A Book & a Movie

What better way to spend your flight time than to spend it on a book and a movie, both good enough to keep your interests engaged. And add in some sleep in between too. It would make the flight duration pass on very quickly.
The Lady in the Van(2015) – Movie

I am a huge fan of Maggie Smith. So it was only natural that I would watch this movie. It was hilarious and fun in a different way. I always love how she is so full of life in every movie and how she can make people roll their eyes heavenwards looking for some divine intervention 😉 It takes place in a very small area near Camden (Borough of Camden, to be precise), London. Since I am aware of that place I was excited to see it. I might just pop in to take a look there to see if they still have that blue plaque installed. I totally get why there are two of those authors. I tend to do that sometimes. Might sound a bit crazy. But it helps sometimes. If you love Maggie Smith or a good English drama, then you will like this.

Cliffhanger – T.J. Middleton – Book

I have always been proud to invest in my Kindle Paper-white and more so in Kindle Unlimited now. This was part of the new releases in Kindle Unlimited. Another British drama-thriller-mystery. Not your usual fast paced one. But a decent paced and consists of only a handful of characters. It starts off with a bang. You will not help but laugh out loud in the initial chapter and then it starts taking a very unusual turn in its events and at the end you will even feel a little bad on how things went. You can see a little bit of Gone Girl in it. But not too much. There is that dry British humor all through. Those one liners that make you smile. The twists that make you go ‘aah!’  I gave 4 stars to this book.

Movies of the week

Finding Dory

It did not have the same charm as Finding Nemo. With the kind of promotion that went into it I thought it would be better than that. And I was never once emotional in that whole movie. It sure did have a message and all. But something that would connect me to Dory was missing. It also felt like the movie went too fast. Of course, as fishes they would move fast, but still, it felt very hurried. The kids might enjoy it.

Independence Day – Resurrgence

I had vowed that I wouldn’t go to this movie when I saw the trailer last year sometime. But since it was a team event and everyone voted for this one (I voted for Tarzan 😦 ) my option was ruled out. It was on IMAX 3D. I did not have any expectation and I went with the sole purpose of making fun of the scenes and having fun. Inspite of me not being a fan of Liam Hemsworth (I loved Chris Hemsworth in the short clip which was part of the trailer of Ghostbusters) I was the only one in the theater who was clapping when he came up on screen. And that wasn’t even a grand entrance. 🙄 I liked the other guy, who was with him, but he looked way too young. If you don’t use logic or any other part of your brain other than the one associated with sight and sound then you would be OK with it. CGI were cool. Why do we have ugly aliens all the time? Why can aliens be cute and good looking? And I seriously hope that they don’t take any more sequels. I am not sure if Earth is ready for it, but I am pretty sure the audience wouldn’t be. No wonder Finding Dory was more popular in box office than this movie.

Eye in the Sky & Foster Jenkins

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about the movies I have watched. It is because I haven’t seen one in a long time. But I compensated for it by watching two over the last week.

Eye in the Sky:

When we had a choice as to which one to choose among the currently showing movies, my friend and I picked this one. Both aren’t a fan of MCU so we skipped Civil War. I might watch it sometime later just for the star cast. And we were glad by our choice. With a very powerful star cast in this too, I did not have any doubts about the performances. I wasn’t very sure about the plot. Since I just read a small synopsis and not the entire story, I was wondering if it would become too dull with ethical and moral issues discussed and such sort. But it was brilliantly executed. I am not going into the story or anything but it was a very powerful drama. RIP Alan Rickman. It was quite funny too in many places with very well placed one-liners. Loved it.

One of our friends treated us to this movie to share her joy with us.

Florence Foster Jenkins:

I love Meryl Streep but to be very honest, I loved Hugh Grant in this movie a lot more than Meryl Streep. Her performance is amazing no doubt, but that is her norm. She does her part very well that you forget that it is her and it is Florence you are hearing and it does annoy us from time to time when she sings off key. That says a lot about Meryl’s acting. But I have never seen Hugh Grant in such a role. A little bit gray but still very lovable. The actor playing McMoon was hilarious and had me in splits every now and then. It wasn’t a very great movie as such, but it had very lovely performances by the artists. We both chose this only for Meryl Streep and she did deliver it for us. We did wonder if we were going to hear that voice in our sleep that night and thankfully, I promptly forgot about those songs. Don’t know about the rest of them who watched 😉

 

Holly-Bolly Mash

Found her mashups while browsing some other song and loved every single one of them 🙂 It is just not Hindi songs that she mashes up with popular English pop songs. She has done some Malayalam, and Tamil songs too. Loved her voice.

 

2 books & a movie

I know, I know. I have been writing about books a lot recently. But with Kindle Unlimited subscription, it is inevitable. But that is gonna stop for a couple of weeks. Have some other important stuff to finish, not to mention my long weekend trip 😉 during the Good Friday weekend. Yay!!!

So here are a couple of books I had finished but haven’t told you about it (not that I write about every book I read but still). And I also managed to see a movie which was on my watchlist for a long time. So here it goes.

a) Ineligible Bachelor by Kathryn Quick:

Now, I don’t watch TV especially the reality TV (watching YouTube versions of XYZ’s Got Talent or The Voice etc doesn’t count), so I wouldn’t know about the various reality shows that go on in them. But recently I saw a news article about Jimmy Kemmel and his (in)appropriate questions to the couple, who were the winners of the show ‘The Bachelor’. Now imagine my surprise to read that news article when I had just finished this book the previous night. I was like ‘what are the odds’. So I guess the whole drama of how the eligible Bachelor chooses his partner with the help of his very best female friend, who was the reason he got into this show in the first place, and how they are all rigged may or may not be true. It also goes a little further than that I guess because this female friend’s attempts to make this eligible bachelor see her as more than a friend totally backfires especially with all conniving and very pretty women out in the show but fate plays a game in the end. It was a quick fun read and since I haven’t seen the show I was intrigued. I am not sure how it would fare with those who already knew about these. I wanted a quick fun read and that this book was. 3 stars.

b) The Bette Davis Club by Jane Lotter: I chose this book because I liked the cover. Simple logic 🙂 That car, that hair style, the old 70’s-80’s look come on, doesn’t it look cute? This was again a fun read. This is about a middle-aged woman (anyone between 35-55 according to my standards) who is bankrupt, goes to her step sister’s daughter’s wedding, finds herself in her dad’s old MG car to retrieve her eloped niece, who also happens to have her father’s scripts (her father was a screenplay writer), not to mention the counterpart in this chase, who happens to be the groom, who is as old as this woman and how their journey takes them across places (and states may be) and the fun and various new things that they learn in the process. It was a different story line I should say. It is not your usual romance. Yes sir, romance it is. But with lots of humor. I enjoyed the storyline and the fun that came with it. Gave it 3 stars.

Both are HEA books. There, I finally gave away a spoiler for both 😉

Next comes the movie:

The Book Thief: Unfortunately my intention of reading the book and then watching the movie didn’t last in this case. I finally ended up watching the movie because it was free on Amazon Prime (Jee…Wonder what would Amazon do without me and my subscriptions!!!) It is a very very cute movie. It is a sad one (spoiler alert) but not in the way you think. Yes, death is a sad thing, but more for the ones who are left out. We know that people die even in the beginning because we hear the voice over of Death telling you about this cute little girl who loves to steal books and read them and introduced you to other characters and their last thoughts before he sucked in their souls. I am not going to give away anything else about this movie. It did not make me cry, wasn’t even sad. Wonder why. I was able to see this movie with an understanding that people are gonna die no matter what, but what goes on between this girl and them during their lives is what is important. Maybe because it was the introduction of the movie by the Death himself (or herself) that prepared me for this. No idea. But I loved the concept, the execution, the acting, the cinematography and the art direction in this movie. Not sure how close to the book it is, but nevertheless enjoyable as a movie too. If you are an avid book reader, you will relate to this girl in one way or the other.