Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 2

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CONTAINS SPOILERS

Arya Stark is on the screen and her life is happening. She’s finally ready to meat JaqenH’ghar after months of travel. We don’t get to see the person we associate with this character till later on, because the man is up to his usual tricks. I am rather interested in what this story arc will deliver for Arya. She didn’t annoy me overly much though. Big surprise as her angry little demeanor usually frustrates me, although I get the reason behind it.

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Cercei receives a disturbing package from Dorne – Marcella’s necklace around a snake. Ellaria rightfully blames the Lannister’s for Oberyn’s death and wants vengeance. However, the Prince of Dorne, Oberyn’s brother, seems to not want this revenge and is genuinely grieving – great up to actor Alexander Siddig for that scene. It honestly looked like he was in deep emotional distress. Cersei manipulates Jamieagain by telling him he’s never been a proper father to Marcella (that is because he’s only ever supposed to have been her uncle) and he eventually pledges to head out to Dorne to fetch Marcella before Ellaria can send her back in pieces. Dorne seems pretty interesting storyline and has some great architecture that is being used for it. Ellaria is still crazy and awesome and I love her. She expresses her heartache in vengeance and it is such an interesting take rather than the usual feeble tears many of the other characters portray. (Chopping poor Marcella into pieces seems a little extreme though)

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Jaime then blesses us by appearing in a leatherjacket. He convinces Bronn to join him, and Bronn leaves behind his faintly dimwitted betrothed for better prospects. I’ve always liked Bronn – he is what he is and he is quite honest about it. I’m looking forward to his clandestine travelling with Bronn. These two have an entertaining dynamic together and there is a lot of potential in their adventure.

If you look behind Cersei’s manipulation, incest and cruelty, the woman is a very multilayered and intriguing character. Her only redeeming quality is her love for her children but even that is so obsessive it is hard to call it an attribute. Lena Headley does such a fantastic job with the character, because even though she’s done such despicable things I can never really get to a point where I am repulsed by her.

Margaery being such a constant thorn in the queen’s side. Love Margaery. Cersei referring to her as the smirking bitch is so apt. What is so laughable is that Margaery is capable of such kindness (as particularly shown towards Sansa), but Cersei keeps going at Margaery and a granddaughter of Ollena Tyrell does not take attacks lying down.

Grand Maester Pycell is so disgusting. Eugh.He never stops grossing me out. Ever.

Jon Snow. I mentioned in my review of Episode 1 that Snow has more heart than good sense, and he proves it yet again. Jon being made Lord Commander and that was a great choice, although I am worried that Stannis won’t take kindly to his offer being refused. Jon Stark and the reclaiming of Winterfell by a Stark would have given me such happy moments (and Roose and Ramsay Bolton losing their heads). I get Jon’s decision though, and really support the idea of distance between him and Mellisandre.

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Ugh, Little Finger. I don’t trust him one bit, and don’t think Sansa is safe with him, regardless of his “Affections” – everyone he’s cared for so far has been popped. I liked that they address the fact why Sansa’s hair is darker. (He’s the only person who grosses me out as much as Pycell in GoT_

Dany, what the hell are you up to? Stop being such an idealist and bleeding heart, woman. The world isn’t perfect. If it was, Drogo would have still been alive. (not over it).

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Speaking of all things named after Drogo, hello, scaly friend!

This was a good episode, but the season needs to pick up some speed. It’s taken the characters two episodes to mostly arrive at their new venues, so hopefully episode three will be more explosive.

The Iconic Bookscene: American Gods by The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Thanks to my awesome Bestie Zoë for sending this one through! See her discussion and quote below :)

So this is a scene that struck me when I was reading American Gods a few months back. I cannot precisely explain why it resonated so much with me, but a part of it is because it speaks of how people can make anything happen, provided they believe in something strongly enough. I just thought I would share it, it is a genuinely beautiful piece

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Movie Review: The First Time (2012)

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Plot: A shy senior and a down-to-earth junior fall in love over the weekend.

Rating: 8/10

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Ah man, I really like this movie. It is so cute and young and fun, what’s not to like. Stars Brit Robertson and Dylan O’Brien are charming as young couple Aubrey Miller and Dave Hodgman. Even though Aubrey has an older boyfriend, Ronny (James Frecheville), an “adult” who seems to think he understands the messed up world in all its glory, she hasn’t slept with him yet. She meets Dave when he’s prepping himself to tell Jane (Victoria Justice) that he likes her, and Dave is really quite embarrassed when Aubrey finds him in the middle of his dialogue. Their romance happens quickly and soon Aubrey and Dave have to deal with the realization that “The First Time” is not the romantized experience they had been expecting.

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The First Time is a quick enjoyable watch and a really cute look into teenagers and their messy hormones. I really adored Aubrey – she’s so cranky and unsure about where her life is heading, she’s constantly thinking about how her life is going and where it should be heading. Her irritation with the general human race made me laugh and relate. I really did marvel at her excellent make-up skills – are American teens so adept with the make-up brush? I also thought Dave Hodgman was so adorable and young and found his initial insecurities really cute.

This is a fun movie, probably not for everyone, but very sweet and funny at times.

Game of Thrones Season 5: Episode 1: A total UNspoilery post!

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We’ve made it to Friday! EEK! WHOOP! This was also the week that Game of Thrones returned to our screens. Yes, fans wept and countries across the globe gave up productivity for entertainment.

The first episode was a great first episode. It is entertaining but not overwhelming, slowly easing you back into Westeros.

That.Theme.Song. I just want to do great things while listening to it!

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The glimpse we get of young Cersei is spot on. Everything is there: the snooty cloak of royalty she dons like she was born with it, her demanding personality and that quiet desperation because even as a young girl she knew that her fate would always not be in her hands.

Intriguing… new crazy religion introduced in episode one. Like we don’t have enough of it with Melisandre being cray-cray.

Speaking of old Melly, and her ratchet king Stannis Baratheon, them at the wall exerting their power promises some interesting moments. Jon Snow is there, and as everyone knows, Jon Snow never let’s common sense come in the way of making his intentions and beliefs known.

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Daenerys Targaryen is still insanely beautiful, obstinate and bad ass. I love that she always has a smart ass comment ready for some fool who would think she is not a Queen.

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This is a season 4 pic… but man that boy is fine

Daario Naharis. Holy smoky. If GRRM does not pop him I will be happy. I also like that he has become part of Daeny’s council, not just her bedmate. Although she is quite blessed to have him there :D

No Arya Stark in this episode. I’m not totally as crazy about her as the rest of the world, she actually annoys me quite often, but beware she’s not in right now if you are looking for her.

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Sansa… where does a girl in Westeros get such hair dye? I LOVE her red locks.

PS: Someone dies. Not saying who though. You’re on your own with that! :D

Have you seen this episode? What did you think??

Watchlist: April, May and Possibly June

EEK! All these movies have me super excited to see them. However, realistically I know that they will be spread over a couple of months due to exams :(

Read, enjoy, and comment below!

Whiplash

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Plot: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential

I’m very much with the general population excited about Miles Teller. He’s got some excellent acting skills and has an everyday attractiveness to him that I particularly appreciate. I haven’t heard one bad word about this movie and would really like to check what the fuss is about. I’ve also heard that it is intense and compelling, and I really need an intense and compelling movie in my life right now.

Furious 7

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Plot: Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother

I’m such a massive fan of the franchise. It is buckets full of mindless fun and the characters seems like real family. Above and beyond Paul Walker’s death and his exit from the franchise, this was already a movie I was amped for before the tragic incident of his death.

The Longest Ride

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Plot: After an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.

If not only for the inappropriate comments I already wish to utter about that title, I have this thing where I love watching Nicholas Spark’s movies regardless if it is really bad or not (and let’s face it, it is mostly bad). The Longest Ride stars Scott Eastwood and Brit Robertson and seems like a very nice cheesy feast with romance and country boys making city girls fall for them. It also stars Oona Chaplin from our favourite GoT love story (fuck you, Filtch) so I would love to head out and see what these kids have to offer.

Pulp Fiction

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Plot: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

This one is for my Blindspot choices. I’ve actually started it quite a few times but then I see the time it runs and I remember I have this life I need to run and get other things done. I would really like to see what the fuss is about and if I like it as much as the rest of the world.

Jurassic Park 2

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Plot: A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.

I’m working through all these dinos movies before Chris Pratt graces our big screen with his adorable mug and getting chased by new mutant dinos, which translates as I’ve managed to watch one of them and procrastinated on the rest. The First movie is big buckets full of fun, so I can see myself really enjoying the rest of them!

The Godfather (with Zoë)

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I’m the most scared to do this, because Mobster Bestie might rear her head if I don’t like this! #scared #running #formylife. This is also for my Blindspot series and it seems high time that I see why everyone loves it so much.

Insurgent

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Plot: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

I will definitely wait this one out for the DVD release. Can’t see myself really getting lyrical about it, but it will be nice to continue the series.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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IT IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which movies are you looking forward to?

Movie Review: Birdman (2014)

Birdman posterPlot: A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play (IMDb)

Rating: 8/10

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It seems like Birdman will be one of the few movies I dislike and everyone else likes. It just wasn’t all that in my eyes and I don’t really get the hype. I can see why it has critics weeping with happiness – it is original and offbeat, which makes it refreshing to watch. The cast is stellar – Michael Keaton is at his best, Emma Stone continues to be my favorite young actress and Edward Norton has enough talent to leave you feeling whiplashed. The plot develops at a great pace and nothing is left untouched, except perhaps that open end that had me irritated.

Birdman isn’t to my taste, and I think that is mostly the reason I didn’t love it so much. I thought between this and The Theory of Everything (the other major film of last year), The Theory of Everything was much better. I can reason that it is here purely a matter of preference to me and that is why I feel like this. I do think that Keaton’s performance was just as excellent as Eddie Redmayne’s, and if the Oscar went the other way it wouldn’t have been unfair.

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My favorite parts were everything with Emma Stone in. Her acting range is wide and she is fantastic as the weird rehabilitated rich kid. She and Norton share a trait that I enjoy – they flip a switch and their performances are immediately intense – they both have this seemingly inexhaustible level of raw emotion locked inside of them.

I experienced the film as very angst ridden. It has a nervous energy to it and the musical score makes you want to go and check if you did all your homework. I read that the film was shot in this way to specifically achieve that stressed atmosphere, and therefore director did a good job with what he planned. 

Birdman was good and I think there are plenty of people who will really appreciate everything that it has to offer, but it really isn’t something I will watch again.

Movie Review: The Host (2013)

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PLOT: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world

Rating: 7/10

The Host is certainly better than its Rotten Tomatoes (8%) would suggest. A closer but probably still unfair score is the one IMDb (5.9/10) gifted it with.

The Host is adapted from a Stephanie Meyer novel of the same name. If you could ever possibly forget who that it, let me remind you; oh cave dweller: Mrs. Meyer is the author who penned the Twilight saga, those books who startlingly get more derision directed towards it than Fifty Shades of Grey does.

Apparently Meyer wrote this book between all the Twilight books, probably just to shake off that vague feeling that she was corrupting the minds of young women. Although I can’t begin to claim that I am educated in the science fiction world I do think that the story is interesting enough and I find the thought of these odd creatures inhabiting humans vaguely interesting and somewhat disturbing.

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The Host was refreshingly devoid of a love triangle debacle and I liked that plenty. It has another issue that would have me screaming for a psychologist – Melanie is in love with her Jared but Wanda keeps falling for Jake. It’s more two souls in one body loving different people than the infuriating “I don’t know who to love” angle.

I had some major issues with Jake hitting Melanie while she was inhabited with Wanda – I don’t give a flying fuck if her body has been taken over by an alien that is still a girl sixty times smaller than you, douche bag. The violence on females was just a bit too pronounced and justified for me to fully enjoy.

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Saoirse Ronan really is the best thing about this movie. She moves through all her scenes with the grace the dialogue doesn’t always deserve. The story is a bit beneath a woman with her acting abilities, although to her credit she does not seem bored to be there. Max Irons is definitely someone I can watch in a movie, he is cute and doesn’t do a bad job being Jared Howe.

I would really have enjoyed getting more into the nitty and the gritty of these characters and their stories – it is mostly rushed through and only snippets are shown. Yeah, the time allocated is limited, but I’ve seen other movies do it before.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen Diane Kruger in something, and it is nice to put something to her other than her dating Joshua Jackson. I won’t be weeping with heartfelt emotion about her performance anytime soon, but I did think she makes a good alien (erm, that is a compliment)

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If it sounds that I didn’t enjoy the movie, I did. I enjoyed it despite the corny dialogue and often dragging storyline. I think it is a good movie if you don’t expect too much and has decent popcorn entertainment. I liked that Melanie is so independent and that she took care of herself and her brother long before Jared entered the scene. I like that she was strong enough to fight back against alien invasion and that she wouldn’t just give up on Wanda’s existence so she could come back and kiss Jared. I loved the underground farm scenes and how they took efforts to show how humans were surviving in caves. I also liked that they tried to bring across that these alien life forms weren’t necessarily evil, just very different.

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The Host interested me enough that I will soon start reading the book, something I’ve avoided until now. It is a decent enough movie, and although the plot isn’t solid or breath-taking, it kept me sufficiently entertained for a while.

Plot query: How did the first Wanderer enter a human? I get how the rest of them entered their hosts, but the first one? Someone had to help It and I have no idea who would even think of doing that.

Five things Friday: 5 things that happens when you stop reading the news

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I’ve always been a news junky. To use a phrase my hairdresser loves using, I am just that type of a person. You know, the type of person who follows catastrophic events like it’s the Oscars and Leonardo is finally getting one.

It is a horrendous habit. Not only does it take away a chunk of your time, and in my case severely limited personal time, I find it constantly emotionally depressing. Between ISIS, the destruction of historical statues in SA, babies getting raped, temperatures rising and the petrol price, the little bit of happy news out there is drowned under the constant flow of terrible things happening in the world.

So after being bombarded the last few weeks with depressing news, I decided to take a break from entering news sites. I allow myself entertainment news, because even when it’s bad news they are still ridiculous and make me laugh. I unfollowed every news site (sorry guys) and unsubscribed to email updates.

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Herewith a list of things that happen when you stop reading the news:

  1. News will seep through. It may be on the radio, it might be a family member or a friend, it might be your enemy at work trying to make you like her. You will invariably hear some report of some event and it will seem like you took precautionary steps for no reason whatsoever.
  2. Your crazy aunt will feel the urge to keep tagging you in posts on Facebook about supporting right wing lunatics. I have come to really dislike the presence of older relatives on my Facebook. The young ones I can deal with and to be fair my hipster-grandma is really quite okay on social media. However, I have these two spinster aunts that are the bane of my existence for a number of reasons:
    • Their spelling. It is the worst I’ve ever seen and it makes me want to cry.
    • Their weirdness. If I see one more thing like “just because I like herbs and magick doesn’t mean I’m a witch” post I will book myself into a ward in a hospital and just rock myself to sleep tonight.
    • You can’t delete family off of Facebook. It is asking for familial dramas and petulant Facebook statuses.
    • I am so over rightwingers in this country already from both sides, I do not need my crazy family tagging me in posts. EVER.
    • These are the people who created a group for Snape and Hermoine fanfiction, remember those, Zoë?
  3. You will have to stop going on Twitter, a.k.a. the fastest way on earth to get breaking news.
  4. Stop listening to radio and Stop watching television. Okay, delete humanity and social media altogether in your life.
  5. You will find ways to be on social media without ruining your day – here is a link to my Instagram account, where I am finally getting into the swing of things (I have four pics up, HELL YES FOR ME)

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Ultimately, you will be happier. I love having general knowledge and keeping abreast of the current events, but it isn’t worth the irritation and distress the news is causing me. I might soon delete my Facebook account, becoming part of the large amount of people who just won’t deal with other people’s drama anymore.

Bonus: Your email inbox will decrease in volume and you will get to the emails that need attention, for reals.

Happy weekend!

Book Review: The Brightest Star in The Sky (Marian Keyes)

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Plot: Welcome to 66 Star Street . . . In the top-floor flat lives music exec Katie. She spends her days fighting off has-been rock stars and wondering how much cheesecake you’d need to eat yourself to death. Below her, a pair of muscular Poles share with a streetwise cabbie named Lydia, who has a sharp tongue, an even sharper brain but some unexpected soft spots. On the first floor is Fionn – a gardener who prefers the company of parsnips to people. But he looks like a fairy-tale prince and when he’s offered his own television show, he’s suddenly thrust into the limelight. And at the bottom of the house live Matt and Maeve, who are Very Much In Love and who stave off despair by doing random acts of kindness. But a mysterious visitor has just landed at 66 Star Street, bringing love, friendship and heartbreak, and a new-found optimism. Old secrets are working their way to the surface and all their lives are about to change in the most unexpected of ways . . . (via Goodreads)

Rating: 7/10

There is something about Marian Keyes’ writing style that I find so reassuring. She writes like a madman and no story she produces is the same. When I picture her writing it feels like she’s similar to one of the writers who are tormented by the story until it’s been told.

The Brightest Star in the Sky is a mammoth undertaking and clocks in at about 600 pages. It took me a while to read, because hey, I can finish a 200 page book in a night but 600 is a whole other level. It is also not the easiest book to read. The paragraphs are short and quick to follow but the jumping between the comings and goings of all the residents in 66 Start Street can be overwhelming at times.

Classifying Marian Keyes as an author of chicklit is uninformed and silly. I am sure her audience is largely female but her topics are heavy and there is very little froth in her books. She taps into a range of emotions: Fear, angst, hilarity, sadness, power, it is all there in her books. Keyes deals with a variety of topics in this book (once again) and though I won’t mention it here because it is a spoiler, I was seriously angry at life in general at the end for some characters, and story is unfortunately the truth in modern society.

I found the narrator so strange. I couldn’t place what it is exactly and even by the wildest theories did I get near to the truth. The eventual identity of the narrator is slightly preposterous and quite silly.

The Brightest Star in the Sky was a good enough book to read, but the strength of the story is not equal to the size of the book and could be conceived as drawn out. I am glad I read it though; I really enjoy the author’s work and think she is amazingly talented. Not my favorite of her, but a fine book all the same.