Long Little While

You’d be surprised how much you missed something when you’ve been away for a while. I talked to someone recently about my love of reading and they mentioned how I should write reviews. I thought to myself ‘I do!’ but I knew that I hadn’t been consistent with writing them. I don’t think there is any real science behind it, I just think that my love for reading has suddenly outweighed my love for writing reviews.

Don’t get me wrong! I love love love to review novels but I just get so caught up in the stories that I end up reading the next novel and not writing the review. I have sooooo many book reviews to write. I’ve at least read 4 books a week for the last month and a half. Each of them will be getting a review, it’s just a matter of time.

I look forward to the long nights until I get them all done and I hope that you enjoy them.

I love feedback guys! If you hate my reviews, let me know! If you love my reviews, let me know! If you have read the book before, please…let me know and tell me how you felt about it!

 

Jade

Movie Review: The Judge

Hi!

I actually got exactly what I was looking for in this movie. The powerful emotion, the pull and tug of inner toil and the chemistry between characters. There wasn’t much romance (which you know is my thing) but the small bit there satisfied me. The strong riff between father and child, both on the same side of the law, both with strangely impossible, different views of the justice system sold the story. I commend the director, David Dobkin, and the four writers that worked on this story.

MV5BMTcyNzIxOTIwMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzE0NjQwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_It really touched me. It touches the heart strings. Makes you want to cry but then you don’t. Makes you want to laugh but then you just smile. The almost ‘wow’ factor that it holds is beautiful. Waiting to see what would happen next, the surety that I already know; then comes the confusion as to where it will actually end up. I hadn’t seen the preview in a while and when i decided to choose the movie in Redbox I thought, why not. I chose it, along with the last review’s movie and knew I’d watch it second. I’m glad I did. I don’t think I’d be prepared or willing to watch another movie after this one. I oddly felt a kindred connection with Hank. Not that I had some big hot shot college life style or that I turned out to be any semblance of a successful person but in his relationship with his parent.

I know that the reason they have these pulling-the-heart-strings movies and the reason they work so well is because there ARE people out there like you and me. Those of us who have struggled so hard to fit into a category planned by our parents or those of us who were trying to get out of it. These types of movies seem like some kind of telepathic retelling of our own childhoods turned twenty-something turned adulthood lives. We gravitate towards these types of movies thinking that in the end everything will come together just how we want our own lives to.

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It’s true, none of those directors, writers, dreamers or sappy editors could say anything different. Outside of sex, completely relatable story lines for the average American human will work every single time. We stand in line, we wait and we watch. Then we cry or smile a little, wipe our faces and leave. In the end, when everything is going to hell we have a vision of how everything will work out or fix itself in some kind of rightful but also injustice type of way. Sounds contradictory but it is just how our minds work. Whether or not we are actually correct doesn’t matter. What matters is that the movie was great, I know feel emotional about my life and my relationship with that one parent or person and I am going to subtly tell all of my friends who seem to be struggling to see The Judge.

There you have it. I’m not sure what I can say as to what i actually mean for this movie. If I had a rating scale for my reviews it wouldn’t be on it. I’d say watch the movie, give me your thoughts. I’d love to hear if it touched you the way it touched me.

Jade

P.S. Casting did one of the best jobs ever pairing Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. They worked well together. I didn’t expect RD Jr to be any less like his Tony Stark character and now believe it’s firmly become apart of his actual personality (or is it the other way around?). Due to my many years of Law and Order I always knew it’d be exciting to see Vincent D’Onofrio, Detective Goren, again!

Movie Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

So, I just saw this movie (night before last) and I liked it a lot.

I must admit that initially I didn’t know what to expect. I’d seen the previews of it and i thought ‘Hmm…that seems pretty interesting’ but nothing to serious. Of course, apart of me wanted to see the movie because the beautiful Henry Cavill is in it. In the end, I saw different previews of it and thought it all together seemed like a decent movie.

The part that actually sold me on the movie was when i was sitting in the theater to watch another movie and I cam early enough to catch First Look. There were doing a short little behind the scenes moment when the director, Guy Ritchie, was talking about the idea for the movie. He’d said he loved the old classical spy movies; that old school type. He talked about the James Bond movies and their kind of handsome, smooth way of showing the life of a spy (obviously these are my words but you get the point!). I definitely am a James Bond fan and if anything could get me to watch something it would be in comparison that him.  MV5BMTc2NjQ4ODYyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODA3OTU5NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_

So, now on to the actual movie! The cast of this movie was so well put together! The chemistry between Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander was just genius. The dichotomy between Cavill’s version of spy and Hammer’s fight against his own anger was just beautiful. I believed these characters, believed what they were trying to do and I believe Ritchie achieved what he wanted in a “new” classic spy movie. I also thought Hugh Grant was pretty good in the movie. I liked his character a lot. There were so many parts in the movie that made you laugh, regardless if you were supposed to or not; it was amazing.

I also loved the cinematography of the movie. The cut scenes, the way it was set up was so old school. The entire movie I just kept thinking that James Bond was going to come running from one side of the screen and shoot someone. The costumes, the cars, the boats, everything fit in with the era and settled well with the actors. There were so many potential story turns and twists that I just wanted to laugh and clap with glee. Call me crazy but this is probably one of my favorite movies this year (that’s saying alot! I’ve seen so many).

Anyway! I encourage anyone who is looking for a little shooting, a little romance, a little fighting and great humor to go see this movie. I would definitely go see this movie multiple times over and can’t wait until it comes out on DVD! Cudos to Guy Ritchie and the cast, this one hits my list every time.

Jade

Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending

So…can I just stop for a second a do a movie review?

I actually saw a bunch of reviews for this movie when it first came out and was surprised how bad they were. It seemed that people, in general, thought it was horrible. I also know, previous to watching the movie, that people think Channing Tatum isn’t that great of an actor. I’ve heard that if he isn’t using that gorgeous body of his, he is useless. I also know that i may very well be a fan of the abs, dancing and hot voice but i like him. Unfortunately, I believe that he wasn’t very good in this movie. There were too many holes in the acting. Often times the action threw me off, especially with the horribly placed slow motion parts. I also was just too unfocused on the story.

So, there were a few parts that I absolutely loved about the movie! I loved the fact that when they have to go get her entitlement filed it was just like on earth. The workers there were likened to those at the DMV and other government places. You stand in line all day, no matter what time you came, you get tossed back and forth to different departments before you find the right one and then you have to do it all over again. I thought it was hilarious and enjoyed that scene very well. I also think it was beautiful while we were in a different world experiencing different things we were seeing the comparisons between the planets and earth.Jupiter Ascending

I thought that the love story between Jupiter and Caine was a bit forced. I do like that they fell in love, obviously as I’m obsessed with romance novels, but it didn’t mesh well for me. It seemed one moment he was saving her and the next she was coming on to him. As most movies with action and romance they always have the parts where their kissing and the audience is like “COME ON GUYS!! WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR YOU TO HUG AND MAKE OUT!!!!” this one definitely had its share.

It also seemed weird that the harvesting of humans was a big deal but wasn’t necessarily dealt with. Yes, if she stopped them from taking earth everyone would be happy but as Caine said, there were so many different planets out there.

Overall, I guess I believe they could have done so much more with the story than they did. I also believe they could have gotten rid of a few of the parts as their reasoning for being there seemed to fall through the cracks. I could see a sequel to this movie being great if they do a terrific rewrite and maybe give us more information.

Jade!!!