[DVD] Movie Review – The Goonies

The Goonies was not a movie I grew up watching, I came into it later in life and then wished I had grown up with it. Staring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, and Jonathan Ke Huy Quan, four young friends and one older brother join in an adventure to save their homes from becoming a country club.

They run into some trouble, or else it wouldn’t be a very good movie, and it is, and has become a cult classic. A group of criminals is soon hot an their tails as the search for One-Eyed Willy continues.

I really do wish I had grown up with this movie, especially since Cyndi Lauper has a cameo in it, and I still enjoy her music too, but maybe I would have found her and loved her music earlier too. This movie has become a favorite of mine now too.

 

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Ruby by V. C. Andrews

Ruby (Landry, #1)Ruby by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I want to say that I’ve read this book before, or started reading and not finished. If you’ve never read V.C. Andrews, they all sort of follow a theme (at least the ones I have read ie Flowers in the Attic), which is family secrets and drama.

Ruby has a bit of family drama, but it doesn’t completely unfold until the end of the book. She’s a little girl growing up in the bayou with her Grandma. Her mother is deceased, father unknown, and Grandfather is estranged. By the end of the book she has found out her family secrets (more siblings) the reasons her Grandma kicked her Grandpa out, and who her father is.

Its dated in the past, so she couldn’t just take a DNA test and find out everything, and it’s set in the backwoods of Louisiana, so they’re a bit behind even further (no phones). It takes her awhile to acclimate to her new situation, but there is a bit of a happy ending (as much as there can be).

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Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

Midnight Curse (Disrupted Magic, #1)Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book by an author I’d never heard of before winning it from a Goodreads giveaway. To date this is the only book I’ve won on a Goodreads giveaway!

I loved the very intricate plot that involved supernatural species (vampires, werewolves, witches) and the added bonus of a Null, something that strikes me as something the author created to add to the story. What I really liked about the plot is that it didn’t revolve around the characters being supernatural, it revolved around very human concerns, but it made sense for the supernatural characters to have these concerns too.

My favorite character had to be Shadow though, I loved the idea for this character, especially since I’ve been working up a character similar to her and this gave me new inspiration. I love it when books inspire my own ideas. So, yes, very good book!

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[DVD] Movie Review – The Wiz

I had no idea this movie even existed until I watched it in a music appreciation class (that class taught me a lot about musicals). This is a true musical as there is very little speaking and lots of singing.

Starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, and Lena Horne, this movie features a nearly all people of color cast and has an urban setting with lots of R&B, soul, hip hop, and wonderful music of the late 70s. Ease on Down the Road is the counterpart to Follow the Yellow Brick Road, and is quite lovely by itself.

I also appreciate one of the ending celebratory songs Everybody Rejoice / Brand New Day after the Wicked Witch’s demise. Some other differences from the original include the scarecrow being stuffed with garbage, the tin man is part of a carnival sideshow, and the lion is a library lion.

It’s a wonderful, updated, take on The Wizard of Oz with some awesome performers and some original storyline deviations. Lena Horne is perfect as Glinda, and Richard Pryor makes a very good wizard. I leave you now with one of my favorite songs from the movie.

 

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Shadowmagic by John Lenahan

Shadowmagic (Shadowmagic, #1)Shadowmagic by John Lenahan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where do I start with this book? Some of the descriptions call it a modern Lord of the Rings, but I guess I don’t really follow that.

Basically, a teenage boy finds out one day that his parents are alive, but they’re from Tir na Nog, the magical Celtic forest of myth, but it’s real, more real than the Real World. And everyone wants him dead. EVERYONE. Family, strangers, friends. It’s almost a running gag.

There’s also a couple different types of magic, and of course his mother is banished for using Shadowmagic, the kind that everyone is scared of. Throw in some usurping and underhanded family members, a smattering of mythical races, and tree lore and there you have it, the setting for a trilogy.

It leaves an interesting idea for the next book at the end, and I will say that I am interested in seeing where that might lead…

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Next Steps for Authors to Maintain and Grow Success by Tyler Wagner

Next Steps For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success: A Guide For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success (Authors Unite Book 7)Next Steps For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success: A Guide For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So what next? You’ve written, edited, designed, published and marketed your book, now what?

Well….Tyler gives us some ideas. The obvious one is: do it again! Write another book! There are other suggestions, mostly for the non-fiction folks. Use your book to promote your consulting/coaching/speaking/whatever business is the big idea here besides writing more books.

He continues talking about the value of the book and how it can make you more verifiable when talking on any given subject. It drives home the idea that this series was written mostly with non-fiction writers in mind, with a few (very few) crumbs tossed to those who only do fiction.

It is nice that this book was included in the series and didn’t just stop with “you did it!”, and carried on with more ideas to keep going.

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[DVD] Movie Review – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

My best friend once lent me her omnibus of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and later on I found the continuation of the series after Douglas Adams’ death (And Another Thing). If I can find the omnibus again I’d love to read it again.

In this rendition, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zoey Deschanel, and Sam Rockwell star as the major characters along with the voices of Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman. It’s a great cast and they play their roles very well.

This is a silly space adventure, and the books read as a comedy, the movie plays along with that very well, having you giggling along for the ride.

 

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