Monday, July 24, 2017

5 Things I Love About Spider-Man: Homecoming

                                        ***Clip courtesy of YouTube and Marvel Studios***


Oh Monday, how I despise you. I am feeling fairly sluggish today.  It is Monday and it's very rainy here but I need to talk about my feelings on Spider-Man have changed drastically. I have seen all the movies made about Spider-Man and I really liked Andrew Garfield's version so I was positive I would hate this new reboot. Now all of a sudden we have a relatively unknown guy playing him and he actually is high school age, It just seemed confusing to make him a teenager while all the members of the Justice League he idolizes are adults. I will admit to finding his appearance in Captain America: Civil War pretty entertaining. I just wasn't sure I wanted to watch a whole movie abut him. I WAS SO WRONG! I loved it and here are my reasons why:

1. The opening sequence where they roll the Marvel Studios logo out is all new and updated. It shows all the characters in the Marvel Universe including Black Panther and other newer characters in their live action form instead of in their comic book version.

2. Tom Holland makes a really perfect teenage Spider-Man. Spoiler: The movie opens to show the viewer that Peter was videotaping his stint with the Avengers. In fact Happy is driving him around and yelling at him not to record anything. It is such a teenage thing to do these days. He films himself all through the movie and it is very funny.

3.The evolution of the suit throughout the movie. There are a couple of versions in the movie thanks to Tony Stark. He gives Peter a new suit that he has trouble figuring out but it comes equip with his very own "Suit Lady" guide. (See clip above)

4. The girl Peter is crushing on is NOT Mary Jane. It was a nice surprise not seeing him fawn over MJ until the end where you realize the error of your mistake. Watch the movie and I promise that will make perfect sense.

5. Michael Keaton as the bad guy. He is one of my favorite actors. I just watched him in the movie The Founder ( about how he "founded" McDonald's- He made me not want to eat there again just because he was not a nice man). He was a pretty awful guy in that movie. Well, at least I thought he was but it was nothing compared to how bad he was in his role as Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture.

True to Marvel fashion there are 2 extra credit scenes but only one of them foreshadows what is to come.  I really, really liked this movie so much. It had just the right blend of humor, action, and teenage angst.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

So Many Books, So Little Time



Hello there! I know it's been a few days since I posted anything new. I have been trying to catch up on some reading that I was way behind on. I hit a wall. The problem with loving books like I do is that sometimes I don't know when to stop . Seriously, I have a stack of 8 books waiting to be read and I have literally started each one. They are all pretty good which is made it hard for me to just settle on reading one. Does this happen to you? I can't even begin to tell you how many ebooks I have purchased for my kindle. I have decided that the lucky winner will be the newest Anne Rice book. She is one of my very favorites and her series The Vampire Chronicles is just so good. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis was published in November 2016. If you are not familiar with the title you may recognize Interview with the Vampire as one of the books in the series or the movie version of it starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

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She has several different series out and I love them all.  If you like witches then you should read her series Lives of Mayfair Witches. Do wolves make your heart race? Try her series The Wolf Gift Chronicles. Anne Rice is amazing. I am looking forward to her new book due out this fall.  I get very picky about the whole "book to screen" situation but the 2 movies made from her The Vampire Chronicles series have been done so perfectly that I have watched them at least 30 times each.  Lestat as played by Tom Cruise was admittedly not what I had pictured but it worked out well enough. Lestat as played by Stuart Townsend was exactly spot on. If you haven't read the books or seen either of these movies do yourself a favor and do so immediately. You will not be sorry.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Select by Marit Weisenberg



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Shakespeare Will Never Be The Same!


I mentioned in a previous post that TNT was debuting a new series called Will.  It is a modernized version of William Shakespeare's life in his early 20's. There is not much known about his life prior to him becoming the famous playwright we've all heard of.  I have read several reviews that were less than kind. I personally loved everything about it. The music is punk/rock and so obviously not what would have been heard in the 16th century in London but I love the extra edge that it adds. I know so many people are going to pick apart every little thing about this series that doesn't seem historically accurate but it is too much fun for all that.

Spoiler Alert:
The series is meant to show how Will (Laurie Davidson) leaves his wife and 3 young children to move to London to make his fortune as the next famous playwright. He comes from a very strict Catholic family at a time when members of this religion are being hunted down. He is mugged almost immediately by a street rat but none the less he manages to find a job working at a theater run by James Burbage (Colm Meaney).  It is in this theater that he meets Alice and Richard Burbage who he clicks with right off the bat as well as Christopher Marlowe (Jamie Campbell Bower).  Marlowe is also a playwright, a spy, and Will's greatest rival.

The first 2 episodes played back to back on Monday night and I can't wait for the next one.  The series is 10 episodes long and it is rated for mature audiences.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My July TBR List


This month my TBR list is pretty long. I have about 10 books on tap but these 3 are the ones I am reading first.  These ones are all ARCs offered to me through NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for my voluntary and honest reviews.  I have almost finished Select by Marit Weisenberg.  I will not go into detail here because I will post a full review later but it is so good. I literally hate putting it down.  The other two books I have not started yet but I am really looking forward to it. I am also in the middle of Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty and Prince Lestat and the Realm of Atlantis by Anne Rice.  These are my own picks and I am only a few chapters into each and can only imagine the awesome endings each has in store for me. I am also auditing a course through the University of Virginia called Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction because I clearly need more reading in my life. Seriously the reading list for the course is fairly lengthy. Today's post is super short because...I have some reading to get back too. Later!

Monday, July 10, 2017

ChiPs Was Too Funny




I don't want to show my age with this but....I actually remember being a little kid and watching the TV series of CHIPS. I may or may not have thought Erik Estrada looked amazing in his California Highway Patrol uniform.  Seriously though, I was actually excited to see what a movie version of this would look like.  It stars Dax Shephard (Hit and Run) and Michael Peña (End of Watch).  The general storyline is that Ponch is an undercover Federal agent that has been assigned to the CHP to bring down a criminal organization and he gets a rookie Jon Baker as his partner. Jon is an ex-motocross racer who has just been beaten up by life literally and figuratively. His wife ( played by real life wife Kristen Bell) wants nothing to do with him and he is sure being a cop will help save his marriage.
I was surprised that this was only rated 6 out of 10 stars on IMDb.  I really enjoyed it.  I laughed so much throughout the whole film.  The way that a bromance forms between these two is super funny. There is a scene where Ponch has to carry a naked Jon to his bathtub and he slips. The end result was laugh out loud funny.  I would give this one at least 8 out of 10. It is definitely a must see if you are looking for something to unwind with after a long week.

FYI: Be on the lookout for a guest appearance of Erik Estrada at the end of the movie.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bully Hill Vineyard is a Must See

I usually enjoy spending my birthday just relaxing at home with my family and eating my favorite meal.  This year my sister-in-law surprised me by inviting me along on a girls only road trip to Bully Hill Vineyard. Her mother and I share a birthday so it was a perfect gift for us both.  I have never been to a vineyard but have always wanted to go.  The road trip there and back was filled with laughter, pics, and lots of singing to the radio. We decided to eat lunch first and then walk around and experience what Bully Hill had to offer.  The restaurant is overlooking Keuka Lake and the view was breathtaking.

The food was the very best part.  We all tried to order something different but my sister-in-law and I couldn't decide what to order so we each got something different and shared. Then of course we ordered wine!  

They let us sample the kind of wine we wanted before deciding. Clearly we liked Red and White both. I can't remember what the white wine was but the red was Sweet Walter Rose and if you love a sweet wine then this is for you.
This is the Soft Shell Crab Sandwich. It is fantastic as long as you can get past the legs dangling from the bun. The fries are covered in garlic, parmesan, salt, and pepper.
This is the Portabella Crab Cake. This is by far the tastiest hing I have eaten in forever. It was topped with scallops. So yummy!

Needless to say, after the wine and food, we did not actually go on the  minute walking tour. We opted to go through the gift shop where I purchased my very own Bully Hill wineglass and coaster.  We did tour the Walter S. Taylor Art Gallery.  This is filled with stories from the early beginnings of the vineyard to the original paintings by the founder himself. Our last stop was in the tasting room where we all purchased several bottles to take home.  I had the best day and left feeling relaxed and stuffed. I will be returning in the very near future and may just tour some of the other vineyards through out the finger lakes region.  

If you are in the area and want to plan a visit you can find all the info you need on their website
https://www.bullyhillvineyards.com/