The overall plot was okay for this movie. But the implementation left something to be desired.
The sound effects were horrible. There were times when a person who was speaking could only be heard from one side of the theater. I could tell it was intentional, but not at all needed, and just messed with your perception of things. Which may have been the point, but it was silly. When inside a house, you could hear sirens and such outside, which just had me wondering why? There was no point to me hearing those things. The instrumental music in the background would get very loud in an attempt build the drama, but it was distracting and pulled me from the story. I would have rather had silence. The whole movie felt like the people doing the music and sound effects were running the show. The sounds literally felt like the most important aspect of the entire film.
The only scene that ran smoothly and seemed realistic, was when the sisters are in a restaurant and the waiter keeps coming by to take their order and they tell him they aren’t ready. They drew this scene out so much, it seemed more important than anything else. I assume the writers had this happen to them and were trying to make a point of how annoying it can be. But it was not appropriate for the film and just slowed things down for no reason.
Overall, it was a flop and I would not suggest seeing it. If anything, see it at home, so you know the weird effects are truly part of the movie and not sounds from the movie next door. Cause that’s what I was wondering half the time.
As with any independently published book, there are some small typos, grammar, and wrong words used here and there. It’s nothing too jarring, and only jostled me from the story a few times.
The writing is very simple and easy to speed read through. As other reviews have mentioned, the story starts off strong and original. But I too was a bit thrown when the main character is thinking of upending his life for a guy he just met. In the span of the book, he dates the guy for 2 weeks total. And he is willing to give up his career of 3 years for him. It took him 3 years to go from prostitution gigs that were $60 to high end rollers who pay over a grand for each encounter. To me, that’s a bit much. Who throws their career away for someone they know for two weeks? The author could have easily fixed this, by skipping some time, and have them date for months, rather than days. The same goals for the main plot would have been accomplished, and the offense that the boyfriend feels when he finds out about the prostitution would have also been more realistic. He’s in tears about it, and come on, two weeks in? There’s no exclusive commitments made that early on, he shouldn’t be that in love or that upset.
The ending of the book felt rushed. Again, if the timeline had been spread out longer, it would have been better. The heated drama and risk of life, just gets summed up in a few paragraphs, and the story ends with a nice monologue of “this is what happened” that puts a nice bow on things.
I know all that may have made it sound like a horrible book, but honestly it was a great read. Once the obsessive boyfriend part kicked in, the book was one I couldn’t put down. I was often screaming at the character not to do things.
So if you are looking for a fun read with some drama and heated sex, this is a good one to pick up.
Campus Call Boy Kindle link.
I had high expectation for this movie, since suicide squad was good. I expected this one to at least be as good as that. I mean, its part of the DC world line up, and all the Batman and Superman movies were good, right?
Yeah… no. This one, just did not make the cut. I don’t know if its because it was made so long after the others or what. But it didn’t feel like it had the same writers or producers. It had big name actors, and it had the kind of special effects you’d see in a big budget film. But the plot was just plain silly. Maybe that’s what they were going for?
The actors seem to be intentionally ugly. And if they have the potential to be attractive, they are put in clothing to make them look ugly. The wardrobe looks chosen by a five-year-old. The characters all act like no one would act. It’s obvious they want the main characters to be strong women, but the idea is pushed so hard its painful. You can make a movie about women, without it being obvious you are doing that on purpose. Things happen with an outlandish amount of coincidence. I’m willing to forgive some, because it is a movie, but this is like watching a cartoon.
Its not what I was expecting. Its a big feminist type push, with nothing appealing visually and no intellectual stimulation. No humor and only cartoon-ish action.
Skip it. Nothing happens in it that will be relevant in later DC movies. I imagine the movie series will do its best to pretend this movie never happened.
Muse of a God: Gods of Earth Series Book 3 (Amazon link)
Lawrence, who prefers to go by Laurie, is one of those gifted performers that everyone envies because he always gets the lead role.
Carter is a god with a shaded past. He created a planet… and then helped parasite type symbiotes destroy it. His current time on Earth is to prove he is rehabilitated.
But he is good at manipulation. He wants to stay close to the two scientists who will discover a means to save Earth once Carter brings the symbiotes to it. One of them is Laurie’s roommate in college. Which means Laurie is Carter’s best means to befriending the scientists.
A not so chance encounter and some mocking, gets Laurie to join the lacrosse team Carter is on. Seducing him is easy enough, but Laurie quickly proves refreshingly unpredictable and his quick tongue makes Carter reconsider his choices to stay loyal to his previous love who controls the symbiotes.
But can Carter’s growing affection toward Laurie be enough to convince him to save Earth rather than destroy it?
Not sure how much of this is a true story. I imagine its more a compilation of many soldiers telling their stories and it being put into one movie. Because the individual tales do seem very grounded in reality, but the overall one and all that the solider goes through might be a bit much for one person.
What I enjoyed the most is the style the movie was shot in. There are no scene breaks. The movie appears as if its all one long take, with a camera following the characters the entire time. There are a few tricks, like the scene going dark, or looking at a wall for a moment, where there was likely a scene break. But this style of footage makes the audience feel they are truly there with the characters, trudging along with them thru the mud and racing away from the gunfire.
The story itself has some plot twists that are unexpected. I can’t say much without giving the plot away, but it is a good one. The events are relatable, and it’s very easy to picture yourself right there with the character, experiencing his struggles.
It’s one of the best war movies I have seen in a while, and I highly recommend it.