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Project Almanac (2015)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Movie Title: Project Almanac
Release Date: January 28, 2015 (Australia)
Director:Dean Israelite
Running Time: 1h 46m
Genre: Sci-fi thriller 

Plot Summary
When five teens discover a machine that can send them back in time, the possibilities seem endless. But by changing the past, they have threatened the future of our world. Can they undo the damage they have unleashed before it’s too late?
Trailer

Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Review
OMG! My heart is racing right now ! This movie is absolutely something I didn't expect. Like yeah cool, time travelling, kinda my thing, but the way this movie portrays it is sooooooo AWESOME. 
I like.... want more. I want to find out more about what they're all going to do after the EPIC ENDING. Which was, well, amazing, full stop. I mean it was an incredible movie, with it starting with a Scholarship Recording video that the protagonist, David, sends to M.I.T.. The whole Movie is filmed behind a 'camera' that's I guess hand held. I don't really know what to call it, like it's a self documentary (?) of the teenagers journey.
The acting is spectacular too, with Sofia Black D'Elia starring in it from one of my favourite tv shows 'The Messangers'. (Which has definitely improved in it's plot lately) I love how the romance is this movie isn't like all the other hollywood romances. The romance within the movie is genuine. It's something that real teenagers experience, like the awkwardness of not knowing if the other likes you or not and what's it like trying to impress the other. It's so cute and real that I loved it. Even David's best friends are portrayed as real teenagers, like how they're so into his sister and how they never really well get any closer to her because that's their best friends sister. 
The storyline was just mind blowing, extraordinary and it the camera angles and acting kind of reminds me of one of my other favourite movies, 'Chronicle'. This movie was awesome and I won't regret admitting that I'll be rewatching this baby again just for the fun of it.
Itunes has this baby and so does Google Play.
Bye for now xoxo,
Meleika

Ex Machina Review

Sunday, 28 June 2015
Movie Title: Ex Machina
Release Date: May 7, 2015 (Australia)
Director: Alex Garland
Running Time: 1h 50m
Genre: Sci-fi thriller

Synopsis:

A young coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private retreat belonging to the reclusive CEO of the company. One arrival he learns that he must participate in a bizarre experiment which involves interacting with the world's first true artificial intelligence, which comes in the form of a beautiful female robot.

Trailer:

 



Rating: ★★ and a half /5

Review:

I didn't really like this movie. It was too disturbing. Like it was too trippy, too confusing, too questioning for my taste. Like one stage you think, yes, you ain't evil and then suspicion just builds up and then you think you're right, but then you're not and then you're questioning yourself all over again. 

This movie is too confusing and it hurt my brain with the amount of plot twists that it had. The character Ava, was so, well weird, I wasn't comfortable with her at all because of her presence and the way she carried herself. It was so weird. 

I honestly felt sorry for the character Caleb too, because well, he was us, the audience, we felt everything he felt. He was confused throughout the movie on who to trust just like us. It was the only character I loved in the movie, besides Kyoko, who is just badass in the end. Like, it was scary when we find out who she really is, but, I kinda suspected the whole time watching the movie.

The character Nathan was as mysterious as Ava, hiding valuable knowledge from Caleb which could have changed the whole storyline of the movie.

The director did a good job, with beautiful scenes being implemented within the movie to show how there is no difference between machine and man. Medium Close-up shots are used in these scenes, which include every scene Ava and Caleb meet to talk. The camera is always on eye level, showing the mutual respect and well importance of both 'species'.

The ending was the saddest and weirdest endings of all time from a sci-fi thriller, that's probably what really saved the movie. The unanswered questions that were left for the audience to answer. Sometimes I hate unanswered questions, but it totally fit this movie. 

But yeah, as I gave this movie a low rating because of my dislike of how confusing the movie is, I don't have much to say about it. So I guess that's it.

Bye for now xoxo,
Meleika



Pivot Point - Kasie West

Addie is must choose which fate shall be real


Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
First Published: 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen



"Book was obtained at a local book pop up store for $7. This store only sells left overs of books from book stores that either closed down or no longer sold the item"

Synopsis (from goodreads)

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through... and who she can’t live without.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Review:


Let's get down to the nitty gritty.

I have no grudge against the writing of the book, it's just, the whole time I was reading it, I thought that it could have been improved, to be more interesting, more captivating, because it was a book that I could put down and just forget about. (Which I did, that's why this review is really late). It was really hard for me to rate this book with it being potentially a 4 star book or a 3 star book, but I decided with an in between rate, because my feelings toward the book were, well, undoubtedly in the middle.

I honestly loved this book though. It's told in two realities in each chapter, with every chapter forcing you to read the next, because you want, no need to find out wants next. Addie is a beautifully written character and so is her bestfriend, Laila. I could totally see these two people being best friends. But I must admit, Addie annoyed me sometimes. Dukes character is written perfectly too, for a witty (rich) quarterback who the whole town knows. Well the whole compound. 

From the very beginning, I was team Trevor and I'm glad I was. Addie's relationship with Trevor is so innocent and so cute, I had so many fangirl moments because of it. I thought it was so evil (-ly smart) when parts of the book you knew things were gonna happen between the two were cut short and a new chapter began. It just made you want more.

"She loves to read, Mom. Like these really old, boring books. The ones Dad likes." He points to the graphic novel on his desk. "Plus lame ones, like I do. And she's not a huge football fan. I think she only tolerates it for our sake. She's supersmart, my main competition in Government. And since coming into my room, she has probably had to stop herself several times from cleaning up the shoes spilling out of my closet."

Like how could you not want more than that ^^. A boy knowing you, stripped away from your abilities and defining you how you define yourself. Trevor was amazing. It sucked that the book had more of Duke than Trevor, like shove over Duke and let Addie live her life with this incredible senior. 

"In the six years I've had this ability, nobody has ever asked me that question. Nobody has ever thought they were negotiable." (Addie says)
He takes a deep breath. "I want you to choose me, Addie," he whispers. "I want this to be real."


And there we have it folks, a robbery has been conducted, reward for those who find my heart that has been ripped out of my chest.

Trevor is honestly the star of this book, he shows Addie what 'Norm' people are, human. They are human, they do everything people in the compound do, just minus the special enhanced mind abilities. 

The ending of the book let it down though, hence my mixed emotions toward the book. The last couple of chapters felt so, "rushed". The ending sucked full stop. I wanted more. The romance basically took over the actual crime within the book. It wasn't even into detail. But yeah, I'll talk about this in more detail in my spoilers section. So for those who'd like to read this book without me killing and ruining it for you, don't scroll down any further.

So bye for now xox,
Meleika

(SPOILERS)(SPOILERS)(SPOILERS)(SPOILERS)

Text is small just in case people scroll down and accidentally read spoilers.

HELLO! I guess you've read the book already ? that's why you're here ? or you just want to find out more and the plot twists within the book. Well you've done the right thing and scrolled down. *HIGH FIVE* 

So this spoiler section will be in no particular order, just me spitting out stuff that should have been more developed.

So the girls who were murdered ? Who were they ? I know at the end we find out that one was persuasive. But what other powers did the other girls have ?

But MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHY DID BOBBY KILL THOSE GIRLS? I know to enhance and gain new powers but WHAT FOR? WORLD DOMINATION? We never really get told. Like why Bobby, Why ?

Ok, now this Mr Paxton dude, the Poison dude, who we thought was evil. But was never evil ? I have so many mixed emotions towards him. WE ALSO DON'T FIND OUT HIS POWERS. What are they ? Tell me. Also, how much did Laila's father owe him ? I mean, I don't mind not knowing that, but if we knew the amount, I think something could have been done.

Now Duke. WHAT THE HELL DUKE!! Like, why did you use our Addie ? Why ? (Rhetorical Questions) She had feelings man. You can't use girls like that just to benefit yourself man. Not on. Also, the part where Laila sneaks into Dukes home without Addie's knowledge... Did that mean Duke was cheating ? I didn't really get that scenario. 

Also, why did she chose to erase both paths ? Why ? And in the end, did she get the note from Laila ? And regain her memory ? I also don't get the last sentences on the last page, like is Trevor just being cute with her, or is he on one knee, the one knee, that you kneel on to propose ? I'm confused man, That's why the ending was really bad. There were so many unanswered questions. Too many for my liking. But yeah, help me answer these questions or do you have your own theories ? comment below xxx

Bye for now xoxo,
Meleika

Delivery Man (2013)

Friday, 26 June 2015
Movie: Delivery Man 
Initial Release: November 22, 2013
Director: Ken Scott
Running Time: 1h 43m
Genre: Comedy

Rating: ★★★★★/5


Review: (spoiler/s are marked)






The 'Delivery Man' is such a feel good movie,making you smile from the very beginning. The actors and actresses play their role exceptionally well, with Vince Vaughn, playing our protagonist, a father of 533 (spoiler, now 534 at the end) kids, going by the name of David Wozniak and the alias 'Starbuck'. At the beginning of the movie, we find out about Davids loaning problems, with him owing money to 'gangsters'. (This part of the movie isn't really explained in detail and we never really know who these people are at the end). David has also lost his way in life, with him finally visiting his girlfriend (after god knows how long), Emma, in the fourth scene, which we then immediately find out that she'll be having a baby. His baby. This news doesn't seem to really hit David like Emma expected and well she tells him that she can do it on her own. David implies his support as the babys father but yeah, they just really talk about it.



So the movie is focused really on David Wozniak, after a man breaks into his house and tells him about how his sperm that he donated in his 20's was so good in quality, the company decided to use it more often and then distribute it to all it's customers. David essentially is the father of 533 kids and 128 (I think) of them want to know his identity. But after signing confidentiality contracts, hiding his identity behind his alias 'Star Buck', the kids have no idea how to find him or contact him. So David adventures into the unknown becoming a 'guardian angel' to his kids, secretly visiting them and changing their lives for the best. 




I absolutely loved this movie from start to finish. I loved Brett's (portrayed by Chris Pratt) and David's relationship, how close they are and how they're basically kind of like brothers, like best friends should be (in guy terms). I also love Brett's relationship with his kids, all four of them. It's so hilarious how the kids interact with their father and it just reminds me of how much I still wish I was 7 again. The last thing I really loved about this movie was the character, David. I loved how he changed throughout the movie, with a light being ignited within him after finding his first child. He had so much pride, so much hidden love for his kids that it was just lovely and exhilarating. 




However, the movie had gaps, missing information, parts that should have been more developed. For example, David's debt, how in the world did he owe someone $100,000. Like how ? We never really know. Plus, to who ? I mean they're described as people who drown you, but that's it. We see them once, but that's all. Lastly, why the weed ? I mean, was he trying to grow weed for more money ? for self entertainment and pleasure ? The movie doesn't really explain why this truck driver decides to have a weed plantation in his apartment, but I'm glad that he got rid of it after meeting his biological kids. I would have loved for his loaning problems to be more in detail but overall, the movie was incredible. I can say this will be in my top 20 favourite movies (with harry potter taking the top 6 spots lol).




I would definitely recommend this movie for family nights as its (in Australia) a PG movie. It's great fun and at times, hilarious, showing the joy of what children can bring into someones life.




Bye for now xoxo,

Meleika 

Movie Reviews

Hello again bookworms,

I've decided to start reviewing Movies as well. This is purely a way for me to get better at movie critiques for my high school subject, Film and TV. I mean I watch as many movies as I read as many books, so movie reviews will definitely be plentiful. So this is just a quick post to share this wonderful news with all of you. Hopefully I'll post a review on New Releases first and a couple of old releases only until 2013. Reviewing new releases will give you an insight on what you're really expecting after you buy a movie ticket at the cinemas. Hopefully I'll be posting up my "Pitch Perfect 2", "Delivery Man", "Spy" and "Inside Out" reviews in the coming days. Thank you again to all my subscribers who will definitely be in for a treat.

Bye for now xox,

Meleika

P.S. Proofreading my posts is rarely done, so spelling mistakes and odd sentence structures will definitely occur, so please feel free to spot them out for me as I'm really useless at editing.

Looking For Alaska - John Green

Friday, 12 June 2015




Title: Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
First Published: 2005


Store bought from K-Mart ($10)

Synopsis:  


Looking for Alaska is about an awkward Miles Halter who moves from Florida to a boarding school called Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama. He moves there and instantly falls in love with the girl named Alaska Young after he was introduced to her by his new room-mate Chip "The Colonel" Martin. This book tells the story of his love for her, the adventures within the school and the tragic accident that changed everything




Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars.


Review:

So this book was pretty amazing at first, but then as I continued reading the book I was annoyed on not finding a reason, a purpose for this book.

It was an amazing book, don't get me wrong, but the ending and the point of the book, I didn't get it at all. 

However, overall, the book was very enjoyable.

I loved the characters so much, they were so real, so teenagery (lol) and just loveable. There was not one outstanding character as they were as great as each other, they were an awesome group of friends. 

I loved Miles vibe. A (very) awkward caucasian teenager who was in a sense a bookworm. I mean he loved biographies and loved quotes. He was a spectacular character and so was Alaska. She was amazing. A character who was secretly broken but had a wall up, a wall that came with a fake smile and a fake sense of happiness. She really saved the book for me too. So did Chip. He was a stunning down to earth bloke. He was a guy anyone would be lucky to call their best friend. He was reliable and just dependable. He was the rock of the group of friends, even though he wasn't the richest, he was the happiest.

I loved the diversity in the group of friends and each of their stories. Alaska's story hit me right in the feels, but so did Chip's and everyone else's when they were sitting in the barn, drunk as skunks. This book was beautifully written, with the characters and their pranks saving the book. John Green truly is a teenager at heart, because he can totally relate with every teenager in the world. I loved this book but because of my disappointment with the ending that wasn't resolved and because I couldn't understand the meaning of the book, I give it 3.5 Stars out of 5.Comment below on your thoughts of Looking for Alaska. 


Bye for now xoxo,
Meleika