Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  Hello again! I am back in action and will be writing about my experiences in my Senior Design management class instead of book and movie reviews. So let me explain a little about this college class.
  With a group of classmates we will be making a website for a company so we can learn what companies like and don't like. As a result we can get experience in both the Graphic Design aspect and the Web design part of our future. So far we have contacted our company to set up a meeting but unfortunately it was set for today (which was a snow day so classes were cancelled and the roads were icy) so it was cancelled. I was a pretty good group and hopefully we will be able to set up a meeting so we can start work on this website.
  I will be posting updates regularly as a mandatory thing and will keep you all up to date on out progress on the assignment and any other assignments that go on in class. I will also try to write some more book and movie stuff but my class schedule is hectic so no guarantees.
                                      (not my work unfortunately)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pawn Review

Title: Pawn

Author: Aimee Carter

Book: (The Blackcoat Rebellion , #1)

Pages: 343

Rating: 4/5

Sorry I've been away so long. School has been kicking my butt, but now that I'm out for Summer I've decided to catch up on some overdue reading. So this book wasn't the first book I read but I finally got to it and I must tell you that I actually enjoyed it. It was fun in a weird way.
Before I get too into the book let me explain a little bit about the ranking system. When kids turn 17 they are required to take a test to see where they will be placed. There are VII's but they are born into it and those are the people who run the country. Only 2% get a VI and they are treated well because they are an asset to society. IV and V's live well enough. But II's and III's are the people who clean up the sewers and are treated like scum in society. I's aren't even permitted to exist. So now that that has been explained on with the story.
Kitty is brilliant and she just took her test but unfortunately for her she can't read...so she got a III. Her boyfriend, Benjy, is set to take the test in a month which is why she decided to stay in D.C. instead of moving to Denver to muck around in the sewers. To do so though she must go with Tabs to sell her virginity and make the money to stay. So she gets bought...but by someone she lest expects...Prime Minister Daxton. He makes a deal to turn her into a VII but didn't tell her what she had to do until it was too late.
When she woke up she was Lila Hart, the Minister's niece who Daxton had killed. She may look like her but she has to learn to act like her as well else risk her life and Benjy's as well. If she fails they'll be sent to Elsewhere were the rich hunt them down like animals. anyone who does wrong, even a little bit, is sent there to be hunted. So she plays along with Lila's mother Celia, her fiancé Knox, her cousin Grayson, and her grandmother Augusta. But there is a lot more to the real Lila than anyone is willing to tell so it's up to Kitty to learn the truth and stay alive long enough to escape.
When Kitty learns of the Blackcoats and who leads them will she resist or will she joint their cause and fight the evil the raking system created? Will Benjy be killed for her actions? When she learns what she must do to survive...will she do it?
Yes, the synopsis was kind of vague but trust me the book is worth checking out. I'll let everyone know how the 2nd book goes once I get my hands on it.

About The Author

Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She is the author of several series, including The Goddess Test series, The Blackcoat Rebellion series, and the Simon Thorn series.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Title: Big Hero 6

Year: 2014

Time: 1hr 45min

Rating: 5/5

I know how some cartoon movies are said to have all their best scenes in the previews. This isn't the case for this movie. The clips on the preview, albeit very funny, were nothing compared to the scenes in the movie. I absolutely love Baymax! "Hairy Baby!" Ohmygosh this has to be the best Marvel movie I've seen all year!
Hiro (Ryan Potter) is a genious 14 year old boy who botfights in San Fransokyo until his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) takes him to the labs at his college. He meets GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung), Fred (T.J. Miller), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Professpr Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell).There he also meets Baymax (Scott Adsit), his brother's project, and realizes that he could actually use his brain the way he had always wanted to. To get in he has to compete against the best and brightest in a competition to come up with the best design to be able to get into the school.
Hiro creates microbots and wins the competition but when he and his brother are alone the university catches fire and Tadashi goes inside to try and save his professor. The building explodes and Hiro looses his brother.
Lost in a depression he almost reverts back to botfighting until he realizes that Baymax was in his home and hadn't gotten destroyed in the fire. Baymax finds a microbot and follows it to a warehouse while Hiro tries to talk him into coming back home. They are attacked by a man in a Kabuki who is controlling Hiro's microbots and so the battle begins. He and his band of scientists must come together and become heroes. Using their new "powers" they go after the man and Baymax is turned into a thoughtless killing machine when Hiro finds out who the masked man really is and changes his programming.
Needless to say, the bad guy got away but Hiro is shown what he needed to see by Baymax when they are alone. Then he and his team go after the man in the Kabuki mask.
Will they defeat the man in the Kabuki mask? What is the villain really after? Does Baymax make it out of this battle alive?
I absolutely loved this movie and am so sorry it took me so long to write this review...especially since I went to see it the day it came out. School has been busy and work isn't helping me get any writing done. Oh well! Go see this movie! You will not regret it! Oh and stay until after the credits because Stan Lee comes into play! I didn't expect there to be anything at the end but I was so wrong.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Maze Runner Movie Review

Title: The Maze Runner

Year: 2014

Time: 1hr & 53min

Rating: 4/5

So I read the book that this movie is based on a long time ago and am pretty sure they changed a lot in the movie, some of which shouldn't have been changed.
Thomas (Dylan O'Brian) wakes up in the lift to find he has no recollection of anything but his name which comes back after a while. When he is pulled out he finds himself in the Glade surrounded by a bunch of other boys. Like him they know nothing about themselves other than their names. Every thirty days a new boy appears but Thomas is the beginning of something else. Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Chuck (Blake Cooper), Albi (Aml Ameen), and Minho (Ki-Hong Lee) all become his friends after he spends the night in the Maze, saving Minho and Albi by killing a Griever with Minho's help.
The very next day a girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), appears in the shaft and doesn't know who she is or why she was sent there. Gally (Will Poulter) believes that she and Thomas are the beginning of the end of their lives and tries to get them banished into the Maze. The truth is that if they don't find a way out of the maze they will be killed by the Grievers who begin attacking when the Maze doesn't close like it is supposed to at night.
Thomas and a few others find out that the Grievers are machines that can be used to escape the maze and he could've at the time if the Maze hadn't reacted the way it had. Though the Maze is unsolvable Thomas is pretty sure he has figured a way out. After injecting himself with Griever venom he remembers some of his past the more he stays there the more he remembers. He knows he has seen the girl before. In fact it was with her help that he was able to build the maze for the people who sent them there. They were sent there to be tested!
Will Thomas be able to convince them to all escape the maze with him? Are they headed into a trap? What will they find if they make it out alive?
I honestly can't wait for the next movie to come out...if there is going to be another movie in the series. I still need to read the second book anyway. It is a really good movie and I hope you all agree once you see it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dracula Untold Movie Review

Title: Dracula Untold

Year: 2014

Time: 1hr & 32min

Rating: 5/5

After seeing the previews on TV and in the theatre I practically begged my father to take me to see the movie and he complied on the day it came out. I must say that I wasn't at all disappointed with the movie and desperately need to watch the original Bram Stoker's Dracula.
When I got home after this movie I was able to finish a book I had been writing fore months that is based on Dracula. There might be some spoilers in this post so if you want to see the movie with an open mind you might want to skip this. If you want to know, like I would, then read on by all means.
Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) lives in peace with his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) and his son Ingeras (Art Parkinson). Unfortunately his time for peace and quiet are over when the Turks demand all the boys in the area for yet another war. Vlad refuses and kills the men who come to take his son. To protect his family he goes up into the mountains and into a cave where a true monster lurks. The monster Simion (Ronan Vibert) gives Vlad a choice...protect his family or die. Vlad obviously chose to protect his people and family so he drinks the vampires blood and has three days until the powers wane. There was a catch though, should he drink blood from a human he would remain a vampire forever.
His friend from the war Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) sends thousands of men to get the boys for the war and Vlad kills them all singlehandedly. Realizing that it wasn't safe in the castle anymore they go to the monastery up in the mountains. While his family and people traveled in the day he was forced to travel at night which almost led to his family being killed by some Turks who'd come after them.
Once they make it to the monastery everyone turns on Vlad when they realize what he was. His wife stood up for him and he prepared for the 100,000 troops, including Mehmed, that came after him. He killed many but while he was distracted the Turks threw his wife off of the balcony and he flew after her in a panic. Not being fast enough she lay dying only to tell him to drink her blood. Against his better judgment he does and creates an army out of his fallen comrades. He and his army go after Mehmed, who has Ingeras, and wreak havoc on the army.
Do he and his army of vampires win? What does he do with the uncontrollable vampires afterwards? Does his son make it out alive?
I honestly loved the ending because I wasn't expecting it. This is a tragic love story, which appeals to women, and has great battle scenes for the men. It was a great ending though and I hope you all go and see it. You will love it! :D

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

Title: Guardians of the Galaxy

Year: 2014

Time: 2hrs & 2min

Rating: 4.5/5

So after work one day I talked my mom into going to see this movie with me since I'd heard great things about it from all of my friends. Even the woman we bought the tickets from said it was the best movie playing at the time. That was all it really took for my mom to finally agree to go see it with me.
Quin, or Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), is taken from Earth after his mother died when he was young and was supposed to be taken to his father and yet the mercenaries had another idea. Now he is a thief who steals important artifacts to sell to the highest bidder. One such artifact is desired by another, Ronan (Lee Pace), who sends men to retrieve the orb.
When his men fail he sends his master Thanos's (Josh Brolin) daughter Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to get the orb from Quin only to be attacked by bounty hunters Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). In an attempt to get the reward on Quin's head they start a fight that leads them all to be arrested and thrown in jail. There they meet Drax (Dave Bautista) who almost kills Gamora only to decide that he needs her alive in order to draw Ronan to the prison. He needs her alive in order to kill Ronan who killed his wife and child.
Groot and Rocket manage to find a way to break all of them out of prison and so their journey on Quin's ship begins. They travel to see Gamora's buyer in order to find out why the orb was so important. The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) tells them what is inside the orb and they all realize that the thing must never fall into Ronan's hands if they wanted the galaxy to survive.
Unfortunately Drax send word to Ronan and a fight breaks out in which Gamora and Quin are captured by Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) who was the one to put the bounty on Quin's head. Instead of killing Quin they decided to go after Ronan, who had taken the orb, and save a planet.
A huge battle begins and  a lot of people die...Do the Guardians survive? Does Ronan destroy the planet and take over the universe? Who is Quin's real father?
Well unfortunately you don't find out the answer to the last question, which stinks, but it is still a great movie and you can't help but love Rocket! Everyone must see this movie!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blended Movie

Title: Blended

Year: 2014

Time: 1hr 57min

Rating: 5/5

So I went to see this movie with a guy and I wasn't too hopeful since Adam Sandler is in the movie but I ended up loving it. And to top off my wonderful evening I was thrilled that my first date ever went so well. Who would've thought?
Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) go on their first date, to Hooters of all places! Needless to say, it goes horribly wrong and they end up fleeing from each other. Lauren organizes closets with her best friend Jen (Wendi Mclendon-Covey) and has two boys that she raises alone since her ex (Joel McHale) is never around. Jim works at Dick's Sporting Good and has three daughters that he is raising alone since his wife died of cancer.
A chance meeting leads them to have the same idea. They both plan a trip to Africa, not realizing that they are both going to be going there. They run into each other and immediately start fighting. Jim takes the boys; Brendan (Braxton Beckham) and Tyler (Kyle Red Silverstine), under his wing while Lauren does the same for the girls; Hilary(Bella Thorne), Espen (Emma Fuhrmann), Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind). Together they have a wonderful vacation. Jim and Lauren even start to fall for one another but before things can go too far Jim pulls away and the vacation ends.
Jim tries to reconcile with her and try again but he runs into Mark (her ex) who tells him that Lauren and he are trying to make it work. As if! So he leaves and Lauren doesn't know why. Thankfully he shows up for Tyler's baseball game and they kiss. About time right!?
Well this is a definitely must see movie! I hope you take my advice and go see it with you boyfriend/girlfriend, wife/husband, or a friend. It is a perfect couple's movie!