[BOOK] The Girl On The Train.

I’ve had this book for quite some time now and I’ve always wanted to read it ever since I got it. The premise looked interesting and I was simply curious so I decided to read it.

Here’s the description from the iTunes store:

girl-train-movie-detailsRachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

It is a psychological suspense thriller that would keep you guessing “Who did it?” until the end. Not only do the readers not know what happened to the missing person, the readers and also the main character (Rachel) do not know whether the she had anything to do with it. This is due to Rachel’s alcoholism which renders her completely unaware of what happens during her bouts of drunkenness.

I see a lot of comments around the web saying it is like “Gone Girl” and I disagree. Sure, some girl ends up “missing,” the characters are not to be trusted, but other than those, I don’t find any more similarities. They seem familiar but completely different. In my opinion, both stories are good because of the surprise elements. So if you want to be surprised, stop reading reviews about these 2 books and just go read. NOW!

I have not watched the movie adaptation of this book but I am excited how it would translate on screen. It stars Emily Blunt as the main character, Rachel. From the trailer, I thought Jess/Megan would be Jennifer Lawrence but apparently it’s Haley Bennet. They look very similar from the trailer. The trailer can be seen below but I suggest watching it only once you’ve read it. In my opinion, that’s the best way to read a book. It’s so much more satisfying.

NinthMelody rating: 8.5/10

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[MOVIE][BOOK] The Little Prince.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

It’s 2017 and there are so many things to be excited about. I don’t know about you, but I sure am excited for the future.

Let me start off my first post by sharing my thoughts on my favorite animated movie that I watched last year (even though it was apparently released in 2015), THE LITTLE PRINCE.


little_princeFirst of all, this movie is too cute!! All the characters are lovable and most of all, the story has moral lessons all over. The animation is just top notch and simply mesmerizing. The first time I watched the trailer, I was dead set on watching out for it.

Prior to watching the movie, I must admit, I hadn’t read the book beforehand. In a way, it was great because everything was a surprise. I was a stranger to the whole storyline so I was in full attention while watching it. The Little Prince was so lovable and I wanted to actually meet such an innocent, kind-hearted soul.

The movie starts out with a little girl whose life is strictly planned out to the point that every hour of her summer is scheduled into a time table. Clearly, no child should be submitted to this kind of rigidity that they would lose the freedom to be just kids. The little girl, one day, meets her neighbor, an old man, who seems to have been an aviator in the past. He was clearly a man of adventure back in the old days and it could also be seen through his quirky house, the lone house in the whole neighborhood which had a distinct personality. The Aviator tells the Little Girl of the story about his encounter with the Little Prince in the Sahara desert back in the old days. From this point on, we hear the story of the Little Prince as written in the book (this I found out, after reading the book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

I was never really introduced the story of The Little Prince when I was younger so imagine my surprise when I found out that this was such a classic story, normally given as a mandatory reading in schools. Obviously I thought it was a childish story but it definitely is not. It is a story both children and adults would surely appreciate and love. The philosophy behind it is advanced yet the storytelling is extremely basic to be understood even by children.

“The Little Prince” also touches on the concept of death which might sound a bit too dark for children but it is actually a good introduction for them. It was dealt with in such a way that might help children accept the fact that death is a natural concept and in the event that it occurs, the best way is to let go and move on. Sadness will always be a part of death but there is also the hope of peace and acceptance associated with it.

Here’s the trailer:

All in all, both the book and the movie were enjoyable in my opinion and it is something that should not be missed. It’s truly a classic that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.

NinthMelody rating: BOOK – 9/10  | MOVIE  – 9/10

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

 

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[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