“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books…you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”
Like a few other books, TV shows and Films The Fault in Our Stars is one that left a mark. Like with everyone else who reads it, it stuck in my mind, got under my skin and after finishing it left me in a state of uncomfortable agitation. This is how i knew it was something special, something that I wanted to keep all to myself, yet felt everyone should read.
It might seem surprising then that I wasn’t worried about the film adaptation, the writers could have completely ruined Hazel and Gus’ story but it wouldn’t matter because the book existed and that was enough. Thats not too say i didn’t want the film to be good, I did and about 8 minutes into the film I realised this one one adaptation that could stand aside the book with pride, it was a truly exceptional adaptation and film.
Firstly the film was so well cast, it became almost unbearable to watch at points because Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Gus performed with such emotion and honesty it felt real. It’s films like this that an actors ability is tested and they did not fail. It would also be criminal not to mention Nat Wolff, because he performed Isaac with a comedic flare that was much needed in a emotionally heavy film.
The real beauty of The Fault In Our Stars though, comes in the writing. The book is full of quotes that you remember and John Green’s words are quite rightly taken straight from the page to the screen.
Yes, this film is sad, tragically so (I haven’t cried that much since Titanic). But its also funny, honest, witty, intelligent and beautiful. A Must Watch.
Most Memorable Quotes
- 'You Don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices, I hope she likes hers.'
- 'The world is not a wish granting factory.'
- 'Thats the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.'
- “When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him.”
You don’t stab a man with a pen when he’s down.
Episode one of Prey takes place over 3 days and what a 3 days it is, DS Marcus Farrow (John Simm) experiences just about the worst things that can happen to a person. The amount of injuries he obtains is enough for anyone to give up, but the emotional turmoil of finding your ex wife murdered, then to be accused of it, is brutal. So after getting stabbed with a pen and being in a pretty bad car accident, Marcus Farrow escapes to clear his name by finding out who killed his family. On top of this his so-called best mate is clearly connected to the murders and the investigating officer on the case Susan Reinhart (Rosie Cavaliero), has decided Farrow did it end of. She also has lot going on personally, like stalking her ex and eating her feelings; did anyone else pick up on this- they defiantly made a point that the character was eating a lot right?
If you haven’t caught on already Prey is an intense and frustrating watch. That’s not to say it’s not good, it’s very good, great even, but while I was hooked to the screen it is difficult to watch at times. But I suppose that’s the point of this new ITV drama, all the best British thrillers and dramas aren’t exactly a cakewalk.
A defiant strength to come out of episode one is the acting, particularly from John Simm, who encapsulates the unpredictable, likeable and short-tempered police officer persona. The heart-breaking scene when Farrow comes to learn his son has been killed is a defiant stand out but this will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with John Simms work, he is very good.
Preys first episode was a strong, punch you in the gut, how much can one man take start to the series. At just 3 episodes it feels like there’s something here, the hunt is very much on and with both DS Marcus Farrow and Susan Reinhart showing no signs of slowing down the finale 2 episodes are sure to please.
I’m going to start this review by saying I am a huge fan of the Divergent series, I loved everything about them from Veronica Roth’s writing style to the characters and the narrative, I was even content with the ending (granted it took a day or two). I’ve been waiting for Divergent’s release since filming began and when you genuinely care about a story, it makes it difficult not to have high expectations that perhaps aren’t even reachable. I’m also conscious my opinion on the film was always going to be bias and after reading a few reviews (both negative and positive), I decided to go in with as clear a perspective as possible.
So as the film began I was praying they didn’t make a mess of it and although high expectations lingered within me, I felt myself relaxing more throughout the film as I realised it was good. I can’t speak for people who haven’t read the books but in my opinion it was dealt with exceptionally well. Now, I’m not one of these people who would lose my shit if a line is said differently or the set didn’t look how it should have. I’ve always appreciated that books and film are two very different medium’s, transferring certain aspects of the book into film would not of worked. So I think they did an exceptional job in transforming Veronica Roth’s world onto the big screen.
The strongest part of Divergent is defiantly the acting; Shailene Woodley performs Tris with this perfect mix of confidence and vulnerability. Theo James as four was something I was cynical of at first but he pretty much had me sold as soon as he spoke. I also loved that Mile Teller was cast as Peter, such a great choice. My biggest issue with the film was the soundtrack, something that may just be my personal taste but the music used felt tacky at times, I would argue some of the songs were just too much pop for a dystopian future, it made me internally cringe and threatened to spoil scenes for me (if the acting wasn’t so good).
I hope that anyone who sees Divergent will absolutely read the books because they are addictive, well written, raise all sorts of questions regarding human nature and despite their marketing demographic not just for teenagers (I hope, i’m in my 20’s).
Overall i sigh in relief that for me Divergent is a great film and I’m genuinely excited about seeing how they approach the next two books
- The horror of shared Bathrooms with no separate cubicles. I think we can all agree no one went for a poo the whole time they were there.
- Gutted they didn’t show Edward getting stabbed in the eye. Also which one was Edward?
- I’m glad they cast older actors, I don’t think younger actors would have made it as believable and i refuse to fan girl over anyone younger than me.
- Shout out to this guy, who was he supposed to be? he kept popping up like he got lost on his way to amity
- I liked that this film had subtle humour and Tris was quite sarcastic
- Gutted about Will but i think they dealt with that very well in the film
- I feel like i would defiantly choose Dauntless and defiantly end up factionless.
- I wish at some point or another Tris said: “I’m Divergent Bitch” like how you would imagine Jesse Pinkman would say it.
4. Broad City.
4 and 3 and 2 and 1
Broad City is hands down the best television comedy I have watched in a long time. It follows 20 something best friends Ilana (Ilana Glazer) and Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) as they go about their lives in New York City. The two leads actually created the show and its brilliantly written.What works best is that it’s completely relatable to 20 something’s everywhere, but is also hilarious and absurd at the same time.
To prove my point heres a video expressing how everyone feels when they cash any amount of money into the bank
Shit just kept hitting the fan.
1. Carol kills
2. Then kills again
3. Carol’s out.
4. The Governor/Rick/Michonne Show Down
5. Lizzie. - Pretty much anything this kid did, but killing her sister was savage
6.Hershal’s beheading- I’m still in mourning
7.Rick’s most badass moment
I think we can all agree people in Terminus are in big trouble
8.But of everything that happened this season nothing was more disturbing then this:
Is it October yet?