That is a quote from the Matrix, which I rewatched with a friend who HAD NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.
Now, what else have I seen recently?
- The Invasion: As a Washington psychiatrist unearths the origin of an alien epidemic, she also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped. Wow. Although I’m not too happy with the ending, it was amazing.
- A Knight’s Tale: After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. *happy smile* Ah, Heath Ledger… And Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer was awesome! Very funny. “You’ve waited your whole life for Sir Ector to shite himself to death?”
- Iron Man 2: Because of his superhero alter ego, Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends and new enemies. Awesomely funny movie. The technology is this one is even cooler than the first and I love the constant arguing between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts and the way their dialogue overlaps. Very cool movie and I canNOT wait for the third one.
- (500) Days of Summer: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. Oh my God! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is gorgeous in this and the character he plays is so SWEET. Loved it!
- Kick-Ass: Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. This movie blew my mind. After watching the trailer, I had a certain vision of what the movie would be like. It was nothing like that vision—in a VERY good way. It spared no punches (tried to Google that expression, see if that’s correct but I couldn’t find anything). Now normally in movies, no matter how evil the bad guy is, he/she would NEVER get into a violent fight with an eleven year old girl. At least they would hesitate (maybe not if they’re sadists, but when they’re bad, they’re usually not THAT bad). All in all, awesome movie.
- I’m convinced I’ve seen another movie, or two, but I can’t remember, so maybe not…
- Ugh. I’m such an idiot! ROBIN HOOD! I saw Robin Hood!
- Robin Hood (2010): In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Liked the movie. Loved Little John.
I’ve also been reading:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Gracelings are people born with an extreme talent, known as a Grace. Rare enough to be unusual, they are feared for their difference and often exploited for their skill. They can be picked out by the fact that they have two different-colored eyes.
Katsa, the protagonist, has been able to kill people with her bare hands since she was eight and is famous within the seven kingdoms for the violent acts she carries out on behalf of her uncle, King Randa. As of late, she has struggled to reconcile her conscience with these acts, but rather than challenge her uncle’s authority over her, she seeks to employ less debilitating attack strategies and build up a clandestine organization that promotes justice over cruelty and abuses of power. During the course of a secret mission, she meets Po, another Graced fighter and the first person to come close to matching her skill. A bond forms between the two that causes each to discover startling truths about themselves, the other, and the kingdoms.
I don’t even know where to begin. Maybe with Kristin Cashore’s genius. She’s such a good writer that because Katsa hadn’t realized a certain character was in love with her, I hadn’t realized it either. That’s just amazing. And because Katsa thinks her uncle, the King Randa, has complete power over her, I thought it, too, until Po pointed out that Randa didn’t, that Katsa could leave anytime she wanted to.
I loved seeing Katsa and Po’s relationship develop, and the few romantic moments between them are SO sweet. Indeed, the romance isn’t the main focus of the novel. Po’s grandfather has been kidnapped, and they need to find out by who and why. Along the way, Katsa changes from a “brute” (that what she thinks she is) who doesn’t have many friends into someone who cares about others, and it’s a gradual, natural change.
What else can I say about this book?
OH! The one thing that REALLY bugged me is the fact that Kristin Cashore started sentences with “Well, and” about 20 times throughout the book. It’s weird, and only once did it makes sense.
Doesn’t this sound weird to you: “Well, and that was answered.” ?
It sounds so…off.
Apart from that, I LOVED it and I was so disappointed when I reached the end of the book. I want MORE.
Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication porn movies, on camera, with six hundred men. Snuff unfolds through the perspectives of Mr. 600, Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Wright’s personal assistant, Sheila. With his satirical narrative and thorough research, Chuck Palahniuk reveals through these four characters the little-known facts and histories of not only pornography and sexual deviance, but also acting and life in and out of the spotlight, and throughout the novel shows the rarely acknowledged presence of pornography in modern America.
Wow. First Chuck Palahniuk book I’ve ever read and man is it strange, crude and weird. And there’s a twist I thought I figured out, but didn’t, which was a nice surprise. Gotta say, Snuff is NOT for the faint of heart or for the easily grossed out.
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
Pirates. Love. Adventure. Loss.
In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with “the dust of one hundred dogs,” dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body—with her memories intact.
Now she’s a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.
Just like Kick-Ass, it surprised me by not being what I expected. And just like Kick-Ass, this was a good thing. The best parts were the flashbacks to Emer Morrisey’s life—she goes from being a poor, Irish girl to a feared pirate who murders and steals. Awesome book. And I saw Saffron and Emer as being the same person, which apparently they are not.
Out of all the books and movies, the titles of ones I think are the best are in red.
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