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Celeste and Jesse Forever


If you’re planning a fun date night with your significant other or a girl’s night out, I strongly suggest checking out Celeste and Jesse Forever before it heads out of theaters.

Celeste and Jesse Forever is a wonderful movie about a couple that is perfect for each other — except for the fact that they’re getting divorced. No worries, I didn’t spoil anything for you as this is all set up in the opening credits.

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are great as the title characters. This was one of the first movies that Samberg has been in as a lead role, and I think he really showed his acting ability and did a great job. It wasn’t all quirky stories and songs. He had depth and character and really knows how to pull at your emotions.

The movie is a little over an hour and a half, but I never felt myself getting bored or felt like the movie dragged at all. It was all in all a great film and I recommend it to anyone. It’s definitely not the “normal” romantic comedy.

It’s far too smart for that label or genre.

 

The Help – Nearly Perfect Movie Adaption


This particular blog has been in the making for a while now. I’ve been a little lazy and I’d like to apologize for that now. Honestly, I used to blog after my son went to bed. Lately, we’ve had company at the house and I’ve been in the throes of my first trimester, so anytime my son is sleeping . . . I’m trying to sleep as well. So, I’ve kind of gotten behind on my reviews.

The Help movie adaptation has been out since Wednesday, August 10th and I’m only just now getting around to reviewing it. But, I guess it’s better late than never . . . right?

The Help movie is a wonderful adaptation of the novel. If you’ve read it before seeing the movie, you won’t be disappointed. There are a couple of liberties that are made and the telling of Constantine’s story is different, but all of the parts that need to be in there are definitely in there. We saw this movie in a packed theater. Everyone seemed to throughly enjoy themselves, women and men alike. (In fact, Aaron and I went to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes last night and he still says The Help is his favorite movie this year.)

I strongly suggest you guys head out to the theater and take this movie in. Whether you’ve read the novel or not, you’ll want to after watching this spectacular movie. I look forward to seeing the oscar buzz that will be surrounding this movie this year. And I’d be quite surprised if Viola Davis (Aibileen) is not nominated for best actress this year.

True Blood Season Four Episode Two – Holy Hot Eric


Might I say that being the King of Louisiana sure does look good on Bill Compton? We got a little bit more back story on Bill Compton . . . like that he was also hot as a punk rocker in the late eighties. And, that since the late eighties, he’s been working with Nan Flanagan to try and boost vampire/human moral. She is the first person to tell him about the possibility of synthetic blood. We also find out exactly how he becomes the new King of Louisiana . . . which I must admit was a piss poor way of getting the crown.

Jason was abducted by Felton and Crystal in the first episode of the season. In this one, we find him chained to a bed getting his wounds licked by one of those creepy inbred kids. Come to find out, Crystal wants to make a baby with him! It is her duty and all to continue to populate the species. Unfortunately for Stackhouse, he has to get turned into a panther first, just to make sure that their baby will be a panther. And who else to do the biting than Felton and Crystal themselves. Poor Poor Jason.

Sookie is trying to smooth things over with the residents of Bon Temps (especially Sam) after not giving a true account of her whereabouts for the last twelve and a half months. She’s also really pissed off that Eric was the one that bought her house and is now trying to place ownership on her. He even built himself an adorable antique-y looking cubby to sleep in.

Tara comes back for a bit to see Sookie and her cousin Lafayette. Unfortunately, she gets herself into some trouble when she goes with Lafayette and his boyfriend, Jesus, to their wiccan meet. It is there that the leader, Marnie, announces that she wants to raise something besides a bird from the dead. That something? Why a human of course!

On Bill’s orders, Eric finds himself in conflict with Marnie and when he tells her the group will no longer meet again, she goes all kinds of crazy and casts a spell on him.

And low and behold . . . who finds him walking down the road looking vulnerable and a little scared (But what about naked Alan Ball? You forgot naked!) is of course Sookie which shows the lovers of the books that there IS some hope that the storyline might follow the novel, if only loosely.

So, it looks like I’m hooked on some True Blood again. A told me that I could start watching them without him again. He got interested in the episodes last season with Russell Edgeington. But, I think we are going to see an interesting side to Marnie this season. And I’m sure that crazy fairy Mab has got to show her face at some point in time.

So stay tuned folks, and I hope you enjoyed the episode as much as I did.

True Blood Season Four – Bon Temps has Been Busy *Spoilers*


While I usually am not one to complain that the television or movie version of a novel is different, I was hoping and praying that season four of True Blood would stay true to the fourth book (because it was my favorite of The Southern Vampire Series). However, it’s not looking like that is going to be the case.

When we last saw Sookie, she had her heart broken by Bill Compton and disappeared to “Fairy Land” with her fairy godmother, Claudine. As the series opens, she is brought to a magical place where everyone is beautiful. Some are dressed in fairy clothes while others are dressed in regular clothes. I’m guessing this tells the viewer which ones are full blood fairies and which ones just have a little fairy blood in them. Apparently, the reason that Sookie has her telepathy power is because of her fairy blood, because guess who she sees while she’s there? Barry! Oh, and her grandfather whom she thought abandoned her and her family twenty years ago . . . while he thinks it’s only been a week or so.

Unfortunately, the Fairy world is not as it seems and once Sookie realizes not everything is as it seems all hell breaks loose! Claudine’s brother (Claude I’m assuming?) leads her to the portal to get her back to earth, but not before the evil fairy “queen” begins closing it. Sookie jumps with her grandfather and ends up in the graveyard by her house. Since her grandfather had been eating the light fruit while he was there, he is unable to stay on earth with Sookie and shrivels up and disappears. Once Sookie makes it to her house; however, she realizes that it has been twelve and a half months since she “disappeared” and that someone has bought said house.

In the last twelve months, the people of Bon Temps have been quite busy.

Tara disappeared and is now working as a female wrestler in New Orleans. She goes by the name Toni and sleeps with women now.

Arlene had her baby and is still worried that he is a killer like the father, Rene, was. Especially when she comes home to find decapitated barbies everywhere.

Lafayette is still dating his witch friend who is actively trying to get him to join his coven (?).

Sam is still the owner of Merlotte’s. Apparently his rage from last season hasn’t really turned off customers because it’s still quite busy in there.

Jessica and Hoyt live together, but their relationship doesn’t quite seem as rosy as it did when we last saw them.

Sheriff Andy Bellefleur is a V head now.

Jason Stackhouse is currently a deputy as well as still helping the inbred panther occupants of hotshot. Until he finds himself in a freezer . . .

And the vampires are spending their time working on Human Relations after the evil Russell Edgington found himself incased in silver and concrete.

 

All in all, I’m interested in the creative differences that the season has to bring. And of course I’m excited about watching something on Sunday nights all summer again. But, I was very excited about them introducing the witches last season because I thought they were going to follow the witches/Eric story this season, and that doesn’t quite look like that is going to be the case.

I guess we’ll see.

Incendiary — Grab Some Tissue


Incendiary by British author Chris Cleave was actually the second novel I read this year. The first was me finishing up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (again), so I guess we can say this one was the first full novel I read this year. I have never read anything by Chris Cleave, but had his novel Little Bee added to my kindle after noticing it on the Bestseller’s List for a good while. This one looked more interesting than his second novel, so I went ahead and gave it a try first. And I must say . . . it was beautiful.

It follows the story of a nameless adulterous woman writing letters to Osama Bin Laden after a bombing of a football stadium kills her husband and son. As the novel progresses, the woman’s grieving takes on new depth as she begins to see her son alive again.

It is heartbreaking and real. I breezed through it in a little over a day and found myself in tears more than a few times. It continuously made me think about what I would do in her situation. What I would do if my entire life literally blew up around me. And then, a few months later . . . a friend of mine sat down and watched the movie with Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. I don’t know why it only got five out of ten stars on certain reviews because I thought it was great as well. It was even more heartbreaking (if that is even possible) and both Natalie and I found ourselves with red, swollen, tear streaked faces after watching. I suggest you read the novel and watch the movie . . .  or watch the movie and then read the novel. Either way, neither will disappoint.

What’s All This About Vampires?


It seems like every couple of years or so, there’s another Vampire spike. Right now … it’s HUGE.

We’ve got True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse, Anita Blake, Vampire Diaries, and of course The Twilight Series. (Maybe even more … but these are the ones that I’ve been reading/watching) I’m not complaining at all. I mean, honestly, I think that vampires are the sexiest of all the mythical creatures.

I’m not exactly sure why. It’s not like I’d want to date/kiss/eventually have sex with any old dead being … but Vampires have always had that special allure to them. However, each author has their own special take on vampires. And werewolves. Apparently you can’t write a novel about vampires with out adding in some wolves somewhere. Most of the time … I’m batting for the Vamps … except in one instance.

True Blood – Charlaine Harris: Charlaine’s vampires are sexy SEXY! They are ruthless, cocky, hilarious, and dripping with sex appeal. Her wolves … or other “were-animals” not so much … except for sexy Alcide (werewolf) and Quinn (were-tiger). Harris’ vampires and weres are masculine even while being pretty doting on dear ‘ol Sookie.

Team Eric!

Sorry Bill, can't get over your true motives.

Anita Blake – I absolutely can’t STAND Hamilton’s Vampires. They are all extremely girly and annoying. Her lead Vampire “Jean Claude” which I think is a lame name as it is, is always wearing frilly shirts and has long hair. I’m not a  fan of my men having hair longer than mine. So, in the case of Hamilton’s supernatural creatures … I’m all for the wolves. The main wolf, Richard, is a middle school science teacher by day … moral werewolf by night. He has long hair too … (in fact, all the male characters do … what’s with THAT Hamilton?) … but he offsets it by wearing normal jeans and t-shirts and being all outdoorsy, whereas Jean Claude is all stupid and romantic, sending flowers and wanting to take baths and drink wine. Lame.

Um, no thanks.

Vampire Diaries – Smith’s vampires are pretty cool as well. They are tough and ruthless and can hang out in the sunlight with a special ring power. (Which I think is better than just being sparkly) They go after what they want … and there is even some pretty good death scenes and suspense in the series. But, her wolves are pretty sucky. Tyler being a werewolf is pretty lame. He’s a jerk, which makes his wolf a jerk as well. And I just won’t stand for a jerk in any of my relationships. I wasn’t much of a fan of the novel (I did only read the first two though.)

Yes!

And, Yes!

And finally … the good ‘ol Twilight series – Meyer’s horribly elementary writing style aside, the vampires are great. I love them. I really do. I think it’s a neat idea that the Cullen’s are “vegetarian” vampires. I like that they are all very smart and use their powers for good. I like that they’ve gone to college over and over again in all the years that they have been vampires. Because, my number one turn on is some brains. (Well, that was very zombie-ish of me) Anyway, I don’t really care for all the sparkles though. Really Meyers? You couldn’t come up with any other “effect” that the vampires would have in the sun besides being glittery? I’d rather my men not shine more than my diamond rings. But, I am still a team Edward … just … Edward in the dark … or on a really cloudy day.

It's a good thing you're smart, Cullen.

So, what kind of vampires do you like? Or are you really freaking sick of the vampire craze?

In Which I discuss my love for Lost


I feel like I have this empty feeling in my stomach knowing that there will never be a new episode of Lost every again. It’s like losing a good friend. A faithful friend. One that you knew you could count on every Tuesday or Wednesday night (depending on the season) to get you through a hard day’s work. Seriously. Tuesdays this year were awesome just knowing that once I got home from work, I could forget about the crappy day that I had and throw myself into the questions and theories and mythology of Lost.

Who said that television rots your brain? I honestly think that my husband and I got smarter the more we watched. We stopped mindlessly watching television and started thinking while watching. Every morning this year, I’d get an email from Aaron (who has worked nights for a while) about his theories from the night before’s Lost. We’d dissect each episode and come up with our own theories. Sometimes they were correct, sometimes they weren’t.

I know that a lot of people didn’t enjoy the finale … but I am definitely not one of them. I could not think of a better way of ending such an epic show. All of the IMPORTANT questions were answered. No, we don’t really know why Walt was special, but who really cares? The show was not all about Walt. It was all about the other characters. The characters that we laughed with … that we cried with … that we loved with. And the writer’s gave us all that.

I felt comfort after the show was over. The writer’s theorize that we aren’t alone when we die … just like we aren’t alone when we live. No matter if you’re religious or not … this ending is spectacular and peaceful.

Science vs Faith was a big theme throughout the entire series … the ending shows us that faith prevails.

In my humble opinion, the ending was perfect. It was beautiful. It solved everything that was important. Everything was relevant. Everything else is left up to the viewers to make their own assumptions about, which is perfect as well. I don’t want everything to be handed to me like I’m an idiot. I want to be able to make my own assumptions about things. We spent six years thinking through theories … why would anyone think that everything would be completely solved at the end? I think that if they would have summed every single thing up in one big bow … that it would have been an insult to our intelligence.

I can’t wait to go back and re-watch every single episode from beginning to the end. I think that we’ll be doing that during this long possibly snow-filled winter in Omaha.

I give the finale ***** out of *****