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.

★★★★★/★★★★★

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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*

Wintersong {during spring} by S. Jae-Jones

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Title: Wintersong (Wintersong #1)

Author: S. Jae-Jones

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

OKAY maybe I miss winter…or not. But I’ve seen so many pictures on bookstagram and everyone was talking about this book, so I said…Okay, I need something I can let down from my hands to focus on homework.

I hope you can hear my sarcastic tone because I.COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN. I’ve finished it in one day and I am pleaseantly surprised. I haven’t watched the Labyrinth movie with David Bowie as the Goblin King, but maybe I’ll watch it soon.

So, the book.

After I’ve read the first part of the book, I thought it was really irrelevant, but it was a preparing tool for Elisabeth’s character development. Also, it made me doubt the Goblin King. (only a little, I swear that guy has double personality)

In some parts, this book reminded me of A Court of Thorns and Roses, don’t ask me why. Just that it’s heavily magical, this really mysterious guy (okay, ACOMAF…)

Liesl is not your typical princess. She is just so vulnerable, but at the same time very strong. Magical, but real.

The reader can easily identify with these flawless characters, I just love it.

As a new author, this is one of the best debuts.

And, the books is going to be translated in my native language:

‘Some of you have been asking me about whether or not there will be foreign editions of Wintersong, to which I can say Yes! Wintersong will be published in the following territories: Hungary Czech Republic Brazil Germany Turkey Romania’

I am really excited to read the second book. Definitely a fan of this author. I cried like a baby and her writing style is really well-crafted. Very poetic.

A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,” I said.“I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.

The kiss is sweeter than sin and fiercer than temptation. I am not gentle, I am not kind; I am rough and wild and savage.

There is music in your soul. A wild and untamed sort
of music that speaks to me. It defies all the rules and laws you humans set upon it. It grows from inside you, and I have a wish to set that music free.

I am not a saint; I am a sinner. I want to sin again and
again and again.

If I were a burning smolder, he was the poker, stirring
me into flames.

+the rest of the book.

★★★★★/★★★★★

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Crooked Kingdom and the thief who has my crooked heart by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

As gripping, sweeping and memorable as the Grisha trilogy – SHADOW AND BONE, SIEGE AND STORM and RUIN AND RISING – this novel is perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Kristin Cashore and GAME OF THRONES.

Oh wow (Cassie’s voice)

If I thought Six of Crows was slow-paced, Crooked Kingdom is so fast that I swear, I felt myself experiencing a heart attack  every 10 pages. I am still not in my best form, because hello, I have exams coming up and I haven’t started revision,but I’ve finished this book in a few days, considering I wasn’t at home more than half of the time.

If you ask me who’s my favourite character, I would probably say Kaz as he reminds me of an emo Nikolai Lantsov.  Am I right?

What I appreciated the most is the faint presence of character development. It’s okay to not be fine and let me tell you, Kaz doesn’t go all Christian Grey on Inej miraculously. This makes Crooked Kingdom- pretty much a fantasy YA novel, more real. The ending hasn’t disappointed me at all either. I’ve shed some tears -come on, I always cry.

We’re being reunited with some Grisha characters (pretty much my favourite chracters) who are playing an important role in Kaz Brekker’s schemes. Oh what schemes.

With every page, you just want to shout: ‘You crafty handy thief’. He always has some aces up his sleeve which makes this novel more exciting. As broken as he is, Kaz would be a great psychologist. I call him and Inej two broken windows, but put together they let in a beautiful rainbow. Not quite perfect, better than your all sweet romance.

It’s raw, broken, real.

I’ve never read a book where I loved all of the characters, including scums like Pekka Rollins.

Jesper and Wylan are really precious and they are going up there with MALEC.

Leigh’s writing style has evolved so much that the Grisha trilogy seems history.

I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.

We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.

Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return

She smiled then, her cheeks red, her cheeks scattered with some kind of dust. It was a smile he thought he might die to earn again.

Suffering is like anything else. Live with it long enough, you learn to like the taste.

Can I quote the whole book?

★★★★★/★★★★★

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