Quote of the Day #84

Edith: You haven’t any hope of understanding any of this. You do know that?

Sherlock Holmes: Educate me as to why.

Edith: Because you don’t know what it is to be without power. Politics doesn’t interest you. Why?

Sherlock Holmes: Because it’s fatally boring.

Edith: Because you have no interest in changing a world that suits you so well.

Enola Holmes

Thursday Movie Picks: Amateur Sleuths

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.
Let’s talk about some movies featuring amateur sleuths!

#1 The Ruby in the Smoke

I will forever be sad that the BBC only adapted the first two Sally Lockhart books. Billie Piper was wonderful as the titular heroine who ended up solving a bunch of cases!

#2 Enola Holmes

What better pick for this post than Enola Holmes? Sherlock’s little sister is portrayed outstandingly by Millie Bobby Brown and solves the case of the missing Marquess in this film.

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Whisper of the Heart

Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome back for another Studio Ghibli movie review. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Written by animation master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his protégé Yoshifumi Kondo, this film is a simple tale about a young girl who falls in love and learns to believe in herself. Suzuku Tsukishima is nearing the end of her final year of junior high. An avid bookworm, she devours books while quietly dreaming about becoming a writer. Though vivacious and outgoing with her best friend, she withdraws into herself when in the presence of her bossy older sister; her studious father, who is busy researching local history; and her mother, who is absorbed in the college courses she’s taking. 

The Rating:

Okay, so here’s the deal: this is a really cute movie but somehow it’s rather forgettable. To be honest, it was also quite a bit different from what I had expected. Maybe I should have watched the trailer before but I just took a look at the Netflix thumbnail and went for it.

Judging from that picture I thought the film but have more magical elements than it ended up having. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing that this film is closer to the real world, I was just a little surprised.

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Top 5 Tuesday: books you wish you could read for the first time again

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today’s topic is all bout books you wish you could read for the first time again!

#1 Skulduggery Pleasant

It’s only recently that I finished the Skulduggery Pleasant series, but boy, what a ride this was! I loved it from the first to the last page. There were so many amazing plot-twists and surprises! I know I would still enjoy the books if I re-read them, but you can only get surprised once – I wish I could experience that again!

#2 The Raven Boys

These books completely enchanted and fascinated me! I was just enamoured with the characters, the setting, the development – in short with everything. Reading all the Raven Cycle books certainly was an experience that I’d love to go through again!

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Hello, my darling readers!
Last year I spent an entire month reviewing many of the wonderful Studio Ghibli movies. However, I didn’t have time to cover all of them, so now you’ll get my opinion on the remaining few!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

The Rating:

Studio Ghibli nailed it again. This film is a feast for the eyes.
The animation style, although somewhat different from most other productions, is beautiful and works perfectly for this story.

The movie is based on a Japanese folk tale dating back to the 10th century and essentially feels like a fairy tale to me.
Even if that’s not necessarily your type of jam, you might still consider giving it a shot. Although there are a few similarities to western fairy tales, it’s still very different from what you’ll know and it’s a fascinating dive into a different culture.

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