Dunkirk Movie Review

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I am writing this review after I have watched it, but I am going to post it after 5 days so I won’t spoil anything.

So, I went to the world premiere and of course I decided then I am going to watch it in IMAX.

First time going to ODEON in my city and I have a funny story to share with you. The guy from the entrance said ‘screen 7 is just around the corner’, but what he hadn’t said is which corner. All dark on that corridor, I had to turn on my phone’s torch. Then I found myself in front of the screen. After slightly stumbling on the stairs, I sat down. But the soldiers on the screen were a bit ermmm not homo sapiens. Unless I was supposed to see hairy gorillas. The men from the trailer looked more tailored? It turns out I was in the wrong place. One and seven look so similar that I got into screen 1 instead of 7 at the Planet of the Apes? Silly me. Anyway, screen 7. I was so pleased to see such a variety of ages with me. A few teens, but mostly adults and Christopher Nolan veterans.

I MAX because this film is phenomenal. As a History student, seeing the actors giving their best on set as a rememberance of Dunkirk, it made me very proud.

With big names like Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh, this film’s been promising since the beginning.

Not to mention Christopher Nolan who’s scarred me with the Inception ending. (I haven’t watched the Dark Knight Trilogy yet, sorry).

I wasn’t on the edge of my seat. I was drowning, fighting, crying with pride when the civilians saved the soldiers desperate to get home. I expected it to be good, but not THAT AMAZING. It took me 30 minutes to realise that I need to pay attention closely to the different point of views. I was seeing the present from 5 point of views : the civilians, Tommy (+Alex a bit later), one pilot, the other pilot and the commander. Eventually, they would all come together, only to leave some endings open to the viewer’s interpretation. Did Commander Bolton die? What happened to Alex?

Flawlessly executed, everything shows authenticity and I guess the gravity of the situation helped immensely when trying to get into their roles. I am pretty sure you will see more of Fionn Whitehead, a very talented young actor. I will not call him ‘the main character’ as Dunkirk does not have a main character. It’s about everyone.

Harry Styles proved that he’s learnt a lot from years of smiling in awkward interviews. (hey, I am a fan okay) Alex is a different pole, yet he’s done an admirable job. Every time Tom Glynn-Carney would appear on the screen, my heart would leap. He is a skilled actor and a charming man (praised his wool tie at the premiere aww). His character shows some development as well.

‘I’ll be useful, Sir.’ Barry Keoghan saved the world with his sweet tea in the role of George. You did amazing, sweetheart. You deserved better. But that’s how war is, unfair.

And last but not least because it’s traumatised me the worst, Gibson. Is Aneurin Barnard a Gerry? Is Aneurin a Frog? We will (never) know. I’ve seen that plot twist coming (my friend didn’t aww) and I’ve still enjoyed it.

Eventually, I am glad that someone brought Dunkirk back. In the end, those soldiers were not cowards. This film deserves all the positive reviews and the ones who said ‘there was no asphalt at that time in Dunkirk’, have you seen the spitfire scenes? The vessels? The extras?

Hands down, hats off, I am bowing in front of Christopher Nolan’s genius.

Honourable mention: HANS ZIMMER SOUNDTRACK

I think films should change us as much as books do. Dunkirk made me feel like a new person when I came out of the cinema. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it in IMAX.

★★★★★/★★★★★

The Hating (Loving) Game by Sally Thorne

Now that I’ve got no exams left, I can read, read and of course read.

This is the second book I’ve finished this month (I will talk about the first one in another post)

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Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Now, now this is what I am talking about.

Joshua and Lucy’s relationship reminded me of Chuck and Blair’s. All the games they play, challenges. How they observe details about each other quietly – sounds familiar.

This book was so easy to read (a bit too short, I needed more) and the witty dialogue made it so entertaining. The most positive point about it was the absence of a love triangle. Of course, there were some jealousy moments, but c’mon, the plot didn’t revolve around 2 men-1 woman. This change was refreshing.

The main characters are definitely 99,9% real life cases. The one who pleases everyone because she wants to be liked, but she stands for herself when needed. The one who is hated by everyone, but in reality he’s a shy sweetheart. The dynamic between these two have melted my icy heart.

I appreciated how their relationship started as lustful, later developing into powerful love. Joshua is supportive, doesn’t want anything in return and helps Lucy with every step.

It was very refreshing to read a drama-free easy romance. If you want a cheeky story sprinkled with sweetness, The Hating Game is your ideal choice. Sally has definitely debuted like a queen.

★★★★/★★★★★

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Death Note rant

If you get easily butthurt, I want you to leave now.

Now, after watching the new Death Note (Netflix of course) trailer, I am going to tell you some wrong things about it.

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  1. Without sounding racist, this is a typical Americanised story. Shallow, filled with some appealing (to a superficial audience) explosions. This Netflix adaptation is a typical action movie you just pick when you are bored and want to relax your brain (after not using it at all)
  2. Can you see Nat Wolff as Light? Because for me, Nat Wolff is synonym with ‘not a suitable actor for such a complex role’. It’s not his fault, of course. And he probably has evolved since (the trash) Paper Towns turned out to be (I am sorry -or not- if you are a big John Green fan, but what did you expect?) Image result for death note netflix
  3. Twins. This guy is probably a good actor but I am sad that they are using him to just say ‘HEY WE ARE NOT WHITEWASHING THIS, HERE YOU CAN HAVE L’. L’s vibe with those bags under his eyes is probably what kept me going.
  4. I don’t know if that female from the trailer is supposed to be Misa, but okay. Why does he look like this is going to be a sappy romance when Death Note is anything but romance. Light is either asexual/gay/ or suffers from narcissism.
  5. People matching the diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder use black and white thinking, called splitting, as a central defense mechanism; they separate mental concepts into good versus evil, say, as an attempt to stabilize the sense of self in order to preserve self-esteem. Throughout the series Light certainly does show clear indications of perceiving himself as purely upright or admirable and others who do not conform to his will or values as purely wicked or contemptible.

  6. Death Note is not your typical action-love story Hollywood wants you to believe. It’s a political satire and plays on ideas of ‘Justice’. It is much complex than : boy gets power and decides to be a God.

I am annoyed that so many people are going to view this as as very simplistic story when, in fact, it is not.

So, what do you think? Please do argue if you think I’m wrong. I respect everyone’s opinion and I am not saying that the actors are not talented or anything. I am going to watch this anyway because I love Death Note. (and rants)

Aha

ARIES: The Spark. Aries aren’t sentimental and sensual. They won’t take it slow. Quite the opposite actually! They honestly just want to rip your clothes off and get to it. Aries have a very high sex drive. They’re extremely passionate and confident and they’ll leave you breathless. They like to dominate their partner, but they also get extremely turned on if they’re forced into a submissive position. Aries also like to have sex in places where they could be caught to ramp up the excitement.

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A Court of ruined souls and shattered minds by Sarah THE STARS ETERNAL Maas

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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR 3)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

My feelings are raw now and I can’t stop crying because I’ve just finished this book ….everyone knows how much these books mean to myself. I am probably the most emotionally invested. I wanna say that I was surprised by my ability of anticipating most of it. I always thought me and Sarah think alike. 2 plot twists have destroyed me. I will try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Firstly, the beginning was unecessary but necessary, do you get me? It was that stupid thing humans do, for the pleasure of doing it. The character development (Feyre reminds me of Juliette sometimes) is just brilliant. Feyre is a proud baby bat now. Still broken, sometimes afraid, but she can handle herself. The journey, the way she protects Lucien, how she just doesn’t give up made me cry.  1/5

Secondly, Rhysand. Rhysand is terrified, panicked, horrified. He could get his mate outta that hell with 2 snaps of his fingers. But he doesn’t, for he knows that she’s the ruler of that hell. He knows he could handle it and because she is his equal, he trusts her. I cried, I cried, I cried. Rhysand is that kind of character who wants everyone to value themselves, but he doesn’t. He would sacrifice himself for what he loves, still calling himself ‘unworthy’. The power dynamic in their relationship is what I am hoping for.  His speech made me cry. 2/5

Thirdly, Mor, Azriel, Amren, Cassian – I am so glad they are alright. I missed everything. I missed their banter . I will miss them. I was very pleased that we get to see more of the oh-so-mysterious Azriel. Morrigan oh Morrigan. She really annoyed me at times (SAILING TOWARDS MY NESSIAN SHIP ), but everything she’s endured in order to keep that ‘something’ (keeping the spoilers from you) part of, only, herself was admirable. She’s easy to love. Cassian damn him I am ready to read the next novels (hopefully, with his and Nesta’s story). I am sorry that I doubted the tiny monster Amren. 3/5

TAMLIN. I’ve known this would happen. Quite the precarious balance. I told myself that if anyone essential dies while Tamlin gets his redemption, I will rage. Meh. Everything’s flowery at the Spring Court. ‘Be happy’ -Cried here too so, there we go. 4/5 (THAT DOESN’T MEAN I LIKE TAMLIN. He’s that character who doesn’t deserve my hate, but I still childishly despise him. )

The whole book. I can’t believe this is the end. *I stopped crying a few minutes ago. I can feel the tears coming back.* I’ve finished this so fast because I couldn’t stop from reading, but there is regret. Regret that it’s the end. These books taught me so many things. Everyon eventually came together to save their world.  I know what I am looking for. Always search for a Rhysand,because listen to me, they exist. But not because you can’t live without one. BECAUSE LISTEN AGAIN, YOU CAN LIVE FINE WITHOUT A RHYSAND (cough Feyre the huntress cough). But if you ever fall in love, make sure you get treated as a queen, as an equal, and don’t settle for less.  5/5

If you ever feel you don’t belong somewhere, run. If you don’t find a place for you, maybe there is none.Create one. Search for it. Never give up on your dreams, it doesn’t matter how impossible they are.

This book totally wrecked me. 

One last thing before I will attack you with my favourite quotations. I will make an ACOTAR playlist (Youtube + Spotify). This is not the end.

To the stars who listen and dreams that are answered. 

You belong to all of us, and we belong to you.

Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.

Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.

It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.

One life may change the world.

Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.

Why should I be scared of an oversized bat who likes to throw temper tantrums

I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.

The great joy and honour of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful – more than I can possibly say – that I was given this time with you all

there was not enough time in life to waste on hatred. On feeling it and putting it into the world

it is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters.

This is a treasure. This book is my heart and I can’t explain how much I love it. I give this book the night sky, only five stars are not enough.

Never forget the Nephelle Philosophy, my overgrown bats: What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.

Also, it’s never too late for learning how to fly. Ask Feyre.

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Geekerella – (everyone’s story) by Ashley Poston

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Oh wow I can’t believe I’ve read more than 10 books this month. I guess my reading slump is history (just remembered I have exams in 3 weeks ah)

This book was reading a really cute fanfictions which has loads of real life traces. It’s a really pleasant retelling, and officially in my top 10.

How can I describe this? It’s an adorable love letter to us, well, geeks. I’ve cried more than 2 times and shouted ”NERDS UNITE” . Rather simple, it tackles deeper subjects such as ‘how media controls the celebrities’ and ‘judging people by their appereances’. It is very important to understand that people, most of the time, let other people see what they want them to, but that sometimes is not who they really are.

Towards the end, it becomes really frustrating and it pushed me to skim-read a bit. It’s just fdgjhknhd do you get me? I wanted the charade to be over and them to be happy, but no. It was almost like the universe was comploting against them (ha look at that reference).

I found identifying with the characters very easy. These days, it’s very common to find friends on the internet, so for me, the story felt very very very real. It pushes you into believing in what you love.

I’ve finished it in one day and it’s really easy to read. Definitely, recommending it.

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite

It’s easier to be who you want to be when you aren’t trying to be who everyone thinks you are

The book’s been released earlier this month,so go check it out.

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★★★★/★★★★★

Until next time, keep being fabulously nerdy. *wink wink- I can’t actually wink in real life*