Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Posted 21 August, 2017 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

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So you guys know I’m super slow when it comes to watching movies, right? Been meaning to watch this movie for ages but never never got around to it until…well, last month xD And I guess just in time as the sequel is coming out later this month? Spoilers if you have’t watched the movie!

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Movie: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Posted 18 August, 2017 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

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I watched the first movie a few years ago (really weird but according to my databases I never reviewed the movie; which is weird because I could’ve sworn I remember typing up a review of the movie here *ponders*) and was pleasantly surprised at just how good it was. I’ve watched it a few times since and it’s definitly one of my favourite action movies. So naturally I was very excited to watch this movie.

MASSIVE SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie (or the first movie)!

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Movie: Logan (2017)

Posted 17 August, 2017 by Lianne in Entertainment / 4 Comments

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

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So here’s the thing: I’ve watched the first two or three X-Men movies but I never really followed the franchise. I loved the 90s cartoon growing up and I didn’t quite feel the same love with the franchise, so even with the reboot and the Wolverine movies I didn’t really follow it. I only watched this movie because my brother had seen it first and was telling me how much he loved it…then I watched a few YouTube reviews from reviewers I follow and they raved about it…and then I finally got around to watching the first trailer (embedded above) and that’s what convinced me to check it out. So yes, MASSIVE SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie!

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Movie: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Posted 16 August, 2017 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

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As some of you know, I was going through a bit of superhero fatigue last year-ish but it sort of picked up after watching and enjoying Ant-Man (review) and Doctor Strange (review). As a result, I finally got around to picking up Captain America: Civil War and watching it with my family. MASSIVE SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie!

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 15 August, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 8 Comments

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 topic: Ten book recommendations for ___________

I had to think long and hard for this topic this week as a) I’m painfully behind in my television shows and movies and b) I feel like I’ve covered so many books from all kinds of genres and character types. So for this topic, I decided to just go with quirky reads as I was reading some pretty zany reads around the time that I put this list together 😛

In no particular order:

  1. The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde (see author tag) — Pretty much my inspiration for this week’s list as I just finished reading two more books from this series at the time that I started thinking about this topic. I love how this series is such a mash-up of genres: alternative timeline/1980s, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, a meta on books/reading/storytelling…It can be pretty funny, pretty zany, but also pretty heartwrenching. It’s a book lover’s delight. If you haven’t read this series, I cannot recommend it enough.
  2. The Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett (see author tag) — I love the worldbuilding in these books and on the outset it may seem like merely fantasy but the satire in these books are absolutely astute and loaded, not the humanity of the characters (ultimately) and of course the quintessential British humour involved.
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (see post) — Never got around to writing a proper review for the novel but the off-beat and dry British humour always reminded me of Terry Pratchett’s books, just set in space. The novel just starts with Arthur Dent just wanting his hangover to go away and he ends up getting whisked off to outer space as Earth is demolished to make way for an interstellar highway. And that’s just the beginning…
  4. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone (review) — Geek culture meets mystery in a Veronica Mars-esque manner (complete with the observations on the people she meets)? Yeah, it makes for a bit of a zany read xD (and yay that there’s another two installments to this series!)
  5. The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris & Arkady Strugatsky (review) — This book was so quirky! Poor Peter Glebsky just wants to enjoy his downtime in peace and quiet and finds himself not only surrounded by some really strange vacationers staying at the inn but lands himself in the middle of a mystery and odd alien events that felt a bit like an episode of The X-Files.
  6. The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (review) — Speaking of protagonists who wanted little things and ended up getting thrown into some crazy events, here’s another book with quite the premise: Egon Loeser just wanted to get laid and ends up taking quite the romp across 1930s Berlin and elsewhere…It gets pretty mad. But it’s also pretty funny.

  7. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka (review) — For something a little less sci-fi-y/genre-mashing, here’s a book set in the contemporary times. The zaniness stems from this Ukrainian family living in England, in particular these estranged sisters trying to deal with their elderly father and this really young woman he wants to marry whom they think is out for his money. This little blurb doesn’t even do it justice, my book review outlined some of the mad things they had to deal with. Hence why it’s on this list 😛



And that’s my list for this week. Couldn’t quite think of ten but seeing as I mentioned a few series this week, it should be enough 😉 Have you read these books/have some of these books on your wish-to-read pile? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂