Paper Towns – film review

Paper Towns

Starring: Matt Wolff, Cara Delevingne and more.

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Summary from Rotten Tomatoes:

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving.Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.

I have a confession to make: I wasn’t the biggest fan of John Green’s Paper Towns.

Shock. Gasp. Horror. Hear me out. I read both Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns back to back and I had to say that I enjoyed the former more. Not only that, Looking for Alaska is my favourite John Green book of all time, so naturally, Paper Towns seemed duller less original in comparison. Paper Towns was a movie I was by no means excited to see (even if Cara Delevingne is a queen and I adore her). I looked forward to the confirmed casting of Looking for Alaska (something I’m sure I’ll make a post about when it happens) more than the film, if I’m being frank.

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Short and Sweet: TV (August ’15)

short-and-sweet-TV

The 100 (season 1)

After seeing the Tumblr community rave about this show during it’s second season, I couldn’t ignore the show any longer and jumped right into season one. OH. GOD. WAS IT GOOD. I can’t remember the last time I was this hooked on a TV show. The storyline follows 100 under 18s who have been sent to the ground from space to test if Earth is survivable and man, did stuff go down. This show has the diversity, it has the strong females, it has the great storyline and cliffhanger that will make you glad you didn’t have to wait a whole year for season two. My favourite character has the be Clarke from the girls and Bellamy from the boys (although, let’s face it, he’s pretty problematic). I’ve seen some season two spoilers already trust me when I say this show just keeps getting better.

RATING: [8.5/10]

Revenge (season 4)

This has been a series that I’ve been following since the very beginning which is a rare thing for me. Naturally, when it was announced that the fourth season would be the final one I was more than shocked. I couldn’t get my head around it and after venting to my friend (also a fan of the show) I dreaded the final episode as I’ve witnessed many finales before which just didn’t do anything for me. THIS WAS NOT ONE OF THOSE. I marathoned the last 10 episodes back to back and boy were they good. Revenge was dropping cliffhanger after cliffhanger and those were some of, if not THE best episodes this show has seen. And the ending, oh the ending. I cried, I laughed, and I grinned like an idiot because the way it all wrapped up was faultless and I cannot imagine a better ending for all of my favourite characters.

RATING: [8/10]

Game of Thrones (season 5)

Although season 5 definitely wasn’t my favourite, it was still so good to have this show back. This season bought my two favourites together (Dany and Tyrion for the win! *happy dance*) and killed, well, let’s say more main characters than I expected. All the storylines are really interesting but this season just seemed a bit duller compared to the last for example. Don’t get me wrong it was still a great show, yet I wasn’t desperate to watch the episodes as soon as they aired like I was last year or the year before. Am I excited for the next season? Of course! I can’t wait for Daenerys’ plotline and I absolutely need to know what’s going to happen to Cersei! In the words of one of my favourite youtubers, Dan Howell, “I’m glad to live in a world where Game of Thrones is a thing.”

RATING: [7/10]

What have you been watching recently? What season finale blew your mind?

Leave it all in the comments and I’ll make sure to keep adding to my never ending to-watch list…

“We March Together” Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer – trailer thoughts

Ahh it’s finally here! When I saw the link to the video on Thursday I dropped everything I was doing and replayed this trailer five times. It looks so good you guys!

Nobody panic! The only spoilers in this post come from what we see in the Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer above.

  • First off: did I cry watching this? Yes I did.
  • Something that I love about The Hunger Games and how they market is is how focused they are on the plot and the action instead of the romance. At the end there, we saw half a second worth of a kissing shot but that was about it. And because of this, the trailers always look so epic. Just, wow.
  • The wedding scene that we also saw in the teaser trailer looks stunning. I wasn’t sure how they would do it because it’s a scene I didn’t visualise that well when I was reading the books but it looks gorgeous and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone just like they were in that scene in the trailer: happy, smiling(-ish) and dancing.
  • “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.” – oh I missed Finnick. That line was also ON POINT.
  • As someone who has read the books and read Mockingjay specifically twice, this trailer was definitely a stab in heart for me. I know who is going to die, it’s in the back of my mind since I don’t like to think of the deaths coming up. BUT I can very easily imagine whoever put together that trailer saying “Hmm, I wonder how much pain I can inflict on the book lovers without actually spoiling anything.” Guess what? It worked. *forever crying*
  • I have no reason not to trust that this movie will be fantastic. All of the three movies have been incredible and from what we’re seeing here it’s going to be an epic finale.

Can we all just agree that this series of movies will have a fantastic last film? Can we please? Okay? Okay.

Let me know what you thought of the trailer! Were you expecting more, less or was it just perfect?

The Divergent Series: Insurgent – film review

Insurgent || Film || 19th March 2015 ||  Shailene WoodleyTheo James, Ansel Elgort, || Directed by Robert Schwentke

Summary from Rotten Tomatoes:

INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

I went into this movie with pretty low expectations. I didn’t like many of the trailers as the technology in them put me off and the story as a whole felt different. I really wanted to be proven wrong. I really did. I want this film series to do well because divergent is one of my favourite books and I thought the first film was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, Insurgent felt incredibly underwhelming.

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Insurgent ‘Defy Reality’ Trailer – trailer talk

  • The. Editing. Is. Beautiful. It’s always the first thing I look out for when I watch a trailer because editing videos used to be my hobby for a long time so seeing how great the trailer flows is wonderful to me. It corresponds really well with the score and I could write paragraphs and paragraphs more on it but I should probably stop at that. It’s gorgeous.
  • I really liked the recurring theme of the glass breaking which is something which we saw in the Divergent trailer. I really hope that was intentional and does carry onto the Allegiant trailers and movies in the future.
  • I feel like the Lionsgate company have a tenancy to change the plot of the film from the book and I just want to say that it’s not a bad thing. This is a rant for another day, another post that I may or may not publish in the future, but I don’t think being that person that rages and explodes if the film is even remotely different from the book is not helpful whatsoever and is, frankly, pointless.
  • The trailer was action packed from start to finish and I simply could not look away. There were so many amazing shots in just two minutes, it makes you feel like the whole movie is going to be this intense. My favourite shot is probably the one with Tris closing a set of doors and then ducking just before a series of bullets are shot through the door. Just imagine watching that on in the cinema with the speakers and the big screen. Amazing.
  • I feel like I always talk about the score when I talk about trailers but that’s because it’s a super important element. I feel like the music in this trailer is great. It sustains the tension and it’s really out there with the dramatic booms and whatnot.
  • They tried to explain too much in this trailer. I think distributing it more evenly over other trailers and the final cut one that’s yet to come would have been more effective. For someone that has read the books, it’s great seeing the factionless,  divergent hunting, Amity etc. But for a first real trailer, I think they’ve got too much going on at the same time and talking to some of my friends that have not read the book, they seemed to be slightly confused on what’s actually going down.

What did you think of the first Insurgent trailer? Let me know :3

Mockingjay: Part 1 – film review

Mockingjay || Part 1 || Film || 20th November 2014 || Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth || Directed by Francis Lawrence 

I don’t think many of us need an explanation as to what Mockingjay is about as I’m pretty sure it’s one of, if not the most anticipated movies of the year. But here’s a little summary anyway (from here):

Things are heating up in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ as Katniss Everdeen gets swept up in the revolution against the Capitol.

Led by the maniacal President Snow, the autocratic Capitol is churning out political propaganda in an effort to quell the bubbling rebellion in the districts. Meanwhile, Katniss is holed up in the mysterious District 13, where she has become a symbol of the revolution.

As a whole, no matter what I’ve written down below, I think Mockingjay: Part 1 was a fantastic film if I could I would go to the cinema and watch it again. It was visually beautiful, the acting top notch and the score was incredible. I definitely recommend going to see it on the big screen. Continue reading

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Final Trailer “Burn”

So Mockingjay Part 1 is coming…

Grab your tickets! Re-read the books! Marathon the movies! Get excited cause there’s less than two weeks left and then we’ll all be off to see half the action of Suzanne Collins’ third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

But before we get there, we have one last trailer for the film by the name “Burn”. If you’ve read the book you’ll instantly know what that’s a reference to and if you don’t (go read the book!) the line’s in the trailer for you. It’s only a short trailer (1 minute) which surprised me since final cut trailers are usually at least 2 minutes long. But no worries, it was still enough to reduce me to tears.

You can watch the trailer here.

So here’s what I thought:

  • Visually, it looks stunning – There’s a lot of amazing snippets of the hovercrafts, the damn breaking and just general wide shots that look really show off how amazing all the graphics and the action scenes are promised to be. The editing on them is very polished and although we’ve seen most of the footage in that trailer in other smaller previews, the way they pulled the clips together in this final trailer elevates it to another level really.
  • The music – the people who edited this trailer really weren’t holding back on the booms and intense scoring. The whole thing is saying: HERE I AM I AM EPIC GO WATCH ME  with just how the music was used. They’ve been smart with the places they’ve layered on the dialogue so it’s not just one minute of intensity strong enough to give you an anxiety attack. The music is really out there but it does suit it for a final trailer. A+ score choice.
  • The acting – I forget how much I love Jennifer Lawrence. And that’s bad because she’s so talented. That delivery was on point and even better than I imagined as I read the line from the book itself. The trailer really makes me excited to see her on the screen again (I haven’t seen Silver Lining’s Playbook or Serena yet whoops) and be THE Katniss again.
  • Not much of the plot explained – all we really get from, not just this one but other trailers too, is: there’s going to be some kind of revolution, there’ll be action scenes while Peeta is taken hostage, which, when you think about it, we could have gathered from the ending of Catching Fire. Therefore I would have liked a few more sentence of dialogue.
  • On a side note: there was an amazing amount of shots of a damn breaking during the trailer which looks amazing but bothers me because I really don’t remember anything to do with a damn or water for that matter. But I guess my memory could be playing up.  (I’ll re-read it before the film, promise.)

The countdown is on. What did you think? Leave a comment or tweet me @bookrambles :3