Jul. 20th, 2009

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The Time Traveler's Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Read on: 16/07/09
Rating: ★★★★★

My thoughts: I have read so many reviews about this book that I just had to read it! At first I was very confused by the plot, as it keeps shifting back and forth in time and characters have different ages from chapter to chapter, with no specific order apparently at the start. After a while I started to get into the story, and I actually liked it! I wouldn't say it's my favourite book ever, but the idea behind it is very original, and the concept of shifting from time to time is fascinating. I like her approach to time traveling as well, which is very original, and I love that Henry often goes back to see himself as a child, and can't control where and when he will go. The ending is very sad, but also very important for his relationship with his daughter. It's hard to read a book which is completely original, and this one surprised me. It's wonderful that she had such a big success with her first attempt at writing, which makes me like it even more and wait for the film :)

Quotes: "I have a sudden glimpse of all the Christmases of my life lined up one after another, waitin to be gotten through, and despair floods me." (...) "But then I feel guilty for wanting to avoid the sadness; dead people need us to remember them, even if it eats us, even if all we can do is say I'm Sorry until it is as meaningless as air."

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Year: 2009
Directed by: David Yates
Seen on: 16 July 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
My thoughts: When I first came out of the cinema, I found myself wondering whether the director had actually read the book or not. There were bits where I was so disappointed, as they added scenes (like the burning of the Weasleys' house), they modified important moments (like the ending, which is supposed to be much darker!) and gave less relevance to some characters (like the whole story of Snape and of the Half-Blood Prince, and all the memories of Tom Riddle! And even Draco wasn't given that much importance somehow!) and too much to others (I mean... Ginny? I don't think they made her look that great in this film, and some things are too cheesy and not supposed to happen until the next book/film! Even the whole Ron/Hermione scene at the hospital is a bit too much...)... 

But then I also started thinking back about the film as a whole, disconnected from the books, and I have to say, apart from all that, i also found some bits I really liked. I love Bellatrix, Helena Bonham Carter is amazing! Also, Ron is at the centre of this film, and he owns it! He's such a great actor that the first half of the movie is all about him, and in some bits I couldn't help laughing out loud! It was the funniest out of all movies! Snape was also great, I love his voice and his pauses, he's such a good character and Alan Rickman is brilliant as always! I really liked Dumbledore in this film too, and the fact that they added a few scenes with Luna! She's great as well! :)

So yes, I wasn't expecting it to be like that, and it was a mixture between a comedy and a horror film, with changes of genre in between, but... I have decided to take it as something which is apart from the books, and if I think this way, I did like it a lot :)

Ron Weasley: What do you think he sees in her?
Harry Potter: She is nice... intelligent... attractive.
Ron Weasley: Attractive?
Harry Potter: She has nice... skin
Ron Weasley: So you think he is going out with her because she has nice skin?
Harry Potter: It contributes.
Ron Weasley: Hermione has nice skin.
Harry Potter: I never took the time to notice.

Professor Minerva McGonagall: [to Harry, Ron, and Hermione] Why is it that, whenever anything happens, it's always you three?
Ron Weasley: I've been wondering that for six years, Professor.

Ron Weasley: How much are these?
Fred Weasley, George Weasley: 5 galleons.
Ron Weasley: How much for me?
Fred Weasley, George Weasley: 5 galleons.
Ron Weasley: I'm your brother!
Fred Weasley, George Weasley: 10 galleons.

Ron Weasley: It's beautiful, isn't it? The moon.
Harry Potter: Divine. Had ourselves a little late night snack, did we?
Ron Weasley: It was on your bed, the box, I just thought I'd try one.
Harry Potter: Or twenty.
Ron Weasley: I can't stop thinking about her, Harry.
Ron Weasley: Honestly, you know, I reckon she was starting to annoy you.
Ron Weasley: She could never annoy me. I think I love her.
Harry Potter: Oh... brilliant.
Ron Weasley: Do you think she knows I exist?
Harry Potter: Well, I'd bloody well hope so, she's been snogging you for three months.
Ron Weasley: Snogging? Who are you talking about?
Harry Potter: Who are you talking about?
Ron Weasley: Romilda, of course. Romilda Vane.
Harry Potter: Okay, very funny.
Ron Weasley: [throws the chocolates box at Harry]
Harry Potter: What was that for?
Ron Weasley: It's no joke! I'm in love with her!
Harry Potter: Alright, fine, you're in love with her! Have you ever actually met her?
Ron Weasley: No... Can you introduce me?

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Year: 2009
Directed by: Fausto Brizzi
Seen on: 19 July 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
My thoughts: I absolutely loved this film! I really hope it will come out with English subtitles at some point, because it's one of the best Italian movies I have seen recently. It has a great cast with so many characters who are all connected in the end, it's funny but also sad and insightful, it's extremely moving and unusual, it's set in a series of different places (Paris, Italy, even New Zealand) and involves people speaking in Italian, English and French at points, and has great imagery and photography in it. I loved every second of it! Definitely worth seeing and new!

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