Jennifer Lawrence turns 27 today. The Oscar-winner is seen as one of the most down-to-earth, funny and relatable actors in Hollywood. Like many of my other Tribute posts, I will list my favourite roles that she has acted out, some interesting facts, funny videos of her, and some great non-acting work she applies herself to. Continue reading
#TrendThursday | What makes you buy a book?
In this edition of #TrendThursday I am asking you all, what makes you buy a book? For books like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Treasure Island, my decision is based on the fact that they are classics that I would enjoy, rather than being persuaded by a particular review or description by anyone in particular. And for many others, they have been popular for years, and some have even had films made.
But for the newly released books, what makes you buy them? Is it a book review on WordPress, is it a Twitter campaign done by a publisher, what about Goodreads’ reviewers that have read an ARC, or could it be something you have seen on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook, or perhaps you are a traditionalist and you enjoy a review in a newspaper? Let me know what make you buy a book…
In Cold Blood ★★★★☆
Genre(s) | Nonfiction, Crime, Classic
Goodreads Rating | 4.05
Humpo Show Rating | 4.10
Published | 1966
Publisher | Penguin Random House
A fully deserving literary classic
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence. Continue reading
Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon | Strangers on a Train
Thanks to Maddy for hosting this blogathon. You can have a look at the films other bloggers have chosen for the blogathon here.
Strangers on a Train (1951) ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8
IMDb Rating | 8.0
Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Patricia Hitchcock, Leo G. Carroll,
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Plot Summary: A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder – a theory that he plans to implement. (IMDb)
Along with visiting the art galleries of London, I also managed to squeeze in a visit to quite a few of London’s museums. I’ll be doing the same format as my London Art Galleries post, including the Admission, Nearest Tube Station and also the areas of each museum which I enjoyed the most.
UPDATED | 03/08/2017 Continue reading
Vesper (2017) ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 8.0
Starring: Götz Otto, Agnes Godey, Keyvan Sheikhlishahi
Director: Keyvan Sheikhalishahi
Plot Summary: Marge Ofenbey shuts herself away from all in a house to flee her sinister and manipulative husband. She asks her nephew Christian for help. But, Christian will soon discover the secrets hidden by Marge and Walter. What are Walter’s true intentions? Why is Marge haunted by stars? (IMDb)
(I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to watch Keyvan’s short film)
An Interview with the Director of Vesper (2017)
Keyvan Sheikhalishahi, the director of French psychological thriller Vesper, has kindly accepted my offer for an exclusive interview with him, his first in English. The promising director talks about working with Götz Otto, an actor of pedigree, having starred in Schindler’s List, Tomorrow Never Dies and Cloud Atlas, and the beautiful French actress Agnes Godey. He also discusses some of his directorial inspirations, which become apparent once you watch his brilliant short film Vesper.