Movie Review: The Scorch Trials//Running Nowhere
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 @ 11:05// 0 comment(s)

The Scorch Trials
Director: Wes Ball
Release date: September 18th, 2015
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery
Cast: Dylan O'Brien (Thomas), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), see more cast and crew
Duration: 132 min
Rating: PG-13
Based on the novel by James Dashner
Transported to a remote fortified outpost, Thomas and his fellow teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization WCKD. With help from a new ally, the Gladers stage a daring escape into the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Hand, a group of resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD.
IMDB Score: 7.1/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
My Thoughts

I was super excited to watch the Scorch Trials this weekend it opens because I'd watched the Maze Runner last year and absolutely loved it. It had been a thrill ride from start to finish and I thought that the action/adventure was fascinating and ethereal. Naturally, I was highly anticipating the sequel, expecting it to be bigger and bolder than the last movie.
What I Liked
The cinematography was stellar. I felt like the entire movie fit an overall aesthetic of poignant desolation. The camera focus was sharp as knives and the silhouettes made on the desert landscape were outstandingly artsy. I got chills whenever more than one character turned their heads at the same time, because it was done with such synchronicity and meaning. I felt that the visuals were excellent and I was overall blown away by them. It certainly had a darker atmosphere than the first movie.
Game of Thrones' own Nathalie Emmanuel played such a BAMF (badass mother fucker) character, Harriet, in the movie. She was fierce, audacious, and exuded impassioned leadership. It was a delight to watch her instill awe in Thomas's group and commandeer an army. It was such a far cry from her more gentle character on GoT, and I really enjoyed it.
My heart leaped with a multitude of intense emotion, from terror to despair to elation. I actually got teary eyed when that tragic event occurred, and I could feel my heart leaping out of my chest with a surge of horror as Thomas's crew was attacked by zombies. I like movies that make me feel great, and The Scorch Trials did succeed in that way.
Brenda was pretty boss! She was totally self-assured and plucky, and I like her impetus. Her cool demeanor intrigued me. I think that she held her own very well and was very daring and dauntless.
What I Didn't Like
So. Much. Running. I feel like the whole movie was just about Thomas, Newt, Teresa, Minho, and the rest of the gang just running away from the "bad guys" and being chased and shot at and attacked. Running from WCKD, running from zombies (too many zombies!), running from whatever attacker was there. It became ingratiating. Like Thomas said, "I'm tired of running." I'm tired of you running too, Thomas.
I didn't feel like there was any real point to this movie. I left the movie theater not even sure if I knew if there was a plot to it. A lot of random crap just happened to Thomas et al and I didn't understand the premise of it. The first movie very clearly showed that the objective was to find the way out of the maze, and the objective was reached by them leaving the maze at the end of the movie. It seemed like, for the sequel, horrible stuff was just thrown at our heroes and we were left with more questions than answers. It was more of an awkward in-between movie, and I hope the mystery will be truly solved in the third (and final) movie.
I didn't like how Newt didn't talk that much in this movie. I adore the actor, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Nanny McPhee, Phineas and Ferb, Game of Thrones) and I wanted his character to be more important in the Scorch Trials, like he was in the Maze Runner. He kind of faded to the wayside in this movie, even though he was still Thomas's right-hand man. Plus, I really love his British accent, so I sorely missed hearing it a lot in the movie. I have a soft spot for Newt, which the Scorch Trials didn't really deliver on.
Teresa was just kind of there. Her character didn't add any value to the plot until the horrific twist at the end, which appeared to have come out of nowhere. She was more of just an accessory to Thomas.
The Scorch Trials was very aesthetically pleasing and showcased brazen female characters. It was fun to watch three Game of Thrones actors in one movie (Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Sangster, and Aidan Gillen). I think it was really thrilling to watch and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought that was an excellent direction by Wes Ball in terms of visuals. Yet, it seemed pointless and meaningless, and I was left dissatisfied and disappointed.

My rating:  ★ ★ ★ .75

Reviewed by Kelechi

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Bookish Tips: Where to Shop Books Online Internationally
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 @ 16:31// 0 comment(s)

If you love reading as much as I do, then you're most likely to face the problem that I ALWAYS seem to face ALL DA TIME. Which is, 'not being able to find the book I'm looking for in local bookstores'.

Believe it or not, this is the most common problem for book nerds all around the world. It may seem trivial, but enduring the temptation to buy a certain book one's been pining for so long can lead to a sleep deprivation, stress, and other mental and health problems. Fortunately, I've been in that position before, so I'm here to help you prevent those things from happening to you. I'm going to list some websites that hopefully will be useful for you. Some of them are only available in certain countries, and some of them are available worldwide.

Here are the websites you should seek when you're in search for a certain book:

This online bookstore ships worldwide. I have tried ordering once, and the books were sent safely and intact, the packaging was also neat. Plus, the shipping is FREE (for certain countries, but the list is pretty long so I'm sure your country is also listed there). You can choose whether to pay using PayPal or Credit Cards.

This is where I order my books on a monthly basis. It's an Indonesian bookstore, so it only serves in Indonesia. But nuff said, they've never disappointed me. They respond to complaints and questions very fast. It's also cheaper than most bookstores in Indonesia. You can choose whether to pay using Bank Transfers or Credit Cards.

If you live in India, then this one is for you. It's actually an all-item-shop kinda thing. You can shop cell phones, clothes, and much other stuff, including books. I've read some testimonials of the website and most of them are positive. The prices aren't that expensive either.

This one is quite similar to Book Depository. The shipping is also free, and it ships worldwide. You can also buy used/secondhand books here, so maybe if you're a collector or a lover of antique books, you might find what you're looking for. And, if you have too many books on your bookshelf, you can also sell them here.

That's right. Amazon. I've never actually bought anything from Amazon, but when it comes to books, I have to admit that Amazon has everything. The only reason that restrains me from shopping here is the fact that it doesn't ship for free worldwide. If you live in the U.S. or probably England, then Amazon is perfect for you. But if you don't, you have to spend at least $35 to get free shipping, and the book still would be in your hands after 3-4 months of waiting on your porch.

This isn't exactly an online bookstore. It's more like a search engine to go through all bookstores on the internet. If you don't want to waste your time opening too many tabs of bookstores, try using this site. All you need to do is type the title and the author of the book you're looking for, and the search engine will show you a list of all the online bookstores that provide it.

eBay not only sells electronics, cars, collectibles, but also books. The prices are pretty cheap, in my opinion. They also ship internationally. But unfortunately, you have to pay for the shipping cost. The standard international shipping cost is around $12.

Fishpond is an online bookstore from New Zealand that ships internationally. It also provides free worldwide shipping and considerable prices. I haven't tried this one yet, but as far as I can tell, it looks promising. It's originally an Australian store, but now it ships internationally.

This one is pretty famous and only ships to U.S. and Canada. You can find any books you're looking for here, they have everything. The physical bookstore is also awesome (not that I've been there). You should go there, it's basically heaven for book nerds like me.

That was the list of all the online bookstores I suggest you to try. The best ones for me are Periplus and Book Depository, but it's up to you to choose the one you like. There are still a lot of other bookstores that yet I have listed, and if the above don't suit you, try looking for others. 

And before you leave..

Where do you usually shop books online? If you have any recommendation, feel free to comment! And also, this is the first Bookish Tips post that I've created. Do you have any suggestions about the upcoming tips I should make? Any particular ideas you want me to write about? I'd be glad to fulfill your request!

Written by Inas

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Behind The Busy Schedule: Complete with Heads-ups and others
Friday, 11 September 2015 @ 16:03// 2 comment(s)

Hey, guys! How's life? I know I haven't updated in a while. So sorry about that. Nothing was wrong, actually. It's just that school was being a total major asshat. Exams all week. Homework's piled up like a stack of dishes. Seriously. I studied until 3 am every day and it was pretty much for nothing. I still failed my tests. Ugh. But that's alright. I'm a big believer of 'when it comes to knowledge, nothing goes to waste'.

Reading any novels has been really difficult for me to do. I've been having loads of tests and homework. And believe me, they're all difficult. Seriously. Reading even a few pages of a novel means losing a few minutes to work on my homework and study for tests. My health didn't help either. I had to stay at home due to some health problem for five days. FIVE. FREAKIN. DAYS! Losing one day of school means getting yourself behind. It means putting yourself in a really hard situation. You have to study more to make up for the days you lost. And that sucks. Not to mention if you also missed an exam or something (which I did), then you would have to have the exam alone. And nothing is worse than having an exam, alone.

SO! Enough talking about me. I just wanted to tell you that this 'lack-of-posts' situation won't last any longer. Or maybe it will. My co-owner, Kelechi, is also busy at the moment. She's just started college and been having pretty hectic weeks lately (like me!). She will be more active after the first one or two weeks, though. So, no need to worry! This site will be back in all its glory before you know it. And also, we will be accepting another admin! Just brace yourself because she's all pure awesomeness. 

I promise you that I'm going my best to update every time I can. I already have some books in mind that I'm going to review soon. I've read them, so hopefully it won't be long until I post the reviews. I'm also planning to share some things related to bookish world! It's more like a project. I've been wanting to write about this for as long as I can remember. But, posting about it will require illustrations regarding the subject, and, well.. I don't have a camera. Nor a cellphone for that matter. 

Annnnddd... you guys must be lonely without me for this past two weeks *wishful thinking*. That's why I'm going to share about the things that (hopefully) will be posted (by me) for the next few weeks. So, let's say, it's like I'm giving you a heads-up. In this case, you will know what you really are waiting for. 


(please note that this list was made by me, so, I'm the one who's going to do them all. but if it goes otherwise, don't sue me.)
Well? How was it? Are you satisfied with the things you're expecting for the next few weeks (or months)? Probably not, though. It's just a list, not real posts. Anyway, I'm so excited to make these posts into real stuff! And about the last thing, And Other Interesting Stuff That I Haven't Decided. Yet., that's me asking your suggestions! Do you want me to talk about any particular things (you know, other than reviews)? As long as it's related to books, I'd be glad to work on it!

So? What do you think? Are they worth waiting for? Yay or nay? Feel free to comment! I'd be on cloud nine if you do! And also, Please be patient and keep your shit together for the next few weeks because I'll be back sooner than you think!

P.S. be sure to check this before you go. I'm still in need for co-owners. Like, in super need of one (or more!). So, please please please, if you love to read and talking about the books you read, sign yourself up! I won't pressure you to do anything hard. It'll all be fun and you'll be lifting some weight off my shoulders.

Posted by Inas

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