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February 17, 2016 posted by Nichole

Bitten Season 3 Episode 1 Review

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Bitten TV series, it’s based off of the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, which happens to be my favorite series of all time (yes, even over Harry Potter.) It doesn’t follow the books exactly, and this will probably be its last season, but it’s fairly accurate.

I’ve had a love hate relationship with the Bitten TV series. I thought that season 1 was super cheesy and lame, but I powered through it, because I owed the series that much. Season 2 was FREAKING AWESOME! And now…we’re on to season 3. And let me tell you, the first episode SUCKED.

 

My biggest complaint with episode 1 of season 3 was that it strayed so far off course of the books. There were two major storylines going on that never existed in the series at all (I’ve read all 13 books…I mean…come on!) I’m okay with the TV series having SOME changes, but I’m not okay with it changing MAJOR things.

Another one of my major complaints was all of the torture scenes. I remember this from season 1, because we constantly had to cover our faces or fast forward through those scenes. We actually had to fast forward through about ten minutes of episode 1 this season. First off, it’s very confusing, because the book series didn’t have all of those torture scenes. Sure, they explained that Clay was the “enforcer” of the pack and that he was big and scary, but there were no gory scenes in the book. And, I’m fine with there being some gore in the TV series. I understand that this is television, and they need to do stuff to attract viewers. Honestly, though, I found it very unattractive. I don’t want to watch you stab through someones eyes or rip out their fingernails. That’s just disgusting and unwanted.

I also thought that Elena’s acting was HORRIBLE! Also, they’re starting to ruin Jeremy’s characters. It’s really quite sad /= Overall, I was VERY disappointed.

 

Did anyone else watch Bitten this week? What did you think? Let me know in the comments section below!

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June 21, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

The Fault in Our StarsI should first start this post out by apologizing for taking half of forever to get this review posted. In my defense, I didn’t think that I would get a chance to watch this movie until it came out on DVD because absolutely no one wanted to go see it in theaters with me. Thankfully, my mom surprised me for my graduation by taking me to go see it, although she made it clear it was very much against her will. She doesn’t do so well with sad movies.

So I went strolling into the theater with my tissues in hand (Yes, I came prepared) hoping beyond hope that they didn’t butcher this movie like they did with some of the Twilight movies. It’s always rather nerve wracking when one goes to see a book to movie adaptation. For the most part the books are always better, and I had read this one for the first time only a couple months ago. Yes, I know, I made the fatal mistake of going into this movie with a fresh read.

Before I get into the movie itself, I just HAVE to tell you all what happened when we got to the theater because I have no one else who will truly appreciate how horrific this was to me. Be warned that you only want to read this paragraph if you have watched the movie or want spoilers (MAJOR spoilers.) So I’m up at the ticket booth purchasing our tickets and I start to talk to the lady about the movie. Basically, I just wanted to know if she had watched it and liked it. And of course, being the loyal theater worker that she is, she hadn’t watched it LOL. She also hadn’t read the book. Apparently, though, she had talked to other people who had watched the movie or read the book..whatever. Well, I had already stated that my mom had not read the book. She had no idea what was going to happen and I refused to ruin it for her. So what does the theater lady say? Theater lady: “I was honestly shocked. I really thought it was going to be her who died at the end of the movie!” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! SERIOUSLY? THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY? REALLY?!?!?!?! AND THEN she got attitude with ME for saying “nonononnononono! She hasn’t….read the book!” And her reply? “Oh come on, neither have I. This is a movie about kids with cancer. You honestly thought no one was going to die?” …………………………..I was speechless. Utterly speechless. I could have jumped across that ticket booth and clawed her freaking eyes out. I was livid. And I’m sitting here whispering this in my best Lord of the Rings Precious voice because I’m getting that much pissed off all over again, which is why this paragraph is so freaking long. God bless you if you’ve actually stuck with my rambling for this long. But yeah, that’s what happened. Good thing my mom didn’t care much about having the ending spoiled for her. THANKS, THEATER LADY!

 

Spoilers are over. Continue below to read about the book!

 

As for the movie? IT WAS AWESOME! Probably the best book to movie adaptation that I have ever watched.

The acting in The Fault in Our Stars was beyond amazing. I honestly don’t know who I loved more, Hazel or Gus. If you were to ask my mom, she would say Gus. A part of me agrees because WOW can that boy act. On the other hand, Shailene Woodley broke my into several pieces. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t expect good acting from either one of them. They are now two of my favorite actors.

If you are a die hard fan of the book, then I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed. For the most part, the movie stays pretty in line with the book. There are even some direct quotes taken from the book. There are some scenes that are a little different or that got chopped down a bit. You’ll notice those scenes when they happen, but they didn’t upset me at all. They weren’t super important scenes, they were just kind of long, unimportant scenes that they edited a bit for time. Honestly, if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the book, then you might not even notice. It was a really well done adaptation.

 

Someone asked me if the movie was as good as the book, and I’ve found that this is actually a really tough question for me. First off, I only rated the book 4 stars. There are die hard fans out there who consider The Fault in Our Stars to be their all time favorite book. EVER. As for me, I can’t stress how much I adored the movie, so I’m finding myself with mixed emotions. Here’s my response: I cried more in the book than in the movie. I cried my eyes out over the movie, but I BAWLED over the book. On the other hand, there’s a big section of the book that I found super boring, but I loved that section in the movie. So, for me, I probably consider them to be about equal with different highlights for both. I will rewatch the movie a million times. In fact, I’m going to buy it as soon as it comes out on DVD. However, I cannot see myself putting myself through the emotional trauma of the book again.

 

500 stars. 5,000 stars. Hell, I’ll even give it one million stars. This is one of my new favorite movies. I can’t wait to buy it. GO AND WATCH IT.

 

And don’t forget to bring your own box of tissues! Trust me on that one.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 29, 2014 posted by Nichole

The One Where I Review the Divergent Movie and the Veronica Mars Movie.

Hopefully you all caught the Friends reference there. If not, man, I’m getting old.

 

 

downloadI’ll admit that this review is taking me a lot longer than it should have. I mean, I did watch it last Saturday. You can see how on it I’ve been lately. Well, when I first got into the theater, I was nervous. I wasn’t nervous that the movie was going to suck. It actually looked pretty good. I wasn’t really nervous about anything, actually. No, I was nervous because no one was in the flipping theater. Not one person. Ok, I exaggerated a bit. There were maybe 5-6 (myself and my mom included) in the whole entire theater. I felt like a tiny little ant. So, yeah, it’s safe to say that my nerves were a bit rattled. Did the movie not get the publicity it needed? Did the movie suck and I just didn’t hear about it? Was I wasting my time with a movie that wasn’t even going to be picked up for the sequel? I’ll admit, a part of me wanted to hightail it out of there just in case.

Fortunately, people did come to the theater. A lot of people. At the very last freaking second! I’m totally being serious here, EVERYONE crowded into the theater with about 5 minutes to spare? Did they just not think they had to show up even a little bit early? I was a little bit astonished since I had already been there a whopping 30+ minutes. I guess the jokes on me.

Ok…now for the movie. If you’ve been on social media this last week or so you’ve heard the “OMG THIS MOVIE IS SO AMAZING!” from pretty much everyone who can type. And, you know what, a part of me agrees. A big part. It did take me a little while to actually get into the movie, though. I thoughts the beginning half was a little choppy and too dedicated to perfecting every scene. I’m not saying that there weren’t major difference in the movie, but I felt like everything was going scene to scene to scene. I was just waiting for the director to yell “Cut!” and move on to the next part of the book.

By the time the second half of the movie started, I was blown away. The acting, the scenery, all of it was just so amazing. What I loved most about this movie, besides Tris, was how accurate all the settings were. Everything was exactly how I pictured it in my head when I read the book, and I loved it!

I’ll be the first to admit that I originally did not want to watch this movie because of the horrific casting choices. Shailene Woodley? Seriously? I mean, come on, did any of you actually watch The Secret Life of an American Teenager and actually LIKE it? The acting in that TV show was absolutely hideous, and Shailene? Ew. But now it’s time for me to eat my own words, even as much as I don’t want to admit that. She….WAS PERFECT! She WAS Tris! They couldn’t have made a better casting choice. And Four? Ok, now I don’t find Theo James overly attractive like the rest of you, but I loved Four’s character! And he actually made me laugh! Does anyone else remember Four being funny?

Overall, I loved Divergent. I’m super excited that Insurgent got picked up. Way to go die hard Divergent fans for spending your hard earned money on a good cause! I CAN’T WAIT! If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend you do so!

 

rs_634x945-140110122132-634.veronica-mars.cm.11013Ok Veronica Mars fans, be prepared to get mad at me for not going to watch the V Mars movie on opening weekend. I’m sorry, but it was necessary for me to re-watch all 3 seasons. And I did so in less than 3 weeks. I pretty much had no life.

Have you not watched V Mars? Shame on you! There’s your next homework assignment. This series….oh my gosh. Best. Series. Ever. And the movie? AWESOME! I literally just watched it last night with the mother. In order to do this review justice, I’m going to start at season 1.

Season 1 Review:

Season 1 is, in my opinion, the best of the entire series (including the movie.) There’s just so much going on and the things that happen are so shocking that it’s beyond addictive. What happened of the ending of this season is just so shocking. I never would have guessed that!

Season 2 Review:

Season 2 of V Mars is my second favorite season. Do you see a pattern here? I got a little peeved off when they started getting rid of some of the main characters. I mean, seriously, was that really necessary? Two of my favorites left, never to return again! It was also a little more predictable than Season 1, but no less good. Want to know how good this season is? Last Sunday I watched 12 episodes in a row. I would have watched more, but I really needed to sleep.

Season 3 Review:

It’s during season 3 of V Mars that you can really tell that they’re starting to lose their funding and struggling to continue running. It’s still good, but not nearly as good. There’s also some new characters that are just a bit…odd. And Team Piz? Not a fan. By the way, Piz was UGLY in the movie! What happened to him? Any who, season 3 is definitely the word of the series (including the movie) but still really enjoyable. There were also a few too many mysteries going on. Season 1 and 2 focused on one main thing from the very get-go. Season 3 jumped through about 3 mysteries. Also, I must say, I’m really glad that this is my first time watching through all of season 3. I can’t even imagine how angry I would be if I didn’t have the movie right after it.

The Movie:

The movie started off a little shaky, I can’t lie. It seemed more of a reunion than anything else, and it was also really hard to adjust to the characters being older. As the movie progressed, though, it was just like watching the TV show: amazing. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. BRING ME MORE VERONICA MARS! Seriously, if anyone has news on a second movie you need to let me know ASAP! They definitely set it up for one. I was a little peeved with what they did to some of my characters towards the end, but I still loved it. Go watch it! (after you watch the series, of course.)

 

Anyone else watch either of these movies? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

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February 10, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Vampire Academy Movie Review: The one in which I walked out, SADLY disappointed

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Oh goodness…..what can I say about this movie. Besides the fact that it was beyond horrifying. When the trailer for Vampire Academy first came out, I swore that I wouldn’t watch it. It looked awful. I mean seriously? WHO created those trailers and thought “Yes, this looks like a GREAT movie!?” Yeah, right. There was NOTHING great about it!

So, I swore up and down that I was not going to watch this movie. That is until the movie released and my Twitter feed was swamped in comments saying how great this movie was. People did blog posts saying how surprised they were. There were even several comments that if you disliked the trailer, you were going to LOVE the movie. The movie was just SO awesome; it stuck SO true to the books.

Yeah…..if you’ve read that anywhere, I’m here to tell you that that is the biggest line of bull.

 

This movie was AWFUL. No…it was worse than awful. It was just pathetic. Did the directors even READ this series? Like………did they honestly think that this sad excuse for a movie was a good representation of the books? If they did, let me be the first to say that they were wrong. And I know that Richelle Mead is the author of the books,  but even her comments about how great this movie is stun me. There is nothing great about this movie. It is just bad.

I guess I should start out with what I liked about the movie. And there’s really only one thing.

Rose.

I thought that Rose was awesome. She’s not exactly what I pictured in my head….but I thought she was a great representation of Rose. She made me laugh more than once; she had the classic snarky quality that IS Rose. I really liked her. My mom, on the other hand, HATED Rose. Totally not what she pictured in her head. She hated how tiny and small they made Rose. So, I guess opinions can differ.

 

What I didn’t like:

Yeah…this list is a LOT bigger.

1. Dimitri

Uhm…EW! The guy who plays Dimitri is UGLY! Like….seriously ugly. When he first appeared in the movie, I looked over at my mom and whispered, “Damn….Dimitri is hideous! Ew!” He didn’t work for me at all. Not to mention that he had absolutely no chemistry with Rose.

2. The Mean Girls Vibe

I don’t even know WHY they were portraying this movie as the new “Mean Girls.” First of all….Mean Girls is a horrifying show. So bad. It did not work at all for this movie. Super cheesy. Beyond cheesy, actually. It came across as a comedy. The books aren’t supposed to be funny, people.

3. The Text and talking TO the audience

At the beginning of the movie, Rose describes the different types of species in the VA world, and they make the words appear on the screen. I learned how to do that type of stuff in like the 6th grade. It was unprofessional and stupid. It looked like a little kid did it.

I also didn’t like how Rose would stop and talk. She was talking to Lissa in her head, but it really made it seem like she was stopping to describe events to the audience. Sure, that makes sense if you haven’t read the books. I guess those people need to know what exactly is going on. I was a little offended, though. I’m not so stupid that I need the main actress to stop every few minutes and describe things to me.

4. Lissa

I hate to say it, but I didn’t like Lissa. She was really weird and overplayed her role. My mom liked her…I didn’t. Whatever.

5. The whole thing.

We left. I didn’t stay for the whole movie. There was probably close to around 35 minutes left of the movie when I walked out. I could have stayed and watched the whole movie, but my mom just asked if we could leave. Keep in mind that she’s read all of the VA series, too. This movie was so bad that two loyal fans of the series walked out before the movie was even over.

 

Yeah….this movie was shit. Don’t go watch it

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November 28, 2013 posted by Nichole

YA Movie Review: Catching Fire

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Every Thanksgiving is very simple at my house. This year it’s just me and my mom…and then later with my dad and grandpa. We usually celebrate with tons of food, and (of course!) football. Lots and lots of football. But one thing that has always been a tradition for both Thanksgiving and Christmas is that my mom and I will always go see a movie. I actually know what both of those movies are already, too. This weekend we are going to go watch Black Nativity with Jennifer Hudson, and on Christmas we are going to go watch Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. I’m the biggest Tyler Perry fan.

Last weekend we went and watched Catching Fire. And since my family celebrates holidays with a movie, I thought that I would share my thoughts of Catching Fire with all of you. And who knows? Maybe you’ll make a new tradition this Thanksgiving and go watch it. Or…you can go watch Black Nativity and tell me all your thoughts!

 

CF1I was nervous about Catching Fire. I really was. Hunger Games was good…but not great. It left a lot out from the book. I thought that this one would be pretty similar. And then I started to hear the reviews. And I did not hear one bad thing. In fact, I had two people tell me that Catching Fire was ten times better than the first movie. One person who didn’t even like the first movie loved Catching Fire. And when I reached the theaters, the ticket holder went on for about 10 minutes telling me how awesome this movie was.

And my thoughts? They were 100% correct.

 

What I liked:

1: Finnick. Oh. My. Goodness. HE WAS PERFECT.

2. The beginning. I hated the first half of Catching Fire (book.) I thought that they did a fabulous job in the movie.

3. Johanna. Holy smokes. She was probably the best character in the whole damn movie.

4. Every single cast member. My only complaint is that some of the districts had really small roles. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the books, but I thought that the scarier tributes had a slightly bigger role than they played in the movie.

5. The action. If you’ve read the book recently, then you might be able to pinpoint things that weren’t accurate. It’s been at least 2 years since I’ve read Catching Fire. I wasn’t even blogging when I read the series. So, I wasn’t able to pinpoint those moments. That being said, I loved all the action. There was one scene where I jumped like 5 feet high. Scared the shit out of me.

6. The emotion. The first movie pissed me off, because I should have cried. Especially during Rue’s scene. I was having to lock up my throat to keep from bawling like a baby. There were a few scenes that really got to me.

 

What I didn’t like:

The ONLY thing that bugged me was the final scene with Cinna. I do not remember that happening in book 2. I thought that it was vaguely mentioned in book 3. Now, my mom remembered that happening in book 2…so I don’t know. I’m really confused over that scene.

I also didn’t like how Finnick’s girlfriend (I forgot her name) had a very brief role. Maybe that’s because I’m mixing book 2 and 3 together? I wish that they would have shown her for more than 5 seconds. She was only in one brief scene.

My final complaint really isn’t a complaint. I just kind of wish that we would have seen more of District 13 at the end. But I really did like the ending.

 

Overall? 10 out of 5 stars. I LOVED IT. Best movie adaptation I have ever seen. Not counting Lord of the Rings…I haven’t read those books!

 

What did you think of Catching Fire? Let me know in the comments section!

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August 14, 2013 posted by Nichole

The Vampire Academy Movie Trailer

Hey everyone!

Yahoo Movies just released the movie trailer for The Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters by Richelle Mead. Take a look below:

 

 

My thoughts:

This is probably one of the stupidest trailers I have ever seen. I’m sorry, but when did Vampire Academy get cheesy? Because that’s what this looks like. Cheese. I didn’t like Rose or her prom queen voice. And what the hell did they do to Lissa? I think she was the very worst thing in the whole trailer. This honestly looks like one of those fake scary movie shows that they do. All I can is that unless I see a better trailer, I will not be watching this in theaters.

 

What about you? What are your thoughts?

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August 6, 2013 posted by Nichole

5 Minute Sneak Peek of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Hey guys! Welcome back!

 

So…Yahoo has released a 5 minute sneak peek of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and I want to share it with all of you who may  not have heard about the sneak peek or maybe are on the fence with the movie. Personally, I didn’t care for this. I found it kind of lame and boring. I’ve been super excited for the movie, so I’m a bit scared after watching this sneak peek. On an up side, I adored Jace. It was actually Clary and her mom that threw me off a bit. I have a feeling that the beginning of this movie is going to be very slow. Hopefully that changes later on in the movie. I hope that they didn’t just turn this into a fangirl type of movie to appease readers. Let me know what you guys think in the comments section. Maybe you disagree with me or maybe we’re on the same page!