Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Since The Hunger Games (click here to read my review!), I have read the trilogy and it has very quickly become my favorite franchise of all time. I never cared really for Harry Potter, and looking up Twilight was purely research - or in other words torture - however, this story was for me! I loved everything in the book and well, if you have read my review you'll know that I loved the movie very much too. What made the books even better was the fact that I read them while imagining Lawrence and Hutcherson so every time a new trailer came out my heart just skipped out of my body and I went insane with excitement! I can't remember the last time I wanted to see a movie this bad, but I have literally been counting down the days until finally:

The story picks up just a few months after our heroes have returned home. They are currently awaiting the victory tour where they visit all of the districts, give speeches, attend dinners and parties. It seems that Katniss is disturbed throughout the whole trip as she was previously threatened by the President Snow to make sure she acts very much in love with Peeta, even though she loves Gale.
During the tour she gets closer to Peeta, who seems to be the only one who is able to suffocate her nightmares. But those nightmares return once they find out that for this year's 75th Hunger Games - the Quarter Quell - the players for the games will be chosen from the living pool of victors. Katniss, being the only girl from their district, is forced back into the arena, and Peeta takes Haymitch's place. But the stakes are higher this time around, as they are no longer fighting children, but trained killers who themselves have defeated others to be here.
Katniss this time around has a plan - she is going to do everything she can to keep Peeta alive. She fears that if she stays alive Snow will come for her and her family, but there is still hope for Peeta who was the crowd favorite from the beginning. Inside the arena they team up with District 4's Finnick Odair and Mags, and are later joined by District 3's Beetee and Wiress, and finally a young temperamental girl by the name of Johanna - from District 7- who clearly doesn't like Katniss, but it seems that these all were instructed by Haymitch to do as Katniss wished. Beetee comes up with a genius mechanism to blow up the rest of the competition, but Katniss remembers in time who the real enemy is and she shoots an arrow with the wire right into the force-field of the arena - causing it to blow up. Katniss is awoken by Gale, who tells her that the revolution has begun and there is no more District 12 - and that Peeta is still in the capitol.

Although I loved all of the books upon talking about it with a friend of mine, I realized that this was my favorite. I look forward to the ending as I loved how the characters evolved during the pages of the novels, but for now let me just enjoy this for a while!
There is something that I never got to do while I always thought that it was the coolest thing ever - that is, to see a movie during the pre-premiere midnight screening. And I actually managed to get tickets for it so I saw this wonderful movie on Wednesday at midnight and let me tell you, I'm glad it was this movie :D
Where can I begin? First of all, I hate those people who brag on and on about how the book is better than the movie - well guess what? They do not cancel each other out! Just because there is a movie, doesn't mean you can't re-read the book again! And keep that in mind. This movie was as physically accurate as it can get and keep in mind that it was already over two hours long. Visually stunning, green screen was done beautifully and the animation was off the hook! Really the best I have seen in years. Story-wise incredibility accurate and you could see right away what is important in regards to the first movie and what is important for the finale of the trilogy.
I also had to realize that any scenes I made up in my mind are: In my mind. I don't need a director to shoot what I wanted, I want a movie that tries to give me all it can and it did that. The first scene till the last one where all things I already saw before me and I was not disappointed. If I had to bring something as a downside then the only criticism would be timing. And I can't bring that up - of course a movie is shorter than a book! It would be stupid if they kept emphasizing details like: "Two hours later." and therefore the story had to be changed a bit, but it was all for the good. The time in the arena was shorter and some will argue that they didn't starve again... I just hate that - it is made PG-13 for a reason! Yes, they figure out sooner how to get water, who cares? If you want to be hang up on such insignificant details, then you don't know the first rule of adaptations: Cohesion. If it works inside the movie, then it is OK.
And above all I will award the movie, because it was claimed that it will bring more attention to the love triangle and it really didn't. Yes, of course we get a clearer sign on where Gale stands and where Katniss's heart might actually lie. However, it wasn't like in Twilight where I felt that a big red sign just kept flashing: "LOVE TRIANGLE - YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO CARE!". And here timing comes in again. There is a total amount of two things I wanted from the movie, that I didn't get: A lot of emphasis is put on how Katniss can only sleep without nightmares next to Peeta. A couple more scenes with them in bed would've been nice. And lastly, they do mention the pregnancy, but my favorite bit is when Peeta refers to it inside the arena and they didn't use that.

Ever since I watch adaptations I never really understood why they change the dialogue from the book. I'm sure there is a reason - for example when the scene has to be shorter, but otherwise why? The book clearly sold well, then why? I don't know. And that will always be a mystery. That is always a good counterargument against adaptations, but the changes worked, so screw it! I loved this movie! Elizabeth Banks made so much with her character, that I was amazed; The small hints of Snow's disease? Awesome! The interviews with the tributes? Phenomenal. Prim Everdeen's evolution from small little girl to a hopeful fighter - mesmerizing. Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Phyllip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson and the wonderful Donald Sutherland? Do I even need to say anything about Hutcherson and Lawrence? I'm sure you know, you will not be disappointed but either of them!

I'm watching it again this Friday :D Trust me, you'll want this in imax - and you'll want it now! Till then, buy the soundtrack as it is awesome!

Until the next item on my list and May the odds be ever in your favor!
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Katniss Everdeen - Jennifer Lawrence
Gale Hawthorne - Liam Hemsworth
Peeta Mellark - Josh Hutcherson
Finnick Odair - Sam Claflin
Johanna Mason - Jena Malone
Primrose Everdeen - Willow Shields
Effie Trinket - Elizabeth Banks
Haymitch Abernathy - Woody Harrelson
Caesar Flickerman - Stanley Tucci
Plutarch Heavesbee - Phyllip Seymour Hoffman
Cinna - Lenny Kravitz
Mags - Lynn Cohen
Wiress - Amanda Plummer
Beetee - Jeffrey Wright
President Snow - Donald Sutherland

Saturday, November 16, 2013


I very much enjoyed the first movie, even though I was forced to watch in unbearable 3D (click here to read my review!). Honestly Thor never made me much interested when he is outside of his own universe, and if you have read my comic reviews you will know that I am sick and tired of the heroes destroying famous landmarks! When I read comics I am transported to another world and that's what I want from the movies as well! I get why they feel the need to do it, but I still prefer it this way. Personally I think that one of the reasons why Green Lantern (click here to read my review!) failed was because he came back to Earth instead of staying for a larger part of the movie on planet OA. Either way, when I saw in the trailer that we are in Asgard - I said to myself: Yes, let's see this on the big screen!

Thor is about to become king, but the harmonic convergence is upon them and he needs to first restore peace. The convergence happens only every 5000 years and during it the nine realms aline and become extremely vulnerable. One man tried to destroy all of the universes during the previous convergence - a dark elf by the name of Malekith.
While investigating the changes the convergence brings about on Earth, Jane Foster shifts to a parallel universe where she finds the Aether - the weapon Malekith needed to bring about his destruction. Although the dark elves were believed to have been extinguished, they are actually awoken when the Aether enters into Jane's body and they return to continue their mission of destruction. After finding out that something isn't right, Thor takes Jane back to Asgard, where the elves in her pursuit attack them, almost destroying the whole city. Not being able to convince Odin of letting him take Jane away again, Thor turns to Loki - locked up in the dungeon - to help him take down Malekith without causing further destruction in the city. Although it seems impossible to stop Malekith, Jane does figure out that if they can distract him for the eight minutes of the convergence than he loses his opportunity to cause destruction. Thor refuses the throne, as he realizes that he will never be happy without Jane and so he returns to Earth to be with her.

I loved this movie. I tell you, it was better than the Avengers! The serious moments weren't forced or just big clichés - and the comedy? I laughed hysterically at so many things, I don't even know where to begin! Let me say, that the fact that I didn't need to watch it in fake 3D probably added an extra kick of pleasure to the movie. And above everything else I just realized what it was that I missed so much from the Avengers: character traits! I get that Thor is really a secondary character, but when we make his brother the main villain, perhaps we should let him be more in the spotlight? And the same goes with Loki - god of deception my ass, he twice transported and then was beaten to a pulp. And here in the movie they let them be who they are: the God of Thunder and the God Of Deception.
Not to mention that even though London is a famous city, no well known touristic destinations were destroyed during the last battle, which honestly made me simply ecstatic! I could still relate and care about the fact that our heroes are trying to stop someone evil - without seeing famous buildings torn apart. I don't care for Earth, I might have mentioned that before and the fact that we were in Asgard for over half of the movie really made it far more enjoyable. And above everything else I loved that their parents got a bigger role then in the first movie. They are such strong influence on both of them and it would've been a complete waste not to show them in their everyday life.
And yes, Loki was the best thing in all of the movie - and the writers and directors knew that very well. They knew that the fans have grown to love him even though he is the villain and they just let Hiddleston make the best of the character. I've read blogs where people argue that he should be killed off or that he doesn't need to return - but think about it, does he ever die in the comics? He is part of Thor's life even if he doesn't appear on Earth anymore, that doesn't immediately mean that we have to kill him off. We have come to a point where I am pretty sure that people wouldn't mind seeing a whole movie with just Loki in it! And you know what? Villains don't get movies while they do get comics, so how'bout it Marvel? Trust me, your income will increase!

I'm not going to tell you what the ending was, but if you paid attention, I am sure that you already figured it out. That said, I have been trying very hard to come up with something that was wrong in the movie and I have come up with nothing. SPOILER ALERT - the scene in the credits is not for the next Avenger movie, but for Guardians of the Galaxy, so if you are not sure what is going on, just do a quick Google search. I personally I used this article, which helped me a lot: click here to read the article by Drew McWeeny on An most importantly, the credits end in "Thor Will Return", while three years back it was "Thor Will Return In The Avengers" - so either there is an extra movie somewhere or he will he guest starring in something else? Who knows :)

So, I believe that this movie is completely worth watching in theaters, I don't really see why one should skip it. It is for me personally the best one out of the franchise so far. And I missed Natalie Portman so much and she was great in it! If I get my hands on some more money, I'll be sure to see it again on the big screen!

Till the next item on my list!
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Jane Foster - Natalie Portman
Fandral - Zachary Levi
Volstagg - Ray Stevenson
Hogun - Tadanobu Asano
Heimdall - Idris Elba
Darcy Lewis - Kat Dennings
Erik Selving - Stellan Skarsgård

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What's Next On My List? V For Vendetta

"Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason, 
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!"

This has to be one of my favorite stories, along with George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and of course Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games Trilogy.
Personally I do hate those kind of future stories where the world turns dark and everything is filthy and it is all just one big subliminal message of: We humans destroy everything, because that is what we do with our trash and not caring!
On the other hand the idea of a tyrant government taking over and Parliament completely losing its power and become just an excuse for the people in power appeals to me a lot. And when you think about it, this story was based on a real historical figure by the name of Guy Fawkes - the mask in the movie is based off of his real face - who in 1605 planned the Gunpowder Plot along with others, but failed in the end to blow up the buildings of Parliament. Despite his failure, the King wished to celebrate the fact that he failed and the citizens lit bonfires around London. The present-day Guy Fawkes Night is usually celebrated at large organised events, centered on a bonfire and extravagant firework displays. So, even though I have never taken part in this celebration, I did wish to speak about this movie for quite some time and what better way to do it then on the anniversary of this great historic event!

The movie is based on the graphic novel by the same name. The story is about V, an experiment gone wrong who sets on destroying his makers along with the tyrants that decided to rule the country. The government itself is proven to be responsible for a catastrophe that lead to the death of thousands and it was used as a tool to infer fear upon the rest of the population. During his plan of destruction, V encounters a young girl by the name of Evey who too is lost in the world as she was orphaned during the catastrophe. V takes her in and teaches her not to fear anything and she learns to live the way she had never before. Thankful for V's help, she helps him in achieving his goal and the movie ends in fireworks as the building of Parliament blows into pieces.

"People should not be afraid of their governments. 
Governments should be afraid of their people."

As sad and disturbing as it sounds, I always believed that a man's want of power is a much stronger force than anything else in the world. As in, if there is anything that will cause chaos in the future, it will by the hand of tyrants and not by us not recycling properly! That is why, as horrible and creepy they are, I still love these twisted stories. I am currently reading the graphic novel and I gotta say that it is very dark. Not necessarily darker than the movie - that is actually one of the things I loved about this movie. Finally you have good material - and mostly movies have great source materials - and they use it! They realized the potential and also understood that by using that material you can creat something that will appeal both to the fans as well as the new audience.
I do admit, that graphic novels that have a set start and a finish are easier. With other comic books you can hardly recreate a story without some background or the necessary, but very boring origin story. Yet when you look at Watchmen, again you had a great source material and well it cannot be put next to each other. Perhaps I am crazy to say, but I believe that graphic novels are a way better source and people can be more picky if it is screwed up, rather than with comic books, where really any interpretation is as good as the original!

"Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. 
Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof."

I really love this movie. I don't know why, as it is terrifying in the sense that it gets into your brain and messes you up really good - still, there is some serenity in it. You immediately find the likable characters and you know who your hero is and who is just a casualty in this war. Also, I find the idea of just a single man standing up for his belief and taking down a tyrant to be exhilarating! Why should someone be able to control others? Who gave them the right, really? The story teaches you to hope and to stand up for yourself - even if you do it behind a mask to protect the ones you love: Governments come and go, people stay.

Happy November the 5th to you, if you would like to read up on the this holiday, Guy Fawkes Night, click here for the Wikipedia article! I, on the other hand, will put on my own mask and scare the crap out of my sister!

Until the next item on my list!
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Finch - Stephen Rea
Deitrich - Stephen Fry
Adam Sutler - John Hurt
Dominic - Rupert Graves
Delia Surridge - Sinéad Cusack
Lewis Prothero - Roger Allam

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Homework Assignment: History Of The USA I.

Az egyetemen eddig volt négy órám, amit élveztem is, és mind a négy előadás. Ez konkrétan teljesen megváltoztatta az érzéseimet a történelem iránt, mint tantárgy! A félév folyamán mindent megtettem, hogy pontos és jól használható jegyzeteim legyenek, mert sok barátomat segítettem ki, akik nem tudtak bejárni óra ütközés miatt. A jegyzeteim őket már átsegítették a vizsgán, remélem neked is tudok segíteni!
Jó szórakozást a tanuláshoz! (a dokumentumhoz a link-et lent találod meg!)

At the university I had an overall of four classes that I actually enjoyed so far, all lectures, and this one in particular completely changed the way I feel about history as a subject. Over the course of the semester I made sure to have very accurate lecture notes as I have given them to a lot of friends of mines who couldn't attend. My notes helped them, I hope they will help you too!
Have fun studying! (the link for the document is at the bottom!)

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Please accept my wishes and have fun studying! 
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