Archive for November, 2014

This Week’s Movie Mayhem Review Delayed

If you’ve been waiting on pins and needles for my next full movie review, I can relate! However, because of a couple of other obligations over the holiday weekend, I was unable to complete my Movie Mayhem review on time. But don’t fret — my full review of Horrible Bosses 2 will be posted on Tuesday morning. In the meantime, here’s a short preview…

“[Jason] Bateman, with his laid-back, thoughtful approach, continues to be both the logical center to a team of quirky misfits and the heart that keeps all of the film’s insanity grounded.”

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Write A Novel With Me Takes A Holiday

For those hoping for to read chapter 5 of my Write A Novel With Me saga, I’m afraid I must be the bearer of some (minor) bad news. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday, I’ve decided to postpone the release of chapter 5 (in which we get to find out where the shadow took Rick) until next Monday, December 1. In the meantime, now’s the chance to get caught up on previous chapters or invite a friend to get involved with the experiment.

Here are links to all of the previous chapters:

Chapter 1: The Proposal (Question: What happened to Sawyer?)

Chapter 2: Sorrow’s Lament (Question: Who is at the Door?)

Chapter 3: A Brother Returns (Question: What happened to Rick and Lauren at the park?)

Chapter 4: The Ultimatum (Question: Where did the shadow take Rick?)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Movie Mayhem – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

By splitting up one novel into two movies, it’s inevitable for “Part 1” to be nothing more than a set-up for a major battle that will occur in “Part 2.” In order to make the first part into a justifiable film, the filmmakers must focus their attention on one aspect that can stand on its own two feet, but doesn’t preclude the final film. In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the focus was on Bella and Edward’s marriage and dealing with the birth of their daughter, Renesmee; in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, it was all about securing the horcruxes. In both instances, the films were simply gearing up fans for what they really want — the final act. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 doesn’t veer away from this formula, making the film weaker than it could have been had the Mockingjay novel been condensed into one tremendous two and a half to three hour film (as opposed to two two-hour films for no other reason than to make more money). Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Movie Mayhem – Whiplash

If you want to be the best, you have to expend enormous amounts of time and energy to develop the talents God gave you. The problem is, everyone has a limit and only those who are willing to go beyond those limits can rise above everyone else clawing to the top of the proverbial heap and become great. Usually, the ones who find true greatness have someone (whether a mentor, a friend or a colleague) who sees their potential and nurtures their talent by pushing them to fight the odds and exceed beyond what they believe they can do. But where do you draw the very fine line between pushing someone beyond their limits and killing them from the inside out? When developing your talent becomes less about the love of working on your craft and more about the fear of failing, it only leads to heavy amounts of stress and anxiety that goes well beyond what the mind and body can take. That is the quandary writer/director Damien Chazelle explores in his beautifully executed film, Whiplash. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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WANWM – Answers For Chapter 4

Thanks to those of you who participated in answering the question for Chapter 4 of Write A Novel With Me. There were three great answers this week, which I look forward to diving into. As you consider these two great choices, make sure to take into account the story thus far and where you would like to see it go. Check out Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 if you haven’t yet read them (or would like to reread them before making your decision).

Cast Your Vote

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Write A Novel With Me – Chapter 4

It took a little more time to really find my voice in this week’s chapter, but it all came together quite nicely.

Here are the previous chapters in case you haven’t read them yet: Chapter 1, Chapter 2 & Chapter 3. Before you begin, if you’d like to see the answers for Chapter 3’s question, “What happened to Rick and Lauren at the park?”, you can find them here.

And now, without further adieu, please enjoy Chapter 4 of our story where we find out what happened to Rick and Lauren based on your votes. Read Chapter 4

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Movie Mayhem – Big Hero 6

When The Incredibles was released back in 2004, superheroes weren’t yet “a thing.” Yes, the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises were flourishing and Clark Kent spent his days fighting crime and puberty on television, but there just wasn’t the same appeal for superheroes as there is today. For all intents and purposes, Pixar was ahead of its time when it gave the world a family of retired superheroes trying to make it in the world as regular Joes. Disney Animation Studios must have recognized that and have taken it upon themselves (with the help their very own sister company, Marvel) to create a brand new franchise with the high-flying adventures of Big Hero 6, an animated superhero flick that tries to recreate the wonderment of The Incredibles but comes up just short in terms of both animated supremacy and superhero greatness. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Movie Mayhem – Nightcrawler

When I first saw Jake Gyllenhaal in the underrated drama October Sky, I knew right way he’d be an actor to watch. His ability to capture so many emotions at any one time without reveling in any of them showcased subtle maturity and constant wonderment that has carried over into a varying degree of genres, from science fiction and disaster to heartbreaking drama and popcorn blockbusters. Lately, Gyllenhaal has turned his focus to darker, more complex characters that usually have a slight moral ambiguity as they struggle with their inner demons — the type of character that you probably wouldn’t want to hang out with on a daily basis. He continues this anti-hero psychosis as the lead in the new thriller, Nightcrawler, with an amalgamation of everything he’s done in the past trying to compete for his attention. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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