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NOOOOvember 2014: The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Zoë:

Well… Cara’s Noooovember is strongly underway – it should, in fact, be drawing to a close sometime. Nevertheless, we all got involved at my office for our Top Ten Nooovember-worthy Disappointments – head on over to check it out!

Originally posted on Silver Screen Serenade:

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It’s always disappointing to have to suffer through another Monday, huh? Here’s the bright side: I’ve got some NOOOOvember disappointments for you here that I think most of us can agree on and vent about together. This list is comin’ atcha from the lovely and wonderful Miss Zoë from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger. She gave this post a good long think and came up with 10 pretty spot-on letdowns. Take it away, lady!

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True Blood: Season 2 (2009)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • Bill and Sookie finally have a little more physical chemistry developing between them, it isn’t such an awkward thing to watch them together anymore.
  • The humour in this one was pretty sharp.
  • Pam and Eric when they are together. They are exceptionally entertaining – always sniping at each other, always loving each other, though goodness knows neither will admit it.
  • Seeing more Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman in this one. He is the one character that is really interesting, and I feel he was underused in the last season. He is the one that most people seem to love to see more of – his ruthlessness, his history, his attitude, all of it.
  • Eric and Sookie’s exchange about using words the other doesn’t understand.
  • The relationship between Hoyt and Jessica – it was really sweet.
  • Allan Hyde as Godric. He was truly amazing and very well done. His character had quite a bit of depth, even though he was only a brief part of what happened. Hyde was perfect to play him, he had that looks of having seen the world, yet he was still so beautiful. Big fan, me.
  • The relationship that Godric and Eric share, as well as the past. Both are very deep, both very sad. Eric is very loyal to Godric, which is something I like, and Godric is definitely very changed after two thousand years of living.

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What I didn’t like:

  • The maenad having such a huge role.
  • The town’s craziness. It was fine, then it just got freaking stupid. It went from funny to annoying, and really, really quickly.
  • The whole way that Bill and Sookie “have a child” so to speak with Jessica. They make it so much like that and it just really shouldn’t be.
  • Eric’s fascination with Sookie is finally here – but it is out of nowhere and not properly explained.
  • I am still not enamoured with the wrong teeth being the fangs… small thing to grate on a person, but it does.

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Rating:
GRADE 7.5
Again, another pretty decent season. I loved getting to see more of Eric and Pam in this one, they are worth the watch all the time. I felt extremely bad for Lafayette and all the things that he went through, he was so broken when all was said and done. Maryann annoyed me, seeing as she was supposed to have an important role, but not that important that it became a whole season’s worth of stuff. Watching how it was implemented was funny initially, all these people going cooked and not remembering, then it rapidly progressed to being a drag. Drifting back into Eric’s past of being the honourable Viking who turned was something I thoroughly enjoyed, and Godric as his maker was simply perfect. Eric really did actually feel something for his Maker, though it is something that confused Sookie endlessly. I think the thing with Godric and Eric was far better in the show than the books – Ocella was just annoying, and the history didn’t quite resonate the same. Jason’s retarded decision to join the Fellowship of the Sun proved to be incredibly funny, as Jason most certainly either didn’t attend Bible studies or Church, or just really didn’t absorb what was said. Thinking that Moses walked on water and wondering who Judas was really had me cracking up. Hoyt and Jessica meeting was just the most adorable thing, and he really seems to have pulled the ridiculously annoying side out of her, which was pretty cool. Steve and Sarah Newlin really made my stomach turn. He was just not… a man (I cannot explain this enough – any tying a pastel sweater around your shoulders does not help matter whatsoever), and Sarah was such a loose woman. Anyway, as far as it goes, some things were straightened out in this season and were most certainly enjoyable. You have to laugh at the cheese True Blood provides.

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Question of the Month: Best Character of 2014

Zoë:

Luke’s Question of the Month definitely had us all thinking quite a bit again, but there were some great answers all round from everyone. Check it out!

Originally posted on Oracle of Film:

Who is the best character of 2014? It is a question that has been bandied around for decades (well, since 2014… halfway through 201… at the start of the month), and finally, maybe, we might just have some answers for you. Like all of the major challenges in my life, I ran running and screaming for the WordPress family to do my homework for me and got them to write you some answers. Hell, one of them might even be coherent. So, without further ado, let’s investigate the answers.

Wait, I forgot some ado. There will be no Question of the Month next month, because it is Christmas and I assume you have more important things to do than have me pester you with annoying questions. So, I guess I will email you all in 2015 for the next jam-packed Question of the Month (Best character of 2015?). Oh, and…

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Review: Blue Ruin (2013)

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“I’d forgive you if you were crazy, but you’re not. You’re weak.”
-Sam

SYNOPSIS: A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8I read a lot of good things about Blue Ruin, and decided to finally watch it for Tyson’s “Recommended By” blogathon, and let me just tell you, it was amazing! Blue Ruin is not encumbered with a large budget, which sometimes means that filmmakers and directors take away from the story, acting, and plot to inundate it with useless action and effects. This movie suffers from none of that, and Macon Blair was absolutely brilliant as Dwight – that was damn near perfect casting, in my opinion. Blue Ruin is a slow burn, and I love a slow burn, especially when it is well laid out. It starts slow and deliberately builds to a phenomenal crescendo, and the journey there is enjoyable and intense all the way. In a very  understated fashion, the film builds an underlying tension you forget about, yet constantly find your body knotted up, reminding yourself to just relax and continue watching, and before you know it, you are at the edge of your seat again, and completely unaware of how you got there. I liked the story, too. Nothing we haven’t seen before or anything like that, but it was presented wonderfully and came together well, too. The entire cast worked very well with their material, and Devin Ratray was especially entertaining for me. Another budget film here, and I have to say that recently some of the independent film being churned out top a lot of their big budget counterparts, and I think that is exciting as hell. Dwight was also more convincing for the things his character was doing. He wasn’t your average everyday man who suddenly had to exact revenge and become a menace and unstoppable. I liked that he wasn’t suddenly so much more than he was. I felt so sorry for Dwight when he was introduced, he strikes such a pitiful character. Blue Ruin was shot stunningly, with some solid directing and great camera work. It’s not a really long movie, but it commands your attention from the off, and never gets boring. I liked that the score didn’t take over or detract from the viewing experience once, but complemented every step of the way. All I can say is that this movie really deserves to be checked out, and is worth the acclaim it has received. I am a fan of it, and I can see myself watching it again.


Marvelous Mondays: Days of Future Past by The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Zoë:

Continuing with Natasha’s Marvellous Mondays, I reviewed X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) for my best Chemistry Kidney. Head on over to check it out!

Originally posted on Life of this city girl:

Today’s Marvel installment if from my bestie Bkushi over at The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger. If you haven’t, go to her site and quickly click on her follow button. I guarantee you it is worth it! Thanks for taking part mah friend!

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“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.”
– Charles Xavier

SYNOPSIS: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. – via IMDB

So after all this time, I saw that Days of Future Past was still chilling on Chemistry Kidney’s list, and I thought this was unacceptable in the most extreme kind of…

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Review: Cop Town – Karin Slaughter

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In Atlanta, Georgia, Kate Murphy joins the Atlanta Police Department. She is intent on making changes in her life since she lost her husband, Patrick, at war when he was drafted. Kate is not your typical rookie cop, but she is also not a part of the same world of her colleagues. Kate comes from an exceptionally wealthy family, Holocaust survivors and soldiers, and is of a different stock. The day she starts work is not the best day she could have: the night before, Jimmy Lawsome carried his dying partner, Don Wesley, to the Grady Hosiptal after a shooting. What sets the case apart? The force believes it is the work of a serial killer they have dubbed the Atlanta Shooter, who is targeting police officers. Kate is partnered with Jimmy on her first day, who is all too content to parcel her off onto his sister, Maggie, who is also an officer on the force.

Kate soon learns that women don’t really have a place on the force in the eyes of their male contemporaries. The women are also equally as hostile to one another, which is not necessarily conducive to work. Maggie has different ideas about what happened in the shooting of Don, and does not believe a word that Jimmy has to say about it. Her uncle Terry has no time for her and is too respected by the force for her to go up against him, but she is convinced that something isn’t right. The cops, however, are on a serious mission to punish someone for the slaughter of the cops, and it seems that whoever they cross first will pay. Maggie is very reluctant to work with Kate, and it seems that nobody has faith that Kate will last the week. While they are out with Gail, a female plainclothes officer and mentor of Maggie, Kate sees a different side of the police force completely, and while she is trying to deal with that they learn that Jimmy was shot after dumping Kate off on Maggie.

Kate unwittingly learns something about the shooting Jimmy was involved in when Don was killed when she is at the hospital, running into an old school friend, Philip Van Zandt, who is now a doctor. It seems Jimmy is not being entirely honest about what happened in that alley. All evidence indicates that Don and Jimmy were romantically close, not just police partners. She refuses to share the news with Maggie, but starts to explore what that could mean. Though her time with the force is awful, Kate really wants to make a change and take control of her life, and continues returning. In the meanwhile, Philip is interested in starting an affair with Kate, who is trying to adjust to life again. Juggling it all, Kate battles with the irrational feeling that she is being watched. Working with Gail and Maggie, the women track down an elusive pimp to request his permission to speak to the girls he runs, knowing that one of them had most likely see what had happened in the alley that night. Kate still has her piece of information from Philip, and it looks like she might have to share it with Maggie and ask some more questions about the other cases to see what ties the murders together. Maggie is also tightly wound, burying her demons and trying to cope, making the women a dangerous and volatile duo. The killer seems to be gearing up to strike again, and no one is safe.

Will Kate ever find a way to work in the police force, to fit in? Will the women ever be treated with more respect, be seen as equals? Will Maggie ever deal with her mysterious and terrible past? Will Kate ever be needed by someone? Will she let go of Patrick? Who is the Atlanta Shooter? Were Jimmy and Don a couple? Are homosexual cops being targeted? Is anything from Jimmy’s story real? Is Kate alright with being Philip’s other woman, while his wife is expected to bear him children and raise them in the Jewish faith?

GRADE 8I absolutely couldn’t wait for this when I saw Karin Slaughter was bringing her latest offering to the table. I am sure by now you all know that I am a massive fan of hers, I absolutely love her work. I think she is extremely talented, and I really wish that more people would read her work. This was one of her free standing novels, not part of any series. On one hand, breaking away from all the characters we get so involved with shows that she can write about more than one group of people, Slaughter certainly has diversity, and this tells another story. I love the books she writes where she writes about Atlanta in the seventies, heavy to think that it was not long ago that women were still clawing their way into certain careers. A whole new and fresh set of characters came forth, and I really liked both Maggie and Kate, though they are truly polar opposites of one another. I respected Kate a lot. Initially she was someone without a spine, someone who pitied herself, but later she grew, she changed, looked at life without her cosy shelter she had always had. Her character development was really great to follow. Maggie, on the other hand, was shrouded in a lot of secrecy, which very slowly but surely fell away, also revealing a more complex person. It grated on me to read about how men perceived women on the police force, etc. I don’t know, I believe we should be left to do whatever we so choose. This book was a wonderful introduction of the characters, and it was rich and descriptive. It was another brilliant offering from Slaughter, and is a great book to look into if you are interested in reading one of her novels that do not tie into another series of books.


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