Monthly Archives: February 2015

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

Amaranthine book review

My novel’s second book review! Part of my Virtual book tour. Check out Amaranthine’s review on Bell, Book and Candle.


“Jupiter Ascending” movie review

The reviews for this movie prepared me for the worst. But, to me, the movie isn’t nearly as bad the reviews claim.

First the plot. Yes, there are a lot of secondary plots that get confusing. But the main plot makes sense. I don’t get why so many people are saying they left the theater saying they had no idea what they’d just watched. But yes, some reviewers were confused, cause I reread the reviews after I saw it, and I think they slept through part of the movie.

I normally don’t do a plot synopsis in my reviews, but since there’s so much confusion and no else is providing a decent one. Here’s mine.

There are three siblings, son 1, son 2 and daughter. Their mother died and left bits of the universe to each of them. Son 1 got planet Earth and Planet Jupiter, maybe our whole galaxy, not sure, but the big deal is he got Earth. Son 2 has a lot of planets, but their total doesn’t come close to what Earth is worth. The daughter, has planets too, but the amount never comes up.

How do you rate the value? Well, all these planets are used for harvesting. Basically they “seed” a planet with human DNA. Once the planet population reaches a point that the planet cannot support it, they harvest all the people. It takes 100 people to make one Pringle can sized serum. This serum is used to keep people young. The three sibling are all between 10-20 thousand years old. Their mother was 91,000, if I’m remembering correctly.

Well, son 2 finds out how much Earth is worth, and he’s jealous. I guess he was mom’s favorite. So he decides to find their reincarnated mother. Turns out, that since they use their DNA to “seed” the planets, sometimes an exact replica of themselves can show up. Their mother knew about this and wrote up a will so her replica would get her inheritance back. What all that includes besides Earth, I’m not sure.
Son 2 thinks if he finds their new mom, he will get Earth. Son 1 finds out and sends his own folks in to find the mom. Daughter also sends in a group. Hence, the abduction of the girl named Jupiter, who is the reincarnation of their mother.

Each siblings kidnaps Jupiter at one point or another, and she falls in love with one of the people sent to hunt her too. He’s a half wolf-half human solder thing. I’ll admit I sorta zoned out during the scenes where they explained his backstory. It was one of those side plots that they should have left out.

The acting, pretty good. They lines were sometimes cheesy, but the actors did the best they could with what they were given.

The special effects were very “oh I’m watching CGI right now” and it was easy to imagine the actors flying around in front of a green-screen. I accidently went to a 3D showing. It did all some value I think, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t usually like 3D. I did zone out a little during some of the fight scenes.

One fight scene, while Jupiter and wolf guy are flying around in the sky, was artfully beautiful. But it gets repetitive when wolf guy says, “hold on” and then she totally falls off of him. Then this happens like six more times. You’d think someone would have figured out the plan wasn’t working. Toward the end of the movie there’s a scene where she’s running around in a collapsing building for no reason other than to let us see her do a couple more really long falls. The movie really should have been called Jupiter descending, cause she falls A LOT.

In the end, the movie is a mix of “The Fifth Element” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But not as good as either. If you liked those movies, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

Day #2 of my virtual book tour!

Today is the second day of my virtual book tour for Amaranthine! Be sure to check out my interview with Emily!

To view the entire book tour, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tour, go here

Two signed copies of my book will be given away at the end of the tour.

The Boy Next Door, movie review

From the start this movie seemed to have a formula in place and attempted to write some kind of story to make that formulaic plot make sense. Normally it’s something you see in Science Fiction, not… well whatever this was.

Cute boy moves in next door to a woman who is currently separated from her husband. They have a teenage son, fifteen-ish. The cute boy moves in to take care of his uncle who is getting a transplant. I missed the first few minutes, which would have given more background. But from what I gather the kid is at least eighteen, yet in high school.

Cute boy befriends the teenage son and uses him to manipulate the mother and father. He is obsessed with the mom, I think there are mommy issues going on, but it’s never made clear. Using various forms of manipulation and intimidation, he seduces the mom. Then he goes into super stalker mode.

The cute boy has bursts of anger, which start off as intriguing. But then at the end of the movie, it just spirals out of control. We go from watching a psychological thriller to an all-out horror complete with jabbing syringes into eyes. Yeah… a lot of us were squirming in our seats and saying, why, why did they go there? Why?

The actors did what they could with the script. But like I said, the movie felt like it was following a formula the entire time. I could mentally check each block as they used a scene to fulfill it. And then the end just went crazy.

If you like slow paced horror movies, then this one might be enjoyable. But you have to wait until the very end to get that slap-stick made for tv horror. Until then you have to find your enjoyment in staring at the gorgeous bodies of Ryan Guzman and Jennifer Lopez. That’s really the biggest appeal.