Breaking Emotions Blogathon: Hate and Love


The last set of emotions in Mettel Ray's blogathon are here! This week, she asks us to examine hate and love. Narrowing this down was really bloody difficult. I could go on and on and on with these. I do have to give a big THANK YOU to Mettel Ray for this blogathon! This is the most fun I've had doing one of these in awhile, and I'm kind of sad that it's ending. I hope she does it again, only with TV shows. *cough cough* *hint hint*


1)"I hate you, and if you ever come near me again, I'll kill you and your entire family." - The Butterfly Effect

I have never really loved and hated a movie simultaneously so much until I saw The Butterfly Effect. This is one of my favorite movies until the last 5 minutes. When Evan goes back and tells Kayleigh he hates her, that way they never become friends, and he never ruins her life. SERIOUSLY? Fuck that. Those two were meant to be together. (Although the alternate ending on the DVD, where Evan strangles himself with his umbilical chord while in utero was worse.)

2) Arliss Coates' face. - Old Yeller

You could say Old Yeller died because he had rabies and had to be put down, or you could say Old Yeller died trying to protect the most irresponsible child of all time. Way to go Arliss. It's not just his fault, his older brother is to blame too. I hate this movie so fucking much.

3) George Lucas tries his hand in romance - Star Wars episode 2: Attack of the Clones

Oh my God, what the fuck is this dialogue doing in a Star Wars movie? -  "From the moment I met you, all those years ago, not a day has gone by when I haven't thought of you. And now that I'm with you again... I'm in agony. The closer I get to you, the worse it gets. The thought of not being with you- I can't breath. I'm haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me. My heart is beating... hoping that kiss will not become a scar. You are in my very soul, tormenting me... what can I do?- I will do anything you ask." " I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth." - And those are just the ones I bothered to copy and paste. God forbid I re-watch this scene to get the rest.


1) Spectacular - American Beauty

Words cannot describe how much I love this scene. Anyone who's spent all of two seconds on my blog knows that American Beauty is my favorite movie, and this scene is just so perfect to me. I find it breathtakingly beautiful. Really, it's just red pedals falling on white sheets, but it's so much more than that to me. Plus Lester's dialogue is perfect. "It's the weirdest thing. I feel like I've been in a coma for 20 years, and I'm just now waking up."

2) Jamaal and Latika finally kiss - Slumdog Millionaire

I'm not sure if I've ever wanted two people to kiss as badly as I did in Slumdog Millionaire. They had been through so much and I just loved that scene at the train station. Plus the two actors are still together in real life, and that's lovely in it's own right.

3) The first glimpse of The Joker - The Dark Knight

My nerd boner was raging when we first got to see The Joker's face in The Dark Knight. I will always love Heath Ledger's Joker. The more I think about it, this might be my favorite performance of all time.


Review: Catching Fire

The odds are never in our favor.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are back in District 12. They're still trying to cope with what happened in the area. Katniss with having killed people, Peeta with having a fake relationship with the girl he truly adores. Katniss is also confused by her feelings for her best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) After their Victory Tour goes south, they find out that the 75th Hunger Games have special rules: That the tributes will be reaped from the current pool of victors in each district. This means Katniss and Peeta are back in the arena, only this time it's much more dangerous.
 
 
Catching Fire was probably my favorite book of the trilogy. It introduced us to wonderful characters like Joanna, (Jena Malone) Finnick, (Sam Clafin) and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) Who all were spot on here. (Especially Joanna. Her feistiness was awesome and I loved her little on air tirade. Clever use of "bleeping" there) The film was very close to the book as well. Plenty of things in the arena were exactly as I pictured them, and they stretched the PG-13 rating enough to include most of the violence from the novels.
 
I have to hand it to Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. When I look at Peeta and Gale, I don't see what Katniss' huge dilemma is, Gale is obviously hotter, but whenever we see Katniss and Peeta kiss, there's a lot of chemistry there, and it makes the conflict a bit more believable. I teared up when Katniss made her tribute to Rue. Hell, I nearly teared up during Effie's (Elizabeth Banks) speeches a few times. Sure, non book readers will think the ending is a gigantic cop out. (I read all 3 books back to back so it really didn't phase me) but Catching Fire did what a proper sequel should do: raise the bar higher from the original.

 
To be perfectly honest, the only real gripe I have about the film is that they didn't explain Joanna's story behind her time in the Games. (She pretended to be weak until there were only a few left, then she viciously killed all of them) But I loved that they kept little touches in like President Snow's (Donald Sutherland, who is SUCH a creep) mouth bleeding - we'll get the story behind that in Mockingjay I'm sure, and the District 3 Tributes being strung out druggies, Mags kissing Finnick goodbye. You've got to appreciate the little things.
Recommended: Yes
 
Grade: A
 
Memorable Quote: "They can't hurt me. There's no one left that I love" - Joanna Mason (Jena Malone)
Fun Fact: This is my 700th post on this blog!

Review: Dallas Buyers Club

It's just vitamins.
 
It's 1985, and Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) lives his life dangerously. He has unprotected sex, does plenty of drugs, and one day after getting hurt on the job, he finds out he's HIV positive. He, like many people back in that era are stuck in the mindset that only homosexuals get AIDS. When his family, friends, and employers abandon him once they learn of his illness, Ron takes it upon himself to find better treatment. The FDA approves a drug that has very toxic results, one that Woodroof's reluctant physician (Jennifer Garner) has tested in clinical trials. He does his research and finds other drugs, minerals, and vitamins that are used in other countries, but not approved in the United States. He meets a cross-dresser Rayon (Jared Leto) and together they form The Dallas Buyers Club. They're not drug dealers, the drugs are free, they just sell memberships to get around that. Of course, none of this is legal, and everyone seems to want to bring Woodroof down.
 
We knew when pictures of McConaughey and Leto were released that these were going to be good roles for them. Just their physical transformations spoke volumes themselves. I had high expectations for them, and they were certainly met. Both were mesmerizing, heart breaking, and even hilarious at times. I expect both of them will earn Oscar nominations for this. Even Jennifer Garner, who wasn't given a whole lot to do was wonderful with what she had.
 
It's sad to watch this film and think about how little was known about AIDS back then. It's even sadder to see how Ron's entire circle of friends judged him so harshly. Ron doesn't come across as someone we'd root for at the beginning of the film, but he certainly gets there at the end, and you can only be frustrated by the struggles he and so many others faced.
 
Recommended: Yes
 
Grade: A-
 
Memorable Quote: "It's cranberry mocha...for the holidays!" - Rayon (Jared Leto)


Rambling TV: Thoughts on Boardwalk Empire's season finale + more.

Boardwalk Empire episode 4.12:

 
*WHY?!?!?!?!??!!?!?! Okay, let's be honest, we did see this coming, but if I have one gripe about Boardwalk Empire's mostly awesome season finale, it's about Richard Harrow.
 
*SPOILER ALERT ----> Richard Harrow has been my favorite character since he was introduced in season one. A big theme for Richard has been that he's always wanted a family, but is afraid he'll never get one because of his disfigurement. He always envied what Jimmy had, and this season, he FINALLY gets a family. He marries the woman he's come to love, and he's become a father figure to Tommy since his parents are dead. Fantastic. If they wanted to write Richard off of the show, they should've had him just leave with his family to Wisconsin. Then at least we would know Richard is happy. But nope, Nucky has him do one last job, which he totally botches, and in his grief, does not get help when he, himself is shot, and goes to die under the pier. The same pier where he spent his first night with Julia. What the fuck. I knew immediately Richard was probably going to die when he hugged Tommy and kissed Julia goodbye - which is really fucked up when you think about it. When did TV make us assume the worst when something good happens to a character?
 
*Poor Maybelle, that was so shocking and sad. Michael Kenneth Williams owned that scene too. The look on Chalky's face was heart breaking.
 
*Eli's fight scene with Knox was one of the most intense fight sequences I've ever seen.
 
*The Chicago story line is going to get A LOT more interesting next season. I literally said "holy shit." when Van Alden showed up to get Eli.
 
*Nucky tells Willie that "I'm not the man you think I am" after Willie catches him with a gun to his father's head. That totally rings season 2's theme. Nucky can't be half a gangster, even though he pretends to be.
 
*They showed us where Jimmy's body is. I suppose it's closure. Now that Harrow is dead, Tommy in Wisconsin, and Gillian in jail, we're losing all our of ties to the Darmody family.
 
*Narcisse survives? Rosetti only gets one season and Narcisse is getting two? What!?
 
 
 
The Walking Dead episode 4.7: Dead Weight

I want to do this to the writers right now.
 
*I'm going to be honest, I didn't even watch this episode of The Walking Dead. I read a synopsis of it on Friday. I knew it was another Governor episode, and I knew we'd only get a glimpse of the prison at the end. Personally, I think season 4 is being handled pretty horribly, and it had so much potential. Did we really need TWO Governor episodes to show us what we knew all along - that he's still batshit crazy and no matter how much they try to humanize him, he's STILL going to attack the prison.
 
*They didn't show any Carol (or any group reaction to Rick's news) in the preview, and the sneaks online are all of the Governor's group who I couldn't care less about. Ugh.
 
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episode 1.8: The Well
Are they going to bone? Maybe May can fuck some more facial expressions into Ward.
 
 
*This was the episode that followed up Thor: The Dark World.
 
*As much as I hate, hate, hate Ward, I actually liked his interactions with May this week.
 
*But is anyone else as confused as I am about that flash back scene? We know Ward's little brother was the one in the well, but I'm assuming the bully was Ward, and the fat kid was just a friend or something. But other places are saying Ward was the fat kid? I didn't even give it a second thought when I watched it, but after reading other people's interpretations of it, I'm a little confused.
 
*Plus you know, I liked that scene where Skye and May were calling Thor "dreamy." Mmmmm Chris Hemsworth.
 
The Big Bang Theory episode 7.9: The Thanksgiving Decoupling
 
gif via notyoda
 
 
*I love Zack, I wish he was a regular.
 
*I lol'd pretty hard at Sheldon getting drunk and having a "father/son moment" with Bernadette's dad.
 
*Penny did bring up a good point about Leonard. How he always makes her feel stupid, this is one of the reasons I'm never fully on board with their relationship. (which I go back and forth on constantly)
 

 


DVD Review: Upstream Color

The pigs in this movie actually serve an important purpose.
 
I'm really not sure how I feel about Upstream Color as a whole. I tried to let this film sink in after I viewed it, but it's just as blurry to me now as it was when I watched it.
 
A woman named Kris (Amy Seimetz) is drugged and hypnotized by a strange substance that the thief (Thiago Martin) has discovered in a plant, and transferred into a worm. He tricks Kris into giving him all of her money, and sets her free. She has no idea what happened or why she's all of a sudden drawn to a man named Jeff. (Shane Curruth) Turns out, they were both victims of this hypnosis, and now they're stuck navigating the world as if it were a dream.
 
I can handle narratives like this in small doses, but this film felt like it was trying to be Terrance Malick Jr. I should probably just copy and paste my Tree of Life review here). There was an interesting plot there. There really was! But it didn't feel connected properly. Sure, that's probably how Kris and Jeff felt, but it doesn't make for good story telling when you've got something interesting to say, but you spend half the film wondering aimlessly before you get to the point, and then *poof* it's done.
 
I remember reading a review on this film where it said "You don't watch this film, you experience it." I definitely agree with that. This isn't a bad film. I won't call it a bad film, it's just not MY kind of film. If I wanted a cloudy vision on something cerebral, I'd just go smoke some weed and watch Inception again.
 
Recommended: I seriously have no idea. I personally wouldn't watch it again, but movies like these do have a fan base and the plot really is interesting when you break it down.
 
Grade: C+
 
Memorable Quote: "I can't find them anywhere..." - Kris (Amy Seimetz)

Indie Gems: Byzantium

Another vampire movie where the leads have more chemistry than the ones in Twilight.
 
 
Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) seems to be a 16 year old girl who lives with her older sister Clara. (Gemma Arterton) They move around often and after Clara kills a mysterious man, they're soon on the run again. Eleanor and Clara are not human. They're centuries old vampires and Eleanor has reached the point where she is sick of lying about their existence. She's drawn towards a kind but sickly boy, Frankm (Caleb Landry Jones) but what consequences come with Eleanor's secret?
 
I love Saoirse Ronan. I will watch this girl in anything. She's easily one of the best young actresses out there and I believe she'll grown into one of the best of all time. She's perfectly timid and curious here. Even Arterton manages to pull off a good performance, and I usually think she's awful. Byzantium lacks the traits most vampire movies nowadays have (Bearing fangs, sexy/bloody times) and replaces them with things we've read in old stories. (the long thumb nail, whispering prayers before taking a life) Even though prostitution is a big part of this film, it never feels like this is being sold as a vampire sex story.
 
No, Byzantium is a fun little film that is a must see for Ronan fans, and really anyone else that enjoys a film more similar to Let The Right One In and less Twilight.
 
Grade: B+
 
Memorable Quote: "They had told me since infancy that she was dead." - Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan)

DVD Review: Now You See Me

Abracadabra.
 
FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol agent Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) are tasked with tasked with trying to pin down four magicians (played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) who rob banks during their shows and give the money to their audience. They're backed by a powerful benefactor Arthur Tressier. (Michael Caine) With the help of magician de-bunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) they're in for a hell of a ride to say the least.
 
I have to admit, the spinning camera shots got annoying really fast, but I found this film quite fascinating. The special effects were great. All of the actors seemed perfectly cast, (Although I swear Morgan Freeman was about to say "Very good, Mr. Wayne" whenever he was talking to Michael Caine) and the ending packed a legitimate surprise. Overall, while I didn't expect much from this movie to begin with, I'm happy with what I watched. I'm interested in seeing what they do with the supposed sequel.
 
Recommended: Yes
 
Grade: B-
 
Memorable Quote: "Always be the smartest guy in the room." - Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg)

DVD Review: V/H/S/2

Less misogyny is always a good thing.
 
There are several things V/H/S/2 does better than it's predecessor. If you recall, I wasn't a huge fan of the first installment.  I'm going to split up each segment and review them separately again, because that's really the best way to approach this film: Like you're watching 5 different movies.


Tape 49 - The narrative basically follows two private investigators sent to find one of those little bastards from the first film. They mention early on the cops are not looking for "some college kid." Like any horror movie, of course the characters split up. Ayesha, while trying to see what is on this kid's lap top starts to watch the nearby VHS tapes. It built quite a bit of suspense through out, although it fell to far too many horror clich├ęs.
Grade: B

Phase I Clinical Trials - This one is about a man who loses his sight in one eye after a car accident. His doctor is testing a camera in place of his eye. Everything he sees will be recorded for research purposes. He starts seeing dead people (ha!) when he gets home. A girl he saw at the doctor's office earlier stops by his house to explain that she can hear them. (She has a cochlear implant) When another one shows up, she whips off her shirt and starts fucking this guy because why the hell not? Tits.  Besides that ridiculous and unnecessary scene, this one was legitimately creepy with its quick cuts in the dark. You kind of have to leave logic behind on this one. Why would something as high tech as a camera in a person's eye be converted to a VHS tape? Who knows.
Grade: C

A Ride in the Park - "You ride that bike more than you ride me" a girlfriend on the phone tells her boyfriend, who's out on a bike trail equipped with a helmet cam. Really? Anyways, this poor chap runs into zombies. The whole thing felt a little amateur and offered little originality until the last few seconds. There's so many zombie movies/shows out there, that even though the last shot was completely brilliant, it couldn't save this one.
Grade: C-

Safe Haven - A film crew is trying to show an un-bias view on a cult in a foreign country. We know the leader is totally bat shit crazy (And the guy that played him was perfect) but it was still hard to predict where this was going at the beginning. This one was easily the shining star of this film. It was creepy and ultra-gory. There was a small zombie aspect to it, and that got repetitive, but overall this one was by far the best.
Grade: A

Slumber Party Alien Abduction - This one was so fucking awful I don't know where to start. A bunch of young boys play pranks on each other, on their older sister, and vise versa, all while the camera is attached to their dog. Then Aliens show up. I hated the fact that we had to hear this poor dog whine through out, then we had to watch it die. The alien costumes looked cheap and fake, and it sounded like they just used a bunch of stock footage from Jurassic Park. I can't believe they ended the film with this tape. They should've ended with Safe Haven.
Grade: F


Overall Grade: C

Recommended: Yes. The concept is still very interesting. Skip V/H/S and only watch this one, Safe Haven makes it worth it.

Memorable Quote: "People see us as a freak show." - Father (Epy Kusnadar)

Breaking Emotions Blogathon: Smiles and Thrills


Part three of Mettel Ray's Breaking Emotions blogathon is here! This week, it's smiles and thrills. Let's get started. *Author's note: Taking the Trills list down to three was really, really, hard.*



1) Kyle's mom is a bitch in South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

I was 12 when this movie came out. It actually holds a very dear place in my heart because I begged my dad to take me to it, and he complied, only after a theater employee told him it was "just like the TV show." Obviously it wasn't and the 2nd song in the film drops the F bomb more times than most movies do as a whole, but the song that makes me smile to this day is Cartman's rendition of "Kyle's mom is a bitch." He sang it once before on the TV show, and it was great, but when he starts singing it in different languages, my dad and I totally lost our shit laughing. As embarrassed as he probably was for taking his kid to see this, at least it was hysterical.

2) Harold buys Ana "flours" in Stranger Than Fiction


How can this scene NOT put a smile on your face? Shy Harold buys his baker crush Ana 'flours.' It's almost cute overload.

3) Walter Skinner shows up in X Files: I Want To Believe


Just the mention of his name in the movie was enough to make me nerd out. When he showed up towards the end, I had the goofiest smile on my face.


1) The bath house scene in Eastern Promises


I think most people would agree they feel the most vulnerable when they're naked. So imagine Nikolai, naked in a bath house fighting off not one but TWO armed men with knives. This scene was crazy intense and so badass that I wanted to just give the Oscar to Viggo Mortensen right there.

2) The Joker in The Dark Knight


I knew I was going to pick The Dark Knight the minute I saw "thrills" as one of the emotions. But what scene? The hospital scene? The one where Batman has Joker hanging upside down? The interrogation scene? All of these are so thrilling, that I just credit the Joker completely. Heath Ledger gave one of the best performances in movie history and EVERYTHING the Joker did was thrilling.


3) The car chase in The Bourne Supremacy


Whenever someone mentions a car chase, The Bourne Supremacy instantly comes to mind. I think it's one of the best car chases ever.

*Honorable mention goes to Prisoners and Se7en for almost making this list, and to Flight who I decided I was more horrified than thrilled during that plane crash scene.*



Rambling TV: Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire + more


The Walking Dead episode 4.6: Live Bait
I'm using a picture of Carol because fuck you. 
 *That was the most boring episode of The Walking Dead since last season's Prey. Ugh.
 
*This is the first of two Governor-centric episodes. Because even though we already know this guy is a psychopath, the powers that be feel the need to show us that he's got a sympathetic side as well. First off, we don't need that. This episode would've made more sense last season, but not now. Not after we know what he's capable of. Aww, The Governor is getting laid and being nice to a little girl? That's great, I'm still not going to sympathize with a rapist. Sorry.
 
*The ending's big "holy shit" moment wasn't very surprising. I knew that wasn't the last we were going to see of Martinez.
 
*Who's idea what is to place this episode right after Rick gets back to the prison? If I don't see Carol before the mid season finale, I'm going to be pissed. It's bad enough I have to wait THREE FUCKING WEEKS for Daryl's reaction to Rick's bullshit call.
 
 
Boardwalk Empire episode 4.11: Harve De Grace
Richard Harrow, bitch
 
*Thankfully Boardwalk Empire stepped it up after that awful episode of The Walking Dead.
 
*Richard and Gillian's interaction was just as golden as I thought it would be. I'm glad she gave Tommy Jimmy's dog tags. That's one thing they can agree on. They want Jimmy to live on in Tommy.
 
*We finally found out who Ted Livingston's character REALLY was. I knew there was something strange about him, and now it was revealed that he was an undercover detective, and Gillian is screwed...
 
*I'm scared to death for Chalky right now, and I'm also a little angry that he just bailed on his family like that.
 
*Nucky's "aha!" moment at the dinner table with Eli and his family was actually kind of frightening.
 
*I know, I'm one of those BE fans that brings everything back to Jimmy, but I wonder if Nucky is thinking "Hmm...maybe I should've listened to Jimmy when he said Eli was behind this instead of shooting him in the head?"
 

 
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episode 1.7: The Hub
 
*I'm getting kind of annoyed about how S.H.I.E.L.D ALWAYS has a solution for everything. They always have some gadget that will solve their problems, and they always show up at the right place and the right time.
 
*I'm glad we got more Fitz this week. Ward is still boring as hell.
 
*Skye was back to being mostly annoying this week, but I did like her little interaction with Coulson regarding her parents. That storyline is somewhat interesting, it's just too bad her character is so terrible.
 
The Big Bang Theory episode 7.8 :The Itchy Brain Simulation
 
*Did this episode have a point? The best part of it was the off hand comment that Penny made Raj's ex girlfriend cry. They should've shown that. It would've been the most interesting in this episode.
 
*Although the preview for next week does look pretty golden.


Review: 12 Years a Slave

Never in my life have I wanted to punch so many actors I like in the face.
 
Paul Dano? Creepy racist power-trip. Benedict Cumberbatch? You're still part of the problem. Paul Giamatti? Fat jerk. Michael Fassbender? Crazy drunk asshole. Sarah Paulson? Bitch. Taran Killem? Wipe that smile off of your face. Don't worry, those are their characters I'm talking about. I had to get that off my chest.
 
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free man living in New York. One day, he's tricked by two circus acts, Brown and Hamilton (Taran Killem and Scoot McNairy) and is drugged and sold into slavery. No one believes he is free, and the more he protests, the worse he's beaten. Northup spends the longest amount of time under a cruel owner Edwin Epps, (Michael Fassbender) a man who grows even more sinister when he drinks.
 
Powerful. That's the best word to describe this movie. Sure, we know at the beginning that Solomon will eventually be free again, but it doesn't make seeing what happened to him any easier to watch. This film is practically a horror film. The things we see on screen are terrifying. (Even more so when you know this actually happened. A lot.)
 
Ejiofor owns this role. There are many times where director Steve McQueen has the camera focused only on Ejiofor's face, and that's all you need. It speaks volumes. Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o turn in spectacular supporting performances as well, though on different levels. Fassbender is cruel and horrifying, where as Nyong'o is tragic, yet strong. Her character endures so much, I would be shocked if she's left off the Oscar ballet this year. Michael Kenneth Williams shows up for a few minutes. Of course his first scene his character is gagged, because the man that plays Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire always speaks his mind. Then there was Adepero Oduye, who was tremendous in Pariah who made me shed my first set of tears during this film. Brad Pitt brings his Aldo Rayne accent back, and that's always a plus.
 
The ending was heartbreaking and perfect. They so could've gone the cheesy "running into everyone's arms while triumphant music plays in the back ground." way. But it was subtle and Solomon of all people apologizes to his family. APOLOGIZES. That's how good of a man he is, and that's what makes it even sadder. I literally couldn't even get up right away after the credits started rolling. I had to gather my composure because I was crying like a baby again.
 
I'm in awe with 12 Years A Slave, yet I don't know if I could actually sit through it and watch it again. It was a heavy, heavy film. One that needs to be scene at least once.
 
Recommended: Yes
 
Grade: A
 
Memorable Quote: "My bed is too holy for you to share." - Mistress Epps (Sarah Paulson)

Indie Gems: Pieces of April

Happy Thanksgiving-sort of
 
Pieces of April will forever be known as "that only film Katie Holmes was good in" for some. While I absolutely agree with that statement, this little film is far more than that.
 
Scatter-brained April (Holmes) and her boyfriend Bobby (Derek Luke) are planning to have April's estranged family over for Thanksgiving dinner. Her mother, Joy (Patricia Clarkson) is terminally ill. They've always had a rocky relationship. Coming with her is father Jim, (Oliver Platt) goody two shoes little sister Beth, (Alison Pill) brother Timmy (John Gallagher Jr.) and grandma Dottie. (Alice Drummond) The film is split between the family's long road trip and April's beat up apartment complex where she's forced to go door to door to cook her turkey after her stove breaks.
 
It's funny to me to see Pill and Gallagher as brother and sister after seeing them as potential love interests in The Newsroom. Patricia Clarkson is the real star of this film though. You can see the conflicts on her face. She's sarcastic, rude, but you can tell deep down that she has a heart and no matter how much she pretends to hate going to see April, she still loves her little girl deep down. Even if I hate to admit it, Holmes is good here too. It's easy to see why she's the black sheep of her family, but she's got a good heart.
 
Grade: A-
 
Memorable Quote: "Are you Wayne? Wayne with the new stove?" - April (Katie Holmes)

Breaking Emotions Blogathon: Tears and Surprise


Part two of Mettel Ray's blogathon is here! This time she asks us to exam tears (the sad kind) and surprise. It may be obvious, but I should probably point out that surprise is going to have a few massive spoilers, so SPOILER ALERT!


Tears

1) Fantine dreams a dream in Les Miserables.


I'm not even exaggerating when I say that I cried every single time Fantine sang in Les Miserables. All she wanted was a better life for her child, and she didn't get it. Then she died! I was a wreck.


2) Little Daniel in The Impossible


I cried pretty consistently through this movie as well. But finding Daniel is what kicked it off. I have a little boy with beautiful blonde hair like the he had, and I couldn't help but think that if this ever happened to me, I would want someone to help my boy too. It just made me so sad.

3) "Where are his glasses? He can't see without his glasses?" - My Girl


This is one of the first films I ever remember crying in. To this day, I still lose it when Vada attends Thomas Jay's funeral and tries to cope.


Surprise

1) Billy gets shot in the elevator in The Departed.


I did NOT see that coming. At all. Like, what the actual fuck?


2) Jigsaw getting up at the end of Saw.


This scene is what elevates Saw from a "good horror film" to a "great one." None of us were paying close enough attention to realize that the guy lying in the middle of the room was alive the whole time.

3) The Joker makes his pencil disappear in The Dark Knight


"Surprise" is the perfect word to describe this scene. It was Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger way of expressing that their Joker is not playing around.





Review: Thor: The Dark World

By hammer of Thor!*
 
I have a really weird relationship with the first Thor film. The first time I saw it, I was so under-whelmed. Then I re-watched it after seeing the Avengers and fell in love with it. That rarely happens.
 
Admittedly Thor 2's plot is a little weird. Thousands of years ago a race of Dark Elves (complete with home invasion masks) tried to release an evil substance called "The Aether" to control the nine realms. Asgard's soldiers stopped them, but they couldn't destroy the Aether. Instead, they buried it and hoped it would never come back. Too bad poor Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) still bent out of shape by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) not returning that she ends up finding it and subsequently has it absorbed into her body. Thor returns to Earth to get her, and brings her back to Asgard. A war is starting, and Thor must reluctantly turn to his prisoner brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to help.
 
I fucking loved this movie. I think the visual effects were awesome, and even though Gravity is going to sweep that category at the Oscars, Thor: The Dark World will give them a run for their money. Loki stole the show for me, I thought he might. You can tell Hiddleston really loves that character and it shows in his performance. Stellan Skarsgard is the man as well. Even though he and poor Kat Dennings are basically only used as comic relief, they were pretty fucking hilarious. If there was a weak spot in this film, it was Portman. I still feel like she doesn't want to be there, and she and Hemsworth have zero chemistry, but she's by no means bad. Hell, her character practically goes all Black Swan on us a few times.
 
Basically, this was just another great time at the movies for me. Sure this film had some obvious problems, but sometimes the fun just overtakes the technical aspect of it. Plus this film had the best Avengers cross-over cameo of all the Marvel films.
 
Recommended: Yes
 
Grade: A-
 
Memorable Quote: "Trust my rage." - Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
 
*I couldn't help myself, there was an Anchorman 2 trailer attached to this film. I loved it.

Rambling TV: Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire and more.

 
The Walking Dead episode 4.5: Internment
You know, normally I would say this was a pretty damn good episode of The Walking Dead, but last week's bullshit story line is still over shadowing this for me.

It's no secret I'm not happy with the whole "Carol is a murderer" story line. I feel like it came out of left field and doesn't suit her character at all. In fact, I kind of hate how The Walking Dead treats their female characters as a whole. But whatever, I've ranted enough on this.

I think it's crap that we didn't get to see anyone's reactions to Rick's big decision. Sure, we saw Maggie's, but is Maggie really more than a plot device at this point? Don't get me wrong, I like Maggie, but she doesn't have a lot to do. Plus, she just agreed with Rick, which is something I don't want. I want to see him challenged for making such a stupid ass decision in the first place. I wanted to hear what Hershel had to say to him. Most of all, I wanted to see Daryl's reaction, because I will not accept anything less than him flipping shit, and we didn't get that. I don't think we'll get it next week either, I think next week's episode will be a stand alone Governor episode. I think the episode that follows will be too. (according to rumors, there's supposed to be two stand alone Governor episodes, I don't see him lasting all season, so that's why I think they will be back to back.) That means we may have to wait three weeks to see Daryl's reaction, and what if they gloss over it? That will ruin this show for me.

Other things we learned this episode: Lizzie may still be a sociopath, Hershel is a bad ass, and thank God we didn't lose Sasha and Glenn.  Although Michonne and Hershel going off into the wood when we know The Governor is hanging out outside the gates.

Boardwalk Empire episode 4.10 White Horse
 

*I loved those scenes between Chalky and Richard. I loved those scenes between Margaret and Rothstein.

*Does anyone else notice how excessively everyone shoots in this show?

*I'm still afraid Chalky is going to die.

*I wish I could've found a screenshot of Nucky's face during his meeting with Narcisse and Mazzaria. That was fucking priceless.

*I cannot wait until next week to see Richard and Gillian face to face.

The Big Bang Theory episode 7.7: The Proton Displacement
 
*Thanks for going backwards with Penny's character again, Big Bang. Why do you need to make her so dumb? She can't work a glue gun? REALLY!?
 
*Although I did chuckle at that lightsabor belt buckle joke.
 
 
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episode 1.6: F.Z.Z.T
 

*This episode was my favorite of the series, you know why? Because Ward and Skye were not the focus of it. Thank God.

*I love Fitz and Simmons, and their interactions in this episode were gold. I don't even see them as a romantic duo at this point, just two people that have a ton of respect for each other.

*I also loved that little scene with Coulson and Melinda. That was sweet.

*They did miss a good opportunity to kill Ward though.


I'm still sad about The Walking Dead, so I'm going to post a gif of Richard Madden's ass from Game of Thrones, because that always makes me feel better:

This gifset from Carol-On made on Tumblr made me feel better too:

All hail Queen Carol.