The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book and Film Review

Book Synopsis

The book written by Stephen Chbosky follows 15 year old protagonist Charlie who has trouble socially, due to a troubled past that is revealed throughout the novel. He is writing letters to an unknown recipient, talking about his life in freshman year in high-school. He deals with unrequited love, sexuality, drug use, and mental health throughout his first year at high school. Unrequited love for his senior friend Sam, along with sexuality in the form of Sam’s step brother Patrick, who is going out with Brad, a closeted homosexual on the football team. Charlie also has his first encounter with drug use as he trips on LSD to be cool and mental health through the effects of his best middle friend committing suicide and his aunt dying in a car crash.

Film Synopsis

The film adaptation starring as Logan Lerman as Charlie, Ezra Miller as Patrick and Emma Watson as Sam, follows closely to the book as is also directed by Stephen Chbosky. The only major differences are Charlie teacher has a bigger role in the film. As in the book, he is mentioned as is supportive towards Charlie, but it never talks about his teaching style. Having Paul Rudd play the teacher though, obviously, the teacher was going to have a bigger role. Charlie’s sister being abused by boyfriend doesn’t play as a major point, although it is shown in the film. In a way, a major change is the tunnel scene where Sam stands up, as the song they are listening to is changed from Fleetwood Macs Landslide to David Bowie’s Hero creating a whole new meaning to the word infinite. The film also had Imagine Dragons Its time which was awesome.

Review

Both book and film are worth visiting as they deal with social issues everybody goes through during their adolescents. The book and film holding that nostalgic feeling but also that cringe-worthy moment of when you were younger. An example being, when Charlie is dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room. Charlie sitting with his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth, played by Mae Whitman, chooses not to kiss her and kisses Sam instead causing everyone to resent him. It shows the perils of being a wallflower as he lying to himself in when he said yes to going out with Mary Elizabeth. Later, when he reveals his true feelings to Sam as she is leaving, she berates him for not acting earlier. The Perks of Being a Wallflower are being very good at observing things in a social situation, taking everything in the conversations around during you, allowing you to be able to judge things more rationally. Thus linking in with Carl Jung‘s theory of introversion/extraversion. Charlie portraying introversion as Patrick shows extraversion in dealing with life. Overall this book is good coming of age book, like the book The Wanderers by Richard Price dealing with taboo subjects and dealing with the trials you face when growing up.

Here links to some of my other book reviews:

Man Seeking Woman and The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Mortal Engines: Infernal Devices Book Review

Villains by Necessity Novel by Eve Forward Book Review

Ready Player One Book Review

Teen Titan’s Go! To The Movies Review

All Superheroes really want is their own Superhero Movie

Having watched the Teen Titans on Cartoon Network while growing up, I could not wait for this film to come out. It has had great review and holds a 89% on Rotten Tomatoes which well deserved to its humour and the overall funniness of the film. Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Beast boy, provide a quirky tale of Robin wanted his own film like the other major superheroes have, such as Batman and Superman. Robin is willing to do anything to get it, with or without the help of his friends. Things become if more complicated with arch-rival of Slade joining the equation.

Review

An amazing film which deserves all the praise it is getting with some catchy music numbers, especially the Upbeat Song. An 80s sounding song with synphy vibes which is super upbeat sang by Michael Bolten, well worth a listen.

Other laugh out loud moments include Stan Lee cameos, first realising it’s a DC film, so being dissappointed he appeared in the film, only later to appear again just because he loves a cameo. Voice acted by the usual suspects such as Tara Strong as Raven, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Dick Grayson, Hynden Walch as Starfire and Khary Payton as Cyborg. Greg Davis also voices balloon man, along with Nicolas Cage finally being superman and Jimmy Kimmel as Batman.

This is such an enjoyable film that everyone should go out and see.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism Book Review

What would you do if your Best Friend’s was Possesed by a Demon?

On my search for a book similar to Ready Player One, I was recommended this book due to its 80s nostalgia. Set in 1988, the 80s nostalgia hits hard as E. T. is in the cinemas and perms are still in fashion. Every chapter is also the name of an 80s song, such as 666 by Iron Maiden. The author Grady Hendrix creates a coming of age tale with a hint of horror.

Synopsis

The story begins with Abby reminding her classmates to come to her E. T. themed ice skating birthday party. However, only one girl shows up called Gretchen who has never even saw E. T.. After the initial rejection of Gretchen, Abby becomes to see Gretchen as a friend. From the moment they go ice skating together they promise to be best friends for life.

They go through the years at school, their friendship growing throughout, and making other friends along the way. Everything is going well, they are trying new things and coasting through school until Gretchen has a bad trip from some LSD.

Their friendship is then tested from onwards from that weird night as Gretchin changes, she is not herself anymore and is causing chaos for herself, friends and family. Only Abby can see that she is possesed by a demon, leaving it up to Abby to perform an exorcism on her friend.

Review

It’s a nice tale of friendship rather than a cold hearted book about the devil. For most of the book, I thought she wasn’t actually possessed and it was just a metaphor for Gretchin going through perberty. It was a nice read however as I did get through it quite fast. Overall the power of the 80s triumphed as Abby chants 80s references to expel the demon.

What would I do if a demon possesed my friend?

I think it would be like something of repossessed if my friend was taking over by a demon. Like mean Gene would be there, along with the Jesse Ventura providing commentary while I do an exorcism.

Repossessed Film Trailer

The First Purge Film Review

How the Purge Began – Would a Purge Work

The fourth instalment of the Purge Franchise shows how The Purge was introduced to America through the arrival of the new President and his official’s ideas to combat crime and population. The idea is there is one official night of the year where this no laws. The film shows the first purge and the controversial success of the experiment due to outside interference. The experiment takes place in a poor community in Staten Island due to the greater chance of people turning on each other for $5000 for just participation in the Purge. Bonuses being on offer if you participate and kill in the Purge. The film revolves around local residents of Staten Island, a drug lord called Dimitri (Y’lan Noel), his ex Nya(Lex Scott Davis) and her brother Isaiah (Joivan Wade).

Synopsis

The NFFA (The New Founding Father of America) have taken over America and set out to test out a new experiment on the people of Staten Island. Staten Island has high employment and crime is at all time high as the place is essentially run by drug lord Dimitri. Persistent protest cannot stop the first Purge taken place, despite all the protests and there begins a 12 hour period where there are no laws. The NFFA watching all of it through droids and broadcasting it around the world. The NFFA willing this experiment to work to implement it on a greater scale to cause unemployment to drop along with crime.

Review – Would a Purge Actually work?

I really like the concept of the Purge as overpopulation is becoming a fear around the world. It resembles Dan Brown’s book Inferno and Marvels Avengers Infinity War in which Thanos wipes out half the earth. It posts the question of Would this actually work? as it shows a slightly dystopian world in which people can release their frustrations freely for one night only. In hindsight, The Purge seems like a great idea, however, it would go on to collapse on itself because of the overall need to kill people. If people did go out and kill people, it would be rival gangs and elderly people. After that I don’t believe the world would turn on each other and kill one another, it would just be a great deal of looting if anything. Rick and Morty also suggest how the concept is just for the poor to kill each other while the rich make money off it as suggested in The Purge: Anarchy as the main character makes money off selling home defence systems.

The film overall is probably the best in the franchise and I like the whole black vs. The white throughout. Dimitri killing loads of white blonde people in the dark, the KKK vs. black gangs and the leader resembling Hitler through the way he is dressed. Its a great film with lots of action in it and continues the Purge being a great film to watch.

Let me know what you thought of the film and would a purge work

Ender’s Game Review

The Book vs. The Film

Ender’s Game was written by Orson Scott Card published on the 15th January 1985, while the film adaptation was released in 2013. They follow the main protagonist Ender, his family, brother Peter and sister Valentine and his trials in military school. Children are trained from an early age to protect the earth, as, over the last couple of decades, Earth has been fighting off an alien invasion. Ender quickly is seen as the warrior who can change the war into Earths favour as he has the balance of empathy and brutality his brother and sister did not have. His trials consist of isolation and persecution throughout, along with the pressure of being the best earth has to offer.

The Book – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The book focuses a lot more on the family than film does, as Peter and Valentine have a big side story playout throughout the novel. As the novel takes a time frame of a couple of years, Peter and Valentine begin to infiltrate the media through there writing, both using pseudonyms as they are too young to be taking seriously. Valentine writes as Demontheus and Peter writes as Locke. Peter’s main goal in doing this is so he can come into power later on in life which he does as Ender and Valentine inhabit another planet.

Before Ender goes on to live his life on another planet with his sister Valentine, he is thoroughly tested and manipulated by the I.F. (international fleet). He is putting into isolating circumstances and with the odds against him. Once in essesstially military school, he tested every day with mock battles in which he commands a team in zero gravity. He changes the game and easily becomes the best soldier in there. Because of his brilliance, he is sent to command school in which the intensity is increased due to the last man to kill one of the aliens’ fleets Major Rakham, begins to train Ender with mock simulations. He bats it out the park every time leading to his final battle simulation. Again he completes it with the whole world watching. This is where the twist comes in as the mock simulations have actually been real and he has annihilated an entire species. It also comes to light that Ender has killed to people leaving Ender regretting what he has done.

The Film – Ender’s Game by Gavin Hood

The film stars Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggan, and similar to the book follows his life through military school showing his simulations and mock battles. The film focuses more on just Ender’s life and the people he gathers as his team for fighting the alien. Petra played by Hailee Steinfeld gaining a greater role in the film as she plays Ender’s friend and love interest. In the book, she is just his friend and only teams up with for a short while. Valentine played by Abigal Breslin role is decreased, along with Peters, although Valentine is seen more than Peter. Valentine plays the voice of reason to Ender as she does in the novel, but the emotional connection they have is not portrayed that well. She doesn’t seem as important to ender as she does in the book.

The ending also differs, after Ender realises he has destroyed a whole species, he flies to one of the planets he has destroyed and finds the queen who is weak. She gives him an egg in which he hides from everyone. Ender plays a computer game throughout and this is what leads him to find the queen. In the book, he only interacts with the queen through thought, as he goes onto writing about their species in a book he calls ‘The Voice for the Dead’.

Which one is Better?

The original novel offers more than the film with its vivid descriptions and enhanced backstories. The novel can stand alone, as it begins the Ender series. The film is good with its great cast that includes Harrison Ford, however, it just doesn’t offer the same imagery as the book.

Previous Book Reviews

Armada by Ernest Cline – Book Review

Ready Player One

Villains by Necessity Novel by Eve Forward Book Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Debut of Jack Hager

Lucha Underground Season 4 Episode 2

Darkness and the Monster

On this episode of Lucha Underground, there was a surprise debut from former WWE star Jack Swagger who now goes by the name Jack Hager. Catrina also goes for the search for the gauntlets of the Gods along with one of the seven Ancient Aztec Medallions coming into play.

Quick Recap

The show kicked off with the trio champions defending their championships against a new makeshift team. Son of Havoc, The Mack and Killshot vs. Infamous Inc. The team of Famous Inc new recruits temporarily for some, Jack Hager of WWE fame, Sammy Guevara of PWG and Inside Pro and one of the best-named wrestlers Big Mad Steve. Each of Infamous Inc would show a little what they had to offer until finally they would ultimately lose causing Jack Hager to turn on his teammates after the match leaving them flat out on the mat.

Next came the return of the Aztec Medallions as El Dragon Azteca Jr. Would face of against Drago what proved to be a very high flying contest. The more important stuff would come after the match. Kobra Moon was jumped by Tara and Johnny Mundo in retaliation for Kobra Moon getting Reptile Tribe member Viobra to attack Johnny Mundo during Aztec Warfare last week. They would leave Kobra Moon looking for revenge.

The main event was Pentagon Dark vs. The Monster Mantanza Cueto. It was a hard-hitting match showing why Pentagon Dark is the New face of Lucha Underground. Mantanza Cueto manhandling Pentagon throughout but Pentagon Dark would still gain the win and cause Mantanza Cueto his first pinfall loss. Mantanza had changed since the last time these two faced off as was shown after the match between the interaction between him and Antonio. Mantanza cowering fear towards his new handler Antonio Cueto creating him to be vulnerable rather the destructive force he once was.

Previous week The Return of Lucha Underground

Footballs Coming Home

Why it’s Englands Best Chance of Winning the World Cup 2018

All the fans are dreaming of World Cup glory after England annihilated Panama 6-1 and beat Tunisia 2-1 securing a place in the knockout stages. England just seems to be getting better every game as they grow in confidence and have looked the best they have in years at a major tournament. This year we could go all the way and here’s why it’s not delusional to think that.

A Proven Goalscorer in Harry Kane

He’s one of our own, Harry Kane, is on fire at the minute, scoring without even trying. He became only the 3rd player for England to score a hat trick at the World Cup against Panama, alongside Gary Lineker and Geoff Hurst. He hasn’t really done anything but score 5 goals in 2 games which is amazing, so just think when he is influencing games more and putting his mark on it, he’ll be unstoppable.

The Bigger Teams Are Not Performing

Arguably, England looks the best out of all the teams as teams such as Brazil, Germany and Spain have seemed to struggle. Germany only just beating Sweden and losing against Mexico. Brazil drawing against Switzerland shows it is possible to stop them and Spain have not been dominating games either.

The Youthful England Squad

Gareth Southgate previously worked with many of the talents in the England Squad at youth level is the under 21’s coach. The youth in the team can cause a great problem to other teams such as Germany who have mainly the same squad they won the World Cup with 4 years ago. Pace causes problems for teams which bolds well for England’s prospects.

England Possible Easier Run In

If we were to lose against Belguim, it could be a blessing in disguise as we would have an easier route to the final. An easier route in the sense we would avoid Germany or Brazil in the quarterfinals. If we were to avoid them both, England could build their confidence against weaker teams on the way to the final.

Set Piece Kings

So far England has dominated with there set-pieces, Kieran Trippier being devastating with his delivery. Against Panama and Tunisia set pieces have been key with strong headers like John Stones and Kane in the box. Kane being in the box rather than taking the corners is one of the best obvious decisions made by Southgate.

Conclusion

There is hope for England this year. There was no expectation before the World Cup but now there is great expectation for them to go all the way. It’s Coming Home!

The Return of Lucha Underground

Season 4 Lucha Underground

Lucha Underground is the Eastenders of the wrestling world as it mixes high unrealistic drama with wrestling. There are murder, magic and all other drama that always gets settled in the ring. This week Lucha Underground returned for its fourth season after the murder of Dario Cueto.

Quick Recap

Lucha Underground returned with a bang this week as new GM Antonio Cueto made his first official match. Aztec warfare. Aztec Warfare, involves 20 men for the Lucha Underground championship starting off with three men in the ring. The three men that started the fourth ever Aztec Warfare was Trio champions Killshot and The Mack, and with there new partner Son of Havoc. The only way to win Aztec warfare is to eliminate all 19 other opponents either through pinfall or submission, each entry coming on after a minute and there are no rules. As with previous Aztec warfares, Joey Ryan using this to his advantage as he would handcuff himself to ring ropes. Other highlights were Fenix pulling off some incredible aerial offence which words cannot do justice, Tommy Dreamer going through thumbtacks (it’s like the worst thing to see in person) and Pentagon Dark tearing through all his opponents. Pentagon Dark would go on to retain his championship eliminating 9 opponents breaking 2 arms in the process.

Just when Pentagon Dark thought it was all other, GM Antonio Ceuto would announce a big match for next week. Pentagon Dark vs. Mantanzo Ceuto. What a great match that will be!

Leave a comment if you are a Lucha Underground fan and looking forward to the new season.