Friday, 30 December 2011

There were some pretty entertaining movies this year - Reel Steel, X-Men:First Class, and Super 8 to name a few including the final Harry Potter movie but next year looks like it's going to be even better.

Title: The Hunger Games
Release Date: March 23rd 2012

Sandy: I loved this book series and the trailer looks awesome. I am already a fan of Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth) and I am quickly growing fond of Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class)

Title: Underworld: Awakening
Release Date: January 20th 2012

Reeshe: the first 3 were good movies

Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: December 14th 2012

Sandy: I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I love Martin Freeman (Sherlock, BBC) who will be playing Bilbo in this.

Title: The Avengers
Release Date: May 4th 2012

Sandy: I am a fan of the Marvel movies, not all of them but the majority and to have Robert Downy Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo all together in one movie which is directed by Joss brain just exploded.

Title: The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date:

Sandy: The Dark Knight was awesome, Christopher Nolan is a genius director and I love me some Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon Levitt xD.

Title: The Amazing Spiderman
Release Date: July 3rd 2012

Sandy: I was against this movie the moment I heard about it, I mean we just had three Spiderman movies a few years ago but then I saw this trailer and this one looks a lot less cheesy, more darker and just better.

Title: Snow White and The Huntsman
Release Date: 1st June 2012

Sandy: The trailer looks so epic! Its going to be both action and adventure. Snow White was my least favourite Disney princess because all she did was sing, cook, clean and get poisoned but in this movie she's actually going to get up off her butt and fight!

Title: Safe House
Release Date: February 10th 2012

Reeshe: Looks interesting
Sandy: Denzel Washington AND Ryan Reynolds...^_^

Title: Jack the Giant Killer
Release Date: June 15th 2012

Sandy: You have to have noticed by now that I like Fairy Tale retellings and I have yet to see one of Jack and the Beanstalk unless you count Puss in Boots, which I don't (though that movie was funny).

Title: Brave
Release Date: June 22nd 2012

Sandy: Two words: Disney's Pixar

Now this list was supposed to be a lot longer and actually have more reasons from Reeshe, but getting my co-blogger to do something on time is proving to be an impossible task. So blame her for this short list.

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 by Sandy

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

This isn't going to be a regular thing but in the future I can see myself (like today) doing another post like this so they will be numbered :). I have stumbled across a few new YA covers in the past few weeks and thought it would be nice to share them.

The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
(UK Edition)
The Immortal Rules (Book of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
(US Edition)
Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand
(Australian Edition)
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
(German Edition)

What do you all think? My favourites here are probably Hallowed and The Calling.

Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2011 by Sandy


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

In the world of Graceling there are two distinct kinds of people - those that are graced and those that are not. The skills of the graced from what I have seen so far in this first book of Kristin Cashore's fantasy series are not as flamboyant or should I say obvious as what you would find in, for example, a comic book. There are no lasers shooting out of people's eyes, or tornado's being formed with a mere thought, the gracelings are what I would describe as unnaturally gifted. A normal person gifted in fighting would beat his or her opponent with almost ease, a person graced in fighting could have a broken arm, be faced off against five people and would still never lose a fight. The gracelings could be the most talented dancers, swimmers, runners, singers, weavers etc. or they could have far more dangerous talents.

Katsa's grace allowed her to kill a man when she was eight years old with one hand and from this moment on she has been used by her uncle, King Randa, to strike fear into the heart of anyone who wrongs him. This along with her particular grace has made others who have not even met Katsa fear her, and her upbringing has not made Katsa the most typical of noble ladies. Still, Katsa despite not seeing herself as anything more than a tyrant leads covert operations where she helps people who need it and more and more recently she is finding it much more difficult to carry out her uncle's orders. However, what really sets things off is while on a mission Katsa encounters a graced fighter who unexpectedly helps her unravel the peculiarities of her own grace as well as the shocking secrets of a foreign kingdom.

The story of Graceling for me was truly about not allowing yourself to be shaped by other people's predetermined thoughts of who you are and about being able to achieve anything as long as you never give up despite the odds. Graceling was also filled with such a diverse combination of awesome characters that ranged from brilliant to kick butt that I can’t wait to meet them again in Fire and Bitterblue.

Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 by Sandy


Monday, 5 December 2011

Production Company
Summit Entertainment/Sunswept Entertainment

Bill Condon

Melissa Rosenberg, Stephanie Meyer (novel)

Main Stars
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.

Warning: Spoilers
Reeshe's Review
I enjoined this movie very much but I think the disappointing part of Breaking Dawn part 1 was when I found out that I would have to wait an entire year to watch part 2. Breaking Dawn was exciting, I never knew what was coming and it gave me goose bumps. I love that Jacob has finally found someone but I also can’t wait to find out what the Volturi will do about Bella or worst when they find out about the baby.
This movie is a rave but I fear that waiting so long will turn me off part 2.

Sandy's Review
Speaking as a non-fan this movie was surprisingly not as bad as I thought it would be even though I found myself laughing most of the time. Except for being a bit drawn out, it was obviously made for book fans and was actually quite decent. When comparing to the previous films I thought the actors were a lot better, there was a lot more humor and I didn’t find Bella dull. She was in danger again of course but this time it wasn’t just outward forces trying to kill her but her own unborn child. Kristen Stewart wasn’t overly awkward in this role and Bella actually seemed like a strong character in a subtle way.

Worst scene: where the wolf pack, as wolves, was communicating telepathically, it was cheesy and their voices, which were altered to have an undercurrent growl, sounded ridiculous.

Best scene: was actually a scene that had me cringing and a few have described as horror movie worthy – the birth scene. It was as if Bella was giving birth to the Anti-Christ - it was everything a normal birth scene had but turned up by 100.

Posted on Monday, December 05, 2011 by Sandy

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