Saturday, 25 May 2013

500 Days of Summer

I have sort of started to go through a phase of buying DVD’s that I never got a chance to see in the cinema, the usual reason for this either being that a: I was not 12 yet, or in the end I chose to see something else. But I am now 14, and the films are now on DVD so I thought why not? Also the films in Tesco that were released a while ago now only cost £3.00!  Today I picked the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschannel as two people who are looking for love, (however one a lot more than the other).  In the usual Romantic Comedy plot Thomas looks across a crowded, busy room and sees Summer, immediately he knows that she is “the one”.
I found this film highly entertaining to watch and very amusing throughout. There is the occasional part where you feel sorry for Thomas but then straight after the moment takes place they disperse your brief sadness with even more humour. The way that the film has been written means that for ages you are convinced that Thomas and Summer are perfect for one another and then a spin is put on the story and you realise that they really were never meant to be. In addition to this, as always Zooey Deschannel is brilliant. The music is AMAZING, and some of the greatest songs ever by some of the greatest bands are played keeping up the upbeat spirits of the films plot. By saying this sentence I do mean “There is a Light that never goes Out” by the Smiths, as mentioned to me by Ruby from Feed Me Books Now!!! – One of the many things that prompted me to purchase the film. So thank you Ruby. Star Rating: 4/5  

Holly x

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Now is Good Film Review

Words cannot begin to describe just how sad this film was. 

The film is an adaptation of the 2007 Jenny Downham book “Before I Die” and is based around Tessa Scott, who is dying of Leukaemia. As the cancer spreads throughout her body, Tessa  decides to create a list of things that she has to do before she dies – sort of like a Bucket List – including several things that surprise her parents, including breaking the law. The film also reflects how Tessa realises she wants her parents to understand her and get along better before she goes, her father being obsessed with finding a cure for his daughter, with his only coping mechanism being denial and her mother not having a clue about anything to do with cancer, she finds herself stuck in between them.

 And then she meets Adam, she falls in love and everything changes. All I can say about this film is that it is phenomenal and left me speechless. The way that the film was directed made the story so believable and real that I was convinced it was actually happening. Many people have said that this like many others is a “Feel Good Film”, the reality is that this film made me feel terrible but it has seriously made me think about what I am doing with my life and what I want to do otherwise. I am quite pleased to say that one of the things on my bucket list was to have a blog (so that definitely can be crossed off J ). By the time that the film ended, I sobbed for about twenty minutes. 

I NEVER cry at films, even the sad ones so I can tell that this is a really moving story.

Holly x

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Desert Island Books

I finally finished my exams! Twelve in three days! Unfortunately, my friends all had their mock ICT GCSE exam today (I got an extra music lesson) so I really hope that they did well on that. I saw this tag floating around the blogosphere and it made me stare at my book shelf thinking what I have and haven’t read. So here it is...
Re-read: The Fault In Our Stars. I bought this at the beginning of January and absolutely loved it. It made me laugh, made me cry and made me smile. Since completing the book I have read it again as it was overall a beautiful story.
Unread: I have two; firstly Lord of the Rings (the whole trilogy). I went to see the Hobbit last December and it was amazing! I am just wondering if the Lord of the Rings will be just as good. I also own the DVD’s but haven’t got round to watching them yet. Another is Chocolat, I have watched snippets of the film of this many times because Johnny Depp is in it and I have come to the conclusion that it is probably just as great on the pages.
Old Favourite: Matilda by Roald Dahl. Some people may see this as childish but I have read this book about eight times and never stop loving it.
Series: It has to be Harry Potter. Since the final film was released I have developed an obsession for the books and films and am simply fascinated by the whole Potter Universe. Nothing compares to Harry Potter.
Random Selection: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – Roald Dahl (it kind of counts as a collection of stories, including Henry Sugar but it is so clever).

Friday, 3 May 2013

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher is fifteen and has Aspergers Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out of a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.”

The book features 15 year old boy Christopher Boone who suffers from Aspergers’ Syndrome. He sees the world very differently to everyone else and has an unusual insight on life and everything it contains and is confused by his father’s statement that his mother is dead. Fascinated by the concept of murder mystery novels, he soon discovers his neighbour’s dog – Wellington, in a garden dead and with a garden fork sticking out of its chest. After being accused of killing the dog himself, Christopher vows to find out who really killed Wellington. However, nothing is ever as it seems.

I read this book a few years ago and cannot clearly remember the ending; all I know for certain was that it was a very powerful book that I was gripped to from start to finish. The way that Haddon writes from the view point of an Aspergers suffer is brilliant and incredibly realistic, e.g., displaying different tendencies and giving each chapter a prime number because Christopher is fascinated by Maths. This book has twists and turns at every corner and is ideal for anyone who likes a mystery as well as clearly demonstrating what it feels like to not fit in with everyone else. This book is well praised and I definitely recommend it to anyone.

Holly x