“Rebel in the rye” – a movie that every writer needs to watch.

Rebel in the rye movie poster with Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey

Hello, dear readers! Today I am back with another movie review. Do you know what kind of movies I love the most? The ones that are about writers. It doesn’t matter, if it’s based on real life events or not  – those type of movies just get me inspired and make me feel like someday I could accomplish something similar some day. There’s just something beautiful about the creative madness they portray. The struggle, the pain, love, sometimes even mental illness – all this mix tends to blow me away.

Today I’m reviewing “Rebel in the rye” – a movie, based on true events from J. D. Salinger’s life. What’s even better – Nicholas Hoult is starring the main role as Salinger himself. If you don’t know that – Nicholas Hoult is my favorite male actor and no, that’s not only because of TV series “Skins”, even though that’s exactly how I discovered him. Anyways, back to the movie. Even though it received only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes  and was rated 6,6/10 on IMDB , I thought it is worth mentioning it because, honestly, it is underrated by critics and definitely is a success not a failure. The plot follows Salinger’s life and starts few years before he goes to War when he struggles to publish his first work, meets Oona O’Neil and ends with the portrayal of his life after publishing “The Catcher in the Rye”’. You can watch the trailer here, before I continue with my thoughts about the movie.

So, besides Nicholas Hoult in main role, I loved the portrayal of a struggling writer, who does not know, if he is any good but continues to write anyway. There was one quote that stuck in my mind the most, which is this: “Are you willing to devote your life to telling the stories, knowing that you may get nothing in return? And if the answer to that question is no, well, then you should go out there and find yourself something else to do with your life because you are not a true writer.” It really made me think a lot about how I feel about writing and shed a tear because there is nothing more beautiful that a person, who is truly passionate about something. So passionate that he’s almost on the edge of madness.

When it comes to war scenes, they were very sad, grievous and definitely not easy to watch. Violence and tragic events in movies usually do not affect me but these scenes really did. I really got into the movie and it almost broke my heart, knowing that the main character could not survive and “The catcher in the rye” could have never been written. Thankfully, as you all know, Salinger survived and that is the reason why such well know book “The rebel in the rye” exists. Even though some people gave the movie two and three star reviews, I will have to disagree with them because I love the movie so much that I started crying close to the end because it really impressed me in the best way and got me thinking about my own passion for writing.

Overall rating: 9/10

If you are a writer or a passionate reader, who appreciates more than just chick flicks, you will really enjoy this movie. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts when I will be back with different kind of post. (Seriously, this is second movie review in a row, I can’t go on like this forever.)

Love, Porcelain Doll.

Review of “Raw” – shockingly gruesome French horror drama movie.

"Raw" movie poster of a girl with bleeding nose

Hello, dear readers! If there are any horror movie buffs between my followers, I guarantee that you will love this movie. Even though I usually prefer American or British dramas, this French horror / drama caught my eye when I was randomly browsing movies just several days ago. The trailer did not explain movie that well but it was enough to draw me in.

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The main character Justine (starring Garance Marillier) is a life-long vegetarian, who begins her studies at veterinary school where her parents met and which her older sister Alexia currently attends. During freshman hazing rituals Justine is forced to eat a peace of raw rabbit kidney. At first she’s repulsed by that and even gets skin rash after eating it, however, later she starts craving raw animal meat. It’s not that creepy until the point where accident happens with her sister Alexia and Alexia’s finger gets cut off. She faints but Justine calls 911 and starts waiting. This is when first extra creepy part happens – Justine starts eating her sister’s finger. Moments later Alexia wakes up and catches Justine doing it but her reacting is a little odd. A normal person would run out of the room, scared in this case but all that happens is – a tear slides down Alexia’s cheek. Later on several other things happen in the movie: Justine has sex with her “gay” roommate, bites off part of random dude’s lip while making out with him, has public fight with Alexia which turns out to be very wild, bloody and… cannibalistic. I don’t want to spoil too much for you, so I’m cutting the summary short. I literally have no idea, how to describe “Raw” in an interesting way without spoiling all the details.

 

Now, when the plot is roughly explained, here’s what I thought of it. First of all, Garance Marillier (She’s the same age as me. Somehow surprising.) was brilliant in her character. The contrast between normal, “every day” version Justine and the one, who craves human flesh was huge and a little surprising. Alexia (starring Ella Rumpf) was pretty well-played, too, however, the character in general kind of repulsed me. Especially after what she did with Adrian (Rabah Nait Oufella). When it comes to Adrian, I found his relationship with Justine a little fascinating. There was something there. Although I hoped that it will turn out differently. Or maybe I just wished for more erotic moments in the movie because AV CLUB described it as: “Beautifully realized and disturbingly erotic.” (Honestly, I have no idea what AV CLUB is, I just noticed that review in the movie trailer.) Sure, it was erotic in some weird way but still.

Surprisingly, in general I really enjoyed the movie (even though finger chewing scene definitely made me want to look away). I have to admit that it was powerful and mind-blowing. Also, if you decide to watch it – the plot twist at the very end is just perfect in some twisted way, it gives the movie so much-needed closing and explanation why everything happens the way it does. After watching “Raw” I couldn’t return to reality for quite some time and while I’m writing this, I’m still partially confused and impressed by what I’ve seen. However, the fact that “Raw” wasn’t pure gore porn and actually had a decent plot is a huge pro.

Overall rating: 9/10

That’s all I have to say for this movie. If you are ready to get creeped out, grossed out and turned on all in one movie, this is a must watch. Also, if you have any foreign movie suggestions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will watch them and review them on the blog. 🙂 Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

Love, Porcelain Doll.

“Younger” – awesome must watch TV series that will make you addicted.

"Younger" TV series poster with Hilary Duff, Sutton Foster and Nico Tortorella

Hello, dear readers! Are you obsessed with watching TV series? I was not for a while, probably because I haven’t found any that would keep me hooked longer than just for a season or two. You know, how it always starts – first few episodes of first season tend to be mind-blowing. If you’re lucky then the whole first season is pretty awesome. After that, if the show isn’t cancelled yet, things slowly start to die off. Take for an example series, called “No tomorrow”. (Spoiler alert!) The girl falls in love with a perfect guy, who, turns out, believes that the world is going to end very soon. Fast forward a little – they’re dating and living life, like there’s no tomorrow, doing one thing every day that they have always wanted to do. Boom! That’s it, they could have ended these series at first season because the second was a complete torture. Anyways, back to the topic – let’s get to review of “Younger” which was surprisingly exciting to watch.

If you prefer to watch the trailer before you continue reading this post, I’ll insert it here:

 

I found out these TV series only about 3 weeks ago and during this time period I have finished all 4 seasons that have been aired. That’s how addicting “Younger” actually was. Here’s the short summary of  these series: the main character is Liza Miller – a 40 years old mom, who’s recently separated from her husband David and decided get back to work in publishing industry. However, after such huge break it seems impossible to pick it back where it started cause no one wants to hire her because of her age. Her best friend and roommate Maggie suggests Liza to lie about her age to get hired and surprisingly that works. Soon Liza starts working at Empirical as an 26 years old assistant. From that point this innocent idea turns into a huge web of lies and makes it hard balance her 26-year-old and 40-year-old lives. She falls in love with 26 years old tattoo artist Josh and becomes friends with Empirical editor Kelsey (Hilary Duff, who’s the same age. So, basically this one small, white lie creates seemingly perfect life that can go crashing down any moment, if the truth comes out.

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Okay, maybe that was not such a short summary of the TV series but, while not wanting to give everything away, I wanted to give you a small peek into events of “Younger”. Now, as I am going to review the show, following text will contain some spoilers. I’m going to start with something I really enjoyed. I don’t want to sound like a fan girl but the fact that Hilary Duff is casting in this is exciting itself. It’s nice to see that she’s far from awkward Lizzie McGuire character (which I was never a fan of) and doing amazing job in “Younger”. I couldn’t  imagine anyone, who could portray Kelsey Peters better. Kelsey’s jerk boyfriend Thad (Dan Amboyer) on the other hand, who appeared in first 2 seasons of “Younger”, was the most annoying character ever. At first he just appeared as an alcoholic and a manwhore but later on blackmailed Liza about revealing her true identity to everyone, if she tells Kelsey that Thad has been cheating. But thankfully he dies in season 2 and we can continue (almost) happily ever after without him.

 

 

Now let’s talk about my favorite male character in “Younger”. No, it was not Josh. Even though he appeared to be very sweet at the beginning, after some time this dude started to seem very immature. Especially after Liza’s boss Charles(Peter Hermann) , who’s in his 40’s, too, starts appearing more and becomes her love interest. What I liked about Liza’s and Charles’ relationships is that it evolved almost painfully slow. After 4 seasons all they shared was just few kisses (instead of sharing the bed) and the chemistry seemed so real, it took my breath away. Honestly, I patiently watched every episode, hoping that they will finally become a couple that hasn’t happened yet… And that’s why it’s so brilliant for the plot – the struggle is so real. Also, maybe it’s just me but I feel like Liza is way more compatible with Charles than she is with Josh. And no, not just because of the age differences.

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Anyways, enough spoilers; I think it’s time for you to get the full taste of “Younger” and start watching it. No other TV series of the same genre I’ve seen are as good. Also, do you know what’s the best thing? You can probably watch this with your mum or older sister and you both will be entertained. No more dying from boredom while your mum watches cheesy romantic dramas. Now you can offer her some quality content!

Until next time on dollshavehearts.com when I’ll have some new and exciting content prepared for you!


P.S. I don’t own any of the GIFs posted, they’re taken from google.


 

Love, Porcelain Doll.