Random News: Sequel to “Moral Instruments” Movie is Given the Go Ahead

Hi everyone,

Lynne and I both really disliked The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bonesbook written by Cassandra Clare (released on DVD 3rd December 2013). The movie was a terrible mix of cheesy moments, a love-hexagon, and a plot that made pretty much no sense if you haven’t read the book! We weren’t the only ones left unimpressed by the movie. For example, The Telegraph said, “the plot is an incomprehensible tangle of dead ends and recaps, and afterwards you realise only two things have stuck: the story’s countless unsubtle borrowings from very recent pop culture… and a brief aside in which we learn one of the earliest demon-hunters was Johann Sebastian Bach“.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (see articule here: Constantin to Restart Production on ‘Mortal Instruments’ Sequel in 2014 (Exclusive)) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie bombed in the box office, bringing in under $100 million. The company halted the production of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, based on the second book in The Mortal Instruments series, which was already underway. Constantin has announced that they will be resuming the production of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes after all. Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, is quoted as saying, “We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes]…The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think…That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment.”

My concern is that Constantin are focusing on the marketing as being incorrectly targeted at a very young audience segment. There’s no mention of the movie, and yet this too was aimed at a very young audience segment. The cheesy moments might young, young-adults between 10-13 year olds swoon, but they make older young adults roll their eyes and scream “Oh, no, they didn’t!” I am not expecting The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes to improve, and even if it someone miraculously morphs into an epic movie, there will always be The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie. They need to stop and start again.

What did you think of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie? Do you think that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes will be able to redeem the franchise?

Happy reading,

 

Random News: Upcoming Movies and Movies in Trouble

Hello Lovely Readers,

As will come as no surprise to any of you that read our review of Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie (and our secret post about the ending), the sequel is now in trouble. Originally, everything was all set to begin filming Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes immediately after the release of the first movie. However, several news sources are reporting that production has been delayed, with whispers of cancelling the rest of the series (one source here). Honestly, neither Frances or I are surprised, as the first movie was pretty awful. Worst for the studio, everyone seemed to agree with us, and the movie is reportedly a loss for the company (they have not made enough to cover all the money spent making and promoting the film). Unless the second film gets a new screenwriter and director, I would recommend the studio not even attempt the second or third films.

In better news, there are some interesting trailers out for movies coming soon, which are based on books. The first is The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I am currently reading this book, so I cannot give a great summary of it. Basically, the novel is narrated by Death and follows a young girl, Liesel, as she learns to read and cherish written words in Nazi control Germany during WWII. The book has been highly recommended, but I am finding it a bit slow and tedious (I will admit it is not in my usual genre). The trailer looks good, as you can see below, even if it seems like Death is missing as the narrator.

The next movie that has been getting a lot of hype is based on the novel, How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff. The film will star Saoirse Ronan, as Daisy, a girl trying to return to a house where she had been happy before a war tore her life apart. Will she and everyone she loved live, and if they live will they still be the same people they were? This is my best summary, as I have not read the book, and only have Wikipedia to work from! You can see the trailer below.

Of these two movies I am much more likely to see The Book Thief, I might watch the other when it comes out on Netflix or if it gets great reviews. What about you guys?

Until next time,

Book Review: City of Bones Discussion

Hello Sweeties,

So you know, Frances and I went and saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie recently. Afterwards, when we were discussing what we thought of the movie we kept coming back to some of the things from the book that had not been said in our review. Namely we discussed one of the major plot points/twists that happens near the end of the book. Since we decided to start adding secret content to the site, places where we discus the whole plot of things including spoilers, we knew we had to do one for this book. Normally we have very similar opinions on books and movies, however, we did have different opinions about this major plot point. So if you are curious about our thoughts, and have either read the book already or are ok with spoilers click through here to see this hidden post. There is also a link on the book review page.

Until next time,

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

Movie Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Director: Harold Zwart

Notable Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jemim West, Robert Sheehan, Jonathon Rhys Meyers

“You have an incredible gift and we need you…I need you” Jace Wayland in City of Bones

Final Verdict: Unless you want to turn watching the movie into a drinking game, or just like making fun of bad movies, avoid this movie, especially if you want to read the book series without spoilers!

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.

**Additionally, at the bottom of the review, there is a link to a hidden page where we discuss our thoughts about the ending for those of you who have already seen the movie and aren’t concerned about spoilers**

Random News: Lord of the Rings Tarot Cards

Hello Sweeties,

Both Frances and I have vague interest in various forms of fortune telling, especially tarot cards. They have been featured in some of our favorite books. One of the best things about them sometimes is the artwork. There are some that can trace their designs back many, many years, and others reflect other interests. While killing time over on Buzzfeed, I saw one of these latter decks, one that was based on the Lord of the Rings books. You can follow the link to Buzzfeed here, or to the original artist, SceithAilm, here.

Here is my favorite of the lot, Gandalf as The Hierophant.What about you guys? Have you seen any really beautiful tarot decks? Both Frances and I own our own decks, but still love looking at the wide variety of styles and types of cards that exist. We are planning to give a basic demonstration for an Inspired By post, soon.

Also Frances and I just saw the Mortal instruments: City of Bones movie today, which includes tarot cards. That review will be along shortly.

Until next time,

Random News: Comic Con Updates on Movies and TV Shows

Hello Sweeties,

By now some of you will probably have picked up on the fact that I am something of a geek (as if the book blog wasn’t a big enough clue). As I cannot be in San Diego right now for Comic Con (a huge expo of nerdy-goodness for those who might not be as in touch with their geeky side), I have been reading a ton of articles on all the news coming from there. This is the time of year when new movies are announced, the latest trailers released, and from interviews all the behind the secret things we have been dying to know. I thought I would share with you some of the most exciting things (to me at least) that I have seen coming from Comic Con this year!

First is the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The new trailer shows so much more, and gives a much better idea of what the final movie will look like. I was personally most excited to see Katniss’ wedding-to-mocking jay dress. You can watch the trailer below, and if you are curious there are a ton of interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and the rest about filming the new movie.

Second there was a panel for The Seventh Son, which is based on The Wardstone Chronicles. I read the first book in this series just for this movie, and I am looking forward to the movie. There is also a trailer out now, that you can watch below. As far as the book goes I knew there were going to be differences in the plot just from casting, but the trailer shows something very different to what I was expecting. However, I am still looking forward to seeing this movie, even if it is only very loosely based on the book.

I know both Frances and I are looking forward to The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones movie that is coming out soon. There was at least one panel discussion for this movie and some interviews with the main actors. You can read an article about an interview with Lily Collins here. The main gist of the article is that she was running around in heels for the movie. This has me a little worried as from reading the book I only remember one scene/sequence of events where Clary is wearing heels, so she really shouldn’t have been wearing them for the whole movie. Hopefully it was just an exaggeration, but it makes me even more nervous than I was for the adaptation of this book.

Over at Buzzfeed, they have an article about the pilot episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which you can read here. I already shared a link to the trailer for this show a week ago, and I am still very  excited to see this show. It seems to live up to people’s expectations, and is supposedly funny! Also in connection to the Marvel Universe of superheroes, there was a lot of buzz over the next few movies. Tom Hiddleston dressed as Loki to entertain the crowd and introduce the new trailer for the next Thor movie, and the fans apparently went crazy over his appearance. There was also news about the next Captain America movie, The Winter Solider. The most exciting news for me was the announcement of the name of the next Avenger’s movie, which will be The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and will begin filming in 2014.

Last, but not least, is my personal favorite of all the news. For several years there has been talk of a movie reboot of The Crow. However, it has changed hands so many times it was starting to look very unlikely. Yet, it seems to have come into yet another director’s hands, and this time he was able to convince James O’Barr, the author of the original comics, to be attached to the movie, too. This is a really good sign as O’Barr has been very reticent to have any more Crow movies after the death of Brandon Lee (and he was openly outspoken about how bad some of the later movies were). Not only is O’Barr on board, they also have the main actor cast, Luke Evans, who I am a fan of (he was Zeus in The Immortals, the detective in The Raven, and will be Bard in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). You can read more here, and I will no doubt be providing any updates about this as I hear them!

What have you guys been watching from Comic Con? One of my other favorite things to do is look at all the pictures of the amazing costumes that people are wearing, which I highly recommend you do (here is a link for some of the most adorable ones!). There is so much more that I could talk about that has been happening in San Diego, such as things related to the X-Men, Sherlock (BBC), Doctor Who, and so many others!! Let me know what you are most excited about!

Until next time,

Book Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Book Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare

The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.
Jace Wayland, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Final Verdict: An imaginative plot with twists and turns that keep the reader on his/her toes. Not without faults, but I would definitely recommend to those who are a fan of young adult fantasy fiction.

For the full review, click the book title.

Movie Trailer: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Hi everyone,

I thought I’d write a quick post about The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones movie trailer (see above). The movie is adapted from book one (City of Bones) of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series and is due to be released in August 2013.  The movie tells Clary Fray’s story, a seemingly ordinary girl. When her mother is kidnapped by a demon, Clary does everything she can to find her and uncover the truth about her life.

The movie trailer looks good, although it does look like there has been some changes to the plot. For example, Clary looks like she gets much more involved and even uses some of the runes, which she doesn’t do in the book. I did find the movie trailer a little bit jarring because it flicks between so many action scenes. I hope that they haven’t shown all of them in the trailer! On the whole, I like the trailer but I’m keen to see the new few trailers that get released as this might give me a better idea of what to expect. There were aspects of the book that I wasn’t sure about, so I am keen to see how they have done that in the movie, so bring on August. I doubt they will show these in the trailer at all because it would spoil the plot.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to the movie release too?