Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×02

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Hi everyone! Here I am with my weekly Game of Thrones review.

This week’s episode was “Stormborn” and as the title suggests it was mainly focused on Daenerys.

Without further ado here are my favorite moments of this episode, again if you haven’t seen the episode yet this may contain some spoilers, so I suggest watching the episode first before reading this.

Varys standing up Dany

I liked the beginning scene which featured two of my favorite characters Dany and Varys. I like how Dany confronted him and how he stood up to her. By the way, these two actors are incredible in my opinion, they were born to play their part. I trust Varys intentions but considering that this is Game of Thrones I’m not 100% convinced that Dany should trust him.

You’re a dragon. Be a dragon

Lady Olenna is not one of my favorite characters but I liked her moment with Dany, this line what pretty epic in my opinion.

Sansa stepping up her game

As I said last week I’m slightly irritated by Sansa always questioning Jon in front of all his men. Her expression when Jon said that he was leaving Winterfell to her was priceless. I didn’t like that the first thing she did as soon as Jon said it, was to look at Littlefinger. Still, I believe Sansa is not the little girl she once was, she has grown a lot in the show, she is more cold and detached, and she is smarter now. I don’t think she will fall for whatever Littlefinger has in store for her.

Jon and Littlefinger moment

This was a moment I’d been waiting for. I knew from the trailer it was coming, but seeing that Jon knows he shouldn’t be trusting Littlefinger was cool.

Sam helping Jorah

I like Sam, he is always fun to watch, and I like when two characters from different story lines meet for the first time. This is one of the cool things about this show, there are so many characters, some of them never even met, some of them only had a few scene together in the whole show, like Jon and Arya for instance, which brings me to the next point:

Arya and Nymeria reunion

Now, this was another scene I’d been looking for. Nymeria and Arya parted ways in the first episodes of season one. Arya has been through quite a journey, she has been through a lot. I was so happy when she decided to go north, instead of going to King’s Landing. Seeing Nymeria was cool, even in the books we kind of know she is still alive and wreaking havoc in the Riverlands. I didn’t understand why she didn’t follow Arya, but hey I still hope that they will meet again in the future.

Theon’s jump

Okay so this was not one of my “favorite” scenes but it was hilarious. I definitely wasn’t expecting it. I laugh out loud when I saw it.

These were the most interesting moment for me this week, what about you? How did you like this week’s episode? How do you think the show is going so far? Let me know what you guys think in the comments below.

Book Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Alexander Pushkin

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Hi everyone! Guess what I was finally able to finish in the last few days? … *drumroll*… “The Captain’s Daughter” by Alexander Pushkin!

I know it has been a while since I had promised you a review but for a number of reasons I wasn’t able to finish the book up until now.

The book itself it’s not long at all, you can easily read it in just a few days, and as I said in one of my previous posts, the reason why I wasn’t able to finish it was that I wasn’t actually reading it, I read the first chapter and then I stopped. By the way the version I’ve read was the Italian translated one.

As for the story, I wasn’t expecting how engaging and captivating it could be, I swear that in some parts I just couldn’t wait to turn the page and find out what was going to happen. I was deeply invested in those characters, which was something I wasn’t expecting since it’s just a short book.

This is a historical novel, set during Pugachev’s Rebellion against Catherine II of Russia, during the second part of the 18th Century. The main character, Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov, is a noble young man who gets sent to the army by his father in order to strengthen his character. During his service, he meets Masha, the daughter of Captain Ivan Mironov, the commanding officer at Fort Belogorsky, which is the place where he is serving. The two fall in love and their love story is the main theme of the whole story. Things get complicated when the rebel Pugachev and his army of Cossacks attack the Fort and manage to kill Masha’s parents in the process.

I won’t reveal the ending, if you are interested I strongly advise you to read it, because I  found it to be a very interesting and compelling reading. I learned a little bit more about Russian history, and in the book edition I got there’s also another historical novel, also by Pushkin, called: “History of Pugachev” which I’m currently reading now. It is a less romanticized and more historical description of the events that led to the Pugachev’s Rebellion.

This was also my first book by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. I was curious to find out whether I would like his style or not, and I have to say that I really, really like it. I know he is considered one of the greatest in Russian literature, like in Italy we have Dante, in England there’s Shakespeare and in Russia there’s Pushkin, so I know he was one of the big ones. I have to say that I’m truly enjoying my journey through Russian Literature, I have yet to find one book that I did not like at all. They are all unique, mysterious and deep in my opinion and I can’t wait to read more.

Right now I’m reading “History of Pugachev” and a novel by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, an Italian author, which is called “Teutoburgo”, I don’t know how the title is going to be translated in English, I guess: “Teuterburg”. After this, I have got three other books by Russian writers, “The Queen of Spades” also by Pushkin, “The Overcoat” and “The Nose” by Gogol and “Day of the Oprichnik” by Vladimir Sorokin. I’m very looking forward to reading all of them, if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments below, and also if you want to share your thoughts and opinions about Pushkin please do.

As always, here is my favorite quote of the book:

“Young man! If my notes should fall into your hands, remember that the best and most enduring changes are those which stem from an improvement in moral behavior, without any violent upheaval.” Alexander Pushkin

Tv Show Review: Game of Thrones 7×01

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Hi everyone! It’s here! It’s finally here! Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 1 “Dragonstone”. The long wait is finally over and one of the most beloved tv shows of all time it’s finally back.

As a die-hard Game of Thrones fan I’m going to share with you guys my favorite moments of this episode, if you want to avoid spoilers stop right here, go watch the episode and then come back 😉

– Arya’s toast

This was probably my favorite scene, along with the ending. Arya is one of my favorite characters, both in the tv shows and the books as well. Seeing her single-handedly avenging the red wedding was such a cool scene. This is one of the weird things about this show, somehow a teenaged girl murdering an entire family is oddly satisfying. The lines she had at the end of the scene sent shivers down my spine, also I think Maisie is such a great actress.

– Bran is back

Now Bran is not one of my favorite characters and I like book Bran better than the tv show Bran. I don’t really like the actor who plays him that much, but anyway both in the show and in the books he plays a key role in the story. The one thing that I liked about this scene was that he appeared to be more in control of his powers, so I’m looking forward to that.

– The Hound, Beric and Thoros of Myr

Sandor Clegane is MY favorite character! I just love him. Both Tv Sandor and book Sandor. Rory McCann is perfect for the role. Anytime I see him on screen I’m just filled with joy, there aren’t really enough scenes with him, also his lines are hilarious. The Hound has been through a lot, and he has made significant changes since the story began. Furthermore, I believe George RR Martin has something in store for him, and judging by this scene it’s probably something big.

– Jamie face when Euron mocks him

Euron is one of the characters which has intrigued me the most in the books. The tv show version of him is somehow a lesser version of him than I imagined, but I look forward to see where his storyline is going.

– Jon being King in the North

Jon is a natural born leader, we have seen it when he was the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, we have seen it in the Battle of the Bastards, and seeing him ruling as King in the North was cool. I was a little annoyed by Sansa undermining his authority in front of all the major houses.

– Ser Jorah makes an appearance

I liked the scenes with Sam, but when Ser Jorah appeared I was so glad. I wasn’t expecting it, and I don’t know where this is going but I’m excited to find out.

– Daenerys returns home

Last but not least, seeing Dany finally getting home was such an epic scene. I like that they didn’t use words, but rather let the whole thing sink in only with the images and the sounds. It was such a cool scene. The Mother of Dragon is finally here!

These were my favorite moments, what about yours? Did you see the episode? Did you like it? Was it worth the wait? Are you excited as I am? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Movie Review: Hidden Figures

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Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about a nice movie I saw recently: “Hidden Figures”. This movie came out a few months ago and was up for three Academy Award nominees including best picture, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress for the always entertaining Octavia Spencer.

I really liked this movie, it was fun, it was entertaining, it was meaningful and it was very inspiring. The three amazing actresses that played the major roles: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, did an incredible job.

What I liked most about this movie is, obviously, the incredible and inspiring story of these three amazing African American women who worked as mathematicians at the NASA during the Space Race. I think it was a story worth telling. If you hadn’t had a chance to see this movie give it a try and see it for yourself.

The human rights issue, of course, takes a major role in the movie, basically, it’s what the movie is all about. A lot of the movie is about the obstacles these women have to face in order to simply do their job, which was of the utmost importance, by the way. Not only were they the best at doing what they did, they were also pioneers, and that was the inspiring element for me. Everything in their environment, from the society to their coworkers, constantly tried to diminish them and tell them that they couldn’t do whatever they wanted to do.

Of course, they went on and did it anyway, and by doing that they led the way, so other could do it after them. It was truly an inspiring story, the message I got from it was to shoot for the stars, literally. It was nice to see inspiring female characters for a change, in my opinion, there aren’t nearly enough around, unfortunately.

As for the rest of the cast: Kevin Costner played the director of the Space Task Group and I really liked his performance; Jim Parsons played the head engineer and I don’t know if I didn’t like his performance or his character, probably his character though; Mahershala Ali, who I really like as an actor, plays a military officer that falls in love with Taraji P. Henson’s character, and (spoiler alert) ends up marrying her eventually.

Another nice thing about this movie was the cool soundtrack, who was made by Pharrell and Hans Zimmer, I really appreciated it.

So this is it for my review. What about you? Have you seen it? What did you think about it? Did you find it inspiring as I did? Please let me know in the comments below, you know I always want to know your thoughts and your opinions.

Up next: I’m almost done with “The Captain’s Daughter” by Pushkin, so expect my review in the next few days. It’s not a really long book and has taken me a while to read it only because I hadn’t actually been reading it (XD lol) I stopped at the first chapter and I started reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” instead. Now I’m almost done, and I’m really loving it so far, honestly, the more Russian literature I read the more I ask myself why on earth wasn’t I reading it before? I haven’t found the answer yet.

Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Hi everyone! Guess what? I’ve finally finished “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. I know I’ve promised you a review a while ago, but I’ve been kind of busy lately and I wasn’t able to finish this interesting book until now.

When the tv series came out I was so intrigued that I decided to read the book. I saved the last episode, so now that I’ve finished the book I can finally see the ending of the first season. I guess that I’ll write my opinions about the show in a separate post, let me just say that I really enjoyed it and I think Elisabeth Moss is amazing.

As for the book, I didn’t know anything about the story but since I’m such a book worm I’d stumbled a couple of times on the most famous quote of the book as I was going through famous quotes and literary tattoos on the web. The quote I’m referring to is obviously: “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum” which is mock Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”. You’d be amazed to know how many people have those words tattooed on their skin.

After reading the book those words have taken a whole new meaning to me. In the book, they are a sort of mantra that the main character, Offred, keeps repeating. She is holding on to those words when she is having a hard time, and things are never particularly easy for her.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a dystopian society called “The Republic of Gilead” run by a totalitarian religious regime (The Sons of Jacob). The main protagonist, Offred, basically tells the stories of her life as a handmaid mixed with her memories of how things were before this totalitarian regime seized the power. In this ultra-religious society, since a lot of men and women are barren, fertile young women are used for reproductive purposes, they are stripped of their name and they basically become property of their masters, or Commanders as they are called in the book (the names the handmaids are given literally mean they belong to their Commanders: Of-Fred). The handmaids live inside the house with the married couple and their sole purpose is to bear children for them. Once a month there’s a “ceremony” based on Rachel and Bilhah’s story from the Old Testament, where basically the handmaid has to have sex with her commander in front of the wife.

For a lot of things, this novel is similar to another famous dystopian novel: “1984” by George Orwell, another book that I’ve loved so much.

I really enjoyed this book, I liked Offred a lot, I liked how strong she is in spite of everything, I loved the very subtle things she has to come up with in order to survive without letting anyone know what she thinks and how she feels.

I definitely recommend this book, I’ve found it very interesting and clever. The only thing that confused me a little was the use, or better, the lack of quotation marks. I didn’t understand it and I found it a bit frustrating sometimes, but other than that everything else was captivating. If you want to let me know your thoughts about this interesting novel please do, I always look forward to your comments.

My favorite quote is this one of course:

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” Margaret Atwood.