For this Writer Wednesday, I want to show my love for a writer other than myself. If you read this week’s Weekly Rewind post, you’ll know that I’ve recently started doing the book club thing again, although this one is one that merges my love of books with my love of all things geeky.
My first book with this new club was an absolute joy! It’s been a long time since a book made me want to stay up into the wee hours and read instead of getting the sleep I need to be a functional human being, but this book had me looking like a zombie for part of last week because whenever I’d wake up in the middle of the night (a somewhat regular thing in my old age), I’d reach for this book.
What book is it? Lock In by John Scalzi.
And just FYI: there will be some spoilers ahead. Though I try not to include too many of them, there are a few things that I want to talk about that can’t be discussed without a spoiler or two coming out.
Consider yourself warned!
Continue reading “Lock In: It made me love reading again”
It’s been a long while since I did a movie review, and I thought this was a good one to start with. For one thing, I myself am conflicted about how I feel about it. On the one hand, it’s a Guy Ritchie film, so I knew it was going to be good before I ever stepped foot in the theater. On the other, they took the legend behind King Arthur, and stuck it in a blender, and came up with a whole new movie.
But I also knew that going in, because I’d seen an interview with Charlie Hunnam (who plays Arthur) two days before I went to see it.
Continue reading “King Arthur for Trump’s America”
It’s been a while since I did a movie review, but this one was so good, and so inspiring, I felt I had to comment about it.
Obviously, I’ve been dealing with some of my own fears of limitation, such as the idea that I’m not lovable or good enough, but this movie restored my sense of Hope. And to watch it on the day we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seemed especially fitting given the current times we live in.
If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, you absolutely should! I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but there may be a few.
Continue reading “Hidden Figures: The Best Way to Spend MLK Day”
It’s about time I got back to talking about movies. I’ve seen quite a few this summer, and most of them have been good. I quit writing about them at some point because the pretty constant confusion I was experiencing due to the Pirate kept me from being able to really focus enough to talk about them. Most of my intellectual energy was being spent trying to figure out how he felt since his words and actions didn’t match (that’s a running theme in my life), or in trying to convince myself that I did actually like him, since he ticked several of the right boxes… though, if I’m honest, not enough for me to have tried so hard to convince myself. Continue reading “Find your Nerve”
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising opens tonight, and it’s better than I expected.
It seems like I say that an awful lot lately, but, then again, I did not have high hopes for this film at all! For one thing, I expected to feel more embarrassed for the characters than I did. I have issues with satirical movies. You know, the parody movies like the Scary Movie franchise, where they make a mockery of legitimate horror stories in the most embarrassing way possible, and yet the characters have no shame. I feel embarrassed for them. The Finnish have a word for it.
Continue reading “Neighbors 2, an Unlikely Coming of Age Story”
I was lucky enough to see this movie a couple of weeks ago,but haven’t been able to write about it because of some sort of media embargo. Seems they didn’t want any details leaking before they premiered at Cannes. I can see the reasoning behind that. But as a review from Cannes has been posted, I think I can finally add my two cents about how awesome a movie The Nice Guys is!!
To start, it’s directed by Shane Black, the guy apparently responsible for creating the Lethal Weapon movies (the first of which I only just saw last week…), and thus is kind of the progenitor of the buddy cop movie. He’s a big fan of the film noir style of the 70’s it seems.
He’s also apparently a fan of porn, parties, and conspiracies, which are central to the plot progression of this film.
One of the things I really love about this movie is how strongly they stuck to the idea of this being a 70’s movie. Check out this retro style trailer that was made for the film: Continue reading “The Nice Guys Review”
I normally do marketing posts on Mondays, but I’m a little behind schedule, and I’ve got a couple movies to review, so enter Movie Monday instead!
So I had a date. He took me to see Captain America: Civil War late-ish on a Tuesday.
I knew (from the trailers) that I would want to be Team Cap because of the reason for the split. If it could be said that I was a member of any particular political party, I would say I was a Libertarian, the party that is ostensibly the party of freedom. Libertarians believe in as much freedom as possible. Want guns? You’re free to own them so long as you’re not using them to take freedom away from other people.
Side note, the Tea Party crazies are part of the Libertarian party, but just as all Catholics are Christian but not all Christians are Catholic, not all Libertarians are crazy Tea Partiers. Also, though the title of this blog involves tea, I am decidedly NOT a member of the Tea Party!
Now that we’ve cleared that up… Continue reading “Captain America: Civil War Review”