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Book to Movie: Fifty Shades of Grey

Some things are embarrassing to admit.


Reading Fifty Shades of Grey was, for me. I bought it at one point because everyone else was reading it. A while after I got it, a friend of mine began raving about the whole trilogy and ‘how awesome’ it was. She couldn’t stop talking. She wasn’t the most literary person I know, but I have to admit it did pique my interest. I picked it up in secret and began reading it. I also wanted to read it before it became a movie. However, the fact that it was a spinoff of Twilight fan fiction didn’t help matters. I’m not 12, and Bella and Edward don’t fascinate it me as much.

It was quite a quick read. It was summer, and the baby used to sleep a lot more during those days (sigh). There’s a picture of me with a glass of frappe in hand, lying on the couch in our garden in my nightdress, reading the book. I enjoyed it that much.

I thought it was a great fairy tale. A modern Beauty and the Beast, maybe. Poor, not especially beautiful college graduate meets a multimillionaire. Even though she doesn’t do anything fascinating, he falls for her. All she does it be herself. She isn’t impressed with his many riches and perks, but just his pretty face, his major hotness and his very mysterious air. However, there’s a catch. He’s into kinky stuff. Very kinky stuff. He’s not looking for a girlfriend. Oh no. He’s looking for someone who will succumb to his every desire and sign a weird contract. He only wants a sex partner (shock).

There are tons of little things you can say about each and every thing Grey does. Lots of criticisms about the believability of this plot line. But that’s not what this reads like. It’s actually quite sweet at times. I especially love all the bits leading up to their first kiss. The photo shoot. The coffee shop. The elevator scene. I know everyone will remember the elevator scene. It might be the best bit in the book. I loved that he kept dazzling her parents and they just couldn’t see he was actually pretty messed up inside.

I have a confession to make. I actually cried once while reading this book. It was the bit after she goes home after they do kinky stuff and feels guilty about enjoying herself. I felt so sorry for her. What are the chances of a girl like that finding a sadist (was the the technically correct word? I don’t even know. I don’t really care)? I actually had tears in my eyes. I also felt really bad about the ending, but knew it wouldn’t be the end of them. I was right. Duh.

Of course, there are things that bugged me, and I’m sure it bugged a lot of people. The mention of how rich Grey is on every freaking page. Okay, we get it. He’s so rich he has a helicopter. He’s so rich he earns, what, 100.000 dollars a minute (I think?). He’s so rich he has this huge apartment. He’s so rich he’ll buy the company you work for just so your boss will have to answer to him. He’s so rich he’ll dazzle you with beautiful clothes that cost your yearly wage (and he’s so smart he’ll know your size just by looking at you). Also, not only he’s so rich but he’s also very handsome. The waitresses actually stammer when they see him. He’s so handsome he actually did it with an old lady when he was a teenager (yuck).

While we’re on that subject, the Mrs. Robinson bit also didn’t sit well with me. It actually made a lot of sense, he explains it, says that she helped him through a rough time. He says she saved him from himself. She hurt him during sex (or whatever they do when they are together) so he wouldn’t hurt himself. But Anastasia just doesn’t get it. She talks about it consistently through the book, and also the second book.  She’s quite thick at times.

The overuse of ‘Laters, babe’? I know I’m not alone in this. The first one was funny alright, but not the subsequent fifty times (funny, I just said fifty). Also the way he keeps ‘You have to eat, Ana.’ Gawd. I cringed every time I read it. He force-feeds her through the whole book. Just let her be, man. Not everyone can read so much and maintain a gorgeous body like you can.

Oh, the sex scenes. People kept saying it was trash because they had unconventional sex. I wasn’t a major fan, but I didn’t think it was worthy of skipping. They were tastefully done for what it is. I don’t even remember them anymore. However, I agree that they are way too much. Way too often. Every 10 pages there’s explicit content. It gets tiring after a while. If you took out the sex scenes, the book would be 150 pages. I can say the same thing about the flirting. They flirt all the time. The energy kids have nowadays.

I gave the book 4 stars. Because I think it deserved it for what it was- a Twilight fan fiction twist off. I wouldn’t read it again, and I wouldn’t buy it and gift it to friends and family, but it was quite enjoyable. So I was ecstatic when the trailer came out. The trailer looked good. Anastasia looked perfect for the role, and Grey looked alright. I do think I’d prefer Ryan Gosling. I read somewhere that Charlie Hunnam was cast and actually started filming, but had to quit due to scheduling conflicts. That’s quite a bummer. I’ve really liked him in Nicholas Nickleby (I just Googled him, and he has to lose the beard, like, today). But Jamie Dornan looked alright. He was in some TV series I wanted a couple of episodes of, Once Upon a Time, and I kind of remember him.


I couldn’t go see it right away. My 16-year-old cousin did. There were tales of groups of middle-aged women going to see it in the afternoons. The whole theater sighing at key moments. Actual clapping when we see Grey for the first time. At the same time, there was all this talk about it being a horrible movie. It actually got 4.1 stars from IMDB, 1.2 stars lower than Are You Here, the worst movie I’ve seen in 2015 (or this millennium). So I saw it with quite low expectations.

I can see why people dislike it. The main reason, in my opinion, is that the trailer is amazing. You go into it thinking they have done an amazing job transferring the greatness (really, that’s the best word I can come up with?) of the book to the movie. But it doesn’t really work. All the things that bugged me about the book, like the way Grey is rich or the girl is way too naive etc, are multiplied in the movie. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, and all the scenes I remember are from the trailer. And that’s saying something with all the sex scenes that are supposed to be ‘shocking’. However, I don’t think it’s as bad as people crack it up to be. I believe the reason people really dislike it is because the perfect Grey and Anastasia they have pictured in their heads are not the ones they see on the screen. That might be said about a lot of book to movie adaptations, like Harry Potter. But in a story that has so much to do with chemistry, the casting becomes very important. I read somewhere that Clark Gable didn’t want to star as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind because he said people loved Rhett Butler and he might not meet expectations. In that case, Clark Gable was amazing as Rhett Butler (I’m cheating, I haven’t read the book, but the movie was great). I think Jamie Dornan can say that same thing. Grey was such an unbelievable character that you just don’t buy it when you see him in the flesh.

I don’t really rate movies, but I guess I’d give it something like 5 stars.

I have a footnote to make here. I have read the second book a while later, Fifty Shades Darker. I know second books in trilogies are supposed to be weak, but this was weaker than weak. Also, I heard it’s being made into a movie. I guess the producers got what they wanted, even if it wasn’t many stars in IMDB.

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Top Movies of 2015

I like watching movies as much as the next guy. I’m not a movie buff, and I’m not one who analyzes movies from various angles. I either enjoy a movie or I don’t. I don’t like independent movies, long movies, European movies or movies where nothing happens. I like a nice, entertaining Hollywood movie starring beautiful people. So my movie lists may not be the most surprising or the most intellectual. Oh well.

I have watched a sum of 95 movies this year (I only include movies I have not watched before). An all time record. I have identified my top movies, which are as follows:


The Judge

Ah, The Judge. I was quite scared going into this, because it looked long, dark and intimidating. It was all these things, but excellent. It’s about a lawyer called Hank Palmer who visits his childhood home. His father, a prominent judge, is soon a murder suspect. Both Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are wonderful. I don’t really think any movie with Robert Downey Jr. could be bad, anyways. This is the best thing I watched this year, goes right to my favorites.


Kingsman: The Secret Service

This was a blast. Wonderful, action packed movie. It’s about a spy organization set in London, and a totally gruesome global threat. Much like James Bond, but better. Colin Firth and Michael Caine, both who take movies from good to excellent, are amazing. Full of surprises. Also, hilarious.


The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, who cracks the Germans’ code during World War II. It’s excellent, heartbreaking, and of course, Benedict Cumberbatch is out of this world. A must watch.


Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

This isn’t a movie, but it is still something I watched in 2015. It’s a documentary based on the book of the same name by Lawrance Wright. As the name clearly shows, it’s all about Scientology. It talks about the founder, L. Ron Hubbard, the current leader, David Miscavige, and of course, Tom Cruise. There are lots of eyewitness accounts. It’s haunting. I couldn’t stop thinking or talking about it. You won’t be able to, either. A must watch.

All in all, it was a pretty great year. I haven’t seen Spectre, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay – Part 2, The Intern, Macbeth, and a whole lot of other movies which I know I’d love. But it’s quite difficult – I actually haven’t been to a movie theater since April. So there are a whole bunch of new movies I haven’t seen. They’ll probably be on my top movies of 2016, lagging slowly behind.



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Snow White and the Bore

It is no secret that I enjoy Hollywood movies. I am not ashamed of that fact. I enjoy the visual aids, the romantic story lines and the handsome actors. This movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, seemed to provide all that I need from a Hollywood movie. Unable to convince my husband to see it (who, surprisingly, turned out to be a lot more perceptive than me), I went to see it alone. I know. Going to the movies alone is a not a feat for everyone, but it doesn’t bother me much. Anyway. I thought I would enjoy it so much. Maybe that’s why I was disappointed.

The funny thing that happened to me while watching the movie is that I realized that I haven’t at all thought of the storyline of the traditional fairytale. When the seven dwarves showed up, they meant nothing. I didn’t connect it to the seven dwarves of Snow White. I even vaguely thought about why they were such a big part of the movie. Also when the bit with the disguised queen/witch and the apple started (I would warn about the spoiler, but, duh, it is Snow White), and Snow White was handed the apple and actually ate it, I was actually surprised to see her faint. Then I remembered the storyline and went: “Oh, someone’s going to kiss her now!” So I guess it’s been a while since I saw anything about the Snow White. Even watching the trailer a thousand times didn’t make me think of the plot. That’s just plain weird. I also have to point out that the plot is quite loyal to the storyline, so it’s not like it was so different that I actually forgot I was watching Snow White. Everything is there: the evil queen/witch, the pure Snow White, the mirror. Of course they tweaked the concept of the huntsman a little bit, but that was due.

The thing that bothered me was not that this turned out to be a medieval war movie toward the end. It’s not even because, obviously, the queen is, in fact, fairer than the Snow White, which seems to be the general opinion as well (I can’t stop myself from making this joke: maybe the mirror saw Twilight and that’s why she thought Snow White was prettier. I know. I am hilarious). It has a lot to do with what I expected, and how the movie progressed. It started out well enough, and Charlize Theron as the evil queen is quite amazing. Her mother apparently told her that men will always use her, and her beauty is the only way she will succeed in this world, and casts a spell on her. That spell can only be broken by the blood of the pure. So she spends decades taking over kingdoms and consuming the beautiful. Kirsten Stewart is Snow White, and she spends a decade while the queen prospers outside. Then she escapes, and the Huntsman, aka Chris Hemsworth, is forced to fetch her. Having no love for the queen himself, he decides to help her instead.

Now, for those who didn’t watch the movie, I think I know what they would be expecting at this point: The huntsman sees how pretty she is, and while helping her through the wild terrain of the countryside, they fall in love. Or even another plot: He is very reluctant to help her, but she dazzles him with her goodness. So they argue all the time, and bicker, and after the bit with the apple, he realizes he’s in love with her. At least that’s what I expected. But what I got? A love triangle, to start. I mean, a love triangle may be nice in some story lines, like the Hunger Games for example, but Snow White? Really? And not even a very good love triangle. A poorly constructed one. I don’t even want to talk about the lack of affection between the characters, or even the lack of actual conversation. It just doesn’t work. Believe me, it wasn’t because I was so amazed by Twilight that I thought Edward Cullen would step through magically and sweep Bella off her feet either. In a contest between Chris Hemsworth and Robert Pattinson, I’d always support the former.

All in all, I advise by not being fooled by the amazing trailer. I give this movie 3 stars. I am being generous here, because of the beautiful actors and the fact that it started out fine. But other than that, I would go see it only if there’s nothing better, or if you really, really want to see another Chris Hemsworth movie. Remember though: this is not his fairest moment. I would stick to Thor.

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The Trailer

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Series of Movies

I have realized that I haven’t been writing for a while, mainly because I thought there was nothing worth writing. But then I noticed that I have been going to the movies a lot lately, and most of the stuff I saw was very well below average. So I decided to write about these particular movies I have seen in the last two months, in chronological order. Here we go.

1. Bounty Hunter

I don’t know why I do this to myself. Although the trailer might seem promising, I must learn that if Jennifer Aniston is in it, I must not see that movie. Hollywood people are genius about making amazing trailers out of crap, and I must learn to accept that fact. But since I can be pretty naive, I went and sat through this.

Of course, I’m exaggerating a little bit. It’s not that bad. It’s about this bounty hunter guy, Gerard Butler, who gets the assignment to bring in her ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. He’s really happy about this, since he “hates” her, and she “hates” him back. But it turns out that, yes, they’re actually still in love. The plot is totally see-through, but still, it could have been handled more tastefully, because it actually starts out pretty promising, but turns out the 2-hour ride gets bumpy and awkward.

You get to laugh at some stuff, and Gerard Butler is nice to look at, and he plays this dirty guy, one you expect will spill stuff on his shirt while he eats. There’s nothing wrong there. The chemistry is not bad either, since we know for a fact that these two have got in on in real life. But after a while you don’t understand what all the drama is about and wish that those two can get just get the sex over and done with. It can get surprising at times (not oh-my-god surprising, more very-hollywood-romantic-comedy surprising), and it can be nice to borrow as a dvd if you have friend who actually purchased it, but I wouldn’t bang my head on the wall because I missed it. I think Jennifer Aniston should just sit back and spend the millions of bucks she made during Friends, but who am I to talk.

Rating: 5/10 – Keep your focus on Gerard.

2. Remember Me

Now, this one is a real gem. Ever since I saw it, I’ve been telling everyone who will talk to me about this. I believe this is as low as Hollywood can ever get. I just don’t understand how the people who made this movie saw it and said: “Well, it works”. Their reaction should have been same as mine: “I can’t believe Robert Pattison can’t save this movie”.

I am a sucker for a pretty face, and will watch Brad Pitt recite poetry on big screen (of course, if he doesn’t have that homeless beard). So I thought that Robert Pattison might be nice to look at. And the poster seemed all nice and romantic. But as soon as the movie actually started, I realized that I just made a huge mistake. Robert Pattison is a college student, whose brother committed suicide a few years back, and of course it has taken its toll on the family. Emilie de Ravin has also seen tragedy, when her mother was shot by two muggers at a subway station when she was just a kid. You get a picture of their families and there’s this stupid kid sister of Robert, who’s being bullied by the “cool girls” at her school, because she’s “weird”, but she’s actually just hoping her father will speak to her once in a while blah blah. The plot is just too boring to tell.

There’s this independent/the camera moves around too much vibe to it, and sometimes you want to slap the hell out of the characters. And no, Robert Pattison can’t save the movie, and neither can Pierce Brosnan (who is the only thing that’s worth watching, though he’s kind of awkward there), Chris Cooper or any of the other people. The only thing that’s just bit nice is the very end. Not the “after 6 months” part, but the part before that. I have to hand it out to them, it’s good. Still not good enough though.

Rating: 2/10 – Recommend it to people you hate, and tell them to go alone.

I’ll write some other movies later. I just wanted to share these two because they’re the worst of the lot. It will get better. Or we would be in big trouble.

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Ways of a Time Traveler

It’s been ages since I wrote. But it’s mainly because I was traveling all over the place, and staying for long periods in each. However, it doesn’t mean I didn’t read. It just means I didn’t make time to write about them.Henry & Claire

Anyway. Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is one of those books I read this summer just because the movie was coming. I had purchased it ages ago, because it was very popular, but I didn’t plan on reading it until they actually shot the movie and it’s always better to read the book before watching the movie.Time Travellers Wife

But as soon as I started reading it, I realized that it was a mistake to have waited that long. The book was really, really good. The plot was remarkably original. It’s about a guy that has a genetic condition that makes him time travel. You soon find that it’s not as cool as it sounds. When we think of time travel, we think of this machine that looks like an elevator, and this guy who has worked on it for ages gets into it and adjusts the time to the day the French Revolution started or something. However, poor Henry in Time Traveler’s Wife doesn’t have it that easy. He doesn’t know when the travel take or place, nor to what time or place he’ll be going. But worst of all, he’s not taking anything with him. That means he can show up anywhere without his clothes. His unfortunate circumstances are good for the reader, who keep reading about funny or plane unfortunate things that happen to him through the book.

However, that’s not what the book is all about, even though it would be a good read still. Claire, Henry’s wife, meets him when she’s 6. He meets her when he’s 28 and she’s 20. They have a nice and definitely non-pedophile relationship as she ages and he keeps showing up near her house naked. He doesn’t tell her what will happen, or when they’ll meet, but they do. And their love story is pretty strong, and sets the tone for the whole book.

Since it was too good a story to miss, they made a movie out of it. I saw it yesterday, and it was pretty good. Of course, they can’t include everything that happens in the book, so they miss some of the more important things that happens. And they made some of the fights more dramatic and Claire behaves a little more different than she does in the book, but that’s understandable. The choices for the actors, Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams is OK, since I never imagined that Henry was Brad Pitt. Their story, since told in short parts in the book, gets to be a little unconnected in the movie, but since I knew the story from the book, it was easy to understand for me, but I don’t know how it will be for others. The scene with the wedding was so funny. Eric Bana is sometimes really good. Time Travelers Wife

The book was really erotic at times, but the movie is really kid-friendly. They have toned down the clubber nature of Henry and the bit with his ex-girlfriend and the things about Gomez. I’d read the book first, then watch the movie as a nice summary of it. Sometimes  you just have to let the pretty people act it out.

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3 Mediums 3 Reviews

I haven’t written for a while, and I haven’t read anything substantial, though I have read and watched a bit, so I decided to give a couple of short reviews all in one post. We’ll see how it goes.

– Book: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Having read a couple of books by Juliet Marillier already, I know she favors a good fairy tale. So when I saw that this book was based on the fairy tales “12 Dancing Princesses” and “Frog Prince”, I wasn’t surprised. It’s about 5 sisters that live in a castle in Transylvania (yes, there are, in fact, vampires) in 1500s. They discover a portal from their room to another world, where they go dancing each full moon by crossing a lake called Deadwash. Deadwash, in fact, is the same lake where their cousin drowned many years ago. Jena, the main character, also has a pet frog with whom she can communicate via her thoughts. They are living quite harmoniously until their father falls ill and goes to another city to get well and their cousin (the younger brother of the drowned one) takes charge of their beloved castle.wildwood dancing

This is a young adult fantasy book, or so I heard, though other than the fact that the story is a bit simpler and shorter than her other books (at least the ones I read) it’s not that babyish. I like the relationship between the sisters, although Jena is sometimes really annoying. I like the cousin, Cezar, and how evil he can be. Also I really enjoy a good love story, and this one is not a bad one. There are also vampires, though they are not called thus but “Night People”, and you know I also enjoy a good vampire story. It also has this small historical vibe, and she even mentions Turks. It’s overall a good story, though I’d prefer her Sevenwaters Trilogy any day.

– Movie: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I do not exactly run to the theater after a Harry Potter movie has been released (though I was among the first who purchased the books), but when I actually get there, I do enjoy it immensely. Sometimes I find myself to be the only one laughing or crying (not at the same time, hopefully) and attract a couple of weird books. Who cares.

Anyway. As with the books, each movie is a better than the last, and a lot more sophisticated. I don’t even believe I have to talk about the plot at this point. When I had read the book, I had cried my eyes out on the bus, for an hour at least. Thank God I didn’t cry that much, though I cried a little bit, because the ending is the most heartbreaking yet. I believe it’s even worse than the last one. Though it’s been a while since I read the book, I can physically detect the differences between the book and the movie, the most obvious being Harry and Ginny. It was a lot better in the book, as usual. I also don’t remember Dumbledore asking Harry if there was something going on between Harry and Hermione. That just doesn’t sound like something old Dumbledore would do. There is another thing: I heard that in the first script, Dumbledore actually mentioned an old crush on a girl, but J.K. Rowling said that Dumbledore couldn’t have a crush on a girl because he’s actually gay. I already knew she had said this, but it’s still funny.harry potter and the half blood prince

I like the flashbacks to Tom Riddle, and I like whoever plays both the child and the teenager. He’s close to the Voldemort I imagined. Especially the way he speaks reeks evil. I adore the scene where Harry visits Hagrid with that Professor Horace, and he’s kind of drunk. I love Ron, as usual, when he eats the love-potion-induced chocolates and is lovesick all over the place. I also like Draco Malfoy, and how he’s finally a center character trapped between good and evil. It’s just so enjoyable. All Harry Potters are enjoyable. Rowling is such a genius. I only have one negative thing to say, and it’s that the ending is a bit rushed, especially the bit with Snape, but I can see that there’s nothing to be done about the short span of a good movie.

– Manga: Constellations on my Palm by Chisako Sakuragi and Yukine Honami

This is one of the lighter yaoi mangas I have encountered. Mizuho is a college student (as these things go) and Enji, his cousin, comes to Tokyo to study and stays with Mizuho’s family. They used to be really close, but something happened in the past, when they were still teeny kids, and Mizuho avoided seeing Enji since. When they meet again, Mizuho sees that Enji barely talks to him, and is cold as ice. He really wants to go back to the way things are, but Enji doesn’t seem to want to. constellations on my palmThe title comes from the fact that they used to watch the sky together, and stare at the stars. In fact, now Enji is studying to be an astronomer and seems mad at Mizuho because he has abandoned his childhood dreams.

The story is pretty straight-forward, and nothing really surprising. But I did enjoy the way the story goes, all calm and deep, and Mizuho’s changing feelings. Enji is especially a nice character, though he seems cold at times. Their chemistry is just right. The misunderstandings go a bit too far, but that’s to be expected. It’s nothing hard core, so it can be a good starting point for the immense world of yaoi. Good stories are hard to come by in yaoi, so this one is a good choice.

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The Cheesy RomCom

You know what I’m talking about. It’s the typical Hollywood romantic comedy, the so-called chick flick. There’s the usual woman, unlucky in love, the usual man, charming in his own right, the obvious pairing, the flickers, the chase. They are usually very, very predictable, rarely are quality tearjerkers. gives them 6-7 the most. Nobody admits to liking them. You never buy their dvds, but somehow end up with them, through discount bins or other means. It’s your typical Hollywood movie.

Not that I’m into darker horror flicks, but when a romcom goes too Hollywood, even I am repelled. Though I have nothing against Hollywood, I think they do their job really, really well. But that doesn’t mean I’ll enjoy Maid in Manhattan. Even I have standards. There are a couple of cheesy romcoms I like though. And here I present you three of my favorites. I can promise you I won’t go predictable with Julia Roberts flicks like Pretty Woman.

wedding dateFirst, the one I watched yesterday, and which inspired me to write this: The Wedding Date. Of course, predictably enough, a very popular theme: weddings. In this part of the world, we like weddings. We think they are fun to plan, and they are fun to go to. You see lots of people, and possible future matches. You dance, you drink, you have fun. However, in Hollywood, that’s not the case. It’s a reason to get depressed, because you’re not the one getting married. There are too many movies about this, about every aspect of it, and this is one of them. Kat (Debra Messing) is a lady in her late 20s, and is good at her job in NYC (where else), and her sister is getting married in London. Her ex is the best man, so she doesn’t want to go there alone. So she rents Nick (Dermot Mulroney), who is an escort, for 6000 dolars and they go to London together. Nick is so, so charming that in a snap of his fingers, everyone adores him. Heck, even I adore him. He’s really, really good looking and totally charming. The movie lacks substance and stuff, but there’s a charming scene when Kat’s father quotes Nick from his anonymous interview from a magazine: “Every woman has the exact love life she wants” or something. The gist of it is that Kat is miserable because it’s her fault for still sticking to the memory of her ex. Also Nick has some other good quotes going, like “I’d rather fight with you than make love to anyone else”. I still think it’s kind of, well, disgusting to make love with a hooker (yes, he does that too, it’s in his job description), but if he was as cute as Dermot Mulroney, I’d maybe give him a chance.

prince and meThe next flick is The Prince and Me. This consists of younger people, college students, and has something a good romantic comedy doesn’t always have enough of: royalty. Yum. So, Paige (Julia Stiles, of course) is a successful college student, who aspires to be a doctor. Eddie (Luke Mably) is the bored prince of Denmark. Since he’s very bored, he decides to go to USA for college and there he meets Paige. First they hate each other, since Eddie is hiding his real identity and the story continues in its general predictable direction. It’s the dream of every girl to marry a  prince, at least someone that handsome. At least it’s mine. It has some good points, though I don’t really like Paige’s character or most of her decisions. It’s still a good watch, and remember that the Danish Crown Prince Frederik married an Australian marketing consultant he met during the Sydney Olympics. A total commoner. How romantic. And he’s not bad on the eyes either.

just like heavenLast of the movies we’ll be discussing today is Just Like Heaven. This movie has a more supernatural flavor, ghosts. Not ghosts actually, but a lady in a coma that appears in spirit. Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) is a workaholic doctor who doesn’t have time for men. She always leaves it to the future, but then she has an accident and she’s put in a coma. Her family rents the room to David (Mark Ruffalo), whose wife died a while ago and he’s in constant depression ever since. He sits on the couch and drinks beer all day, until he meets Elizabeth’s ghost. He’s the only one who can see her, so he decides to help her. And this is the plot of this enchanting movie, which is the one I like most of these three. It’s so cute, and even though there isn’t anything to learn or to understand, it’s still charming. And so is Mark Ruffalo.

None of these movies are a Gone with the Wind or Lord of the Rings, but they can still spice up a boring hour or two. That’s good enough for me.

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Night of McAvoy

Yesterday, I had myself a nice night of James McAvoy movies. Actually, I watched only two, but still, it was quite pleasent. I had watched them both many times before, but I thought this was a good  opportunity to go through them again.penelope

  1. First, I watched Penelope, which is dated back to 2006. It’s about Penelope (Christina Ricci), a girl born into a high class, rich London family, but because of a curse, she has a snout, in other words, she has a pig nose. The only way to remove the curse is “one of her own kind to accept her”, so her mother tries her best to find her a husband of similar status. However, so far no one has accepted her and all the suitors fly out the window, literally, at the sight of her. One day, one of the suitors hire Lemon, a reporter who lost his eye because of Penelope’s mom, to tell the public about Penelope. They try to take her picture by hiring Max (James McAvoy), a blue-blood high society dude who has gambling problems. 

This movie has a supernatural fairy tale atmosphere about it, with clear-cut characters, and it can be quite fun. It also has surprises and nice plot twists, and good characters who develop through it. It also has messages about accepting yourself and motherhood etc, so it can be a tear-jerker if it touches a sour spot. But all in all, it’s a high-quality romantic comedy about finding yourself. Of course, James McAvoy is hot as ever.

becoming jane

The other movie I watched was Becoming Jane, from 2007, which, as you  might now, is about none other than Jane Austen. Since it is about  Jane Austen, it carries the same air as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Some people have cruelly dismissed it as being “too similar to Pride and Prejudice“, but hello, it is about its freaking author. So, Jane (Anne Hathaway) is a girl of small fortune, who writes deep in her country house, and one day, Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) who’s “a lawyer with a reputation” from London. The clash of the characters is much like Pride and Prejudice, and it’s a known fact that Jane Austen was deeply influanced by Lefroy when she portrayed Mr. Darcy. Much of the movie is fiction, but much of it is not. For examle, it is known that Jane stayed in Lefroy’s house in London, just like in the movie. Also, on his deathbed, when asked about his biggest love, Lefroy said “Jane Austen”, and he named his daughter Jane. How romantic can you get?

When we went to watch this in the movie theater, me and my mother cried our eyes out. It was just that good. I think it’s a lot better than Pride and Prejudice, though it may come a close second. It also happens to be my favorite James McAvoy movie, who fits Lefroy so, so well. Your heart will stop at the dance scenes.

I am sure I will write about James in the future. How could I not? He’s like the next Ewan McGregor. Yum.


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Oh No! He’s Just Not Into Me

hesjustnotthatintoyouI couldn’t write for a while because I was in Istanbul, though I didn’t do anything special, I just didn’t have my computer with me. Anyways. I finished Two for the Money by Janet Evanovich, which was again very funny. Other than that, I watched the movie He’s Just Not That Into You. I had purchased the book years ago, because so many people had recommended it, including Teri Hatcher, who said that it helped her get over George Clooney or something. That must have been a challenge.

The whole movie is about this loser of a girl who keeps waiting for the phone to ring, and at one point u want to shake her up and say: just forget about him! All the actors in it are famous, and if not exactly famous, you go, “how do I know that guy??”. There are all kinds of situations, including adultery, first dates, false alarms, internet dating, non-marrying guys etc. It’s impossible not to find something of yourself in it. The whole movie is based on the idea that everybody thinks that they are the exception to the rule. For example, you know how guys on myspace (I can’t believe it still exists by the way) are no good? But there’s this girl who knows my friend’s friend, who met her boyfriend on myspace, and now they are married and very happy. And we all think we’ll be the next exception. But that’s not the case. Exceptions are rare, and that’s probably not going to happen to you. Or can it? That’s the whole point. Also the main guy in the story, Alex, keeps saying that if a guy wants to date you, he’ll make it happen, so it’s no use overthinking his actions and twisting his words etc. He’s actually got very good points. 

It’s really good that people in it are over-famous, because it might have gotten a tad boring if they weren’t. Oh, and the blond guy, he’s E from Entourage.

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