Monthly Archives: December 2014

Wild, movie and book review

I went and saw “Wild” in theaters, thinking it would be an inspirational underdog story. Maybe something like “Dallas Cowboys” or “127 hours”. I was thinking of those movies, because I knew “Wild” was about a woman who went hiking as a means to cleanse herself of drug and sex addiction problems.

Although the movie is good. It doesn’t have nearly the emotional punch that the other movies have. I think what mostly turned me off was what I’d call, “the author factor.” As in, right from the start, the author of the book makes it clear that she is an English major and that writing is her dream. I don’t think the people in “Dallas Cowboys” and “127 hours” ever thought their life torments would become a novel. But Cheryl Strayed was thinking it from point one.

It’s the same problem I often encounter when I’m watching a movie that is directed, written and the main star is the same person. A little too much, me-me-me, going on. And well, I don’t like authors who can’t shut up about being authors. Tell me your story and stop bragging about how literate you are please.

Anyway-after I saw the movie, I was left with too many questions. The movie hinted at a lot of things but didn’t tell me the whole story. So I downloaded the book and read through it in two days. And I am happy to report, the book filled in all the blanks.

So this is sadly one of those movies that you shouldn’t see, unless you’ve read the book. I mean, you’ll get the basics of what’s going on. But you’ll be left with questions.

I did enjoy the changes the movie did to the book in some aspects. But one that annoyed me is how the movie makes it seem like Cheryl is the only woman at that time to be hiking alone. In the book, guess what? She encounters several other women who are hiking alone or in groups. The movie pushed the whole, she’s the first to do this. And it’s so rare for a woman to do this. Yeah, no. She is the first to do it with little to no training. Which I would argue. In the book it’s explained that she lived, sort of as a hippie, no electricity, indoor water, ect, for most of her teenage years. So she is well versed in living “rough” as they would say.

I can only hope that anyone who sees the movie and suddenly thinks they can go hiking with little to no experience, does a little research and finds out that Cheryl had more experience than most.

The overall meaning behind the movie and book is a nice one. And if some of the egotistical nature of it all would was removed, the book would be better. Much of this is removed in the movie, you’ll be happy to know.

I’d rate it a so-so. I didn’t cry or get emotional during the movie or book. I cringed a little at the toenails falling off, but that’s probably because I’ve had that happen to me, so I could sympathize. The scenery is nice in the movie and there’s some nudity, if you’re into that. But it’s not as inspirational as other movies out there you could see. Oh, and if you’re hiker, don’t see it. From what I’ve heard, you’ll get annoyed.

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Annie (2014) movie review

This movie provided exactly what the trailer promised. If you watch the trailer and like it, then you’ll probably enjoy the movie. The acting: great, cinematography: great, story & plot: great. My favorite part were some fantastic one-liners.

A few things to keep in mind though. It is two hours long. And that’s pretty long for a musical. Yup, there is lots of singing. It is done well and in an entertaining manner but if you don’t like musicals, skip it. (it reminded me of Disney movies, but slightly more broadway-ish)

If you like Jamie Foxx, you’ll be delighted with the movie. He gives what I’d call, “his smoldering look” quite often in the movie.

Second, yes, it is very G rated, and appropriate for kids of all ages, in the fact that there is no inappropriate material in it. But again, weigh in the two hours (plus trailers) before you drag your kids to it. There were A LOT of parents having to get up and take their kids to the bathroom during the movie.

I imagine this movie doing great once its out on DVD. Your kids can watch it, sing along with the songs, and take all the breaks they need.

So my advice, skip it in the theaters and buy it on DVD.


The sex therapist, by Ashley Snow, book review

This book is a good example of why women authors rule the genre of “erotica” books. If you are a man, you would likely enjoy this read. But as a woman, well, I found the women in the book unrealistic. Unless the women in this book are all prostitutes or being drugged… which, maybe later on in the series there’s a plot twist and we find out they are all prostitutes. Could be.

The captivating part to me was the main character has the same name as the author. So, I’m guessing both are fake. And a quick google search shows that the name seems to be a play on a famous model/erotic dancer. But it does leave me curiously wondering if there’s a real life therapist out there who is fantasizing about owning a club and having sex with all his clients.


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Dragons, unicorns, fairies, zombies… and Santa.
At the center of it all stands Dee, a man immortalized in legend as Decompose. An ongoing war between unicorns and dragons has led to the creation of a plague… a deadly infection Dee is the host for. Not quite human, but not a unicorn either, Dee and the plague form a symbiotic relationship, resulting in immortality of the undead kind.

Every ruling Empire has desired control of Decompose. Controlling the infection means control of the people. An intervention of an old rival, Santa, results in Dee going missing. When he resurfaces decades later, Dee has one goal: locate the mythical cure to his plague.

However, complications of the heart force Dee to decide whether he truly wants to find the cure and give up being Decompose.


Flutter, (3rd book in my blood approves series) by amanda Hocking, book review

This book continued the love triangle between Peter, Jack and Alice. Alice is now with Jack and all seems well. Except now, we are being shown the truth behind Peter’s actions and we find out he is actually in love with Alice. Everything he did was to benefit her. And Jack now seems like a selfish jerk.

So me, the reader, is now rooting for Alice to be with Peter. When I figured out this is never going to happen, my desire to read the book dwindled. Because now, I dislike Alice for continuing to be with Jack when Peter has now been painted as the better match for her.

I mean, the poor guy keeps making sacrifices for Alice and never getting her, he just gets more miserable. Who wants to read about that?

The fourth book looks to be more of the same. And there’s no fifth book on the horizon.