Fifty shades of Grey (Bluray review)

Director; Sam Taylor-Johnson
Drama/Romance
2h 5 minutes
From 2015.

I’ve officially given this film three whole chances, praying, wishfully hoping it would somehow change my mind regarding the vision, script, act, and cast.
Sadly, it just continues to destroy me and shatter my spirit with its blue and sad delivery. As many other ladies all around the world, I was completely hooked by the passionate love story between Mr. Grey and Miss Steele.
I devoured the novels with such force, excitement, and love that I still can look back and remember the warm fuzzy feelings I got when entering the captivating world of these two love birds, and it broke my heart that the movie ruined it and rained all over my once blissful read.

I am pretty sure most of you know the over hyped plot by now, if you haven’t, instead of getting into the fact that you’ve must’ve lived under a rock these past few years, I will happily enlighten you.

Literature student, innocent, and shy Anastasia Steele, stumbles into the office of multi-millionaire Christian Grey, and she steps into a world BDSM and a powerful love that will change her life into one she never saw herself ever having or even experiencing.

I am well aware that the movies, hardly, ever, live up to the actual book, but I am pretty sure that with the high anticipation of this movie adaption and the large budget, they could’ve given us fans something more, something much greater and better. Everything was wrong from beginning to end, it wasn’t what the readers deserved to get after such long wait. 3/10

Bluray extras;
The unseen version.
Extended version with an alternative ending.
A teaser of Fifty shades darker.

Bonus;
Behind the scenes.
E.L James and Fifty Shades.
The pleasure of pain.
Music videos.
360 set explorer with hot spots.
Behind the scenes of ”Earned it.”
The world of Fifty Shades – Christian, Ana, friends and family.


T2 Trainspotting (Bluray review)

Director; Danny Boyle
Drama
1h 57 minutes
Out on Bluray!

20 years later and these guys still got it and brings out the same amount of entertainment as the first one did in 96. Though the movie is great, I am pretty sure that it is my admiration for the actor Ewan McGregor that makes me adore this film even more.

He stole my heart as Obi-Wan, but he also fed my soul with his characters such as ”Henry” in The Impossible, ”Michael” in the Perfect Sense, ”Camerlengo Patrick McKenna” in Angels & Demons, and many others.
There’s a certain charisma about him and a glint in his eyes that grabs a hold of you, and you end up loving every second that you’re being trapped under his unique spell as an actor.

In T2 Trainspotting, we get to see our old friends such as Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie, become reunited in Scotland and follow them and their antics that’ll occur when they gather up!

Jump on the train that’ll take you back – a massive nostalgic travel that will make you smile and keep you entertained from beginning to end. 6.5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes.
20 years in the making; a conversation with Danny Boyle and the cast.
Commentary with Danny Boyle and John Hodge.




20th Century Women (Bluray review)

Director; Mike Mills
Drama/Comedy
1h 59 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Watching paint actually dry would’ve been more entertaining, it must’ve been one of the dullest movies and script I’ve ever seen, definitely not my cup of tea – and I legit want my two hours back after watching this. How it got such great reviews and the high score is beyond me, and it just truly shows how everyone has different tastes and opinion regarding movies and genre.

The story revolves around a mother played by Annette Bening and her son Jamie (Billy Crudup)
who is being raised by his mother and two other girls, Julie (Elle Fanning) and Abbie (Greta Gerwig) through the late 1070’s in Southern California.

Not to say it was awful, it simply wasn’t enough to keep me even the slightly interested or remotely hooked. I felt forced to continue watching it until the end, no desire whatsoever to finish it but I did anyway simply for the sole purpose of being able to write and post this review to enlight people.
Also, how is this even classified as a comedy? I am still questioning that because I don’t recall laughing, nor even smiling throughout the film. On top of it, apparently, it’s nominated for an Oscar, I’m done!

4/10
The only reason it’s even getting a solid four is due to its ensemble of talented women from different generations, but even their performance was overshadowed by the rather weak plot and outcome.

Bluray extras;
Audio commentary by writer and director, Mike Mills.
Making 20th Century women.
Cast.
Modern woman.
Greta Gerwing.
Finding the story.
Annette Benning.
A time in my life.
The one who raise us.
Santa Barbara 1979.


Feed (review)

Director; Tommy Bertelsen
1h 35 minutes
Drama/Thriller

Troian Bellisario, (mostly known as Spencer from the hit TV-show Pretty Little Liars) debut as a screenwriter is nothing less than beautiful, dark, and bringing the depth and struggles of mental illness and eating disorders into the light.
Truly showcasing how it feels like and our wars with the demons within, the ones making themselves present when going through some sort of post traumatic stress.

Bellisario and Tom Felton starts together in this grasping script of two twins that live in a world of privilege and pure perfection, but once a tragedy splits them apart, she must now try to cope without him – leading her toward the path of anorexia and mental instability.

It’s a brilliant writing about topics that tend to be a taboo. It’s relatable, intellectual, and deep with a twist.
It will crawl underneath your skin and grab you, completely shake you up from the very core and give you a whole new outlook regarding people all around the globe dealing with this type of diseases on a daily basis. 7.7/10

Bellisario and the rest of the cast and crew did a phenomenal job delivering this.

GREY (Swedish translation – review)

Grey: Femtio nyanser av honom enligt Christian (Grey told by Christian in Swedish)

I received the Swedish translated title of GREY by the lovely people at Norstedts. I had already read the original version when it came out back in 2015, my inner goddess was in ache, waiting, just holding her breath for its release, and once it came out she couldn’t get herself to wait a little longer for the Swedish version, so I ordered the English one and dove right into it.

Reading it for the second time was like falling in love all over again, though I already knew the story by heart, it was still divine to escape into the thrilling world of Mr. Grey and Miss Steele.
It was like reading it for the first time due to it being in a different language. It was still passionate, beautiful, and just as addictive.

I’ve never been quite the fan of Swedish reads, 98% of all my books are in English, and yet I was curious to read this one and compare. I must say, I was rather surprised that it was just as well put together and crafted, often the depth and eloquence tend to lose its beauty when passing from one language to another, but here it was equally good and just as lovely, giving that warm fuzzy feeling that only Grey can deliver.

The Swedish copy gets a strong solid 7/10
If you’ve read the trilogy told by Anastasia, you simply must read it from his POV.
– thank you to Norstedts for the copy, cannot wait to read the next title you’ll be sending.

War for the Planet of the Apes (Press-screening review)

Director; Matt Reeves
Adventure/Drama
2h 20 minutes
Swedish Premiere; July 12th

Attended the screening of War for the Planet of the Apes yesterday, and been overloaded with work so couldn’t write and post the review until now, my apologies.

Just like the previous films, they continue to entertain and amaze me with its beautiful CGI, landscapes in which this time was more like winter-wonderland, and its pain and humor mildly mixed together to make you feel and go through an emotional roller coaster throughout the movie.
You will share some laughter, some sorrow, and enjoy its great action and beautiful script.

This time, we get to follow Caesar on a quest for revenge while he struggles with his inner darkness.

What tends to leave me in awe after these films, are the beauty and depth that the production gets into to create the amazing face expression of the apes, the body language, facial features, look in their eyes, and movement of their mouth/lips.
It’s fascinating, and that alone has you hooked on the vision, then it delivers a rather deep story, making it a great cinematic experience for the audience to enjoy.

I found it rather long, two hours and twenty minutes were too much for me, toward the end you kind of get impatient, and you start losing focus, besides that, it’s a beautiful and fantastic visual experience. 7.9/10



Hush (Review)

Director; Mike Flanagan
Thriller
1h 21 minutes
From 2016

Mike Flanigan delivers once again another brilliant nail-biter that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Its thrillingly beautiful script with a fantastic twist is both highly entertaining and well done. First, he gave us Before I wake, and now, Hush.

Hush, though it may come off as any other home alone thriller, but due to the female lead being deaf it brings a whole other level of suspense and originality, making it ten times more horrific, providing with some intense moments that will crawl up your spine – leaving you completely paranoid, terrified, and in awe of its work and great premise.

Maddie, a deaf writer who lives by herself in a cabin in the woods finds herself trapped in a panicked terror game of mouse and cat, as one intruder tries to make her life a living hell.

Kate Siegal was pure delight and perfection portraying a deaf character, showing every emotion through her eyes and face gestures. Every movement and act were beautiful, believable, and simply one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Strongly recommended if you want a smart thriller with massive suspense and great acting, I literally had a knot inside my stomach throughout most parts.
7.2/10

12 Feet Deep (Review)

Director; Matt Eskandari
Thriller
From; June 2017

Inspired by true events, this film, though looking low budget has its thrilling moments, frustrations, and decent acting. It’s simple yet entertaining and definitely not a waste.
The premise isn’t awful and has you rather intrigued throughout the script. Some moments more intense than others, but in overall a good thriller to kill time with.

Two sisters who do not have the greatest relationship gets trapped under the fiberglass cover of an Olympic-sized public pool during closing hours.

Leading toward the plot, you learn bits and pieces about the characters, not a whole lot but enough to understand the story and relationship.
There are some frustrating moments, especially by one character, a woman who is some sort of ”janitor/cleaner”.
Besides being a jailbird and completely derailed, she made me several times want to get into the screen and strangle her to death.
She was the frustrating ingredient during the entire film, and as much as I would’ve skipped her – if the story is based on true events, I guess she must have been a crucial part to make the movie adaption.

I don’t know if I’d personally recommend it, I made it toward the end, so it did keep me quite entertained.
If you want something mellow, slow paced, with some intense thrill every now and then, don’t mind massive gaps and logic, then go for it. 4.9/10


Thank you, Norstedts


I cannot find the correct words to express my gratitude toward Norstedts, a publisher located in the beautiful Stockholm for this amazing opportunity.
Thank you doesn’t feel enough, but I am thankful for the Swedish translated copy of Grey. I cannot wait to dive right into it once again and to let my inner goddess bask in the thrilling world of Mr.Grey one more time because the first was simply not enough.

As you all can tell, I already owned the original version which is in English but I simply love comparing the storytelling, translation, vocabulary, and flow from one language to another. The review will be up once I’m done.

Note: the handcuffs, body lotion, and tea, is in no way associated with Norstedts, it was simply accessory for the picture.

GREY by Erica L James – 2016
Copy for review from Norstedts

Previous books by James;
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Of Freed

It ends with us (Review)

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Anyone and everyone should read this extraordinary emotional novel, and once you enter the enticingly captivating world of Colleen Hoover, you will want to stay.
It Ends With Us reminded me why I fell in love with writing all over again, it reminded me why I wanted to become an author, why I loved reading so much, and why I loved to let my thoughts dreamingly fly away on a cloud to the unknown. To a place far beyond the stars, and further.

It left me yearning for more, begging for crumbs even, it didn’t have to be a lot more, just more because it wasn’t enough for my soul to say goodbye after 300 or so pages, I still wasn’t ready for closure or letting go.
And here I am now, in my deepest despair, praying to the lords above that they’ll help me set each and every character free, to let them go, and keep them in this warm little place inside of my heart that I created for them through each chapter.

It was relatable, because I’ve gone through some of the things Lily went through, and I think that is what made me connect with it and her even more. I didn’t feel alone, it made me feel as if it wasn’t only a novel with words in it but a friend, and that meant everything. I doubt I’ll ever forget this, not only the beautiful story, the emotional rollercoaster, but also the smiles it brought.
The intense feelings at the end, the last page was difficult to read due to the blur caused by the glossiness, and the second I closed the book, my eyes shed one single tear, falling from me like a glistening drop from the gray skies.

I strongly recommend it, it’s beautiful, entertaining, addicting, and emotional. 6.7/10

”Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.” – Goodreads