Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Post Holiday Update (Movie Reviews Included)

Well Christmas is over and I am sort of relieved! Christmas sucks when you are broke, but that's a post for another day. It also doesn't fit in with the theme of this blog! But I am ready to put away the poinsettas and lights and get back to normal. I even went for a run tonight because I have been eating like a damn hobbit lately! But I hope everyone's Christmas was fun. Mine was even with the lack of funds. It's great having a young nephew and niece to watch open presents. Plus I think I talked my nephew into reading The Hobbit! Yay! I think he will like it. It was a white Christmas here in the Rocky Mountain region. I ran into some icy weather driving home on I-25 on Christmas Eve. It was awful! But I channeled the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf on my own "unexpected journey"! I got us all home nice and safe and for that I am grateful! I am on a sort-of vacation too. I had four days off but I am back at work for three days. Then I get another four days off because I took off for NYE! Woo hoo!

I did go to the movies AGAIN over the holiday weekend. I saw This Is 40 and Django Unchained. Both were good movies that ran on a tad too long. LOL this coming from the girl who could watch all three LOTR along with The Hobbit and be perfectly fine! This Is 40 was really funny, but I cannot STAND that Leslie Mann lady. I know she is married to Judd Apatow and all, but ugh. I just find her totally annoying! But Paul Rudd has my heart so it was all worth it.

Saucer would also be interested in knowing that some of her beloved Flyers have a cameo in the movie. Of course, they are flirting with Leslie Mann and Megan Fox. But it was still a fun little scene!
I saw Django Unchained  on Christmas Day. Yes, a Tarantino movie on Christmas! But at least I didn't bring a small child with me. Unlike a certain couple who was there. Seriously! Who brings a damn baby to a Quentin Tarantino movie. On Christmas no less! It was annoying, but at least the kid didn't scream and cry or anything. Just crawled around on the dirty ass movie theater floor. Oh and also, some random dude came and sat directly next to my boyfriend like 20 minutes into the movie when there were other seats available! And then he started texting! I couldn't believe my eyes. This is why I normally go to movies at night. I am all about the late showing even if I am a bit tired the next day. Not as many rude idiots are there. So some of my attention was diverted, but the movie was awesome. Though very violent. I LOVE Quentin T. movies, I really do. This one probably isn't one of my favorites, but I would totally recommend it. Some of it was just too much for me. But there was one scene with Jonah Hill that was one of the most hilarious things I have seen in a long time. I will leave it at that! Oh and with a picture of the ultra talented Leo D and Jaime F.
Hell Yeah!
I also rented a couple of Redbox movies. I am really liking Redbox again. For awhile, they pissed me off, but now they have some cool choices. I live in a small town, so a lot of the independent movies I want to see never come to the theaters here. We either have to drive at least an hour to see them or wait until they are On Demand which is a super rip-off. But Redbox has been getting more of them so it's way cool. We got three movies and I will briefly review them.
Butter: I honestly liked this one even though my Entertainment Weekly called it one of the worst of the year. I have personally seen WAY worse with my own two eyes. But whatever. I was entertained the whole time. It was about a butter carving contest in a small town. It had a cool cast and I enjoyed it.

The Amazing Spiderman: Yes, this is NOT an independent movie and I already saw it this summer. But we wanted to see it again so we Redboxed it. Aww, I love this Spiderman!
Beddee Likes Spidee!
Liberal Arts: This was my least favorite movie that I watched even though it wasn't terrible. It was just pretentious and I hate that. It had Elizabeth Olsen in it and I am really liking her as an actress. She plays a college aged girl who falls for a 35 year old dude. The dude is super annoying. She is as well, but at least she can blame it on being 19. He cannot do this and is just really lame. But I think he is supposed to be? I don't know, sometimes these independent films confuse me.
So that's it! Beddee watches a lot of movies huh? I am still reading World War Z and have almost finished it. I am so slow, but I get so distracted when I read! I will review it when I am done. And then I am probably going back to epic fantasy. Until then!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold

To dungeons deep and caverns old! Yes! This is the song I have been singing in my head since last Thursday night at midnight! Beddee is completely immersed in Hobbit fever so you must forgive her. It's a little ridiculous. I even saw it again last night and wouldn't hesitate to see it a third time. It is my favorite movie of the year, hands down. I saw it in 2D and 3D and I would recommend the 2D. I don't know, 3D didn't add much but a couple bucks and I always get a headache. I don't think the theater I was in had the special 48 frames per second though. Anyway, if you haven't seen it yet, go as soon as you possibly can. It is long, yes, but I loved every single minute of it!

Gandalf and Bilbo!
So I thought Bilbo Baggins was absolutely terrific. I admit Old Bilbo was not among my favorites in the LOTR films. I felt he kind of effed over poor Frodo, but I guess it wasn't really his fault. Bilbo definitely has his faults, but I really enjoyed the Bilbo in this movie. And Gandalf has always been one of my faves. Just look at that kindly old wizard!
So as I have mentioned before, I have not read any of these books. I straight up admit that I have only seen the movies. This is rare for me (I love reading more than anything), but I had a really hard time with The Fellowship of the Ring. It was like reading the Bible, but with hobbit names! I heard it gets better, but I just rewatched the movie instead. Oh well, it is my shame and I bear it well. So I vaguely know the story of The Hobbit, but have never read it. I knew that dwarves were going to be involved. With the LOTR trilogy, my only experience with dwarves is Gimli, seen here.
I love Gimli, don't get me wrong. He is brave, funny and a powerful warrior. But let's face it, he doesn't really do much for the ladies. He is no elf (Legolas). Or man (Aragorn). Or even a hobbit (Frodo). He is just an funny little dwarf. So I pretty much imagined that all dwarves look like Gimli. There is a group of 13 dwarves in this movie, pictured here.

Lucky 13
So a lot of the dwarves DO look like Gimli. In fact, I learned on Wikipedia (shut up!) that one of these dwarves is Gimli's dad! But the head dwarf prince, Thorin Oakenshield is fierce!

And let's face it, Kili isn't so bad either.

Where's your bulbous nose and bushy beard?

So The Hobbit has made me rethink my dwarf stereotypes and they are now one of my favorite Middle Earth beings. But Thorin really needs to lighten up. I know he has to kill dragons and orcs and stuff, but seriously. He is really mean to Bilbo sometimes. It's not like Bilbo is trained for this or anything. Plus dwarves seem pretty immune to death. Like that falling rock scene? As if ANY of the dwarves would have really survived that! Let alone all 13. I know, it's a movie!!
But my favorite part of The Hobbit is by far the part with GOLLUM!! Yes! I knew he was back, but it was great to see him again. And to find out the history of how Bilbo got the One Ring in the first place.
Gollum Rules, That is All!
Bilbo and Gollum's game of riddles was the best part of the movie. Even though "what have I got in my pocket?" isn't really a riddle. Poor Gollum, I sort of feel bad for him. Bilbo actually DID steal his ring. But he is crazy so oh well! Maybe the ring was better off with Gollum? We will never know!
So that is my review of The Hobbit. My only complaint was the lack of female characters. Seriously, Galadriel was the only one. If you haven't seen it, go ASAP! I can't wait until they fight Smaug the dragon in the following movies!! Oh, and I am finally going to suck it up and read a J.R.R. Tolkien book. My next book is The Silmarillion. My Middle Earth history is pathetic and I need questions answered!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December is a Crazy Month

Why hello there everyone! I have been crazy busy lately and just haven't found time to write a blog. So this is a quick update. I am home sick today. : ( I probably should take it easy more often than I do. I just am always feeling so restless! But I went to the doctor and found out I have a sinus infection and I got medicine. I was planning to write a longer blog earlier, but ended up sleeping a good part of the day. I didn't even read about any zombies or Westeros! I will probably do that later. I am just hoping the antibiotics I took will make me well by Thursday at midnight in time for THE HOBBIT!!!! If only I lived in Hobbiton..

I will travel here one day (I hope)!
I will post a full review this weekend after I see this movie. A lot of my favorite shows have been wrapping up for the season too. This weekend marks the end of Dexter until the final season next year. OMG what is going to happen?! I think it's inevitable that someone is going to die. Everyone is hoping for La Guerta, but I think she is too obvious. I sort of give her kudos for FINALLY catching on. Maybe she isn't so sucky of a detective after all. I just hope nothing happens to my dear Masuka..he is so funny and I just love him. He has the best one-liners! Like that one about how his parents still thought he was retarded when he was sixteen..hilarious! But I really think the writers are trying to make us not like Dexter as much anymore. I am okay with that. It will make it easier for when he goes to prison with the death penalty for being, you know, a serial killer! That whole relationship with Hannah McKay was ridiculous and now she knows everything! I wonder how she is going to handle prison without an endless supply of sheer white tank tops and black bras?
Dexter what are you thinking?!
Although I am not a huge Hannah fan, I still don't think she poisoned Deb. Deb did that that shit herself! I think she put her anxiety medicine in her water bottle to make it look like Hannah did it. And Dexter fell for it. Deb has Lannister-like feeling for her brother. Even though they aren't REALLY brother and sister.
 These two

Are like these two? Maybe if Deb has her way!
Needless to say, I can't wait until Sunday! Or Thursday..I am planning on a Hobbit and Dexter filled weekend! Just not together. Dexter better keep his plastic wrap away from Hobbiton!