This movie follows the rise of Titans with the help of Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and Alan Jonah (Charles Dance), who is the leader of an eco-terrorist group, as well as one organization’s quest to stop Titans from rising. Emma Russell creates a machine called an ORCA, which sends out a signal that all Titans react to. She wants to release all of them in order to restore balance in the world and save humanity because after Titans wreak havoc, new life thrives in those locations.
Meanwhile, her ex-husband, Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler) helps Monarch, an organization trying to contain the Titans, because Godzilla killed their son five years earlier. After releasing “Monster Zero,” a three-headed alien that appears unbeatable, they realize that this monster is not a Titan and will wipe out the human race. The only being that can defeat Monster Zero is Godzilla.
Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown), the second child of Emma and Mark, steals the ORCA and initiates a fight between Godzilla and Monster Zero. In the end, Emma heroically sacrifices herself, but humanity is saved and Titans and humans coexist in a thriving world. The actors are all good, except I couldn’t feel a connection to any of the characters and I didn’t know who to root for. The graphics of this movie were amazing and there was so much detail put into each of the monsters.
I really loved the twist when they realized that Monster Zero was an alien, not a Titan. I feel that Emma did not have to die for the sake of humanity and it was unnecessary. Charles Dance portrayed an excellent villain. One notable scene is right before Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) dies and he has a genuine connection with Godzilla, who he devoted his life to. I also was expecting to see more than just three Titans in this movie, so that was disappointing.
“‘You couldn’t have gotten away, Vassa. Even if you thought for a second that you were getting out, it wouldn’t really have been true. You made a deal, and now you have to stay. Okay? Don’t try that again!’ She nuzzles me. ‘Can I have my hot dog now?’”
I’m going to start this off by saying that this is the strangest book I’ve ever read. From the dismembered hands that were Vassa’s coworkers to a convenience store in modern Brooklyn that beheads thieves, this book was weird.
Vassa in the Night is based on the Russian folktale ‘Vassilissa the Beautiful.’ Before I read this book, I saw a review that recommended reading the original first, so I did. You can find a PDF online. Reading the original did help me to understand the main plot of the story, which I probably would not have understood as well without reading it.
As you might have assumed, the main character of this story’s name is Vassa. Vassa lives in the ‘enchanted Kingdom of Brooklyn’ with her two step-sisters and step-mom. I know what you’re thinking: evil step-sisters with evil step-mom, but that’s not really the case. Vassa’s step-mom is barely in the story and she had a good relationship with one of her sisters.
Anyway, in Brooklyn the nights have become absurdly long, where sometimes a night can feel like a few days, the minutes going by at an excruciating pace. When Vassa’s mother died, she gave Vassa a magical doll named Erg. Erg is kind of a pain in the butt and gets Vassa into trouble a lot (her sisters think she’s a kleptomaniac because of this), but Vassa promised her mother that she’d take care of the doll. So Vassa feeds Erg and takes her everywhere she goes. One night, all the lightbulbs go out at Vassa’s house, so she goes to the only convenience store open in the middle of the night, which happens to be the one that decapitates thieves. There’s a bit of a mix up at the store and Vassa ends up working there with the threat of decapitation still hanging over her head. Throughout Vassa’s time at the convenience store, she discovers secrets coming back from the past while making new friends and discovering things about herself.
What I liked:
The characters: Vassa, Erg, and the motorcyclist.
Vassa’s character development throughout this book is AWESOME. I can’t really discuss it in detail because no spoilers, but she grows a lot in a span of three nights. She also has a really cool personality and her relationship with Erg is hilarious.
Then there’s Erg, of course. Erg is hilarious. The quote I started this review off with is from Erg. It’s evident how much she cares about Vassa and would do anything for her, as we see throughout the novel. And then she’s obsessed with food which is very relatable. I never thought I could relate so much to a magic doll.
Ah, the motorcyclist. I don’t even know where to start with him because he is strange. He is a guy who ‘guards’ the convenience store by riding around it on a motorcycle. He doesn’t talk or act as if he is listening, but he still has his ways of communicating. I have to say that he is the most unique character I have ever encountered.
I also loved the weirdness of this book. It definitely managed to take me out of my comfort zone. A few things that top the weird board: Vassa’s father deciding he wants to become a dog. A shop that decapitates thieves and everyone acting as if it is normal. Hands that work as employees. Erg. The lawyers where one looks like a rat and the other has scales. The motorcyclist. Long nights. And more.
The swans. There is a flock of swans that follows Vassa around and they are truly the best. They help her out with little things and, ugh, I just love them, you’ll see. There is a quote where Vassa talks about being alone and then her flock shows up. Then she remembers that her swans are always with her. And I love that quote. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it.
What I didn’t like:
Okay, so there were a lot of things I liked about this, but there were somethings that didn’t work for me.
The interludes. Throughout the book, there are six or seven interludes where it switches to someone else’s POV and goes to an event a few years back. Where some of these were quite informing, some did not make sense at all. These just managed to confuse me even more, and it was really frustrating.
Vassa’s dreams. It was difficult to determine when Vassa was dreaming. She would be like “Oh, I’m walking around the store—AND THEN I FALL OUT THE WINDOW AND FLY AWAY WITH THE MOTORCYLIST HAHA.” Except it would happen much more naturally than that and it was hard to determine if she was dreaming or not since she was walking around the store or doing something that people tend to do when they’re awake.
Also the convenience store itself confused me a bit. It was just that I had a difficult time picturing it. She said that it was constantly moving and that it dropped whenever someone entered. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t picture it.
Weird=normal. Okay, so people were like “Oh, the nights are lasting six days? Whatever, nothing we can do about it,” which is okay I guess. But then they’re also okay with a store that beheads thieves and leaves their heads on spikes in the parking lot. Okay? More like not okay. As mentioned earlier, a lot of strange things happen and Vassa never seems too concerned about them, and it’s never specified whether people deciding to become dogs is a normal thing or not.
Going off of that, there was not a lot of world building. Does night last days everywhere? Or is it just Brooklyn? Is magic a commonly accepted concept? The world may never know.
If you can ignore those few things, the book is really fun to read and will definitely make you take a step outside of your comfort zone.
We all know who Dracula is, but I feel that not many know the actual story. We all know that Dracula is a vampire, but of course there is more to the story than that! (I myself did not know much about this story).
The story begins with a young man named Jonathan Harker (he writes about his experience in his diary). He is traveling to Transylvania to help Count Dracula buy a house in London. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Jonathan Harker’s diary is not the only one we read from (we do not read from Dracula’s ).
I’ve decided to start with my dislikes so we can end on a more positive note (I was not a huge Dracula fan).
Jonathan Harker was not the brightest bulb in the room. It’s okay for certain characters to be like this, but Harker was horror movie character dumb and I’d say he was the protagonist. On his journey to Transylvania, Jonathan runs into some locals. When he tells them where he’s going (Castle Dracula), they’re all like you don’t want to go there. Guess what Jonathan does. Guess. What. He. Does.
Number one rule when in an unfamiliar situation: when the locals are sketched out, believe them! They are for a good reason! Anyway, Harker meets Dracula and let me say that if the locals were not enough to scare Harker away, Dracula himself was. This guy has elongated teeth, extremely red lips (whatever could that be?), and startlingly pale skin. Even if Harker didn’t know what a vampire was (although I reckon he did), normal people do not look like that!
There are many more things that Harker does that is just horror movie dumb and thoroughly frustrated me.
Another thing I found quite strange was once Harker realized he was a prisoner to Dracula, he didn’t do anything about it.
No! That is not what we do! We make a plan and escape! It was also strange that once he realized it, Harker and Dracula never discussed it. They just acted as if everything was normal (even when Harker found Dracula sleeping in a coffin).
I also found the story slow and boring at most times, though I enjoyed reading from Mina Murray’s diary because she was more intelligent. But I overall did not enjoy this story a whole lot.
One thing I did like was the fact that Dracula was trying to buy a house in London. Imagine a rich vampire being your next-door neighbor. I found it very amusing.
I also liked my girl Lucy. She is Jonathan’s girlfriend’s friend. While we don’t get to hear a whole lot from her, we do get to see her sleepwalking adventures. (I also found this amusing).
There were other small things like that I enjoyed, but overall, I did not absolutely love the story. However, this book is definitely worth reading because it’s a classic and the story of Dracula should be known to all.
Oh goodness, I have so much to say about this movie. This movie is just insane. Robotic superhuman played by Idris Elba? Check. Over-the-top action? Check. Buff guys? Check. This is the ultimate popcorn flick. Let’s just get right into this review.
Listen, if you’re looking for some high class movie with an actual plot, do not watch this movie. If you want to see The Rock deliver a one liner and proceed to beat up a bunch of bad guys, then please watch this movie as soon as possible.
Speaking of beating up bad guys, the action here is insane. Things that happen during the action scenes are so over the top it’s funny.
The acting here is pretty good. It’s not incredible, but does the job.
An issue I did have is that Idris Elba is one of those “Hey, look at me, I’m a bad guy!” villians. These villians are uninteresting and just not compelling. If you’ve seen “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, this is a similar situation. Ultron is a very uncompelling villian just like the one in this movie.
That’s all I have to say about this. It’s solid and a very fun watch overall.
Alex (Jack Gore), ZhinZhin (Miya Cech), Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.), and Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto) barely started summer camp when aliens start to attack Earth and cause havoc.
Things get even more weird when an astronaut gives them a key and tells them to go to JPL, a NASA facility, to get rid of the horrendous aliens. Dodging aliens, military units, prisoners, and other dangerous things, the kids trek 48 miles to get to JPL.
Along the way, great friendships are started and maybe a little awkward romance. Like, really awkward. So they begin the journey together, hoping to save the world.
This movie was not the best, but it definitely wasn’t that bad. The cast was really good and the action and adventure wasn’t all that bad. The movie was a little too straight forward for me, but if you’re looking for a bloody, friendship, action and adventure movie, then this one is a good idea.
I give this movie a 8.2/10 partially because I could kind of guess what would happen next but there were some parts where I was scared. Or maybe it’s because I scare often. There are cute friendship moments and bravery so it wasn’t bad. The movie overall was great, and all the cast members did a good job becoming their character.
I will warn you, this movie does have mild language in it, and parts of the movie are creepy, but if that doesn’t bother you, definitely watch this movie! Hope you like it!
To: All the people who love Robin Hood and those who like twists in original stories (like Robin Hood…)
From: The girl who loved the twist in classic Robin Hood
Marian was betrothed to Robin when she was young. But instead of being a “proper lady,” she was a little different. While she did enjoy embroidery, she wasn’t normal. She loved fighting Robin with makeshift swords and archery. She was daring and loved Robin with all her heart, until he died.
The people of Locksley always held hope because of Robin. He was their protector, the one who shield them from the persecution of the Sheriff of Nottingham. They were proud. Safe. Somewhat happy. But then Robin died.
Then the Guy of Gisborne comes into play, wishing to be Marian’s new fiancé and Lord of Locksley. No way! The right hand of the Sheriff, the one Robin grew wary of, wanted to take the place of Robin! And as time passed, tensions grew, and Marian, wary of the tensions, became her hero and the people’s as well. She was Robin Hood.
This book was highly enjoyable. I loved the story’s flow and the way Meagan wrote her characters. Marian’s journey about secrets and heartache really hit me in the heart. And brain. This book stayed with me for an extra few days. I even read it during vacation because I had to know what happens next! Anyone who loves fantasy, adventure, and Robin Hood will definitely love this book. I know I did.
I rate this a 9/10 just because of some of the slow parts. This book is a long book, 467 pages to be exact, but every second is worth it. This is great if you need a book to last for a bit longer than usual. Hopefully, I just gave you a new favorite book to read, so go ahead! Enjoy!
Stepsister is a new book by Jennifer Donnelly published earlier this year. The book tells the story of one of Cinderella’s (though in this book, she is simply known as Ella) stepsisters, Isabelle. Told in third-person point of view, the book follows Isabelle as she navigates life after Ella leaves and shows readers her side of the story. Unbeknownst to Isabelle, however, there are others interested in how her story plays out. According to the three Fates, she is destined for a short and tragic life– a sentence that the charismatic and adventurous enigma Chance is determined to alter. As Isabelle tries to get her family’s life back in order in the face of hatred from their community and a war looming on the horizon, the oldest Fate sister and Chance struggle to lead her path in two very different directions.
The story has meaningful messages to share about the definition of beauty and how the choices we make can have huge impacts on ourselves and those around us. As Isabelle struggles to live in a world that defines her by her past and her gender, she comes into her own and grows stronger as she is finally allowed to play to her own strengths of perseverance, bravery, and skill with a sword rather than a needle. The story shows us that it’s never too late to change your path, and that appearances are not only often deceiving but can also distract us from what truly matters about a person.
The book is well-paced and engaging, giving readers a new kind of fairy tale that includes action, romance, and a powerful coming-of-age theme. It’s witty and surprisingly funny for a book that I expected to be very dark and grim. Make no mistake, there’s plenty of darkness as well, but there’s a great balance between the two– there are too few books that can achieve both at once and maintain a serious plot and genuine message. The characters are distinctive and appealing, which makes them easy to root for throughout the story as well. All in all, this book was a pleasure to read, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of fantasy and fairy tale retellings.