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    Trailer Tuesday: The Scorch Trials

    26.05.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday: The Scorch Trials

    It’s here! The trailer for The Scorch Trials, sequel to last year’s action-packed The Maze Runner starring Dylan O’Brien of Teen Wolf fame. It came out last week so maybe you’ve seen it already, but you can watch it below for a second or third (or seventh…) time!

    In case you want to catch up on how the book went down, you can reserve any of the books by clicking on their covers below:

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    Or reserve the Maze Runner film here!


  • Movies, Rachel, Trailers

    Trailer Tuesday – Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

    14.04.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday – Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

    Remember that post where I mentioned this movie was A Thing but the trailer wasn’t out yet? Well, the trailer is here! Check it out below:

    We think it’s going to be fantastic! Plus, the film’s screenwriter was the book’s author Jesse Andrews, so we can be pretty certain it has the author’s seal of approval. If you would like to read (or re-read) the book, go ahead and reserve it from the link below before the queue gets too long! We reckon this one’s going to be a hit.

    Syndetics book coverMe and Earl and the dying girl : a novel / Jesse Andrews.
    “Greg Gaines, 17, would be the first to tell you that his constant dickhead behavior makes him the least likely person to befriend a classmate dying of leukemia. But he is pushed into it by his mother and, well, the result is this horrifyingly inane, unstoppable barf-fest of a book. Greg prefers to keep a low profile at school, instead collaborating with his almost-gangsta pal, Earl, on terrible remakes of classic films: Apocalypse Later with Super Soakers, The Manchurian Cat-idate with cats. But his knack for cracking jokes keeps the dying girl, Rachel, smiling, and pretty soon the whole school thinks he is some kind of hero. He is even pushed into making a final opus: Rachel the Film, aka the worst film ever made.” (Booklist)


  • Movies, Rachel

    Trailer Tuesday… almost

    24.02.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday… almost

    It’s almost a Trailer Tuesday post, because I’m here to tell you about a movie, but it’s only “almost” because there actually isn’t a trailer yet. Oops. But that’s because this news is as fresh as can be!

    Cover from SyndeticsMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews was recently made into a movie – had you heard? I hadn’t, until I heard it won two of the biggest prizes at this year’s Sundance festival! It won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the Dramatic category it was entered in. Pretty impressive! The last movie to win both these awards was Whiplash, and that movie had 5 Oscar nominations!

    It might not be out for a while, considering there’s not even a teaser trailer available, but in the meantime you can reserve the book or search for cast interviews on Youtube.


  • Rachel, Trailers

    Trailer Tuesday!

    26.08.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday!

    We haven’t done a Trailer Tuesday in a while! So let’s get right down to it with space battles, some dystopias and a tearjerker.

    First: Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s out already so you can go see it any time you like! It’s the newest installment in the Marvel universe and we get introduced to a whole gang of new characters we’ve never seen before. And it’s in space! With awesome ships, battles and creatures. If you watched to the end of the credits of Thor: The Dark World (which is something you should know to do if you’re a Marvel movie fan!) you may recognise The Collector in GotG. This movie is a lot of fun, but you definitely don’t need to be a Marvel fan to enjoy it. If you read the comics though (which we have in our collection!) there are plenty of insider goodies for you to spot in this film too.

    Following on from the President-Snow-addressing-the-Capitol teasers, the new teaser trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has been released! It features Katniss leading the rebels against the Capitol, and I expect a lot of tears to be shed watching this movie. If you’d like to refresh your memory of what happened in this book, you can reserve it here. Mockingjay Part 1 will be released on November 20th 2014. See you at the premiere!

    Next up is the newest trailer for The Maze Runner starring Dylan O’Brien who you may recognise from Teen Wolf. It follows Thomas, who wakes up in a glade surrounded by a colossal maze. He has no memories of his previous life or how he got to the glade except for his own name. Each day boys from the glade venture into the maze to try and find an escape, but the gates close every night to keep the horrific Grievers at bay. If the maze “runners” aren’t back by the time the gates close at night, well, “no one survives a night in the maze”. Thomas joins the runners, determined to find an escape from the maze, but is he ready for the truth? This one looks like it is going to be epic on the big screen and I can’t wait to see it! Check out the trailer below and read the book while you’re waiting for the movie, if you haven’t already.

    And finally is If I Stay, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Gayle Forman. Mia is a talented seventeen-year-old cellist with family, friends and a boyfriend. But a car crash sends Mia into a coma, and she has a sort of out-of-body experience observing the lives of those she loves. Mia has to decide whether she should stay, or go forever. Check out the book here and keep the tissues handy!


  • anime, Movies, Rachel, Science!, Trailers

    New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 Trailer Tuesday

    08.07.14 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    The Wellington NZIFF programme launched a couple of weeks ago and there are so many to choose from – nearly 150 films are in the programme so it is absolutely chocka. Having given it some thought, I’ve picked out some I think will be hits! Check out my list and let me know what you’re excited for in the comments!

    The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (3D)

    From the director of Amelie comes a tale of a prodigious young inventor of completely zany and fascinating products. His perpetual motion machine comes to the attention of the Smithsonian institute and they invite T.S. to Washington, unaware he is just 10 years old. Determined to respond to the invitation, T.S. sets out alone one night on a cross-country adventure to collect his reward for his brilliance.

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    The newest film from Studio Ghibli (The Wind Rises) and eight years in the making, Princess Kaguya is a retelling of a traditional Japanese folk tale. A humble bamboo-cutter stumbles upon a tiny princess-like doll hidden in a bamboo shoot. He takes it home, and he and his wife are shocked when the doll turns into a wailing baby. When gifts of gold and silks continue to appear, the bamboo-cutter and his wife decide to abandon their humble lifestyle to raise the girl as a proper princess.

    We Are The Best!

    We Are The Best! is the story of 3 young misfits growing up in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1980s. Klara and Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no particular musical talents, they channel their efforts into forming an all-girl punk band and enlist their shy, guitar-playing classmate Hedvig to join them. The story is based on a graphic novel by the director’s wife Coco Moodysson and fully embodies the DIY spirit of the punk movement.

    Patema Inverted

    Another exciting anime film, Patema Inverted is the story of young and inquisitive Patema who lives in a post-disaster underground world. While exploring one day she falls into a deep pit, but mysteriously finds herself falling upward to the Earth’s surface. However it is an upside-down surface – surface dwellers live by the opposite gravity to Patema. She is helped by a surface boy called Age, who explains that in his world “inverted” people like Patema are considered unholy sinners and she soon finds herself being pursued by secret police. Together Age and Patema must uncover the dark conspiracy lurking behind their inverted worlds.

    Particle Fever

    This is a documentary about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and the first proton-smashing experiments conducted there. It also follows closely the thrilling search for the Higgs boson, the particle that gives mass to other particles. It is a fascinating insight into the world of physics and discovering our own universe and looks to be extremely exciting!

    The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    This documentary follows Hayao Miyazaki and visits Studio Ghibli, which in itself looks like a Miyazaki movie. Miyazaki is working on his allegedly final film The Wind Rises, working by hand in a cluttered workspace filled with old technologies. Meanwhile, Ghibli’s other maestro Takahata Isao is working on Princess Kaguya (see above) across town in a completely different working environment. Ghibli producer and co-founder Suzuki Toshio shuttles between the two, managing their differing approaches with love and appreciation for the different challenges each film faces.


  • Movies, Pencil it in your diaries, Rachel, Trailers

    TFIOS is nearly here!

    03.06.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on TFIOS is nearly here!

    The wait is nearly over!! The Fault In Our Stars movie comes out on Thursday! That’s just TWO DAYS away! And we even get it before the USA does. Time differences rule sometimes. I’ve collected together some TFIOS facts for all you excited people out there across the interwebs – have you got anything interesting to add to this list?

    1. John Green was trying to get an international release date for TFIOS so that all his fans would be able to see it at the same time. It kind of worked – NZ, Australia and the Netherlands are the first to be able to see it on June 5th, it comes out in the USA on June 6th and the UK gets in on June 19th. Amazingly we are one of the first to see it instead of having to wait a few months after the USA release!

    2. The TFIOS trailer had over 3 million views on it just 24 hours after it was released.

    3. Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Gus) already appeared in the Divergent movie together earlier this year, and in it they played siblings. Hmm.

    4. TFIOS is the 4th solo novel by John Green.

    5. John and his brother Hank run a Youtube channel called vlogbrothers where they upload videos three times a week.

    6. John Green took the time to cast all the character of TFIOS as US presidents.

    And just in case you forgot, here’s the trailer again:

    Aaaaaand the special extended trailer as well:

    So who’s coming to the see it with me on Thursday? Or do I have to go and bawl my eyes out in the cinema alone? Let us know your thoughts on the movie down in the comments!


  • Facebook, Movies, Rachel, Social Networking, Trailers

    Trailer Tuesday: Shailene Woodley edition

    18.02.14 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    I LOVE Shailene Woodley. I think she’s a fantastic actress and has a great career ahead of her! She was great in The Descendants alongside legendary George Clooney, and she did a fantastic job in The Spectacular Now which screened at the Wellington leg of the NZ International Film Festival in August last year. We have the book of The Spectacular Now if you’re interested, and here is the trailer for the film:

    No word on the DVD release date, but late February to March is rumoured. Stay tuned!

    Shailene is a popular leading lady, playing Tris and Hazel in the upcoming Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars movies. Phew! Here are the latest trailers for each of those – first, Divergent (which we are super excited about!)

    And The Fault In Our Stars – this one will definitely be a tear jerker. You may have seen we already posted this to our Facebook page, but if you didn’t know that – we have a Facebook page! Check it out for library updates and other cool book- and movie-related links.

    What are you looking forward to most?


  • Rachel and Rebecca, Trailers

    Trailer Tuesday

    31.12.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday

    Happy past Christmas and happy future new year! Here are some movies to get you through the silly season.

    Frozen

    The new movie from Pixar Disney (NOT from the Pixar subsidiary), Frozen follows fearless optimist Anna as she teams up with Kristoff in order to find her sister, Elsa. Elsa’s icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter, and Anna must stop it. Along the way she encounters Everest-like conditions and a comical snowman named Olaf.

    The Book Thief

    Based on the fantastic book of the same name, The Book Thief follows young Liesl. Told through the eyes of Death, Liesl’s story takes place in wartorn Germany. Liesl is constantly trying to satiate her hunger for books and more books, while keeping safe those that she loves.


  • Rachel and Rebecca, Trailers

    Trailer Tuesday

    22.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday

    The action one:

    The historical one:

    The literary one:

    (which is based on Lloyd Jones’ fantastic book)

    The funny one:


  • Rachel and Rebecca, Trailers

    Trailer Tuesday

    03.09.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday

    The big-budget-action-Hollywood-edition.

    The lovely Logan Lerman returns for round two in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

    The equally lovely Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine

    We’re sure you’ve seen this one, but if you haven’t, here’s the trailer for the next Hobbit film

    Bonus Round! It’s not a trailer, but a behind-the-scenes look at the big screen adaption of Divergent:


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