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Journey 2: The Unintentionally Hilarious

About two weeks ago, a few friends and I decided to kill an evening by going out to eat and then seeing a movie at the dollar theater. The pickings at Lexington’s local dollar theater were slim, but eventually we decided on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. What a fortuitous choice it was. I laughed harder at Josh Hutcherson and The Rock loping around Jules Verne’s CGI-ed island than I have at any recent film I’ve seen. Unfortunately, not all the laughs (read: most of them) were unintentionally funny. In order to preserve the exquisite experience, I’ve penned a recap of the kids’ adventure flick below. I can only hope it makes you laugh a fraction of how much I did in that nearly-empty theater. Continue reading

Post-Movie Thoughts on The Hunger Games

So, I joined the throngs of people this weekend who packed into movie theaters around the country to watch Katniss Everdeen, she of the fiery-lady fame, open up a can of whoop-ass on her fellow Hunger Games tributes, and pull in the third-highest opening weekend ever. ($155,000,000!) My pre-movie concerns were thankfully in vain, and while the adaptation was not perfect, it was deft, faithful and pretty darn enjoyable. Continue reading

Pre-Movie Thoughts on The Hunger Games

I’m leaving to see the latest pop culture phenomenon/movie adaptation, The Hunger Games, in about an hour after initially reading the book last May and then re-reading it this week. While I don’t think the book is the best thing ever to hit bookstore and library shelves, I do think that it’s a quick and exciting read that does a nice job blending plot and “message” for a young adult audience. In an attempt to be concise/brief/laconic (read: things I’m not), here are a few issues I’m excited to see the movie tackle and some points I hope they adapt well. Expect another post soon for my post-movie thoughts.

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Harry Potter In One Word

Actors from the Harry Potter film series were asked to sum up their experiences in one word by Empire Magazine, and the resulting video is, as Emma Watson would say, magical. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens in theaters July 15, bringing the ten-year, multi-billion-dollar franchise to a close. Continue reading

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-Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"

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