Movies

The Man from U.N.C.L.E

Directed by:  Guy Ritchie
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant and more.
 
In the early 60s, CIA and KGB join their forces to stop a mysterious organization from making a nuclear bomb.

The movie is amazing. It has everything that good movie should have: a lot of humour, great dialogues, and sudden plot twists.
I heard that it is more like a “Bond” movie, that recent Bonds, and I totally agree!
One of the best movies I have recently seen.

My rate: 9/10
Movies

Captain America: The First Avenger

Directed by: Joe Johnston
Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Richard Armitage, Stanley Tucci, Samuel L. Jackson and more

The origin story of Captain America in Marvel Cinematic Universe. Steve Rogers is determined to join the army during World War II. However, due to his feeble posture, he keeps being rejected by the military. When he gets an offer to join the secret project that will allow him to participate in the War, he does not hesitate to join.

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I did not watch this movie as soon as it was screened, but much later. So firstly I watched a bunch of other movies from MCU and then decided to go back and watch the missing one.
Comparing it to other MCU movies, I could see that it was one of the weakest movies of their production. A lot of flaws made this movie boring.
I feel like this movie had a lot of potentials, but failed to deliver. Still, I do not regret watching it.

My rate: 6/10

Books

“The secret of Chimneys” by Agatha Christie

Publish date: 1925
Genre: Crime story

Anthony Cade agrees to help his friend James McGrath. In order to do that he goes to London to deliver the draft of memoir to the publisher, and to return letters to the woman who wrote them. On the first night in London, the letters have been stolen by hotel waiter and memoir has been picked up by the fraud.

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The plot thickens at a fast pace, as dead bodies start to appear. With the addition of a bit of romance, crime investigation and politics, you get a  great book.

This is the first book that introduces Superintendent Battle to the audience, however, he is not the main character.

I liked this book. A lot of action, plot twists, likable characters made that it was a pleasure to read.

My rate: 7/10

Movies

Lord of War

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto and more

The movie tells a story of arms dealer Yuri Orlov, his rise and fall.

It is an amazing movie. The fact that is based on true stories, made me shiver.

The story-telling is perfect. Acting performance and realization are top notch.

Interesting fact: the guns they used were real, because they were much cheaper than using the fakes. I knew about it before watching the movie, and the scene in which hundreds of weapons are pilled on in the room made a huge impression on me.

Kudos to Andrew Niccol for making such an impressive movie.

My rate: 9/10

Movies

My neighbor Totoro

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring (voices): Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, Pat Carroll, Frank Welker and more

Two girls move to the countryside to leave closer to her mother, who is in hospital. After arrival, they find a hidden world of forest spirits, who live nearby. Soon they become friends and have a lot of adventures.

Beautiful story and animation. The main characters are very realistic. You can actually see the kids playing around, their emotions and motivations.
The movie left me with a smile on my face, singing around Totoro-Totoro for a couple of days.

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

My rate: 10/10

 

Movies

The Great Wall

Directed by: Yimou Zhang

Starring: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal and more

Two companions travel to China to find the Black Powder. Once they are captured by the army stationed in the Great Wall, they find out about monsters from behind the Wall. The army is constantly trying to protect the human race from those monsters.

The movie really entertained me.  There was a lot of action, the characters were well presented. Great acting performance. Great special effects.
Overall really good movie.

I can recommend it without a doubt.

My rate: 7/10

 

 

Books

“Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard

Publish date: 05/01/2016

Genre: Fantasy

Safiya is a Truthwitch, Iseult is a Threadwitch and they are both best friends who want to live a free life. They are drawn into an intrigue to maintain a truce, and because of that, they must run away. They have a couple of allies, such us Prince Merik, his aunt Evrane Nihar or Leopold fon Cartorra, who help them with the escape. They are chased by Bloodwitch and the Empress of another country: Marstok.

I liked this book. It was nicely written, however at the beginning it was a little bit hard to dig in. After a while, everything becomes more clear. Slowly I could get to know the characters and history of the created world. Once everything was clear, it was a pleasure to read it.

A lot of adventures described in this book made me not want to stop reading.
I will be happy to read the next book in the series.

My rate: 7/10