It's the end of January 2014, like what?!?! Where is this year going? I can't believe I've finished one month of class already like geez! Only 2 more to go. Damn what a weird thought.
Anyways, as you know I'm on a tight schedule so I'm just going to get to the blog. I'll poat more about my week in another post hopefully coming soon!
Here we go!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: The second part to the hobbits adventure. This time, Bilbo Baggins is in the company of dwarves and they are heading for the mountain where there lives a dragon. The movie is filled with none stop action which makes it bearable to sit through. They’ve added in some sort of romance to the film to keep audiences intrigued because it’s quite different. This film didn’t have many dry spots, which made the film move faster. Viewing the movie in 3D gives the picture more quality. Overall, if you can stand to watch really long adventure movies, this is no exception and will keep you guessing and wanting more.
Despicable Me 2: Just like the first, the second is just as hilarious. This time Gru has become the nice guy, and the loving dad. He has been asked to help them find the bad guy, while having a partner to do it with, Lucy. This then leads to some new developments in the story. The movie is heartwarming and filled with funny moments from beginning to end. Most second movies never do as well as their first, but this one pulled it off making it just as funny and loveable. Overall, it’s a great family movie.
Triangles by: Ellen Hopkins: Like all her other books, this one is written in poems, only this one is not a young adult book. This is an adult book starring three middle-aged women all going through a crisis in their life. All three women know each other and their lives intertwine as the book continues. It’s a great book dealing with issues that pertain to women, whether they are single, or married with children. The pace of the book was quick as well because of the way Hopkins writes her books. Overall, it’s definitely a great book to read if you’re looking for something fast to read, but it’s heavy on the details.
The Amber Spyglass by: Philip Pullman: The third and final book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. In this novel, Lyra and Will are on the run between different worlds trying to get away from Lyra’s parents, mostly her mother. Throughout the novel there is so much action going on it get’s a little confusing. As you continue onwards through the book everything in the story starts to make sense, and story plots get revealed. By the end you think it’s going to be a happy ending, but the author dances around what is a happy ending. Overall, the novel itself was a very entertaining read with lots of plot twists and turns, as well the characters go through changes and their development helps make the story entertaining.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by: Sherman Alexie: The tale of a Native Indian whose life changes when he makes a drastic life choice. It’s written in the form of a dairy with pictures inside the book to help tell the story. It’s a great story of perseverance and never giving up. Loosing the people in his past life, the main character Junior, has then to make friends in his new “white” life. The title of the book doesn’t make sense until the middle to the end of the book and you realize the significance of it. Overall, it’s a captivating read of a teen’s life and what he had to go through, because it’s not a pretty tale that’s for sure.
The Flamethrowers by: Rachel Kushner: The story of a young female in the 1970s trying to become an artist. We never get to know the main characters name she is anonymous. As you go through the novel you read about her struggles trying to become the artist she wants to become. The novel was really long and at some parts you just don’t know what is happening, or what the point of the story is, the author looses focus a little bit. She gets on track again, but near the end it looses that focus again making the reader question what the book is about. Overall if you really want to read about a woman from the 1970s try and make it, then this is the book, otherwise it’s not really worth the time it takes to read.
Frozen Heat by: Richard Castle: The fourth book in the Nikki Heat series. This novel, like the TV show Castle, is about investigating crimes. This case just happens to be the case on Heat’s mother. It’s a very interesting tale that is a mystery that just keeps spinning and spinning, but soon finds an end. Though the ending leads into another book so there is still a ‘what is going to happen next’ feeling. The book is like the TV show, though written a little but different in the sense that some characters have been added or changed around. But the characters that are in the show are represented the same way, their characters act and talk the same way, just with different names. Overall, it was a really great mystery book.
Fast and Furious 4: The fourth movie in the series. This time around, Brian is working with Dom to take down a heroin importer, and you know they use their cars to do it. The film showed a lot of stunts as well as a lot of racing. The film wasn’t as gripping as the other films in the past have been, but it did have moments where the film moved the viewer. The visuals were all very appealing, but the film was longer than it really needed to be. Overall, it wasn’t the best out of the whole series, but it plays a crucial role for the movies to come in the future.
The Internship: When two guys who are tired with their life and the way it’s going take a chance at interning at Google. The two main characters, Billy, played by Vince Vaughn, and Nick, played by Owen Wilson, are the oldest guys at this internship for college students. They have to learn the hard way how to adjust to new technologies, but soon find themselves teaching the kids how to get along and be a team using their old 80s metaphors and movie quotes. As much as the movie was hilarious, it was also something fresh to see old guys learning new technologies. The plotline has been used too many times before where the underdog doesn’t think they’ll make it and decide to give up. That was a little boring, but the overall movie was really interesting to watch.
Artpop by: Lady Gaga: The fourth record to come from Lady Gaga and it’s an interesting one to say the least. The album starts off with Aura it’s very slow, but then it punches in and becomes an electro song. The whole album is filled with poppy electro songs having to with sex. G.U.Y, Sexxx Dreams, and Swine are great examples of what to expect of the album. Fashion! Has a different sound to it, its very poppy and is without the electro and showcases her voice. Dope is a slow piano driven song about choosing a person over dope. It’s very different to the rest of the album. The album ends on Applause, which is a fun song where she’s almost thanking her fans for giving her applause.
Imaginary Numbers EP by: The Maine: A short five song EP from the Maine is anything but ordinary. It’s fantastic and magical from the first note to the last. The first song is Raining in Paris. It’s a sad song about a place of love. The lyrics are so heartfelt and the acoustics that accompany it make it that much more perfect. Room With No Windows is a quirky song that has a catchy melody that just makes you want to sing along. Perfectly Out of Key is a piano driven song that is the center of the EP where O’Callaghan sings about being alone, it’s just so graceful and beautifully crafted. Visions starts off with the part of These Four Words as if it’s the continuation, where he sings about the past and he sounds so heartbroken it makes the song so open. The last song Lovely Sad that has this melody that could just put you at ease. This is a job well done from the Maine.
Beautiful Chaos by: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl: The third book in the Beautiful Creatures series. This time, as the book title explains, everything is chaos. Ethan wants to sacrifice his life to save the town he has come to love, and the people in it. The town has gone to shambles because the darkest of the dark Casters are trying to take over. It was a well written novel, but at some points it got boring to read just because it got slow in the plotline, and you just wanted it to pick up because something big is about to happen. That’s when the authors decide to add in a million details right before the big action. As well the ending was a cliff-hanger and so you have to wait until the next book to find out what happens, how cruel!
That's all for me. What have you guys been listening, reading and watching?