Wednesday, 31 August 2016

NEW MOON ( Twilight #2) - by Stephenie Meyer

Year Published: 2006 - by Atom.  
Genre/s: Paranormal romance/urban fantasy/young adult 
Pages: 563. 
Author: Stephenie Meyer. 
Source: Bought.

Blurb: 

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning...


NEW MOON ( Twilight #2) - by Stephenie Meyer

Year Published: 2006 - by Atom.  
Genre/s: Paranormal romance/urban fantasy/young adult 
Pages: 563. 
Author: Stephenie Meyer. 
Source: Bought.

Blurb: 

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning...


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

TWILIGHT (Twilight #1) - by Stephenie Meyer

Year Published: 2005 - by Atom.  
Genre/s: Paranormal romance/urban fantasy/young adult 
Pages:  498.
Author: Stephenie Meyer. 
Source: Bought.

Blurb: 
About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.


In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.




{Re-reviewed on the 30th August 2016. First read in April 2016}.  


Overall, I liked the writing, pacing, action, excitement, andmost of the time (when I could overlook her weaknesses)…Bella. But the anti-feminist messages were seriously disturbing and made me furious. 
It's easy to read and endlessly entertaining. But when reading it for the second time, and then the third, etc, I had to force myself to look beyond the sparky surface and at the dark bloody heart below; in a matter of speaking. (Which is a tad dramatic, I guess). 

TWILIGHT (Twilight #1) - by Stephenie Meyer

Year Published: 2005 - by Atom.  
Genre/s: Paranormal romance/urban fantasy/young adult 
Pages:  498.
Author: Stephenie Meyer. 
Source: Bought.

Blurb: 
About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.


In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.




{Re-reviewed on the 30th August 2016. First read in April 2016}.  


Overall, I liked the writing, pacing, action, excitement, andmost of the time (when I could overlook her weaknesses)…Bella. But the anti-feminist messages were seriously disturbing and made me furious. 
It's easy to read and endlessly entertaining. But when reading it for the second time, and then the third, etc, I had to force myself to look beyond the sparky surface and at the dark bloody heart below; in a matter of speaking. (Which is a tad dramatic, I guess). 

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN - by Lily Blake

Year Published: 2012 - by Poppy. 
Genre/s: Fantasy/romance ~ based on a movie. 
Pages: 220. 
Author: Lily Blake. 
Source: Bought.

Blurb:
A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.


Overall, I really enjoyed it. That could also be because I loved the movie so much. Unlike the Red Riding Hood novel that was written after its movie - in this same kinda series, I guess you could say - this story was stronger, and the book worked better because of it.  


SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN - by Lily Blake

Year Published: 2012 - by Poppy. 
Genre/s: Fantasy/romance ~ based on a movie. 
Pages: 220. 
Author: Lily Blake. 
Source: Bought.

Blurb:
A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.


Overall, I really enjoyed it. That could also be because I loved the movie so much. Unlike the Red Riding Hood novel that was written after its movie - in this same kinda series, I guess you could say - this story was stronger, and the book worked better because of it.  


Sunday, 28 August 2016

NEW MOON (film) was bland and boring in every way

Cast: Kristen Stewart; Robert Pattinson; Taylor Lautner; Billy Burke; Micheal Sheen; Dakota Fanning. 
Year: 2009. 
Source: Bought. 
Director: Chris Weitz. 
Content Rating: PG 13 for some violence and action. 

Synopsis: 

Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and in her depression she falls into yet another paranormal relationship - this time with werewolf Jacob Black.




I've watched this about two times now, I think. 
And to be honest, I still don’t know quite what to think. It improves upon Twilight in some areas, but then fails in others. Overall, though, I think it needs help, although it’s not worthy of too much hate.


TWILIGHT (film) passed as enchanting and exciting, but its leads hardly deliver where acting's concerned


Cast: Kristen Stewart; Robert Pattinson; Billy Burke. 
Content Rating: PG 13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality. 
Director: Catherine Hardwicke. 
Year: 2008. 
Source: Bought.


Synopsis: 
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.



I've watched this about three times now, hehe ;)  
Overall, I think Catherine Hardwicke delivered a solid, enchanting romance even though she did leave out parts of the book I think would have been better left in.  


HAIL, CAESAR! (film) was colourful entertainment that worked as a comedy

Cast: Josh Brolin; George Clooney; Scarlett Johansson; Channing Tatum; Ralph Fiennes; Tilda Swinton; Alden Ehrenreich. 
Content Rating: PG 13 for some suggestive content and smoking. 
Year: 2016. 
Source: Rented. 
Director: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen. 

Synopsis: 

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line.


I was so pleasantly surprised by this film. As a rule, I'm usually sceptical when it comes to none-comedy actors doing comedy, but this movie was delicious fun. And the actors definitely worked well with the humorous and quirky script they were given.

ECLIPSE (film) was an action-packed film that definitely improved upon its predecessors

Cast: Kristen Stewart; Robert Pattinson; Taylor Lautner; Billy Burke. 
Director: David Slade. 
Content Rating: PG 13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality. 
Year: 2010.
Source: Bought. 

Synopsis: 

As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob.


Finally, Twilight is worthy of all the hype, attention, and popularity. Eclipse proves that there can be excitement, thrills, humour and awesome action scenes in the Twilight Saga, and soars above the low standards of the previous films. 


FRACTURE was a taut thriller that never once disappointed

Cast: Ryan Gosling; Anthony Hopkins; Rosamund Pike; David Strathairn; Billy Burke. 
Content Rating: Rated R for some language, some violence, and some sensuality.  
Director: Gregory Hoblit. 
Year: 2007. 
Source: Bought. 

Synopsis: 

An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.


Everything about this movie is brilliant. 

FRACTURE (film) was a taut thriller that never once disappointed

Cast: Ryan Gosling; Anthony Hopkins; Rosamund Pike; David Strathairn; Billy Burke. 
Content Rating: Rated R for some language, some violence, and some sensuality.  
Director: Gregory Hoblit. 
Year: 2007. 
Source: Bought. 

Synopsis: 

An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.


Everything about this movie is brilliant. 

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (film) was an exciting, dark retelling that almost worked but for its loopholes

Cast: Kristen Stewart; Charlize Theron; Chris Hemsworth; Sam Clafin. 
Year: 2012. 
Director: Rupert Sanders. 
Source: Bought. 
Content Rating: PG 13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality. 

Synopsis:

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Confession: I loved this movie. It certainly wasn't perfect and it didn't get a great reception from the general public when it first came out, but I thought it was an exciting fantasy with Charlize Theron shining as the fantastically evil Queen. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (film) was the best Twilight ever

Cast: Kristen Stewart; Robert Pattinson; Taylor Lautner; Nikki Reed; Kellan Lutz; Billy Burke; Elizabeth Reaser; Ashley Green; Jackson Rathbone; Micheal Sheen; Dakota Fanning; Peter Facinelli.
Content Rating: PG 13 for sequences of violence, including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity.  
Director: Bill Condon.  
Year: 2012.
Source: Bought.

Synopsis
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

I really enjoyed this. The story benefited a lot from real conflict this time; a wonderful change from the Edward-Bella-Jacob love-triangle that has dominated the rest of the series.
And like all Twilights, it has both pros and cons:


ANNA KARENINA (film) went under the train long before its climatic scene

Cast: Kiera Knightley; Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Jude Law; Kelly MacDonald; Matthew MacFayden; Domhnall Gleeson; Olivia Williams; Emily Watson.
Content Rating: Rated R for some sexuality and violence.
Director: Joe Wright.
Year: 2012.
Source: Bought.

Synopsis:
Trapped in a loveless marriage, aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

Overall, I was very disappointed.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (film) was essentially a tragic and beautiful romance

Cast: Robert Patinson; Kristen Stewart; Taylor Lautner; Billy Burke; Nikki Reed; Jackson Rathbone; Ashley Green; Kellan Lutz; Elizabeth Reaser; Peter Facinelli. 
Content Rating: PG 13 for some violence, sexuality, and partial nudity. 
Director: Bill Condon. 
Year: 2011. 
Source: Bought.

Synopsis: 
The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.

I was very impressed with its film.
If you watch it without reading the book, then it will probably seem confusing and weird, but if you know all the vampire-werewolf history, etc, then you have a much higher chance at enjoying it :)   


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (film) hugely disappoints on almost all levels

Cast: Henry Cavill; Ben Affleck; Diane Lane; Amy Adams; Jesse Eisenberg.
Content Rating: PG 13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, and some sensuality. 
Director: Zack Synder.
Year: 2016. 
Source: Rented.  

Synopsis:
Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.  

Overall: The script was disastrous, the action scenes stilted, the cast decent, and the film a complete disappointment. Given DC's recent flops - Suicide Squad just recently making the list – I'd recommend sticking to Marvel's films if you want superhero stuff. Put mildly, the trailer was better than the film.