Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from April, 2018

The Fault In Our Stars - John Green (book review)

Book: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published By: Penguin
Published year: 2012

My Review: 
Having seen the film before and always told to read the book I caved and decided to read it and I was not disappointed. Having been unable to put this book down since I started I managed to read this book in under 7 hours!

The Fault In Our Stars is about a girl called Hazel who has cancer however when she meets a boy at a cancer support group called Augustus she falls in love, while struggling with her cancer and worrying about him becoming too close to her.

I loved this book and it made me laugh at times and get a lump in my throat as well as sad. This book is a great romance with the twist of cancer between two teenagers who fall in love even though they know their time together is limiting however does not stop them from doing as much as they can. I feel that I have maybe seen the film too many times however as I always knew what was happening next as the film…

Truth or Dare - C. Spencer (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: Truth or Dare
Author: C. Spencer
Published By: Bold Strokes Books
Published Year: 2018

My Review: 
This book is split into four different segments which is done by days between Thursday and Sunday and follows three different groups of couples who are at different stages in their relationships. First there is Hadley and Jessie who are friends who are both interested in each other, second is Ryan and Brie who are going through their break-up and finally there is Ella and Sam who are a happily married couple and still very much in love with each other and this weekend is their anniversary.

Thursday
During the first part of the book you are introduced to the main character's who you get to see the perspective of which starts with Jessie who has just broken up with her current girlfriend Alicia and so when her best friend Hadley can't get back to her house due to a snowstorm goes over to Jessie's house where we discover that she has feelings for Hadley as they reminisce about …

Mysteries and Secrets of Magic - C.J.S. Thompson (book review)

Book: Mysteries and Secrets of Magic
Author: C.J.S. Thompson
Published By: Senate
Published Year: 1927

My Review: 
As this book is a non-fiction book about magic I did find this rather interesting to read however it seemed like this novel was more of a tester to see what kind of topic you would be most interested in with it only having short amounts on various topics such as: Supernatural Beings, Greek and Roman Magic, Magical Numbers, The Grimoires or Handbook of Black Magic, Magic in Shakespeare's Plays and many more.

This did however teach me about magic that I didn't know about and now want to look more into as a result of this book and discover more about the magic of the past as well if there is any use of magic in the world now as we know it in 2018 almost 100 years after this book was first published.

I would recommend this book to those who would like to know more about magic however don't know what they would like to learn as this will help you know what aspects of magi…

Avengers: Infinity War (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Avengers: Infinity War
Year: 2018
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch
About: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

My Review:
Having been waiting over a year for the new Avengers: Infinity War movie and seeing that they were doing a midnight release for the film I couldn't resist getting my ticket and seeing it the moment that it came out.

Avengers: Infinity War is about Thanos and how he is trying to get all of the infinity stones so that he can get rid of half of the universe's population. As a result of this we see all of the Avengers and some other Marvel characters come together to try and protect the universe from Thanos.

Having went into this film already excited I was not at all disappointed as the film completely exceeded my expectations. F…

Grown Ups (film review)

Film: Grown Ups
Year: 2010
Genre: Comedy
Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James
About: After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend

My Review:
Wanting some comedy to watch and something I hadn't seen in ages I saw that Grown Ups was on Netflix and couldn't resist giving it a watch.

The film is about a group of friends who are reunited because of the death of their old basketball coach so decide to hire the cabin next to the river so that they could have a weekend together to catch up and the children could get to know each other. As this happens they realise that the children don't know what to do without technology and start to try and bring them back to being children while bringing out the children in themselves as well. However, when an apposing team who they beat as children wants a rematch some thirty years later will they play the game?

I found thi…

Mother! (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Mother!
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, horror, mystery
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
About: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

My Review:
Having been desperate to see this in the cinema however never was able to I saw the DVD in a shop and couldn't resist buying this and coming straight home to put it on. Having actors I knew I liked in it as well I was looking forward to seeing how this compared to how the trailer had showed the movie.

Mother! is about a couple who live in a house in which Jennifer Lawrence built on the place her boyfriend lost his family before, however when visitors start to arrive everything changes and everything that they thought they knew was no longer. Testing the love for the couple as well as challenging their love for human nature.

This film has a great suspense feeling all the way through the film from the very beginning with …

Fantastic Mr. Fox (film review)

Film:  Fantastic Mr. Fox
Year: 2009
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
About: An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

My Review:
Having always wanted to see this film however never getting around to it and seeing that it was on Netflix I couldn't resist reliving my childhood through watching Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is about a fox who decides to steal food and cider from three farms who live nearby the new house in which he decides to move to with his family. As he does this the farmers get angry and decide to try and kill the foxes which have decided to ruin their business. As a result of this the foxes and other animals try to save themselves and protect their families no matter what.

I found that this film was watchable and at times funny however there was a lot of things which did annoy me about this film as well. I did like t…

Love, Simon (film review)

Film: Love, Simon
Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel
About: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

My Review: 
Seeing a film that is a rom-com which has LGBT is rare to come across so when this film came out I couldn't stop myself from seeing it in the cinema, and hoping that this was going to be as good as it looked in the trailers.

Love, Simon is about a gay child called Simon who is in his final year of high school and has the secret of being gay which noone knows about, when another child in his school who is also gay comes out however behind an alias Simon decides to message him with his own. As they get closer through means of e-mail he gets noticed by someone in his class who starts to blackmail him about revealing his secret and he does everything to keep it that…

K-PAX (film review)

Film: K-PAX
Year: 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack
About: PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

My Review: 
Family movie days are a big thing in my household and my mum chose to watch the film K-PAX as I had never seen it before, not knowing what to think about this film and knowing nothing about it I watched this film completely blind. As a result this is my views on the film from the very first time I have ever seen it.

This film is about a man who is found in a train station who appears from nowhere and is admitted to a mental institution claiming that he is from the planet K-PAX. Knowing things about the universe that he shouldn't the psychiatrist tries to find out who he really is and by use of hypnosis tries to figure out the mans past as well as who he truly is as he doesn't believe the man is from outer spac…

Sing (film review)

Film: Sing
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane
About: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.

My Review: 
Having wanted to watch this film since it came out in the cinema however never getting around to it I decided to buy the DVD so that I was able to finally see it. Not only this but as a fan of musical films and animated films I thought this would be a perfect watch for myself.

The film is about a theater owner who is bankrupt and tries to find a way to save his theater by making a singing competition with people who are from that city. However, when the prize reward comes up with more money than he expected he tries everything he can to try and get the money to save his theater.

I did find myself rather entertained by this mo…

Flatliners (film review)

Film: Flatliners
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller
Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev
About: Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

My Review:
With having wanted to see this film since it was in the cinema I picked up the DVD and thought I would give this a watch. I was aware this was a remake of the 1990 film starring Kiefer Sutherland however having not seen that one I had nothing to compare this version to so without further ado here is my review.

Flatliners is about a group of five medical students who decide to die in order to see what it is people see when they die and if this is an afterlife and what parts of your brain goes off when it does. As they do this they start to feel happier and start to remember and do things easier that is until their demons start to come a…

The Girl On The Train (book review)

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is not only a charting book but is also a movie which got created because of this. As a result I decided to read the book for a second time and this time share my views on the book.

The book is about a woman called Megan who goes missing and as a result the police are looking into her disappearance, at the same time a woman called Rachel was in that town drunk when it happened and after seeing Megan with another man the day before while on the train to London she tries to help the police with the investigation and makes friends with Megan's husband to try and help him through the difficult time while trying to figure out what happened the night Megan went missing. The Girl On The Train is taken from three people's perspective throughout this novel Megan (the girl who goes missing), Rachel (a drunk woman who is trying to find out what happened to Megan and gets obsessed), Anna (the woman who is now married to Rachel's ex-husband).

Megan…

Ready Player One (film review)

Film: Ready Player One
Year: 2018
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
About: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

My Review:
Having heard amazing things about this film and that it has a lot of references to other movies, books and games I couldn't help but go to the cinema at the first opportunity I had to go and see this film.

Ready Player One is about a group of people who are in a virtual reality game called the OASIS and tries to find the three keys in which the dead creator has made to obtain his fortune and control of the OASIS. However, another company are also after the winnings who are a rival and go after the people in the real world as well as in the virtual world.

I personally loved this film, with loads of references to books, movies and games this made me really excited th…

Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (film review)

Film: Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler
Year: 2015
Genre: Documentary
Starring: Tim McVey, Dwayne Richard, Enrico Zanetti
About: MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey (the gamer not the bomber) who in 1984, on a single quarter (and over forty-four hours of non-stop play) was the first person in history to score over one billion points on a video game.

My Review: 
As a gamer and seeing that this was on Netflix however I had not seen it before it automatically grabbed my interest and I couldn't help but watch this for the very first time. Also as a documentary this was very different than the films that I tend to watch so thought that this would be the very different style of film for me to watch.

This film is about Tim McVey who after being the first person who got a billion points back in 1984 decides to try and get back to his score over 25 years later and the challenges he has getting back to his score and showing that he is the world record holder for Nibbler.

T…

Prisoners (film review)

Film: Prisoners
Year: 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal. Viola Davis
About: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts

My Review:
Wanting to see more of a missing person movie which I had not seen in a while but I knew that I liked I decided to put on Prisoners after realising that it was on Netflix! Hoping that this would not disappoint me since I have seen it before and having an amazing cast I couldn't help but watch this and give it a review.

The film is about two children who go missing and Keller (Hugh Jackman) takes matters into his own hands in order to try and find his daughter and her friend. Torturing someone who he believes is involved as he doesn't know what else to do to get the man to talk after the police had already interrogated him.

This film is one of my favourite missing person films even though on for over two …

UP (film review)

Film: UP
Year: 2009
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
About: Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

My Review:
As a fan of animation films I wanted to watch one I hadn't seen in years and thought of the beautiful film of UP so decided to buy the DVD and give it a watch. Hoping it would give me the same enjoyment as it did the first time I saw it.

UP  is a movie about an old man named Carl who after his wife dies decides to do the one thing they promised to do together which is go to Paradise Falls. While going there however a young boy who is trying to become a senior wilderness adventurer ends up going with him by accident and ends up helping the old man get there as well as protecting a bird called Kevin.

I think this is one of the most beautiful animated films I have ever seen with the beginning showing the life of the old man …

The Cloverfield Paradox (film review)

Film: The Cloverfield Paradox
Year: 2018
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl
About: Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

My Review: 
Having wanted to see the third Cloverfield movie since it got released onto Netflix and relaxing today I decided I would finally get around to watching The Cloverfield Paradox and hoped it would be as good as the second film. Also being a fan of J.J Abrams I couldn't resist giving this a watch.

The Cloverfield Paradox is about a space station who is trying to sort a source of energy for Earth, however when the experiment goes wrong and they end up going to a parallel universe the world's start to crossover with each other there is problems for both the space station and for Earth. With the space station trying to get home and Earth being in ruin will getting home fix the problem?

I thought this fi…

Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask - R.L. Stine (book review)

The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine is the forth book in the Goosebumps series. This book will not only leave you scared but also make you laugh and not want to put the book down! Not only that but the way the book ends will make you come back begging for more!

This book is about a girl who gets scared very easily and as a result people take advantage of this and make her a laughing stock including her friends, however she gets tired of this and decides to take matters into her own hands and gets the scariest mask she can find. However, when the mask starts to take over what will happen to her and will she ever get back to normal?

Personally The Haunted Mask is one of my favourite Goosebumps books and even though I am now an adult leaves me scared and makes me laugh. I think this is a great thing for a children's book as it shows that R.L. Stine has a talent for writing horror books for children. I feel that the main character in this book is also very relatable with her friends taking…

A Known Evil - Aidan Conway (book review)

A Known Evil by Aidan Conway is the first book in his Detective Michael Rossi series of books. Having never heard of Aidan Conway before and being intrigued by the line at the top of the novel "A seriel killer stalks the streets of Rome..." this was something I had to give a read.

This novel is about Detective Michael Rossi who after being put onto the case of a seriel killer who is killing their victims by using a hammer, however when the case gets too close to home he gets taken off of the case however this doesn't stop hi from working on it and coming closer to understanding the killer.

The first part of this book  is when you find out about Michael Rossi as well as that the killer is killing woman who have children! This making the story interesting right away as this seems to be the only thing that the victims of the "Carpenter" have in common. Also as the case gets closer to home with his girlfriend being a victim of the "Carpenter" Rossi gets t…

HOP (film review)

Film: HOP
Year: 2011
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins
About: E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. In LA, he's taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

My Review:
As it is Easter I decided to watch an Easter movie and one of the only films that came to mind was HOP which by luck is also currently streaming on Netflix at the moment. So what better opportunity to watch this film than during the holiday!

HOP is a film about EB who is going to take over being the Easter Bunny this year however has dreams of being a drummer so runs away from home and runs into a man who is looking for a job and tries to get his life on track. While this is happening a chick over on Easter Island is trying to take over from EB and be the next Easter bunny!!

I think this is such a feel good film and one of the only family Easter films…