I’m Back.

It’s been awhile since I last posted anything here. It’s been 4 months, actually. I have no excuses, just that I didn’t feel like posting. haha..

I have been posting more on my Instagram than on here. Went travelling for work and leisure and it was awesome. But now, I’m back and I have decided to post more about what I have done, read, watched, etc.

Whenever I finish reading something, I always update it on my goodreads as a way of tracking what I have been reading. Last year, I was able to finish my Reading Challenge with 31/30 books. This year, I challenged myself to read 35 books and so far I am wayyy behind my target having read only 12 out of 35. It’s mainly due to one part: laziness, and one part: life..

If I remember correctly, these are the movies I’ve watched and books I’ve read recently:

MOVIES

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Swiss Army Man
  3. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
  4. The Little Prince
  5. Finding Dory
  6. The Danish Girl
  7. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  8. Doctor Strange
  9. The Secret Life of Pets
  10. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  11. The Matchbreaker
  12. Me Before You
  13. Train To Busan (Korean)
  14. The Martian
  15. Now You See Me 2
  16. Mr. Right
  17. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  18. Paper Towns
  19. Inside Out
  20. Big Hero 6
  21. Ashby
  22. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  23. The Martian
  24. Angry Birds
  25. How To Be Single
  26. Pitch Perfect 2
  27. Jupiter Ascending

BOOKS

  1. The Girl on the Train
  2. The Little Prince
  3. Wonder
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  5. November 9
  6. The Husband’s Secret

I won’t be posting about all of these. I will probably just pick a few and write about my thoughts and opinions.

Looking forward to writing again and racking my brain about these books and movies since I may have forgotten most of the details. This is why procrastination is never a good habit. So kids, if you have something you need to do, do it as soon as possible. Believe me.

 

[BOOK] Dark Places.

dark-places-book-cover“Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn is another suspense-mystery novel which seems to really be her cup of tea. I would say “Gone Girl” is still my favorite as that book really caught my attention. Maybe the hype also had something to do with it but anyway, in my opinion, it was easier to like than “Dark Places.”

Here’s a brief summary from Goodreads: “Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.”

As with Gillian Flynn’s other books, the plot twists don’t disappoint. These are basically what I always look forward to in books and Flynn always delivers. It may not always be a fun ride with all the tragic plots and disturbing pictures Flynn tries to embed in your head, nevertheless, it’s an interesting (though at times, freaky) story.

Judging from Gillian Flynn’s other books, she seriously has a favorite genre. It’s a bit creepy how such dark thoughts could come from a person but hey, if that gives birth to some of the best books in the market, who am I to complain?

NinthMelody rating: 8/10

 

Her other books that I’ve read:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[MOVIE] Captain America: Civil War

Captain-America-Civil-War-main-posterCaptain America = Chris Evans = Team Cap all the way! I have nothing against Iron Man but yeah, I’m Team Cap no doubt.

If you haven’t watched this, WATCH IT ASAP! It’s more of an Avengers movie than a Captain America movie. Most of the Avengers characters return plus more. It was awesome, I love it.

As we all know, (even those who have not watched it) Captain America and Iron Man have a rift due to difference in opinions. Half of the Avengers side with Iron Man, half with Captain America. Both sides also eventually “recruit” other superheroes like Spiderman, Ant-Man, Black Panther, etc.

What I loved about the movie is that I understood where both sides were coming from. They both had a point and actually had understandable arguments. They were fighting for what they believed in and despite being in the opposite sides of the coin, they were both actually looking out for the welfare of the Avengers team.

I don’t plan on making an in depth review of the movie. I simply want to state how much I like this movie, thus, go WATCH IT NOW (if you haven’t already, I know it’s late)!

NinthMelody rating: 8.5/10

[MOVIE] Deadpool.

Oh wow… It’s been awhile since my last post. I have a pretty good reason. I was busy packing and moving.. moving countries. No big deal. LOL I am now back in my home country which is a good change of scenery. It’s been awhile since I “lived” here.

deadpool-poster-8Anyway, DEADPOOL. I watched this way back in February when it was still showing in the cinemas. There’s a big possibility I’ve forgotten most of what happened. But I do know that I enjoyed the humor and of course, Ryan Reynolds. However, I gotta say that the first few minutes of the movie were either boring or I was just too tired to concentrate. So I kinda dozed off for a bit. haha.. I still love you, Ryan Reynolds.

I’ve never read any of the MARVEL Comic Books so I don’t know anything at all about the background of Deadpool’s character. The first time I encountered Deadpool was in one of the previous movies of Wolverine. I was confused as to how Deadpool from there would be incorporated in this new movie but I guess that won’t happen. The way Deadpool came to be in the two movies are completely different so they can’t possibly be related at all. I would just have to delete that memory of Deadpool from the Wolverine movie. *selected memory successfully deleted*

Deadpool was so meant to be played by Ryan Reynolds. The way Ryan Reynolds is when he is being interviewed is exactly how Deadpool is (minus the killings) – sarcastic, witty and funny. I love how Marvel movies always incorporate humor and color to their movies. It might seem a bit childish, but if you watched Deadpool, you’d know it’s nowhere near child-friendly. Believe me. I wouldn’t want to watch this with my parents. AWKWARD. 

Compared to Ant-Man, I would say I enjoyed Ant-Man more because of its funny supporting characters. Ant-Man sucked me in from the beginning ’til the end. With Deadpool, however, I almost dozed off in the first half of the movie. (The intro was hilarious though)

All in all, Deadpool is still definitely a must-watch especially if you want to get into the whole Marvel universe. (He wasn’t in Captain America: CIVIL WAR though. Bummer.)

NinthMelody rating: 8/10

[MOVIE] Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I wanted to watch this in the cinema but no one wanted to go with me. =( I made my dad watch A New Hope in hopes of making him interested in the series but to my dismay, he fell asleep within 15 minutes of starting the movie. Although I can’t blame him since the first few minutes of A New Hope were a tad slow.

starwarsposterAnyway, I’ve watched the Star Wars franchise a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (see what I did there?) that I kind of forgot already a good amount of the story. Watching The Force Awakens was pretty much a refresher for me; someone who has not watched in a long time. Even though I vaguely remember details about the Star Wars IV, V & VI, I couldn’t help but see a resemblance in the storyline in The Force Awakens. Too bad I can’t say what they are, but those who have watched it will know what I’m talking about.

The best thing about The Force Awakens? BB-8! Hands down. BB-8 is the most adorable thing ever. I would definitely want to have one. In fact, I’ve been longing for a BB-8 by Sphero which can be controlled via a smartphone. It looks totally cool but of course, it comes at a price. Not sure if I’m willing to cough up that much for BB-8 which I’m sure my puppies would just love to munch on and destroy.

Enough about BB-8, let’s move on. As for the movie itself, like I said, it was too much like its predecessors (story-wise) but when I watched it the second time and just watched it as it is, it was actually fun. Finn’s switch to the good side from being a Stormtrooper is an interesting twist. I’ve always thought Stormtroopers were mindless robots so it was cool to see a human-side to the Stormtroopers.

Rey was an interesting character as well as this is the first time (to my knowledge) that a girl Jedi is given the spotlight. She’s the new Anakin/Luke Skywalker. Please don’t tell me she joins the dark side a few installments later. That would just be too much.

I saw that Lupita Nyong’o also starred in this movie but I do not recall seeing her at all so I decided to look it up. Turns out Lupita is a CGI character called Maz Kanata. Man, I wouldn’t have thought it had I not looked it up. Her character reminds me a lot of Edna Mode from The Incredibles. They don’t look alike but their actions are quite similar.

For Star Wars first-timers, this would be a nice introduction. It might make you confused but you will catch up after a few minutes.

NinthMelody rating: 7/10

[MOVIE] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

To be completely honest, I’ve forgotten that this movie ever came out last year. When I saw this one on the plane, I thought, hey, is this new? Turns out it was released in November 2015. How time surely flies.

Mockingjay-Part-2-final-PosterMockingjay Part 2 is the concluding story of The Hunger Games series. There were only 3 books but the movie industry loves to make dual parts so yeah, they divided it into 2. In my opinion, the two Mockingjay movies were less than appealing when watched individually. I remember watching the two separately and I was not excited nor invested in watching the movies.

One more thing about The Hunger Games movie I didn’t really like was the lack in chemistry of Katniss and Peeta. Until the very end, I didn’t really buy into their love story. I read the book and yes, I was all for Katniss and Peeta but in the movie, it just wasn’t there. In the beginning, it was all a deliberate ploy to get the people to support them. They pretended to be in love when clearly they weren’t. As the story moved along, supposedly Katniss and Peeta became in love (for real) but it wasn’t believable on screen. Every kiss from Katniss felt like she was hoping to make Peeta believe that she was in love but I was not falling for it. No, Katniss, you don’t look in love. The books were more detailed and immersive in telling the inner thoughts and feelings Katniss had for Peeta. Her feelings grew into love slowly and eventually but it was there. It was apparent. Sadly, it did not translate well in the movie (in my opinion).

As a standalone film, the Part 2 was more exciting than the first part but together, they are better. Watch the two parts in sequence and the experience would be much more thrilling. The Hunger Games marathon, anyone?

NinthMelody rating: 6.5/10

 

[MOVIE] The Big Short.

Another movie I watched amidst the long flight to the US was “The Big Short.” I didn’t know much about this movie except that it had big stars in it: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, etc. After starting the movie, only then did I find out that this was about the events leading to the financial crisis in the mid-2000s.

the-big-short-movie-posterThe movie shows how the credit and housing bubble collapse in 2005 was predicted and taken advantage of by a three different groups of people – Michael Burry (Christian Bale), Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) & Mark Baum’s (Steve Carell) team and a couple of young minor players in the industry by betting against the housing market. By betting against the housing market, the only they would win is if the majority of the Americans would fail to pay their mortgages. Their position was met with scoffs and criticisms from established bankers as such a thing seemed absurd at the time.

With such a serious topic, the movie was actually pretty entertaining. It breaks the four walls by having the characters explain to the audience some financial terms and situations which was made interesting by using cameos from celebrities like Anthony Bourdain, Selena Gomez, etc. The explanations were helpful although I wish they could’ve done more of those or at least explained some more terms which the general public most probably don’t understand.

The protagonists of this movie are betting in favor of the collapse of the economy. However, you can’t help but root for them if it means the downfall of the arrogant and greedy bankers that laughed in their faces. It is also sad, however, that despite knowing this major flaw and information about the housing market, the protagonists decide to make some money out of it instead of doing something about it to save the economy (although I’m not sure if there was anything they could’ve done anyway). They know what they’re doing is unethical but what is even more unethical is the action of the banks and the big organizations that made the housing bubble possible.

I hope the people and our governments learned from this crisis and that they would take it as a lesson. It would not be funny if the same thing happens again because of the negligence and greed of the big companies and if the government agency(ies) responsible in monitoring and policing such actions do not do a thing to prevent it.

NinthMelody rating: 7/10