Sunday, May 11, 2014

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Best Book Ever
It's the end of the week, and I promised you a review of my new favorite book. I probably should have reviewed this like two weeks ago when I finished it, but oh well you're getting it now.

I could probably go on for hours and hours about how perfect this book and John Green are, but I'm not going to do that to you. I think everyone who has ever watched a John Green video knows why he's a perfect human child who can do no wrong. And anyone who's ever read a book of his knows why he's a great writer.

But for those of you who don't, here's a little run down. I think one of the best things John does in his writing is appeal to teenagers who aren't happy. None of his characters are ever the happiest people in the world, but they aren't the worst off either. I guess what I'm saying is that his characters are relatable.

While our main character is Pudge/Miles I felt most closely with Alaska. Like when she says that she smokes to die I get her because that is also why I smoke. She is moody, one second she acts romantic with Pudge and the next she is a bitch and that is also what I do to boys. She's a reader. She's a bad ass. Even with all the traits she still seems real to me.

I also really connected with Pudge, despite mostly connecting with Alaska. I liked the fact that he never got to really be with Alaska. In most cases when a main character likes another character they get them. So I admire John for not just putting them together like he could have. It adds a nice sense of never that I like. As in Pudge can NEVER be with Alaska because the tragic middle of the book doesn't leave room for it, for obvious reasons.

So yeah I really liked it.

I give this book 5 stars

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hank Green and The Perfect Strangers!!! OH MY GOODNESS!

I'm sorry. I know I said I would review Looking For Alaska by John Green this week but oh my goodness this is more important. Today I received my copy of Hank Green and The Perfect Strangers!!!

Look it's signed and everything.

So I'll get to Looking For Alaska eventually, but for now I would like to talk about the MUCH under appreciated brother of John Green, Hank Green. I can't even believe there are people out there that still are like "Who is Hank Green." Like who are you. Hank Green is perfection and so is this fucking CD. I am so excited to have my copy. I'm going to listen to it for eight hours straight and I don't even care.

For those of you who haven't ordered your CD yet, what the hell are you waiting for. The album consists of 14 tracks, all of which are fantastic. Honestly there isn't one song on here that I don't like. I think that's a pretty big accomplishment. Usually, even a super fan, is going to hate at least one song on their idols CD.

Anyway sorry for the fangirl. I had to. I totally recommend the CD. Super excited. Alright bye.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Ticket
Don't pretend like you didn't know this post was coming. Before I start my review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb, I'd like to go over a few house keeping things. First, yes, I know, I haven't read like anything all year so far and I've barely posted any reviews. Well too bad. I'm a senior and I have senior stuff to do even though I'm probably dropping out/failing out anyways. Woo. But I did read a book. I read Looking For Alaska by John Green and I will have a review of it up by the end of the week. But, for now, Spider-Man.

Well what can I say? It was average.

Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy),  Jamie Foxx (Electro/Max Dillon), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn/Green Goblin), as well as basically everyone else were amazing in their roles. I don't know why everyone was getting pissy because Jamie Foxx was Electro just because he's black and the character in the comics was white. Calm down you racist slobs. Who fucking cares. If I hear one more time that someone is pissed off over that I will deck them. But yeah everyone did a really good job with their roles.

Action was good. Not enough, but what was there was good. None of the fight scenes really made me on edge except for the last one between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man, and I think everyone knows why. Totally more action than in the first one though.

Now that I'm thinking about it I probably have more complaints than praise.

My biggest complaint is that they advertised this movie to be jammed packed with villains. Like Electro, Green Goblin, and The Rhino. But here's my problem. No surprise, Electro was the main bad guy, which i liked. I figured GG got enough screen time in the original movies. But here's the thing. Don't tell me that your movie is going to have three villains and then give me this. The Green Goblin was barely a villain. It really only took one fight scene to take poor Harry out. And the Rhino came in at like the last minute of the movie. That is not three villains. That is Electro running the show with a side of Harry and a poor set up for the next movie.

I did like Electro a lot though. I know a lot of people didn't think they could sympathize with him or whatever because he was crazy and weird. But like I could. There's a really cute scene in the elevator between Max and Gwen where she's like "nice to meet you Max" and he's all like "SHE REMEMBERED MY NAME" except he is really awkward so it was more like a subtle little thing and not yelling. And like that's me. Too awkward to be a human.

I also really enjoyed Peter's relationship with Aunt May (Sally Field). Every scene they had together felt real. Like it could really be going on somewhere at that moment. So I would like to give the credit now before I forget.

Now back to complaining. I think what it comes down to is somewhere the movie just doesn't really reach my superhero action movie standards. Especially coming right after Captain America The Winter Soldier. The simple fact of it is, nobody can make Marvel movies like Marvel can. What a lot of people don't understand is that SONY owns Spider-Man movie rights. Fox owns X-Men and Fantastic Four, in case anybody was wondering. And each company owns a few more. But I think we can all agree that the entire Avengers franchise is MILES ahead of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man movie franchises. I mean like the X-Men movies aren't bad but compare them to some of the stuff that's come out these last few years from Marvel (The Avengers, Captain America Winter Soldier, Thor the Dark World) and they barely stand a chance. Although First Class is up there on my superhero movie favorites, and so is the one where Wolverine goes to Japan. My point is, these studios will NEVER be able to make their superhero movies as good as Marvel studios could have. If Sony and Fox cared even a little bit about these characters they would sell the rights back right this second. But until then I'm afraid we'll keep seeing average movies.

Three and Half Stars


Prom night
In case you're wondering that picture was to prevent you from seeing spoilers if you didn't want to. Look at my bitch face. Turn back now if you haven't seen the movie. I am warning you. It will ruin everything.

So Gwen dies. I mean it's really not that much of a spoiler if you know anything about comic books. So I knew it was coming. It happens in the comic books. So of course they were going to put it in the movie. But here's the thing. I was kind of hoping they wouldn't. I think killing off Gwen in the movies was a really really really stupid idea. First of all, Emma Stone is basically a goddess and like perfect and America loves her. Second of all this means they are going to bring in Mary-fucking-Jane. I hate MJ. I hate her so much. And i HATE the actress that is playing her. Shailene Woodley. I don't think she can act to save her life. Feel free to disagree with me. But making an actress I think is annoying play an already annoying character. Shaking my head. I hope they change that. I'd rather Peter have no love interest than listening to two and a  half hours of Shailene.

But back to killing off Gwen. I understand why they did it. But I wish they hadn't. She got a decent death scene, full of suspense, but the very end of it felt rushed. Like oh look she dead and now Peter is crying and now funeral and now Peter doesn't want to be Spider-Man, but look a metal fucking Rhino is gonna hurt that kid, okay I'll be Spider-Man again. Like. What.