Life Lately: 15.1.30

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BIRTHDAY!!

I’m super old now, but somehow I’m not really feeling any different. The only strange thing this year is that I’m very relaxed over my birthday – I just want happiness and peace and not a lot of fuss. We went to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens on Sunday and it was very lovely. The weather agreed and it was all sunny and pretty and green. I consider those Gardens as my second favorite place to go to in Johannesburg and it was so nice to visit there again.

House Break in and other criminal activities

I don’t think any particular law abiding South-African will take offence when I say that we have a huge problem with crime in our country. We have so much amazing things in our country to be proud of, yet we are still faced with senseless crimes that mostly gets justified or ignored by our ruling party. My big issue with the world, but South-Africa in particular, is how easy we can ignore or forget crimes we’ve heard of. Look, if you live in my country you do need to somehow block out all the negativity you hear or you will constantly live in fear, but it is too easy to forget horrific events. What I’m basically trying to say that you feel removed from violence and crime when you are not physically involved.

Earlier this week we heard that one of the ladies at work had been held hostage and that her car had been highjacked when she was sitting with her boyfriend as he was stocktaking at work. I was so furious on her behalf – her car had been her pride and joy and she had only had it and her license for about three months before this happened.  I am so relieved that she and her boyfriend made it out unharmed – shaken, sure, but not raped or killed, which is very rare nowadays.

Just as I was getting over my anger for that incident, we received a phone call from my brother in law. He had just gotten home and the second he walked in he noticed that their television was missing. Further investigation showed that the house had been ransacked and numerous precious items were taken – the TV, his computer screen, his brother’s home and work laptop and a large amount inherited jewelry that had been in the family for decades. There are miracles in this horrible tale: miraculously the cats and dog are fine, they weren’t hurt, the thieves couldn’t access the safe that holds the family guns and cameras, the thieves didn’t find  the (a spectacularly large and irresponsible amount of) cash. My sister’s brother in law’s girlfriend usually stays there in the week and works from there but she was home with her parents – another miracle that can’t be ignored.

So I am relieved but I am furious. My friends and family work hard for what they have and take pride in what they’ve accomplished for themselves and then some entitled idiot walks in and takes everything just like that (The security footage showed this went down in all of ten minutes)

Another disgraceful talking point is our Police Service. There is a station less than fifteen minutes where my sister lives and the police took AN HOUR to get there, because they “couldn’t find the place then turned back” Yep, those were actual words. They’ve obviously never heard of these miraculous inventions called cell phones or GPS because who could have possibly used those to quickly get the directions again that had already been given?

After this I heard that a girl I’ve known for years had been attacked while jogging close to my house. The area I’m living in is supposed to be extremely safe, so I went through such a crisis after this attack.

Oh, a note to everyone out there: Don’t ever tell a person that they need to be thankful in such situations. Yes, these were all miracles, but I personally feel that the notion that we have to be thankful that our houses were only partially ransacked is mad.

Some questions asked by the police:

“Did you give anyone permission to break into your home?”

“Did you see any fingerprints?”

That is not to mention that the one officer sat texting for ten minutes before she even got out of the police vehicle.

So yeah, I’m pissy about this. We live in a country that tells you when you get robbed that it happens to everyone, be glad you’re alive. OR: you should protect your house enough that no one can break in. This sounds exactly like the type of culture that teaches women to not get raped instead of teaching men not to rape (that is another mindset you get in this country)

So here’s a notion:

What about we get a police chief with actual credentials instead of a membership with the ruling party?

What if we train police officers properly, teach them how to appropriately react in crisis situations?

Actually work on stopping crime instead of sympathizing with perpetrators?

Okay, now that that is off my chest, I will stop moaning and somehow remember how miraculous my country really is.

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Housesitting and Kitler the Cat

I am currently housesitting for a friend and having loads of fun. It is quite lovely to be on my own and do whatever I want. I have to admit that it’s a huge adjustment to be solely responsible for feeding myself! I’m getting better at it but I can see when I have my own place there won’t be a lot of cooking going on. Also, washing clothes is such a schlep.I am also the current feeder of Kitler, my friend’s kitten. We have a very abusive relationship. I am scratched all over and regularly get jumped against.

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True Blood Season Five:

People really weren’t exaggerating when they said this is the worst season of the lot. It is SO bad. Every character is up to his own business, the plot does not thicken it just becomes painful and unbearable; the acting becomes worse and suddenly the vampires’ eyes bulge when they get killed. I finished it by watching it and alternating with other stuff just to give my brain a rest from all the “What the fucks” that were running around. I’ve started Season six now which is miraculously better than season five.

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Reading:

I’m still reading Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. It’s not bad, I’m just not really focused on reading right now while I have so much going on at the moment. I’m probably going to try and read the Night’s Circus first to understand what Zoë is trying to express about it 😀

Watching:

Series wise I’m going to trick myself into watching True Blood Season 6. I have a yen to watch Game of Thrones again before the new season airs and the same goes for Sherlock (although there is still way too much time left before the new season starts). Someone let it slip to my sister that Rob Stark dies and now she’s refusing to continue with it. I don’t even blame her, though.  #FuckFiltch

As for movies I’m steering clear of the cinema until the Jan/Feb slump is over. I have a few films of 2014 I still want to watch and am nearly finished with the Theory of Everything (Sob, it’s fucking glorious).

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I’m hopeful that this is my second last year with Unisa. I have two practicals this year and it is quite debatable how I will get everything done, but hopefully with some super hard work and excellent planning I can master it all!

And some True Blood Memes, because it’s weekend

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(You’d think for such a ridiculous show there’d be more memes around)

What’s up in your life?

Have a great weekend!

 

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Blindspot 2015: Casablanca (1942)

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“Here’s to you, kid”

IMDb Plot: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Rating: 8.5/10

As part of my Blindspot choices this year I put down that I thought Casablanca was a movie I finally needed to watch. With its nearly mythical fame and fan base, Casablanca had either the possibility of being overrated or worthy of the continuously being chosen as one of the greatest films of all time.

Casablanca might not classify as one of my favorite movies of all time but I enjoyed it very much. Some old movies are excellent, and this is one of them. The movie is classy and the characters never cheapen themselves or exploit over-frequented tactics to draw audiences. As far as I’m concerned this might be the usual method for older movies and I think it it’s a shame that we went so off track in the later years.  There is a strong romantic element and some political war drama thrown in – oh, how the Nazi’s were well hated and used as the villain frequently back then. Neither element is overwhelming and doesn’t take precedence over the other at any stage.

Now that I’ve finally seen Humphrey Boggart in film I can rest easily. He is quite suave and I loved how he walked around with the cigarette in his mouth the entire time. He has no problem with being abrupt and has no qualms about saying what he thinks of people. He has the most character development in Casablanca and it is done in a style that I enjoyed – he realizes that his need to do good and not sit back while the Nazis run amok is stronger than his desire to live comfortably.

I also enjoyed the quick way the actors speak, the clarity of the shots when a movie is in black and white, and the fast pace of events. The movie is also a perfect length – I think that most movies aren’t strong enough to be longer than two hours, and a few rarely are, so when I saw that this one was approximately 1:45 I was quite happy. It turned out to be perfect – the end wasn’t drawn out and I didn’t want to fight with the director (who is long gone, I’m sure).

I am glad I chose to watch this film for the Blindspot series. I will definitely watch it sometime again and think that it is a worthy way to spend some time.

Book Review: All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

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Plot: Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full dealing with every sort of undead and paranormal creature imaginable. And after being betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must not only deal with a new man in her life—the shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit.
The summit is a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe. (via Goodreads)

Rating: 6/10

These books are slowly but surely worsening as we go further into Sookie’s life. The gaping holes in the story drives me mad – sometimes things are referred to that wasn’t even mentioned in the previous books, sometimes there is so much drama it’s like did that really just happen?It seems like it will always be “everyone wants Sookie” which is very amusing because she is always stressing that she has no experience in relationships or men or anything. I really did like Quinn and think it is a shame that he never made it into the show – he seemed like just the right, normal human guy Sookie needed – strong enough to fight against Vampires but he could grow old with her. I wasn’t a particular fan of the vampire summit either – talk about a generally stupid idea for a group of people with known haters to be in one place during the day and then not being able to face the sun to defend yourself.

These series started out relatively fine – no works of art but nice reading if you need some brain dead fun. After the eight book I had to take a big break because it was just too meh for me. I’m ready to return now, hopefully to something slightly better written. It is still fun to read though, but I can’t binge read anymore – it is time to alternate with more serious books just for a break in-between.

All Together Dead is not even close to the best book in the series, although I will suggest reading it if you are planning to go through the entire series (you’ll end up even more confused if you leave it out)

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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IMDb Plot: A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war.

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Rita: “Yes? What do you want?”

Rating: 8/10

I had a lot of fun with this. Zoë also mentioned it was great for such an ass kicking film, and I knew I had to try it out. It was pretty good and I thought Tom Cruise, a.k.a. The Man Who Doesn’t Age, was amazing in here.He’s always been a good actor, intense and solid, and action really suits him well. He takes getting his ass kicked really well, and I enjoyed how he started out as this very, very superficial guy with no guts or glory and turned into someone strong who knew he had to get his job done.

This is the type of movie other action movies can only hope to be. It has a good storyline, solid characters, scary moments, humour, intelligent and evolved monsters and decent pacing to deliver a solid, a bit of romance and some major ass going down. There are a lot of things that are repeated in the movie, but it seems they knew just where to stop doing it so as to not annoy their audience.  I have to say I found it hilarious in an odd, demented way that Rita would just pop Cage so emotionlessly every time, sure that he would return.

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I loved the war suits of the army. They looked fierce and the like the only hope humans had against these monsters. (I would like one to deal with the taxis in Johannesburg for my birthday).

I liked the enemy. Even though Pacific Rim had the same concept of an alien race inhabiting earth, it didn’t have 1) Tom Cruise 2) the development of characters or 3) a concept revolving around these monsters that made sense.

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I’ve left Rita for last because she deserves so much attention. The more I watched her, the more I thought: HALLELUJA! A SOLID FEMALE CHARACTER! She didn’t need saving, she knew how to save herself and she was such a commanding presence. She wasn’t objectified once, she was respected and everyone was awed by her superior skills as a soldier. I sincerely hope there will be more like her in the future – we need girls to see that this is what you can be, darling.

Recommendation: This movie is well worth the watch.

Marvelous Mondays: Ghost Rider by the IPC

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Happy Monday, beauties!

For today’s MM post we have my favorite Pappy reviewing Ghost Rider for us!! Thank you for taking the time to do this Pappy! I especially love the art drawing!!

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The other day I was sitting in my office, minding my own business, contemplating the season and all of that shit when Natasha busted into my room like she owned the place, stood on my guest chair and slapped me on the head. “Work harder!! Work faster!!” she screamed and ran out of the room, slamming the door. Puzzled and confused,  I gave some thought to the abuse I had just taken and remembered that I owed her a piece on the terrible movie GHOST RIDER that I volunteered for.

The first thing that comes to mind about this piece of shit is that it holds the label of “the only movie I have ever watched on a pirate website” back in 2007. My friend had just moved back to town and we would spend many weekend nights smoking weed and drinking tequila and watching shitty movies. One night he came over and had a login to some site I can’t remember and we watched this on the computer. It was absolutely miserable footage from the movie theater. People were eating and slurping drinks and people kept getting up and walking through the rows… it was totally stupid and I never felt like trying it again.

Anyway, I got this on DVD from Netflix a week or so ago and gave it a watch and it was still terrible and stupid and shitty and I totally hated it. The second thing that comes to mind about this putrescence is “what the fuck is Peter Fonda doing in this shit”?????

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The third thing I think of is “what the fuck is Eva Mendes doing in this shit??” I don’t even think she knows….

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The fourth thing about this is “what the fuck is this fucking shit?????”

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Nic Cage plays a motorcycle stunt driver who sold his soul to the devil when he was a kid to save his dad’s life (who dies the next day). Some odd years later the devil comes back and makes him go look for Wes Bentley. Along the way he destroys water and dirt and there’s a cowboy Ghost Rider and Rebel Wilson is in it and he gives the cops the finger and I’m surprised he didn’t take down his pants and moon everyone. In fact, how about this graphic?

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HAHAHAHA That drawing will make you millions, Kidney!!!

Back to the movie – HMMMMMM this movie sucked it. I think this best sums it up:

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Anyway – I can’t really think of any good reason to recommend this movie unless you’re a HUGE Cage fan – he hams it up pretty good. In any case, YAY!! I got my assignment done!!! WOO HOOO!!! Look how happy my secretary is!!!

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Thanks Kidney!!!

The Iconic Book Scene: Darkness take my hand by The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Happy Friday friends!

Today I bring you an installment here on my little blog that Zoe and I run around with sometimes. Today’s post is from her that she read in Darkness Take My Hand. Her discussion is below… Thanks Bestie!!

I have loved Lehane’s work from the first time I clapped eyes on his work, and I have grown nothing but more fond of it as time progresses. The Kenzie and Gennaro series is a real great read and sharply written. Reading Darkness, Take My Hand, I read this and it just resonated with me

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PS: If you want to take part, drop me a line with your quote and explanation at natashastander@gmail.com.

Enjoy your weekend!

Blindspot Series 2015

Zoë has been really excited about this and I thought I would also compose one after seeing her rather excellent list (I’m very original haha). I really need to watchall of these movies – they all have different reasons as to why I would want to watch them but I need to get cracking and look at them this year. Let me know what you think and which ones you would like to watch, even if they aren’t on the list!!

X-Men: First Class (2011)

IMDb: In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

After loving The Last Stand way too damn much, I really want to see its predecessor and see if this movie also manages to be really in-depth and intense.

Interstellar (2014)

IMDb: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

I’m really not sure if I will like this, but I need to give it a watch. Christopher Nolan’s latest movie is the rage all over town, so even if I don’t end up loving it, I definitely need to explore that venue. I can’t see anything really overtaking Gravity for me, but we will see what we will see, right?

The Godfather (1972)

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IMDb:  The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

This is for keeping friendships alive.

The Godfather Part 2 (1974)

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IMDb: The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

This one too. I’ve never really heard a bad word about it though, so I guess it won’t be too much of a problem to watch 😀

Fury (2014)

IMDb: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Once again, I need see if the hype is really all, if it is good but not my style or if I just don’t like it one bit.

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

IMDb: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

I actually thought of doing a FTF post for BazLuhrmann movies, but one of my favorite directors doesn’t seem to be all that into directing that often, so I’m rather going to do a week where I explore movies of him. Zoë got me this amazing boxset for Christmas with three of his movies in and I can’t wait to check out this adaption – I really hope it has Luhrmann’s distinctive flamboyant style!

Casablanca (1942)

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IMDb: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

It is shameful that I haven’t seen this classic yet. I remember that once at highschool the school’s biggest jock referred to something in Casablanca and if that absolute weirdo knows what is cracking in a movie that sounds so up my alley I best go see what this is about.

A Good Year (2006)

IMDb: A British investment broker inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

This movie has been on my movie list since it premiered in 2006, and yet I still haven’t seen it. It sounds so lovely and like something I would enjoy.

Invictus (2009)

IMDb: Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

I really doubt if I will be moved to tears by an American opinion of one of the greatest moments in South-African sporting history, but I will watch this because even if I don’t like it I will gladly bitch about it for years after 😀

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

IMDb:  A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Reasons to watch this:

1) Woody Allen directed it and he directed Midnight in Paris, and that may be one of my favorite artsy films, ever

2) Emma Stone

3) Colin Firth

4) ‘nuff Said

The Prestige (2006)

IMDb: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.

Zoë is always telling me about this movie and then I forget the name and then the cycle repeats itself and… it is a very bad cycle you know. It sounds pretty good, all around happy reviews, I love movies about magic and stuff, so I think this is a must watch for 2015.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

IMDb: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Yeah, I am deeply ashamed to say I haven’t seen this yet. I will watch it for obvious reasons, as well as seeing John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in full 80’s gear (hopefully) ad with delightfully awkward hair styles.

Well then, there you have my list. Let me know what you think!!

Book Review: Three Fates (Nora Roberts)

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Plot:

When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief—but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather’s treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune. The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York where they will meet a brilliant scholar who will aid them in their hunt—and an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates.. (Goodreads)

Rating: 7/10

It took me roughly forever to finish this book – surprising, because I liked it. This is Nora Roberts when she was on her right path – interesting and intricate books that kept you reading. I enjoyed the multiple leading characters, and thought each was interesting enough to read about. I liked the mythology of the Three Fates and the lengths everyone was prepared to go to possess all three. I am always interested in the notion that people will go so far to obtain art objects – not that I don’t get their beauty or value, I am just always amazed that there are people out there who get obsessed by the thought of possessing an antique statue.

Anita was a good villain who just loved being despicable. I always have fun when girls are the bad guys but Anita could have been more intense – she is still a very PG13 villain. I thought her ruthless disposal of her henchmen were well done – it showed she only kept you as long as she used you. I would have loved if Jack could have found out that she had killed her husband and his good friend, because it would have been even better if she had been caught out on that as well.

The characters are, as always, unrealistic. Easy going Irishmen who believe in home and heart does not always end up with strippers or neurotic academics. I thought that Tia Marsh completely overreacted when she found out what Malachi was up to but it is not THAT bad. I did like Cleo Tolliver, although her character wasn’t all that solid – she was a stripper who didn’t want it, who lost her money because she basically gave it away to her slick lover (who is EVER that stupid), etc. etc. I really liked Jack Burdett and Rebecca Sullivan the most of the characters – they at least seemed a possible match.

I’m happy I found this though, because it is so much better than her Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy I was unfortunate enough to open.

Overall, one of the better Nora Roberts books out there. I really adore the woman specifically because of books like these – while it is fun and light to read, it is still compelling and interesting.

Movie Review: Gone Girl (2014)

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IMDb Plot: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

Rating: 9/10

After spending this past week watching Homeland Season 4 and then Gone Girl, I think my mind has been broken beyond repair. What a phenomenal movie. I am sure it is one of the most unique films out there, and it is definitely one of the best movies of 2014 for me.

Plot development:

I haven’t read the book yet and purposefully kept myself from reading reviews because I didn’t want anything to be spoilt for me. Obviously I had then no idea what was cooking, and not even once did I expect it to go that way. The big reveal was truly a big reveal to me because I’m usually unfortunate enough to figure out the plot twist before it even happens.

Character development

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In what might very be Ben Affleck’s defining movie role, he is the perfect Nick Dunne. He seems so charming and likeable – that guy everyone has to be friends with. Every time you think Nick is responsible behind his wife’s disappearance, you think: “but he’s so nice, could he really do it?”

Here is thus another thing I took from the movie: the crowd helping search for Amy is pretty much me watching the movie – endlessly going back and forth between Nick’s innocence and his guilt.

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Amy Dunne… you are unique. I don’t recall ever finding such a mysterious, well layered female character on the big screen. Why she is the way she is very clear – just imagine if your parents wrote books about the better version of you? If you had to live your entire life knowing that you were rolling in cash because Amazing Amy had provided it? I would probably ended up way more unstable than Amy Dunne. Her clearheaded approach to leaving her husband and his downfall is the eeriest thing I have ever watched. She is clearly at the very least a sociopath (or potential serial killer), but also just sitting and thinking about her childhood and then finding out her husband wants a newer, better version of her doesn’t condone what she did but you get why her character would react like that. Her reaction to being robbed by Jeff and Greta was very significant – that violent screaming that no one would list as a character trait for a pretty, preppy girl. Rosamund Pike was phenomenal – she managed to look the part – pretty, preppy and everything her man wanted, but there was something cold, distant and calculating in her eyes from the very start.

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Tanner Bolt: You two are the most fucked up people I’ve ever met and I deal with fucked up people for a living.

Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt: Perfect, again. Tanner Bolt was the true essence of what it means to be slimy lawyer. He was slick, charming and very comfortable in the spotlight. Yet, his arrogance was not misplaced. He believed his client’s preposterous story gave expert advice and managed to get Nick and Margo out of their prison cells very quickly. I really don’t watch a lot of Tyler Perry’s work, but he was very good in here.

I loved the relationship between Margo and Nick. They acted like siblings do, brutally honest with each other and with no pretense. I appreciated her giving Nick huge amounts of grief for his extramarital affair, his actions and temper.

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Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collins: He was also good, but I think his performance was the weakest of the cast. However, he did come across as completely obsessed with Amy, and the creepy way he immediately put her in that majestic “cage” the second she had nowhere else to go. The scene where he dies is one of the best death scenes I have seen – it was brutal and horrific and showed you exactly how insane Amy truly is.

Themes and concepts:

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Shows you… no matter how sweet the first kiss is, things can quickly become distasteful. 

Gone Girl is a case study about modern day relationships, particularly marriages, and how two people who once adored each other can end up purposefully setting out to hurt the other. True, it is an extreme case, but it whispers the truth about what is going on behind the perfect doors of suburban life.

I wouldn’t want to spoil this for anyone, so I will be vague and hopefully those who’ve watched it knows what I’m referring to: Eventually I had this strange and grudging respect for the one character and the other one had a horrible situation but I still felt that the person was wrong and nothing could be done to fix a morally broken character.

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If you have been branded guilty by the media, you don’t stand a chance. Modern day technology and the full power of social media are well explored in Gone Girl. The obsessive news coverage of Amy’s disappearance and how it was immediately open season on the dissection of Nick’s character is exactly how it is done in real life. Tanner Bolt knew that he had to make his client gain sympathy – or else Nick would not stand a chance. Ellen Abbot (Missi Pyle) was particularly a character that showed how heartless TV hosts could be and how they would immediately turn around and take your hand if public opinion was on your side.

Conclusion:

The only letdown was the end. Amy wins, and Nick is her little bitch. I do find it a polarizing view of relationships and I do agree that this movie can affirm the notion that feminism promotes the emasculation of men. It would have felt like justice if Amy was caught out and her madness revealed to the world – just imagine how Amazing fucking Amy would have flourished then.

Marvelous Mondays: X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) by MovieRob

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Hey everyone!!!

Today we have the awesome Rob posting again with another X-Men. He reviewed the first two here and here. Thanks for always being willing to contribute Rob! #youRock

Let’s see what Rob has to say about this movie!

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“Since the dawn of existence, there have always been moments when the course of history shifted. Such a turning point is upon us now: the conflict between the better and worst angels of our very nature, whose outcome will change our world so greatly there will be no going back. I do not know if victory is possible. I only know that great sacrifice will be required. And because the fate of many will depend on a few, we must make the last stand. ” – Professor X

Number of Times Seen – 4  (2007, DVD, 5 Mar 2013 and 6 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After a medical cure is discovered to stop the “Mutant X” gene, forces of good and evil face off in order to stop the military from using the drug

My Take on it – One of the things that I have always enjoyed about the X-Men series is how the mutants are basically stand-ins for minorities and how the stories fit into the world we live in that is filled with prejudice and hate.

This movie raises the ultimate question in those situations: what would we all do if there was a way to take away the “differences” between everyone in the world?

Will it make things better?

or worse?

There really is no true answer to that question but it is great to see how this kind of scenario would play out in the world of Mutants.

This story is still the weakest of the original X-Men trilogy, but I think that has more to do with the fact that as the popularity (and budgets) of these movies got greater, they felt it was necessary to introduce many new characters to the story-lines which as we all know lessens the character development in a movie and hence muddles too much along the way.

It was nice to see the holdovers from the previous films, but most of them have little to nothing to do here.

Another issue I had with this film is that it feels as if they wanted to try and tie up too many loose ends, but ultimately, they created too many new questions that would allow for an opening for further sequels which defeats the benefit of tying up those loose ends.

The action and special effects are still top notch and makes for a fun superhero movie.

Ultimately, this is a fun fast paced X-Men movie that just can’t live up to the greatness of its predecessors and if it wasn’t a third part, would have been perceived much better than it was.

Bottom Line – Nice to see the X-Men again, but this story is the weakest of the original trilogy and slightly ruins the series by trying to add in too many new characters.  They tried to tie up a lot of loose ends here, but just raised even more questions, which left things too open-ended. Very action packed and still a fun superhero movie. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy 8/10