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Weekend Review: Movie Marathon Weekend

So this weekend, me and the boyfriend decided to stay in and just watch movie after movie. He has this “guy” that gets him bootlegs so we had a ton of new movies to watch.

The Internship

The Internship

This was really funny, but I’m glad I waited to see it at home rather than to pay an arm and a leg to see it in theaters. I did not realize how old Owen Wilson was getting. You could really see his age in this movie.

It was a feel good comedy that was about two older guys who are salesmen and are a little bit lost career-wise. They end up without a job or any good prospects for jobs so they lie about their experience and get accepted for an internship at Google based completely on their personalities and their creativity. Even tough they know absolutely nothing about technology or coding or anything “Googley” they are great motivators and are extremely innovative in their ideas. Their goal is to help their team make it to the top of the internship program so they can get a job at Google.

Lucy

lucy

To be honest I fell asleep toward the end of this one. It was very action-packed and of course Morgan Freeman (AKA God) was in it so I liked that, but it was very unrealistic and the quality of this disk was not as good as the others so it was starting to give me a headache.

Lucy is a girl who ends up being forced to smuggle a new drug for a crime boss in China (I think) because they surgically insert the drugs in her body. Then she gets beat up and the bag of drugs opens in her body causing her to be affected by this odd drug that lows you to use more of your brain. Because of the overdose, she ends up being able to use the total capacity of her brain. This starts to make her less than human though and more like a machine. I really wasn’t that into it, but I’d be willing to give it a second chance and watch it again.

Game of Assassins

game of assassins

I really did not like this one. This group of people who have all committed murder for one reason or another are thrown into this killer castle obstacle course and are played into making choices about keeping other people alive or killing them for their sakes or the sake of someone close to them. There is also a back story with one of the characters and his father, but it really didn’t make sense to me. Very gory for no apparent reason and I wasn’t really fond of the plot…

Edge of Tomorrow

edge of tomorrow

Tom Cruise. Need I say more. No really though, this movie was interesting. It had the same feel as Dejavu where the main character repeats the same day over and over. It can become a little stressful for those watching it, but all in all it wasn’t a bad movie.

There are aliens attacking the earth. Tom Cruise plays an army guy who is sent with a group of people to kill the aliens in these super cool metal suits that make them almost superhuman and every time he dies, he comes back to the same time not he same day to repeat it and fix his mistakes. There are other people who come back too and they all work together to get rid of the aliens.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

captain america

 

If you have seen my post Top 10 Movie Marathons then you already know I absolutely love all things Marvel. The comic books, the movies, the characters, and the villains. So watching this movie was a no brainer. I was so upset when we couldn’t see it in theaters. There are not many times where I actually want to leave the house to see a movie ,but Marvel movies are definitely an exception to that rule.

It was excellent as always, regardless of what other people told me. I remain faithful to my Marvel movies. Action-packed, lots of great background stories and charter development. Interesting twists and conflicts, great graphics, costumes, etc. Basically, everything you could expect from a Marvel Movie.

The November Man

the november man

My boyfriend convinced me to watch this one because the guy from 007 was in it. I’m glad I watched it. It’s an action packed, spy/assassin type movie and those are always fun.

It takes place in Russia and there is a corrupt politician that the CIA is trying to take down. Turns out that the corruption goes into the CIA and needless to say the god guys win and the evil Russian politician dies. Exactly the way I like my spy movies to end. I’m easy to please.

Vampire Academy

vampire diaries

This movie was picked out special for me because of my love for all things vampire and young adult. I swear I will be 80 and still reading young adult books and watching the movies that come out because of them. I am not a fan girl of Vampire Diaries (yet) but I already downloaded the first book after watching the movie.

It was definitely a different take on the whole vampire/human relationship than I’ve ever experienced. In this vampire story, there are special humans, Damphirs, that are the guardians for a race of vampires called the Moroi. These are the good, cultured vampires who do not kill. The Damphir protect the Moroi from the Strigoi which are a race of vampire that are evil and ugly and awful in every way.

Lissa and Rose are connected, Damphir and Moroi, and they are both extra special in their world. They attend the “Vampire Academy” where they learn respective skills as well as all the regular subjects such as history and math. Someone is threatening Lissa though and it is up to Rose to find out who and stop them from hurting her.

Life After Beth

life after beth

I had ever even heard of this movie and now I know why. It was… strange, to say the least. I can’t even really say I liked it, it was so odd. it has the guy who plays Harry Osborne in the new Spiderman movies starring in it.

It’s a zombie apocalypse movie where this guy’s dead girlfriend, Beth, comes back to life after her funeral and slowly turns into a creepy zombie. He could tell there was something weird going on with her but it isn’t until she tastes human flesh that she really, truly goes bonkers. And it isn’t just Beth whose come back. All over town, dead people are showing up back at their houses. Eventually the zombies start attacking and people have to start re-killing their loved ones again. What was weird was that the zombies were completely cognizant and had most of their old memories so they are like their regular selves until you make them angry or they eat you.

So, that was my weekend in a wrap. Did you watch any good movies over the weekend? Any recommendations for me to watch (preferably at home)?

Two Computer Games That Have Made Me More of a Homebody Than I Already Was

I suck at video games. I can’t use an Xbox or Playstation controller to save my life. No hand eye coordination when it comes to buttons. But I do love them. It’s like I have this sick need to be really bad about something so I can laugh at myself.

I bought my boyfriend Borderland for his birthday and he wanted me to try playing it with him because I thought it looked so interesting, and when I tried and he was trying to teach me the controls… I cried. I mean sobbed. I mean totally broke down and died crying.

It was awful. I couldn’t even stay looking straight ahead and all I saw was sky the whole time until I just was just mercifully killed. Needless to say he doesn’t let me play video games like that anymore and we stick to the sighting games where I can button mash my life away. I’ all about the button mashing and I’m quite lucky in it, making some pretty impressive wins.

I am, contradictorily enough, pretty god at computer games. Maybe it’s because I’ve been using one since I was like… 4? I think. The commands are more familiar to me and I kind of kick butt. So I’ve started playing two games that have totally taken over my life: Sims 3 and Spore.

For those of you who don’t know, Sims3 is a game where you create and control a household of individuals, creating their house, building their careers, hobbies, skills, and relationships with other Sims. The game is very detailed, I found out I can zoom in close enough to actually watch TV with them, see them eating food and read with them (although you can’t understand the Sim writing. The Sims have complete lives, they make babies and are mortal and die, but after your original Sims die, you play with their offspring, who have physical traits and skills and personalities that are a mix of the two parents like in real life.

Now, I ask myself, why would I play out someone else’s whole life instead of living out my own, but see I am living out my life! My genus self actually created a Sim for myself and my boyfriend. I am working as a journalist until I can find a teaching position, and my boyfriend is a prep cook at the local restaurant. I modified the Sims so that we look like ach other and have the same traits and characteristics we have in real life. I look at it as a kind of study as to how we are doing. My guess is that Sims uses what would most likely happen if two people of certain likes and dislikes and skills came together. I just want to make sure we are on track. A little creepy, no? Well, I love it. Plus, I can’t afford to have a house right now and this way I get to design my own home, which is one of my favorite past times.

The other game that I have quickly become obsessed with is Spore. I could actually see me using this game in a Biology class to show how the evolutionary process takes place and how we mostly likely came into existence. It is a game where all your choices have consequences and each consequence will determine whether you evolve to see another day or die off.

You start off as a cell, you can choose to be an herbivore or a carnivore or an omnivore. You find pieces of the meteor that brought you to this planet and gave you life that contain more parts that you can use when you evolve. Once you have evolved enough t have legs, you move on land where you must mingle with other creatures who are trying to evolve like you. You can choose to fight them and dominate or befriend them, remembering that all choices have consequences. After mingling with creatures you can receive new parts that you use in evolution. You also grow in brain size.

This goes on and on until you are evolved beings much like humans. It really is quite an addictive game and I got to make my OogieBoogie (that’s what I named my creature) pink and blue. She is awesome!

Last night was Friday and no one could come over and I spent six hours playing these games and woke up this morning thinking about them. I have found my new passion. I always kid around with people telling them that I’m going to be dictator of the world one day and control what people eat and how they dress and everything so that I can live in the most perfect world. With these games I have this power… and just as I expected, the world is a better place in my games.

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since I last wrote because I am actually on vacation in North Carolina without internet connection. Which means, all of my posts have to be done on my phone which can get a bit uncomfortable. On the upside, the cabin we are staying in is very rustic and comfortable. There are actual hole in my bedroom ceiling looking into the bathroom upstairs because the floors are made with very real, very imperfect wood. It started showing last night and today we went to try an ski but it turns out to be quite on the expensive side so we icksnayed that and went back to our cozy cabin. There’s a trail nearby that we will go on later but mostly everyone is just cooking or cleaning or eating and, in my case, blogging. Hope everyone’s weekend is turning out as great as mine.

Weekend Review

This weekend I spent truly and completely at home when I was not working. I finally caught that flu that went around and was laughing at because I hadn’t caught it. That just shows you, you should not laugh at fate. However it did give me a chance to finish up on some reading and watch a couple  of movies and TV shows.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

First off, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. The movie is out and my boyfriend had taken me to go see it and I fell in love with it. Like with everything I fall in love with, I became obsessive and promptly bought the ebook. Like most-books-turned-movie, the book is absolutely better than the movie, although some parts are almost word for word. What I like most about this book is that… well I like a lot of things about this book:

  1. It is written from the perspective of the zombie.
  2. It is very satirical at times and somewhat cynical,
  3. However, it has a sense of hope that humanity can be better.
  4. It had pictures! (I know that makes me like a little kid, but I absolutely love when a book has pictures. And these weren’t even like illustrations just kind of like anatomical drawings at the beginning of each chapter.)
  5. While the vocabulary and content were clearly adult level, the book was very easy to understand and read. I got through it in one week with a full schedule of work and school.

If you haven’t gone to go see the movie, go see it or at least read the book/ And if you’re not into zombie books like me, trust me, this is not your run-of-the mill zombie book.

Also this weekend, in my cocoon of sickness I made for myself in my bed, I watched Mirror, Mirror (currently on Netflix) with Julia Roberts. How could you expect anything Julia Roberts does to be less than perfect. I’ll admit, kinda cheesy, but it was different compared to every other Snow White story out there. I liked it.

Perks of Being a Wallflower
Written and Directed by Stephen Chobsky

And to top of my cherry of happiness, my boyfriend downloaded (I know, the horror! I’m a die hard buy the DVDs kind of gal but I was desperate to see this movie so I gave in. I have already pre-ordered it) The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson (the girl I would go lesbian for). I read the book when I was in high school and fell in love with it. It covers every possible horror that could happen to a high schooler.

Slightly melodramatic? Yes, definitely. A tearjerker? Of course. All in all a good film? ABSOLUTELY! Stephen Chobsky wrote the book specifically with the intention of making it into a movie script so it went pretty much exactly as the book goes. The only thing they left out (and probably for the best because it gets pretty depressing at points) is a poem in the middle of the book. If you haven’t read it or heard of it, you should. It is very moving and pretty much a summary of the tone of the book.

It may seem like this is the most depressing book of the century, but it’s not. It’s more about how despite all the things we go through in life, everything will turn out all right in the end. Pretty hopeful I think. The movie really gets that hopeful feeling across. I really enjoyed it anyway, and it got my mind off the fact that I couldn’t breathe (until the crying parts) and was burning up with a fever.

All in all, a non productive weekend, just as weekends should be. Wouldn’t have minded being free of the massive sniffles, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Anyone see any movies or read any books that they absolutely fell in love with. Leave a comment and let me know. I need something new to read and watch.