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16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney

Published July 21, 2013 by christinenorris

Because, yanno, who needs an English degree when we have this?

16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney.


Media Monday — Despicable Me 2

Published July 15, 2013 by christinenorris

Yeah, okay, so I’m going to skip the obvious review and just say that I did NOT see SHARKNADO. I just couldn’t do it. I’m sure that some rainy afternoon I’ll be bored and it will be on and I will just buckle to peer pressure and see the stupidity in all its glory. Instead I’ll make this Media Monday about the movie my son and I saw last week. Despicable Me 2. The commercials made it out to be a hilarious movie, even though sometimes sequels are never as good as the original, never as good as advertised (see the forementioned shark movie and think about everything after Jaws — stinkaroos, every one. And then there’s the Halloween franchise– everything after #2 was gawd-dilly-awful.).

However, this movie was a RIOT. Good enough to stand on its own, and loaded with enough jokes for children and adults alike, with minion antics galore and more fart jokes than you could shake a stick at. I would have watched it by myself. Worth the price of admission, and for the movies that’s saying something. Excellent fun, take the whole family!

Added bonus, there’s an app that was free on the Kindle store: Despicable Me: Minion Rush. If you’re into the running games that involve swiping to jump and dive, it’s a winner. Kind of like Temple Run with minions.

Movies I can’t wait for…

Published June 27, 2013 by christinenorris

Summer, for me, started this week.  And now I have 8 weeks of free time. Well, not free. I still need to write a book, and work on another book, and clean my house, and all the boring other adult stuff I’ve been putting off, like seeing the eye doctor.  I love to read (duh), but I also LOVE movies. I have a deep and abiding affection for well-told stories on screen. I even like movies adapted from books, if they’re good. I have two racks of DVD’s (and now blu-ray; I caved for Hubby’s birthday and bought a player), AND I have subscriptions to Netflix AND Amazon video.

I try not to get too attached to the books when I see these movie adaptations, because I KNOW they won’t be as good as the book. It just won’t happen. There are two movies this summer that I just can’t wait to see, because they are based on two of my favorite books.

Yeah, I know, this is going to be a Thanksgiving movie (that weekend will be jam-packed for me, what with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary show and the new season of Sherlock. I may need help getting up from a sitting position after all that.).

I LOVE the Hunger Games trilogy. Serious love. It’s up there with Harry Potter and a Wrinkle in Time as my fav books of all time. And I LOVE the HP movies. I was mildly disappointed in the Hunger Games movie, though. It was great for what it was, but they missed a huge opportunity by dumping the Mayor’s daughter character and having Katniss find the pin in the market (sorry if I spoiled you, the movie’s been out a while now, though). Her emotional connection to the pin was what drives a huge part of what comes after — especially in Book 3. So I wonder how they’re going to deal with that when they get there. But anyway, I am still looking forward to the movie.

I actually snagged this poster at Balticon. Squee! I actually haven’t finished reading this series yet, but I have read the first two or three. Mostly because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Infernal Devices series (I have a thing for Steampunk) and wanted to read this one too. I am really looking forward to how they deal with this book, and I hope it’s good enough that they make the rest of the movies and don’t leave us hanging like they did with Percy Jackson, though The Lightning Thief movie was rather poor compared to the book. My son loved it though.

All this talk of movies makes me want to watch one…let’s see, what can I pop into the player…

Which movies are you looking forward to most in the next few months? How do you feel about book-to-movie adaptations?