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You – Caroline Kepnes

Title: Youyou
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 422
Category: 33. Read a book in the thriller or suspense genre
Format: Paper

Date Started: May 16th 2017
Date Finished: May 29th 2017

This book is like some weird combination of Gone Girl and 500 Days of Summer. As soon as you read the blurb it’s clear that the book is not going to have a happy ending for one or all of the characters.

The book is written by the male narrator who meets the object of his affection Beck while he’s at work. She starts flirting with him and she likes books like he does and it all snowballs from there. It’s part romance part stalker fiction. It’s clear early on that Joe tends to take things just a little bit far reading Beck’s email and checking out her house but it only gets weirder from there.

It’s masterful in it’s combination of genres and I’m torn between wanting to read the next book or to enjoy this as a standalone.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Doctor Strange (2016)

Title: Doctor Strangedoctor_strange_poster
Year: 2016
Director: Scott Derickkson
Genre: Action
Date Watched: May 20, 2017
Category: #37 A movie with a Rotten Tomato score above 90%

I spent the first half of this movie convinced that Doctor Strange was one of the biggest assholes I’d ever seen. First he has an accident that is caused entirely by his own recklessness then spends ages complaining about the things he can’t do because of it and spending money he doesn’t have to fix himself when it’s likely not going to work anyway.

Honestly though, that just makes his transformation from Doctor Strange MD to Doctor Strange superhero that much more amazing.

The whole movie is a little unbelievable and a little on the trippy side with bending reality and what not but at the same time it’s great because isn’t that what we all want? To be able to bend time and pull a weapon out of nowhere.

Mostly I’m just excited to see what happens when Doctor Strange meets Tony Stark. I don’t know if there’s a room big enough to fit both of their ego’s.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Title: Thor: The Dark World521ade67c416e
Year: 2013
Director: Alan Taylor
Genre: Action
Date Watched: May 10, 2017
Category: #9 A superhero movie

Okay so my fiancee doesn’t love the Thor aspect of the Marvel franchise which is why we never got around to watching this movie I suppose. Finally though she decided to give it a shot and actually enjoyed it.

Having a Thor movie set predominantly in Asgard rather than on Earth was great it was like we finally got a chance to see what Asgard could be, what Thor could be, and that was something pretty cool.

Thor was more like an origin story, whilst not quite like the origin stories we’re used to it does show Thor before he became a king and a ruler of Asgard. Thor 2 shows a Thor who has learned from past mistakes and is becoming who he was born to be (leader of Asgard).

Honestly, despite there being less laughs in this one than the previous one I liked this one much more than the previous one.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Aftermath: Star Wars #1 – Chuck Wendig

Title: Aftermath: Star Wars #1star_wars_aftermath_cover
Author: Chuck Wendig
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Pages: 379
Category: 8. Read a book in the science fiction genre
Format: Paper

Date Started: April 30th 2017
Date Finished: May 16th 2017

I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid. I remember my parents sitting me down to watch the original trilogy when The Phantom Menace was coming out and I fell in love. This is the first time I’ve tried reading a book though. It was a great first book to read though, Chuck Wendig is a great author and this is no exception.

The book is a little confusing to begin with with so many threads to keep track of from a rebel pilot looking for her son to a strange man in a bar, an imperial star commander, and a rebel pilot on a mission, but once you grasp all the threads it’s very cleverly written, especially with the short little interludes sprinkled throughout the book which show what life is like for the regular people.

I’ll definitely be picking up the next book to read so you can expect another post on this series soon.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Passengers (2016)

Title: Passengersmv5bmtk4mju3mdizof5bml5banbnxkftztgwmjm2mzy2mdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_
Year: 2016
Director: Morten Tyldum
Genre: Action/Drama/Science-Fiction
Date Watched: May 10, 2017
Category: #25 A film about travel

This is a great premise for a movie, and absolutely topical. Space travel, cryogenics, AI and so on. Of course a ship malfunction has one passenger wake up early and even with som much to explore he gets lonely so he wakes up someone to be his friend. A girl.

What follows is a weird combination of love story and mystery as they try to solve the problem of what’s wrong with the ship and come to terms with living the rest of their lives on board the ship. The idea that they might spend their whole lives trapped in this one place with only one other person for company is horrifying. While it sounds like it could be fun to begin with I think it would get boring quickly, even in such an amazing place as a space ship.

This is a great movie though, almost like Castaway for a new generation, with less focus on survival and more on the emotional aspects of isolation.

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Girl on the Train (2016)

Title: The Girl on the Traingirl_on_the_train_ver3_xlg
Year: 2016
Director: Erin Cressida Wilson
Genre: Drama/Mystery
Date Watched: May 6, 2017
Category: #14 A drama

I was a little bit apprehensive when I heard that Emily Blunt had been cast as the main character in this movie, not because I don’t love her as an actress but more that I imagined her as being slightly older (until I was reminded that Emily Blunt is no longer a 20 something). As it turns out Emily Blunt was the perfect choice, but not just that so was Haley Bennett as the girl who went missing and Laura Prepon as the roommate.

If you’ve read the book then you’ll notice that the movie does stick to to the plot of the book quite well. Right down to the surprise ending.

Honestly, this book and the movie were slightly uncomfortable to read and watch for me because there is not a single likable character in the whole thing for most of the movie, maybe because I spent the whole thing hating each character for a different reason from the ex-husband who didn’t help his wife with a tough time to the missing girl who seemed to hate the baby she was sitting for and was sleeping with someone who wasn’t her husband. At the same time is really is a great movie (and a great book).

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Title: Confessions of a Sociopath22041297-_uy200_
Author: M. E. Thomas
Genre: Autobiography
Pages: 163
Category: 11. Read a nonfiction book
Format: Paper

Date Started: April 15th 2017
Date Finished: May 4th 2017

It took me such a long time to get through this book, I just could not muster enthusiasm for it. It wasn’t particularly engaging and I suppose part of that is because I’m not the target audience. I am not a sociopath, the only reason I picked up the book at all is that I’m interested in psychology and thought it might be interesting.

The anecdotes included are actually quite interesting so I won’t spoil them here, and the writing was decent enough it just wasn’t the book for me.

There’s really not much to say about the book beyond that except that it is mostly an autobiography including a little insight into the sociopath’s mind as well as a few entertaining anecdotes about life growing up.

Rating: 2/5 stars

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

Title: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2my_big_fat_greek_wedding_2_poster
Year: 2016
Director: Kirk Jones
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Date Watched: May 6 2017
Category: #17 The last film in a series

There is nothing more true about this movie than the tagline – People change. Greeks don’t. It’s the perfect summation of the movie, aside from the age of the characters very little has changed since the original movie.

I loved the original movie, it had jokes and transformation and the merging of families, so I expected to like this movie too. Except, what I find is more of the same stuff from the original movie, nothing has changed. This time it’s their daughter who is feeling embarrassed by her family rather than Toula and for some completely unknown reason John Stamos appears sporadically but otherwise it’s just a rehash of the same jokes and the same tensions and it’s just not funny the second time around.

It’s rare for me to watch a movie and think it’s awful, I even liked Grease 2 but this movie is truly forgettable, I don’t really have anything nice to say about it except that it’s nice to see the cousin coming out with his family being happy for him.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2mv5bmtg2mzi1mtg3of5bml5banbnxkftztgwntu3nda2mti-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_
Year: 2017
Director: James Gunn
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Date Watched: May 9, 2017
Category: #28 A science fiction film

I’ve been excited for this for a while even though the first film had become completely fuzzy in my mind, but after a quick rewatch off we went to the cinema to see the new one.

I might be in the minority here but I actually like vol. 2 better than vol. 1. Vol. 1 for me had the novelty factor in that it was new characters, new location, new technology etc but vol. 2 made me really care about the characters and relationships. Even better it changed my opinion of several characters throughout the movie from Yondu to Peter. But also… Baby Groot made this movie hilarious.

One of my favourite scenes has to be Baby Groot being told which button not to press but also the first scene in the movie with Baby Groot dancing while everyone else is fighting.

But Yondu’s arrow is a close second in entertainment value for me. I want one.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Jumanji (1995)

Title: Jumanji2960
Year: 1995
Director: Joe Johnston
Genre: Family
Date Watched: May 6th 2017
Category: #19 A film made before 2000

Okay, so yes, I’m super late to the party here since I was 5 when this movie was released. Honestly, lots of this movie doesn’t make sense from a logical standpoint but as a comedy it’s a great watch.

There’s a part of my mind that thinks I would have loved this as a kid, but even as an adult and 20+ years after it was released it actually does hold up pretty well.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years the basic plot of the movie is that a young boy finds a boardgame and starts playing it but it’s a boardgame that actually has an impact on the real world and the boy disappears. Years later the boardgame surfaces again and the boy returns as an adult. Then they have to finish the game and of course chaos ensues.

As a boardgame loving geek this is right up my alley (honestly, I can’t tell you why I haven’t seen it before now). But even if you’re not then you should give this a shot.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars