Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Wes Anderson: His Films; My Favourites

Wes Anderson: His Films; My Favourites

Wes Anderson is one of my favourite film makers and recently I have decided to watch all his feature length films. Currently (July 2016), he has 8 feature length films: Bottle Rocket (1996); Rushmore (1998); The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004); The Darjeeling Limited (2007); Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009); Moonrise Kingdom (2012); and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). In this list I will order my favourite Wes Anderson movies as well as my favourite scenes from each film. Please comment below and let me know which is your favourite and why.
These are listed in order of which movies I enjoyed watching the most. My favourite scenes would be ordered differently; but these are my favourite movies in order! :)


THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR EACH FILM BELOW, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK


WARNING: The YouTube clips may contains profanity and/or violence.

8. Bottle Rocket (1996)
Not that this film wasn't a gem, honestly I loved it. But I did go into the film previously having seen four other Anderson films, so my expectations were quite high and I expected the bright colours and the cinematography I'd previously seen in his newer films. But with all that being said I did enjoy this film. I loved the story (I love crime films) and the acting was decent for new actors Owen and Luke Wilson. I found it difficult sometimes to follow the character of Dignan but I enjoyed his character a lot. My favourite scene was the ending when Dignan ran away from the cops. It showed the Anderson style of going from normal to slow motion in a scene.



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7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The Life Aquatic was awesome! Can I just say how difficult it was to rank these films? They're all amazing! Anyways, Bill Murray was amazing as Steve Zissou. The beginning of this film was brilliant. To put it as a film and then to show how they're continuing the film. I loved it! I was very interested in the story and the visuals were absolutely stunning! The animation portion of this film was also very, very good! I was mesmerized, especially by that end scene. A brilliant film. The more that I think of this film, the more I like it. My favourite scene was when Steve forced the pirates to leave his boat (as well as the scene with the abandoned hotel because of the beautiful visuals). 



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6. Rushmore (1998)
Rushmore was good because not only was it amazing visually, but it was a coming of age story. The acting of Jason Swartzman was incredible especially since this was his first time acting. The story was a bit strange, student and students much older friend both fall for the same teacher. But I liked the story telling and I liked the interactions all the characters made with each other. Seeing all the extracurriculars Max did in school, the way the director told us was incredible. But, my favourite scene was when Max and Herman took turns trying to sabotage each other.



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5. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
As we are talking about coming of age films, this one does it excitingly, making me regret that I truly didn't run away in my youth. Since much of this acting was done by very young children, it was very, very well done. I enjoyed this film very much and the story. Anderson always does a superb job mixing enough comedy and drama. I like how the children in this film are all acting as adults. My favourite scene was when Sam beat up the search party that had found him in the woods. It was highly entertaining to watch. Also, I like how Suzy defends Sam and I just loved the relationship between Suzy and Sam.



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4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Anderson's newest film, also nominated for an Oscar, The Grand Budapest Hotel is just that: grand. It is beautiful to watch with wonderful colour choices and amazing acting. There is a great cast and a great story line. Zero is the center of it; the new Lobby Boy. Ralph Fiennes also does an amazing job playing M. Gustave; the concierge at the hotel. There are so many memorable scenes in this film; it's great. My favourite scene, though, is when Zero and M. Gustave are chasing Jopling down the ski hill on a toboggan and the way it is filmed is fantastic. I also like the scene when M. Gustave escapes from prison.



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3. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
There was something about this film that just truly caught my attention. I connected with the characters and the way they acted. This has a huge part to do with siblings. I have quite a lot of them including a twin. I know how siblings act together and it was a meaningful and funny experience to see the true way siblings act; they could kill each other, but they'd kill anyone who hurt their siblings. I completely fell in love with Jason Swartzman's character; Jack. I don't know exactly what it was but his character was awesome! And I liked Peter a lot too. Francis was a bit crazy, but he's what makes the family work. The whole film was mesmerizing, especially the first and last shots where the characters run onto the train. My favourite scene was when they all saved a kid from the river (except Peter). It was moving and really brought forth the real problem the characters were facing about their fathers funeral.


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2. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
I didn't expect that The Royal Tenenbaums would have such an affect on me. It was brilliant and gave me so much to think about. I immediately connected to the characters. It is a dysfunctional family that, in Anderson style, takes it to the extreme. But I found it easy to connect to the situations and characters. The acting was amazing and the interactions of the actors was great. My favourite scene is one that must pop into most peoples minds when thinking of The Royal Tenenbaums. Richie's suicide attempt. The way it is filmed; the haunting song "Needle in the Hay", and the way he speaks when he says he's going to kill himself. It was beautifully done.



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1. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
This movie is fucking fantastic! When I went into this film, I certainly did not expect to love it as I do. This film is exciting and funny and meaningful. It shows a family with a misunderstood teen; the perfect cousin; a father who truly wants the best but will go too far to get it; and the mother who always has good advice. Guys, this film has it all. Amazing actors, meaning, and a great storyline. And the fact that it is stop motion really allowed Anderson to play around and get the desired effect that he wanted. An all star cast with instantly recognizable voices and humorous dialogue. I have a few favourite scenes from this film, but one that stands out for its wit is the cussing scene. It's a children's movie, and Anderson never forgot that.



One of my favourite lines: "I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice."

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Thanks so much for checking out my list. I hope you enjoyed, and I strongly encourage you to check out Wes Anderson's films. They're very good and enjoyable all the way through. Comment below and let me know your favourite Anderson films! I'd love to hear it! Also comment if there's any Anderson film you want me to do a full review on.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 11 September 2015

August Read, September TBR

This month was a very good month for me. I was in the Bout of Books read-a-thon and am halfway through the Beat the Heat read-a-thon. This month was really great for me! So, without further ado:

August Read:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
5 stars

99 Days by Katie Cotugno
2 stars

Frostbite by Richelle Mead
4 stars

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
4 stars

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
3 stars

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
2 stars

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
3 stars

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
3 stars

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
2.5 stars

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
4 stars

Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington
3 stars

Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
1 star

IN THE SPOTLIGHT!
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The world building and writing continues to amaze me! I can say that any book this author writes, I'm willing to try!
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Great start to a series! Unfortunately, it goes downhill. But the world building and thought into all the characters and 'species' is amazing! I'm willing to check anything by this author!

September TBR:

  • Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
BOOK CLUB PICKS (Square in Wonderland - link here):

  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Thanks for reading! Comment and let me know what you read this past month!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Let's Talk: Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter
Let's Talk contains spoilers



3 stars

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine...
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.
After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.
She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her...from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed.

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The second book in the Alice in Zombieland series. I enjoyed this one, but I liked the first better. Honestly, there is so many cute couples in this series I love it. I think that it would be awesome to see their POV, too.
I would just love to see what goes on in Bronx's head.

I understand that this series isn't tied to Alice in Wonderland. It was made abundantly clear in book one. I wish that it was clear so that the author would stop making these ties to Alice in Wonderland because in all reality it makes me roll my eyes. I mean, when Z-Ali started ticking: tick-tock all I could do was roll my eyes and laugh. They are trying desperately to tie it to Alice in Wonderland.



The other big issue for me was how each book ends in a way that you could stop reading it. I mean, I want there to be at least a semblance of connection or cliffhanger. They happen to solve every problem that arises in the book by the end. This sounds good, right? But they solve every single problem. It is annoying.

Oh and when Ali became Zombie Ali and she had that whole vision with Gavin about licking his neck


was I the only one to assume that she did it under the influence? I mean, am I some genius or is everyone else too dense to think of it. I understand that as a third party and not actually witnessing it is different, but come on. Ali convinces Cole she isn't going to. But he refuses to believe her. And then stupid Veronica come in and tried to take my Ali's boyfriend (Jokes, guys! Bronx is my guy!).

And the big revelation about the glowing hands? I thought that it was cool. But I feel like everyone is trying to get a happy ending --> Now Cole's dad can fight too? I mean, it was fine with me that he wasn't fighting.

And Ali's tattoos? I thought that was cool, but I'm so sure that the tattoo artist just allowed her to go along with it.

Can I also say finally Reeve is in on it! I felt bad for her because Ali and Kat were just kind of closing her out for too long in my opinion. All she wanted was to be included and given a real reason for why she can't be with Bronx.
And also, I have a crush on Gavin! He's just so hunky!


Anyways, the ending was kind of rushed, but still good. They all got Zombie Ali out because of their glowing hands? O-kay... I just wished they explained this a bit more. I mean, why does it just heal people?

Rating: 6/10
Parental Rating: 13+

Monday, 31 August 2015

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon UPDATES Week Two

GOALS:
  • Read at least 150 pages a day
  • Read at least 6 books over these two weeks
  • Complete three mini-challenges
WEEK TWO

Monday August 31st
Number of pages: 215
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Tuesday September 1st
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Wednesday September 2nd
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Thursday September 3rd
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Friday September 4th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Saturday September 5th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Sunday September 6th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Books read in Week Two


Sorry guys, I know I failed this week. I had to do some shopping and then I attended FanExpo 2015 in Toronto (which was a blast!).

Thanks for reading! Comment below and let me know where your update page is!

Monday, 24 August 2015

A-Z Reading Challenge UPDATE: 08/24/15 - Ideas for Authors


This is a list to help myself out. I am listing author last names for books I need to read. This is books I own so that I can cross them off the list.

A- Catch Me If You Can by Frank W Abagnale
Next Summer by Hailey Abbott
Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Feed by  M T Anderson
Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout
Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

D- Tales of the Slayer Vol.1 by Doranna Durgin

The Iron King by Maurice Druon
Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd
Lessons in Love by A Destiny
Never Too Late by A Destiny
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Skin by Ted Dekker
Adam by Ted Dekker
The Boneman's Daughter by Ted Dekker
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Crave by Melissa Darnell
House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

E- Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols


F- This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

I- N/A


J- yolo by Sam Jones

Possession by Elana Johnson

N- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


O- This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Opal

Envy by Gregg Olsen
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler 

P- Starters by Lissa Price

Thirteen by Tonya Pines
Any Christopher Pike book
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
The Visitation by Frank E Peretti
The Gift by James Patterson
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Q- N/A


T- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Bane by Keary Taylor
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

U- N/A


V- N/A


X- N/A



Y- Blood Red Road by Moria Young

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Z- The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

I know this doesn't help much for viewers, but it helps me. Hopefully if you are participating in this challenge, you'll get some ideas from here. And please if you have any recommendations for ones that I have empty, let me know! :D

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon UPDATES Week One


GOALS:
  • Read at least 150 pages a day
  • Read at least 6 books over these two weeks
  • Complete three mini-challenges
WEEK ONE

Monday August 24th
Number of pages: 336
Total pages read: 336
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

Tuesday August 25th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 336
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

Wednesday August 26th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 336
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

Thursday August 27th
Number of pages: 206
Total pages read: 542
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Friday August 28th
Number of pages: 97
Total pages read: 639
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Saturday August 29th
Number of pages: 99
Total pages read: 738
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Currently Reading: 

Sunday August 30th
Number of pages: 205
Total pages read: 943
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Books read in Week One




Comment below and show me your update page! I'll be sure to check it out!

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon SIGN-UP!

The Rules:

  • The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from August 24th at 12:00 AM to September 6th at 11:59 PM. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for three weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal!
  • There will be mini-challenges throughout the Readathon for participants, along with a grand prize giveaway at the end!
  • Sign up at Phantasmic Reads or at Novel Heartbeat. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 28th.
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post – even if it’s just a “Let’s do this!” thing – and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! (You are welcome to use the template we provide in the kick-off post as well.)
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated.
  • Follow along on Twitter and share your progress with the hashtag#BtHReadathon!
So I'm (Sydney) going to be joining! Right after Bout of Books, I'm on to my second read-a-thon! It starts today!