The Girl With All the Gifts – Book versus Movie #1

I read this book a while back and quite enjoyed it. Not my favorite zombie book, but definitely in the top 10 (if we count the Autumn (yes, I went there again) series as 1, and Newsflesh as 1). It takes a somewhat different spin of the story and Melanie is a great narrator. While I didn’t manage to catch the movie adaptation in the cinema (it didn’t show at my local ones), I’ve seen it now!

And? I’m a firm believer of “the book was better”, and I still think that was the case here – but not by much. The movie’s storyline stays pretty true to the book, and the characters gave me the same kind of feeling as they did in the book. (I’ll allow the last third veering off a bit, the end was still “right”.)

Dutch winter and Logan

My partner keeps telling me that it’s “not winter – it’s March”, but if you grew up in the northern half of Sweden I can tell you that this is still very much winter. Whatever it may count as in NL, it’s been raining every day the last week. Yesterday started off nice, so I was all “look, the sun!”, and then it poured down the second half of the day.

On Saturday we went to see Logan (Marvel, yay!) and I had very low expectations. Despite liking most of the actors in it, the X-men universe isn’t my favorite (why would you like mutants when you can have actual gods like in Thor? – also, hello Hemsworth,  Hiddleston & Portman (and Kat Dennings as a great sidekick!)). If you really mind spoilers you should stop reading now.

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Man, Stewart is old now. I mean, I know this, he’s like 77? But they made him look so much older than he does normally. And they made Jackman look old too! (Side note: I didn’t recognize that it was him the fist time I saw the trailer, and I’m usually OK with faces.) So anyway, it’s a bunch of years later and Prof X is going demented and Wolverine is also not doing great. Great premiss for a Wolverine movie, right?!

I loved it. It’s darker, grittier and more profane than Marvel’s standard template, has a great soundtrack and includes an ass-kicking latina girl. Perfect ending to Wolverine and a nice new start for his daughter.

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

Since I don’t celebrate Valentine’s in any way, I figured I could at least do a list! I’ve opted for “favorite love stories”, crossing all genres and media (but it ended up being mainly movies).

  • First and best: Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett. And even though the newest movie  version (2005) was OK, it wasn’t even close to beating the good old BBC TV adaptation from 1995.
  • Juno. Ellen Page and Michael Cera are just super cute awkward teenagers + Allison Janney & JK Simmons as Juno’s parents <3.
  • It has a love story but is mainly a story about female friendship. And they sing a cappella. Pitch Perfect.
  • (500) Days of Summer. Any movie where Joseph Gordon-Levitt dances is a good movie. Plus it has Zooey Deschanel in it!
  • It’s been mentioned here before, but there’s no helping that; Austenland. Keri Russell is impossible not to like and JJ Feild does the best Darcy character since Colin Firth. (Storyline? I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
  • Nia Vardalos is amazing, and her depiction of a Greek family kills in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
  • Yeeeahh, how about Music & Lyrics? Surprisingly, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore make a totally believable couple. Plus it includes this gem:

  • Sophie Kinsella’s “Can You Keep a Secret“. I haven’t re-read it, but really liked it the one time I read it.
  • If I had a guilty pleasure romantic movie I guess it’d be The Holiday. I just can’t help it, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black are so adorable I don’t mind Jude Law/Cameron Diaz.
  • Ok, so this is not a traditional love story, and it contains Ryan Gosling. BUT HEAR ME OUT. This is a sad/cute/happy/depressing movie that I guess you’ll either love or hate. Lars and the Real Girl. If you don’t mind a bit of weirdness.

The Passengers & Rogue One

Since I like both space adventures, sci-fi, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, seeing this movie was a no-brainer. Additional bonus was that we went on new year’s day, at the 1:30 pm screening, and were literally alone in the salon. Private screening!

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Oh and the movie? It was fine. I liked it. Less actual adventure that I’d anticipated based on the trailer, but that was alright. (Also we can discuss the ending at some other point.)

Since I live with a Star Wars lover, we also went to see Rogue One last week. It was surprisingly good! (Although after listening to this I think maybe I should have liked it less?) It still doesn’t pass the Bechdel test though. Come on filmmakers, it’s not that much to ask for…

Bíó Poppsalt!

I find today’s and the next few weeks’ TTT a bit “meh”, so I’ll skip those. Better luck next year!

Instead I’ll talk about popcorn – also known as my favorite snack*. Movie popcorn are obviously the best, and I’ve tried to find a surrogate for these. This has meant buying popcorn seasoning that promises to improve the taste of your snacks (because honestly, plain popcorn popped at home in oil are quite dull). Alas it mainly means gross artificial flavors that make the popcorn inedible. And I’m fine with artificial normally, so that should tell you just how gross.

However! While in Iceland (I want to say on cause you know.. island? but they say in themselves so… in it will be) I found this in the supermarket:

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And while the color looks slightly scary, this is amazing! My Icelandic is pretty basic, but I’ve interpreted the label to “MOVIE – popcorn salt” (since bio is cinema in Swedish, bioscoop is cinema in Dutch). (It also says “Tasty on popcorn”.) And it is! Only a pinch is needed and they do taste like movie popcorn! So you know, next time you go to Iceland…

* No, chips are my favorite snack but I will try to stay away from them cause there is no moderation. Luckily they don’t have these in NL.