Movies

7 Films for Rainy Days

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I’ve been going through my DVD collection recently and found a couple old favorites that are good for Fall, for rainy days, generally any time.

They aren’t perfect films and some didn’t age as well as other perhaps but I enjoyed them, they always make me smile and are well worth catching if you haven’t seen them already!

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Books, Movies, Other

Contemplating Changing Opinions & Blogging Life

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So at the end of September I will have had this blog for 4 years. I was looking back over old posts to see if my opinions had changed about anything. I reread a couple of books I’ve loved in the past. I rewatched a bunch of movies. Probably the big one this year I’ve tried the whole audio book thing again.

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Other

Happy Birthday Harry… a Tag & a Ramble

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I was tagged by the awesome blogger Sophia Ismaa in the Harry Potter Tag! And since today (July 31st) is Harry’s birthday it seemed like fortuitous timing. Also now I can totally (and completely unjustifiably) pat myself on the back and tell myself I’m working on tags.

So below I answer the questions and possibly ramble about Harry. FYI I took the Pottermore quiz to answer the first three questions in said tag.

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Movies, Other

The Blind Spot Series 2018

Blind Spot 2018

Seeing as how it’s a New Year and movie award season I’m going to try to participate in the Blind Spot Series hosted by The Matinee blog I’ve read this series on several blogs for at least a year now and I really want to push myself to see more films that have fallen by the wayside.

So I hope that I can manage one a month! Below are my choices for the year:

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Books, Movies, Other

2017 Mid-Year Wrap-Up!

Hela Breaks the Hammer

Prediction for the end of the year: I will own an embarrassing amount of Hela merchandise!

I’m going to keep this round-up of the first part of 2017 super simple and try not to cry about the fact that we’re halfway through because while 2017 might be halfway over, at least entertainment wise, I think the fun stuff is still to come.

Favorites and Recommendations Below:

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Books

Radiance

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Radiance

Author: Catherynne M. Valente

Genre: SciFi/ Alt History

Grade: A-

I’m going to quote the original Amazon blurb that first made me say, “What the hell?”

 “Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own, from Catherynne M. Valente, the phenomenal talent behind the New York Times bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.”

Yep, there’s a lot going on in this book. So I’m going to try to be far less wordy. Basically Severin Unck, renowned film maker and daughter of famous director and inter-galactic Playboy Percy (who shoots Gothic romances on the moon) goes missing while investigating the mystery of Adonis. A small-town on the callowhaling world of Venus that has also disappeared off the face of the, well, Venus leaving behind nothing but a small boy with a damaged hand who seems stuck in a time loop.

This book really tells the whole story of her life as well as the people around her, father, multiple stepmothers, and lover. It jumps through time and POV’s and is told through official interviews, recordings, radio broadcasts and (in some cases confusingly) the story of Percy trying to finish the movie of his daughters life and finding it quite difficult.

I’m going to be honest. I found it a little frustrating at times because the mystery of Severin’s disappearance was a pretty good one. All the stuff on Adonis is top-notch. Valente is a great writer overall but I found her setting the scenes here really first class. I was creeped out. I was frightened. I wanted to know more but you’d be there and then you’d be jumping around to the moon, to Pluto, to a thousand different places. All really thought out but taking you away from the heart of the mystery.

Further more you had Percy’s movie about Severin which kept being changed until you had to question which parts were real and which parts were his writing her ending for her.

Strangely I had faith throughout the novel that Valente would be able to pull it all together and she does, in a way. But it’s the end that leaves me kind of torn. I can’t say that I loved it or was completely pleased with it but I can say that I’m still thinking about it. The deeper meanings and the overall beauty of this story that is this crazy and unimaginable universe told through the lens of movie making and Hollywood somehow is so familiar to still make sense.

I think a person can come at this book from so many different angles and take so many different things from it that it would be hard not to appreciate it.

What is the real story? What is the truth versus the movie? The importance of love. The heart of the universe. A father’s love for his daughter. A daughter’s need to break away from it. Each individuals place in the universe. Humanity’s place in the universe. Why did they wind up making movies on the moon?

Recommend: Yes.  If the blurb interests you it’s worth a read. I’m still thinking about it several days later and yes, I think it would be an amazing movie!

Movies

Pan

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Pan

Director: Joe Wright

Grade: C

 I really wanted to see this movie for the longest time. Something about the preview just caught my attention so when the reviews were so bad I was more than a little bummed. I wound up going this week because I had a free pass so I figured why not?

 Is it as bad as critics say? Eh, probably not.

 Is it a great movie? No, definitely not.

 This is a Peter Pan origin story with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Levi Miller as Pan. Miller is one of the bright spots of this movie. He’s a really good child actor and I always bought him as Peter. It’s a pretty movie.

 For some reason I would wear Tiger Lily’s costume and make-up.

 And yeah, everything else was just kind of there.

 Two big problems stood out however. One being the use of the music. By now everyone probably knows about the Smells Like Teen Spirit thing, I knew it going in and it stuck out like a sore thumb anyway. My friend, who still enjoyed the movie, put that as his number one WTF kind of moment. Doesn’t work in the movie at all.

 Also I generally find that when characters in movies ask if you’re entertained you probably don’t want the audience to say, “Not in the way you wanted.” Sorry Blackbeard.

 Second thing. Garrett Hedlund/Hook. I don’t know what was going on here. I usually like him but he was hamming it up more than Jackman. The character was all over the place. I hated the manner of speaking that he used and I really had to wonder if he wasn’t getting directed or if someone was directing him that way which is a way scarier thought.

 But I think in the end the problem was in a script that had way to much going on anyway they never, ever wanted you to forget who Hook turns into. You’re supposed to like him and root for his friendship with Pan even though he’s constantly saying he’s a liar and there were way to many anvils about the future of said friendship.

 Overall, it wasn’t horrible. I was disappointed but I’ve been spoiled recently. It also drags in places so I’m not sure if it would hold the attention of young children and there’s a lot about the fate of Peter’s mother that could potentially upset some kids.

 Recommend: Overall No. Honestly, if not for the free pass I was willing to wait until I could rent it. Which will probably be soon!

 HAPPY WEEKEND!!