Nerve and 1:54 movie review

In the past week, I injured my foot while doing sprints and working too much in a standup position which made it worst. I have to take some rest for a whole week minimum which makes my day boring. However, the activities that don’t require movement are movies and books. I decided to watch some movies and review them as well as books in my next post. 

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1:54 – Yan England French movie (2016)

1:54, a social / psychological drama thriller, tells the story of Tim, a 16-year old timid yet brilliant student (played by Antoine Olivier Pilon), who has been suffering from bullying in school and seemingly non-stopping intimidation and menace for the last 5 years by some of his schoolmates and particularly at the hands of the arch-bully in his school Jeff Roy (played by Lou-Pascal Tremblay). Tim who lives with his father (played by David Boutin) after his mother’s early death, cannot confide in his own father despite the latter’s efforts to get to the bottom of what is ailing his son.

Tim’s situation becomes even more precarious in his grade 11 years, because of his continuing friendship with classmate Francis (played by Robert Naylor), a gay youth and Tim’s own sexuality issues and his increasing infatuation with Francis, although Tim is reluctant of going public about it. Tim is reluctant to go to the school authorities as he is “no snitch”, but finds solace in the friendship of Jennifer (played by Sophie Nélisse), a schoolmate who takes Tim’s case to heart. After a dramatic outing of Francis, and Tim’s erratic behavior distancing himself at least publicly from him for the fear of being exposed himself, Francis commits suicide despite Tim’s pleas.

Viewers gradually learn that Tim used to be a star runner but had stopped a couple of years back when his mother died. Mr. Sullivan (played by Patrice Godin), the coach of the school running team, is pushing hard to have Tim return to racing, and eventually, Tim decides to do just that — mainly because he sees it as his opportunity to get even with Jeff. His move to join “Les Coriaces” a sports club for the sole ambition of qualifying for the Nationals for the 800 m running event, the specialty of his tormentor and school star athlete Jeff. This is Tim’s way of getting even with Jeff for all the suffering Jeff has caused. The title 1:54 is the time Tim has to make running the 800 m to qualify to the Nationals for the distance

1:54 is a movie made by Yan England, a popular teen tv show actor in Quebec. He decides to put all the great young actors of Quebec youth in this movie that literally made cry all movie. Tim is a 16 years old boy who is hiding his homosexuality since the beginning of his high school journey with his boyfriend Francis. Jeff, one of his long time enemies, bullied them since the beginning with his other bully friends. Jennifer, a girl in the athletism team, tries to help Tim get over it. However, Francis had enough of all this bullying and said publicly that he was gay while Tim denied it because he did not want Jeff to bully him more.

One day, Francis threw himself down a bridge while saying “I love you Tim”. Tim could not stop thinking about him since his death, and what comes next is even worst than we ever thought.

This movie gave us a sense of what bullying really looks like. I’ve never seen portraying so harshly what victims felt like from getting bullied. All actors played their role incredibly well which make the message clear: We need to do something about bullying in schools. And if you are a victim, don’t be afraid to ask for help, to seek the police or even counselor at your school, YOU MATTER.

10/10

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Nerve (2016) – Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

 

High school senior Venus “Vee” Delmonico longs to leave her home in Staten Island for college, but is afraid to tell her mother about being admitted to the California Institute of the Arts, as she is still grieving from the death of Vee’s brother. Her friend Sydney becomes popular in Nerve: an online reality game where people either enlist online as “players” or pay to watch as “watchers”. Players accept dares from watchers, receiving monetary rewards. Sydney and her other friends chastise Vee’s unadventurous nature. When Vee refuses to talk to her crush J.P., Sydney approaches J.P. herself and reveals that Vee is interested in him. J.P. rebuffs her, and Vee walks away embarrassed.

Furious, Vee signs up as a player on Nerve. The game collects her personal data and explains the three rules: all dares must be recorded on the player’s phone, earned money will be revoked if a player fails or “bails” a dare, and a player must not report the game to law enforcement. In addition, the top two most-watched players will compete in a highly sought-after final round. Her first dare is to kiss a stranger at a dinner for five seconds. Vee kisses Ian, who is reading Vee’s favorite book. He starts dancing around the dinner and sings to her on a dare, revealing that he’s another player. The watchers then dare Ian to take her into the New York City, believing they make a good couple.

In the city, Vee is dared to try on an expensive dress. Ian is also dared to try on formal attire. Vee and Ian find that their clothes have been stolen, and are dared by the watchers to leave the store in their underwear. They return to Ian’s motorbike, where they find a bag of clothes paid for by watchers. Vee is then dared to get a tattoo chosen by Ian, who draws out a tattoo and refuses to show Vee. When Vee becomes impatient, he distracts her with Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” on the radio, one of her brother’s favorite songs. Vee raps along with the song until the finished tattoo is revealed to be a lighthouse. Ian’s next dare is to ride his motorbike through the city blindfolded at 60 mph, using Vee to steer his body; once completed, the two kiss. Vee and Ian soon become among Nerves top players.

I did like that movie. It was fun, different, and also looked a bit like Hunger Games. It is not the replica of Hunger Games, but the concept is pretty much the same. I was really happy about the end of the movie which is what I expected and wanted while watching what this game was causing to other people. I recommend you to watch this movie 🙂 

8.5/10

-AaPG

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The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens Novel Review

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In the past years, I always read authors that I knew from my friends, family, or from newspapers. However, even though the author is not a best seller, it can still be an amazing book. Nonetheless, I found this book while reading a magazine at my local library. It was recommended for a summer lecture. The synopsis really got me to borrow the book and read it. There is the synopsis I am talking about: 

Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. From Lori Lansens, author of the national bestsellers Rush Home Road, The Girls and The Wife’s Tale comes to a gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice, and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain.
On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead, he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of the city below, but without a way down. They endure five days in freezing temperatures without food or water or shelter and somehow find the courage to carry on.
Wolf, now a grown man, has never told his son, or anyone, what happened on the mountain during those five days, but he can’t put it off any longer. And in telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he, at last, explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love. The mountain still has a hold on Wolf, composed of equal parts beauty and terror.

To be honest I did not finish the book all the way cause hiking stories are not really my favorite. Nonetheless, It could please an outdoor passionate and somebody who loves stories about people who get lost in the forest and everything. According to the Toronto Star, “The hero of this narrative is himself reborn emotionally over the course of his ghastly ordeal on San Jacinto Mountain. For a guy once on a mission to end it all, Wolf Truly morphs into a man with a passion for life, soon to become the father of the son for whom this engrossing saga of renewal and redemption is written. With The Mountain Story, Lori Lansens has written an epic work suffused with raw emotional power and resonance.” The book had some good criticisms, but it is definitely not my type.  

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Book review

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Back in high school, I have read a lot of books for my French classes, and this was one of them. I was always patient by mental illnesses and psychology, especially illnesses like bipolarity, Asperger Syndrom, Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder. This book covers Autism which is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. According to AutismSpeaks.com, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.” Moreover, certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias. Anyway, this is a synopsis of the book: 

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective and narrator are Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth. He hates the colors yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbor’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book back in high school, it really helps me understand what Autism was about. I really started to get my interest about psychology after reading this book. My cousin has autism and I have got a better understanding of what his mental disorder was about. I recommend this book for everyone who wants to get an idea how and why people with Autism (Asperger Syndrom) act this way. I believe everyone should take the time to read books about mental disorder before judging them. Great book, and a great story. 

The Kite Runner Novel Review

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Khaled Hosseini is an author that I have just discovered which is weird because apparently, it was a New York Times Best Sellers and also a motion picture later on. My best friend recommends me this book and some others for this summer to diversify my reading. I was actually reading the same type of book all the time which is one of the reasons I got bored at some points. So let’s talk about The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini. 

This novel is about a young Afghan boy during the war between Russia and Afghanistan. He lives with his dad, Baba, his longtime friend, their servant Hassan. He is named Amir. Rape, Bullying, love, and death are themes related to this book as well as friendship. Hassan is like a brother to him. However, he can’t read or write. He is a good kite runner, he always knows where the kite is going to land, which Amir found really impressive. However, Amir got kind of bored from Hassan because other people would make fun of him because he is a Hazara. Hazara is considered fake Afghans according to his physical features. He has a flat nose. The book is relatively hard sometimes, but a beautiful story that gives you a better knowledge about the Afghan culture. It also shows how Afghans have struggled to get their independence against the Russian troops. Politicals events are portrayed in The Kite Runner which makes it really interesting. There is a summary of the book. 

it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his half brother. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. According to the author, it is a father–son story, emphasizing the familial aspects of the narrative, an element that he continued to use in his later works.Themes of guilt and redemption feature prominently in the novel, with a pivotal scene depicting an act of violence against Hassan that Amir fails to prevent. The latter half of the book centers on Amir’s attempts to atone for this transgression by rescuing Hassan’s son over two decades later. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Even though it is not my kind of book, I believe that I learned a lot from reading it. We don’t have all democracy around the world like Afghanistan did. It is important to realize that those countries need our help. We need to act and fight for World peace. I did enjoy my reading but it is not my favorite book. However, I recommend it for people who love culture type of books and also that love books about war. 

Central Park by Guillaume Musso Book review

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This book was on my summer reading list and I’m proud to say that Guillaume Musso is a brilliant author who makes near-death experiences really interesting. For example, he makes things that would never happen normally in our everyday lives possible. This time, it has a serial killer killing women with a piece of their lingerie from the other victim. They all had lost their something which linked them to one man. They were all looking for something and this man was the one who pretends to find their things, walk into their homes, no doubts that he could harm them. 

The plot is really interesting and Musso gives you a good background story of Alice, a 38 years old woman who works as a cop in Paris, France. She represents the modern woman that our society is trying to portray to our young girls. She is working in a male environment and she has a strong character/personality. It does match with what the society wants our young girls to be. She doesn’t let Gabriel make decisions easily. She wants to have control of the case about the man who killed her baby. We learned that Gabriel is not what he pretends to be which makes the book more interesting. Throwbacks in time are really helpful to understand the story and why Alice is so sensitive and fragile. She lost her baby and her baby on the same day and lost the opportunity to get revenge on her baby’s killer. There are a lot of suspense and action in the novel Central Park about the serial killer and how he is related to Alice’s story. The lies, the betrayal, the emotions make this book a masterpiece like Guillaume Musso always does. I couldn’t stop reading this book when all the actions came into only after the first chapter. There is a synopsis below of the book. 

Alice and Gabriel have no memory of the night before…yet they won’t forget it any­time soon.

New York, 8 am. Alice, a young Parisian cop, and Gabriel, American jazz pianist, wake up on a bench in Central Park hand­cuffed to one another. They don’t know each other and have no memory of having met. The night before, Alice was at a party with her girl­friends on the Champs-Elysées and Gabriel was playing piano in a club in Dublin.

Impossible? And yet… So many ques­tions leave them con­founded. How did they get them­selves into such a dan­gerous sit­u­a­tion? Whose blood has stained Alice’s shirt? Why is one bullet missing from her gun?

Alice and Gabriel are left with no choice but to team up to figure out what is hap­pening to them and get back to their normal lives. What they are going to dis­cover will turn their lives upside down.

I really recommend this book to every group of ages. Like I said, Guillaume Musso is a master in near-death experiences books. I also like the little citations that he puts on every chapter, it makes me think about how life is about little things, it makes me understand some concepts about life. It feels like philosophy to me. 

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Friends Tv Show Psychoanalysis

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Nowadays, Friends is one of the most popular Tv show in the world on Netflix and every other streaming websites. Friends is a 1990s Tv shows casting 6 20 years old men and women (Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe) living in the beautiful apartment. They all have different characters that fit every one of us in a certain way. Personally, I characterized myself as Chandler because I am sarcastic and sometimes frustrated in love. However, I am a sensitive and caring person who wants to commit like he did with Monica. 

In fact, the show had influenced the 1990s as well as our modern society in good and bad ways. Especially in bad ways, I would say. Psychologically, our society has become more dysfunctional than it was in the past. Love is not even present anymore at this age range, fuckboys are more present than they ever were in the past. Moreover, cheating has become big components in some relationships while in the past, it was almost inexistent. I will talk about the good and the bad ways Friends had influenced our society as well as giving my personal appreciation of the show with both ways combined.


Good ways 


  • Monica and Chandler: They are the perfect example of what love should be about. Love is not about how you look on the outside, but how much you care about the person you loved, the compromises, the intimacy, and the friendship. You need to be lovers and best friends at the same time like Monica and Chandler were. In the show, we could see that Chandler was trying to prove to Monica that he was boyfriend’s material in season 3. Moreover, Monica is the perfect example that high school won’t always be the best experience, but that the future can look bright even though you were fat, ugly, or were bullied. Monica got the job she always wanted, she has a caring husband and will have twins Erika and Jack in season 10 on the last episode. On the other side, Chandler is really frustrated in love, but he is a really nice guy and the type of guy girls should fall for. Even though he is always going back with Janice, he is a good guy who wants to commit in a serious relationship with a girl (Not until he met Monica). 
  • Friendship is important: Joey and Chandler are the perfect examples of how friendship should go: Having fun and supporting one another.Until Chandler kissed Kathy, they were bros before hoes kind of friendship. Their friendship was their number one priority and nobody could break that. Like everybody else in friends, being a friend means being supportive and caring. Friendship is what makes them the people they are today and even if they are dysfunctional individuals in our modern society, friendship is what they have as the most important value in their lives.

Bad ways


  • Joey Tribbiani: The leader of a society of douchebags and Fuckboys: Joey makes believe the modern guy that it is easy to get girls just by saying how you doing!?  Joey is the perfect example of the modern fuckboy. He is cute, strong, and make you feel good just to get in your pants and never call you again. Joey is not capable of committing with a woman and sometimes, he really hurts them. Also, he wants to be an ambitious man, but he is not trying to get better at his actor’s job. 
  • Ross and Rachel: This is the typical type of relationships that people are cheering for: betrayal, cheating, and jealousy are the main component of a dysfunctional relationship. Ross and Rachel are victims of the HumanMagnet Syndrome that is well explained is Ross Rosenberg’s book. Ross and Rachel always go back to each other even if they cheated on each other or betray one another. Ross cheated on Rachel when they were on a break, which means that Ross would locate himself on the + side on the scale which is the narcissist part. Ross thinks of himself a lot and like when Rachel was working with Mark, he began to paranoid because he could not control or have a certain power on. Rachel is also a narcissist person at the beginning but as the seasons goes on, she began to go on the codependent side. Rachel is more stable as the season goes on. Anyway, this type of relationship is dysfunctional in many ways as well as influencing our society in a bad. They showed that is okay to cheat on your partner just because you want to satisfy your needs. The “we are on a break” concept is really stupid and had influenced our generation in a way that they don’t want to commit at all. Of course, this is only a part of our population because I know they are still people that want to get married and commit to another person. 

Personal appreciation


For my part, Friends was a show that changed my life in many ways and helped me get through bad days. However, our generation as becoming an army of Joey and sexual identity is not great anymore. Rachel, Phoebe, and Monica only talk about how a guy is cute even though he is a jerk, they want to go out with the typical fuckboy. It is also based on a Starbucks concept were people and students used to hang out there to chat with friends. However, nowadays students only hang out in coffee place to study which makes the concept lost a lot credibility. Also, the worst heritage, believe it or not, are couples like Ross and Rachel. Their relationship was really unhealthy in so many ways that it had an impact on our society today, I can’t say Friends is not a good show because it is a good show. Nonetheless, I can’t learn a lot from their relationships except for Monica and Chander. This show helped me learn English quickly as well as having a better understanding of what friendship should be about. I really enjoyed watching all the characters differs from each other and still be friends, which proves that you don’t really have to be the same to be friends with somebody. I recommend the show for its funniness and for how friendship is portrayed in it, but I don’t recommend it for how dysfunctional relationships are normal and how Joey shows respect to women. Also, how can it be possible to have nice apartments with a part time job? How can they miss work all the time and still be able to pay bills? Only Ross have a Ph.D. out of the 6 friends, which is really problematic. According to Statista.com, 24.4%-27.5% of males and 18.4%-23.1% of females attended to college in the 1990s which explain why Ross is the only one with a Ph.D.

Best places to read this summer in Montreal and any other cities!

This summer, you want to relax and forget about school and everything. You probably want to do what you like and spend time with family, girlfriend/boyfriend, and friends. However, it is good to take time for yourself to grow and also to learn new things through reading. Reading at home can get boring if it is beautiful outside, so there are some places that I would recommend for you if you want to get out of the house to read this summer. 

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1- The Beach

The beach is the go-to destination spot during the summer. Why not get comfy laid out on a towel and work on your tan while checking that book off the list?

Also, it is a great place to go with friends and family for a friendly swimming, volleyball game and throw some frisbee. It is also a peaceful place to read while listening to your favorite music, take the vitamin D you need, get a beautiful tan as well as learning and please yourself with a book. Look out for your local beach on google map and pack a lunch and most importantly, your book. 

2- The Park

Sometimes you need a bit of white noise in the background to create the best reading environment. Whether it’s children playing on the playground or people walking their dogs, a local park is a great place to get those pages flying.

I love reading in a park personally because there are a lot of trees where you can hide underneath if it is too hot outside. Also, you can get that summer that you wanted like if you were at the beach. Also, you can pack a lunch and drinks to have a picnic with your friends, family, or boyfriend/girlfriend. 

3- By the pool

The summer heat is blazing and what better way to cool down than relaxing by the pool? In a chair in the shade or getting your feet wet, the pool is a great local way to fully enjoy your summer vacation while still breezing through your summer reading list.

You can read at your local pool while enjoying the water and also if you like reading in white noise. However, if you have a pool or your friend does, you can read in a more quiet and peaceful environment by their or your pool. Getting a tan will never have been that fun :)!

4- At a bistro/coffee place

Enjoying a cold drink at a coffee place/bistro outside is always great which makes it a great place to go read a book this summer. 

It is my favorite place in the winter to read because I can enjoy a cup of tea while reading books and do my psychology papers. I really enjoy drinking iced cappuccino and iced tea at Starbucks and press cafe. You can also eat a panini and chat with friends in an amazing setting.

5- In your car

Even if it can get hot in your car, you can open the trunk and sit on a towel looking at the view, cause you can park anywhere you want (Almost). This is why you should consider your car as a place to read.

You don’t have to let the engine work while you read but don’t forget that you can’t let the trunk open too long cause it can kill your battery. Well, it rarely happens but just in case it happens, you can’t say I did not tell you haha.  

6- By the fire

With a good lighting at night, blankets, bug spray, and a hoodie, you can read by the fire while eating marshmallows and smores. 

I find fire such a peaceful thing to look at and it also keeps you warm on cold nights when you are on a camping trip.