Cat’s Horror Movie Fest Part 2

Yes it’s been a while.

I’m not going to go into reasons… Let’s just put it down to Timey wimey wibbly wobbly stuff.

 

Insidious (2010) Insidieous 2

Ok, there was something about this movie, which made me want to watch, even though it did begin as one of those, “Stereotypical,” Humans move into new house then hauntings begin films. Also the ending was captivating enough that I went on to watch the sequel- Insidious 2.

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So, family moves into new house, same as some other horror movies you have that annoying over protective mother, not sure if it’s just me, but I know if this was real life and happening to me it wouldn’t be the ghost driving me out of the house. There’s two kids, who are probably too young to know what is going on, but the film uses this to their advantage and there is the, “I’m all in charge dad,” Oh also there is a baby, which brings out more maternal insanity for the mother.

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The interesting thing for this movie is, it’s sort of plays on people like me who believed this was going to be a typical, “They have moved into a haunted house film.” Which I loved. The new house is sort of a red herring as the hauntings come from the family itself, coincidence they just happened to move. Things start to unravel as one of their sons, slips into a, “Coma which isn’t a coma,” then a psInsideous 1ychic power gift is brought into the film along with the reason for why these demons are terrorizing the family.

Insidious, plays as a horror movie as it has demon possession and the threat to this family, there is creepy scenes where the ghosts and demons are playing with the family, leaving doors open, talking through baby monitors and this movie also brings to the scene a demon dimension which has to be entered.

 

As a fan of Supernatural (TV series) I also saw a hint of that in this movie, not just from the demon- Although as far as I remember there is no demon like that in the show- but there is the people they call in to help deal with these, “Hauntings,” Two guys come in to see if the house is haunted, and for me they reminded me of the early days of the two guys in, “Ghostfacers.”

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Specs and Tucker from Insidious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite thing about this movie- the fact that they have managed to give the important factors- the demons, psychic/supernatural power side and the background history of the family enough attention and still made a pretty good movie.

Worst part of the movie-  The demon filing his nails, with a hardcore filer. I just can’t…. it’s like the equivalent of a serial killer reading Cosmo before going on another killing spree.

Annoying thing about the movie- the title- for me- is an awkward spelling word, I have to go back and sort out the red lines through this post, the fact that the sequel has the same name doesn’t make this any better.

Amusing part of this movie- The creepy thing from Saw (movies) makes an appearance-as the director and writer of Insidious is also the writer and director of the Saw movies. In the same scene the name, “Leslie Borchard,” Is written on the board, Leslie was the hair stylist in this movie.

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Horror movie rating- 3/5

Overall movie rating- 4/5

 

 

 

A Cabin in the Woods (2011)

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This movie, my first thoughts in the opening few minutes was, “Okay…” In horror movie ways, it reminded me of one of the first scenes of Resident Evil before the virus gets released and then as we all know, crap goes down. The movie has a massive plus, actor wise. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Jesse Williams (Avery in Grey’s Anatomy) But anyway I digress as I’m here to talk about horror movies not nice looking actors who – Possibly- have to die in this movie.

 

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There are five main characters, who some what resemble the characters of  he Scooby Doo series, unfortunately as the roles of the hippy and the leader are taken Jesse Williams will have to take up the role of Scooby Doo. It’s even more C.I.T.W ScoobyMystery Inc as it isn’t actually a proper haunted place, the weird scene at the beginning that involves a office building are the people controlling the supernatural stuff.

 

 

 

 

Overall, it is a good movie and it doesn’t involve hauntings! Which is a change, it’s more of a human sacrifice movie done with style and design. It does as the title says involve a Cabin in the Woods and it is from that creepy dwelling things start to get a bit more, “Horror movie,” and people, the typically portrayed college students, start to get killed off. Although I found it more funny than terrifying but the clever thing this movie does is you have the people who control the things find this thing funny too, so in a way this movie has something people can agree on.

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Best part of the movie- When all the monsters get unleashed

+ The unicorn stabbing a person

 

Worst part-  There is a trick part of the movie where you get the impression one of the characters dies (There is blood shown in one of the sacrifice tablets) but then that character turns out to be alive. The movie doesn’t tell exactly what happened and why there is blood in that tablet and why that blood got cancelled out.

 

Horror movie rating- 2.5/5

Overall movie rating – 3/5

 

 

Quarantine (2008)Qurentine

 

This one was recommended to me and I soon realised this was a movie which in the past I had started mid-way though and then left because lets just say if you don’t come in at it at the right point it can just seem like a lot of people running screaming in a building , which doesn’t sound like a good horror movie at all.

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Quarantine is an infection outbreak zombie movie, the infection started off as rabies in dogs then turned to slowly infecting humans. It tried to be like these hot chick zombie fighting movies by dressing the main lady in tight clothing but I guess to make this more horror than action the woman doesn’t know what she is doing.

There are two main characters- a News reporter- Angela, who I have mentioned when this movie starts going starts panicking allover, and the camera man who is possibly only seen twice in this movie. One good thing about this movie is the perspective it is shown from as the film is shown through the camera/camera man which is constantly on record. I know that sort of thing has been done before but movies such as Paranormal Activity showed more amateur filming while this one the camera man is more stable.

It’s slow to start off as the film starts with the news crew first doing a documentary on the fire department- Angela goes about being all giggly and what’s this whats that? When if you know a journalist you would know a proper one would have done research. It gets to a point for 5 minutes in where you could just leave for another 5 minutes and you wouldn’t miss much, as much as you hope the fire station doesn’t end up being haunted or anything horror movie style.

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The movie finally gets going when the firemen gets called to an apartment building, and take the news crew along, for a screaming woman. I’m not entirely sure why the fire service was needed- the police called them in, they get there and no one even knows what state this woman is in, in Britain the police would have just handled it broken down the door then called for other services. Good thing something like Quarantine wouldn’t happen here. The old lady soon turns out to be creepy and begins to bite people and the CDC (Centre for Disease control) Sure are quick in this movie as they appear and seal off the building before anything is reported.Cumberbatch Fairy

It then turns out to be a typical zombie movies where the infected people and rats turn on the living till no one is left and the non-infected fight for survival hiding from the zombies and trying to get out even though they are locked in the building thanks to the US Government, who have also cut off the people inside the building’s communication with the outside world.

 

Best Part of the movie-

When one of the fire men comes back as a zombie and he is walking about with his leg practically hanging off.

When the camera man kills a zombie using the camera- after this we do briefly see the camera man for the first time as he cleans the lens.

Worst Part- Although it is better done than these other movies that tell the story from the victims point of view with a camera there is still an amateur feel to it where you can’t take the movie seriously, lots of things seem over done and I questioned the intelligence of the characters a lot- it takes nearly the entire movie for someone to remember there is a way out what the CDC might not have blocked off.

 

Overall Movie rating- 2/5 stars

Horror Movie rating- 2.5/5 stars

 

Annoying Quote-

“I told my mum I wanted to be a fire man, tonight I am living the dream.”

…Darling, you’re not exactly living the dream as you are a woman to be living your dream you need a sex change.

Facepalm

The Crimson Field Review

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For the past six weeks the BBC have treated us to a fantastic war drama called The Crimson Field. This series was based in France and was set in a medical camp close to the front lines.

Throughout the six hours it’s been on our tv screens we’ve managed to see more of women’s lives in WWI than we’d possibly read in a book. It’s definitely bolstered the fact that women were indeed a crucial part of WWI

p01vbnlcThe main three ladies we get to know from the beginning are Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice St. Clair) and Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham) all of them have their own secrets which we find out in the series. We get to watch them all grow in the short time we know them yet after the finale Sunday night it left me feeling like I’d known them forever. Suranne Jones plays another character who we know from the beginning, she plays Sister Joan Livesy. Sister Livesy is keeping a bigger secret than the rest of the ladies which makes her very interesting to watch.

One part I have to applaud the BBC on tackling is the taboo subject of Germans residing in Britain after the sinking of the Lusitania. We find out early on that Sister Livesy’s fiancé is a German, living in Britain, who goes back to be a German soldier. We find out that Germans who lived in Britain were treat very badly throughout this time. It’s quite an eye opener to see how different nationalities were so strictly divided but then we see this same division between the sexes and particularly ranks within the army.

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Each week we saw a different mix of soldiers come through the doors. This gave quite a visual of how the army, doctors and nurses dealt with different scenarios. A few that cropped up were desertion, keeping homophobia on the quiet, shell shock and mental health problems caused by the war and trust issues between the staff. Put in the time era of WWI and the punishments in place made these serious issues.

In some ways this series has been different to many you’ve seen before. I know when I first heard about it being commissioned I fell in love with the fact that thesuranne-jones-and-hermione-norris-in-the-crimson-field-136389032614410401-140404164356
main characters were female nurses from an everyday background. I loved that the actors were fairly unknown but you had the guiding light of experience such as Hermione Norris, Kevin Doyle and Adam James to keep it all in check so to speak. Everything else you learn about the war is an added bonus. The characters are obviously different to films you may have watched about both WWI and WWII, they feel a lot more gritty and strict. The nurses are also strict and stick with the rules, but you sometimes see the newer nurses facades crack a little reminding you they’re only human and they’re still only young.

In Sunday nights finale, which was a corker, the news comes in about Edith Cavell being executed which ties in with the storyline at that point. Everything within the series works well especially with the writers managing to weave real life stories into the scripts.

tumblr_n4d382JUTh1si51pco1_500The Crimson Field is really a series that needs to be watched. In my opinion it wouldn’t have worked as well for any other war. WWII sticks with women being Land Girls, Lumber Jills and Donut Dollies. WWI only seemed to depict women as nurses, there doesn’t appear to be many other roles for the fairer sex. The series manages to fit all the good, bad, ugly and forbidden of a year in WWI into six hours. Yes some questions don’t seem properly answered but this may leave room for another series… Just remember there’s still a lot of the war left at this point.

Watch The Crimson Field on BBC iPlayer here

Learn more about the series here

Cat’s- Horror- Movie Fest (part 1)

I know a lot of people crave food a lot of the time, but recently I’ve been wanting to watch horror movies.

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So, I’m not entirely sure how this will work out, but I’ve bought a lot of horror movies, most of which have been made and released after 2000, and each of my Movie Fest posts, will include 3 of these horror movies- I’m open to any other horror movie suggestions, I will go and see if I can buy the movie and write about it, or even if you want to just recommend a horror movie you think is awesome, or particularly bad.

On the Cat’s horror movie fest (in no particular order) I should be reviewing.

  • The Grudge (Japanese Version)
  • The Grudge 2 (Japanese Version)
  • The Ring (Japanese Version)
  • The Ring 2 (Japanese Version)
  • Quarantine
  • Quarantine 2
  • Carrie (2013)
  • Silent Hill
  • Mama
  • We are what we are
  • Warm Bodies
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The Conjuring
  • The Descent
  • Insidious
  • Insidious 2
  • Sinister

I am not doing any of Paranormal Activity’s, Saw’s or Screams, just by the time I get though the whole 1-1000 of those movies and written about them I may actually asked to be possessed just to get away from them.

Part one’s 3 movies are-

Carrie, Warm Bodies and Sinister

 

Carrie (2013, remake)-

I’ve been told that the 1970’s version is better

This movie is based on the Stephen King novel- Carrie- The story tells of a shy girl trying to get though school with also a religious mother waiting for her at home. Stephen King seems to have accessed every bullying victims dark H.f pt1 Carrieimagination, given Carrie telekinesis and set her loose on her bullies. It’s one movie in two parts, the build up where the bullies have the floor, then of course typical American story, Prom happens that’s when everything changes Carrie seems as if she is possessed and practically burns the town down.

But really I don’t see this as a Horror movie; it was more like a revenge chick flick with supernatural powers. It’s a horror movie, without the ghosts or hauntings we seem to have a lot of today, I’d also like to see who finds this a horror movie, I think to some degree it’s more of a reality hit, those who have been bullied a lot have probably wished that they had some sort of power to get back at their predators. The psychological horror is that there are people out there who actually think like that, who are one step away from wanting to kill those who humiliate them.

Favourite part of the movie– when Carrie has the leader bully trapped in the car and fires it into the gas station.

+ The end scene where one of the girls has a nightmare of giving birth (She is pregnant) and a bloody hand burst through her abdomen

Worst Part of the Movie- The fact that the head teacher couldn’t say the word Period or Sanitary products (I mean come on).

+I watch Castle, now season 6, there is an episode what references this movie and I was thinking of that episode at certain points through out this.

Horror Movie rating

2/5 Stars.

Overall movie rating-

3.5/5 Stars.

 

Warm Bodies (2013)

I wasn’t sure if this actually is a horror movie but if you Google Horror Movies from 2013 this comes up so, I gave it a watch.

There is a reason; there has never been a Zombie, Human romance horror story. I think it is actually in someway a good, original idea but some of the awkwardness proves, It is wrong and I think this movie shows that. Sure there is no necrophilia (No, zombie human sexy H.f pt 1 w.btime) but the awkwardness of the human zombie relationship, just with the girl talking to the zombie guy and the guy falling in love with her, for me made this a horror film.

The movie shows two types of zombies. “Corpses,” Which are the sort of friendly zombies- Warm Bodies has done what Twilight did for Vampires. “Corpses,” Are the zombies which wander about not really able to think but the whole Resident Evil Zombie where the Zombies will hunt down every last shred of civilization doesn’t apply. “Boneys,” Are more like the traditional zombie where they will kill anything with a heartbeat, although really they look more like animated skeletons and in this movie they become the main villain.

The Humans and the Corpses join together to fight the boneys! Then we have a happily ever after. Yeah, apparently, the love conquers all thing now makes it into a, “Horror,” movie…

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Don’t believe Google when they say this is a Horror Movie, if this is a Horror movie they should put the Twilight Films on the relevant lists too. It is more of a twisted romance.

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Best Part of the Film- I’ll admit the zombie guy, (“R,” As he ends up calling himself) voice over/commentary was pretty funny.

Worst Part- One part what annoyed me. Spoiler– R changes back, from zombie to something more living. He get’s shot in the chest. The girl (who is in love with him and he is in love her) Is more bothered about the fact he is bleeding so it shows the fact he is alive. He’s bleeding from being shot in the freaking chest, he might not be alive for freaking long if you don’t help him!!!

Horror movie rating-

1/5 stars.

Overall movie rating-

2/5 stars (It had some good special effects)

 

Sinister (2012)Emotion

Now this is what I call a horror movie. Anything that gets me hinking, “I might sleep tonight with the light on,”
Deserves an award.

I actually knocked this movie down a few expectations when it started, realizing it was one of those, humans move into a new house. I thought, chances were the house would be haunted, ghosts or demons will try to destroy humans lives, the mother wH.f pt1ould panic for her children while daddy boy got all macho and try to take on the world of the supernatural. Of course they would bring in some ghost hunters and one of them would have issues at first not believing in that kind of stuff blah blah.

But I was wrong.
Ok the parents still took up their roles. And I thought it was funny that the boy in this movie said he got bullied at his last school because his dad for a living goes around writing about real life crime. It’s funny because this kids hair is actually longer than some girl’s hair I know, so maybe he should factor that into why he is being bullied. The family move into a house where the family before them got hung outside on a tree, accept the youngest daughter who disappeared. The writer dad (Ellison) and the deputy of the town soon discover that the family who got hung had moved to that house but the house they had lived in before a family was killed too, same pattern a kid had disappeared and a pattern like that goes back to the 1960’s (Family moves into a new house but the previous family in the house they have just moved from would have been murdered but a child would have disappeared).

The boy has night terrors and ends up in all sorts of places (I mean it, he ends up in a box almost doing an exorcist style twist coming out of it screaming) Then there is the little girl who draws on walls. The father researches for his books finds all these spooky film reels which shows the murders happen and he soon discovers a creepy figure in all of them

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Best Part of the film– Anytime Bughuul or the creepy children appeared.

+ Ellison falls through the loft; he mentions to the deputy that he heard footsteps. The deputy put it down to squirrels.

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Worst part of the film– I can’t really remember any truly bad bits.

Horror movie rating-

4.5/5 Stars

Overall movie rating-

4.5/5 Stars

 

Seriously, if you want a horror movie. Watch Sinister!

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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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.

Sins of the Lost by Linda Poitevin

OH. MY. GOSH.

You’ve done it again Ms. Poitevin!

I was shocked at the end of Sins of the Son and very eager to get my hands on this one. I’ve read it twice just to make sure I really read what I read.

Sins of the LostSeth is still with Alex and they appear to be happy. It still lingers that he is the son of God and Lucifer and this plays a big piece in the books. This isn’t as simple a romance as it appears to be (but it never as been as it?)

The romance throughout the series is quite intense and emotions play a big, key part in everything. That’s a big reason why I love this series and in particular this book. Everything goes on, the end of the world is still upon the world and Alex has to deal with this as well as the events that happened in the last book, getting through psych evaluations, getting on with her life as best she can while basically trying to save the world. Poitevin makes all this believable! Yes you read that right! I found myself sucked into this book and almost entangled with what was happening. The writing is perfect for every character and she deals with the human/angel hybrid babies really well in all the scenes and situations they appear in.

Alex herself is in my top three of kick ass heroines. She’s superb. A woman with a lot on her plate and handles it as a normal 12451769person would. No super powers and very much with all her emotions intact. She’s a passionate but sensible woman caught up in the middle of a war between heaven and hell. She still has an (old) soulmate watching over her and yet she gets on with her police and world saving work anyway.

Onto the story. Some books you find yourself getting a bit bored or hoping the storyline will speed up. I wish this book had never ended. The actual story arc itself carries some great action that keeps you gripped. It works brilliantly that Poitevin swaps point of views, we see it from Hell, Heaven and the battleground of Earth.

10661603So it all happens in this book but the ending stunned me. Compared to the endings of Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Sons this one seems tame… for now. You read the ending and really don’t know what to think. Will it all stay as it should? Will something else evil and nefarious happen? Will Alex’s love life be doomed? This, to me, is worse than a cliffhanger. At least then you have an inkling about what might happen! It’ll be torture waiting to find out what happens, but it’s a torture worth bearing.

Don’t try reading this book without reading the first two in the Grigori Legacy series. You’d be a bit confused. They are definitely worth a read though! Great writing, interesting characters, story lines like you’ve never read before and an author who’s great at what she does. Pick up the books now!

The book, Sins of the Lost is due to be released tomorrow (16th October)

A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway

You might be thinking you’ve seen that name on here before. Well you have! As a recap it’s this review  A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway. I received this book again from Netgalley. After reading A Study in … Continue reading

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Film Review

Yes after weeks of debating I decided to go see City of Bones. And I took Cat along. I liked the books, they’re not my favourites but I managed to read them all while not being bored so they’re good … Continue reading

A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

I was lucky enough to get an ARC version of this book from NetGalley.

17262144When I first heard of this book I was very excited. I love Steampunk and Sherlock Holmes so obviously this mixed together with a female lead was right up my street. Sometimes when you become over excited about a book you find yourself disappointed. I wasn’t with this book!

It’s such a fabulously complex book that makes you think while you read. Once or twice it even spurred conversations about Conan Doyle’s original work which was quite excellent. Holloway manages to keep you interested in all aspects of the book but doesn’t bore you with long winded going ons. I’m also happy with the accuracy of the Victorian era. Yes Steampunk allows for some room to move but it was quite a relief in some ways to see the times stick true to the original Sherlock Holmes time.

Eveline our main character is the niece of Sherlock Holmes. She’s an independent, confident woman something that’s seen in steampunk books but not so much in other Victorian styles. She’s such a great character, along with all the others, as she’s unexpected and interesting. Even in her independence and cunning ways she still finds time to have romance in her life which gives for a great change of scene in the book. As with any Victorian book you’ll find yourself reading about splendid balls and debutantes. It kind of keeps you tied to the time period.

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Eveline has a detective is not what you’d expect, in some places she lets her emotions and the love triangle get in her way. This reminds you that yes she is female and she is not Sherlock Holmes. If anything these intrusions help the mystery run throughout the case and leave us in suspense.

Ms. Holloway’s style of writing is quite addictive, you find yourself reading more than you thought you would just to find out what’s happened. She’s definitely took some inspiration from the original Sherlock Holmes (like the name) but this does not define the book. Holloway has brought her own sense of Victoriana steampunk to life with all the clockwork, steam automations etc.

Overall this book is great for people who read a range of genres and would work perfectly well for those delving into the steampunk or Holmes world. 17264584Definitely give it a go! I’ve already preordered the next two and honestly can’t wait for more mystery, steampunk and feminine wiles.

A Study in Silks is due for release on 24th September with the second of The Baskerville Affair series due out in October.

Thumbelina, movie Review

ThumbelinacoverThis has to be one of the strangest things I have ended up buying, but yes a few days ago I bought the 1994 cartoon movie, Thumbelina. Now, this movie isn’t Disney, so I don’t expect all of you to go, ohhh it’s that one. But the movie is based upon the story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, so, judging by that it possibly could have a dark side.

The movie does involve songs, most of them… well let’s say there is a mouse that sings about death and about ignoring love. There is a song about, following your heart, but that is sang by my opinion one of the more annoying characters. There is a bird, I suspect it to be a pigeon with a French Accent, who I came to believe he could have a GPS system in his chest as the amount of times he said or implied following your heart could get you to where you want to be.

 

 

 

Right, Thumbelina, is a thumb-sized girl/teenager. She has boobs, so, I’m not going to imply she is under 12. I remember watching this movie as a child- although I remember I’ve watched it, I just don’t really remember what happens. It’s probably got me  feeling like this-

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But then I grew up

If this was a Disney movie, they’d probably adapt it even more. Because Thumbelina doesn’t just become the romantic interest of one Prince! No, three more characters come along!

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First there is the Spanish toad, then there is the Beetle, then there is the mole. All after her because of her voice.

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You have to admit though, even from it’s back end that’s a cute bee. Also doesn’t take her long to be flashing the full length of her legs!

The Fairy Prince meets Thumbelina after peeking through her window, after rebelling against his parents, wondering off. Rebelling against his parents, I understand he’s 16, but peeking though her window??? What if she was getting changed rather then just dancing and singing? But Cornelius, without telling Thumbelina his Princely title, does their equivalent of a guy showing up in a high convertible speed car with a stereo. He takes her for a ride on a Bumble Bee while singing. Possibly a good thing that the Bee was riding because if you sing and dance in a car you’ll find yourself in the nearest obstacle.

 

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On this, “First Date,” Is where candidate number two- the toad- sees Thumbelina. We also meet the cliche line of the Prince and Thumbelina are now in love, although they have just met. But hearing Thumbelina’s voice the toad is now in love with her! The Toads big boobed and big pink haired mother, who sort of has some similarity to Nicki Minaj, kidnaps Thumbelina as she sleeps…

We meet the family of Spanish toads/frogs, who I have a hard time understanding when they sing, but apparently they sing for a living.

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The Creepiest things in this movie, will always be the toads

Thumbelina manages to get away, after being left on a lily pad by the frogs even though one of them is going to marry her, with the help of the Pigeon- Jacquimo, Now, I think this pigeon has a special power. He keeps changing sizes. One moment he is the same size as a book, the next he is rivalling the height of some of the cute bugs and the next he is similar height to a bear’s head.

 

 

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Sorry, but how can you trust that?

 

 

The Beetle is the next sexual predator to arrive.  This guy is frustrating in the fact, he calls himself the, “Judge ofbeautiful women,” And proves to be misogynistic , throughout the movie. Fortunately, this pursuit is only short lived, wanting Thumbelina to perform at the Beetle Ball, he dresses her up… Then all of a sudden she is stripped to her bloomers and top…

 

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Honestly, Hans Christian Anderson also wrote My Little Mermaid, I think he was doing her a favour when she got her to sell her voice compared to this. Beetle calls her ugly after the crowd conclude to it, equalling Thumbelina in tears and proving she has low self confidence.

A Prince sang to you that you are beautiful and you then go an believe someone who is not even the same species as you when he calls you ugly! From this information, I think she is actually enjoying getting hunted down. She just wants the attention!

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It’s the pigeon bird that wears a hat and boots and a top

Hibernation is something that has gone out of the window in this movie. Winter is here, but the pigeon bird, is still flying about and all the animals that should be underground sleeping are still there.

We move to find Thumbelina now housed with a pessimistic mouse, while the Frog and Beetle are now plotting to kidnap the prince for bait

and the prince…

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Is stuck in ice.

Now, mouse introduces her to Mole and this is why Feminism was invented. Thumbelina after one song and taking one strangers word that the prince is dead, is now going a head with the wedding!

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Meanwhile, the bugs are breaking the laws of physics, slow cooking the prince. In snow, with the Prince popsicle melting on the fire.

It takes Thumbelina, to get to the alter and having hallucinations of the prince for her to finally grow a back bone and announce this is not what she wanted.

In the end she grows wings (No one explained why she didn’t have wings in the first place…) and is happily married to the prince, and Happily ever after (apparently)! So we do get there in the end!

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As a kids movie, I applaud it. It does give the whole defenceless girl story line who is rescued by a prince. It was intended for children so, they obviously won’t see the things I have seen.

Overall, it’s a good kids movie, brilliantly drawn and animated and I think the voice actors/actresses fit the characters perfectly.