Saturday, August 18, 2018

Weekend Film: Down a Dark Hall

I know Crazy Rich Asians is out in theatres which I hear is really good, so please go see it if you're looking for an awesome romantic comedy. The only reason I haven't seen it yet is because I'm currently reading the book. I like to read the book first before seeing any movie adaptation.

And speaking of adaptations, if you really don't feel like venturing out today to go to the movies you could watch the Video on Demand movie Down a Dark Hall. This movie is based on the book by Lois Duncan which I read a few years ago. I do wonder how this version might differ from the book either way this actually looks pretty good and definitely creepy.

If anyone would like to watch this movie I know it's available on iTunes and OnDemand but I'm not sure what other systems it might be on.


Down a Dark Hall


Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Taylor Russell, Rosie Day, Noah Silver and more

Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Description:

Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution's supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Beauty: Arden Cho's Hairstyle

I love this shoulder length bob that actress Arden Cho had for the premiere of her movie The Honor List back in May. This is such a cute hairstyle, it's very sleek and sophisticated. I like how her (or her hairstylist) chose such a simple yet glamorous style for the red carpet.

Book Review: Big Nate Makes The Grade


Book: Big Nate Makes The Grade by Lincoln Peirce

Edition: Paperback

Description:

At P.S. 38, sixth-grader Nate Wright is known for many things: his knack for making mischief; his overstuffed locker that's half garbage dump, half treasure trove; and of course, his unbreakable school record for detentions. Nate may be a chess phenom, but in the classroom, he's not so masterful -- especially compared to Gina, the grade-grubbing brainiac who gives teacher's pets everywhere a bad name.

In Big Nate Makes the Grade, follow the hilarious adventures of Nate, his pals, and his long-suffering teachers from the first day of school to the start of summer vacation.



Rating: 5 stars

Review:

There is no other way to describe Nate Wright other than being a total pain. He annoys everyone from his family and friends to his classmates and teachers. Well, that's the thing about Nate he tends to cause nothing but trouble and while he's at school he often times winds up in detention.

In Big Nate Makes The Grade, it's the start of another school year and Nate is continuing to do his bare minimum in his classes and with his homework assignments. And what I find interesting is that Nate is a natural at playing chess but when it comes to his education he's a total slacker. He doesn't apply any of his discipline or skills he uses for the game to do his best in school.

It's so funny to see the looks of dread on his teachers' (and sometimes his friends') faces whenever Nate is talking to them because he always end up saying something either upsetting or annoying. Out of all of his teachers, I think he irritates Mrs. Godfrey the most. He has an ongoing rivalry with his classmate Gina, who he considers to be the ultimate class pet. He decided to run against her for class treasurer not because he wanted the position but because he doesn't like her. He also has a one sided rivalry with another classmate Artur, Nate is absolutely annoyed by how nice Artur is and tried to change him.

Nate really does have a penchant for getting into trouble which makes for a fun read. I love reading the Big Nate books because I never get tired of reading about Nate's ridiculous antics. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Art of the Day: Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)


Artwork: Harley Quinn by lashialee

Sophie Kinsella's Book "Can You Keep a Secret?" is Being Adapted into a Movie

It's recently been announced that Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella will be made into a movie. Actress Alexandra Daddario, who most recently starred in the Netflix romantic comedy When We First Met, will not only star as the main character Emma Corrigan but will also be executive producing the movie. Also co-starring in the movie is Tyler Hoechlin, who most recently starred in the dystopian movie The Domestics, he will play Jack Harper.

I do hope this movie adaptation will be better than the one for Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic because that movie was so awful. And this is one time where the saying "the book was better than the movie" is a perfect fit because it really was terrible.

I have read a lot of Kinsella's books but I have not read Can You Keep a Secret?. I'm going to add this to my wishlist, hopefully I can read it before the movie is released.


Description:

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger. . . .

But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse. Or could they?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Art of the Day: Derek Hale and Stiles Stilinski


Artwork: Kiss by andavs

Weekend Film: Crazy Rich Asians

It's not the weekend but Crazy Rich Asians is out today and it looks like this movie is going to have plenty of glitz and glam to go along with all the romance and comedy. Crazy Rich Asians is based on the book by Kevin Kwan (which I plan to read as soon as I finish reading Big Nate).


Crazy Rich Asians


Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Harry Shum Jr., Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang and more

Director: Jon M. Chu

Description:

The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.

It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.

Comic Book Wednesday: August 15th Picks

Okay, I love comic books but I feel like the industry is not doing as well as it should. There are still more people watching the comic book/superhero TV shows and movies than reading the books. I do wonder what would make a difference in getting more TV/movie fans to give the books a chance?

Anyway, here is my list for today. It's just my group of regulars and even though it's not on my list, I have to pick up Suicide Squad #45 since it's tied into this current issue Aquaman.


Archie Comics

Archie Meets Batman 66 #2 (Cover A - Allred)

Book: Archie Meets Batman '66 #2

Description:

Batman's received a panicked call from Riverdale and he sends Robin and Batgirl with one caveat-they must disguise themselves as high school transfer students!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Girl Thought: The Matilda Challenge

There is this hashtag on Twitter called the Matilda Challenge and me being the bookaholic that I am, I thought the challenge had something to do with reading books. But apparently I was wrong, the challenge is of people mimicking Matilda using her powers.

I guess if I was going to create a Matilda Challenge it would definitely center around books. Because what do you think of when you think of Matilda? I immediately think of her love of reading books and her desire to learn.

Since this wasn't the Matilda challenge I was looking for maybe sometime in the near future I will create one of my own.


Art of the Day: Aayla Secura


Artwork: Aayla Secura by Audrey Hotte

Was the Man of Steel's Jonathan Kent a Bad Father?

I know it's been five years since Man of Steel was released in theatres but I still can't get over how bad Jonathan Kent's portrayal was. This movie got so many things wrong about the world of Superman but to feature a Jonathan Kent that was so uncaring and paranoid was not the way to go. I know it's been a while since I've seen this movie but I can't help wondering was Jonathan Kent a terrible father or did he simply give bad advice?

I noticed how Jonathan continuously gave Clark really bad advice which instilled fear in him instead of providing his son with the confidence he needed to believe in himself and do what he could to help others. Jonathan using fear as a motivation caused Clark to second guess himself and made him feel he had to hide who he was or people would fear or hate him. And not to mention he could be caught by the government and taken away.


The story acknowledged that Jonathan had a belief that his son was destined for greatness but if he constantly instilled fear in his son how was Clark going to find out what he was destined for if he was too afraid of his secret being discovered?

For instance, in the scene after Clark rescued a group of his classmates who were trapped on a sinking school bus, his father pretty much told him that he should not have rescued those kids. Clark asked his father if he should have let a bus full of kids die instead of using his powers and guess what dear old dad had to say. He said "I don't know. Maybe". Why would they write him saying that? Jonathan was so afraid that someone would find out about Clark that he gave out that particularly piece of terrible advice. I get it, he doesn't want anyone to find out about the things his son can do but for him to prefer Clark let kids die so his secret can be safe is horrible.

And I still find the tornado scene to be ridiculous because Jonathan didn't want Clark to rescue him, he just stood there while the tornado engulfed him. He would rather die in a storm instead of letting Clark save him which is something that he could have easily done without anyone seeing. I don't understand how this scene was even written with Clark just standing there not going out to save his father. This was easily one of the most preventable deaths.

The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) version of Jonathan Kent (and to some extent Martha Kent) didn't nurture or guide Clark into being a caring, confident, intelligent and proactive person. This Clark never got the chance to figure things out for himself and even after his father died he was still being influenced by how he was raised.

Jonathan did a great job of teaching his son to be fearful because Clark was so afraid of building connections he roamed the country going from one dead-end job after another. He didn't have to worry about someone getting to know him or questioning him because those jobs allowed him the opportunity to stay anonymous. Although he had trust issues (thanks to dear old dad), he at least didn't stick with his father's terrible advice of not helping others. Because while working those jobs he wound up helping people such as a waitress that was being harassed by truck drivers to saving workers on an oil rig that caught fire.

However, when the time came for him to save the world against the Kryptonians it gave off the appearance that he was reluctant to do so. It's like he didn't mind doing things on a smaller scale but revealing himself to the world was too much to handle. Thanks to his fearful upbringing, it felt like he was only going in to fight the Kryptonians only because he was forced to.

I don't know if Jonathan Kent was a terrible father or just gave out bad advice but in the end Clark had to eventually decide for himself who he wanted to be. A person of fear or someone who is willing to trust others? But it would have been nice if his parents had been more nurturing and supportive to help him on his way to becoming the superhero he ended up being.

DVD Tuesday: Avengers: Infinity War

I feel like the word epic has been so overused and misused to the point that it now has no impact or meaning. But at the moment that's the only word I can think of to describe Avengers: Infinity War. This is a movie I have to see again, it was just that good.


Avengers: Infinity War


Description:

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Book Review for The Book Girl's Book Club: Frankenstein in Baghdad


Book: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi with translations by Jonathan Wright

Edition: Paperback

Description:

From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.- occupied Baghdad, Hadi -- a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café -- collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city. Hadi soon realizes he's created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive -- first from the guilty, and then from anyone in its path. With white-knuckle horror and black humor, Frankenstein in Baghdad captures the surreal reality of contemporary Iraq.