[Netflix] Movie Review: Darkness Rising

Wikipedia:

Darkness Rising is a 2017 supernatural horror film directed by Austin Reading starring Tara Holt as Madison, Christian Ganiere as Seth, Bryce Johnson as Jake, Katrina Law as Izzy, Heather Mazur as Kate, Myk Watford as Daniel, and Ted Raimi.

This is a stereo-typical haunted house feature film. There’s not much of a plot: return to childhood home at night before it’s demolished, get trapped in house, almost die in house, escape in the morning.

There is some explanation throughout the movie. The main character suffered trauma in the house as a result of the house possessing her mother. So as we go along she remembers more things and of course the horror escalates. Honestly, this movie is pretty forgettable, and doesn’t stand out from the genre.

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The Tolkien Tag

This tag was created by booktuber Andrea Heckler, but I found it on The Book Nut.

How Did Your Middle Earth Journey Begin?

With the movie trilogy, which then was followed by the trading card game, and then I read The Lord of the Rings, then I read the Hobbit, and then watched the Hobbit. I’ve also read The Simarillion at some point.

What is Your Favorite Middle Earth Book?

The Hobbit

What is Your Favorite Middle Earth Movie?

The Return of the King

Movies or Books?

I like the Fellowship movies best, but The Hobbit book is better than the movies.

Who Are Your Favorite Characters?

I’m a fan of Aragorn, his character progression is so completely interesting. But I love the camaraderie between Legolas and Gimli too.

What Middle Earth Race Would You Be?

I’d probably be a Hobbit, since I come from a farming background and cook for a living.

Best Actor/Character Casting Match?

Ian McKellen as Gandolf and Christopher Lee as Saruman, loved their performances.

What is Your Favorite Place in Middle Earth?

Lothlorien, it’s just so beautiful.

What is Your Favorite Quote from the Books or Movies?

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

Eventually I’ll have this tattooed on the back of my leg.

Keep reading little book worms!

[Netflix] Movie Review: The Ring (2002)

Wikipedia:

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, and Daveigh Chase. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, based on the novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki. Watts portrays a journalist who investigates a cursed videotape that seemingly kills the viewer seven days after watching it.

Wikipedia bills this as a supernatural horror. I disagree with this somewhat. It is supernatural, and maybe it does start out as a horror flick. But it quickly turns into a sad family drama.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good horror movie, and I see why this one fits the genre, but it is so much more than that. So much more. It also features a classic ending that horror movies love, bringing it back to horror movie status.

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D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

D Is For Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)D Is For Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m beginning to see what my mom likes about this series. I’m sad that the author has passed and she never got to finish the series (I believe it stops with X).

Anyway, this is about “D” not “X”, lets not get ahead of ourselves. I’m not terribly happy with the ending of this one, but at least Kinsey didn’t have to shoot anyone this time. It was less violent than previous books, but still very dangerous.

I liked all the twists and turns this one had, all the interesting characters involved made for nice read. The characters definitely made the book this time.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: As Above So Below

Wikipedia:

As Above, So Below is a 2014 American horror film written and directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written by his brother Drew. It is presented as found footage of a documentary crew’s experience exploring the Catacombs of Paris. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, making it the first film in Legendary’s deal with Universal.The film was released on August 29, 2014, and stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, and Ali Marhyar.

This is one of those movies that starts out a bit like Indiana Jones. The main character is off on a dramatic search for a very important historical item that takes her to the ends of Earth until she happens upon THE clue. The one that tells her exactly where historical item should be. So of course she has to go.

If you’re not familiar with alchemical references and lore this movie might make slightly less sense to you, but the horror aspect is still quite applicable even if you don’t know the background. The group gets lost, people go missing, and strange characters arise to provide misleading information, and of course they are in a maze.

It’s been a little bit between the time I watched the movie and made this post, but at this point I have an itch to go back and rewatch this one.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Forgotten

Wikipedia:

“Tommy (Clem Tibber) is a fourteen-year-old boy who goes to live with his father Mark (Shaun Dingwall) after his mother has a nervous breakdown. Dismayed upon learning that his father is now a squatter in an empty council estate destined for demolition, he nonetheless tries to make the best of it. Tommy is awoken each night by strange noises and on one occasion, finds that he and all of his belongings have been dragged from one side of the room to the other. Growing ever more terrified, Tommy tries to talk to his father but finds him becoming ever more bizarre and disturbing in behaviour.”

I still don’t really know what is going on with this movie. To me it moves really slow. Starts slow, moves slow, ends weird. It is a British film so I do know that makes it somewhat different from the ones produced in the States, but I’ve seen this twice now and still don’t know what to make of it.

Tommy just seems to be our guide through the movie. We follow him, but nothing really happens to him. Things happen to his Dad, his Mum, and the girl he met. I’m just a bit confused with this movie. I wouldn’t call it bad, but I don’t think I’m going to watch it again to find out.
 

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Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One MonthDone!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is really good for motivation to get going on your creative project. There isn’t much for clear steps because it’s for a “creative project” which could be anything from building a table to knitting a sweater. However, I did say it was good for motivation.

The author puts for many ideas and suggestions for keeping you moving forward on whatever personal project you’re stuck on. Tips on staying focused, finding accountability, and keeping on track I’m finding helpful.

I believe I found this as a freebie on Amazon, so it’s worth a read if you’re stuck on a creative project, or even just a personal project.

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