Thursday Movie Picks: Movies about Villains

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’s topic is movies about villains and I tried to really pick villains and not anti-heroes!

#1 A Clockwork Orange

Everything about those guys is evil.

#2 The Hateful Eight

The title says it all.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Mind-Blowing Mysteries/Thrillers

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Let’s check out some thrillers and mystery books!

#1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

This was such a fascinating thriller! I actually gobbled up the entire Millenium series within days. Lisbeth Salander is such a bad-ass character, I just couldn’t stop reading. The story was fascinating and peppered with plot-twist I certainly didn’t see coming!

#2 Gone Girl:

So, this book wasn’t one of my favorites but I know it’s wildly popular. Although I had my issues with the story, it certainly had some interesting and unexpected moments!

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Thursday Movie Picks: Let’s Start at the End

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.
This week I’m not quite sure what to do with the topic. Well, I interpret it as telling you about films with non-linear narratives. So prepare yourself for the ride!

#1 Gone Girl

Gone Girl was one of the biggest films of 2014. Personally, I am not a fan of what I refer to as the “crazy bitch” genre and therefore wasn’t that thrilled by Gone Girl. It does, however, have an interesting narrative structure that makes it worth checking out!

#2 Mr. Nobody

When I read this week’s theme, Mr. Nobody was the first movie to come to my mind. It explores the butterfly effect theory where one little decision can ultimately end in enormous differences. So Mr. Nobody actually shows the same timeline and how it alters. The idea of the film is super fascinating, so I’d definitely suggest checking it out.
Although I have to admit, with each time I re-watch it, I discover something I don’t like. The first time, however, I was absolutely over the moon!

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T5T: Books for Slytherins

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 share some recs for the final Hogwarts house: Slytherin. Believe me, when I say I saved some really good stuff for them!

#1 A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin:

If I had to choose one books series that represent the very essence of Slytherin, it’d be ASOIAF. Those novels scream the word ambition which is a major trait of the Slytherin kids. There’s lots of scheming, plotting and killing going on which I also imagine them enjoying. There are many ruthless and badass characters. It’s almost as if Martin had written the books just for Slytherin. 😉

Cover from Goodreads

#2 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:

I saved this one exclusively for the Slytherins. It kept popping up in my head with most of the other houses too, but here it’s the ultimate fit. Lisbeth Salander would most certainly be sorted into Slytherin and you can’t convince me otherwise. The books by Stieg Larsson have this dark and unsettling vibe about them the Slytherin would relish. They’d devour the series!

Cover from Goodreads

#3 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick:

There’s not really a logical reason why I think the guys and gals from Slytherin would like this book. But out of all the Hogwarts houses, I can simply imagine them being the most interested in alternate history. They’d totally spend house debating the outcome of imaginary battles and the aftermath. So TMITHC would be a fascinating read for them, although I am also a little scared it would give them some bad ideas.

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Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hey Guys!
It’s book review time! The novel I want to discuss today is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. To be honest, I only checked the book because the trailer for the movie adaptation looked interesting, so let’s see whether it’s any good.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Cover from Goodreads

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Rachel is at a rather bad point in her life. Divorced, unemployed, an alcoholic. To pass the time (and to fool her roommate and maker her think that she still has a job) she takes the same train every day, commuting into town. Rachel watched the houses and their owners while passing and spins stories about them. Sounds fairly innocent – until the woman she observes every day suddenly goes missing…

 

The Rating:
Well, how do I get started with this one.
For me, there are several problems with this book. First of all, there was not a single likeable character in this novel. Rachel was mostly annoying and all of the others are simply not interesting and shallow. Especially the other women featured are either crazy, boring or bitches. Usually you read a book and are fascinated by at least some of the characters and you want to know more about them. In this case, you don’t. Believe me.  Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Gone Girl

Hello folks!
Today I want to talk about one of the biggest book adaptations of the last years: Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn 2012 best-selling novel was turned into a movie in 2014 by David Fincher starring nothing but Hollywood’s finest actors.

 

The Plot:
Nick’s life is shattered when his beloved wife Amy vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary. The cops start investigating and soon it becomes fishy: mopped up blood on the floor, a staged scene of struggle. Was Amy killed? Abducted? And even more important: Who did it? Nick?

 

The Rating:
This movie was nominated for tons of awards and the novel made it on the New York Times Best Seller list. So I was pretty excited to finally check them out!
Let’s start with the book. It was most definitely a gripping read you can’t put down. The novel consists of diary entries, alternating between Nick and Amy. So we get a pretty thorough insight into their thoughts and see each event from different angles. The crime part seems thought through perfectly and when the big plot-twist somewhere in the middle, your mind is blown. Continue reading