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Toy Story 3 review and the theme of moving on

I went to see Toy Story 3 for the second time this week. While Dreamworks, in How to Train Your Dragons outdid itself, Pixar proceeds to one up them again by outdoing itself in Toy Story 3. I mean, there’s no denying the plot is enjoyable. It’s a plot that never stalls, but until the final half hour, just keeps on giving. It also keeps on twisting—rarely, does anything go perfectly for the toys in their missions. There’s nothing groundbreaking here in the plot, especially as rather then trying anything new, it just pays one homage to jailbreak movies after enough, but damn it’s fun.

-spoilers from here on out-

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Memento Review

I’m actually not here to talk about how great Christopher Nolan in, and how this is further proof of his genius. I kinda forgot who he was, but when I looked him up to write this review, I realized he was the Batman guy. Batman Begins was fun. I fell asleep during The Dark Knight, and concluded the part I saw was terrible. So no rabid Nolan fangirls here. Yet, I was very impressed by this film.

Summery: Leonard Shelby is determined to find his wife’s rapist and murderer. Problem is he has no short term memory. But he won’t let that stop him. And the film opens with what we think is the murder of his killer. Yet, as the film we goes on, the viewer realizes that nothing is as it seems.

Why I Picked It Up: Memento is often referred to as one of those must see movies, and when the chance came to see it, I took it.

Why I Finished It: I feel like the best way to describe this as this movie delivers everything that a psychological thriller should be. The great story is well-executed with the different story-telling used, as well as the compelling performances given by actors. Especially given by Shelby, who comes out innocent, sympathic, ruthless, terrifying, and sexy throughout the movie. My only complaint is that the movie did feel a little long at point.

Who would I recommend this to: Anyone looking for a psychological thriller.

Rating: 5/5

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(500) Days of Summer Review

I actually watched this a few weeks ago, just got to writing a review now. Graduation=super busy time. I’ve barely had time to watch any anime this week. I’ve only gotten through 7 minutes of Heartcatch so far. Thank-you school for filling my life full of ceremonies and what not.

Summery: (500) Days of Summer is the non-linear story of a relationship, the break-up, and the healing of the hero of the film, Tom. I spoiled nothing, as the films opens with Tom enraged over the break-up. As the film unfolds, we realize the two were doomed anyway. Tom fell in love with Summer at first sight. Summer doesn’t believe in love, or want a boyfriend, yet pursues Tom anyway. And after this relationship, the two are forever changed.

Why I Picked It Up: Someone said it was good. I mean, it’s not as if I’m picky, I really like watching movies, and one good recommendation is all I need. Unless I’m highly unsure I’d like it, such as Avatar.

Why I Finished It: I think of all the movies I’ve watched that have been produced 2009, it probably comes onto the film screen with the most spirit and daringness in the script, as well as the most creative. It feels eerily like a modern day Annie Hall, but at the same time, it feels like its own story with its own character. The story employs non-linear storytelling as well as other ‘different’ approaches to bring out the story with emotion and humor.

Not to mention, it’s so easy to relate to Tom if you’ve had your heart crushed into itsy bitsy pieces. I have.

Also, Matthew Grey Gubler is in it. He’s yummy.

But: At the end, I really really hated Summer. I mean, there are some things that are well, understandable, but by the end of the film, she’s crossed that line. I don’t want to spoil anything, but she made me so mad. Also, some of the music choices for the film were pretty daring, but in the end, I don’t feel they worked.

Who Would I Recommend This To: Why the HECK haven’t you watched it? If you do, I’d recommend reading the wikipedia page for some interesting tidbits.

Rating: 5/5 (Probably the best film of 2009. Take that, The Hurt Locker.)

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Crazy Love Review

Summery: A memoir that recalls the story of Leslie Morgan Steiner meeting, dating, marrying, and divorcing Conor. At first he seems liked a fairytale prince, but it turned into an abusive relationship. In her memoir, Steiner describes the horrifying details as the fairytale becomes a nightmare, and her struggle to leave him.

Why I Picked It Up: I’ve been in a abusive relationship, and still trying to figure out and understand all that happened.

Why I Finished It: Steiner is a fantastic writer when it comes to telling her story. Her writing is honest, concise and easy to read, while her story pulled me in. It’s a pretty terrifying tale, but through it, Leslie really grows and matures as a person. She’s also illustrates this issues of control and the psychology behind the abuse, and at one point, even includes an interview with an expert. While her relationship was different then mine—no two are the same—it was comforting. For what must have been a difficult topic for her to talk about, Steiner does an amazing job.

But: I have no buts. It’s a very solid book that delivers the story it sets out to tell.

Who Would I Recommend This To: People who have survived abusive relationships, or are looking to understand them.

Rating: 5/5

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How to Train Your Dragon Review

Yes, I am jumping on the Zomg! “How To Train Your Dragon” is amazing bandwagon, but it’s a move I feel worthy of all the hype. The great thing about the competition between Pixar and Dreamworks, is its encouraged Dreamworks to keep pushing to make better and better films. Finally, I believe Dreamworks has reached the level of producing a movie that proves they’re worthy competitors for Pixar. Although I don’t feel “How to Train Your Dragon” is a kid’s movie, although kids can enjoy it, but rather a movie that’s aimed for teenagers and adults. Also, it’s a movie that deserves its PG rating, not a movie that’s actually ‘G’ rated with one cuss word.

Summery: In a world where Vikings have been killing dragons for 300 years, one Viking boy befriends a dragon, and through doing some, realizes their certain perception of dragons is wrong.

Why I Picked It Up: I like fantasies, and the story really appealed to me. While I don’t make it out to the movie theaters all that often, I was on Spring Break this week, making the perfect opportunity to go out and see it.

Why I Finished It: Um, wow. The movie opens with an action scene. However, there’s so much to like about this movie. A storyline where there is more to it then meets the eye, that while not on the level of Pixar stories, was still pretty strong. The pacing was perfect. The characters on their own were interesting, but the relationships between was even better. Especially between the father and the son, which I felt was spot-on. That’s just the Vikings. The dragons themselves were incredibly well-done. I feel that the author might have been a biology major, or at least knows a lot about the topic. Not only were the mannerisms and habits of the dragons well developed, the biodiversity present in the film with the different species of dragons and the different niches they filled was amazing. On top of all this, it even has a fantastic soundtrack.

In the end, it was a huge world that presented an intense and emotional story. It’s one of those films that shows how to do story telling right with a movie, and manages to stuff a lot into it without going overboard.

But: There are a few small inconsistencies, but nothing that really ruins the feel of the story. While the animation was pretty good for Dreamworks, it was still a little rough.

Who would I recommend this to: Anyone who likes fantasies. It’s an example of fantasy at its best.

Rating: 5/5-It was amazing

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I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be your Class President review

I want a sequel already…

Summery: Oliver Watson is an evil genius well on his way to ruling the world. After all, he’s already the third richest guy in the world, and only 12 years old. True, he’s not popular at school, but when he has to play dumb to hide his success from everyone and doesn’t like his classmates anyway, it works out. Problem is, when one is 12, it doesn’t matter how smart or successful they are, they still want their parents approval. Oliver’s mom loves him no matter what, but his father is a tougher case. When it seems the only way to get praise from his dad is to win the student election, Oliver decides he has to win.

Why I Picked It Up: It looked funny as hell.

Why I Finished It: It was funny as hell. Josh Lieb, the executive producer for The Daily Show, wrote this book, and the same humor seen on the show appears here. Darkly funny, although some emotional depth does appear. Oliver is a character that’s hard to make likable, and yet Lieb makes him sympathic. Other quirky characters appear, giving Oliver’s world depth. For the most part though, it’s funny, helped by Oliver’s cynical view of the world.

But: I don’t have any. Really, I don’t. I wish there was more. Alright, the title is long and a pain to type out. There.

Who Would I Give This To: My sister. *hint hint* I suppose anyone who isn’t easily offended, has a sense of humor and looking for good teen fiction.

Rating: 5/5-It’s Amazing.

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Devil in the Details review

Next post will be anime related.

It’s not possible to write an unbiased view of this book, as obsessive-compulsive disorder (also known as OCD) is difficult to explain, and I have the advantage of already understanding it, but I’ll do my best to remain so.

This cover drives me nuts. I want to put the last candy in line with the others.

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Trapeze final impressions

Trapeze is a show where there’s a lot to like. Originality. Wacky characters. Actual world building within interconnecting stories. However, I feel the real genius of Trapeze is within the message of the show, where half of it will go over everyone’s head.

Triple trouble

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The War at Ellsmere

The War of Ellsmere is another graphic novel that’s proof that just because a graphic novel isn’t Japanese doesn’t mean it’s not brilliant. Faith Erin Hicks is a genius.

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