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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!

Campus Call Boy, Book Review

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.


Birds of Prey, Movie Review

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.


New Release! 3rd book in the Gods of Earth Series

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.

He isn’t.

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?


1917, Movie Review

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.


Bad Boys for Life, Movie Review

Before I saw the newest Bad Boys movie, I decided to rewatch the first two movies, since the first came out in 1995 and I wasn’t sure how much of it I would remember. To be honest, it was a bit boring watching those movies again. Back when they were new, they were amazing, but now, with the effects outdated and the jokes being old, it wasn’t so thrilling.

The new movie did hold the Bad Boys recipe true. It was 90% gun fights and several high speed car chases. There are some women empowering roles thrown in, but not quite as front line as in the other movies. The characters had developed in age, and have entered new stages of their lives. There are comments made that refer back to the other movies, mostly the second one. So if you are wanting to “get” all the jokes, be sure to rewatch the second Bad Boys movie before you see this one.

With the new effects available, the car chases, fight scenes, explosions, and gunfire, are much better. Still excessive, still exaggerated, but well done, even though very unrealistic.

Overall, I would say this movie not only does the trilogy justice, but is better than the previous ones. So if you are looking for a good action movie, this should def be on your list.

 


Richard Jewell, Movie Review

I was unaware of this story until I saw the trailers. I decided to maintain my ignorance so I went into the film, not knowing if Richard Jewell was guilty or not of planting the bomb. The story does a good job of explaining the event from both sides and until the very end of the movie, a viewer like myself is left wondering if he did the crime or not. The reasons for him to do it are quite evident, but so is the supporting information saying he didn’t.

Although this plot is focused on one moment, it does a good job of keeping the audience entertained. The acting is great, and the cast was chosen perfectly. If you enjoy dramas I would highly suggest seeing it. It isn’t the most amazing movie ever, but it is one of the better ones I’ve seen this year.

The only parts I didn’t like was how the FBI was portrayed as playing games and trying to trick Richard Jewell. I don’t know if they truly did that, or if the FBI operates like that, but to me, they didn’t need to be cast in such a negative light.


Jumanji the next level, Movie Review

I am a huge fan of the first movie. The dynamics between the three male leads is great. Coming up with a fresh plot so the actors can work their magic again, a concern of mine. And I am happy to report they succeeded.

New characters are added, and more body swapping is done. I personally think this was some of the best acting I’ve seen “The Rock” ever do. He had to act like Danny DeVito–no small task. The jokes are abundant, the plot well writen, the acting great. My only complaint is the reason why they went back in the game. A new batch of in the real world characters would have done just as good for the movie, and avoided needing to create a reason for the people to go back in. But that is a very minor thing.

If you are looking for a great comedy or action movie, this is definitely the one to go see.