Game of Thrones Season 7: A recap of the so far

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Me, and the majority of the world seemingly, have been following the latest Game of Thrones season. Sure there are people who still feel the need to say that “this isn’t their show” or “I’ve never watched Game of Thrones in my life”, and they are all really annoying, but for the most part people are at least really interested in what is happening in Westeros. It is probably the only show I make the effort to watch as it comes out, because people love talking about this show that you are bound to know every single detail if you don’t watch it the moment it is released.

As usual, I felt that the show started slow. It is on par with the layout of the previous seasons – the snail paced start of the first few episodes and the eruption of war and chaos everywhere a few episodes in. The first episode was a catch up of what had happened and where every character had ended up, and it felt slow but it was also a necessary aspect.

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I really do enjoy Euron Greyjoy. I’m mentioning him first of the characters because he’s my favorite new addition to this season. Sure, he’s an absolutely horrendous character, but actor Pilou Asbaek is having the time of his life portraying this mad, fearless pirate. He provided a fierce battle on the water, and the scene where he rides into King’s landing after sinking Daenerys’ fleet amused me – he is clearly having the time of his life. The death of the Sandsnakes were desperately disappointing, with their rumored excellent fighting skills just that – a rumor.

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Cersei Lannister is still the Queen of Chaos and creating havoc where she goes. Lena Headey has done a fantastic job with this role and she continues to shine. This is a petty need, but I really just wish she can get other hair now in the show – that yellow short style hurts my soul. I’m now where she told Jaime she’s pregnant and threatened him in the same breath. She’s a crazy woman and although I’m not sure if she is going to stick to the plan to tell the world that Jaime is indeed the father of her child, she certainly knew the impact it would have telling him that.

Nikolaj Waldau-Coster still plays my favorite incestuous guy in Westeros. He’s clearly conflicted and a brave, honorable man – there was something insanely courageous and telling in the way he decided to charge Drogon. I hope this show takes him more places and he doesn’t just remain Cersei’s puppet. Although gross and illegal, he truly loves her, and while I’m sure she loves him, I often feel that she looks at him like a dispensable pawn. Jaime has levels that are untapped and if one of my ten million theories about how this show can end ever pans out, he’s probably going to be the Queen-slayer as well.

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The other Queen, Daenerys of the million names, is irritating me on a level that I can’t put in to words. She has evolved over the season as any character has, but that is not always a good thing. She’s pompous, power hungry and a fool most of the time, and is steering towards the direction of her father at this stage. I was sorry when she burned Dickon Tarly and his father for refusing to BEND THE FUCKING KNEE – that phrase is irritating me so much – it showed that they were obviously honorable men (though Tarly senior was definitely a mean old thing), and on the seriously low looky level the show currently has I would have enjoyed more of Dickon Tarly. I really hope the resurfacing of the now cured Jorah Mormont will stabilize her attitude. Her relationship dynamic with Jon Snow is also interesting – after them finally meeting there was definite sexual tension in the air, which is just a bit gross since they are related. Neither of them know it yet at least, so thus far that tension isn’t a Lannister thing yet.

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The combination of two of my favorite people in the show – Jon and Ser Davos – continues to keep me happy. I like Ser Davos so much – from his time where he acted as a kindly father figure to the now toasty Shireen Baratheon, Ser Davos is an honorable man who is loyal to his King. He’s proven to be a great help to Jon, though not always the most linguistically capable comrade Jon has. I also liked Davos bringing in Gendry (YAY!) again, and I hope Gendry and Jon have great adventures together. I really liked the banter shared between Jon and Gendry in Episode 5, and might I just say Gendry turned in to a fine young man while he was hiding in plain sight. There was lots of humor – the banter about Robert Baratheon’s girth and Jon not being as tall as Ned, and I particularly liked Gendry not hiding the fact that he’s a Baratheon from Jon. It’s important, because despite the many faults of Robert he and Ned were great friends and allies. Jon himself has grown – I’ve been annoyed with the character at times but he remains my favorite to be on the throne. He’s agenda is different and he’s focused on the right thing – the Night King and his frozen army. Jon had a moment where he stood up to Daenerys which I found really attractive – it is so pleasing when a righteous man puts his foot down once in a while. He’s now on his way back to capture a Zombie, and I really hope he, Tormund Giantsbane and Jorah make it back out alive. (I also wish Tormund and Brienne marry and have big, scary babies). The scene with Jon touching the dragons are obviously important, and I found the setup of the scene fantastic.

Arya has finally dropped the part where she was no-one, and after being in one of the best and most rewarding opening scenes in a series where she avenges Robb Stark, she heads back to Winterfell to reunite with her siblings. This is important as she was on her way, and would likely have succeeded, in killing Cersei. There was this awkward moment with Ed Sheeran (the internet mayhem kept me entertained for weeks), and a moment with Hot Pie that I really enjoyed, and afterwards her reunion with Sansa really didn’t have the same emotional punch as Sansa and Jon enjoyed in season six. I think it stems from the fact that the sisters were never really close at the start, and while they are probably happy to see each other they are likely still going to be competitive. Of the two sisters, Arya is my favorite. I think authority sits well on Sansa but she needs to get rid of Littlefinger – he has way too much hold on her at the moment.

I think the other last important thing to mention is Sam and Gilly. I like Gilly so much, and Sam a lot of the times, but he was just a bit annoying in the last episode. His heroics saved Jorah this season, for which we thank him, but his irritated dismissal of Gilly’s information did not endear him to me. Sam lost his temper a bit with his position at the Citadel, and has now embarked to who knows where. He had a point there at least – to provide valuable information to Jon.

I really like the scenery, the battles, the costume design (as always fantastic in this show) and how plots are falling in place – my brother in-law feels that it is too designed and easy, but I am enjoying it. The entire story is finally escalating towards massive battle scenes. Every single family has been uprooted and displaced, and the Tyrells have been completely obliterated (fantastic exiting scene from Oleynna Tyrell). If I could have a scene where Littlefinger dies, where Jon and Arya are reunited, and possibly love between Brienne and Thormund, I will consider myself a very lucky person. I think Dany and Cersei squaring off is probably only the very last season, but we can hope for that to happen soon too as it will be amazing.

What are your thoughts this far in?

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Movie Review: Me Before You (2016)

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Plot: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change each other for all time

Rating: 6/10

If you read my review of the book here, you’d know that I enjoyed the book. Me Before You is quite the controversial book with a whole lot of people being upset about the approach to both paraplegic patients and euthanasia. I’m definitely pro euthanasia, and while I certainly understand why people are against it, I DO feel that people often look at it from the survivor’s perspective and not from the patients’ perspective. This is however not a debate about that, so let’s talk rather about the film.

It lacks the personality of the book. Some filler information was left out of the film, which was a good thing because there are times where the book does feel winding. It does leave out some things that should have been included though – you are never privy as to why the bond between Lou and Will becomes so strong. You also never see how sick and uncomfortable Will is, and how much he lost after his accident. Despite the impressive acting from Sam Claflin, he still at times comes across as a petulant rich white kid in a wheel chair, which isn’t what Will was in the books.

I did like that the relationship between Will’s mother and father is much better in the film. The book has them on the edge of divorce and I think that the story has enough melodrama without a crumbling marriage as well.

I didn’t like that they underplayed the difficult relationship Lou has with her sister. They are basically frenemies in the books, and turned into besties in the film. Lou’s home life is pretty bleak in the books, and apart from the discussion of some financial woes, you never really get to understand how much Will changed Lou’s life.

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The two main characters were well cast. I find Sam Claflin a really accomplished actor and he is able to bring Will to life as much as the script writers allowed him too. I had some issues with Emilia Clarke – her facial expressions were all over the show. She did manage to be Lou though, and I liked that.

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I loved the adaption of this scene! Really exactly what I imagined in the book. It was sweet and hilarious and showed the difference between Will and Lou’s frankly terrible and egotistical boyfriend.

Why the low rating you ask when I keep mentioning the things I liked? I thought it didn’t reach the emotional depths of the book, it didn’t show us why the two characters became so attached, it never really displayed how much Will actually lost after his accident. Basically if you see this film you will be a little sad, sure, but reading the book broke my heart in the way only a really good story can. What I’m trying to say here is that Me Before You is not a terrible adaption, but it does lack the heart to make it truly heartbreaking.

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December 2016: Watched, Read, Loved

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Happy 2017 everyone! I pretty much disappeared from the blog in December. I needed a break. I often am way too harsh on myself about blogging – wanting desperately to post five times a week. It is important to remind myself though that blogging is supposed to be fun and for times where I actually have the time. So I gave it a bit of a break and I am back feeling all refreshed!

It was also quite a sad December globally with the deaths of George Michael and Carrie Fisher. It seemed like 2016 kept knocking everyone down and I am really glad it ended. Let’s hope for a peaceful and fantastic 2017.

Series Watched:

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Vampire Diaries Season 5: I am currently stalling with this season. It is a pretty rotten season and by far the worst of all the seasons so far. I need to finish it up but definitely not feeling all the bullshit of the season.

Alias season 1 and 2: EEK! I am having so much fun! It is so much fun! I can’t wait to review this.

Movies Watched:

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Rogue One: A Star Wars movie. It was good, great excitement and all. I did like The Force Awakens better though.

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Memento: This was my second last blindspot for 2016. It is mind tingling and interesting, well directed and acted. Definitely worthy of watching, despite me taking ages to get it done!

Annie: I put this on for my mother to watch. It was okay – very singy and full of children but not overly offensive. It’s definitely a film that parents can watch with their children without wanting to cry because it is so boring.

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Twilight: I had such a weak moment! Want to review them all at some stage again.

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Scream 1, 2 and 3: this was so much fun. I’m planning to do the fourth one soon. Great entertainment!

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A Nightmare on Elm Street: Same here. I am having way too much fun with these old school thrillers.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:  second time watching this and I loved it way too much.

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The DUFF: I am racking up the watches on this film. I showed it to my mom and my bestie on separate occasions and they both really enjoyed it. Why so much hate against this film? I know it is completely different from the book, but the additions worked really well.

The Departed: The Departed is a film my bestie has told me to watch or be disowned. So I watched it with her just to make sure she had the evidence and everything 😀 did I like it? Yeah. Excellent performances and directing all around. I got a bit exhausted with the length of it, and that is about the only thing I didn’t like.

Me Before You (2016): after reading the thought provoking book I was quite amped for the film. I pushed it back when the reviews didn’t garner the most promising reviews I pushed it back. Bestie and I watched it on our visit, and it was okay. Not really bad, but Me Before You doesn’t carry as much emotional baggage as the book does.

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Cruel Intentions: What a deranged film. I enjoyed it, but wow, deranged. Not something to watch with your parents, if you weren’t already aware.

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Ocean’s Eleven:  I really liked this! Heist films done right is a treat for the soul man. Clooney and Pitt together? There can’t be a better idea out there.

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Seven:  I got to see a young Brad Pitt as the excitable and young cop and Morgan Freeman as the intelligent, calm cop. It’s quite dark and deals with a demented serial killer. It had a dark and depressing atmosphere.

Books Read:

Dawson’s Creek – this is a compilation of short stories based on the series. I’d love to watch the series at some stage, but the book isn’t worth reviewing.

The Collaborator – Margaret Leroy – I can’t wait to post this! I really loved the book, and was so unhappy when I finished it.

The Martian – Andy Weir. The Martian was my favorite film of 2015, and I really wanted to get my hands on the novel. However, I’m struggling at this stage to get through it as it contains some unnecessary jargon in my opinion.

What were you up to in December? Tell me!

Episode Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 3

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Rating: 8/10.

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I liked that Jon Snow was so completely freaked by being alive – Kit Harington was quite excellent right here. It would have been so stupid if he just woke up and was like heeey. I am still cheering that he executed Alliser Thorne and fucking Olly. I think Edd as a Night Watch leader can be a good thing, Jon must obviously do other things this season and Edd seems like the only half decent soul around that isn’t Ser Davos, a Wildling, Sam (who left) and Jon. Speaking of Sam, in yet another pointless exercise he and Gilly is on a boat, where he reveals that she must stay at his parents (we’ve previously heard that his father is quite unsavory) while he learns to be a master. Sam is still a mix of sweet and weak and annoying, and it’s a bit of a struggle dealing with him. I do love Gilly though!

Bran with his visions reveals this time around that Ned might have been slightly exaggerating when he said that he killed Ser Arthur Dayne outright. Nothing is revealed yet, apart that Lyanna is in some form of a predicament, before he is pulled back from his visions yet again.

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Daenerys is on screen again – she’s expected to live with widows in Dosh Khaleen. We all know that is not how she rolls, and Homebrand Khal is obviously going to be a pain in the ass and try to dictate her, and it is going to be so great when she shows him exactly who is boss. Her cities are still in a bit of a mess and Varys and Tyrion are still trying to short shit out.

The King’s Landing arc is now a full-fledged pain in the ass. Tommen is weak and Cersei’s vengeance alone is not enough to keep this afloat.

Rickon Stark returns to the story in an obvious PLOT MOVE, and Ramsay looks particularly delighted. There is obviously no class in Lord Umber, and I hope he dies soon.

Overall this episode was okay – the best is still happening at Castle Black and it seems to be the only scenes I love a lot. The rest are okay – it just seems that a lot is unnecessary at this point.

What did you think of this episode?

March to May: Watched, Read, Loved

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I was all over the place with this post , claiming that I would do some monthly rundowns. I was planning to, I really was, but as you know life is a busy little bastard and all you can do sometimes is hold on for dear life and hope not to fall off the wagon.

In Cinema:

I’ve been to cinema quite a lot the last couple of months. There were a few films I wanted to watch before the internet spoiled everything, and for the most part I walked out relatively pleased.

  1. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

The biggest problem with Batman vs. Superman? It lacked heart. Not all films should be lighthearted, but BvS had no comic relief and no passion – you need either of the two. I didn’t hate it though, but I do think that DC should have worked a little harder if they really plan to have a fighting chance in an environment so dominated by their biggest rivals.

  1. The Huntsman: Winter’s War 

I will definitely watch this again – it is easy, comfortable watching, not necessarily great but it was quite fun. It also contains my husband, and that can’t be ignored!

  1. The Jungle Book

Beautiful and charming, it impressed me with its gorgeous CGI and traditional storyline. Not my favorite Disney live action film, but it was good nonetheless. I am still the most excited for Beauty and the Beast next year. I CAN’T WAIT.

  1. Captain America: Civil War

Woohoo!! This was so great! It probably deserves a higher score from me, because on reflection I had a blast with it.

At Home:

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March: Love Actually – it was OKAY. Not really my favourite romantic comedy and I won’t be watching it again.

April: Home Alone – not gonna lie, I hated this. I am way too old for this shit

May: Warrior Sooo good, but not something I’d recommend as a pick me up.

Other films:

Begin Again (2013) – I really enjoyed it! It is surprising and not really as close to a romcom as it might sound, and I especially enjoyed the track.

The Fast and The Furious (2001) – This way Throw Back was the best and entertaining. I had the best time even though it is as ridiculous, gawdy, a murky story line and terrible acting. It’s all about investing in the future films, you see.

Wild Child (2008) – Wild Child is a favorite movie of 2008 for me. It has everything – the teenage drama, the love story, the gorgeous hero, friendship, everything! I had to force myself not watching it again right after!

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Series:

I’m rewatching The Vampire Diaries at the moment and having a complete and utter blast.  I stopped half way into Season two to focus on exams, but I am so onboard getting my ass to season 7 eventually! Can we just say #teamDamon all the way?!

Reading:

Last Chance Salloon (Marian Keyes) – hmmm, not my favorite Marian Keyes. It was good in some places but it took me ages to get through it – long, laborious reading.

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Me Before You (JoJo Moyes) – surprising and good, well thought out, not overly sloppy.

The Welcoming (Nora Roberts) – for the life of me I can’t write a review on this for some reason. It is very bland, definitely some of Nora’s most basic work. It isn’t bad or offensive, just pretty tame and nearly put me to sleep in some places.

I finally finished Big Magic after months of searching for it! I’d love to read it again, with a highlighter and a note pad.

Currently also reading:

Evening Class by Maeve Binchy. – this book is a real drag, to be honest. I don’t get why the author is compared to the likes of Marian Keyes – Binchy writes books that make me fall fast asleep. I thought perhaps this book was different from the other one I read by her, but it is shockingly the same – the exact same format and story if you take away all the frills.

Collaboration:

I reviewed over on T9M’s site The Help (2011) – such an awesome flick!

I also reviewed for Kim and Drew‘s 80’s blogathon – When Harry Met Sally – what a great film, definitely worthy of a classic status.

What have you been up to?

Book Review: Me Before You (JoJo Moyes)

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Plot: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time

Rating: 7.5/10

I purchased this book for the sole reason of knowing who dies when the film comes out (if anyone dies, to be more correct). I really wouldn’t walk away from the film just because of it, but it is better to be prepared than to suffer from shock in an audience.

 What I liked:

  • The book isn’t soppy. I was expecting something in the line of The Notebook or a Walk to Remember, and it couldn’t have been more different. I’m not saying that there aren’t moments that make you rub your heart because of the sudden surge of pain shooting through it, but for the most part the author steers clear of cheap manipulative tricks.
  • The book reads really fast and easily.
  • It is pretty realistic – never once does anyone pretend that Will Traynor can be cured of being a quadriplegic, and they don’t even hint that there is some miracle treatment because there isn’t.
  • SPOILER TERRIROTY: The book touches a lot on whether we have the right to force someone to live. I would say that it is the main theme of the book, and that romance is the second, but falls far behind what is really addressed in this novel. It is a really dark concept, but forcing a clear headed person who isn’t suffering from a mental illness to live in a state that is a shadow of their former selves seems incredibly cruel and selfish. There will be so many people that will say they are completely against assisted suicide and I used to be one of them, but things change when you’ve seen someone you love die of a dreaded disease and who had become a mere ghost of the person they once were. I guess that is why I had some sympathy with what Will Traynor wanted to do – he was one of the most adventure seeking men out there and he became someone that couldn’t even feed himself – that is a long way to fall in my opinion.
  • The author has been compared in some articles to Marian Keyes, and I just don’t think so. Both authors have their merits, but just because two people write about British and Irish characters doesn’t mean that they even cover the same material. REMOTELY.
  • The book isn’t overly littered with medical terms, you just understand the severity of Will’s condition and the complications that come with it.

What I didn’t like:

  • I take it that the book takes place in England – I don’t think the country was actually ever mentioned, and I couldn’t place the characters.
  • Louisa – in the beginning her main attribute is that she is Why do women in books even have to be nice anymore? Haven’t we progressed 66 years from 1950? Naturally she improves throughout the book and experience the most character development, but it is a damn shame that she is so flipping nice.
  • Peter. What.a.loser.

Me Before You is thought provoking. It is sad and wonderful and full of emotion, and once the book starts progressing, it is really hard to put it down and walk away. I will move on to read its’ sequel soon, and I am really excited what it might hold. As always, I will keep you up to date!

Have you read Me Before You? What did you think?

Movie Review: Terminator Genisys (2015)

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Plot:When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

Rating: 6.5/10

Terminator Genisys serves as a tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger just like The Expendables served as a tribute to Sylvester Stallone… unfortunately, as with The Expendables, it is more a Hunger Games tribute than anything else. Genisys made me think the following things:

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  • For all his faults, Jai Courteney has the most incredibly sexy voice
  • And body. Anyhow.
  • The scenes with a young Arnie is disconcerting. No amount of CGI can take away the afflictions time has done to him, and you know what? I was way more comfortable seeing Arnie as his older version later on.
  • Speaking of GCI, it is everywhere. There are so many action sequences in the film that it is confusing and exhausting.
  • Naked time travel. Really? Although, I could naked time travel with Jai Courteney. *innocent whistling*
  • Emilia Clarke – loved her as Sarah Connor. It is the time of the feminist and Sarah does not need anyone’s saving. She’s badass to the point of being abrupt and saves Reece’s ass more than once.
  • The story is really confusing – am I right in thinking it basically eliminates the entire previous Terminator work. Was it really okay to turn John Connor like that? It felt like utmost betrayal.
  • I’m convinced Sony is Skynet. My phone is so globally connected and thinks for me most of the time. If I disappear, Sony took me out. Send help.

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I didn’t hate Terminator Genisys. It made me want to rewatch all the old Terminator films – I think I saw one a few years ago but the majority is still back in my youth. Genisys isn’t strong enough to justify a complete reboot of the franchise – even though the CGI is fancy but does not cover up that the actors didn’t have good material to work with. It is overly long, contains one too many action sequences and never really gains pace. I think a few things could have been better explained and that there are a number of questions I would have liked seen answered – the time travel concept is really interesting.It isn’t bad and it isn’t offensive, but it doesn’t have the wow factor that the old ones do, and the sad fact of Hollywood will always be that none of these reboots will really do what the old ones did.

Trailers worth Discussion: Round 1

Happy Friday!

So, I’m titling this little series as Trailers worth Discussion. Basically I am going to put up the latest trailers and say what I think of them, my excitement levels and if I think it will be a success or not. Yep, my highly patented opinion. Let me know YOUR opinion on these below!

Trailer 1: Me Before You, starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke

What I think: So I’ve ordered the book – this trailer seems like someone is going to die. I just want to know before I head into the cinema. I can handle a death, I just need to know. Terrible, hey? I am also really interested to see Emilia Clarke as something other than the mother of dragons, because that particular show will not see my patronage anytime soon.

Excitement levels: 4/5

Will it be a success? I do think so. Strong romantic dramas tend to do quite well for dates, and really hope both Claflin and Clarke get a chance to break out of the roles they are now very well known for.

Trailer 2: Suicide Squad Trailer #2

What I think: After the colossal (okay, not quite that bad) failure of Batman vs. Superman, DC must really work it to convince me to be interested. This trailer looks interesting, but I’m not all that sure I can invest in going to the movies for this.

Excitement levels: 2/5

Will it be a success? Likely, since the world isn’t tired of superheroes. yet.

Trailer 3: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What I think: I’m reading the entire Harry Potter series again. I wish the magic could live on forever. I am not convinced that it can. It is sad, but I think continuing this series is a terrible idea. What is perfect should remain perfect.

Excitement levels: 1.5/5

Will it be a success? Yes, because the pseudo Potter fans weren’t raised on the books and don’t get the original magic quite that well. But I might still be impressed. I just don’t get why they must take it to America. Stupid.

Trailer 4: Doctor Strange

What I think: It seems like this is a role for which Benedict Cumberbatch was born for.

Excitement levels: 4/5

Will it be a success? I don’t know if the movie will work, I have no knowledge of the material. I do think it will be a success, because, Marvel.

Let me know what you think about these upcoming movies!!

Top Fifteen Favorite stars in young Hollywood

Woohoo! Happy Friday!! This post was supposed to be a Five things Friday but as you can see it escalated quite quickly! Here is some love for all the young ones in Hollywood… I know some of them can’t really be classified as really young, or even really good, but I like all of these for a variety of reasons. Read, enjoy, and let me know if you agree or disagree. I might just do one for older Hollywood too at a stage. I’ve linked to the posts of the movies I’ve reviewed of these stars so go take a look if you are wildly bored!

Emma Stone

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Why I admire her: She is crazy talented, extremely funny and incredibly beautiful. She also seems to have a genuinely nice personality off screen, which is quite important to me.

Best role: What’s not to love? Zombieland, Easy A, Crazy Stupid Love, the list is endless.

Worst role: Ghost of Girlfriends Past

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Why I admire him: There is such a unique and startling quality to him. He is incredibly talented and well suited to his most famous role. He has these unique looks that make no sense. I’ve never pinpointed why he is so attractive – it shouldn’t work and yet it does extremely well.

Best role: Sherlock (as Sherlock Holmes)

Worst role: har-har

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Why I admire her: Not only is she a staunch equal rights activist, Emma Watson has manage to exit her Harry Potter years with grace and determination. I honestly can’t wait for her to be Belle in the new Disney adaption!

Best Role: Perks of Being a Wallflower (as Sam)

Worst Role: Harry Potter (as Hermione Granger)

Chris Hemsworth

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Why I admire him: Hehe, he’s ridiculously hot. The muscles and arms and hair and eyes and length and did I mention muscles? I’ve mostly really just liked the look of him, but he really did impress in Rush, which makes me believe that he can be in some really good films in the future.

Best role: Rush (as James)

Worst role: Thor (as Thor)

Chris Evans

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Why I admire him: He has this extremely likable boy next door vibe. I also think he is exceptionally well cast as Steve Rogers, capturing that genuine essence of good so central to the character.

Best role: Captain America (as Steve Rogers)/Snowpiercer (as Curtis)

Worst role: Fantastic Four (as Human Torch)

Tom Hardy

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Why I admire him: Well, duh. Look at him. He’s done some phenomenal roles as well, and has the extra addition of having pulled himself from a difficult past to be what he is today. #respect

Best role: Lawless (as Forrest Bondurant) and The Dark Night Rises (as Bane)

Worst Role: This Means War (as Tuck)

Andrew Garfield

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Why I admire him: He’s extremely cute and extremely likeable and very good in the things I’ve seen him in.

Best Role: The Amazing Spiderman (as Peter Parker)

Worst Role: I’ve only seen him in Never Let Me Go other than as Spidey, and I liked that too, so I guess I don’t have one for him

James McAvoy

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Why I admire him: The Scottish accent, the brilliance of how he portrays Charles Xavier. The hair. The acting. Have I mentioned the Scottish accent?

Best role: X-men (as Professor X)

Worst role: Wanted (as Wesley Gibson). He wasn’t necessarily bad, I just didn’t like the movie at all.

Ryan Gosling

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Why I like him: He inspired the “Hey Girl” meme. He’s pretty good at acting. He is the best Nicholas Sparks hero ever. He was hilarious in Stupid Crazy Love. He’s pretty much the coolest.

Best role: Drive (as the Driver)

Worst role: I will say as Noah Calhoun in the Notebook, but he’s actually really good in that too

Emily Blunt

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Why I admire her: Her role as Rita. GIRL POWER. I also really enjoyed her in The Devil Wears Prada. She’s pretty cool.

Best role: Edge of Tomorrow (as Rita)

Worst role: The Five Year Engagement (as Violet)

Emilia Clark

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Why I admire her: She seems like a person who enforces her privacy, and I think it is really important if you want to stay sane in Hollywood. I really like her casting as Dany – she does such a great job. And how insanely beautiful is she?!?!

Best role: Game of Thrones (as Daenerys Targaryen)

Worst role: Has she even been in anything else?

Shailene Woodley

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She’s the girl who made us all cry uncontrollably last year. She’s quirky and the outrageous things she says keeps me laughing for days. She seems genuine and she has such great stores of talent that she’s busy developing.

Best role: The Fault in our Stars (as Hazel Grace Lancaster)

Worst role: Divergent (as Tris Prior)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Why I admire him: He’s the cute geeky kid who grew up. I would really like to see him lead in something now!

Best role: Ten Things I Hate about You (as Cameron James)

Worst role: Another actor that I find extremely enjoyable even when I don’t like the movie 😀

Zac Efron

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did your screen also steam up for a second? 

Why I admire him: The funny thing is that this guy still needs to prove himself. I just really enjoy his looks, although he hasn’t been atrocious in his work, even if the movies have been bad.

Best role: The Lucky One (as Logan Thibault)

Worst role: Highschool musical (as Tray Bolton)

Channing Tatum

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Why I admire him: He’s the extremely likable guy who finally made a name for himself.

Best role: 21/22 Jump Street (as Jenko)

Worst role: The Vow (as Leo)

 Honorable mentions: 

Ansel Elgort

Kit Harrington

Miles Teller

Chloe Grace Moretz (who recently won me over with Kick-Ass)

Rachel McAdams

Liam Hemsworth

Brit Robertson

What did you think? Let me know!

Game of Thrones (Season 4)

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****Contains Spoilers*****

The Plot:

Joffrey Baratheorn (Jack Gleeson) is set to marry Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). The guests start to arrive for the extravagant affair, and Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) is one of them. His mission is clear – to find and kill the man that raped and murdered his sister Elia.

Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton)is Warden of the North, a title he was awarded for the successful assassination of Robb Stark. Bolton returns to Dreadfort and to his bastard son, Ramsay Snow. There he sees what Ramsay (Iwan Rheon)has done to TheonGreyjoy. Theon (Alfie Allen) is now convinced his name is Reek, and after months of torture he is enslaved to Ramsay. Bolton plans to kill the remaining Stark children to ensure his family rules the North for generations. He promises Ramsay a proper family title should he have a significant part with this project, as well as reclaiming lands the Iron Born hold.

The lame Bran Stark is still on his way to find the three eyed raven with his friends, Jojen and Meera Reed, as well as the giant Hodor. Despite their impending starvation, they persist and travel further and further into unknown territory.

Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) is still sulking over his defeat at Blackwater Bay, while Sir Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) is trying to rebuild Stannis’s army. The Baratheon army has funding problems, and Stannis and Davos go to the Bank of Bravos for funding. They are initially unsuccessful, but later Davos saves the day yet again when he manages to convince their potential financers to invest. Melisandre (Carice Von Houten) burns several people alive as sacrifice, and her staunch supporter Queen Selyse is delighted with Melisandre’s antics, even after knowing that Melisandre slept with her husband Stannis.

Things are not going well for Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). After being forced into marriage to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), he eventually breaks off his relationship with his mistress Shae, specifically to protect her from his family. She is furious with him, but he is relieved that she has left for safety. Jaime Lannister (NikolajWaldau-Coster) is relearning the art of sword fighting after he lost his sword hand, aided by his brother’s right hand man, Bronn (Jerome Flynn).

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The Royal Wedding arrives and tension keeps building between Tyrion and Joffrey. Joffrey is taunting his uncle in every way he can find. He is poisoned and dies, and points to Tyrion as he falls, who is arrested on the spot. Sansa Stark flees the scene immediately, and arouses suspicion that she may have been involved. She is taken to a mysterious boat where PetyrBaelish (Aiden Gillen) is waiting for her, and promises to take her to her aunt, Lady Lysa Arryn, Lady of The Vale, for protection.

Cersei (Lena Headey) is maddened by the grief of her son’s death and will do anything to have Tyrion executed, sure he is the guilty party. Tommen Baratheon, Cersei’s youngest son, becomes the imminent King, and Tywin (Charles Dance) begins to educate him in matters of the throne. Tommen seems much kinder than his deceased brother, although still very young. Margaery is soon betrothed to Tommen, and visits him in his chamber on the orders of her grandmother. Instead of seducing him, they have a nice conversation, and she leaves.

Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) is very worried about Gilly’s safety as the only woman at the Wall. He devises a plan, to take Gilly into Mole’s Town to work and stay there. She isn’t very happy about it all, but agrees at the end. The Wildlings are getting closer to Castle Black, led by Mance Ryder (Ciarán Hinds). With them is Ygritte (Rose Leslie), Jon Snow’s slighted lover who is wants revenge on him for deserting her. Jon (Kit Harrington) has to deal with being disliked by the temporary Lord Commander, his contradicting feelings about Ygritte and the worries about the Watchmen who rebelled and is still living at Craster’s Keep. They decide to attack the rebels to protect any information their former friends could give to the Wildlings, and afterwards Jon agrees that the women who were still at Craster’s old home can go their own way, understanding that they might be tired of men after all they’ve been through.

Daenerys Targyren is still laying siege to every city she approaches, and when she reaches Meeren she once again plan to attack the city when they laugh at her demands to free their slaves. Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) the leader of a sell sword army under Daenerys’ employ, volunteers to fight the warrior Meeren sends out. He is victorious, and the slaves are soon set free to meet out punishment on the cruel masters.

On her way to her aunt, Sansa Stark begins to realise how far Petyr Baelish would go for power and the love he had for her mother, and maybe herself. He admits to being the one of the conspirators that helped with the murder at King’s Landing, and admits that his allegiance with the Lannisters ended as soon as it no longer benefited him.

Tyrion is still in prison and his situation continues to worsen. Although Podrick (Daniel Portman) is willing to continue serving him, Tyrion knows that it will mean his loyal friend’s death. Bronn admits to being brought out by Cercei and doesn’t seem too worried that he is deserting the man who helped him become something. Only Jaime still regularly goes to visit his brother in prison, and he devises a plan to help his brother’s friends. He tasks Lady Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) with finding Sansa Stark and protecting her, and they send Podrick with her.

Petyr and Sansa arrive in the Eyrie, where they are welcomed by Lysa, Sansa’s mad aunt who is deeply in love with Petyr. Sansa is welcomed into the palace, but she is under constant watch still – her aunt wants her to marry her cousin Robbin, and she watches Petyr and Sansa like hawks for any sign of affection. Petyr marries Lysa.

Daenerys realises she is making a mess of managing her new cities when Jorah Mormont informs her that slavery has returned in Astapor and Yunkai. She realises that she needs to govern what she rules, and decides to postpone her invasion of Westeros. A lot of her problems are trying to control her now massive dragons – if they are not frying goats they are killing children. Before Daario leaves to control the resurgence of slavery in Yunkai he and Daenerys sleep together, irritating Jorah.

When everyone, including Shae, gives false testimony against Tyrion, he is angered and hurt. He demands trial by combat, but there are few volunteers when it becomes known that Gregor Clegane is the opponent Cersei hired. Oberyn Martell comes to Tyrion’s rescue because he knows that Gregor is the man that raped and killed his sister, and sees his chance for revenge.

In the Vale, Sansa finds pleasure in building Winter Fell with some snow. Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli) damages this and after he throws a tantrum she slaps him. Petyr sees this, and after calming her down he kisses her, and they don’t know that Lysa is watching. She has a fit of rage later and threatens to throw Sansa through the sky roof, and after Petyr saves Sansa he pushes Lysa through to her death.

The Wildlings reach Mole’s Town and murders everyone in sight. Gilly hides with baby Sam and is discovered by Ygritte, who leaves them alive and leads the Wildlings away. Sam is maddened by the realization that Gilly may not have lived, and blames himself. Jon needs to deal with the fact that he will most likely have to see Ygritte die, or die himself. Gilly reaches Castle Black and Sam is overjoyed, promising to never part ways with her again.

Ser Barristan receives a letter intended to Ser Jorah Mormont, a letter of pardon for giving information on Daenerys. He tells Jorah of his plans to inform Daenerys, and she sends him away, ignoring his pleas for forgiveness.

Sansa lies to the council in the Vale, confirming the lie Petyr told about Lysa’s “suicide”. Later, she tells him that he is someone she knows and doesn’t wish to be at the mercy of anyone she doesn’t know. Robbin is sent to learn some battle skills to honour his father’s legacy, and something strange seems to be developing between Sansa and Petyr. Arya is outside the gate of the Vale when they learn that Lysa is dead. She finds this hilarious and she and the Hound leave, where they meet Brienne and Podrick. Brienne battles Sandor, and he is defeated. Brienne is furious when they learn that Arya got away.

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“I am the brother of Elia Martell. And do you know why I’ve come all the way to this stinking shitpile of a city? For you. I am going to hear you confess before you die: You raped my sister. You murdered her. You killed her children. Say it now, and we can make this quick.”

Back at King’s landing, Oberyn is betrayed by his need for revenge when he defeats Clegane but takes too long to actually kill him. Oberyn dies, and Tyrion is sentenced to death. However, Tyrion realises that there are people who are loyal to him when Jaime and Lord Varys help him escape prison. Before sneaking away, Tyrion heads to his father’s room, where he finds Shae in Tywin’s bed. Tyrion, finally driven mad by betrayal, kills Tywin and Shae before leaving, hidden on a boat. When Varys realises that Tywin has been murdered, he climbs onto the ship as well.

Castle Black is now fully under siege. Ygritte dies moments before she reconciles with Jon Snow, and he is heartbroken. Grenn and five others die defending the tunnel against a mammoth. The wildlings retreat, but Jon knows that they will return and he alone heads into the woods to negotiate with Mance. Stannis Baratheon rocks up and Jon saves Mance’s life by revealing his lineage to Stannis and telling him that Mance saved his life, and that his father would have locked Mance up but not kill him. Jon takes Ygritte’s body beyond the Wall to honour Mance’s wish that she be laid to rest where she came from, and Jon burns her body to prevent her from turning into a White Walker, and at Castle Black they do the same with the bodies of their friends and their enemies.

After months of travelling, Bran arrives at the Heart Tree, where they meet a child of the forest. They are attacked by wights, and Jojen is killed. They all head into the tree where they meet the three eyed raven and a very old man that tells Bran that he will now be able to fulfil his destiny.

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Rating: 7.5/10

Season four was once again as entertaining as a show can possibly be. I am so happy I started with Game of Thrones this year, it is a fantastic story with so many layers and events and characters. There will always be moments that are dull and stretched or unnecessary, but GoT has always kept that to a minimum. I have learnt to not become overly attached to any character, because of the Russian roulette that is always being played with every Stark’s life has specifically become to heart wrenching to endure if you are too attached. #Ned #Robb. I am absolutely addicted to the GoT theme song and I get so cheered up when I hear it. It is epic and fitting and just grand as hell.

I have to say that I suspected one plot development and that was completely a first for me for this show. I wasn’t even overly worried at the siege of Castle Black. I was worried for Jon Snow’s life, because he is after all of Stark blood (OR the grand question I’ve been wondering since day one – IS HE?) and George Martin isn’t overly fond of them Starks. I’ve always been mildly irritated with Ygritte and her overly attached girlfriend manoeuvres, and Season four was a long journey of tolerance varying with severe irritation. I am glad Jon Snow finally got laid – he is too fine to waste away on the Wall without any nookie.

I enjoyed Oberyn Martell, his need for vengeance and his open disgust with the Lannisters. He is so undiscriminating against everyone EXCEPT the Lannisters. He has no problem with making known who and what he is and why he is at King’s Landing. I really admire how ballsy he is and that he just does not give a shit what anyone thinks about his sexual preferences, his lifestyle or his ideals.

So, let’s talk about the death that everyone was hoping would happen. Was it justice for the little prick? I personally think he should have been pecked to death by geese with rabies after enduring a week’s torture from Ramsay Snow, but you really can’t get everything you want in life. The eventual instigators in his death were surprising but not altogether strange because the more I thought about it the more it seemed likely. I was outraged at how Tyrion’s own family turned against him for something he clearly didn’t do; how Cersei’s blind hatred of him clouded her already shady judgement of truth and lies and how excited she became at the mere thought of Tyrion’s death.

I really like Ser Barristan and Podrick. Podrick is so sweet and genuinely loyal to Tyrion, and it broke me to see Tyrion send him away for his safety. I have liked Barristan from season one – he is such a warrior. I respected that he told Jorah first – it showed a decency few of the characters have. I felt so sorry for Jorah at the end because he made such a huge mistake and would pay for it forever. I get why Daenerys got so mad but still pitied him.

My only problem with the series is that the fighting on the Wall seemed very drawn out. I did enjoy it and how everything came to be, but it still felt like hours of watching. I LOVED that Gilly and Sam were in one place again – they are now my favourite couple. Sam is so adorably sweet and intelligent and he deserves happiness.

I am very agitated that I have to wait for Season 5. I am at the point where I might just start reading the books to not be bored, and as they are quite lengthy I hope that by the time I am at the latest one (whichever that is) the new series is out. Zoë mentioned that the books aren’t scholarly in this post and I will therefore try reading it as well.

Have you seen this? What did you think?