Thursday, July 31, 2014

Movie Review: 13 Sin (2014)

13 Sin (2014)
Starring: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rustina Wesley
Summary: When a man in a terrible financial situation gets a mysterious phone call promising monetary compesation for doing challenges, his life is turned upside down as the challenges begin to get more and more deadly.

My Thoughts: This movie was recommended to me by a family member and I had seen the trailer and it looked interesting, but I did not expect it to be as good as it was. This movie was really, really good and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was even a bit comical at times, but that was thanks to the main character, Elliot. Elliot has just lost his job and is in debt from his mentally handicapped brother's medical bills and his upcoming wedding and Mark Webber really brings out the personality in this character and shines in this flick. In movies like these when the main character is on the phone for a majority of the movie, (And there are a lot, Cellular and Phone Booth to name a couple), you really don't get a sense of the character and their personality. Here, you see that Elliot is sarcastic and sensitive at first, he's funny, but knows his limits and he has a hell of a lot of humanity. Psychological thrillers don't rely on the character development, but plot development, but this case in particular relies on a balanced mixture of both and does this very well.

Throughout the movie, I felt actions were a bit rushed, however. I know that there are time limits on the challenges and that everything happened in about two to three days, but I still felt things were happening way too fast. This wasn't a major issue, but it bothered me a little becuase it was always one thing after the next nonstop. 

I had fun watching this in alone when I was bored, but it would be fun to watch with a couple of friends and a bucket of popcorn late at night, but I wouldn't recommend this for someone looking for something out of the park crazy to watch. This movie was just a good flick I happened to come across on Netflix. 

So, check it out if this is down your lane.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Movie Review: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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When Harry Met Sally
Starring: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Summary: This movie follows two characters who go on a cross country drive and afterwards, start seeing each other all over the place in New York during the course of twelve years.

My Thoughts: When Harry Met Sally is the mother of all romantic comedies and it is really that good. Most people go, "OH MY GOD, I LOVE THAT MOVIE. IT'S THE BEST," and this movie is talked about so much that it had gotten old, but I had never seen it. I hadn't planned on seeing it either, but one day I was browsing through the television channels and I through caution to the wind and watched this and, like everyone else that saw this movie, loved it!

Now that I have seen this movie, I can get all the jokes and see all the similarities in all the other romantic comedies I have seen. AND THERE'S A LOT!

But, let's get on to what's in the movie. Meg Ryan, fabulous of course, but this is one of my favorite movies starring her. It is the same character she usually plays (the uptight, know-it-all), but this girl she plays is somehow different and I can't place my finger on it, but it is better. I wasn't expecting Billy Crystal to be any good in this movie because he's not what I was expecting. He's not the tall, handsome guy in normal rom coms, but I must remember this movie was made in 1989. Maybe girls before though he was a hunk, but him being not-so-attractive made it a tad relatable because no  matter how we all lust for the hot guy, we all can't get him. 

What really makes this movie is the comedy. Sure, the romance is great, but this movie is downright hilarious! The dialogue and scenes between the two leads are what drive this movie and keep you watching. It's not about the kissing or the lovey dovey scenes or the wondering will-they-do-it-or-won't-they like other movies are. This movie is about the laughs and the up-and-downs of normal life and finding love.

This movie is highly enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for something new to watch. Well, not new because this movie is old, but new to you. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Game Review: The Last Door Season One

Developed By: The Game Kitchen
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Summary: Original and intriguing story that will leave you hunger for more at the end of each chapter. Travel back and explore dark and mysterious Great Britain from the 1890's, investigate ghostly and gloomy places to uncover their cryptic secrets.

My Thoughts: Gothic horror takes a new twist in this click-and-point adventure game. There isn't much to this game, just clicking forward and solving puzzles and such. The graphics aren't great and pretty much suck, but what keeps you playing is the story. The puzzles I have to say, are great! They're simple enough for someone who isn't an out-of-the-box-thinker like me, but not too simple. (I still used a walkthrough, however.) The sound was also fantastic. I believe it won this game an award, too. What I mean when I say the sound was fantastic was that the footsteps are  realistic, the noises you hear are creepy and add to the horror setting you've been placed in. Plus, you can hear sounds from other rooms like at one point a record is playing and when you leave the room, you can still hear it playing, which is great.This game takes place in episodes, 4 of which make up the first season and are out right now. Three of the episodes are free and the fourth (the newest one) will be free soon. The way the payment for these episodes are set up is very different from the usual way. The episodes start off being about 1 to 2 bucks and when the development for the next episode starts, the previous one will be free for all. So, if you're impatient like me, you can get the next episode right after you finish the last. These are really, really, really good and definitely worth your time.

Since game is released in Chapters, now I will talk about each episode individually, story wise because sound, graphic-wise and such they're the same.

Chapter One: We start off playing as Mister Devitt going off to visit a friend who wrote him a mysterious letter. When we arrive, no one is to be found and you're going off to look for your friend. Great start to a series and the beginning of the episode started with a very intense little scene relating to the episode, all of them have this scene, but this one is my favorite out of the four episodes. The story is a great start off and very engaging, but it doesn't really get you until the end.This chapter is short, but worth the play. 

Chapter Two: Next, Chapter Two we are still Mister Devitt and it follows the first game and we see him and his psychologist, I presume, talking. This game takes place at a hospital run by nuns. This one is my favorite of them all because it has so much going on in just one location, while the first one was also in one location, it wasn't as congested. It was the most gripping and it kept me on my toes and we got to actually speak to people. There were different dialogue options to click on to speak to different characters and that was great as well. 

Chapter Three: We are still, Mister Devitt, following the events of the last one we are now in England. This chapter is probably my least favorite. The story was still great, this was my favorite story line, actually, but my least favorite to play. It involved many, many locations and so many things to do that I eventually got tired of clicking. The structure of the puzzles was a little all over the place and I had to use my walk through a lot because it was just hard. 

Chapter Four: This game is the season finale and this comes at a close second in my list of favorite chapters. We play as Mister Devitt and come to the home of one of our colleagues, Alexandre. Like what I enjoyed about the second game, it is very congested in the house we are in, but like the third, the puzzles were a bit unstructured. Not to the point where it annoyed me, but a bit. The story was wrapped up very well in this chapter and left me wanting more, so I will donate so I can play the next episode sooner.

My overall thoughts are: This game is pretty damn good and you need to play this game for yourself because it is...That good.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: The Hidden Girl By Louise Millar

The Hidden Girl

The Hidden Girl
By Louise Millar

Date Published: May 22, 2014 By Pan
Pages: 352 
Source: Netgalley via Publisher
Format: E-Arc
Cover Love: The cover is not my favorite. It could be done way better and the caption...I mainly dislike it because of the fact it takes so long for the book to even get to what that means, so if someone would read it, they'd be like..What? What? Ohh...Okay, That's what they meant.

Summary: Hannah Riley and her musician husband, Will, hope that a move to the Suffolk countryside will promise a fresh start.
Hannah, a human rights worker, is desperate for a child and she hopes that this new life will realise her dream.

Yet when the snow comes, Will is working in London and Hannah is cut off in their remote village. Life in Tornley turns out to be far from idyllic, who are the threatening figures who lurk near their property at night? And why is her neighbour so keen to see them leave? Plus Will's, behaviour is severely testing the bonds of her trust.

Hannah has spent her professional life doing the right thing for other people. But as she starts to unbury a terrible crime, she realises she can no longer do that without putting everything she's ever wanted at risk.

But if she does nothing, the next victim could be her...

My Thoughts: The Hidden Girl is a great story, but not that great to the point where it did not have any problems.
We start of with married couple, Will and Hannah, who are two completely different characters. Whether or not this is good for their marriage, I will not say, but the fact they're so different is interesting. Well, Will and Hannah are moving into a house, but something is a little off with the dream house they imagined. What it is, you just have to read to find out.

The story is told from two different POV's. That being, Hannah and Will. That was the aspect I liked the most because these two people saw things completely different and that, in my opinion, was great to read.

What was not great was the pacing of the story. It took about 60% of the book in order for the plot to somewhat come together. The only reason I continued the book was the writing, which was fantastic! It was smooth and gripping and it flowed very well to to point where I just kept reading because the writing was that damn good.

The story was just a bit all over the place though. This happened, then this...then this and it was a bit much for a novel. Maybe if it was a movie, then, yes, it could have been done properly, but not for a book like this.

I will probably read what this author has out next, as well. This book was okay. Good for a person who is in the mood for a thriller, but not if you love thrillers because you may be disappointed with the set up of the story.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Movie Review: Neighbors (2014)

Neighbors (2014)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne

Summary: A couple with a newly born baby have some new neighbors.
Did I mention it was a fraternity?

My Thoughts: Seth Rogen is at it again. He's hilarious.

But this movie was not. Neighbors is not a full fledged comedic roar of a movie. It is actually somewhat lame, unlike what I thought it was going to be.  I saw it expecting gut bursting jokes and such, but I barely got out a lot at all. I mean there were a few funny scenes, but not enough for me to really enjoy this movie as a comedy.

The jokes that were put in there just didn't amuse me. Mainly because they were sex jokes that just made everything uncomfortable and weird. 

  But the actors did make the movie somewhat bearable.I've always loved Seth Rogen and he did not disappoint, and Zac Efron has stepped his game up as the leader of the frat, funny and hot. (Unlike a unsuccessful Taylor Lautner in Grown Ups 2) But I absolutely fell in love with Rose Byrne. She stole every scene she was in and I was itching to just see her all the time. I mean, she was great! 

The movie had a good concept, but just failed to deliver, frankly. So, please, don't spend about 10 bucks like I did if you were expecting a laugh out loud comedy, you will not get it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street (2014)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Amber Steves, Ice Cube

Summary: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

My Thoughts: It's Jump Street again, jumping into your theatres with lots of profanity, Easter Eggs and gay jokes. 

This movie was funny, not the funniest movie to come out this year, but it was funny. It could be considered more 'silly' than funny, but there are some legit laugh out loud moments. The other times there were jokes, but they were just stupid. Jonah and Channing are once again hilarious and make this movie a great bromance flick.  

Ice Cube, great again. His past movies really haven't been good, but he really stepped it up here.

The only thing that made this better than the first movie was the acting for me because the plot was just the same. 

But some new ideas were brought to the table that I really enjoyed, like when Seth Rogen popped up at the end and the whole fight/kiss/sex/ish scene. 

If you saw and liked the first movie, go see it because they're just about one and the same.   

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Willem Defoe

Summary: Two witty teenagers, Augustus and Hazel, meet at a cancer support group and soon a love story begins that will rock your world. I mean, if you haven't heard of this movie or book, please, please, go away.

My Thoughts: I actually saw this movie weeks ago, but have been trying to finalize my feelings about it, but now I think I am ready to talk about it. 

This movie was good, not great, but good. There were some parts I found cheesy, like Hazel and Augustus staring at each other constantly at support group. It was not very natural and awkward and it didn't work well. Also, when Augustus was explaining his cigarette metaphor, very awkward. I know the kids are different and not like normal kids, but it just seemed like it did not fit at all. I liked the scenes when you just see him with the cigarette in their mouths without much attention being drawn to it. I understand the people who did not read the book wouldn't understand it without explanation, but they could have cleaned it up a bit. 

Some scenes did not translate well to the screen, but others did. The broken trophies scene was perfect. It was hilarious, yet you could still feel what was going on. There were more funny moments than I thought would be there. Like the egging scene was pretty funny as well. I feel like that was the scene that was exactly from the book. It was very Green of them.

Acting, great. Shailene Woodley was great, of course. But some people are criticizing Anzel, but I actually really liked him. He was adorable and awkward a lot in the movie, but it was a different showing of Augustus. IT WAS HIS TAKE ON AUGUSTUS and I liked that. Peter Van Houten was great as well. I wasn't expecting him to be that good, but he was. I also did not expect WILLEM FREAKING DEFOE. 

And last but not least, the ending...It was very lighthearted and that was unexpected as well. I expected a big show of his death at the end, but it was not like it wasn't mentioned, it wasn't the basis of the end. It happened and life began to move on. 

 Good movie, not a great movie, but it was good and I highly recommend it to anyone who's read the book or not.