[Netflix] Movie Review – 1922

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I’ve made no secret of my love of Stephen King’s books, his movies have been hit or miss at the box offices but I still watch them and like them for what they are. As of writing this I have not read 1922 a short story in Full Dark, No Stars, a short story collection. With that out of the way, here’s what I thought of the Netflix adaptation.

The tagline reads “A simple yet proud farmer in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to assist. But their actions have unintended consequences.” And with Stephen King, the consequences can mean ANYTHING.

But life goes on, even after murder, sons encounter growing pains, and fathers become desperate to salvage their lives. In true Stephen King fashion, the horrors of real life become something more, as everything spins out of control only to end, as most horror stories do, in sadness and tragedy.

I thought that this movie started out a bit slow, and it’s not one of those movies that continually builds to an exciting climax, but it does have a slow build to the end. I am more convinced that I need to get my hands on the book this film is based on though.

B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I’m reading through this series I’m detecting a little pattern. Each case is connected to a cold case, and in each book Kinsey brushes up against a romantic entanglement. So far the romantic entanglements each have ended differently, which I like because if she ended up just dumping them at the end of the book it would get boring and predictable.

I do like the characters presented in this book, and early on I had a theory as to what was happening, but I dismissed it as Kinsey presented the facts, and then it turned out my theory was right! That’s the reason I like mystery novels, figuring out the plot before the main character does.

I like the character progression that continues from the first novel, and I like that the second novel gives you enough information to just jump right in without having to read the first one. I love that about book series.

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[Theater] Movie Review – The Mule

The Mule is Clint Eastwood’s most recent movie as of this review. Clint has been a staple in my parent’s household since his days of westerns and no name cowboys. So it wasn’t that far a stretch to go see this movie in theaters.

It was a full theater when I went so I had to sit right up front and all the way to the right. I found a comfortable position and watched. Clint’s dry humor shines throughout the movie, and gives into elderly humor, including a Ben Gay gag, some unknowing use of somewhat racist terminology that turned into a learning experience, and lots of cellphone education.

The storyline is a sad one, so the ending isn’t exactly redeeming, but it fits with the storyline so I was happy with it. I don’t know if it’s worthy of buying the DVD, but I’m sure I’ll be getting it to add to my parent’s Clint Eastwood collection, it’ll sit next to Gran Torino.

Meet Me at the Library

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More library fun! I continue reading through Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Mysteries and picked up a short story collection from my favorite author (Stephen King)!

B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton:

Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she’s reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger’s sister Elaine Boldt. It’s a small matter that Beverly should be able to handle herself. So why is she enlisting Kinsey’s services? Beverly claims she needs Elaine’s signature on some documents so that she can collect a small inheritance. But the whole affair doesn’t sit well with Kinsey. And if there’s something she’s learned in her line of work, it’s to always follow your instincts…

Kinsey’s hunch proves true when she begins her inquiries into Elaine’s whereabouts and discovers that the attractive widow was last seen in a flashy lynx coat boarding a plane for Boca Raton. But the more Kinsey searches for Elaine the more questions she encounters. Is Elaine’s disappearance tied in to the brutal murder several months ago of one of her bridge partners? And what happened to Elaine’s Persian cat who seems to have also vanished?

Things take a turn for the worse when a stranger vandalizes the home of one of Elaine’s neighbors and another neighbor turns up murdered. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who’s waiting in the shadows to strike again…

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King:

“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922.” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitely ends a good marriage.

Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

What have you been reading lately?

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The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy

The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face ForwardThe Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face Forward by Trish McEvoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t apologize for the way you look.

This is not just a “how to put on makeup book” (she does do that, but it’s not the entirety of the book), this is a self-care handbook based on makeup. Yep. The first chapter or two is basically “making time for yourself” and “if you look good, you feel good”, which works well with makeup.

After that, Trish gets into her 8 Step System, with 3 Levels of intensity. She explains it all in her book so I won’t get into it too deeply, but Level 1 people are those who wear makeup sometimes, but mostly are indifferent. Level 2 people take some time to put makeup on most days, and Level 3 people should have been makeup artists in another life.

Then she gets into the tutorials, following the steps and going through the levels. There are 5 tutorials, and then a series of how to correct your flaws, plus a section on tools. This book will not turn you into a makeup artist, but it can give you some tips on how to do your own makeup a little better, or give you a new technique to try.

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Blog Expansion: New Reviews!

I’ve actually been thinking about this for awhile, at least a year. The original idea was to start a youtube channel for this blog (which still might happen) and start making video reviews to go along with my blog posts. Well, that’s still a little beyond me at the moment, but one of the new things I was going to add to this channel was movie reviews.

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Movies is something I’ve been interested in almost as long as books, and my collection of DVDs is almost as big. I also share a Netflix subscription with my family, and go to movies at the theater with a coworker. So I consume a lot of movies. Many movies are even based on books, so I will be focusing on those, but my movie tastes are pretty vast, so there will be others featured.

I will also admit that this will also force me to actually watch those $3.74 Walmart movies I keep picking up, putting on the shelf, and forgetting I own them.  This will also mean there will be less gaps in my posting schedules. So good for you, good for me, win win!

What movies have you watched recently?

The Pokemon Go! Book Tag

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I really like the idea behind this book tag. I love Pokemon and have been working through Pokemon: Yellow Version lately so this came to me at just the right time.  It’s originally created by readatmidnight.com, but I found it from The Bibliophile Girl (she has collected a lot of fun tags so you’ll be seeing more from her).  So without further ado, here we GO!

1

I’ve mentioned this series before, but in particular the first book Into the Land of the Unicorns, is my first, full, memory of staying up late and reading a book, and then getting yelled at for it from my mother.

2

I don’t know if there are any classics that I love, but Little Women has become a favorite of mine. It is a little longer than most books I like, so it’s unique in that. I love that it follows all four women into their adulthood, to see how four sisters can be so diverse.

3

I think this is main reason I’ve never read the Twilight series, or the the Fifty Shades series. I have watched the Twilight movies, but I’ve never watched any of the Fifty Shades movies. So I guess the true answer is Fifty Shades, the rumors about it don’t help any either.

4

I think this would apply to most of the Harlequin romance novels I have. They all seem similar to each other now that I’ve read several of them. Some of them are even a bit unbelievable with their plot lines, but I still like reading them anyway.

5

This might be why I haven’t read the Game of Thrones series. Though this also why I haven’t continued The Wheel of Time series. I have quite a few of the books, but not the whole series, and it’s been so long since I have read the last book that I would have to reread from the beginning!

6

Most recently it was Dark Promises by Christine Feehan, but the first one I’ve already mentioned was Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville.

7

Oh boy.  Well, if I could it would be Lightfoot and Cara(Into the Land of the Unicorns), but I think they’re related somehow(?) so that would be weird.  I also like the idea of Molly Grue and Schmendrick (The Last Unicorn) having a strong platonic relationship.

8

This could be true of most the books I’ve read in the Dark series by Christine Feehan, and it could also be true of books I’ve read in the past in 2 days. But I think it would have to go to the very first Dark series book I read: Dark Guardian.

9

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Hands down. It’s so goofy and relateable and I have yet to meet a remake, spin-off, continuation, that I haven’t liked for some reason or another.

10

The Second Sons trilogy was something that did come as a surprise to me. I’d never heard of the author or the books before I started reading them. Very soon I owned the whole trilogy and devoured each of the books.

11

This is going to sound a little silly, but I have still yet to read the entire Harry Potter series. I think I’ve maybe read the first four books and none of the screenplays that have come afterwards. So…yeah.

12

I really like the Barnes & Noble collectible classic editions they put out. I’m still waiting for another book sale to collect a few more. I’m always looking to add a few more to my collection.

13

I really don’t follow new releases that closely, and have no idea even what debut novels are coming into the market. I’ve more books than I know what to do with right now so there’s no reason for me to look for new ones!

14

I have quite a few of these now: Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Christine Feehan, and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

15

This is probably the same answer from a previous question, but I don’t follow new book releases very well. The only one I really watch and it’s only kind of, is the Alphabet mysteries by Sue Grafton, and that’s only so I can get a new one for Mom’s birthday or Christmas.

And that’s that! All 15 questions answered to the best of my abilities. Please feel free to do this book tag yourself and link back in the comments so I can see your answers!

Keep reading little book worms!