Top Ten Tuesday: Movies I Forgot I Owned Until I Unpacked

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Movie Freebie — top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90’s movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.)

Ten Movies I Forgot I Owned Until I Unpacked

I’m literally not at all embarrassed by any of these. In fact, I watched Cadet Kelly as I unpacked. And now that I’m putting this post together, I really want to watch The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Okay, maybe a little embarrassed by Crossroads. 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Movies to get you in the Halloween spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

I’m going to do movies because I’ve already planned a Halloween Reads post for Friday. So here are ten of the movies you can watch to get you in the Halloween spirit. I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, so most of my choices won’t be scary. They also might not necessarily be Halloween-themed movies, but whatever.

Hocus PocusHocus Pocus

The Nightmare Before Christmas (this one is a favorite of mine; it’s perfect because you can watch it for Halloween or Christmas!)

Edward Scissorhands

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Corpse BrideCorpse Bride

ParaNorman

Coraline

Beetlejuice

And because ABC Family shows them pretty much all month and if I could, I would watch them 24/7 – the Harry Potter films

What about you? Which movies get you in the Halloween spirit?

Top Ten Tuesday: favorite movies and TV shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Let’s talk about other types of stories! Top Ten Favorite Movies or TV Shows! (can break it down to top ten favorite romance movies or comedy shows etc. etc.)

So one thing you should probably know about me is that I’m a culture fiend. I love books, music, movies, television, theater, art… So I was really excited about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday so I could share some of my love of two of these things with you. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to give top ten favorite movies AND top ten favorite TV shows! 🙂

MOVIES:

Donnie DarkoDonnie Darko

El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (one of the best, if not the best book to movie adaptation I’ve ever seen)

Los Ojos de Julia (Julia’s Eyes)Julia's Eyes

American Psycho

The Dark Knight RisesDriving Lessons

Driving Lessons

Fight Club

Martian Child (I was going to put Say Anything, but I think I love Martian Child more because of that adorable kid)The Family Stone

The Family Stone (only during the holidays – but about ten times during the holidays. Haha)

I could go on and on, but I’ll end it there. If you couldn’t tell, I really love psychological thrillers aka movies that screw with your mind. And a few comedies. 🙂

TV SHOWS:

Teen WolfTeen Wolf (you’re all shocked, I know)

LostSherlock

Doctor Who

Sherlock

The Big Bang Theory

Criminal Minds

Bates MotelBates MotelAbout a Boy

Tom and
Jerry (yep, I’m a kid at heart)

2 Broke Girls

About a Boy

 

What about you? What are your favorite movies or TV shows?

Top Ten Tuesday: books to read if you like these tv shows or movies

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, you guys! Yay! This week’s theme as laid out by The Broke and the Bookish is:

Top Ten Books If You Like X tv show/movie/comic/play etc. (basically any sort of other entertainment)

You can find the rest of the themes for upcoming weeks HERE.

This was a particularly difficult theme for me at first because I thought that I should pick one specific tv show, movie, or play, but then I realized, I could just do ten different books for ten different tv shows or movies. So that’s what I did! Maybe this will help you find your next favorite read!

NOTE: I’ve never actually watched Breaking Bad; also, I have linked each tv show and movie to their IMDB page, and each book is linked to its Goodreads page.

Let’s do tv shows first, shall we?

If you like:

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Read:

shiver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like:

the big bang theory

 

 

 

 

 

Read:

the rosie project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like:

doctor who

 

 

 

 

Read:

hitchhikers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like:

lost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read:

S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like:

revenge

 

 

 

 

Read:

the robber bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like:

breakingbad

 

 

 

 

 

Read:

Choke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you liked and miss:

firefly

 

 

 

 

Read:

Consider Phlebas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now movies:

If you like:

500 days of summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read:

Paper Towns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like: (assuming you’ve read THG series)

THG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read:

Uglies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like: (again assuming you’ve read the source material)

Divergent Movie poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read:

Maze Runner cover image 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any suggestions for books to read if you like a certain tv show or movie? Let me know below! Also, if you did TTT, link back to it below so I can check it out! 🙂

Book to Movie Review: Divergent

Title: Divergent

Author: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor (screenplay); Veronica Roth

Release: March 21, 2014 by Summit Entertainment

Director: Neil Burger

Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction

Today I went to see, for the second time, the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s YA dystopian novel Divergent. Book to movie adaptations are often disappointing in one way or another to bookish people like me, so I thought I’d have a go at reviewing this one for anyone who was unsure if they wanted to see it. The marketing campaign for the movie was HUGE, with commercials, posters, social media, sneak peeks (like on the new Catching Fire DVD release), and just a whole lot of hype, and often movies with that much excitement surrounding it disappoint in a major way. But I have to say that this time, Divergent delivered.

Divergent Movie PosterFor anyone unaware of the plot or needing a little refresher, here’s a summary of Divergent:

In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the citizens are divided into five factions according to their personality, and each faction has their place in the running of the city. Candor, who value honesty, run the court system. The Erudite value knowledge and pursue the advancement of science. The people of Amity are peaceful and work the fields surrounding the city.  The Dauntless are brave and operate as the security for the city. Beatrice, the protagonist, is a member of the Abnegation, who value selflessness, and operate as the government. When the people of Chicago reach the age of 16, they take a test that tells them which faction they have an affinity for, but the citizens are allowed to choose which faction they’d like to join despite which result they get in the test. The test tells Beatrice that she is Divergent – a very rare result that means she is suited for more than one faction. She decides to join Dauntless – and changes her name to Tris – as she’s always loved their bravery. However, her capabilities mean that she does not fit into the social order of the city. The leaders of the world in Divergent believe that by segregating people into factions will ensure that order will continue to hold and war will not break out again. Tris threatens that order by not thinking in a singular fashion, and so, as she finds out, she is being hunted down.

Dauntless initiation is highly competitive, and it forces Tris to figure out who her friends really are. She also begins a sometimes confusing but overall promising romance with her initiation leader, Four. However, Tris’ secret threatens to be discovered while a growing conflict threatens to destroy the supposedly perfect society in which she lives. Tris’ Divergence could help save her friends and family or it could kill her in the process. Let me just quickly say that I REALLY enjoyed the novel. I thought that the world that Roth created was completely believable and perfect for its dystopian genre. The characters were well-rounded, and you really felt for them as they went through initiation and what followed. The romance between Tris and Four was not overpowering and was interwoven into the story in a way that fit well into the rest of the plot. It was pretty well-written, entertaining, and left me wanting to read more. If I’d reviewed it on here, I would have given it an 8 (freaking fantastic). I will say, however, that I was not a big fan of the second book in the trilogy, Insurgent, and had mixed feelings about the last book in the series, Allegiant.

Now on to the movie: First, the actors. I was a little apprehensive when Shailene Woodley was cast as Tris. But she proved herself, at least to me. Her portrayal of Tris felt honest, endearing, fully formed, and well-done. I enjoyed watching her on-screen development and thought she did a fantastic job of getting the audience emotionally involved. There’s one scene in which she practically has a breakdown that had my heart breaking because her performance was so realistic. One of the best parts was her chemistry with Theo James, who plays Four. The two operate well together and their romance was one of the most believable things to me in the movie. Then you’ve got Zoe Kravitz, who plays Tris’ friend Christina, an Erudite transfer. There’s Ashley Judd as Tris’ freaking awesome mom. We’ve got Miles Teller as the hilarious and rude Peter, a Candor transfer. And then we have Jai Courtney as the Dauntless leader Eric, the seriously sadistic bad guy. I thought the performances by all of these actors were completely on point, perfect casting. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but the only performance I thought was a little disappointing was that of Kate Winslet, as Erudite leader and creepy creep, Jeanine Matthews. Her portrayal was a little flat, almost stiff, and while I can appreciate that as potentially part of Jeanine’s character, it just felt odd.

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I think this might have something to do with the script, which overall, is good. Just good. It’s even a little cheesy in some parts, like when Jeanine quips that Tris is “a poor blend of impulses and impurities” or when Four has this brilliant revelation that a vial he found HAS to be a simulation inducing serum. Duh. Also, the last 20 minutes or so of the movie were like a competition to see how many times they could include the word Divergent. However, there were several parts of unexpected humor that I quite enjoyed.

I’d say that the main change that hurt the movie was the development of the characters. As much as I enjoyed the performances by the actors, Tris’ best friends in the novel (Al, Will, and Christina) are somewhat pushed to the side in favor of Tris’ and the storyline’s progression. This is completely understandable, but a few of the characters’ were so pushed aside that when one of Tris’ most painful deaths to handle occurs, the audience barely has time to process, let alone actually have many feelings about it. My friend who joined me for the movie hadn’t read the book, and she said she barely felt bad about the death, which saddened me because it felt as if that character didn’t get the appreciation he deserved because he was so badly developed. I wish that a little more time had been spent on the secondary characters from the novel. These changes result in some missing context, and this means confused audiences members, particularly those who hadn’t read the book. Actually, this occasionally means confused audiences members who HAD read the book (e.g. some of the climactic scene had me going “WHAT the heck is going on?)

On a more positive note, the visual effects and cinematography in the movie are wonderful. The use of mirrors in Tris’ faction affinity test is beautiful as well as terrifying, and much of the time while in the simulations is completely awesome. The portrayal of the Dauntless, both before Tris chooses them and after, is brilliant, full of glee, terror, passion, and bravery, and I enjoyed pretty much every minute of seeing them operate as a faction. The movie also creates a believably decaying Chicago, fenced in by a huge, electric fence. One of the first things we see is a giant, grounded ship, rusted, crumbling, and looking to have been there for hundreds of years. I also enjoyed the faction costumes, which impeccably portrayed the way Roth describes the way the factions feel, if that makes sense. The people of Amity look like happy hippies, with long, flowing skirts, loose hair, and tunic-like tops. Candor is clad in pure black and white, the way in which the Candor see the truth.

The bottom line: This movie was highly, HIGHLY entertaining, action-packed, and powerful. Other than some changes with character development, I thought this was a pretty good adaptation. I’d definitely recommend seeing this movie in the theater, as the fear landscapes, fight scenes, and decaying world are super cool on the big scene. I enjoyed this movie so much, I saw it twice.

Rating: 7 – Pretty good

Divergent is rated PG-13 for violence, some obscenity and disturbing thematic material.