I just had a look at the movie trailer of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", embedded below.
TPOBAW is one of my favourite teen contemporary novels, and this trailer captures all the things I love about it: it's quiet, it's cute and funny, and it's smart and relatable in a way that makes my heart hum. I don't know if it'll do all that well in the cinemas, because it lacks of a lot of the exciting fistfights/explosions/drama that people expect. But it looks like I'll love it nonetheless.
It seems to be targeting the 'Juno' crowd. That's fine with me because I thought Juno was funny and awkward, especially when it tried to make Michael Cera seem even remotely sexy because pfffftttttt no. But I know a lot of people didn't like Juno, so that's a nice little 'this movie is probably not for you' red flag.
What do you think? Have you read the book, or is this your first glance at the story?
Along with a significant chunk of the YA writing/reading/reviewing world, I went to see The Hunger Games on it's release day.
I'll try to keep this as low on spoilers as I can, but I'm assuming all you cool people have read the books. And if you haven't, read the friggin books, because even though this is a faithful and brilliant movie adaption it will never be as good as the books. The movie had to cut out or just imply a lot of things the book covers in more detail. So read the books.
- Haymitch! I didn't care much for him in the first book, but movie Haymitch is brilliant. And he has an eerie similarity to Thor/Chris Hemsworth.
- Tracker Jackers! I was strangely concerned about them overdoing this and giving us some brightly coloured giant super-wasps. They didn't do this. What they did instead was TERRIFYING and so very well done. The entire Tracker Jacker scene is made of win and awesome.
- Most of the 'soundtrack' songs weren't actually in the movie, the soundtrack used was almost entirely instrumental. I liked a lot of the soundtrack songs, but the movie worked much better that way.
- Peeta. He's a great actor, just not what I expect from the boy with the bread. But he won me round by playing the role so well.
- The dog-creatures (the mutts). They showed a 3D model of them that looked kick-ass, but something about their design in motion didn't mesh well with me. They handled the fear in that scene very well, but they also took out a very creepy and powerful element from the books.
- The bloodlessness. I know this is a useless complaint, and if they had tried to add more blood this movie would never have been made... but sometimes the character deaths just felt too clean. It took away from the horror.
- SENECA CRANE'S BEARD.
- They somehow made Effie Trinket funny.
- The Gamekeeper's Control Room.
- Rue's lullaby.
- SENECA CRANE'S BEEEEAAARDDD.
I really loved this movie, and recommend it to anyone who loved the books -- just be sure to treat it as a separate creature to the books. Totally worth sitting through the 30 minutes of boring cinema adverts, and the one hour bus ride with loud drunks and no seatbelts that followed.
And the original teaser trailer, if you missed it:
Needless to say, I am extremely excited about this movie. The Scottish female warrior, the accents, her HAIR, the landscapes...
I'll definitely be watching it when it comes out in the cinemas.
"Awwwwwww, the wee lamb..."
I am reminded of something a very prominent and famous Hollywood producer said to me about Will Grayson, Will Grayson: “The only thing audiences hate more than smart teenagers are gay teenagers.” Hearing things like that made me disinclined to work with people in Hollywood.
Kind of depressing to know what Hollywood thinks of their audience, isn't it? Apparently we all fit into the same, lowest-common-denominator box.
I'm so excited about the movie coming out - not only is the book a personal favourite, but EMMA WATSON. I love everything she's in... by which I mean, 'man isn't Harry Potter the best?' (It is the best.)
"You might want to look away now, we're about to critically examine a children's Christmas television special."
Just finished watching the Doctor Who, and I have some strong opinions on it already. Oh dear.
a) The Doctor trying to 'take care' of things was adorable.
b) Bill Bailey and his crew needed much more screentime. Great actors, funny dialogue, and wasted potential.
c) The attempt to tackle sexism made me seriously hate the writer (who I just found out was Stephen Moffat. Oh, Moffat, why do you have to disappoint me?).
The story began with a woman who can't drive, and continued to crash every vehicle she came across in the episode. Then in the middle, the story decided to make it very clear that the alien race view females as 'strong' and males as 'weak' - a cute little cultural twist that I liked, and it worked well with the story. These aliens made a big deal out of how much of a strong person the car-crashing woman was, and everyone present generally nodded and agreed 'oh yes, the strongest woman ever because she is a mum and that is wonderful'. Shortly afterwards, this 'strong' woman started gushing about how she met her husband: he followed her home every day from work, even though she didn't seem romantically interested in him, and eventually she gave in and married him.
So this strong, admirable woman was blackmailed into a relationship? What.
If you're going to write a story about how strong women are, it helps if you put a strong woman in it. Just an idea.
(EDIT: 'even though she didn't seem romantically interested in him' originally read as 'even though she didn't care for him', this was reworded for clarity.)
Lots of things keeping me busy at work these last few weeks, and writing was going well until I overcomplicated it for myself. So I took some time off and distracted myself with movies. Here's a few things that I've been killing time with:
This is based on an an anime, and it has a nice visual style to it - as clearly seen in the trailers. But from the very firs scene, with it's clunky, exposition-heavy dialogue ("As you know..."). It just gets weirder from there - scenes about genetic mutations, clones, abandoned robot factories in the snowy wilderness, a garden, a dead guy, and politics are all mashed up against each other in a vague attempt to make sense. It's hilarious in the right mood, though - watch it with friends, especially if they're drunk friends.
(Note: that the absolute lack of sense might have been due to the cut of it I watched. I have no idea which one it was, but it might have been the US cut which is known for it's inaccurate dialogue and cut scenes.)
[easyreview cat1title="Overall" cat1detail="It's pretty, but it made it no sense." cat1rating="1" overall=false]
After the stupidly confusing Casshern, I moved onto the amazingly confusing Perfect Blue, dubbed in English. It's about a Japanese pop star who tries to move into acting, taking roles out of desperation and having a mental breakdown in the process. Which doesn't help if you've got fans obsessively stalking you and raging about your new career, and a murderer who conveniently keeps killing people who've wronged you.
Gorgeous (but gory) animation and a hundred and one plot twists keep this quirky animated horror-suspense movie going, alongside a creepy soundtrack and good quality voice acting.
[easyreview cat1title="Overall" cat1detail="Aaargh, my mind." cat1rating="5" overall=false]
I know. I'm a bad person. I should be ashamed.
"Eclipse" is the third movie in the Twilight vampire series aimed at teenage girls. It's not to everyone's cup of tea, but the special effects are good, the soundtrack is decent pop-rock, and you can turn it into a good drinking game by having a shot every-time someone does something emotionally manipulative.
I can't stand Bella's character or acting, but she almost redeemed herself with a conversation with her awkward single parent dad Charlie half-way through. Being honest, Charlie may be the only character in this series I actually like. Go Charlie! :P There's also Jasper, who's a stereotypically Texan vampire and lightens up the movie a lot.
[easyreview cat1title="Overall" cat1detail="The special effects are good, but the ending is weak, Bella's actor is bland and the climatic fight scene just didn't have enough impact." cat1rating="3" overall=false]
I guess this was a good movie? The actors playing Napoleon and Pedro were great, but it only got a few giggles. This is my fault, though - I'm not much of a fan of anything other than improv.
No review for this one, because my funnybone's broken.
Such a bittersweet movie - it's all about a girl just trying to be a smart girl in modern Iran, getting into rock music and dressing up in a culture where even wearing your veil too high will allow men to accuse you of being a slut. It's easy to forget that Iranian kids and teens are just like any other culture's kids - but for them, having an opinion can be a death-risk.
The soundtrack is fantastic - Iron Maiden, some instrumental work, and my favorite 'Survivor' cover in all of history. It's animated mostly greyscale with some colour, and the dialogue is in subtitled French.
[easyreview cat1title="Overall" cat1detail="Sweet, sad and honest." cat1rating="5" overall=false]