Movie Monday: Glass – it could have been better! #MovieMonday #MovieReview #Glass #Bloggers

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I went to the movies to watch the latest release.

Glass

This week Glass came to theathers and I was so excited about this movie. It is continuation to Unbreakable and Split.
Unbreakable I haven’t watched, but Split I really, really liked, so it made me happy to see all the characters James McAvoy pictured again.

When Split was a new movie I featured it in one of my Movie Monday editions, and got under fire for some things I said. If you want you can read my post here (and attack me some more).

With sad words I have to admit that I didn’t like Glass. I don’t even think it was the hype thing this time, it is the fact that I was bored most of the time, there was almost no action until the very end, no victims in a way I hoped there would be, and the whole story in my eyes was kind of stupid.

The whole picture reminded me of bad version of X-men, with small amount of characters.

It got to the point where I felt bad for asking my friend to go with me to the movie theather, because it was that bad. But she said she liked the movie, so there is at least a hope that others will like it.

If you’re curious about seeing this film I suggest you to wait until it comes out on Blu-Ray or becomes available for streaming on HBO or Netflix.

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Movie Monday: Aquaman – fascinating picture that surprised me with it’s beauty #MovieReview #Aquaman #DCComics #SuperHeros #MovieMonday

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched Aquaman, the movie everyone talks about. After seeing it, I understand why.

Aquaman

This week me and my fiance decided to go to movies. We haven’t been for a long time, so I kind of missed it.
Since I wanted to see the last movie in Harry Potter franchise (sorry, can’t remember the name right now, but you probably know the one I’m talking about), and there weren’t any available tickets (because it plays in only one room), we had to choose another movie.

So we picked Aquaman, and I am so glad we did.

I love superhero movies, but I have to admit that my expectations for this particular one weren’t so high.
I have to admit that I’ve never read comics about Aquaman, so I wasn’t familiar with his story. Therefore, I couldn’t even imagine that his story would be interesting.

Now, I am so glad I saw this film! And I am very, very glad I watched it in the movie teatre, because I am 100% sure that I got the most out of it that way.

I fell in love with this world. From my perspective, Aquaman has the richest world out of all superhero movies I’ve seen so far. And it is so fascinating.
It was like watching an urban fantasy, at times I even forgot this was a superhero movie.

I loved the scenes under the sea. I loved the kingdoms and the whole story of Atlantis.

I even had an AHA moment while watching. I realized how little I actually know about history and decided I will work on that.

The movie is pretty long (2h23min), but I understand why. It has to be long to give you the tale of everything, to build the world and to develop the storyline.

If you haven’t seen the Aquaman yet, but you thought about it, I highly, highly encourage you to go to the cinema and watch it there. Trust me, this movie is the one you have to watch in the movie teatre, because it would be a shame not to fully experience all of it’s beauty and awesomeness!

Book Review: The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas

Title: The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway
Author: Rhys Thomas
Publisher: Wildfire, Headline Review
Date: August 9th, 2018
Pages: 304
Format: Physical ARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads): A feel-good novel that will make you laugh and cry. The perfect book club read for fans of The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove, and The Keeper of Lost Things . Charming, quirky, and bursting with heart.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception . . .

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky situations.

Then a girl comes along and starts to shatter the walls Sam has built around himself. Now, he needs to decide if he’s brave enough to take off the mask, and to confront the grief he’s been avoiding for so long . . .

Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about grief, loneliness, and the life-changing power of kindness.

Review:

Sometimes you read a book you can not imagine being turned out into a movie, and some other times you have a chance to read a book that already feels like watching a movie while turning those pages…
The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway is that type of the book. The novel you “watch” in your head and have a great time, the story that entertains you.

The story follows a 26 years old guy who likes to dress out as a superhero in his free time and help others.
He isn’t fishing big criminals, but helps everyday people, like you and me.

It’s sort of like Kick-Ass movie, only with less action and more nerdness (nerdness… Is that a word?).

To be honest, it took some time for me to get used to Thomas’ writing style because there are more telling then showing, and also more descriptions then real conversations.
But once I got used to it, I was really invested into the story.
I am still not sure if the story just got better with every page or was it really the writing style thing the case (probably both), but I noticed that closer I was to the end, the faster I was reading.

Sam Holloway was really an unique book character. I couldn’t help, I liked him so much. If he was a real person, he would probably be that kind of guy that gets under everyone’s skin once they get to know him, despite his awkwardness.

From what you read in this review so far, you probably got a feeling this is a happy story with sunshine and rainbow, but that isn’t in case.
Sam Holloway also has a tragic past he lives with all his life, so happiness and tragic intertwine trough the whole story.
This book also represents mental illness.

I think Rhys Thomas did a great job when it comes to plotting and storytelling. In one novel, he managed to show heart wrenching moments and funny situations without much oscillations and still kept one atmosphere through the whole story, and that takes talent.

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway is a book I would recommend to everyone who likes to read/watch superhero stories. Entertainment is guaranteed.

Book Review: Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Blog Tour) @prhinternational #partner

I am so happy to be today’s host in Batman Nightwalker blog Tour.
I want to say thank you to Amanda Holman for giving me this opportunity, and to Penguin Random House for sending me a free copy of the book.

Blurb:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Review:

Like most of my generation, I grew up with Batman movies and cartoons. I loved watching them even when I was too little to understand them, and his partner Robin was my first love.

I always knew Bruce Wayne had a great tragedy in his life, saw his parents murder when he was a child, but I have to admit, never in my life have I wondered how he was like when he wasa  teenager.
Thanks to Marie Lu, I got a glimpse of his adolescent life.

Now I know he was smart, well educated, builted his first laptop and had an interesting group of friends. He was also brave and always fought for justice (who’d say, right?).

Batman Nightwalker was a perfect entertaiment. I read my copy during Christmas and it was the last book I read in 2017. I am so happy to say I finished a year with a great book in my hands.

I liked almost everything about it. I had fun reading scenes with Bruce and his friends, I enjoyed exploring Gotham city, but most of all, I liked scenes with a mysterious girl, Madaleine Wallace, who was our main villain.

I have to say that Madaleine was one of the best villains I came across lately (read “for the longest time”), and that includes not only books, but movies and tv shows too.

I was satisfied with the whole story, including the very end of the book too, even though I guessed one part of the book, the one that should have been a shocking moment (at least I think so).

Overall, I had a blast reading Batman Nightwalker, and a big reason  for that is Marie Lu’s compelling writing.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes superhero stories and to all Batman fans.