Sir Gawain and the Green Knight | Unknown

Written by an anonymous 14th-century poet, this epic poem was preserved on a single surviving manuscript before it was rediscovered two hundred years ago and published for the first time in 1839. Now recognized as one of the founding stories of English literature, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight narrates the strange tale of a green knight on a green horse who rudely interrupts Camelot’s Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager. The virtuous Gawain accepts and decapitates the intruder with his own axe. Gushing blood, the knight reclaims his head, orders Gawain to seek him out a year hence, and departs. The following Yuletide, Gawain dutifully sets forth. His quest for the Green Knight involves a winter journey, a seduction scene in a dreamlike castle, a dire challenge answered―and a drama of enigmatic reward disguised as psychic undoing.

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Contrary to some of my friends I never had to read this for school. I’m not sure I would remember if I did since I wasn’t the most diligent pupil when it came to assigned readings. However I have to admit that this Arthurian legend kept my attention, which I wasn’t really expecting. I thought I’d have weird flashbacks of the stories I slog my way through at school, but this story about a code of honor and chivalry put me in a studious mood coming up with my own interpretations and lessons to take from the poem. I saw the religious and fantasy elements in this simple tale but they only served as possible point of views for an interpretation. Instead I mostly saw a story about a man who was being tested and kind of got lucky.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Dune | Official Main Trailer

Dune is about Paul Atreides, a briliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

  • Writers: Frank Herbert (Novel), Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve & Eric Roth (Screenplay)
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin among other talented actors.

This trailer looks amazing and yet it doesn’t give us much about the story which is good because I still plan on reading the books, well at least the first one. The movie looks exciting with a lot of action and bit of humor. The commentaries are obvious and smart.

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Old | Was it a Twist or an Explanation?

When I became aware of this movie I didn’t know it was a M. Night Shyamalan. He adapted it, produced it, and directed it; did that have an effect on my excitement for the movie? Not really but I did wonder if it was a horror movie. It’s not it’s a thriller and fine to watch, if like me you tend to avoid horror. The reason why this movie was on my radar is the graphic novel that it’s based on, Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy & Frederik Peeters.
The ensemble cast has a few faces that I know but no one to pique my interest, it includes Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater), Vicky Krieps (The Girl in the Spider’s Web), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Alex Wolff (Human Capital), Thomasin McKenzie (Lost Girls), Abbey Lee (Lovecraft Country), Nikki AMuka-Bird (The Personal History of David Copperfield), Ken Leung (Inhuman), Eliza Scanlen (The Devil All the Time), Arron Pierre (The Underground, Kryton), Embeth Davidtz (Love Victor, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Emun Elliott (GoT).

Synopsis: A family on a remote tropical holiday discovers that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.

Review: Knowing the premise I spent the movie waiting for clues on why these people were aging so fast and what was happening. There are a few clues here and there about them but nothing that had me guess as to what was going on. I noticed that they all had medical issues, the long shot on the drinks, or the fact that they were observed while on the beach however I didn’t guess has to what was really going on. The reason why they’re on the beach is revealed tower the end; I’ve seen people talk about a twist, it isn’t, not to me. Because it was evident that everyone who was on the beach was selected so the movie only reveals why they were and that was a smart idea for a potential use of the beach, but I’m not sure how that would work in real life.

The strength of the movie comes from the concept, the cast, its themes and commentaries on life, family, and aging. Giving the situation the characters are all in makes it a bit depressing but there’s a lot to unpack from that day on the beach. The film has an emotional impact and works as a idea but the execution is lacking a bit. I didn’t really care about the characters even if I was interested in what was happening to them, and some of the dialogues were not that great.

Old is still worth watching because the concept is that strong, it has more potential than this movie makes it seems maybe a mini-series would have made for sense.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

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Fear Street Part Three: 1666 | Subverting Some Expectations & Closing the Loop

The final installment of the ‘Fear Street‘ trilogy is penned by director Leigh Janiak with Phil Graziadei (Honeymoon) and Kate Trefy (Stranger Things). The most of the cast from the previous two movies return in new roles to gives us a glimpse at how it all started.

Premise: In 1666, a colony is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come. The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle. Meanwhile, the teenagers in 1994 and 1978 try to finally put an end to the town’s curse, before it is too late.

Review: I may have been pleasantly surprised by Fear Street 1994 and thoroughly enjoyed Fear Street 1978 but for some reason I expected Fear Street 1666 to be far more predictable than it was. Even before watching the trailer I thought I had this movie’s plot figured out. Since I suspected the story would be about pilgrims I thought this movie would be dealing with some religion-induced hysteria and Sarah Fier. I figured the young woman might either be wrongly accused of witchcraft and would turn to it trying to save herself before failing and cursing the town, or she’d be a good witch would who get caught to be killed and cursing the town in her rage. That’s how I thought this movie would probably go, but it wasn’t as predictable as that.

The actual story has shades of that the religious hysteria is a 100% there but it’s a little more interesting. The plot is constructed in a way that would make you think that the town’s problems is be blamed on Sarah because of who she is. I know it sounds like one of the plot I described but it’s not, I don’t want to spoil even if it’s a minor spoiler. Sarah kisses and run through other bases with someone people in the town think she should have. So when things starts to go awry When I look at this movie on its own, of course all eyes turn on her. I really like that aspect of the story, it was a good and original way to use the puritanical way of thinking of that time, a nice twist that could have meshed well with one of my theories about the film.

So I enjoyed how the story was developed and how well it works with the other two movies. The full circle aspect of it was great but I wasn’t as engaged while watching this movie than I was for the other two. I can’t really put my finger on it but I checked my phone many times and weren’t totally paying attention. Maybe it’s having the same cast playing different roles but I don’t think so. It might just be the time period it’s set in that I don’t vibe with, because the cast did a great job.

Fear Street 1666 brings the story full circle showing us how the curse originated and how it has lasted for so long. The movie is good and the Fear Street Trilogy is better as a whole. 1978 still has a special place in my heart but it’s a solid trilogy and I wouldn’t be oppose to see it evolve into something else. Have you seen this film? Did Sarah’s story surprise you?

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Necromancer’s Dilemma | S.J. Himes

Even love can die without trust.

Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.

The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.

Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.

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The Necromancer’s Dance sets up these characters and the world they live in so well that it’s easy to get back into it. The focus might be a bit more on Angelus and Simeon but all of the side characters grow along with them. It doesn’t feel as contained as other books in the genre feel. It’s like a TV show with a comprehensive cast but they all get their moments in the spotlight.

Since Angel now consults for the police,  there’s also a mystery woven into the story. It’s attention grabbing and allows for a broader understanding of Simeon and Angelus’ bond while giving us more information on the people around the couple. I throughly enjoyed the story, it has sweet and comedic moments, as well as great action sequences and character moments, some that had me going “funk yeah get him!”

This series is slowly becoming a favorite. All of the characters are compelling, they each have their strength and weaknesses, they have baggage, a history and it comes across throughout the two books. Also because of who Angel and Simeon are, a Necromancer and an elder vampire, so can see how their bond might become a problem, because that’s never been done, and also what it implies for the balance of power in that world.

The Necromancer’s Dilemma is a good read that’s made even better when reading right after The Necromancer’s Dance. I think it could be read as a stand alone, since the story on its own is great but for the full effect the two blend into each other perfectly. Of all the books in the series I probably remember this one the most because it also feature a favorite character of mine, a little creature that I garante that you’ll fall in love with as well.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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