mockingjay part 2

Yeah I think that’ll about do it for this whole splitting the last book into 2 parts thing.

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Classic Movie Reviews are occasional posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

hunger games

The highly popular Hunger Games franchise is finally and mercifully coming to a close this Friday.  Because of that, I’m taking a look at the previous 3 movies.  I know a ton of people love these movies, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why.  As always with the franchise reviews, these will be shorter than normal reviews.  If you want to hear a more in depth discussion on these movies, it was the topic of our podcast last week.  Check that out here.

Disclaimer: No, I have not read the books.  I watch movies.  A movie franchise should stand alone from whatever book franchise it’s based on.  I read the Harry Potter books and never found myself defending the movies based on things I found in the book.  It shouldn’t and doesn’t matter.  Rant over.

The Hunger Games

The movie that kicks off the franchise also happens to be the worst movie of the bunch. 

Top 10 lists will be a list of 10 movies that will be published once a week and will either have to do with a movie coming out that week or just what I want to do at the time. 

In honor of the (hopefully) last Hunger Games movie coming out this weekend, I’m doing this week’s Top 10 list on movies that were based in some capacity off books.  There were a couple qualifiers.  I am forcing myself to only choose movies that I knew were based on books at the time of watching them, or shortly thereafter.  So as much as I’d like to put Die Hard on the top of a list for like the fourth time, I didn’t know it was based on a book until fairly recently, far after I had originally seen it.  I am not, however, forcing myself to pick movies based on books I have read because at that point, the list would end up being approximately 2 movies. Anyway, let’s get to my picks.

Classic Movie Reviews are occasional posts in which I review a movie from the past. It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

die hard

After forcing myself to watch/rewatch the Hunger Games movies this week (look for a podcast this weekend and reviews next week), I needed to cleanse myself with some movies I think are actually good.  Die Hard was one of those (and I’m watching Top Gun as I write this).  Because of that I’ve decided to do a classic movie review on a movie that’s actually a classic, and also my favorite movie of all time.

Top 10 lists will be a list of 10 movies that will be published once a week and will either have to do with a movie coming out that week or just what I want to do at the time. 

It’s a quiet week at the movie theaters in terms of new releases (no doubt the calm before the Hunger Games storm), so I couldn’t come up with a suitable Top 10 list this week based on those movies.  So instead I’m going to visit my favorite genre and era of movies and go with Top 10 ’80s action movies. This is also my first post-Liebster Award nomination list so I hope all of my new readers and followers enjoy.  This was by far one of the hardest lists yet to narrow down.

10. Beverly Hills Cop

– It features Eddie Murphy in his best movie role and is filled with action and comedy.  It very much deserves a spot.

liebster award

Today I woke up to some unexpected news.  My site got nominated for a Liebster Award.  Don’t know what that is? Yeah, I didn’t either.  So I’ll explain.  The award is intended to help connect people to newer and up-and-coming blogs.  Each person who is nominated is supposed to nominate other blogs they think deserve recognition.  Basically what this says is my site is amazing and people love it and everyone should follow it (kidding…. sort of).  In all seriousness, it’s pretty cool for people I don’t even know to have found my site and enjoy what I do.  I like sharing all of my movie-related thoughts with you guys and it’s nice to know you are enjoying it.  I thought when I started this it would just be something friends and family would look at.  It’s grown bigger than I could have imagined and I have followers from all over the world.  Thanks to all of you.

I’d like to give a special shoutout to my nominator, Steph, who has a pretty cool movie related blog where she talks about trailers and posters among other things.  Definitely check it out (link).

Back to the award itself, I (and anyone I nominate) am supposed to complete the following steps:

spectre

Bond… James Bond is back in all of his shaken martini drinking, Aston Martin driving glory.

Spectre is the 24th movie in the James Bond franchise.  It follows 007 as he tries to track down a secret terrorist organization known as Spectre.  He is forced to do so (mostly) on his own as MI6 is under investigation and the double-o program is shut down.