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 second installment in The Maze Runner series, The Scorch Trials, is now out in the UK, and will be out in the US next week. Being a huge fan of the books for a few years, I obvioulsy had to check it out as soon as possible. I should also mention The Scorch Trials was, and still is, my favorite book, so the expectations were high.
The already changed things in the first movie, so it was expected to have a few changed as well on this one. With that said, there are many differences. Many. All over the place.
The first part of the movie, before they get out into the Scorch, is completely different. I very much liked the way it was in the book, so I was a bit disappointed, especially because my favorite scene (metall ball head, anyone?) was not there. There's no group A-B situation with all boys + Teres and all girls + Aris. The tattoo part where they all had a "role" is also ignored, but they do happen to have tattoos. A wasted opportunity.
The plot, as you can imagine, got a lot more simple. To the point that it's just them trying to get to the Right Arm. Very basic. They still kept most of the middle stuff with Brenda though, even though I felt like that wasn't as important. In my opinion, in an attempt to reach a broader audience, it lacked personality compared to the books.
The Scorch Trials is a good post-apocalyptic movie that reminded me of some others at some points. They've tried to make it simple so more people are attracted to it, so let's see how that works for them.
It's filled with action and you can expect some comedy moments (I'd like to "blame" Wes Ball for this, I think he's a pretty funny guy), as well as some darker moments (it is a post-apocalyptic movie after all, deaths are expected).
The cast is great. I've been a huge fan of Dylan O'Brien for years and I do consider him one of the best actors out there (I think he'll get a lot more recognition from critics in a few years, once he's not considered just a young actor) so his performance was brilliant. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is also a personal favorite, so I obvioulsy thought he was great. As a villain, Aidan Gillen does a pretty nice job as well (if you also watch Game of Thrones, you won't be able to help hating him).
I really enjoyed it as a film on itself, and I can see a lot of people liking it as well. Not sure if you can say it was amazing (because I can't help but miss those things from the book that make the series unique), but it's worth giving it a chance.
They say the word 'sh*t' a lot in the movie. I'm not sure what they were trying to do with that, but they say it a lot more than necessary. Yes, they do get surprised about things, but there are many other words that could have been used instead. I don't have a problem with the word, but it was annoyingly noticeable.
I also don't know what is up with blocking doors. I also understand people are coming after them and all, but there are at least 4 sequences where they're just blocking doors.
(update 2 hours after first publishing) Is it me or do they never say the word Scorch in the movie? From what I can remember, they don't. That would be confusing for people who haven't read the books.
If any of you are going to watch the movie, or have watched it already, you can let me know your thoughts in the comments, or over on Twitter @LuMontes.
I moved to London on my own last November. Before then, I had always been surrounded by people (my family) who would come with me to things if I didn't want to be alone. I've never had many friends, yet alone friends interested in the same things I am, but I had that reassurance and if I wanted to go to a ballet, museum, movie, you name it, I could just take my sister or my mother.
This month, and also the past two or three, I've come to realize that if I want to do something, I don't need anyone with me. Yes, it's more fun and you get more out of experiences when you can share them with others, but not having a companion shouldn't stop me (or you) from doing something I enjoy.
I love movies and going to the cinema, and I bought a membership so I can go to all the movies I want, which means 99.9% of the time I'm going alone. It's a bit "blah" right after when you see people commenting but, in the end, it doesn't really matter because you've seen the movie and you've been part of the story.
Same with theatre. If no one wants to pay to go to movies, think about theatre, which is 4 times more expensive. But I do; I love theatre and don't mind paying for it if there's something I really want to see. I saw To Kill A Mockingbird just last week, got an awesome ticket (it's way easier to get a good ticket if you're just buying one), cried without feeling judged, and got to meet Robert Sean Leonard afterwards. All that happened because I didn't mind going alone.
People do look at you sometimes , but you will never see those people again. If you're afraid of doing things on your own, don't be; live the life you want, not the one others expect you to live.
I created this blog not that long ago because I love writing. Some of you probably already knew that, but what you might not know is that I was quite tired of only writing about beauty and fashion. My previous blog, which is still up in case you want to take a look, was a great way for me to start blogging and get into that world. Without it, I would have never started uploading content to YouTube because I've never been confident and the mere thought of filming myself for the world to see was terrifying.
I enjoyed that blog for a while and, even though I still love beauty and fashion, I don't feel the need to write about it all the time. In fact, I kind of hate it a little bit; let me explain. I want the content that I put up on the internet to have value to myself, and I don't want to upload just for the sake of it, because I feel like it's a chore. That's what my fashion/beauty blog has been to me recently, and that's the reason why I haven't posted there in a while. All my needs to talk about those topics are filled with my youtube channel, and taking more time to say the same thing feels pointless. I know it's a great outlet for people to see it, to get more views, etc, but that's not why I'm doing any of it.
Blogging is a hobby for me, and it should be fun. I'm not making any money through it and if it's going to take up all my free time, I better enjoy what I'm doing. My personality has changed a bit in the past 4 years and I've grown to be proud of the things I like. I used to be scared of people judging me for liking certain things, but I've outgrown that phase and this blog came into place. A lot of people won't care about what movies I watch, and what books I read, or what my thoughts are on certain topics, but I like writing about it. I'm pretty serious about writing, actually, and any practice is good. I enjoy it. That should be enough.
I'm not sure what the whole point of this post is, but I did want to write it, and I'm having fun doing so. If no one reads it, so be it. If people do read it and like it, even better. Thank you.
'Mad Max: Fury Road' is a crazy movie. With that said, I couldn't stop staring at the screen (I probably looked like a statue) and it kept me interested in every single scene. I was tense throughout the whole movie, wanting to know more; which, to me, it's a sign of how different and unpredictable it is.
I didn't fully know what I was getting myself into, having only read a short synopsis and watched the trailer (which, if you've seen it you'll know it doesn't really explain much at all), but I knew I was going to love it. I love action movies but I'm not a fan of those that are simply action (like the Fast and Furious saga) and forget to have a consistent storyline. That's why I think I loved Mad Max so much: you get plenty of action, but also an interesting story with good characters.
You should know that it takes a bit to actually find out what the movie is about, but that builds up the expectation in a smart way. You find yourself not wanting to miss anything (and there's a lot going on from the start) because you know any detail might be there to explain something later on.
I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, and that's one of the reasons I wanted to watch this. It's obviously not a teen dystopian movie, which I like. It's different yet it still fits into that category and let's a different audience be part of the fuss.
The characters played by Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are both equally well presented (and well delivered), although at some points I wished they would have told us more about Max. This is the first Mad Max movie I've seen, and I feel like a lot of people were on the same boat and probably wanted to know more about him.
If you aren't afraid to watch something different filled with action, go ahead and do so. 3D or 2D? I went for 2D because that's the time that fit into my schedule, but some scenes were definitely made for 3D and if I have time, I will go watch it again. Don't worry if you aren't a fan of it, 2D is perfectly fine and you will love it just as much.
Have you seen it or are you going to? What interests you the most about it?
I sometimes hate social media. Most of the time I love it, and it's brought many good things into my life, as weird as that sounds, but sometimes that feeling of being close to something yet so far away can make me feel uncomfortable, even angry, and sad.
The fear of missing out is that feeling we get when we see other people do things we aren't doing but we wish we were. Maybe we want to because it's something we enjoy, but sometimes it's just the fear of missing out that makes us want to be there too. Take that feeling of all your friends except you being at a party and telling you all about it the morning after to a whole new level, and you get FOMO.
Social media can bring us all together, or apart. This new culture of telling everyone what we're doing, buying, and seeing constantly is creating a whole new set of emotions. It's very easy to get frustrated when you see people on your feed having a good time at your favorite band's concert while you're just sitting at home. Maybe it's everyone talking about how sunny is on their side of the world that makes you want to book a plane ticket asap so you can be there too. Maybe it's seeing everyone get the new iPhone that makes you feel like your phone is the worst, when in reality it might be just what you need.
You may feel like you're missing out on so many things, but people have always been doing those things. It's the idea that you're reading about it that makes you feel like that.
Getting away from social media every once in a while can make you appreciate what you have, so next time you're feeling FOMO, delete those apps for a while and try to live your life without thinking about what everyone else is up to.
I recently read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, a new (published in February 2015) young adult novel set in a futuristic time. As you might know, I am a fan of young adult dystopias and post apocalyptic novels, so Red Queen seemed up my alley.
First, let me introduce the world the story takes place in. People are divided by something as deep as blood; if you have red blood you're part of the vast majority, and if you have silver blood, you're part of the lucky few, the royalty, and wealthy people. They also have inherent abilities, making the dividing line even more clear and hard to cross. Of course, and as it's usual with these novels, you're supposed to feel connected to the main character, who is part of the "forgotten" side of society. It's easy to feel like you belong with them, since us humans all have red blood and superpowers are not common (I choose to think someone out there has superpowers but we just don't know it yet).
As a young adult novel, you get all the young love, relationship talk, and even a love triangle. I am not a fan of this, but it's bearable. I would rather read a book with no love interest, but most teenagers do want to read about it, and it fits into the storyline and plot, so I don't want to complain too much about it.
It contains some of the typical elements of YA fiction, but it touches some topics that aren't as usual or prominent in the genre. Loyalty, betrayal, and trust are huge parts of the plot and, in a way, it feels refreshing from all the other books I've read before. You might be able to guess some of the plot from the title, but don't let it fool you, because I played smart and thought I would know everything and that was far from reality.
I found the book through Good Reads, and I'm really glad I did. It has multiple plot twists and, even though the middle part was the hardest to digest, I greatly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to all of you.
I have loved time travel stories ever since I first watched 'Back To The Future' when I was 7 or 8 years old. My mother still talks about how I understood it so easily and kept talking about it for days. None of my friends had seen it and it wasn't the typical movie a kid wants to watch, but my taste in movies and tv shows has always been different from the norm, especially as I was growing up.
A lot of people, when asked if they would choose to travel in time, say no. I don't understand why: if you get the chance to know more, why deny that oportunity?
If I could time travel, I would choose to go to the future. I am a science lover, and I get curious about how fast society is progressing. I wonder how science and technology will affect the lives of the people living 200 or 500 years from now. Travelling in time would be an amazing experience I wouldn't know how to reject.
What about going back in time? Although I would love to live some time periods myself, we have a lot of information about those times. It's already happened. We have books, letters, photography, even pieces of film. If I had a time machine I would definitely take a trip back in time at some point, but it wouldn't be my first option.
I don't know if the amount of time I spend thinking about time travel, and what I'd do if it were an option, is odd, but I love thinking about the posibilities. My imagination is always a step before me, and I am not going to hold it back.
I will say straight away, the main reason why I like dystopian stories is because I like new things. I get bored of the same thing over and over again. This applies to both books and movies, although it usually happens more frequently on the latter.
Even when you read two dystopian novels with a similar concept or hero portrayal, the world tends to change. That change stimulates my creativity and it makes me wonder, who would I be in that world?, what kind of problems would those people face beyond what's written?, how did society get to that point?, what would happen a hundred years after the events in the story?
They make me think, and I like thinking. A lot.
Dystopian stories happen in the future, or at least in a future from the moment it was written (as it happens in '1984'), and I love futuristic stories: with and without sci fi. If you tell me a story is set in the future, there is a 75% chance I will read it. The rest depends on many other factors, but you get the idea.
Young adult dystopias have been very popular recently, leading to many people reading and writing on the subject. Although this is great because it makes people read and think, here's the sad part. Authors have been writing dystopias long before yesterday, long before the internet and even television. A lot of people who call themselves "fans of dystopian stories" nowadays, haven't read any of them. They might not all be Young Adult material, but they are far beyond comparison. The research, the ideas, the characters, the message.
To conclude this post, here are some of my favorite non YA dystopias that are a must read for anyone: '1984' by George Orwell, 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand, 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury, and 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley.
Not into books? Watch 'Gattaca', 'V for Vendetta', 'Equilibrium', 'Blade Runner', 'The Matrix', and 'The Island'.