The Quiet Ones – Film Review

Duration: 1 hour 38 mins,

Rating: 15

Release Date: 10 April 2014

Genre: Horror

Director: John Pogue

Cast: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke…

Description: A University Professor and his students conduct an experiment on a girl who can contact a ghost. They get all the strange happenings on tape, but how do they explain everything that happens?

My Thoughts: I haven’t seen very many horror movies if I’m being honest, about two… neither of them scared me or even bothered me. One of the main reasons I haven’t seen very many horror movies is because no one will ever watch them with me, now I don’t need people to watch them with me because I’m scared or anything, I just think it’s a bit sad to watch a horror movie on your own. Anyway, so I watched this one and it wasn’t all that different from any other horror movie I’d seen.

The thing I find really funny and strange when you go to watch a horror movie is because you know you’re watching a horror movie you’re always quite jumpy at the start of the film, and things that aren’t scary in any other film make you jump in this film, like a door opening (please tell me I’m not the only one that experiences this?!).

I’ve seen Sam Claflin in three other films (Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Love, Rosie,) and I thought he was really good in all of them, he was partially the reason I wanted to watch this, I like watching actor’s act in different genres, because I find it interesting, I hate it when an actor basically only ever acts in the same genre and basically has the exact same character in everything, okay anyway. Sam was really good in this, I think he really built up the tension, and if there was ever a moment when I was slightly on edge and thought something scary was going to happen it was because of him, his movements and body language was really good.

I also thought Olivia Cooke was good, although I haven’t seen her in anything else, she did a really good job. Her character was so believable and I thought she did it really well.

The rest of the characters I didn’t feel had many characteristics and I didn’t really feel like I knew who they were or what the point of them was other than Jared Harris’ character, but still I didn’t feel he had any personality that I could comment on.

I’ve wanted to watch this film ever since it came out in cinemas and I just never got around to it, one of the DVD’s I own has a trailer for it and I thought it looked amazing, I hate to say I was very disappointed. The film had nothing going for it at all, the storyline was bland and dull and wasn’t properly explained, I never really felt like I knew what was going on.

I feel like the film was really badly lit and although I know that horror films need to be kind of dark and have a creepy atmosphere it’s no good if you can never see what’s happening on the screen, it’s just stupid.

It started off okay, other than not being very interesting, but by the end of it, it was verging on completely ridiculous, the film is allegedly based on an actual experiment called The Philip Experiment and so I thought, well you know, no matter how ridiculous I find this film it’s all true, but after the end of the film I was so confused and the film had been so ridiculous that I didn’t believe any of it, there’s no way all that stupid, cheesy stuff that had obviously just been thrown in for dramatic horror effect had actually happened, so I liked it up and it turned out that no, it didn’t in fact happen, yes there was an experiment called The Philip Experiment but almost nothing that happened in the film actually happened in the real experiment it didn’t even follow the same research or anything, it was basically completely factually incorrect. And therefore all the stupid things that I knew couldn’t happen in real life didn’t happen and it was all really dumb.

I personally don’t like horror films, although I wish I did which is why I still try to watch them even though I know I’m going to find them ridiculous, if you like horror films then this could be your kind of thing, and maybe you’ll like it. Like I said the acting is good quality, and if you’re having friends over or something and you want something that might mildly scare you then this might actually be a good film but if you properly want a really scary film I wouldn’t suggest watching this. The reason why me and horror films don’t get on is because, at all the parts where the audience would usually scream, jump or get frightened I just laugh, because it’s so funny, like sometimes horror films can even be funnier than comedies. I guess if you hate horror films and gag at their cheesiness then you could watch this film as well. Not that you should gag at the cheesiness because that’s a slight step too far. The other disappointing thing is, I feel like it could have been a good film and it just wasn’t, also the ending made absolutely no sense and made you question literally everything that had happened in the film and it was just annoying. All the horror films I’ve seen end like that.

I would rate this 2 stars unfortunately. By if you, like me, saw a trailer and really wanted to watch it and thought it looked amazing go for it! I don’t want you to not watch it because of something I’ve said, I’m just voicing my opinion, I am not speaking for society as a whole, it could really be your kind of thing. And if you do or have watched it please comment on this post and tell me what you thought, or send me a link to your own review, I don’t mind if you disagree with me I’m just interested to hear your thoughts, no matter what they are. I’m not saying I wouldn’t watch it again if a friend wanted me to but I wouldn’t watch it again on my own, I wouldn’t watch it again without reason. I’m just saying it wasn’t my kind of thing.

Warnings: I don’t really know what to put here without including spoilers, but it’s a horror movie so people could find it upsetting or disturbing. Includes one swear word. And some sexual acts. For full details click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2235779/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information about the film click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2235779/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 472 pages

Release Date: 2009

Publisher: Scholastic

Description: Katniss is alive, but she shouldn’t be. There can only be one victor of the hunger games but now there are two. Katniss and Peeta both won because of their love for each other, or that’s what Katniss wants people to think, but after hearing of possible uprisings in other districts she’s not so sure that they do, the districts are in rebellion against the capitol and it’s her fault. So now more than ever she’s got to really be in love with Peeta, convince not only the districts but President Snow himself. Or face the life threatening consequences.

My Thoughts: If you’ve read my review of The Hunger Games then you already know that I’ve read this trilogy a number of times, and every time this book has always been my favourite.

Catching Fire has a lot more going on than The Hunger Games did and that’s a good thing, there are also some new characters introduced that you can like which is another good factor, because in the first book there were only about four characters in total that we were supposed to care about. But in Catching Fire all of the characters develop and it’s got a stronger storyline going than just a girl that volunteers to save her sister’s life and ends up in a deadly field with a load of other children wanting to kill her, this book has much more meaning than that, and I think for that reason it’s more compelling than the first book was.

Katniss and Peeta have a much stronger relationship than I ever remember them having the other times I’ve read the books, and I feel like it’s really good that Katniss doesn’t know who she loves most; Gale or Peeta, and I think I might have said this in my review of The Hunger Games but usually I hate love triangles, they really irritate me and I always think that if you can fall in love with another person whilst being in love with someone already then you can’t love the first one very much and so I just find it ridiculous – but this love triangle, the one between Katniss, Peeta and Gale really, really works. And I think it’s clever how Suzanne makes Katniss love them both, because she has to pretend to love Peeta and she’s never thought about her and Gale as anything but friends but then after having to kiss Peeta in front of cameras and everything and knowing that Gale will see it she starts to realise that she doesn’t necessarily want him to see it, and I think because she’s forced to love Peeta whether she does or not makes her question whether she actually does or not and I think it’s a really clever way of doing it and it really works, obviously I was always on Team Peeta but I really love Gale as a character as well.

I like that President Snow becomes a fully established bad guy in this book, in the first book we know he’s evil because he’s the president and the lives they live are horrible and it’s his doing but once he singles out Katniss and tries to make her life a living hell and threatens her family and everything I feel like then he’s properly evil, he’s a proper baddy and it makes the book more interesting knowing that the president is out to get Katniss unless she does everything he asks.

This is by far the best book out of the series and one of my favourite books ever, if you haven’t read it then why the hell not? If you have read it then please leave a comment on this post and let me know what you think! And if you think, ‘oh I don’t have to read the books because I’ve read the film.’ you are so wrong! There is so much more that happens in the books! And all the bits that don’t make sense in the film make sense when you read the books. I know so many people that get confused over Katniss’ feelings and emotions and that’s because they’re not properly shown in the films but they are in the books, just remember the films wouldn’t exist if the books didn’t so why would you avoid the thing that brought the films existence?

5/5 stars!

Other Books In The Trilogy: The Hunger Games (Book 1), Mockingjay (Book 3).

Other Books By The Author: When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Year Of The Jungle, The Underland Chronicles,

Other Information: Catching Fire was turned into Lionsgate film in 2013 starring Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Elizabeth Banks (Effie)… to see a trailer and for full details on the film click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951264/?ref_=nv_sr_4

How To Get Away With Murder, Season 1 – Review

Episode Duration: 43 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 2014

No. Of Episodes: 15

Genre: Drama, Murder Mystery, Crime,

Creator: Peter Nowalk

Cast: Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza…

Description: Annalise Keating is a defence attorney and law professor, each year she selects a handful of law students to come and work for her, this year has she made the wrong decision on who to trust? When her students end up in the wrong place at the wrong time it’s Annalise’s job to get them all about before it destroys their futures and her career. But how does one get away with murder?

My Thoughts: This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a TV show and I’ll tell you why, I feel like it’s really difficult. For instances I’ve never reviewed my favourite TV show of all time (Nashville) because I feel like it’s too complicated to review as it’s not one thing it’s lots of little things that make one thing, and I feel it’s stupid reviewing each episode but it’s impossible to review an entire series in one go because too much has happened. However, this seems like a pretty easy TV show to review because it’s kind of one big thing scattered into lots of different pieces, so I’m going to give it a try anyway.

Right, I first watched this show about a month ago (maybe sooner than that) because Netflix suggested it to me and I thought it sounded really good (SPOILER: I was right!), so I watched it in a couple of days because it was only 15 episodes and I was completely hooked from the first episode, it was so good. The way they do it is really clever, with most murder crime shows there’s always a storyline per episode and then an even bigger ongoing storyline. And this show was so good that even if it was only small storylines within the episodes and didn’t have an ongoing even bigger, even better storyline going on I would still watch it. I haven’t seen that many crime drama shows, but I’ve seen enough to know this is my favourite, I love watching court cases on the television the satisfaction I get when the person wins or proves their point it just great! So the storyline per episodes are really good but the ongoing storyline (it’s more like two really, but they’re kind of connected to each other) is so amazing, you never know what’s going to happen next, you’re always suspecting everyone, it’s impossible not to watch the next episode, it’s a brilliant properly planned show where it knows where it’s going and it keeps you guessing the whole time, there is never a moment where you think you’ve finally figured it out. It’s so clever.

Character wise I feel like it’s got a really good selection of characters, I feel like it’s got a bit of everyone really. And there are moments when you like all the characters and moments when they really annoy you and there are also moments when you wish you were there with them helping them so that nothing bad happens. Basically they are the perfect example of normal students, and I feel almost like I could look them up on Facebook or Twitter and find them right now posting about a new case they were working on or something. And that is the best feeling I think, that is when you really know a book or a film is really good, when you completely forget that the people on the TV or in the book aren’t real. They’re made up and they don’t exist, the only reason they are alive is because someone keeps writing about them and if that person were to stop they would cease existing. But it doesn’t feel like that, the moment you feel like the person you are reading or watching could be your friend, or you feel like they are out there somewhere getting on with their lives, that’s the moment when you know something is good.

I found the law cases really interesting and it has in fact inspired me to get a qualification in law myself so that’s pretty good!

There are some funny moments, there are some sad moments, there are moments that make you cringe, there are moments that make you question everything that has already happened in the programme. And best of all it keeps you guessing, and you know what? No matter how hard you try you will never be able to solve the mystery.

I cannot wait to watch the second season because it’s going to be absolutely phenomenal! If you haven’t watched How To Get Away With Murder I strongly suggest you do, as someone who watched it twice in the space of about two weeks (I know, it’s pretty sad.) I can guarantee that you won’t regret it! And if you have already watched it please leave a comment and tell me what you thought! (Except no spoilers from the second season please!)

10/5 stars!

Trailer: For more information on the show and to see a trailer click the link: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt3205802/

Warnings: Contains quite a few sex scenes (including gay sex, which I do not object to, I am just making people aware of the content.), drug taking, alcohol consumption, swearing, suicide, and some violent and potentially upsetting scenes. (Please note: this is only the content from season 1, not 2) For full details click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3205802/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Other Information: How To Get Away With Murder season 2 is currently being aired in the UK on the Universal Channel, Wednesdays at 9PM. For more information click the link to the Universal Channel website: http://www.universalchannel.co.uk/shows/how-get-away-murder-season-2

 

The Hunger Games – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 454 pages

Release Date: 2009

Description: Katniss Everdeen is sixteen-years-old, sister to twelve-year-old Prim and daughter to a father who is now dead and a mother who would have let both herself, Prim and Katniss starve if Katniss hadn’t taken it upon herself at a young age to feed and provide for them all. But Katniss has never had to fight so hard for survival, until now. The time has come for the Hunger Games contestants to be chosen, contestants who will get put into an arena and have to fight to the death, there can only be one survivor. Twenty-four children all fighting not to starve, freeze and be murdered. Katniss, after a heroic act of taking her sister’s place is now one of those contestants but despite her ability to hunt and provide for a family of three can she protect herself when it matters most?

My Thoughts: Now I know there are hundreds of reviews of this book and all the others already out there, but the release of Mockingjay Part 2 is tomorrow and although I probably won’t see it tomorrow, I will see it soon and every new film release I re-read all the books and re-watch all the films and I thought, this is the last film, after this film The Hunger Games is officially over, no more books, no more films so why not review them all while people are still mourning over the end of The Hunger Games? Why not review all of it during this massive event? So that’s what I’m going to do, over the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing all the books and all the films, finishing with Mockingjay Part 2 and then I will curl up in my bed and cry (Okay, I’m joking about that part, but it will be pretty sad, the end of another great book/film trilogy.)

Anyway, the book. So, this is about the fourth or fifth time I’ve read this book but the good thing about it is, it never gets boring and somehow there are always bits I’ve forgotten or bits I’ve remembered in the wrong order and therefore everything that happens in the book is still kind of a surprise and it’s great! I love it! I also think it’s a great skill to create a book that you can read over and over, but we’ve probably already established that Suzanne Collins is a skilful writer.

I think the characterization in The Hunger Games is really good, there’s enough characterization that you kind of get a feeling of who each character is and what role they’ve got to play in the story but yet you still know there’s got to be some development before you can really start picking favourites or before you can really know who the character is, and personally I don’t feel like Katniss is a very likeable character in this book, but who can blame her? She’s been starving all her life, she has no money, she lives in a terrible world where everyone is controlled by richer, more powerful people that have the ability to kill them whenever they like, she doesn’t have time to think about her likeability. I feel like we know we’re supposed to like Peeta but at the same time he’s just kind of soppy and annoying but we still love him anyway, it’s pretty hard not to right? And you know that in the next book and the book after that the characters are going to develop and you’re going to know who you like and who you don’t. I think there’s quite a bit of character develop just in this book to be honest, and by the end of it I already had some favourites and people that I thought could turn into some really great characters. I also thing the relationship between all the characters is really good, there’s kind of a bit of every kind of relationship in this book and I really like it.

While I’m talking about relationships I would like to quickly touch on Katniss and Peeta’s relationship, it has been about a year since I read this book last and I always forget how much of a relationship Katniss and Peeta have in the arena and how important I think that is to the story, although in some places it can get a tiny bit cheesy I feel like they’re relationship in the arena is one of the most important parts of the whole book, I feel like when they’re with each other they’re learning a bit more about themselves and we’re learning with them, they’re developing their own character by being with the other character and I think it’s really clever.

One of the things I like best about this book is the awareness of society that it brings, reading this book I realised how we – in some ways – live almost exactly like they do (although luckily children aren’t being thrown into arenas and killed viciously by each other. But how long is it until that starts happening?) what I mean by this is, in The Hunger Games everything that they do is basically based on other people, everything they do in the arena to get help from their mentors and sponsors is based on how other people will be watching and viewing it on their television. Everything is about how other people see you, and I think there is a truth in that for everybody, definitely for me, my life is basically controlled by thinking about how other people are going to view me, inside or outside of the house. What I wear in the morning, what I wear at night, is all about how other people will see me and what people will think if they see me in the street or in a shop or wherever. I feel like living in the society I live in, and many other people live in, it partially takes away your ability to be yourself, I try my very best to be myself but there’s only so far you can go being yourself before society creeps up on you. And in that aspect I feel like we are very much in our own version of The Hunger Games.

It’s really hard to know how to review a book basically everyone has already read.

I feel like if you really think about The Hunger Games and try to analyse everything that happens in it and all the characters there are you can probably relate yourself to at least one of them, even though you may not want to because maybe you’re one of the rich horrible people, but maybe you’re not. As well as being a good book I think The Hunger Games has really strong messages about society and politics, and how we all behaviour towards each other and how it’s viewed by other people and I just feel like this book is a real eye-opener to some things and I think Suzanne Collins has done a really good job writing a book like The Hunger Games and as a writer myself I really wish I was the one who came up with this idea.

If you’re one of the people that hasn’t read The Hunger Games I suggest you go and read it now because it’s a really good book and hey, maybe you’ll learn something! If you’re one of the people that has already read it then, good job! Why not read it again? And if you want to let me know what you thought of the book please let me know in the comments!

4 and a half stars/5

Other Books In The Trilogy: Catching Fire (Book 2) Mockingjay (Book 3)

Other Books By The Author: Year Of The Jungle, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles,

Other Information: The Hunger Games got turned into a Lionsgate film in 2012 starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, rated 12. For full details and a trailer click the link: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/