Millenium trilogy: Part 2.

So, today I’ve decided to get back to Millenium trilogy and discuss the second part of it “The girl who played with fire”. For me this part is more interesting than the first one, because we finally get involved into mysterious and difficult life of Lisbeth Salander. We finally are allowed to step in her personal world. We are able to observe her past and things that made her the way she is. We get a lot of personal information aboput Lisbeth but we have to pick a puzzle out of it to see entire picture of who she is. And she’s not an easy person.

This book is a good illustration of how childhood traumas affect us in our adult life. Nothing passes by us without leaving a mark on us. Whether it’s a good or bad mark it still stays. Pretty often people don’t understand that their words or actions might bring a lot of pain to a child that with every year might grow and develop into something else more serious. I’m not talking about some mental illnesses, but it could easily grow into some depression, inferiority complex, or something like that. On some level that’s what happened to Lisbeth. Except, her trauma was more bigger – she threw a milk carton filled with gasoline onto her father and set him on fire, because he violated against her mom. And that explains why Lisbeth can‘t stand men who violate against women and if she can – she punishes them.

But this is not the case of this part. The case is that Lisbeth and Mikael got together again, but in a way different circumstances than the first time. Now Lisbeth is in trouble and Mikael has to save her.

Why I liked this part more than the first one? This time, reading 2nd part, it really felt like reading a true detective, thriller story. The tension, characters, details, not knowing what to expect. It felt great to read it. Plus, as you read and get more and more details you keep thinking how on Earth it might be related to Lisbeth and how Mikael will be involved here? I mean, it is such a tangled up story, written so smartly (I wish I could write like that).

However, you can‘t jus concentrate only and entirely on Lisbeth and and Mikael, because we are presented with new characters that are pretty shady and you don‘t know what will they bring in. So you have to stay alert all the time as you read the story, because those things that are new for the reader, are also new for most of the characters. So the plot tangles up even more.

What is more interesting, is how The System is exposed. Talking about crime and how institutions that shouldn‘t be, but sometime are involved in it and how they can easily fake information. Make someone mentally disabled even if he / she isn‘t, how our biographies can be faked. Sure it sound like secret service job, but I think that is done, more or less, in every country and that‘s actually pretty scary. That‘s exactly what was done to Lisbeth – her biography and mental condition were faked and her life ruined.

Another thing that fascinated me about this book was this sick father and daughter relationship. I mean, I understand why Lisbeth hated her father so much (he abused her mom), but where all this hatred for your own child comes from? I don‘t understand. It‘s sad, it‘s scary, because there‘s a lot of parents like that who have kids and hate them. It‘s a tough social problem and we won‘t get into it right here, right now.

All in all, it‘s a super interesting book to read. And the best part of it is that the story does not end. There‘s one more part – 3rd part and I hope that someday I‘ll discuss it too :).

A difficult story of a difficult girl

This time I’d like to discuss a movie with a very interesting title “Fish tank”. First of all, wow. I think this mv5bmtc1ntk4mzkxof5bml5banbnxkftztcwndkxmdaxmw__v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_movie that at first look seems pretty simple, is actually very strong. Emotionally, psychologically, morally, socially. It opens the wounds of our and every other society. In all countries exist problems exposed in this film. So, if you are going to watch it, be ready to face your countries, cities, streets or maybe even your own reality.

This is a story about a girl Mia – a difficult teenager. She’s aggressive, she’s fighty, she’s a loner she lives in a very gloomy environment with her mom and younger sister. But she loves to dance and that’s probably one positive thing about her life. Sure, someone might tell that she’s lucky to have mom and a sister. But their family relations are difficult and strange. Her mom doesn’t seem to care about her (she even tells Mia that when she found out she was pregnant with her she thought of having an abortion) or her sister.fm-2_4_1_art_caminiti_5 She seems kind of slutty, more concerned about having a man and regular sex in her life than about her daughters (e.g. her younger daughter smokes, Mia secretely drinks, but neither her or anyone else seem to care); it’s like the three of them live separate lives. Sadly, but this is a common situation in every society. I personally don’t understand that kind of women for whom men are more important than their kids. Ladies, not cool giving up on your kids for men, you might end up without a men and you own kids.

An interesting plot line: Mia keeps trying to save horse. Why? Does she see in this horse herself? Locked and held in the place where she doesn’t feel happy? Interesting.

And then we have Michael’s Fassbender character Connor who brings interesting colours into Mias family (he is her mom’s new boyfriend). Interesting, but he manages to find his way to a difficult teenager. fish-tankMoreover, he becomes like a father figure for the girls in a way. And for Mia who is a loner it means a lot, because she gets no support, nor understanding from her closest people – mom. And here is someone who supports her, encourages her. Isn’t this what we all need – be supported? Don’t we all need someone to be there for us? It is just sad when that someone is, well, actually a stranger instead of closest people?

I understand that this is just a movie, but there are  lots of kids who share the same story as Mia in this movie. Poor environment, no perspectives, parents either drink, do drugs, steal, or are way to involved in searching and changing partners. But these kids do have dreams, they too are talented in some field, they just don’t have ooportunities to work on them and become someone. And even though everyone laughs from Mia (her mom too) she still tries to reach for her dreams, even though unsuccessfully.

But the movie goes on and we are introduced with another familiar situation: Connor has sex with Mia. And don’t tell this never happens. Bullshit. It happens more often than you think or want to think. In this case, Mia didn’t seem to be against sex, but how many girls and boys are out there who are raped by wrong partners their moms pick up? It’s an never ending issue that a lot of kids face constantly. In this case, no one was against, but Connor decides to leave.

The only person that Mia got attached to leaves, so  she decides to find him. And she finds him at his home. He gives a lame explanation that they can’t see each other due to her age. Blah blah blah… If you don’t want to have problems then don’t  have sex with someone who is under 18. For the sake of both of you. But not this shocks Mia the most: after she breaks into Connors house she finds out that not only he has a 7-mia-her-mum-and-tyler-mias-sister-in-fish-tanktraditionl home, but he also has a wife and a little daughter. Surprise! Yes, he has a family she never had, but it seemed she might have pieces of it when Connor lived with her mom. She feels anger, disappointment, so she pees on his living room floor and kidnaps his daughter.

I’m not justifying what Mia did (what she did is bad and horrible), but I think that in this case Connor is the one to blame. If he didn’t hook up with Mia’s mom, if he wouldn’t have moved into their apartment none of this would have happened. He was married and he should have known the risks and take them into account. But he didn’t.

Mia returned Connor’s daughter back home. And Connor catched her and slaped her in the face. No words. Just a slap. That’s it. It’s like Mia was the only one responsible for what happened.

What about Mias dream? She went to dancer audition. Turned out, they were looking for erotic dancers. So, another dream have been broken. Again, how many kids are there like Mia? More than we can imagine. What can we do? Help them if we can. How? It’s up to each of us to decide.

Every story has its own beginning

And that is true. But sometimes we find out the story without begininig. This kind of thing happenened mv5bmtcwnte4mtuxml5bml5banbnxkftztcwmdiyodm4oa__v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_when “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy came out (movie trilogy), we saw the story without its beginning. Those who had read the books knew the beginning, those who hadn’t – didn’t. But finally, we all know it since “The Hobbit” trilogy is turned into movies. Plus, with the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” you are returned to the very first “The Lord of the Rings” films, so you can remember how everything started in the movie.

What can I say about “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”? Well, it’s a majestic story. Beautiful in all senses story. Story about life, fight and betrayal, plus, it all goes in hand with the beautiful world J.R.R. Tolkien created and the film crew brought to life.

For me it’s still strange and at the same time interesting how and why the Hobbit story came second as a movie. And it is also strange why did it take so long to be filmed. I mean, how long was it since “The Lord of the Rings” hit the cinemas? About 10 years divides first “The Lord of the Rings” and first Hobbit movies, am I right? But it was worth of waiting.

First of all, we were introduced with this great actor Martin Freeman who played Bilbo just perfectly. I’ve 20395178never seen this actor before (my bad), but he was a really good choice. He did a great job portraying a Hobbit Bilbo who just got himself in an adventure he never thought he could ever get in.

Second of all, we had one more opportunity to see Gandalf. I mean, who doesn’t like Gandalf? He is awesome. He even knew how to make elfs and dwarfs come together 🙂

Thirdly, I mean it is so amazing that these kinds of movies are still made. I mean, it’s like a fairy tale come true to see all these places. I mean who wouldn’t love to stay at least for a little while in Bilbo’s house? I strongly believe in need of this kind of movies. It’s like when I wrote about “The Artist” movie – it’s black and white, it’s silent, but isn’t it a fresh breath of what cinema can give us? We get so many movies to see, not all of them are great or worth of watching, but those that are… My God they are great.

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What else I found memorable after watching this film? Well, of course the dwarf gathering – meeting scene. That was a hilarious one. Of course, very impresive were fighting scenes. And moreover, fighting is the key point of this particular story. It’s about fighting with yourself, you fears, overcoming them, leaving your comfort zone and facing adventures. It’s all about the fight between good and evil. It’s a fight of yours to stop judging people from the first meeting, because at the end, the one who you thought was weak might save your life.

Family values

All families are different. But at the same time they all are similar in some ways. All families have its values, eqacl2-fw5m_movieposter_maxrestraditions, certain way of behaviour and world perception.

This is a story about two young people who are about to get marry. They both come from different families: she (Natasha) comes from relatively richer family and he (Roma) comes from simple, poor family. And this is the part when a Russian comedy „Gorko!“ (or “Kiss them all!”) starts. But as you all know, whether families want it or not, they have to come together to decide upon all organizational wedding questions. Usually, parents want the wedding to be traditional, and in this case – traditional Russian wedding, but all the bride wants is a mermaid style wedding. How to reach a compromise? In this case, no ones wants to reach it and that‘s why we have a comedy film.gorko_22

This entire film is made in a home video style. Groom‘s brother films everything. So you get the impresion that you‘re watching real home video about real event.

The biggest confusion and misunderstanding is brought by incapability to talk and listen and this incapability arises between two generations, two different people. The brides father (even though he‘s not a poor guy) tries to arrange a cheap wedding. He does everything his daughter dislikes. But father thinks he‘s doing the right thing. However, whether we like it or not, we don‘t choose our families or relatives. So, they might be weird, different, embarassing, but they still are OUR families and relatives. So we have to work our negative attitude towards them even then when they get really drunk on our wedding day, start to shout „Gorko“ (eng. Bitter, it’s when people want  to see the bride and the groom kissing) and all the hell breaks loose – alll the awkwardness and fun (sometimes opposite of fun) starts. But that‘s not even the climax. Then.. the host of the wedding enters – Sergey Svetlakov (one of the biggest comedians in Russia) and he gets drunk…

And what is a Russian wedding? It‘s hard to give a simple answer. It‘s one of those things you should actually see to understand it. But in short, traditional (in all senses) Russian wedding is all kinds of competitions, games, fun, jelousy (that‘s right), fight (because a wedding without a fight is not a wedding 🙂 ), love, family, laugh, lots of drinks and drunk people, music, dances… and lots of good memories. And even if all these traditions that seem to be unavoidable for older generation and complete gorkobullshit for youngers, well, maybe we should compromise on this somehow? Think about it: these crazy wedding traditions can make a regular fancy wedding into unforgetable wedding that even a sophisticated and glamorous celebrity would love it. And probably right are those who say that people organising their wedding are doing it not for (or not only for) themselves, but for the family and friends.

But this is not the only division we get to observe. We are shown ( in a most primitive way) what are the differeces between bachelor and bachlorette parties. I suppose you all know what are those differences since those are pretty much the same in most of the countries :).

All in all, I‘d like to say that people dream of a wonderful wedding, where everything should be great and perfect. But isn‘t the most important on this day to be with the ones you love, care and just have a really good time, a time to remember? So, maybe the perfection hides in simplicity and sincerity?

For those who don’t speak Russian can watch this film on Youtube with English subtitles :).

Millenium trilogy: Part 1.

It’s been a while since I’ve read “The girl with the dragon tatto” book (as well as the other two), but I think p1000128the time  has come to discuss it. Not that long ago I wrote about “The girl with the dragon tattoo” film and today I will talk about the book. I probably won’t say nothing new, but still this is a very involving book and a story. Once you start reading it, you can be sure that you will definetely read the other two parts.

The first part of the Millenium trilogy, has least to do with Lisbeth Salander’s storyline, because in this part we have few plot lines that reaveals us of Lisbeth (it’s an intro to her story through other stories), but this book gives us only the surface of it. The two main plot lines: Wennerström case and Vanger family mystery (what happened to Hariet?). The book gives us more detailed and longer explanation about Wennerström case, that‘s what I missed as I watched the movie. However, book is not so limited on time, so an author (Stieg Larsson)can go on narrating his story in any direction and at any length.

However, as I mentioned on post about the film „my perception of Blomkvist was completely different when I read the book and watched the movie. As I read the book I thought of him as more slutty person, who can’t abstain from sleeping with women even though he could be in relationship with someone. In the movie I perceived his character as more interested in and concentrated on his job. Here he was softer, more of a father figure” can be transferred on all characters. Somehow exploring them while reading a book gave me a more vivid, real impression of them. There was no rush in introducing them as it was in the movie. In the book you can actually learn the tangledness of relationship.

Plus, I have to say that I missed those details about Blomkvist’s personal life in the movie, e.g. that he was divorced, had a daughter. You like it or not, but it draws completely different portrait of a person. So at this point, as you read a book and then you watch an adaption of it, you kind of feel that these are like the same stories, but at the same time different. Not to mention actual differences in the plot.

The things that fascinate me about this book, are the issues raised by the author. On the one hand it’s fascinating, but on the other hand it’s weird that a book with such dark and horrible themes got to be so popular all over the world. Child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, violence against women, murders, family incest – these are like one of the most horrible things a person can experience. Normally it’s hard to talk about these things for lots of differrent reasons. And the fact that a book, that includes all of them became a bestseller is really impresing. But when you think about it, maybe it’s a good thing. I mean, someone has to talk about these things, someone has to bring these things up even if it’s only a form of literature. But the important thing is that all these people who liked the book, would truly agree on the fact that all those issues written in this book are important, bad and should be solved. And each one of us can play a significant part in solving them. That’s the most important.

Another interesting thing for me in this book was how biblical motives were incorporated into the story. Sure, religion is an important subject. And it plays a huge role in peoples lives. Mostly it is thought that religion works good for us. But sometimes religion can be used for bad and dark things to make. And it is actually kind of scary when a book such as  the Bible (regularly used for people to look some sort of answers, to seek the good and the light) inspires someone to commit the opposite things, like kill someone. But this is probably the two sides of the medal situation when there’s no only one side. There’s always two sides – good and bad. It’s only a matter of choice. Choice made by us.

All in all, even though I enjoyed “The girl with the dragon tattoo” film and I don’t think it’s a bad movie, but if had to choose between watching it or reading a book for the second time, I would choose reading a book.