Why I Didn’t Write a Review of Mockingjay – Part 2

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Hi everyone,

I don’t do a lot of movie reviews, but I try to write about every movie I see in theaters. And, of course, I saw Mockingjay – Part 2 in theaters the week it came out. I had been waiting for this since last Thanksgiving, especially since I didn’t know what happened.

That’s why I don’t think I should do a review on it. I didn’t read the book. How can I give an accurate review without a comparison to the book?

However, I will just briefly comment on what I thought of it and what I liked and didn’t like. Jennifer Lawrence was awesome as usual. I thought the movie was pretty epic and I wasn’t disappointed with the climax of the series. I thought it could be a major let down, but it wasn’t. I think it would have been better if I didn’t know who lived and who died. I pretty much had the ending completely spoiled for me. Although, I did think they didn’t accurately portray the characters’ emotions and/or didn’t show enough emotion.

Quick rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Just thought I would comment a bit. Until next time!

Think my choice to not review Mockingjay was justified or not? Comment below!

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Movie Review – The Intern

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Hi everyone,

I know I don’t do very many of these, but that’s because I don’t go to the movies a lot. I just recently went to “The Intern”, my first movie in months. Here’s the summary from IMDb:

“70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.”

First of all, I want to address the general criticism that the movie has received. A lot of people said it was cliche and predictable. And I agree with that to an extent. It was somewhat predictable and cliche, but I though it was very heartwarming and cheery. I think it was written and made to be a feel-good and happy movie, and it achieved just that.

I didn’t think it was as cliche as everyone made it out to be. The plot may have been predictable by the very end but I thought the senior intern idea was new. I’ve never heard of that being done before. Also, I was really glad that Matt and Jules didn’t get a divorce. I was sure they were going to. In that sense, it wasn’t predictable at all.

I also thought it was very funny. Especially the scene where they break into the mom’s house to delete an email. OMG I was crying it was hilarious!

I also personally love Anne Hathaway, so that was my main reason for seeing it. I don’t normally see these types of movies.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. But like I said, it’s not my type of movie and I probably wouldn’t see it again unless someone asked me specifically if I wanted to watch it.

Have any thoughts about the movie? Comment below!

New Disney/Marvel Movies – Release Dates

Hi everyone,

I just saw this article on thefandom.net that everyone needs to read! It lists the new Disney movies to be released within the next few years!

And included in this list, obviously, are the new Marvel movie releases, since Disney bought out Marvel.

The list includes:

  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
  • Cars 3 – Summer 2017
  • Coco – November 22, 2017
  • Black Panther – February 16, 2018
  • Captain Marvel – March 8, 2018

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  • Gigantic – March 9, 2018
  • Toy Story 4 – June 15, 2018
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018

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  • The Incredibles 2 – 2019

I’m so excited! But I sense that there are a few missing…

What about the new live-action Jungle Book and Doctor Strange?

       

Don’t worry, I have the info. Doctor Strange will be released November 4,  2016 and Jungle Book will be released April 15, 2016.

I think I’m going to start a calendar for all of these. What do you think?

Until next time!

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Top Tuesdays #3: Top 5 Movies Based on Books That Were a Total Bust

Hi everyone,

I don’t think I ever mentioned it before: my Top Tuesdays posts are an adaptation of The Broke and The Bookish‘s original tag. I’ve been trying to make it my own by picking my own topics instead of following their schedule and only doing 5 instead of 10 (mainly because I can’t usually think of 10).

This week’s Top Tuesdays post is about the movies all the book nerds were super excited about but then were utterly disappointed with the movie itself. Yes, we’ve all been there, and I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 I think are the most heart-wrenching.

1. Eragon

This was probably the biggest disappointment of a movie ever. No offense to the directors or anything. This book, especially since I love dragons, was one of my absolute favorites. I was so excited when this movie was coming out and I got it as soon as it came out on DVD. I couldn’t even get through the whole thing. Didn’t follow the book, and it wasn’t well done. 😥

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This movie was, for me personally, the most disappointing. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the first Harry Potter movie that I was old enough to see in theaters when it came out. I read the book again beforehand, just because I was so excited. Then I went and watched it. Half of the book wasn’t even in the movie. They cut out quidditch entirely. I hated it.

3. Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters

I’ve never actually seen this movie, but I heard from a lot of people that the director basically ditched the book and did his own thing. Which is OK, but only if you say it’s NOT based on the book. But he didn’t, and with that, the movie series lost a ton of support from fans. You can’t claim a movie is based off of a book just to make sure people watch it; it doesn’t work.

4. The Golden Compass

I haven’t seen this movie either, but I heard from so many people that it was an absolute disaster. Nothing like the incredibly popular book, with some added religious controversy to boot. Not a good combination if you want your movie to be a hit.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The first movie of the series, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, did pretty well, but the second installment of the series was very unpopular. I personally hadn’t known that they had made this movie until they released “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. Nothing says unpopular like not knowing it exists. Of course, there’s a good reason it wasn’t popular: it was terrible, like all movies that don’t follow the books they’re based off of.

**UPDATE! I just remembered two movies that I saw that I could add to my list. The first is Inkheart, which Life and Other Disasters pointed out to me (thanks!), and A Series of Unfortunate Events. These two books/book series’ are instant classics, and the movies should have been better.**

That’s my list! Until next time!

Have any other lame movies in mind? Comment below!

Who is A? – My Predictions

Hi everyone,

So the mid-season finale for Pretty Little Liars airs tomorrow! This episode is probably the most important in the series: it’s A’s identity reveal!

The most recent episodes have revealed some incredibly important clues that bring us closer to solving the mystery.

  1. Charles DiLaurentis is alive and wanted by the Rosewood police.
  2. Red Coat is still in the picture.
  3. Clark and Lorenzo aren’t bad.

I. Marlene King, the show’s executive producer, has said that we have met A, meaning he/she is one of the characters already introduced in the show. There are many different speculations on who A and Red Coat are, and after a lot of deep thinking, I’ve come up with my own guesses.

A’s Identity

I’ve put a lot of thought into this, and here’s what I think:

I think Charles is A, but I’m not sure who Charles is. The newest character that has been added to the series is Reese, and he definitely looks like a DeLaurentis. I thought he was Jason when he first walked in. He’s also connected to the girls through the Carissimi Group. But is he Charles? It seems odd that they would only introduce him a couple episodes before the reveal.

I also think Wren Kingston is connected to A, but I don’t think he is A. I thought it was odd how he started volunteering at Radley as soon as Mona was admitted there. And there is one episode where Wren receives a suspicious call, and they never mention it again. But he did grow up in England, so he doesn’t really have a previous connection to the girls.

Those are my thoughts on A, but there is one thing I should mention. The thing I thought was strange was that Mr. Hastings hasn’t been shown in the series at all since the girls were rescued from A’s Lair. Why is that?

Red Coat’s Identity

Here are my thoughts on Red Coat:

I’m pretty much convinced that Melissa Hastings is Red Coat. She’s been involved in this crazy mystery since the beginning, and she’s kept so many huge secrets. She claims she’s been protecting Spencer, but I don’t think that’s true. I think she’s just looking out for herself. And why hasn’t she been in any of the episodes since the girls were rescued? If she cares about her sister, why hasn’t she come to see her? Everything revolving Melissa is suspicious.

I also think CeCe Drake isn’t gone forever. I’m not sure if she’s actually Red Coat or has been Red Coat before, but I think she should potentially come back. She definitely has a motive to hurt the girls, if she thinks that they’re the reason she was kicked out of UPenn.

I’m still a bit confused on what Jenna’s role in this mystery is, but she definitely has the strongest reason to hate the girls. She hasn’t been featured in the newest season either, so I’m not sure if she’s even playing a role anymore.

 

So that’s it! There are a lot of ifs, but hopefully they will all be answered tomorrow!

Oh, and I really hope the moms get out of the basement.

Until next time!

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Pixels – Movie Review

Hi everyone,

This is my first movie review, and I’m going to do my best to not give away any spoilers.

When I first saw the preview/posters for this movie, I told myself “I would never waste $12 for a ticket to see this movie.” Well, I ended up going. My sister basically dragged me. But I’m really glad she did.

The initial reason I didn’t want to see this movie was because I thought the plot would be terrible. I have to admit, it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good either. The plot was ridiculous (aliens creating weapons modeled after 80’s arcade video games), but it was definitely new.

But I really liked the movie. And here’s why.

It was HILARIOUS. I was laughing the entire time.

When you put four incredibly funny actors together (Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Kevin James), it has to be good. I wasn’t sure about Josh Gad at first, since I’ve only ever seen him as Olaf, but my opinion of him completely changed before the movie was even half over. In my opinion, he was the funniest out of all of them.

But even when you take out the comedy, it wasn’t completely pointless. There were some lessons to be learned, especially for the 11-year old boys.

1. Cheating will get you nowhere

2. Pointless violence will get you nowhere

I think those are pretty important lessons to learn.

So, on a scale of 1-10, I would give this movie a 6 or 6.5.

Oh, and a warning. There is quite a bit of cursing, so if you don’t want a child exposed to that, don’t take them to this movie.

That’s it! Hope I didn’t fail too miserably.

Until next time!

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