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

T5T: Books for Ravenclaws

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.
Every test I ever took confirmed that I would be sorted into Ravenclaw. So, I’m really excited to pick a bunch of books for them this week!

#1 Anything by Rick Riordan:

Assuming that the Ravenclaw kids are anything like me, they’ll love books by Rick Riordan. Not only are his novel both funny and heart-breaking. My favorite aspect is that his books teach you something. Whether you pick up the series about Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase or the Kane Siblings, you are bound to find out something new about Greek, Roman, Norse or Egyptian Mythology. Just perfect for those curious Ravenclaws!

Cover from Goodreads

#2 American Gods by Neil Gaiman:

This goes down the same road as the books by Rick Riordan. American Gods is fascinating but not only for the interesting plot and characters. What kept me hooked were the bits of information on so many different folktales, on Gods worshipped all over the world. I learned so many new things, I was sad to see the book end.

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Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Hey guys!
It’s time for another Star Wars review. Today we have the first episode of the prequel trilogy. So let’s see what George Lucas was up to with that one!

 

The Plot:
The Galactic Republic is in an uproar. The Trade Federation is preparing for a full-scale invasion on the planet Naboo. Two Jedis are sent to negotiate but only narrowly escape. They rescue Queen Padmé Amidala and try to bring her to safety. However, they get stranded on the desert planet Tantooine where they make new acquaintances…

 

The Rating:
It took me quite a long time to finally check out the prequel trilogy. After I had really enjoyed the original trilogy, I wasn’t sure about getting started with this one.
Anyway, I ended up having a great time! The Phantom Menace is much better than I had expected. The pretext with the political problems in the Galactic Republic is a bit tiresome, but the rest of the story is interesting. Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor are pretty cool Jedi, although I had thought they looked a bit ridiculous on the poster.
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Thursday Movie Picks: Revenge

Hello, my darling readers!
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.
This week, I’ll show you my favorite revenge films. So let’s get down to it!

#1 Kill Bill (or pretty much any film by Quentin Tarantino)

I’m a huge Tarantino fan and love all of his movies (almost) equally. Revenge is a big factor in his productions more often than not. But I guess the one that screams revenge the loudest is Kill Bill. I mean, just look at the title. It’s not a film for the faint of heart but it’s so iconic, everybody who is able to stomach it should absolutely check it out. Uma Thurman is breath-taking (just like all the other amazing actresses this production), the soundtrack is flawless. The best revenge movie out there!

#2 Carrie

The ultimate high school revenge flick. If you ever hated your schoolmates, if you ever were bullied or found yourself among the outcasts, this Stephen King adaptation is for you.
Carrie is 100% horror but I couldn’t help but feel a bit smug when she went to take down all those who wronged her before.
Just to clarify, I’m talking about the 1976 movie featuring the magnificent Sissy Spacek. If you decide to check out the film, please do me a favor and go for the original, not some remake.

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Movie Mania: Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Hello my lovely readers!
Welcome to part 3 of my Star Wars series. I’ve reached the end of the original trilogy and can’t wait to continue with the prequels. So let’s talk about Return of the Jedi!

 

The Plot: 
Luke and his friends set out to rescue Han Solo from the carbonite prison he is trapped in.
Furthermore, the Rebel Alliance is still fighting against Darth Vader and heading into final battle. Vader is confronted by Luke and an important revelation regarding Leia is made…

 

The Rating:
Well, that was quite a ride. So many plot-twists and turns and surprises!
Return of the Jedi is a worthy conclusion to the original trilogy although I have to admit it is the certainly the weakest part. It’s the kind of movie you enjoy when watching once or twice, but it doesn’t really get better or more interesting by re-watching (at least when I compare it to The Empire Strikes Back. Don’t get me wrong, Return of the Jedi is a good movie, just not as brilliant as the first two installments of the trilogy. For my taste the end was a bit theatric and to sentimental.  Continue reading