Best of 2019: Books, TV, and Film

2019 has come and gone within the blink of an eye. We were spoilt for choice in entertainment last year with more streaming services being developed, quality films being produced, and a slew of compelling books to add to our tbr’s. It’s hard to keep track of them all, but here are some of my favourites that I read/watched in 2019.

Books

As many of you know, 2019 was not the best reading year. However, instead of focusing on the number of books read, I’m choosing to look at the quality of the books. Two books, in particular, stood out for their creativity, characters, and intricate world-building.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor has a way with words that will leave you feeling enchanted. Strange the Dreamer, while slow to begin with, is an example of just how vivid and creative Taylor’s writing is. Strange the Dreamer is a lot of things, but at the heart of the book, you have a tale of a community shadowed by their history. Weep is a character in itself as the city is overshadowed by the constant reminder of their desperation and the destruction that followed. Both humans and monsters alike were victims of such brutality. Yet, hope remains as Lazlo Strange comes to understand the consequences of the atrocities committed in Weep, and his compassion could be that bridge that unites the occupants of Weep. This is a book that will sweep you off your feet. Continue reading

Midnight Movies: Flying Elephants, 90’s thriller, and a Sci-Fi Epic.

It’s been a while since I last watched a movie. With autumn marking its arrival and the cold night sets in, our beloved projector has been taken down for the remainder of the year. I know, I sound dramatic, but some films are just made to watch on the projector and the projector alone. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to tick another handful of films off of my to-watch list. This is what I’ve been watching.

Dumbo

Out of all the Disney films, they could have adapted, many of us never thought we’d hear the words Dumbo live-action. How you take a flying elephant and turn it into something believable and meaningful is beyond me. Yet, after watching the film, there is a certain charm to be had. It’s by no means a blockbuster, but there is something captivating about seeing Dumbo take flight. The story itself is lacklustre, but if you read my Overrated Disney films post, you’d know that Dumbo is not high on my classics list. The human characters are basically props to wonder in awe at Dumbo, and while they try to tug the heartstrings with the family and the circus, they fail to add any real depth to them. Visually the film is quite striking, but the story leaves a lot to be desired for. Continue reading

Film Friday: Space Mission Gone Wrong, Intense Trail Rides, and Spider-Man’s European Adventure

It’s been a good couple of months for movie nights, and while it’s hard to find films that will please the entire family, this latest batch generally had us all in agreement. Some films were a disappointment,  others met expectations, and a few caught us off guard with how good they were. Here are the films I’ve been watching.

Spiderman: Far From Home

Let’s be real, Spiderman had a tough task of following the highest-grossing film in history. Endgame left fans reeling, and Spiderman had to find a balance between exploring the aftermath of the film while also standing apart as its own entity. Was it a success? Yes, I think it was. Tom Holland has always captured that youthful and mischievous enthusiasm of Spiderman, and here we see Peter Parker facing the realities of what it truly means to be a superhero. No more can he just be the friendly neighbourhood hero, and you feel the burden of this responsibility weighing on his shoulders. Jake Gyllenhaal was a welcome addition to the cast and his chemistry with Tom Holland allowed us to invest in the dynamic between them, making the culminating moments exciting and unpredictable. The post-credit scenes will have major consequences for Spiderman as his safety net is shattered.
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Best Trailers From San Diego Comic-Con, Part 2.

This post was intended to go live on Tuesday, but I was struck down with a horrid bug and have been in recovery ever since. Nevertheless, as promised here is part 2 of my summary of best trailers from San Diego’s Comic-Con with additional reaction to the next phase of Marvel films – because there is no avoiding Marvel announcements. 

Westworld (Season 3)

Yet another TV series I need to catch up on. The first series of Westworld was phenomenal, but since I’ve not caught up with the second season yet I can’t comment much on the happenings in the third season, but it sure looks epic.  Continue reading

Discussion: The Benefits of Book Adaptations

Book adaptations have taken Hollywood by storm recently. From well-loved classics to comic book blockbusters, and Young Adult coming of age stories, books are a crutial source for the entertainment industry. With Netflix buying the rights to 50 literary projects we can expect a lot more adaptations in the near future. Now, while some may complain about the sheer number of book adaptations in the making, you cannot deny the impact they’ve had on the industry. In most cases, the books are always better, and some films should not be called adaptations – Percy Jackson – but there are so many reasons as to why we shouldn’t shun book adaptations. Here are some of the benefits that come from book adaptations.

1. A Wider Audience

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The fact is, book adaptations are going to appeal to the masses and that’s not a bad thing because while the book adaptation draws readers to the film, the film simultaneously introduces non-readers to the book. With every book adaptation, the film takes its concept from the source material, but given the time restraint given to films, elements of the book won’t make it to the screen. Therefore, characters or themes movie-goers feel are cast aside have the chance to gain a deeper insight into those elements through reading the book. Of course, that is not always the case, but book adaptations are additional publicity for the book, especially if its an adaptation of a lesser known book. There are also multiple ways to promote the book alongside the film with tie-in covers or special editions being released, satisfying both the movie-goers and the readers.
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What I’ve Been Watching #4

This is the first official post since my return from Canada and I am already itching to fly back out. During my time there I didn’t actually watch a lot of productions. The first three films I mention in this post were my in-flight entertainment. However, sometimes you need a Netflix and chill night just to unwind after the day’s activities so I did some casual viewing on the side. The only stress inducing viewing was the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire series. Not gonna lie, my shouty voice came out a few times because I was so frustrated with some of the plays I’d seen. Anyway, here’s a list of what I’ve been watching.

TV

Violet Evergarden

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What I’ve Been Watching #3

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I thought it was time to take a break from the books and talk about all the TV Shows and films I’ve been watching. As always, I go through weird phases with my viewings, and my mood also heavily influences what I watch. I think my favourite film in this post is made very clear, but here are my current TV and film highlights.

TV Show

Grimm Series 2

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