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Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern (2011)
2011 | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Boxing Glove ends up as Punch Line
Yet more proof that DC was capable of making slightly shoddy movies even before Zach Snyder was put in charge of their operation, Green Lantern may end up being better remembered as the butt of a whole series of jokes now that Ryan Reynolds has been much more successful playing a character for the opposition. Test pilot is given magic ring by dying alien which initiates him into universal police force (the 'Green Lanterns'); ring allows him to convert his willpower into giant green boxing gloves and anything else he can think of.

Too much blatant CGI, obviously, and also the storytelling is botched - the film is frontloaded with stuff about the Guardians of the Universe, Space Sector 2814, and many other things that could have been introduced more gradually in the course of the movie. Generally tries too hard to do too much and doesn't make enough use of Reynolds and Blake Lively (but, hey, they have kids now, so it wasn't like the movie was a total waste of time for them). Fingers crossed that DC get past this sometime soon and put a proper Green Lantern in one of their JLA-related films.
  
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Sarah (7794 KP) rated RuPaul's Drag Race in TV

Mar 24, 2019  
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009 | Comedy, Drama, Game Show, Reality-TV
Ridiculously addictive
One of my best friends absolutely loves this show, so I decided to give it a watch and I have to admit, it’s a lot more entertaining than I was expecting!

In short, this is basically the drag version of America’s Next Top Model and personally I think it’s a much better version as it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has it's heartfelt moments, but for the most part it’s just a hilariously entertaining show with some silly tasks and bonkers and bitchy contestants. RuPaul is a great host, but I really don’t like it when he’s plugging/mentioning the brand name sponsors - I’m not sure if it’s because he seems uncomfortable himself, but it doesn’t come across as very genuine, probably because it’s cheesy advertised and horribly scripted. Also, I’m not sure this show is made for binge watching all 10+ series in the space of a few months - I did get a little sick of hearing the same lines and music episode after episode. I’m sure it’s not quite as bad when you don’t watch loads of episodes in one go!

Despite this, it’s still a highly entertaining and rather addictive show to watch. And a welcome breath of fresh air to other similar shows.
  
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ClareR (4520 KP) rated Saltwater in Books

May 18, 2019  
Saltwater
Saltwater
Jessica Andrews | 2019 | Contemporary, Fiction & Poetry
10
9.5 (2 Ratings)
Book Rating
A beautiful, thoughtful debut.
Beautifully written, this felt very personal to me - both as written by the author and as the reader. It’s a book about growing up, the relationship between a mother and daughter, fragmented families and trying to fit in.
The chapters jump between the present day as Lucy lives in her deceased grandfather’s (almost derelict) cottage in Donegal, her life in Sunderland as she is growing up, and her time as a student at University in London. Lucy’s life in Sunderland and London seem to be concerned with her striving to fit in to other people’s expectations of her - or what she perceives to be their expectations. Ireland gives her thinking space, where she can learn about herself and put her life in to perspective.
I can’t adequately express how much I loved this. It’s beautifully, poetically written, and it is so emotional. It made me think of my own relationship with my mother, how close we were when I was a child, and how I grew away. The resilience of women is so well described in this book.
I will most definitely look out for more from Jessica Andrews, and I’ll be recommending this book to everyone!
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy of this wonderful book.
  
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Kyera (8 KP) rated Bitterblue in Books

Feb 1, 2018  
Bitterblue
Bitterblue
Kristin Cashore | 2013 | Young Adult (YA)
8
7.9 (9 Ratings)
Book Rating
Bitterblue is the third book in the Graceling Realm trilogy, and probably my favourite of the three. Graceling took place in a land of seven Kingdoms, then the second book, Fire, shifted the narrative's time and space. It took place many years before the events in Graceling and in a land quite unlike the one created in the first book. Bitterblue returns us to the world we began in, ten years later and in the final chapters weaves the story from Fire in more clearly.

It was nice seeing the characters from Graceling, like Katsa and Po making an appearance once more in this series. It's been a decade, so you're curious what has happened to everyone. I enjoyed the main characters in this book and enjoyed the scenes with both familiar and new faces.

The pace of this book wasn't frenetic or the plot action-packed, but it was engaging nonetheless. There's not much more that I can discuss without spoilers, other than the fact that I listened to this via audiobook. I quite enjoyed the narrator's performance and she also performed Fire, although she was not one of the narrators for Graceling.

Overall, I did enjoy this series but it is certainly not in my top ten fantasy series of all time.
  
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Sean Farrell (9 KP) rated The Fold in Books

Mar 15, 2018  
The Fold
The Fold
Peter Clines | 2015 | Science Fiction/Fantasy
10
9.5 (4 Ratings)
Book Rating
The idea of being able to travel vast distances in only a few steps is a compelling one, and it's hard not to imagine that there is at least some work being done trying to discover ways to make it happen. As such, that makes the premise of "The Fold" all that much more believable: that a team of scientists being funded by DARPA has invented a portal that bends space-time to bring 2 points closer together, allowing a person to simply step across and be any distance away in an instant. Of course, something seems not quite right about the goings-on at the lab, and Mike Erikson is recruited to head there and investigate things. I won't tell you what happens from there, and I think the less one knows about it going into the book the better. Let's just say that things don't work out quite the way they want them to, and this winds up being one of the scarier, more suspenseful books I've read in a while. If I hadn't had to work in the mornings, I would have probably stayed up all night reading this one, it's that compelling. Easily the most entertaining book I've read in 2015 so far.
  
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Becky Chambers | 2016 | Fiction & Poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy
7
7.8 (8 Ratings)
Book Rating
Ok.. .I'm going to admit I was a bit bummed my book club chose this as our next read. Sci-fi books have never been my forte.. I just can't seem to understand what is going on. So many scienc-y words and characters with hard to pronounce names.. but, I was very surprised by this book. I listened to the audio book version since I had a few long drives to take. I found myself getting to my destination and sitting in the parking lot waiting for the chapter/ scene to be over. Each character is so unique. Becky Chambers designed each persona in such a beautiful way, you can't help but find yourself getting attached to them. Normally, intergalactic characters are too far out of the world for me to relate to, but I found myself very invested in these characters' backgrounds and relating to them in unexpected ways. I am very eager for our next meeting to see what everyone else got out of the book. If you are like me, and space isn't your thing, I would still recommend you push past the first few chapters. Once you get the background of the first character, I guarantee you will be hooked!
  
The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After #1)
The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After #1)
Drew Williams | 2018 | Science Fiction/Fantasy
9
9.5 (2 Ratings)
Book Rating
Full on outer space entertainment!
I really enjoyed this: it took me longer than a book this size usually takes me to read, but there was a lot of detail in it that you need to 'get' to understand what's going on.
This has been compared to Firefly, Star Wars and some other science fiction stories and worlds, but I think it's a good story in its own right.
I really liked the main character - a female lead (who we don't learn the name of until near the end) who travels the universe after 'The Pulse" puts most planets back to the dark ages, to find children who have developed gifts because of this phenomenon. The Pax seem to be following her every move (I'm hoping the reason for this will be explained in the next instalment), and they're not good news (think mindless fascist zealots. If you're not with them, you're dead). The unnamed pilot/ soldier/ pilot has some great friends, who along with the telekinetic teen she saves at the beginning, must all work together to save their homeward. It's exciting stuff, believe me!
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this fantastic book to read!
  
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Awix (3310 KP) rated Dark Star (1974) in Movies

May 31, 2018  
Dark Star (1974)
Dark Star (1974)
1974 | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Massively influential spoof of overly-solemn and pretentious 60s sci-fi movies looks like what it is - a student movie blown up to feature proportions. John Carpenter was known to comment that the world's greatest student movie would still only be a pretty unimpressive 'real' film and there is an element of truth in this, for Dark Star is often slightly primitive, especially in its visual effects.

But never mind that, just enjoy the way it deconstructs the likes of 2001 and their philosophical concerns - 'never mind all that intelligent life crap, just give me something I can blow up,' snaps the commander early on. Classical music is eschewed for a jaunty country tune, and so on.

Most significant is way the pristine interiors of other films' spacecraft are replaced by the squalid, utilitarian quarters of the Dark Star's crew - this is space bereft of novelty and glamour, it's just a boring and dangerous place to work. You can see the 'used universe' aesthetic of the late 70s SF boom and beyond being invented here. Plus this is the movie that directly led to Alien. Not the biggest or best SF movie of the 70s, but still one of the most significant in the history of the genre.
  
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Andy K (10815 KP) May 31, 2018

Love this film!

Annihilation (2018)
Annihilation (2018)
2018 | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Heavy sci-fi greatness!
Let me start by saying I love movies love 2001: A Space Odyssey, Memento, Under the Skin, even The Holy Mountain or The Fountain. In other words, movies that are nonlinear, vague, ambiguous or maybe lack a large amount of point.

That being said, based on reviews and some I had read I had kind of expected this to be a crossbreed of The Mist and Aliens and it was kind of that, but so much more.

I love "heavy" sci-fi like Solaris, 2001, Interstellar, movies that make you think and just aren't about explosions and CGI. This movie does have exceptional visuals and the music score is amazing, but the story and ideas here are very compelling and not something you see in most movies made nowadays.

I am not putting down those who disliked the film, I love a great movie debate and respect others' opinions. I just thought this movie is exceptionally unique and striking both visually and emotionally.

I was really invested in the story and couldn't wait to see how it turned out.

If you love movies that are out there, give this one a shot.

  
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Lee (2222 KP) Jul 2, 2018

Well, I love both of those movies so you've definitely sold it to me!

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Andy K (10815 KP) Jul 2, 2018

Cool. Let me know what you think once you've finished it.

IL
I Like You Like This
8
8.0 (1 Ratings)
Book Rating
I quite enjoyed this book - there were a bit of issues with transitioning into different mindsets - I prefer when each person is either labelled or there is a space to show there is another person talking, so I had a bit of a problem following along in a few parts, but since most of the book is Hannah it was not a huge issue.

I read an arc of this book, I saw the description and it immediately spoke to me - being a self conscious acne riddled (adult mind you) I was like, hey first hook line and sinker. Hannah's family life is pretty awful for her, she tries to escape I think using Deacon, their time together was actually quite amazing to read. You get those fluffy romances most YA books have and this was different. I thought it was great.

Onto the ending - if I don't get a book 2, or a novella, or SOMETHING I'm going to be very upset, you can't do that to me! You just cant! I'd totally read this book again, and I would recommend it (to certain members of my family/friends, as I know some people wouldn't be interested in the content there's a lot of drug talk, etc.)