Storks, movie review

I thought this would be mostly a kid movie, not much in it for adults. When the reviews came out and I saw the numerous one star reviews, I figured I was correct. Until I started reading the reviews. For the most part, the movie either got a four or five star, or a one start. People either hated it or loved it. Why? Well, the haters, were literally hating it for one reason. For thirty seconds, in a sequence where random couples are flashed across the screen, a few are same sex couples. Its not something I would have even noticed if I hadn’t read the reviews and been watching for it.

So ignore those idiots. I’ve seen films do much more in your face political messages than this movie did. It didn’t even feel like a political message. In this movie, you can have a baby the normal sexual way, or you can order one from a stork. Gee, I wonder which couples are going to need the storks more? I’m surprised more of the couples weren’t same sex.

So, my rant done with that. What did I think of this movie? The humor worked well. The jokes I didn’t laugh at, the kids in the theater laughed at. So the humor was spot on. The plot was good, had a few twists, some predictable, some not. The ending, where the bad stork gets his just desserts for his behavior, could have been handled better. I wasn’t a fan of him just **spoiler** dying.  It would have worked better if he’d realized the error of his way and showed some sort of reform rather than a revenge type ending.

Other than that, I had no complaints. It’s a sound movie, full of comedy for both adults and children. All ages should enjoy it.


Joy, movie review

The trailer for this movie made me expect a choppy movie full of exaggerated scenes. Hence, I never saw it in the theater. My opinion, the person who made the trailers should be fired. The story line it portrayed, was nothing like the actual movie. I finally decided to watch it when it came out on HBO and I happened to click to a channel airing it.

Turns out the story is an underdog story, one I think many women can relate to. Most of us have at one point or another, felt overwhelmed by our circumstances, which the main character definitely experiences. She’s taking care of not only her kids, but her parents-who are divorced, and even her ex. None of them are really there for her when she needs it, and refuse to accept responsibility when things fail due to their actions.

This movie is a great drama for anyone who has goals that they’ve given up on and want that extra bit of inspiration. What makes it even better is the fact its based on a true events. Overall, a well put together movie worth seeing if you haven’t already.


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, movie review

This movie was simply a delight. Much more plot and well thought out characters than you normally expect in a comedy, not to mention a comedy for children. The humor is clean, not a single bad word, and you can tell efforts were made to keep the content to an “all ages” friendly level.
I loved the fact the actors were actually children. Not adults actors cast as kids. You see so much of that. And not only were these actors/actresses actually children, but they were amazingly talented. The expressions on their faces, even crying scenes, these kids act better than most adults you see in films.
The story, is not as straight cut as you think. There’s a point where things are revealed and you’ll look back and all the pieces will fall together, but trust me, it’s a shocker and gives the movie that nice touch that so many other films seem to be missing.
The only negative comment I have is the believably of some of the stunts the kid does. But it’s a kid movie, and a comedy, both of which usually bend reality a bit, so I forgive it.
This is a must see for all ages. Does it need to be seen in theaters? Probably not, but it should be seen in whatever setting your entire family can join you for. Cause this is a great movie for kids.

Deepwater Horizon, Movie Review

The first thirty minutes or so of this movie are a bit slow paced. I get why though, it’s the bit where the writers are trying to get you connected to the characters and feel that bond so when things go awry, they aren’t just nameless faces being killed. Keeping that in mind, I think an appropriate amount of time was spent getting the audience member oriented to this world. You are also given a grade-school level orientation to how the oil rig works, just enough info to help you grasp what is happening.

If you are worried this film is attempting to do some message about how evil the oil companies are, you can rest assured that isn’t the case. At least, not from what I saw. The movie felt more like a memorial to those who lost their lives and a thanks to those who went above what was asked of them and helped to save others.

What blew me away was how “real” the movie felt. From the mundane bickering and banter between the employees–which will remind us all of our own workplaces. To the graphic accidents and injuries–which had me grimacing and cringing in my seat. I’m not an oil rig expert by any means, but the science behind it seemed to stay true as well.

This isn’t horror/action movie gore, this is in your face, based on true events drama. The film was two hours long but raced by once the action started. And even before it started, I was tensing up, waiting for the big explosion to come.

This movie gets a thumbs up from me. Yeah, you’ll have to endure some clique comments in the first thirty minutes, but the rest of the movie more than makes up for it. Seeing it in the theater is a plus, because of the explosions and camera shots of the oil rig.

Marley and Me, book and movie review

I listened to the audio version of this novel, which was read well. I’d watched the movie years ago, and rewatched it after I finished the audio book so I could adequately compare the two. The novel is translated well to the screen and I agree with most of the adjustments they did. The error I found was that in the book he isn’t writing articles about his dog for the newspapers. In the novel these are shown in a scrapbook and its hinted that they are turned into a full novel later. Instead, the novel portrays it as the author upkeeps a journal and majority of the novel stems from that. The ending in the novel also ties things up nicer, spending a good two chapters on mourning the loss of the dog, and showing how the author puts an article out about the death of his dog and gets a massive response from readers. This is then followed up by the family going to adopt a new dog that is likely to be as troublesome as the one they recently lost.

Overall I would say any lover of animals will find something relatable in this novel. You don’t have to be a dog person to enjoy it, although you probably will enjoy a bit more, especially if your pet is similar to the one being portrayed. Now my complaint is, a lot of the novel focused on poop. If there was ever a book written about fecal matter, this is it. It doesn’t get dull, the author is rather impressive in the many avenues used to display poop in the story, but it plays a very strong role in the plot. I was not a fan of that and came to dread hearing the next installment, unsure if I’d be able to stomach my next meal after listening. Other bodily functions-fur, vomit, slobber, and so on and also explained in graphic detail. So if you are squeamish–do not read this book. I mean, in a way this is a compliment, the author was able to describe these events so well, that I felt I was there, and by such, horrified and reviled. The novel nicely removes these aspects, so if you want to experience this tale without the disgusting parts, go watch the movie, don’t read the book.

Snowden, movie review

I had high expectations for this film and found myself sorely disappointed. I’m not sure who thought it would be a good idea to make a movie about someone who spends majority of their life behind a computer, but it’s as expected-boring. The fact the movie is two and half hours long doesn’t help with the fact the topic is rather dull and not action packed.

The film jumps between two time frames, the interview in the hotel room, and the various jobs Snowden held. Both time frames are boring, and really area, “paranoid geek working at a computer” and “paranoid geek sitting in a hotel room talking about working at a computer.” The acting was subpar. I know the actor for Snowden worked really hard to make himself look and sound like Snowden, but his voice came off odd. It sounded like he was trying to speak in a lower voice than what was natural for him, which was annoying for me. The other actors and actresses appeared to have also been told to sound as nerdy as possible, or as it translated to the screen, speak as nasal-y as possible.

The part I disliked the most was how Snowden’s coworkers, throughout his career, are shown to support his actions. None of them openly helped him, but it was like they silently cheered him and were grateful he was doing it. There was also a lot of praise from random people given to Snowden, which is just not something anyone wants to see on a film–a person with a huge ego getting praise to make his ego bigger.

The cool part comes at the end of the movie, so have someone wake up you up when it reaches the stage of interviews after he’s exposed everything. The real Snowden does a cameo. Once the credits start rolling, you are shown actual photos of Snowden and other such things from the real world that you just spent the last two hours watching them recreate.

This is one of those films I would recommend avoiding at all costs. Maybe watch a few scenes if you see it on television in years to come, but don’t waste money on it. It’s not dramatized enough or as I like to say, “Hollywood-ized” enough for the big screen, nor is it factually filled enough to be a documentary. Its just something between that fell flat and comes off boring.

Forager, book review

I bought this book so long ago, I don’t even remember why. It was probably on sale for free or a discounted price. Either way, something about it appealed to me and it got added to my kindle collection. At long last, I can say I finally read it. (I’m pretty sure it sat waiting for about two years.)

I’ve read a few dystopian novels, mostly the classics that have been turned into movies. This book does take an original twist on things, as much as it can, anyway. The main character has been genetically enhanced, enabling him to see through metal and in the dark. Its explained that he has bat like vision, but really, he used it like superman. I’m sorry, but bats cannot see inside solid containers. So that bit of fiction must be taken for what it is.

The cultures created in this world, seem like the author is trying to make a point about today’s society, but I never grasped it. I’d almost say the author thought it would ironic to make what seems to be a European based city (Townhome) have the mindset of the ancient Japanese culture, and give the Japanese city a European culture. That aside, it’s much more likely there is some Russian/German cold war thing going on in the European city, and the other town was merely created to be its opposite.

The characters each have a distinct personality, which is good since there are several of them and if they weren’t easily distinguished from each other, it would get confusing. The main character seemingly never gets a break, and by the end of the novel, he’s nearly dead. At least the author kept it realistic and didn’t have the guy bouncing back in a superhero pace from his injuries. Even so, with a history of brain surgery and trauma to his head, he should be a vegetable by now. I’ll be interested to see how his recovery goes in the next novel.

You can tell this is written by a novice. There are typos, common writer beginner errors, ect, but it doesn’t take away from the story. It did get a bit annoying at how long it took the main character to figure out his mystery year of amnesia, mostly due to internal voice comments that were unneeded, but aside from that, I have no complaints on the overall story. *since I bought this two yrs ago, good chance the errors have been corrected by now

The book is a good read for those who enjoy dystopian novels. I’m a bit disappointed the Skel aren’t cannibals or zombies, but instead just another surviving civilization, but meh, it was still an enjoyable novel with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

Forager by Peter R Stone