Thursday Movie Picks: Starring Real Life Couples

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today I’ll name my favorite films starring real-life couples!

#1 Edward Scissorhands:

This is one of my all-time favorite Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaborations. The story always warms and breaks my heart. But it’s not only a great Tim Burton movie, it also stars Johnny Depp’s then-girlfriend Winona Ryder. Obviously, their on-screen chemistry was as good as the one of-screen!

#2 Cruel Intentions:

I know that this drama sparks some controversy and people either hate or love it. I, for my part, thoroughly enjoy the film. From the witty remarks to the great soundtrack and the impressive cast. That cast list includes Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon who were married at that time.

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Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Hey guys!
I finally made to the latest Star Wars trilogy. So far two movies have been released: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. So let’s continue the Star Wars review series with my thoughts on Episode VII – The Force Awakens!

 

The Plot:
30 years after the Galactic Civil War we witnessed in the Episodes IV-VI, the First Who is seeking to destroy the New Republic. Leia is now a general leading the Resistance.
In the meantime, Rey encounters a droid who has an important message to deliver. Along with a deserted Stormtrooper named Finn, she decides to back up the resistance and is promptly handed a big task: find Luke Skywalker who exiled himself after things went sour with his apprentice…

 

The Rating:
I was pretty excited about checking this one out but I have to admit, my feelings are a bit mixed.
First of all, Rey is an amazing character and I can’t wait to find out where her journey will lead to (especially when it comes to Kylo Ren). Of course CGI effects have developed a lot since the last trilogy and the optics of Episode VII are absolutely stunning. I love how many new sceneries we get to explore!
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T5T: Books for Hufflepuffs

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a T5T post!
It’s hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For this month, we get a very special treat: for the first time ever, there is a theme! So all four T5T posts for February are related to the Hogwarts houses.
Today I’ll try to figure out some books for the guys and gals in Hufflepuff!

#1 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman:

I’ve had this book in mind for quite some time now but couldn’t figure out which Hogwarts house to pair it with. Hufflepuff seems like a legit choice, though. The kids sorted into that house share many traits with the characters of the novel – they are hardworking, open-minded, giving and practical. Alice Hoffman’s book contains magic, love, and heartbreak. I bet the Hufflepuffs would love it!

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#2 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert:

Of all the houses, I always considered the Hufflepuff kids to be the most down to earth. Gilbert’s book is a rather practical guide but paired with lots of emotion. She encourages many traits valued by the Hufflepuffs – they’d devour her heartfelt account of her quest for healing!

Cover from Goodreads

#3 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:

With The Book Thief Markus Zusak ripped out my heart and tore it to shreds. It’s an account of unwavering loyalty and the goodness in people – even during the bleakest of times. Those traits are essential to Hufflepuff, so I’m sure they’d read the book and then sit with me while crying my eyes.

Cover from Goodreads
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Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Hey guys!
It’s another post in my Star Wars special series. Revenge of the Sith is the third and final installment in the prequel trilogy. So let’s see about it!

 

The Plot:
Lots of stuff going on in this part.
Palpatine and Anakin grow closer – much to the worry of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Palpatine might not be who he appears…
In the meantime, Padmé reveals that she is pregnant, leaving Anakin in a state of fear after having visions of Padmé dying in labor…

 

The Rating:
Well, that was ridiculous. Where do I even start?
First of all, the tried to squeeze some super bad and unfitting jokes in there that ruined the entire mood and simply were not funny at all. Furthermore, Hayden Christensen might just be the worst actor of all. His scenes were simply terrible, without any emotion and not convincing at all.  I literally had to keep myself from laughing out loud at his performance. Continue reading

Thursday Movie Picks: Romantic Comedies

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
I’m not a fan of Romantic Comedies but there are a few I really enjoyed. So let’s see which films I picked!

#1 Love Actually

Not a single Christmas goes by where I don’t watch this super cute movie. Especially the plot around little Sam always melts my heart.
I love that it features so many mini-stories – there’s something to like for everybody. Some I don’t fancy too much, some are just brilliant!

#2 10 Things I Hate About You

I have to admit, I can lipsync this whole film. While Heath Ledger is enough to watch it, I enjoyed for a different reason. Kat Stratford and I are rather alike. Her sarcasm, her no bullshit-attitude. She’s one of my all-time favorite female characters. Furthermore, 10 Things I Hate About You is a Shakespeare retelling and has a great soundtrack, so what’s there not to like?

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Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Hello my lovely readers!
Welcome to the next installment in my Star Wars series. Attack of the Clones is part two of the prequel trilogy. So let’s see what it is about!

 

The Plot:
Ten years have passed since the Trade Federation invaded Naboo. Padmé Amidala is still trying to save her people. After she narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, Padmé is placed under the protection of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker.
While Anakin falls in love with Padmé, Obi-Wan’s investigations lead him to a remote planet where an army of clones is being built…

 

The Rating:
Well, it’s finally happened. Attack of the Clones largely bored me. Lots of events were quite foreseeable and to be honest, Anakin’s behavior annoyed the hell out of me. Apart from being very annoying, there’s not much too his character. For somebody this important for the Star Wars Saga, I had expected a lot more depth. Even the battle scenes disappointed me. Continue reading