The Croods

The Croods

Released in March 2013, The Croods is a 3D computer-animated adventure comedy produced by DreamWorks Animation.

The story follows a family of caveman, the Croods, as they live under their father’s strict care and try to survive while living under a cave. One night, the eldest daughter, Eep, defies her father’s orders by going out of the cave at night and meets a young man, Guy, that tells her about the end of the world. After a huge earthquake that destroys their cave, the Croods are forced to go up the mountain and jump in unknown territory where everything is quite strange. With the help of Guy, they try to reach a mountain far away and get to “Tomorrow”

I didn’t quite know what to expect of this movie. All I knew was it seemed funny, but I wasn’t expecting much of a story. I was quite surprised by how it turned out. The story itself is just a family meeting a new guy and trying to survive the end of the world together, but when you look deeper there is such a big meaning inside of it. For example, you can learn that it’s okay to change how you do things, to go in the unknown. I also got surprisingly attached to the characters, especially the father, which surprised me since he annoyed me at the beginning. I definitely recommend watching this movie no matter how old you are. It may be animated, which sometimes hint that it’s for kids, but it is a wonderful movie to learn lessons you might not have learned yet.

 

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a drama-thriller novel first published in 1886.

The tale follows Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer with a very special friend. While walking with his cousin, Utterson learns of an incident witnessed by his cousin concerning a certain Mr. Hyde. With this name ringing a bell, Utterson heads back home and searches through the wills of his clients to find his friend’s, Dr. Jekyll. Just like he thought, the will that had given Utterson an uneasy feeling did mention Mr. Hyde. The will stated that if Dr. Jekyll were to disappear for three months or to die, everything should go to Mr. Hyde. Utterson starts investigating his friend, Dr. Jekyll, and tries to meet with the mysterious Mr. Hyde. A series of unfortunate events happen before Utterson can finally know the truth.

Just like any tale as old as time, I knew about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but I had never read the book myself. I was surprised at the fact that the book isn’t about how Dr. Jekyll started becoming Mr. Hyde, but was instead about a lawyer named Utterson that was investigating Mr. Hyde. It was only at the end that we got to know the story from Dr. Jekyll’s point of view. I was still immersed in the story and would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to know the story in depths.

 

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Upside Down

Upside Down

Upside Down is a romantic sci-fi movie release in USA on the 15 March 2013, from what I can gather it was originally released sometime in 2012.

In a world where there are two gravities, there is a town Up Above and a town Down Below (Up Above is like Down Below’s sky and vice versa). A young boy from Down Below manages to reach the edge of the gravities and meets a girl from Up Above. Both of them start meeting up there throughout the years and during their teens they start dating. Since contact between Up Above folks and Down Below folks is prohibited, they get caught while Adam tries to bring back Eden in her gravity safely with a rope. The rope gets cut and Eden falls to the ground in her gravity. Seeing blood come out of her head, Adam is certain she’s dead. About 10 years later, Adam learns that Eden is still alive and decides to do everything he can to get to her and see her again.

This movie is basically like Romeo and Juliet in the sense that there are two lovers from different worlds that can’t be together because of that, but they still try to make it work. What made this movie different from every star-crossed lovers movies is the fact that the different worlds isn’t just the poor vs rich that we keep seeing. Yes Up Above is richer than Down Below, but they’re also in different gravities; which means, Adam needs to find a way to be able to be in Up Above without falling back in his gravity, because when he’s in Up Above it’s like he’s filled with helium and just flies in the sky and when he gets back in his gravity he because like a rock and falls down. It was very hard to get used to that concept while watching the movie, but it was worth it. I was pleasantly surprised at how I enjoyed the movie. I didn’t think I would at first, but it became so intense when Adam started hitting road blocks that I got sucked into the story; so much that there is one question at the end that I need it to be answered.

SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ THE REST IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED OF THE ENDING

In the end, Eden is in Adam’s gravity without needing some Down Below weight material stuff that Adam needed to use to be in Up Above because she’s pregnant with Adam’s babies. My question is, if the mother is from Up Above and the dad from Down Below, what will the twin’s gravity be? Another small question, once she gives birth, is Eden going to fall back in her gravity?

 

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Written by Mary Shelley and first published in 1831, Frankenstein is one of the oldest classic horror stories out there. Everyone knows about Frankenstein’s monster, but I think there aren’t many that take the time to read the original tale. I’ve recently decided to dive in those old tales to know the real story. The story is written as if we’re reading letters from a sailor that met Victor Frankenstein on one of his journeys, then the sailor starts writing the words of Victor as he tells his story.

Victor starts his story off by recalling his childhood and how he got his passion for science. He continues by talking about how he went to a university to study his passion further. That is where he started wanting greatness. He started studying specifically natural philosophy and chemistry, which eventually brought him to the wonder about the principle of life. After several years of study, Victor Frankenstein managed to create life in a being he had sewn himself. Immediately horrified by what he had created, Frankenstein hid himself. After about two years, he finally returned home after learning about his younger brother’s death and after several trials, Victor found himself in front of the monster listening to his story.

I was actually so surprised by the story because almost every movie I’ve watched where the Frankenstein monster was in it he was always pictured as a misunderstood thing that only wanted to live in peace in the shadow. It’s sort of what the monster wanted in the book, but so many things he did made him just an evil monster. At the beginning of his story I felt pity for him, but as he continued the story and as Victor kept going in his tale everything just kept getting more horrible. Even if there were some times where I would just disconnect from the story, I really enjoyed it. It was nice finally knowing the actual tale of one of the most famous monsters out there and I do encourage everyone that hasn’t read it to read it.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Oz the Great and Powerful

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Oz the Great and Powerful was released in 2013 and is a fantasy adventure film. This movie is based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels. It is set 20 years before the events in the original novel and shows the origin of the famous Wizard of Oz.

Oscar Diggs is a moving circus magician that seeks greatness. He is sent off to Oz by a tornado and immediately encounters Theodora, a witch. Learning about a legend that says a powerful wizard would come and rescue everyone from the wicked witch, Oscar easily slips in the roll of said powerful wizard. Oscar needs to get rid of the wicked witch before being able to settle in the throne and access all the riches of the Emerald City.

I’m familiar with the tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is sent to Oz by a tornado, but I’ve never actually read it or seen it so I didn’t quite feel the need to watch a movie that showed the Wizard of Oz’s origins. I did watch it though because I heard Mila Kunis was playing in the movie and I don’t regret watching it. It is a wonderful story and I love how they decided to portray the Wizard of Oz and how they included a bit of back story to the Wicked Witch of the West. I think fans of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz would enjoy watching this movie and if you’re like me and you’ve never really read that tale, than you will definitely be inclined to after watching Oz the Great and Powerful.

 

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Iron Side

Iron Side

Ironside : A Modern Faery’s Tale is a young-adult urban fantasy written by Holly Black. Published in April 2007, it completes the trilogy of the A Modern Faery’s Tale series. It is a direct sequel to Tithe: A Modern Faery’s Tale.

Kaye’s relationship with the Unseelie Court’s King, Roiben, puts her in the middle of the faery war between the Unseelie Court and the Seelie Court. Declaring herself to Roiben, he is forced to give her a quest to prove her love for him. He asks her to find a faery that can tell an untruth. Since the quest seems impossible, Kaye accepts to see the Seelie Court’s Queen, Silarial. Silarial proposes a deal to Kaye so she can see Roiben even though she hasn’t done the quest. While trying to trick the Seelie Queen, Kaye finds herself in a tough situation when her friend Corny kills one of the faeries. Her decision starts a domino effect of misfortune on herself and her friends.

I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story, but once I was in, I couldn’t get out. The story was so interesting and full of twists; I couldn’t predict what was going to happen! Usually, I figure out stuff way before the characters and I think they’re so dumb for not figuring it out sooner, but with this book, I figured out the things at the same time as Kaye. I simply adored the book. I wish there was more after this book.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Bling Ring

Bling Ring

The Bling Ring is a black comedy crime film that was based on actual events. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the movie received a weighted average of 6.3/10 from the Rotten Tomatoes review website and a 66 out of 100 from Metacritic.

The movie follows a group of teenagers that seem so bored with their lives they end up stealing from celebrities’ houses. At first, it’s just Rebecca and Marc that broke in Paris Hilton’s house while she was away and stole a few things; not enough that she would notice. But then, Rebecca tells her friends what they did and they want in so she shows them how they first got in the house and the group all goes together the next time Paris is out of town. Now that they know how easy it is to get into these houses, the group starts targeting other celebrities; like Audrina Patridge and Megan Fox.

When I first heard they were doing a movie about a bunch of teenagers robbing celebrities, I thought it was such a bad idea. I didn’t know why they wanted to make a movie out of that, even though it’s based on real events! Then I saw that Emma Watson would be in it and I thought I would at least give it a try, just to see Emma. I definitely shouldn’t have watched that movie. Although Emma Watson’s performance was good, the movie was horrible. I read somewhere that they may have wanted to show the mindset of those teenagers, why they felt the need to rob these houses, but all they’ve shown is a bunch of spoiled brats bored out of their minds deciding it would be exciting to steal from celebrities.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the site’s consensus states “While it’s certainly timely and beautifully filmed, The Bling Ring suffers from director Sofia Coppola’s failure to delve beneath the surface of its shallow protagonists’ real-life crimes” and I completely agree with that statement. At first I thought either the acting was awful, or the script wasn’t well written because the movie just didn’t feel right. Now that I’ve read that statement, I think the reason why I thought the characters seemed devoid of personality is because Coppola didn’t take the time to actually give them personalities! Personally, I would never recommend this movie.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Valiant

Valiant

Published in June 2005, Valiant is the second installment in the Modern Faerie Tale trilogy written by Holly Black. Although this book doesn’t follow Kaye and Roiben, it is set in the same universe and there is a tiny part where they mention Roiben and Kaye.

This book follows Val, a high school student that runs away to New York City after discovering her mother and her boyfriend having an affair. She meets a strange group of homeless kids that teach her about faeries. Wanting proof, Lolli brings her to the troll’s bridge and they get caught. Wanting to save her new friend, Val exchanges her services for Lolli’s life, leaving her in the troll’s services for a month. Discovering some clients of Ravus, the troll, are dying, Val embarks in an adventure to discover who is actually poisoning the folk to save Ravus.

It took a while for the action to kick in and for me to get interested in the story. At first it’s just a bunch of kids taking faery drug every day and doing mischief. When it finally got interesting, I couldn’t set the book down. Honestly though, if you liked Tithe and think you’d like to read the rest of the trilogy, you could skip Valiant and read the third book right away and you wouldn’t lose anything. Valiant is a good book, but I don’t feel like it’s up to the series’ standards.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Identity Thief

Identity Thief

Released in February 2013, Identity Thief is a crime comedy directed by Seth Gordon. Getting a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it is said that it wasn’t quite as funny as it should have been and that the plotline was not well written.

Sandy Patterson is an account processor at a big company that decides, with fellow colleagues, that they are tired of being treated like crap and decide to make their own company. Sadly for Patterson, he gets charged with many bills unpaid and even gets searched for drugs all because he trusted a woman on the phone that said she was from his bank. He gave her all his information without thinking twice and now has his identity stolen. Learning this fact, Patterson decides to go fetch this woman himself in Florida and bring her to the Denver police so his name can be cleared and he doesn’t lose his new job. After finding the woman, he manages to convince her to get in the airplane with him to Denver so she can confess her crime to his boss. What she doesn’t know is that the cops will be nearby listening in on her confession. But the identity thief makes Sandy realize he hasn’t thought his plan through. With them having the same ID cards, it would be impossible for them to get in a plane, so they end up driving all the way back to Denver; which leads to many adventures.

Identity Thief was quite the comedy. At first, I was inclined to hate the woman, Diana, because of what she did to Sandy; especially since he has two daughters and they’re expecting a third baby. But as the movie rolls, we learn a bit of background story on Diana and learn her personality which obviously made me love her in the end.  Although the main characters were perfectly acted, I have to admit a little bit with Rotten Tomatoes on the plot line. The main story of them need to drive back to Denver is pretty straightforward, but some of the things happening in between and on the side don’t make much sense and aren’t explained much. For example, there’s suddenly a guy coming after Diana, but we don’t know who ordered him to search for her and why. All we know is he’s going to get 50 000$ if he brings her back to whomever wants her. Other than that, it was a pretty enjoyable movie.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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Tithe

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Published in 2002, Tithe is the first book of the series A Modern Faerie Tale written by Holly Black. Recommended for ages 12 and up, Tithe is described as a “suburban fantasy” by the author.

After her mother’s boyfriend tried to kill her mom, Kaye and her mother move to her grandmother’s house where she grew up. Remembering her faery friends, obviously thought to be imaginary friends by her mother, she tries to get in contact with them. After meeting Roiben, a knight of the Unseelie Court, her friends finally contact her and get her to meet them to the Thistlewitch’s swamp. There, she learns her true nature; she’s a pixie glamored to look human. They ask her to keep being human until the Tithe, where she will act as a sacrifice. Before being sacrificed, her friends tell her they will undo the glamor so that everyone can think the Unseelie Queen was about to sacrifice one of them instead of a human girl.

Tithe was a very interesting book. Even though I made the mistake of reading Ironside (the last of the trilogy) before this one, I was still on the edge of my seat while reading through this book. It’s so well written and the story is so interesting that I couldn’t help but jump right in the book every time I opened it and I couldn’t help having an extremely hard time putting it down. It’s such a nice change to have faeries in modern days instead of reading about a fantasy world; not that I hate those, but it was a nice change.

 

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Young Mom ❤


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