Movies I Really Want to Watch [2]

Hello there, ladies and gents!

Well, I have to say I am pretty upset because two of the films I had been looking forward to watching the most did not premiere after all – A Cure for Wellness and Our Little Sister. I will continue to look for them but things are not looking up…

So during the past month I only managed to watch three movies out of my list. Click to see their reviews:

A Man Called Ove
The Handmaiden
Life


Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

The crew of a colony ship discover an uncharted paradise, with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Alien is the horror movie I remember making the biggest impression on me – closely followed by Gremlins. Yes, I watched them at a very young age!
Anyway, that first movie, which came out in 1979 (can you believe it??), had several ingredients that made it the horror classic it is today, and since I have heard this film captures much of that I am looking forward to watching it, despite the nasty nightmares it will surely give me. I need to make sure I watch this early in the day!

 


 

The Circle

The Circle

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.

This one is actually not new to me, as last year I came across the short audio story We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better by the same author, which basically introduces us to the novel’s world. I found the concept intriguing and wanted to know more so I will definitely watch this one. Also, it’s been so long since I have watched something featuring Tom Hanks! And Emma Watson does sound perfect for this role.

 


 

Get Out

Get Out

A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Have you watched this trailer?? Watch this trailer! Tell me it doesn’t freak you out!
I have got to watch this.

 

 

Viral

Viral

Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.

I know this is not going to be the most mind-blowing movie I have ever watched but it has been a while since I have watched an end-of-the-world flick so I think I may end up going for it. The idea of something messing with people’s brains to the point they turn them into something they are not has appealed to me for a long time.

 


 

Please let me know if you watched any of these and let me know what you thought – no spoilers, though!

International Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

The lovely L.S. O’Dea, author of one of my favourite YA series Lake of Sins, is hosting a giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite, which just happens to be my e-reader of choice, so you can imagine how excited I am!

And it’s an international giveaway too – anywhere that Amazon ships.

What do you have to do? Just submit your email.

You can enter the giveaway until May 5th.

Click the picture below and may the odds be ever in your favour.

Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm

I believe this song is proof you can still make good music these days. Not only is the tune extremely catchy but the lyrics are meaningful, raising social awareness.

This message ties up perfectly with the video, done in that freaky, absurd style that I love so much (see Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun and Skunk Anansie – Lately).

The futuristic theme part featuring a hamster wheel so representative of the routine we lead on a daily basis, along with many other elements, aligned with the lyrics mentioning happily numb people, all worked to making a very interesting piece that solidified my admiration of Katy Perry as an artist even more.

I know Perry wrote this in a political context but when I first heard it I thought of the music that is out there these day and how we seem to be content that the chorus is basically the same line repeated like 6 times and no actual lyrics.

Oh well. Above all it’s a fun song.

Afraid of Reading Glasses? There May Be a Way to Prevent Your Brain from Needing Them

Want to train your brain not to need reading glasses? Read this extremely interesting article by Kristen!

Kristen Twardowski

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When I first got glasses at age 9, it opened up a whole new world for me. I had forgotten that I was supposed to be able to see leaves on trees without being close enough to touch them. Then I put my first glasses on, and there those leaves were. I imagine that someday I will need reading glasses as well, and the experience will be similar.

But science and the body are complicated, and various studies suggest that there are ways to train the eyes to delay the loss of close-range visual focus that inspires the need for reading glasses. The New York Times has a great article on the subject.

The loss of the ability to read small print well is called presbyopia, and by age 45, it affects around 83% of North Americans. By age 50, nearly every adult experiences some degree of it. (That is…

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Blogging Tips

Miss Talkaholic has great blogging tips that I feel I should share with you guys.

Click here to view them and let me know what do you think.

Do you have any you would like to add?

Review Format and Category Tweaking

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted for Poll – Publisher and Publishing Date. These were the results:

Since almost everyone seemed up for it, I have already begun including the Publisher and Publisher Date in my latest review:

I got rid of the format, which didn’t seem to be doing much, and added ‘Kindle’ to locations to make it more obvious, so in the end it looks pretty much the same as before and not cluttered, which was my main concern.

But more importantly – What do you think?

Oh and since I am all for simplifying, Blog Freebies, GR First Reads and Rafflecopter subcategories are all under Giveaways now.

Looking forward to your feedback!

A Heart-Warming Surprise

The generosity of the bookish blogging community never ceases to amaze me.

Some people donate their time by visiting other people’s blogs, liking and commenting their post – which I really appreciate.

Others hold giveaways, either of books donated by the author or publishers or even themselves.

And then there’s people like the amazing Kelly @ Book Obsession who just happened to send me a book so it would not go homeless or sitting in a shelf unread. Just because I said I might like it.

Kelly, you rock! Thank you so much for this gift <3

I hope you will visit her blog, she deserves all the best!