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The Dark Knight Rises – Movie & Tragedy


It’s no secret that Chad and I were excited to see The Dark Knight Rises last Friday. We’d purchased advanced tickets for the “Extreme Screen” at a local theatre and had planned our dinner and departure times precisely, in order to arrive 90 minutes early (so that we could get primo seating). In fact, I’m pretty sure Chad talked more about this movie than our first wedding anniversary :)

So when I woke up the morning of Friday, July 20, it should come as no shock that I was excited to hear the initial movie reviews and banter on the radio as I got dressed. But that’s not what I heard.

As reports of the Aurora theatre shooting rolled in, I was shocked, appalled, saddened and horrified. I immediately thought of the horrible shooting at Columbine High School, another suburb of Denver. This senseless, random, evil and unprovoked act of violence consumed the media and the minds of Americans the entire day – and continues still. How anyone could think to do this is beyond me, and breaks my heart.

Gone was the excitement and anticipation that had filled me for the days before. Instead, I was filled with anxiety, apprehension and a little bit of fear. After all, if it could happen to them, why not me? Lives changed forever in a matter of seconds – and there was little to nothing that could be done to change it. All day, thoughts and conversations around “What would you do?” filled my mind and mouth – and when we got to the theatre, you’d have been hard pressed to find someone who hadn’t discussed an exit strategy in the event of emergency.

When the lights went down and the movie began, the excitement began to return. About 30 minutes in, I’d completely shoved the Aurora tragedy out of my mind and was consumed by the film and its plot. Thankfully, nothing happened to us or our theatre – we were free to enjoy the final installment in a series we’ve loved for  years. I thought the movie was extremely good – well written, Anne Hathaway did a great job as Catwoman, and it tied everything from the previous films in nicely. It turned out to be a wonderful experience – unlike for those injured, killed or affected by the Colorado shooting.

I would definitely recommend the movie – and I’d also recommend that you take the time to tell the people you love just how much they mean to you. You never know when they could be taken from you.

Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


So, I read the book back in December and thought I was going to see the movie in theatres – I didn’t. I really thought Chad would be interested in seeing it, but at the time, he was not. He did, however, agree to see it with me over the weekend, in the comfort of our own home.

The book started out really slowly, and thankfully the movie was far more engaging. The graphic scenes were included, but were somewhat less offensive than in the book (my mind paints a pretty vivid picture when reading, so I was less grossed out. Chad, however, was sufficiently grossed out, having not read the book). There were a few notable differences in the plot, but nothing game changing. I was shocked that Chad said he enjoyed the movie and asked when I’d be reading the second book – in due time, my friend. In due time.

All in all, it was a good movie – just be forewarned about a few graphic scenes!

Movie Review: The Avengers


Let me just start out by saying: I didn’t even know which comic book characters were in The Avengers before the previews started coming out. The only Avenger character movie I’ve ever seen is Iron Man (and yes, Iron Man 2). I didn’t see Captain America, The Hulk or Thor, and I don’t think there were movies with Black Widow or Hawkeye, but if there were, I didn’t see those either. With all that said…


Seriously! I’m not joking! This was a really great start-of-the-summer blockbuster and I’m sure all of the stars will be laughing their way to the bank for weeks to come. They did such a great job of explaining what each hero did (for those of us who were unfamiliar) and managed to equally share screen time between all of the major characters. That’s pretty impressive!

Of course, Robert Downey Jr. was my favorite. He plays the cocky, sarcastic billionaire Tony Stark perfectly, and his dry sense of humor made me laugh out loud several times. The Hulk stole a few scenes without saying a word (not going to spoil it for you, but if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about!), and Thor has some huge arms. Seriously – he’s a hottie. ScarJo has a great butt and filled out her costume nicely, and overall I give the movie two thumbs up.

If you’re looking for an awesome action-adventure movie, I would DEFINITELY recommend The Avengers. No need to see all of the character movies in advance – it’s SO well written, that any questions you’d have will be answered! ENJOY!

Book Review: Water for Elephants


Water for Elephants was GREAT. I absolutely loved the book – the plot moved at a good pace, the characters were well developed and the period and circumstance-specific details were right on point (you could tell the author had done her homework).

If you don’t already know, Water for Elephants is about a man recounting his days with the Benzini Brothers Greatest Show on Earth. Due to some tragic circumstances, the main character leaves his home and hops a train – which just happens to be the circus train. He instantly falls in love with the main act, but unfortunately she is already married to the ringmaster. The story details life on the rails as a circus man and really makes you love elephants (and hate crazy people/animal abusers – more so than you already did). The ending was very good and shocking (to me, any way), and I would totally recommend this book!

On the flight to Michigan, I watched Water for Elephants the movie on my iPhone (special thanks to my sweet husband for letting me use a few dollars of his iTunes gift card to rent the movie on demand). It stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon as the two main characters – and if you ask me, they were not the right actors for the parts. I just really didn’t believe them as the characters, and while the actor who played the crazy ringmaster was great, there wasn’t enough of him. In short, the movie was a huge disappointment compared to the book (typical). These sentiments are shared by my good friend Jena, who got a degree in theatre, so I’m calling them validated.