Friday, July 15, 2016

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

Confession: I was not a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters movie. I haven't seen more than the first one. It's not that I didn't like the first one. It's just that I saw it in the theater (yes, I am that old), and it scared me a little. Because of my wimpy nature, I never saw any of the others.

When the announcement was made about the reboot of the series, my first thought was, "meh." I didn't really care one way or another. But then the controversy about an all female cast started and I started caring. I don't do well with misogyny, especially when it invades fandom. Of course, I had to see it opening weekend. 

I went into the movie with no expectations. I was just going to be supportive of funny females. I loved it!! It was funny, action-packed, and just a little bit sentimental. The fact that three of the leads were scientists, made it even better! Yay for smart girls!!! 

If you go, make sure you stay to the end of the credits. It makes me excited for the next one! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Me Before You

When the Me Before You trailer was released, my Twitter feed exploded with friends freaking out about it. I hadn't read the book, but I watched the trailer just to see what all the fuss was about. I could see that it was something I would like, so I picked up the book.

As I read the book, I could see why everyone loved this book and movie trailer. It was beautiful and heart wrenching all at the same time. I sobbed my way through the end, and then told everyone I know that they needed to read it.

When the movie was released I thought for sure I wouldn't ugly cry, because I knew how the story ended. Yeah... guess how well that worked out for me? Luckily, I wasn't the only one crying. The story was brought to life perfectly by the actors. I can't imagine anyone else playing the roles. Sometimes it's nice to have seen the movie (or trailer in this case) before reading the book. I had Sam and Emilia in my mind before I even started. That eliminated the disappointment that so often comes from book to movie adaptations.

I know there was a lot of controversy about this movie because of the choices the main character makes. I get it. It makes me angry. I do not agree with his decisions at all. I think the important thing is to remember that this is one man's story. It's not a recommendation about how anyone should live their life. If we can't look at life through multiple different points of view, what is the point of storytelling?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory. Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.  As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .
To see a childhood hero continue to be a hero as an adult is very empowering. I grew up wanting to be Princess Leia. I was young enough that I didn't see the bronze bikini as an issue, all I saw was a BAMF who put herself on the line to rescue the love of her life, and then when things went bad, she rescued herself. I loved finding out that years later, she's still that same BAMF. I loved seeing a mature, responsible Leia that is still willing to put it all on the line for the greater good.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tale As Old As Time

When the cast was announced for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast I knew it was going to be amazing. I mean, how can you go wrong with Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Stanly Tucci and Audra McDonald? So. much. talent.

This very short sneak peek confirms that the movie is going to be phenomenal. I am so excited about this!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Castle Series Finale

Because I know you all are *dying* to know my thoughts about the Castle finale, (ok, maybe like 2 of you) here are my mostly spoiler free thoughts...
The episode itself was fine. I thought Nathan's acting was stellar (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about). I thought their reveal of the big bad was anti-climactic. There was not enough explanation
As for it being a series finale- I got closure, so I'm happy about that. It was really rushed and felt disjointed, but I guess I have to be ok with it.
I knew when they announced that Stana wasn't coming back that I wouldn't want a Beckett-less Castle, so ending the series was ok with me. I feel like ABC handled it very, very poorly. It was really disrespectful to the cast and crew who worked so hard to bring these characters to life, and to the fans who welcomed these characters into their homes every week. I would have much preferred a short 9th season (with Stana, of course) that allowed the writers to wrap up the story appropriately.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gone Too Soon

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a boy in a book. Then that boy was brought to life on screen perfectly by Jonathan Crombie, so I fell a little bit in love with him too. Today, Jonathan passed away at the very young age of 48. The part of me that always wanted to be Anne Shirley is devastated.

Goodbye Gil, we'll miss you.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

I'm not sure I should admit this, but I'm going to anyway... this made me cry. I've been super excited about the new Star Wars movie so I've been anxiously awaiting the trailer. I knew it was going to be awesome. I just didn't expect the wave of nostalgia that hit me. The music, the voice over, the next generation, and the return of old friends. After my reaction to this trailer, I'm a little worried about how I will react in the theaters.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Duff

I have to admit that I had no intention of seeing The Duff. The title alone was enough to turn me off. I was the designated ugly fat friend in high school, why would I want to go see a movie about that? But then my friends started going to see and they were posting really good reviews about it. My curiosity was piqued so a group of friends and I went to see it. I absolutely loved it! This movie is hilariously funny, touching and swoon-worthy. 

The message of accepting yourself and the importance of friendship is one that I wish I had gotten when I was in high school. I remember thinking that the labels we carried around were actually important and I based my self worth on those. If one person learns the lesson that what others think about them doesn't matter, this movie will be worth it. 

Just a warning- the movie is rated PG-13 and is definitely inappropriate for anyone younger than that. To me it was about the same as Easy A as far as what age group should see the movie. 

I'll leave you with a quote that sums up the movie perfectly and is how I try to live my life- "You're only as awesome as you think you are."

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
Once, only her own life hung in the balance...
When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.
Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. 
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.
You know those friends that you run into after a few years and it feels like no time has passed? That's what picking up this book was like. Oh, how I enjoyed being back in this world!! 

Other than a couple of issues I loved this book. It's full of action, adventure, kick-ass characters, love and friendship. 

My only issues were these:
1. I haven't read the Glass series in quite a while so I had forgotten a lot of details. There were quite a few characters and plot points that were involved in this book. I don't think you need to reread the Glass books before reading this though. I was able to piece together the forgotten plot details. 

2. I'm pretty sure I've complained about this in all of Maria's books. Her main characters never spend enough time together. Just as I wanted Kerrick and Avry to spend more of the Healer books together, I want more interaction with Yelena and Valek. I know that part of the point is that they are capable of taking care of themselves but I love it when they are together. I'm hoping with where this book left off that we will get more of them together in the next book. 

Even with those little hiccups, I'm so glad that Maria decided to continue this series. It's one of my all time favorites!!