[TV Review] Falling Skies

While all the TV series I was watching were on winter hiatus, I tried watching a few new series (well, new to me, at least). Falling Skies was one of them.

falling-skies-season-4Based on:  It’s not based on a book, but I’ll post it here anyway. 😛
Original network: TNT
Series run: June 19, 2011 – ongoing
Status: Fifth and final season to air in Summer 2015

Synopsis: Falling Skies takes place in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilian survivors. (from: press release)

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[Movie Review] The Giver

The_Giver_posterBased on: The Giver by Lois Lowry (published in 1993)
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Screenplay by: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, etc.
Film released in: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13

The haunting story of “The Giver” centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.

“The Giver” is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

(Synopsis taken from the movie’s official website)

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[TV Review] Death Comes to Pemberley

death_comes_to_pemberley_dvdBased on: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Original network: BBC One
Series run: Dec 26 -28, 2013
Status: Ended (Three-part television series)

Synopsis: In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable. And preparations for their annual autumn ball are proceeding apace. But on the eve of the ball, chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister who, with her husband, has been barred from the estate, arrives in a hysterical state—shrieking that Wickham has been murdered.  Plunged into frightening mystery and a lurid murder trial, the lives of Pemberley’s owners and servants alike may never be the same. (from the publisher)

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[Book Review] Hamlet

Hamlet_coverTitle: Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare
Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Classics
Published: 1600’s
Source: Borrowed from a friend


Here’s a synopsis from the Folger Shakespeare Library:

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

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[TV Review] Sleepy Hollow and Nikita

One of these two television series has to do with books. Thus, it’s alright to post in this book blog. Well that, and because I want to. 😀

Among the TV shows that premiered in Fall 2013 that I saw, I found Sleepy Hollow to be the most interesting.

Nikita premiered in Fall 2010 and ended its four-season run in 2013. It is most likely one of my favorite shows ever.

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[Movie Review] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I saw it
– when: 11 Jul 2007
– why: I’m an avid Harry Potter reader. I’ve read the books and I’ve watched the films. 🙂

Synopsis:  As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It’s been yet another infuriating and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero’s non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to Hogwarts will be a relief–or will it?
(from http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808475612/details)

*** Warning: May contain spoilers ***

Thoughts / Review:
This is a much darker film than the rest of the Harry Potter film series. If you think the previous Goblet of Fire was dark, this one’s even more so. Harry’s older, stronger, and has more worries now that Voldemort has returned in the wizarding world and is gathering his dark forces. Intensity and tension starts immediately with the story kicking off where the Dementors are loose in the muggle world, sucking out the happiness from Harry and his cousin, Dudley.

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