The Ever Popular (No Not Really) Average Girl Reviews in 5 Bullets or Less

Since my legion of readers (Hi, Mom and Jamie!) are not doubt wondering where the latest Average Girl Reviews in 5 Bullets or Less post is, have no fear. It’s right here!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (not a new release, but still going)

  • The movies are better than the books. I liked the book series over all (though I had some issue with the ending), but man, the movies really work.
  • Our Katniss (who has helped spark a national love affair with arrows, apparently) finds herself in the arena again, and this time it’s even nastier. But there is more to this Hunger Games than meets the eye and the stage is set for a rebellion. Watch out Snow!
  • I was Team Peeta all the way with this one, and even though I knew from the books what happened to Peeta at the end of this story, it was effectively done in the movie.
  • I wish this director would go back and re-do the first one. Catching Fire required more brightness and contrast overall, but I thought it was crisper as well. Can a movie be crisper? This one was.
  • You know you want to see everything Jennifer Lawrence is in. She is the intelligent ingenue that we’re all in love with. Go J Law!

Her

  • A great movie, but it’s a bit of a mind fuck.
  • But that’s a good thing. I mean, talk about rich material and ideas to ponder. There is something in this movie, I guarantee, that will touch on some aspect of your life.
  • Joaquin Phoenix is amazing. His character is an everyman, despite what you might think from the trailer.
  • Amy Adams is equally amazing. Actually, I would say her performance is brilliant. She plays the friend next door. The relationship between her character and Phoenix’s character is the respite from the central relationship of Phoenix’s character with his operating system (named Samantha).
  • This is set in a strange future that kinda makes sense. It’s disarming. As disarming as the lovely Samantha seeming as real as if she were a voice on the phone but artificial intelligence nonetheless. Therein lies the rub.

Another Round of Average Girl Reviews in 5 Bullets or Less

I’m behind on general reviewing, so I thought I’d catch up with another 5 Bullets or Less list.

(Movie) Gravity

  • Gorgeous movie that pulled me into all of the intense and suffocating feels of trying to survive in space.
  • Sandra Bullock for the win.
  • Great 3D effects. I’m a 3D fan.
  • Shamefully, I wanted either a.) Sandy to break out into Defying Gravity at the end or b.) have Defying Gravity be the song for the end credits. I really think that would have enhanced the ending for me a little bit.

(Book Series) The Black Dagger Brotherhood

  • Vampires
  • Sex
  • Good ol’ (and I think intelligent) escapist fantasy.
  • I get that fluttery stomach feeling a lot. That’s actually my endorsement to read this series.
  • I’m only 5 books into the series and I’ve cried 3 times. So there. Bam!

(Musical) We Will Rock You

  • Right up my alley. We Will Rock You is the music of Queen, an entertaining story of rebellion and a loud ass band right on stage. Loved it!BY6Ya4kIEAAdFj5.jpg large
  • Beautiful cast. Eye candy for days with great chemistry and phenomenal voices.
  • My only real criticism is that the music is so grand that any story, even one pieced together by Queen lyrics, is going to come across as cheesy. And I’m okay with cheese. It’s just the cheese factor and the music are too far apart. I’m quite sure the missing element is the loss of grandeur made necessary by a parred down traveling set.
  • Sang “Who Wants to Live Forever” all night long in my head.
  • Blue eyes. The bluest eyes. I developed an actor crush. Like I do. Shout out to Khashoggi (portrayed by PJ Griffith). I like your band.

Average Girl Movie Review in 5 Bullet Points or Less

I feel like I need opening theme music with that title!

So, I’ve been out of commission lately with a big work project, sickness and a host of sundry other things. Basically life. But along the way, I found time to see two big summer movies. I know. And, I never pass up a chance to give you my opinion, so here goes!

the_great_gatsby_movie-wideThe Great Gatsby – Review in 5 Bullet Points or Less

  • Stunningly beautiful faithful adaptation of the book in pure Baz Luhrmann style with an incredible score.
  • However I was meh at the end because it is such a faithful adaptation and I didn’t care for Tobey Maquire as Nick, but it’s Gatsby’s movie and Leo is BRILLIANT.
  • As is Carey Mulligan.
  • I only recently found out Carey Mulligan is married to Marcus Mumford and knowing that is more interesting than parts of this movie.
  • But do see this movie and then go watch the 1974 Robert Redford/Mia Farrow version for comparison (and of which I am partial to) and you will have your fill of Gatsby for a lifetime.

Star Trek Into Darkness – Review in 5 Bullet Points or Less

  • Saw this movie in IMAX 3-D and it was AWESOME and I’m a Trekkie from way back who was totally and completely happy from start to finish.
  • Things I love – Spock, Scotty, intense feels, Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan, Khan talking, Khan running, Khan the badass, Khan’s hair, Khan talking, Khan and Spock running and fighting.
  • I would, no lie, pay to see Khan and Spock run through the streets and fight for 2 hours.
  • Go see this movie right now and get the summer blockbuster season started right because none of the previews I saw will hold a candle to this awesomeness.

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