Movies: Hit or Miss

I wanted to do something a little different today, many of you who are as passionate about reading as I am also enjoy to watch plenty of movies too. So I wanted to share what I’ve seen this year with a sentence or two about why you should or should not bother viewing it.

First movie I watched this year was Looper starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt which was honestly an amazing way to open the year. I can’t describe how much I loved this movie, how well thought out it was too. Time travel is often a tricky matter to deal with in movies or books, you’ve always got the “but how?” question looming over you but it tackled it nicely.

5 stars

My boyfriend was watching Hurt Locker before work one day and war movies are a big no no for me, they’re not something I particularly enjoy or choose to watch but no one felt like telling me that Jeremy Renner was staring in this and I decided that was a perfectly reasonable excuse to put away all my usual hang ups about not watching Hurt Locker. Honestly I didn’t really pay full attention to the movie as I decided to multi-task with blogging stuff at the same time but what I did see I liked, the ending was a bit bland but I think it got across what it was supposed too.

3 stars

My dad took me to see Jack Reacher and he is a huge fan of the books (well he’s read them all but he told me that this movie was based off the first book so it was completely acceptable to go in and watch it with him but when I looked up on Goodreads afterwards and its book 9 and my Dad was really adamant I was wrong heheh) so he was a little upset that shorty was supposed to be the amazing Jack but we both came out with very high thoughts of this movie and I’d happily watch it again.

4 stars
Even though I knew full well what Frankenweenie was about, I still wasn’t prepared for Sparky’s death, it was really upsetting and I almost cried. Killing dogs in whatever form is not allowed. Okay granted he’s brought back to life but it was still upsetting, the rest of the movie was great fun though like anything else you expect from the fabulous Tim Burton.

4 stars

Next up, Ted. I’m sorry but why did no one warn me how traumatising this movie is? I still haven’t gotten over how upsetting the ending was and I don’t know if I will. It needed a warning at the start or something! A sides from this, it is indeed very funny and worth watching.
4 stars

Django Unchained was absolutely marvellous  I loved it. I’m a huge fan of Tarantino and this wasn’t a let down at all. It had everything you’d expect – blood, guts, humour, blood, explosions, guns, blood and foul language.

5 stars

I don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with a movie than Silver Linings Playbook, I mean yeah I have a giant soft spot for Jennifer Lawrence but this movie is just perfect and I could watch it non-stop.
5 stars

Quantum of Solace and Goldeneye were both playing whilst I was doing more blogging stuff, I’ve seen them both before and I love James Bond. When will Sean Bean not die?

4 stars for both

I also watched Ice Age… You’ll notice I am choosing not to include an image of the movie poster for this and I’m sure that what follows will justify my reason for not doing so. This was easily the most terrifying movie I have seen this year, possibly ever. I have no idea why anyone, especially my boyfriend, would make me sit down and watch something so frightening. My heart is jumping out of my chest even as I recall the horror of this movie. I should probably explain that I have a huge phobia of Sloth’s. They’re so creepy looking and look like they’re plotting to kill us. I can not deal with them. Not even cartoon ones it seems.
1 star

Silent Hill Revelation was disappointing to say the least. I mean I enjoyed it, a fair bit but I felt the last fight was over far too quickly which is what annoyed me. It was nice seeing Kit Harrington on my screen again but his accent seemed funny after Game of Thrones. Overall, if you haven’t seen it and you’re not a huge fan of the first movie don’t bother.
3.4 stars

I watched The Avengers, yet again. This time with my little sister and she’s pooped herself when the Hulk starts roaring at Natasha. I loved it as always.
5 stars

Oh I also watched Silver Linings Playbook again. Still loved it.

Book and Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Published: March 2nd 2010
Publisher: Corsair
Page Count: 336
Synopsis: Abraham Lincoln was just a boy when he learned that his mother’s untimely death was actually the work of a vampire. From then on, he vowed to devote his intelligence, strength–and skill with an ax–to the elimination of the soulless creatures. It was a path of vengeance that would lead him all the way to the White House.No one ever knew about Lincoln’s valiant struggle against the undead… until author Seth Grahame-Smith laid eyes on Abe’s secret journal–the first living person to do so in over 140 years. Putting a supernatural spin on revisionist history, Seth has reconstructed Lincoln’s true life story–while revealing the role vampires played in the birth, growth and near-death of our nation.

Review: 

I‘m keeping this a fairly short review, or at least I intend too because to me the title itself is very self explanatory and well it does what it says on the cover! I picked this book up knowing very little about Abraham Lincoln so I think one of the worries I had for it was that I wouldn’t understand much if it referred to something he did and I would just be sat there holding the book like a clueless Brit. However, this book doesn’t drop in at the deep end, it is very much a biography of Abe’s life from start to end, and a little further, it grabs your attention in every way possible and I’m not a fan of biographies at all yet I managed to stick with this – maybe the promise of Vampires helped? – by the time the Vampires were brought in on a large scale you’re at the point of believe absolutely anything the author throws at you. Heck, if you ask me now to answer anything regarding Abe and his life as far as I’m concerned he did go about wielding an Axe to slay Vampires, he did have in-depth discussions with Poe about said Vampires and well Vampires are indeed real. Completely real. No doubt about it.

So when I was about half way through this book my Dad and I sat down to watch the movie too, I was a little iffy about this knowing I hadn’t yet read the book but surprisingly I enjoyed every moment. The moive presented itself slightly different to the book, focusing a lot more on the Vampire and slaying side of things and definitely made it a lot more action packed towards the end and when I picked up the book afterwards I started panicking that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it as much (an incident like this happened with The Shining a few years back) but I was pleasantly surprised because the book kept to how it started out and didn’t go all flamboyant on the action at the end which I really liked because lets face it that last scene was a little unbelievable with his age, so for me the book was a lot better off though I wouldn’t dismiss the movie – it simply adapted to fit the target audience and it did it well.

All in all I highly recommend both, at times I got a little dragged down by the lack of Vampire action in the book but the movie makes up for it. Happy reading.

4 / 5 stars
GR

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Monday Mix Up: Birthday Giveaway & Lockout

Whilst Northern Plunder is primarily a book blog and most of the readers are indeed book lovers, every now and then something else happens in my life which I just have to talk about or need to share with others, when a time like this arises I will post about the subject on a Monday, and thus Monday Mix Up was born.

“A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.”

I recently watched Lockout which stars Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and needless to say it left me wanting to voice my opinion on it. For a movie that was released this year its a little odd that there is a chase scene at the start that last about 5 minutes which looks like it was done about 10 years ago and is part of a game, it was terrible… yet considering this I’d still recommend the movie to those who enjoy these type of movies regardless of how bad the initial CGI was because the rest of the storyline was really good and it deserved a lot more attention that it received – I say this cause not many of my movie buff friends chose to watch it.

Now for the main news! A week ago it was my birthday, and because I’m super lovely I decided to host a giveaway where one lucky follower can win a choice of their own book from The Book Depository/Amazon for £15 or under, of course you have to be a follower to enter and no multiple entries allowed. I held of posting this for a week knowing that I’d be the Follow Friday so I figured the more people here the merrier :D Have fun guys.