Monthly Archives: February 2011

Movie: Inception (2010)

Posted 28 February, 2011 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Okay, this movie came out last summer and I only watched last week so I’m very, very late to the party. Spoilers ahead!

Read More

Movie: The King’s Speech (2010)

Posted 28 February, 2011 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done a movie review so I thought it was fitting to do one now (especially considering that this movie just won Best Picture for 2010). Apologies in advance for some of the awkward sentences, I am editing my thesis at the same time, lol.

Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

This movie has been in my radar since I first heard that Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter would be starring in this. Took forever but I finally got around to watching it =) Spoilers ahead!

Read More

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 22 February, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 7 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

My teaser for this week: “‘I’ve always had closed rehearsals,’ Roxane said. ‘I don’t believe anyone is entitled to hear my mistakes.'” – p. 175, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.

I started reading this book a few days ago, having picked up a copy last month when I saw that they released the novel in the Olive Editions (I strangely like the concept of some of these novels in mass paperback with a very simple cover, it’s appealing to my eyes, lol). I’m only a third in but it’s an intriguing novel, I like the way it was written; it’s very lyrical in a way.

Review: The Paris Wife

Posted 19 February, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Paris Wife
By: Paula McLain

No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view – that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”

I was quite thrilled when I learned that I won an advanced reading copy of The Paris Wife on GoodReads. The story intrigued me despite knowing almost nothing about Ernest Hemingway (save for the biographical bits here and there from the 1996 movie In Love and War with Sandra Bullock and Chris O’Donnell) and having read nothing by him (though to be fair I haven’t really read very many books by authors from this era). So this book was really a nice introduction to the life and figure of Ernest Hemingway but also a pleasant reading experience. Some Spoilers Ahead!

Read More

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 18 February, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

So I’ve decided to partake in another weekly book meme. Can’t promise (like the other two that I’m currently participating in) that I’ll be doing this weekly but I’ll do my best =) Also, I’m three days late for this meme but I thought it’d be fun anyways to do it, hehehe =)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s top ten: 10 Favourite Love Stories

In no particular order…

Anne Elliot & Captain Wentworth in Persuasion by Jane Austen
My top favourite romantic book (and my favourite book by Austen). As I mentioned in my BTT post yesterday, there’s just something really romantic about getting a second chance at love and happiness. Anne Eliott especially deserves it after everything she’s been through. Plus, that letter that Captain Wentworth wrote to Anne at the end? Most romantic letter ever!

Margaret Hale & John Thornton in North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Okay, so Margaret and Mr. Thornton’s love story is reminiscent of Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (only set in the north during the Victorian/mid Industrial period) but there’s something particularly wonderful about the development of their relationship. It was particularly interesting to see it from Mr. Thornton’s point of view, how strong his feelings were for her. (I really need to re-read this book, haha) And the BBC mini-series? Perfection =D

Robbie Turner & Cecilia Tallis in Atonement by Ian McEwan
This novel brings up a lot of questions but I do love the tension/UST in Robbie and Cecilia’s relationship here and the backstory leading up to that day in 1935. I guess the tragic element to their relationship sort of adds to their story and leaves me wondering every single time.

Dexter Mayhew & Emma Morley in One Day by Dave Nicholls
The latest book I’ve read from this list and it’s been a while since I’ve been rooting for a couple like Emma and Dexter to hook up. All the missed opportunities and poignant moments between the two of them over the years…i was really wonderful to read the course of their relationship and the strength of that connection over the years…

Pegalia & Antonio in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Another one of my favourite books, I loved reading the development of Pegalia and Antonio’s relationship, all of the confusing feelings involved in it and just how vibrant it was against the backdrop of the second world war. It’s so much more fleshed out than the movie adaptation O_O

Arthur Clemnan & Amy Dorrit in Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Their relationship is a slow development over the course of this massive tome but it’s also a very sweet one: both characters are inherently good living in a world filled with complex and often-not-so-living-straight characters so it made sense that they would end up together in the end. They compliment each other nicely. Not to mention they’re so cute together xD

Jack & Aliena in The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Jack loved Aliena from the first moment he saw her when Tom Builder was employed at Bartholomew’s castle and from then on it’s pretty much her that he’s been devoted to. I found myself rooting for them to pull through despite of all the obstacles they—especially Aliena—faced over the course of the story (after all, they lived in the Middle Ages, where anything can happen really).

Faramir & Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings
I love Arwen & Aragorn, but I love the development of Faramir & Eowyn’s relationship. It’s not as epic and tragic as Arwen & Aragorn’s but there’s a subtle wonderfulness to it, how Eowyn feels at an end because of her unrequited love for Aragorn and struggling to overcome the typical role of women in her society and Faramir’s patience and care for her.

Henry & Clare in The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Once you get through the whole 30-something hanging out with the kid/teenage version of his wife, there is something really lovely and tragic about their relationship. It can never be normal (guh, the ending was a bit of a heart wrench) but it was interesting and lovely to see how much Henry changed as a person by meeting Clare.

Ralph de Bricassart & Meggie in The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Talk about forbidden love (perhaps the only one on this list)! You really feel sorry and frustrated at times with the characters individually but you can’t deny the chemistry and the connection they have (again, once you get through the whole young girl grows up to lovely woman and the priest being older than her when they first meet).

That was a little difficult! Especially as there were so many other couples I wish I could’ve mentioned xD