wook77: (books)
I've seen quite a few good movies lately and I've enjoyed them but, I don't really have a lot of thinky thoughts as to why I liked them, for the most part.

For example, Captain America, the First Avenger was brilliant and poignant and lovely. Plus, lots of exploding things and muscles and an evil character and bombs and stunts and a kickass chick in it and Tommy Lee Jones. But I don't have deep thoughts over it. I just really liked it. 10 out of 10

For the Bible Tells Me So is a documentary about the Bible and what it has to say about homosexuality. It takes a look at literalists versus those that interpret the Bible. It features families that are very religious and how they cope with having a homosexual child in their midst. It's got commentary from Archbishop Desmond Tutu in addition to Dick Gephardt and others. I really felt for Tonia Poteat, especially. Her family has this weird dichotomy of the "hate the sin, love the sinner". Her father is a self-important asshole, IMHO. It made me think about my own spiritual path and my own views of the Bible and religion. 10 out of 10

Hunger with Michael Fassbender was very good if quite disturbing and deep. I was expecting to think about it afterwards and I definitely got that. It's worth watching. 10 out of 10

Centurion with Michael Fassbender was fairly awesome. Etain was kickass awesome. I didn't expect much out of it as I hadn't read any reviews and I hadn't really cared about the story. I originally started watching for Michael Fassbender so it surprised me that the story captured my attention as much as it did. 10 out of 10

The Ninth Legion was another that I hadn't expected much out of but, since I'd just watched one 9th Legion movie, I thought I'd watch another. It was fairly slashy, had some interesting moments and was fairly decent. I went in with low expectations, mainly because it had Channing Tatum. He's pretty but I don't expect him to act. He did a decent job of it. It's not a movie that will change the world with its plot, acting and script but it was a fun movie to watch. 10 out of 10

Tangled was also fun. I've been watching a lot of movies that are mainly brain candy and this filled that need. I really enjoyed the movie but I don't really have any other thoughts than "bwee, fun" for it. 10 out of 10
wook77: (books)
Every year, I resolve to watch 50 new-to-me movies and read 50 new-to-me books. My reviews have really slumped off as time has gotten short but here are a few good ones for you to check out. Book links go to All Romance eBooks but I do not get a commission from there if you click through. Instead, I just like their rebate program (buy 10, get one free).

Earth and Sky by Zahra Owens ) 10 out of 10

A Film Unfinished (****WARNINGS LIEKWHOA*****) ) 10 out of 10

Between Sinners and Saints ) 10 out of 10

Breaking Logan's Law ) 10 out of 10

GhosTV Psycop 6 )10 out of 10

The Sensei ) 10 out of 10

Sons of Anarchy ) 10 out of 10
wook77: (x-men)

Guys. Seriously. Guys.

X-Men First Class.

Best X-Men Movie Ever Y/MFY?!

I am so aflail with glee and amazement and fic ideas and love and babble and this movie. THE WORLD cannot contain my squee and giddiness over this movie.

This movie. IDEK

I am so totally and completely in love with it. I must go see it again and again and again. I would've seen it twice today if it hadn't been for a baby shower I had to get to. I am going to see Thor and then X-Men First Class on Tuesday. I cannot fucking wait.

wook77: (books)
I'm almost completely done with my resolution of 50 books and 50 movies (I'm short 5 movies for the year but am over 100 books already this year :D) but those new books and movies aren't what I thought I'd post about.

One of my favorite movies is Sleepers. It's set in Hell's Kitchen in the 60s/70s, centering around with 4 boys who make one small mistake and get eaten alive by the system and then take revenge on the people that raped them as children. It's all about the choices we make and those that are made for us, how they affect us and what we do with them.

It's got a brilliant cast in it. Cast list includes Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, Robert De Nero, Minnie Driver, Brad Renfro, Dustin Hoffman, Billy Crudup, and, as all things head back to - Kevin Bacon.

It's perfectly paced with brilliant transitions and a fantastic voice over/narration.

It's tightly plotted. There are no wasted scenes, every scene has a purpose and adds to the story rather than distracting from it.

It deals with a horrible, awful scenario and doesn't shy away from the horrors of juvie, prisons and child rape.

It's very close to the book. Surprisingly close to the book with the way that movies normally rape the text and make a mockery of the books.

It is, in short, one of the best movies that I've ever seen.
wook77: (books)
Moar Reviews! This time, it's all movies.

Pineapple Express ) 7 out of 10
Strange Wilderness ) Negative a Billion out of 10
Tropic Thunder ) 3 out of 10
Jumper ) 3 out of 10
Where in the World is Osama bin Laden ) 9 out of 10
Serenity ) 9 out of 10
Assault on Precinct 13 ) 8 out of 10
The Prince and Me ) 8 out of 10
Soul Men ) Negative Infinity out of 10
Eagle Eye ) 10 out of 10
Iron Man ) 9 out of 10
Dominick and Eugene ) 9 out of 10
Babylon AD ) 2 out of 10
Heroes (TV Series) ) 9 out of 10
Ghost Town ) 9 out of 10
wook77: (Gambit with a Cocky Grin)
Went to see Watchmen on Sunday. upon further reflection, I didn't like it. Spoilers and such ) 6 out of 10

All that and the new X-Men trailer wasn't in front of my movie. I got robbed twice :(
wook77: (jpk-face pressed together)
Went to see Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans today. It was absolutely brilliant. more flailing and thinky thoughts. Spoilers ahoy! ) 11 out of 10.

Also - I'm sort of ashamed that I lol'd at a preview for Fired Up. It's a cheerleader movie, for fuck's sake. But the preview had the one dude fucking up the friend's love!rival's name and calling him Doctor Dick multiple times. Also - they practiced cheering "al dente". LOLOLOLOL I will definitely be putting this in my blockbuster queue.

New to me trailer for Watchmen. OMG THE FLAIL! Also - I sort of popped in and saw the Wolverine trailer on the big screen. a;dlfjas;ldfj MORE FLAIL!
wook77: (miss you)
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews ) 7 out of 10
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews ) 7 out of 10
Nightlife, Madhouse, and Moonshine by Rob Thurman ) collectively a 9 out of 10
Sign of Seven Series by Nora Roberts ) collectively – 6 out of 10
The Last Legion – hot people doing tedious things ) 7 out of 10
Transporter – Jason Statham kicking ass )6 out of 10
Jesus – or plz god never make me watch this movie again ) 2 out of 10
Driving Lessons or Rupert Murdoch is cute but omg boring ) 5 out of 10
State of Grace or how wook hit such a state of grace during this movie she fell asleep ) 3 out of 10

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian or OMG BEN BARNES!!!! ) 10 out of 10
The Lookout or huh, who knew that Joseph Gordon-Levitt can act ) 9 out of 10
George and the Dragon or yet another D&D Remake ) 8 out of 10
Elizabeth or I shouldn't listen to critics too much ) 7 out of 10
The Fast and The Furious or it is what it is ) 8 out of 10
The Fast and the Furious 2 or where's my vinny? ) 7 out of 10
Beerfest or wtf, why am I watching this and omg why am I enjoying this?! ) 8 out of 10
in the name of the king - dungeon seige tale or yet another d&d remake ) 7 out of 10
10000 BC or hot dudes in loin cloths with a smattering of plot somewhere ) 7 out of 10
Waterhorse or cute little kid movie ) 8 out of 10
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry ) 9 out of 10
Dead Letter Office or sucks as a movie but good as a film )8 out of 10
Veronica Guerin or it reached and missed )6 out of 10
Saint of 9/11 or meh )7 out of 10
wook77: (mike lange - watch)
I have week in the life photos. Just haven't uploaded them. Instead, I've been working assloads of hours. Which means money for vacations so I'm not complaining.

Today, though... I went to bed about midnight last night, woke up about 11 this morning and was fast asleep by 230. Then I woke back up about 5 and got a shower. In the time I was awake, I watched:

Hooligans/Green Street Hooligans. Charlie Hunnam is hot and other important parts of a review )

9 out of 10

Tonight at Fry's, I wrote over a thousand words of a fanfic set in the Green Street Hooligans universe. The movie hit but IDK why it hit hard enough to cause ficcage.

Spent the Fourth working. Had a chance to dressdown but forgot. I blame chatting with [livejournal.com profile] best_of_five.

Am testdriving the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 tomorrow/later today.
wook77: (pebd)
Am getting ready to head to the garage to have my hood release looked at. I've my fingers crossed that it's just because of gunk build-up that the latch won't open. Don't burst my bubble until the garage does, yeah? I'm hopeful they can get it opened and do the oil change I need and switch out my turn signal fuse, too.

I've had pretty bad insomnia this past weekend and into last night. I've gotten about 6 hours of sleep in dribs and drabs since Friday. Just little catnaps. Stupid stress.

However, that only means that I've watched a metric asstonne of movies. After cruising the flist, someone rec'd Shelter and then linked to someone who had the download. Of course Firefox crashed before I could thank the person so I've no idea who I ganked it from BUT - omgsogood. It's a very lovely story that has a nice pace to it. spoilery thoughts and rambling review )

10 out of 10

I uploaded it to share the love. Definitely go out and buy it though as there are some really brilliant cast commentaries and special features on teh DVD that aren't on the download. here is the download. It's a zip so you'll have to unzip it and it's rather HUGE (almost a gig by itself). I also converted it to the iPod so I can watch it on that when I get bored at Fry's.

I made the mistake of watching The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Run, do not walk, away from this movie )

2 out of 10 and it only gets that because the camera peeps deserve a spot of love.

Random observation - there are certain words that should never be used in a sex scene. I read one fic this morning that utilized the word "girth" as a name for a cock. ie - "He sucked the girth into his mouth and sucked". Um, bwa? When I think of girth, I think of my fat ass and how girthy it is. I don't think of a giant cock of doom. In conclusion, girth is not a sexxehtiems word. Stop using it. Plz.
wook77: (lying down harry)
Watched The Wind That Shakes the Barley today. It wasn't a great movie but it wasn't bad either. more thoughts and a review )

8 out of 10
wook77: (earthlogic)
Went to go see Spiderwick Chronicles with [livejournal.com profile] shygryf and, well, I am a horrible friend. I totes told her 615. When did I show up? just past 630. So I was late. Like I always am anytime I go to meet her. I'm made of fail. But - the good thing was that she pulled in to the restaurant parking lot right after me. So win!

We had a blast talking fandom, fandom politics *shudders at the phrase*, different past and future wankstorms and a variety of other happenings including the trials of her job and the trials of my jobs and... and the poor waitress didn't really know what to do with us, methinks. BUT - it was totes fun.

Spiderwick Chronicles - Review with spoilers )

9 out of 10

Open house didn't go so well. Turns out that another realtor used my realtor's signs to point to their own open house. Made of fail, people, made of fail. However, our realtor is going to not only take it up with that realtor, she's going to have an open house on Saturday next. So hopefully that one goes better.

I'm about three days behind in responding to things. Speaking of being made of fail... when one is behind in responding, one shouldn't keep posting :/.
wook77: (Deamus - Kiss)
Resolution Reviews – First Batch for 2008 – 7 movies, 4 books –

Ratatouille )

6 out of 10

The Simpson's Movie )

6 out of 10

Eastern Promises )

5 out of 10

Stardust (movie) )

10 out of 10

Stardust – Neil Gaiman )

10 out of 10

Dragonlance – Dragons of Autumn Twilight (animated movie) )

11 out of 10

Balls of Fury )

9 out of 10

Pirates of the Carribean 3 )

7 out of 10

Plum Lucky – Janet Evanovich )

10 out of 10

Captain's Fury – Jim Butcher )

7 out of 10

Morning Light – Catherine Anderson )

3 out of 10

I'm in the middle of the first book for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_reads so I will probably write my review after the discussion opens there. You have until February 15th to read Persepolis and join the community to get to discuss it with the rest of us. Join before then and you'll get a chance to pick the next book, too! They don't all have to be serious or anything.
wook77: (Default)
Resolution Reviews –

Standard Disclaimer – if I didn't like something, doesn't mean that you don't. However, if you enjoy something that I didn't or hated something that I loved, feel free to tell me your opinions. I'd love to discuss any of these with you.

Warnings for foul language, squee over nekkidness (and higher ratings due to said nekkidness), etc. all apply.

Angela's Ashes (book) by Frank McCourt )8 out of 10

Tis by Frank McCourt )10 out of 10

Herotica (Anthology by various authors) )1 out of 10

Calderon's Fury by Jim Butcher )8 out of 10

The New World (Book 3 in the Cartography Series by Michael Stackpole )5 out of 10

300 )7 out of 10

The Invasion )6 out of 10

Rush Hour 3 )8.5 out of 10

American Psycho )3 out of 10

Angela's Ashes (Movie) )10 out of 10

The Purifiers )2 out of 10

The Italian Job )7 out of 10

Rock Star )7 out of 10

Beat )4 out of 10

Blades of Glory )8.5 out of 10

Shrek the Third )5 out of 10

Wild Hogs ) 8 out of 10

TMNT )6 out of 10

Catch and Release )8 out of 10

That's 100 folks. 50 movies, 50 books.

Bonus reviews:

The High King's Tomb (Book 3 of the Green Rider Series) by Kristen Britain )9.5 out of 10

Transformers )10 out of 10

Jack Daniels Series books 1-3 by JA Konrath )6 out of 10

Sicko )9 out of 10

So there it is. These are probably the last of my reviews for the year. I shall be back next year with more as I quite enjoyed doing this. I hope you all have enjoyed the reviews as well.
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
Resolution Reviews – Same disclaimers. These are all obviously my own opinion. In addition, random points awarded for hot guys, points taken away for plot predictability. In other words, random.

Also – Spoilers abound. Let me repeat that - SPOILERS WITHIN

Storm Front: Dresden Files )
9 out of 10

Fool Moon: Dresden Files )
9 out of 10

Grave Peril: Dresden Files )
9 out of 10

Summer Knight: Dresden Files )
8 out of 10

Death Masks: Dresden Files )
10 out of 10

Blood Rites: Dresden Files )
10 out of 10

Dead Beat: Dresden Files )
5 out of 10

Lean Mean 13 )
10 out of 10

Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera Series )
7 out of 10

Academ's Fury: Codex Alera Series )
8.5 out of 10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows )
9.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 out of 10

Ghost Rider )
8 out of 10

Yossi & Jagger )
9.5 out of 10

Bridge to Terabithia )
8 out of 10

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix )
4 out of 10

Blood and Chocolate )
3 out of 10

Children of Men )
2 out of 10

Reno 911: Miami )
8 out of 10

Pathfinder )
4 out of 10

The Bourne Ultimatum )
5 out of 10

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead )
2 out of 10 **DID NOT FINISH**

That's it for now – I'm up to 36 movies and 42 books for the year. There's another 3 book reviews coming and I have 6 movies to watch this weekend or Blockbuster's going to get pissy with me.
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
I have quite a few resolution reviews to get caught up on (18 of them). I'm officially at 57 out of my 100 – 31 books and 26 movies.

Same disclaimers apply – if you've not read these books/seen these movies, there will be spoilers. Random squee, higher ratings for inconsequential crap, random babbling, all of it will probably be here in these reviews.

Undead and Unwed (Mary Janice Davidson)
hilarious vampire fluff )
8 out of 10

Undead and Unemployed (Mary Janice Davidson)
Queen Betsy gets a job and I laugh. A lot. )
8 out of 10

Undead and Unappreciated (Mary Janice Davidson)
more of the same, starting to get tedious )
7 out of 10

Undead and Unreturnable (Mary Janice Davidson)
blahblahblah, fourth verse same as the first! )
6 out of 10

Dead and Loving it (Mary Janice Davidson)
Now with werewolves! )
5 out of 10

Undead and Unpopular (Mary Janice Davidson)
at least she tried some plot this time )
6 out of 10

Derik's Bane (Mary Janice Davidson)
Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment )
4 out of 10

Ghost Hunter (Jayne Castle)
Didn't expect much, didn't get much )
7 out of 10

Kirith Kirin (Jim Grimsley)
Best Book I've read in a very very long time )
9.99999999999 out of 10

And now? On to the movies.

I'm sure if I watched this with anyone else… )
9 out of 10

Happy Feet
Someone put me out of my misery with this one )
2 out of 10

10th & Wolf
I rented this for explosions, I got serious acting instead )
8 out of 10

Blood Diamond
I hated the ending but any other ending and I would've hated the movie )
8 out of 10

Curse of the Golden Flower
Pretty to look at, nice to hold, if you break it, consider it sold )
5 out of 10

Flushed Away
Funny cartoon )
7 out of 10

Night at the Museum
funny and entertaining fluff )
9 out of 10

Stranger than Fiction
first Will Farrell movie I have ever liked )
9 out of 10

The Holiday
Jack Black as a romantic interest? Yeah, I scoffed too )
9 out of 10

The Pursuit of Happyness
Feel good story that actually is inspiring and not over the top )
9 out of 10
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
I haven't done one of these in awhile so there's a bit of build-up here. Actually, there are 12 reviews in this one. However, as some of them were watched/read awhile back, some of the reviews are sketchy memories… I scored them all right away though so the scores accurately reflect my opinions at the time.

Remember – spoilers abound. Movie reviews probably contain random comments about hot guys, cool bombs or beautiful cars or some such. Book reviews probably contain over usage of the words "predictable", "annoying" and/or "tedious".

Flags of our Fathers )
4.5 out of 10

American Dreamz )
5 out of 10

Black Dog )
7 out of 10

Shooter )
8 out of 10

The Chocolate War )
3 out of 5

Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood )
4 out of 10

Slow Burn by Julie Garwood )
2 out of 10

Haunted in Death by JD Robb )
5 out of 10

About a Boy (the book) )
8 out of 10

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony )
9 out of 10

The following three books are a series and, thus, are reviewed together as a series as I basically read them back to back and the details have blurred.

Uglies, Pretties, Specials by Scott Westerfeld )
Uglies - 9 out of 10
Pretties – 9 out of 10
Specials – 8 out of 10

And I'm caught up! I've reviewed 16 movies and 22 books so far this year. Thus, I have 34 movies and 28 books to go for the year. I'm just a little bit ahead of schedule!
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
Resolution Reviews. Same disclaimers as every other one. As one of these books came out less than 2 weeks ago, I'll remind that there are spoilers in here. BIG TIME spoilers.

Without further ado - 3 books and 1 movie. This puts me over 25% completed for the year.

Age of Discovery: A Secret Atlas (Part 1 of 3) by Michael Stackpole )
8 out of 10

Age of Discover: Cartography [Part 2 of 3] by Michael Stackpole )
8 out of 10

Innocence in Death by JD Robb )
10 out of 10

Four Brothers
Four Brothers )
10 out of 10
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
Quite a few more Resolution Reviews. Same disclaimer as before. Spoilers abound and squeeing over hot guys/gals.

Invincible )
10 out of 10

Gossip )
7 out of 10

Dark Harbor )
8 out of 10 for one reason only.

Savage Girls and Wild Boys by Michael Newton )
5 out of 10

Plum Loving by Janet Evanovich )
10 out of 10

That concludes the most recent spate of movies and books. I'm shocked that I have my first two 10s in this post but there you have it.

In other news - I made my mother and sister watch Boondock Saints and they were suitably impressed. My brother and his family were here for the day and we were all talking about the movie and he wanted to borrow it and I grabbed it to my bosum and snarled "mine". I need that for fantasising research, garshdarnit!

I've another three Norman Reedus movies rented and I'm going to be renting a few Sean Patrick Flanery movies as well. I'm also screencapping like a fool and will be uploading them tomorrow while struggling through payroll.

ramble about how I had to break into my house today and some whinging about how much my hands hurt )
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
I finally found what the people I'm dogsitting at considered my payment. The dogs had started to eat it and it was bundled up in their bedding. We agreed to $60 a night, they paid me $28 a night. Called my friend and then their cousin, who I know. The cousin is going to speak to them about this.

As it is, what they deemed fair paid for a tank of gas, my allergy meds (I'm allergic to cats and they have 6) and food to eat out because they have no microwave and everything is all natural and in bits so it takes forever to cook. I'm not coming home from work and then trying to figure out what I can make from all the unlabeled jars and canisters. (an example from last night... is that salt or sugar? *sprinkles some on a plate* Oh, it's sugar! Good thing I didn't put that on my potato.)

The thing I don't get is that these people own a fairly successful "landmark" restaurant in downtown Tucson, so it's not like they don't have the money. Oh well, so I cut out all the perks and the animals are getting basic care, instead.

I watched Boondock Saints last night.

Boondock Saints )
9 out of 10

January 2012



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