FIGHT TO LIVE AND LOVE

thehostTHE HOST (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel, the movie takes place in the future where Earth and its inhabitants has been taken over by an extraterrestrial race known as Souls. Melanie Stryder, part of the human resistance, has been captured and Wanderer the Soul has been implanted in her to discover the location of other humans. But Melanie is not going down without a fight and her consciousness affects Wanderer’s feelings and actions…

Yes, I read Stephenie Meyer books and I enjoy reading them. I like the Twilight Saga! I like The Host too!

It is mainly a love story because Melanie’s feelings for Jared are so strong that it affects Wanderer (a.k.a. Wanda) too. Yet, Wanda’s actions draws Ian towards her. My favourite part is when Wanda, as Melanie, shields Jared from Kyle’s punches. To me, that really shows how Melanie is still “alive” with Wanda in her and probably how Ian took to her. The inner and outer voice of Melanie and Wanda can seem distracting at first but it is pretty amusing to see how they interact with one another especially where boys are concerned. There’s lots of kissing and punching so it isn’t overly mushy.

One last thing – don’t you just the song from the end credits? That would be Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

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BASTERDS HAVE NAZI SCALPS ON DEBIT

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009)
–  4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from the official website: In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to the enemy as “the basterds”, Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover Bridget von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan on her own… Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII.

The movie was fantastic! Though I won’t say it’s anyone’s cup of tea… The shocking part would be the scalping; it’s the first time I have seen scalping in action and so many scalp-ed heads. It’s funny at parts and you find yourself rooting for the Basterds as they are somehow smarter and still manage to instill fear into the Nazis with their “Bear Jew”. The scariest character would be Hans Landa, cos he seems to be able to smell anything remotely fishy that doesn’t reek of fish at all with his ultra keen senses. Beware. He ended up with “something he could not take off”, courtesy of Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), which the latter says is his finest work yet. Also, B.J. Novak aka Ryan from The Office stars as one of the Basterds! More scalping!

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NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS (2007)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Caught National Treasure: Book of Secrets with my family. It’s quite good, considering that most sequels turn out disappointing. I guess treasure hunts are seldom lousy, in a sense. It’s well-paced and it’s wonderful how these clues are concealed in seemingly obvious places yet it takes a bit of brain matter to discover them. I especially enjoyed the banter between Jon Voight and Helen Mirren.