Title: Shutter Island
Director: Martin Scorcese
Category: #11 A horror/thriller
I’ve seen bits of this movie before but never the whole thing. I’ve also loved Leonardo Dicaprio since I first watched Titanic when I was 7. Then I realised that it had Michelle Williams (possibly better known from her role as Jen Linley in Dawson’s Creek) and Mark Ruffalo (better known as the Hulk). They had so many great casting choices in this movie that even if you don’t love the storyline the acting more than makes up for it.
I love movies like this because you’re never quite sure what’s real until the very end and even then, there’s still a few questions. This one was filmed beautifully so if it sounds like the type of movie you love then this one is well and truly worth a look. Besides, what could possibly go wrong when there’s a thriller set in an insane asylum where a prisoner has escaped.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Title: Shadow of the Titanic
Author: Andrew Wilson
Category: 19. Read a History book, fiction or nonfiction
This isn’t the first book this year that could have fitted into this category which is great because it’s honestly a bit of a dense category as far as reading goes.
Shadow of the Titanic is a non-fiction book that explores the experiences of Titanic survivors (and their families) following the tragic sinking in April 1912. As someone who has been fascinated by the Titanic for most of my life. Since I was six and picked up a children’s reader that talked about the sinking and discovery of the wreck . So this book was a natural choice and I’m really glad it exists because most books about the Titanic talk about either the voyage and subsequent sinking of the ship or about the discovery of the ship by Robert Ballard including various explanations for how an unsinkable ship could sink. So the stories that are part of this book are largely not included in other discussions of the topic, at least not in their entirety.
Unfortunately, I found the writing a little dry and had a lot of trouble getting through the book. It’s certainly not a book I would recommend for anyone who is not a passionate fan of the topic as I don’t think I would’ve bothered finishing it if I wasn’t such a fan.
Rating: 2/5 stars