Movie Review #5: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy movie poster
Guardians of the Galaxy movie poster (source: recommandedmovies.com)

Title: Guardians of the Galaxy (IMDb)
Directed byJames Gunn
Written by: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Year: 2014
Length: 121 min.
Rating: 12
My IMDb rating: 8/10

My boyfriend and I decided to rent Guardians of the Galaxy on Maxdome. I had seen the movie previously in the cinema but hadn’t enjoyed it very much. Mostly, because I’ve had too high expectations of it. Before watching the movie for the first time, I decided to read some Guardians comic books. I really loved Gamora and Nebula, and their sisterly relationship to each other (sisters hate each other more often than not, trust me). So if you have seen the movie, you might understand why I was a little disappointed. Watching it the second time around, I only cringed slightly at Nebula’s scenes. Otherwise, the movie was amazing. Now let me tell you why.

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Comics Review #6: The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden

The Story of My Tits Cover (source: comixology.com)

Title: The Story of My Tits
Written and Illustrated by: Jennifer Hayden
Publisher: Top Shelf
Year: 2015

In The Story of My Tits Jennifer Hayden takes the reader on a journey through the complicated and sometimes painful coming-of-age story of a young girl, the women in her life, and their battle with cancer. This graphic novel is based on Hayden’s life and her experiences with growing up, love, sex, but also illness and death.

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Book Review #2: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London cover (source: patrickknowlesdesign.co.uk)

This is a review of the Kindle version of this book.

Title: Rivers of London (alternate title: Midnight Riot), Peter Grant Series #1
Written by: Ben Aaronovitch
Published by: Gollancz
Year: 2011

Peter Grant, police constable, stumbles into a world of murder and magic. Ben Aaronovitch created an interesting world in his Peter Grant series, a world that is open to more exploration but also more explanation. The first book of this series, Rivers of London, while beautifully written, leaves the reader unsatisfied in the end.

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Femme Friday #9: Poem by Jackie Kay

George Square

My seventy-seven-year-old father
put his reading glasses on
to help my mother do the buttons
on the back of her dress.
‘What a pair the two of us are!’
my mother said, ‘Me with my sore wrist,
you with your bad eyes, your soft thumbs!’

And off they went, my two parents
to march against the war in Iraq,
him with his plastic hips. Her with her arthritis,
waved at each other like old friends, flapping,
where they’d met for so many marches over their years,
for peace on earth, for pity’s sake, for peace, for peace.

by Jackie Kay (source)

TV Series Review #6: The Americans (Season 1)

The Americans Season 1 Poster (source: moviegeek.de)

Title: The Americans (IMDb)
Season: Season 1
Directed by: Gavin O’Connor (ep. 1), Adam Arkin (ep. 2, 10, 13), Thomas Schlamme (ep. 3), Jean de Segonzac (ep. 4), Holly Dale (ep. 5), Daniel Sackheim (ep. 6), Alex Chapple (ep. 7), Bill Johnson (ep. 8), Jim McKay (ep. 9), Nicole Kassell (ep. 11), John Dahl (ep. 12)
Written by: Joe Weisberg (creator), Mike Batistik (staff writer, ep. 1-13), Sneha Koorse (staff writer, ep. 2-13), Joel Fields (ep. 3, 4, 8, 13), Melissa James Gibson (ep. 5, 11, 12),  Joshua Brand (ep. 7, 9, 11, 12), Bradford Winters (ep. 10)
Year: 2013
Length: ~44-64 min., 13 eps.
Rating: 16
My IMDb rating: 9/10

The Americans tells the captivating story of two KGB spies living in America in the time of the Cold War.

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