Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol (2011)


I meant to post this review shortly after the holidays, I truly did. However, I just couldn’t get motivated to write about Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. It’s weird, because I didn’t hate the film—granted, I didn’t love it either. Maybe this indifference made it difficult to put words to paper.



Thor (2011)


As much as I claim to be a geek, I think I have a serious gap in my super hero knowledge. While I read (and have read) my share of graphic novels, there are several heroes whose stories I have yet to discover. Luckily, Hollywood has my back. With the recent surge in super hero films, I am able to catch up on what I am sure are accurate representations of these graphic novels. Huzzah!

 

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Teen Wolf, season 1 (2011)


Before I start today’s review, I think a few clarifications are in order. First, I am not a screaming 15-year-old girl. I didn’t pick up the latest Tiger Beat, there are no posters of heart throbs hanging on my wall, and I am plumb out of Dr. Pepper lip gloss. Second, I haven’t watched MTV since Real World: Seattle aired. Heck, I know next to nothing about what is on that network anymore. And last, and perhaps most important, I am not, nor will I ever be a Twihard. So how was it that I ended up watching the entire first season of MTV’s Teen Wolf?

 

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Push (2009)


I just realized as I looked at my post from yesterday that I forgot to include a day number with the entry. Hmmm. I actually kind of like it without. So, from this day forward, let it be known that I will furthermore omit the “days” from my posts. And so it shall be. Wow, it feels good to get that off my chest.

 

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Day 121: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)


A lot of people complained when Netflix introduced its new, sleek layout. But not me. No, I kept my lips sealed. I tried to give the redesign a chance and after a while, I became accustomed to it (note, I didn’t say that I liked it). Sure, it was somewhat convenient to have all seasons of a television show under one umbrella category; but how was I supposed to mark my queue progress since I couldn’t take shows off my list until I either (1) watched the entire series or (2) gave up and removed it? So I just decided to review things as I normally would, but just keep them on the old queue until the series was done. I’m not making much progress here.

 

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Day 119: Prison Break, seasons 2, 3, & 4 (2006-2008) –Clearly I must have some deep-seeded desire to punish myself


If there is one thing I should learn to do, it is to quit while I’m ahead. Although if I had to add more than one item to that list I would also include: speaking a new language, how to make my mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce, and being able to do a J-turn—each of which is an important skill in its own right. However, for argument’s sake, let’s say that today my lesson should have been to quit while I was ahead. Pop quiz, hot shot, and I failed. I failed miserably.

 

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Day 116: Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)


Maybe I’ve had too much time on my hands for introspection lately, but I’m beginning to wonder if I would have been a super villain (albeit a dorky one) in an alternate universe. I seem to have a lot more characteristics in common with them than perhaps the “average” person would. For example, I tend to be quite reclusive. I spend much of my day in my “lair” (OK, home office, but that just doesn’t sound as ominous) hatching schemes (in all honesty, I’m writing, but that doesn’t really drive fear into the hearts of men unless they are being forced to read the Twilight series). And, for someone not working in the science field, I wear an awful lot of lab coats.

 

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Day 113: Fast Five


I can’t believe I am actually saying this, but I really enjoyed Fast Five. In fact, I would probably say that it was the most fun I have had watching a movie in a long time. Have I lost all credibility? Perhaps I should preface this declaration by admitting that I saw this film in a Berlin cineplex. It was dubbed in German. I don’t speak German with the exception of being able to read a menu well enough to not order any strange dishes made out of intestines or brains (hey, I have my priorities). Also, my husband and I were the only two people in the movie theater and I may or may not have had a beer buzz going into it (in my defense, beer is literally cheaper than water there and I was thirsty!). I don’t know. It may have been a combination of any of these factors that led to my enjoyment of the latest Vin Diesel film, or it may have just been a darn fun movie. Either way, I am going into this review with fond memories fluttering around my head.

 

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Day 97: Inception (2010)


Sometimes I think that I just like to be difficult. I order my salads with the dressing on the side, I don’t like raw onions but don’t mind them cooked, and, when I want to mix things up a bit, I try to use my left hand  instead of my right when I do menial tasks. See what I mean? Difficult. I also find myself liking movies that “everyone” hated and disliking films that I “should” adore (according to the critics and the general public).  I have tried to do a bit of self-analysis in an attempt to understand my deviation from mainstream’s perception of media. I wondered, were my expectations set too high for these “wonderful” films to reach? Or did I set myself up to dislike them because of some strange desire to be different? Essentially, I wanted to know if the problem lies with me or the films. After much consideration, I have decided it’s the films. It’s definitely the films.

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Day 92: Jonah Hex (2010): or, Jonah “Fricking” Hex, Because I’m Not British


I swear I am not a film snob. I swear it. I don’t only watch hip, independent films. I won’t pretend a movie is better if it comes with subtitles. I don’t subscribe to the notion that a film’s quality is inversely proportional to its budget. And I promise I won’t feign adoration towards a flick just because everyone else raves about it. While I do enjoy some of these films, I am equally prone to loving a blockbuster. Heck, sometimes I seek out “bad” movies because they are entertaining (either on purpose or inadvertently). This is why I put Jonah Hex on my queue. It looked like a good bad movie—complete with explosions, gun fights, and a Western/super hero theme. I mean, it sounds watchable, right? Wrong.

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