Book Review: The Poppy War by RF Kuang

In my seemingly neverending reading slump, I found The Poppy War. And, boy, was I glad. I am blown away.  If you’re looking for a thrilling dark fantasy based on Chinese history that is non-romance-heavy with an underdog heroine with questionable morality, The Poppy War is for you. Contains spoilers, duh.

Film Review: Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

If you like horror films — actual edge-of-your-pants, “Is this real or isn’t it”, honest-to-goodness horror films — and don’t mind chasing subtitles, you need to check out this film. It’s super creepy without resorting to cheap scare tactics or music, LOVED it. I always hated the recent mainstream Hollywood scary films with either really…

Film Review: It (2017)

F*cking clowns, man. I hate clowns. I hate them with a passion. As a child, my greatest fears were skeletons and clowns. As a grown-up, I’d gotten over the former, but not the latter. I’d seen part of the TV miniseries but couldn’t really bear the (now comparably) awful 1990 film quality. This one, though? Brrrrr….

Film Review: Aquaman

Saw this in the cinema and… daaaaamn. This and Wonder Woman restored some faith for me in the DC movie-verse. Aquaman is action-packed, full of beautiful CGI, breathtaking scenes, mindblowing music, and a cheesy plot. Worth watching in the cinema. Contains spoilers, duh.

Book Review: Bec by Darren Shan

Bec is yet another new character in the Demonata series, a refreshing female significant character in the exceedingly male-dominated world so far, although the female numbers remain disappointingly low in Book 4 despite this. We’re set in Ancient Ireland, a world very different to the pseudo-medieval generically European I’m used to so I’m loving the…

Review: Your Name

Oh gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve been so in love with a film. Your Name is a wonderful film. Go watch it. If you like Studio Ghibli creations, this is for you. If you like a gripping fantasy romance animated story with a wonderful sense of humour, a mesmerising soundtrack, and gorgeous aesthetics, this…

Film Review: Black Panther

I love this film. Oh my gosh. The hype was absolutely worth it and so great. Must watch. Must watch. I’m not sure if I like this more or Wonder Woman more. Contains spoilers. Duh.

Currently Playing: Horizon Zero Dawn — What A Post-Apocalyptic Beauty

OK, hands down the most gorgeous game I’ve played in a long time. I played this immediately after Nier:Automata (I reviewed it here) and wasn’t immediately impressed by the prologue part of the game. Although important to familiarise the player with the game dynamics, pre-pubescent Aloy was weak, annoying, and (I’m sorry, I sound so superficial…

Book Review: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

It’s not often I read non-fiction as reading and writing fiction keeps my head above water and escape from the world, but when I heard about diaries written by fellow junior doctors in the wake of the junior doctors’ strikes of 2016, plus with me currently being on a gap year away from medicine, I…

Film Review: The Greatest Showman

I’ll admit: I’m biased. I love movie musicals. I love Hugh Jackman. I love Hugh Jackman’s singing. I love Zac Efron. I had already heard the soundtrack for this film and knew all the songs word-for-word before I even sat down at the cinema. So I went in, fully expecting to fall in love with the…