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Weekend Movie Reviews

I watched 6 movies this weekend, and three of them are not on my new list, but I decided to review them for you anyway.

paranormal activityParanormal Activity (2007 R)
I had been looking forward to seeing this movie.  I love watching scary movies and to be scared.  And this movie delivered that.  This movie was very suspenseful and so scary!  I enjoyed the movie and give it top marks but I don’t think that I’ll ever be watching it again.  *****

This Film Not Yet Rated (2006 NR)
this film not yet rated
I thought that this was going to be a really interesting look at the MPAA rating system, which is what the movie was advertised as, but what it turned out to be was a documentary on how a bunch of NC-17 movies should really by R and that the rating system is unfair when it comes to the difference between two ratings.  It was an interesting movie but not really what I had been expecting.  And I probably would not be comfortable recommending it based on some of the content in the movie that if I had known about would probably have kept me from watching it. ***

pocahontas 2Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New Word (1998 G)
It just seemed like a good movie to watch after work Friday night, especially after watching the two movies above.  I definitely needed this happy musical.  And this is one of those sequels that actually is pretty good and not stupid. ****

The Hunger Games (2012 PG13)hunger games
I know quite a few people who think that this movie was really bad, but I actually enjoy it.  I watched it again this weekend to get ready to see the sequel in theaters.  I really enjoy this movie.  Yes, it could have been better, but I still think it tells the story pretty well.  ****

catching fireCatching Fire (2013 PG13)
Catching Fire was amazing!  I thought it was so good.  It was my favorite book and I think they portrayed it very well in the movie.  The scenes looked exactly like what I had pictured while I was reading.  I have been dragging Adam to these movies and he was one of those people that really hated the first movie, but he actually liked the second one.  And for him, that is saying a lot.  *****

The Blair Witch Project (1999 R)blair witch project
Let’s see, this movie came out in 1999, which would have made me 9, which I think means I would have been in third grade.  And I can remember that a bunch of my friends in my class had seen this movie.  They talked about it all the time and pretended they were being killed by the blair witch at recess and drawing symbols all over the playground.  And I remember being like, “What the heck are they talking about?”  It just sounded stupid to me.  Well, here I am, 14 years behind the times, and I have just watched this movie.  And I have two thoughts:  1-yep it’s pretty stupid, in my opinion and 2-what parents let their 9 year old child see this R-rated movie?  The movie was okay, but I found myself disappointed in it and not scared at all.  **

Did you watch anything good this weekend?

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Today is the day

I get to see Catching Fire today!  I am so excited! (Adam is not).
Catching Fire was my favorite book of the series, and I am so excited to see how the movie turns out!

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Catching up on my Movie Reviews

So, I’ve been watching a bunch of movies, and I have gotten behind on my movie reviews.  In case you have forgotten, I’ve been working on this New List of movies.  I have been rating and reviewing them.  If you are interested in that information check out the New List page and clicking the star rating.  Since I have gotten behind, here is a whole lot of movie reviews for you enjoyment.  Maybe you’ll even find a movie that spikes you interest that you look for this weekend 🙂  And another thing I want you to know before reading:  I love to write movie reviews, but I hate to read them because I am always afraid that there will be spoilers and I hate to have a movie ruined, so rest assured, there are no spoilers in any of the reviews below!

Adam's RibAdam’s Rib  (1949-NR)
This movie is about a man (Spencer Tracy) and his wife (Katherine Hepburn).  They are both lawyers and they end up as prosecutor and defender on the same case.  This makes for a comedic drama of work life and marriage life.  I really enjoyed this movie.  ****

Bringing Up Baby (1938-G)Bringing Up Baby
Another Katherine Hepburn film.  This is a comedy where everything that can go wrong will go wrong for poor Cary Grant.  He is caught between his job and a dynamic personality.  This film had me laughing throughout and I would highly recommend it for a date night.  *****

Clear and Present DangerClear and Present Danger (1994-PG13)
This movie had been on my shelf to watch for almost a month.  And when I finally got around to watching it, I realized it was a sequel.  I figured I needed to see Patriot Games (review below) before watching this one.  After watching Patriot Games, I did have more background on the character.  This movie was fantastic.  It was exciting and there were twists and turns everywhere.  The characters really made me care about what was happening to them.  I was very invested in this movie.  It is a very good action movie, and yet tells an interesting story.  *****

Con AirCon Air (1997-R)
As I told Adam, this is a four star movie.  But if Nicholas Cage hadn’t been in it, it would have been a five star movie!  I really enjoyed this movie, and I would have enjoyed it even more if Nicholas Cage had not have been so annoying!  I could just not handle his accent or his acting.  But the movie was great in spite of him, which is saying a lot in my book.  ****


Deliverance (1972-R)
If I were going to try to describe this movie to you, only one work truly comes to mind: creepy.  This movie is basically about how everything goes wrong on this one canoeing trip.  The music in the movie is very good, and well known, and the acting is also very good.  But it is just plain strange and weird.  ***

DreamgirlsDreamgirls (2006-PG13)
This movie was very good.  I had heard mixed reviews of it, but I actually really enjoyed it.  And the music, oh my goodness the music was amazing.  This movie follows the rise of a singing group called the Dreamettes, and how stardom and fame changes them and their group.  I was very impressed with this movie and found it very entertaining.  Adam watched some of it with me and he liked it but thought it was too long.  ****

Four WeddingsFour Weddings and a Funeral (1994-R)
I had really been looking forward to watching this movie, I had very high hopes for it, but it fell rather short for me.  It was funny in some parts but I found myself waiting around for it to get good.  ***

Hoop DreamsHoop Dreams (1994-PG13)
I did not really know what to expect when I started this movie, but I found it pretty good.  It is a documentary that follows two innercity kids and their dream of playing basketball in the NBA.  It was a very interesting and real movie.  ***

Jurassic Park Jurassic Park (1993-PG13)
Can you believe that up until last week I had never seen Jurassic Park?  I know, I can hardly believe it myself!  Adam and I sat down to watch this movie together last week and we both really enjoyed it.  It was such an entertaining movie to watch.  I highly recommend that if you have not seen this movie that you go out and get it from somewhere and watch it.  It is just that good.  *****

Monsters BallMonster’s Ball (2001-R)
Blah.  Honestly, do not even waste your time with this movie.  I wish that I hadn’t, so let me save you the time and the trouble.  This movie was not good.  I did not like it at all.  *

Patriot Games  (1992-R)Patriot Games
This movie was very entertaining and rather intense.  It was a very good action movie and I enjoyed it.  It also set up the character of Jack Ryan well.  And who plays a better villain than Sean Bean?  ****

Punch Drunk LovePunch Drunk Love (2002-R)
This is another movie that I wish I had not bothered to watch.  It too was blah.  I generally like Adam Sandler, but this movie, nope.  It is a romantic comedy, drama.  It seriously has a personality disorder.  I did not find it romantic or dramaful.  I thought it was just plain stupid.  So again, let me save your time and say, it’s not worth it.  *

Quiz ShowQuiz Show (1994-PG13)
This is a very good and intriguing movie.  It is about the quiz show scandal where they were giving contestants the answers.  Ralph Fiennes plays the guy who started out just being stupid but he let the dollar signs dance in his eyes when they offered him the answers.  This was a very entertaining movie, but in some parts I thought it would serve the movie well to move a little faster.  ***

Shutter Island (2010-R)Shutter Island
Woah.  This movie is amazing.  Adam and I were blown away at the end of this movie.  We loved it.  Throughout the whole film we were both trying to guess where it was going.  Adam had been told the ending to the movie and he still did not think it was going to actually happen.  Now that is the mark of a truly good movie, when you know the ending, and the movie still surprises you and makes you question everything you know.  This is another movie that I highly recommend.  *****

First Wives ClubThe First Wives Club (1996-PG)
I found this movie to be just plain funny.  It is about three friends from college whose husbands have all left them for other women, so they create a club, “The First Wives Club.”  To get everything back.  I love Diane Keaton and I loved her in this role all the same.  ****

great escapeThe Great Escape (1963-NR)

I did not really know what to expect from this movie.  It had been sitting on my shelf for a long time because the 3 hour run time was constantly deterring me from watching it.  But finally I gave in and I am so glad that I did.  This movie was great!  It was entertaining and a really great story.  The characters and the actors who play them are pheneomenal.  I was literally on the edge of my seat in anticipation and suspense towards the end.  Such a good movie!  The only downside is the run time, but it was totally worth it for me.  *****

300 (2007-R)300
This is another one of those movies that I am rather surprised that I have not seen until now.  And I must admit to you that I really enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the story and the artistic vision that the director had with this film.  It was a story that you really wanted to root for.  It was pretty violent, so some of you might want to wait to see it until it is on TV.  But you should watch it, at least on TV.  *****

The ProducersThe Producers (1968-PG)
This movie was not at all what I expected it to be.  I thought I knew what it was about going into it, but I did not, and I am so glad too, because what the actual movie was about was a bunch better than what I had thought going into it.  This movie follows two producers who learn that if they get investors for a Broadway production that flops they will actually make more money themselves.  So what do they do?  They try to find the worst, most offensive play possible, a terrible director, and actors that can’t act.  What happens next will surprise you.  This movie was hilarious and I highly recommend it.  I am excited to see the Matthew Broderick remake to see how it compares.  ****

Working Girl (1988-R)Working Girl
This movie was just okay.  It was terrible but it wasn’t awesome either.  It was just okay.  This movie follows a girl who actually has a mind for business, but no one things she does.  Then, her boss steals one of her ideas.  So when her boss is away, she decides that she is going to take charge and get her idea back.  Pretty good, but not my favorite.  **

Well that gets me caught up with the movies that I have watched recently, and don’t worry, I’ll get better about reviewing a movie as soon as I watch it, I promise.  I hope one of these peaked your interest, and if you watch one I hope you enjoy it!

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Another day of work missed

Do you know what I hate the most about migraines? 
Missing work.

I have a very hard time functioning at all when I have a migraine.  About all I can do is sleep or lay in the dark.  There’s just about no doing anything else.

This morning I woke up with a migraine and it felt pretty small, but even with small migraines they just make you feel powerless and weak.  I imagine that when Superman was around kryptonite he probably got a migraine, which made it seem like all his powers went away. 

I have been seeing progress since going to the chiropractor and I hope that continues because I:
1-really want to stop having migraines
2-really want and need to be at work

Hopefully I will continue to get better and will start to seek weeks and months in between migraines.  In my mind, that would be pretty amazing.

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As I mentioned before I had decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year, which is in October.  And I’m telling you now that I am epically failing.

So far I have written only 6600 words of my story.  Today, being the 15th day of the month, means that I should be halfway done.  I should already have written 25,005 words.  The NaNoWrMo website told me today that if I want to finish on time I need to write 2,713 words per day.

I think I might have bitten off more than I can chew.

Here’s me admitting defeat already that I’m probably not going to “win” this year.

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Marigold Slouch (Knit Pattern)

This hat looks awesome. I have just recently taken up knitting and I am afraid that this might be a little ambitious for my first real project, but this hat is just so cute! And because it is such a fun looking hat, I wanted to share this tutorial with you too.

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Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

I realized this morning that I haven’t been blogging very much.  And that made me pretty sad.  I haven’t been blogging because I have been sick and busy.  I went to the doctor yesterday because I hadn’t been feeling well all weekend and it turns out that I have a severe bladder infection.  Great…just what I needed.

I have been trying to catch up on Pretty Little Liars so I can watch it on TV when it starts again in January.
I am trying to reach my goal of 200 books read this year.  I only have around 20 to go.
I am trying to make a dent in my new movie list.  I also requested a bunch of movies from the library and they all came in at once, so now I’m playing catch up.
I am trying to write a 50,000 word novel this month as a part of National Novel Writing Month.  But I am so behind!

Is anyone else trying to meet some of their goals in the next two months?

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I have been having a great week!
I got my house clean, I got to spend a couple days with my family.  It was too short but so good to see them!
I took a day off, I finished Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars and I’ve watched a couple movies.
I watched a very funny movie tonight which put me in a very good mood!
I got to spend an evening watching tv and eating pizza with my husband.
And I am so excited for the weekend where I will have down time, more movie time, book time, and friend time.
AND I haven’t had a migraine since Monday night!!  4 Days with no Migraine!  Woot Woot!!

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Halloween Party

Can you guess who we went as?



And my solution for not having long enough hair:

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