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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)?

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Top 10 Movie Marathons

One of the best things for a movie night is to have a theme. And that’s why the world made sequels in my opinion. It’s so much easier to pick out a set of movies than just a random assortment of movies. Today I have put together a list of
Movie Marathon themes. Some of these themes even have their own snack ideas that come along with them. So be prepared for the ultimate Geekend List!

  1. Star Wars. Of course. Can’t have a Geekend without this one. Break out the light sabers and lets have a party. Now there are many Star Wars movies. I would just suggest the first three or the last three as they really don’t have to be seen in particular order when broken up in those two groups. As for snacks, none for this theme, but you could definitely break out some of those plastic light sabers (you all know you secretly have them) and have a war at the end if you feel like totally geeking out.                                                                          
  2. Harry Potter. I like to say you can watch all of them in one sitting, but the truth is no one really has patience for that (besides crazy fans like me). For snack buy a couple bags of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and make your guests some Butterbeer. Check out this recipe for Butterbeer off of the Bakingdom blog by Darla. She also has a couple of other recipes like cauldron cakes and treacle tarts. Set up some Hogwarts House banners, maybe even play games and have teams from different houses. I know there are lots of board games that have to do with Harry Potter and Trivia games. (I may end up doing a whole post about Harry Potter Parties. This can get so intricate!)
  3. Twilight. So you either like these movies, or you don’t. I love them and I also think they make for a great girls night in. Obviously theme colors would be black and red, maybe some white. Red wine that resembles blood as beverages. If people aren’t huge fans of wine you could do sparkling wine which is just adding sprite and some fruit juice to make it sweeter. Maybe some red velvet cake and, if dinner is being served, a nice yummy bloody steak.
  4. Lord of the Rings. These movies are kinda long but it’s cool to see if you can get through them and they are also a must have on a Geekend marathon event. Beer and white wines, rolls of bread, maybe some stew. And for desert something that has to do with rings. I’m not quite sure at the moment and the only thing I can thing of is bunt cake (lame!) so I’ll get back to you on that. I know that party favors can definitely be an One Ring to Rule them All, though (not real gold obviously, find something plastic and cheap on Amazon).
  5. Marvel Madness! Everyone loves the superhero movies and Marvel has quite a few out. Play the game where you try to catch Stan Lee in each of the movies (in case you didn’t know, he makes an appearance in EVERY Marvel movie). Plus there are so many options with this theme: all of them, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Elektra, The X-Men, The Avengers, Iron Man (or you could include him in the Avengers), etc. Snacks? Comic themed cupcakes? Junk food? Go back to your childhood and what were the things you liked to eat while watching movies.                                                
  6. The Dark Knight. This is more superhero madness, but DC instead of Marvel as my boyfriend likes to remind me. I just love Christian Bale. A movie madness with him in it is just enough for me. I can’t really think of good themed food for an event such as this one besides dimming the lights, putting up the surround sound and popping some popcorn.                
  7. Superman. Now this can either be the new version or the old one because they are both awesome! As for color schemes, obviously blue and red and yellow, superman logos and whatnot. For food, all I would want is a pizza party, but really you could do anything, even bake a superman cake.Monster Madness. This includes the oldies but the goldies of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and the Wolf Man. These are classics and really great for real movie buffs and for Halloween time. If you do it around Halloween then obviously the food will be on the sweeter side. If not, everybody loves the spooky thing year round! Stick some cobwebs up, maybe a black light and skip back a couple of months, no one will mind and it will put the money you spent on Halloween to more use.
  8. A Pixar Party. Choose three favorite Pixar movies and revert back to your childhood: The Incredibles, Monsters. Inc., A Bug’s Life, Up, Cars, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Ratatouille, etc. Everybody likes gathering to become a kid again and these movies are classics, good for adults and kids, especially if you are gonna be having a mix of ages. Totally appropriate and fun for everyone!
  9. Planet of the Apes. I love these movies and know I am a geek for it, but they are great fro movie marathons too. Fruit salads galore and just a good time all around. And I still haven’t seen the prequel BEFORE watching the old ones so I think it would be interesting to see how they tie in together.

Hopefully my list will help you on your way to planning your next movie night or Geekend!

Have any great ideas for a movie marathon? Please comment and share them with me!

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.