Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wreck-It Ralph ~ Movie Review

I sat down and watched Wreck-It Ralph after high reviews from my younger brother and sister – and I’m glad I did. It was bright, and original and fun! The movie starring John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and more, was released earlier this year by Disney, with a running time of 120 minutes.

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The movie focuses on the life of Wreck-It Ralph, the bad guy in the arcade game Fix-It Felix, where the game comes to life after we’ve stopped playing. The film opens up at a support group for villains including some familiar faces such as Bowser. The start of the movie is funny, and exciting, although the middle of the film does get a little slow, it picks up at the end.

But Ralph doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore, so he abandons his game, searching for a gold medal elsewhere, so he can be accepted. So ‘he turbos’ into another game, ‘Hero’s Duty’, where he finds himself in a bit of trouble. But when he finally gets the medal, he is transported into another game: ‘Sugar Rush’, a candy coated racing game. There he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, a nine year old racer, who wants to race but is banned for being a ‘glitch’. He decides to help her learn to race, and get back on the track!

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The story is warm and fun, with a real interesting storyline as well as unexpected twists and turns, near the end. But the story has a nice message with it, about friendship and self-acceptance.

This movie would be good for a family movie night. Although I agree it’s most suited to kids, adults and teens might also enjoy it, like I did.

Rach, x

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Harry, A History ~ Book Review (& when I joined the HP fandom)

I picked this book up the other day for a couple of dollars, at my local second hand store. I was actually looking for the last three Harry Potter books to complete my collection. Then my friend handed me this book – Harry, A History – and I bought it. I was a little skeptical but it seemed promising. It’s written by Melissa Anelli, an admin at the Harry Potter fan site: The Leaky Cauldron. It’s about her journey into the fandom and her experiences along the way. As the tag line on the front cover reads: ‘The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside The Harry Potter Phenomenon.’

This book was intriguing and kept me interested for hours. Being on school holidays it was a good way to spend a day – reading in the sun on my back porch. But the thing I found most interesting, was reading about the author and the Harry Potter fandom’s experience in waiting for the books to come out. I first read the series in 2009 when they’d all been published. I never had to wait for months even years for the next book to be released. I just finished one book and then picked up the next. I never got the chance to sit and ponder what would happen next.
This is mainly because the first book was published in 1997, a year before I was born. But I’m still consider myself a major HP fan regardless.

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Now back to the book, which covers topics such as Wizard Rock – Harry Potter themed music – to how HP fans got the author through the tragic 9/11 attacks when she didn’t know whether her sister was okay. The book is a must read for any Harry Potter fan. I just hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rach, x

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Red Dawn ~ Movie Review

Red Dawn is a 2012 movie about a group of teenagers who try to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. It has a great cast, starring actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Adrianne Palicki. In fact the cast is the main reason I even watched this movie.

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The movie has an engaging storyline and bits of humour as well as many hard story lines. But it’s a war – people are going to die, even if it’s terribly sad. The actors were great and the storyline was even better. This movie is based on the 1984 movie of the same name. I couldn’t help but think Red Dawn was like the American version of the Australian book/movie Tomorrow When The War Began. In which a group of teenagers fight back as there town is invaded by Korean Soldiers. But as we’ll as many similarities there were many differences.

I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. It’s exciting and makes you emotional and there is something for everyone. I would give it a 7.5/10

Rach, x

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Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ Movie Review

Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 movie based on the best selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, of the same name. It has an amazing cast including Logan Lerman as Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam, and Ezra Miller as Patrick, her step-brother. I’d have to say that the cast was one of the best parts of the movie – they made me smile and laugh.

The story line is confusing and beautiful. And to quote the back of my DVD cover ‘…a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope – and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.’
The story is about Charlie, a 15 year old freshman who at the start of the film is shy and unpopular. Until he befriends two seniors Sam and Patrick. They introduce him to new people and new experiences. But Charlie, as you learn later is mentally unwell because of something that happened to him when he was younger.

A couple of weeks ago, I actually read the book of which the movie is based on. And I hate to say it, but I didn’t really like the book – at least no where as much as I liked the movie. Which is surprising as usually I enjoy the books more.

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Overall, Perks of Being a Wallflower was a terrific movie that had me crying in some parts and laughing the next. I recommend that everyone go watch it!

I give it a 7.5/10 🙂

Rach, x

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