Great War Movies

So what makes a great war movie? In my opinion a great movie about the subject of war must show the nightmare that war is. Any movie that romanticizes the horror of war or tries to make the subject of war anything less than the human nightmare it is, does a disservice to the young men and women who fought in died in war and who have given their lives for the country they are fighting for.

As far as great war movies, in my opinion, no movie will ever top “Saving Private Ryan”, which came out in 1998 and was directed by Steven Spielberg. The fact that this great movie did not win best picture in 1998 and lost to the movie “Shakespeare in Love” means that at least in the year 1998, there was something very wrong with the voting process or the people who voted for best picture that year. Saving Private Ryan showed the horror of war so well that even the veterans who served during the Normandy Invasion thought that this movie showed what it was like better than anything they had ever seen before. First and foremost, the opinion of any person who had seen the horrors of war means everything to how effective a wary movie and Saving Private Ryan has forever set the bar at the highest possible mark in this regard.

I recently saw the movie “American Sniper”, which was about the war career during the IRAQ war of Chris Kyle who at 160 kills, is the all-time record holder as a sniper in the US Navy Seals. What was great about American Sniper is that it showed the psychological effects of war after the soldier returns home better than any movie I have seen in a long time. This movie has already been nominated for best picture this year and should win in my opinion mainly due to the performances and the importance of the subject matter.

A close second this year would be the movie the “Imitation Game”, which was the story of a great scientist Alan Turing, who due to his genius was able to figure out the German communication code by building a machine for Great Britain. Due to this brilliant invention, Turing and his team was able to break the German code in 2 years and according to the movie, probably shortened the war by 2 years and may have saved as many as 14 million lives. I loved this movie because it showed the importance of intelligence during a war better than anything I have ever seen and it was also a great history lesson because not only did Turing break the German code, but he also created what would be considered the first ever modern computer. Unfortunately due to the fact Turning was gay, he was not celebrated as he should have been for saving the world after World War 2, but instead was forced to take drugs to try and prevent him from being gay, which tragically lead to his suicide at age 41.

TV Shows I’m Following

I decided to follow suit from my review about Books I want to re-read. Only It’s not going to be shows I want to re-watch but ‘Shows I’m fllowing’. It’s easier and quicker to list the shows I’m following then my favorite books. Listing my favorite books would take… Oh, probably forever.

I’m sure there will be more shows in the future (I love watching TV shows) so I’ll either add them here to the list or make a continuation post. Well…

Shall we begin?

One more thing: *This post is spoiler free for all of the shows I’ll be mentioning. In case of any occasional spoilers, I’ll be sure to mark it*

Once Upon A time

Emma has come a long way, hasn’t she?

I can hardly remember the Emma of season 1.

The show gets so much more better after season 1.

Season 4 finale gave me a huge shock. This season is going to be… interesting.

Yeah… sorry, I’m using some vague descriptions here.

In any case, Once Upon A Time is one of the best shows I’ve watched (and still watching). It’s all the fairy tales you ever heard of (and even some you didn’t) mushed up together and twisted.

True love, Good and Evil, Villains and Heroes… It’s all there. Just… darker. More interesting that way, don’t you think?

I love fairy tales retelling, especially the twisted ones.

The show has already been renewed for a 6th season.

You should definitely give it a try.

Agents Of Shield

I love almost everything of Marvel and I love this show but lately… well, lately things haven’t been going that very well on the show. They made some bad decisions and even though the action is still good, what’s going on there overall is… well, I don’t know where the show is headed but if it keeps at it, I might lose interest.

Season 1 was the best in the show. I loved that season. Season 2 was also good (If frustrating for certain things). It’s actually season 3 that started to make me doubt it.

But anyway, It’s a science fiction and fantasy and superheroes and super-villains and Hydra and Shield… if, like me, you love all that stuff… You should watch it. Because other than my disappointment of the show on late, It’s a good show.

Scorpion

This is a show about a group of geniuses who work with Homeland on special cases.

The show is loosely based on the real Walter O’Brien but other than the fact that TV show Walter O’Brien and the real Walter O’Brien have the same name and are both geniuses, I don’t see any other real base on the real Walter’s life. I may be wrong but this is my take on things.

I’m actually glad it’s the case. The reason I was hesitant to start it was because I’m not a fun of documentary or shows\books based on something real that actually happened to someone. I think it’s because there is way too much reality in real life and when I watch a show\read a book, I don’t want reality seeping into it as well.

In any case, this show is surprisingly good. I always enjoy watching a new episode every week. It’s fun and I always had a thing for the genius aspect in shows (doctor who, Sherlock) and books.

It’s the kind of show that keeps getting better and better. Season 2 is even better than season 1. And the show has already been renewed for a season 3.

The Blacklist

An FBI agent (Elizabeth\Liz Keen) Life is changed forever by the demand of a top wanted Criminal on the FBI most wanted list to talk to her (and only her).

From there, everything goes to hell for Liz.

If you love action, Mystery, a fun mastermind criminal, Romance here and there, intrigue and some good times… You should really give this show a go.

I really enjoyed it. And I can’t *wait* to find out the biggest question of this show that has been taunting us for the past 3 season! I have a feeling it’s coming very-very soon…

*spoiler (do not read unless you’ve watched until season 3 episode 16)*

I just have to say… does anyone else feel the best times of the show were the whole going rouge and blond-haired Liz? I loved every minute of it (!). I felt like it was the best time for Liz and Red.

And then they came back, Liz got pregnant (I did not like this sudden development) and changed her hair to black again (*sigh*). The last few episodes of the show has been really strange…

*End of spoiler*

The blacklist has been renewed for a 4th season.

Lucifer

A new show that I immediately fell for from the first episode.

Lucifer is just so… Hilarious. It’s just a cool and fantastic show. And Lucifer… well. Let’s just say It’s worth watching just for him.

He’s such a fun character!

I can’t say much more about this show because it’s rather new, but I just know I’m going to love it (who am I kidding? I’m already loving it).

Fantasy, demons, angels, god, Lucifer and a seemingly regular detective (seemingly. I have that feeling she’s more than she seems).

Castle

I was addicted to this series in the summer of last year. I was basically glued to my laptop, watching it non-stop.

Castle is so funny, the romance between him and Beckett is frustrating and you want sometimes (actually, most of the times) to make Beckett see sense (or choke her until she does), but at the same time you can’t help but root for them and ship them. And it’s totally worth it.

Castle is a crime-action show that centers around a famous author and a detective who finds herself in the situation where she has to work with him to solve crimes.

Castle is funny and such a great character. Season 1 is my least favourite but you have to go through it to get to the good stuff. This show gets better and better with every season. Season 3 being the beginning of the best.

What I love about this show is that even though each episode is another mystery, another murder, there is always a bigger picture hanging above them in every season. One more thing I love about this show: Every season there are those ‘unique’ episodes I adore.

If you see you enjoy this show, 8 seasons is not so overwhelming now is it?

It wasn’t to me. I actually didn’t want it to end.

At the moment, castle has yet to be renewed for a 9th season.

Reign

I wrote a review of seasons 1 & 2 & 3 (first 10 episodes) of reign but there was no ‘spoiler free’ section in the review so I’ll do it now.

I did not expect to love reign as much as I did. I sure did love it more than I thought.

Reign is a historical fiction\drama\romance\court politics\the occasional fantasy aspect show.

As Mary said: “Politics, backstabbing, murder. Another day in French court.”

It describes the show perfectly. The only thing she left out is the romance.

The show has already been renewed to fourth season and I’m excited to find out what will happen next…

How To Get Away With Murder (a.k.a. HTGAWM)

This is some dark and twisted show. And when I say Dark and Twisted, regarding to this show, I mean them to their full potential.

Yet there is something about it that makes you keep watching… the mystery, perhaps? I always enjoyed a good mystery and this show is full of it.

Lies, betrayal, murder, more lies, more murder, more betrayal. Oh, and some romance that somehow finds it’s way through the murder, lies and betrayals.

It’s dark and it’s twisted. I can’t say it’s a favourite show of mine but I’m constantly intrigued by it.

So if any of it appeals to you, or you’re just looking for something interesting to watch… see what you think about HTGAWM.

It has has been renewed for a third season.

Stitchers

Stitchers follows a university student named Kirsten who suffers from a fictional condition called temporal dysplasia, which means she cannot sense the passing of time. It make her look unemotional and uncaring. Because of her condition she’s recruited for a government program in which she basically ‘stitches’ into a dead person’s brain and can see his memories, his life and thus solve the crime of how he\she has been killed.

Sounds weird, I know, but it’s a very good show. Kirsten’s condition is so intriguing and being someone who doesn’t understand social situations, we see some funny times as well.

If you love science fiction with a bit of fantasy and fun and likeable characters, you should watch stitchers.

Season 2 has started airing. There isn’t information yet about a season 3.

Izombie

Out of all the aspects of fantasy\science fiction I think I’ve watched\read about Zombies the less.

I watched the movie World War Z (great movie, by the way) and… well, that’s all I can recall. I was never drawn to the Zombie thing. It was too… I don’t know, disgusting? Horror-like? Not appealing?

I tried to watch the walking dead but sorry, couldn’t get further away after what I saw in the first episode. I’m not a squeamish person but even I have my limits, and people who eat brains and other body parts? that’s my limit.

Izombie though… I like where they took the whole ‘zombie’ thing. It’s not the rotten flesh, no conscious, makes grunting noises, hands reached out kind of zombie (not as long as they eat brains, anyway). Do they eat brains? yes. You can’t get passed that. If they don’t eat brains then they are not zombies, now are they? But other than that the Izombie zombies are not like we see in the other movies\shows. Aside from looking really pale (both in hair color and skin color) and eating brains, they are perfectly funcional. They can even easily blend in with the community if they wish to.

So yes. Izombie follows Liv, a young doctor, turned Zombie after a boat party that went drastically sideways. After the incident she had no choice but to break up with the fiance she loved and go from a successful doctor to working at the morgue.

I love the comic aspect in this show – it’s really cool.

Liv is funny and sarcastic and I very much like her.

Izombie has been renewed for a season 3.

The Flash

The flash… well, not much to say about that. I basically enjoy almost every super-hero show\movie. They are always fun to watch. Even if they are not amazing (though some of them are amazing), they are fun.
So basically, the flash is a science fiction\fantasy show following a guy named Barry Allen, who gets the power to run fast after an accident involving a particle accelerator. the problem? other people in the city has developed special powers as well, and most of them use those powers for the worst. Berry becomes the flash to fight them off and protect his city.

Okay, I just have to say: both the flash and Arrow has that thing about ‘protecting their city’. sorry, but I just don’t get it. I get protecting the people you love, I get fighting evil and protecting the innocent… those are the kind of things I love and admire. But protecting their city? when they say ‘I’ll protect my city’ I just… sorry, nope, I don’t feel it. I get that they actually want to protect the people who live in the city but when they say ‘protect my city’ I just can’t relate to it.

That being said, I always enjoy watching a couple of episodes of the flash every now and then.

The show has been renewed for a season 3.

Arrow

Arrow is the same for me as the flash with the ‘saving my city’ and being a fun show to watch.

Arrow does seem to have more fantasy then the flash lately.

I love Oliver & Felicity.

Arrow has the more serious vibe to it. Basically the show tells the story of Oliver queen, a guy who has been stranded on an island for five years and came home changed forever. When he returns he becomes the Arrow – some kind of robin hood who preys on those who prey on the innocents. Slowly he starts to recruit teammates who will become his anchor and his friends.

Like with the flash, I enjoy watching a couple episodes of this show every now and then. Oh and, If you plan on watching Arrow or The flash you might want to watch them both because they tend to intertwine from time to time. You don’t have to – you’ll still understand things without it – but it’s more fun that way.

Arrow has been renewed for a 5th season.

The Vampire Diaries

I love this show.

It’s one of my all times favourite.

I’ll forever ship Damon and Elena (the best couple ever!). I absolutely LOVE Damon. How could one not love him?

But the show should have stopped after season 6.

Because no matter how much I love this show… No matter how much Damon & Elena time I want to see… sometimes you just know it needs to end. Their pretty much gigantic clue was Nina (the actress who plays Elena) leaving the show. When I heard she was leaving after season 6 and that they plan to continue on without her, I could not believe it. I was like: so… let me get this straight. You’re going to do a season 7 (and possibly more seasons afterward) without the protagonist, the MC, the girl this story basically follows? that makes no sense.

I wrote all my ‘I’m freaking out here!’ thoughts after season 6 finale, but this was before I opened a blog and it got deleted.

So yeah… needless to say, I’m not a fan of the current situation on the show. I have half a mind to go find Nina and try to convince her to go back to the show. *sigh*.

But I’ll always love the vampire diaries (at least the first 6 seasons, mainly seasons 4-6) and I’m still following season 7 because… well, you can never know. Things can always turn for the better.

Plus, the Vampire diaries has already been renewed for a season 8 so this show isn’t going anywhere for the time being.

*spoiler*

Who is your favorite Villain on the show?

Mine has to be Kai. That guy brings Evil to a whole new lever. There were quite a few villains on this show but none of them as insane as he was. Not to mention his twisted yet hilarious sense of humor.

*End of spoiler*

Game Of Thrones

I have to admit, I didn’t read the books.

It’s one of those very (very) few times where I watched a show\a movie based on a book that I haven’t read.

The books didn’t seem like my kind of read. I love Epicness and Complexity but the books seems too Epic, too complex. And too killing off main characters. I don’t like getting attached to a character that is then randomly gets killed off. There is killing a character in a good way and then there is killing a character in the bad way.

So when I started to watch the show I didn’t think I would get very far with it.

I found myself more invested in this then I thought I could. I had to look over ah… certain… aspects that are shown in the show… *ahm-ahm*. But once I looked over that, I saw a world, characters and stories that I liked. I couldn’t help but root for some characters (and hope they didn’t die soon).

Daenerys, Arya, Jon, Tyrion – Keep fighting! I’m rooting for you.

Dark Matter

Love science fiction? this show is just the one for you. Don’t love science fiction? Even so, you should try this one out.

I read science fiction (not as much as other genres though) but mostly the dystopian kind. I never got to read something that takes place in space. I never thought I was going to like it either. But Dark Matter really got me into the mood for science fiction. It was always hard for me to find a good science fiction movie\TV show\book. None of them were quite my thing. But then I watched dark matter and after that I’ve read the lunar chronicles (a great book series, let me tell you) and I got further into the science fiction universe.

So what is this show about?

6 people wake up on a spaceship with no idea whatsoever who they are. After a lot of confusion, they decide to call themselves by the numbers of 1-6 – 1 being the first to wake up and six being the one that woke up last. While going on dangerous missions, they are trying to figure out who they are and why they don’t remember, all the while trying to pretend to the outside world that they know who they are. Their best course of action? stick together until they figure it out. The problem? how can you know who’s telling the truth and who’s lying? who has a dangerous past and who is going to get them all killed? Have they all lost their memories or is someone lying?

Dark Matter has been renewed for a season 2.

Unreal

As the name suggest, this is a show about the Unreal. About reality shows. It’s called ‘reality’ shows but we all know it’s no really real. At least not entirely.

The show follows a young TV producer – Rachel Goldberg. After a certain catastrophic incident on her part, she returns to a new season of the reality show everlasting. To make up for what she did the last time, she has to work hard to prove herself. And that means doing what she knows to do best: manipulate the contestants to create the outrageous drama the viewers of everlasting want.

So yes… manipulations, lies, romance, drama…

Not my usual style but sometimes I find interesting shows in things that aren’t my usual style.

Unreal has been renewed for a season 2.

The 100

100 teenagers sent to an earth that has been nothing but wilderness and the unknown for the past 100 years?

Just my thing.

This show is amazing.

I was extremely frustrated (to put it mildly) about the events season 3 took but I loved seasons 1 & 2 and I can’t give up on the show just yet. It has been renewed for a season 4 so there is always hope for things to improve.

The 100 has a great plot, great cast of characters and a world full of danger at every corner. It is based on a trilogy called the 100 by the author Kass Morgan. I almost never watch a movie or a TV show that is based on a book without reading (or attempting to read) the book first but when I watched the 100 I didn’t know it was based on a trilogy at the time.

Sense8

A very unique kind of show.

8 people all over the world (each with their own talents, their own problems) suddenly find out they share some kind of a supernatural bond that connects them together.

And from there, some very interesting stuff happens.

I’m really looking foreword to see how it goes in season 2. It’s been renewed.

Sherlock

Genius Sherlock Holmes and his ex-army\blogger best friend Jon Watson, solving crimes and mysteries together in the 21st century.

Brilliant! Just brilliant! He’s the best, by far, Sherlock I’ve ever seen. And doctor Watson too. I love their dynamics. I love the funny moments in this show (which there are are plenty of) and the awesome-OMG moments of Sherlock’s Genius mind.

Sherlock is the best detective in the world, rivaled only by The doctor.

I re-watched this series… oh, 5 times maybe. Amazing. Just amazing.

Sherlock has been renewed for a season 4. No premiere date at the moment.

Can’t wait!

Jessica Jones

The 10th doctor as the bad guy? I just knew I has to see that.

It was so weird! Every time I saw him I was like – “doctor!” but he wasn’t the doctor, he was extremely evil.

Jessica Jones is another comic book comes to life. I always enjoy a good super-hero comic book adaption. It was a bit different than the others – darker, I would say.

If you also love a good adaption of the super-heroes comics and haven’t watched this one yet, you should give it a try.

Jessica Jones has been renewed for a season 2.

Doctor Who

A FOREVER all times favourite. I LOVE doctor who. So-so-so-so-so-so-so-so-so MUCH.

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Doctor who, even if you haven’t watched it. It’s like Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes – everyone knows about it.

If, miraculously, you’ve managed to hear nothing about it… well, first of all, bravo (you’ve managed to shock me). secondly: Time travel, The doctor, adventures throughout time and space, bigger on the inside… that’s all you need to know. Now go watch it.

A warning first: the first season of Doctor Who is the less good. Things start to pick up from season 2. Things really get amazing from season 5.

But don’t let that put you off because this show is fantastic. brilliant. magnificent.

If you haven’t watched it yet, you really-really do have to watch it.

Doctor who has been renewed for a 10th season with no release date yet. it would seem, though, to be leaning towards 2017. which I’m EXTREMELY upset about if it’ll turn out to be true because… well, because it’s just too far away! I need the next season right now!

The Shannara Chronicles

It’s been a while since I got to watch a high fantasy show.

It was a very enjoyable show. I don’t have a full opinion formed on The Shannara Chronicles was renewed for a season 2.

This show has a lot of potential and the first season was a good one.

It takes place many-many-many years after the human world (our world) has been destroyed. the world is divided to races (elfs, humans and such… ). The story follows an half elf named Will, an elf princess named Amberle and a human girl named Eretria.

They go through adventures to save the world from the threat of demons.

The show is actually based on a book series of the same name by the author Terry Brooks.

Into The Badlands

A very different and interesting kind of show.

It combines martial arts with the fantasy, action and adventure. And let me tell you, those are some kick-ass martial arts moves this show got.

The show follows a young boy with a powerful and dangerous gift and a man who finds himself acting as the boy’s mentor.

A very engaging show. I’m looking forward to season 2.

Well then. That took a long time to write. But If you enjoyed it, then it was worth it.

I have two more shows to mention.

Merlin

The one other show I love as much (maybe even more) as doctor who.

Merlin is just… it’s amazing. It’s just SO GOOD.

The young magician Merlin. The young prince Arthur. I love them so much!

It’s an epic show. truly.

Hilarious, beautiful, bittersweet, a friendship stronger than any magic…

Sorry, I’m not making much sense. I always get so excited when I watch this show or merely even talk about it.

If you haven’t watched it and you love fantasy and adventure and legend – WATCH IT. You won’t regret it. At all.

Merlin has 5 seasons. It wasn’t canceled or anything so don’t worry about it. It was just over after 5 seasons.

Love it-love it-love it.

Okay, now I’m done.

Nikita

One of my top favourite shows. The best action\spy\romance I’ve seen. It’s such a good show. I can’t reveal much more away because it’s best to figure things out as you go along.

If you love action, a good revenge story, a rouge agent trying to bring down an evil organization and romance that will leave you swooning, this show is for you.

Nikita has 4 seasons (hasn’t been canceled so don’t worry about a cliff-hanger).

“We are all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”
— Doctor who

Movie Clips Excite Movie Goers

We all love to watch a movie especially if the movie is well-written. We can actually tell if we like it or not by the advanced movie clips or teasers shown before the actual showing date. That is why they are important especially trailers as it build the interest of movie goers. It can be a double-edged sword though because some good movies have bad trailers and so it does not catch on especially on the first few days when the numbers to the producers are quite important. Although, if it is a good movie and word gets around, other movie goers will be able to hear of it and watch it.

The truth is movies have been made successful just by word of mouth advertising and movie clips. Gimmicks by movie stars come a close second to it. That is why movie producers spend so much for it. Movie clips are the best form of advertising when it comes to movies. You can even see most of the movie clips uploaded on YouTube. So some have watched it over and over again and wait for the movie showing.

Some short films were inspired by trailers. If you will notice even if the trailers are just movie clips, it will already tell the story of the film. It should be able to spark the interest of the movie goers without giving away too much. It is crucial and important. There are even some movies who had great trailers but the movie goers end up disappointed. So, I suppose the producers and everything behind the movie making industry should be able to make great movies and great trailers.