press play: nov 2013

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press play is a meme where notable movies and other stuff on tv are listed.

this month has been pretty unexciting so far, as i didn’t have the patience to actively search and select good films. i have zero tolerance for shitty films, fortunately though city of bones has been the only one that lacked substance, so it’s all good.


the truth about emanuel (2013) | [imdb]
rating: 6 out of 10
plot: a troubled young woman becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to the girl’s dead mother.

catching fire

the hunger games: catching fire (2013) | [imdb]
rating: 7.5 out of 10
plot: katniss everdeen and peeta mellark become targets of the capitol after their victory in the 74th hunger games sparks a rebellion in the districts of panem.


i hear your voice (2013 / k-drama) | [imdb] [asianwiki]
rating: 8.5 out of 10
plot: the legal drama centers around jang hye sung, a brazen, sharp-tongued female attorney who says everything that comes to her mind with no filter. when she gets to the point in her career where it’s hard to muster up any enthusiasm for her work, she teams up with the serious cha kwan woo, a passionate public defender, and park soo ha, a 19-year-old with a special ability to hear people’s inner thoughts. together, they also must face a killer with a personal vendetta hat entwines all of their lives. can they bring the dangerous man to justice?

dark kingdom

thor: the dark kingdom (2013) | [imdb]
rating: 6.75 out of 10
plot: faced with an enemy that even odin and asgard cannot withstand, thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with jane foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.


the mortal instruments: city of bones (2013) | [imdb]
rating: 3 out of 10
plot: when her mother disappears, clary fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. she joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate new york called downworld.


a company man (2012) |  [imdb] [asianwiki]
rating: 8 out of 10
plot: hyeong do, an assassin who looks just like any other company worker. he wants to stop but things doesn’t go as easy as thought.


review: handbook for dragon slayers by merrie haskell


i knew that i was in for a treat when i picked up handbook for dragon slayers. when we’re introduced to the heroine we quickly find out that she has a deformity that stamps her an outcast making the people around her sign against the evil eye. mathilda is the princess of alder brook and a half orphan. when the story begins her protective mother is currently abroad. standing or walking for too long shows its effect on her lame foot and she needs to rest and massage it.

this is why she likes to read books and has high aspirations to go down in history as a famous writer if nothing else than to prove the people wrong about being a living curse roaming the earth. tilda is tired of her endless, repetitive duties and responsibilites that comes with being a princess and just wants to leave everything behind and start somewhere afresh.

as chance would have it her handmaiden judith and friend parz decide to slay a dragon. tilda plans to do something no has done before: write a handbook for dragon slayers. of course, things don’t exactly go as planned an she accidentally thwarts the wild hunt by freeing their silver and copper horses, befriending dragons, getting imprisoned by a bluebeard-like character who has his own hidden agenda … all the while saving alder brook from her greedy relatives.

what can i say? i liked tilda well enough, though i have to admit that i probably would not have picked this up if it weren’t for merrie haskell’s wonderful debut the princess curse which won me over with a wonderful heroine. tilda is a bit dull when compared to the princess curse‘s shining heroine reveka. but i have to admit that i am a sucker for dark fairy tales with hades-persephone touch and a dash of twelve dancing princesses. also, the villain in handbook for dragon slayers was not as multilayered as in princess curse and i like my characters grey not black and white.

as it is, the handbook for dragon slayers is a book that does its job by being adventurous and i should think appealing to both genders.

rating 2.5