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Best black and white movies ever
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One Of The Best Films I’ve Seem All Year
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Feel the magic, hear the roar
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This was my absolute favourite cartoon growing up so I'm ecstatic that Raru had the complete original series at a great price. It's a nostalgic reminder of happy moments in a less than joyful childhood but also from a simpler time where I didn't have to pay taxes or participate in the rat race of life. Adulting is difficult sometimes. ;-)
Now, we just need Thundercats Funko pops, funky figurines and cool accessories / clothing. Get on that, Raru. :-P
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Another lovely Nicholas Sparks winner
Nastassja L onReviewed by
Zac Effron is the perfect Logan! He did the character perfect justice and even added some depth to Logan. As for Taylor Schilling, she did a good job with Beth, but as for the way the character was adapted for the film, I found Beth to be much more likable in the book. Little Riley Thomas Stewart was also a perfect Ben, and I love Blythe Danner as Ellie - I just wish the character was as eccentric in the movie as she is in the book. As for Keith, the movie omitted so much of just what a jerk he is! The movie didn’t even mention the fact that he had spiked Beth’s drinks while they were together, leading to Beth sleeping with him and falling pregnant, and ultimately marrying him. Keith is a jerk beyond compare, but for some reason the movie softened him up a little. And then, my major complaint: Zeus. I am so disappointed that he plays such a small role in the film. In the book Zeus is a much more prominent character, and he hardly ever leaves Logan’s side – in the movie he’s hardly ever with Logan. I understand it is difficult to work with animals, but he deserved a bigger role. In the book he is, after all, the one who saves Ben from drowning – also omitted from the film.
As is always the case with an adaptation, the book obviously had more depth; but as far as adaptations go, The Lucky One was beautifully done. Overall, the film version does the book justice.
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Does not translate well from book to screen
Nastassja L onReviewed by
I read (and watched) The Host because of the premise – Melanie’s love for Jared is so strong that she refuses to give up; she refuses to allow Wanderer full access into her mind, and she fights for control of her body. That is what hooked me – Melanie and Jared. Two humans who found each other and love each other, and Melanie working even once occupied to return to Jared and to keep him safe.
The major issues I have with the film is that the book is about both Wanda and Mel, about their struggles and their relationship – they become as close as sisters. The film, however, focuses solely on Wanda. In the film Mel’s presence isn’t nearly strong enough and for some reason their connection doesn’t translate well on screen. Also, Jared and Mel’s relationship didn’t come across as powerful as it does in the book. It seems that the movie is more about Wanda and Ian’s story, and Mel and Jared are merely secondary characters.
On the positive side Jake Abel did a great job as Ian! He embodied all the qualities that make Wanda trust Ian and fall in love with him, and I much prefer film Ian to book Ian. Max Irons also played the part of Jared really well, giving just the right combination of bitterness and vulnerability. Saoirse Ronin was the perfect choice for Melanie/Wanderer. She perfectly portrayed Mel’s strength and loyalty as well as Wanda’s innocence and naivety. I also loved William Hurt as Jeb. All round the casting was spot on. The movie, however, fell a little flat – as evidenced by the fact that the movie is widely considered to be a box office flop, having barely grossed its production cost. That being the case, I doubt the studio will bother making a film version of the sequel Meyer is currently writing (The Seeker), or the third and final book of the planned trilogy (The Soul). Truthfully, at this stage, I don’t have much interest in either. If the next book is once again solely written in Wanda’s perspective, I doubt I’ll read it. I’m just more invested in Melanie than Wanda.
For some reason this is a film that just does not translate well from book to screen; the book manages to tell the story and convey the depth of emotions much better than the film - perhaps the film just did not have enough time to properly lay the foundations and focus on all of the details. Visually it is beautifully done and does the descriptions in the book justice, but ultimately some stories work better as books than movies, and The Host is one of them.
- R 61
Doesn't quite measure to the book
Nastassja L onReviewed by
Visually the film is beautifully done, and it is a joy to behold. It truly is a thing of beauty and scenes from the book are wonderfully brought to life. Overall though, the movie doesn’t pack as much punch as I had hoped.
Unfortunately the acting is not up to par. The chemistry between Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower is really good, but even their acting falls a little short. Bower doesn't fully capture Jace’s attitude. Jace, in the book, is very intense, very sarcastic and comes across as a tortured soul. Bower only manages to make Jace seem aloof. As for Clary, Collins does a pretty good job, but again, fails to completely bring her character to life. Book Clary is innocent but fierce, a force to be reckoned with, and I’m not convinced Collins brings Clary’s tough side out prominently enough; there is just something missing.
Bower and Collins are, however, very convincing as two people falling in love – possibly because they truly fell in love while filming (... or did they? I'm never 100% convinced when co-stars 'fall in love' - is it real, or is it for publicity? Anyhoo...)
The best of the lot is probably Lena Headey (Jocelyn), and she has very limited screen time – in total, probably ten minutes max. Jonathan Rhys Meyers fails to deliver as Valentine; I love Meyers as an actor, I just could not take him seriously as this villain. He comes across very theatrical; he made me want to laugh more than cower in fear, and that's just unacceptable for an antagonist. Aiden Turner delivers a fairly good portrayal of Luke, but also has precious little screen time. Kevin Zegers portrays Alec perfectly. He packs just the right amount of intensity and resentment, manages to convey a lot without saying much and comes across all the more threatening for it. I was more frightened of him in the scene where he attacks Clary than I ever was of Valentine. His character, though, is not as prominent in the movie as he is in the book; both he and Isabelle are more in the background than anything else. Speaking of Isabelle, it’s hard to critique Jemima West as, again, her character has very little screen time. Overall, I have no major complaints regarding her acting. Character-wise, though, Isabelle is not nearly mean enough. In the book she makes Clary’s life really difficult , she’s very bitchy and she even openly flirts with Simon – all of these character traits were omitted from the film. You would never know from watching the film that Isabelle can't stand Clary. Robert Sheehan was the perfect choice to play Simon, and he pretty much nails all things Simon. True to the book character, Sheehan’s performance stands out as very authentic. Overall, though, I can't help but wonder if the movie might not have been a bigger success if a stronger cast had been attached to it. Too many movies nowadays aim to involve lesser-known actors. I am positive that bigger names would have not only delivered stronger performances, but would also have drawn larger audiences, and the sequels would not have been in danger; but more about this later.
Apart from visually perfecting the look of the film, there are also at least two major improvements from the book - the film version elected not to turn Simon into a rat, and the vampires do not have flying motorcycles. These are the only two things about the book that really annoyed me, taking away from an otherwise quite realistic storyline, and I am happy that the film altered these storylines to be more realistic.
As for the ending – the film took major liberties! I would say that the last 30 minutes of the film differs remarkably from the book. The basic premise remains, but everything is changed quite significantly – including the issue surrounding the burning question readers were left with – are Clary and Jace truly related? Where book readers have to wait until book 3, City of Glass, to discover the truth, the movie may have dropped a major spoiler in this regard. That annoys me more than anything – it’s completely alright to torture the readers, but let’s not keep the movie-goers wondering. The fan base of the books is what made a movie possible in the first place, and to me this was a huge slap in the face to a loyal fandom who made this movie possible (and by all accounts are the only people to have spent money on seeing the movie, too).
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is considered a box office flop. City of Bones cost $60 million make, but after three weeks in theatres, the movie had only earned $37 million world-wide. Consequently production on its sequel, based on the second book in the series, City of Ashes, has been halted indefinitely.
Overall I enjoyed the film and it is by no means a major disappointment. There is, however, no denying that it could have been more... just more.
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Film adaptations rarely do the books justice, but The Hunger Games movies get it right. Catching Fire is brilliant in every sense, and won’t let even the most die-hard of fans down. The acting is superb, the wardrobe and visual effects are stunning and the plot is even more intense than in The Hunger Games.
The acting in Catching Fire is absolutely fantastic all round; I’m very impressed with every single person who appeared in this film. Once again, as with The Hunger Games, the movie is a very faithful adaptation of the book. Scenes which were added for the audience’s benefit (in the book the reader only sees what Katniss sees) were still true to character and plot, and only added to the story.
I would have loved a little more Cinna before the heart-breaking scene which shall not be named. I also wish movie goers were alerted to the fact that what happened was Cinna’s punishment for the mockingjay dress as much as to unnerve Katniss right before the games. All in all, I am very, very pleased with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I especially love the spectacular ending with a very powerful, memorable last shot. Lawrence's range is prominently displayed in these few seconds where her facial expressions clearly portray Katniss' dismay, sorrow and fear which swiftly turns into rage against the capitol. And so, finally, the reluctant heroine embraces her destiny and turns into a full-fledged rebel leader before our very eyes. We see Katniss turn into the mockingjay.
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True to the book with new scenes adding enjoyment
Nastassja L onReviewed by
Katniss realises that this rebellion simply has to succeed. It is the first time in 76 years that the people of Panem have the opportunity to overthrow the Capitol, and they must take advantage of the rising rebellion. As such Katniss becomes the Mockingjay, publicly fighting and defying the Capitol, while Beetee hacks into the Capitol’s broadcasts to show footage of Katniss’ acts of rebellion. Katniss gives people the courage to fight back, and soon there are reports of large-scale rebellion against the Capitol. The revolution is starting to succeed…
Jennifer Lawrence once again outdid herself in her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen. Her acting is very subtle yet powerful. The effects of the Hunger Games linger, and Katniss clearly has some mental issues that she needs to overcome. As Coin notes, “The Games destroyed her”. Lawrence is particularly amazing in the scene where she witnesses the destruction of District 12. Peeta’s deterioration at the hands of the Capitol was brilliantly done. While the people of Panem consider Peeta to be a traitor to the cause, it is clear to the viewer (and to Katniss) that Peeta is being tortured, and that the words he says are not of his own free will. Josh Hutcherson does a brilliant job of making Peeta appear secretly vulnerable.
The movie also did an excellent job of portraying what a good team Katniss and Gale make. They attack instinctively, each knowing what the other is thinking. They work in tandem, without words being necessary, and the movie nailed this part of their relationship. The question who Katniss will ultimately end up with lingers, and with Katniss and Gale’s relationship getting more screen time this time around, Gale becomes a tangible threat to Team Peeta. I regret that Finnick isn’t enough of a presence in the movie. In the book, Finnick and Katniss spend a lot of time together and through their shared pain and fear for their loved ones held captive by President Snow, they become quite close. I don’t feel that this was quite fully portrayed in the movie. I also wish we had more of Haymitch. He’s one of my favourite characters, and I would have liked to see him utilized more.
I regret that the movie omitted the scene where Katniss discovered Cinna’s prep team was imprisoned and basically being neglected by District 13. I felt this was a very necessary scene to alert the viewer that District 13 is not all they pretend to be. It also served to highlight that those born and raised in the Capitol are products of their environment and that they should be pitied, not hated. Having said that, I’m very happy we have Effie in District 13! In the book Effie is in the Capitol and not much of a presence in Mockingjay. Her attempts to remain stylish and unique in the drab District 13 were a bit of comic relief. I love Cressida, Masala, Crastor, Pollux and Bogs – Katniss’ propo team. I thought they were well cast. Cressida is cool as can be and poor Pollux is really sweet. They all worked together really well.
Overall the movie is very true to the book, while adding scenes we didn’t get to experience in the book, as the book is through Katniss’ POV and we only get to see what she sees. In Mockingjay Part 1 we get to see the acts of rebellion in other districts, getting a fuller picture of how the revolution is slowly but surely growing strong. People are being brave, fighting back at whatever cost to themselves. We also get to experience the rescue of Peeta, Annie and Johanna, which was quite intense.
- R 60
A very satisfying conclusion
Nastassja L onReviewed by
Both the book and the movie investigate what is acceptable during a time of war. Is it okay to kill innocent civilians in order to get to the masterminds? Both book and movie do an excellent job of driving home the fact that the revolutionaries aren’t necessarily any better than the Capitol. Unlike the book, the movie shies away from the uglier side of war. In the books Peeta loses a leg, Boggs loses two and Katniss is severely burned in the bomb that kills Prim. Many of the more violent deaths were either changed or omitted from the film. In the books Katniss has to stand trial for killing "SPOILER", but she is eventually acquitted due to insanity, which would have been an interesting detail to see on the screen. To me, in the book it felt like Katniss is made the scapegoat of the aftermath of the war and is pretty much ostracised. She also has severe post-traumatic stress disorder, something the movie doesn’t effectively depict either. The movies portray that Haymitch seems to be pretty much recovered, but in the book he is very much a lifelong depressed alcoholic (and he and Effie never kiss). Both Peeta and Katniss have far more serious mental health issues than the movie portrays. The movie does mention Katniss’ nightmares, but says nothing of Peeta’s flashbacks to his time in the Capitol. Based on their apparent ages in the final scene, the movies shows both of them are settled and quite stable, and married with children very shortly after returning to District 12. The movie implies that Katniss is healed because of her marriage and family with Peeta. In the book, she is only able to get married and start a family many years later, after therapy, once she is finally able to put the Hunger Games behind her. I suppose these changes were made in order to stick to an age restriction of PG13, but I nevertheless regret that the movie shied away from the harsh realities of war.
Also, in the book Katniss and Peeta create a book which they fill with sketches and memories of all the people they have loved and lost. I love that book. Sadly the book did not make it into the movie.
For whatever reason (Heaven knows I have no idea what it could be) Mockingjay seems to be the least favourite of the three books of the majority of the fandom. As for me, Mockingjay was my favourite book and while I didn’t necessarily understand the need to split the book into two movies (it’s roughly the same length as The Hunger Games and Catching Fire), I certainly don’t feel that any single scene was unnecessary or drawn out. Perfect casting and superb acting makes The Hunger Games film series one of the very best young adult series brought to our screens. Honouring its source material while adding plausible new scenes to enrich the viewers’ experience (as the reader is confined strictly to Katniss’ perceptions), Mockingjay Part 2 is a very satisfying conclusion to a brilliantly done adaptation.
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This is only the book
Reviewed by Waldo K on
You wil recieve the book.
Just make sure it ONLY the book you want.
Then you'll be 100% satisfied by getting
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Top 5 MCU movie
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