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Monday, January 31, 2011

Wrestling News 01-31-11

Source:Wrestling Edge    
     Since I haven't had much of anything about wrestling in a while, I thought now is a great time to left a fire under my ass. Here are just a few things that have been going around for the past week that I want to praise and vent about. Feel free to join 
    MTV's Tough Enough is back! I know I should have posted this one way earlier. but life is what it is. Anyway, MTV is bringing back the one and only show I ever really enjoyed on their network, Tough Enough. For those that don't know, Tough Enough is a lot like WWE's NXT, just with relevant wrestling competitions. What I loved most about this show is that wasn't limited to men, women were in the same competition. Everyone was given the same amount of work to do as everyone else. I mean the women could actually wrestle and two of them actually won out of the the three seasons I believe the show had. That is what was most impressive. They didn't do it like the ridiculous diva searches where they have them running around in a itty bitty bikini. So I hope that when the show does come back, they keep it the way it was and not tweak it. Also Stone Cold is hosting it. STONE COLD! One of my favorite wrestlers in the world who is known for his no bullshit attitude toward anyone, no matter the sex. So if anyone can make this show get back to its greatness, it is the Rattlesnake!
     Also there is talk going around about making the Bella Twins heels. Thank God, I think they will be less annoying that way. They are good wrestlers when they actually wrestle, but jeez, stop it with the whole arm candy stuff. It is so annoying. They also say Gail Kim will be a heel. After her return from TNA to WWE, she has not been given the proper respect she deserves. I mean this woman won the WWE Womens Title during her first match years ago. When she left TNA to come back, again, nothing but arm candy and sometimes not even that. I believe making her heel will give her the respect she so deserves. You may not like heels, but a lot of them you do respect.
     Then there was talk of letting Brock Lesnar appear 3 times prior and the day of Wrestlemania. These appearances would have made Lesnar an extra 7 figures. I know you noticed the "would have". Apparently WWE wants him, of course we fans want to see him, but UFC has denied it. Come on! I would love to see Lesnar wrestle again and I will take anything. He shows up three times, gets paid and leave. That is it, UFC! I am sure you can spare just a little bit of time for him for this.
     I am sure you all know by now that Alberto Del Rio won the Royal Rumble last night. At first I was shocked, but after some consideration, I think it is appropriate. I like Del Rio, he may talk too much, but he backs it up. I love his cars and it doesn't hurt that the man is pretty easy on the eyes. Del Rio is definitely rising fast, which is pretty incredible considering he hasn't been in the WWE for long. He is this year's Sheamus.
     Then last by definitely not the least of things that happened was again at yesterday's Royal Rumble. Kevin Nash and Booker T! WHAT?! Both men left for TNA for some unexplainable reasons (well Booker for sure, can't remember Nash's because it was a long time ago). They both showed up for WWE's first Royal Rumble to host 40 wrestlers instead of the usual 30. They came and apparently kicked some ass. I did not catch it last night, but I have seen the pictures. No one is really clear on what is in store for them, but I would love for them to come back to the WWE where they belong.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Review: Beneath the Skin (Maker's Song 3) by Adrian Phoenix

Source: FantasticFiction



CHAOS CONTROLS HIS FUTURE. ONE MORTAL WOMAN COULD BE HIS SALVATION. THE COUNTDOWN TO ANNIHILATION WILL BEGIN WITH DANTE'S CHOICE....


THE FATE OF THREE WORLDS...


The dark pieces of vampire rock star Dante Baptiste's past are violently emerging, and it is only a matter of time before the Fallen discover he is the
creawdwr they have sought for thousands of years. The destruction he left behind in Oregon threatens to reveal his identity as Fallen Maker and True Blood, exposing the young nightkind to shadowy predators -- mortal and supernatural -- who will do whatever it takes to win his favor...or destroy him.

RESTS IN DANTE'S HANDS.


When beautiful FBI special agent Heather Wallace went AWOL on assignment, she chose irresistible Dante over the shady government forces that now stalk them both. Heather has her own secrets of the past to uncover, but she is also the only one who can hold her nightkind lover together when his dangerous quest for the truth threatens to send him over the edge. And as she and Dante fi ght for their survival, she realizes they must work together to protect their future -- before his mysterious destiny tears them apart....


     This is the third installment to Adrian Phoenix's amazing series Maker's Song and just like the rest of the series, Beneath the Skin was fantastic. The characters were intriguing and the story was as complex as ever which is both good and bad (I will explain later). We find that Dante's story is even more messed up than I previously thought and it makes things even more scarier for Dante and those he loves.
     We start off a little after where In the Blood ended. The daughter of Rodriguez (the man who got his throat chewed out by Dante, for good reason). She is being debriefed by a creepy dude we only know as Mr. Dion. I hate that we don't get to know more of his story. We get a sense of something from most of the villains in Phoenix's series, but I would've liked to have known more about him. Apparently he has the ability to erase your memory and put in new ones or as he did later in this book, dispose of a useless agent by giving him multiple aneurysms and bursting them. Yeah, That brutal. So while debriefing the poor girl, he asks her questions and she has seen Dante and the other agents involved in the mess the Shadow Branch has started, so he erases her memory.
     Then we are introduced to two new agents, Emmett Thibodaux (human) and Merri Goodnight (vampire). I really like these two, they had great chemistry. But again, I would have liked to know more about them. We know Goodnight has something planned when she finds out what Dante did. Well sort of. After she hears about hears the beating of the hearts in the supposed statues, she knows that Dante is more than a vampire. Now she is on the ever growing list of people that want Dante, but fortunately it doesn't seem like she'll do anything bad. Same for Cortini who travels with Dante and Heather after In the Blood, she helps, but still has her own agenda. Speaking of which, her mother has her own agenda within her agenda which leads to one sad ending to this book. But I didn't know what to make of her and that is not including to the really uncomfortable relationship between her and her son. They seem a bit too close for me (Creeeeepy!)
    We also get more of Von, who I adore so much. I hope he gets his own book in the future. He is big and sexy, hilarious as hell and always watches out for Dante and everyone around him. Oh that and he scares the hell out of people. When he is involved, vampires cower and show respect, even Dante who is very wild.
    Now on to the vampire of the hour, the amazing and disturbed Dante. The Shadow Branch really screwed him up. We found out what happened to Chloe, his adopted sister he protected, but was forced and fooled into killing. Dante is suffering the lose even more since the "lose" of his best friend and just discovered father, Lucien. Dante thinks he is dead and believes the angels are responsible. So with all of this on his shoulders, plus being a puppet for the Shadow Branch, Dante's mental state is dangerous and gruesome for himself and those near him.
    But with all that said and going on, I have to say this book was the most complex in the series so far. There are so many plots and subplots, I don't even know how Phoenix herself stays on track with the storyline. I didn't get all that confused due to the fact I sort of read this one slowly. Also reread some and had to go back a few pages to make sure I got certain things right. I love Phoenix because it is obvious she is a smart writer, but Beneath the Skin alone can be split into a couple of books and still have room left over for a spin-off. But it isn't so bad that I put the book down because no matter what, it is still focused, which takes real talent and that is what Phoenix has.
   Overall, this is a wonderful addition to the series. The ending was sad and yet good, just one more weight on (or off, depending on the way you look at it) Dante's shoulders. Heather and Dante are inseparable. Heather has balls of steel for taking on Dante's uncontrollable situations and that makes her an even more amazing heroine. Even though Dante has the powers of a vampire and a god, and could pretty much kill anyone no matter what, he still has a heart. Wild and curses like it is going out of style, but he is an amazing male lead and we all love him. Really can't wait for book 4 Etched in Bone coming out February 22nd (Hooray!).


My Rating:





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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Parajunkee's View Vampire Challenge 2011


    I am proud to say that I love vampires (real vampires, no Twilight schick here) which is why I will be participating in this challenge. Can't wait. Thank you Parajunkee for this, I have confident in my reading abilities to reach 20 books before Summer. Let's hope my abilities won't let me down :(



THE RULES:

  1. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating. That post is the link that you will include in the Mr. Linky below. The link should be the post link not just your blog link.
  2. Grab the button and display it in the post (use grab code underneath the button) or on your sidebar so others can join in the fun.
  3. Challenge goes from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011
  4. The challenge is to read 20 books that have a vampire as a main character, either protag or antagonist
  5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: http://www.parajunkee.com/2011/01/vampire-challenge-review-link-up.html


My List:
1. Beneath the Skin (Maker's Song 3) by Adrian Phoenix
2. Staked (Void City #1) by J. F. Lewis
3. Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells
4. The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting and Mating (Vampire Relationship Guide #1) by Evelyn Lafont

5. This Side Of The Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost
6. Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song #4) by Adrian Phoenix
7. Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9) by J.R. Ward
8. Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine
9. Ascension (Dark Breed #1) by Sable Grace
10. Blood Destiny (The Blood Curse #1) by Tessa Dawn
11. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris
12. The Dead Girls' Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel Caine
13. Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton
14. Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires #3) by Rachel Caine
15. Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires #4) by Rachel Caine
16. Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires #5) by Rachel Caine
17. Fresh Blood by Jennifer Colgan
18. Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires #6) by Rachel Caine
19. Fade Out (The Morganville Vampires #7) by Rachel Caine
20. Blood Awakening (The Blood Curse #2) by Tessa Dawn
21. Blood Law (Alexandra Sabian #1) by Jeannie Holmes
22. Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1) by Gena Showalter
23. A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels #1) by Sylvia Day
24. Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis #1) by Katie Salidas
25. Avenger's Angel (The Lost Angel #1) by Heather Killough-Walden 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Karen M. Moning - Shadowfever (Fever #5)

"Evil is a completely different creature, Mac.
Evil is bad that believes it's good."
MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.
Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister's murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh--a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams? More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?
From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse, to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world...or destroy it.


     A year and a half worth of waiting for this book and it is finally here. So let me just start off by simply saying... THIS WAS PERFECT!!! There was no way I was going to wait to get this in my hands. I read the series twice before this and it still felt new and exciting. Obviously you know what I am going to give this book, but I feel like screaming from the rooftops about it. So join in and rave with me.
     I will go back and do a series review for the first four, but I had to get this out. This was such a perfect "ending" to this series. Answers and questions alike have been raised. Some of my theories were actually right and on point (pats brain for putting it together). Then there were answers we got that will knock you senseless. Shadowfever will grab you by the throat and won't let you go. I finished it and it still has me in its clutches. I am not comparing to the Sinsar Dubh, but it is just as powerful.
    Shadowfever picks up directly after where Dreamfever left off, no pretenses. So we found out who the beast was quite quickly. We had to find out quickly for good reason. The things we find out next, what Mac does is just overwhelming. Shadowfever got so unpredictable at times, I had to put it down for a few moments to catch my breath. If you aren't at risk of getting a heart attack, this book will surely get you there. Shadowfever was a rollercoaster for my mind. You go up and down, then there is an unexpected curve. A lot of curves and like a rollercoaster, if you aren't prepared for them, it feels like it can snap your neck.
     Moning did not give us all the answers and I love that because that leaves more excitement for the new books I hear are coming up. But trust me the answers we do get will have you in a state of awe. We find out what happens to Christian and we know we will be hearing more from one of our many gorgeous MacKeltar men. All of them make an appearance in this book by the way, which is really nice. Hard not to love them all. Adam is here as well, one of the two most likable of the Fae (2nd - V'lane). I use to think Adam was Barrons dad which means Circenn would have a brother, but I scratched that a long time ago. Sorry I am babbling, back to business. We also meet Barrons mysterious "brothers" that we had a glimpse of in Dreamfever. I would love to find out if these guys get their own series, I found them very entertaining especially Lor. Definitely nicer than Ryodan, but not by much. We also get the answer to the question that started off this series: Who killed Alina? Ahhhh, I wish I could say it. But make sure you have a brown paper bag around because it might leave you breathless. There are bunches of other stuff we find out as well (of course), but if I mention them, I will end up putting in a spoiler here and I can't do that to you guys.
   This is the biggest book of the series, 594 pages! But there wasn't any filler sentences. Almost every little scene turns out to mean something big in the end. This book is so worth the hype and more which is even more reason why I don't want it to be made into a movie. Hollywood has a tendency oF ruining things, this should not be one of them. Me being the book and movie lover I am, I am not sure I could take them screwing this up. This series is just too good. If it is to be so, please, please, pretty please with icing and a cherry on top, DO NOT MAKE MAC A TEENAGER! I have been hearing that rumor for the longest time and that is definitely the most terrible idea for this book. This is not for kids!
    I honestly didn't have even one issue with this book. Usually I can find at least one thing, but this met all my expectations and more. This is a series that should not be missed. And better yet, we know there is more to come, so the Fever is still on even though this is the end of the series. So happy I got it the day it released. Want to give a million more thanks to Smexybooks and author T.J. Michaels for the Fever Discussion and Giveaway. I still can't believe I won this amazing book. Shadowfever was such a wonderful read and the Fever series is a series I know I am going to read over and over again. This is one Fever I am glad I caught and don't want to part with.


My rating:
+ 1, oh yeah, I did it.




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Friday, January 21, 2011

Movie Review: The Green Hornet (2011)


Source: IMDB

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet".

     Finally got the chance to watch this today. I watched this movie because I love comic book movies and I love Seth Rogen. The mixture was as fun as I wanted it to be. Yet, I won't lie, something was missing for me. A developed storyline.
     This movie starts (well not start starts with this, I'll get to that in a sec) with little Britt having his world torn apart by his mean, old dad played by Tom Wilkinson. It is obvious his dad knows how to be a businessman, but doesn't have the slightest idea how to be a father. Britt grows up to be a spoiled, partying leech. His dad is still there tearing him a new one, but ends up dying by a "bee sting". Even after his dad's death, Britt holds resentment towards his dad.
     So one morning Britt wakes up and his coffee tastes like shit, so he bitches about it. Through this bitching, he meets Kato. A man, about the same age as Britt, who worked for Britt's dad that he never bothered to get to know until now. Their friendship is one of the most random things ever. But it is awesome. Kato is a genius who can pretty much make anything and the stuff he makes are things I know people are going to maybe reinvent because of this movie. Nonetheless, they both get a little drunk and decide to vandalize bid daddy-O's statue. While committing crime, they stumble upon a crime and this is where a bunch of hackneyed, half witted thoughts ensue.
     They want to pretend they are bad guys to take down the actual bad guy who is Chudnofsky played by the incredible Christoph Waltz. He was the real beginning to the film (see I told you I would get to it). Chudnofsky is tired of being looked over as an old man who is not worth a second glance. He wants to be seen as he really is. A crazy, scary, homicidal manic and proves that to be the case after an encounter with "big boss" Danny Clear played by James Franco (really nice cameo by the way). Now if you have seem Inglorious Bastards (LOVE!), you know Christoph Waltz won that Oscar for a reason. The man is incredible. Quite frankly, this film is no exception. He still crept me out because he was so unpredictable. A villain going through a midlife crisis was a nice touch for him as well. He said some of the weirdest things as his "line". I can't tell you because I don't remember it, it was so long. All I remember is "You will see blood before you die" and changed his name to Bloodnofsky. Crazy stuff fitting for a crazy man. Nonetheless, he was a nice touch to this film and I wish he had a bigger part. Waltz is a very entertaining man even though he is the villain...again.
     So anyway, these guys go with this out of the blue idea aka Britt's brain. They have not the slightest idea what they are doing. Well Britt doesn't. This is where my first bit of confusion starts. Like I said, the friendship is really random, but it was fun. But what was even more random is how Kato starts working for Britt's dad. He says his dad was just impressed by him and let him work for him. But why exactly? They don't go far enough into Kato's story and I really wished they did. The guy knows martial arts, but even I know martial arts doesn't make you move so fast you can't be seen on camera! There was a lot more to Kato then him being a genius and I wished they elaborated on that a little more because he was one hell of a character.
     Another issue I had is with Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz). I am not entirely sure she was needed in the movie. She did tell them what they needed to know about crime since they were clueless, but that is it. Case said she is a temporary secretary for the company until they can find a new one. But they don't say what happened to the other one. A simple little sentence would have suffice, "So and so died of a heartache after James Reid's death". I mean something.
    Another issue I had was with the plot. When we find out exactly who is behind everything and how Britt's father is involved, it doesn't actually make sense. Why exactly did his father go through with it? He had the option of stopping it, but he didn't. What exactly did he hold over his head? We don't really know, unless I missed something.
    Overall, this is a fun movie to watch. The 3D was fun and the characters were fun. But a little oomph was needed for me. I like films to be well rounded and this movie just had too many edges. We do have Rogen, Chou and, of course, Waltz. Let's not forget the man, the legend, the Admiral himself, Edward James Olmos. I would have liked for him to have a little bigger part in this. Doesn't matter his age, this man kicks ass. Seriously, why didn't he have a gun? This film won't be a waste. You will laugh and you will not be bored, so that is definitely something.


My Rating:

 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Catwoman and Bane Announced!!!

 
Source: Den of Geek

     You have read the title and this is something I am happy about. Now being both a Batman fan (just see my Twitter name) and a Christopher Nolan fan (watched The Dark Knight eight times in theaters and still bought it on DVD and have digital download on iPod), this is news I am happy to pass on. They have chosen the actors to play some of my favorite villains.


   That is right people, Anne Hathaway is to play Ms. Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in the next installment of Nolan's Batman franchise. After the catastrophe of Halle Berry's Catwoman (I love you Berry, but come on!), I can at least have faith that Hathaway knows she must get this right so it won't turn out like that. I will always and forever love Michelle Pheifer as Catwoman though. The scene after her fall when she starts making her catsuit in Batman Returns is a scene I will never forget. That was the first time a woman ever freaked the hell out of me. What can I say, I was young, well youngeER, so it was new to me. She was so timid, under everyone's radar, and boom, she is the woman that would (excuse the pun), claw you to shreds. Up to this day, it is a favorite of mine. Nonetheless, with the exception of Hathaway's romantic comedies, I do believe she will make a great catwoman. I have faith in her.


    Then we have Tom Hardy. That sexy beast in the above image should look familiar to you. He played Eames (the Forger) from Inception (a film I can see 100 times over and still be baffled by it). Hardy will play Bane. Yes big and scary Bane. Now remember the last Bane? Oh yeah, that is the one. The one in Batman and Robin (a film I will detest until the end of time). So since this is Nolan, I know he will be able to erase that crackpot version of a character out of my mind. I can't wait to see Nolan's Bane. Will be very interesting. It makes me giddy just thinking about it. And it is Hardy, he is a wonderful actor with a very sexy voice. So I will enjoy watching and listening to him. The Dark Knight Rises is looking very good so far.
   What about any of you? Do you like the choices or can you think of other possibilities?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Trailer Evaluation: Source Code (2011)


     For the first few seconds, I was intrigued by this trailer. I was like "Oh this seems cool and different". But once I got to the end, I felt a little Deja Vu. Yes that may have been cheesy but it doesn't make it any less true. The similarities are uncanny. Traveling back in time to stop a disaster: check. Traveling back in time to stop both the disaster and the girl you never met before, but want to risk tooth and nail for: check. A government agency that has the ability to control time: check. It all happening on a train: no, it was a ship.
     Again, I know I shouldn't judge things so quickly, but I can't help it. It is just too obvious with the way these films work. Now I am a fan of the actors in both films, but seriously, they couldn't tweak it to make it a little less different. Have any of you seen Deja Vu? Do you think these are too similar?

True Grit (2010)

Source: IMDB
Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.

     I finally got around to watching this. I hate it when life throws its curve ball and holds me back from my beloved movie watching. But nonetheless, I am happy I didn't miss out on an Coen Brothers film because that is catastrophic in my opinion. For those that have not seen a Coen Brothers film, ummm, what the hell is wrong with you and what the hell are you waiting for? There is a reason this film has been keeping the number 1 spot in the box office nice and warm for the past three weeks. It was (re)made by the Coen Brothers which in turn makes it awesome.
   This film follows a young fourteen year old woman. Yes, I said woman. Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld) was my favorite character in this movie. Yes even over the greatness of Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. Mattie was a young girl who was stubborn and strong. Seriously, this chick scared most of the men in this movie. Mattie was quick as whip and as sharp as a needle. If I have a daughter and she was like her, I know I wouldn't have to worry. Anyway, Mattie goes out on her own to avenge her father who was shot dead by a supposed slow witted criminal named Tom Chaney (played by Josh Brolin, who is no stranger to a Coen Brothers film. No Country For Old Men is one of my favorite movies in the world). But, of course, Ross can't hunt him alone. She needed firepower, she needed someone who can bring Cheney to his knees. This is where Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn comes in (played by Jeff Bridges).
   Cogburn wants nothing to do with Mattie. He thinks she is a little girl way out of her league and wants her to go home. As well as LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who is a Texas ranger who wants to take down Chaney in the state of Texas. Both men write off Mattie, try to cheat her out of the hunt, but Mattie being the girl she is, was not going down. She fights her way to finding them and they end up as an unlikely and very entertaining trio.
   Cogburn is a happy triggering drunk. Seriously, when we first meet Cogburn, he was on trial because the courts were trying to figure if he could have avoided shooting suspects. Apparently it was the first time. Labouef was a Texas ranger who thought he was the shit. As you can imagine, Cogburn and Laboeuf were definitely not the best of friends. Too much testosterone between the two and Mattie was stuck in the middle.  But when it was all said and done, they actually worked well together, in a messed up little way. One of my favorite scenes in this movie was when they were close to shooting Chaney and he accidentally shot Labouef. Labouef really thinks that Bridges is losing his sight or he did it on purpose. So they went out to test his shot. Man I love watching men argue, it is so entertaining.
   I will not spoil what happens and unfortunately, I have not seen the original, but apparently this was one hell of a remake. There is a reason this film was number 1 for three weeks in a row. It doesn't matter if you are into Westerns or not. It doesn't matter if you aren't a Coen Brothers fan (if you aren't, we will have a long talk). This is a film worth watching. The characters are a lot of fun and like I said, Mattie is a firecracker of a character. Truly incredible. They were well developed, the storyline is amazing and intriguing. This film is also full of little surprises that will make you very happy.

My rating:

Monday, January 10, 2011

Michael Bay has done it again!!!

Source: Screenrant


   Ok. Now anyone that knows me knows I am not a huge Bay fan. Just due to the simple fact that this man seems clueless about films as a whole. Seriously only aims for the five year old boy still asking his parents to buy Transformers toys. If you have seen Transformers 2, like me, you know I have every reason to be pissed. A film that was two and a half hours of time that I will never get back, no plot, no character development (still pissed over the use of the cyborg), sexual innuendos (it is suppose to be a film for children, remember Bay?), robots with gigantic clanging balls (again, for kids Bay? really?! ) and let's not forget the stereotypical/racist robots.
  Well, it seems Bay has done it again with the (bare with me) "Dreads". Now like the article has shown, these are big, black vehicles that just so happen to have dreadlocks. I am fed up with Hollywood's stereotypes and as much as I love robots and space, Bay is no exception. I do know the debate of whether they were or weren't racist. But to do it a second time in a row? I just pray Bay doesn't make these two as annoying as the twins in Transformers 2. Now there seems to be more cars involved with Transformers 3, but there were a bunch of new cars in Transformers 2 and Bay didn't do much with them either.
  I apologize for being bitter here people. But I am still pissed about Transformers 2. It is stain on my childhood soul. I grew up watching Transformers. Hell, I even owned some toys, autobots and decepticons alike (no, I am not a lesbian for playing with action figures), but seeing what it has become just pisses me off. I can't help it. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed the first one. I watched it three times in one week. You can't say I wasn't a fan, which makes my disappoint even greater after the sequel.
  It is true, Shia is our only tiniest glimpse of hope. With no Megan Fox (something else that pisses me off), I don't know how much more of this I can take from Bay. But I am trying my best to stay positive this year and will pray for the best. But Bay, for the love of God, CUT. IT. OUT.

New Sucker Punch Banner, thank you Pardee

Source: CinemaBlend



   The above image is not the one I am going crazy over, although it is very nice. Nonetheless, I am a big fan of amazing images. I love stuff that is dark and yet beautiful. From small and simple to epic and overwhelming, bring it all. So as you can imagine, once I saw the trailer to Sucker Punch, I know that Zack Synder will once again pleasure my eyeballs. This film is full of kickass girls with swords and guns who battle against nightmares too weird even for my brain to comprehend. Like I said the trailer looks amazing. But I must say, the storyline almost seems like it could be a more stylized sequel to a remake I was not fond all that fond of, The Uninvited (2009). But Sucker Punch still seems amazing.
   
     But in my opinion, what makes it really amazing is the look of this film. I don't own a lot of movie posters. The only posters on my wall are of True Blood (come on, can you blame for wanting to look at Eric and Bill 24/7?), but I have to have some posters of this. This post is basically about me bowing to the artist, Alex Pardee, for his amazing work. Seriously people, Google him, this guy knows his monsters. Oh by any chance if you are reading this Mr. Alex Pardee, once my book is done, I would love for you to make the cover. If anyone can make it as dark and yet somehow beautiful as I want it, it is you. Well you and Tony Mauro. I won't lie, I am in love with you both. As you all can tell, I have figured out what my new avatars might look like. I'll wait to see the movie to figure out which chick is best. It is only fair

    One of the many beautiful posters/banners that has got me babbling is posted here on the Apple website: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/suckerpunch/gallery/

    Also check out the trailer for Sucker Punch below. Film comes out March 25, 2011. Mark It!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Making An Attempt to Create a Template and Header

        This is how I feel right now! I am in tears now and will most likely be in the fetal position in a few minutes. I have attempted to create my own header and template. Everyone makes it seem easy and in hindsight, it is. I think it is like solving a math problem. You hate it when you see, you're frustrated when while solving it, you give up for a while, but once you figure it out and you are done, you feel happy you didn't give up. Well, right not, I am just frustrated as hell and I might give up after trying for two days.
        But thank God for the Internet, well specifically Twitter and Google, I have been able to at least cop a feel with creating  from scratch, well, semi-scratch. I was able to get fantastic and expensive extras with my new laptop for free. Among those extras, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Just the look of it is enough to know why people like it so much. So I am giving it a world. Now being someone who has used GIMP (a free downloadable tool found here: http://www.gimp.org/ ). That is a lot like Photoshop just without some of their unimaginable price tags. But I do like the feel and look of Photoshop more. So while blogging, I will do my best to keep you updated on my amateur attempts at creating brilliance (and trust me, it will be. If you don't think so, make one for me, I dare you). So here goes nothing.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Years!

     Happy New Years everyone! I hope you all are having a great new 1-01-11. I love special dates like that, makes me smile.  I hope everyone sticks to their resolutions and not quit after the first day like I seem to do every year. Anybody else gets an ass kick from their promises? Mine aren't too bad, so I think I can do it.
     My fellow tweep, Mrs. JZB, blogged her resolutions yesterday. All of them are the same I have been worrying about, well except cutting my Twittering time. I love my Twitter. I've met some pretty amazing people there. So if you have any resolutions worth grabbing by the balls, let me know or visit fellow blogger here: LoveToReadforFun