MOVIES & BOOKS

Feel free to share your opinions about books you’ve read and films you’ve seen. This is a place to discuss and to get some recommendations about what you’ve found interesting and, why not, what you consider not so interesting.

Let’s share our opinions!!

27 Responses to “MOVIES & BOOKS”

  1. Angel January 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    After today class talking about books, I can’t help recommending “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. It’s one of my favourite science fiction novels, absolutely gripping. In addition, I don’t remember its English to be very hard. Never will you regret reading it!

  2. Rocío January 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    A movie that it’s really worth it: ‘The secret in their eyes’. I strongly recommed you to watch it due to its intriguing story and surprising ending, besides a really good plot. You won’t regret it if you watch it: rated 8.3 out of 10 on IMDB!!!

  3. Jose Enrique January 23, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Robin Hood (2010) An American film of about 140 minutes.
    Ridley Scott combines perfectly adventure and action with drama and romance and tells us the history of a Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) different as that we were used to, but not less exciting. A bit difficult to follow in English but subtitles can help you. If you like legends I recomend you this movie.

  4. Jose Enrique January 23, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    NANNY McPHEE AND THE BIG BANG – The Magic of Love
    A 109 minutes movie directed by Susanna White in 2010
    It’s a funny and moving tale to keep the children amused that tries to teach the importance of moral values. And Nanny McPhee gets it in five lessons. The film is not only aimed at children, it is an entertaining Movie for all the family.
    Have a good time!

  5. Jose Enrique January 23, 2011 at 1:20 am #

    The Boy in striped Pyjamas
    It’s a novel written by Irish novelist John Boyne in 2006. A fictional story that show us how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people during wartime.
    It took place in Poland, during the World War II, in a concentration camp, and tells us about the forbidden friendship between two nine years old children.
    Entertaining and moving with an unexpected ending.
    You have to read it!

  6. Marian January 23, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I write here to recommend you “A dirty Job” by Christopher Moor, if you like to have fun and to laugh reading. Although it’s not very thin you can’t find it heavy-going because the story is terrific dynamic and it hooks you from the first page.

  7. Patricia January 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Hi everybody!
    I have just seen “The Last three days”. An intriguing movie about a family wich is separated because of an unfair accusation of murder. The story gradually become really gripping and I absolutely recommend it, even you like other genres!

  8. VIRGINIA AMAGO January 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Hi everyone!
    Yesterday I went to the cinema to see the last movie by Clint Eastwood “Hereafter” translate to spanish as “BEYOND LIFE ”
    In my opinion this film invites us to reflect and not just to spend time entertaining.
    I recommend it because I was excited and made me consider the brevity of life and maybe if there can be something after death.
    A story of crossing life with unconventional ending.
    I will give it 4 stars

  9. Leticia Mohedano January 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Hello!!
    I watched Inception (“Origen” translated into Spanish) two months ago, a movie about the study of dreams into other dreams.
    It was really shocking for me how people could manage their mind when they were sleeping.
    If you are so skeptical, don’t worry because special effects, photography and actors make you believe the argument.
    I really recommend you to watch it!!
    Have a good night!!

  10. Rocío January 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Can’t help myself with Roman and Greek movies, and that’s why I want you to give the film “Troy” a try. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the movie is set in the last year (IX century b.C.) of the Trojan War (it lasted 10 years), when Troy is finally besieged by Greece. If you like Ancient history and a good fight, you can’t miss this film. Furthermore, check out the plot: Peter O’Toole, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana and (hold your breathe) Brad Pitt. What else can you ask for?

  11. Esther March 22, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    The first of all, I have to tell you that I love the cinema, especilly the romantic films as “Amelie”, “Love actually”, “Bridget Jones”,… and other movies with plenty of characters, many stories and finally a happy end, where the different characters have some kind of relation. So, last Sunday I was watching “He’s just not that into you”. Perhaps it isn’t as good as the films that I have mentioned before but I had a very nice time. Some of the characters are really funny, the dialogues are original and I was able to understand the movie without problems (but with subtitles, of course). Besides, the actors and actresses are very famous. For example, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore and hold your breathe Ben Affleck!!! (“Hold your breathe” I love this expression, thank you very much Rocío)
    For all these reason, if I were you, I would get a copy of this movie and have a good time watching it, even more if you are a woman.

    Esther 🙂

  12. esther manso February 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Esther Manso.I2K
    The book that I’m going to talk about is “My Cousin Rachel”.
    My Cousin Rachel is an autobiography novel based in Philip, the main character of the novel.
    It takes place in Cornwall (England) at the 19 st century.
    Philip is an orphan and he goes to live with his cousin Ambrose.Ambrose is a gentleman of leisure, twenty years older than Philip.
    They live happy and without womens for 24 years in that house. Ambrose has bad health, and he moves to Italy during the winter.
    In Italy Ambrose meets Rachel, and they get married. After a time Ambrose suddenly died, and Rachel moves to England to meet Philip…..
    If you like to know the end,you must read the book!!
    The novel is easy to read and fast-moving. You can find it at the class library.

  13. manuel February 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    One of my favourite films is an old film (or maybe not so old) titled The Name of the Rose based in an Umberto Eco’s novel. I saw it when I was sixteen or seventeen years old. At that time I thought this film was the best film I had never seen. Those thoughts led me to read the book and I liked it as much as the film. That’s the reason why I bought another book written by Umberto Eco and titled “The Island of the Day Before”. However, to my surprise this book was one of the worst book I’ve started to read because, in my humble opinion it’s a heavy-going book and when I had read about sixty pages I gave up and I put it on the top shelf, out of my sight.

    What wasted money!

  14. Sergio February 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    I have read some books written by Stephen King and I think they are bloody, and even sometimes gory. But, once I felt really surprising because I found more things.Of course, “The Talisman” is different, it is a book which is written by Peter Straub and Stephen King. Perhaps, It´s a novel and, at the same time, a fantasy book. It´s set in USA and in a fantasy place called “The Territories”. It´s about a boy, of about twelve, who has to save his ill mother and also the queen of The Territories, the same woman living in two different worlds. He must achieve it finding a talisman. I really love these fantasy world, it´s a dazzling idea (this book has over fourteen years). You haven´t chance to be bored, because it´s a fast-moving story. But, I´ve to confess I like the fantasy story more than the other. In this book you can distinguish two styles, after all there´re two writers. In my opinion, it´s one of the best fantasy books I´ve ever read.

  15. Verónica March 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    I can recommend a few movies, but I guess whether or not you’d like them depends on your personal taste in movies. A few I would recommend:
    Blacktorn (an extrange and actual Spanish Western. Quite extrange, but it´s a great story about friendship and honor. This film won 3 Goya´s in February) with Eduardo Noriega
    The Lion King (I know it’s a kid’s movie technically, but I still love it…it´s a classic)
    Hangover, if you’re looking for mindless comedy …but if you’re looking for something in the drama department, I would recommend I Am Sam, or Slumdog millonaire. Both awesome boo-hoo movies.

  16. maría luisa vicente gonzalez March 12, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    It’s a great pleasure to see good films. Yesterday I watched on TV “REBECCA”. I have seen this movie six times and I am always surprised by it. It’s a psychological,dramatic and suspenseful film. It’s set in England in the 40s. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson are starring in it. It’s about a young woman, get married to aristocratic widower. They go to live to country house in England. There, the housekeeper doesn’t acept her, because She was devoted to her former owner “Rebecca”,and will try to make life miserable.
    Later Jack, Rebecca’s cousin and lover of her, appears and she realizes
    something weird happened between him and Rebecca.
    I recommend you to see. It’s worth it.
    At the end,the housekeeper dies and the love of the couple wins.

  17. Isabel López (NI2G) March 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi!
    I have loved the last book I have read. Its title is “The Forgotten Garden”.
    I enjoyed reading the book both because of its gripping plot and its style.
    I was hooked and I couldn’t stop reading.
    It’s a mystery novel which is set in different times (1913, 1975, 2005)
    It’s about a little girl who is deserted in a ship in the direction of Australia. She lives with a family in a small city in Australia an she finds out about she’s adopted in her 21st birthday. After years, she try to discover her origin.
    Definitely, I would recommend this book!

  18. Fernando Gallego April 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    High Fidelity – Nick Hornby – Penguin books – 1995
    This is the story, told in direct speech, of a guy named Rob Fleming, since he was pubescent (twelve or thirteen) to his mid-thirties (thirty six, exactly).
    He’s an archetype of modern man and, therefore, he’s the most pathetic man in the world. After a short, and hilarious, introduction where he lists the top five women who have hurt him more deeply, the novel starts when his actual girlfriend, Laura, leaves him.
    I’ve said he’s the most pathetic man in the world for several reasons:
    Firstly, he loves his girlfriend but he´s always trying to sleep with somebody else, and he’s allergic to engagement. To keep opened his options, he says.
    Secondly, he doesn’t like his job. He owns a record shop, a disastrous business, but he doesn’t make any attempt to get another work. He knows everything about pop music, but he’s unable to get any advantage of that knowledge.
    Finally, he’s moody and aggressive with his friends. Consequently, he has no one. As an example of that, in one of the saddest and, at the same time, funniest chapters of the novel, on his birthday, he can only join a few former friends to have a drink in a pub, cheating them with a trick.
    On the contrary, his girlfriend is the most lovely character. She’s pretty, clever, patient and sensible. She’s a lawyer, has a good job and loves him.
    The novel tells the Rob’s travel from a self-pity and depressive phase to a more brilliant and hopeful one. The author’s sight is compassionate and funny, more interested in ridiculous behaviors than in great passions.
    If you want to read and enjoyable and, why not, though-provoking novel, this is your book.

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  20. nievesmorales May 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    HI!
    I want to recommend a film: “Love” directed by M. Haneke. This movie has a lot of prizes.It is about love an death. A old couple is in the end of their live. It is very interesting but very sad. If you like to laugh with the movies, don’t see it.
    Nieves I1

  21. Chelo May 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Schindler’s list by Stephen Spielberg
    More than 30 years ago I saw the film “Holocaust” and, believe me, I was very impressed. Then, when the movie “Schindler’s list” was filmed, I record it, because I wanted to see it at this moment, I wasn’t prepared.
    One year ago, finally I saw the film and today I can say: It is a great movie!
    Schindler’s list was shot on in 1993 and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is set in the Second World War, in the late thirties. It’s an American movie and a biography about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the life of over 1100 Polish Jews during the Holocaust to been killed. It’s based on the novel “Schindler’s Ark”, written by Thomas Keneally. The main actor was Liam Neeson who played the part of Oskar Schindler. The plot was very interesting: Schindler, who is a member from the Nazi Party, is property of a factory which make articles for kitchen. He takes Jews as employer from a hard labor camp, because they is the cheapest way to employ people. He and his accountant use it to help her workers. So, he succeeds in that these people don’t have to go to the concentrate camps.
    The movie won seven Oscars, included the best movie, the best director and the best soundtrack. Also, it won 7 prizes BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and 3 Gold Globe (Globos de Oro).
    Really, you have see it!
    Bye, Chelo – NI1

  22. Miguel May 13, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Hi!
    I would like to recommend you to see “Gattaca”,
    It’s a sci-fi movie, sets in a far future, where people can choose the gender of their children, genetic manipulation is a fact, and society is made only for the strongest. One weak man wants to make a living as an astronaut, but his body can´t meet this challenge…or can it?.
    Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law star this history based on Franck Thilliez’s novel “Gataca”.
    I highly recommend you to see this movie, you will not regret.
    Miguel NI1

  23. Alejandro NI 1 May 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi Mamen,

    More than 20 years ago I saw one of my favourite films about vampyres. It´s an old film titled Dracula. About Dracula there are a lot films but I prefer the film was directed by Francis F. Coppola in 1992. It´s based in a Bram Stoker´s novel. It´s a very famous gothic novel. A young lawyer called Jonathan Harker goes to Transylvania. A count called Dracula, the principal character, lives in this place. From this moment, it begins an terror and romantic story. In the past, I read the novel. I like more the novel because the movie doesn´t have a lot of details. Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman worked well in the movie. I think that the actors´s dress of the movie are fantastic. Dracula won 3 Oscars.
    See you

  24. Marta Plasencia May 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Hi everybody!

    If you love musicals or if you just want to have a good time I recommend you to see one of my favorite movies “The little shop of Horrors”. The film I’m revewing is the remake of the original one shot in 1962 (a film in black and white) but I think that this version, filmed in the eighties, is more fun.

    “The little shop of Horrors” it´s an horror-comedy film (not a scary one) which it can´t be considered a masterpiece but I´m sure you´re going to love the rock songs and the characters. It is set in the sixties, somewhere in the USA. The main character is a nerd guy, named Seymour Krelborn, who works in a florist shop. One day he find a strange plant in a Chinese market, soon, he will realize that the plant needs human blood to grow, then Seymour will be forced to feed the plant with…

    Here you have the movie trailer, I hope you all enjoy watching it!

    Marta Plasencia – I1

  25. Yolanda May 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    YOLANDA. NI1

    The first of all, I want to recommend a film: “The Impossible” is a 2012 English-language Spanish disaster drama directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sánchez. The film is based on María Belón and her family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. I went to the cinema to see the movie one year ago, after I wached translate to English. I was able to understand the movie without problems (but with subtitles, of course).
    It´s set in Thailand. The plot is about of Spanish family that Basking in the hot Thailand sunshine It seemed like the perfect Christmas break for the Spanish family of five. But then the splashing and laughter were drowned out by a deafening roar and Maria watched in horror as a towering wave pushed in from the sea and ripped through the hotel.
    The family’s Far Eastern holiday over Christmas 2004 had ended in disaster — caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami which killed around 240,000 people in 14 countries.
    At the end, the family was reunited and survived tsunami.
    For all these reason, if I were you, I would get a copy of this movie and have a good time watching it, because the critics said it was good.

  26. M" Cristina López Roda May 14, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Hi, there is nothing better to begin the week with suggestions. I propuse you to see the movie “The notebook” (El diario de Noah). Don´t be led by the first impression to be a romantic movie, as its plot involves a intensive message. It´s set in the 40´s in Seabook. A story to remember a wonderful love story forgotten because of a dementia by a elderly couple. Full of details, family obstacles… A real pleasure so much to see the movie as reading the book.

  27. Raúl Campos June 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    The Best film I´ve ever seen is La Vida Es Bella , wiitten,directed and protagoniced by Roberto Benigni. The movie is set during the period of time of the 2nd World War in Italy. The movie is based on the novel, Al Final Derroté a Hitler, written by Rubino Romeo, and It tell us the real experience of Benigni´s father, who survived as a prisioner during 3 years in a concentration camp.
    At the begining of the movie we can see the politic environment in that moment and some politic changes that was happening there. After that we can see the horror of the war and the concentration camps and how a fatrher act to cover the reality, because his son did not realize about anything what was happening.
    During the movie Benignie parody a lot of tipically Nazi “manners” and it is funny and so sad at the same time.
    At the end of the story that little boy who appear in the movie tell us, as an adult, this sentence:
    This is my history. This is my father´s sacrificie. That was the present he had for me.

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