Friday, September 12, 2014

#Watch This!: Movie Review

Bad Neighbours (2014)



Movie description:-
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Bad Neighbours, a comedy about a young couple who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Let the battle for the street begin!

When I first saw the trailer for this film I thought it was going to be lots of pranks being pulled between two Adults and a frat house, until one of them moved out…I was wrong.

Plot: Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are finding it difficult adjusting from reckless adults, to mature adults. Then the frat house moves in next door, causing Mac and Kelly to fight for their mature life. Although the things they do should definitely NOT be called mature, it’s hilarious nonetheless!

Characters: Mac - like most of the characters Rogen plays – likes drug, alcohol, he’s usually got his top off and you see him in a few sex positions.
Kelly is like most mums who didn’t plan on settling down and having a family, but she tries her best. I’ve seen Byrne in a few films but none like this, I thought she played her roll brilliantly.
Teddy (Zac Efron) is the president of his fraternity. He’ll be graduating soon, and all he’s learnt is how to party, causing him to be a bit of a dickhead. But he has his top off (a lot) in the film, so it’s ok.

Pete (Dave Franco) is the vice president of his fraternity, in the beginning he comes across as your usual frat boy, but he’s actually really smart and sweet. He also gets his bum out (it’s worth watching the film just for that scene).

I give this film 4 stars, it wasn't an epic-must-watch-this-over-and-over-again sort of film and there was a few parts were i questioned the sanity of the real parents of the baby in the film for letting her play that roll, but i'd watch it again.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

On Going Story (Cool Title, Anyone?):

CHAPTER 3

Caris-

The rest of her sentence was drowned in his decidedly not manly scream as he landed on his well-formed behind. 
She flinched. Ouch, that hurt. Her poor ears, not his butt. Like the rest of her senses they were extraordinarily sensitive and his high-pitched wail almost managed to pierce her eardrums. What a pussy, she thought disgusted. However, time for play was up. Her brother was going to ground her for the next decade if he had to come out for damage control. And that was in addition to banning her from fashion shows and online shoppping. She knew; it wouldn't be the first time. By the Lord of the Pit, couldn't her parents just cut short their sabbatical and come back already? Somehow she had envisioned her brother being more... laid back? Whatever.
The hunky human had to shut up. Now. 
She sighed at the thought of what she had to do to get him back in blessed silence. Weren't there any hunky heroes in this age, she wondered. The Middle Ages might have been dark and disgusting, but at least the man had been courageous and shit. Enough procrastinating though. 
She changed form and waited. Slowly she watched as the idiot's pupils dilated and his body grew still, one delicious part after the other. Ah, the Gorgon's Curse still worked on those petty humans, even after eons. Now that's what she called a classic move. Proud of herself, she... 


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On Going Story (Cool Title, Anyone?):

CHAPTER 2

Carla-


“…the next time I go hunting at a fashion show, I won’t waste a ticket on you.”
 She did a dramatic gasp, she can get her own tickets…if she could be bothered to. “You’d blackmail your own sister?”
His eye’s nearly popped out of their sockets at her sarcastic words. “Go and get him, now, before he finds other humans and we have to spend the rest of the night wiping memories!”
She gave her brother one last eye roll before free falling off her balcony, then followed the scent of the beautiful human through the woods.
He can run pretty fast, she thought, for a human. Maybe it was a bad idea letting him run away from her, she didn’t want to admit it, but her brother was right, the human’s blood isn’t going to taste nice at all now.
Hmm, she pondered what to do next and came up with the conclusion to take him back to her lair and drink from him when he’d calmed down.
She came to a stop in front of him, and braced herself for the impact of his body crashing into her.
“Ahh.” He grunted.
“Hi, I’m…”


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#Read Me, Love Me, Buy Me (Book Review)



STICKS AND STONES

(The Wish Makers, Book 1)



By Shawn McGuire


 
Everyone has a dark side. Mandy’s just moved in with her.
The last time sixteen-year-old Mandy Matteo broke a rule, her sister died. Since that day she has done only what is expected of her, but life as a goody-goody has made Mandy so boring her friends have all but abandoned her. And she’s given up on ever getting Ethan, the boy she’s liked forever, to notice her. Desperate, Mandy makes a wish to simply be happy.
Her wish is granted and happiness arrives in the form of Lexi, her childhood imaginary friend come to life. Magical wishes have conditions though: Once started, the wish cannot be altered or stopped. And once Mandy is truly content with her life again, Lexi must go back to where she came from. But Lexi loves being alive and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay that way.


FACING DEMONS
 
I won Book 2, Break My Bones, in a giveaway and because I don’t like to start a series in the middle, I bought Sticks and Stones.
At first, it was hard to get into the book. The main character, Mandy, is not only boring, a goody-goody, but also one of these enervating ‘woe-is-me’- types that I abhor. The first third of the book, until after Lexi moves in and things start to change, the word that describes the experience best is ‘static.’ Grey-on-grey, boring, always the same. Not one toe out of line.
However, and this is a huge however, the second Mandy was forced step out of her comfort zone, the story gained traction. And then it turned into a wonderful, heartfelt story.
The way Mandy is forced to confront her demons and face the ugly truth hiding deep within in her, the way the rapid change of events leads to her coming into her own is gripping and has you into its claws until the last page.
Sticks and Stones is a story about guilt, about remorse, about fear (not teenage angst, but the real thing) of consequences; it's about a lot of things actually, but most of all about how honesty and facing your demons sets you free; how change, though painful, is a good thing if you choose a new perspective; and how letting you go can result in spreading your wings and learning to fly.

Sum Total: 4 STARS

Though a bit hard to get into at first, the story is good once Mandy finds her stance and voice. It’s a great book and it made me think. Which is something I value. It’s not the most enjoyable book there is; it hits home too close sometimes for that, as we all know either first hand or someone else having the same experience. Nevertheless, it’s a fantastic read and I recommend it, as I'm starting Break My Bones now.
 
PS: the only reason it doesn’t rate 5 STARS is because however good, Sticks and Stones is still no Shakespeare. ;)

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

#Watch This!: Movie Review

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014)



Movie description:-
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.
  
The only reason I chose to watch this film was because I read the books years ago, and I enjoyed them.
Usually, after watching adaptations, I go away feeling like a lot was changed from the books or characters where missing, but with Vampire Academy I was quite surprised that that wasn’t the case (it wasn’t like the book to a ‘t’, but it was close). The film was low budget and some parts kind of reminded me of a Parody film (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans), however, I couldn’t help but like it.

Main characters: Rose (Zoey Deutch) is really hot headed, gets into a lot of fights and speaks her mind (even when she’d be better off shutting up), but she’s also loyal and would risk her life in a heartbeat to protect her best friend Lissa. Lissa (Lucy Fry) is a Moroi Princess and the last in her line, she’s sweet, innocent and would risk her life in a heartbeat to save a pigeon!

Plot: After Lissa’s family died, her life changed dramatically, causing her and Rose to run away from their school/home. The film picks up a year after they left when Dhampir guards find the girls and drag them (kicking and screaming) back to school.
As it turns out, the girls had good reason to run. A short while after being back at school, sinister things start to happen to poor Lissa.

My rating: I'm giving this film 3.5stars. I don’t want to give it 3 stars because it is a good film, but at the same time it’s not 4 star worthy.



#Read Me, Love Me, Buy Me (Book Review)


Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smarter Romance

(Knitting in the City, #1)

By Penny Reid






There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

So far the blurb. I had to buy it of course (who wouldn’t with a description like that – I mean, TMTI and Sir McHotPants in one?). And I loved every single minute of it. 

NERD ALERT!

The plot follows exactly the description – besides a nasty, criminal little sister, a knitting group with mad self-defense skills (knitting needles are excellent for stabbing someone) and co-workers from hell.
But the most charming aspect of the book is the definitely the TMTI part: I strongly suspect that Penny Reid is a nerd herself, because you have to be just research the trivial info Janie comes up with. Best example: Janie and Quinn’s first real talk in the elevator after she’s been laid off. Her every other sentence starts with “Did you know…” in this hunk’s vicinity and it’s absolutely hilarious. No “Hi, I’m Janie. Who are you?”, but a smart talk about calendar systems and time zones. All delivered with Janie’s charmingly na├»ve attitude that leaves not only Quinn speechless. And in love.
As we follow Janie’s life from stalking Quinn, to waking up in his apartment, to working for his company (Janie is something of a genius we are told) to cleaning up her sister’s mess to the sweetest professing of love ever, we get some education about the differences of Neanderthals and humans (we are not the same race apparently, did you know?), who Ida is (Freud would blow a gasket about this one) and how a degree in Math could come in handy someday.

SUM TOTAL: 4 STARS

Neanderthal Seeks Human gets 4 STARS because it is well written, has a great protagonists and is FUN. (For nerds and lovers of trivial information). It’s perfect for Spa days of any kind, whether they are at home in your bathtub or on vacation. And the sequel, Neanderthal marries Human, already waiting for you.

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#Read Me,Love Me, Buy Me (Book Review)

A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book 1

By Elizabeth Hunter




Book description:

"No secret stays hidden forever."

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he'd abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and towards a confrontation they never could have predicted.

A Hidden Fire is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers. It is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries Series.

THE ELEMENTAL MYSTERIES
A Hidden Fire
This Same Earth
The Force of Wind
A Fall of Water


While I was writing this review I found out that this book was the semi-finalist for Best Indie Books of 2012. Here was me thinking I was giving A Hidden Fire the recognition it deserved, when it seems that it’s already been done. Oh well, it’s a brilliant book, so I’m still doing the review.

Elizabeth gives a new spin on vampirism in the form of elements; wind, water, earth and fire. Every vampire can control one of the four elements which opens up a completely new type of vampire.

Main characters: B (Beatrice) is a young librarian, who is sarcastic, quick witted, and speaks before thinking (she’s my kind of girl), and Giovanni (Gio) is a 500-year-old vampire, who is the complete opposite of her, which makes them perfect for each other.

Plot: Gio comes to B’s library to do research. He likes her company (and her heritage) so much that he offers her a job as his assistant. After she finds out he’s not Batman, but a vampire, she accepts. Then the fun really starts!
Gio and B go through a world-wind of slow sizzling romance, shocking truths and lies, 500-year-old mysteries, life changing decisions and so much more. This book is honestly brilliant!

My rating is 5 ***** stars.


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On Going Story (Cool Title, Anyone?):



Here's CHAPTER 1 of our joint-venture story: 
(Happy Reading!)

Caris -
Standing at the balcony of her little lair, she watched him running through the woods, amused. The little sweetie, she thought. Maybe she should have left him his cell with the navigation app – he was running in the wrong direction: away from her.
Well, she loved a good hunt and it might be fun to play a little game of catch. How thoughtful of him, she mused.
But did he have to scream so loud? So not a challenge. She’d have to explain that to him later.
Suddenly the door behind her opened. Her big brother stepped next to her.
“What did I tell you about playing with your food?” he sighed. “All this adrenaline in his blood isn’t good for you! You’ll be up all night again; besides, he’ll taste awfully bitter now.”
Another sigh.
She gave him another eye roll. She hated it when he went all mature on her. He of all people, who was hiding collars and shackles under his mattress. So much for not playing with one’s food. Damn hypocrite.
“You’ve got five minutes to bring him back, or…"


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#Watch This!: Dawn of the Dragon Slayer (Trashy Movie Review)


Dawn of the Dragon Slayer (2011)

(Caution: Low Budget Production!)




When Will's father is killed by a dragon, he embarks on an epic journey filled by vengeance that leads him to an ancestral home which he stays at and works for the tyrannical Sterling in order to learn how to slay the beast. While he is training, he befriends Sterling's daughter Kate, and Sterling becomes increasingly suspicious of and threatened by Will. He orders his men to kill him but Will escapes. Now Will must evade Sterling's men whilst trying to avenge his father.

TRASHY DRAGONS!

Whenever it’s pouring outside and I’m bored and cold and mopey and I’m not in the mood for reading (no intellectual stimulation wanted or needed, thank you very much) I go hunting for bad movies. Why? Because bad actors, worse dialogues, and even worse special effects are the only things that can put me out of my funk. Fast.
Nothing cures funk like two hours of laughter and proof that your life isn’t that bad after all if there are people out there needing money so bad that they’d be part of such trash.

So, it was on one of said rainy Sunday afternoons some time ago when I was bored and mopey that I came across this nice little B (or is it C?) movie. I was in the mood for dragons, heroes, sickly-sweet romance and no plot. Since there aren’t that many dragon movies (I haven’t already seen, that is) I decided to choose the first new one I come across on my search. And ended up with Dawn of the Dragon Slayer. Here I was now, cuddled up in bed, popcorn ready, expecting 90 minutes of hilarious inconsistencies and atrocious dialogues and I got… a  pleasant surprise!
Dawn of the Dragon Slayer is low-budget with a cast to go with it, no two things about it; however, the screen play is surprisingly good – the dialogues are nothing new but solid, the characters do have depth (which is amazing given this genre) and the dragon is well made (nice CGI, most expensive item of the film, I’d say!). The romance is standard fare with long meaningful looks, quality time spent together, with some banter thrown in and so on, but it’s nothing cringe-worthy and doesn’t leave a bad taste.
And the setting is so charming: green meadows, beautiful medieval castles, impressions of the Highlands (there’s even a lake looking like Loch Ness’s cousin) and the customary ragged cliffs.

SUM TOTAL: 5 STARS in the Trash genre/3 STARS in the general category

As far as low budget fantasy trash goes, this is a real gem. So everyone out there with the same strange love for B/C/D-movies, check this out. It’s the perfect film for rainy afternoons, it’s harmless enough for older kids to watch (the ones not afraid of fire breathing dragons) and like I said it’s strangely charming and heart-warming. 

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