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Passengers (2016) – Review

MEDIA: Film

MY RATING: 7.5/10

The Starship Avalon has left Earth carrying over 5,000 passengers on board, it’s bound for the distant colony world Homestead 11 and will take 120 years to get there, so for the duration of the voyage the passengers and crew are in deep sleep in hibernation pods. One of the Passengers, Jim, wakes up to find that he has been woken 90 years to early and he faces the prospect of a lifetime alone on a starship with only the android bartender Arthur to keep him company. By accident he stumbles across a woman called Aurora and as he learns more about her, the more fascinated he becomes and he begins toying with the possibility of waking her up so that he wouldn’t be alone. Despite knowing that this is something that he shouldn’t do, he ends up waking her and a bond begins to grow between them even though he is still trying to work up the courage to admit what he has done. As Jim and Aurora come to terms with being woken too early, they slowly begin to realise that Avalon is falling apart and that despite initial reluctance, they have to learn to work as a team in order to save the sleeping passengers and crew.

I had been debating on and off whether or not to go and see this film, given all the flak that it has received but since I had a movie voucher I decided to use that and that way if I didn’t like the film I wouldn’t have spent any money on it. Needless to say, I’m not sure if I saw the same movie that everyone else was watching because I actually ended up enjoying this.

Sure, it’s not the best sci-fi movie ever but I had a lot of fun with this, I liked the setting taking place predominately on the space ship and I thought Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence worked well together. I can understand why people would have had an issue with this film but in all honesty I think it was blown out of proportion. Yes what Chris Pratt’s character did was ethically wrong but from the way the reviews talked about it, it was like he woke up straight up and decided to wake up some random girl without thinking about it. I wasn’t actually expecting that scene to be prolonged as he weighed up the consequences of his actions.

Overall if you’re after a different kind of sci-fi film I would suggest checking this out but I would probably recommend checking this out as a rental rather than seeing it at the cinema.

Director: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia

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The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien (Review)

MEDIA: Book

MY RATING: 5/5

 

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien. In this first book Frodo receives a mysterious gift from his adopted father Bilbo, a powerful ring that he found on one of his many adventures. He soon learns from his friend Gandalf that the ring is dark magic and that it needs to be destroyed before its master Sauron can be reunited with it and use its power to destroy all of Middle Earth. Frodo sets off on a reluctant quest with his friends Sam, Merry and Pippin and the four of them leave the comforts of their home in the Shire to deliver the ring to Rivendell. Once there they learn that their journey is not quite over and Frodo finds himself volunteering to take the ring to Mordor and throw it into Mount Doom, the only way that can ensure of its destruction.

I first tried to read The Fellowship of the Ring back when the movie first came out. I picked up a bind up edition of all three books (at the time it was the only way I could get Fellowship) and I do believe I started to read Fellowship but for some reason I never finished it. Cue over fifteen years later and I’ve finally sat down and read Fellowship of the Ring.

I’ve seen both the LoTR trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy several times and I’m only now just making my way through the books. In the past couple of years I’ve read both the Hobbit and the Silmarillion and was eager to jump on with the main LoTR series and it did not disappoint. I can’t believe I’ve waited fifteen years to finally read and immerse myself in the wonder that is the Fellowship of the Ring.

The LoTR trilogy as a whole is in my top 5 favourite movies of all time but reading the original source material and having the film in the back of my mind gave me an appreciation for the Fellowship novel, just with the back story and history and learning about the characters and seeing their progression along the journey, made me love this book even more. I don’t know if I would say I prefer the novel or the movie to Fellowship of the Ring, I do love both and I’m definitely excited to read the next two books in the trilogy to see what I think.

Overall I would definitely recommend reading the Fellowship of the Ring, with the benefit of hindsight I would probably recommend reading the book first before seeing the movie but I do definitely recommend both.

New Year, New Goals

As it’s now 2017 I thought that I would take this moment to write down some of my personal goals for the upcoming year. I’ll check back with a follow up post this time next year to see how I go.

  1. Be more financially responsible – I’m horrible with my finances and this year I want to finally stay on top of my spending and saving. So that means with the exception of a few new releases – I won’t be buying any new blurays or books or even funko pops, with a couple of exceptions. The only times that I’ll allow myself to buy a few new ‘wants’ will be for Sydney Supanova and then in the 2017 Boxing Day Sales. Instead I’m going to read/watch what I already own and also use my local library. I do have a few financial goals to save up for a few smaller items such as saving up for a trip to Sydney to spend a few days while I’m there for Supanova and renewing my passport but this year any extra money will be going towards paying off my credit card and going into my savings.
  2. Be more healthy – this was a goal that I was working on last year and I did manage to lose a few kg but this year I want to lose at least another 5kg, I want to get back down to at least 80kg because I know my current weight is unhealthy and I need to work on my diet and be more active.
  3. Maintain at least a credit average at uni – This year I’ve switched courses and I will now be working towards completing a Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice, so I get to study history, which is a subject area that I love and is one of my stronger subject areas so I think this goal is achievable if I set my mind to it.
  4. Get my Ps – I’ve had my Ls since 2005 and I’ve already had to renew my license once and my current license expires in October 2018, this is the year that I will finally get my red ps and I’ll be able to drive in a car on my own.
  5. Be consistent with posting on this blog – I’ve stopped and started so many blogs so my last goal is to maintain this throughout the year, to keep posting reviews about books and movies and express myself through writing.

So there we have my goals for over the next year, I’m personally looking forward to seeing what 2017 will bring and I’m optimistic that it will be happy, positive and successful. I hope everyone has a happy new year and that 2017 will be a good year for you!

Top 16 Favourite Books of 2016

2016 was a great reading year for me and I actually had a bit of trouble narrowing down my list to a top 16. I ended up reaching 100 books on my goodreads challenge (which was my original goal at the start of the year but I changed it to 85 in October because I hit a bit of a reading slump), so I’m happy with what I read and I’m looking forward to my reading adventures in 2017!

 

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book completely destroyed me when I read it and I’m definitely eagerly waiting for the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin next year. I loved meeting the Night Court and seeing Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship evolve and the ending gave me so many feels. I need the next book!

  1. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae was one of my favourite reads of 2015 and I was so excited to read Gemina. Gemina did not disappoint, in fact I think I enjoyed it a little bit more than illuminae. I missed Ezra and Kady but I definitely loved seeing Hannah and Nick’s relationship evolve over the course of the novel and I can’t wait to see how the trilogy wraps up next year.

  1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

I’ve been getting into the Poirot books lately and I’ve been trying to read the series in chronological order. I went into the Murder of Roger Ackroyd without knowing what to expect and I can say that the ending definitely shocked me. It’s a book that I don’t hear people talking about much when in comparison to Christie’s other works but I would definitely recommend this one.

  1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

What a beautiful story this was and it definitely had a unique narration, told from the perspective of death. I’d been wanting to read this one for a while because so many people had this as one of their favourite books and I can see why, it’s now one of my favourites.

  1. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I seriously loved this book, I’d been hearing really good things about this one and I’m always up for reading more sci-fi, so I’m really glad that I ended up reading this. This was such a fun read – it was like I was reading a mix between Firefly and Star Wars, I loved the world building and the different alien species that we were introduced to, I loved the characters and how diverse they were – I just loved how it was about character interactions and abut working together despite people’s differences and also about respecting people’s cultures and beliefs.

  1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

After hearing nothing but amazing things about Brandon Sanderson’s works, I finally read the first book in the Mistborn trilogy and it did not disappoint. I loved everything about this first novel and I’m hoping to finish off this trilogy in 2017 and hopefully read more Brandon Sanderson’s other novels.

  1. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I finished Wolf by Wolf in September and absolutely loved it. I found it so thrilling and I always do enjoy reading stories that are set in alternate realities. I definitely enjoyed the motorcycle race aspect of this novel, I have read the sequel but I didn’t find it as good as this one.

  1. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

In the last year or so I’d been hearing really good things about this book and when I saw that my library had a copy earlier in the year, I thought I would take the opportunity to read it and it did not disappoint. I’ve been trying to get into reading more historical fiction lately and I found this one to be such a fascinating read.

  1. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Again I know this book has gotten very mixed reviews but I personally loved it. I love the concept of travelling through the multi-verse and visiting parallel dimensions and so this book was definitely something that I very much enjoyed and I can’t wait to finish this trilogy.

  1. World War Z by Max Brooks

I did not expect to love this one as much as I did. I had already seen the movie version with Brad Pitt and I was curious to check out the book, it’s very different to the movie and overall I would now say that the book is better than the movie. I loved the interview style format and the different stories that were told from around the world.

  1. The Sandman Prelude and Nocturnes and The Sandman Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman

The first lot of graphic novels on this list and it’s probably cheating to include them as one on this list but I wanted to include these two in here because I loved these first two volumes of the Sandman series. This series is dark and twisted and I’m definitely excited to read the rest of the volumes, I’m really glad that I finally checked out these first two volumes after hearing nothing but amazing things about this series.

  1. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

I’d been hearing really good things about Felicia Day’s autobiography and have been curious to check it out for a while. This definitely didn’t disappoint, it had a lot of humourous moments and I loved reading about stories from her childhood and her career. If you’re a fan of Felicia Day I would definitely recommend checking this out.

  1. Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson

It feels quite bittersweet to have this graphic novel on here given Carrie Fisher’s passing but I loved this graphic novel. It was the first Star Wars graphic novel that I read and I had so much fun with this story, taking place just after the events of A New Hope and showing what happened to Princess Leia as she struggled with the loss of her home planet and wanting to help the rebellion but no one was willing to let her take on dangerous tasks. I would definitely recommend checking out this graphic novel.

  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This has been a book that I’ve been meaning to check out since I first started watching booktube and it did not disappoint. This just made me so happy and I’m definitely glad that I’ve read it now and I’ll be checking out the rest of the series.

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve wanted to read Fangirl for a while since I’ve been hearing nothing but amazing things about this book and it did not disappoint. I thought this was a really cute contemporary and I loved all the various fandom references, I definitely identified with Cath as a main character and enjoyed seeing her progression as she began to learn who she was outside of her twin and her life as a fangirl. I did like the bouts of Simon Snow that we got in this book but sadly I was not the biggest fan of Carry On.

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

This is quite possibly a very controversial choice to have on this list but I don’t care, I personally loved this. I knew going in that it was written in a play format and so that part didn’t bother me, I just had such a fun time revisiting these characters and  I love Scorpious Malfoy. I’d love to see this performed on stage one day!

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (Review)

MEDIA: Book

MY RATING: 4/5

After failing in her attempt to assassinate Hitler and learning that there are other people like her out in the world, Yael goes on the run as she tries to evade the authorities who are after her. With the help of unlikely allies, she begins to piece together the secret project that resulted in making her the person that she is and she is determined to destroy Hitler’s legacy once and for all.

I absolutely loved the first novel Wolf by Wolf when I read it in September and was eagerly looking forward to the sequel but sadly I didn’t enjoy this as much I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong this was still a very good book and it kept me entertained and wanting to find out what happened but I think it would have been better if Wolf by Wolf was a standalone.

Overall I would definitely recommend checking out this duology.

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick (Review)

MEDIA: Book

MY RATING: 4/5

After being unceremoniously dumped just before Homecoming, Britt is determined to move on from the love of her life – who happens to be her best friend’s brother. She decides to prove herself by going on a hike in dangerous mountain terrain and convinces her friend to tag along in the hope that her ex will want to be there as well. Despite her ex’s insistence that she abandon the trip, she thinks this hike is just what she needs and goes along with her plans. What she doesn’t expect is to be caught in a dangerous snowstorm in an area notorious for young women going missing and being found dead. To make matters worse her and her friend manage to find shelter in a cabin with two cute guys but they don’t want anything to do with them and are prepared to throw them back out to the storm. They quickly learn that their reluctant apparent saviours are hiding dark secrets and that they might not make it down from this mountain alive.

I have read the first book in the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick and I was curious about this one when it started to make rounds on booktube a couple of years ago. I decided to check this out of my local library when I came across it the other month.

Overall I quite enjoyed reading this one. I did like the twists and turns that the story took and I liked the eerie setting. I did suspect who the killer was before the reveal but I liked the build up and the backstory that we got for the characters. If you want to check out a YA thriller I would definitely recommend giving this one a go.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Review)

MEDIA: Book

MY RATING: 5/5

Rosemary is a human who wants to escape her sheltered privileged upbringing and leave her home planet of Mars, to escape a past that destroyed any chance of her finding a future of her own and so she finds a transport crew and applies for a job as a clerk. At first the change is a shock to her system but she recovers and soon finds herself at home on the ship called the Wayfarer and as finds her place in the mixed-species crew, she begins to question whether or not she needs to keep her secrets hidden after all.

I’d been hearing really amazing things about the Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and I was excited to read it because I love science fiction but I haven’t read to many sci-fi novels. This was just the kind of book that I needed,  it was like I was reading a novel that was a cross between Firefly and Star Wars and I loved every minute of it. It had the right blend of action, drama and suspense and I loved seeing the relationships between all the characters develop and also learning about the different species in this universe. I need to get my hands on the sequel.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Review)

MEDIA: Book

MY RATING: 5/5

Anna feels that she has everything going well for; she has a great job at a movie theatre, her crush may like her and she has a great best friend. All of these things are shaping up to make her senior year a particularly memorable one but then her dad decides that she needs a change of scenery and new experiences and he sends her to Paris for her senior year.  Despite knowing what a great opportunity this is, Anna is determined to resent it and wishes she were back home where everything was familiar and safe but this changes when she lays her eyes on the extremely good looking Etienne St. Clair and finds herself falling for him. To make things complicated one of her new friends is also in love with him and he already has a long term girlfriend, she needs to work out where she stands with the new guy in her life and see if she can work out a balance where they can be good friends but she knows deep down that she wants more.

This has been a book I’ve been wanting to read since I first started watching booktube videos a few years ago. I don’t normally read contemporary but after hearing nothing but positive things about this book series, I decided to finally pick up the first book.

Let me just say that the hype is well deserved. This book just made ms so happy and I loved the progression of the relationship between Anna and St. Clair, I loved the Parisian setting and I also loved all the movie references. I will definitely be continuing on with the series.

17 movies of 2017 I’m looking forward to

Since we don’t have a lot left of 2016 I thought I would take a look at some of next year’s releases that I’m most looking forward to. Of course, there are more than 17 movies I’m excited for but these are the ones that made the list 🙂

  1. Star Wars Episode V111

It’s Star Wars, do I really need an explanation?

  1. Power Rangers

I’m a 90s child and I absolutely loved Power Rangers growing up (I still do love Power Rangers even to this day, so much so that I went to Sydney Supanova just for the chance to have a photo taken with Jason David Frank).  Of course I’m going to be all over this movie, I know a lot of people are complaining about production concepts and the trailer, but personally I’m really looking forward to this movie.

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The first Guardians of the Galaxy was my favourite movie of 2014 so naturally I’m definitely excited about the sequel. I can’t wait for more Baby Groot! 🙂

  1. Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is my second favourite Disney movie behind the Lion King so I’m definitely excited for the live action version. I’ve been really impressed by the recent live action Disney movies of The Jungle Book and Cinderella, so I have high hopes for this one. I’m also really excited to see Emma Watson play Belle.

  1. Lego Batman

I loved the Lego Movie and so I’m definitely excited about a spinoff Lego Batman, who was one of my favourite characters in the movie.

  1. Wonder Woman

Even though I was one of the few people who did enjoy Batman v Superman, I will agree that Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was one of the best parts of the movie so of course I’m excited for her feature film 🙂

  1. Despicable Me 3

I actually didn’t realise that this was coming out in 2017 until I happened upon the trailer for it and watched it and well now it’s in my top ten most anticipated films of next year. I love the Despicable Me films, so I’ll definitely be making sure to check this one out.

  1. Dunkirk

I would have to say that Christopher Nolan is one of my favourite directors, I think I’ve loved or really enjoyed every movie of his that I’ve seen so I’m definitely looking forward to checking out his new film and I’m interested in seeing how he will direct a WW11 drama.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok

I know a lot of people have mixed feelings regarding the Thor movies but I’ve always enjoyed them, the first Thor film was the first MCU film that I saw in the cinema back in 2011 and I haven’t missed one since so I have a bit of a soft spot for the Thor films. I’m especially curious to check this one out because of the cast, especially Cate Blanchett and Karl Urban.

  1. Logan

Initially I wasn’t that interested in the third Wolverine film, I did enjoy the Wolverine and I’m probably one of the few who actually doesn’t mind X-Men: Origins but for some reason I wasn’t anticipating this one nearly as much. Then I saw the trailer and the more that I think about it, the more I realise that I am actually looking forward to this film. Also, it’s Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine so I’m curious to see how this trilogy of sorts finishes.

  1. Justice League

Again, I seem to be one of the only few people on the planet who actually really enjoyed both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. Of course I’m excited to see how a live action Justice League will fair.

  1. Valerian and the city of a thousand planets

The Fifth Element is one of my favourite science fiction movies and one of my favourite movies in general and that’s one of the main reasons I’m looking forward to this film. I’m intrigued by this film because a) it’s a Luc Besson movie b) I love the title of this film c) It seems like a movie that’s right up my ally, so of course I’m going to be all over this film.

  1. The Circle

The main reason that I want to see this movie is because of the cast. I mean you have Emma Watson, Karen Gillan and John Boyega in the same movie I’m totally going to be there. I also liked the trailer and thought the concept of this film seems intriguing, I know that it’s based on a book which I haven’t read but maybe someday I will.

  1. Spiderman: Homecoming

I loved Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spiderman in CA: Civil War so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what an MCU Spiderman film is like. I’ve enjoyed all the other Spiderman films (yes even the Amazing Spiderman ones), so I think I’ll like this one.

  1. The Dark Tower

I’ve read the first two books in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and I have liked what I’ve read so far and that I’m curious to see how a film adaptation would work.

  1. Alien: Covenant

I haven’t really been following any news about the Prometheus sequel but I did enjoy the first film when I saw it back in 2012 so I’m curious to see how they would handle a sequel.

  1. Transformers the Last Knight

I actually like the Transformers films, I know they’re not the greatest movies ever but I think they’re just fun popcorn flicks and that’s why I’m looking forward to the fifth instalment of this franchise. As I watched the trailer for it the other day, I realised that I’m going to have to rewatch the fourth one because I can barely remember anything about it, I remember liking it when I watched it though.

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