Posts Tagged ‘1 out of 5’

15th July
2010
written by Steph

Well, she got the malice part right at least...

From a great literary high to a nightmare of a novel, such is the bumpy road of a reader’s journey. When I was offered a review copy of international publishing sensation Rebecca James’s debut novel, Beautiful Malice, I was intrigued. This was the woman who had sprung from the wilds of Australia and was apparently poised to dethrone the juggernaut that is Stephenie Meyer. Seemed like fighting words to me, so I decided to see what James had on offer. At 17, Katherine Patterson has experienced more devastation and misery than your typical teen. Haunted by the events that destroyed her family, Katherine believes happiness is beyond her reach. She enrolls in a new high school, in a new city far from her childhood home, and even changes her last name, all in the hopes of one last chance at anonymity. Katherine is content to blend into the background and keep to herself, but when popular Alice Parrie takes an interest in her, Katherine finds she can’t resist her vibrant and alluring offer of friendship.  Together, the two charge headfirst into an exhilarating world of hedonism and excitement. Caught up in the rush of it all, Katherine begins to open up to Alice, never guessing that Alice might have some secrets of her own, secrets that are far more sinister and deadly than anything Katherine could imagine. (more…)
10th December
2009
written by Steph
Well, I'm sick of Jennifer Johnson, so there!

Well, I'm sick of Jennifer Johnson, so there!

The reading slump continues, I’m afraid.  My brain has just been so g-d tired the past few weeks that I’ve been exceedingly picky about what I can/cannot read and most books in my TBR stack haven’t even been making it off the pile before I decide to hold off on them until later.  There’s nothing like the library to help make up your mind, however, as looming due dates help certain books wedge their way into your field of view; with lengthy queues on most new releases many of them wind up being “now or never” reads.  Jennifer Johnson... wound up being one such read. I first read about this book over at the Girl Detective’s blog.  Based on the cover I probably wouldn’t have given it much consideration, but her review convinced me that this was something other than your run-of-the-mill chick lit, and actually manages to pull of something relatively cool with the genre, so I thought I would give it a go.  The basic premise is that Jennifer is single and miserable, working in a lame copyrwriting job for a local department store, where she has a passive aggressive boss and the only thing getting her through the day is her gay pal, Christopher, and the Cinnabon girl in the foodcourt.  Her forrays into online dating have only led to more pain, and to add insult to injury her sister and her ex-boyfriend are both getting married on Valentine’s Day.  Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, Brad Keller, who just happens to be the son of the man who is president of the department store where she works, waltzes into her life and actually appears interested in her!  All of a sudden, Jennifer is getting exactly what she wants… but at what cost? (more…)
17th November
2009
written by Steph
Tony's Take A couple of weekends ago we went to our local drive-in movie theater (the Stardust) and enjoyed a nice double feature: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Where the Wild Things Are. Personally, I had very few expectations for Cloudy as I knew very little about it. Steph asserted that she had heard it was funny, and that was enough for me, as Steph is usually right on when it comes to what I’ll like. As far as Where the Wild Things Are, my preconceptions were a little different. I had seen (as had we all) the preview where they blast the Arcade Fire song and all the imagery just breathes in time to the music and it is magic. Fortunately for Spike Jonze this was enough to convince me to shell out my seven dollars (that’s right, seven dollars for two movies) and sit in our car for several hours.  Unfortunately, I also knew that Dave Eggers had a hand in this movie so I really didn’t know what to expect (I like McSweeney’s well enough, I suppose, though not usually the parts Eggers himself writes). (more…)
18th June
2009
written by Tony
Despite this poster, the movie isn't scary. At all.

Despite this poster, the movie isn't scary. At all.

The word is out that this movie is better than the first, which was apparently really, really boring. And Tom Hanks had some sort of theological-mullet (theomullet?) going on. Granted, neither of us actually saw the first movie (to our credit, I think) and only Steph has read the first book. So I was essentially a tabula rasa going into this, and that was fine by me. Let’s see, why did we go to this movie in the first place? I think we were looking for a way to drown $14.00 and kill an afternoon with what was described as a movie that was “comically bad.” Let me warn you now: the nature of this review necessitates spoilers. That being said, if you haven’t seen it yet and are here reading this, then forge ahead and save the money. Also, Steph brought a little notebook to take notes so we wouldn’t forget any important details. Before we get to the actual movie, let’s mention some of the high-quality selling that took place during the previews. There was the one for the Jodi Piccoult movie (My Sister’s Keeper) that lead with “Most babies are accidents…” Exactly. Then note #2 says simply “Shia LeBouf=douchebag.” Probably for Transformers 2. “Tyler Perry – I feel bad for all the people who laughed at this.” On with the show! (more…)
2nd March
2009
written by Tony
I could put a caption here, but what would I say? How about: "what does the title have to do with anything?"

I could put a caption here, but what would I say? How about: "what does the title have to do with anything?"

First off, let me state that we like Michael Cera, especially in Arrested Development. I think that was the biggest reason we decided to watch this movie (even though he claims to be on the fence about a possible AD movie, yet got right on board for this particular film. Little bastard). Secondly, I have nearly all of the music that they play throughout this movie and I am suddenly afraid that fact makes me a douchebag, because it certainly didn't do this movie any favors. Which is sad, because I thought I was pretty cool, "hip" even. To say this movie isn't any good would be doing it a disservice. It was terrible, dysfunctional, and generally misguided. I'm quite sure this wasn't written by anyone in the demographic it so obviously panders to (high schoolers) and I'm also quite sure it wasn't written by anyone who has been a teenager in a long time. In fact, I can't quite tell what the point of this movie is, why it exists, to be blunt. (more…)
27th January
2009
written by Tony
"Hold on tight, Spider Monkey." WTF? Who writes this stuff? Kill yourself!

"Hold on tight, Spider Monkey." WTF? Who writes this stuff? Kill yourself!

Oh. My. God. So, apparently, Steph watched this movie one day when she was cloistered in the apartment with some sort of (clearly) mind-altering illness. She confessed it all to me, and also said she felt embarrassed to be watching the movie, even though it was on her laptop, behind closed doors and she was alone. I think that’s about right. How she cajoled me into watching this movie is still a bit of a mystery. Perhaps it was with the promise that I would get to flay it in a review, which I intend to do. Perhaps it was simply so I could know for myself. I’m not sure if I regret it yet or not. Let me warn you dear reader, there are a lot of spoilers in this review, so if you haven’t seen Twilight yet and plan to watch the movie, don’t. Read this review instead. I would have said that this was the worst movie of 2008 (and possibly ever) if it weren’t for Love Guru. I do not need to see Love Guru to know I hate it and, by extension, Mike Myers. Love Guru is like salt in a paper-cut (from one of those nasty manila folders) in the web between your thumb and index finger after you have been run over by a garbage truck full of used diapers. It’s like the aunt you don’t like who always wants a kiss and always has coffee/offal breath and will never let you go for the cheek. Nope, full on the lips buddy. Anyway, Love Guru aside, Twilight is one hell of a bad movie, and I can only assume that if it bears any resemblance to the book, the book must be one of the worst pieces of tripe ever written. And I’m not sorry that this is going to destroy any street-cred I may have had in the 12 year-old girl department either. If they like this crap, I don’t want to talk to them anyway. (more…)