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Time to talk about Books: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In 1966 Truman Capote finished writing his first non-fiction book. He gave a detailed insight in the murder of the family Clutter which took place in 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas. After travelling there and leading many interviews, it took him six years to turn his notes into “In Cold Blood”.

 

The Plot:

The family Clutter lives in Kansas. Herbert Clutter is a very successful farmer and also a popular man. His wife Bonny suffers from depression and seldomly leaves the house. They have four amiable children, two of them are still leaving with their parents. On November 14 1959 The entire family is murdered brutally in their home. As it later turns out the crime was carried out by Perry Edward Smith and Richard “Dick” Hickock both former prisoners. They broke into the Clutter farm searching for a safe full of money a former cellmate told them about. It turned out that the information provided was false and no safe did exist. Nevertheless the shot Bonny and the children and slit Herbert’s throat. They fled to Mexico but soon came back to States. Hickock and Smith were identified as the murderers and put up for trial. Both of the two men were sentenced to death. Although they tried to take action against the verdict Smith and Hickock were hanged after fives years in on death row.

 

The Rating:

It is obvious how many effort Truman Capote put in this book. He led an enormous number of interviews and gathered detailed information. But due to the huge amount of information the books seems rather dry and drags on. Especially the parts on the two delinquents can get really boring. As interesting as the insight into their lives and movements are, it is simply two much info. The book is praised by many people and I really appreciate the different aspects and insights Capote gives and the story. Everybody from the police to a worker at the Clutter farm or the murderers parents get their say. But as I mentioned before it feels like an enormous pile of information you have to fight your way through before you get to the end.

5/10

 

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Movie Mania: Mr. Nobody

This science fiction drama was directed by Jaco Van Dormael in 2009. The leading role is played by Jared Leto, portraying Nemo Nobody from young adult up to an old man.

 

The Plot:

It’s kind of a tough task to describe the content of this movie. Basically it gives an idea of the many possible lives of Nemo Nobody. As the last mortal person on earth the old man who seems to have no past looks back on his life. But he doesn’t tell a straight story. He talks about different versions of his life depending on little decisions he makes, like going with his mother or staying with his father when his parents get divorced. We see him marrying three different women leading to three families.

 

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Movie Mania

 

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Time to talk about Books: Go ask Alice

I read this book about two years ago and stumbled upon it when I was rearranging my book shelf recently. This novel was published in 1971. When the book came out the author was stated as anonymous, it was declared as a non fiction work, being a real diary. However, soon after Beatrice Sparks began claiming the authorship admitting that it is indeed a work of fiction.

 

The Plot:

The story follows a female narrator. The book consists of diary entries. The girl tells the story of how she got involved with drugs. At a party she has – unknowingly – her first encounter with LSD. She begins to use drugs frequently, gets addicted to sleeping pills. With a new friend she makes she moves to San Francisco. Her vow to stay abstinent from drugs doesn’t last long. After a load of bad experiences a priest reunites her with her family. In an insane asylum she finally quits drugs. The relationship with her family improves, she now has a boyfriend. In the last diary entry she states that she no longer needs a diary as she is no totally happy. But in the epilogue the reader finds out that she died soon after that because of an overdose.

 

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Book vs. Movie (or better TV show): Game of Thrones (book 1+ season 1)

Today I want to talk about the first book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series and the TV version of it. I already wrote on the TV show in general. But finally I got around reading “A Game of Thrones”.

 

The Plot:

A Game of Thrones - Cover

A Game of Thrones – Cover

In the first book we get to know our heroes (and enemies). We start out somewhere up North in Winterfell, where we encounter Lord Eddard Stark and his family. He is visited by Robert Baratheon, the King, with his entourage. Ned Stark becomes the new Hand of the King (some sort of advisor) and goes to King’s Landing (the capital of the Seven Kingdoms). He takes his two daughters Sansa and Arya with him, Leaving behind his wife Catelyn aswell as his sons Bran, Rickon and Robb, not to forget his bastard John Snow. (From now on I divide the plotlines to make it easier to follow) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Book vs Movie

 

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Movie Mania: A Life Less Ordinary

This very black comedy movie was filmed in 1997. With Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor in the leading roles Danny Boyle managed to shoot one of his best movies.

 

The Plot:

Celine Naville is a spoiled upper class chick. Just as her father decides to stop shoving everything up her ass Robert Lewis storms in. He worked for Mr Naville’s company and was fired that very morning. In a soupçon of confusion and rage he decides to kidnap Celine. Soon she changes sides and teams up with Robert to share her father’s ransom.
In the mean time two angels are on their way. O’Rilley and Jackson are supposed to make the mortals find love. But all of their last cases ended in break-up or divorce. Therefore, they are granted one last chance to keep their job – make Robert and Celine fall in love. To do so the two angels take a very interesting road. They masquerade them self as killers and get hired by Celine’s father to rescue her – and the money. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Movie Mania

 

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Music in my Veins: Put The Bottle Down Chinaski by Ducking Punches

I got this CD by surprise. While roaming the record stores of London I picked this CD out of a pile. On closer inspection I came to the conclusion that with a reference to Charles Bukowski in the title and a song that reminds me of Jean-Paul Sartre it simple had to be good. Back at home the CD turned out to fulfill my expectations.

Out of the five songs on this record “hell is other people”, the one that reminded me of Sartre, is my favorite. The lyrics are simply awesome and describe the world just perfectly. The first title on the album, “are you in there?”, is filled with a sad truth and transports this feeling very well. The second track, “lady luck”, is the one I usually skip. It’s a solid song but what comes up next is better. “Gambling with certainty” once more comes up with marvelously written lyrics. The last song, “a night in cells” tells another story which is filled with a lot of feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Music in my Veins

 

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Music in my Veins: …And Out Come The Wolves by Rancid

This in 1995 released album by Rancid is one of my most beloved CDs. It was the first Rancid album I ever bought and there is no better sound for going skateboarding, driving around or well, pretty much anything.

This record has many awesome songs like Ruby Soho which was one of the singles released from Rancid’s third album comes along with a very catchy intro. The first song Maxwell Murder leaves you with the perfect feeling for the rest of the album. Olympia Wa is another amazing song. I really like how little stories are told in almost every song and a wide range of themes and feelings is covered. While She’s Automatic captures the listener with its power, Old Friend has the perfect lyrics. To be honest there is no song on the record which I don’t like at all or skip. Every one of them has a certain charm – be it the text or the music that transmits a heap of energy. It is so versatile there is a track to fit every mood. From missing home to being heartbroken, from misunderstandings in the family to wanting to beat loose. No matter how you feel, there is a song to embrace it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Music in my Veins

 

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Time to talk about Books: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #2)

Today’s review is about “Hollow City” which continues the story of “Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (check out the review here) by Ransom Riggs. It was published in January 2014 and will soon be followed by a third book of the series.

The Plot:

The story begins right where we left the scene at the end of the first book. Our heroes are at sea navigation for a safe place. When the finally reach sore (after several difficulties) they stumble into the next adventure.On their way to London the kids discover new (or better said old?) loops and find more peculiar things there. Nevertheless they are constantly in danger being followed by wights and hollowgasts. I don’t want to give away any more of the story right now but you can expect a lot of action…and a major plot twist. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Movie Mania: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Today it is time to get a little nostalgic. The movie I’m about to talk about is “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” from 1971 directed by Mel Stuart. The film is based on the children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” written by Roald Dahl seven years earlier.

 

The Plot:

Poor little Charlie Bucket has one wish: more than anything in the world he wants to win a Golden Ticket. Five of these precious things have been hidden in chocolate bars by Willy Wonka who owns the Chocolate Factory. Whoever finds one of these tickets gets to visit his factory – an outstanding price as nobody has ever been inside for years. Four of the tickets are found around the globe, one in Germany, one in England and the other two in America. When poor Charlie finds some money in the street he too gets to be lucky. The chocolate bar he buys contains a Golden Ticket. The kids along with one family member each come to the factory where Willy Wonka awaits them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Movie Mania

 

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Music in my Veins: Groezrock 2014 – a festival recap

1st May – far too early in the morning: time to head for Groezrock. After an everlasting journey on six different trains we finally arrived in Belgium.

ATILLA

ATILLA

On the way to the festival we even came across the first band, Atilla. Although they were looking a bit lonely next to the road they surely rocked the stage.
After spending quite some time in queue to get the camping tickets and to finally enter the area I had the feeling that I really am there. Groezrock. The tent was set up quickly so we could head for the pre-Groezrock-acoustic-show.
It wasn’t so easy to find this so-called “stage” as it turned out to simply be four wooden boxes pushed together. Nevertheless I’m pretty sure this pre-festival-session was my highlight during the 3 days in Meerhout. On this stage everyone capable of handling a guitar could play a song. But not only amateurs took the stage. Darren Johns from Crazy Arms and Wil Wagner from The Smith Street Band gave a taste of what we could expect from their upcoming performances. After about four to five hours in the cold the “stage” finally closed down and the first day at Groezrock was over.

An awesome acoustic show with many great artists and amateurs aswell as meeting new friends is the best way to start the festival. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Music in my Veins

 

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