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How was everyone’s holiday? Good? Yes?
I’ve been slacking off on the blog posting lately. My husband occasionally reminds me of this. I have not been slacking off on movie watching, however, so today, I’m doing short reviews of what we’ve been watching. Here we go.

Red 2
Description from IMDB: “Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.”

I really, really, really love these movies. I like when old people kick ass. I like when Bruce Willis makes his angry face and John Malkovich makes his slightly-off-kilter face. I adore Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins and pretty much everyone else in this movie, mostly because they are all very good at the kinds of roles they play in this story.

If you liked the first Red movie, you will probably like the sequel. I read a couple of reviews of this second installment and they weren’t very flattering. Apparently, it didn’t make as much money as the first one. I found that very surprising. There is every bit as much excitement as the first one, shooting, fighting, cloak and dagger. The story keeps the attention. If they made 100 of these movies, I would go out of my way to see every one of them.
Red 2 gets an A.

The World’s End

Description from IMDB: “Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.”

This movie is WEIRD. It gets off to a very slow start. So slow in fact, that about 20 minutes in, I actually considered turning it off. The characters start out whiny and boring. The main character is a sad, desperate guy. No one is having much fun, really.

Once the action gets going, there’s plenty of it. They fight and run around a lot, which is better than the boring. Then the movie just gets weirder and weirder until the weird end.

I didn’t love this one. I thought it would be better.

The World’s End gets a C-.

The Conjuring

IMDB: “Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.”

This movie is pretty cool. If I remember correctly, when it was out in the theater, it got props for being “low budget” but still being awesome. I thought it was kind of old-school, which is a good thing. It didn’t need crazy special effects. It relied on good acting and STORY, not just random gore. Always important.

I like this.

The Conjuring gets an A.

I have completed a book

Lately, life has been go-go-go. It’s crazy, like seriously. Carting the kids to and from various functions, shopping for Christmas items, which apparently no longer involves just gifts but supplies for holiday crafts at school, charity items and other miscellanea, not to mention any other store items we might need to keep the household running and of course, the occasional library trip.

I get approximately one hour of sit-down time in the evening after work, during which I may engage in one or possibly two activities, depending on my remaining stores of energy and how much homework the boy comes home with and how much assistance he requires with said homework.

One. Hour. Do you know how fast an hour can fly? Insanity. For Christmas, I would like to request a pause button for my life.

I have, however, finally managed to finish the book I started writing in March. The rough draft is done, a anyway. That isn’t full completion by a long shot, but it’s a giant leap for me.

I don’t want to say too much for now. Here are some tidbits.

It’s middle grade fiction, so, yeah. Kid’s book, basically.
Pre-edit/rewrite word count – 94000+ words, which makes it the longest thing I’ve ever written, I think.
Genre – fantasy
Favorite writing music at the time of completion – RadioHead TKOL remix and Yoga Zone.

The book is the usual children landing themselves in a magical world, a la Alice in Wonderland/ Narnia Chronicles, etc. As a kid, those were my favorite kinds of books.

It has all sorts of fun creatures in it – cannibalistic fairies, big lizards, frog people, a fire-breathing molebat and children, of course, among other things. Fun times.

I thought I’d give the publishing thing a go on this one. We’ll see how that turns out. If it doesn’t work, there’s always the back-up plan.

Peace out.

movie: RIPD

Hey there! We watched RIPD this weekend. I’ve been excited about seeing this movie since it was in the movie theater. It bombed, which surprised me.

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Description from IMDB: “A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.”

The movie has a very Men in Black vibe, but there are differences. RIPD seems a tad grittier. The level of action is about the same. The characters are more developed in RIPD, I thought. They seemed to have more depth to them, even though Jeff Bridges is playing one of two characters he does. That man has two speeds when it comes to acting: The Dude and Cowboy. The latter is what he was in this movie, but still pretty funny.

The plot was interesting. I don’t want to get too spoiler-y, but it involves a kind of mythological/artifact thing, which isn’t actually real in real life (I checked), but it adds some spice to the story. Like, someone actually put some thought into the story instead of just slapping together pretty, pretty Ryan Reynolds and a crapload of cgi.

I liked this movie a lot. I’m sorry that it bombed. I think a sequel could’ve been cool.

RIPD gets a B+.

movie: The Hangover Part III

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Description from IMDB: “When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam.”

First, I love Mr. Chow because he has to be one of THE craziest movie characters of all time. He’s somehow simultaneously ridiculous and terrifying. Brilliant.

This movie grasps at some thin plot strings from the first two movies in order to stitch together the storyline. I thought that was kind of lame. Also something about this installment felt watered down. Was it a lack of intensity? I don’t know.

However, the movie is still entertaining to watch. There are many hilarious moments. Extra points for the presence of John Goodman. This is was an appropriate way to end the trilogy.

The Hangover Part III gets a B.