Girl on a train- Review

Girl on a train is a psychological thriller adapted from a novel by the same name written by Paula Hawkins. On my way back from South Africa my husband watched this on the plane and told me to watch it too. He’s usually not into drama type movies but he said that it was good and that I would like it, so that’s what I did then.

I have to admit that I really liked the movie and the story telling manner of the movie. You are almost just as clueless about the events as the main protagonist.

This review might contain some spoilers

The story is about a woman (Rachel) who rides the train to and from work everyday. She sits in the same cart everyday. She started to notice a woman( Megan) on her porch who looked very happy.The-Girl-On-The-Train-First-Look-haley-bennett.jpg Megan was married and looked content in her little life. Rachel on the other hand is an alcoholic who is trying to recover from her own failed marriage. Her husband Tom, left her for another woman called Anna. One day Rachel sees Megan on her porch with another man, not her husband, and this infuriates Rachel. She feels that the Megan is throwing away her perfect life and some of her own emotions from her own failed life  comes to the fore. Rachel in a drunken rage decides to go to Megan and bash her head in because of her stupidity to throw away her life. On her way home Rachel sees Megan in the street and runs after her screaming that she is a whore and Rachel blacks out. She does however wake up in her own home covered in blood leading us to believe that she killed Megan. Especially after Megan is reported as missing on the news. Since it is a first person narrative, we don’t know if she’s guilty or not until the very end.

During some scenes of the movie you really think she is guilty, since she can’t remember what happened during her blackout she herself is unsure whether or not she killed Megan. She even goes as far to befriend Megan’s husband claiming to be one of Megan’s best friends.

A story of deceit, lies and uncertainty, The Girl On The Train is a must see if you like psychological thriller.

If you’ve seen this movie or read the book, leave me a comment and tell me what you thought of it 😀

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Split review

This past weekend we went to see Split. I have been waiting for this movie for a while now. I’m a huge fan of James McAvoy and especially like his movies with a psychological undertone. I’ve seen Filth, which was a bit depressing, and absolutely loved Trance.

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This review contains spoilers.

The movie is about a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb. As a child he had an abusive mother and this caused the young boy to develop 23 distinct personalities. In the movie we are only introduced to 8 of the 23 personalities. McAvoy does an amazing job in portraying all of these personalities. In the movie there is a scene where, faced with the death of Kevin, all the personalities takes a turn in the “light” within a matter of minutes, each with their own manner of speaking, voice, gestures, reported age and physical features, for example Dennis, a big bulky guy is strong and can carry a girl around like she’s nothing while Hedwig, a 10 year old boy personality can’t even push a door open while the girls push it closed. Here McAvay was just brilliant. Its movies like this that shows just how versatile an actor can be.

I’ve always thought that its amazing that a person could split their personalities, I know that its  because of trauma that this disassociation happens but its still amazing to think that our minds can help protect us by developing different and sometimes stronger personalities.

In Split, Kevin has more docile personalities and then he has what the other personalities call “The Horde” which consists of the more dangerous/volatile personalities that Kevin possesses. These are the personalities that are more bad-ass, so to speak. For example, Dennis is a perfectionist, that came to the fore when Kevin was just 8  years old. Kevin’s mother was abusive but if everything stayed clean then she would punish Kevin less, therefore the perfectionist Dennis was a real saviour in this situation.

Overall the movie focused on how one personality may have a physical illness etc while the others had not, it also refers to a study found in 2015 of a blind women who lost her sight after a traumatic event in her 20’s that suddenly regained her eyesight in 8 out of her 10 personalities. According to the study the women’s brain scans showed that her sight spontaneously recovered. Source www.medicaldaily.com  The movie therefore focused on the assumption that if a personality believes something to be true it could happen. For example Jade, one of Kevin’s personalities, had diabetes while the others did not, even though they all live within one person.

The 24th personality the trailer talks about is called THE BEAST by the others, according to Dennis’s description of THE BEAST, he is much bigger than all the other personalities, he has long fingers that enables him to climb walls like a spider and his skin is impenetrable, he also feeds on young girls…EEEEK. When the Beast finally makes his appearance all these unbelievable characteristics are in fact true.

I really loved the movie although I thought that it dragged on a bit long before reaching the climax.

What did you think of this film?

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Vampire inspired food ideas

This week has been so much fun preparing so far. Today we can put together all the foods for our Vampire Valentines dinner. It will include some lovely tomato soup,some medium to raw steak with a cherry wine sauce and red velvet brownies. Also don’t forget your Vampire Blood cocktail

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I’ve tried to use foods with shades of red because vampires when I think of vampires I always think of red and blacks.

Tomato soup

I’ve used my homemade soup recipe for this meal.

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Steak and sauce

Red wine and cherry sauce

  • 1tbs honey
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 1 cup red wine

Heat the honey in a pan on a low heat, add the cherries then add the sugar. Let it simmer until the sugar has disolved. Add the wine and bring to a simmer. This sauce is great to add to steak. You can even cook the steak or pieces of beef in this sauce for a lovely bold wine infused taste.

I’ve chosen steak because vampires would probably be more into meaty dishes than vegetables…. you can cook the steak the way you prefer, but I made mine extra raw for visuals.

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Red Velvet and Oreo truffle brownies.

Red velvet brownies. To keep things simple for the brownies I used a red velvet mug recipe as it reduces the baking time especially since Valentines day is on a week day this year and you might not have a lot of time to prepare your meal.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • red gel food colouring
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 4 tbsp self-raising flour, see notes

Truffle topping

  • 4 Oreo cookies
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 100g melting chocolate

Mix all the wet ingredients together. Then and the sugar cocoa and salt. Whisk mixture together. Fold in the self-raising flour. Grease a square (5×3 1/2 inc) microwave proof container. Microwave at high for 1-1/12 minutes.

Crush the Orea cookies and melt the cream cheese in the microwave (1/2 minute). Mix the cookies and cream cheese together and scoop onto the red velvet cake. You will have to help the mixture along with your finger. Top with melted chocolate and cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It could also be served warm.

….and there it is, your vampire inspired Valentines dinner.

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Brick Cafe – Review

Last week we went to Suncheon, a city right at the bottom of Korea. We came across a cute little coffee shop called Brick Cafe. The main them of the Cafe is basically Lego but they also have a wide variety of action figures , comic books and other collectables. It was a lovely little cafe. Most of the coffee tables are Korean style which means that you sit on the floor with lovely little cushions around you. You can even read some of the comics if you stay for a while

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I would love to visit this little cafe again. It had a relaxed atmosphere and it was nice and warm especially with the rays of sunlight breaking through the windows.

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Passengers-Review

Starring Chris Pratt (Jim Preston) and Jennifer Lawrence (Aurora Lane).  Don’t read if you haven’t seen the movie already

Passengers is a story about a man who wakes up from his hibernation pod after his ship is damaged by meteor fragments.He wakes up only 30 years into his 120 year journey towards a new planet Homestead II. He wakes up to find that he is the only person on the whole ship who is awake accept for a android called Arthur, played by Micheal Sheen. In his mission to find out what happened to him and why he woke up he finds that all the fancy programmes on the spaceship are of no help and only have limited prerecorded information. Most of the information he found that could possibly help him was only theoretical.

In addition the social class system was in place even though he was the only passenger awake, since he didn’t have a gold class ticket he was limited to only black coffee and basic breakfasts like cereal and oats. After using all the possible facilities on the ship, some of them he had broken into, he found that he felt pretty alone, a situation that reminded me a lot of Tom Hanks movie, Cast Away.

One night while trying out the outer-space facility he decides to take his own life because of the loneliness but he doesn’t go through with it. Instead he accidentally notices a woman in the hibernation chamber. He then starts to read her files and tries to get to know her. After much inner struggles with himself he decides that he wants to wake her up too, to reduce his own loneliness but he knows that if he wakes her up he will doom her to loneliness too…

I really enjoyed the movie. I think it is because somehow we can relate to it because we sometimes also feel alone and feel that we can’t do anything to change our circumstances. In the movie, Arthur suggests to Jim that instead of wishing he was somewhere else he should make the most of where he is and this really hit home for me. I enjoyed the movie much more than I expected.

Some things in the movie also showed that some times you think you have bad luck but it could rather be a matter of fate, for example the fact that Jim woke up Aurora. Although it might have been the wrong choice to condemn someone else to a lifetime of loneliness, this act helped them save 5000 other passengers on the ship who could have died if they didn’t wake up to save the ship.

I’ll give it a 7/10

What did you think of it?

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