Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Interstellar

I have seen this movie two times now. I first saw it in IMAX two weeks ago, after which I didn't want to write a review yet because I felt that my review would be too biased. I saw it again yesterday and I think it's safe to write one now. Interstellar, the newest movie of Christopher Nolan (maker of Inception and The Dark Knight) starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway.

'A team of explores travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.' - IMDB

This is a pretty accurate description of the movie. It doesn't spoil anything it is exactly what the movie is about. Yet it does not prepare you for what this movie is or will make you feel for three hours and four minutes long.

I went to this movie totally unprepared. I hadn't seen any of the trailers, or the movie poster or even who was starring in it other than Matthew. It was a total surprise for me to see Anne Hathaway appear on the screen. This meant that I had no idea what I was in for. I wanted to see the movie because of Nolan and because I had been hearing a lot of good things about it from friends. After sitting there totally naive for 15 minutes, eating popcorn, it hit me straight in he face. After that my hands were either in my hair, on my face or covering my mouth out of shock. Watching this movie was like a roller coaster ride for me. After those three hours it felt like only ten minutes had passed. Once the lights came on again, I just looked at my friend and he looked as shocked as I felt. We didn't talk for the first half hour after the movie, we just didn't have words for how we felt about it.

The main character Cooper, is asked to travel to another galaxy with a team of specialist, to look for a planet that could save humanity. However he wasn't really prepared for what this journey would mean for him or his family. He leaves behind two children, Tom and Murph, his ten year old daughter, around whom this movie rotates. The undying love between a father and his daughter. Even though they are in different galaxies, they never give up on each other. It's very heart warming but also heart breaking to watch them both miss each other so intensely. It was easy for me to connect to both characters, being a daughter myself. I can imagine it from both perspectives. 

On a different note, I don't have the fainest idea whether all the theories used and mentioned in the movie make any sense or are in the slightest correct. Nevertheless, most of it was so believable that I couldn't even care less. It's a very enjoyable movie, you will not be bored while watching it. Not even the second time around, it's still a roller coaster.

Friday, 25 July 2014

If I stay

I decided to read this book because of the movie trailer, starring Chloe Grace Moretz. It got me thinking and it looks promising. I got too curious. I needed to know what Mia was going to choose.

It's been a good while since I got this emotional while reading a book (nope not even when I was reading the Fault in our Stars. John Green put too much good humor into that book for me to be able to get emotional), which is why it got the honor of going on my favorites list. Not because it's perfect, far from it. There were tons of parts that put me off. For one the book is way too short, only 250 pages with big letters. I read through it in a day and that is not what I want when reading a book. Especially a book this good. I needed it to go on (which is where 'Where she Went' comes in).

Yet it takes a lot to make me sob uncontrollably. So badly that my boyfriend dropped what he was doing and rushed over to me to ask me what in gods name had happened and for him to have to rock me back and forth for a while to make me stop crying. I was a mess.

'If I stay' was an eye opener. Not while I was reading it. It was not like I was learning a lesson slowly. It happened all at once as I reached the last page. It was a flashback, not in the sense that something this terrible ever happened to me, but because I understand why she felt she had to choose. It shocked me. Woke me up. Scared me.

Six years ago I felt the same way, for no apparent reason, not a reason close to as big as this one. I was bullied. Not only in High School but way before that. I never understood why and I never found a way to deal with it properly. I made stupid choices and have forever reminders carved into my skin. I pushed a lot of people away.

Unfortunately, tons of teens feel this way. They put themselves in front of a choice, the same choice Mia feels she has to make. Stay, or let go. Sadly, a few (way too many) of these people choose to let go of their lives and leave their loved ones behind for whatever reason. It doesn't really matter what the reason is.

Mia is a teenager, about to embark upon a long life full of choices. Julliard and New York, Adam and Oregon. But all that changes when those choices no longer matter. When only one choice remains. She has to choose to stay or leave a place and a life she feels she no longer belongs in. A life that is forever changed because of one winter morning. In the course of 24 hours her life (literally) flashes before her eyes and she relives several memories. Not all of them happy, but all of them memorable and important. She also views her future, things that could be and would be if she chooses to stay. She lists the pro's and con's in her mind, even if it is not consciously. What choice would you make?

As for the movie, I probably will write a review on that too. Just to state the differences and whether or not it was able to grasp me the same way the book did. While reading this book I was listening to 'Say something' by A great Big World and Christina Aguilera. Yes I listened to it on repeat over and over, it was the song they featured in the trailers and it captured exactly what Mia and Adam are feeling during this book. I hope you will check it out, the movie and/or the book. It will be worth your while. I'm still astonished by it.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Maleficent and Aurora


A few weeks ago I went to the cinema to see the new Disney life action movie starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Elle Fanning as Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty. I was a bit wary about this movie because it was turning everything I loved about Sleeping Beauty when I was a kid around. It changed the original story and I just was too stubborn to give it a chance. But after I while I cracked because of the good reviews it had been getting and my love for Disney convinced me to go anyway.


I was still wary so when I finally saw it I was happily surprised. This story goes into the story behind Maleficent her actions and evilness. It explains how she became the way she is. Where she and the three faeries came from. How she was connected to the kingdom and everything.

In this story the young Maleficent grows up in a land called the Moors, which is next to the land where humans live. These neighbors haven't been on good grounds lately. For some reason the humans always seem to want to start a war with the Moorlings, but they won't have it. Maleficent is just a young girl with wings. She seems like a mix between a faerie and a human. She is the only one of her kind but she doesn't seem to mind. She fits right in and loves her home and the people in it. She's the perfect innocent little girl. She will grow up to be the protector of the Moors.

One day she meets a young human boy called Stefan. He seems different than the other humans and over the years they get to know each other and fall in love. But even Stefan turns out to be more human than she anticipated and one day, he does not come to meet her and they grow apart. When the king of wants to take the Moors he fights Maleficent and the other Moorlings and gets hurt in the process. On his dying bed he demands his followers to kill Maleficent and whom ever succeeds will become king. Stefan decides to visit Maleficent and warm up to her again. She believes in his innocence and goodness. But takes her wings away in order to make the king believe he killed Maleficent. She is heartbroken, her wings where her strength, her everything. This is when she turns evil, makes the Moors darker and makes a raven, Diaval (played by the handsome Sam Riley) her accomplice and he promises to forever be her wings. 

Here on after is where the story start to finally resemble the original Sleeping Beauty. The new king Stefan gets married to the dead kings daughter and they have a baby together. Aurora. When Diaval delivers the news to Maleficent she is determined to visit him. When she arrives the faeries are already there, scared of Maleficent and what she has become. This is when she curses Aurora, knowing that she will never find her one true love and can never be kissed awake because in her eyes, true love does not exits. It's what Stefan took from her aside from her wings. The three faerie godmothers take Aurora into the woods and raise her as her own. They are doing a horrible job though, not as they do in the original movie which is way more believable. What you see in this movie is that Maleficent and Diaval are watching over Aurora all along. She is doing a  better job at raising the little girl than the other three are. She is like a guardian angel. Maleficent starts too soften and soon realized the severeness of her curse, her mistake. But it's too late to take it back.

"I will not ask you for forgiveness. What I have done is unforgivable. I was so lost in hatred and revenge. I never dreamed I could love you so much. You stole what was left of my heart and now I have lost you forever" (Maleficent towards Aurora when she is in her sleep). Sometimes a villain is just a victim who's story has never been told.

This story was still beautiful and way more realistic than the original. It's nice to see the story from a different point of view. It shows kids that no one is born evil, that there are reasons for everything. For how people are and why they act the way they do. It's all in the foundation of the childhood and the people around you and what they do to/with you. I love how they brought Diaval to life. He is no longer just a raven, he is a character with lines. A person who, without realizing it, makes sure that Maleficent stays loving deep inside. That she doesn't turn evil all together. Her humanity remains because of him and I never thought I could fall in love with this particular raven.

Nevertheless I had a few issues with this book. In order for Maleficent to be a good girl whom made mistakes, they had to make someone else the evil in this story. They put this on Stefan (played by Sharlto Copley, who's acting I found lacking) his shoulders which seems unfair. In the original story he was a loving father and a good human being. But in the remake he is confused, depressed and very evil. He does not see the error of his ways. If he and Maleficent had talked after his mistake, none of this would have happened.

Second, some of the effects, scenes and actors were lacking. For instance the young Maleficent. Sure a beautiful little girl, but not a very convincing actress and when she is flying around in the Moors, it looks very fake. Even though they did a great job on all the magical beings, the flying was not very nicely done. It was better once Maleficent was grown up.

Third, they made the faerie godmothers very very dump and clumsy. In the original movie they are three caring ladies who struggle with being human but at least they do a good job at raising Aurora. In the movie they didn't really seemed to care about Aurora. She was away for days but never asked her where she went or worried about her when she was gone, which bothered me a lot because I used to love those characters so much.

Last but not least, they totally left out Phillip his importance and his lovable father. He shortly shows up in the Moors on his way over to the king but THEY DON'T EVEN DANCE OR SINGE THE SONG! This really bothered me because to me that's the most important moment from the original movie. Where to long lost acquaintances finally see each other again, not realizing whom the are and confusing their parents. His characters is insignificant in this story, they might as well have left him out, which they obviously couldn't do but he just didn't make sense in this version of the story. Let me know what you thought of both movies and better yet, which one you liked better?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

How to Train your Dragon


After four years of waiting, being anxious and hoping, I finally got the chance to see How to Train your Dragon 2. The sequel to How to Train your Dragon, the story of Hiccup and in his town (Berk) of Vikings. Since I am a major fan of the franchise, this review might be a bit biased. But nevertheless, I have to write a review about it because I haven't written one on the previous movie. If you have not seen the first movie I advise you do so first before reading this review.

In the first movie Hiccup is very different from the rest of his village. All the people in his village like killing dragons, animals that keep bothering and destroying their village. Hiccup however is not very good at fighting these beasts. When he finally gets the chance to kill a dragon he refuses to do so because he realizes that the dragon is just as scared as he is. He lets the animal go but soon realizes it can't fly on it's own anymore. He tries to get close to the animal in order to help him fly again. As thus an unlikely friendship begins. At first he is the only one who knows and the people in his village don't understand where he learned to deal with the dragons in such a way (without hurting them that is).

Until one of the teenagers follows him and finds about about Toothless (the dragon). Hiccup is able to convince her but soon after the rest of the village finds out and they aren't as understanding, especially the chief of the town, whom also happens to be his dad. They use Toothless to find the dragons nest and after a big fight Hiccup is able to defeat it along with Toothless but at a cost. In the end his dad sees that Hiccups way with the dragons is better than his way of handling them, which is where the movie ends. "Excuse me barmaid! I'm afraid you brought me the wrong offspring. I ordered an extra-large boy with beefy arms, extra guts and glory on the side. This here, this is a talking fish-bone" (Hiccup on how he thinks his dad feels about him).

I always loved the idea of this movie. The boy whom refused to kill a dragon and was able to convince the whole town that violence is not the answer. It's a very good message. Toothless is even more lovable than Hiccup. He is like a kitten or a puppy. Young, playful, protective and cute. Their bound is very strong and they'd do anything for each other.

The story continues five years later, when Hiccup is 20 years old and the whole town has gotten used to having Dragons as pets and neighbors. They changed their town for the better. In a way that makes it easier for the dragons to stick around. It's so lovely to see how they were able to establish a good relationship with the dragons. Toothless and Hiccup are cuter than ever. But of course that's not all the movie is about. Hiccup runs into people whom are hunting the dragons and once again he is faces the issue they have with dragons. They see them as an enemy, as beasts. Again he has to try to convince them to look at the dragons differently. But this time it takes a war before people see their fault. It's heart breaking to see. "You came early into this world. You were such a wee thing. So frail and so fragile. I feared that you wouldn't make it. But your father, he never doubted. He always said you would become the strongest of them all. And he was right. You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon. Only you can bring our worlds together. That is who you are" (One of the secondary characters on Hiccup).

I absolutely loved the sequel. Both Toothless and Hiccup have grown so much and their connection is tighter than ever. Hiccup is still the outcast, even though the town finally sees his side. He still feels like he is out of place, like something is missing. Instead of being part of all the town activities (like his girlfriend Astrid) he chooses to fly around with Toothless to discover the world and extend his limits. His dad wants him to become the new chief. He's grown up and has a good instinc so his father trusts him to do a good job. Hiccup however does not want that responsibilty. The idea of having to put aside Toothless and flying around for adventures to take care of the village, is depressing to him.

In this movie he is forced to grow up and become the man his dad wants him to be. Even if he doesn't have to do everything by himself, it is still a test and hard for him. His friendship with Toothless is put to the test. It's such an intense story. I wish it would have been made for an older audience because the story might have been better then. They could have made it more intense and more real, but you cannot do that when you have 10 year old kids watching this movie. There were few scenes where it annoyed me a lot. But unfortunately it's a children's movie so it will never be the way I would like it to be. Maybe someday they will make a remake for an older audience. Life action even! I don't know. What do you guys think?

Friday, 30 May 2014

Grey's Anatomy Favorite Five


I have been re-watching Grey's Anatomy since season 10 finished two weeks ago. I have reached season 6 (yes I know, I am disappointed in myself too) and decided to make a list of my favorites from this show. Obviously there are a lot of characters in this series. So many that I don't even know how many there are but I am going to give it a shot.

Number five: George O'Malley.
Played by T.R Knight. Even though he is a pussy most of the time, he has a lot of good qualities. He is nicer than most of the other characters. Especially in the group of five: Meredith, Christina, Alex, Izzie and George. He is the sweetest, most honest, most considered. He puts his friends before himself and it's heart breaking to see what they put him through. He takes all of it without complaining, because that's who he is. Everyone loves George (well maybe not Callie). He's a peoples-person. In the first season he is doing very well and performs a quite difficult procedure (one he wouldn't be allowed to do if it weren't for the circumstances) in an elevator. He is also one of the characters who grows a lot and has to go through a lot of awful stuff by himself. I like him better than the others because he isn't a total baby about all of those things. For obvious reasons he disappears from the show in season 6. "Well you can't. I'm her doctor, she's my patient and this is a hospital which is the kind of place where people could generally use a little peace and quiet. So no. Right now, you can't see her. And I am not saying this because you threatened to sue Dr. Bailey, who spent the last several hours saving your daughter's life, saving your wife's life. I am saying this because she is my patient and she is in the recovery wing of this hospital trying to recover. Visiting hours are over. So, good night and Merry Christmas."

On number four: Jackson Avery
Played by Jessie Williams. One of the later characters. He appears in the series for the first time in the beginning of season 6, due to financial problems at the hospital, Seatle Grace Hostpital has to work together with Mercy West and so Jackson transfers from there to SGH. He is very attractive and because of that it is rather hard to dislike him. He is the grandson of Harper Avery, the founder of the Harper Avery award, which makes it hard for him to establish a name for himself. The reason I like Jackson so much is because of his relationship with Lexie and later on with April. He is a strong character with a strong opinion and a will to fight. If it weren't for him the series would have been a lot less fun to watch, 'cause lets be honest: He is hot. And those eyes.. Yum. "Look, I am not the kind of guy who waits around for the girl who's still in love with someone else. I'm just not."

On number three: Mark Sloan
He is played by Eric Dane. It is easy to hate Mark, especially in the beginning. But then again, I always liked him. He is very likable. Especially since it's because of him (in a way) that Derek and Meredith got together, by sleeping with Derek's ex-wife Addison. He was Derek's family and after a while he becomes that again. He is part of my favorite bromance in this series. He first appears in the beginning of season two and stays until the beginning of season nine. Quite a long time to fall in love with him. Even though he's a whore (excuse my french but yeah, he is), he is very likable because he doesn't lie about it. He has always been open about who and what he is. Deep down he is insecure and just needs to be loved, but not a lot of people are willing to risk getting hurt. He is the cute part of my favorite couple within Grey's Anatomy. I think we all know who I am talking about. "Lex - I'm still in love with you. I tried not to be, but it didn't work. And Sloane's gone. There is no baby and I don't want to sleep around anymore. I want another chance. I'm in love with you."

Number two: Denny Duquette
Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. This is the first and only character in this list who is not a main character. He only appears in 24 episodes, which are not all in the same season. He first appears in the middle of season two, then he is just a patient who comes in for a problem and is out and about the next day. His last appearance is in the end of season five, in one of Izzie her dreams. He was her fiance for only just a short while. Izzie put her carreer for Denny on the line. She broke the rules and fell in love with a patient (which is not done). They were so pure and cute together. Denny was very sick and needed a new heart. Izzie was trying to do everything in her power to give him that but in the end Denny dies. Izzie is heart broken over it and never recovers from it completely. When she finds out that he gave her a few million dollars as inherantece (since she was his fiance, even if it was for just a day). "Mistakes are painful but they are the only way to find out who you are."

On number one: Lexie Grey
She is played by the lovely actress Chyler Leigh. The other amazing half of my favorite couple on Grey's Anatomy. She is Meredith's younger half-sister, with whom her relationship is rather hard in the beginning, but it grows into an amazing woman over the years. Meredith always felt like her dad chose Lexie over her, which in a way is true. Lex first appears at the end of season three (when she is 24 years old) and leaves the series at the end of season eight. She creates a good friendship with George and dates both Jackson and Mark. She's funny, forgiving and a very feisty young lady, with a big heart. Trying to do her best as a surgeon, sister, daughter, friend and lover. She doesn't always succeed but we all have that problem. It is hard for me to explain why she is my favorite character. Maybe because she reminds me of myself a little bit (I'm not even half as smart but still). I envy her for her willpower, hair-color and photographic memory. "I don't know how you get up in the morning. I honestly don't. Our dad abandoned you, your mom by all accounts was the meanest personal ever, you can't let Derek love you and it all really really sucks. But ever since I know you existed, I had this fantasy about my big sister. And you have failed on every occasion to live up to that fantasy. But I still love you whether you are capable of letting me or not. So I forgive you."



That was that. I was thinking of doing this for all my favorite TV-series, since I so far have done this for Grey's Anatomy and Game of Thrones. Anyway, let me know what you think. And please tell me who your favorite characters are!

Friday, 23 May 2014

Sparred up

Last week my boyfriend and I went to the Sneak Preview. Like always, I was very excited 'cause it could be anything. There are a lot of movies coming out this month and the following months (like X-Men, The Fault in our Stars and How to Train your Dragon 2) which I want to see (desperately). It turned out to be a movie I hadn't heard off yet, which happens more often than I care to admit. I try so hard to keep up to date. Namely Starred Up (staring Jack O'Connell, who also plays a part in 300: Rise of an Empire).

The movie starts rather slow. It's not really clear what it is about yet, who the main character is and what his back story is, what is he doing there? Where did he come from? What did he do? A lot of questions remain. My boyfriend got bored pretty soon and actually wanted to leave after 20 minutes. He had a point, if you are not in the mood for a slow movie and were just hoping for an exciting action-filled movie, this is not the movie for you (at that moment).

After a while everything became clearer. This story is about a 19 year old guy (I wanted to say boy but honestly, I would never call a guy like that boy) called Eric Love (such a weird last name). In the beginning of the movie he gets transferred to an adult all male prison in Ireland. He is by far the youngest one there but also maybe the most dangerous. He isn't quite used to being the youngest and along with that also not used to no longer being the toughest one there. He meets several guys who are stronger but also more powerful than he is. Since he is new, he doesn't have any connections yet. He appears to be on his own.


You soon realize that Eric's dad is in the very same prison (yeah, explains why he turned out to be like this at 19, he didn't have the greatest role-model of all). His father, Neville Love, has a lot of connections in the prison (since he has been there for at least 15 years already) and is trying to help his son with those connections. He doesn't realize that he isn't the only one trying to look out for Eric. Eric is already trying to find his own way and trying to make his own friends, which is why Neville's help turn against Eric and resolves in a lot of problems for both sides.

Neville never realized his son turned into a man. A man who learned to take care of himself, more or less.  Eric doesn't need his father to protect him. This is very hard for Nev to process. He wants his baby boy back. The boy he left behind when he went to prison. The one that still needed to grow up and still needed his protection. This man no longer looks up to him, he looks down on him. Neville can't accept that and tries to push him back into that position. Tries scare him into obedience, which makes Eric even more angry and dangerous.

This movie really scared me. It shows how certain kids aren't given a proper chance in the world. Eric never had a chance. He grew up in an environment where he had to fight to be able to life. Had to kill in order not to be killed himself. It has nothing to do with him being a bad guy because he is not. He just never had a chance to change into something new/good. No role-model, no example. This bothers me as much as it bothers Oliver (played by Rupert Friend). It is why I used to want to practice criminology. I wanted to help people like Eric. But I could never do that, because just like Oliver I would get emotionally involved. Try to save them no matter the cost. You simply can't safe everyone.. I wish I could. But we can't.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Game of Thrones fav's


Time to talk about Game of Thrones. As we all know, season 4 is around the corner. We have waited yet another year for this moment to arrive and it is finally here. Yes I am rather excited about it. Re-watched everything from Pilot the season 3 finale. I am ready. I never felt like writing a review on this series, there simply is too much information, characters, events to talk about and even more I don't even know about (yet). But I do want to do something with this. Since its one of the only series I would do anything for. Like stand in like for 2,5 hours waiting to enter the exhibition for about 15 minutes (yes, that I did). So I decided it was time to list my 5 favorite characters from the series.

(1) Starting with my absolute favorite. I don't know where it came from but I felt this way since episode one. Daenerys Stormborn of the house Targaryen. Queen of the Andals and the First Men. Khaleeshi of the Great Grass Sea. Breaker of Chains. And above all, Mother of Dragons (Long ass name, I know). Aside from the obvious reasons (she's rather hot and has dragons for pets/babies) I like her because she's polite, kind but determined. She knows what she wants and is fighting to get there. There isn't much that scares her even though she is quite young, has no family left (which is sad for the most part since most of them were killed during the war, but her brother was an ass, he deserved to die), lost her husband and child to a witch and she's about (well over time) to go to war. I don't usually like women in TV-series or books. They annoy me with their whining and unreasonable choices. Sure I don't agree with all Dany her choices either but she has good principles. She only kills those whom deserved to be killed and speaks up for those whom can't. "I am Daenerys Stormborn and I will take what is mine with fire and blood, I will take it."


(2) I think I speak for everyone when I say that this character is one of the better ones. Tyrion Lannister. He is the youngest of the Lannister siblings and bye far the nicest Lannister out there. Like Jon he is not really appreciated in his family. He was born a 'dwarf' and his mom, Joanna Lannister, died while giving birth to him, which is why his whole family practically hates him and thinks he's a disgrace to the family. All of this, of course, since he was born. Never given a chance to be a good, or bad, man. His father is Lord Tywin Lannister of Casterly Rock, which technically he is heir to because his only brother gave up his right to be the heir when he joined the King's Guard. Yet his father will never give it to him because he thinks that would ruin the family name. Giving Casterly Rock to a dwarf, big no no. He isn't really interested in becoming the lord of Casterly Rock, he just wants to be appreciated for all the work he does for the family (and the seven kingdoms in a whole). Tyrion is kind, funny (or rather hilarious), smart and merciful. He feels sorry for Sansa Stark, and where any man would just bed her, he decides he would rather never have sex again than bed her against her will. In the end, I don't think I have to explain his awesomeness, we all know it. "I will hurt you for this. A day will come when your joy will turn to ashes and you will know the debt is paid."

(3) This character is no where near as awesome as Dany (or Tyrion), but I am a girl. It's hard for me not to like him since he is absolutely gorgeous and innocent, for a guy. Jon Snow (a easy breezy short name). The Bastard son of lord 'Ned' Eddard Stark of Winterfell. Jon isn't really appreciated by either his father nor adoptive mother. She blames him for what his mother and her husband did, which is very unreasonable in my eyes and is also the reason why she is not in this list. Very early on in the series he decides to leave his family and join the Night's Watch, also known as crows, at Castle Black. Here he loses his (nick)name and becomes an number in a large group of men. Well that's before he falls in love with a wildling and abandons his oath. I feel really bad about the decisions he made when it comes to her. Ygritte (who would be on my sixth place in this list), a redhead, almost as beautiful and hot as Dany. I feel sorry for him but at the same time I'm also rather angry at him. He is going to have to prove himself to me in the 4th season. He's a conflicted man who has to figure out what he wants in live, what he really wants. 'Cause being a crow is clearly not the way to go for him. "You know I didn't have a choice. You always knew who I was. What I am. I have to go home now."


(4) Jaime Lannister, the King slayer. The twin brother of Cersei Lannister, the mother of the King, and also his lover (yeah we all know that Joffrey is secretly their child, a bastard, rather than the King but whatever). Even though he is Tywin's oldest son (like I mentioned earlier), he has no claim to be his heir anymore. He is not allowed to marry (though he wouldn't anyway). He was the man who killed The Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen (Dany her father), which haunts him ever since. In the first two seasons he is an asshole and I always told my boyfriend I wanted him dead, even more than I wanted Joffrey dead. He always laughed at me, knows me so well. I am not ashamed to say that I fell in love with Jaime from the moment he walked together with Brienne of Tarth (who would be on my seventh place in this list), she is supposed to bring him back to his family. They bring out the best in each other and he finally reveals his better side in which he trades his killing for saving. I don't know what is going to happen to him in the season 4. I do not know whether he will be awesome or a disappointment once he's back with Cersei. I just hope he will show his true colors, which ever those may be. "I came to the King, begging him to surrender. He told me to bring him my father's head. Then he turned to his pyromancer. 'Burn them all,' He said. 'Burn them in their homes. Burn them in their beds.' Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women and children burned alive, would you have done it? Would you have kept your oath then?"

(5) Last but not least: Arya Stark, the only Stark I really like (aside from Rickon Stark, who is practically to young to really be a character yet), the others are all foolish, some even selfish, weak and very eager to die for some reason. But Arya, Daughter of Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn Stark, is a fighter and a deadly one at that. She knows what she wants and needs no man to protect her or help her to achieve her goals. People underestimate her. I hope she will surprise us all. I fear for her too. She was there when her father was killed. Saw her brothers corpse only minutes after he was killed and is slowly becoming a very dark soul. After all her losses I don't think there is much hope and sunshine left in her. And when you have nothing more to lose.. you become very very dangerous. To yourself and others.I just hope she doesn't die, at least not yet. Also because I hope she and Jon will be reunited at some point (I'm a sucker for brother and sister love, big surprise). "Someday I'm gonna put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull."



So that is my list. I gave it quite a lot of thought. I will probably chance my mind as soon as the fourth seasons starts (yes yes I know I should have read the books but I haven't, yet). Please tell me what you guys think of this and who you fancy and above all who do you hate?

My boyfriend was the one who introduced me to this amazing series. He had read the books before the series was put into a TV show by HBO. He knows the characters better and differetnly, than I do so his opinion is probably of higher value. Yet we chose most of the same people for our lists. In short, Here is his list: 1. Tyrion Lannister. 2. Arya Stark. 3. Varys4. Jon Snow (who apparently is way more awesome in the books). 5. Jaime Lannister.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Saving Mr. Banks


You probably haven't heard much about this movie yet, so that is why I am going to tell you about it. Being the Disney-fan I am, there was absolutely no way for me not to watch this movie. Even more impossible for me NOT to write a review. The funny thing is though, Mary Poppins was not one of my favorite stories/movies, put to screen by Walt Disney, growing up. (which has everything to do with the fact that we didn't have this movie on videotape). I've only seen it a time or two and don't remember that much about it. I remember a man who's face was always covered in carbon, dancing on the roof with other men. A kind woman with a umbrella and that's about it. I know, I do feel awful about it. I probably should have watched the movie before watching this one, but where is the fun in that?


In Saving Mr. Banks, you learn a lot about the writer of the book about Mary Poppins, Walt Disney and the process of making a movie in general. There was only one reason for P.L Travers, played by Emma Thompson, to agree to put her story to screen with Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks. Money. She had run out of money and 'selling' her story was the only way for her to be able to stay in and afford her home. She is very wary about the whole thing. Scared of what this man was going to do to her story, her baby. She sees Walt as a man whom ruins good stories and makes it happy and fluffy, while stories never end that way. He sets the standards way too high and practically lies to kids, in her eyes. Walt is very excited about the story and is very open towards Pam. This makes the process hard. They have very different things in mind and their 'friendship' or 'work-relationship' isn't working, at all.

Throughout the story you see flashbacks of Pam, or at least what I assumed was Pam (later you find out it truly is her), her childhood. Her mom, sister and especially her dad, played by Colin Farrel (love that guy). Her dad reminds me of Walt Disney in a way, very creative and loves imagining things. But throughout the movie that sweet father figure starts to change into something totally different. Something no child would want to have around. Up until the point where the whole family falls apart. A very sad story.

While you see Pams childhood story evolve according to where they are in the process of developing the movie, the story goes from fun to sad to fun. In the end Pam tries to open up a little bit and becomes a lovely person. Or does she?

I think this movie is rather under-appreciated. It was only in the cinema for a few weeks here. I didn't even get the chance to see it in the cinema because of that. And while it came out  right before the Golden Globes and Oscars, they didn't mention it at all. It seems like it was majorly overlooked. I can't figure out why. Everyone knows or has heard of Mary Poppins and Walt Disney, yet no one gives attention to this movie? Why? Can someone explain it to me?

The performances were amazing too. I loved Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, it's exactly how I imagine Walt to be like. A happy, cheerful, sharing man, but that might be my fandom talking. I can't really be objective about it. I liked Colin Farrel's performance in this movie as well. It scared me, but it's suits his character (a lot better than his performance in Winter's Tale, which was quite poor). And last but not least, the movie poster is very subtle and sweet. It shows that behind a face, there is always a bigger story. A story most people odn't know about, yet. Anyway, lovely movie! It made me laugh and made me cry. It made me want to relive the Mary Poppins experience.

Which movie/book shall I review next? Please let me know :)



Sunday, 30 March 2014

Adoption


How to have a baby when your tummy won't give you one.
The word adoption literally means: “to take into one's family through legal means and raise as one's own child”.  The process of adopting a child is a rather complicated, which is why it isn’t common knowledge but I think it should be.

No baby
In most cases adoption is not a first choice. This was also the case for Theo and Anne, a young Dutch couple. Eight years ago they decided it was time for a family expansion; unfortunately this didn’t go as planned. After a year of trying they decided it was time to check if everything was okay, wondering why nothing had happened for them yet. It took the doctors three years to find out why it wasn’t working for Theo and Anne. In those years they tried a lot of different things, Intra uterine insemination and in vitro fertilisation, but still no baby. So it was time to think off other possibilities. Anna explained why it took a while to take the step towards adoption. “I needed a little time to find peace with the fact that my baby would not be conceived by me”.

Adoption
Their journey with adoption started in 2010, they had to go through a long list of courses and inspections before they would be put on the waitlist. They had to convince the adoption agency and child protective services of their ability to raise a kid, but first a lot of decisions had to be made. They decided they wanted a kid that would be newly born to the age of six years old form the country Nicaragua. Anne explained their choice: “Because of my job I see what it does to kids and their parents when the child has disabilities and needs help with almost everything.  I didn’t want that for my child, which is why we had to broaden the age limit, to still make a chance at getting a baby. The chances of getting a healthy young baby are rather slim. We also saw advantages in getting an older kid. We would be able to communicate with him or her and explain what is going on. You can’t really do that when it’s only a baby”. After their decisions and inspections their file was send to Nicaragua in the beginning of the year 2013, which meant that they would be on the waiting for at least another two years.

Waiting
This seems like a long time but parents who are about to adopt a baby need this time to save money for the process. They have to pay both the adoption agency in their own country and the adoption agency in their future kid’s country. Theo and Anna had to learn Spanish, make a dossier about themselves and plan everything ahead, because once they received that relieving phone call they would only have three weeks to finalize everything and pack their bags. Parents have to stay in the country of their adoptive child from three up to five months. In this time they get to know their kid, but the adoption agency also gets to know them. They want make sure that the kid is going to be in good hands. There is a long process that still needs to happen when parents are finally there. The Adoption council have to decide whether they are in fact good for the kid, after that a judge has to name them official parents and then all the paperwork starts.

This process and months out of their home country is the other reason why they have to save a lot of money, because they have to pay for their stay in Nicaragua but they also still have their monthly expenses at home, which might not seem like a big deal but really, it is.

Finally
In November 2013, after only eight months of waiting, Theo and Anne received that relieving phone call, packed their bags and left for Nicaragua.  They have been with their beautiful baby boy for a while now. “There are not a lot of couples here on the ranch, so most of the time it’s just us and our baby boy. It’s a challenge but also very special. We get the chance to get to know him very well, see him grow up. We can’t wait to take him home!”. Yet there is still a long process in front of them. Once the council gives the judge their verdict, he or she gets to name them the official parents. Then they can get him a passport and a visa, once that is done, all the waiting is over. They will finally be able to take him home.

It’s a happy ending for this couple and this baby. They are going to take care of him like he is their own, because after all the paper work and this long process, he will be their baby boy.

But is this process of selecting parents effective? She couldn’t really say: “The child protective services turn you upside down and screen you until they are sure of your ability to raise a child properly. It seems like a lot to take in, but I understand why they do it. After all it’s about the baby, not about you”.

Even though a lot of people choose adoption as their chance off getting a baby, there are a lot of couples on the waiting lists for a kid, there are still a lot of children out there that are not and might never be adopted and aren’t as lucky as this little guy.

Due to privacy reason the names in this story have been changed.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Vampire Academy

I promised myself I would read the book before seeing the movie, unfortunately I did not hold myself to this promise. I was occupied with reading other books (THFIOS) and I really wanted to see the movie. So I went and saw the movie anyway.

This book is popular and it has been for a while. I never understood why (since I didn't read it but also because it was one of the many vampire books during the period after Twilight came out/became popular) and I didn't want to join the hype of this series, too. In the end I told myself to get over it and read it (hoping I wouldn't like it so I wouldn't have to read all six books.

Vampire academy, written by Richelle Mead, is about an academy for vampires, only they don't call themselves that, they call themselves Moroi. They can practice magic (E.G water and fire, they specialize in junior year). The school is named after the a Saint, practically their only saint at that, Vladimir. Moroi's are rare and important, which is why they are protected by Dhampirs , half human half Moroi (but they are like Mules), also known as guardians. Moroi don't kill people to get their blood, they have donors. These humans have voluntarily signed in to be a donor, most of them are addicted to the vampire venom. 

Then there is the Strigoi, also vampires but the evil-kind instead of the nice-non-killing-kind. Vampires whom sacrificed their magic and morality to become immortal. They are strong and hard to kill. They are the things the guardians try to protect the Moroi from.

This story is about Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir and the best friend of Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Lissa lost her parents and older brother in an awful car accident, in which Rose was also involved and should have died, but magically survived against all odds. Lissa is now the only one left of her royal bloodline. The Moroi have 12 royal families and are led by a queen (who is a major bitch if you ask me).

Not too long after the accident, Lissa and Rose decided to run away from the Academy for Lissa her sake, she wasn't doing so well (you read later on why and what was going on). Two years later (this is where the book actually starts) they are caught by a few of the academies best guardians and taken back to the place (and people) they were hiding/running from. Rose is not happy about all this. She will do anything to protect Lissa. Rose thinks this environment, (the school, the royals, their mind games) will not be good for Lissa and might make her relapse. Then weird things start to happen to Lissa. Someone is trying to mess with her head and Lissa is using a kind of magic that is not supposed to exist..

I really enjoyed reading about Rose and seeing the school and the people through her perspective. She is a feisty little lady, strong and pretty. It's funny how in one way she's a slut (making out with one guy and friend-zoning another) but than on the other hand she's a virgin and treasuring this specific thing. I don't quite understand Lissa and what's going on with her and why Rose is so attacted to her. They have been friends for a long time but I don't particularly like Lissa's character.

Their friendship was very confusing to me. Neither tells the other what they truly think and feel. They keep things from each other all the time and make decisions for one and the other all the time too, thinking of what they think is best for her, but not thinking of the feelings it might give her. I wouldn't want to have a friend like Lissa or Rose, I wouldn't know if I could trust the other. Nevertheless, it seems to work for them. The other characters are just as hard and complicated to figure out, but it makes the story enjoyable. Keeping you on the edge of your seat and trying to think of ways or reasons why people act the way they do.

movie poster
Nevertheless, I already moved on to reading the sequel, Frostbite. I couldn't just leave it like that. Need to know more. Please let me know your opinion on this particular book. For the original review you can click here.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Oscar Disagreements


So the Oscars were last week and I wanted to talk about what happened there. Even though there are a few winners whom I agree with (FROZEN!), there is a lot a disagree with. Movies and actors/actresses whom deserve to be mentioned as well. I don't know much about the politics behind this event and I don't really care about it either, so I'm just going to give you my opinion on the topic, as a viewer rather than a part of the academy (though it would be awesome to  be a member). That is why I decided to write this, hope you enjoy it and let me know whether you agree or disagree with me (or the academy).


First of all. Yes a lot of people are disappointed.. Leonardo DiCaprio didn't win an Oscar, again. He does deserve to be in that position but to be fair, not for the Wolf of Wall street. I didn't even write a review on that movie because it was funny but I just didn't see what the message of the story was. He should have won an Oscar for his role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, if I hadn't known him before I saw that movie I would have thought he was actually a kid with down-syndrome. Or even Titanic! 'Cause let's be honest, who doesn't love Jack Dawson! But not this year, not this movie. Sorry Leo (but also, it's not like he is the only one, I mean did Johnny Depp win an oscar yet?)

Next I want to talk about Rush. I just do not understand why it wasn't nominated at all, not for best picture but also, Daniel Brühl wasn't nominated for best actor while he did a brilliant job on the part. Of course Chris Hemsworth put James Hunt to the screen in an interesting way as well, best I have seen him act, ever. I loved the scene where he hits a journalist because he asked Niki Lauda a very mean question. It was an amazing story about two men who respect each other while being enemies/competitors on the track. An unlikely friendship yet a friendship nevertheless. I am a girl and not even the slightest interested in cars or racing, but this story made it interesting for the uninterested audience. It was about the story behind everything and what it meant to them, more than the actual 'sport'. The story deserved a part in the Oscars. Niki Lauda deserved a part in the Oscars, yet they didn't get it and I am disappointed because of that.


Next I want to talk about the movie Prisoners. It came out in September and it turned my world upside down. Since I love both Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code), I really wanted to see it, but when I saw the trailer I felt weird about it. It was a little bit too much like Taken (Liam Neeson). But then when I actually got to see it, I realized it was nothing like that. At all, not even close. It was very intense, emotional, cruel, real and scary. It was a real life horror story. Nothing like Taken, at all. At the end of the movie I sat completely still in the cinema for 10 minutes. I was just too horrified and shocked to move. My boyfriend had to escort me back home because I was just out of it. Very well done. Yet no one mentioned it at the Oscars, why? Why did this movie get totally overlooked? Both Hugh and Jake gave very good performances and I can't help but wonder, why didn't they get nominated for anything?


Then there is Gravity and Sandra Bullock's performance in this movie. I mean come on. How did she not win best actress? It was hands down her best performance ever and not only that, it was better than any of the other women nominated. She deserved it, I feel really bad for her, not having won. Gravity won a lot of Oscars, but this one, they deserved and didn't get.


Before I go on and on about this, I think I should stop now. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just wish that they would listen to the audience more often.