[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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The TBR Tag

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I got this tag from The Book Nut, she was tagged by Kaitlin, but the tag was created by Rachel and Dana. Now onto the prompts!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use Goodreads (link)  for a lot of it, but I do have stacks of books in my house that aren’t on there. So when looking for a book to read next I’ll go to Goodreads first, but if that doesn’t work I’ll go to my book stacks.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?

I would say it’s fairly 50/50. Every couple of months I’ll cruise Amazon(link) for free ebooks, or head to the library for inspiration.

A Book That’s Been on Your TBR the Longest

Goodreads tells me that I have six vying for that title, but the one I want to read the most is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Amazon).

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR list

The last book I added to my Goodreads list was in Oct 2019 (compared to the oldest which was Oct 2011!), was The Order War by LE Modesitt Jr (Amazon).

A Book in Your TBR Strictly Because of It’s Beautiful Cover

Honestly, I don’t add books to my TBR list unless I physically (or digitally?) have the book. So for this one I’ll just pick the one on my list that fits this prompt: Active Patience: A Simple Guide to Productive Writing by N. C. Harley (Amazon).

A Book on Your TBR That you Never Plan on Reading

Honestly, there really isn’t a book on my TBR that I don’t plan on reading at some point. Having said that, I do have a coloring book on my TBR list, and a person doesn’t typically read a coloring book. It’s this one: Amazing Animals 2: Meditation, Relaxation, and Stress Relief with Unique 34 Amazing Animals (Amazon).

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

I really do not have a book for this. All of them are published, and I’m not that person that I’ll go add one real quick just to answer a question. Sorry, not sorry.

A Book on Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

I think a good answer to this one is Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set by Rick Riordan (Amazon). Even the movies have been out for awhile.

A Book on Your TBR That Everyone Recommends to You

I don’t really have a specific book, but the last book that I even talked about with someone was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Amazon), but only because of the movie that’s either coming soon or out already (and there was a Friends reference). Also, this isn’t technically on my TBR because I read it in 2014.

A Book on Your TBR That You’re Dying to Read

The first one that comes to mind is the Wrinkle in Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engel (Amazon). I remember reading the first book in grade school and not really getting it, but liking it anyway. Now I have the Barnes & Nobles collectors edition that is beautiful to look at. I can’t wait until I decide its the right time to read it.

 How many books are in your Goodreads TBR list?

At the moment of writing this post I have a very even and pleasing 500. See for yourself.


It is traditional to tag others at the end of a tag post so feel free to consider yourself tagged and leave a link in the comments if you do this tag. I’d love to see others answer the prompts.

Keep reading little book worms!

[Netflix] Movie Review – The 3rd Eye

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This is the first horror movie I’ve watched with subtitles, it’s Indonesian, but that didn’t deter from the quality of the movie. It was a little bit of a culture shock and not everything was explained terribly well (why didn’t they sell the house if they weren’t living in it?).

Anyway, we follow two sisters through the loss of their parents and subsequent cross-country move back to their old house, where something is not quite right.  Abel has her third eye open and sees some scary things, Alia doesn’t believe her so they go to the local New Age lady to force her third eye open. What follows is a string of increasingly deadly escapes from dead people.

It also gets increasingly more unbelievable as the movie continues, but it does work…sort of? I’m still not sure if I enjoyed it or if it was just ‘okay’.

 

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