Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Movie Review ~ 3 Days of the Condor


For this week's review I watched


3 Days of the Condo 
Released: 1975
Actors/Actresses:
Robert Redford
Faye Dunaway
Max Von Sydow
Cliff Robertston
John Houseman

Summary:
  1. On a seemingly ordinary day, Joe Turner (Robert Redford), a quiet CIA code breaker, walks into his workplace and finds that all of his coworkers have been murdered. Horrified, Joe flees the scene and tries to tell his supervisors about the tragedy. Unfortunately, he soon learns that CIA higher-ups were involved in the murders. With no one to trust, and a merciless hit man (Max von Sydow) close on his tail, Joe must somehow survive long enough to figure out why his own agency wants him dead.
Thoughts:

I have to admit when I first started watching it took me a minute to catch on to what was happening. This is my mom's favorite movie and she was dying for me to watch it. She kept claiming that this was the "father of all spy movies" and I told her there was no way that all "spy movies are based on this movie" and she disagreed. Needless to say I may have to bow to her because as it turns out a lot of the things I enjoy in spy movies are indeed in this move. For example the twist and turns. The everyday guy trying to figure out what is going on, who is the "real" bad guy and who can I "actually trust" plot twist was all in this. There was a love scene that while not as graphic as our scene now and days still uncomfortable to watch with your mother (just saying) There were a lot of times I was like (HOLY CRAP are we sure Robert Redford and Brad Pitt aren't related? I seriously couldn't get over the resemblance) but when I was able to push past it there were other times I was like man this is a great movie. 
I was intrigued by it and it held my attention. There were many times I wanted to roll my eyes but I think that is because I am cynical in nature (I know shocking) and I had many moments where I was like "He's not a field agent remember this he is not a field agent" pep talks with myself. All in all I thought they did a great job with the twists and turns and whose on what team and whose at first and whose is running home. I liked the over all job of where will Turner end up and I have to say I wanted there to be more movies. I actually found myself thinking "oh my gosh this is the baby daddy of the Bourne Identity isn't it?" I even went so far to look up the book that this whole movie is based on.

Final grade: A
Will I re-watch: Yes I actually think I would re-watch this one
Would I recommend: Yes I enjoyed it enough that if I did a spy movie night I would put this one on the list of recommendations. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review ~ Zoo by Tara Elizabeth

TITLE: Zoo 
AUTHOR: Tara Elizabeth
COPYRIGHT: 2013
TYPE: young adult
PAGES: 290
SERIES: 
yes

REASON FOR READ:
The whole plot sounded beyond interesting

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
A chronicle of my time living in a zoo . . . I'm not really sure where to start, and you may have trouble believing me even as I tell you my story. My family did. They laughed the first time I told them, so now I just say it was all a crazy dream. You see, I died in a totally preventable car accident . . . or so I thought. When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to discover that I had been resurrected into the year 2282 and, just as unbelievably, was locked up in a zoo! A HUMAN ZOO! Oh wait, I mean the People's Past Anthropological Center.

The Global Government created the Centers because all of the different cultures of the world had, over centuries of time, slowly absorbed into one uniform culture. Everything and everybody felt the same, and the world didn’t like it. So, to help the people of 2282 find cultures they thought worthy to live their lives by, they used time travel to zap the people of the past into the future. They created enclosures to house their live human exhibits. And that's what happened to me. I became a research project, a source of entertainment. I was a prisoner who was over two hundred years away from my family and friends.

Most of my time in the enclosure was spent trying to escape. I also made friends, lost friends, fell in love, was betrayed, was held captive within captivity, and lots of other fun stuff. There were some shocking moments and some devastating moments . . . It’s a lot to recount, but I’ll try my best to tell you all about my time travel . . . PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.

I'm Emma, by the way.

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Man I had a love hate relationship with this book. I kept going back and forth. I would start to love it and then I would turn around and hate it. I think I put on goodreads my initial thoughts like this: 
So this is a complicated review... that will need some thoughts. 
Liked the plot
Hated the main character
Loved Kale
Hated James
Loved hated this story... 

And sadly this is still how I am when I think about this book which is sad b/c I am not really still thinking about this book. The plot itself had so much promise. A place in the future where people are kept on display for people to look at. The main character however, was such a whiny, selfish, flat, not likable at all character. I actually kept rooting for something bad to actually happen to her that would knock her down a peg or two and that usually isn't how I roll. Add to it her insta-love attraction to a cowboy named James in the enclosure across the way to her (and we know how much I hate the insta-love plot device for no other reason than MAN he's HAWT and oh I'm a virgin so I wouldn't know what to do with him anyway I just know that he's my soul mate cause he fine) freaking a shoot me now.  Then throw in Kale who I actually liked he was a good guy who proved way too many times he was better than the main character would ever deserve yet we all knew that by the time she figured that out it would be a too little too late yet she would get him in the end kind of thing. Hated the cowboy James who however, fit his time frame so I can't even blame him. And then there's Victoria who was like 13 that Emma was so mean to just b/c she happened to be the one that was picked by the zoo keepers to be the cowboy's mate. Dude not her fault get over yourself. See, see what I mean this book made me act like a teenager I was like SLOW YOUR FREAKING ROLL and GROW THE HELL UP then I was like okay I'm done skim, skim, oh that's interesting, skim, skim, oh cool, skim, skim, oh good we're done. 
Needless to say I think you get the point this book had great potential sadly for me it just fell flat and din't work. 

Favorite part or line from story:
Even thought parts of this story got on my nerves I enjoyed when Emma and James wrote on the wall in mud. I thought that was very sweet and enduring. 

FINAL GRADE: 2 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this story? no


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites ~ Week #8



Man oh Man we are back for week 8. I can't believe we have been doing this for 8 weeks. That's a whole 2 months of my favorite things. Pretty cool if you ask me which of course you didn't ask me but I thought I would still share it with you :) Thanks again for joining me on this journey.

This week in the nerdsphere we being me are going to talk about:
Let me start off (with this clause for future reference) by saying I reserve the right to pick this subject again as this topic again in the near or far future as I deem worthy or necessary (cause it will be necessary as 2016 gets closer and if this continues just saying)



Captain America 3 has begun filming in Atlanta Georgia. Normally this would mean absolutely nothing to me as I live in Kansas people. However, in T minus one week from today my happy little big butt will be in Atlanta Georgia with 3 other nerd/geek girls visiting for a road trip of good stalking fun and we are hoping to catch a glimpse of either the set/production or one of the actor *coughbabydaddyCHRISFREAKINGEVANScough* So that brought up the topic of the movie for us. Civil War and what it is about who is going to be in it and yada yada yada

There isn't a lot out on it yet so far the premise is this: After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Captain America and the Avengers handling of an international incident results in collateral damage, politicians look to form a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to call in Avengers, which results in the fracturing of the team while they attempt to protect the world from a new enemy.
We know that:
Chris Evans AKA Baby Daddy is in it as is
Robert Downy JR, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Antony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd (Ant Man), Emily VanCamp (neighbor), Willam Hurt and

hold on to your seats

MARTIN FREEMAN FOLKS!!! AKA BIlBO BAGGINS

And the world or Nerds and Geeks collectively went YES!!!

Yeah to say I'm a little excited would be the understatement of the year. I think I am more excited about this movie then the last to be honest. I like the Captain America franchise more than the Avengers though and that has more to do with the fact that I actively read the comics where as with Avengers I don't. (and Chris Evans doesn't hurt the case) My biggest fear is once again we have a massive cast and I am scared the story is going to be sucked into the whole we have too many players who all need screen time and now we are going to have the same problem we face with the avenger movies. Hoping this doesn't become the case cause I really really like where this story line is headed kind of (I mean let's keep it spoiler free but dang yo I am curious as to if they will follow the comic or not)

Project/Personal:

Oh okay I guess I can put down the nerd flag for a moment and move on to something else. So I'm bringing back friendship bracelets do you guys remember these?


I mean I loved doing these as a kid. They were so cool and I felt so cool wearing them. Then all of the sudden it wasn't cool for me to wear them and then poof I just quit doing it. And now I wanna bring it back and make it cool for a 30 something to wear them again so I'm bringing it back (even though they never left)





Do you remember it this is very calming until you miss the freaking color LOL then crap on a cracker it can be stressful but dang yo they are so freaking pretty when they are done.


So there you go this is my project for the week you can find out plenty of tutorials online but I took mine and the pictures from Honestly WTF DIY projects

TV Show/Movie

Finished season 2 of Death in Paradise and very heart broken over it. Waiting on my disc of season 3 so in the mean time I have been killing time with the remake of 90210

(NEW cast is on top ORIGINAL cast is on bottom in case you had a hard time telling the difference)

The new series not the old although I am old enough to remember the old one. Which is weird b/c I never liked the old one. And oddly enough old members of the original one are making guest appearances in the new one and I am playing the guessing game of do I remember them or don't I remember them. Anyway same deal as the old one this one ran from 2008 to 2013 has 5 lovely season all on Netflix instant streaming so it will keep me entertained for awhile with who is sleeping with who. It's about a family that moved from KS (hence my interest since I live in KS) to Beverly Hills and them fitting in.  Any way it's keeping my interest for now we shall see if it last.

MUSIC

Absolutely Me by Caro Emerald I love this song and have for a long time. It is something I enjoy dancing to and shaking my groove thing to.


I'm Trouble by P!nk for some reason this song seems to fit me at some times in my life and is my mantra and then at other times I'm like no I'm never like that LOL


Again 2 strong female singers I hope you enjoyed your music selection this week ;)

BOOK


Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Summary
A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction. In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry II is no friend of the Jews-or anyone, really-but he is invested in their fate. Without the taxes received from Jewish merchants, his treasuries would go bankrupt. Hoping scientific investigation will exonerate the Jews, Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily-whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe-and asks for his finest "master of the art of death," an early version of the medical examiner. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno. But her name is Adelia-the king has been sent a "mistress" of the art of death. Adelia and her companions-Simon, a Jew, and Mansur, a Moor-travel to England to unravel the mystery of the Cambridge murders, which turn out to be the work of a serial killer, most likely one who has been on Crusade with the king. In a backward and superstitious country like England, Adelia must conceal her true identity as a doctor in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she is assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, one of the king's tax collectors, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. Rowley may be a needed friend, or the fiend for whom they are searching. As Adelia's investigation takes her into Cambridge's shadowy river paths and behind the closed doors of its churches and nunneries, the hunt intensifies and the killer prepares to strike again.

Very interesting murder/mystery fiction novel. I will admit that it over all had some historical inaccuracies so if you are looking more for a historical factual novel don't look here. If however you are just looking for a good historical read that has a nice mystery and some culture thrown in this is the story for you. What made me interested in it is the fact our hero is a woman who is wanting to be a doctor in a time where that just isn't heard of and what she faces on this journey considering she is a damn good doctor. Add to it a killer killing kids some Jew/Christian/Muslim mix and boom you got yourself a great book. Or at least a good book in my eyes. Definitely a no brainier for me it is also a series but not one in so much as it ends on a cliff hanger and OMG I can't believe that's how the writer closed this book but more like hey what's our heroine's next adventure going to be kind of series. So go forth read and enjoy and if you don't like it... well don't blame me...



ACTOR/ACTRESS
In honor of 90210 and Blacklist (which I quit watching) I nominate Ryan Eggold for my favorite actor today.
Half the time I'm like YEP and then half the time I'm like nope. I have no idea about this guy. I started liking him in Blacklist and then I saw him in 90210 and I keep expecting him to whip out a pen and stab someone b/c of the role he plays on the Blacklist (seriously no spoilers cause I don't know I quit watching in season 1 so I have no idea if he's a good guy or not but he comes off as like a IDK maybe a good guy you wanna trust but don't want to leave him alone with a pen) Any who here's your actor of the week. Enjoy.






There will not be a Favorite next week BOOOO I know right?! I will be in Atlanta Georgia on a ROAD TRIP, YEAH for me BOO for you but I will bring it back the following week and will have much cool stuff to talk about and share with all of you after that on the 29th. I may or may not have a very cool announcement to share with you at that time so stay tuned. So as always Its been real thanks for joining me for yet another awesome week on my favorites. As always I would love to hear from you on what you thought about this week, as well as, what some of  your favorite things are. Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite items here below or come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts. You can also join me on the dark side at Tumblr or over at Podbean where I record the podcast at. Until next time stay safe and enjoy the weekend and shake that groove thing. 



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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Reads



Memorial Day is coming up which means it's time to pick those books that you are going to read this summer!

What is a summer read you ask? Well that's a good question! A summer read is simply a book you saved up to read during the summer. Usually it's a light book that you would take with you to the beach or in my case living in Kansas and completely surrounded by land to the pool. It's a throw away book one you've always wanted to read but don't care if it turns out good or not.

For me it's going to be those books that I've wanted to see the movies but refuse to see until I've read the books like:








The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (seen the movie but didn't know there was a book)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (believe I've read the book)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (read the book a long time ago need a re-read for movie)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Warm Bodies by Issac Marion
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

All of which sound interesting all of which have movies and books out that I am wanting to see. Have you ever made a summer reading list? What qualifies a summer book for you? Are you looking forward to reading any books this summer?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Chick Flicks


Chick Flicks what are they? A friend and I had this massive discussion the other day about this and it led to a a debate over a chick flick definition of what it is, who it involves, who it caters to, and who watches it.

That then led to what we thought are the top chick flicks of our time or currently out there. So by my definition of which is:

A movie that is predominately female centered that appeals mainly to women. It can either be romantic in nature, comedy or drama the genre doesn't matter but it has a female lead role and is female driven. 

This led me to pick the following favorite chick flick movies (no particular order) then I realize OMG I have a lot of movies that fit this category so that let me to narrow it down to my top 20 with some honorable mentions

1. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
2. A League of their Own
3. Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
4. Sweet Home Alabama
5. Just Like Heaven
6. Enchanted
7. Devil Wears Prada
8. Bridget Jones Diary
9. 10 Things I Hate About You
10. 13 Going on 30
11. Princess Diaries 1 and 2
12. Never Been Kissed
13. Legally Blonde
14. 16 Candles
15. Hairspray
16. 27 Dresses
17. Romy & Michele's High School Reunion
18. Miss Congeniality
19. Where the Heart Is
20.  Steel Magnolias

Honorable Mentions
First Wives Club
Clueless
Mama Mia
Pitch Perfect
Easy A

So what do you consider a chick flick movie? What is one of your favorites and why?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Movie Review ~ Imitation Game



Man I haven't done a movie review in like FOREVER... mainly b/c I haven't watched a movie in forever. Anyway on today's Monday movie I wanted to review the 



The Imitation Game 
Released: November (2014)
Actors/Actresses:
Benedict Cumberbatch,
Keira Knightly,
Matthew William Goode,
Mark Strong
Allen Leech.

Summary:
  1. In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing's team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.
Thoughts:

Let me start by saying I went into this movie expecting a drama and a slow moving pace. I did not under any circumstances expect to be time hopped around through Alan Turing's life from "present day 1952" back to "1939" and so forth so for a few minutes it took me a minute to catch on. Add to all that my counseling side kept kicking in going dang yo he's autistic and wow he could use some ABA therapy and oh poor boy if only, kind of thinking so I had to shut that thinking down. Then I started it on a Sunday night at like 10 pm which in all actuality wouldn't be bad except it's like a 2 hour movie that is a drama so it is a slow movie.

Now that all the negative is out of the way. I can say this. It is a beautifully done movie about a misunderstood man who did nothing but save a country who was born at the wrong time to be understood and yet born at the right time to end a war. The movie was so brilliant I had to go and buy the dang book it is based on simply because I had to know more about this man and his thinking process. I wanted to know more about Mr. Turing and how he made sense of his world. I felt for him and I can only say it was because of Mr. Cumberbatch's acting because honestly (and I work with a lot of autistic kids that may or may not act like Mr. Turing, b/c we do not know that he was autistic) and they are difficult even in their easiest of moments. My heart broke with his, I sympathized with his lack of understanding at social etiquette and I just wanted him to make friends so much. I was excited when it worked and I leaped for joy when it finally did. I even wanted him to succeed even further and I wish the movie could have gone further and shown his work for the US and even more so (yes I am reading the book) but alas it was only to show his work with classified information during that particular time. But I am glad that they were able to show even that small amount.

I highly recommend this movie if you haven't seen it. It was a movie I was hesitant to watch simply based on the fact of it being a period piece and a drama but I am glad that I did.

Final grade: B
Will I re-watch: No I don't re-watch a lot of dramas
Would I recommend: yes

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Review ~ Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

TITLE: Birthmarked
AUTHOR: Caragh M O'Brien
COPYRIGHT: 2010
TYPE: young adult, Dystopian
PAGES: 361
SERIES:  
yes

REASON FOR READ:
The premise sounded really interesting and I thought it would be a good book to dive into and find out more about.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother's footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying. 

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
I am going to just start off with I didn't like it. I tried to like it and there are parts that were interesting to me, but overall I just didn't like it. Nothing really jumped out at me like OH WOW this is awesome. The characters are flat, the plot has holes in it, there are too many questions, and the whole story doesn't make sense. All in all I found myself rolling my eyes through the majority of the story and skimming more pages then actually hooked on anything in general. The main character has a scar at times I would have told it was the most life alternating massive, huge half of her face has to be marred, her eyes have to sewn shut, life alternating scar for her to think she is as hideous as she is. Only to find out it has to only be a fine thin line or barely seen scar or a mark of some sort that shockingly her parents gave her so that she wouldn't be given up. And that's it the main character at one point is so native that she loves the government, and serves them loyal with no questions until one day when the lights come on then hates them with a burning passion. A  girl who can barely do anything for herself plots to bring down the wall. But first sneaks into the wall to rescue her parent but before she can do this the one thing in the world she wants she ruins it by saving a dead woman's baby by bringing it back to life when she has only be successfully delivering babies on her own for 4 months? or is it 6? Either way it doesn't make sense and don't' get me started on the love story or the code breaking to figure out whose related to who? Why wouldn't the government keep track of the parents that they take the babies from that doesn't make sense. You want healthy babies yet you don't keep birth records on who you pay money to when you take the babies from their parent? 
The inbreeding and the cause of the inbreeding is a bleeding disorder and that's it not a mental disorder or multiple toes but a bleeding disorder that you won't have your scientist fix instead you demand more adopted babies outside the way from the poor people who have better genes instead of fixing the problem like IDK finding the gene and treating it? Anyway this book just irritated me. The character is strong and weak and not in a the healthy way. She is annoying and childish yet wants to lead a revolution at the same time. Yet can't figure out how the government knows all and sees all. It is a mixed bag. I had a hard time wrapping my head around why people were risking their lives to help her when she lack inspiration. I mean the only thing she stood for was herself nothing she wanted to do would help anyone but her. Add to it the girl didn't do anything but ask a question and get an answer she didn't do any work at all to get anything.
There were parts I liked for example the tattoos her mother put on the babies to represent the lost child and what that meant and stood for. 
I am trying to think of something else I liked but other than that I am at a lost for a words there is not much else the premise was interesting then it fell very very flat. 

FINAL GRADE: 2 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this story? no

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