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!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Big Hero 6

I have to be honest. The trailers for Big Hero 6 did nothing for me. I thought it looked like a cute movie but not one that I necessarily needed to see. But then several reviewers that I trust posted glowing reviews so I decided to give it a try. In order to not look like a creeper in the theater for a children's movie I borrowed my nieces.
Based on the reviews I had read I fully expected to enjoy the movie. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. It is ridiculously adorable!! The story is action packed, funny and of course, emotional. (why didn't I take tissues with me?!?!) The message about the of family and friendship is heartwarming as well. Plus nerd power! And girl power! And diversity!! It was beautiful! You all should go see it! 

I've also found who I want to be when I grow up- GoGo Tomago. She's brilliant, sarcastic, and has fabulous hair. Seriously, can I be her?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Judge Movie Review

I fell in love with Robert Downey Jr. in 1989 when I first saw him on screen in Chances Are. From that point forward, I've been a fan. Because of that, I feel like giving an unbiased review of any of his movies is not possible. Not that my reviews are usually unbiased, I just feel like this one is even more biased than usual. This movie is a change from RDJ's most recent roles as Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes. It's a much more serious role. It's a much smaller movie. But the story is so much bigger. 

I loved The Judge. It was brutal and uncomfortable to watch in some places. Robert Downey Jr.'s character is not a nice person. But his character is redeemable and he makes little changes throughout the movie that make you believe that as the story continues beyond the screen that he becomes a better man. I love the support cast. Robert Duvall moved me to tears a couple of times. His hard headed Judge was difficult to like but I got there eventually. The brothers, Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeremy Strong, were much easier to love. As were Vera Farmiga and Dax Shepard in their roles. The entire cast was phenomenal. 

What is great about this movie is that it's been a week since I saw it and I'm still thinking about it. I'm thinking about the beauty of many different relationships that are in the movie. I'm thinking about me as a person and how I would react in the same situation. I'm thinking about my family and how I am grateful that even though we have our quirks, we're not completely dysfunctional. 

There's no question that this movie won't be the blockbuster that RDJ's movies usually are but in the eyes of this fan, it is one of his best roles. I've become an even bigger fan after seeing this movie.