Movie review: Slumdog Millionaire

I’ll let you in a on a little secret: I’m a hopeless romantic presenting itself as a cynic. An, boy, is this the kind of movie a romantic would like to watch over and over again. Continue reading

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Book Review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Palahniuk managed to amaze me with this novel. I’ve read it in a single night, as most of his other books, but this one was shockingly good, more than his usual standard. He increases the intensity of the novel with such finesse that when you reach the end, it feels as if you’ve gotten out of a roller coaster ride(no way of avoiding a terrible cliche here.) Continue reading

Book Review: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”

It takes a special kind of humor to make me laugh. This is that special kind. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman make a fantastic team, and their humor is music to my soul. Even though I loved almost every word they put to paper, I am still aware of the fact that this book might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Especially those who take themselves and the world around them way too seriously. Which is like 90% of the people on the Internet these days.

“Over the years Crowley had found it increasingly difficult to find anything demonic to do which showed up against the natural background of generalized nastiness. There had been times, over the past millennium, when he’d felt like sending a message back Below saying, Look we may as well give up right now, we might as well shut down Dis and Pandemonium and everywhere and move up here, there’s nothing we can do to them that they don’t do to themselves and they do things we’ve never even thought of, often involving electrodes. They’ve got what we lack. They’ve got imagination. And electricity, of course. One of them had written it, hadn’t he…”Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” …”

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Book Review: Hyperion by Dan Simmons

One word review: Wow!

Ever so often it happens that I get to suspend disbelief and immerse myself in such a brilliantly constructed fictional universe that it feels like a dream I’d never want to end.

Yes. I did not want to wake up from this.

I’m still book hangover. I am currently reading the sequel.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons is a brilliant SF novel. The world is complex, intriguing, and believable. It tells of certain aspects of humanity that should/could be enhanced as we develop our technology.

This is also a great novel in terms of storytelling. The writing does its job. Each character has its own way of describing events, certain motivations and dreams and hopes and aspirations. Continue reading

Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War

I took my time with this one. I went to see it Sunday, then thought about it, and thought about it, and then I ended up reading a lot of other reviews, which is something I don’t usually do before writing a review for a book or movie.

Avengers Infinity War is going to earn a ton of money at the box office. That thing is for sure. It’s also the longest trailer ever made. Unless you’ve been religiously watching all the other movies in the MCU, you’ll have a hard time knowing who does what, and why. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember who is who in this movie.

There are so many characters, that the entire movie feels like a bunch of cameos.

Other than that, this movie resembles Thor 3: Ragnarok more than any other of the series.

It’s funny and dark. It also features a character that is almost indestructible from the moment it first appears on screen until the very end.

The ending, which I’m not going to spoil, could have been frustrating to the point of breaking your heart, if there wouldn’t be the Deus Ex Machina of the Infinity Gauntlet.

The fate of the universe is not that much at risk. It does not feel like that.

After all, if you can turn back time and reverse any sort of damage, what is there to lose?

It must be boring to be all powerful, all mighty, and to be able to see into the future.

At the same time, surprisingly, this movie is character-driven. And, yes, Thanos is by far the most believable of all the villains in the MCU so far, but he’s just a different shade of X-Men’s Apocalypse.

Who knew Social Darwinism would become popular again? At least in the movies?

As a matter of fact, depending on your beliefs, you could actually argue that the Avengers are the bad guys in all this. In a way.

This movie ultimately fell short. It promised a lot, but under-delivered. It’s not a bad movie, and it’s well worth watching, especially if you have invested a lot of your time in the previous movies of the franchise, but while it delivers an interesting villain, the stakes don’t feel real anymore.

Thanos should have had a lot of trouble starting from the first few minutes of the movie, but, yeah, all-powerful characters seem to be the norm these days.

Maybe one day Marvel will be able to make a movie that has it all.

 

Movie Review: Match Point

I have to admit that I’m not Woody Allen’s biggest fan. He’s extremely talented and has produced and directed a lot of movies, but even when I did like his stuff, movies like Deconstructing Harry or Vicky Cristina Barcelona, I still got the impression that there was something missing – one more ingredient to make them perfect. And I felt as if Allen carefully builds his characters to a certain point, after which he just gives up and abandons his character to find their own way toward the end. Continue reading

Westworld Season Two

First of all, I am obsessed with this cover of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box.

Secondly, in case you didn’t know, I am a big fan of HBO’s Westworld, a Western/Sci-Fi/Thriller/A bunch of other genres.

Last but not least, with the premiere of the second season of this TV show, we get a chance to better understand not only how the AIs in this theme park function, but also the motives and the desires of the main characters, especially the late doctor Ford.

I’m just rambling now, I guess.

This is well worth watching. Well worth your time.

Other than that, more thoughts to be shared after the release of all episodes.