The Great Gatsby -impressions and maybe spoilers-

Today’s post will be rather short and sweet. And will also lack pictures.

I believe it was last year or 2 years ago that we watched The Great Gatsby movie. It was some time after its release, but the hype was still there among its fans. After watching it, I decided to read the book as well – since they say the book is better than the movie.

I liked the movie quite a bit. I liked it because of the fashions and the opulence of the yesteryears. I also like how in the past people cared more about their image and reputation.

The book however – the book! Don’t get the wrong idea: I disliked the book! The author needed more lessons on how to write! Thankfully it is an easy read, but if you suffer from OCD, you’ll most likely feel the way I did towards the book.

If you ask me, all the copies of this short novel can be burned on a big fire.

I can understand how many people feel they can relate to the main character especially since the events are narrated in a first person manner, helping the reader “get lost in the book.” BUT… not me.

I got irritated because the time in this book has no laws – or works by different laws, like I mentioned in my previous book review. The author uses some phrases that make me think several weeks have passed, only to later reveal that only some 2 or 3 days passed. WHY? HOW?

When writing, you can’t do this. This method is much more fitting in a movie where the passing of time can be represented in more ways or is not always relevant.

There’s an accident happening towards the end of the story. The way the events around it are described in the book  … makes one think the novel was written or taking place at the end of the 20th century not at its beginning. The movie represented the scenes in a much better way.

RATINGS: no stars for the book [can I give -10 stars though?] and 1.5 stars for the movie, maybe even 2 stars because of Leonardo DiCaprio. He seems to be making all the movies a bit better. If you want to read it, better pick any other book. Even the first Twilight book is better than this one.


This post was a mostly a rant because I simply can’t understand why others praised this novel so much. I don’t get it. If you read it and liked it, please tell me why: I want to see your point of view, I really do.


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I saw IT (2017) – movie review and spoilers

Last Friday night we went to the theater to see the remake of the movie IT, an adaptation of the book by the same name written by Steven King. We went to the 7:30 pm viewing and we were surprised by the number of people showing up to also see it: 4, not including the two of us.

Our seats were right next to one of the couples, and the other couple was sitting more towards the middle rows. Our seats were on the very last row – one of the best places to watch a movie at the theater.

At this point, I should warn you that the spoilers and impressions will begin, so if you don’t want to know, you must click away. DISCLAIMER: I have yet to read the book, so my opinions are based simply on the 1990 mini series and the new movie.

We all know what the story is about:   a clown called Pennywise terrorizes the kids in a town in Maine. Because what’s more scary than a clown offering you balloons, right?

This version is of course a little different than the original, and the differences are more or less subtle. For starters, Pennywise has a more pointy hair-do and a deeper shade or red as hair color than the original. The makeup is also changed a bit, and I think the costume’s color too.

His eyes stood out the most though: very vibrant and golden/orange in color. However, Tim Curry – the original IT, gave his approval to the new Pennywise.

We also notice that the action takes place at the end of the eighties and not in the sixties like in the book. This can only mean the we’ll see these kids defeat the monster in a 2016/2017 setting.We also notice some scenes are missing -one of them being that of Pennywise coming out of the shower drain.

These are just some observations, and not a critique to the movie. The actors did a good job, but sadly I couldn’t shake off just how the two actors portrayed Pennywise.  It wasn’t just the appearance, but the whole vibe, demeanor. Tim Curry’s interpretation was just pure evil, he didn’t have time to waste chatting with Georgie. What he wanted was just just scare the living shit out of the kids and viewers.

Bill Skarsgard shows us a sad, lonely clown, eager to make friends in a way. His gray somewhat fitted outfit makes him look more like a puppet than a monster. Maybe this was the whole idea after all. His vibrant eyes were unsettling. A+ for the eyes though.

I also have the feeling that less balloons were used in this remake than in the original.

I found the movie to have more gore scenes than scary scenes. Just one scene really scared me – when IT grabbed Beverly. I actually jumped out of my seat at that point. This should say something, LOL. Another more scary scene was when some of the kids entered the abandoned house and they got separated.

What I liked and disliked at the same time was that I didn’t get as scared as I expected to. Tim Curry did manage to scare me a lot in the mini series. The bullying parts was something triggering for me, and very disturbing – most likely because this is something that happens in real life anyways.

I will give this remake 4 stars out of 5 because I simply expected a bit more. It was somehow flat, emotionless. Maybe if more creepy music was played throughout, it would have managed to scare us more.


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The House of the Disappeared – movie review and spoilers

Do you know I like to watch horror movies? at least I used to. The last one I saw was The House of the Disappeared, a South Korean mystery thriller, released earlier this year. The main actress is Kim Yun-jin who you might have seen in the TV series Lost.

Apparently, the original title translates to House Above Time, and I personally think it would have been a better choice as English title as well. Both translations give indications to what the movie is about, though the original tells exactly why things happened.

I guess I spoiled you enough, so see you next time!

Just kidding! The real spoilers [in orange] are about to begin, so read on at your own risk.

For starters, the story appears confusing, at least until you realize some of the scenes take place in the present [when Kim Yun-jin is old] and in the past [when she’s young]. There is a gap of 25 years between the two timelines.

The basis of the story is that what happened cannot be changed, because history was written and the ink has dried. We see this theme in movies like Harry Potter when Hermione is given a time travel device, as well as in the popular TV show Game of Thrones – for those who didn’t read the books. Surely, this idea must have been at least tackled in other shows and books, but I don’t remember them all.  

In a way, this movie reminded me of the movie The Others starring Nicole Kidman. I suspect this was the inspiration for this Korean movie, given the very similar posters they have, see the image to the right of the screen.

The Korean movie seems more tragic in a way, because not one family was  ‘haunting’ the house, but two as it is revealed towards the end.  These families weren’t even dead, but they were trapped in a parallel universe where time didn’t exist. All the puzzle pieces fall into place at the end, everything making sense for our main character and for us.

What I liked in this movie: the themes of time travel, parallel universes, and that it was less scary than I expected. Though being trapped between 2 worlds can’t be too pleasant.

What I disliked: I actually disliked the main character because she acted very muggle-like. I borrowed the term from Harry Potter and I gave it the meaning of someone who doesn’t (nor wants to) understand supernatural happenings.

Split feelings and opinions: I should mention that many mothers would have probably acted the same way she did, because she thought it was the right and best thing to do for her child. What’s more, who knows what would have happened if she didn’t decide to act the same.

Rating: I give this movie 4.5 stars because it is a really good one, kept me on my toes, and made me think of things. It wasn’t the best movie ever, and I think a cup of tea would have made it better. Go see it if you like supernatural and mysterious movies, with a bit f a scare factor.

Sleeping Beauty – movie impressions and spoilers

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, so there isn’t much to spoil you with. Perhaps the only spoilers I could give are related to how did the Evil Witch trick the princess into touching the spindle. But that would take away from the magic of the story, wouldn’t it?

I will spoil you by saying that this movie seems to have been quite poorly received, and you can’t really find a Wikipedia page about it. Wait, what? But everything has a Wiki pag… well, my dear reader, if you find the Wiki page for this particular movie, I will have to come back and change this part – until then…

This movie is about an hour and a half long, and can get quite boring. I even wonder if this movie directed by Casper Van Dien was even released for the big screen? Seriously, the fantasy in it, the costumes, and the acting screamed “TV movie.”

WHAT I LIKED

Sadly, there isn’t much I liked in this movie, but I’ll give it a try.

I liked the Evil Witch  – she was young, beautiful, with blond hair, but evil. In a way it doesn’t really make sense to make a young beautiful woman act the evil part in this specific story. The actress did a good job here, though I see her more in fashion related movies, or other types of drama movies – just not necessarily as the evil-doer.

I liked the dragon in the water. I think all stories with a princess that needs rescuing, should have a dragon somewhere. The dragon doesn’t always have to be big, fight the prince, or try to kill him, but should be there.

The princess was really pretty in my opinion, therefore fit for the part. She retained the blond hair we know from the Disney animation movie, but the natural hue made her easier to relate to – or at least she gave a more realistic ‘appearance goal,’ but I’d advise any young girl not to want to look like any fictional character, or like any other human being for that matter.

Prince Charming – he was smart, kind, and wasn’t really afraid of anything. The actor seemed talented enough for this part too, and his acting was the most natural in my opinion.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The King and Queen – or better said how did Casper Van Dien and his wife portrait them. Yes, the director of the movie also starred in the production, along his wife. They sounded fake, with little acting talent in my humble opinion. They sounded like snobs with a snob-like attitude. Well, it’s his movie and he can cast whoever he wants  in it, and have them portray the characters however he wants – it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

The prince wasn’t Prince Charming. This was quite obvious since the Prince appeared in the movie. But if I talk too much about it, I might give away key elements and you might not want to check out this movie.

The zombies – well, yes, you read that right. This version of Sleeping Beauty has zombies and I didn’t like them and I think they needed to go back on the sets of The Walking Dead and Resident Evil. Just saying.

CONCLUSION

I think this is a light movie that anyone can watch, even children. Remember that the Grimm Brothers didn’t write all their stories for children, but this one seems appropriate enough. It is also perfect for summer when all you want to do is relax and not really think it the main guy was trapped in a dream or not – like in Inception [a movie I loved and would like to rewatch].

I’ll rate this movie 2.5 stars out of 5. If you’re bored out of your skin and don’t feel like watching anything else, watch this Sleeping Beauty instead.


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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate – Movie impressions and spoilers

I like movies with kung-fu fighting scenes, so no wonder I watched Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. This is a movie from 2011 featuring Jet Li, as you can see in the poster below. Apparently this movie is part of a trilogy, and I have yet to watch the other 2 movies.

picture belongs to its makers/owners.. you know the drill. not my picture.

I must say my notes on this movies are all over the place, but I will try my best to put my thoughts in order. In any case, you’ll walk into spoilers from this point onward.

I’m very disappointed that the movie has no plot. If it does have, I couldn’t see it. Maybe if I were to have seen the other 2 movies, I could better see the plot? Who knows. 

The first thing to notice is that there are 2 guys looking alike: one of them is an official [acting as the lap dog of one of the emperor’s concubines], while the other is of a lower status, and travels with a woman wearing man’s clothing and having exceptional fighting skills.

For some reason, the official is tasked with finding and killing a pregnant maid – she managed to run away from the palace. The maid crosses paths with another woman disguised as a man, and possessing yet again fabulous fighting skills.

Through twists and turns of events, the pregnant maid turns out to work [or be infatuated] with the official that wanted her dead. The both die in the end, and the doppelganger takes his place [on at least 2 occasions]. 

WHAT I LIKED

  • I generally liked all the movie. The scene that stood out the most was a fight in a tornado. That was just WOW.
  • I laughed at the fighting scene on the boat, when somehow the flags in the back were moving quite fast in the wind.
  • The Mongolian leader was a pretty lady. Quite my type of lady. 😉 HAHA

WHAT i DISLIKED

  • The lack of a plot I could point out was a major let-down.
  • The fighting scenes couldn’t look more fake.
  • The plot twist with the maid was a major “what is going on here?!” moment in the movie

I rate this movie 3 stars, and I think you should try watch it if you have the time and want something quite entertaining. Seriously, this movie could have been much worse. 😉


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