All posts tagged: opinion

10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Jordan’s Take

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Will Batman vs Superman live up to the hype? Accounting for both cinema and home audiences, 2016 appears to have a strong line up of blockbuster and awards fair, as well as independent and genre offerings worth getting excited for. Cultured viewers will appreciate franchises such as Underworld returning, hopefully as immaculately constructed as ever, and I’m predicting some quality to be found in an adaptation of one of 2015’s most popular novels. Please note also that these films are included based on their Australian release dates, and some may have already been released in other territories. Of course sometimes the very best films are the ones that come out of nowhere and don’t feature on these types of lists, but I hope you can agree and see reason to be excited about the below 10 titles! For Eddie’s list of most anticipated films click here. Plot summaries from IMDb 10. Cold Moon Directed by: Griff Furst Starring: Robbie Kay, Christopher Lloyd, Candy Clark   Christopher Lloyd as James Redfield…

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Originally posted on A frolic through fiction:
*All reviews I write are spoiler free* What a confusing title! Way too much repetition in those six words. I finished reading this book on Wednesday, but since I uploaded my discussion post that day, I saved my review for today. Also having wolves as my favourite animal and being quite artistic came in handy when I needed a background for the review image, since I had this painting I did years ago stuck to my wall! Ahhaha 😀 So let’s talk about Wolf by Wolf! Title: Wolf by Wolf Author: Ryan Graudin Publisher: Indigo Series Status: The first in the Wolf by Wolf series (others yet to be released) Number of Pages: 379 My Rating: 4/5 stars!    (Found on Goodreads) Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.Her story…

The X-Files (2016)

My initial knee-jerk excitement upon hearing the opening titles, so designed to tear emotion from me, soon turned to grief. Legend tells that after episode two, we are rewarded for our commitment with chemistry and humour. Tragically I have only seen episode one, and I am thoroughly disappointed. From the offset it felt like a 45-minute exercise in fan service and exposition, a desperate attempt to tell us everything while shoving in as many tropes as possible to foster some sense of nostalgia in its viewer. I can only imagine the conversations in that writers’ room: “How many times can we fit in the name of the show? How many variations on “I want to believe” can we conceive of? What if we say we don’t believe?” The joy of The X-Files was always wholly dependent on several factors. One, that the nineties was a time of curiosity, exploration, and mystery. A great deal of our technology was new and exciting. The future held endless possibilities – possibilities that are now very real, very worrying, and potentially affect our privacy. While…

Book Review: The Dinner

Originally posted on The Farm on the Hill:
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” -Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina If you knew that your child had committed a heinous crime, what would you do?  How far would you go to protect them?  And what would you do to the person that threatened to expose them?  The characters in Herman Koch’s The Dinner must answer all of these questions. The narrator, Paul, takes you through an entire evening of dinner with his wife, brother and sister-in-law from the apertif to the digestif.  It is at this dinner that the four must decide how to handle the fact that their boys have committed an awful crime.  Throw in sibling rivalry, a prime minister campaign, and a little marital drama and you have an interesting book. I wanted to read this book because I LOVED Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, who is quoted on the front cover.  It was the first book where I abhorred both main characters but still could not put…

Birchbox Canada January 2016: Moodboard Your Year Reveal

Originally posted on Written in the Cosmets:
If you aren’t familiar of Birchbox, it is a subscription box that costs $10/month or $100/year plus shipping box that contains anywhere from 4-7 beauty products, Click here to sign up today! This months theme is  ‘Moodboard Your Year Reveal’ I love the concept of this box is says 2016: the year of ________. It comes with a bunch of stickers so you can customize it to what your year will be, I chose risks because I will be taking a few of those in the months to come! Here are the products I received this month Bio Republic Skincare Cucumber Breeze Soothing Fiber Mask Set I have tried bio republic masks before and liked them, but not as much as this one! I had an allergic reaction to an exfoliator last week which left the sides of my nostrils dry, irritated, red and peeling (like a lot). My poor nose was sore to touch and my cheeks were red and irritated as well from the product. When…

How to Know The Ins and Outs of Your Employer

Originally posted on Sex and Living with Your Parents:
I think one of the best things people can do for themselves is to know everything there is to know about their employers and profession. With crushing, overwhelming student loans and no job security, Millennials must push forward in an era where it is all too common for the big employer to take advantage of the little man. Some people might feel uncomfortable with conversations like this. I get that. The simple act of doubting the employer is considered an act of defiance. George Carlin admonished governments when he said, “Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking,” and I say employers don’t want that either. Notwithstanding, it’s not all on the employer. True enough, even the most undeserving, reprehensible employer is made that much stronger by its loyal, passive, ignorant employees that either don’t or can’t seem to believe they work for a company that isn’t about good work, it’s about getting worked. I wish people my age talked about this…

Film Review – Room (2015)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title: Room (2015) Director: Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers Plot: 5 year old Jack (Tremblay) and his loving mother (Larson) are held captive in a small room that they’ve been imprisoned in by Old Nick (Bridgers). As Jack begins to understand more about the world and why they are held captive, the two begin to plot their escape into the great big world that lay outside their walls. “When I was small, I only knew small things. But now I’m five, I know everything!” Review by Eddie on 18/01/2016 It says a lot about the quiet yet assured power of Room that despite the fact half of Lenny Abrahamson’s film takes place in the titular and small “room” or really prison that Brie Larsons Ma and her son Jack played by impressive newcomer Jacob Tremblay are kept in, scenes in the film constantly engage the viewer through terrific performances, a taught and sharp script by Emma Donaghue (who here adapts her own book)…