McFarland USA, movie review

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for an underdog or Cinderella story. Right from the start, the movie has you rooting for Coach White, when he demeans the egotistical quarterback on his football team. He’s trying to teach the kids respect and they aren’t having any of it. So of course, when he goes to a primarily Mexican town, he settles in nicely. The youth of Mexico can be quite respectful toward their elders and Coach White is a fan of hard workers.

The movie, based on a true story, shows you how two cultures can meld and how people with completely different cultural backgrounds can come together and find a way to heal each other’s wounds.

If you are looking for an uplifting, inspirational movie, this is definitely a movie to see.

A note to parents, it very G, only a few cuss words, and moderate blood. But the plot is slow and kids are likely to be bored.


Imitation Game, movie review

I was under the guise this would be a boring history movie. That’s what the trailers seem to suggest. However I caught wind that the main character is actually a homosexual, trying to conceal those desires during a time when it’s illegal and you can be put in jail for it.

The drama behind the character, his origins and first love, which then spurred his desire to create an intelligent machine, is what allured me to see the movie.

Yes, there are historical tidbits in the movie, for those who are into such things. But this is really a drama about love, loss, and learning to accept those who are different. Sadly, it does not have a happy ending, but those stories rooted in history rarely do.

I would suggest seeing it. The movie should appeal to a wide variety of tastes.


DUFF movie and book review/comparison

After watching the movie DUFF. I discovered there was a book! I immediately downloaded and read the entire book in one setting. Sadly, the main aspect I liked from the movie, was not in the book. I liked how in the movie, Bianca and Wesley were in the same social class. They were next door neighbors who used to play together as kids. But now they’d grown up and grown apart. The movie is about them falling back into their friendship and finding out that they mean more to each other than they want to admit. It’s the age old story of falling in love with your best friend.

In the book, not so much. Wesley is an outrageously super rich kid, who fills the void of his absent parents with girls. Super hot, super rich, every girls wants him, it’s a bit too much. In the movie, the kid is made an equal, he even has faults, he’s shown as failing one of his classes. No mention of school troubles are shown in the book. He’s basically perfect in every way, except all the sex he enjoys having. And even that is a plus, cause that is exactly what Bianca, the DUFF, ends up wanting.

In the movie, her parents are already divorced and she has a stable home life. In the book, the break-up is just starting. Her father falls off the wagon and begins drinking. And Bianca has issues with a past boyfriend. All problems she wants to forget about. What better way to do that, than having sex with the hottest boy in school? And it’s what he does, he sleeps with girls to fill his own void. It’s a perfect match up.
In the movie, that is not the theme. There is not nearly as much sex, I mean, this book had more than most eroticas I’ve read. Which shocked me since this is a book targeted at teenagers.

There is a nice moral to it all. In the end, Bianca stops judging people and learns that everyone is a DUFF in some way. No one is good at everything. And she attempts to make her relationship with Wesley more healthy, not sure that will happen, but the reader can make their own conclusions.

Movie comments:

This movie was entertaining, but not entirely what I was expecting. The main plot wasn’t as original as I was hoping. Basically, smart girl needs dating and social advice, jock is failing science and needs tutoring, so the two team up and end up falling for each other.

Some aspects of the movie were unbelievable, but a lot of comedies are going in that direction these days. There was one scene, a montage of trying on clothes in a mall, that was almost painful to watch. I was desperately hoping it would end soon, because you felt uncomfortable watching it. (the girl is making out with a mannequin and they just take it too far) And of course, a video of that scene was then sent to the entire school, so you got to watch bits of the incident for the entire movie.

Overall I did enjoy the movie. There were some original lines of dialogue and the acting was spot on. The chemistry between the two main leads made up for what could have been a boring predictable plot. If the movie hadn’t included so much weirdness, I would have rated it up there with “She’s All that” (1999). The story and lessons the characters learn are very similar.

It’s not as family friendly as I was expecting. There are some cuss words, but nothing you won’t hear on television. There are a lot of penis and boob talk, for comedic factor, which may not be appropriate for all.

If you are looking for a comedy, that has a bit of weird humor in it, and a happy ending, then I’d suggest seeing it.


Hyper Ashley’s book review of Amaranthine

Today is the last day of my virtual book tour and my stop was Hyper Ashley’s book blog!

Here is a sample of her review.

“This was such an interesting book. Like I said I loved this take on zombies, you never really hear about the creator of the disease in books. Usually characters are just trying to survive but not The Great Decompose (Dee) he is searching for the cure. I really liked Dee, I don’t even care that he was the one responsible for creating the zombies in the first place. He was a strong and unique character.”

To read the full review, check out her website! Amaranthine is available now on Amazon kindle and paperback.


Books are love, book review of Amaranthine

Part of my virtual book tour, here’s another review, this one by Books are love

Here’s a sample:

“Overall this was a interesting and good book. I enjoyed the story and loved the fantastical aspects of it. Never knew Santa had so much power wow. Loved all the different types of characters and what they could do. I loved how the emperor changed his opinion of Dee and fought for him when he saw that Dee was good inside and was fighting for love.”

See the full blog tour at Sage’s Blog Tours


Fifty Shades of Grey, movie and book review

I’ll admit, it’s helpful to read the book before you see the movie. Things aren’t explained as thoroughly, which is often the case in a book to movie adaptation. A few times I felt the need to whisper something to my husband so he wouldn’t be lost. Although, I think he’d long since fallen asleep and quit paying attention.

There’s no over-voice, like in Twilight. So you don’t have to worry about hearing Ana’s internal thoughts. In the book, many of us were annoyed by them, so this is a plus. The jealousy is toned down, a lot. On both Ana and Grey’s side. There’s a few hints, but really it’s not there. In the book it was massive. Ana is jealous of the previous submissives and Mrs Robinson (the woman who introduced Grey to this sadism world). And Grey is jealous of every man in Ana’s life. Like I said, this is only in the book, only minimal traces are in the movie.

The whole, Ana being so nervous she never eats when around Grey, and him then being annoyed at her losing weight, is not in the movie. Some of his demands are also gone, like forcing her to exercise with a personal trainer, get waxed, eat only what he says, and so forth. The movie focuses the contract purely on sexual things.

The secondary characters are given very little screen time. In the book some of them play major roles. In the movie, they are glossed over. It works ok. If you read the book you’ll go, “oh that’s so and so.” And you might get a little thrill out of seeing them on the screen and a boost of pride at remembering them from the book. For those who haven’t read the book, you probably won’t notice them at all. Most of them are lucky if they even get a line of dialogue.

If you’ve read the book, you’ll know there is so much sex, it starts to get boring. Well, no worries with the movie adaptation. The sex scenes are cut down dramatically and the movie focuses on the story, not the sex. If you want to see the sex, I’m sure you can find some porn version to watch. The version in the theaters is not that kind of movie.

There is sex and nudity though. Grey takes his shirt off more than he does in the book. So you’ll see the cigarette burns right away. You’ll get plenty of butt and boob shots too. There’s glimpses of public hair, but nothing more. The directors took a more artful and elegant approach to everything. Trying to go for an emotional effect, rather than a graphic porn image. To me, it worked well.

There were a lot of things that were cut, not just sex scenes either. Less emails back and forth between Grey and Ana. Lots of subplots were cut, even those involving the main characters. But the main story line stays true. And the characters match those in the book. There is a lot of dialogue that is straight from the book.

Overall, I’d say if you read the book, you’ll enjoy the movie. If you haven’t read the book and don’t intend too, but you’re curious what all the talk is about. Then go see the movie. It’ll give you an idea of what everyone is talking about, and it’ll be easier to watch the movie than read the entire book. If you’re going because you are hoping to see sex and get aroused, you’ll be disappointed. This movie is a romance, a twisted dark romance, but a romance just the same. It’s not a porn.

I will say, my husband went with me, and he was bored. Most men don’t like romances, especially the serious kind. This was like a Lifetime movie or soap opera, with amazing acting. Did I mention the acting was spot on?

So girls go see it. Don’t worry, there are no scenes that will make you blush with embarrassment. It is R rated, but nothing beyond that. So don’t take your kids. But you could see it with your grandma.


Donnie Darko Girl’s book review of “Amaranthine”

Part of my virtual book tour, another book blogger has reviewed my novel. This one has no spoilers. Here’s a sample from her review.

Amaranthine is a novel I believe will appeal to fans of any or all of the genres it includes. It gives a fresh take on zombies – they aren’t all like the zombies you’re used to – and I loved the space travel aspect of the novel. I haven’t seen a novel mixing these genres together before, and it’s a cleverly written mashup of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. And there are unicorns! Did I mention unicorns?!”

To see the whole review please visit her blog: Donnie Darko Girl


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