movie: World War Z

I successfully administered medicine to a fish this weekend. It was successful in that I did not kill the fish. I do not know if the medicine will help him yet, but I can say that he seems significantly more energetic. We think he has the fin rot. My daughter figured that out. It’s either that or tuberculosis. Yes, apparently, fish tuberculosis is a thing.

We also watched World War Z.


Description from IMDB: “United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.”

I didn’t care much about this movie when it came out in the theaters. I was probably suffering from zombie fatigue. I was feeling a little bit better about it when we finally got it from the Netflix.

It has much in common with other zombie movies. There are a few things that set it apart. The zombies have this recklessness about them. They hurl themselves mindlessly and crawl over each other. They also do this weird teeth clamping thing. It’s pretty creepy.

I liked Brad Pitt’s character, Gerry. He seemed more thoughtful than the usual zombie movie protagonist, not really as much of a badass. He was more brains than brawn, which was good.

World War Z had a good mix of action and thought. It gets an A.


Wait for It


I finished listening to a book called The Darkling the other day. I liked the writing, for the most part. The author is good with descriptions. However, middle of the book had some troubles in terms of story structure.


I’ve read that tension in writing is created by delaying gratification. This author was a little annoying about it. Too many answers were delayed for too long, I think.


The Darkling is a gothic horror, so scary things were happening.  The same scary things, over and over with very little substantial progression for an extended period of time. Claw marks in the dirt. Creepy thing lurking in the woods. Threats, etc.  Honestly, they could’ve cut a bunch of scenes, and the story wouldn’t have changed significantly. It was filler.


And then you finally get to the answers toward the end, and they come in the form of an information dump – a letter in which everything is just word vomited.


I realize the author was trying to maximize the tension. I know this. But some of those details sprinkled throughout would’ve been better. At least one of them revealed earlier on would’ve added considerable depth to the story.


So remember, friends, it’s okay not to hold onto every little thing until the end of the book. It annoys the reader, especially when that reader (or listener) is me.

word vomit

Gina Can Beat You Up

And look hot doing it.

Hey there everyone out in blogland!

There won’t be a movie review post this week. We watched Fast and the Furious 6 but I can’t do a review. It was really hard to watch due to the whole Paul Walker death thing, especially the scene in which his character gets in a car accident. Seriously.

I will do a sort of movie post about a person IN the movie because I think she’s totally awesome. Her name is Gina Carano and she can kick your ass with both hands tied behind her back.  She had some fighting scenes and as I was watching them, I noticed that she seemed to be doing at least most of her own stunts.

I’m going to paste some especially interesting snippets from her bio on IMDB and then the link to the whole thing below that. The full version is kind of long because it needs to capture the full scope of her awesomeness.

“Gina Joy Carano was born under a tornado warning in Dallas, Texas, to parents Dana (Cason) and Glenn Carano.”

“At the age of 21 Gina began training in Muay Thai, a form of Kickboxing, with Master Toddy at the suggestion of then boyfriend Kevin Ross. In pursuit of a life-changing experience, he ended up at a local Las Vegas Muay Thai Gym and she tagged along.”

“Months later she found herself in a “fight club” situation where she took on any female fighter plopped down in front of her. Since then she hasn’t looked back.”

“Her Muay Thai career is comprised of an impressive 12 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw and she becomes the first American woman to win a title in Thailand.”

“Classified by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings as the third best 145 lb (66 kg.) female fighter in the world, her current MMA record stands at 7 wins and 1 loss.”

“With the help of electronic monitoring it was determined that Gina’s punches landed with 650 lbs. of force, her knees with 550 lbs. and her kicks at 800 lbs. for a combined force of 4,800 lbs. She landed all 8 blows in 3 seconds.”


movie: The Lone Ranger

It is snowing here! Not really a fun time. My drive home required 2 hours and 10 minutes with one stop in a subway parking lot so I could pry ice chunks off my windshield wiper blades. Bah!

Anyway, movie.


Description from IMDB: “Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.”

I was really surprised when this movie bombed in the theaters. Having seen it, I am no less surprised.

The movie is good. The action is crazy, train wrecks, gun fights, really odd things happening. The outlaws were similar in personality and appearance to the bad guys in the Pirates of the Caribbean.

The story has nice depth to it, too. The characters are great, for the most part. Even the horse has personality.

One thing I really liked about the partnership between Tonto and John Reid (Lone Ranger) was that it wasn’t a bromance. They were partners because they needed each other, not because either of them particularly liked or trusted the other. It was an interesting and funny dynamic.

The Lone Ranger gets an A.