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Divergent book review

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Diveregent, written by Veronica Roth, is a book that captivated me from the start. I am a big fan of dystopian books, yet before this the only one I had read was The Hunger Games. I was very concerned this would be similar, or even mirror, The Hunger Games. I am very happy to say that they are two incredibly different books, and I may have even liked Divergent better that the first Hunger Games! Personally though, I think the rest of the series goes downhill, but this one is great! Divergent follows Beatrice Prior, a young girl in the middle of a run down Chicago. She is moments away from choosing which of the five factions, that this world revolves around, she will go into… Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), or Erudite (the intelligent)… What she finds out, and the choice she makes will change everything… So lets talk about characters for a second. The love story of Tris and Four is very obvious, so I don’t even think it was necessary to warn you of a spoiler, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Each chapter that went by, and each time they were together I kept rooting for their relationship to move forward. Four is a very complex character, and as the book moves along you are drip-fed more information about him. Eric was a character I also loved, he wasn’t very deep but the image he put in my head was fantastic…. Obviously there are many other characters in this that serve other vital roles, but you can find that out for yourself. In the end I thought Divergent was a great story that flowed well. Every chapter ended with something I needed to read in the following chapter. Every relationship was important and nothing felt shoehorned. The world of this series is vast, complex, and amazing. There are many things I like about this book, I only wish the other books didn’t go down hill until this series was inevitably a pile of shit by the end… More on that later.

Silver Linings Playbook movie review

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Based off the book of the same name, Silver Linings Playbook is my all time favorite movie, and one of the few movies that has ever hit me on a deep and emotional level. Silver Linings stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both agreed to do this for very little money because they loved it so much! Silver linings follows Pat (Bradley Cooper), and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Both have multiple severe mental illnesses, and are at a constant struggle every single day. Pat, after having a break down from his wife cheating on him, went to a psych ward. The movie starts as soon as he is released, having a new outlook on life and a Two goals; To get his wife back, and find a silver lining to everything. That’s where Tiffany comes in! Tiffany recently lost her husband in a car accident that she blames her self for, and than lost her job for “sleeping with everyone in the office”. Tiffany agrees to send letters from Pat to his Ex, if he helps her win a dance competition. To me, this movie is simply brilliant. It takes mental illnesses and people who have suffered tragedies, turning it into a very real and beautiful love story with characters most films are afraid to use. I understand there are a few scenes that make people uncomfortable, but those are all very real and because of that, uncomfortable. Silver linings also features big names, that really add to the movie, including Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker. De Niro takes a role you wouldn’t expect him to ever play and nails it, escalating the movie even more. Tucker has a small role, but brings life to the few scenes he is in. In the end Silver Linings, though unconventional and difficult to watch at times, is a very real and beautiful movie. I highly recommend it.

The Big Short movie review

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I saw this movie on a whim, I had little to no clue what it was about, and did not expect much. I was very surprised and I am very happy I went to see this! The Big Short is the true story of the housing market crash, followed by the economic crash of 2007. Filmed in a strangely cut, amateur looking, fourth wall-breaking, in your face style that could have failed EASILY. This is a numbers movie. I didn’t understand half the things the people were saying yet I was still enjoying myself. And much more than enjoying myself, I cared. That is the real feat of this movie, the fact that it made me care about something that I had little to no interest in. After watching this movie I needed to take a minute and think, process what I just saw… Movies that do that are rare, and are a must see. Now, not every time they broke the fourth wall did it work, sometimes it took you out of the movie, and sometimes it was strange. An addition I did like however was bringing in stars to literally talk to us directly to explain these boring as hell banking terms… Speaking of stars, this movie is star studded! Whether they have huge roles or tiny, this movie is at no shortage of talent. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Karen Gillian, Finn Wittrock,  Max Greenfield, Mila Kunis, Margot Robbie… This list goes on! Each person gave an exceptional performance, clearly giving this their everything! Christian Bale shows just how much of a chameleon he is, hardly being recognizable as himself. Ryan Gosling serves as a narration and more or less plays Ryan Gosling, but it fits! Brad Pitt serves as an essential side character that brought a lot to this movie… But, the stand out of this movie is Steve Carell. Carell proves once again in this movie just what an amazing serious actor he is, stretching his range to places few thought he could go. Even if this movie is not your general type, go see it, if not just for the film making style. It will affect you, and it will make you think about the world we live in.

The Fault in our Stars book review

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The Fault in our Stars is my all time favorite book. I have read it multiple times over, and it still hits me every time. TFioS is written by John Green and follows the love story of Hazel and Gus. Unlike most YA romance novels though, Hazel has terminal caner and Gus is a survivor. This book breaks so many rules of a YA romance. While Looking for Alaska had a blowjob scene, this one has multiple tragedies. Though this book is sad, it will also make you laugh. In the same scene I will be on the verge of tears, then burst out laughing… John Green moved to Amsterdam for two months to properly write a chapter of this book set in Amsterdam. That love and dedication to his work is reflected so much through this book. It’s a must read.

The Hunger Games book review

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Though now the Post-Apocalyptic-Young-Adult-Dystopian book genre is very very played out, at the time of release, The Hunger Games felt refreshingly original! Writing this I realize just how impossible it would be to describe The Hunger Games world in a short sentence or two, and that is the truly beautiful part. The Hunger Games is by no means a difficult read, and it is not obscenely long either. Yet, the world it builds inside its pages is both beautiful and horrifying. The Hunger Games does what most dark books do not, and starts itself out dark, and becomes pitch black by the end (that’s not even taking the other books in account). It definitely does not hold back on the violence either, which I love! What I can go without though, is the shitty, flimsy love circle Collins attempts to make believable between Gale, Katniss, and Peeta. I love a good love story as a sub plot in my books, but this one is shitty (Team Peeta all the way, by the way). In the end The Hunger Games is an amazingly written book. I love the fact that it is a trilogy, with each book having 3 acts! I love that it does not hold back from being dark and serious! It is one of my favorite books. Highly Recommend.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book review

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I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. If I described in full detail how big a fan, I’d seem nuts. I own a wand from Olivanders, have a Harry Potter tattoo sketched out I plan to get soon, have actually WROTE fan fiction, and can recite the whole first movie. Needless to say, I have read this book multiple times. Half Blood Prince is not only my favorite Harry Potter movie, but also my favorite book of the series. The book follows Harry Potter and his merry group of friends in their 6th year at Hogwarts. Lots of shit goes down in this book, to put it lightly. This is where He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named prepares for war, and Harry prepares to defeat him alongside Dumbledore. Why this book stands out as my favorite though is it is the last book where they are students. As many other fans and I would tell you, some of the best parts in the series are when the trio is just doing everyday wizard shit, and just being everyday students! This is the last book to have those amazing parts that put us in the shoes of everyday life at the best (allegedly) fictional school ever created! Harry Potter is easily the most famous series out there, so you don’t need me to tell you its great. I just wanted to tell you why I think this book is the greatest.

The Fault In Our Stars movie review

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In celebration of John Greens book Paper Towns being made into a movie, I am going to review The Fault In Our stars. The Fault In Our Stars is my all time favorite book, but I don’t review favorites. TFIOS follows Hazel and Gus, 2 teens that fall in love. Sounds pretty normal, Except for the fact that Hazel has terminal cancer, and Gus is an amputee from cancer himself. TFIOS follows them as they pursue together to meet one of their favorite authors, Van Houten, in Amsterdam. Being that TFIOS is my favorite book I have read it probably a dozen times, and I can confidently and happily say that this is one of the best, if not the best movie adaptations of a book ever made. The characters are wonderful, if at some points a little unbelievable for teenagers. The settings are beautiful, and this movie is deeper than most made for adults. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will run to the library and pick up the rest of John Greens books, hoping like the rest of us they’re all movies one day.

The Martian trailer review

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The Martian is the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon who appears to have trapped himself on yet another planet. I’m stoked for this, I realize I say that a lot, but that is kind of the job of a trailer. This however is based on a book that comes highly recommended from every person I have talked to that read it. In fact, I went straight to the library to check it out right after seeing the trailer. Now… The Martian is about Mark Watney, who after getting stranded on Mars when the mission evacuates, has to survive 4 years with only 31 days of supplies. How? Well in his words he will “Science the shit out of it”. I’m very happy that this trailer doesn’t fail in the aspect that most do. As is the case with most trailers, you watch the ENTIRE movie in three minutes. In this I feel like you see about 3/4, which while still unfavorable, is better than knowing the damn ending! The cast is happily stacked with names such as Damon, Wig, Bean, Glover, Daniels, and Scott. ($50 says that Sean Bean dies on the rescue mission.) Even though stellar casts don’t make good movies, such as my recently reviewed trailer, “Aloha”, I have a lot of confidence in this. I hope for all fans, I am not let down.

The Scorch Trials trailer review

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So yesterday the trailer for the new Maze Runner movie dropped, and I thought I would share my feelings on it. It’s quite simple really, will I go watch this? Hell ya, I love the genre! Will it be good? Probably not, but Divergent sucked too though and Insurgent was good. The Scorch Trials is the second movie, of probably four, of the three book series The Make Runner. It is the THIRD series we have of this amazingly specific genre we somehow keep getting more movies in. Young adult dystopian fiction adapted from a trilogy of books. The first one was not a terrible movie, but it was by no means a good movie. This one however does look like it moves at a quicker pace, and I like the actors. I also believe that I will go into this movie knowing EXACTLY what will happen. It’s the second movie so they will rebel against the erudite/capitol, reveal something big they weren’t suppose to know, and probably ride away on a train. I’m just happy it looks like it doesn’t have an awful forced relationship! I know I sound like I’m giving it too much shit but the third Hunger Games movie, first Divergent movie, and the first Maze Runner movie don’t give me a lot of confidence in the genre anymore. But who knows? The action looks good, the plots not original but we know it works. Maybe this will pull something out of it’s ass and be good. I’m a fan of the genre, so I am certainly hoping for it!