Wolf of Wallstreet (2013)

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My name is Jordan Belfort. I’m a former member of the middle class raised by two accountants in a tiny apartment in Bayside, Queens. The year I turned 26, as the head of my own brokerage firm, I made $49 million, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week

Plot:

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (via IMDb)

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Her father is the brother of my mom. Like, we grew up together, and she grew up hot, you know, she fucking grew up hot. And all my friends are trying to fuck her, you know, and I’m not gonna let one of these assholes fuck my cousin. So I used the cousin thing, as like, an in with her. I’m not like, gonna let someone else fuck my cousin, you know? If anyone’s gonna fuck my cousin, it’s gonna be me. Out of respect.

Rating: 8.5/10

I was called a heretic by a certain friend of mine for claiming I would watch this film in two segments, divided neatly in half. I couldn’t do it. Not only was I afraid that I would be burnt as a witch did I dare commit such a horrific crime, the Wolf of Wall Street was too damn good to just turn off and do something as mundane as sleep.

Leonardo DiCaprio scores the home winning run in his portrayal of Jordan Belfort. How he didn’t win an Oscar is now really beyond me. DiCaprio is threatening to become the most undeservedly under celebrated actors of our lifetime and I just can’t see why. Did he annoy someone at the Academy Awards? Is he not a good enough person? Didn’t he just donate a gazillion dollars to saving the earth from angry killer people? I thought the small part of Matthew McConaughey (WHAT is up with these weird surnames?! I have to friggin spell-check that shit every five seconds) showed what a great actor Matt is – not like in Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past. However, nothing could reach the brilliant charm of DiCaprio.

There seems to be only good things floating around the internet about this – save one or two jackasses who wants to incur the anger of my bestie – but I had been warned that the movie was somewhat offensive and shocking. I would just like to ask that the whole world grow a pair because it was not that bad. Really, there is a lot of boob, drugs and swearing but compared to other material it is merely on the same level – not breaking any new records. If you have lived through the Game of Thrones series then you can stomach The Wolf of Walf Street.

It naturally took me fifty thousand years to get around to watching this – you know I never get into the hype of things lies. (I was actually just a bit scared of the time I would have to sit through watching this – who has three hours of uninterrupted time?) The movie is a whopper in terms of time, hence my initial plan to watch it in segments. Except for one or two scenes I thought went on a bit too much, the movie moves effortlessly from scene to scene with the required attention to detail, never once dragging to an extent where it felt like three hours – a nearly impossible feat.

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The most offensive part of the movie was the constant reminder that this all went down and that Jordan Belfort is a real man that did these things. Seeing him only as a character in a movie is one thing but fitting the drugs and greed into one live human being seems unbelievable. I simply cannot fathom what madness could possess a person to become like that.

So, everyone on the planet bitches about this teensy tiny fact, but how the fuck is Leonardo DiCaprio WITHOUT AN FRIGGIN OSCAR?! He is brilliant. He is good. He always gives good performance and never does anything remotely shitty. He is entertaining as Jordan Belfort and endlessly so. HE just gives such authenticity to the character and makes you see the corrupt soul of the man he portrays.

Another gobsmacking performance came courtesy of none other than Jonah Hill. He is not quite on the low Adam Sandler has reached, but he has some movies that makes me wonder how he did not burn the second he set his feet in Hollywood. He was weird and very freaky in this movie, married to his cousin and prone to violence in the WoWS.

Both wives of Belfort were beautifully portrayed by the Margot Robbie and Cristin Milioti. His second wife was much more up to handling his debauchery, merely because she had already had some experience in the weird world Belfort was a resident of. I liked her – I think her main attraction was the money but she was beautiful and intelligent enough and I think that equipped her with enough power to know that she could tell him where to get off and didn’t mind yelling at him. I didn’t think he deserved either wife.

The Wolf of Wallstreet is a truly rare movie in the sense that there isn’t a bad moment. My only complaint is some of the scenes really felt dragged.

Looking under the “shocking” cover of the Wolf of Wall Street you will discover an excellent movie exploring what greed does to a person.

Recommendation: Just do it. Belfort certainly did.

Layers of Lannisters – a Game of Thrones post

 

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I am totally obsessed with Game of Thrones and totally morose that I have completely caught up with it – while it is amazing that the internet cannot spoil anything for me about GoT right now, it is so depressing that there won’t be anything new for quite a while.

The idea for this post came to me while watching the last episode of Season 4. I was immediately entertained by myself and thought this would make such a fun post!

The Lannisters are unquestionably the worst family in Game of Thrones. They are corrupted with greed, incest and the need for power. They all, save maybe one, have a fatal flaw.

The Layers of Lannisters can be best described as a burnt cake.

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Layers of burnt cake:

The bottom of the cake, completely burnt and disgusting, stuck to the baking tray.

The hard shell

The rotten core

The Icing

The cherry on the cake

The candidates and their placings

 

  1. Joffrey Baratheon/Lannister is without a doubt the worst creation to have sprung from the Lannisters. It might be something to do with the fact that he is the incestuous creation of Jamie and Cersei, but I actually disagree with this notion. Tommen and Marcella are also born of that charming relationship, but they seem to be kind and sweet, completely unlike their horrific older brother. As the bottom of the cake, he just brings the whole business down. You have to scrub extra hard to remove that last layer from the baking tray you used, and sometimes you have to use some toxic materials to get the job done (hint hint wink wink)
  2. Tywin Lannister as the Hard Shell. You have to crack that shell pretty damn hard to get to the problem underneath. I actually admire Tywin Lannister and although I don’t agree with his methods, he is never conniving and underhanded and working on ulterior motives. He is what he is and if you don’t like it, sorry for you. Protecting his family name and ensuring his legacy continues is what this guy lives for, and you can’t fault that. I do question his very dodgy parenting techniques though.
  3. Cercei and Jamie Lannister. All the drama connected to the Lannisters can be pointed back at them. Or mostly. Joffrey, the biggest fuckhead ever, is the world’s best example as to why brothers and sisters aren’t meant to procreate. Both these characters have a few redeeming qualities. Okay, Cercei has one – she loves her children to madness. I do think she is ACTUALLY mad. I mean, banging your brother is just not something I can sympathise with. Now, I have to say that Jamie Lannister has a lot of good qualities. He has his bad side – sister banging and all, but he has the oddest moments of courage and kindness. Saving Brienne finally endeared him to me, but I am still peeved that he attacked Ned because lover/sister said so. But Jamie has layers, good and bad, and I really love him and every contradiction he offers.
  4. Tommen and Marcella Lannister. The pretty icing on the cake belongs to these two. They are redeemable and seem genuinely sweet, and can save the appearance of the dodgy tribe of Lannister. Marcella was removed from the scene before she could be properly portrayed, but the two younger inbreeds look like they at least have some decent qualities. It is clearly obvious that Tommen has none of the qualities his brother has and is perhaps the only chance the new generation of Lannisters have of ever being something respectable.
  5. Tyrion Lannister is definitely the cherry on the cake. He is the best of the Lannisters. He is one of my favourite characters ever. He is book smart and has a kindness in him very few of his family members share. I get so outraged with all the injustice that gets thrown to his side. He has a sarcastic, insightful nature, and his plans are always thought out. I have said if he dies I will NOT watch this show anymore.

Iconic Book Scene: Dracula – Mina Will Not Go Alone

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So I am behind on every single thing in my life right now, and that includes blog posts. When Zoë mentioned last night she had a Scene up her sleeve, I was like HELL YEAH. Send this to me! Enjoy! (It goes without saying, but if you are not already following her legendary blog, I strongly recommend you go be awesome and press the follow button on her site)

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I absolutely love this scene. When I read it I knew that it was perfect for Natasha’s Iconic Book Scene feature, because it is just a stunning piece of prose. In this single piece alone you can tell how much Jonathan loves Mina, and that even though he undeniably despises Count Dracula and all that he is, he can completely understand why the Count does the things that he does, and how such an affliction would spread so rapidly.

If you are interested in taking part in this, send your scene, with or without an explanation as to why you love it so much, to natashastander@gmail.com

Have a good one!

Book Review: The Pagan Stone (Nora Roberts)

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Book three of the Sign of Seven / Pagan Stone Trilogy

The Seven is drawing closer. First Cal Hawkins and Quinn had to face the demon Lazarus Twisse, then it was Fox O’Deale and Layla Darnell’s turn, and finally it is up to Gage Turner and Cybil Kinski to face the demon that tries to rip them apart.

Gage Turner has never had an easy life. After the death of his mother, his father became an abusive drunk that nothing could be done for. Even through the support of his two best friends Fox and Cal, Gage suffered through years of abuse. He finally fled the house at eighteen to become a successful professional poker player, only to return to the Hollow every seven years to try and cope with the madness that engulfed the town residents under the demon’s curse.

Now he is back and has witnessed both his friends fight the demon and fall in love. Wary of the falling in love business, Gage tries to distance himself from Cybil, even though it means stepping away from his attraction to her. He fails miserably and is soon drawn into a relationship with her, but she is just as disdainful of being forced into a relationship because of fate rather than having her own say in it.

The three ladies are constantly checking facts and making charts of the demonic attacks in town and it just confuses the men, but they soon find useful information that helps them understand more about which points are being targeted and why. It seems as though Fox’s family farm is a “safe haven”, and further investigation shows the farm used to belong to Ann Hawkins’ family and is somehow magically protected. The six devise a plan to get some townspeople to camp there during the Seven, keeping a large chunk safe.

The six managed to find a possible way to kill the demon, but it may be at the expense of one of their own? Is the chance worth it? Can they move past the tragedy of losing Gage? Will Gage still be keen to die for the town once he learns Cybil’s secret?

Rating: 6/10

This book wasn’t bad, and it was a decent conclusion to the series, but I still felt relieved when I finished it. It felt stretched at the end, and with the book only being about a hundred and fifty pages long, it shouldn’t have been so.

I liked Cybil – She was strong and sure of herself and matched Gage’s temper and ego on every level. The demon was still little scary, but looking back now it also seems like a silly trick to portray the demon as a child – very original. The way the book ended left me a bit confused and it was like the end wasn’t really tied together.

Recommendation: Only to Nora Roberts fans

Book Quote for the Week – And an Idea

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For today’s Book Quote I am posting one of Wuthering Heights – That dark, broody and intense novel that is such an excruciatingly sad read. I do this with a specific reason – I have been thinking about bringing a small new feature to this blog – I will be reviewing the classics. I need some direction in my reading again, especially for on here. What do you think? Let me know!

Amélie (2001)

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Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tatou), born to a strict, hysterical mother and a reclusive father, was indirectly diagnosed with a heart defect as a child. Believing it to be too dangerous for her to attend school, her mother taught her at home. She was thus prevented from interacting with other children and as a result became shy and coped with her loneliness by retreating into her vivid imagination.

Life becomes more lonely when her mother dies, and Amélie leaves home as a young adult and becomes a waitress. The Café she works in has eccentricity in its employees as well as regular customers, and after a few unsuccessful relationships Amélie is content with her work there and living in her own world, taking pleasure from all the small things in life.

Amélie finds a hidden compartment in a wall of her apartment, and within childhood memorabilia. Amélie decides to find its owner and return it to him, and if her act of kindness achieves a satisfactory result, Amélie vows to become and devote her life in doing good things for other people.

At first the search for Dominique Bredoteau is frustrating and pointless, but Raymond Dufayel (Serge Merlin), a painter in Amélie’s building, helps her by pointing out that the correct spelling of Dominique’s surname would be “Bretodeau”. With this information Amélie easily find the owner of the lost merchandise, and when he is moved to tears Amélie is happy to embark on her new found purpose.

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Amélie secretly helps people around her, and her life becomes highly entertaining, although she is still in a bubble. When Mr. Dufayel discovers Amélie is starting to become interested into a quirky young man she keeps bumping into at the train station, he encourages Amélie to pursue him. Amélie starts a game with Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz), and he soon starts searching avidly for her.

Will Amélie overcome her shyness to take the leap to meet Nino?

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Nino is late. Amelie can only see two explanations. 1 – he didn’t get the photo. 2 – before he could assemble it, a gang of bank robbers took him hostage. The cops gave chase. They got away… but he caused a crash. When he came to, he’d lost his memory. An ex-con picked him up, mistook him for a fugitive, and shipped him to Istanbul. There he met some Afghan raiders who too him to steal some Russian warheads. But their truck hit a mine in Tajikistan. He survived, took to the hills, and became a Mujaheddin. Amelie refuses to get upset for a guy who’ll eat borscht all his life in a hat like a tea cozy.

Rating: 7.5/10

Zoë noticed that I have been having such a run of movies with the French in and it is really true. After seeing and loving Midnight in Paris, I had a big yen to watch another feel good movie. Amélie certainly fits the bill. It is quirky and fun, and the romance aspect isn’t overbearing. It had a bit of a slow first half hour but after that the movie developed really well. Audrey Tatou and Mathieu Kassovitz are both very interesting actors and their portrayals were very well done. They had great chemistry and I thoroughly enjoyed their unorthodox courtship.

This movie is definitely about the triumph of shy people. Amélie’s social awkwardness was endearing and sad at the same time. I really enjoyed her elaborate plans and her clear views on who is good and who is bad.

Recommendation: If you don’t mind subtitles, or if you speak French, give this a try because you will most likely enjoy it!

Happy BIRTHAY LITTLE SISTER

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Today is my youngest sister’s birthday! Happy birthday Melissa! Although we are six years apart, we are very close. Like all siblings, the three of us share code words, looks, inside jokes and a special language all of our own. For today’s post I bring you Five Reasons having a younger sister rocks:

You can pass unwanted advice down about just about everything.

Having a six year advantage has its advantages (see what I did there?). I just LOVE giving my opinion in general so giving advice on men, clothes, the weather, men, education, men and clothes is a favourite past time of mine.

Company when I need it

Which is pretty much always except when I like to celebrate my reclusive nature or am actually out with friends.

Advice right back

Which includes being told when I am being a brat.

I always enjoy that.

Similar interests

I know two people on the planet that shares my obsessive obsession with both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings – My bestie and my youngest sister. It is always fun discussing these two series, as well as others, with people who just gets it. HEY: If you love Potter or LoTR, let me know, you will gladly be allowed into the awesome club!

Sibling sympathy

There is no one else on earth that is able to sympathise with familial irritation better than your sisters.

Happy birthday little sister. I love you

Series Review: Game of Thrones Season 3

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The Lannister’s win of Battle of Blackwater Bay secured their reign in King’s Landing and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) has taken over as Hand of the King. His son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) does not take his demotion well after risking his life and nearly dying his sister’s orders. Tyrion is still secretly seeing the former prostitute Shae, who is now Sansa Stark’s handmaiden. Cersei (Lena Headley) is still fretting over her lover/brother, Jamie (Nikolaj Waldau-Coster), who was taken captive by Robb Stark. Unknown to Cersei, Jaime is on his way back, escorted by by Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolyn Christie), the female soldier under orders from Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley).

Catelyn is still being treated as a prisoner by her son Robb Stark. Robb (Richard Madden) is furious with his mother for releasing Jamie behind his back which angered his men. He also has to deal with the anger of Lord Walder Frey (David Bradley), who is very peeved that Robb married Talisa (Oona Chaplin), and not one of Frey’s daughters as promised. Robb and Catelyn begin to repair their relationship when they hear that Bran and Rickon, the two youngest Starks were most likely killed by their former friend Theon Greyjoy.

Bran and Rickon are very much alive and are travelling to the Wall to find their half brother Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). They are accompanied by the giant Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and Osha (Natalia Tena). They meet the Reed siblings, Jojen and Meera, and Jojen particularly interests Bran because he has dreamt of the strange boy. Jojen (Thomas Reed) is able to tell name Bran’s seemingly magical abilities: he is a Warg, someone who can see into the future. Jojen begs him to heed to listen to what he sees while he sleeps.

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is still on her way to Winterfell with Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey). They find themselves encircled by The Brotherhood without Banners, and meet Sandor Clegane. Sandor seems like a decent man and offers to set them free, but when his men arrive with the Hound (Rory McCann), taken captive after fleeing King’s Landing, and the Hound identifies Arya as a Stark, Clegane’s plans change. They are all taken to the secret cave where the Brotherhood hides out, and the Hound is sentenced to trial by combat. He wins the fight, and his slain opponent is brought back to life by the Brotherhood’s leader, Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), who is also a follower of Melisandre’s god. Gendry tells Arya that he plans to join the Brotherhood, but his plans are destroyed when Melisandre shows up and takes him away.

Melisandre (Carice van Houten) takes Gendry to Dragonstone where Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)is licking his wounds following his mortifying defeat. Sir Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) shows up after nearly dying but he is thrown in a cell for speaking against Melisandre’s madness.

After Jon Snow’s capture by the Wildlings, he is taken to the King behind the Wall, Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds). Mance takes a liking to Jon, but warns him that he will be killed if he betrays the people behind the Wall. Jon gets further entangled by sleeping with Ygritte (Rose Leslie), breaking a vow of the Night’s Watch.

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After the attack of the White Walkers, the Night’s Watch is in bad shape. They are once again taking refuge in Craster’s keep, but he is as horrible as ever, and the men are soon angered. Samwell Tarly meets Gillie again, the girl who begged him to help her save her young son’s life when the Men were there previously. The unnamed boy is nearly old enough to be offered as sacrifice to the White Walkers, and Gillie is very worried. Lord Commander Mormont dies when some of the Night’s Men rebel and Sam flee with Gillie and the baby, who is later also named Sam.

In Astapor, DaenerysTargaryen (Emilia Clarke) is continuing her quest to reclaim the Seven Kingdoms. Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney), the former King’s Guard who was thrown aside by Joffrey Baratheon saves her life and offers her his service, and she accepts. Jorah Mormont (Ian Glen) is also still around to advise her, and the two men flank her side as she frees slaves in every city she enters, offering them the choice to either follow her or be finally free, and also killing their old, cruel masters in retaliation of years of injustice and torture. Daenerys finally gets a massive army when she buys the Unsullied from their barbaric master and Missandei, the translator of the treaty, gets to join Daenerys in her quest and leave behind her life.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is still in King’s Landing. Through a little bit of good luck she was freed of marriage to Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) when Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) became the King’s new fiancé. Margaery is infinitely more capable of handling the King’s madness and through some clever games of her own, she manages to endear Joffrey to the citizens of King’s Landing, but Cersei still deeply despises and mistrusts her. Sansa finds a friend she desperately needs in Margaery, and when Margaery and her grandmother Olenna ask if Joffrey is a good person, she overcomes her fears and tells them how horrible he really is.

Brienne and Jamie are waylaid by Bolton arms men, and Jamie loses a hand. Without his sword hand, Jamie is lost and desolate, but Brienne manages to keep him motivated. Jamie tells Bolton that Brienne has a superbly rich father, ensuring that she doesn’t get raped. He goes through a whole lot of things to try and keep her safe, showing that he has redemption in him. When Roose Bolton sends Jaime back to King’s Landing, Jaime returns and saves Brienne, establishing their unlikely friendship.

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The death of Catelyn’s father brings some reconciliation between Robb and Catelyn. He agrees to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Riverrun, much to the anger of Lord Karstark, who still justifiably wants vengeance on Jamie Lannister for killing both his sons.

Petyr Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) shares the Tyrell’s hopes to marry Sansa to Loras Tyrell. Tywin is furious and intercepts, and convinces Olenna to let Loras marry Cersei instead, and this new development is not taken well at all by the Queen Regent. As reward, Petyr is sent to win the affections of Lady Lysa Arryn, the Lady of the Vale. Tywin Lannister promotes Tyrion to Master of Coin, and while he is happy with new responsibilities he is overwhelmed by the magnitude of the job and his inexperience in it. Sansa becomes betrothed to Tyrion, and no one is happy about the new developments.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is still being held captive and tortured. He is hopeful when a mysterious young man helps him escapes, telling him that his sister is trying to save him. His escape is futile – his saviour is actually not a saviour at all, and only sets Theon free for the sport of catching him again. Theon is castrated by his torturer.

Lord Karstark kills two young Lannisters as retribution and Robb is forced to execute him. As Karstark’s men leave Robb, he is forced to try and make amends with Walder Frey. As a peace offering, Robb’s uncle Edmure is now to marry Robb’s previous fiancé, Roslin. The wedding seems to go well, and even Frey seems like he has made peace about it.

Sam is still trying to get Gilly and her young son to safety after the massacre at Craster’s Keep. They are attacked by a White Walker, but they are saved when Sam uses the dragon glass he found on the mountains on it. Jon and Ygritte are still close and they discuss their relationship. Jojen tells Bran that they must find the three eyed raven, but Osha is still adamant that she will not travel beyond the Wall. Eventually they reach a compromise – Osha will take Rickon to Jon Snow while Bran stays with Jojen and his sister.

Arya Stark escapes the Brotherhood’s captivity, but is once again captured, this time by the Hound. She struggles with her hatred of him while he tries to get her to Robb Stark to claim some money.

Sansa is still horrified by her upcoming nuptials. Shae tells Tyrion that their relationship will end with his marriage to Sansa. Margaery, who has become a great source of comfort to Sansa, assures her that she is lucky to receive Tyrion as a husband. Neither Tyrion nor Sansa enjoy their wedding much, but eventually some form of a rapport does develop.

Gendry arrives at Dragonstone with Melisandre. Stannis has an inkling his favourite witch is up to no good and he releases Davos to stop her, but not harm her. They are just in time to stop Melisandre from sacrificing Gendry for his Baratheon blood, and he is thrown into a cell.

Daenerys arrives at the Yunkai and learn that the Second Sons, a mercenary company, are employed there. She meets the lieutenants of the company, all but one are very rude. Daario Naharis kills his fellow leaders and offers his company to Daenerys. Her army soon takes over Yunkai and Daenerys once again gives the slaves in the city the option to be free or follow her.

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Bran and Jon are eventually a few feet apart but Jojen convinces Bran to not let Jon know they are there because it means they will never find the three eyed raven. Bran saves Jon’s life after Jon refuses to kill an innocent man. Jon escapes and Ygritte is furious that he left her behind.

Yara Greyjoy decides to save her brother, but Theon is not himself anymore and eventually she gives up hope. Sam and Gilly finally reach Castle Black and Gilly is allowed to stay and care for the men. When Ygritte sees Jon again she shoots him, and he arrives injured at Castle Black. With Jon and Sam back, Westeros can finally be alerted of the existence of the White Walkers. The news reaches Stannis Baratheon first, and Melisandre says that fighting the Walkers is their most important task.

Rating: 7.5/10

I went in with high hopes for season three, bolstered by the excellence of season one and two. High hopes are often dashed, and mine were just a bit damaged by the slow pace of season three. The story was as good as always, but the characters constantly seemed to be waiting for something to happen.

The last three episodes of the season completely exploded. I left out the big plot twist to spare anyone who hasn’t seen Season three yet. Let me just say I was gobsmacked and screaming and even angrier than when Ned Stark got executed back in Season One. Hint: I HATE MR. FILCH SO MUCH.

Daenerys once again just keeps on climbing the awesome ladder. She occasionally frustrated me in season two, but I thoroughly enjoyed her uncompromising attitude in Season Three. I really liked the inclusion of Daario Naharis. The actor that played him had something, not in looks but in attitude that just smacked of Khal Drogo. The girl has fine taste in men!

I used to be a sympathiser with Stannis, but not anymore. For the first two seasons I thought he was just a man being bamboozled by Melisandre, but he finally showed the full extent of his douchery by his treatment of his scarred daughter. His wife is a thorough nut, and I DO sympathise with him for being married to her.

The girl power in GoT rocks so much. My favourite ass kicking ladies are naturally Daenerys and then Margaery Tyrell, who impressed me so much. I thought she was mad for willingly becoming betrothed to Joffrey, but after a while I could see that she would perhaps be the only person on the planet that could control the @#$%. She furthered endeared herself to me by being so nice to Sansa, who REALLY needed a friend. I also like Arya Stark. That little girl is such a Stark and she just won’t give up and I respect her so much for it.

Some relationships were so sweet and some so annoying. I absolutely adored the love between Talisa and Robb Stark, and the whole Gillie and Sam thing. Shae and Tyrion had something going that was sweet, but eventually I didn’t like Shae’s attitude at all. I did not like Ygritte’s terrifying obsession with Jon Snow. Seriously, I get the addiction to Kit Harrington completely, but wow that was a bit overly attached girlfriend there!

Have you seen the third season? What did you think?

Midnight in Paris (2010)

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I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave… It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds… until it returns, as it does, to all men… and then you must make really good love again.

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is touring Paris with his unsatisfied fiancée Inez (Rachel MacAdams), who just doesn’t share his affection for the beautiful French town. Even though Gil is a successful screenwriter, he wishes to be a writer living in Paris, preferably in the 1920’s if he could have his way. Inez shoots all his ideas down and doesn’t seem to think he could make it as a writer. Her parents share these sentiments and want Gil to continue earning huge amounts of cash so that he and Inez can set up in Malibu after their wedding.

Inez and Gil find that Paul (Michael Sheen) and his girlfriend are also touring France. Inez seems very impressed by the pedantic Paul, who just thinks he knows absolutely everything about anything. He offers to read and critique Gil’s novel, and Inez supports the offer, oblivious that Gil would hate it.

Inez and Paul decide to go dancing after a wine tasting. Gil, a bit drunk, declines and walks the streets of Paris. As midnight strikes, Paul is picked up by an old fashioned Peugeot car and lands back in the 1920s. He meets a large amount of his literary idols – Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll). When Hemingway hears that Gil is busy with a novel, he takes him to Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), who promises to read it and offer her opinion.

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Naturally Inez does not believe a word of the story and she leaves before Gil can prove it the following night. Gil takes his novel to Gertrude Stein and meets Pablo Picasso and his beautiful lover, Adriana (Marion Cottliard). Adriana is immediately impressed when she hears the first few lines of his novel, and Gil is very taken with her.

Gil spends more time in the 1920’s, irritating Inez and alerting the suspicions of her father Paul (Michael Sheen), who employs a private detective to find out what Gil is up to. Gil is becoming more attracted to Adriana, but when she finds out that he is engaged she distances herself slightly. Adriana leaves Picasso and goes on a trip to Africa with Hemingway, but Gertrude Stein is sure that it will not last.

Back in the present, Inez shops for furniture while Gil looks at antiques. He meets Gabrielle (Lea Seydoux), a beautiful French lady who shares his affection for the Lost Generation. Gil stumbles upon a priceless treasure – a diary of Adrienne that mentions him by name.

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Gil returns to the past where he gives Adriana a gift. They kiss, and a horse-drawn carriage arrives, taking them back to the 1890’s. Adriana expresses her desire to remain there, and Gil is perplexed with her claims that the 1890’s was the golden age, not the 1920’s. They part ways, with Gil returning to 2011.

After rewriting the first two chapters, Stein is very much impressed with the progress Gil has made as a writer. She even says that Hemingway liked it, but wonders why the main character does not realise that his fiancé is sleeping with another character, characters that were based on Inez and Paul. Gil realises what this means, and confronts Inez. She admits to the affair but discards its importance, but Gil calls an end to the relationship, telling her that they will be happier apart and that he has chosen to stay in Paris. Inez is furious, but her parents also think that their separation is a wonderful idea.

As Gil once more walks the streets of Paris, he meets Gabrielle again, and they take a walk in the rain.

Rating: 7.5/10

I really enjoyed Midnight in Paris. I had an inkling this movie would be good. I was completely right about it (and who doesn’t love being right?!). Midnight in Paris is beautifully directed and I just fell in love with everything about it. The scenery, the love for Paris (it reignited my desperate need to stand under the Eiffel Tower), the way Paris is portrayed, and the absolutely shockingly amazing performance by Owen Wilson all just contributed to my utter enjoyment of the film.

Rachel MacAdams was for the first time ever such a disgusting cow in a role and she obviously has real acting skills to be able to portray Inez and be Ally from the Notebook at the same time. Inez irritated and frustrated me beyond belief and her idiocy of not seeing the worth of Gil while being utterly charmed by the know it all Paul.

The questioning of Gil’s sanity is charmingly underplayed and kept me riveted. Was he hallucinating? Was this all going to end in a sad way? I really kept wondering until Adrienne’s journal was found as confirmation, and even then I wasn’t sure of Gil’s mental stability. I absolutely LOVED Owen Wilson in here. He was funny and charming and really looked like a disorganised writer.

I think Marion Cottliard is a lovely actress and she was so mysterious in here. I hoped they would end up together but their eventual separation was mutual and beneficial. This was one of those movies where the star studded cast didn’t overwhelm or deduct from the final story being told, and I found a famous face entertaining rather than exhausting when being introduced.

Lastly, I really liked that even though there was a love story being told, it wasn’t gooey, and the comedy in the movie wasn’t overwhelming. I am not sure how I would classify this, but I certainly wouldn’t classify it as a rom-com. It is much too intelligent, funny and truly charming to fall into that category, and I actually enjoy rom-coms now and again.

I can really see myself watching this again.

Recommendation: It is a feel good movie and I would think that most people would enjoy this!