The Mallory Project

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Let It Go

I saw Frozen (the new Disney movie) this weekend. It was amazing. I can’t wait until it comes out on DVD so I can watch it a million times in a row.

The soundtrack is incredible, too. Luckily my favorite song is available as a video on YouTube. Until I can get the DVD, I’ll have to make do with watching that a million times in a row.

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It’s Kind of A Funny Story – Film and Book Reviews

So I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, when you try to write a complete novel in November [or 50,000 words, which is actually a novella]) and in my novel, my main character, Mac, is a teenager who has a bit of a breakdown and starts drinking and doing drugs, and eventually has to go to rehab. Now, I’ve never done any of that (well, I’ve had alcohol, but not to the point my MC will and the only drugs I’ve done have been prescribed to me by a doctor) but I want my novel to sound and feel real (I am going to lengthen it and try to get it published once Nov is over). So I checked out a few books from the library, books that take place (or partially) in rehab. The first one I read was It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, because I also checked out the movie.

I watched the movie first, and I really enjoyed it. The actors were really good, especially Zach Galifenakis (spelling?). He wasn’t his usual bumbling self. His character had lots of heart, and made me tear up a time or two. I really felt for Craig. I’ve battled depression in the past, but never to the extent Craig did. But I empathized with Craig’s ordeal, almost like I was experiencing it with him.

The book intensified those feelings. I even had a bit of a minor breakdown while I was reading it. Vizzini’s writing style is easy to get into and actually sounds like a 15 year old wrote it.

Both the book and the movie made me laugh and cry. They were heart warming, and a little difficult to get through. Not difficult in that it was badly written (it wasn’t!) but the subject matter was sometimes so dark. Especially when you realize that Vizzini wrote this from personal experience. He actually stayed in a psych hospital for 5 days. He wrote the book after getting out.

I’d give the book 4 1/2 of 5 stars, and the movie 4 of 5.

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The World’s End Review

This movie was an absolute blast. If you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, you’ll love this. (The three are considered a sort of trilogy.)
Simon Pegg plays Gary King, an alcoholic who desperately wants to relive “the best day of (his) life”; when he and 4 school friends attempted their hometown’s ultimate pub crawl, the Golden Mile (12 pubs in one night!)
Gary talks his old friends into joining him, including Andy (played by Nick Frost), who hasn’t spoken to Gary in a decade, in recreating the pub crawl.

The film explores the dangers of nostalgia, and of going back home with unrealistic expectations. And then it takes a turn into the sci fi genre, in a spectacular way. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m not gonna say more than that here.

But it is fantastic. So much fun, and wonderfully made. I suggest everyone go see it, at least three times.

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Kick Ass 2 Review (Short and Sweet version)

Fun and bloody.

And I wish I was either: Chloe Grace Moretz, or her older sister.

Also, I want to dress up as either Hit Girl or Night Bitch for Halloween.

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Despicable Me 2

Too cute!

Not as cute as the original (but how many sequels are as good as the original? Not too many.)

The voice acting was pretty darn good, though I’m still trying to figure out what country Gru is from.

The storyline seemed like a natural flow from the first movie, but it wasn’t unique to the Despicable Me franchise. It could have been a stand alone with completely different characters and still worked just as well. But the gags and jokes were good, and I just love those minions. (Banana!)

Despite that, I feel like the minions were used a little too much. It’s like Mater in Pixar’s Cars. Cute, funny and endearing in the first movie, slightly obnoxious in the second. They could have (should have) toned down the Minions just a touch, maybe just one or two fewer scenes, and it would have made a huge difference.

But all in all, it was very cute and enjoyable.

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