Films

Mile 22 (2018)

Filmposter - Mile 22 - 2018
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In my view…

This film is about intelligence services, politics, attacks and attempts of attacking and it is quite realistic. Well it seems realistic from a citizen point of view. A life at an embassy in a foreign country and what if a war – be it partially digital – is going on and you seek safety at an embassy. Those questions pop up when you are watching the film. Because the story is about a group of agents who are formed together as a special unit with a special mission to get another special agent out of his – for the agents a foreign – country. The story-line is very complex, it doesn’t look like it at the beginning but every little aspect plays a role which gets clear in the last five minutes of the film.

The first part of the film is well thought-through, every character get its form and there is a lot of violence. Now and then good combat and towards the end of the film it is too much and too quick, no slow-motions in combat and too quick play. Especially the plot which is told in just five minutes. And then you realise the beginning was a start of flashback storytelling. It was not that clear to me in the first part of the film.

The main character, a genius agent named Silva, is played by Mark Wahlberg. He plays a very good role of this high energetic, now and then aggressive and quiet, character. There is rarely a dull moment in the film but the actions are a bit too quick. And how the character named Silva is in the end is like…too easy or is it because he is a highly intelligent person and was one of the most intelligent characters in the film plot? The rest of the characters are not so in-depth explained.

Trailer:

In my reviews I am writing in descriptive facts and if the story was clear.. Not telling about the story itself too much – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film.

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Books · Films · Lists · Series

Books to films in 2018

Not only YA books, áll books!

The book becomes a film anno 2018

The new year is already for two months on its way, so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2018! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (March, 5th, 2018).

The list sorted by release date

The release date is the date expected to be released in theatres in The Netherlands unless otherwise mentioned.

January 2018

  • 4th, You Were Never Really Here
  • 25th, The Maze Runner | The Death Cure – James Dashner

February

  • 1st, 12 Strong – Dough Stanton
  • 8th, Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James
  • 22nd, Every Day – David Levithan
  • 23rd, War with Grandpa – Robert Kimmel Smith

March

  • 1st, Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
  • 12th, Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer
  • 28th, Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  • 29th, Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

April

  • 4th, A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • 16th, The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

May

  • 31st, Lean on Pete – Willy Vlautin

June

  • 14th, Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli
  • 14th, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – John Callahan

July

  • Unknown yet…

August

  • 3rd (USA), The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
  • 9th, The Meg – Steve Alten
  • 16th, Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
  • 17th (USA), Three Seconds – Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund

September

  • 21st (USA), The House with a Clock in its Walls – John Bellairs
  • 27th, The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
  • 28th (USA), Little Women – May Alcott

October

  • 4th, Boy Erased – Garrard Conley
  • 11th, First Man – James R. Hansen
  • 11th, I Still See You – Daniel Waters
  • 19th (USA), Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

November

  • 8th, Book Club – book related
  • 15th, Fantastic Beasts | The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling
  • 28th, The Grinch – Dr. Seuss
  • 29th, The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz

December

  • 13th, Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
  • 20th, Mary Poppins Returns – P.L. Travers

To be announced in 2018:

  • Angels Four – David Nott
  • Ashes in the Snow – Ruta Sepetys
  • Beautiful Boy – David Sheff, Nic Sheff
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Down a Dark Hall – Lois Duncan
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – John Guy
  • Monster – Walter Dean Myers
  • Ophelia – Lisa Klein
  • The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook
  • The Aspern Papers – Henry James
  • The Bell Har – Sylvia Plath
  • The Black Hand – Stephan Talty
  • The Long Home – William Gay
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • We the Animals – Justin Torres
  • Zeroville – Steve Erickson

 

Anno 2019 – All new to the list!
Some books are already coming next year!
Total =  films

  • January 25th (USA), The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  • March 1st (USA), Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
  • October 11th (USA), The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Unknown exactly, but announced – Total = 

I have previously written about films in 2016 and 2017 and unknown coming ups in the blog post: Books to Films in 2016. This list underneath here is an addition to the unknown list.

  • A Book of Common Prayer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • All the Bright Places
  • American Tabloid
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • Angelfall
  • Arclight
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Battle Royale
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Beautiful Ruins
  • Birdsong
  • Blonde
  • Blood of Eden
  • Blood Red Road
  • Born to Run
  • Brilliance
  • Climb to Conquer
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Depth of Field
  • Earthseed
  • East of Eden
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  • Facing the Wind
  • Firelight
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  • Forgotten
  • Gone
  • Graceling
  • Heist Society
  • Hourglass
  • I Would Tell You, But Then I Would Have to Kill You
  • Illuminae
  • In the Garden of Beasts
  • Incarceron
  • Infinity
  • It’s What I Do
  • King of Heists
  • Legend
  • Let It Snow – John Green e.o.
  • Lie Down in Darkness
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green
  • Love May Fail
  • Matched
  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
  • Men of Granite
  • Monument 14
  • Obsidian
  • One Last Thing Before I Go
  • Origin
  • Paranormalcy
  • Pure
  • Queen of the Tearling
  • Red Queen
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shiver
  • Significance
  • Sister
  • Six Years
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • Soul Seekers
  • Splinter Cell
  • Struck by Genius
  • The Age of Miracles
  • The Alchemist | Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar
  • The Bone Season
  • The Chronicles of Narnia | The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
  • The Crowded Room
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Divergent Series | Ascendant – Veronica Roth
  • The Diviners
  • The Emperor’s Children
  • The Engagements
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth
  • The Giant Under the Snow
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Graveyard Book
  • The Infernal Devices | Clockwork Angel
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Iron Trial
  • The Looking Glass Wars
  • The Merciless
  • The Night Circus
  • The Psychopath Test
  • The Raven Cycle
  • The Rules of Inheritance
  • The Scorpio Races
  • The Secret Life of Houdini
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
  • The Silent Wife
  • The Sky is Everywhere
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • The Testing
  • The Thicket
  • The Thin Man
  • The True American
  • These Broken Stars
  • Three Little Words
  • Three to Kill
  • Tiger’s Curse
  • Tunnels
  • Van Cliburn
  • Violet Town
  • Wake
  • Wicked
  • Wicked Lovely
  • Why We Broke Up
  • Wings
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity

 

Which film are you looking forward to, to see in theatres this year?

Greetings by Sophie

Series

Arrow | Season Four

My series review of “Arrow | Season Four” a creation by Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television .

In my view…

Previously I have written about the first three seasons: Arrow | Season One , Arrow | Season Two and Arrow | Season Three.

In this season there is there is one main enemy named Damien Dhark. But besides him and his dark magic, there are some really incredible little stories which are wrapped around the main threat. Therefor you get the idea and opportunity to watch every episode seperately. Also the past of The Arrrow on Lian Yu has a main story throughout the season. What I like most about this season and what is kinda hard to explain or write in words, is the choreography!

From a twist of a quiet part to a lot of action. I am beginning to wander who is the choreographer of all these actors and actresses? Because the choreography is really amazing in this season! You recognise that every actor and actress has improved his or her skills. Lovely to see and it really locks your attention. It goes that quick that in no time suddenly an episode has finished and you need to watch the next one.

After Arrow | Season Three you expect that the main character Oliver Queen is finally a bit done with big and important – sometimes hurting – secrets for his closest family and friends. Suddenly a secret, he never knew about in his past before was trapped on the island Lian Yu, turns up. Out of the blue, is told as if it is a small thing. But it is big and hurts a few people. Will the truth comes out? Will Oliver Queen be forgiven? That is what I was curious for too throughout the season. I am curious for the fifth season!

The main characters

In the review of Arrow | Season One, I have written about the main characters Oliver Queen, his mother Moira, his sister Thea and his friends.

In the review of Arrow | Season Two, I have written about the new characters: Roy Harper. detective Quentin Lance, Sara Lance.

In the review of Arrow | Season Three, I have written about the new character Damien Dhark. The Ra’s Al Ghul character is also very important in this season.

This season there is one character that is gonna play a big role: Damien Dhark. But who he is and what he does becomes more clear by every episode.

In this fourth season Damien Dhark is one of the most important characters who is against Team Arrow, against the world and pro dark magic. There are several smaller characters such as Noah Kuttler, Barry Allen, Ruvé Adams and Lyla Michaels. And they are playing such important roles in the story that every time they appear, something will change. Also the character Felicity Smoak plays a bigger part in the story which I really love. Her character as a smart IT woman who even runs a big high tech company, incredible how she all combines it and – in series time – for three years works together with The Arrow. I love the gear, the computers, the gadgets, the facts, the talks about it.

Rating

My rating this time is though a 8 / 10 because there is even more going on in this season than in the previous one. The bottom line and the main goal throughout the story is quite clear, but there are so many different side effect. To say it like that. And such a speed difference between the first episodes and the middle part and the last episodes and the middle part (between episodes 5 and 15). It did not become confusing, it was just a lot to take in to. And at the moment when I am writing this review, recalling every part or change of the season is hard. This season feels also like an inbetween. You think it would be strange if the story of The Arrow ends here. Towards the end there are major changes and more are probably coming up in the fifth season. I am looking forward to it because I am curious for how all things will settle. This all together makes it for me a rating of 8/10. The inbetween season you have to see if you love and like minor minor things with major major characters.

The first season had its stories and conspiracies. The second season is love for its action and the third season for the combination. This fourth season I love for its choreography in the fights, the many little side facts and stories and of course last but not least: the high tech and new gear! Wow this series gives you inspiration.

First episode of season four

Green Arrow
“A new enemy lures Oliver Queen back to Starling City and forces him to put on the hood once more.” (source IMDb)

The first episode of this third season had it’s première on 7 October 2015. A rough two and a half years after the first episode of season one (3 February 2013). The 23rd and last episode of this season was aired on 25 May 2015.

Series Facts:

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Films · YouTube

The Pirates of the Caribbean | Dead Men Tell No Tales | Trailer

Next month, on May 24th the new long awaited Pirates of the Caribbean film will go in premiere!

This film can be watched in Real 3D and in IMAX 3D. Will this make the film experience more adventurous?

There are already different trailers of this Pirates of the Caribbean film.

The official teaser trailer

 

The official trailer

Do you dare to watch this in theaters?

Greetings by Sophie

Series

Arrow | Season Three

My series review of “Arrow | Season Three” a creation by Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television .

In my view…

Previously I have written about the first two seasons: Arrow | Season One and Arrow | Season Two

This season is after the second the most storytelling one. Some characters are back in the world of Starling City, a world beyond even occurs and nearly everybody has his or her own secrets. The Arrow started with one man and is now formed as a group. But the group is not working well together and they try, or at least ‘The Arrow’ tries, to have a break from being the hero of Starling City and fight the unrightousness.

There is only one character that plays a constant small but important role in this season. Sadly he has to go, for now…if he comes back in the further seasons which could happen, is not clear right now (I am still watching season 4).

There is not móre action in this season, but the fighting skills are definitely improved and makes it a beautiful season full of fighting scenes and choreography to watch. In this season is very important about what is history, what is said. About the future, what will be said, is promised and so on and therefore this season feels like an inbetweener. Soon after the second season you start with this season. And after finishing it you are eagerly waiting to start with the fourth season.

So if you liked the second season of Arrow because of it’s action and the first season because of it’s stories and conspiracies. This season combines both to the next level! Watch every episode carefully because now counts everything what has been said or done.

The main characters

In the review of Arrow | Season One, I have written about the main characters Oliver Queen, his mother Moira, his sister Thea and his friends.

In the review of Arrow | Season Two, I have written about the new characters: Roy Harper. detective Quentin Lance, Sara Lance.

This season there is one character that is gonna play a big role: Damien Dhark. But who he is and what he does becomes more clear in season 4.

My rating this time is a 9 / 10 because there is so much information put in just 23 episodes and so much is going on. It feels like a season that is the ‘inbetweener’ and is still a bit confusing after season two. The distinction between season two and season three, and season three and season four is not that big which makes it more of a one complete story. And in my opinion this season is a bit more dark and sad. Though there is also a lot of happiness and love. Such contrasts and a little grey area. This makes it for me a rating of 9 / 10.

First episode of season three

The Calm
“As a new enemy emerges seven months after Slade’s attack upon Starling City, Oliver Battles with the help of his teammate Roy. However, with the Arrow’s presence elsewhere someone he had loved dearly is hurt.” (source IMDb)

The first episode of this second season had it’s première on 17 January 2015. Nearly a two years after the first episode of season one (3 February 2013). The 23rd and last episode of this season was on 17 May 2015.

Series Facts:

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Series

Arrow | Season Two

My series review of “Arrow | Season Two” a creation by Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television .

Title:  Arrow | Season Two
Genre: Action / Adventure / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi
Creators / Screenwriters: Greg Berlanti / Andrew Kreisberg / Mark Guggenheim
Writer (book):  Comic books: Morton Weisinger and George Papp. Appeared first in ‘More Fun Comics #73’ in November 1941.
Country: USA
Language spoken: English / Spanish / Chinese
Release Date: 5 January 2014
Time: ~ 42 minutes every episode
Production Companies: Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television
IMDb rating: 8,1 / 10
Rating:  9, 8 / 10

This is definitely my favourite action and adventure series!

I hope you like the series too. It is worth to watch it! I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Books

The new Sherlock Holmes novel | The House of Silk – Anthony Horowitz

Goodreads image of ‘The House of Silk’

My book review of “The House of Silk” written by Anthony Horowitz

Title: The House of Silk
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Genre: Adventure / Crime / Fiction / Mystery
ISBN: 9781409136361
Publisher: Orion Books Ltd.
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2011
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: The House of Silk [EN]
Read language: English
Pages: 389
Places: Gloucestershire / London / Wimbledon
Rating: 5 / 5
Filmed: No

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Books · Films · Lists · Series

Books to films in 2016

Not only YA books, áll books!
The book becomes a film anno 2016

The new year has started so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2016! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (January 5th, 2016). If a book was not mentioned in the media before in those lists – as far as I have seen – I have written New to the list beneath the title to make it clear. If I write …As in… means the author(s) of the book wrote a … kind of book.

The list sorted by release date

January 2016 – Total = 6 films

  • 14th, The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff
  • 21th, Legend – John Pearson
    New to the list!
  • 21th, The Big Short – Michael Lewis
    New to the list!
  • 28th, The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
  • 28th, The Revenant – Michael Punke
    New to the list!  And partly based on the novel.
  • 28th, The Finest Hours – Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
    New to the list!

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Series

Arrow | Season One

My series review of “Arrow” a creation by Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television .

Title:  Arrow
Genre: Action / Adventure / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi
Creators / Screenwriters: Greg Berlanti / Andrew Kreisberg / Mark Guggenheim
Writer (book):  Comic books: Morton Weisinger and George Papp. Appeared first in ‘More Fun Comics #73’ in November 1941.
Country: USA
Language spoken: English / Spanish / Chinese
Release Date: 10 October 2012 (Canada and USA)
Release in NL: 3 February 2013
Time: ~ 42 minutes every episode
Production Companies: Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television
IMDb rating: 8,1 / 10
Rating:  9, 5 / 10

I hope you like the series too. It is worth to watch it! I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Films · Technology

Oblivion (2013)

Copyright poster IMDb

In my view…

A futuristic film about a drone repairer who is one of the few humans who is living on the earth. A war that happened decades ago destroyed the earths’ moon and with it most of its’ surface. Living on earth is not possible anymore so to the moon from Saturn or are asleep in a space station waiting to be shipped to another world.

It is an astonishing film but the pace of it is not that fast. You would think at least… Continue reading “Oblivion (2013)”