Batman V Superman: Comic-Con Trailer

=| This looks good… I have to admit, I’ve very skeptical about this movie, I’m not a huge DC fan, and pining Batman vs Superman is weird to me. But this trailer, wow!

(just tell me we’re not going to see Bruce’s parents die again… because it sure seem like it…)

Movie of the Week: Ted 2

When Ted came out in 2012, I went to see it reluctantly. I like Family Guy, every once in a while… So, I wasn’t sure how Seth MacFarlane would come about to making this movie. But I did see it, it was watchable, though by no standards brilliant.

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Last week, when I was still in Portugal, I wanted to go to the cinema with my 13 year old nephew and a friend of mine. The problem was that she didn’t want to see The Terminator, which was fine, and he didn’t want to see Magic Mike XXL, because, well, he’s a 13 year old boy! So, the movie we all agreed on: Ted 2.

My expectations were beyond low (I saw A Million Ways to Die in the West, and that is time of my life that I’m never getting back!), so I was pleasantly surprised that most of the movie was kind of enjoyable, and maybe it’s because I can’t remember a single thing from the first one, but I thought this one was better.

The main plot of the movie is about how Ted is not recognized as a person, but as property, which leads to civil rights court.

After a few good laughs the movie became kind of boring… this is an almost 2h movie, the sex, pot and disgusting jokes become tiring when you hear them over and over again. I mean, I like those jokes as much as the next guy, but come on, seeing a 44 year old man and a teddy bear smoking pot for 2 hours?!

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What I liked – there were a couple of moments when I just couldn’t control myself:

  • When Ted catches John’s porn.
  • Liam Neeson on the grocery shop.
  • The sperm bank scene… yeah, that one!
  • Tom Brady.
  • The Stand-up bit (though I’ll get back to it in a second).
  • All the cameos, they were nice.
  • The New York Comic-Con fight (I think the whole theatre heard me when I said “There’s a Dalek!”).

What I did not like, at all:

  • That intro. What the hell was that? It looked like an opening of the Oscars… why oh why?
  • All the pot smoking… man, really?! I don’t know… is that normal?! Is John’s goal in life to be with someone who would smoke pot with him? Seriously? I worry, because this will be big amongst teenagers, so, is this the message? You can smoke pot all day, drink and masturbate and your life will magically be OK?
  • The sub plot of Donny and Hasbro. The movie was way too long, and even though some of these scenes were funny, it did nothing that could not be achieved any other way.
  • Sam L. Jackson, I mean, Amanda Seyfried. I love this girl to bits, but her character… no, just NO! And I’m sorry, who thought that pairing her with Mark Wahlberg would be a good idea?

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  • I really liked the “depressing suggestions” during the stand-up, but most of them were so America-specific. I got them, because I’m up to date to all the scandals and so on, but I would bet that at least half of the people from other countries who go and watch the movie, don’t even know who the Kardashians are…
  • The repetitions of the jokes, I think if they had made the movie a bit shorter, this might not even be an issue, but as it is, it was.
  • Lack of character growth… from the “let’s have a baby to save our marriage” to everything else.

That all said, my 13 y.o. nephew totally LOVED IT! He thought it was spectacular… his 31 y.o. aunt was not convinced at all. It’s very watchable, it will make you laugh, but only if you don’t think too much about it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)

>>>>  Nº 6 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book written by someone under 30 <<<<

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

The first thing you should know about A Court of Thorns and Roses is that it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

It follows Feyre, once rich and part of a good family, but after her father has lost their fortune, she (the youngest of 3 sisters) has to protect them and hunt to keep food on their table. Her land was once rules by Fae, but there was a revolution and as a response the land was divided into human and Fae territories, which neither is supposed to enter the other. One day, while hunting, Feyre kills what she thinks is a wolf, only to latter find out that she actually killed a fairy and as payment, a high Fae, Tamlin, takes her to live in Prythian, in his Spring Court, forever.

**** WARNING – THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS ****

Since I told you that this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, you can guess what happens next, right? Feyre spends some time trying to get away, but she slowly but surely falls for Tamlin (who wouldn’t). This get complicated then, there’s a great darkness over the fairy lands, a Faerie Queen that rules all the lords through magic, and in order to protect Feyre, Tamlin sends her back home…

That doesn’t last long… after Feyre has gained some senses – it only takes way too long – she goes back, only to be captured and presented to the Queen, and then she has to go through a series of trials in order to free herself and her loved ones.

There are a few twists along the way, and be warned, Fairies can LIE!

I really loved this book. SO SO SO MUCH!

  • I thought the World building was pretty great and I can’t wait to see more of it, mainly all the other courts in Prythian.
  • I’m quite intrigued about Rhysand. As of now, I don’t ship him with Feyre, though I have to agree that the last scene hinted to some higher connections between them. I can’t wait to read about that one week a month that she’ll be spending at his court… forever!
  • I love Lucien. He might be my favorite character of all!!! He’s so snarky, I love him.
  • This book is HOT! Be warned, do not read this in public. I’m serious. From that corridor scene between Tamlin and Feyre, to the hot rendez-vous behind the throne… I mean… Tamlin… wow!
  • At first I really hated Feyre’s family, I mean, she’s the baby and she’s supposed to provide for everyone. But then Nesta really surprised me and I can’t wait to see more of her.
  • Amarantha’s back story was amazing, but I wasn’t sad to see her go…
  • Tamlin is so off his game that it’s hilarious!

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.” 

I mean… poor baby… yes, honey, her hair is clean, but don’t worry, you’ll get there… and everywhere else…

  • I was really glad that Feyre got turned into Fae, though I honestly don’t know how she’ll be able to live with what she has done. That last task was brutal. I had my heart clenched the whole time. For a moment I thought that the last person would be Lucien, because let’s face it, Amarantha liked to torture Lucien, but when it turned out to be Tamlin, my heart broke.
  • And now that she’s got a long time to live and doesn’t have to worry about finding food, will Feyre finally learn how to read?

Rating: 4.6 Stars

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