3.9.16

The tunnel



There's a light at the end of the tunnel but I don't know how far away it is.

They tell you there's a light, and you see it. They tell you you'll get there, and you believe it.

There's one thing no one's told you. There's one thing you should have expected.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel has many other exits.

23.4.16

Reading on my commute

Reading is something I love doing. If I could, I would love to sit down comfortably at home at least 1-2 hours each day to relax and read. Sadly, the reality is I don't have that much free time anymore and, even on my free time, I feel like I have "more productive" things to do like filming and editing videos for my YouTube channel; but I don't want to give up reading, I can't.

Reading on my commute has been the solution. I'm stuck on the tube and train two hours a day and it feels like a waste if I just stand there (sitting down is a priviledge) looking at strangers. 

Ideally, I would love to bring a physical book with me but my bag is usually full with everything that's always there and lunch for the day, so this is kind of impossible. Also, my bag is so heavy my arm goes numb and have to switch arms, so adding some more weight isn't what I want to do.

Reading on my iPad is something I've been doing for a while but, on rush hour, something I can't even reach my bag and pull it out. When you barely have air to breath and virtually no space around you, adding one more item doesn't feel practical at all.

Option number three is what I currently do. I have my phone out all the time anyway so, even though it's probably the worst way to read, I'm making use of the iBooks app on it. Yes, the screen is really small and I have to turn the page every 30 seconds, but I get to read for a while and that's all that matters.

pd: my commute doesn't feel like an hour long when I'm reading, so that's a huge plus.

25.3.16

Batman v Superman Review | Turning a hero into a villain


Ever since I first heard some details about Batman v Superman (like Ben Affleck's involvement, I just don't like the guy), I knew I wasn't going to enjoy the movie as much as I would want to. Any news about the movie were bad news to me, including all the negative reviews these past few days. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally out and here are my thoughts.

OVERALL
I did not like 90% of this movie. I honestly don't see the point in telling a story about whatever it was they were telling a story about. 
We already have some amazing Batman movies, and the most recent ones didn't come out that long ago, so they had huge shoes to fill and many people to amaze, which wasn't the case.
They wanted to tell way too many stories at once, reinventing very well known superheroes and villains and giving us a different perspective on their origins.
The last 30 minutes of the movie were good, or at least good compared to the rest. I did enjoy the last part because it's the only part that felt like a superhero movie.

BATMAN - FROM HERO TO ZERO
I was very happy with Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy and Christian Bale as this generation's Batman; we didn't need a new one. As I said before, I don't like Ben Affleck, and that isn't changing anytime soon.
Instead of Batman, I felt like I was watching some vengeful man dressed in a Batman costume (or costumes, one of them being awful: yes, the bulky metal one which felt like he was going to transform into the Batmobile at any point).
I don't want to spoil anything but this version of Batman didn't feel like a superhero at all. He was full of anger and only wanted revenge, turning him into a sort of bad guy you just don't care for. If you want to see Batman doing the right thing, this isn't the movie to watch.

SUPERMAN - MAN OF STEEL 2.0
Henry Cavill is Superman, that is if you liked Man of Steel (another controversial one). I didn't mind it, so I was okay with him reprising his role. He saves people, does all the Superman stuff you expect him to and is, pretty much, a sequel to said film. That is if you ignore everything else about Batman v Superman and only pay attention to Clark's storyline. I didn't really have any issues with him, so let's move on.

LEX LUTHOR - JOKER'S COMPLEX
This is another one I knew I was going to have a problem with. I just couldn't see Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and I think that is because this version of the character is so different from every other one we've seen before. He wasn't bad, but it's not what I'm used to. He is a lot more crazy and out of it than what you'd expect from the CEO of LexCorp, but it works if you accept he is someone different. They do change a lot of his origins and we get to see how he becomes the Lex Luthor we're used to, sort of.

JUSTICE LEAGUE - WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN
I was very excited to see some of the other Justice League members in the movie and it would have made a lot more sense to make a Justice League movie, but hey, I'm not the one making them so this is what we got.
Wonder Woman was cool, aside from the fact she looked more like Xena, the warrior princess. I think they should have made her costume closer to the original one, but she was great nonetheless. It's a shame she didn't have a bigger role in the movie.
The Flash is my favorite superhero of all time, but I think we can all agree we're never going to have a better Barry Allen than Grant Gustin. He's killing it on the tv show and suddlenly getting someone else to play the part, even if it's just a few seconds for now, feels wrong. We barely saw Flash, but this is another one I just can't wrap my head around.
Aquaman was alright and I'm actually looking forward to seeing what they do with the character in future movies.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I did have a huge issue with the casting choices, and that ruined it for me the most. If I can't see the actors as the characters there's nothing else to do, I just won't like it. With that said, I did try to enjoy it as much as possible and I do think the ending was okay. I'm being very critical with it and I'm aware of that.
People at my cinema seemed to enjoy it and even applauded at the end, so don't just take my word for it.

3.2.16

The 5th Wave | Movie vs Book



Back in November I wrote a post reviewing The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. The movie adaptation came out a few weeks ago in the UK and I wanted to let you know my thoughts, wether you've read the book or not.


IF YOU'VE READ THE BOOK


It's very similar, and I'm quite pleased with what events are in it and which ones aren't. Of course there are things I wish could have been there but, for the most part, they got what was important and didn't change it too much. The story is told in a linear way, compared to the jumping from present to past that happened in the book. At first I was a bit worried that would make it boring at some points of the narrative, but I was proven wrong.

I wasn't too happy with some of the casting choices at first. I think Chloe Grace Moretz is great but, for some reason, I just couldn't believe she was Cassie. The same happened with Ringer, I just didn't believe her and her character seemed way too forced. By the end of the movie, Chloe seemed more like Cassie, but I can't see Maika Monroe as Ringer. 

To be completely honest, the thing that "ruined" it for me, what made it worse, were the few cheesy moments it has (no spoilers, but yes, THAT relationship). This is something that's also in the book, but the movie was, somehow, a bit darker and made to appeal to a broader audience, and I think those few sequences can ruin it for many. It breaks the rhythm of the movie.

Overall, I think you'll like it, but it felt rushed to me. The book has a more calm pace and it feels like everything happens too fast.

IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK


Please read my book review if you want to know a little bit more about the story. And read the actual book if you feel like you want to be a bit more invested in the story.

If you like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, or the Divergent series, you will like this as well. It has a lot of action, but also some deeper moments. It is a science fiction story, but it's not showcased as much, the action side of it takes over. As I've said in a previous paragraph, I believe they've made it so it can appeal to more people, and I think they've achieved it for the most part.

I know it hasn't gotten as much attention as some of the other young adult book to movie adaptations, but you shouldn't take that as it being a bad film or less entertaining.

I personally would give it a 7/10 - and would recommend you to watch it and let me know your thoughts.

17.1.16

Do women hate The Revenant? | Review + Thoughts

The Revenant is a 12 time Oscar nominated movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by none other than Alejandro González Iñárritu (whose film Birdman won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay last year).

It tells the story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman and fur trapper who suffers a terrible injury and...well, even though you can tell what might happen from the title, you probably want to watch it and find out for yourself.

The film is fantastic, there's no doubt, but some feel it might be too brutal and violent for women to enjoy. Wait, what year are we in again?

Ever since I heard of this movie I was excited to watch it. It came out just a few days ago in the UK and I didn't wait any extra days to watch it. So, do women hate The Revenant?

Liking this movie or not comes down to personal preference. In fact, I'd say if someone doesn't like it they're probably used to superficial stories with no human element. Yes, The Revenant is a violent movie, but it's because human beings, when brought down to their instincts, are that way.

The protagonist of the film, Hugh Glass, suffers pain almost inimaginable for someone like me, and probably you as well. Physical and emotional pain that translates perfectly while watching the film. It's a gripping story that will have you on the edge of your seat for most of its duration. 

Can you tell that kind of story and expect those results in the audience without showing blood, dead bodies, fights and pure instincts of survival? I think not.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are absolutely fantastic in it, no wonder they both got nominated for awards as well. I would like to include a special mention for Will Poulter (you've probably seen him in The Maze Runner), who has proved this acting skills and I hope goes on to doing a lot more amazing stuff in the future.

Liking the movie or not comes down to what you're looking for in a film, no matter your gender. As an overall review, this is one of the greatest movies I've ever watched and it's one of my favorites in the running towards that final golden statue.

Ps. I hope 2016 is Leo's year and he finally gets the award he deserves.

9.1.16

Top 10 | Best movies of 2015


I’ve gone to the cinema a total of 26 times this year. I’ve obviously not managed to watch every single released movie in 2015, not even every major movie released. This list consists of my favorite 10 from the ones I’ve seen.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road


I haven’t even heard of the franchise before this movie, but after I watched the trailer I knew I was going to love it. It has a lot of action and it’s completely different from other movies. When I first watched it I remember not being able to move my eyes away from the screen, and being tense (in a good way) the whole time. It kept me interested.

2. Inside Out


I watched this twice at the cinema. I love animation and Pixar films so liking it this much wasn’t a surprise, but I didn’t expect to feel that many things, which is ironic for a movie about emotions. Again, it was a very different movie with a concept I don’t think had been done before. Pixar is known to be a great storytelling studio, so if you haven’t watched this yet, please do. You won’t regret it.

3. Sicario


I wanted to watch this for one main reason: Emily Blunt. She’s my favorite actress and I definitely didn’t want to miss this movie. It’s about trying to bring down a drug cartel in Mexico, which is not something I watch a lot of, so I was excited to see something a bit different. It was amazing, hence it being my number three.  

4. The Martian


This falls to number four simply because I liked the book more, and because the different ending wasn’t my favorite. Still, it’s a great story and I’m drawn to like things set in space. I missed some of the science the book had and it lacked some important things from the book, but Mark Watney is a very likeable astronaut and his story being stranded in Mars is one to watch.

5. Black Mass


Benedict Cumberbatch is in this movie. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to watch it, yes, but I had also been hearing so much about Johnny Depp’s brilliant performance. It was true. I’m not the biggest fan of Johnny Depp, but I was gladly surprised. Another thrilling movie, this one tells the real story of a mobster in the States. It’s quite violent, but worth watching.







6. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens


Another one I saw twice. The anticipation for this movie was like anything I’ve seen before, and I’m glad it was good enough for me and for most people. It introduces great new characters and it brings back some old ones, so everyone’s happy. I don’t think there’s anything to say here. If you like Star Wars, you would have already seen it; if you don’t, there’s that.

7. Bridge of Spies


A lot of people don’t watch “spy movies” because they’re not that fond of action. This movie isn’t an action film. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it tells the story of a lawyer negotiating the exchange of a Soviet spy for an American pilot during the Cold War.

8. Ant-Man


I needed a superhero movie on the list, and Ant-Man was the chosen one. It’s not a superhero I was familiar with; I knew of its existence, but it never really interested me enough to know more. Marvel was able to make people care about this not so popular hero with a very enjoyable movie. I will say, Michael Peña made it even better and his character was hilarious (the whole movie was quite funny).

9. Predestination


A time travel movie based on a story by Robert A. Heinlein. If you’re a fan of the genre, the story might not be anything new to you but it’s still enjoyable and satisfying at the end. If you haven’t seen or read many time travel stories, you might be in for a mind blowing time.

10. Mr Holmes


Sir Ian McKellen stars as Sherlock Holmes in this new drama set when the detective has already retired and is trying to recall his last case. Even though it’s not the usual Holmes, the mystery still stands and I think everyone would be able to enjoy it.



What has been your top 10 this year? Are there any movies I missed you think I should watch/should have been on the list? Tell me about it!

20.11.15

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | Review and thoughts

the 5th wave by rick yancey review

I finished reading 'The 5th Wave' last week and, although I have already talked about it a little on a video, I thought a full review might be more helpful for some people.

The 5th Wave is written by Rick Yancey and it's classified as young adult science fiction, but most of the plot is centered in a post apocalyptic setting. 

PLOT

If you go on Wikipedia, Goodreads, or anywhere else, they spoil half the book in the synopsis. I think it's better to find out for yourself and have that element of surprise.

Without giving anything away, all you need to know is the following. Not many people are left on Earth because of these waves that have been going on. You will get to know what, how, and why, don't worry about it for now. 

CHARACTERS

Cassie is the main character, a girl fighting for survivial, not trusting her environment due to everything she's experienced since this whole thing started. You will like her.

The novel follows a few different characters, and some chapters are written from their perspective. If you're not a fan of this, neither am I, but it really works here and it does serve a purpose. It is a young adult novel, so all the main characters are young, kids you could even say. They're not annoying teenagers, though, they've been through a lot and show a lot of maturity.

GENERAL THOUGHTS

I loved this novel so much I'm currently reading the second part, The Infinite Sea, and I don't tend to read trilogies all at once. The science fiction elements are great as well, and I appreciate them very much.

The writing style is very easy to follow and the only thing I didn't like was the inclusion os a few pop culture references. It is funny or relevant now, but if you want to read this in a few years, it will feel dated and boring, or you won't even know what they're talking about.

There will be a movie coming out early 2016 but I wouldn't wait for that. If this seems like something you might like, read it. As it usually happens, books are better than their movie adaptations, so go ahead and have the option to make your own comments on that.