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

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

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

House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

Title: House of Leaveshouse_of_leaves
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Genre: Drama/Thriller/Mystery
Pages: 709
Category: 39. Read a book with pictures in it
Format: Paper

Date Started: March 5th 2017
Date Finished: April 1st 2017

Let me start off by saying this book is the biggest mindfuck I have ever read. It’s also ridiculously long, which may explain my lack of posts here lately. It’s not just long but dense and there’s a lot going on. For those who have never heard of House of Leaves, it’s not formatted like a regular book, others have suggested that it’s more of a performance, with mazes that are made real by the difficulty of finding what you should be reading next, and some pages written upside down or with very few words on the page. There are copious footnotes and multiple narratives as well as multiple narrators who it seems cannot be trusted.

When I finished the book I still wasn’t sure what had happened. I knew what I had read but I couldn’t tell you what was real and what wasn’t. There are many theories about this all over the internet, personally the ones that make the most sense to me are the ones which suggest the true narrator suffered some kind of mental illness whether that be Johnny’s mother, or Johnny himself. This seems to be supported by the similarity between many of the characters and the fact that their names often describe what they do or who they are (Johnny’s friend Lude is lewd for example).

There are also a few cases where the fourth wall is broken with references to House of Leaves (the book Navidson reads while trapped and the musicians that Johnny meets towards the end of the book).

Honestly, there were many times I was reading and just wishing the book was done because it was just so long, but at the same time I wanted to know what would happen next. Honestly though, for such a long book, not an awful lot did happen.

What I did really enjoy is the way that the author managed to incorporate so many narrators, so many styles, colours, page formatting and still include some semblance of a coherent story even if I’m not really sure how it all tied together. So if you’ve read House of Leaves tell me what you thought happened, who narrated it really? Was any of it real?

Rating: 3.5/5 stars