oma’s (grandma’s) They take no crap from no one and you do as you’re told or else. Might sound strange to us but I’ve seen them in action and they are basically leader’s of the household. Rosa is played by Emily Watson in the film and she certainly pulls off this demeanour throughout the film, even seeming harsh when she’s trying to be loving. She has a few choice phrases throughout the film which definitely brought a smile to my face, she calls Liesel Saumensch a lot through the film which means “female pig”. Watson keeps Rosa on the same level as the book by making her strict but not abusive. You can imagine the upheaval caused bringing an unknown child and then man into the house but Watson quietly but surely shows us that Rosa does have a heart and does care in her own way. The relationship she has with Rush is fantastic and the fact that everyone outside the household knows she’s boss really makes clear the divides in society at that time.

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Max & Liesel in hiding

So these four are the characters that really set the film apart for me. I could probably go on forever about them that’s why I’m not writing too much on Rudy and Max. I don’t think they really need words because they fit what Zusak cast in the book. Nico Liersch plays Liesel’s best friend Rudy and will have you crying by the end of the film. He makes you remember young love. Ben Schnetzer takes on the role of Max and gives a very believable performance of a man not just on the run and in hiding but misses the real world and things we, today, take for granted.

The film is well worth seeing even if you haven’t read the book and will give you a great insight into the other side of  WWII. There’s also a chance you’ll shed some tears, you’ve been warned.

Late Night Ramblings of a Very Pissed Off Girl

I’ve been pissed off before but this seriously takes the biscuit.

tumblr_lownc5Pixq1qd0g3po1_500As many of you know I’m ill. I suffer from anaphylaxis with pretty much unknown causes. The paramedics always laugh and joke and say I’m allergic to everything which in someway is pretty much true. It’s a lovely illness to have. NOT. Anaphylaxis on it’s own is terrifying. Not knowing if the next thing you eat, touch or smell could send you into the pits of despair is evil. I think that alone could probably kill someone.

Yesterday I got took from work (again) in an ambulance because I went into anaphylactic shock. I have lovely rashes and scratches up my arms where some flowers brushed past me and I’ve literally peeled some skin off my chest from scratching so much. As the kind doctor pointed out at midnight last night I look like shit. For those of you who don’t know anaphylaxis is like a really bad allergic reaction to something. It gets so severe that our airways swell up and shut off… That’s if our tongues haven’t already swollen up and stopped our breathing. We have to carry epi-pens which is basically a wonderful needle that injects us with adrenaline that gets us breathing again. It works wonders. Sometimes that one shot doesn’t last too long and we have to have a second larger dose and then if we’re really unlucky hours, maybe even days later, we have a relapse. In my case the relapse is usually worse than the initial shock.

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These are epi-pens. You jab it in your leg and it gives you a shot of adrenaline.

Let’s finish with facts and get back to my pissed offness.

tumblr_m8nscxcrwl1rpu8xlo1_400While I am grateful for the wonderful support and love I get from my family and friends (work colleagues included) about my condition something was said today that really riled me up and quite frankly upset me. I won’t say who said it. I got told that all these trips to the hospital are tiring and that they can’t keep doing this. Yes that one sentence annoyed me. I understand that this is hard for people who love me, especially when one of my best friends actually died of anaphylaxis and there’s the possibility it could happen to me. But telling me that MY illness is tiring is ridiculous. How do you think I feel when this happens to me. IT’S SCARY KNOWING I COULD DIE. It’s scary not knowing what causes these reactions and it’s god damn tiring living with this illness. I hate it and if Stitch CryingI could stop the allergies don’t you think I would. Living with any illness is really tough and I totally get that but we all, at times, can’t deal with it has we should and I suppose we all deal with it differently. Having been out of hospital about 12 hours now I can tell you that my fear of needles is still there and I’m bone tired of it all. If there was an easy way out right now I’d take it but I have to be strong for my lovely friends who’ll be there to cheer me up until it all happens again.

I may regret writing this later on but for now it’s just nice to be able to vent my anger somewhere.

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