Category: movies

About being busy

First, I would like to apologize for neglecting the blog for the past 2 weeks. Because of the uni I didn’t have enough time to focus in writing anything constructive. So what has been going on? I moved (again) so it will take me couple of day to settle in the new flat. I’ve been trying to read as much as I can, and finally managed to finish Mistborn trilogy  Originally I have planned to post a separate review of the Hero Of Ages and a my personal summary of the whole series, but I couldn’t find enough time to do that. Perhaps I will try to share my thoughts of the Mistborn series-world after finishing the Alloy of Law which I am nearly finishing reading .

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In between of these 2 weeks I have tackled Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, which literally blew my mind away. It has been a long time since I had to read through the nights in order to find out the end of the story in the plot. I am impressed by the simplicity in which the author combined the stories as a one big picture. I am planning to watch the movie based on the book by the Wachowski brothers, hope they will not let me down, however the expectations are VERY high!

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Video Of The Week: Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Video Of The Week: Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Video Of The Week: Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards: I would like to introduce new section called “vide of the week” in which I will be posting interesting music videos. For the begining, as my first post of this kind, I am presenting Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards from their latest album Lonerism – psychodelic rock band which I have stumbled upon quite recently. Enjoy!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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So, what is the best idea to spend the doomsday? Obviously, to watch the Hobbit. Some of you have read my pre-hobbit thought which I sheared couple of days ago. I need to start this review with a confession. Dear lord, how ignorant am I?

Ok, I guess I will have to say couple of things about the book first. As I previously said, I found Hobbit waaay to different from LOTR. It is not only the distance in time between those 2 publications – we are talking about of more than 17 years between these two books when it comes to publishing. And as I said, I found these two books to be very different, even though they overlap. Style of writing is different, the “mood” of the books is completely different. Hobbit has been written more like a “fairy-tale” style, which is slightly different to the “real epic novel style” represented by LOTR. However, I am not trying to point out the disadvantages  of one or another. However, given the Hobbit’s plot, screenwriters, and especially director of the movie has room for some serious improvisation, his own creativity, interpretation. And yes, that’s what I saw yesterday. As I have written before, hobbit unlike the LOTR, was a book appropriate for children. It is a great fairy-tale which  is not violent at all, unlike the movie. Peter Jackson turn this beautiful fairy tale into an epic story without going to far away from the original theme. And it is an extremely difficult to achieve, given the hobbit’s plot. Well done mr Jackson.

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I was afraid that Peter Jackson will stay in the LOTR movie frame and stretch it so much, that hobbit is going to be just an “extension” to the successful trilogy. Oh boy, how wrong I was. Peter Jackson did an amazing job. He not only made a movie which is equally good and far better than my initial expectations, he made the movie really unique and one of its kind. From the very beginning and the story of The Lonely Mountain I was sure that he stood up to the challenge, which, let’s be honest – wasn’t easy at all.

I really like how Peter Jackson and his crew made two stories overlap, linking first minutes of the hobbit with the beginning of the LOTR trilogy. It is kind of nested hobbit within the the LOTR movies‘ plot. The idea that both of the trilogies makes one compact object is great for those who will be watching both of the in 4-5 years for the first time, without knowing the plot of the books. However, I must point out that the interpretation of the hobbit through the eyes of director and screenwriters is way more progressed than one would assume. I really like that the story of the The Lonely Mountain has gained such a “bold character” for the plot. The only thing which I was expecting to see in the first part and wasn’t included was the story of Beorn. Looking forward to see him in the second part.

I was thrilled about the idea of hobbit since the very first second that I found out about possible plans to continue Peter Jackon’s journey through middle earth.

However, the question which has bothered me through all these years was the validity of the 3part movie based on hobbit. And I don’t want to refer to any of the “extensions of the plot” as part of right gained  to use materials from other  Tolkien‘s books like Silmarillion. I am looking at it as The Hobbit the movie – which is based on ONE book, regardless possible references to other books (well, The Quest of Erebor has been already included in the first part of hobbit, taken from Unfinished Tales). But Once I was leaving the cinema I figured that single movie directed with such a precision couldn’t  include all of the details of The Hobbit. One may argue that the plot could have been divided into 2 parts. Perhaps. However, I am giving my credit of trust to Peter Jackson, as he didn’t disappoint  me with the first part.

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The movie was simply great. It is funny, breathtaking, highly entertaining film which I could recommend to everyone, despite your feeling towards fantasy movies. I was about to post the review yesterday, but I decided to save my draft for the revision in the morning. What was going in my head after the screening was way to chaotic to turn in it into movie review. I think I may have better view on the movie after couple of months. I need to re-watch the movie to focus more on the details rather than trying to absorb all at once. And yes, perhaps it wasn’t 10/10 masterpiece by Peter Jackson, however, It was a really strong 8. Strong enough to makes me you want to return to the cinema to re-watchit once again. Since the first time watching lord of the rings – fellowship of the rings, I have decided, that one day I will visit New Zealand  and see all of those landscapes with me own eyes. The Hobbit brings us beautiful landscapes, both rendered using computers, and the real ones, showing the beauty of New Zealand .  And yes, this is the best movie of the year. period. 169 minutes full of awesomeness.

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Taken 2

Taken 2

Liam Neeson is a bad-ass. You don’t mess with Zeus, Obi-Wan Kenobi who trained Darth Vader himself, and Ra’s al Ghul who trained Batman. You just don’t. Especially you do not try to kidnap his daughter or wife.

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I love Taken. It is a relatively short movie, which takes you on a great , fast and thrilling ride across Paris.  It has been over 3 years since the first time I saw Taken, and I have been really looking forward to see the sequel. In general, I liked it. It was a good action movie, good enough to keep me entertained for 1h30 minutes, but not good enough to meet my expectations set by the Taken. I like the idea that movie has been shoot in the city like Istanbul, but this is not the kind of movie that I will be happy to re-watch like I did with Taken.

Pre-Hobbit thoughts

Everyone is talking about The Hobbit recently. Without doubt the premiere of The Hobbit is for me one of the biggest film events this year. And yeah, I didn’t go to the premiere, even though, since I first heard the date of the premiere I kept promising myself that I’m going to book my ticket once they go on sale. But  finally I got my tickets, and I am going to IMAX on friday, full of hopes and concerns about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Possibly I am  in the minority here, but I read the hobbit long after reading and watching Lord of The Rings. Was that a mistake? Well, I don’t know, but one thing I do know for sure: because of that I judge every single book of Tolkien through my experience with LOTR. So what I am concerned about? I am afraid that Peter Jackson is still going to present me the LOTR world with the extended to The Hobbit’s plot. But that is not the way to do it. The Hobbit had been written in different way than Th Lord Of The Rings. And again, it may be my not-so-correct order of reading, but to me The Hobbit is like a prolog to the main book, which is to encourage further reading of the LOTR, rather than satisfying the ultimate reader. Middle Earth in LOTR is way more “matured”, developed, way more compact and scary than the middle-earth from The Hobbit.

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Let’s go back to the movie once again. I agree that the movie wasn’t  perfect – there were some things that are bothering me each time I am re-watching the trilogy (and yes, I am doing that VERY often). But in general it was indescribable experience watching it for the first time despite the above. It was a great balance of almost everything that I was expecting. And most importantly, the plot has not been overwhelmed with the Visual effects. It was still about the story, not how they are presenting it. What about The Hobbit movie? I will find out on Friday.

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