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About mizner13

Welcome to my blog! I live in Florida with my husband and our Kitty, a rescued Abyssinian. I have several novels published under the name "Nina Schluntz". I’m an avid movie goer, so most of my blog posts will be a review of the most recent movie I happened to see. Sometimes I’ll mix it up and read a book too. Or… my favorite, I’ll see the movie then read the book it was based on!

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, movie review

The first movie, “The Nut Job” was actually the first movie I ever reviewed on my blog. So of course I had to see the sequel and come full circle on this series.

The movie is now centered on the animals protecting their park. Things go to wild extremes, but we do take some time to learn back stories on a few of the characters and its nice to see them develop a bit more. Some of the lines are stolen from other things, and not all that original. I guess the movie makers were hoping having an animals say it would add enough new zing that no one would care.

Overall its entertaining, I laughed a few times, but again, like I said about the first movie, majority of it is predictable, and the younger crowd is likely to enjoy it far more than adults.

The Nut Job


Spiderman: Homecoming, movie review

A different take on the spider man movies for sure. What makes this one different is the focus on Peter’s real life. He’s a normal kid going to school. He even gets a best friend, who really makes the difference. We can all see a bit of ourselves, or relate to someone like his friend. His world seems real, and it makes the supernatural parts work all the better.

The ties to the other movies are minimal. So if you haven’t seen the other marvel movies, but want to see spider man, you can, and you won’t be lost.

Great acting, great effects, well told story, overall I have no complaints. It’s a great movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you do!


War for the Planet of the Apes, movie review

So… I should have done a refresher with the other Ape movies before I saw this one. I hadn’t realized how much they would all tie together. I barely remember the others, because they are spread out so much. The main ape is the same, and the focus of the film is almost entirely on him.

We see the end of the humans coming, as they are losing their ability to speak and think in a higher form. And more apes are gaining the higher thought processes and speech. The trailers didn’t portray this well. The movie was more about this transition, than it was a battle between the crazed general, whom even the remaining humans are against.

Overall it is a good movie, on par with the previous Ape movies


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, movie review

So this was done by the same person who directed “The Fifth Element.” The world seemed similar to the society he created in that film and I found many similarities. The plot was good, its a nice little adventure that keeps your attention.

Where the movie failed to live up to success of “The Fifth Element” was the casting. There was no Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, or Gary Oldman, and those guys made “The Fifth Element” what it was. The actors in “Valerian” had no chemistry with each other. They were mostly emotionless robots, and the romance was just unbelievable. The aliens had more acting ability.

If you want to see some action and great special effects, this is a good film to see. But the acting is horrible.


The Emoji Movie, movie review

A cute movie, geared mostly for kids. I heard several of them laughing during the film. A few jokes had delayed laughter as it required a bit of thinking to realize what was happening. The plot was a bit predictable. Of course the Emoji who is different than everyone else is going to change his mind about removing his ability and then save the day.

But the film was entertaining and short enough that it’s a perfect flick to see with the kiddos.


13 Reasons Why, book and movie review

A friend of mine mentioned this show, so when I subscribed to Netflix for a month, I decided to check it out. The first episode wasn’t all that great to me, and the girl who had killed herself came off as a sociopath who was having too much fun with this game of telling people how they contributed to her killing herself.

Despite that, I watched a few more episodes, and I can say, that after episode one, the show really opened up and became relatable. The characters were all experiencing things that most of us probably saw or went through ourselves in high school. I now understood the appeal of the show. I also saw the romanticizing of the death that critics had gotten so worked up about. However, those critics must not have stuck around for the entire 13 episodes, because yes, the first nine episodes are relatable things that we could all experience and imagine doing, but the last four episodes, oh my goodness.

The show gets super dark. People are dying, getting raped, fights, more suicides, I mean, the amount of drama that will just break your heart in this show will put any soap opera to shame.

As I watched the show, I also read the book. This was one of those rare times where it was faster to read the book than watch the show. Each chapter, which was an episode, could easily be read in fifteen minutes.

In the books, Clay listens to the tapes in one night. Start to end, with him adding his own internal dialogue mixed in with the tapes. It makes for an interesting narration of the novel and it worked well.

The show had Clay take a week or more to get through the tapes, and his day to day life filled up most of the time. The secondary characters all got full back stories, to include the addition of several homosexual characters which are not in the book.

The ending of the novel is also not as dark as the tv show. I was bawling during those last four episodes, but didn’t bat an eye when I read the book. So, to me, the translation from book to show was done wonderfully.

Hannah’s words were verbatim from the novel, from what I could tell, which was a nice touch.

Overall, I would recommend this book and show for anyone who enjoys a good drama. The book is well written and the style unique. The acting and additional plot lines in the tv show, well above what I usually see in movie theaters.


Transformers: The Last Knight, movie review

Well. I’m not sure where to start with this one. There’s a rule where people say you shouldn’t put too many supernatural things into one book or movie because the plot gets hard to follow and people won’t find it relateable or realistic. This film decided to ignore that rule.

Now, I’m not a follower of the original Transformers lore, so I’m not sure if this came from that, or if this was really just made up by this current screen writer. Either way, it just didn’t work.

Somehow, transformers were connected to King Arthur and Camelot, ancient druids, Nazis, hidden conspiracies on “National Treasure” type level, and there’s blood magic, so only people of a certain decent can save us. There’s more too, I just can’t remember it all because it was so all over the place. I mean, half the world is now dystopian and the other half perfectly fine, how does no one see the split personality thing going on here?

The action is good, although it felt like the transformers were all moving through mud in slow motion. They walked faster in the other movies. The science is insane and beyond outrageous.

The acting is over the top. I mean, the actors know it’s a crazy movie, its like they just opted to be insane too and collect the paycheck.

The whole point of the movie is to market a new line of toys, but the monsters are so pointy and deadly, that the toys made after them look nothing like them, because uh, they would kill the kid. So… we sorta missed the mark on that one. Even I was seduced and would love a figurine of the three headed dragon, even though he only had five seconds of screen time. Does he exist in plastic? No, at least not in any manner that looks like him in the movie.

So, all in all, a giant flop. I’m not even sure I would recommend this to action movie junkies. Maybe if you want to stare at fancy cars for a while, this might be worthwhile for you… maybe.