Sunday, 15 January 2017

Movie Review: Passengers

Movie Details: 

Title: Passenger 
Release Date: 21st December 2016
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy GarΔ‡ia 
Rating: 2.5/5

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in an exciting action-thriller about two passengers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.

Their acting skills are impeccable, both Lawrence and Pratt have played their roles with perfection. However the plot fails to bring spice in to the movie, even with all the movie effects.

If you have seen my other movie review posts, you will know how much I love Chris Pratt in Jurassic World (you can find that here) and I just love Jennifer Lawrence anyways but after I watched this movie I honestly don't know how to feel about this movie. On the other hand my friend claimed to have loved it but I had a different view since I had some problems with it to begin with.

As per the synopsis, it is about passengers who board on the ship, named Avalon travelling to a new planet to start life a fresh, only thing is it would take them a 120 years to get there. Jim is awoken in his hibernation pod, when he first wakes up he has no idea that he is the only passenger on that ship who is awake so he tries to find out exactly why he is awake, only problem is he has access to only certain part of the ship so he can't exactly figure what is wrong with it. He then meets Arthur who is an android but quickly becomes a friend for Jim since he is the only other person on the ship. We don't actually get to see Jennifer's character for at least 1/4 of the film, yes I also kept wondering what is this film even about? Where is Jennifer and when will she show up? I was eager to get in to the movie and see their sizzling chemistry like it is shown in the trailer. I won't go too much in to the story, let's just say when Aurora does enter the picture more problems are not yet shown :( so no suspense. But it does happen later in the film when the one of the crew member wakes up..

I did actually enjoy Jim's character and Aurora too, I think she was more fascinating, I love that she was an author and wanted to be just like her daddy (she had a good motto too something along the lines of you needed to lead an interesting life to write one). I enjoyed learning about her through Jim's eyes as well as watch her grow. And yes their chemistry onscreen is on fire which is really putting it mildly.

I really have no idea how to articulate why I didn't like the movie, I figured it was easier to list them;

  1. In the whole film there are ONLY 4 main characters, Gus's entry is in the last 3/4 of the movie and not for very long either as his character dies.
  2. The plot didn't really have any appeal to it, yes travelling to another planet is great but what else is new? 
  3. The only action and suspense in the whole movie is when the reactor gets too heated up and Jim has to go inside to cool it down otherwise the whole spaceship blows up

Now what I didn't have a problem with was the romance, they were both epic together! Eek. The only other thing that made this film bearable was the visual effects, I loved everything about it; the structure of Avalon, how you can venture outer space and so on. 

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Friday, 13 January 2017

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

This post is different, some of you may know a Quiet Kind of Thunder was released yesterday and to honour it I am going to try and imagine I am mute just like Steffi who suffers from selective mutism in the book. Normally for these kind of things I get really sappy because I can't handle the emotion of someone being unfairly treated because of their struggle, I just think why do they have to suffer like this? I really can't stand someone suffering like this! πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

Q: Imagine what it would be like to not talk for a whole day.


TO BE COMPLETELY HONEST, I have no idea how to respond to this or begin with that matter. Just writing this post is bringing tears to my eyes, I can barely see what I am writing through the blurriness of my vision and the tears. 

First of all if I couldn't speak then I how I would use my manners? I advocate being etiquette  in all situations possible, how I would thank the person who opened the door for me as they were leaving? How I would be able to say please and thank you? I don't know sign language very well and even if I did not everyone knows so that would be out of the question.

How I would convey my ideas and thoughts to someone I am speaking to? Like in meetings? When I am in a conversation with someone, what if they wanted my advice how I would tell them that I understand their pain and problem, how can I advise them what I think they should do? 

This also makes me question how I would make my needs known, I mean if I want something I just say it I suppose another way would be to show them but still they would need to have some idea of what I am talking about 😨😰.

Also, what if I wanted to talk to someone about my problems how I would do that? I know I could text the person but it is not the same feeling as opening up to someone close to you and sharing your thoughts and concerns. How would I joke with my friends and family? I can't imagine not being able to tell my friends and family that I love them very much without words.

Okay, what if I could see something wrong happening or an accident about to happen, how I would let the other person know before its too late? In very serious situations, this can make a big difference. e.g. giving testimony to a crime you have witnessed. 

The only thing I can say is that if I was like Steffi or not being able to talk at all, I really don't know how I would cope. Words are very powerful and vital in everyone's life, having this taken away from me I would be completely and utterly devastated. This is how I communicate with everyone, but it makes me think twice next time I become angry, next time I use harsh words, say something I don't mean to. 

This really makes me reflect, I want to use my voice for good and be better. I want to stand up against all the injustice in this world, spread love, make people feel good about themselves, be proud of their achievements, bring someone up and inspire them.

I have to applaud people who have these kind of condition and still live their life everyday to the fullest, in my eyes they are the true superheroes of this world. I hope this had made you think like it has made me, let's make an effort to use our voice for good and to help others and spread love.

As a bonus: this is an extract where Steffi describes five awful situations to be mute:

To be the girl who doesn’t talk, the girl who dithers in the corner 
then shrugs a reply, I have Tem. And if there’s only one person in 
the world I can talk to I’ll choose her every time. 

The top five worst times to be mute 

5) When you need the toilet 

I am six years old and Tem is off school with suspected mumps (it 
will turn out to be the flu). I navigate my silent day alone, without 
my trusty interpreter, who pays as much attention to my needs as 
she does her own. Everything is fine until I realize I need to pee. 
I cannot say so. I can’t even lift my hand to gesture at the door. 
I sit, rigid, staring at my worksheet. I wet myself. ‘Ewwwwww!’ 
the class screams in delight. 

4) When you’re bleeding 

I’m eight years old. We’re on a school trip at a family farm. We’ve 
been divided into smaller groups – I’m a Giggly Goat, Tem is a Happy 
Hen. I catch my hand on a barbed-wire fence and rip an impressive 
hole from the pad of my thumb all the way across my palm. I try 
to figure out how to tell the staff member looking after us – Julie – 
without making too much of a fuss, and end up cradling my hand 
to my chest for the next twenty minutes until Julie cheerfully asks 
me what I’m hiding. I show her my hand – now a bloody, fleshy 
mess – and she screams, backs away and faints. 

3) When you need a new pencil 

Eleven years old. SATs. We are ten minutes into Maths Paper 1 
and the end of my pencil snaps clean off and goes skittering across 
the floor. I know I am supposed to put my hand up and ask for 
a spare; I know my teacher, Miss Kapsalis, will give me another 
if I just ask. But it is not only my mouth that has frozen shut – 
my limbs have gone rigid, my wrists scratching the splintered 
ridge of my exam desk, the pencil in my clenched fist. I can’t even 
move. I sit, panicking, for twenty minutes until Miss Kapsalis, 
who is walking up and down the aisles of our desks to check for 
cheating, finally notices. She lets out a noise that is groan, gasp 
and horror all in one and drops to my side. 

‘Steffi!’ she whispers, even though she’s not supposed to talk 
to us during the exam. ‘You need to answer the questions.’ 

I uncurl my fingers and the broken pencil drops on to the 
table. I’m given a new pencil with fifteen minutes to go. Needless 
to say, I don’t exactly come top of the class. 

2) When you look a bit suspicious 

Twelve years old. Tem and I are spending a Saturday afternoon 
together mooching around town. We’re in one of those bit-ofeverything 
shops that sells clothes, twee gifts and cushions. Tem 
is trying on a vintage prom dress and I am standing in the corner, 
gazing at a shelf full of candles. The woman who owns the shop 
is suddenly at my side, asking me in a threateningly gentle voice 
what I think I am doing. I stare at her, confused and panicked in 
equal measure. What could have been a polite ‘I’m just browsing, 
thanks’ exchange turns into her getting increasingly irate and me 
getting more and more frozen. No amount of ardent head-shaking 
is enough for me to convince her I’m not stealing anything. She 
is threatening to call the police when Tem comes parading out of 
the changing room wearing a black-and-white polka dot dress, 
announcing, ‘Just tell me how beautiful I am!’ before she sees us 
both, clocks the situation in less than a second and hurries across 
the shop floor to smooth things over. 

1) When your best friend needs you 

Thirteen years old. I am in a stadium, watching Tem run the 
800m final of the County Championships. She wins the race and 
is crackling with electricity and endorphins, leaping all over the 
track, hugging me, letting go, bouncing, cartwheeling. It’s the 
first county race she’s ever won. She’s just collected her medal 
and is standing in the crowd, beaming down at it. And that’s 
when a woman, the mother of one of Tem’s competitors, says to 
someone – to this day I don’t know who exactly she was talking 
to – ‘They shouldn’t let those ones compete; everyone knows 
their bodies make them faster. It’s not fair on our girls.’ 

For one clueless moment I don’t even understand what she 
means, but something about the sudden slackness in Tem’s 
face makes it clear. There’s no hidden meaning, no nice liberal 
understanding or context. The woman is being just plain racist 
about my beloved Tem, right in front of her. And this is it: the 
most shameful moment of my life. Because I don’t say a word. I 
just stand there, even as I see the light leave Tem’s eyes, even as 
she looks at me for just a second, even though she spends most 
of her days looking after me. No one else says anything either, 
but I know it is my silence that is the worst. My silence that is 

Later, when I try to apologize – awkward and tongue-tied – 
she waves me away, tells me she understands that sometimes my 
words just don’t come, that she knows I would have spoken if I 
could have. 

So here’s the thing: this was the worst time to be mute, but in 
a way it also saved us both. Because she didn’t have to find out 
whether I would have been brave enough to stand up for her. 
And neither did I. 

P.S. A Quiet Kind of Thunder is released so make sure you go read this epic tale ( I am not sure I could I would literally be brawling from the first page).

Let's talk: Imagine if you were in Steffi's situation, how would you deal with it? How would you cope? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wish Granter

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Wish Granter
Author: C.J Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #2
Release Date: 14th February 2017

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of SΓΊndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of akingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown. 

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself. 

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

I can't wait to start this book, need to read the first one hopefully sometime soon!

What are you waiting on this week?

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Movie Review: Moana

Movie Details:
Title: Moana
Release Date: 23rd November 2016
Cast: Auli'l Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk 
Rating: 4.5/5

A sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

I have a confession to make....

No Loki don't look at me like that, I didn't do anything major like steal someone's book or damage it, It is purely innocent well kind of,,,

The only reason I had ever heard of Moana was because Dwayne Johnson was doing it!

Okay normally I wouldn't base on choosing movies by the actors, I like deciding on the script, story line, the plot, the feel of the film after watching the trailer. But this one I wanted to watch because of DJ, I am actually glad I did because I learned so many things in the movie.

Newcomer Auli'l Carvalho debuts her acting skills in the new Disney animated movie, Moana. Set in the backdrop of Hawaii, Motunui , one young girl sets  on a quest to save the world as darkness descends and is destroying everything in its path. As the tale is told this all a result of Maui trying to steal the heart, his whereabouts are unknown. How will Moana save her island and her people now?

I really loved the plot of the movie, I love learning about new cultures, so the fact that I got to know more about the Polynesian people and their traditions (or at least some version of it) was simply mind-blowing. Just like in Frozen the heroine is female, although I am not sexist I love this new norm or change of females being represented as strong, independent women who can do anything they want to. Each tattoo on Maui's body is earned from a significant event happening in his life, this is probably my favourite part in the whole movie because not only does it add depth to the story but it also unveils true emotion in the viewers heart (oh was that only me? I am such a cry baby for happy endings)

Okay so bear with me here, I know previously I have stated the CGI is amazing in some films but in this film they were truly astonishing, mind-blowing and just awesome. They will dazzle you. The animator for this movie, Eric Goldberg has truly done a phenomenal job in this film, tattoos that come alive? YES PLEASE! I loved the aspect of the tattoo represented as the voice of reason for Maui, Eric has truly done a commendable job! Also, the hook that Maui uses serves as a symbol of Maui's power without it he is truly nothing. Albeit, I have to wonder where his hook would go when he transforms like where does he hide it? Or does that become part of the animal too? Okay so normally the one who chooses the 'chosen one' is not normally involved much in the movie, in this case the Ocean but I am happy to report in this film it was different. The ocean had several scenes and I loved the part when Maui tries to get rid of Moana the Ocean would just bring her back EVERY SINGLE TIME! πŸ˜†πŸ˜

Oh and the music! I loved it! My favourite track would have to be How Far I'll Go sung by Auli'l herself although I do love Alessia Cara's version too. Within the first 30 mins of the movie, I think there was like 3 songs already! I know, I thought I was watching a musical first! Joking, chill. 

The likeness of these two characters is astonishing, not only do they look like each other but in my opinion they are also very alike. See for yourself:

I really do love this picture and the resemblance is striking! Moana is my favourite character, I loved her because I really feel like like her , I know what it is like to be torn between different paths especially when something like the ocean is calling to her, each of us want to find what is that special something that is calling to us and who were meant to be.

I hope there is more to come from this franchise, this is definitely a family film to watch.

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